Tag: Flagstaff Unified School District

Local Education Spotlight — Arizona Board of Regents announces José Luis Cruz as Northern Arizona University presidential finalist. See more local education news here

| February 23, 2021
Local Education Spotlight —  Arizona Board of Regents announces José Luis Cruz as Northern Arizona University presidential finalist. See more local education news here

The Arizona Board of Regents announced today that José Luis Cruz is the finalist for the position of the 17th president of Northern Arizona University.

“Dr. Cruz has an extraordinary record of academic leadership, and I am confident he is the right leader to build on NAU’s success and ensure a bold and boundless future for this beloved and historic university,” said ABOR Chair Larry E. Penley. “He is a proven innovator in higher education who keenly understands the enormous opportunities that NAU offers as well as the challenges facing higher education. His unsurpassed commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, coupled with a long track record as a leading national advocate to improve educational outcomes for all students—especially those who have historically been underserved—will serve Arizona and NAU well. I am personally honored that he has accepted the opportunity to be the next president of NAU and offer my sincere congratulations.”

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Local Education Spotlight — Page Public Library is a star library. See more local education news here

| February 16, 2021
Local Education Spotlight —  Page Public Library is a star library. See more local education news here

The Library Journal has announced its star libraries for 2020, and yes, the Page Public Library is one of them.  

The Library Journal is pleased to announce the results of the 13th edition of the LJ Index of Public Library Service. The LJ Index rates U.S. public libraries based on selected per capita output measures.

The 2020 Index derives from data recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Page Public Library, or the PPL, plays a critical role in connecting community members to vital resources and programs, they are the heart of the Page community. They are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to huge resources of information and knowledge.

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Local Education Spotlight — Coconino County appoints Cheryl Mango-Paget as Superintendent of Schools. See more local education news here

| February 2, 2021
Local Education Spotlight — Coconino County appoints Cheryl Mango-Paget as Superintendent of Schools. See more local education news here

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has appointed Cheryl Mango-Paget as Coconino County Superintendent of Schools effective immediately.

Mango-Paget has served as the Associate Superintendent for Coconino County since 2012, holds a certificate to teach in schools in the state of Arizona, and holds Arizona administrator and superintendent certifications. Mango-Paget has classroom experience as a teacher and administrator, and expertise and passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education (STEM).

“I’m honored to serve Coconino County as the Superintendent of Schools,” said Mango-Paget. “Education is my passion and I look forward to continuing to improve the educational outcomes for our students and training for our teachers. Our future is built on the success we have educating the children and young adults of our county.” 

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Local Education Spotlight — Diné student-athlete accepted to dream school Stanford. See more local education news here

| January 26, 2021
Local Education Spotlight — Diné student-athlete accepted to dream school Stanford. See more local education news here

In early December, Neve Redhair learned that she had been accepted to Stanford University.

Redhair, a Page High senior, is an active, Diné student. She serves as the student body public relations coordinator, and she’s on the basketball and volleyball teams. She has played on the girls’ varsity basketball team since she was a freshman.

When she was a freshman and a sophomore, respectively, she was part of the team that was crowned 3A champions, and last year they took second in state. This year the talented senior was going to be one of its starters and team captains, but the Arizona Interscholastic Association canceled the season last Friday.

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Local Education Spotlight — The CocoNuts Robotics Team. See more local education news here

| January 19, 2021
Local Education Spotlight — The CocoNuts Robotics Team. See more local education news here

If you aren’t already familiar with the innovative, young group that is the CocoNuts Robotics team we are glad to change that. If you are already familiar, stay tuned to learn what they have planned for the future. The first Northern Arizona robotics team of its kind, the CocoNuts were founded right here in Flagstaff at Coconino High School in 2007. Not only have they built exemplarary robots and received many prestigious awards, but are also heavily involved in the community. ​

Let’s take a moment to celebrate these amazing young people that make up the CocoNuts and acknowledge their impact on our STEM community. 

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Local Education Spotlight — Page ASU grad discovers passion for science, humanities and the arts. See more local education news here

| January 12, 2021
Local Education Spotlight — Page ASU grad discovers passion for science, humanities and the arts. See more local education news here

When first-generation college student Sofia Vine started out at Arizona State University in 2017, she wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to study or pursue as a career.

But over the next three-and-a-half years, Vine said she truly discovered herself while developing a passion for biology, performing arts, women and gender studies, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. 

Vine grew up in the small town of Page, Arizona, and chose to attend ASU because she wanted to experience new things and meet new people while staying somewhat close to home. She started her journey at ASU’s West campus and decided to pursue biology with an emphasis on neuroscience, physiology, and behavior when she realized how interesting she found the human body and living organisms. 

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Local Education Spotlight — FUSD Governing Board holds virtual Oath of Office Ceremony. See more local education news here

| January 4, 2021
Local Education Spotlight — FUSD Governing Board holds virtual Oath of Office Ceremony. See more local education news here

The Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board held a virtual Oath of Office Ceremony on Monday, Jan. 4. The event was opened by FUSD Superintendent Michael Penca, who introduced Coconino County Superintendent, Dr. Tommy Lewis. Lewis then facilitated the Oath of Office in a virtual ceremony for Christine Fredericks, Carole Gilmore, and Dorothy Denetsosie Gishie noting their election at the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election to the Governing Board of the Flagstaff Unified School District for a term of four years expiring in December 2024. 

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Local Education Spotlight — K-12 Education Year in Review: Remote learning, traditions and new developments in Flagstaff. See more local education news here

| December 29, 2020
Local Education Spotlight —  K-12 Education Year in Review: Remote learning, traditions and new developments in Flagstaff. See more local education news here

Following an executive order from Gov. Doug Ducey in March to slow the spread of COVID-19, Arizona schools postponed the return of their students after spring break. Locally, however, that delay only increased as Flagstaff Unified School District, public charters and private schools worked to protect students while also continuing their education and traditions as one school year became another. Here are Flagstaff’s top K-12 education stories from 2020:

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Local Education Spotlight — Computer Science Week at Killip Elementary. See more local education news here

| December 22, 2020
Local Education Spotlight —  Computer Science Week at Killip Elementary. See more local education news here

Like most things this year, Computer Science Week at Killip Elementary looked a little different. Killip held a virtual computer science celebration during the week of December 7-12 in honor of Admiral Grace Hopper – Pioneer of Computer Science – who was born on December 9, 1906. The goal of the event was to increase student interest in computer science as well as expose the crucial role that computer science plays in everyday life. Guest speakers from W.L. Gore, High Country Humane Society, and even the Flagstaff Police Department presented virtual guest talks through Zoom to students and families showing how computer science is used in their jobs.

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Local Education Spotlight — Connecting with NASA: Williams Falcons Flyers after school program selected for STEM Challenge

| December 15, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Connecting with NASA: Williams Falcons Flyers after school program selected for STEM Challenge

Over the next few months, students at Williams Elementary-Middle School will be looking beyond the Earth’s sky and up at the stars as they use real mission data and experiences in a unique partnership with NASA. The school is one of 10 locations to be chosen to represent Arizona in the NASA STEM Challenges for the 2020-2021 school year.

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