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City buses relieve school congestion

| September 14, 2016
City buses relieve school congestion

The start of the school year tends to signal another big change to Flagstaff’s quiet summer days that affects more than just students and their parents.

An increase in cars on the road each fall has led to frustrated drivers stuck in traffic. Some commuters have tried to solve this by taking public transportation or riding bikes to and from their destinations.

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CCC&Y names new executive director

| September 12, 2016
CCC&Y names new executive director

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please welcome Virginia Watahomigie as the new Executive Director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth.

Virginia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (minor in Family Studies) from Northern Arizona University and is completing work on a Master’s degree in Administration from the university.

She was with Arizona’s Children Association for 12 years, most recently she served as a program director in Southern Arizona, responsible for the agency’s Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care and ICPC (interstate compact) programs for five counties. The agency is the oldest and largest Child Welfare/Behavior Health organization in the state of Arizona, with services in every county.

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FACTS ‘Lights On’ Carnival to feature canned food drive on Sept. 10

| September 8, 2016
FACTS ‘Lights On’ Carnival to feature canned food drive on Sept. 10

Join FACTS after school for its FREE “Lights On” Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Bushmaster Park for carnival games, obstacle courses, lunch, and more!

The event will include a Food Drive to support Flagstaff Unified School District homeless families by donating canned goods or peanut butter during the carnival.

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A ‘Fair’ amount of education in Coconino County

| September 7, 2016
A ‘Fair’ amount of education in Coconino County

Students from dozens of local schools participated in the 67th Annual Coconino County Fair held Sept. 3 through 5, 2016 at the fairgrounds at Fort Tuthill County Park.

Public elementary, middle and high school; charter school and home-school students countywide submitted a variety of entries, which filled the entire Schools exhibit building.

Entries were submitted by schools in Flagstaff Unified School District, the Maine Consolidated School District and Grand Canyon School.

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Back-to-school events continue at FUSD schools

| September 7, 2016
Back-to-school events continue at FUSD schools

Back-to-School Open House events are continuing at a number of Flagstaff Unified School Districts. …

Upcoming events include:
• Kinsey Inquiry and Discovery School — 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7
• DeMiguel Elementary — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14
• Knoles Elementary — 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, Sept. 14

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Expect More Arizona bilingual report — Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

| September 7, 2016
Expect More Arizona bilingual report — Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

How do you know if your child is missing too much school? It only takes two lost days per month to be considered chronically absent. That’s about 10 percent of the school year in Arizona, and while two days per month doesn’t seem like much, it can have a big impact on learning.

In fact, students who are are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade score lower on third grade reading tests and are more likely to repeat a grade. By the time a student gets to sixth grade, attendance rates are a key predictor of whether they’ll graduate from high school.

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Webinar on upgrading school districts’ broadband capacity, speed to be held on Sept. 13. Please see related stories

| September 7, 2016
Webinar on upgrading school districts’ broadband capacity, speed to be held on Sept. 13. Please see related stories

Is your district’s broadband capacity what it should be? What about network speed?

A new program could give you FREE information helping you find out. …

As part of the program, Education Super Highway’s team will provide – at no cost – the expert resources and time needed to upgrade your network to scalable, cost-effective infrastructure and to increase bandwidth to your classrooms.

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How your vote in November affects education. Please see related story

| September 7, 2016
How your vote in November affects education. Please see related story

Setting education policy is a complicated process that takes place at many levels. Some decisions are made by elected officials and others by you the voter/parent/resident.

To help you make sense of the process, here’s a look at which bodies are responsible for making decisions, and how your vote impacts the final outcome.

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United Way has opening for LAUNCH Flagstaff Partnership Director

| September 7, 2016
United Way has opening for LAUNCH Flagstaff Partnership Director

The United Way of Northern Arizona has an immediate opening for a LAUNCH Flagstaff Partnership Director. The position is full time, non-exempt, and eligible for benefits, including medical insurance and paid leave.

LAUNCH Flagstaff offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced and motivated leader to serve as the Partnership Director of an innovative community initiative. This person will work with key local leaders from across many sectors of the greater Flagstaff community to guide work, using Strive Together’s Collective Impact and Theory of Action Models, towards sustainably improving outcomes for all children from cradle-to-career, along the educational continuum.

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Deadline is Sept 9 to request a speaker during Festival of Science

| September 7, 2016
Deadline is Sept 9 to request a speaker during Festival of Science

The 2016 Flagstaff Festival of Science will soon be here. Our theme is The Science of Change with keynote speaker Will Steger, Polar Explorer, appearing in Ardrey Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 23rd.

Festival events will continue through Oct. 2nd. The In-School program is a segment of the Festival in which science professionals visit K-12 classrooms to share their work via presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

In-school presentations are available to all teachers and will be offered from Sept. 26 to Oct. 14, 2016.

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