Voice of the Students

PCDS Eighth Graders Create “Writers Over Rifles”

  Yash, Siena, and Alexander have created an organization called “Writers Over Rifles” to address the issues of violence in our society. In their words: We are an organization dedicated to making gun control a reality in the United States using words. We draft petitions, organize protests, host fundraisers, propose bills, and more, working toward ending gun violence in America. The …

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ST. FRANCIS XAVIER EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS LEAD A “WALK WITH” IN HONOR OF PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL

On March 14 while other schools nationwide participated in a “walkout”, St. Francis Xavier eighth-grade students choose to “walk with.” March 14 was the one month anniversary of the Parkland shootings. Students throughout the nation organized events to commemorate the day. St. Francis seventh and eight grade students, under the leadership of eighth grade students Tazmin Smith and Kate Brink, …

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Tearing Down Walls and Building Bridges

Father Scott Santarosa, SJ, Jesuits West Provincial, invited the Jesuit Ministries in Arizona to create an advocacy plan of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the DACA/DREAMers program. In the collaboration effort , Brophy, St. Francis Xavier School, St Francis Xavier Parish, and Kino Border Initiative created a plan for action and prayer. A call in to our Senators …

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Katie Helps Younger Classmate and Receives Bronze Cross

Katie Case, junior in Troop 872, received the Bronze Cross for risking her life and saving the life of a first grader at her school. They were waiting to load the bus when a car jumped two curbs and ran into their bus right where they were standing. Katie saw the car approaching so she reacted quickly pushing the first …

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Jayme Has a Passion to Help People Around Her

Q. What do you like best about your school? A. The teachers and the school wide activities we do.  Q. What do you want to be when you grow up? A. A pediatrician or a psychologist because I want to help people become a better person.  Q. What do you like doing at home? A. I like to help clean, …

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Mario Talks About His School and Some Favorites

Mario joined the Discover U family in 2015-2016. He is a wonderful addition to their student body because he is a model student who makes everyone he talks to feel happy and cared about. He is a sweet young man with a great heart. He is a true friend to everyone. Q. What makes Discover U a great school for …

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Ayden Finds Perfect Fit at Discover U

Ayden Roscoe is 10 years old and has attended Discover U for two years. Prior to attending Discover U, he attended two different schools in two different school districts. Out of all three schools, he has enjoyed attending Discover U the most because of the small class sizes and improved teacher/student interaction. Q. We heard you have lived in a lot of places, …

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Meet Sadie, Third Grade School Ambassador

Sadie is an extremely soft­-hearted and caring individual. She loves to help others succeed and enjoys making friends anywhere she goes. Q. You were recently selected as school ambassador, what does that mean? A. Yes, I was recently selected as the third grade school ambassador. This means that I read the announcements, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and recite the core values …

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Loyiel Enjoys Spending Time at the Boys & Girls Club

Loyiel Duckworth Jr. is a fifth grader at Holiday Park Elementary School and also a Club member at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, Spencer D. Mary Jane Stewart Branch. Club staff chose Loyiel to be in In the Zona because he exemplifies good character, a healthy lifestyle and positive attitude in the Club. Q. How long have you been coming …

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Joseph Succeeds at Primavera Online High School

Joseph is a great kid who listens well, does his school work and his chores. He is smart and always motivated to learn and contribute. Q. What are some of your favorite things about attending Primavera? A. I like Primavera because it is a school that adapts to me, compared to a mortar school where you have to adapt to the schedule …

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