September School Notes
K-8 "Celebrate the Right to Vote!" Poster Contest
Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to enter a poster contest that expresses their view on the theme “Celebrate the Right to Vote!”
Entries must be postmarked by October 16, 2006. Contest winners will be announced in December 2006. Posters must be no larger than 11" x 17". All submitted artwork must be original and unframed. Entries that do not have this information will not be accepted. All submissions become the property of Kids Voting USA and may be reproduced in its publications or on merchandise. Artwork will not be returned unless the student makes special arrangements. Submissions will be separated into grade level categories for judging. Artwork will be panel-judged based on originality, composition, and adherence to contest theme and guidelines.
Prizes may include gift cards for music, video games, books and toys. Winning posters will be featured on the Kids Voting USA Web site.
Send Submissions to Kids Voting USA, Superstition Office Plaza, 3933 South McClintock Drive, Suite 505, Tempe, Arizona 85282 or contact -866-500-VOTE (8683) for entry forms and parental consent form.
Finding Students Who Need Special Help
Ten percent of the general population has some form of disability or disorder. Laveen Elementary School District No. 59 is looking for any student who might have difficulties resulting from a disability and who might need special education services in order to succeed in school.
If you know of a student who has major difficulty with learning or understanding, speaking or writing, making adjustments in different situations, or completing tasks, please contact Chris Mahler at 602-237-9100, extension 1102 or 1228 to have his/her progress checked.
Free special education services are available to eligible students. For more information, call Child Find at 602-364-4015 or visit the Child Find web site at http://www.ade.az.gov/ess/childfind.
Storytellers to Tell Latino Stories and Tales at SMCC Concert
Popular Storytellers Pat Mendoza and Ricardo Provencio will tell Latino stories and folktales in a special concert at South Mountain Community College on Sept. 27 at 7 pm.
The Latino Storytelling Concert will be in Performance Hall of SMCC, 7050 S. 24th St.
Mendoza has appeared throughout the United States and Canada, as well as the British Isles, since 1976. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., and the Yukon International Storytelling Festival in White Horse, Yukon Territory, Canada, and many other festivals nationwide.
Provencio is a storyteller and community college counseling and storytelling faculty member of South Mountain Community College. As a bilingual (Spanish and English) storyteller, he shares Mexican, Spanish and indigenous myths, legends, folktales, folklore, and unique personal stories from his rich and diverse Latino, Native American and German roots and life experiences.
Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information, contact SMCC at 602-243-8000.
Weather on Wheels Can Visit Your School
ABC 15 will wow Valley children as they learn about the weather with WOW – Weather on Wheels, a 24-foot mobile motion simulator that lets kids experience the weather first-hand, from lightning to rain and even earthquakes.
Chief Meteorologist Bill Bellis and the rest of the ABC 15 Weather Team, including morning weathercaster Kaley O’Kelley and weekend weathercaster Kaj Goldberg will bring WOW to schools all across the Valley.
Please allow two hours to complete the WOW visit with a minimum of 250 children. The group will be divided into smaller groups of 36 people to go into the simulator for a 20-minute presentation. Please request your dates 3-4 weeks in advance and presentation is for grades K-8 children only. WOW is available Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to an interactive video that kids watch in the mobile theatre, there are six weather pods where kids can see tornados and lighting form right before their eyes. They’ll also learn about how weathercasters gather and track weather information.
To view the WOW mobile motion simulator and learn more about Weather, play some games, and more cool stuff, visit ABC15.com for more information.
Free Materials Available for Parents/Educators
Check out www.DrugFreeAz.com to receive free materials that will help parents get a conversation started with their children about drugs, as well as showing the different types of drugs and their side effects, and signs of drug use.
Among the other materials available include a DVD that takes an interactive look at drugs, what they look like, their effects and how you can talk to your children about the dangers of drugs. You can run the entire DVD from start to finish, or choose individual topics from an easy-to-use menu. In addition, for educators,
There is a CD with four PowerPoint presentations appropriate for 4th-12th graders, notes with slide explanations, two parent presentations and a component for teachers on implementing drug curriculums in the classroom. Drug Free Red Ribbons are also available for October’s Red Ribbon Week courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration.