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Maryvale Teachers Will Get a Well Deserved End of the Year Treat

Maryvale teachers will get a well-deserved, end of the year treat when the Million Dollar Teacher Project recognizes educators with a prize package, food and appreciation at Peter Piper Pizza, May 22.  The Feel like a Million Dollars celebrates schools where students and staff vote, and one teacher will be awarded the Green Owl prize package, valued at over $1,000.  The Million Dollar Teacher Project began in 2016 by Lloyd Hopkins, who worked in the Alhambra School District.  His organization supports teachers and education by increased recognition, compensation and support and where every student is taught by a highly trained, qualified, understanding and engaged teacher.


Maryvale Put On Its First-ever Career and Technical Education (CTE) Expo

Maryvale put on its first-ever Career and Technical Education (CTE) Expo, May 11. The expo was a Disney-themed fashion show with original designs and creations by Amanda Jacob’s Fashion 3-4 students. The fashion show was a CTE collaborative effort with four different CTE programs contributing. The lights and music were designed and run by students in Patrick Shanahan’s Technical Theatre class, the food for the V.I.P. section was created and served by Adrian Lamos’ Culinary students, and the event was documented by Jacob Dunklee’s Video Journalism class. The expo, which was sold out, was a great display of CTE real world application.


DECA Advisor from Maryvale Recognized with a "Years of Service to DECA" Award

As memorable as it was for 41 Phoenix Union students who attended the 2018 DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta last month, it was a rush of memories for Steve Johnson, the DECA advisor from Maryvale who was recognized with a "Years of Service to DECA" award for 40 years, during the closing awards session.  He is retiring this year.

Johnson, a Minnesota native, began his teaching career in 1976 and for the last 25 years he has been at Maryvale, where he has taught Marketing Education, supervised on-the-job training (Cooperative Ed), General Business, Keyboarding, Typing, Consumer Math, and CTE 1 to freshman. 

He has also coached football, freshmen and JV basketball, softball, cross country and track.    Johnson has also coordinated the Maryvale Student of the Month program the last 20 years. 


Central Bobcat JROTC Battalion Commander Competed in the National Archery in Schools program in Kentucky

Central Bobcat JROTC Battalion Commander, Cadet Amelia “Bingo” Bingochea competed in the National Archery in Schools program in Kentucky. There was over 15,000 Archers in the competition. Bingochea scored a 283 out of 300 to rank 304th out of 5,589 girls.  In the High School Division, she was 198th of 2393 archers, and 46th out of 446 in the 12th grade division.  


It is Another Big Year for Bioscience Seniors Securing Top Scholarships

It is another big year for Bioscience seniors securing top scholarships.  Here is the list of students and selected schools so far.

Flinn Scholars: Elizabeth “Lee” Chiffelle & Nancy Twishime    (ASU)

QuestBridge Scholars: Kevin Hernandez (Stanford), Edwin Lozano (Brown University), & Cesar Parra Castro,  (Univ. of Notre Dame)

Gates Scholar: Cesar Parra Castro

Anthony Aragon Orozco – Hope College, a Colleges That Change Lives school

Francesca “Frankie” Ark – American University

Mikaela Bassil – University of Denver

Dulce Garipey – Wellesley College

Tabitha Hacker  – Bowdoin College

Isabella Horning – University of Portland

Jasmin Lopez Gomez – Colgate University  (Student Body President)

Genesis Mendoza – Lewis & Clark College

Alejandra Ocampo – Ohio Wesleyan University

Emma Offenberg – Stanford University

Lis San Emeterio – Either Lewis & Clark College or Mount Holyoke College 

Alisa Sass – University of Missouri

Qing Zhang – Either Tufts University or the University of Virginia


Six Betty Fairfax Girls competed in the The AIA-Sanctioned Event

Ma'Kayla Dickerson, a two-time track and field state champion the week before, tried a seven-event heptathlon at Valley Christian in Chandler, May 10-11. She won the 100 hurdles, high jump, 200-meters, long jump and 800 meters, and scored 4573 points, the fourth best high school score in the nation, according to her Fairfax coaches John Sholongo and Lydia Edwards.  Six Fairfax girls competed in the The AIA-sanctioned event.


Betty Fairfax is the Phoenix Union Athletic Program of the Year

Betty Fairfax is the Phoenix Union Athletic Program of the Year, announced at the All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony   May 16 at Central High School.  The event celebrates athletes, coaches, athletic directors and athletic programs.  It was the second year in a row the Laveen school was the top athletic program in the district.

Fairfax won five team region titles, and qualified for the state playoffs in football, boys and girls basketball, boys volleyball, softball and boys tennis.   In individual sports, golfer Iman Abraham qualified for state.  boys tennis players took 1st and 2nd place in singles, first in doubles, and the girls took first in singles and first and second in doubles at the Phoenix Union Tennis tournament.  Fairfax was the only team to qualify for the tennis state playoffs.  In track and field, the girls team led by Ma’kayla Dickerson who won state titles in 300 hurdles and high jump, and two 2nd place finishes, finished sixth in the state, and the boys team’s Carmayne White tied for second in the high jump and finished fifth in the longjump.  PUHSD Coaches of the Year were Mike Lopez, Volleyball; Rachel Gonzalez, Softball and Jerry Fiedler, Boys Tennis.  Girls Basketball coach John Trujillo was named 5A Union Region Coach of the Year.  Kevin Belcher was named Athletic Director of the Year.


There Were Standing Ovations for the Inspirational PUHSD Student-Athletes

There were standing ovations for the Inspirational Student-Athletes- Wrestler Luis Higuera of Cesar Chavez, and volleyball and softball player Bailey Duncan of Linda Abril and Central and the Joseph Grant Community Outreach award winner.    The Joseph Grant Community Outreach Award is named for a Camelback athlete who passed away last year, but donated his Make-A-Wish gift to the school in the form of a shaded seating area, called “Joseph’s Hangout.” His mother, Dawn Grant presented the award to Santiago Mancilla Perez, a swimmer from Central High School.     


