Tag: Flagstaff High School

Sinagua Middle School students take a stand for history. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| February 1, 2017
Sinagua Middle School students take a stand for history. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Hundreds of student projects filled the Sinagua Middle School gym, detailing different events, people and organizations that the students decided represented a moment when someone took a stand in history.

Social studies teacher Veronica Villegas got the school involved in National History Day, a nationwide contest where students present a research project related to that year’s topic. Sinagua has participated in the contest for the last six years, and students have advanced to regional and state competitions.

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FALA students paint luggage for foster kids. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| June 1, 2016
FALA students paint luggage for foster kids. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Students at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy are working to make moving around to different foster homes a little easier for children in Arizona.

“When foster kids are removed from homes, they often have to put their things in black trash bags,” FALA art teacher Janeece Henes said. “We want to make it a little easier on them, and give them something to carry their things in.”

Henes’ class decided to solve the problem with a project they call “Love Luggage,” where students paint the outside of hard paneled suitcases and fill them with items that might provide comfort, hygiene or entertainment for children in the foster care system.

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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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Expect More Arizona puts spotlight on FHS’s Randy Hopson

| March 2, 2016
Expect More Arizona puts spotlight on FHS’s Randy Hopson

“If you go into teaching because you want to teach students about the importance of your content, you’ll never last. It’s got to be about the kids – your students. If you don’t look forward to seeing them every day, with all their quirks, this job will be miserable instead of being the best job in the world. For me, I enjoy every minute of teaching because I get to interact with my students and make an impact on their lives.” – Randy Hopson, Government Teacher, Flagstaff High School

Please join us in thanking Mr. Hopson for making it about the kids and impacting their lives!

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Flagstaff Early Childhood Fair to be held at Flagstaff High School on April 9

| March 1, 2016
Flagstaff Early Childhood Fair to be held at Flagstaff High School on April 9

Flagstaff Early Childhood Fair 2016… Full Steam Ahead! April 9, 2016 at Flagstaff High School!

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Coconino and Flagstaff CyberPatriot team advances to next round

| February 24, 2016
Coconino and Flagstaff CyberPatriot team advances to next round

A team from Coconino High School’s JROTC Program, comprised of students from both Coconino and Flagstaff High Schools, in Flagstaff, AZ recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the eighth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

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‘Hallway hero’ saves student with Heimlich. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| February 10, 2016
‘Hallway hero’ saves student with Heimlich. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

A walk through a hallway Wednesday afternoon turned a Flagstaff High School senior into a hero.

“The kid was on the floor, gasping for air, and his friends were standing around, looking shocked,” Monty Grant said. “I asked his friend if he was OK and the friend said he didn’t know. I asked the kid if he was choking and he nodded his head yes.”

Grant, a lifeguard trained in CPR and first aid, stepped in and knew exactly what to do. He performed the Heimlich maneuver on the choking student, dislodging a jalapeno pepper from his throat and opening his airway again.

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Flagstaff counselor honored at White House as counselor of the year

| February 3, 2016
Flagstaff counselor honored at White House as counselor of the year

WASHINGTON – Flagstaff High School guidance counselor Katherine Pastor said it’s enough to know her work helps make a difference in students’ lives – but the hugs from Michelle Obama were probably nice to get, too.

The first lady on Thursday named Pastor the 2016 counselor of the year, singling her out from 42 other guidance counselors from around the country who were at the White House to be honored for their work.

“In just seven short years, Flagstaff High School has seen a 13 percent increase in college acceptance rates and a 50 percent increase in the number of colleges that visit their campus,” Obama said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

She said Pastor “wants nothing more than to see students succeed and become the best versions of themselves.”

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New FHS orchestra teacher to train the young ‘padawans.’ See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| January 20, 2016
New FHS orchestra teacher to train the young ‘padawans.’ See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

David Cripps may now be the Flagstaff High School orchestra teacher, but the celebrated horn player still gets asked about another performance, a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. …

Cripps played the lead horn in the London Symphony Orchestra under Grammy-winning composer John Williams when the score for Star Wars was recorded. All of the horn solo parts in the three original Star Wars movies were played by Cripps, including “Princess Leia’s Theme.”

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For the love of music: FHS students organize orchestra concert. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| December 23, 2015
For the love of music: FHS students organize orchestra concert. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Flagstaff High School orchestra members and alumni took matters into their own hands after finding out their holiday concert was going to be canceled.

The group had been through a string of substitute teachers after the orchestra teacher resigned her position in the middle of the semester, FHS Principal Tony Cullen said.

Orchestra member Zachary Odem said the group’s fall concert had already been canceled, and the group wanted to play a winter concert.

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