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J.O. Combs Unified School District April Students of the Month

The J.O. Combs Unified School District continues to partner with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program, which recognizes one student every month from each of our schools.

  Louisiana teen takes senior photos at Chick-fil-A, internet goes wild

  New fence around outdoor learning program to help keep homeless out

ABOR raises tuition yet again for 2019-20 academic year

  Autism Academy opening soon, will help tackle resource shortage

  Protesters remain silent at free speech demonstration

  UA astronomers help snap first picture of black hole in space

Continued Coverage

TUSD 2019 Young Entrepreneurs Academy graduates

Event Horizon Telescope project announces groundbreaking results

New buses on the way for four Cochise County school districts

  UA Student Media has to find new home after 15 years

Raytheon, AIA partner to bolster robotics in southern AZ high schools

  TUSD hoping online enrollment helps with declining student numbers

  TUSD program puts Narcan in high schools

The only people trained currently to administer Narcan are school nurses and health assistants

New program manager at Las Artes Arts & Education Center

Now, she hopes to be the guiding influence on the lives of the youth age 17 to 22 who are coming to Las Artes, often after unsuccessful stints at traditional high schools.

Tucson Values Teachers seeking video nominations from students

According to a news release from TVT, they will be surprising five K-12 southern Arizona teachers with the award based on nominations submitted by students.

Ninth Circuit extends deadline for entries in 2019 high school civics contest

Students may enter both the essay and video competitions.

Bill would require suicide prevention training in AZ schools

Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim who died of apparent suicide was UA graduate

University presidents release tuition proposals

  Gov. Ducey emphasizes state’s relationship with Mexico, economic boom it provides

UA student-led CatSat Mission selected by NASA

J.O. Combs Unified School District March Students of the Month

Earn to Learn recognized and awarded by the Friends of Oro Valley Public Library

Earn to Learn is a financial literacy fund matching program that assists students in state universities with completing their degrees while limiting their financial burden.

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

At a brief court appearance Wednesday, a judge allowed Lori Loughlin to be released on $1 million bond and travel to the area around Vancouver, Canada, to work but otherwise imposed strict travel restrictions.

  Safford Police requesting charges for CDO wrestler who assaulted Salpointe coach

Detectives are requesting charges against the 18-year-old CDO wrestler who attacked a Salpointe coach last month.

School lunches will go ‘meatless’ on Mondays in New York

All breakfasts and lunches served in the city's public-school cafeterias will be vegetarian the first day of the school week.

  ‘It is extremely infuriating:’ Arizona students react to nationwide admissions scam

"Operation Varsity Blues:" The FBI announced an investigation into a scheme aimed at securing admission to prestigious universities.

Four of the best spellers in southern AZ are heading to the AZ State Spelling Bee

The best speller on March 23 will then represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. later this spring.

Tucson school bus involved in crash in midtown

A school bus was involved in a crash in midtown Tucson Tuesday, March 12

  PCC mulls options for suspect in threat incident, considers changing alert system

Suspect is registered for one class at the college

  TUSD superintendent talks AIA punishment, magnet schools

The head of southern Arizona's largest school district is not proud of the fact a Tucson Unified school violated an AIA policy, but Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo is pleased with the way Sabino High School administrators handled the investigation.

Board of Supervisors moves forward with process to fill District 1 vacancy

At a Special Meeting on February 19, the Board of Supervisors agreed to accept applications from interested candidates up until noon on Monday, February 25.

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

First responders found the bus driver unconscious at the crash site and used Narcan to revive her.

Applications sought for Bisbee school district board vacancy

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. To be eligible to hold a seat on this board, candidates must be registered to vote, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and have continually resided in the school district for at least one year prior to taking office.

  UPDATE: AIA places Sabino HS girls basketball on probation

This removes Sabino from the 3A postseason.

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

After a 5-year-old in Texas got her hair cut, her friends started calling her a boy, and she began wearing a hat to school. But her teacher’s kind gesture changed everything.

TUSD Instructional Coordinator honored as ‘Illuminator of the Year’

The honor, bestowed by leading K-12 student achievement solution Illuminate Education, is awarded to a select group of educators and administrators committed to increasing the power of teaching and the delight of learning.

J.O. Combs Unified School District February Students of the Month

The J.O. Combs Unified School District continues to partner with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program, which recognizes one student every month from each of our schools.

Schools closed in Sonoita, Patagonia districts because of power outage

Schools expected to reopen next week

Two new career programs starting for southern AZ kids

TUSD is breaking ground Friday at Santa Rita High School on a new facility that will house the districts new dental and diesel CTE programs.

  Capitol Action: Gov. Ducey signs SB 1014

It is slated to change the state’s approach to teaching English to immigrant students, while leaving a lot more power in the hands of the teacher.

  KOLD HEROES: Local teacher honors student with musical

Students at the Academy of Math and Science on Prince say they are ready to pay tribute to a former student who was taken too soon.

  Fifth annual Career and Technical Education Letter of Intent Signing Day for PCC

A record number of students from area high schools, as well as new students at PCC, signed their national college letters of intent, similar to a “signing day” for athletes, and don a PCC baseball cap.

  Mesa Verde kindergartners marry the letters ‘Q’ and ‘U’ for V-Day

Students were able to practice their social skills and phonics

Pima County School Superintendent Dustin Williams honored with Gifted Award

Superintendent Williams was presented with the award at the 45th Annual AAGT Conference in Phoenix on Feb. 7.

