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Daily schools update: An event-filled weekend of school arts festivals and a CTE competition

Students From Across The District Participated In The Annual Festival Of The Arts On March 26, 2022. (Photo Courtesy Of Dysart Unified School District)

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Updated March 29, 2022: On Saturday, March 26 Dysart and Peoria Unified School Districts both held an arts festival to showcase their student’s talents.

In Tucson, 150 students participated in a construction competition at Catalina Magnet High School. The students were able to test their skills and network with local professionals.

Westwood High School of Mesa Public Schools celebrated the accomplishments of its staff and presented their plans for the future.

Agua Fria Union High School District is looking for swimmers interested in teaching as a YMCA Instructor.

CTE students all over Arizona are working hard on learning the trades of their jobs.

Other Arizonan education highlights:

March 24, 2022

McClintock High School English teacher Carly Blodgett received a grant to help establish her classroom library. On March 8th, the Arizona Department of Education began distributing grants up to $1,000 to help fund classroom projects.

“My project aims to build a classroom library full of critically acclaimed and diverse young adult literature: graphic novels, sci-fi, fantasy, memoir, nonfiction, adventure, horror, you name it. I want to build a classroom environment that encourages choice, creativity, and above all, a love for reading,” said Blodgett

Superintendent Kathy Hoffman toured Excelencia School to survey how federal COVID relief funds are being used.

Steele Elementary School in Tucson Unified School District also received a visitor!

In partnership with Albertsons, Safeway, and Vons, Sun Sounds is sharing grocery advertisements every Wednesday. Sun Sounds is an Arizona radio program that provides accessibility-focused services to anyone with difficulty, “seeing, reading or holding printed material due to a disability.”

Look forward to a concert performance of “Sweeney Todd,” by the MCC Musical Theatre.

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, Maricopa County Community College District’s Interim Chancellor, who was recognized by Phoenix Business Journal as one of its Most Admired Leaders of 2022.

Other Arizonan education highlights:

March 23, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of daily routines and emotional support networks has increased learning problems, mental health issues and physical health among students, researchers say.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,997,037 as of Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Arizona, up 4,566 cases from the last week, and 28,883 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,260,012 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 252,256 in Pima County129,693 in Pinal County62,517 in Yuma County57,246 in Mohave County47,679 in Yavapai County43,311 in Coconino County38,018 in Navajo County31,254 in Cochise County22,162 in Apache County16,983 in Gila County16,597 in Santa Cruz County11,933 in Graham County5,163 in La Paz County and 2,213 in Greenlee County.

Read On Arizona reminds parents to bring something to read to your child whenever you head out.

The Arizona Senate Education Committee approved a bill that would require schools to teach students how communism and totalitarianism conflict with freedom and democracy. The bill would also require the State Board of Education to develop standards to instruct students on civic responsibilities.

See how a teacher encouraged students to turn their work in on time, courtesy of edutopia.

Cartwright School District thanks Phoenix Rising for an event to honor their scholars.

See how East Valley Institute of Technology helped develop Blanca Zamora-Yanez‘s passion to teach.

Marana Unified School District invites family members raising a child to take part in their Kinship Caregiver support group.

Education Week shares how the war in Ukraine could impact teachers’ pensions.

Glendale Elementary School District thanked Kiwanis for helping students learn more about their city and their amazing community garden.

March 22, 2022

With 13.3 million subscribers, the YouTube educational video team, in partnership with ASU, is producing a 15-part video series detailing the intricacies of college applications, loans, and financial aid. (Photo via @TheCrashCourse)

“Continuing your education after high school is extremely complicated and getting harder. We often talk about the barriers to learning being purely financial, but they are also institutional. And a lot of that institution is just /access to the right information,” said Hank Green, online educator and Crash Course host. “Every piece of knowledge you need and don’t have is an opportunity to make a mistake, get boxed into a bad outcome, or even be exploited by bad institutions.”

Art-lovers mark your calendars for a weekend of festivities as the annual Peoria Arts & Cultural Festival and Dysart Festival of the Arts host local schools in celebration of school art programs.

Hats off to these overachievers for their hard work!

Other Arizonan education highlights:

March 15, 2022

The Phoenix-based Sandra Day O’Connor’s boys volleyball team won the Best of the West Invitational in California, becoming the first non-California/Hawaii team to win. The team has six seniors who will continue playing in college. Read more here with azcentral.

Grants continue to be distributed to classrooms with more than half of the $14 million available allotted. Applications remain open for $1,000 in grant money for classroom projects.

