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Freedom Christian Academy Wins 11th Annual Pinal County Mock Trial Competition

Pictured: Freedom Christian Academy Team: Front Row: Brytan Milfs, Micaela Blazek, Alaina White, Moriah Salerno, Noah King, Micah Homan, Grace Cota. Back Row: Michael Cota, Hannah McCormick, Abigail McBride, Malinda Blazek, Hannah McCormick, Patricia Neufeld, Brittnay Marsh, Ashlyn Milfs, Simon Hawks, and Desiree Lorts Maestas.

Freedom Christian Academy won the Pinal County Mock Trial competition that was held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Pinal County Superior Court in Florence.

Freedom Christian Academy also won the Best Direct Examiner award for Malinda Blazek, Best Cross Examiner award for Brittnay Marsh, and Best Opening Statement by Moriah Salerno.

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Free STEM Summer Camps available for high school students at CAC’s Signal Peak Campus in June


Central Arizona College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program is offering a series of summer camps to students currently entering or currently enrolled in high school.

Students will benefit from learning more about different majors and careers in these fields while participating in fun activities with their peers.

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Free Full-Day Kindergarten at FUSD

The Florence Unified School District is happy to announce the return to Free Full-Day Kindergarten at all of the District’s K-8 schools.  This change will become effective July 1, 2014.

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FREE All Day Kindergarten Program for 2015-2016

J.O. Combs Unified School District is excited to announce a Tuition Free All Day Kindergarten Program beginning 2015-2016 school year.

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Foothills is young but rich in tradition

I can still remember my first day as a freshman walking in to San Tan Foothills. The anticipation, excitement, and the nervous energy most of all.

Also you could feel a sense of tension that lingered in the air. Not many people were sure on how things would run at a brand new school on the first day.
We walked on to a beautiful campus with a friendly environment and welcoming staff. Looking back on that day I, and as I am sure, my fellow seniors are proud to see what Foothills has become today.

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Florence Unified School District Students of the Month Jan 2014

The Florence Unified School District Governing Board Honored the January 2014 Students of the Month at its January.

Please find their names listed below.

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Florence Unified School District Free and Reduced Lunch Options for 2014-2015

Florence Unified Schools District #1 announces its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program, USDA School Foods Program and School Breakfast Program). Florence Unified Schools offer healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.35 at K-8 Schools and $1.70 at High Schools; lunch costs $2.45 at K-8 schools and $2.85 at High Schools. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $0 for breakfast and $0 for lunch.

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Florence Unified Office Statement On Poston Butte High School

The Student Body President at Poston Butte High School was quoted as saying, when asked about what students experience at PBHS, “Poston Butte High School is more than a building; it’s a family.” We are very fortunate to have great administrators and teachers across our district. All of our staff members, at every site, are fully certified to teach and we are proud to offer the best education in Pinal County.

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Florence Unified Launches “College, Career, and Government Resources Live Binders”

The Florence Unified School District would like to officially announce the release of “Live Binders.”

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Florence Unified Earns “Energy Star K-12 District Award”

From left to right: Chris Knutsen, FUSD Assistant Superintendent; Bob Dailey, FUSD School Board Member; Beverly Myers, FUSD Director of Finance; Rose Marie Monks, FUSD Board Member

On February 12, the Florence Unified School District received the “Energy Star K-12 District Award” for being one of the most energy efficient school districts in the state. Energy Star is a national performance benchmark for building energy efficiency that helps building owners compare energy usage in their building to similar buildings nationwide.

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FUSD December Students of the Month

The Florence Unified School District December Governing Board Meeting was held at the Poston Butte High School CTE Banquet Room in San Tan Valley on Wednesday, 12/9/12. Skyline Ranch K-8 hosted the meeting, providing curriculum and student leader reports.

The Students of the Month for December 2012 are:

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FUSD Classified Employee of the Month

Ana Zelenka, took home the Classified Employee of the Month award.

"Ana is our jack-of-all-trades," said principal Bellemare.

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FUSD Certified (Teacher) Employee of the Month

Ruben Gutierrez was honored as the Certified (Teacher) Employee of the Month for January.

"Ruben is one of our newer teachers as far as time in the teaching profession," said principal Bellemare, "but he has been involved in many things: Student Council advisor, TIPS mentor, ALEKS coordinator, volleyball coach and more.

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FUSD April 2012 Students of the Month


The April 11, 2012 Florence USD Governing Board Meeting was hosted by Circle Cross Ranch K-8 at the Poston Butte High School Culinary Arts center.


April 2012 Students of the Month are:

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FUSD Announces BeyondTextbooks

Florence Unified School District is pleased to announce that a new program will be implemented district-wide starting on Monday, November 8th called Beyond Textbooks.

This program focuses on teaching the essential standards measured by state testing.

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FUSD Announcement re: Skyline Ranch Lockdown

Photo provided by STV Resident Yolanda Smith

Good Evening Parents,

This is Dana Hawman, Director of Public Relations at Florence USD. We have been receiving numerous calls requesting information about the ongoing police situation near Skyline Ranch K-8, so we are providing this update districtwide.

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FUSD and supporters asking voters to continue budget override on Nov. 8

Staff photo by Robby Gal, Gabriel Belloc turned the corner on a kickoff return Friday, Oct. 7 against the San Tan Foothills Sabercats. Santa Cruz struggled mightily against the Sabercats.

If anyone is wondering what exactly the Florence Unified School District would lose if the 15 percent maintenance and operations override vote fails on Nov. 8, Rachel Courtright has an answer.

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FUSD 2014 Spelling Bee Winners

Brandon Minta (3rd Place) Amelia Verdugo (2nd Place) Migue Darcera (1st Place

The Florence Unified School District is proud to announce the winners of its 2014 Spelling Bee.

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From the Desk of Superintendent Gayle A. Blanchard

The J.O. Combs Unified School District is excited to welcome over 4,500 students for the 2012-2013 school year. Combs High School serves students in grades 9-12, J.O. Combs Middle School, grades 7 and 8, and our elementary schools provide instruction for students in grades kindergarten-6th. All teachers in our district are appropriately certified and highly qualified and all classrooms are equipped with state of the art SMART Board technology.

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From the Desk of Superintendent Cecilia E. Johnson

We are excited to begin the 2012-2013 school year with the first day for students on Aug. 6. Our schools are quickly filling up. If you haven’t registered your students yet, you can contact the schools at the fol­lowing locations:

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