Tag: Education-Spotlight

CocoNuts host AZ and NM Robotics Championship

| February 12, 2019
CocoNuts host AZ and NM Robotics Championship

The Coconino High School CocoNuts will host the Arizona and New Mexico FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Northern Arizona University Fieldhouse. The event will feature 48 FIRST Tech Challenge Teams that have advanced from one of 11 qualifying tournaments that took place from November through February. The top teams from this Championship will advance to the FIRST World Championship in Houston, TX April 17-20, 2019.

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2019 Viola Awards nominees announced for Excellence in Arts, Science Education categories

| February 5, 2019
2019 Viola Awards nominees announced for Excellence in Arts, Science Education categories

The Flagstaff Arts Council has named:

Allison Gruber – Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy
Shayne Smith – Flagstaff High School
Kathy Marron – Thomas Elementary School
Joe Maniglia – Theatrikos Theatre Company
Faun Nichols – Sechrist Elementary School
as 2019 Viola Awards nominees in the Excellence in Arts Education category.

The Flagstaff Arts Council also named:

Kelley Smith – Coconino High School
Susan Brown – Northland Preparatory Academy
Rich Krueger – Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy
Melinda McKinney – Coconino Community College
as 2019 Viola Awards nominees in the Excellence in Science Education category.

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Rook takes knight for science at CCC

| January 29, 2019
Rook takes knight for science at CCC

Shantia Nez, 12, seventh-grader from Kaibeto Boarding School, concentrated on her opponent’s move.

Bishop overpowered pawn.

“I like the curiosity of what’s going to happen next,” Nez said.

Nez was one of more than 70 players at the fifth annual Flagstaff All-Girls Chess Tournament at Coconino Community College Saturday, Jan. 26. The tournament was an opportunity for girls and women across northern Arizona to test their chess skills and learn about the importance of women and minorities being involved in the career fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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Flagstaff Middle Schoolers Imagine ‘Future Cities’

| January 22, 2019
Flagstaff Middle Schoolers Imagine ‘Future Cities’

What will cities look like 100 years from now? Eighth grade students at Sinagua Middle School are dreaming up their own ideas. It’s part of the national Future City contest which teaches science, engineering skills, and imagination. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports on their creative solutions to today’s problems.

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Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff. See more education news here

| December 27, 2018
Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff. See more education news here

LAUNCH Flagstaff was created to improve educational outcomes for local students. LAUNCH (Learn, Advocate, Unite, Network, Contribute, Help) is working toward improving five key metrics, including: kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading, eighth-grade math, high school graduation and postsecondary attainment. …

LAUNCH is currently focused on tackling early literacy, with an eye toward improving third grade reading levels. To do that, they’ll work to improve literacy in early years, from birth through age eight.

Recently, LAUNCH Flagstaff was awarded Acceleration Zone status by Read On Arizona, which will allow them to closely monitor literacy data and identify strategies for improving reading skills.

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Nominations now open for Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth’s 2019 Caring for Children Awards

| December 20, 2018
Nominations now open for Coconino Coalition  for Children & Youth’s 2019 Caring for Children Awards

Do you know someone in Coconino County who makes a difference in the lives of children?

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Caring for Children Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals from throughout Coconino County who work to make this a better place for our youngest community members.

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Coconuts announce results of 11th annual Flagstaff FIRST Lego League Tournament

| December 11, 2018
Coconuts announce results of 11th annual Flagstaff FIRST Lego League Tournament

The Coconino High School “CocoNuts” FIRST Robotics Team hosted its 11th annual Flagstaff FIRST Lego League Tournament on Dec. 8. Twenty-three teams of fourth through eighth graders from all over Northern Arizona competed in this year’s game “Into Orbit.” The “Into Orbit” game challenged teams to examine problems humans might encounter during long-term space flight.

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Flagstaff’s San Francisco de Asis Catholic School Bolsters Preschool Program

| December 5, 2018
Flagstaff’s San Francisco de Asis Catholic School Bolsters Preschool Program

In Flagstaff, the oldest continually run Catholic school in the state now boasts an award-winning preschool. While the school itself includes classes up to grade eight, the preschool is preparing local three- and four-year-olds for their foray into kindergarten.

With two preschool classrooms for 39 students, San Francisco de Asis Catholic School (SFdA) was recently honored with a five-star rating through Arizona’s First Things First Quality First program. The rating is the highest available and a first for the First Things First Coconino region.

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NAZ Today ‘Teacher of the Week: Peter Holloway.’ See more education news here

| November 30, 2018
NAZ Today ‘Teacher of the Week: Peter Holloway.’ See more education news here

This week’s Teacher of the Week is Peter Holloway, a teacher at Ponderosa High School. He started off teaching at a juvenile detention center, where he says he learned that honesty is key to helping students succeed.

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NAU one of 130 universities to help launch national effort to increase college access, equity, postsecondary attainment

| November 20, 2018
NAU one of 130 universities to help launch national effort to increase college access, equity, postsecondary attainment

Northern Arizona University announced recently that it is participating in a massive new effort with 130 public universities and systems to increase college access, close the achievement gap and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), which is organizing the collaborative effort, announced the Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success at its 131st annual conference in New Orleans.

The participating institutions will work within “clusters” of four to 12 institutions as they concurrently implement innovative and effective practices to advance student success on their campuses. Collectively, the institutions enroll 3 million students, including 1 million students who receive Pell Grants.

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