The Second Annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony Was Held May 16

The second annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony was held May 16, at Central High School, celebrating over 100 athletes, coaches, and athletic programs.   The event featured all 11 schools that offer interscholastic athletics in PUHSD.  Student recognitions included Male and Female Players of the Year for each team and individual sport, All-Academic Male and Female Athletes of the Year from each school and First Team All-Phoenix Union selections for each team sport. 

The Male and Female Athletes of the Year were announced.  South Mountain’s Raelynn Fair, a track athlete and Carl Hayden’s Fidel De Los Rios, track and cross country, receive scholarships from the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education.  Coach of the Year was North Swim coach David Smithers, who started the Mustang program 22 years ago.  Sportsmanship of the Year went to Alhambra, Athletic Director of the Year was Betty Fairfax’s Kevin Belcher.   The Athletic Program of the Year, for the second year in a row, is Betty Fairfax. 


Phoenix Union High School District is Hosting a Job Fair for all PUHSD Seniors on Monday, May 21

Phoenix Union High School District is hosting a Job Fair for all PUHSD Seniors on Monday, May 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Metro Tech High School at 1900 West Thomas Road. Seniors  should register to attend at www.PhoenixUnion.org/SeniorJobFair, dress professionally and bring copies of resumes. Parking and a shuttle bus is available at Phoenix College. 

Among the companies represented are Sundt Construction, Marriott International, City of Phoenix Courts, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Rummel Construction and Foothills fire Protection.  The Senior Job Fair is sponsored by the City of Phoenix, Department of Economic Security, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, Phoenix Union and the Valley of the Sun United Way.


Graduation Ceremonies for 16 Phoenix Union Schools and Over 5,000 Graduates, Will Take Place May 23 and 24

Graduation ceremonies for 16 Phoenix Union schools and over 5,000 graduates, will take place May 23 and 24 in two locations.  Eleven large schools will hold commencement exercises in the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum over two days, while five small schools will have graduations at Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium, May 23.  The large school lineup is: Wednesday, May 23- Carl Hayden, 10:30 a.m.; Cesar Chavez, 1 p.m.; Maryvale, 3:30 p.m.; Trevor Browne, 6 p.m.; Alhambra, 8:30 p.m.   Thursday, May 24- Metro Tech, 8 a.m.; Central, 10:30 a.m.; Camelback, 1 p.m.; North, 3:30 p.m.; South Mountain, 6 p.m. and Betty Fairfax, 8:30 p.m.   The small school lineup, May 23 at Phoenix College is Desiderata, 11:30 a.m.; Franklin Police and Fire, 1:30 p.m.; Linda Abril Education Academy, 3:30 p.m.; Bioscience, 5:30 p.m. and Bostrom, 7:30 p.m.


South Mountain’s 4 x100-meter Relay Team Finished Second in the Division II Girls State Track and Field Championships

South Mountain’s 4 x100-meter relay team finished second in the Division II Girls State Track and Field Championships, May 5.  Individually, Autumn Boyd was 7th and Alaijah Huckaby, 8th in the 100-meters.  Boyd placed 7th in the 200-meters and Ta’kia Shivers was 7th in the javelin.    South finished 13th in the team standings. 


South Mountain High School’s Communication Arts Magnet Program Received Both the Arizona Group of the Year Award and the Western Regional Group of the Year Award from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

At its first ever Student Showcase, South Mountain High School’s Communication Arts Magnet program received both the Arizona Group of the Year Award and the Western Regional Group of the Year Award from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Two students from the South Mountain High School’s Communication Arts Magnet program contributed over 225 hours last summer through the NRCS Earth Team Volunteer program. Tiyee La Mar and Blanca Ramos assisted in the development of three outreach videos as well as recorded video for five additional videos. The videos they helped develop will be used to connect with communities who can benefit from the Small Watershed Rehabilitation Program that is currently improving those structures nearing the end of their design life. In addition, they developed a video on the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) that can be use to help communities protect life and property after a catastrophe such as a wildfire.


Shaun-Anthony Hill Attends Coding Academy, but Runs Track at Central High

Shaun-Anthony Hill attends Coding Academy, but runs track at Central High next door. Both are claiming him this week, as the sophomore qualified for both the 200 and 400 meters at the Division I State Track and Field Championships, May 5. Hill had the 5th best time in the prelims to advance to finals of the 400 meters, where he finished 8th, earning one point for the Bobcats.


Shaun-Anthony Hill Attends Coding Academy, but Runs Track at Central High

Shaun-Anthony Hill attends Coding Academy, but runs track at Central High next door. Both are claiming him this week, as the sophomore qualified for both the 200 and 400 meters at the Division I State Track and Field Championships, May 5. Hill had the 5th best time in the prelims to advance to finals of the 400 meters, where he finished 8th, earning one point for the Bobcats.


North High's Football Head Coach Bernie Busken is Retiring From the Game He Has Coached for 42 Years

Football head coach Bernie Busken is retiring from the game he has coached for 42 years.  Busken was with the North Mustangs for four years, turning around the program in that time, with “old-fashioned” hard work.  He leaves a team that went 7-3 last year, completing a 19-21 overall record.  “Hard to overcome that 1-9 first season,” Busken said. 

“I have had a blast at North.  Never have I been around kids that let you know how much they love you.   They are all great kids.”

He came into a program where the freshman team did not have one student who had ever played football.  He leaves with 75 current student-athletes, and successful freshmen and JV teams coming up.  Under his regime, he emphasized the weight room for strength and stamina, practiced early mornings before school so students could work after school, and helped develop a booster club with parents.

