ZONA Scottsdale

Olivia Talks About her Passion for Theater

  Olivia Brydon, a new eighth grade student at Rancho Solano who recently relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona from Saint Legier, Switzerland, has already firmly planted herself in the theater scene, both locally and at school. Q. So you’re involved with a local theater group here in Arizona. Which group do you belong to and are there any plays/musicals on the …

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Austin Shares His Experience in Costa Rica

  Austin Best knew he wanted to volunteer abroad, especially with an environmentally-minded group. Recently, he spent two weeks in Costa Rica with Sea Turtle Camp where volunteer work for turtle conservation positively affects sea turtle quality of life. He took academic opportunities, like the IB Programmer’s Extended Essay, to communicate about his work and its effects. Q. What inspired …

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JGS Connect

  Featuring answers from Jones-Gordon 11th and 12th grade students Noah, Tristin, London, Chase, Joshua, Cameron, and De’Angelo Last fall, The Jones-Gordon School saw the inception of their specialized college and career readiness program, JGS Connect. This year, its 11th- and 12th- grade members have diverse post-secondary interests, ranging from Statistics to Classics and everything in between. They spend an …

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Freedom Academy Fifth Grader Talks About His Love of Hockey and All Things Finnish

  Nooa started ice skating when he was about six years old. He wanted to try out playing as a goalie and played in the house league at Scottsdale Ice Den. Last year he was introduced to the travel team AHU Knights at Gila River Arena where he subbed as a goalie. This year he wanted to continue travel hockey …

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Brightmont is Somewhere You Want to Be

  What is school like for a child who struggles? What happens to a student who gets in trouble often? Where is a student to go when traditional academic solutions prove to be a poor fit? This was the very situation facing Michael when he was a high school sophomore. Michael was struggling and frustrated with the lack of help …

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Kierra talks Dance at Rancho Solano

Kierra Fox dances in the village scene of this season’s Snow Queen Ballet, the annual holiday feature at the Herberger Theatre. She’s a new sixth grader at Rancho Solano’s Middle and Upper School campus after attending primary school at the Lower School campus. Q. How long have you been dancing? A. I’ve been dancing for all of my life, but …

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Christian appointed JGS Assistant Basketball Coach!

Q. Tell us about your new position. A. Coach Kris asked me to act as assistant coach for our varsity and junior varsity middle school basketball teams. I decided right away that I wanted the position because my grandfather and my father are coaches for a recreation league team (at Paradise Valley Community Center), so I knew what it entailed. …

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Flexible Scheduling Allows Schuyler to Attend Robotics Competitions

Imagine your child wants to participate in a hockey game at noon on a Tuesday. Imagine she is auditioning for a tv show on a Monday at 10 AM. Imagine he has a music performance on a Friday at 3 PM. Imagine she has a dance competition 1 PM on a Wednesday. In today’s world, more and more kids participate …

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Tagret “TJ” Races Motorcross

Tagret “TJ” has been racing since he was three years old. His dad is a professional factory rider for BETA Off-Road USA. So as you can imagine, TJ is following in his footsteps. He has won more than a dozen first place trophies and never less than third through the finish line. He races Motocross, in Open 50cc class, competes …

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Jones Gordon School New Paradise Valley Campus

JGS students started the school year at their beautiful new Paradise Valley campus! The new campus is large enough to feel spacious, yet small enough to retain the close-knit, family-like community that Jones-Gordon is known for. The campus boasts a new, comfortable “student union” where students can gather, eat lunch, play games, visit some of the Jones-Gordon critters (Uromastyx lizards …

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