Basis Tucson is ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report in its first edition of Best High Schools for Math and Science.

The announcement was made last week at a summit, "Making Science Cool: Solving the Shortage of Math and Science Students," in Washington, D.C.

The charter school has earned top national rankings for years from the news magazine, and also has received academic accolades from Newsweek and The Washington Post.

In an email, Craig R. Barrett, president and chairman of the board of directors of Basis Tucson, praised students for their exemplary performance and recognized teachers.

Barrett, former chairman and chief executive officer of Intel Corp., also credited the school's high expectations, and the data systems in place to monitor every child's performance.

Marana cancels board meeting

The Marana Unified School District Governing Board has canceled its Thursday meeting because not enough members were able to attend to make a quorum.

A special board meeting has not been scheduled yet.

The next regular board meeting is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive, in the council chambers.

St. Gregory to host annual College Fair

St. Gregory College Preparatory School will host its annual College Fair Wednesday.

Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities will be at the event in the school's gym, 3231 N. Craycroft Road. It runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 327-6395 or go to

Rincon/UHS choir plans rummage sale

The Rincon/University High School Choir will hold its annual rummage sale to raise money to travel to New York City and perform at Carnegie Hall.

The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 in the north gym at the school, 421 N. Arcadia Blvd.

The choir - made up of about 60 students - was invited to perform next April during spring break. The students will be in New York City for five days, rehearsing each day before the performance.

The students also will tour the city, see a musical or opera, and visit cultural sights.

Donations for the rummage sale are welcome and can be dropped off at the choir room after 3 p.m. on weeekdays.

Other fundraising efforts for the trip include a silent auction, ice cream social and jazz concert on Nov. 16, and a madrigal dinner and show Dec. 2 and 3.

Parents and friends can also make an Arizona tax credit donation benefiting the choir before the end of the year online at

For more information, call Martha Demer at 954-5307, or email her at

Contest to test teens' cyber-defense skills

A team of students from Catalina Magnet High School will participate in a national cyber-defense competition.

The CyberPatriot IV is a cyber-security competition produced by the Air Force Association, a nonprofit organization headquartered near Washington, D.C.

The competition provides hands-on learning about technology, emphasizes teamwork and leadership, and exercises critical-thinking skills.

Over the coming months, the Catalina Magnet team will compete in preliminary rounds online. The national championship will be in Washington in March.

Registration for CyberPatriot IV will remain open until Saturday. For more information, go to

After-school programs receive tech grants

Two local after-school programs have been awarded $1,500 grants to incorporate technology-based learning.

The Thornydale Elementary Learning Enrichment and Play program in the Marana Unified School District and the Toltecalli High Media Production program at CPLC Community Schools were two of five grant recipients from across the state.

The grant is from the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, which works to improve access to high-quality out-of-school learning opportunities.

The Learning Enrichment and Play program will use the money to buy a notebook computer and a hand-held video camera.

Students will write, produce and film public-service plays regarding benefits of proper nutrition, physical activity and sun safety.

The Toltecalli program plans to purchase a MacBook and media software so students can create their own media projects.

Other Arizona after-school program grant winners include:

• The Coronado Performing Arts Club at Coronado Elementary School in Sierra Vista.

• The Morristown Afterschool Achievers at Morristown Elementary School in Morristown.

• The Orangewood 21st Century Afterschool program in the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea and Carmen Duarte. Contact Huicochea at or 573-4175.