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. 

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.

After moving up to the more competitive 4A Division this year, the AHS girls’ varsity soccer team faced a big challenge. In the previous two years in 5A, they made it to the Final Four in the playoffs. The odds were against them, but as the Arcadia News reported at the beginning of the seaso…

Determination and dedication are driving the Titans toward state softball glory. The members of the Arcadia High School varsity softball team have their minds set on repeating last season, where they finished ranked No. 1 and made it all the way to the final four. 

This year, Coach Troy Gerlach is instituting a new ritual he picked up from his time with the gold medal-winning USA 15U baseball team this past summer. After each practice, every team member takes off his shoes and scrubs them down. It’s a literal and metaphorical cleansing. “We’re scrubbin…

Ingleside Middle School’s Garden Club got started in October 2014 thanks to a co-written grant by local garden expert Barbara Halden and Ingleside teacher Susan Leonard. The student-directed after school club teaches members how to grow and harvest plants organically. 

The idea of putting together a robot with many working facets and components may sound stressful to some, but for the kids on the robotics team at Christ Lutheran School, it’s an exciting endeavor to explore.