In two months, the local VA has earned a one-star elevation for its 85-bed capacity nursing home on the main campus, a promised improvement the medical director says speaks to the staff’s determination to provide the very best care to the most vulnerable veterans in northern Arizona.
About 20 learning to speak Japanese
With a blend of poise and humor, Prescott High School sophomore Teagan McPherson this week shared with a lively class of some 20 students a video presentation about what she did over the summer break —
Student rep’s connection to new leadership role is in the genes
Sydney Seeley is no stranger to Prescott Unified School District Governing Board meetings.
Out of the #RedForEd grassroots coalition has come a resolve to generate more than platitudes for teachers.
The bright red T-shirts are now folded in a chest of drawers. The banners are hidden inside garages. Bumpers stickers still adorn hundreds of cars, but sightings tend to be more sporadic.
A year ago, Faith opted to enroll in a diabetes prevention program at the Prescott YMCA.
Results should be viewed as more than a score; educators say it’s a tool to measure growth
Area educators are clear children aren’t numbers, and numbers don’t tell a students’ academic story.
The AZMerit score results in language arts and math for 14 tri-city area charter schools showed a strong performance for most of the schools, with BASIS Prescott earning the highest scores that reflected progress from the prior year’s scores.
Seventy-three years ago today, Aug. 14, 1945, Groom Creek resident Chuck Webster was a United States Navy sailor aboard ship in Tokyo Bay, a witness to the end of World War II with Japan’s announcement of its official surrender.
Results should be viewed as more than a score; educators see it as a tool to measure growth
Area educators are clear children aren’t numbers, and numbers don’t tell a students’ academic story.
If you would prefer to run naked down the street rather than stand still behind a podium in front of strange faces — and your job or college major demand you do so — there are folks who gather just after dawn every Tuesday who will quell your fears so you don’t become the latest social media spectacle.
In Prescott High School French teacher Cathleen Cherry’s classroom, students experience a high-energy educator who does a lot more than teach a language — she offers a taste of world culture and diversity meant to tantalize them into thinking of a life beyond their day-to-day existence.
All other districts' seats uncontested
In the tri-city region, only Prescott Unified School District and Chino Valley Unified School District will have contested school board races, or three candidates for two, four-year seats this year.
On the first day of school, Prescott Police Department Officer David Holmes was standing in the middle of the crosswalk just beyond the entrance to Prescott High School to greet folks and make sure everybody was headed to the place where they needed to go.
Four days a week, Doretta Kearney navigates her scooter over to the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) emergency shelter on Madison Avenue in Prescott where she does the noon lunch dishes.
When it comes to giving to a charity, a national business website is clear one cannot go wrong when making a donation to Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters — the nonprofit earned top billing in Arizona.
The 50 teenagers who on Monday will enter Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy’s newest addition in Prescott — a seventh and eighth grade middle school — will be greeted by a gurgling rock fountain, soothing music and four energetic educators eager to embrace each one’s individuality.
Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist interim pastor Terry Cummings is no stranger to transition.
PUSD first day of school goes off without a hitch; three new principals and two assistants in the mix
At 7:30 a.m., with the first period bell still a half hour away, Prescott High School was abuzz.
Prescott Unified School District is back in session. Humbolt Unified and Chino Valley Unified will follow suit on Monday, Aug. 6.
Road construction in front of the La Tierra Community School on North Virginia Avenue seemed to be no bother for the 18 faculty and staff busy with preparations to welcome 134 students Thursday morning — 25 will be in a small house next door transformed into an expanded, two-grade middle school.
What does a Hula Hoop, a blind fold and a balloon have to do with the opening day of school?
One of the first things Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist congregants and guests may notice on Sunday morning is that the woman in the pulpit is not from around here — her British accent will give her away.
In a sign of solidarity with the Prescott Unified School District on Tuesday morning, some 40 Prescott Chamber of Commerce business and nonprofit agencies set up booths all around the Prescott High gymnasium before the faculty and staff welcome back pep rally.
With the start of a new school year three days away, Prescott Unified School District leaders have their fingers crossed that the sale of the former district offices is about to be final at the end of August.
Challenges ahead in 2018-19 for students, teachers and administrators
Summer idyll is about to come to a close for students and education faculty and staff across the region — but for many it signals a positive vibe that fuels their passion for a fresh start and new opportunities.
In Arizona, state law requires public schools to provide students with the supplies needed for academic success.
Mental health agency leader focused 35-year career on promoting hope for those on road to recovery
On the first day of summer in 2017, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Executive Director Larry Green was a happy man — the agency he shepherded for 12 years reached a milestone.
Accreditation confirms PUSD motto
Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) earned bragging rights this summer with its national, all-district accreditation that applauded a school system-wide belief in its motto, “Every Child, Every Day.”
Commercial air travel to commence Aug. 29
A $6 million repair on Prescott Municipal Airport’s main runway will get underway next week — closing it down for all daytime traffic until Aug. 22.
Elissa LaFonte can attest to the power of moving from homelessness into a home of her own.
Charles Matheus knows a number of the teenage boys mentored through his agency are not college bound, nor are they motivated by the almighty dollar when it comes to finding a profession.
Kevin Nissen isn’t above trying his aim at archery, lobbing a tennis ball or swinging from a jungle gym.
Top VA leaders leave positions
More than a dozen top VA leaders and supervisors, including two of the four top-tier administrators, will be departing the 1,100-employee agency in the next month, adding to a 12.6 percent turnover rate between May and July.
Three Democratic candidates attend forum in Prescott Valley
Glassford Hill Middle School Assistant Principal Beth Denman was one of just over 100 people who attended an AZ Schools Now gubernatorial political forum attended by only the three Democratic candidates — Kelly Fryer, Steve Farley and David Garcia.
Departing Prescott school board member, veteran educator’s legacy one of championing the best for children
Erickson believes in education
Vivacious, creative and inquisitive, veteran Prescott Unified School District Governing Board member Maureen Erickson is a firm believer the recipe for all children’s success correlates with a menu of choices.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kathleen “Kathy” Lustyk admits to a whirlwind year, one she sees as the kick-off to an academic marathon rather than a winded sprint.
Local VA postal service to alter personnel, but service to remain the same
For as long as anyone can remember, the local VA campus has had its own U.S. Postal Service branch office in the basement of Building 15, home to the theater/auditorium and other office space.
'Hannah's Heart' story and play inspires heart-themed quilt and raffle to benefit Prescott charities
Hannah Meadows may be a fictional 10-year-old girl growing up in Depression-era Prescott.
Prescott Unified School District leaders hope they are close to the finish line on the sale of the former district office on South Granite Street — it is the last of three properties the community three years ago opted to sell.
Granville resident and retired nurse Barbara Jezior spent almost a half century in obstetrics and gynecology care in her home state of Illinois, with some time in labor and delivery.
Trek guides two men to ‘Almost Sunrise’
On a lonely, two-lane road in the middle of nowhere USA, two Iraq War veterans walk in silence; majestic views surround them as they breathe and walk, each footstep a move toward inner peace.
Rick Chase knows what it is to chase a dream, chase adventure and chase a fire.
The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority District Board gave final approval to a $25.5 million budget for next year, which is about a 10 percent increase over last year.
Joe Howard earns raise, for collaborative leadership style
Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard is heading into his third year as this city’s top educator — and he is just as enthusiastic as ever about living the motto, “Every Child, Every Day.”
All over the Phoenix Valley and across San Antonio, Texas, Bill Stiteler can point with pride to commercial and high-end residential properties he helped build.
They answered a call to duty. Then life happened. And some lost their way.
A true patriot, Patsy Ray has a heart for all the men and women of this nation’s Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives to thwart seen, and unseen, enemies for the sake of loved ones and strangers.
Prescott Unified School District teachers will get an 11 percent raise this school year.
The local VA medical center director declared on Tuesday afternoon that care for the most vulnerable, and difficult to treat veterans is today, and will remain, a top priority for the facility that just earned the lowest rating in the nation for its 85-bed nursing home, known as the Community Living Center (CLC).