Summer reading program features digital books

Thousands of digital books are now available to Arizona children ages 3 and up as part of an effort to improve literacy.

Read On Arizona, along with the Arizona Department of Education and myON — a digital literacy provider, are working to provide the access now through September.

“The importance of providing Arizona’s young children with exciting and engaging ways to read during the summer is absolutely mission critical,” said Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. “For low-income children in particular, it is imperative that we create a strong link to learning from school year to school year.”

Through myON, books are accessible online and offline anytime and anywhere students have access to computers, tablets, and other devices.

Read On Arizona is committed to ensuring all children in the state are reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. Under Arizona law, students scoring “far below” on the AIMS reading assessment may be retained in third grade until they meet the reading specifications set forth in statute.

Go to for access to the digital library through Sept. 30. Data will be captured about the number of books students access and read, the amount of time children spend reading, and the most popular books read among Arizona children.

Top high school achievers receive scholarships

Sixteen Tucson-area teens are being recognized Thursday by the Comcast Foundation Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.

The high school seniors, who are being honored for their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership and commitment to community service, will receive one-time scholarships ranging from $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000.

The winning students are: Anahi Herrera of University High School; Brianna Volpe of Mountain View High School; Daj’zhane Radford of Sonoran Science Academy — Davis Monthan; Ryan Klee of Pusch Ridge Christian Academy; Fiona Davey of Sonoran Science Academy — Tucson; Ramon Garavito of Rincon High; Taylor McAdams of Canyon del Oro High, Berenise Medina Bracamonte of Amphitheater High; Darlene Thielman of Marana High School; Gabrielle Stille of Catalina Magnet High; Brianna Sanchez of Pueblo Magnet High; Juan Lizarraga of Sentinel Peak High; Emily Hopkins of Green Fields Country Day School; Vianney Careaga of Salpointe Catholic High; Logan Boyd of Tucson High Magnet School; and Jack Affeldt of Ironwood Ridge High.

TUSD to honor Borton’s first principal, offer tour

The Tucson Unified School District will honor the first principal of Borton Magnet School on Tuesday morning.

The event honoring Jo Musser is open to former Borton students and families who will get a chance to tour the school, 700 E. , 22nd Street, and take part in a ceremony.

Guests will be welcomed by student greeters starting at 8 a.m. tours of the school will be conducted before the ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.

New downtown school hosts information session

A new downtown Tucson school is inviting families to learn about its programming Wednesday.

The Tucson IDEA School, 119 E. Toole Ave., will serve grades kindergarten through third for the upcoming school year. It will add a grade level each school year to ultimately operate as a K-8.

The independent school is Reggio Emilia-inspired, which is based in the belief of every child’s ability to learn, and that social and emotional development are as important as academic development.

The event is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free parking is available in a lot east of the building or in a lot on the northwest corner of Stone and Toole.

To learn more, go to

Sabino open enrollment begins on Tuesday

Open enrollment students can register at Sabino High School on Tuesday.

Registration will take place in the school cafeteria, 5000 N. Bowes Road, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Sabino is an A-rated campus in the Tucson Unified School District.

The school serves more than 1,000 students.

Copper Point charter school taking students, grades 6-9

Copper Point Schools is now enrolling students.

The community- and service-based charter school just recently signed its charter contract. It will serve sixth- through ninth-graders starting Aug. 4.

The new facility is located at 732 W. Roger Road.

It will eventually serve grades sixth through 12.

Visit to request an enrollment packet.

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

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.