Students in theater groups at Xavier and Brophy Preparatory High School have nothing to do but “hit the heights.” Six weeks of dedication and rehearsals has paid off in spades when students in both schools recently won awards or were nominated for the prestigious 15th annual National Youth A…
Arcadia High School has a new athletic director who brings his love of sports and academics to the Titan community. Shawn Gatson, who also serves as assistant principal, has embraced the rich traditions that make Arcadia athletics a standout not only across the Valley but throughout the enti…
Congratulations are in order for 4th grade Tavan Elementary teacher Lauren Miles for winning the Coach Jesse Parker Legacy Foundation Award for excellence in academics and athletics. In 2014, Miles helped establish Tavan’s track team, the only athletic extra-curricular currently offered at t…
In January, Phoenix College kicked off their centennial celebration by unveiling a time capsule. The capsule includes written quotes from students, faculty and staff expressing what is most meaningful to them about their time at the college, which was established 100 years ago this past September.
Six houses. Middle and high school students. No, this isn’t Harry Potter. This is Veritas Prep’s “house program,” where incoming 6th graders are inducted into a group, or “house,” to help with a smoother transition to middle and high school.
In March, the Arcadia News spoke with Arcadia High School’s new football coach Vance Miller about his impending first year. Miller expressed the objective of getting players to improve – both in the classroom and on the field. The importance of staying in shape year-round and working on the …
The MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge, sponsored by Southwest Human Development, invites high school STEM teams to come up with ideas to improve the lives of children with physical and developmental disabilities through the use of assistive and bio-technology.
Three Arcadia High seniors were recently named semifinalists for the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Max Lunifeld, Calvin Eng and Mary McManus are among 16,000 students nationwide to advance in the program, and three out of 14 selected in the Scottsdale Unified School District.
Scottsdale Unified School District has released a 125th-anniversary coin as part of its Excellence Recognition Coin program. Now in its second year, the program is the brainchild of SUSD Public Information and Marketing Officer Amy Bolton.
The close-knit Arcadia High School community has many inspiring student volunteers, and members of the DreamCatchers Club are no exception. The club’s successes over the last two years have made a big difference to many.
Emma Rowland is more than just a college student – she is a national activist. During her senior year at Veritas Prep, she became involved with the Arizona chapter of March for Our Lives after attending a summer leadership camp.
Xavier College Preparatory’s volleyball team has a reason to celebrate this year. For the eighth year in a row, the team has won the U.S. Marine Corps and American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Award for the 2019-2020 season.
He’s no stranger to the water. Devin Esser, a senior at Veritas Prep, has been a swimmer since he was a youngster, and the hard work has paid off. He was recently added to the USA Swimming Scholastic All America Team for 2019-20. This achievement is an honorary award that is based on superi…
It has been a big year for McKenna Douglas, as the Notre Dame Prep High School junior and Arcadia resident just committed to play NCAA Division 1 Volleyball at San Diego State University.
Throughout this pandemic, the demands and responsibilities people are facing make it easy to develop tunnel vision. As a result, the most vulnerable in our society can be overlooked and fall between the cracks. Seniors are a prime example, especially when they live alone.
Back-to-school traditions didn’t feel very traditional this year, and parents are trying to figure out how to roll with all of the unpredictability. One issue that many parents are trying to navigate is their involvement in remote learning.
Phoenix resident and educator Kari Kling is a testament to the immense joy and satisfaction that can accompany a teaching career. Her prolific educational journey began in l981 as a second-grade teacher at Hopi Elementary School.
5 a.m. school day practices and an arduous class schedule are a testament to Serena Turner’s dedication to her ultimate goal, which she achieved with an early acceptance to Stanford University.
Over the last five years, Kidz 4 Causes has become a fairly well-known name in the community, due to their focus on fundraising for the Phoenix-based TGen Center for Rare Childhood Disorders. Since the start of the program, Kidz 4 Causes has raised over $141,000 for TGen.
