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A+14 November 1 - 14, 2008
Hamilton Prep Santan Junior High Storm
Voting bloc – Hamilton Prep students recently had the chance to cast their votes in the 2008 national Music notes – Santan’s top performing choir, Encore, entertains in a combined concert with Hamilton
election as part of the National Student/Parent Mock Election, the largest nonpartisan voter education High, Bogle Junior High and Willis Junior High at 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 5 at Hamilton High’s cafeteria stage.
project of its kind. The project aims to engage students and their families in core campaign issues and Santan singers should arrive in the lobby near the south auditorium entrance by 6:30 p.m. The concert is
civic involvement. open to family members and the public, but seating is limited. For more info, call 480-883-4645.
Link up – Hamilton Prep has a new addition to its website. Visit, click on “About Us,” Peace sign – Kaydee Heston from Mr. Mosqueda’s fifth-period class recently won the CUSD Peace
then “Staff,” then “Upcoming Assignments,” to view upcoming test dates and assignments for students. Poster Contest. She receives a cash prize and gets her poster entered into the national contest.
Tutor time – The HP Junior Honor Society members offer tutoring at 8 a.m. in the math portable. Reptile adventures – Eighth-graders were welcomed back from Fall Break with reptiles in their
Tutoring for all class assignments, organization and test-taking skills and homework help are available. science classes. Rich Ihle with Reptile Adventures in Mesa gave students a hands-on demo of the
Free money – Link your Bashas’ card with Hamilton Prep’s group ID, #24945, and the school receives adaptations that reptiles use to survive in their environments and also talked about his career in science.
money from Bashas’ give-back program through Mar. 31. Yearbooks – It’s quick and easy to order yearbooks online by clicking the link on the Santan Jr. High
—Maureen Andera website:, where you can also find a listing of sporting and other school
Run, Santan, Run – Cross Country season is underway, but new members are invited to join the
team. See Mrs. Moreno in the front office. Practices are 7:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and
after school until 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Direct questions to coaches Keebaugh or Segal.
—Peg Newendyke
Payne Junior High Panthers
Save toys – NJHS sponsors a toy drive Dec. 1-12. Anyone who’d like to give new and unwrapped toys
may drop donations off in the front office.
Basha High Bears
Payne goes digital – Students are building “AIMS CENTERED” Digital Portfolios in Computer
Applications. This combines all work in Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies to integrate core
Basha FFA team wins silver – Winners of the
National FFA Agricultural Mechanics contest held
Library goes green – Donations of indoor plants to “green up” the library are gladly accepted and in Indianapolis, IN include Basha High FFA students
nourished with lots of information. Nicole Neff, who received a bronze medal; Caleb Krolak,
Race place – More than 210 students and 35-plus adults help make the 2nd Annual Payne Adventure
receiving silver; and Kyle Fisher and Greg Hahn, who
races a success. Results: 1st place males: Kendall Day, Jeremy Bonar, Ron Querry (18:00); 1st place
females: Danielle Parlich, Monica Murruto, Hannah Jeffries (21:02); 1st place coed: Miller Rowly, Joy
both received gold. Overall the team placed in the silver
Courtney, Mekenna Schmidt(21:03); 1st place teachers: Maluski, Keebaugh, Lamer (17:01) Won Against All
division, ranking 20th out of 44 teams.
Teams. Thanks to every Payne Panther who helped make the adventure races a success!
The National Agricultural Mechanics Career
Calendar Development Event is a competitive activity that
Nov. 3: Booster Club meets in the library 4 p.m.
allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real
Nov. 4: Site Council meeting, 8 a.m.
life situations. Activities included in the event are a
—Stephanie Emery
written exam, a team activity dealing with pneumatics,
demonstration of problem-solving skills and hands-on
performance activities. Areas of emphasis included
electricity, welding, irrigation, industry/marketing and
maintenance of a round baler.
––Pat Phillips
Willis Firebirds
Submitted photo
Robo builders – Robotics is a Lego robotics competition in which Willis is entering a project on water
scarcity in Arizona and other parts of the world. Sponsored by Si Se Puede Foundation, the group works
SILVER LINING: The Basha High team
at Fry Elementary School at 801 E. Frye Rd. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday to compete in the First LEGO
placed in the silver division in the
League competition.
National FFA Agricultural Mechanics
– Craig Starks
contest, ranking 20th out of 44 teams.
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