Busken won three state championships and had a 40-game winning streak at Mesa Mountain View in the nineties, coached at Western New Mexico University, and returned to Arizona at   Basha High for three years before arriving at North.   He plans to move to Texas to be close to his daughter and grandchildren.


North High's Football Head Coach Bernie Busken is Retiring From the Game He Has Coached for 42 Years

Football head coach Bernie Busken is retiring from the game he has coached for 42 years.  Busken was with the North Mustangs for four years, turning around the program in that time, with “old-fashioned” hard work.  He leaves a team that went 7-3 last year, completing a 19-21 overall record.  “Hard to overcome that 1-9 first season,” Busken said. 

“I have had a blast at North.  Never have I been around kids that let you know how much they love you.   They are all great kids.”

He came into a program where the freshman team did not have one student who had ever played football.  He leaves with 75 current student-athletes, and successful freshmen and JV teams coming up.  Under his regime, he emphasized the weight room for strength and stamina, practiced early mornings before school so students could work after school, and helped develop a booster club with parents.

Busken won three state championships and had a 40-game winning streak at Mesa Mountain View in the nineties, coached at Western New Mexico University, and returned to Arizona at   Basha High for three years before arriving at North.   He plans to move to Texas to be close to his daughter and grandchildren.


North High Had Three Ensembles at the State Concert/Jazz Festival

North High had three ensembles at the State Concert/Jazz Festival,  April 26, despite the educator walkout, but as North’s Director of Bands Daniel Eaton said, “The show must go on!” The Mustangs turned in three Excellent Ratings  for Symphonic Band; Intermediate Band and  Orchestra.


North High Had Three Ensembles at the State Concert/Jazz Festival

North High had three ensembles at the State Concert/Jazz Festival,  April 26, despite the educator walkout, but as North’s Director of Bands Daniel Eaton said, “The show must go on!” The Mustangs turned in three Excellent Ratings  for Symphonic Band; Intermediate Band and  Orchestra.


Maryvale’s Mawata Lucky Demaih Placed Second in Both the Division I Girls 100 meter and 400 meters at the State Track and Field Championships

Maryvale’s Mawata Lucky Demaih placed second in both the Division I Girls 100 meter and 400 meters at the State Track and Field Championships, May 5. Teammate Ariz Duarte was 8th in the 800 as the Panthers scored 17 points to finish 13th in the team standings.  Demaih finished 11th in the 800 prelims, failing to qualify for the finals in that event.  Duarte qualified for the championship in the javelin, and Adolfo Cano finished 11th in the discus and 14th in the shot put.


Maryvale’s Mawata Lucky Demaih Placed Second in Both the Division I Girls 100 meter and 400 meters at the State Track and Field Championships

Maryvale’s Mawata Lucky Demaih placed second in both the Division I Girls 100 meter and 400 meters at the State Track and Field Championships, May 5. Teammate Ariz Duarte was 8th in the 800 as the Panthers scored 17 points to finish 13th in the team standings.  Demaih finished 11th in the 800 prelims, failing to qualify for the finals in that event.  Duarte qualified for the championship in the javelin, and Adolfo Cano finished 11th in the discus and 14th in the shot put.


Jesse Gaines, a Senior Who Attends Linda Abril Educational Academy, but Ran for Carl Hayden

Jesse Gaines, a senior who attends Linda Abril Educational Academy, but ran for Carl Hayden, qualified for the 1600 meters and 400 meters, and placed 4th in the 800 meter run at the Division II State Track and Field Championships, May 5.  He was also part of the  Falcons  7th  finish in the 4 x 800 relay.


Jesse Gaines, a Senior Who Attends Linda Abril Educational Academy, but Ran for Carl Hayden

Jesse Gaines, a senior who attends Linda Abril Educational Academy, but ran for Carl Hayden, qualified for the 1600 meters and 400 meters, and placed 4th in the 800 meter run at the Division II State Track and Field Championships, May 5.  He was also part of the  Falcons  7th  finish in the 4 x 800 relay.


The Anne Frank Exhibit Was on Display at Carl Hayden

The Anne Frank Exhibit was on display at Carl Hayden, May 9.    The traveling exhibit is sponsored by the Anne Frank House and Foundation in Amsterdam and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco.  Youth Healing Youth Club members at Carl Hayden were trained by the Anne Frank House Foundation to give tours to their peers.  They also created two panels for the exhibit in which they related the issue of discrimination to their own community.   The club was  fully booked May 7-11 with class tours and the students hosted a  reception May 9 for staff, students, families and community.  The tour started at a middle school in Scottsdale and will continue on from Carl Hayden to Phoenix City Hall next week where a reception with the mayor will occur.  Social Studies teacher and Youth Healing Youth Club sponsor Jennifer Turner has been instrumental in organizing this project.


The Anne Frank Exhibit Was on Display at Carl Hayden

The Anne Frank Exhibit was on display at Carl Hayden, May 9.    The traveling exhibit is sponsored by the Anne Frank House and Foundation in Amsterdam and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco.  Youth Healing Youth Club members at Carl Hayden were trained by the Anne Frank House Foundation to give tours to their peers.  They also created two panels for the exhibit in which they related the issue of discrimination to their own community.   The club was  fully booked May 7-11 with class tours and the students hosted a  reception May 9 for staff, students, families and community.  The tour started at a middle school in Scottsdale and will continue on from Carl Hayden to Phoenix City Hall next week where a reception with the mayor will occur.  Social Studies teacher and Youth Healing Youth Club sponsor Jennifer Turner has been instrumental in organizing this project.


The Cesar Chavez Drumline Competed in Its First Indoor Drumline Championships

The Cesar Chavez Drumline competed in its first indoor drumline championships, last month at ASU.  The Champions came in 3rd overall, and placed first for Best Music

The next day, April 8, they were invited to march with Phoenix Vice Mayor and PUHSD Governing Board member Laura Pastor to march in the Phoenix Pride Parade.  

