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Educational Happenings


This month’s cover feature on Caurus Academy details the tremendous makeover the school has undergone during the past few years. The changes aren’t just cosmetic.

As a tuition free, independent public charter school, with Principal Dameon Blair at the helm, the school has taken on a number of initiatives that have put it on the map in the state of Arizona.

The facility upgrades, class size reductions, and educational technology improvements are just some of the changes, but it’s Caurus’ approach to learning that truly sets it apart. According to Principal Blair, the school is aiming to bring humanness back to education, honoring every student’s individual gifts and talents with instruction that is completely personalized, based on each child’s learning pace, style, and ability.

As the father to three students at Caurus, Adam has seen firsthand the benefits of this approach to education, which is why he’s excited for readers to learn more about Caurus. Head to page 34 to read about this dynamic educational facility right in the heart of 85086.

On the subject of schools, this year is going to be a great one for Boulder Creek High School students, if student columnist Zoey Myer’s column is any indication. In this issue, she introduces readers to BCHS’ Student Government, known on campus as StuGo. They have some amazing events planned for 2016–2017 and Zoey gives us a rundown of these exciting things on page 23.matthew-sig

We’re not done with schools quite yet. Turn to page 26 to read about the new owners of Rhapsody School of Music. Sean and Samantha Maplethorpe recently purchased this community music center and have already made many improvements including adding rental instruments. Now local students don’t have to drive 20 miles away to get their instruments, which is great news for area budding musicians and their families.

We promise there’s a lot more inside to keep you up-to-date on community happenings, so get reading.




Caurus principal Dameon Blair and students

Photo by CMQ Photos LLC.






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