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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Weekly schools and education roundup

Gilbert Rotary Gilbert Public Schools

Greenfield Elementary third grader Ashley Hufford with the dictionary given to her by the Gilbert Rotary Club. Photo courtesy of Gilbert Public Schools.

The Gilbert Rotary Club  is in the process of distributing dictionaries to 2,700 third graders in Gilbert Public Schools. This is the dictionary project’s sixth year.

These are not electronic dictionaries or apps for smart phones, but actual books the students are encouraged to write their names in and, it is hoped, use for years.

The advantage of a dictionary in traditional book form is that students are more likely to happen upon unique and interesting words as well as practice how to look up words alphabetically, an exercise rendered obsolete with digital dictionaries. Sometime during their education students will need to find information arranged alphabetically without a mouse-click or search engine to rely upon.

In addition to the dictionary project, the Gilbert Rotary offers scholarships, leadership training, and provides support for schools in other ways.

Autism and learning disabilities seminar

Sierra Academy of Scottsdale is hosting an educational seminar on research for the treatment of autism and learning disabilities. “The Biochemistry of the Academic Challenged Child, the Autistic Child and the Chronically Misbehaved Child” will be held on Monday, Nov. 5 from 3:30-5:30pm at the school’s campus, 17800 N. Perimeter Dr. #110 in Scottsdale.

Behavioral specialists Dr. Albert Mensah and Dr. Judith Bowman of Mensah Medical will present the latest research on biochemical, nutritional and genetic therapies along with information on digestive issues, brain inflammation and nutrient deficiencies or medication side effects.

The program is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 480-767-8659 or email [email protected]. Additional information is available at SESI schools.

Growth at Glenn F. Burton

For the first time since 2006, the Glendale Elementary School District has broken ground for two new buildings at Glenn F. Burton Elementary Schoolon. The two new 4,500 square-foot buildings will house four new classrooms, including a new science classroom, the school’s administration, nurse, psychologist, a new teacher workroom, conference rooms and storage.

Keeping kids safe online

During Internet Safety Week (Nov. 5-9) Peoria Unified School District students will learn how to be safe online, have appropriate online social interactions and prevent cyber-bullying. Daily, 30-minute lessons will be conducted for grades K-8 and high school students will watch a short daily video during morning announcements.

Leading up to the event, Peoria Unified students participated in an Anti-Bullying Art & Video Contest. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade were asked to create a visual representation of the theme “It isn’t big to make others feel small.” The top four entries from various grade levels and the winning art work will be used in anti-bullying messages throughout the district. The contest winners will be announced at the district’s next Governing Board Meeting, which takes place on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Open houses

Phoenix Country Day School will be open to prospective students and their families from 11am to 1pm on Sunday, Nov. 4, The event is an opportunity to learn about the academic and social programs at the private, preK-12 school.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Athletics Overview: 11:10-11:30 am
  • Conversation with the Headmaster and Division Heads: 11:40 am-noon
  • College Counseling Overview: 12:10-12:30pm

Preregistration is recommended but walk-up registration is available on the day of the event.

Brophy College Preparatory will be open to families this Sunday. from 12 to 3pm. Bropy also offers shadowing opportunities, though dates are filling fast. During a shadow day, a prospective student accompanies a current Brophy student throughout a normal day’s schedule. Guests of the Shadow Program must be in eighth grade or above. As of this week, the only available days are in December. Learn more.

Scottsdale Community College Film School open house is at 8pm Thursday, Nov 8. Students interested in pursuing a future in screenwriting, filmmaking, broadcasting and editing can tour the facilities and meet faculty, staff and current film school students.The event will be at the Applied Science Building and the LC Annex on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale. For more information about the open house call 480.423.6076.

Our Friday education and schools roundup is compiled from press releases sent by school districts and schools.

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Daniel Friedman

Daniel Friedman is a staff writer and photographer for RAISING ARIZONA KIDS and a former classroom teacher.

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