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Migrant workers’ kids celebrate preschool graduation in Queen Creek

By Becky Bracken | Photos Courtesy of Queen Creek Unified School District In the midst of the flurry of graduation season, there was one ceremony decidedly different from the rest. Tucked behind Queen Creek Elementary...

New Chandler gym offers fitness through basketball

BY MELODY BIRKETT A new gym that just opened in Chandler offers a fitness program like none other in the East Valley. “This is the first basketball-focused fitness center,” said Jay Bhakta, the Gilbert man who...

Wonderland Montessori Academy ready to welcome little feet

by Srianthi Perera A new academy for early childhood education is about to open in Gilbert and is currently giving tours to prospective parents and students. Wonderland Montessori Academy, located at Elliot Road and Val Vista...

Teacher of the Year launched innovative learning at South Valley Jr. High

By Srianthi Perera Kymberly Winn did away with lectures and instead brought inquiry-based learning to her seventh grade classroom at South Valley Jr. For her innovation, and other qualities of being caring and enthusiastic and demonstrating...

Leading Edge Academy offers competitive championship sports in Gilbert

By Beth Duckett Leading Edge Academy, a K-12 network of charter schools based in Gilbert, has grown by leaps and bounds since its 2002 inception Founder Delmer Geesey, a pastor, had envisioned a top notch traditional...

Pre-teen queen dreams of a life close to animals

By Srianthi Perera At just 9 years old, Alena Mascarenas has a vision board filled with plans for the future. This year, however, the Gilbert girl’s schedule has been decided for her. In November, following a...
Kaitlyn M. Janssen’s Girl Scout Gold Award project reflects her love for the environment. The teen, at left, with Park Ranger Renee Rogers has installed monofilament receptacles for people to place fishing line along the lakes in Gilbert.

Gilbert High School Girl Scout installs monofilament receptacles at town lakes

Kaitlyn M. Janssen, a junior at Gilbert High School, is just adding the finishing touches to a project that will qualify for a Girl Scout Gold Award. Janssen has installed monofilament receptacles to place unwanted...
Arizona Musicfest

Local pianists among winners in the Arizona Musicfest competition

Nine young musicians from the Valley and Tucson took home top honors in piano during the first of six events in the 16th annual Young Musicians Competition organized by Arizona Musicfest. Among them were Miles Fawson...
Diamondbacks School Challenge

Gilbert school among winners in $100,000 D-Backs school challenge

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced 22 winning schools in the “D-backs $100,000 School Challenge,” presented by University of Phoenix. Among them is Weinberg Elementary School in Gilbert. With more than 200 submissions from Arizona schools,...
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East Valley school districts recognize need for school nurses

By Natalie Tarangioli, Cronkite News School nurses do more than bandage scraped knees—they often provide a lifeline to a student’s medical care for a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes, advocates say. A national pediatrician’s group recommends...