Sedona-Oak Creek School District started school Wednesday, Aug. 9, and events leading up to the big day welcomed back students and teachers alike.

Although teachers have officially been back since Aug. 4 — and some even before that — Monday morning saw teachers, administration and district staff from all four schools come together to kick off the school year.

It was a belated welcome to the neighborhood experience for Joanne and Roger Whitham.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Village of Oak Creek residents were watching television when they saw a pair of ears go past their deck. As it came around the corner they realized it was a bobcat, which is a rare sight.

Birders flocked in droves last weekend, July 28 through 30, to the sixth annual Sedona Hummingbird Festival, organized by the Hummingbird Society.

While visitors are drawn in from all over the nation, for some, like married couple Shannon and Magdalena Dickson, the festival is right in their backyard.

As part of an initiative to improve communication throughout the district, the school administrators and Governing Board of the Sedona-Oak Creek School District met for an administrative retreat and work session Aug. 1.

During the all-day session, which was the first in what will be a quarterly series, administrators and board members collaborated on the district’s key priorities for the coming school year, including improving communication not only between the board and administration, but also between the district and the community.

According to the artists participating, the Sedona Summer Arts Colony is building a community.

A mixed batch of artists from many media has come to Verde Valley School for the three-week program, now in its second year.

It was a both a lesson in math and vocabulary during the July 19 Sedona Fire District Governing Board meeting.

Chief Kris Kazian updated the board on the number of calls each station saw during this past fiscal year.

As a homeowner, imagine finding out that a third of the property in which your house sits on is technically owned by someone else.

That’s the situation the Sedona Fire District recently found itself in. In doing his research for the bond that will appear on this November’s ballot, Chief Kris Kazian found that one of three parcels that Station 4 in Uptown sits on was not owned by SFD but rather Coconino County.

West Sedona School is revamping its library to include a 2,000-squarefoot “makerspace”: A collaborative space for students with lab stations focused on developing science, technology, engineering and math skills. 

The school’s ambitious master plan for its makerspace, spearheaded by Principal Scott Keller and the school’s STEM leadership team, includes eight stations, from a 3-D printer station to a miniature derby track, and a host of ideas for the future. 

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