School Notes: January 10, 2014
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Avondale resident gets bachelor’s degree
Gloria Atanmo of Avondale graduated from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., in December. Atanmo received a Bachelor of Science in mass media in the fall commencement ceremonies. Baker University has been named one of the top schools in the Midwest ranking from U.S. News and World Report, and serves nearly 3,300 students.
Preschool teacher named exemplary teacher
The Rodel Foundation of Arizona, an organization that seeks to improve the education system, named Audra Damron, a preschool teacher at Desert Oasis Elementary School in Tolleson, one of 11 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teachers.
Each teacher will mentor six student-teachers from Arizona colleges of education over the next three years.
Millennium student wins safe driving contest
Millennium High School student Alexis Constable of Goodyear won a video contest in late December for I Drive Safely’s Watch Out Loud! Students from 28 states submitted two-minute videos on the dangers of distracted driving, with Alexis getting the most Facebook votes. She will receive a GoPro camera and her school will get a $2,500 donation.
2 W.V. principals are finalists on exemplary list
The Rodel Foundation of Arizona, an organization which seeks to improve the educational system, named two West Valley principals the “13 Rodel Exemplary Principal Finalists for 2014.” Fred Lugo, principal at Bales Elementary School in the Buckeye Elementary School District, and Kyann McMillie, principal at Wildflower School in the Avondale Elementary School District, received the honor.
Out of the 13 total, seven will be chosen for the 2014 list and go on to mentor Rodel Aspiring Principals.
Buckeye resident named to dean’s list
Kelly Naddaff of Buckeye was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. In order to achieve the honor of being named to the list, a student must have no fewer than 12 credit hours per semester and have a GPA of 3.3 with no grades lower than a B-.
Goodyear resident named to dean’s list
Maurisa Jones of Goodyear was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Eastern New Mexico University. Jones is a graduate of Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, and is pursuing a degree in communications. In order to be placed on the list, a student must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours with a minimum 3.25 GPA.
AESD hosting spelling bee
The Avondale Elementary School District is hosting the District Spelling Bee from 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 17 in the District Office Governing Board Room, 295 W. Western Ave., Avondale.
The community is invited to attend and watch the district select first- and second-place winners from each of the district’s nine schools. One winner will be selected to represent the district in the Regional Spelling Bee Feb. 22 in the Youngker High School Auditorium, 3000 S. Apache Road, Buckeye. The State Spelling Bee will take place March 29, and the National Spelling Bee will be late May or early June in Washington, D.C.