Gateway Academy, a Phoenix K-12th grade private day school, has seen great success within its classrooms since implementing Rosetta Stone for students to utilize while learning a foreign language, school officials say. When one walks the halls of Gateway Academy, it’s not uncommon to hear conversations taking place in languages from all over the world. For these Twice-Exceptional students (those with high-functioning autism), access to a world language program has unlocked a passion for learning and is helping students excel, according to a press release.
Gateway Academy will be hosting a community event celebrating the grand opening of its new campus with fun-filled hands-on educational activities on Saturday, April 29. Starting at 11 a.m. families will have a chance to explore the new campus, located in the picturesque Phoenix Mountain Preserve at 3939 E. Shea Blvd. in Paradise Valley. Gateway Academy is a private K-12th grade day school specializing in Twice-Exceptional students, academically bright with High Functioning Autism, according to a press release.
During April, Phoenix Country Day School was honored to host world chess champion and political activist, Garry Kasparov, for an insightful chat with students. In a conversation moderated by Upper School history teacher (and former chess coach) Matt Guthrie, Mr. Kasparov enlightened students with stories of escaping Russia, his views on Russia’s influence in the recent U.S. election, and what is was like to be the first human to successfully defeat a supercomputer (Deep Blue) in chess, according to a press release.
The Xavier College Preparatory Dads’ Club hosted its Annual Heather Farr Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, March 10 at
the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix. More than 100 Xavier parents, alumnae, and friends played, and all proceeds raised will benefit Xavier’s students. At the event, the Dads’ Club also collected donations of gently used clothing for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, according to a press release.
The Xavier College Preparatory Mothers’ Guild partnered with Dillard’s Scottsdale Fashion Square to present its annual Xavier Scholarship Fashion Show at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort on Saturday, April 1. This year’s theme was “The X Club: A Legacy of Sisterhood,” and Xavier parents Kathy Prebil, who is also an Xavier alumna, and Anna Zale chaired the event, according to a press release. A capacity crowd of 1,275 guests attended.
Former Phoenix Mercury, Team USA and University of Mississippi basketball standout Jennifer Gillom was named head coach of Xavier College Preparatory’s varsity basketball team last week. She will replace Stephen Moss, Xavier’s varsity head coach of three years, who is joining the collegiate ranks as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Arizona Christian University. Ms. […]
Xavier College Preparatory freshwoman Emma Elsbecker qualified for the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., in June with her “informative speaking” performance in the Arizona state tournament last month. Ms. Elsbecker and her Brophy/Xavier Speech and Debate teammates placed second at the state championship competition, according to a press release.
The Town of Paradise Valley Arts Advisory Committee organized and hosted the Montessori Academy Art Show which opened Thursday, March 23 in the Community Center at Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive. Montessori Academy students showcased their art which included a large mosaic, kachina dolls, pottery and a large canoe, according to a press release. […]
Xavier College Preparatory has established the Glenda Rauscher Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of the school’s beloved teacher, who passed away on Saturday, March 18, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Ms. Rauscher, a graduate of Swarthmore College with master’s degrees from both Harvard University and the University of New Mexico, served Xavier for more than two decades as an AP English and American literature teacher. She retired nine months ago, according to a press release.
Xavier College Preparatory freshwoman Erin Cooney captured the Arizona Junior Ski Championship at Arizona Snowbowl on Saturday, March 4. Ms. Cooney won the women’s Slalom and Giant Slalom events, and the combined time of her two Slalom runs beat the combined times of all female and male skiers in the race, according to a press release. In equestrian news, Xavier freshwoman Isabella Risser won three jumping blue ribbons at a recent competition in Thermal, Calif., while freshwoman Kenzie Riddell captured the top junior varsity award in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s Zone 8 Hunt Seat Finals competition in Colorado Springs on March 4.