Two Xavier Prep student athletes have been named to The Arizona Republic’s All-Arizona volleyball team and were also nominated for Player of the Year for the 2019 high school season.

Although Arcadia High School’s wrestling program was reinstated only three years ago, head coach Aaron Simpson has put together a team that is challenging veteran schools. This past year, the team’s accomplishments include a student who qualified for state and placed in the top eight.

Started by local parents David and Katrina Alfaro, Arcadia Grid Iron Flag Football is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Back in 2015, there were only two Grid Iron franchises in Arizona. The sport has gained such popularity that now there are 25 franchises spread across seven states.

The Arcadia Titans Youth Football Club is celebrating two state championships for the 2019 season. The club’s 11u team won their 5th consecutive state championship, and the 13u team won their 2nd state championship in a row.

Four Arcadia High football players – Kadin Beler, Trey Brown, Will Constantinou and Marcus Williams – were recently chosen for the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) All-District Football Team. 

Baseball fans from all over the country will come to Arizona this month to see their favorite teams in this year’s Cactus League spring training games. 

The Spirit of Arcadia Marching Band is on a three-year winning streak. In 2017 and 2018, the band won the Arizona Marching Band Association’s (AzMBA) state championship in the 2A division. This year they did it again, with their performance of Along Came a Spider, composed by Gary Gilroy.

The Arcadia High School Cheer and Pom squads that make up the school’s spiritline program have both qualified for the USA Nationals competition, a testament to the Titans’ energy and enthusiasm for their sport.

As managers of Echo Canyon School’s gardens, Lou Rodarte and his wife Ann have turned their labor of love into a hands-on curriculum that takes garden produce into the classroom and invites students to taste locally-grown food prepared by some of the best chefs in the Southwest.

The children at Hopi Elementary donned their cowboy hats and boots in early December and headed to school to participate in Western Day, a celebration of square dancing and music that has taken place at the school for the past four years.

The Arizona Children’s Business Fair was established by a group of Phoenix entrepreneurs looking to mentor the younger generation. The event provides kids with hands-on entrepreneurial involvement and experience, including serving as boss for a day.

Alison Dunn, an art teacher at Xavier College Prep was recently honored with the 2019 Secondary Division Outstanding Art Educator award during the annual Arizona Art Education Association (AAEA) conference. 

A few years ago, a small focus group within the Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation (SUSDF), had a brainstorming session to discover a new way to showcase talented students in the district and raise funds for scholarships. 

At Signing Day, athletes confirm their postgraduation plans by signing their national letters of intent, securing their spots at the collegiate level. In early November, two talented athletes from AHS took the next step in their educational careers.

Arcadia High School has exciting news for baseball fans as the school welcomed its new coach, Matt Sugarman, to the program this season.

Arcadia High’s African American Student Union (AASU) recently won the East Valley NAACP’s Next Generation Change Agents Award, which recognizes a high school or college group working toward making positive changes in their community.

Fourteen student teams hit the gym for an afternoon of fun during a dodgeball tournament at Veritas Preparatory Academy put on by The Falcon Club, a new parent-led organization that supports the school’s athletics and performing arts programs.

Xavier alumna and beach volleyball player Trinity Cavanaugh was one of 16 girls from across the United States recently named an All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), earning a spot on the 2019 AVCA High School Beach Second Team All-America.  

This month marks the fifth year since the last Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) budget override, which means ballots will be arriving in mailboxes soon for residents to consider whether to vote for the next override.

A natural love for lacrosse and motivation to do his best has driven Arcadia High School sophomore Mason Wilson to one of his most exciting accomplishments yet: a spot on the West Coast Starz competitive lacrosse team.

The excitement of the students and faculty of Biltmore Preparatory Academy on the first day of school could probably be felt from the new parking lot. As they stepped on to school property, they were not only starting a new school year, but would also be introduced to the new pick-up/drop-of…

This winter, American lacrosse coaches wrangled 27 players from across the U.S., Canada and the Iroquois Nation to assemble an All-Star team to compete in the 2019 Maverick Challenge in Melbourne, Australia.  

Parents outside Arizona may just now be buying back-to-school crayons and calculators, but Arcadia’s children have a month of school under their belts already. While it may be tempting to curtail your parental involvement in September, don’t bow out yet. Now is the perfect time to roll up yo…

As coach of both the boys’ and girls’ golf teams at Arcadia High School, Jason Jones brings both the passion of a long-time golfer to the game – which he describes as “blissfully complex” – and the enriching approach of a teacher to provide the best overall experience he can to his players.  

Arcadia High School’s football program has a new little brother: Arcadia Junior Titans Youth Football Association, which will be the official feeder for the Titans.

Arcadia High’s String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble hit all the right notes as the two musical groups earned a superior rating at the 2019 Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (ABODA) State Concert Festival. 

Educator Tamara Jagodzinski is not likely to forget May 8. What started off as a normal Wednesday for “Mrs. J” – as she’s known to students – was made memorable when a school-wide assembly surprised her with the Maricopa County Exemplary Principal Award. 

As parents buy supplies and prepare their children for the school year, it is also time to start thinking of other ways to stay involved with children’s schools. The parent-teacher organizations enable parents to both give back to the school while staying informed on upcoming events and acti…

How many people can say they’ve traveled to Haiti to help provide citizens with clean water? Or to Nicaragua to build a school garden, or taught algebra to kids in Ecuador? These may seem like fairly daunting tasks, but for Caroline Hyland, it was all in a day’s work.

Back-to-school time is coming up, 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 the Valley:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18.5 percent of U.S. children are affected by obesity and are at risk for poor health. What’s more, many schools have a limited budget to spend on lunch, which can affect the quality and nutrition of the food, not to mention academ…