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New CAC director of library services provides Pinal County community with glimpse of the future

Three new library buildings and a new, county-wide cataloging system are just some of the things that area library users can anticipate in the future from Central Arizona College.

Adriana Saavedra, CAC’s newly-hired director of library services, unveiled the details for the upgrades.

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New Band Director at Poston Butte

Starting in January, the Poston Butte High School Marching Band will be under the direction of Mr. Jedadiah Mixdorf. Mr. Mixdorf takes the position with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of music.

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National Junior Honor Society

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Mountain Vista Middle School inducted 18 new members into its chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. The ceremony was...

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Mustang Round-Up at San Tan Heights Elementary

Great things are happening at San Tan Heights Elementary School!

Come find out about the school and staff while you tour their campus on Tuesday night April 28th from 5:00-6:30 PM.

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Mt Vista Middle School's Student Council Float Away at the San Tan Regional Park

This year the Mountain Vista Middle School Wolverines participated in the San Tan Regional Park Holiday Celebration on December 10, 2011.

The school’s student council sponsored a float for the parade.  

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Mt Vista Middle School Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following students who achieved honor roll at Mountain Vista Middle School for the fourth quarter:

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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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