College prep program seeking applicants

A college preparation and leadership program is seeking local high school sophomores to participate in its Student Expedition Program.

The STEP program equips low-income, first-generation, college-bound Arizona high school students with knowledge, confidence and leadership skills to successfully transition to college and obtain a degree.

STEP offers focused guidance throughout the college preparation and application process and also includes an immersion leadership program.

For qualifying information and to apply, go to

Applications are due by Nov. 19.

Sunnyside assistant superintendent named

The Sunnyside Unified School District has a new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Jan Vesely will return to Sunnyside after serving as senior vice president for Education and Achievement Services with Pearson Education. She previously served as Sunnyside’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction from 2007 to 2009.

She is replacing Steve Holmes who left Sunnyside to work for the Tucson Unified School District in the same capacity.

While at Pearson K-12 Solutions, Vesely designed and developed whole school reform and transformation models, the products and services to support them, and built strong relationships with schools, districts and state departments of education.

Holoway gets donated classroom supplies

Holaway Elementary School teachers have received a donation of classroom supplies valued at more than $500.

The supplies were delivered to the Amphitheater school, 3500 N. Cherry Ave., Friday. They were donated by employees of Learning A-Z, a Tucson-based company that works to improve literacy skills.

Barber to give award

to Vail School District

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber will visit the Vail School District Tuesday to honor the district for its academic achievement.

Barber will give the district a framed Congressional Record during a presentation at Andrada Polytechnic High School, 12960 S. Houghton Road, according to a district news release.

District principals, parents from school site councils and Andrada students will attend the ceremony.

The Congressional Record will recognize the district for receiving straight A’s from the Arizona Department of Education in its recent letter grade evaluations.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea and Jamar Younger. Contact Alexis at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.