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Theater programs enrich the high school experience By Jadyn Fisher   In the depths of the 200 performing arts building is a classroom painted completely black, but it's home to a variety of bright students and big personalities. This room full of spontaneity and life is the “black box,” and it doubles as the theater classroom for hundreds of students at Sandra Day O’Connor High School (OC). For schools ...

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Money Talks

6 ways to teach your kids about finance   Special to 85085 Back-to-school time means plenty of lessons to learn in the classroom. But parents usually have to be the teachers when it comes to a subject their kids will need to understand throughout their adult lives – personal finance.  Studies show that teaching finance is not a top priority of the U.S. education system. Fewer than 20 percent of teacher ...

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Lead Role

Student government is a huge part of the high school experience Story and photos by Jadyn Fisher   High school is said to be the best four years of your life. The dances, the spirit weeks, the pep rallies… but who are the people behind it all? Most schools have a student government (StuGo) that plans events, fundraisers and almost any other school function. DVUSD is no exception to this, with an elabor ...

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Hands-On Learning

Career and Technical Education programs pave paths for students   When entering high school, I knew there were some programs that were offered and had heard “CTE” used a few times but I wasn’t sure what it meant or just how many programs Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) has to offer. I had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Jayme Fitzpatrick, the Career and Technical Education Manager for DVU ...

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Smart Purchase

The Shops at Norterra’s Earn & Learn program benefits local schools By Niki D’Andrea   Supporting local schools just by watching a movie, dining at a restaurant or buying a new outfit sounds like a smart idea. The Shops at Norterra has put that idea into action with aplomb every year for the past six years. The Shops at Norterra’s Earn & Learn program began August 1 and continues through March ...

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5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

Just summer groove, when it's it time seems to like get you've back into gotten your into school your routine, for which parents can and cause both students relief alike. and Even stress if at your the kids same are fairlytime school after a adaptable, summer of big limited changes like scheduling heading can be back to stressful. the busy Head off back-to-school potential season problems with as you these ...

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NVCA announces Chris Schoenleb to lead ministry and academic programs

The North Valley Christian Academy Board of Trustees recently named Chris Schoenleb as its new head of school. He'll be responsible for leading the Christian ministry and academic programs for NVCA, a private Christian prekindergarten through 12th grade school located just south of Tramonto. Chris recently served as executive director of Faith Lutheran High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He earned his Ba ...

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Local students find success with online learning programs

By Jadyn Fisher Photo by Shannon Fisher Photography As technology advances, in-person summer school classes and makeup credit classes seem to be a thing of the past. Online schooling is taking over in-person classes for districts across the world and making it easier than ever to accomplish more in less time. Deer Valley Unified School District is no exception to this with their elaborate online system that ...

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Ridgeline Academy charter school recognized for student achievement, community partnerships

School of Distinction  Ridgeline Academy charter school recognized for student achievement, community partnerships. By Kristine Burnett Ridgeline Academy, a North Phoenix K-8 tuition-free public charter school, recently became the second school in Phoenix to achieve the coveted Core Knowledge School of Distinction designation. The recognition distinguishes Ridgeline Academy as a school of excellence, commit ...

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Study style

There are three distinctly different learning styles, according to educator Mary Birdoes. Here are her suggestions to help you discover which type of learner your child is and how to help them gain the most from their study style. Do the words ‘study time’ ignite a cacophony of groans, moans, and excuses in your house? Maybe your son spent hours reading his notes for the science test only to bring home a gr ...

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