Other Arizonan education highlights:

March 10, 2022

Applications remain open for $1,000 in grant money for classroom projects. Superintendent Hoffman said these grants should help alleviate pressure from teachers who fund projects out of pocket.

Future freshmen can register for ASU tours between March 14 – April 18.

Inspiration Mountain School is an upcoming DVUSD school that will serve the future Class of 2035. The school will be a K-6 elementary school that will include shade structures, baseball and soccer fields, bus routing, and parking.

It’s National Nutrition Month according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The goal is to help develop healthy eating habits and inform consumers of the importance of diet.

New Mexico will now offer equal pay to Indigenous teachers in their effort to improve “K-12 education for Native American students,” according to the Associated Press.

Internships are not just available for college students. U.S. News’ Eddie Borst reports that “positions are available from museums and tech firms to NASA” for students still in high school.

Other Arizonan education highlights:

March 8, 2022

Arizona Department of Education will award grants up to $1,000 in grant money to Arizona teachers’ DonorsChoose projects for the classroom.

Click below to find out how to apply to fund your initiative.

In recognition of the growing semiconductor presence in Arizona, First Lady Jill Biden took a tour of programs at Maricopa Community Colleges that will help foster local talent in the industry.

March 8 is International Women’s Day and the theme for this year is #BreakTheBias. The goal is to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality, according to their website.

Tempe Union High School District is promoting its first, virtual hackathon. A hackathon is a timed, coding event where individuals or teams create projects through computer code. Applications are open until March 16.

March 3, 2022

The 3rd Annual Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation (QCSEF) softball tournament, held at the Legacy Sports Complex, fundraiser money for student scholarship and teacher grants. The QCSEF awarded more than $8,000 in teacher grant money in the past year.

Read Across America Week continues as schools across the nation participate in literary activites.

The National Education Association established Read Across America Week in 1998 to encourage youths to read more. In 2022, Read Across America Week runs between Feb. 28 and March 4.

Alongside Read Across America Week, Moutain Pointe Library is displaying and recommending books in recognition of Women’s History Month.

The State Press’ Jasmine Kabiri reports that students notified police with concerns of Reynold. Kabiri reports, “A social media post showed Reynolds holding two explosive devices, according to a press release from ASU PD.”

Other Arizonan education highlights

From now on, the Arizona Department of Health Services will update the COVID-19 dashboard only on Wednesdays.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,989,769 as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Arizona, up from 1,976,890 the last week, and 27,708 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

As of Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Maricopa County there are 1,248,818 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 250,137 in Pima County128,929 in Pinal County62,171 in Yuma County56,913 in Mohave County47,443 in Yavapai County43,086 in Coconino County37,678 in Navajo County31,019 in Cochise County21,912 in Apache County16,863 in Gila County16,561 in Santa Cruz County11,890 in Graham County5,129 in La Paz County and 2,203 in Greenlee County.

March 1, 2022

March was designated as Woman’s History Month in 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9.

President Jimmy Carter was the first to recognize the occasion with his Presidential Proclamation in 1980 establishing National Women’s History Week.

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Photo courtesy of National Woman’s History Museum

The National Education Association established Read Across America Week in 1998 to encourage youths to read more.

In 2022, Read Across America Week runs between Feb. 28 and March 4.

Students from across the district gathered for Peoria Pride neighborhood beautification to work on community landscape projects.

What should you do when your college leaves you on read? U.S. News Education explains what it means to be waitlisted.

For Maricopa County College Students who are not waitlisted, scholarships for Fall 2022 are now open!

Congratulations are warranted for Kyrene del Pueblo Symphonic Band students and Mrs. Arlie DuPlessis!

Deer Valley school administrators gathered for a workshop to help students during difficult times.

From now on, the Arizona Department of Health Services will update the COVID-19 dashboard only on Wednesdays.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,976,890 as of Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Arizona, up from 1,975, 252 the day before, and 27,946 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

As of Sat. Feb. 26, 2022, in Maricopa County there are 1,246,178 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 249,678 in Pima County128,726 in Pinal County62,086 in Yuma County56,831 in Mohave County47,425 in Yavapai County43,023 in Coconino County37,593 in Navajo County30,944 in Cochise County21,820 in Apache County16,837 in Gila County16,547 in Santa Cruz County11,878 in Graham County5,125 in La Paz County and 2,199 in Greenlee County.

