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(Fredonia High School’s) Mariah Mudrow wins state competition

| April 27, 2016
(Fredonia High School’s) Mariah Mudrow wins state competition

Mariah Mudrow placed first in Children’s Literature at the Arizona Educator’s Rising state competition with a perfect score.

Although one of the smallest schools at state, Fredonia High School continues to show off their Early Childhood Education students by once again qualifying for national competition.

Jeanne Crookston, Early Childhood Education instructor, not only prepares students for competition, but offers her students six credits a year of dual enrolled credit with Coconino Community College.

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Kindergartners get a taste of community service. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| April 27, 2016
Kindergartners get a taste of community service. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Sechrist Elementary School kindergarten students got a chance to help provide food for children their own age by packaging food for Feeding Northern Arizona’s Future.

Their teacher, Stefani Whitcomb, became involved in Feeding Northern Arizona’s Future in August of 2014, and said she wanted her students to experience giving back to the community at a young age.

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Culinary Arts students win scholarships at Skills USA competition. See more Williams News education stories here

| April 27, 2016
Culinary Arts students win scholarships at Skills USA competition. See more Williams News education stories here

Williams High School culinary students took home honors and scholarships at the SkillsUSA Arizona Championships March 29-30 in Phoenix.

Junior Eric Belmontes placed second in the culinary competition with his recipe for sautéed chicken in a mushroom pan sauce with a sautéed green vegetable, glazed carrots and rice pilaf. He was awarded a $12,000 scholarship to the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, and a $2,000 scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America in New York (CIA).

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Grand Canyon senior Deya Ramos receives $55,000 in scholarship offers. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

| April 27, 2016
Grand Canyon senior Deya Ramos receives $55,000 in scholarship offers. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

After receiving three scholarship offers worth a grand total of $55,000 from three of the top universities in the state, Grand Canyon School (GCS) senior Deya Ramos decided she’s going to throw in her hat with Arizona State University (ASU) this fall.

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Page school district making strides toward retaining good teachers. See more regional education stories here

| April 27, 2016
Page school district making strides toward retaining good teachers. See more regional education stories here

During the school years between 2013 and 2015, 29 certified Page Unified School District staff members — the majority of which were teachers — broke their contracts early or without notice. Nineteen of those staffers broke contracts between school years during the summer months, but the other 10 left in the middle of the school year; abandoning their classrooms and the students who learned in them.

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Flagstaff student is a finalist in TeenDrive365 video challenge

| April 20, 2016
Flagstaff student is a finalist in TeenDrive365 video challenge

Toyota and Discovery Education announced (April 16) that Keaton Scherpereel, a homeschooled student in Flagstaff, Ariz. triumphed over more than 1,500 entrants from across the country – the highest number of submissions ever received in the competition’s 5-year history – to be one of the top ten finalists in the annual Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge.

Now through April 25, these top ten videos will be posted online for the public to vote for the People’s Choice Winner, as well as inspire other teens across the nation to drive more safely and avoid risky behavior.

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State, non-profits and schools zero in on ways to retain teachers (Part 2)

| April 20, 2016
State, non-profits and schools zero in on ways to retain teachers (Part 2)

With a ballot measure focused on education funding set to go to Arizona voters on May 17, Arizona teachers in many public schools may see raises in the year ahead, which educators and teacher advocates say would begin to address one of four key areas that their research points to as contributing to Arizona’s teacher shortage.

The Arizona Department of Education, a Tucson non-profit and school districts around the state are zeroing in on the other three – mentoring, on-going training and positive working environments – to hold on to effective teachers and entice new ones into the profession.

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Texas, Arizona high schools dominate new U.S. News rankings

| April 20, 2016
Texas, Arizona high schools dominate new U.S. News rankings

High schools in the Southwest dominate the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings of the country’s best high schools, taking six of the top 10 spots in the rankings released Tuesday.

Texas and Arizona high schools earned the top four rankings, and the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology a Fairfax County, Va. magnet school, was in the fifth spot nationally.

The news magazine collected data on more than 21,500 schools for the report, which for the first time included graduation rates as a factor in the rankings.

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Helios Education Foundation Launches $5.1 Million College Knowing & Going Initiative Benefitting 83 Arizona High Schools

| April 20, 2016
Helios Education Foundation Launches $5.1 Million College Knowing & Going Initiative Benefitting 83 Arizona High Schools

Only 37 percent of Arizona’s adult population has an associate degree or higher, with that number dropping in half for the Latino population. Recognizing the need to close this gap, Helios Education Foundation today announced a $5.1 million investment in its new College Knowing & Going initiative, a college and career readiness program supporting 18 school districts throughout Arizona (including three FUSD schools), many of which represent low-income, Latino student populations. The initiative was unveiled (April 13) during the Foundation’s ACT Summit at the Hyatt in downtown Phoenix to more than 160 attendees.

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Marshall Elementary violin performance (in Flagstaff)

| April 20, 2016
Marshall Elementary violin performance (in Flagstaff)

It’s springtime in Flagstaff and that means it’s time for the 16th Annual Marshall Magnet School Suzuki Violin concert at Heritage Square downtown. This year’s performance, featuring hundreds of Marshall Kindergarten, first, and second graders, will take place on Thursday, May 5th, at 12:00 PM. We are very excited to showcase the work of our hardworking and talented students, as well as a vibrant sea of hundreds of Marshall-blue T-shirts, as we take-over downtown and celebrate the accomplishments of over 300 students!

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