Tag: Page Unified School District

Local Education Spotlight — Navajo youth, Alyssa Williams, wins Arizona license plate seal design contest. See more local education news here

| August 25, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Navajo youth, Alyssa Williams, wins Arizona license plate seal design contest. See more local education news here

Flagstaff High School senior Alyssa Williams is just at the beginning of her graphic design career, but already she has notched two big wins — she was part of the pair who won the Vans Custom Culture Contest in 2019, and now her design has won the Code Talker Seal Design Contest that will be featured on an Arizona specialty license plate.

The contest was held in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations to design a seal to reflect the historical and unique contributions made by the Code Talkers of many different tribes across the United States.

The Code Talkers Seal Design Committee selected five designs based on artwork and an essay describing how the design honors all Code Talkers and how it has impacted them personally.

Williams’ design won with 61 percent of the 20,565 votes cast.

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Local Education Spotlight — FUSD — Welcome Back Everyone! See more local education news

| August 18, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — FUSD — Welcome Back Everyone! See more local education news

Welcome back everyone! It has been an exciting first day of school. Thank you to everyone who shared their first day photos.

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Education Spotlight — FHS’s Emily Musta Receives Fulbright Award. See more local education news

| August 4, 2020
Education Spotlight — FHS’s Emily Musta Receives Fulbright Award. See more local education news

Emily Musta of Flagstaff High School in Flagstaff, Arizona has been selected for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research (Fulbright DA) Program to New Zealand, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Musta is one of approximately 22 U.S. citizens who will travel to 10 countries around the world in spring 2021 on the Fulbright DA Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S government and was created to increase mutual understanding and build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems. The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe.

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Education Spotlight — Flagstaff STEM City — Highlighting Indigenous Scientists: Aaron Yazzie. See more local education news

| July 28, 2020
Education Spotlight — Flagstaff STEM City — Highlighting Indigenous Scientists: Aaron Yazzie. See more local education news

This week’s featured Indigenous scientist is Aaron Yazzie. Aaron was born in Tuba City, Arizona, and was raised in Holbrook, Arizona, the seat of Navajo County.

Yazzie attended Stanford University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2008. In September of that year, he started working for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. There, he designs mechanical systems for robotic space research systems. He has contributed to the Mars Science Laboratory Rover missions, the Mars InSight Lander Mission, and the Mars 2020 Rover Mission, the latter of which is due to launch on July 30th, 2020. You can check out a 3D visualization of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover here.

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Bilingual update — Flagstaff Unified School District to Start School Year with Remote Learning. See more local education news

| July 21, 2020
Bilingual update — Flagstaff Unified School District to Start School Year with Remote Learning. See more local education news

The Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board approved a recommendation to have all students begin the 2020-2021 school year, on August 17, 2020, in Flexible Remote Learning and Distance Learning options only and delay the start of In-Person Learning at school sites at least through the first quarter (October 9, 2020).  The recommendation to move entirely to online remote learning was based on significant levels of spread and positive cases of COVID-19 in local communities and the state of Arizona, and the District’s commitment to the health and safety of students, FUSD staff, and vulnerable members of our communities.

“Making this decision now provides more certainty about the start of the school year, and enables staff to focus solely on preparing for high quality remote and distance learning,” said FUSD Superintendent Michael Penca. “We know this decision impacts our students, families, and community, and we appreciate their understanding and flexibility as we deal with the implications of this global pandemic.”

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Local Education Spotlight — Page Students Begin Online Instruction August 10th. See more back-to-school planning and other local education news here

| July 14, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Page Students Begin Online Instruction August 10th. See more back-to-school planning and other local education news here

Page Unified classes will be back in session on August 10, 2020, but it will be a virtual beginning for the school year, according to new Page Unified School Superintendent, Larry Wallen. He says the current plan is to distribute computers to all students by the 10th with students then making a physical return to classes on August 17, 2020.

Due to the nature of the pandemic, current plans are fluid and may change before those target dates roll around but, that is the current game plan for now. Parents and students are encouraged to be patient as the details are worked out and also flexible, especially if the current plans don’t work out.  There is also the very real possibility that students will start on the 17th but then, at some point, may need to return to online instruction during the course of the pandemic.

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Local Education Spotlight: High School Senior Recognition Begins (April 13) at Cromer Stadium. See more local education news here

| April 13, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: High School Senior Recognition Begins (April 13) at Cromer Stadium. See more local education news here

All Flagstaff senior high school students at Coconino High School, Flagstaff High School, and Summit High School will be recognized beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, for the next twenty days by turning on the Cromer Field lights for twenty minutes beginning at 8:20 p.m.  The recognition begins at 20:20 military time each night to honor all Northern Arizona seniors in the 2020 graduating class.

“We want a way to recognize our seniors while still following CDC recommended social distancing practices,” shares Coconino High School Principal Stacie Zanzucchi.  “This is a special time for seniors and we hope that this demonstrates our ongoing commitment to ensure they are recognized for all of their hard work and celebrated for the journey that is still ahead.”

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FUSD, other districts, continue ‘Grab & Go’ Food Service for students

| March 31, 2020
FUSD, other districts, continue ‘Grab & Go’ Food Service for students

School districts across Coconino County have launched grab and go breakfast and lunch food service during the unanticipated school closures due to COVID-19 outbreak.

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Local Education Spotlight: FALA’s Eugene Brosseau named NAZ Today Teacher of the Week. See more local education news here

| March 17, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: FALA’s  Eugene Brosseau named NAZ Today Teacher of the Week. See more local education news here

As another week rolls by, another teacher is highlighted for their work in the classroom. Eugene Brosseau, an art teacher at the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA), is our Teacher of the week, and NAZ Today’s Justin Dubail was there to speak with him. Brosseau got his love for the arts in high school, where he was inspired by his art teacher, and encouraged to go into the field of being an educator.

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Education Spotlight: Teacher of the Week Eli Chapman. See more local education news here

| November 4, 2019
Education Spotlight: Teacher of the Week Eli Chapman. See more local education news here

Eli Chapman, a Flagstaff Junior Academy teacher, was recently named NAZ Today Teacher of the Week.

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