ZONA Arcadia

Human Calculator Stuns and Inspires Students at New Way Academy

Scott Flansburg, best known as The Human Calculator®, wowed students and staff during an education demonstration of his mental calculation skills. New Way Academy students of all ages were inspired and excited about math after attending his presentation. New Way Academy 7th grader, Shai Maron, asked Scott to visit New Way and meet with the students. “I wanted Scott to …

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STA Student, Connor Camunez, Qualifies for AZ State Geography Bee

Connor is a 6th grader at St. Thomas the Apostle and has recently qualified for the Arizona State Geography Bee. In addition to his early interest in geography, he absolutely loves basketball and has a twin sister and two dogs. How did you become so interested in geography? I became interested in Geography, because when I was little my mom …

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Back to 1600

Attention college bound students and parents: the SAT is changing! (again) The College Board recently announced significant changes to the 88 year-old exam. The last big revision occurred in 2005 when they did away with analogies and added a writing section making the test out of 2400. The good news about the revamp taking affect in 2016 is that the …

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Madison Board Names New Superintendent

Last night the Madison Governing Board named Dr. Quinn Kellis as the new Superintendent of Madison School District. Dr. Kellis has more than twenty-four years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, middle school Principal, and district administrator in the Dysart and Deer Valley school districts. An Arizona native, Dr. Kellis earned degrees from Arizona State University, Chapman University, …

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Tom Kuyper Basketball Camp

For over 30 years now, Tom Kuyper has been running basketball camps and all sports camps in Arizona. His camps have been so successful because of his unique style of teaching the skills of the game but combining “fun” as the main ingredient. He knows that teaching the kids all the fundamental skills of the sport is important, but the …

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Very First Chapter of Eye to Eye in Arizona

Eye to Eye is the only national after-school mentoring program that pairs kids with learning disabilities and ADHD with college and high school students who have been similarly labeled. Using an arts-based curriculum, Eye to Eye helps kids value their own uniqueness by building their self esteem and giving them the skills to become self advocates. New Way Academy high …

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St. Francis Xavier Varsity Softball Team Wins 1st Place

The St. Francis Xavier Elementary School Varsity Softball team captured 1st place in the large school Catholic Youth Athletic Association (CYAA) Tournament the end of January.  The girls were coached by Walter Funes and Troy Kochis, and the Girls Athletic Director, Erin Chapman. The championship game was SFX vs. OLPH Scottsdale, and they were tied at the top of the …

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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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