31st Extreme Carnival

On October 31, from 6:30–8:30 p.m., Turning Leaf Community Church is sponsoring its 31st Extreme Carnival, an alternative Halloween event. It is free and open to the public, featuring bounce castles, games, food, and much more. Stop by and enjoy this family-friendly evening of fun and games.

Heritage Zoo

The theme of this year’s annual fall parade is Heritage Zoo. On Monday, October 31, at 10 a.m., parents are invited to see all classes dress up like zoo animals and compete for the best costumes. The winning classes will be selected by a panel of local celebrity judges. Bring your family, friends, and a chair and join us for this creative and inspired annual tradition.

Striving in Science

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer

Science can be both a favorite and feared class. The hands-on nature of experimentation and wonder created through discovery of the world can mesmerize and fascinate students. By the same token, the specialized vocabulary and associated concepts can trip students up and alienate the curiosity the course and subjects covered can inspire.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

This year’s Character Counts Assembly, Not All Heroes Wear Capes, will honor police officers on September 29 at 9 a.m. The school-wide assembly will have one student from each grade speak about the value and importance of the Six Pillars of Character as exemplified by police officers. A contest will be held to determine whom from each class is selected to present.

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Homework Help for Arizona Students

Is your child struggling with their homework? Do some of the concepts he is learning in class just not seem to gel? Has her teacher told you she needs tutoring?

Building Necessary Reading Skills

Reading comprehension is a skill that follows children throughout their entire lives. Decoding and understanding text happens everywhere, even in our digital world. Help your child improve his/her comprehension and reading fluency.

Get Your Glow On

Glow crazy at the Junior High Neon Night Dodgeball Tournament and Dance Party on Friday, August 26. Sign-up a team of 6-8 or come cheer on your favorite players. Tickets are $5. The winning team will receive a year of free Dress Down Wednesdays. This event is for 6th-8th grades only.

Building Strong Readers: Vocabulary

Words are the building blocks of communication. Comprehension vastly improves when a reader knows the meaning of the words on the page; and the main goal of reading is comprehension. For all students, English natives and ESL, a strong vocabulary benefits learning activities: reading, speaking, and listening. It boils down to the fact that the more words a child knows, the better their comprehension can become.

Transition Tips for New Middle Schoolers

Transitioning into middle school is a big change for students and parents. It requires more adept time management skills, independent responsibility, and a tougher course load. However, with the right tips, students can develop lifelong skills to help them succeed in all future academic endeavors. We have developed a list of beneficial habits to help your child transition and flourish in the upper grade levels.