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Celebrate Family Literacy Day All Month Long

| November 11, 2015
Celebrate Family Literacy Day All Month Long

Research shows that when families read together, learning happens and memories are made that last a lifetime. While National Family Literacy Day is celebrated each year on November 1, there’s no reason not to continue the celebration all month long!

Family literacy is about family members enhancing reading skills with things they do together. Family literacy should incorporate a variety of tools: books with words, picture books, storytelling, dramatic play and more.

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Knoles Art Teacher Jessica Soifer named 2015 Outstanding Elementary Art Educator in Arizona

| November 10, 2015
Knoles Art Teacher Jessica Soifer named 2015 Outstanding Elementary Art Educator in Arizona

Knoles Art Teacher Jessica Soifer has been named the 2015 Outstanding Elementary Art Educator by the Arizona Art Education Association. The awards were presented at the association’s annual conference held Nov. 5-7 in Prescott.

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‘Taiko Drumming Artist in Residency’ a hit at Marshall Elementary

| November 4, 2015
‘Taiko Drumming Artist in Residency’ a hit at Marshall Elementary

Marshall Elementary is two weeks into their awesome Taiko Drumming Artist in Residency. Supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts AND tax credit contributions, the 5th grade class at Marshall began a fantastic 3-week Artist in Residency on Monday, October 19th.

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Eighth-graders unravel mysteries of DNA

| November 4, 2015
Eighth-graders unravel mysteries of DNA

The classroom full of eighth graders sat, transfixed, watching the presentation about how donated organs could spread disease — in this case, valley fever, which is caused by a soil-dwelling fungus

The students at Sinagua Middle School were learning basics of pathogen genomics from TGen North research associate Michael Valentine. Valentine was presenting in the class’ first Scientist in the Classroom visit.

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Head Start partnering with Grand Canyon communities

| November 4, 2015
Head Start partnering with Grand Canyon communities

Offering Head Start at the Grand Canyon may have taken over 10 years to accomplish, but within the next few weeks representatives say the program will open its doors.

Based on growing interest from the Grand Canyon and Tusayan communities, Jesse Rodriguez, director of Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) for Head Start, believes they can expect a full classroom.

“I’ll tell you (the delay) is unfortunate but we are so pleased,” he said. “It looks like we, right now, are within one student of having full enrollment available and ready to go.”

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Hopi High homecoming royalty look to be role models to fellow students. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| November 4, 2015
Hopi High homecoming royalty look to be role models to fellow students. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

Dairon Norris was crowned homecoming king and Elysse Honyouti was crowned homecoming queen Oct. 16 at Hopi High School’s Bruin Stadium. Norris, a senior, said he was happy, nervous and excited about becoming homecoming king. Norris said the other four contestants made the vote competitive.

“I thought I was going to lose because the other guys are popular,” he said.

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Aiming high … Williams High School student Julie Ross is undeterred in her pursuit of an Air Force Academy appointment

| November 4, 2015
Aiming high … Williams High School student Julie Ross is undeterred in her pursuit of an Air Force Academy appointment

A 1314 SAT, a 3.85 GPA, and a top 3 percent class rank. These are the average marks for a typical Air Force Academy recruit.

Just 13 out of every 100 applicants gets an appointment to the Air Force Academy, and Williams High School senior Julie Ross is hoping to be one of them.

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PUSD board seeks more voices on closed campus discussion

| November 4, 2015
PUSD board seeks more voices on closed campus discussion

The Page Unified School District governing board and administrators say they would like more feedback from the outlying communities served by the district on the contentious question of closed campus lunch after a special work session held last week.

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FUSD Indian Education Support Program to present ‘Special Education Training 2015’ on Nov. 14

| November 4, 2015
FUSD Indian Education Support Program to present ‘Special Education Training 2015’ on Nov. 14

The FUSD Indian Education Support Program will present “Special Education Training 2015” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Family Resource Center, 4000 N. Cummings St., Flagstaff.

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Ducey signs K-12 inflation funding agreement. Get more details here

| November 4, 2015
Ducey signs K-12 inflation funding agreement. Get more details here

Surrounded by legislators and public education advocates, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed three bills the Arizona Legislature approved earlier Friday afternoon that would add $3.5 billion to K-12 public education and settle a five-year-old inflation funding lawsuit filed by schools that didn’t receive that money during the Great Recession.

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