Never too soon to get ready for college

A free seminar on how parents can start preparing their children for college will be offered Wednesday at Green Fields Country Day School.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is open to the public.

Angie Record, a Green Fields college counselor, recommends that preparation for college start in middle school by focusing not only on good grades but on extracurricular and community-service activities as well.

“Parents need to help their children navigate milestones along the way — from extracurricular activities and community service to writing samples, technology, test preparation, scholarships, financial aid, applications and campus visits,” a Green Fields news release states.

“It’s important to encourage your child to look down the road and see what they’d like to have accomplished before it’s time to apply for college,” Record said.

Parents will gain other insights, like the differences between ACT and SAT tests and how to set manageable goals to make the college application process less daunting.

The live online seminar and interactive Q&A session will be held on the Green Fields campus, 6000 E. Camino de la Tierra, in the high-tech biology classroom. For more information, call 297-2288.

Tucson teen Yuhas chosen for space camp

A Tucson teen was selected to attend a space camp in Huntsville, Ala.

Canyon del Oro High School student Michael Yuhas was the only teen chosen from Tucson to participate in the 2014 Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

The program, which began Feb. 21, will wrap up on Friday. Yuhas is one of 304 students from 38 countries and 33 U.S. states attending.

The academy is designed to inspire the next generation of students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Participants also engage in interactive activities and workshops created to enhance their leadership fundamentals, including:

  • Simulating jet-fighter pilot training.
  • Engaging in scenario-based space missions.
  • Designing, building and testing their own rockets.
  • Meeting with top scientists, engineers, and former astronauts.

open house set

Soleng Tom Elementary School will hold a kindergarten open house next week. Each event will run from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. on March 11, 12 and 13.

Parents will meet with the principal, and children will have a chance to tour a kindergarten classroom at the school, 10520 E. Camino Quince. Incoming kindergarteners must be 5 years old by Aug. 31.

Parents are asked to make a reservation to attend by calling 731-5402.

Academy of Tucson open house is Tuesday

The Academy of Tucson Schools will host an open house at all three campuses on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m.

  • The Academy of Tucson Elementary School, 9209 E. Wrightstown Road, serves grades kindergarten through fourth.
  • The Academy of Tucson Middle School, 7310 E. 22nd St., serves grades fifth through eighth.
  • The Academy of Tucson High School, 10720 E. 22nd St., serves grades ninth through 12th.

Condes named 2014 Educator of the Year

A Palo Verde Magnet High School teacher has been honored as the 2014 Southern Arizona Educator of the Year.

The honor was bestowed upon Ann Marie Condes at the Southern Arizona Engineers Banquet on Feb. 18.

The award recognizes Condes’ outstanding contributions in the field of engineering education, especially her commitment to mentor students and young engineers.

Condes teaches engineering at Palo Verde and sponsors the robotics club.

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

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.