Parents: Expect twists and turns this school year. Tough decisions must be made between online, in-person, hybrid schooling, or homeschooling. Schools may open, only to possibly close during outbreaks. Making plans for various home-learning scenarios may calm anxiety in the family.
Kiva Elementary School is moving forward with plans to remodel the school campus. As one of 15 elementary schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District, Kiva serves 455 students pre-K through sixth grade. By the time construction commences, it will be the school’s first major remodel sin…
This summer, Echo Canyon and Ingleside Middle School underwent extensive renovations, designed to improve their students’ and staff’s overall well-being.
After learning about the high infection rate of COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation, Xavier Prep sophomore Caroline Purtill, Phoenix Country Day School juniors Max Goldstein and Ben Richardson and PCDS sophomore and freshman Alex and Sierra Goldstein decided to help in the fight.
Given the restrictions that were placed on schools during the last few months of the academic year, graduation ceremonies seemed unlikely. That didn’t stop Arcadia area schools from celebrating the students who are taking their next steps in life – 5th graders who are moving to junior high, …
Arcadia High School will encounter many new things in the coming school year, including a new parking lot, fresh paint and a brand-new principal, Dr. Cain Jagodzinski.
Arcadia High students and faculty got a surprise in April when they received a letter from Principal Todd Stevens about his resignation at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Devan Amin and Misha Ghafouri are Phoenix Country Day School freshmen whose mission to fight for underprivileged kids has taken them to extraordinary places and helped them develop new mindsets.
In the beginning of May, teachers all around America are celebrated for their hard work during Teacher Appreciation Week. Since schools were shuttered, teachers had to move all of their lessons to online learning platforms. They’ve missed out on events, and face to face contact has happened …
Jordan Nuñez isn’t letting celiac disease bring her down. The 17-year-old junior at Xavier College Prep is on a mission to spread the word about celiac disease and let others affected by the adverse immune reaction know they are not alone.
Students and staff at Hopi Elementary always look forward to their annual Spring Arts Fair, but this year there was a new twist to a treasured tradition.
Arcadia seniors Lainey Durchslag, Toni Stark, Oriana Valcamp and Jamie Villarreal, along with 33 other SUSD students, were awarded this year’s Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency award.
After months of careful scientific research and preparation, Veritas students were able to display their results at the annual science fair at the end of April. Instead of having students present their projects at school in front of their peers and parents, they recorded their presentations …
Kathryn Chamberlin, a 2015 Arcadia High School graduate, has created a program that provides guidance and support to students who plan to attend college. The Arcadia High Alumni Mentorship Program was established with the help of Chamberlin’s friends Emma Schlenker, Rae Aaron and Nicole Mitchell.
In March, Veritas Prep’s two mock trial teams placed 3rd and 7th at the Maricopa County Regional Tournament, held at the Maricopa County Superior Court Building.
Arcadia High School seniors had a lot to look forward to in the last two months of school, and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Arcadia News asked a few students how they’re coping with online classes and how they plan to spend their final weeks as seniors.
Arcadia High sophomore Krista Morrell is just one of the thousands of students who had their school year canceled because of COVID-19. Online learning has become the new norm, but the grading system has students worried about their grades – so Krista decided to do something about it.
Arcadia’s schools are closed for the rest of the year, with a month still left on the schedule. This means that students will be missing out on spending time with their friends, unable to participate in events, sports and all the things that kids love about school. Teachers in the area have …
Madison Highland Prep Senior Dodge Flynn took on the challenge of applying for the National Merit Scholarship and has been named a finalist for the prestigious award.
Xavier College Preparatory Junior Alexandra Scott was on her way to represent her school’s archery team at the nationals in April when COVID-19 hit. The tournament was subsequently cancelled, but she hopes to return to nationals next year.
As parents and kids are finally getting used to the idea of working and “attending” school from home, families are searching for activities to keep themselves busy – and sane. Luckily, parents don’t have to look far, as local libraries offer families a wealth of resources for learning, exper…
The last weekend of February, the 7th graders of the Arcadia Fire basketball team headed to Tucson to participate in the state championship, where they won their third tournament in a row.