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Xavier Joins National PBS Initiative To Build Next Generation of Public Media Journalists

Xavier College Preparatory announced its participation in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) program, a national journalism initiative by the PBS NewsHour to connect middle and high school students with public media stations to produce original, youth-focused news reports. Students at the all-female Phoenix high school will now have the opportunity to create content for the national NewsHour site …

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Saint Francis Xavier Eighth Grader Talks Competitive Horseback Riding

Ella is a competitive horseback rider. She rides as part of the Scottsdale Equestrian Team for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and is looking forward to many more years of riding! Last year, Ella competed for the first time as a middle school student and made it all the way to Nationals with her teammates, which was quite a thrilling …

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George Talks Drive, Chip, and Putt Contest and His Community Outreach

Q. Tell us about your recent Drive, Chip & Putt contest you were a part of? A. I entered the local Drive, Chip, and Putt contest back in early June that was held at the Phoenician Golf Club. I finished third in my age bracket, which was 12 to 13 years old, which qualified me for the sub regional contest. …

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Meet PCDS Seniors and Co-Presidents Ben and Olivia

Olivia and Ben are both seniors and Co-Student Body Presidents at PCDS this year. They’re gregarious, smart, and tremendous leaders. And, they’re different– Olivia is a national champion debater and very into theatre, while Ben is the founder of a very popular Photoshop club at PCDS and leader of our Robotics team. Olivia: Q. What are yours and Ben’s plans …

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Creighton Now Offers Gifted and Talented Program

Designing, Building and Launching Rockets I Coding Programs for Robots 
I Testing Hypothesis What do these four things have in common? They are all activities that the students in Creighton School District’s Gifted and Talented program participated in throughout
this past year. The program is provided at all nine schools within the district and has
a multi-tiered approach to meeting the needs …

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Gardens at ALL Nine Creighton School District Schools

Through a partnership with The Be Kind People Project and the Fiesta Bowl, salsa gardens have been planted at all nine of our schools. The gardens are tended to by students and STEAM curriculum has been developed to teach kids about horticulture as well as how to make healthy food choices. At the end of the year, students are able …

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CCS First Grader, Elliot, Talks About her Favorites

Elliot is an enthusiastic first grader at Christ Church School in Paradise Valley. She is very excited to be in a combined first and second grade class this year. Q. What are some exciting things you did this summer? Which was your favorite? A. I hiked, went up to Montana, and played in our playhouse in Montana. My favorite thing …

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Xavier Alumna Named to Team USA Volleyball

Xavier College Preparatory alumna Amanda Benson was named to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team earlier this month and is currently competing for Team USA at the Pan American Cup tournament in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After graduating from Xavier in 2013, Ms. Benson played college volleyball for the University of Oregon. In May, she was named to the U.S. women’s …

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Madison Schools teams Compete in World Finals of Odyssey of Mind Competition

The Madison Simis Elementary/Madison Heights Elementary fourth-grade Odyssey of the Mind team earned a ranking of 13th in the 38th Annual World Finals, competing against 71 teams in their division. Two additional Madison Schools teams – a 5th Grade Team and a combined 7th/8th Grade Team from Madison Meadows Middle School also finished 20th and 22nd respectively, in the world …

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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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