ZONA Arcadia

Sophia Braccio Starts Her Own Newspaper

How did you start this classroom newspaper? Back in 3rd grade I wanted to know my classmates opinion on something, so I decided to take a poll to see what their choice would be. After that, some of my classmates wanted to know the results. During this same time I was reading a book and in the book one of …

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Michael Stein Gives Back With STA Serves Program

Tell our readers what STA Serves is? What do you do with in this program? STA serves is a program that reminds us that it is important to be a responsible member of the community within our school and our community. Each grade has a group that we try to help throughout the year. 7th grade focuses on babies and …

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Spencer Scher Wins 1st Place in Jack Peterson Photography Contest

How did you feel about winning 1st place for your photograph? I was very surprised and excited when I found out that I had won the Jack Peterson Photography Contest.  It was pretty cool since this was the first photography contest I have ever entered.  How long did it take you to come up with one photo to submit? Did …

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PCDS Unitown Brings Students Together

By: Tara Dugel ’16 On a typical Friday afternoon, a group of enthusiastic high-school students gathered. They had their arms and legs entangled, forming a “human knot,” using teamwork to free themselves. Despite this playfulness, the students understood the higher purpose of this gathering:  Unitown 2014. Unitown is a national youth leadership and diversity training program that allows high-school students …

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Report Card Warning Signs: Top 5 Things To Look for on Your Student’s Report Card – and what to do about it!

by: Laura Petersen M.A.E.D. As a former middle school (Willis Jr. High) and high school (Hamilton High School) teacher in Chandler, Arizona, I have filled out my fair share report cards for my math (8th grade – PreCalculus) and AP Psychology students. My mother is also a Kindergarten teacher in California, so I have a lot of experience helping her in the …

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Gymnastic Sisters Anna and Eva

Anna is a 6th grader at Ingleside Middle School and Eva is in Kindergarten at Hopi Elementary School. They both share the passion for gymnastics and both aspire to be in the Olympics one day. Here is what they had to say about Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics. Anna Gibb: Tell us what gymnastics means to you? Yes, gymnastics is my life. It …

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Madison Highland Prep Accepting Students

Madison Highland Prep

Madison Highland Prep, a new STEM College Preparatory High School featuring an Advanced Placement curriculum, is accepting 9th and 10th grade students for the 2014-15 school year.  The new charter high school has entered a five-year partnership with the Madison School District and will be located at 1431 W. Campbell Ave. Phoenix. Madison Highland Prep will accept 300 students in …

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Madison Highland Prep will Feature Project Lead The Way (PLTW) STEM Education Program

Madison Highland Prep

Project Lead the Way will begin offering courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. More than 5,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs to their students. Madison Highland Prep will offer PLTW’s Engineering program. PLTW …

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The New Junior Bulldog Cheer Squad

Anya (6th grade):  Tell our readers about your team and your coach. Our team has many different grade levels but we all participate together and have fun with one another. My coach is the best because she helps us out and tells us things that really do help us improve in our cheering. What is your favorite thing about New …

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Patrick Schramm, 8th Grader Receives Christian Service Award

Tell our readers what your Arrupe Project is about? The Arrupe Project is named after Pedro Arrupe, S.J who was considered the “Second Founder” of a group of Catholics known as the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. In 1975, Father Arrupe was instrumental in establishing one of the major teachings of the Jesuits; that a Jesuit education should be designed …

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