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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 »

EMS Providers to Recognize SCVUSD Students


Southern Arizona EMS providers will recognize four students who, by using CPR, helped save the life of their wrestling coach when he suffered multiple heart attacks after practice on October 14, 2013. Wrestling coach is Fernando Villaescusa. Student heroes are wrestling students Areana Villaescusa (daughter of the coach and Olympic hopeful), Martin Fernandez, Carlos Apodaca and Sergio Delgado. According to ... Read More »

RRHS Senior, Ben Noriega, Signs Scholarship Agreement with Central AZ College

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Rio Rico High School’s track-and-field champion, Ben Noriega, has signed a Cross Country, track-and-field scholarship with Central Arizona College in Coolidge, AZ. Noriega’s scholarship will pay for tuition, books and athletic gear and equipment. Noriega is a three-time state medalist in cross country and played a key role in the RRHS 2012 state championship team. He is also a three-time ... Read More »

SCVUSD Students Sweep Awards in Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Art Contest

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Coatimundi Middle School students won first, second, third and fourth place awards in the 5th Annual Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Art Contest in the 6-8 grade category. The respective winners are Angelina Romero (sixth grader), Bryana Morales (eighth grader), Pablo Ahumada (sixth grader) and Kassie Adams (seventh grader). This is the second year Morales has won in this grade ... Read More »

SCVUSD No. 35 Pre-K Students Host Their Dads for the Day

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The letter of the day was “D” in the Peña Blanca and San Cayetano Elementary preschool classrooms. Pre-K students spent a December day at school with their dads doing lots of fun things while learning about a healthy diet and lifestyles. They began their day by dining together at breakfast or lunch, followed by a half-day of discovery learning activities ... Read More »

SCVUSD Students win at Coronado Area Special Olympics Bowling Competition

SCVUSD Students win at Coronado Area Special Olympics Bowling Competition

SCVUSD students from Calabasas Middle School and Rio Rico High School again won at the Coronado Area Special Olympics Bowling Competition held at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson. This is the district’s seventh consecutive year of involvement in the bowling competitions. Over 900 student athletes from Southern Arizona competed in singles, doubles, team and ramp bowling over the course of the ... Read More »

RRHS Math Teacher, Cary Todd, Receives

“Cary Todd is an exceptional teacher who not only cares about students' academic success, but their success outside of the classroom as well,” said Shelly Vroegh, RRHS principal.

Tucson Values Teacher/OfficeMax Teacher Excellence Award Surrounded by his students, principal and colleagues during a surprise visit to his geometry class, Rio Rico High School math teacher, Cary Todd, was awarded the November 2013 Tucson Values Teacher/OfficeMax Teacher Excellence Award. As part of the presentation, Todd received a $100 gift card to OfficeMax, a voucher for two tickets to a ... Read More »

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