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Getting Kids Outside at Tonto National Monument

by Hilary Clark “Being outside allows children to be imaginative, spontaneous, and carefree, and allows them to gather their thoughts. It’s also a lot of fun!” Those are the enthusiastic words of Jennifer Smith, a National Park Service educator at the Tonto National Monument in Roosevelt. ‘Ranger Jen’ as she is affectionately known helps kids of all ages explore the Tonto National Monument and learn about the outdoors and prehistoric culture. Through the Every Kid in a Park program, fourth-graders and their families get a free pass valid for more than 400 national parks across the country. A National Park Foundation grant helps with transportation—paying for buses to get more than 200 elementary-school students from Payson, Globe, Miami, Pine and Tonto Basin to the monument. In all, Smith’s programs have reached more than a thousand young people this year, from pre-K to 12th grade As Smith leads students on hikes up to the Lower Cliff Dwelling she teaches them about desert plants and animals and the Salado people who built the dwellings. Although the hike is only a one mile round trip, it ascends more than 300 feet in elevation, giving everyone a good workout.  Once at the dwelling, students ... Read More »

Taliesin Globe-Miami Studio Project loses funding amid unfulfilled expectations

By Aimee Staten & Linda Gross The widespread optimism that surrounded the launch of last year’s Globe-Miami Studio Project, which many hoped would spur economic development and make the region a tourist attraction, appears to be gone. It has been replaced by hope from some that the investment this community made in the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (Taliesin) will pay off as promised. Others, however, say they have seen too little fulfillment of the initial promises that the school laid out in its fundraising campaign here, which raised $785,000 in 2015. Just 18 months into a four-year project, the school is losing nearly a quarter of the pledged monies from its initial investors. Read More »

Walking Through History at Tonto National Monument

By Christa Sadler: Tonto National Monument    Imagine a place where history from every era surrounds you. At the Salado Cliff Dwellings at Tonto National Monument, stories and relics from thousands of years of Sonoran Desert life are to be found right at your feet, wherever you tread. Since the construction of these iconic cliff dwellings approximately 700 years ago, they have served as a home, a community of growing and evolving culture, and eventually an alluring spectacle for tourists exploring the “Wild West.” Read More »

How I spent by summer vacation. Teachers respond.

By: Debbie Leverance Summer vacation is here and teachers are living the sweet life. I remember thinking years ago how easy teachers had it – the perfect job for a wife and mother! Convenient schedule, home when the kids were, and relaxed weekends with family. Summers off camping in the woods or reading on the porch. As with most of our childhood imaginings, adult reality is a little messier, a bit less rosy and tempered by the bank balance much more than it should be. Read More »

Arizona Rural Policy Forum Heads to Graham County

Annual event brings rural leaders and advocates from around the state to connect and share resources June 26, 2017 (Thatcher, AZ) – The Rural Policy Forum, hosted by the Local First Arizona Foundation and Arizona Rural Development Council, connects rural economic development professionals, nonprofits, community leaders, business owners, and other rural stakeholders who are interested in sustaining rural communities. This year’s event will be hosted in the Safford and Thatcher communities August 9-11, 2017, showcasing what the region has to offer in terms of amenities and economic development opportunities. Read More »

Lee Kornegay student, Dennis Davis wins Spelling Bee

Lee Kornegay Intermediate School student Dennis Davis won the 2017 Gila County Spelling Bee held Feb. 23 in Payson. Davis spelled the word “feldspar” correctly to take home the title. He’ll compete in the Arizona State Spelling Bee on March 25 in Phoenix. High Desert Middle School Student Bradley Pollock earned third place. Rim Country Middle School’s Chance Hagler got second place. The Gila County Superintendent’s Office thanks the parents, teachers, administrators, judges, pronouncers, and Payson High School for helping make the event a success. Pictured (R to L) are Gila County Superintendent Roy Sandoval, Dennis Davis, Chance Hagler, and Bradley Pollock.   Read More »

Superintendent Roy Sandoval meets with stakeholders to discuss education challenges

GILA COUNTY- Gila County Superintendent Roy Sandoval recently brought together local school administrators and legislators for a conversation about some of the challenges that rural Arizona educators are tackling every day. Representatives David Cook and T.J. Shope as well as Senator Frank Pratt joined Gila County school administrators for the meeting on Friday, Feb. 10 at Globe High School. Read More »

Spelling Bee scheduled for Feb. 23 at Payson High School

GILA COUNTY – Each year, teachers and administrators volunteer to spend many hours organizing and hosting classroom, school and district level spelling bees so they can send their top spellers to the County Spelling Bee. The Gila County School Superintendent’s Office encourages you to support County students and schools by attending this year’s Gila County Spelling Bee. Read More »

March 1 is deadline to Nominate an Outstanding Teacher of the Year

GILA COUNTY-Gila County School Superintendent Roy Sandoval is proud to announce that the Teacher of the Year Award nominations are now open.             “This award is an important opportunity for us to lift up the stories of exceptional educators in Gila County,” says Superintendent Sandoval. “Anyone can nominate a teacher who has gone out of their way to change the course of their students’ lives.”  Celebrating its seventh year, the Gila County Teacher of the Year Program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 professional educators from public and charter schools who have made a lasting impact on Gila County’s school-aged children.             Teachers can be nominated by a fellow educator, an administrator, a parent, or a community member. The Gila County Teacher of the Year will receive a $500 award, a plaque, and recognition countywide.             To nominate someone, download the form at www.gilacountyesa.org under “Upcoming Events/Teacher of the Year.” Alternatively, contact Christine Lopez at the Gila County School Superintendent’s Office at 928-402-8783 or by email at clopez@gilacountyaz.gov for more information on how to submit a nomination.              The deadline to submit nominations is by 5 p.m.  on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. To be eligible for selection as the ... Read More »

Globe High Band blazing trail to success led by new director, Chris Richardson

People spend years looking for that one place – where they are appreciated and accepted and where their talents are given room to grow. A love of music led 19 Globe High School students to the corner of the more than 100-year-old school, where, unbeknownst to them, they would enter a world full of much more than instruments and sheet music. When Mississippi born and bred Chris Richardson decided to move west two years ago, he had no idea he would end up in Globe, but as soon as he saw the historic town and learned the realities of the school district’s band program, he knew he had come to the right place. Read More »