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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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Camelback Desert School Teaches The Meaning of Friendship

The Kindergarten class at Camelback Desert School has been learning about Friendship and what is means to be a friend. Here is what best friends Elle and Krystal had to say: Elle Pohl: What does friendship mean to you? Being kind. What makes a great friend? Being nice and happy. How are you a great friend in return? Including friends …

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Benchmark Elementary Winners of The St. Joseph’s Art Competition

St. Joseph’s Hospital had an art competition, asking students across Phoenix to make art depicting healing. Benchmark is pleased to announce that three students were selected to have their art permanently displayed in the Critical Care Unit. The winners are Laina Fraiman, Asher Kaye, and Tori Gillan. If you have a chance to be at St. Joseph’s Hospital, be sure …

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Concert to Benefit Human Trafficking Survivors Organized by Rancho Solano Senior

Neille-Ann Tan, a senior at Rancho Solano Preparatory School, recently spearheaded a benefit concert supporting iSanctuary, an organization that provides help and hope to survivors of human trafficking. Founding the local chapter in 2012 at RSPS, she states, “This concert allowed me to make the most of my abilities to help others around the world. Rancho has led me to …

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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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Tesseract School Attracts Local Leader, Mark Bistricky as New Head of School

The Tesseract School Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Mark Bistricky as the new Head of School beginning July 1, 2014. Tesseract is an independent school with campuses in Paradise Valley and Phoenix, Arizona. Tesseract inspires students from pre-school through twelfth grade to realize their individual potential by preparing them for the 21st century. Bistricky is currently Head …

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Tesseract’s Inspirational Seventh Grade Student is Principal Violist of the Phoenix Youth Symphony’s String Orchestra

Tesseract Seventh Grade student, Isabella Biggs, was awarded the honor of Principal (First Chair) Violist of the Phoenix Youth Symphony’s String Orchestra in January 2014. Isabella started playing the violin when she was four years old and switched to the viola when she was ten. She has been playing with the Phoenix Youth Symphony since 2012. Having been born with …

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Tesseract Students to Break World Record for Longest Marker Chain

Tesseract Middle School’s Student Government is planning to break the world record for creating the longest marker chain on March 21, 2014.  The Student Government is comprised of students in fifth through eighth grade who have reached out to the entire Tesseract Community asking for donations of Crayola wide markers. These markers will then be donated to Golden Gate Community …

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10th grader, Tim, Succeeds at Brightmont Academy

Tim is a 10th grader who felt like he was not challenged enough with the traditional school instruction model.  He often zoned out, and his grades were suffering. Tim and his parents wanted to find an option that challenged him, but also allowed him to play hockey without interfering with his academics.  His younger sister was attending Brightmont Academy, so …

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Aaron Lott is Overcoming Dyslexia at On-Track Academy

Aaron Lott is like any typical kid. He loves to be with his friends, play with his dog, eat pizza and listen to all kinds of music, including rap, country, and Bob Marley. His story is probably pretty typical, too. What’s it like at On Track Academy (OTA)? Much better than where I was—I can make friends and I actually …

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