3 local elementaries, Vail Academy rated A+

Four Tucson-area schools have been named A+ Schools of Excellence this year.

In all, 34 Arizona campuses earned the coveted title from the Arizona Educational Foundation. Of those, the following four hail from the Tucson area: Estes Elementary School in the Marana Unified School District, and Ocotillo Ridge Elementary, Senita Valley Elementary and Vail Academy and High School in the Vail Unified School District.

“The A+ School of Excellence program celebrates education and calls attention to the positive stories and successes occurring in Arizona’s public schools,” said AEF Executive Director Bobbie O’Boyle.

Applicant schools are evaluated in the areas of student focus and support, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement and assessment data.

Another Southern Arizona campus, Benson High in the Benson Unified School District, also was named an A+ school.

The A+ honor is not related to the state-issued letter grades, which will be released later this year.

4 So. Arizona seniors named Flinn Scholars

Four Southern Arizona high school seniors have been named Flinn Scholars.

Ian Barton of Nogales High School, Maddie

Pickens of Basis Tucson North, Graham Place of Sabino High School and Carly Snyder of University High School were among 20 students selected across the state for the honor, which recognizes high-achieving seniors who have demonstrated leadership and community service.

The scholarship package is valued at more than $100,000, covering the cost of tuition to one of the state’s three public universities, room and board, funding for international study-related travel and professional development, university faculty mentorship and other benefits.

More than 600 high school seniors applied for the 2014 Flinn Scholarship.

Sunnyside alumni give

$51,500 in scholarships

The Sunnyside District Alumni Association awarded $51,500 in scholarships to 43 graduating seniors earlier this week at an annual scholarship reception earlier this week.

The alumni association is a Dollars for Scholars affiliate.

Contributions for the awards were made by businesses, individuals and Sunnyside Unfied School District employees who gave more than $15,000 through payroll deductions.

Paula Garcia, a graduating senior from Sunnyside High School, is one of the 43 recipients and is also one of 20 students selected nationwide to receive the Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award from Scholarship America.

The alumni association has awarded $515,000 in scholarships to 435 graduates since 2004.

7 Tucson-area seniors win art scholarships

Seven Tucson high school seniors were awarded Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild scholarships.

The award recognizes high school students who have excelled in art and are continuing on to college.

The winners are:

  • Samantha Trappman
  • , University High School — Shirley Hamilton Memorial Art Scholarship Award ($1000)
  • Jero Delos Santos
  • , University High School — Laura Hollander Memorial Scholarship Award ($1000)
  • Delaney Smith
  • , Sonoran Science Academy — Award of Excellence ($1000)
  • Carmina Garcia
  • , Pueblo Magnet High School — Award of Honor ($750)
  • Andrew Mendoza
  • , Salpointe Catholic High School — Award of Honor ($750)
  • Fiona Davey
  • , Sonoran Science Academy — Award for Illustration ($500)
  • Madeline LeBarron
  • , Salpointe Catholic High School — Jurors’ Award ($500)

Free McDonald’s meal for teachers Tuesday

Arizona educators can pick up a free McDonald’s meal Tuesday as part of Teacher Appreciation Day.

Teachers who show their school identification from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. at a McDonald’s restaurant will receive a free Extra Value meal.

The first 100 teachers at every restaurant will also receive a free small McCafe beverage key tag, redeemable for one drink every day until Aug. 31.

Last year, Arizona McDonald’s restaurants served more than 32,000 Extra Value Meals to teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day.

Open house at Academy of Math and Science

The Academy of Math and Science is hosting an open house Friday for prospective families.

Parents and children will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, meet teachers and learn about the K-8 school’s curriculum and extracurricular programs.

The open house will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on campus, 1557 W. Prince Road.

To RSVP, call 293-2676 or request a tour at http://amstucson.org/admissions

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea and Veronica Cruz. Contact Alexis at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.