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Local Education Spotlight — Congratulations to our 2021 STEMmy Award winners. See more local education news here

| May 11, 2021
Local Education Spotlight —   Congratulations to our 2021 STEMmy Award winners. See more local education news here

Congratulations to our 2021 STEMmy Award winners. STEMmy awards, an annual award given to organizations and individuals who are STEAM leaders in the greater Flagstaff community. This year, we are excited to recognize Oscar Landa-Samano from Coconino High School as our Student of the Year, W F Killip Elementary School’s Sheryl Wells as our Teacher of the Year, Moran Henn and Cassandra Roberts from Willow Bend Environmental Education Center and Zachery Fountain from Flagstaff Unified School District as our Community Leaders of the Year.

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Local Education Spotlight — Applicants sought from Coconino County for multiple Governing Board Seats for Appointment. See more local education news here

| March 23, 2021
Local Education Spotlight — Applicants sought from Coconino County for multiple Governing Board Seats for Appointment. See more local education news here

Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Mango-Paget is seeking applicants for appointment to three school districts which include: 

• Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry, and Technology (CAVIAT) Fredonia (1 seat),  
• Fredonia-Moccasin USD #6 (1 seat), 
• Maine Consolidated USD #10 (2 seats)

Applicants must be Arizona registered voters and residents of the school district for at least one year prior to the date of appointment.   Applicants or their spouses cannot be an employee of the district.

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Local Education Spotlight — CCC students receive more COVID relief funds. See more local education news here

| March 16, 2021
Local Education Spotlight —  CCC students receive more COVID relief funds. See more local education news here

Students attending Coconino Community College for the spring semester will receive a new round of federal COVID relief funds to help them with the cost of college.

On Dec. 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief and Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was passed into law. CCC will be awarding at least $552,365 in financial aid grants to students. The awards will likely range from $100 to $500 depending on the number of applicants. 

“We are thrilled to have an opportunity to continue helping students achieve their education during the pandemic through grants and specialized attention,” said CCC President Dr. Colleen A. Smith. “Through generous help from others, CCC has money to help students go to college, so I encourage you to gear up for summer and fall semester and get started on your future. CCC has both in-person and virtual classes in the schedule.”

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Local Education Spotlight — FUSD Return to School Plan Update and Governor EO 2021-04. See more local education news here

| March 9, 2021
Local Education Spotlight — FUSD Return to School Plan Update and Governor EO 2021-04. See more local education news here

Executive Order 2021-04 issued by Governor Ducey on Wednesday, March 4, 2021, requires all Arizona schools to return to in-person instruction after their scheduled spring break.  This order aligns with the decisions and timelines made by the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) Governing Board last month to begin our phased return to in-person learning on March 22, 2021.  To comply with the executive order, the FUSD will modify the grade bands returning during the week of March 22 to include all elementary students in grades PK-5.   

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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 — 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 — Graduate Esther Cadman: After overcoming abuse, Navajo student find her way back to earn her Ph.D. See more local education news here

| November 17, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Graduate Esther Cadman: After overcoming abuse, Navajo student find her way back to earn her Ph.D. See more local education news here

When she was in fourth grade, Esther Cadman’s teacher asked her a question that changed her life: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It’s a simple question every elementary school student has been asked, but for Cadman, this question opened the door to future possibilities, which was an idea she never had before: that she could be whatever she wanted. For that 10-year-old in Albuquerque, New Mexico, living in a home with alcoholism and domestic violence, that meant earning a doctorate.

Spoiler: She defended her dissertation a few weeks ago and on Nov. 22, she will graduate, being the first in her family to earn a Ph.D.

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Local Education Spotlight — Bilingual report: Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for October 5th. See more local education news here

| September 29, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Bilingual report: Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for October 5th. See more local education news here

Participants need to RSVP by Thursday, October 1st at 6:00 p.m.

The Flagstaff Unified School District Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism Task Force will host a digital virtual town hall meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. so that the community can provide insights on work in the areas of curriculum, professional development, staff diversity, and student behavior/social emotional learning.  The information gathered at the meeting will be considered as part of the Task Force’s report to the FUSD Governing Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Individuals interested in participating in the town hall are invited to RSVP via a form available here.  There is a cap on the number of active participants due to technology constraints, but the event will also be live streamed to the Flagstaff Unified School District Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo accounts so that the public can view the meeting.

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Education Spotlight — The 2020 Flagstaff Festival of Science Begins Sept. 18! See more local education news here

| September 15, 2020
Education Spotlight — The 2020 Flagstaff Festival of Science Begins Sept. 18! See more local education news here

The 31st annual Flagstaff Festival of Science is nearly here, and that means it’s time to participate in the “Best 10 Days of the Year.” This year, we celebrate the Superpowers of Science through more than 60 FREE events for all ages from Sept. 18-27!

Each year, the Festival’s all-volunteer Board of Directors works to help you indulge your curiosity. This year has presented a special kind of challenge as we tried to find ways to engage and excite you while observing social distancing, but thanks to our innovative partners and technology, we are thrilled to bring you a wide variety of fun and educational events, including online presentations, virtual workshops, classroom talks and guided tours, led by Flagstaff scientists.

This year’s Festival will look a little different, but we continue to emphasize hands-on learning with free science kits; interaction with scientists through online platforms; and opportunities to explore through self-guided tours, socially distanced walks and outdoor activities.

And, as always, we will kick off the Festival with an exceptional ballet performance. On Friday, Sept. 18, the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy will present “The Caped Crusaders of Science” at 6:45 p.m., followed by our W. L. Gore & Associates Keynote Presentation with Earth scientist Christa Sadler, “Tapping into the Superpowers of Science” at 7 p.m.

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