And just this week, senior Josue Morales was offered and accepted a snare drum spot on the ASU Drum line.


The Cesar Chavez Drumline Competed in Its First Indoor Drumline Championships

The Cesar Chavez Drumline competed in its first indoor drumline championships, last month at ASU.  The Champions came in 3rd overall, and placed first for Best Music

The next day, April 8, they were invited to march with Phoenix Vice Mayor and PUHSD Governing Board member Laura Pastor to march in the Phoenix Pride Parade.  

And just this week, senior Josue Morales was offered and accepted a snare drum spot on the ASU Drum line.


Cesar Chavez Freshman Uzuri Graves Finished 3rd in the Javelin at the Girls Division I Arizona Track and Field Championships

Freshman Uzuri Graves finished 3rd in the Javelin at the Girls Division I Arizona Track and Field Championships, May 5.  


Cesar Chavez Freshman Uzuri Graves Finished 3rd in the Javelin at the Girls Division I Arizona Track and Field Championships

Freshman Uzuri Graves finished 3rd in the Javelin at the Girls Division I Arizona Track and Field Championships, May 5.  


York and Classmate Mugarineza Zuza Have Been Accepted to the Cornell University Curie Academy

York and classmate Mugarineza Zuza  have been accepted to the Cornell University Curie Academy  and will join an esteemed group of youth from around the nation in June.  The Curie Academy is a week-long summer program at Cornell University for young women interested in   engineering. CURIE participants spend a week living on Cornell's campus and work on a research project with Cornell Engineering faculty.


York and Classmate Mugarineza Zuza Have Been Accepted to the Cornell University Curie Academy

York and classmate Mugarineza Zuza  have been accepted to the Cornell University Curie Academy  and will join an esteemed group of youth from around the nation in June.  The Curie Academy is a week-long summer program at Cornell University for young women interested in   engineering. CURIE participants spend a week living on Cornell's campus and work on a research project with Cornell Engineering faculty.


Central's Amanda York Was Accepted to the STARTALK Chinese Program Hosted at Arizona State University this Summer.

Amanda York was accepted to the STARTALK Chinese program hosted at Arizona State University this summer.  The STARTALK Chinese program is a prestigious program   funded by the U.S. government in which students from all over Arizona who are interested in learning Chinese language come for a 15-day camp. This is an intensive camp where students not only expand their knowledge   in Chinese language, but also   experience college living on campus. York recently visited China and takes Honors Chinese 3-4 in school.  

 “This scholarship STARTALK program is extremely tough to be accepted into, so we applaud Amanda York for being allowed this chance of a lifetime,” Central Chinese instructor Rebecca Yuan said.


The Gila River Indian Community Held Its Annual Chief Azul Scholar and Citizenship Awards

The Gila River Indian Community held its Annual Chief Azul Scholar and Citizenship Awards on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Vee Quiva Casino Entertainment Center. GRIC K-12 Student advisor Lorraine Dosela and other staff nominated four Betty Fairfax students for their achievements which include academics, attendance, and participation in extracurricular activities as well as other qualities.  Rachael Whempner was the winner of the Gila River Chief Azul Award for the 10th grade category.  Freshman Sophia Moreno, sophomore Tafv Dillon, and senior Alyssa Sandoval won honorable mention for their grade group.  Sandoval was also selected for the Chief Azul Citizenship Ward.  She will be one of 15 students travelling to Washington, D.C., with the Gila River Tribal Education Department this summer.  Dosela’ daughter Lehua Lani, who attends Cesar Chavez, won overall for the senior grade group, and was also selected for the Citizenship Award and will join the trip to D.C.


The Gila River Indian Community Held Its Annual Chief Azul Scholar and Citizenship Awards

The Gila River Indian Community held its Annual Chief Azul Scholar and Citizenship Awards on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Vee Quiva Casino Entertainment Center. GRIC K-12 Student advisor Lorraine Dosela and other staff nominated four Betty Fairfax students for their achievements which include academics, attendance, and participation in extracurricular activities as well as other qualities.  Rachael Whempner was the winner of the Gila River Chief Azul Award for the 10th grade category.  Freshman Sophia Moreno, sophomore Tafv Dillon, and senior Alyssa Sandoval won honorable mention for their grade group.  Sandoval was also selected for the Chief Azul Citizenship Ward.  She will be one of 15 students travelling to Washington, D.C., with the Gila River Tribal Education Department this summer.  Dosela’ daughter Lehua Lani, who attends Cesar Chavez, won overall for the senior grade group, and was also selected for the Citizenship Award and will join the trip to D.C.


Betty Fairfax Boys Tennis Coach Jerry Fiedler Was Named the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II

Boys Tennis coach Jerry Fiedler was named the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II Section VI Coach of the Year and is a finalist for the Division II Coach of Year.


Betty Fairfax Boys Tennis Coach Jerry Fiedler Was Named the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II

Boys Tennis coach Jerry Fiedler was named the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II Section VI Coach of the Year and is a finalist for the Division II Coach of Year.


Betty Fairfax Senior Eden Jenkins is a Million Dollar Scholar

Senior Eden Jenkins is a million dollar scholar.  She has received over one million dollars in merit-based scholarship/award offers from colleges and universities. To maximize her options for higher education, Jenkins applied to 53 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) via the Common Black College Application, three additional HBCUs, three Arizona universities, and three Ivy League universities. To date, Eden has received acceptance letters from 48 schools, but has chosen Xavier University of Louisiana. She received the President’s Scholarship, valued at $88,000 over four years, and will begin her pursuit of a doctoral degree in Pharmacy (PharmD). She has also been accepted to the school’s College of Pharmacy Contingent Admit Program for high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. Jenkins has received an “invitation only” opportunity to participate in Xavier University’s Pharmacy Prep Program this summer, as well as their Honors Exponential Program starting this fall.

