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Rio Rico High School 2016


The Rio Rico High School graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, May 26th at the school stadium. The Rio Rico Marching Hawks played, while the graduates came down the stairways in their customized graduation caps. From within every angle of the stadium attendees were able to see the graduates in their red & black caps and gowns fill the seats ... Read More »

Teacher of the Year Kick-off Breakfast


As this school year comes to a closing, arrangements for the upcoming Teacher of the Year 2016-2017 award nominees were being discussed at the kick-off breakfast hosted by the Santa Cruz Superintendent’s Office. The kickoff took place on April 21st, the breakfast was held at Kino Springs where teachers, supervisors, directors, and officers were in attendance to show their support ... Read More »

Santa Cruz County Spelling Bee 2016


The month of February is known throughout the county as “Spelling Bee Month!” Each year, the office of the Santa Cruz County Superintendent prepares to host their yearly “Spelling Bee Contest.” The Spelling Bee gives students within the county an opportunity to compete, and demonstrate their spelling skills. This year the Spelling Bee took place at the Santa Cruz County ... Read More »

Character Counts

Character Counts

The office of the Superintendent Alfredo Velasquez hosted on January 11th a 3-day workshop for educators. The workshop was coordinated by: Janet Annett- Southwest Educational Consultant Agency, Ismael Morales- Virtual Response Program Director, and Denisse Melendez-Office Manager.The workshop “Character Counts”  facilitator was John Forenti from the Josephson Institute. The program basically helps instill a positive learning environment for students. The ... Read More »

Victim Advocacy & Support

Ensuring victim, and witness rights  are enforced.

An Arizona constitutional amendment in 1990 gave rights to victims of crime. The Victims Services Program started operating 1985. The Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office manages several programs that specifically designed to help victims, and witnesses understand, and navigate the judicial system. Victims and witnesses of crimes often feel unprotected.   As a result, the Santa Cruz County Victim Services ... Read More »

Silent Injuries

Robert Emerick teaches parents, and students about sexual abuse

On Wednesday October 21st, students and families had an opportunity to attend a special training sponsored by Making Connections 4 U a non-profit organization in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Autism Support Group at 6:30 p.m. at Cochise College. The training “Broken Silence” by Robert Emerick was developed to help healthcare professionals, educators, and community members understand the effects of child sexual abuse has on ... Read More »

Teacher of the Year Awards 2015

Teachers selected within Santa Cruz County for their work, and dedication.

The 2015 Santa Cruz Teacher of the Year Awards was hosted at the Esplendor Resort by the Nogales Rotary Club, and the Santa Cruz County Superintendent’s Office. The major key players in making this event possible are Alfredo I. Velasquez, and Ed Suckley. The main purpose of organizing this event is to acknowledge outstanding educators in Santa Cruz County. The ... Read More »

Boys and Girls of Santa Cruz

Teaching our kids leadership skills

The Boys and Girls Club opened its doors to the public on May 23, 1993. The club opened mainly with the support of teachers, community members and the 4-H Young America cares program. The club began with 2 part-time employees with the rest being volunteers. The club later expanded to 4 full-time and 9 part-time employees. The current building they ... Read More »

Inspirational Educational Leader Retires-Sue Neilsen

Sue Neilsen Director of Cochise College

When we think about our local community college in Santa Cruz County, the first thing that comes to mind is Sue Neilsen Director of Cochise College. She has worked with the college for over 12 years. Unfortunately for our community, she will be retiring June 30, 2015. She will be moving to San Francisco to be with family. Ms. Neilsen ... Read More »

Cochise College Santa Cruz Student Coalition

Cochise College

The Santa Cruz Student Coalition from Cochise College is a coalition dedicated to teaching students leadership skills in a fun healthy and productive way. The group members are Jesus Atondo President, Alma Pina Vice-President, Marcos Espinoza  Treasurer, Alexis Grambs Secretary, Vanessa Montoya Historian, Edna Campos Event Organizer, Josue Flores Coalition Representative and 3 volunteers. The student coalition goal is to ... Read More »

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