Earlier coverage


Feb.2, 2022 – Feb. 28Daily schools update: College in Ukraine powered by ASU would have welcomed students next month

Jan. 13, 2022 – Feb. 1: Daily schools update: Students learn more about Year of the Tiger during Lunar New Year


Dec. 20, 2021 – Jan. 12, 2022Daily schools update: AZ doctors urge schools to require masks as COVID surges

Nov. 23, 2021 – Dec. 17, 2021: Daily schools update: Tolleson Union uses grant to launch Uber-like ride share service for students

Nov. 9, 2021 – Nov. 22, 2021: Daily schools update: Education Advocates get Tax Referendum on 2022 Ballot

Oct. 27, 2021 – Nov. 8, 2021: Daily schools update: Mesa Mother Relieved to get her Young Child Vaccinated

Oct. 12- Oct. 25, 2021Daily schools update: Supply chain issues cause problems for Arizona school cafeterias

Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021Daily Schools Update: How will children becoming eligible for COVID-19 vaccine change schools’ prevention measures?

Sept. 14 – Sept. 27, 2021Daily schools update: Students decision to mask up may have stopped a classroom COVID-19 outbreak

Aug. 24 to Sept. 1, 2021: Daily schools update: COVID-19 outbreaks rise among students in Maricopa County

Aug. 17 to Aug. 23, 2021: Daily schools update: FDA approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Aug. 3 to Aug. 16, 2021: Daily schools update: Arizona school mask mandates receive presidential praise

July 19 to Aug. 2, 2021Daily schools update: Teens struggle with mental health as school starts

June 20 to July 14, 2021Daily schools update: Arizona lawmakers ban mask requirements in schools

June 14 to June 17, 2021Tempe Union’s board approves comprehensive mental health policy

June 1 to June 11, 2021It’s time to get students enrolled in school for fall & ready for in-person classes

May 17 to May 28, 2021A year after George Floyd’s murder, a look at empathy, equity, what’s changed & what hasn’t

May 10 to May 14, 2021Students ready for graduation ceremonies

May 4 to May 6, 2021Amendment to bill would prohibit teachers from discussing controversial policy & social issues not essential to learning objectives

April 28 to May 3, 2021Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week for all they do for students

April 21 to April 27, 2021: 3 years after Red for Ed there’s much left to do

April 12 to April 20, 2021: How & why teachers discuss trial with students; Schools keep masks after Gov. rescinds mandate

March 29 to April 9, 2021Children, young teens may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine before next school year

March 15 to March 26Masks are still required in all schools; Video: Dr. Christ’s news conference today

Feb. 24 to March 11, 2021: COVID-19 aid funds will help AZ students, families & schools

Feb. 11 to Feb. 23U.S. Dept of Ed: Students must take standardized tests, but there’s flexiblity on when & how

Feb. 2 to Feb. 9Video: Supt. Hoffman gives State of Special Education address

Jan. 21 to Feb. 1Black History Mural Month Project to highlight pioneers of the Black community launches in Phoenix

Jan. 10 – Jan 20How students engage with Inauguration Day


Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan 8, 2021Teachers help students deal with attacks on Congress, Capitol

Nov. 30 – Dec. 16Watch it now: Dr. Christ asks people to avoid holiday gatherings with people they do not live with

Nov. 18 – 25COVID-19 cases rise before Thanksgiving adding to school and hospital leaders’ concerns

Nov. 16: More schools return to online learning as COVID-19 cases rise

Nov. 2 – 13: $19 M grant would help schools with teacher development, stipends, reading & math curriculum, summer ed resources and more

Oct. 20 to Oct. 30: AZDHS amends COVID-19 school benchmarks

Oct. 7 – Oct. 19What are teachers doing ahead of elections to support students afterwards

Aug. 25 – Sept. 8: Parents voice concern about online class size; school nurses prepare for students

Aug. 12 – Aug. 24: Students, teachers affected by Zoom outage

July 30 – Aug. 11Parent organizes co-op for learners; group rallies for in-person school days after benchmarks release

July 13- July 30: Teachers prepare for digital learning and back to school

June 29 – July 12Video: Gov. says ‘Goal is to get children back to school when it’s safe;’ Schools lay out learning models

June 29: Video: Gov. delays in-person classes to Aug. 17 due to rise in COVID-19

June 15 – June 29: Video: Gov. pauses re-opening of some businesses as COVID-19 cases rise

June 24: Plan provides more funding, flexible instruction as schools re-open

May 26 – June 12: Increase in COVID-19 cases marks a new daily high

May 20 – 25: AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school

May 11 – 19: Arizonans consider workplace safety, what back to school will look like amid COVID-19

April 26 – May 10: Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday

April 8 – 25You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

March 12 – April 7, 2020Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving