Free McDonald's meals for teachers

McDonald's restaurants are honoring Arizona teachers Tuesday with free Value Meals.

Teachers who show their school identification or pay stub at a local McDonald's will get a free extra Value Meal from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Customers can also show their appreciation for teachers with the purchase of McCafe products.

A portion of sales will be donated to Expect More Arizona and Tucson Values Teachers, nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving education and supporting teachers.

3 Basis students headed to China

Three students from Basis Tucson North have been selected to study in China.

Sophomore Xochitl Longstaff, junior Isabel Alster and senior Jenai Longstaff were selected to receive the 2013-14 NSLI-Y scholarship.

The highly competitive program emphasizes rapid language acquisition in a language immersion environment through a combination of in-class instruction, a comprehensive cultural program, home stays and service learning opportunities.

Xochitl Longstaff and Alster will spend seven weeks this summer in Hangzhou, China.

Jenai Longstaff will study in either Beijing or Shanghai next school year. She is planning to attend Stanford University upon return.

The scholarship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a State Department branch.

Early childhood ed students recognized

Sixteen students from the Pima County JTED Early Childhood Education program won awards at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Championships.

Several of the students will go on to compete at the national level in July.

Winning students include: Lauren Lundeberg, Cassie Sekich, Briana Chaney, Ashley Yewell, Kayleigh Mathews, Anna Gerlach, Nicole Kautz and Courtney Gerry of JTED @ Mountain View; Mary Carsell, Alyssa Sisson, Amanda Tveten, Alicia Beaumier, Rachel McCracken, Kylie Brandt, Ellen Rubly and Natasha Kunzler of Canyon del Oro High School JTED.

The FCCLA program promotes personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education.

The Pima County Joint Technical Education District is a public high school district that provides free career and technical education to all sophomore, junior and senior level high school students in Pima County to give them a head start on college and careers.

Charter schools host open house events

Luz-Guerrero Early College High School and Adalberto M. Guerrero Middle School are hosting open house events this month.

The charter schools are both at 2797 N. Cerrada de Beto.

The first open house is Wednesday. All will run from 4 to 7 p.m.

That will be followed by events on May 14, May 15, May 28 and May 29.

For more information about the schools or to schedule a guided tour, call 807-5892 or go to

Desert Sky holds info session Saturday

Desert Sky Community School is holding an open house Saturday for prospective families and students.

The information session will run from 9 a.m. to noon on campus, 1350 N. Arcadia Ave.

The Waldorf-inspired charter school serves grades kindergarten through fifth.

For more information, call 745-3888 or go to

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