Behind every successful school is a hardworking and dedicated Parent Teacher Organization. With optimism for a better year ahead, Arcadia area’s PTOs are making the following plans.

Patricia Mastropolo has stepped into her role at Ingleside Middle School and is looking forward to a great school year alongside their new principal, Junior Michael, and a dedicated team of educators.

The teams at Arcadia High School, Brophy College Preparatory and Veritas Preparatory Academy have already started training for football season, with the hope of bringing the community the high-energy games they’re used to watching from the stands – which they should be able to do this year. 

As a first-generation college student in his family, Benjamin Aguilar is continuing his education on the right foot after winning the 2021 Flinn Foundation Scholarship. Aguilar is the 14th Brophy alum to receive this award.

The start of the school year brings many new things: a fresh class schedule, a new routine and new friends and teachers. In that spirit, we would like to welcome Arcadia High’s newest additions: Athletic Director Steve Sherren, Football Coach Ray Brown, Pom Coach Davis Berryhill and Swim Coa…

This coming school year, Ingleside Middle School will add a fresh face to its campus. Junior Michael has been named the school’s new principal.

The new school year is right around the corner, which means there’s an opportunity to support the numerous neighborhood organizations that provide students with clothing, food and school supplies so that every child has a chance to succeed. Here are a few back-to-school drives happening in t…

Xavier Prep softball finished the spring season in high spirits as they brought home the school’s first softball state championship with a 10-0 win over Red Mountain in the 6A conference.

Rheana Stangler doesn’t give up easily. Throughout her high school career, she’s maintained a stellar GPA, challenged herself with AP classes and fine-tuned her Mandarin.

Despite another unorthodox year, Arcadia schools set out to celebrate students taking the next steps in life in a more traditional way, with fifth graders who are moving to junior high, eighth graders heading to high school and seniors embarking on their next chapter. This is how area school…

A new face will adorn the hallways of Arcadia High next year when Barrie Pinto becomes the school’s new assistant principal. Pinto, who currently serves as assistant principal at Fountain Hills High School, will join the school’s administration team in July. 

Despite numerous trials and tribulations throughout the school year, the Veritas Prep girls and boys varsity tennis teams have something to be proud of as they both made it to the state championships for the first time in history.

Arcadia High’s wrestling program may be young, having started only four years ago after a 25-year hiatus. But in that time, the wrestlers have put their blood, sweat and tears into every match, and this season they came out strong, with three students placing at the state tournament earlier …

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At the annual Hopi Spring Arts Fair event in April, students, staff and family members were treated to a surprise that was two years in the making. The PTA presented a new mosaic for the school that honored the ones that adorned the old walls.

In the beginning, we all secretly enjoyed rolling out of bed in our PJs and clicking the Zoom link from the comfort of our homes. However, after time it became challenging, often sad and lonely.

When February 2021 rolled around, it seemed as if St. Thomas the Apostle school’s annual spirit t-shirt design contest wouldn’t happen. There was nothing on the horizon until seventh-grade student Colin Goossen became determined to carry on the tradition.

Students at Notre Dame Preparatory held an eight-hour telethon-style livestream event for the school’s annual Mardi Gras Giving Day, an event that helps raise money for the school’s Saints Fund. This year, students met their goal, raising over $86,000 for school improvements, equipment and t…

After months of planning, staging, producing and pivoting to a virtual platform, the Arcadia High theater program took to the stage with both virtual and in-person performances of their spring production, “And We Will Share the Sky.”

For over a decade, kindergarten students at Tavan Elementary School have had an opportunity to answer the age-old question: Which comes first – the chicken or the egg? During their science unit on farm animals, kindergartners watch the hatching process of fertilized chicken eggs, thanks to T…

High school athletics have faced some challenges for the past year and a half, but that didn’t stop our local athletes from competing to the best of their ability. At Signing Day, athletes confirm their post-graduation plans by signing their national letters of intent, securing their spots a…

It was a busy winter for area schools as they made the most of the limited winter sports season. Arcadia High School, Veritas Prep, Xavier and Brophy College Prep each put a cap on successful basketball, soccer and wrestling sessions with various accomplishments.   

For many artists, it can take years to complete a work of art. For Arcadia native Sara Matin and her friend Anthony James Procopio, it has taken only a year to write, produce and direct their first original musical, titled Leading Ladies: A New Musical.

Luke Alvarado and Savannah Shorb, eighth-graders at Ingleside Middle School, recently received awards for ASU’s 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest for their profiles on heroism within their own families.

Hopi Elementary School put its creative thinking cap on when it came to this year’s variety show. Instead of focusing on talent acts, the school decided to share good deeds and service acts around the community. They called it the Hopi Good News Network.

Xavier’s done it again – the prep school is one of only 54 high schools in the country to receive the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for both AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles courses. Most notably, this is their third year obtaining the honor.  

Arcadia High School’s Varsity Pom squad wrapped up their best season yet with their first-ever state championship. The team came out in full force to secure the AIA Division 2 Pom State Title, winning by over 2.5 points and scoring highest for both the execution and choreography portions.

Earlier this year, two Veritas Prep students were awarded with scholarships at the Shemer New Horizons Student Art Exhibit. New Horizons is an annual, Valleywide high school student art exhibition that showcases student artists from participating high schools.

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Since 1993, Arcadia News has offered a scholarship to students at Arcadia High School who are interested in studying journalism, broadcasting, communications or other media-related fields.

In response to the ever-changing challenges that schools have faced for the past year, Desert View Learning Center in Paradise Valley came up with a unique way to safely teach in-person students. 

Phoenix Country Day School freshmen and best friends Anaiya Patel and Sanya Somani have teamed up to launch HealthforHER, a nonprofit that provides health resources and education to underprivileged women. The nascent organization is quickly gaining momentum.

The Office of Maricopa County School Superintendent recently teamed up with the Phoenix Suns to distribute over 17,000 face masks to Valley schools, including Tavan Elementary. 

This year, 12 high schoolers from around the Valley were honored with the distinction of being selected for the 2020 Girls Volleyball All-Arizona Team, and Arcadia High sophomore Tatum Longnecker was one of them.

At signing day, athletes confirm their post-graduation plans by signing their national letters of intent, securing their spots at the collegiate level. In early February, 12 talented athletes from Arcadia High School took the next step in their educational careers.

Dawn Treude is the latest addition at Echo Canyon Elementary School, and as its new librarian, she couldn’t be more eager to inspire a new generation of readers.

What is the purpose of a teacher? Is it to make decisions about how best to help their students learn in an environment? To use caution and consider their values and those of their students? To continuously grow and improve themselves and their students?

Making a total of 99 tackles in 2020, Veritas junior Eli Ravelo helped his team end their season 8-3. He credits his success on the football field to the skills he learned on the rugby field.

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Since the season started in August, Arcadia High’s Varsity Pom team has been working hard to build on their past successes. Finishing as runners-up in the state the last two years, the girls are ready for the next level. Their determination paid off with a top performance at the first compet…

Scottsdale Unified School District is taking a strategic step in streamlining COVID-19 information by hiring a COVID-19 specialist.