May School Notes
Chavez Community School Recognized for Innovation
The Cesar Chavez Community School was honored April 27 for an innovating program that has enhanced education and growth opportunities for students inside and outside the classroom.
The school partnered with the Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department to form The Safe Schools “Focus on Excellence” Youth Program to promote academic success in school and future success in life by providing youth with a safe place to express their thoughts and opinions, whether its verbally, in writing, through artistic venues or through positive programs, such as Teen Court. The focus is on improving students’ self esteem by providing them with a voice and choices in life, promoting cultural awareness, understanding the value of diversity through respect for education, the law and law enforcement and service to the community.
The leaders and school representatives were present along with Mayor Phil Gordon, the Phoenix Youth and Education Commission and News Channel 3 at the 16th annual Mayor’s Partnership Awards Luncheon at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Moonlight Movies Continues in May
Phoenix’s signature outdoor films, the Moonlight Movies, continues with the third movie of the series. The Moonlight Movies 2006 series is hosted by Phoenix City Councilman Tom Simplot. The movie will be shown at Steele Indian School Park, at Third Street and Indian School Road. The movies start at sunset and are free to the public.
The interstellar laugh-fest “Galaxy Quest” will be on the big screen on Saturday, May 20. Starring Tim Allen, the movie follows a group of television actors, whose claim to fame is a once-popular science fiction show called “Galaxy Quest.” During a fan convention for their series, the “Galaxy Quest” cast learns that aliens exist and that the aliens believe their TV program is real.
McTeacher’s Nights for Laveen Schools
As part of a special grand opening celebration for the new Laveen McDonald’s restaurant at 51st Avenue and Baseline, the “Battle of the Laveen Schools,” McTeacher’s night fundraiser is underway for each of Laveen’s elementary and middle schools. The school that raises the most money in the “Battle of the Laveen Schools” will receive an additional $1,000 donation from McDonald’s owner Lee Heriaud. The following dates have been assigned for each school May 16 – Vista Del Sur Middle School; May 17 – Cheatham Elementary School; May 18 – Laveen Elementary Schoo and May 19 – M.C. Cash Elementary School.
Young Families CAN Program
This program operates out of the Travis L. Williams Family Service Center located at 4732 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. The program provides long term-case management services to help pregnant and/or parent teens, 13 to 20 years old, to attain self-sufficiency. The program also collaborates with various local agencies to make substance abuse, anger management, personal counseling and life skills training available to welfare-dependent teen parents. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For information, call 602-495-7522.
Phoenix Center for the Arts Invites Kids to get Creative this Summer
Aspiring artists between the ages of 5 and 17 will have the opportunity to enjoy a burst of creativity this summer at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. Classes will be offered in both Visual and Performing Arts, including favorites like photography, ceramics, metals, music, voice and theater. Professional artists lead the classes and encourage participants to stretch their creativity and how they see the world.
The Summer 2006 Class Brochure is available online at phoenix.gov/PARKS/phxctr.html, at all Phoenix city libraries or at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Registration is underway now. For more information contact 602-262-4627.