Eden currently has a high school GPA of 4.6, while simultaneously earning 48-plus college credits through the South Mountain Community College ACE Program with a 4.0 GPA. She is a student-athlete in dual sports (tennis and volleyball), HBCU Club President, Black Students Union Club Treasurer, National Honor Society member, Fairfax Gifted Program member, ASCEND Educational Enrichment Program participant, and Arizona Ivy League Project participant.

Eden’s mother, Sandra Jenkins is an ESS teacher at Fairfax, and her father is a captain with the City of Phoenix Fire Department.


Betty Fairfax Senior Eden Jenkins is a Million Dollar Scholar

Senior Eden Jenkins is a million dollar scholar.  She has received over one million dollars in merit-based scholarship/award offers from colleges and universities. To maximize her options for higher education, Jenkins applied to 53 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) via the Common Black College Application, three additional HBCUs, three Arizona universities, and three Ivy League universities. To date, Eden has received acceptance letters from 48 schools, but has chosen Xavier University of Louisiana. She received the President’s Scholarship, valued at $88,000 over four years, and will begin her pursuit of a doctoral degree in Pharmacy (PharmD). She has also been accepted to the school’s College of Pharmacy Contingent Admit Program for high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. Jenkins has received an “invitation only” opportunity to participate in Xavier University’s Pharmacy Prep Program this summer, as well as their Honors Exponential Program starting this fall.

Eden currently has a high school GPA of 4.6, while simultaneously earning 48-plus college credits through the South Mountain Community College ACE Program with a 4.0 GPA. She is a student-athlete in dual sports (tennis and volleyball), HBCU Club President, Black Students Union Club Treasurer, National Honor Society member, Fairfax Gifted Program member, ASCEND Educational Enrichment Program participant, and Arizona Ivy League Project participant.

Eden’s mother, Sandra Jenkins is an ESS teacher at Fairfax, and her father is a captain with the City of Phoenix Fire Department.


Betty Fairfax’s Ma’kayla Dickerson Set a State Record in the 300 Meter Hurdles

Betty Fairfax’s Ma’kayla Dickerson set a state record in the 300 meter hurdles, won the high jump and had second place finishes in the 200 meters and the 100 meter hurdles at the Division II Track and Field Championships, March 5.  Dickerson had personal bests in every event and scored 36 of Fairfax’s 39 points, as the Stampede Girls finished 6th in the team scoring.  Dickerson, a junior, turned in a 41.72 time in the 300 hurdles to set a record that had stood for six years.  Her time is also the third-best in the nation this year.   Anaya Mathews finished 6th in the shotput for the other Fairfax points.  In the Boys division,   Carmayne White, tied for second in the high jump and was 5th in the long jump.


Betty Fairfax’s Ma’kayla Dickerson Set a State Record in the 300 Meter Hurdles

Betty Fairfax’s Ma’kayla Dickerson set a state record in the 300 meter hurdles, won the high jump and had second place finishes in the 200 meters and the 100 meter hurdles at the Division II Track and Field Championships, March 5.  Dickerson had personal bests in every event and scored 36 of Fairfax’s 39 points, as the Stampede Girls finished 6th in the team scoring.  Dickerson, a junior, turned in a 41.72 time in the 300 hurdles to set a record that had stood for six years.  Her time is also the third-best in the nation this year.   Anaya Mathews finished 6th in the shotput for the other Fairfax points.  In the Boys division,   Carmayne White, tied for second in the high jump and was 5th in the long jump.


Jesse Gaines, a Senior Who Attends Linda Abril Educational Academy, But Competed for Carl Hayden

Jesse Gaines, a senior who attends Linda Abril Educational Academy, but competed for Carl Hayden, qualified for the 1600 meters and 400 meters, and placed 4th in the 800 meter run at the Division II State Track and Field Championships, May 5.  He was also part of the Falcons  7th  finish in the 4 x 800 relay.


Jesse Gaines, a Senior Who Attends Linda Abril Educational Academy, But Competed for Carl Hayden

Jesse Gaines, a senior who attends Linda Abril Educational Academy, but competed for Carl Hayden, qualified for the 1600 meters and 400 meters, and placed 4th in the 800 meter run at the Division II State Track and Field Championships, May 5.  He was also part of the Falcons  7th  finish in the 4 x 800 relay.


The Second Annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony Will Take Place

The second annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 16 at Central High School, celebrating athletes, coaches, athletic directors and athletic programs.   The event will feature all 11 schools that offer interscholastic athletics in PUHSD.  Student recognitions will include Male and Female Players of the Year for each team and individual sport, All-Academic Male and Female Athletes of the Year from each school and First Team All-Phoenix Union selections for each team sport.  Special honors will recognize our Most Inspirational Student-Athlete and the Joseph Grant Community Outreach Student-Athlete of the Year.  In addition to featuring over 120 student-athletes, we will also recognize our top Coaches and Athletic Director of the Year.

The Awards presentations ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in Central High’s auditorium with the evening concluding with awarding of the Most Outstanding Sports Program for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members are invited to attend this free event.


The Second Annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony Will Take Place

The second annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 16 at Central High School, celebrating athletes, coaches, athletic directors and athletic programs.   The event will feature all 11 schools that offer interscholastic athletics in PUHSD.  Student recognitions will include Male and Female Players of the Year for each team and individual sport, All-Academic Male and Female Athletes of the Year from each school and First Team All-Phoenix Union selections for each team sport.  Special honors will recognize our Most Inspirational Student-Athlete and the Joseph Grant Community Outreach Student-Athlete of the Year.  In addition to featuring over 120 student-athletes, we will also recognize our top Coaches and Athletic Director of the Year.

