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…

Ella Zeff has been playing basketball since she was a kid. It’s made such an impact on her life that in her junior year of high school, Ella took the game one step further by hosting her first Arizona Hoops for Peace Basketball Tournament.

Sixth grader Olivia Yu from St. Thomas the Apostle School shined on the soccer field in the annual Knights of Columbus International Soccer Challenge, earning herself an impressive accolade.

This August, just two months after she will graduate from Santa Clara University in northern California, Xavier Prep alumna and recent Fulbright Scholarship winner Samantha Bennett will travel to Bangalore, India. She will research ways in which women can be empowered to participate in entre…

From Pre-K to junior year, Scott Ledyard’s educators watched him grow into the talented, hardworking person he is today. And every one of them came together to congratulate him for his latest accomplishment: a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. 

After witnessing how impassioned her students were about global issues such as climate change, deforestation and endangered species, Hopi Elementary teacher Whitney Keeler decided to take a more proactive approach to educating kids about the many environmental problems facing the world.

Eight years ago, Fulton Homes was looking for a way to spread a little patriotism to its customers. The company partnered with 94.5 KOOL FM and came up with the Noon Salute Contest, which offers school music programs a chance to show off their skills by recording their performance of the Sta…

Although a major coaching change can dampen expectations for any team, this year’s Arcadia High Track and Field squads still produced memorable moments, including setting a new school record. 

Fresh off of finishing first in the Arizona State Tournament, one of the Mock Trial teams from Veritas Preparatory Academy is preparing to travel to Athens, Georgia, to square off against more than 40 other teams from across the United States in the National Tournament.

For more than a decade, Arcadia High School has hosted the annual Agora Arts Festival. Students showcase art from the district to help raise money to benefit the Free Arts of Arizona Foundation. 

This year marked the 12th annual plastic recycling competition that took place at elementary and middle schools around the nation. This is the 6th year that Scottsdale schools have participated in the Trex recycling competition.

Facing the top competitors from schools around the country, Arcadia’s Spiritline made its very first appearance at the USA Spirit Nationals. Held in Anaheim, California, the Cheer team placed eighth out of 27 in their division, and the Pom’s Jazz routine earned fifth place out of 12. 

At Signing Day, athletes confirm their postgraduation plans by signing their national letters of intent, securing their spots at the collegiate level. On April 17, eleven talented AHS athletes took the next step in their educational careers.

Picture this: you’re in school and the bell has rung, signaling the start of P.E. class. You walk into the gym and see a line of red rubber balls in the middle of the floor, which can only mean one thing: dodgeball. Can you still feel the rubbery surface and hear the familiar “thwack” as you…

Eleven years ago, a program was developed at Christ Lutheran School as a way for students to sharpen their leadership skills and become more involved in the community. Suzanne Black, who is now assistant principal at CLS, started the program as an opportunity for students who were unable to …

This year, Arcadia’s neighborhood schools pulled out all the stops for their spring school performances. We’ve highlighted a few, in case you missed them:  

Dr. John Kriekard retired for the first time in 2009 after six years as the superintendent of Paradise Valley School District and a much longer career in roles as an educator and administrator.  

Gianna Beck and Caroline Hyland, seniors at Xavier College Prep, are deeply interested in computer programming and have ambitious desires to put their knowledge toward impacting the world positively.