Carefree summer days have slipped away, and now it’s time for school. Here are a few tips to help your family ease into the busy academic schedule ahead.

When Archway Veritas’ second-grade teacher Taylor Brown was driving home from Flagstaff one day, she was listening to a podcast in which the guest talked about the impact that his fourth-grade teacher had on him, which led to a discussion on the importance of teachers.

Arcadia High School and Hopi Elementary welcomed new principals for the 2022-23 school year, so we reached out to get the scoop on the latest faces in the neighborhood!

Math lovers at Hopi Elementary got to flex their skills in the big leagues with their first-ever Math Olympiad competition – and it proved to be a stimulating and rewarding experience for all. 

Phoenix Country Day School juniors Sanya Somani and Anaiya Patel are making a healthy difference in women’s lives through their youth-led nonprofit. According to the pair of founders, HealthForHER “works to provide necessary health and educational resources for underprivileged women.”

The Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference brings high school seniors together to focus on and learn about different industry aspects like investigative and international journalism. The prestigious event was founded by Al Neuharth, most well-known for establishing USA Today. 

The last time Tavan Elementary School got a refresh to its campus was 20 years ago. Now, the staff and students have much to look forward to as the new school year begins because Tavan’s look will be brand-new for the students and staff attending in 2022-23. 

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The College Baseball World Series tournament is held every year from May through June. It hosts 64 United States baseball teams, concluding in the eight-team College World Series held in Omaha, Nebraska.

Four years of high school have flown by for Scottsdale-native Chase An, and now it’s time for him to embark on his next adventure: The United States Naval Academy. 

Every year, local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution around the country award high school seniors with the Good Citizen Award for qualities rooted in dependability, service, leadership and patriotism to an outstanding degree. 

St. Theresa Catholic School held all the usual pomp and circumstance as their eighth-graders finished the school year: awards assemblies, a school-wide prayer and a graduation ceremony. However, one of their celebrations was a little unorthodox, but a lot of fun: the annual Teachers vs. Stud…

Brophy Prep hosted their Senior Farewell Dinner in April, as well as a school-wide graduation party after the ceremony on May 21. Food, entertainment abound - the Xavier seniors and were invited, too!

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish they would have taught us this in high school?” Usually, the words come to mind when writing out a budget, attempting to do taxes without a professional, learning how to invest or exploring a career change. 

Two Xavier Prep students – junior Sonya Colattur and senior Claira Chong – recently received the 2022 Junior Achievement of Arizona 18 Under 18 Awards for their dedicated contributions to the community through the organizations they created.

While winning matches and making it to the state championships was a common goal among the tennis squads at area schools, there was another prevalent theme: community. Here’s a round-up of our neighborhood tennis squads’ seasons. 

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The Arcadia News scholarship started in 2005 and has since awarded over $15,000 to graduating seniors – some of whom who have been part of the Arcadia News team, as well as those who have gone on to successful college careers. 

Late author Harper Lee would undoubtedly be proud of Veritas Prep’s three mock trial teams – Atticus, Scout and Jem – who participated in the state tournament and are named in honor of characters from her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

A group of St. Thomas the Apostle’s whiz kids quickly rose to the challenge at the Academic Junior High Decathlon this past spring – and there’s a reason they’re called whiz kids. The teams came in first in logic, second in the super quiz, second in fine arts and third in English/grammar at …

Three students from Arcadia High School have received well-deserved recognition as finalists for the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship. The award was created in 1955 and highlights academically talented students and their accomplishments.

It’s been a big spring for sports teams at Xavier Prep, with the Gators making a statement in soccer, archery and Spiritline at their competitions. Here’s a roundup of the school’s success at recent championships on the state and national levels.

St. Theresa’s softball team is still relatively new to the sport. There was only one team back in 2019 – and before then, only three teams had played in the last nine years. But that only proved to make this year’s teams stronger and more determined – which paid off, as St. Theresa brought h…

More than 230 Brophy seniors walked the runway at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in front of a crowd of 1,200 at the 38th annual Brophy Fashion Show in April. A highlight of the year for many seniors and their families, the show raises money for the Brophy Financial Aid Fund, which has a budg…

When Ingleside Middle School social studies teacher Mr. Howard fell through his ceiling while trying to fix the alarm system in his home, he never expected that one of his students would take it upon herself to help him out. But that’s exactly what Ashlyn Goldstein did. 

Arcadia News has been keeping tabs on four Phoenix Country Day School alumni since 2018. Readers might recognize them as the founders of Kidz 4 Causes, a nonprofit established back in 2015, when the boys were freshmen. 

The Hopi Variety Show has become a time-honored tradition within the Hopi Elementary School community. It started in the 1980s, initially run by Hopi staff and performed in the school’s cafeteria. In the 90s, more students were eager to participate, and a new name was running the show.

Feeding Students USA is a nonprofit dedicated to providing nutrition and meals to families in need around the Valley. They host a weekend produce pop-up, a weekend lunch program, and distribute emergency food boxes – but one of their most successful programs is their food pantry. 

The 2022 high school softball season is in full swing for local schools, and teams around Arcadia are working hard to make the most of every game. Here’s the latest news for the Arcadia High Titans, Xavier Prep Gators and Christ Lutheran Lions.

The wrestling team at Arcadia High School faced many challenges this year, especially with a season that almost didn’t happen. With the help of a new head coach, the Titans kept pushing forward, eventually qualifying four wrestlers for the state championships.

Founded in 2009, the Arcadia High Robotics Club adheres to a curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). While students put their brains to the test, they also gain another essential thing: friendship.

With help from a few Brophy swimmers, Xavier’s second annual Swim for the Light campaign raised $10,000 to change the conversation about mental illness and decrease its debilitating stigma. 

To describe Kate Blair as a powerhouse might be an understatement. The Xavier senior took her sister’s life-changing diagnosis and created a new outlook on life – which in turn, helped her raise money, start a podcast and even write a children’s book. 

While making it to state is at the top of the list for neighborhood high school basketball teams this season, they’re also playing to their other strengths: keeping the game fun and building relationships with teammates and coaches. Read on to see how our area teams are faring as they approa…

It started as an extra-credit assignment at Ingleside Middle School. Mr. Clauss’ seventh grade class had an opportunity to write a short story for the Behind the Vision Contest – and Beau Donovan took the opportunity. He’s now a published author.