The Awards presentations ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in Central High’s auditorium with the evening concluding with awarding of the Most Outstanding Sports Program for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members are invited to attend this free event.


The U.S. News and World Report Released Its 2018 Best High Schools Rankings Today

The U.S. News and World Report released its 2018 Best High Schools rankings today, and Phoenix Union had four schools listed as Bronze schools-Metro Tech, North, Franklin and Bioscience. Franklin joined the list this year, while Camelback, a Bronze last year, did not make the list.  The rankings were based on a 2016 cohort, and included school proficiency in state reading and math exams, factoring in the percentage of lower income students, graduation rate, and college readiness as determined by AP and IB exam participation and passing rates.  The publication looked at over 20,000 high schools, and ranked 2% of the schools as the Top 500. 11% were Silver and 16% were Bronze.     In Arizona, of the 463 high schools reviewed, 12 were Gold, 38 Bronze and 70 Bronze.    The schools were also ranked by state.  Metro Tech was 52nd with a 96% graduation rate, and a 19.9 college readiness index; North, was 57th, with a 90% grad rate and a 16.9 CRI;  Franklin, 60th  with a 97% grad rate and 15.6 CRI and Bioscience, was 66th with a 100% grad rate and 11.1 CRI.   

 

For more on the Best High Schools rankings, go to: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/hs/districts/hs/hs-1061


The U.S. News and World Report Released Its 2018 Best High Schools Rankings Today

The U.S. News and World Report released its 2018 Best High Schools rankings today, and Phoenix Union had four schools listed as Bronze schools-Metro Tech, North, Franklin and Bioscience. Franklin joined the list this year, while Camelback, a Bronze last year, did not make the list.  The rankings were based on a 2016 cohort, and included school proficiency in state reading and math exams, factoring in the percentage of lower income students, graduation rate, and college readiness as determined by AP and IB exam participation and passing rates.  The publication looked at over 20,000 high schools, and ranked 2% of the schools as the Top 500. 11% were Silver and 16% were Bronze.     In Arizona, of the 463 high schools reviewed, 12 were Gold, 38 Bronze and 70 Bronze.    The schools were also ranked by state.  Metro Tech was 52nd with a 96% graduation rate, and a 19.9 college readiness index; North, was 57th, with a 90% grad rate and a 16.9 CRI;  Franklin, 60th  with a 97% grad rate and 15.6 CRI and Bioscience, was 66th with a 100% grad rate and 11.1 CRI.   

 

For more on the Best High Schools rankings, go to: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/hs/districts/hs/hs-1061


Trevor Browne's Jane Geary Named Arizona’s ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the K-12 Professional Category

Jane Geary, a teacher at Trevor Browne High School who has become a district-wide ACT Prep tutor, was named Arizona’s ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the K-12 professional category.

ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are high school seniors, K-12 professionals, post-secondary professionals and workforce professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness for all. 

Geary, an ESL teacher, began conducting ACT tutoring at Trevor Browne two years ago and has expanded to several schools, holding ACT Test Prep Boot camps.   Last year she held a summer camp for 30 students who would later take a tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  This summer, she is holding two free ACT Test Prep Boot Camps for rising juniors and those seniors wishing to improve on their ACT test scores for very select schools. The three-day camps will be at Metro Tech and Trevor Browne for 270 students. The camps will also utilize up to 18 Phoenix Union students who have scored well on ACT (28 or above) to serve as peer tutors.

Trevor Browne Librarian Sylvia Cox, who nominated her for the ACT award, said “she single-handedly has raised ACT scores at our school,” and District Post-secondary Articulation Specialist Dolores Ramirez said,  “Jane Geary is a game changer for ACT test prep in Phoenix Union High School District.”   Last year, of 53 Bioscience students who participated in an ACT Crash Course, 21 earned scores of 26 or above, including six scoring in the 30’s. “Because of her efforts we have seen unprecedented score achievement…scoring above their predicted range on the ACT,” Bioscience counselor Terry Haggerty said.

Geary was also the 2017 District Classroom Teacher of the Year.

The ACT State Council comprised of education and workforce professionals serve as the selection committee, and select one champion per category for each state.


Trevor Browne's Jane Geary Named Arizona’s ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the K-12 Professional Category

Jane Geary, a teacher at Trevor Browne High School who has become a district-wide ACT Prep tutor, was named Arizona’s ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the K-12 professional category.

ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are high school seniors, K-12 professionals, post-secondary professionals and workforce professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness for all. 

Geary, an ESL teacher, began conducting ACT tutoring at Trevor Browne two years ago and has expanded to several schools, holding ACT Test Prep Boot camps.   Last year she held a summer camp for 30 students who would later take a tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  This summer, she is holding two free ACT Test Prep Boot Camps for rising juniors and those seniors wishing to improve on their ACT test scores for very select schools. The three-day camps will be at Metro Tech and Trevor Browne for 270 students. The camps will also utilize up to 18 Phoenix Union students who have scored well on ACT (28 or above) to serve as peer tutors.

Trevor Browne Librarian Sylvia Cox, who nominated her for the ACT award, said “she single-handedly has raised ACT scores at our school,” and District Post-secondary Articulation Specialist Dolores Ramirez said,  “Jane Geary is a game changer for ACT test prep in Phoenix Union High School District.”   Last year, of 53 Bioscience students who participated in an ACT Crash Course, 21 earned scores of 26 or above, including six scoring in the 30’s. “Because of her efforts we have seen unprecedented score achievement…scoring above their predicted range on the ACT,” Bioscience counselor Terry Haggerty said.

Geary was also the 2017 District Classroom Teacher of the Year.

The ACT State Council comprised of education and workforce professionals serve as the selection committee, and select one champion per category for each state.


