Alisa Fenstermacher teaches at St. Michael’s School. She is new to the school and new to the fourth grade (after teaching eighth grade), but she is not new to teaching.

Fenstermacher grew up in Illinois and attended Illinois State University. She taught in schools in the Chicago area... Read more

 Recently, a select few of Bear Essential News Young Reporters were chosen to take part in a program to be paired up with one University of Arizona science graduate student. I was able to work with Cassandra Lejoly, who is studying to obtain a Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences. 

Do you know how to think like a river? According to Jan Schipper, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at ASU, to think like a river you have to have the touch of nature. Do you know what a watershed is? A watershed is like snow at the top of a mountain then melted and forms a river or stream, and that’s how rivers are formed. 

Rivers connect to many things and they shape the mountains, too. For example, the Grand Canyon wouldn’t look like it does now without the Colorado River. Desert Rivers will fill up during monsoon season but will dry up quickly later in the year.

You can tell Luca, a new Phoenix-based magazine, is different the minute you see it. Christine Robertson, the CEO, explains that Luca is Italian for “bringer of light.” As you hold the magazine the gloss title does just that, it reflects the light. The magazine is different inside as well. Of course Luca is filled with the professional photo layouts and articles on fashion and make-up that are fun to flip through, but it is so much more. Robertson saw the need for a more positive message for girls and Luca is the result.

As kids, our parents, teachers, and others often ask us what we want to be when we grow up. Each time I’m asked, the answer has always remained the same—I want to work with marine life!

Over the past two years, I’ve been able to get closer and closer to my end goal via various internship and shadowing opportunities. The most recent was at OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, and it was an experience of a lifetime!

Imagine heading out to a market looking for a nifty toy or trinket—only to find a once in a lifetime discovery. That’s what happened to Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist, who found a piece of amber with a dinosaur tail preserved inside from 99 million years ago!

The amber, which is... Read more

What were a lot of fellow Arizonans doing on Dec. 4? Taking part in the Hot Chocolate Run!

The Hot Chocolate Run is a race where runners can choose from a 5K run or a 15K run. Each group of runners runs around Scottsdale and finishes near the Talking Stick Resort. The race raises money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix.

Pam Hulin and Nancy Schwartz, the lead librarians in the Roosevelt School District were making the rounds to all 18 of their schools spreading holiday cheer before the winter break. 

Last spring the lead librarians held a Scholastic Book Fair at their district STEAM event. The profits from that book fair were used to purchase all 18 schools new books for their library. Books were purchased that would appeal to all K–8 students.

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