ZONA East Valley

Four-Time Spelling Bee Winner, Jhelz Garcia

Jhelz is a unique name, what does it mean? How did you get that name? Actually my full name is Jhelz Anthonytte Andria. “Jhelz” is from my Mom’s name (Helzen Joy) – which is also a combination from my two maternal grandparents names – (Heles & Zeny), Anthonytte comes from my dad’s name (Anthony), and Andria is a combination from my …

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Spanish Kiddos, Student of The Month

Spanish Kiddos is a full immersion program that uses music, games, art and stories to teach kids new languages. This program is more than colors and numbers in Spanish. It is about learning real language situations and develops oral communications skills. All of the students are surrounded by the target language  and they learn just the same way you learn …

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Animal Lover Genoah Dressendorfer

What do you love most about Bethany Christian School? There are a lot of nice kids and the teachers and staff are nice. There are a lot of fun things you can do and a lot of fun things that the teachers do for math and science. You love animals. Why do you love animals so much? Animals are so fun to …

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Winners of The Character Essay Contest

The purpose for the Imagine School West Gilberts essay contest was for students across 3rd through 8th grades were given a maxim and had to write about it and incorporate character and life situations. Here are what some of the winners had to say: Jared G. – As a winner of the grade level character contest how did you feel …

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Bryan Olas, First Runner Up in State Science Competition: ‘You Be the Chemist Foundation’

How did you feel when you competing in the “You be the Chemist Competition?” I felt extremely nervous before the competition itself. When answering the questions, I only had time to think of the best answer to fit the questions.  After keying my answer in, the moments before the correct answer was shown was complete torcher. When I got a correct answer, it felt like the weight …

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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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Ciera Earns “Booming Bulldog” Award

“Ciera is an outstanding example of one of our primary grade-level students.  She has obtained over 30 “purples”, as part of the school-wide behavior management program, “Booming Bulldogs”.  She is always smiling and very respectful.  She encourages her classmates when she feels they need extra support. She contributes to the overall positive campus culture” Julia Angel, School Leader What is “Booming …

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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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Horizon Honors High School’s First Boys Volleyball Team

What made you want to join Horizon Honors High School’s first ever Boys Volleyball Team?
 Volleyball has always been a true passion for me. I have had great experiences with friends, and I even use volleyball skills in other sports such as basketball. You are one of the co-captains, what is that like? To be a captain, it’s very stressful to …

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Six year-old T-Ball Player, Victor Macero

What makes T-Ball so fun for you? It is fun because I enjoy playing with other kids. Is this your favorite sport to play? Yes, it is. What do you think that you want to be when you grow up? I would like to be a professional baseball player like my dad was and a firefighter. How have you liked …

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