The Jaguar News-Advanced Broadcast Class Will Hold a Documentary Showcase

The Jaguar News-Advanced Broadcast Class will hold a Documentary Showcase, Thursday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m. in the South Mountain Auditorium.  The seniors have been working since October with the program’s Advisory Committee to create documentaries. The films cover the following topics. Teenage Depression; The Tiger Mountain Foundation; Cyberbullying; Verizon and their project with South and After School Program Help.  Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students, children 5 and under and staff (and a guest) are free. 


The Jaguar News-Advanced Broadcast Class Will Hold a Documentary Showcase

The Jaguar News-Advanced Broadcast Class will hold a Documentary Showcase, Thursday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m. in the South Mountain Auditorium.  The seniors have been working since October with the program’s Advisory Committee to create documentaries. The films cover the following topics. Teenage Depression; The Tiger Mountain Foundation; Cyberbullying; Verizon and their project with South and After School Program Help.  Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students, children 5 and under and staff (and a guest) are free. 


Three Years Ago Betty Fairfax Started an AIA Boys Volleyball Program

Three years ago Betty Fairfax started an AIA Boys Volleyball program.  In the final week of the regular season, the Stampede beat Verrado High School to claim the region title. They host Kellis High, Thursday in a first round playoff game at 6:30 p.m.


Three Years Ago Betty Fairfax Started an AIA Boys Volleyball Program

Three years ago Betty Fairfax started an AIA Boys Volleyball program.  In the final week of the regular season, the Stampede beat Verrado High School to claim the region title. They host Kellis High, Thursday in a first round playoff game at 6:30 p.m.


Betty Fairfax Has Two Softball Players Sign to Gateway Community College

Betty Fairfax had a perfect regular season, going 18-0.  But in the play-in round of the 5A playoffs, they lost to #23 seed Liberty, 10-6, to end a memorable season. Two of their top players, Natalia Vallarta and Kanyae Engram signed letters of Intent, May 2,  to play softball at Gateway Community College. Vallarta played centerfield and Engram was the left fielder for the Stampede.  Both played varsity softball all four years at Fairfax.


Athletic Director Dr. Wendy Truvillion Named the Head Manager for the Inaugural Athletic World Cup International Track Meet in London

Athletic Director Dr. Wendy Truvillion has been named the head manager for the inaugural Athletic World Cup International Track Meet in London, July 14-15. This is the first Eight Nations meet of its kind where the USA’s top athletes will be competing in head-to head competition with the world’s top track and field athletes from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, China, South Africa, France, Germany, Jamaica and Poland.   As the head manager, she will be extending technical, logical, managerial, and supervisory supports to the USA coaching staff and the athletes.  Truvillion has served as manager for several U.S.  Track and Field teams in international competitions.


The Second Annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony Will Take Place Wednesday, May 16

The second annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 16 at Central High School, celebrating athletes, coaches, athletic directors and athletic programs.   The event will feature all 11 schools that offer interscholastic athletics in PUHSD.  Student recognitions will include Male and Female Players of the Year for each team and individual sport, All-Academic Male and Female Athletes of the Year from each school and First Team All-Phoenix Union selections for each team sport.  Special honors will recognize our Most Inspirational Student-Athlete and the Joseph Grant Community Outreach Student-Athlete of the Year.  In addition to featuring over 120 student-athletes, we will also recognize our top Coaches and Athletic Director of the Year.

The Awards presentations ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in Central High’s auditorium with the evening concluding with awarding of the Most Outstanding Sports Program for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members are invited to attend this free event.


The Phoenix Union Student Art Show Closed

The Phoenix Union Student Art Show closed, April 25 at the Pheonix Art Museum, and the winners were announced at a reception.  The winners were Alhambra’s Jasmin Rocha, drawing; Alhambra’s Elizabeth Green, painting; Trrevor Browne’s Mireya Gerard, digital photo: Alhambra’s Destiny Lopez, traditional photo; North’s Emmanuel Serran, 2-D mixed media.   First place winners were given a $50 gift card, and second place winners received a $25 gift card.  


Phoenix Union is Holding its Latest Career Fair ever

It is crunch time for hiring teachers, and there are always some last-minute resignations and retirements, so Phoenix Union is holding its latest Career Fair ever, Saturday, May 5.  The fair will be at the Phoenix Coding Academy, 4445 N. Central Ave., from 8 a.m.to noon.   There will also be non-teaching support staff positions such as bus drivers, bus aides and custodians.  The District hopes to have all teaching positions filled for the first day of the 2018-19 school year, August 6.  High need subject areas are Math, Science, ESL English and Exceptional Student Services (Special Education,) as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE) positions in Architectural Drafting, Business, Nursing/Health Careers, Biotechnology, Marketing and Computer Science. Applicants can complete the initial screening interview that day, and interview with school principals for 2018-19 positions.  An application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs .


The Phoenix Union STEP (Student Expedition Program) Class of 2018 Has Been Announced

The Phoenix Union STEP (Student Expedition Program) Class of 2018 has been announced.  Sixteen students, from eight different schools received acceptances

 

The STEP (Student Expedition Program) educates and empowers Arizona high-school students to enroll in and graduate from college.    The program works with students from low-income households who are internally motivated to take rigorous courses and do the hard work to excel.  A majority of the students are the first generation in their family to seek a college degree.

Students enter STEP's College-Prep Program in their sophomore year and participate through high school graduation.  Twenty-seven highly-focused workshops (and individual advising) provide students with step-by-step guidance in the college preparation and application process, including financial aid instruction for both students and parents.  Summer programs at college campuses nationwide and STEP's signature three-week Leadership Expedition in the wilderness of Alaska allow students to experience life away from home in a challenging and supportive environment. 

