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Get Organized for the School Year

School-related stress is common among multi-tasking students. But smart organization can make it easier to dash from class to study hall to after-school activities. It all starts with the right supplies. Gear up for a successful, low-stress school year with these handy tips. Consult the List Give your students the tools they’ll need to hit the ground running, and alleviate …

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Jennifer Rivas, Second Grader at Discover U

Jennifer is a student that always gives 100 percent. When she faces adversity in the classroom she has a positive attitude and a willingness to succeed. She is always on task and engaged in the activities and lessons in the classroom. Every day she is prepared to bring her personal best. She stands up for others who face bullying and …

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Boys & Girls Club Member, Eric Ontiveros

Q. How long have you been going to the Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch? A. Eric has been a member for four years. Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club or what are your favorite activities? A. Eric enjoys basketball, soccer, flag football and baseball. Eric credits the Club with allowing him the opportunity to participate …

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Odyssey Prep and Imagine Rosefield Share the Gift of Music

  Several students from the Odyssey Preparatory Academy and Imagine Rosefield are part of a program called “Autumn’s Treble Makers”. Autumn’s Treble Makers, a musical instruction company, had an amazing experience and opportunity to reach out to the community and share the gift of music with the residents at The Palm Valley Rehabilitation and Care Center back on December 1st, …

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Maggie Rosendahl, Avid Soccer Player

  Maggie Rosendahl is a fifth grade student at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School. She is an avid soccer player and is the goalkeeper for the Scottsdale Blackhawks 07 girls team. She has played with the Blackhawks team for almost two years and has played soccer competitively for six years. Maggie recently earned an award for sportsmanship in a …

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St. Thomas Aquinas Eighth Grader, Faith, Becomes U.S. Citizen

Faith, as she’s fondly called by her family and friends, recently became a U.S Citizen on February 14, 2018, by virtue of the Immigration and Naturalization Act! Valentine’s Day this year was made much more meaningful to her family; after all, love was the essence that started it all. Hermione Faith Basilio was born on March 07, 2003 in the …

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New To Arizona, Alex, Talks About His New Home Here

  Alex is an outgoing, ambitious 9-year-old at St. John Vianney. He loves to help others and is close to his faith. A hardworking, high- achieving student, Alex has managed to adapt well since his move from Iowa three years ago. He is close with his cousins, brothers and his dog, Mickey. He likes turtles, dogs, and playing his Nintendo …

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Fifth Grader, Mylie, Talks Her Lead Role in Oliver

  Fifth grade student, Mylie Nguyen landed, the lead role of Oliver in the Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School spring production of Oliver!  This was Mylie’s first audition, and first starring role! Q. What lead you to audition for the play? A. At first, I didn’t want to, but my sister Ceci told me I should try it. She …

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The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies’ Project Kindle Program

  The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies has been awarded a Project Kindle Program fellowship and will be representing the West Valley on an Earthwatch Institute expedition. The world-wide organization, Earthwatch, seeks out highly motivated teachers who engage their students in hands-on scientific field expeditions. Jessica Sabo, an instructor at the Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies, was …

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Emily Talks About Her Acceptance of Discover U’s Kindness Award

Emily won the kindness award for her class at the third quarter exceptional explorer assembly. She is always kind and patient with her classmates. She looks out for others and helps those in need. Other than being kind, Emily, helps out her kindergarten buddy once a week and helps out around the school. She works hard on her academics and …

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