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Rio Rico HS Principal First AZ Principal Chosen for SAM Project

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Carol Cullen, Ph.D. Communications Specialist / Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 Rio Rico High School Principal, Shelly Vroegh, is the first Arizona principal chosen to participate in the National School Administration Manager (SAM) Innovation Project (NSIP) which seeks to enable principals to spend more time on instructional leadership tasks and less time on management tasks. SAM (School ... Read More »

Rio Rico High School Thespians Perform “Clowns Who Read”

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RIO RICO, Ariz. Oct. 11, 2012. This morning, the Rio Rico High School Thespians performed the famous Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, Rumplestiltskin, to a cheering audience of district second and third grade students in the high school auditorium. Over 150 young students watched, cheered, and participated in the performance of the classic story of a young woman, Annabella, who is ... Read More »

SCVUSD No. 35 and UniSource Electric, Inc. Enter into Ground Lease Agreement to Provide Solar Energy


By Carol Cullen, Ph.D. The Governing Board for Santa Cruz Unified School District No. 35 unanimously agreed June 5 to enter into a 20-year ground lease agreement with UniSource Electric, Inc., a deal that greatly benefits the school district and local businesses and residents. The agreement stipulates that UniSource will lease approximately 37.5 acres of school district property to develop ... Read More »

Education and Family


BY DAVID RAMIREZ MATUS Alfredo I. Velasquez has served as Santa Cruz County School Superintendent for the past six years, an elected position he earned after a long and successful educational career. The mission of the Arizona County School Superintendent is to provide quality administrative fiscal and educational services in partnership with schools, educators, and communities to effectively improve student achievement. ... Read More »

Latino Teacher Awards Program Now accepting nominations

CONTRIBUTED Phoenix — Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is excited to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Esperanza Latino Teacher Awards presented by Cox Communications and SRP in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Over the past 13 years, CPLC has recognized more than 100 outstanding Latino educators who have met the ... Read More »

RRHS Law Enforcement

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Starting in 2010 a new program began to be offered to the students of Rio Rico High School. A program teaching and promoting discipline, leadership, and team work among other things. This is the Law Enforcement program run by teacher Jimmy Navarro and part of the school’s CTE program. If you’re thinking this is like any other extra-curricular activity to ... Read More »

CNA program at SCVUSD

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Up until a few years ago, there weren’t a lot of options for the students of Rio Rico High School as far as vocational classes were concerned. That is when Elanor Rankin, a long time employee of Santa Cruz County School District #35, got approval to set up a JTED program; a program designed to give students a head start ... Read More »

RRHS Agriculture Program


For the last 18 years, since Rio Rico High School opened it’s doors, it has maintained an agriculture program with a focus on plant science. But really it’s only been over the last few years that it has really started to bear fruit. The program, which is also associated to the school’s Future Farmers of America club, gives students an ... Read More »

Mountain View Students Receive Gold & Silver in Nation’s Largest Essay Contest

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RIO RICO, AZ, Mar. 1, 2012 — Mountain View Elementary School captured the gold and silver in this year’s 4th grade essay contest at the Grand Canyon State Games in Tempe. Cade Fanning walked away with the first place gold medal. Jared Fischer brought home the silver for 2nd place. Celebrating a 20th anniversary, the Grand Canyon State Games Essay ... Read More »

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