 

These seniors will be attending the following schools in the fall:

 

Angela Reyes Cervantes (Maryvale) - Swarthmore College

Cesar Parra (Bioscience) - University of Notre Dame

Dulce Gariepy (Bioscience) - Wellesley College

Eloisa Sanchez Urrea (Metro Tech) - St. Mary's University Honors College

Estrella Gonzalez Saldana (Metro Tech) - Scripps College

Gisselle Beltran Valdez (Metro Tech) - ASU

Ignacio Ventura Maqueda (Maryvale) - USC

Ismael Rios (Metro Tech) - ASU Barrett Honors College

Jennifer Beltran Gastelum (Camelback) - Smith College

Lizette Mier (North) - Wellesley College

Monica Lam (Central) - ASU Barrettt Honors College

Nancy Twishime (Bioscience) - ASU Barrett Honors College

Qing Zhang (Bioscience) - Tufts University

Samuel Sesena (Carl Hayden) - MIT

Sandra Casas (Maryvale) - ASU

Tabitha Hacker (Bioscience) - Bowdoin College


Phoenix Union High School District Schools Re-Open

Following six days of the Educators Walkout, Phoenix Union High School District schools will re-open, Friday, May 4.


Maryvale High School Will Have a New Principal for the 2018-2019 School Year

Maryvale High School will have a new principal next year.   Principal Manuel Silvas has been selected to become a Talent Director at the District Office for the 2018-19 school year.  Principal candidates have been interviewed, and four finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a Community Forum, Tuesday, April 17, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Maryvale Auditorium. 

Mr. Silvas became principal of Maryvale in October of 2015.   He was an assistant principal at South Mountain and Trevor Browne prior to that assignment and served as dean for three years at Carl Hayden.   He was an administrator at Wilson Elementary and taught math and science in the Creighton District prior to coming to Phoenix Union.


The Carl Hayden Handball Club Traveled to Tucson to Take on the Fred Lewis Handball Club

The Carl Hayden Handball Club traveled to Tucson to take on the Fred Lewis Handball Club (FLHC) at the private Tucson Racquet Ball & Fitness Club, March 7.  Seven Falcons had the opportunity to compete against nationally ranked players in their    age group.    

“Overall, we had a good experience, and our players reflected on the importance of being prepared, and the importance of building relationships, especially with our Handball brother/sister to the South,” said coach Chris Hogan.  


Carl Hayden High School Computer Studies Students Will Compete at the National Cyber League Online Cyber Security

This spring, 16 Carl Hayden sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Center for Computer Studies Magnet Program will be among the first in the Phoenix Union High School District to participate in the National Cyber League online cyber security competition.

The National Cyber League (NCL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in May 2011 to provide an ongoing virtual training ground for participants to develop, practice, and validate their cybersecurity knowledge and skills using next-generation high-fidelity simulation environments. The NCL challenges are based on the CompTIA Security+™ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)™ performance-based exam objectives.

Under the supervision of team sponsor and coach Michael Marmolejo, the  Hayden cyber-athletes are currently training in the NCL’s virtual gym, where they are studying content in the areas of: Open Source Intelligence, Scanning, Enumeration and Exploitation, Password Cracking, Traffic Analysis, Log Analysis, Wireless Security, Cryptography, and Web Application Security in preparation for the spring Preseason and Regular Season competition. The students are all enrolled in the Center for Computer Studies’ Networking and Operating Systems class, which recently shifted its curricular focus to Cyber Security and Cyber Defense in response to the rapidly escalating demand across the technology industry.

The competition is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity activity. The Hayden cyber-athletes will spend the next two months preparing and testing themselves against cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce. The students will be able to develop and validate their cybersecurity knowledge and talent across a range of industry-recognized competencies, making them more valuable to recruiters. At the conclusion of the competition, the athletes will receive certificates of participation and personalized scouting reports that are made available to companies seeking to hire qualified personnel. Top performers in the competition also have the chance to win individual and team awards, as well as scholarships.

“Like the world-famous Falcon Robotics team before them, the Hayden cyber-athletes are competing against teams from colleges across the country. The team is eager to make their mark as it competes in this emerging e-sport that not only provides students with real-world skills that can be applied to future career and academic opportunities but also affords them the opportunity to blaze a trail in what promises to be the premier academic sport of the 21st century,”    Marmolejo said.


Central’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Had a Successful State Conference

Central’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)  had a successful state conference, April 4-6 in Tucson.    Three students will be travelling to Baltimore this summer to compete at Nationals:  Sheldon Tsosie – Computer Applications; Annabelle Brown – Sales Presentation and Robson Jigayo – Job Interview. Jigayo had a near-perfect score on his resume and cover letter and scored a 98/100 in prelims. “The events our students chose to compete in are extremely competitive. They have multiple sections and only the top score moves into Finals,” club sponsor and business teacher Renee Morgan said.  


Central High School Principal John Biera Has Been Selected to Fill an Administrative Position at CEE for the 2018-19 School Year

Central High School Principal John Biera has been selected to fill an administrative position at CEE for the 2018-19 school year, requiring a new principal search.  Candidates have been interviewed, and four finalists will visit Central, Monday, and participate in a community forum, Monday, April 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the school’s library.  Community members, parents, teachers and students are invited to hear the candidates answer questions from the audience and can weigh in on the selection process by sending comments to the superintendent.

Biera is in his fourth year as Central’s principal.  He was a high school principal for 12 years in the Scottsdale School District --ten at Coronado and two at Arcadia.  His public education career spans 36 years, including 24 as an administrator in Arizona and Texas.


Bioscience High School is On a Mission to Ensure Every College-Bound Senior is Awarded a Scholarship

Bioscience High School is on a mission to ensure that every college-bound senior is awarded a scholarship.  That is typically 100 percent of the senior class.   The school is holding its First Annual Dollars for Scholars Community Event & Fundraiser, