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Summer Professional Development Opportunity

This summer 5th-8th grade English Language Arts (ELA) teachers had an opportunity to participate in a writing workshop sponsored by Mr. Alfredo Velasquez, Santa Cruz County School Superintendent. The workshop was hosted on June 20th-24th at the Santa Cruz County Complex. The workshop Summer Professional Development Opportunity provided an opportunity for participants to increase their knowledge, and skills. Participants who ... Read More »

Nogales High School Graduation 2016

Stepping onto the Nogales High School Stadium on May 20, 2016, was an exhilarating feeling. The energy of the people was present and it was well felt. The parents and countless family members that were there in support, along with the school staff, district members, photographers, journalists, and law enforcement/security personnel all exuberated a sense of pride when it came ... Read More »

Cochise College Commencement 2016

On Tuesday, May 10th Cochise College held its 2016 commencement ceremony at the Nogales High School Auditorium.  Red caps populated the first couple of rows at the auditorium as Cochise College graduates celebrated their educational accomplishments. Graduates were surrounded by family, friends, and faculty who supported them throughout their educational journey. Everyone in attendance had the pleasure of enjoying a ... Read More »

Pierson Vocational High School 2016

Tuesday, May 17th Pierson Vocational High School held its commencement graduation at the school gymnasium for the “Class of 2016.”  The ceremony opened with graduates walking into the beautifully decorated white and blue gymnasium. One by one the graduates entered the gymnasium wearing their white & blue cap and gowns. The ceremony later followed with the salutation of the flag, ... Read More »

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

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

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

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 »

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