Academic Achievements

Denari Talks Boys & Girls Club

Denari has been a Swift Club member for the past year. He’s already involved in the Keystone Club and he plays basketball and football. Q. What advice would you give to younger kids about succeeding in life? A. I would like kids to know that the Boys & Girls Club is a place that will make you a better person …

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Monte Vista School celebrates World Autism Awareness Day

To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, Ms. Bacha’s class and teachers wore matching t-shirts and created a school wide art project. Ms. Bacha’s class regularly takes walking field trips, participates in culinary classes, gardening, spends time with a therapy dog, and other great activities.

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Girls Scout, McKinley Paltzik, Speaks to House of Representatives

McKinley Paltzik presented on behalf of the Girls Scouts on state bill 1184 regarding financial education and money management as part of the curriculum for students in Arizona. Her passionate speech was commented on by Aaron Lieberman, State Representative, via Twitter! McKinley is an eighth grade student at Phoenix Country Day School and a member of the PCDS Middle School …

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Mayrani Talks Boys & Girls Club

Mayrani has been a member of the Robson Branch for two years and she’s a fifth grade student at Palomino Elementary School. She enjoys many of the Club’s programs including basketball, First Tee (golf), robotics, Art Club, Torch Club and Power Hour. Q. What’s your favorite thing about attending the Club? A. Going in the Art Room to make projects, …

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Well Rounded St. John Vianney Third Grader, Troy Romero

Troy is a big Fortnite fan and enjoys playing it on his Nintendo Switch. He has played multiple seasons of indoor soccer at the American Sports Center in Avondale and just recently scored his first ever goal. Troy participated in the SJV Folklorico program and preformed at the Bourgade Catholic High School Winter Festival. He was named to the Principal’s …

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PCDS MIDDLE SCHOOL SPEECH & DEBATE TEAM PLACES 6th in NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

From January 24 – 28, 2019 the PCDS National Champion Middle School Speech & Debate Team participated in a prestigious national high school tournament at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Over 60 top high schools from across the country were in attendance (PCDS being the only middle school invited to attend) with nearly 1000 students competing. PCDS …

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Devin Talks Boys & Girls Club Fun

Devin joined the Peoria branch four years ago when he started school. He has learned a number of sports at the Club, including dodgeball and soccer. He enjoys Monkey in the Middle, drawing, and plays on the Rookies Soccer team. Q. What is your favorite thing about attending the Club? A. Playing games with friends. I enjoy helping people. Q. …

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A Leader in Every Desk — Teaching Kids to be Leaders

Cory Dobbs, Ed.D., Paradise Valley Unified School District Imagine a sign over the door of every classroom. The colorful sign says, Urgently Needed: Young Leaders. Would your child be prepared to answer this call? Unfortunately, too many of us have fallen into the trap that leaders are the select and chosen few and that followers are the vast majority. Yet, …

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St. Thomas Apostle Eighth Grader, Christopher, Talks Leadership

Christopher is a leader in his eighth grade class, models kindness to others and is a wonderful role model for fellow students. He’s an all-star football player and a stellar student, demonstrating a passion for learning (specifically in the field of engineering!) Beyond his eagerness to learn and seek academic challenges, his strong faith shines through in all aspects of …

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James Madison Prep Junior, Quinn, Doesn’t let Dyslexia Get Him Down

Quinn has turned into a true leader this year from academics to extra curricular activities. Quinn was the quarterback on the football team this year, and led the team to JMPS’s first ever football State Championship. Quinn is also involved in our school’s Robotics team, soccer, and track. Quinn excels academically particularly in math and science. Quinn has also become …

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