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Cochise College & University of Arizona Recognition Ceremony Class of 2014


The Cochise College & University of Arizona in Santa Cruz County held the recognition ceremony for the class of 2014 on May 14 at the First Baptist Church in Nogales, Arizona. The ceremony featured speeches by Ms. Sue Neilsen, Director of Santa Cruz Center, Dr. Marcelino Varona, Jr., chair of the Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College Board, Sarah Wieland, ... Read More »

National Physical Fitness and Sports Awareness Month of May


Salud Por Vida a federally funded program through the Educational Support Services of the Santa Cruz County School Superintendent, Alfredo I. Velasquez is teaming up with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During the months of April & May Salud Por Vida is taking Kids Get Fit to Santa ... Read More »

RRHS Students Perform with TJI at 2014 Essentially Ellington HS Jazz Band Competition


Three RRHS students will perform with the 25-member Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI) at the Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City, May 7-11, 2014. Students are senior Gabriel Paco (Clarinet and Alto Saxophone), senior Tyler Bauer (Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet), and freshman Richie Brennan (Trombone). TJI will perform three pieces composed by Duke Ellington: (1) “Happy Go ... Read More »

Santa Cruz County 2014 DARE graduation


Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department hosted this years 2014 Dare graduation for the fifth grade students from around Santa Cruz County at Oasis Cinema on Friday, April 25th. The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program has a mission to teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. The vision is a world in which students ... Read More »

David Verdugo Selected as SCVUSD No. 35 Superintendent

David Y. Verdugo, Principal of SCVUSD’s Calabasas Middle School, was selected as new superintendent.

A six-month search to replace retiring Superintendent Rod Rich was completed April 8 when the district governing board announced that David Y. Verdugo, Principal of SCVUSD’s Calabasas Middle School, was selected as new superintendent. Chosen from a pool of six final candidates, Verdugo will lead the 3,270-student, six-school district beginning July 1. Verdugo has received numerous awards and recognition for ... Read More »

Dior Velez, San Cayetano 3rd Grader, Wins SCVUSD Future Chef Competition

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The Pesto Parmesan Italian Sandwich, created by Dior Velez, 3rd grader at San Cayetano Elementary, took first place at the recent “Future Chef” competition at SCVUSD. The sandwich was made with toasted bread spread with pesto, topped with provolone cheese, turkey, ham, parmesan cheese, and spinach, then capped with another piece of toasted bread. Judges referred to it as having ... Read More »

Peña Blanca Elementary First Grade Class Wins SARSEF 3rd Place Grand Award

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Yolanda Fuentes’ first grade class won the 3rd place SARSEF Grand Award in the Engineering, Physics and Mathematical Science category at the weeklong 2014 Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair held at the Tucson Convention Center last week. The first grade class answered the science question, “Containers as Speakers — Which container makes cell phone music the loudest?” After ... Read More »

Daniel Astrain Takes 1st Place at Peña Blanca Science Fair

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Do solar panels work differently when charged with sunlight or flashlights? Ask Daniel Astrain, 4th grader at Peña Blanca Elementary. He won first place at Peña Blanca’s science fair, but only after he proved himself wrong. Using the scientific method, Astrain was surprised to learn that solar panels work better with sunlight than with flashlights. He had hypothesized otherwise. He ... Read More »

RRHS to Hold Third Annual “Future Freshmen Family Fiesta Night”


Rio Rico High School’s Freshman Academy will host the third annual “Future Freshmen Family Fiesta Night” for its 2014-2015 incoming 9th grade students and their families on Monday, March 3 from 5:30-7:30pm. Students and parents will meet the 9th grade teachers, have the opportunity to discuss the University of Cambridge honors curriculum as well as view elective and sports offerings. ... Read More »

Jella Tatil winner of the 2014 SCC Spelling Bee


After several rounds and a lot competitive spirit into the 2014 Santa Cruz County Spelling Bee, held Saturday morning in the Santa Cruz County Complex twenty-five students from all over the county gathered to compete for the chance to participate in the Arizona State Spelling Bee. The event, which was sponsored by the Rio Rico Rotary Club, began at 9 ... Read More »

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