Tag: Corina Vanek

Red tape too much for Flagstaff entrepreneur, teacher

| August 24, 2016
Red tape too much for Flagstaff entrepreneur, teacher

When Bruce Sidlinger moved to Flagstaff, he had goals to expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the city, and create resources for students in the area interested in the subject, but without the means to access expensive equipment.

Now, nearly four years later, Sidlinger says he’s left with an incomplete warehouse, continuous trespassing and litter on his properties and “a ridiculous demand” from the city regarding leasing his property to a tenant. Ridiculous enough, he said, to halt the whole project.

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Tutoring service helps students gain confidence, boost grades. See more Arizona Daily Sun stories here

| August 17, 2016
Tutoring service helps students gain confidence, boost grades. See more Arizona Daily Sun stories here

Janice Woodburne moved to Flagstaff to retire from a long career in education, but when retirement didn’t suit her, she decided to go back to her roots, giving students one-on-one attention to help them succeed in school.

Woodburne founded A Plus Tutoring in 2004, as a former principal, she said she knew the needs of parents and classroom teachers and wanted to provide extra help for students around the city.

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Flagstaff charters lagging in diversity. See more Arizona Daily Sun stories here

| August 10, 2016
Flagstaff charters lagging in diversity. See more Arizona Daily Sun stories here

More than 20 years after Arizona law was changed to allow capped-enrollment charter schools to open in the state, many in and around Flagstaff still struggle to be ethnically representative of the demographics of the city.

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Chief Manuelito ceremony honors high-achieving Navajo youth. See more Arizona Daily Sun stories here

| July 27, 2016
Chief Manuelito ceremony honors high-achieving Navajo youth. See more Arizona Daily Sun stories here

High-achieving Navajo high school graduates were honored at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and Resort Friday morning at the Chief Manuelito Scholars Ceremony.

The scholarship, which gives a qualifying student $7,000 annually for the four years of an undergraduate degree, is awarded to students based on ACT scores, GPA and completion of required coursework, which includes a Navajo language course and Navajo government course.

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Survival camp teaches kids confidence, self-defense. See more Arizona Daily Sun stories here

| July 20, 2016
Survival camp teaches kids confidence, self-defense. See more Arizona Daily Sun stories here

Eating bugs, building fires and learning how to defend against an active shooter might not be what comes to mind when thinking about the typical summer camp experience, but one group in Flagstaff wants to get kids comfortable with defending themselves against the elements or an attacker.

Daniel Pawlicki and his wife, Sarah, the co-owners of Build Your Own Body Personal Training and Flagstaff Krav Maga, began a Youth Summer Survival camp this summer, aimed at teaching elementary and middle school aged children about survival and self-defense.

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The Class of 2016: FALA valedictorian Naomi Francis merging form and function. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| May 25, 2016
The Class of 2016: FALA valedictorian Naomi Francis merging form and function. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy valedictorian Naomi Francis grew up surrounded by creativity, from the design of her family’s home to her hobbies of artwork and dancing.

Francis’ father, Northern Arizona University professor Allen Francis, designed the family’s house to have a net zero energy use, a project that might have inspired Francis to pursue industrial design in college.

“I think living in a design-oriented household helped me be aware of design elements,” she said.

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Arizona Daily Sun reports — Prop.123: Immediate school funding boost vs. long-term strings. Please see related stories

| April 20, 2016
Arizona Daily Sun reports — Prop.123: Immediate school funding boost vs. long-term strings. Please see related stories

Signs around Flagstaff tout Proposition 123 as a way to fund schools without increasing taxes, and some teachers say this is the answer to funding they desperately need.

Opponents, however, say the measure is a way for the state to get out of paying the full amount owed to schools.

Voters statewide will decide the matter May 17, and hanging in the balance is the makeup of public school in Arizona for the next 10 years.

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Cromer students enjoy breakfast at school with dads. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| April 13, 2016
Cromer students enjoy breakfast at school with dads. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Fathers, grandfathers and other family members filled the Cromer Elementary School common room Friday morning, sipping juice or coffee with their students while teachers walked around, handing out doughnuts from a platter.

The annual “Doughnuts with Dad” breakfast drew over 200 students and family members for the spring event. The school also hosts a breakfast in the fall that focuses on the moms, school principal Traci Elam-Gordon said.

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NAU hosts regional high school robotics competition. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| March 16, 2016
NAU hosts regional high school robotics competition. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

The Northern Arizona University Skydome hosted a different kind of competition over the weekend: the FIRST Robotics Arizona North Regional contest, which pitted robots against each other to try to take down a castle.

FIRST stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

The competition, called “Stronghold” and described by the organization as a “high-tech capture the flag” game, required school teams to align with teams from other schools and program and drive their robots to cross barriers and shoot balls into a castle structure in order to complete the task.

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Kinsey students learn with baseball. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| September 2, 2015
Kinsey students learn with baseball. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

By Corina Vanek • Arizona Daily Sun

Representatives from the Arizona Diamondbacks led baseball-related activities at Kinsey Elementary School (Aug. 26) as part of the Science of Baseball program that will be offered through the school’s after-school program….

Nick Perreault, a member of the Diamondbacks’ street marketing team, said the program focuses on showing students that they can use science in all areas of their lives, including sports.

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