  University in Arizona helping create smarter robots for your life

Researchers at an Arizona university are creating robots that can be taught the same way you teach a child; from completing simple tasks, like throwing a ball in a hoop, to learning how to walk or clean a kitchen.

Elementary school closes because of flu

School personnel will disinfect classes and buses during the closure

Teacher tells students MLK assassination was ‘complete fabrication,’ NC parent says

After the school district began investigating the allegations, the substitute teacher turned in her resignation.

Lockdown at Pantano, Andrada High School

The high school is currently on lock down as TPD responds to the situation.

Father sues bullies after son named ‘most likely to shoot up school’

Because of the rumor, allegedly spread by bullies, the boy was ostracized and ridiculed by his classmates and searched and interrogated by staff, according to the father’s attorney.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT! Oro Valley police searching for man who followed teen home

Suspect described as a man with brown facial hair. He was driving an older white van with a ladder on the roof

New blacksmith school opens in Tucson

A place where playing with fire is okay, as long as you know what's happening. The teachers at Desert Metal Craft want everyone to understand why they're performing the tasks involved.

Mountain View H.S. Special Olympics Basketball Team earns Bronze at Special Olympics USA games

Unified Sports provides students of all ability levels to practice and compete in multiple sports where they play as equals; showcasing true diversity, acceptance, and sportsmanship.

  Leadership summit encourages local teens

A big opportunity for teenagers in Pima County on Friday as they sat down with professionals from a wide range of career fields.

School implements soft lockdown for nearby police activity

There were no injuries reported and police found no scene

6 TUSD Magnet Schools receive a national award

Each one of the award winning schools will be recognized and receive a National Magnet School of Distinction Merit Award at the Magnet Schools of America’s 37th National Conference hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools in Baltimore, Maryland April 10-13, 2019.

Youth in Crisis event to discuss teen suicide, provide resources

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34

Do Bigger Brains Equal Smarter Dogs? New Study Offers Answers

Larger-brained dogs outperform smaller dogs on measures of executive functions

  School districts in Tucson look to recruit teachers

Several public districts are holding job fairs

Teacher, aides punished children with autism using dark bathroom, loud whistle, investigators say

The three suspects were investigated after a witness reported them to the school resource officer, according to the sheriff.

Boy with autism intentionally locked out of school by principal, mother says

The school district placed the principal on paid administrative leave while it investigates the allegations.

Residents encouraged to apply for Pomerene school district board vacancy

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. To be eligible to hold a seat on this board, candidates must be registered to vote, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and have continually resided in the school district for at least one year prior to taking office.

Applicants sought for school district board vacancy

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. To be eligible to hold a seat on this board, candidates must be registered to vote, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and have continually resided in the school district for at least one year prior to taking office.

OVPD hosted Teen Maze to show consequences of choices teens may make with drugs, alcohol

Groups of sophomores (about 425 students in all) entered the maze space as if they are attending a party. After a few minutes, Oro Valley Police Department staff came in, busted up the party and gave each student a “passport” that walked them through the consequences of their mock behavior.

Tortolita Middle School teachers win Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers grants

Started in 2016 the program grants classroom wishes to teachers in Arizona. According to a news release, more than 4,100 teachers from 115 Arizona cities applied for the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program.

Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women to donate 20,000 books to underserved local youth

Books will be distributed on Friday, March 1 to qualified groups by invitation.

7th grader from Tortolita Middle School wins Marana District Spelling Bee with ‘polymer’

It took Colleen Allen, a 7th grade student at Tortolita Middle School, correctly spelling "polymer" to win the Marana Unified School District's spelling bee in the 15th round.

MUSD’s top spellers compete at District Spelling Bee

The top 30 spellers, ranging from fourth to eighth grade, will compete for the title of Spelling Bee Champion at the Marana Unified School District’s Spelling Bee.

TUSD puts efforts to teach immigrant teens at Southwest Key on hold

The Tucson Unified School District is holding off on plans to provide education to children being housed at the Southwest Key facility.

  New first-of-its-kind Southern Arizona telescope could change way we observe space

A first-of-its-kind prototype telescope recently completed in southern Arizona has the potential to change the way we observe space forever.

  29 4th and 5th graders rebuked twice because of gov’t shutdown

As SNP was closed due to the government’s partial shutdown, the field trip was canceled. As a consolation, the park rangers said they would come to the classroom to give a lecture about the park and answer the children’s questions, but that too was canceled due to "higher ups."

J.O. Combs Unified School District January Students of the Month

The J.O. Combs Unified School District continues to partner with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program, which recognizes one student every month from each of our schools.

  TUSD to discuss enrollment plan at upcoming board meeting

The Tucson Unified School District is looking at ways to keep kids in the district.

Students push for safety improvements at Sunnyside High

Flashing lights installed at crosswalk

  Mosquito birth control? UA working on it

Researches discover protein vital to mosquitoes' reproduction cycle

Tucson student aims to make school safer with focus on mental health

Catalina Foothills senior says mental health is a school safety problem

Arizona School Facilities Board approves new fire alarm system for Gridley Middle School

TUSD will be reimbursed their money by the state.

U of A issues fraud warning for Tucson residents

These people are not affiliated with the School of Journalism, nor is the university conducting fundraising to send students abroad, according to UA officials.

Student debt relief available for more than 6,000 Arizona residents

Arizona residents with student debt may have those debts forgiven after the state reached a huge settlement with a company that operated for-profit schools.

  Roadrunners put hockey sticks in the hands of Tucson students

The Tucson Roadrunners are hoping to teach new fans a thing or two about hockey.