August School Notes
BioScience High School gets Grant from Honeywell
Honeywell seems to like the concept of Phoenix Union’s Bioscience High School so much that it gave the new school a grant for $60,000 at the groundbreaking of the Bioscience High campus in downtown Phoenix on June 30.
The school, which will feature a rigorous and intensive science and math focus, fits with the mission of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the corporation’s community outreach program dedicated to improving education in math and science. The grant will sponsor an annual Freshman Project in which first-year students will develop year-long science projects and present them to industry judges and the public. It solidifies a partnership between Bioscience High School and Honeywell that can include collaboration between industry experts and school staff and students in mentoring, project development, advising, internships, career exploration, guest teaching, field trips and providing authentic teaching and learning experiences.
Honeywell Hometown Solutions has been supportive of Phoenix District in the past. Last year, Phoenix Union received donations of more than $30,000 earmarked funds for such programs as the South Mountain High School Aviation and Aerospace Education magnet program and the highly-successful Carl Hayden Robotics team.
The Bioscience High School will open August 7 with a freshman class of about 100 students, and will grow to 400 students by adding a class per year. The new $10 million campus will be constructed at 512 E. Pierce Street incorporating the McKinley Elementary School building and will be completed in the spring of 2007. Phoenix Prep Academy will host the freshman class for Bioscience High School until the new campus is completed.
SMCC Offers Classes in Laveen
South Mountain Community College will offer more than 90 classes in Laveen, beginning in August. It is the first group of SMCC Fall Semester classes to be offered in Laveen.
Classes are offered in cooperation with Arizona Lutheran Academy, Laveen Elementary School, Vista del Sur Middle School, MC Cash Elementary School, Western Valley Middle School, and Cesar Chavez High School.
Classes included are: beginning writing, composition, interpersonal communication, basic arithmetic, algebra, psychology, anthropology, reading, business/personal computers, Mexican-American history and culture, Chicano literature, buried cities/lost tribes in the New World; English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), and free GED classes. Most classes are accepted by colleges and universities toward graduation.
From Aug. 21 thru Dec. 15, classes will be held at: Arizona Lutheran Academy, 6036 S. 27th Ave.; Laveen Elementary School, 5001 W. Dobbins Rd.; MC Cash Elementary School, 3851 Roeser Rd.; Vista del Sur Middle School, 3908 W. South Mountain Ave.; and Western Valley Middle School, 6250 W. Durango.
From Aug. 7 thru Dec. 15, classes will be held at Cesar Chavez High School, 3921 W. Baseline Rd.
The cost is $65 a credit hour; $15 registration fee per semester. Enroll online: www.southmountaincc.edu
or call 602-243-8123 (English) or 602-243-8135 (Spanish).
Cesar Chavez Student Returns from Abroad
The Youth Ambassador Exchange Program, sponsored by Phoenix Sister Cities, allows young people from around the world to learn about and experience each other’s cultures.
After spending three weeks in Phoenix’s sister cities, 30 Phoenix youth ambassadors returned to Phoenix in early July and host their counterparts through a summer student exchange program.
Celeste Irvin who attends Cesar Chavez High School was one of 30 Phoenix youth ambassadors who visited a foreign country. Irvin returned from Himeji, Japan.
High school juniors were selected on the basis of their communication skills, maturity, flexibility, leadership and self-confidence. The students departed in late June and lived with their host family in their designated sister cities for three weeks.
The students will reciprocate and house their host family’s son or daughter in Phoenix through August.
Some of the activities that the ambassadors will participate in include meeting Mayor Phil Gordon and members of the City Council, community service, traveling to the Grand Canyon and Disneyland, attending a Diamondbacks game, as well as a variety of individual family activities.
Approximately 400 Phoenix students have participated in the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program since it began in 1988. For more information, call the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission at 602-534-3751 or visit phoenixsistercities.org.
Students Gain Knowledge and College Credit
Students from two local high schools recently graduated from the Summer Entrepreneurial Program, a program that teaches entrepreneurship while giving them college credit at the same time.
The graduates successfully completed the four-week program, which is designed to combine business education with work experience. The graduates also completed six credit hours of community college course work on entrepreneurship while completing 100 hours of work experience. In addition, the students competed in a business plan contest. The winners of the business plan contest were awarded up to $1,000 in scholarship funds to continue their education at Gateway Community College.
The program gruadates were: Shyonia DeGrate and Britne’ Hart from South Mountain High School; Gabriela Sosa, Mario Diaz, Brittney Furch and Rashita Ware from Cesar Chavez High School.
“Is it important for our youth to develop their entrepreneurial skills and talents to prepare them to think and process how businesses compete in today’s global economy,” said Roberto Franco, acting director of the city’s Community and Economic Development Department. “This course will teach our youth that planning, hard work and research can lead to a successful career.”
“This program has helped me a lot, not many kids have the opportunity to get college credits before they finish high school. The program showed me that people care about my education and gave me the opportunity to know I can do it,” said Shyonia DeGrate, program graduate.
The Summer Entrepreneurial Program was a partnership between Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center (AZ OIC), city of Phoenix and Gateway Community College, and is sponsored by Viad.