Tag: FUSD

Local Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in STEAM — David Krassner & Shawn Skabelund: Ancient Waters. See more local education news here

| March 3, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in STEAM — David Krassner & Shawn Skabelund: Ancient Waters. See more local education news here

During the Spring of 2019 David Krassner’s AP Environmental Science students collaborated with artist Shawn Skabelund in creating a large-scale art installation, Ancient Waters, which focused on the biological and chemical research done at Fossil Creek, April 4-6, 2019. David led his 30 students on this three day field trip, and then worked with several of them preparing the work of art.

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Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Dr. Alice Christie. See more local education news here

| January 27, 2020
Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Dr. Alice Christie. See more local education news here

Dr. Alice Christie has dedicated her life to serving others. Currently in her 54th year as an educator, she taught in the K-12 arena for 20+ years, was a professor of education at Arizona State University for 20+ years and spent 9 years traveling to 37 states to provide STEM education workshops to over 5000 PK-12 teachers. In 2017, she founded and self-funded Tynkertopia, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Flagstaff.

Christie, founder of Tynkertopia in Flagstaff, was named a finalist in the 2020 Viola Awards in the Excellence in Arts Education category)

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Education Spotlight: One hundred days for Fredonia School Superintendent Gilmore. See more local education news here

| December 9, 2019
Education Spotlight: One hundred days for Fredonia School Superintendent Gilmore. See more local education news here

(Tod) Gilmore sees his initial tenure here as three 100-day periods. The first 100 days he has spent “getting to know the Fredonia way.”

Essentially observing and learning how things are done, and why. He asks, “Do we do things the way we’ve always done because it’s the best and proven way to do something? Or is it an inertia issue that we need to look at as a community?”

Gilmore believes graduates of FHS should know they have no limits, should know what their dreams are, and be equipped to actualize those dreams. He feels this is a virtue of being a smaller high school, “we have an incredible ability to really know our students, and the smaller class sizes can be very powerful if we take advantage of it.”

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Education Spotlight: Attracting students to policing, emergency services. See more local education news here

| December 2, 2019
Education Spotlight: Attracting students to policing, emergency services. See more local education news here

The high school students listened intently to the 9-1-1 call. The woman told the dispatcher that her baby wasn’t breathing. The dispatcher, calmly, walked the mother through the steps of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until emergency crews could arrive.

“We are all super passionate about what we do,” said Katie Brandis, Communications Manager at the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility in Flagstaff. And, even though the work is stressful, she added, it is also very rewarding and dispatchers often make a difference between life and death.

Twelve students from area high schools spent the day on Nov. 14 at the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility learning about the careers in policing and emergency services available in Flagstaff and in the county. The event, the second installment of a two-day series, was organized by the Coconino County Arizona @ Work Business Service team, of which Coconino Community College is a member.

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Education Spotlight: Board taps Navajo Nation educator for County Superintendent of Schools. See more local education news here

| November 11, 2019
Education Spotlight: Board taps Navajo Nation educator for County Superintendent of Schools. See more local education news here

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors selected Dr. Tommy Lewis as the new Superintendent of Schools. The Board confirmed the appointment during the regular Board meeting on Nov. 5 and Dr. Lewis will begin his service on Nov. 18.

Dr. Lewis replaces Dr. Risha VanderWey, who began serving as the Tuba City School District Superintendent in August. Dr. Lewis’ term runs until Dec. 31, 2020. A primary and general election will be held in 2020 for a new term beginning in 2021.

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Education Spotlight: Lights On Afterschool Future Leaders Town Hall to be held Oct. 24 at CCC. See more local education news here

| October 21, 2019
Education Spotlight: Lights On Afterschool Future Leaders Town Hall to be held Oct. 24 at CCC. See more local education news here

The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) is working with Arizona Town Hall to carry out three Future Leaders Town Hall (FLTH) events in Maricopa, Pinal and Coconino counties. The Future Leaders Town Hall in Flagstaff, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, is being organized in a partnership with Coconino County, LAUNCH Flagstaff and the venue sponsor Coconino Community College.

With these events the hope is to bring attention to the value of out-of-school time programming as a significant component on the Future Leaders Town Hall topic of Strong Families Thriving Children.

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Education Spotlight: Record number of families attend CCC&Y’s Early Childhood Fair. See more local education news here

| October 1, 2019
Education Spotlight: Record number of families attend CCC&Y’s Early Childhood Fair. See more local education news here

A record of more than 500 visitors took part in the Flagstaff’s Festival of Science, CCC&Y’s 9thAnnual Early Childhood Fair on Sept. 28 at Flagstaff High School.

The theme of the event was Full “S.T.E.A.M.” Ahead.

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Education Spotlight: New (Page Unified School District) teachers receive Navajo cultural orientation. See more local education news here

| August 19, 2019
Education Spotlight: New (Page Unified School District) teachers receive Navajo cultural orientation. See more local education news here

Twenty-four newly hired teachers, and two newly-hired counselors, two weeks ago spent a day learning about Navajo culture and traditions as part of their new teacher orientation. About 78 percent of Page Unified School District’s student population is Navajo, and they come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, home situations and lifestyles.

“It’s something we do to teach our new teachers where their Navajo students are coming from,” said PUSD Human Resources Director Terry Maurer.

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Mount Elden Middle School renovation begins. See local education news here

| July 23, 2019
Mount Elden Middle School renovation begins. See local education news here

With the crash, crunch and squeal of a yellow excavator, prowling and chomping down like a starved creature, the first phase of the Mount Elden Middle School renovation began.

It took just over an hour Wednesday morning for the excavator to demolish the 40-year old modular building holding the school’s 600-wing: puncturing the roof like a balloon, crumpling walls as easily as paper and pulling out wires until they snapped.

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STEMMYs recognize STEM leaders, new STEM City director. See more local education news here

| June 4, 2019
STEMMYs recognize STEM leaders, new STEM City director. See more local education news here

By Kaitlin Olson • Arizona Daily Sun Whether looking up to the stars or down to microorganisms, creating new technologies or improving existing ones, Flagstaff is home to science, technology, engineering and mathematics enthusiasts young and old who were recognized this week at STEM City’s seventh annual STEM Awards (“STEMMYs”). About 50 community members gathered at […]

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