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Peer learning community at Harmon Elementary School

Harmon Elementary, 39315 N. Cortona Drive in San Tan Valley, prides itself on being a highly collaborative school from the top down. Administration, faculty, and students work together to create an environment where all students can achieve to their highest potential, according to a press release. This collaboration certainly exists with the adults on campus when it comes to following the state standards and the education of students, but also exists within the stu­dent body itself with peers assisting peers.

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PBHS Students Excell in CAC's 39th Annual Math Competition

The Poston Butte Math Department would like to thank the community for giving their students the opportunity to participate in the Central Arizona College 39th Annual Math Competition.

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PBHS Culinary Competes in SkillsUSA Competition

The Poston Butte High School Culinary Program achieved a near sweep of awards in their SkillsUSA competition on February 22nd.

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Patriotic- Themed Music Program

On Tuesday, November 9th the 2nd and 3rd grade students at Simonton Elementary School presented a patriotic-themed music concert.  Students were given the opportunity to accompany their classmates on several songs using xylophones, met-allophones, glockenspiels, and rhythm sticks.  On other songs, students presented play parties, which are kind of a combination of a game and a dance.

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Partnership between CAC and Gila Community College yielding benefits for young people in two counties

A partnership between Central Arizona College and Gila Community College has generated a $1.6 million Workforce Investment Act Grant that will help young people hurdle barriers that impede education and employment opportunities.

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Override needed at J.O. Combs school district

At a time when local newspapers are struggling to stay alive, it is good to know that publications like the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent are viable voices that provide taxpayers and citizens with im­portant news about their community.

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Over 200 Students from 14 Schools Competed at San Tan Foothills in the FBLA Regional Competition

This past Saturday, January 28th, over 200 students from 14 schools across Arizona, ventured out to San Tan Foothills High School, in San Tan Valley, AZ, to compete in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Regional Competition.

The students competed in a number of different categories ranging from Job Interview Skills to Entrepreneurship and Financial Systems to Marketing Presentations.  The competitions were either individual or group presentations and were judged by local business people and community residents from Coolidge, Florence, San Tan Valley and surrounding areas.

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Outside the Box… With Many Hands

Even in tough economic times, amazing things can and do happen. It all begins with creative ideas and people willing to “think outside the box”. Over the past several years the Marching Coyote Regiment of Combs High School has had to rely on support and scheduling flexibility from the CHS football and soccer programs and coaches in order to have a location to practice. With football, soccer and marching band having frequent and lengthy practice requirements, sharing a practice field is not ideal. A field directly in front of the band room which is hoped to be a future Auditorium/Performing Arts Center, meanwhile remained empty and unused.

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One Simple Wish crowns winners at CAC’s 11th Annual Black History Month Poetry Contest

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – The top three poets from this year’s 11th Annual Black History Month Poetry Contest were selected on their ability to artistically express one simple wish.

Amber Morgan took first place, Alice Shoaf placed second and Alisha Akin grabbed third in the competition that was open to the entire community. This year’s theme was One Simple Wish.

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Nursing program Sees 4% Jump in NCLEX Passing Rate

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Twenty-two out of 24 spring 2011 Central Arizona College nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NC...

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Poston Butte High School To Open BroPher Bistro to Public

In the spring of 2013 Poston Butte High School Culinary instructor Amanda Celaya submitted an application to the Lowes Tool Grant committee for the purpose of building an outdoor dining area adjacent to the PBHS Culinary Classroom and Banquet Hall.  A Grant in the amount of $3,825 was awarded.  

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Poston Butte High School Student Semi-Finalist for National Merit Scholarship

Ryan Arbon

On Wednesday, September 10th Ryan Arbon, Senior at Poston Butte High School, was notified that he is a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist. He is one of only 289 students in the state of Arizona and 16,000 Nationwide (1.5 million total entries) chosen as semi-finalists for this award. If Mr. Arbon is chosen, he will be one of only 8,900 students nationwide who receive this prestigious award. Ryan was the only student in San Tan Valley or Queen Creek chosen as a semi-finalist for this award.

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Poston Butte High School Repeats as Winner of Pinal County Culinary Arts Competition

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – For the second consecutive year, Poston Butte High School has won the Pinal County High School Culinary Arts Competition hosted ...

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Poston Butte High School Named Finalist for Arizona Educational Foundation A+ Award

On February 4, the Florence School District was informed Poston Butte High School was named a Finalist for the Arizona Educational Foundation’s A+ Award. This award is extremely prestigious.

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Poston Butte High School Named A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation

On April 27, Poston Butte High School and the Florence Unified School District were notified that Poston Butte High School was named an “A+ School of Excellence” by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

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Poston Butte High School Becomes Only School in Arizona To Implement Google Classroom

On December 12th, Poston Butte High School will become the only school in the state of Arizona to move completely to Google Classroom and to fully implement google in all classrooms.

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POPS Program at Ranch Elementary

At J.O. Combs Unified School District, students in the Program for Outstanding Preschool Students (POPS) enjoy a variety of hands on activities in the classroom. The classrooms are filled with preschool students that receive special education services, in addition to typically developing peers who are in the classroom as peer models. The peer models have a job and that is to model appropriate behavior and language for the other students in the class.

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Pinal County Sheriff’s Office donates $500 to Central Arizona College’s Criminal Justice Club

With a smile and a few words of inspiration, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu presented a check for $500 to Central Arizona College’s Criminal Justice Club at the college’s administration of justice program (AJS) luncheon.

The event was held at CAC’s Signal Peak Campus on Friday, April 27.

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Pilot program of renting textbooks spells savings for CAC students

Just when you thought renting items became a thing of the past, a new innovation has swept across Central Arizona College’s bookstores that are operated by Barnes & Noble.

Students now can rent their textbooks, saving more than 50 percent of what it would cost to purchase a brand new copy. The conveniences are unending - students can rent in-store or online, and the textbooks are available for pick-up or delivery. The bookstores also accept financial aid.

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Pilot Inspires Students at Ranch Elementary

Ranch Elementary was thrilled to further enhance their College and Career Readiness focus by inviting Ms. Kimberly Dean, a parent and a commercial airline pilot, to share her career as a part of Ranch’s live morning announcements.

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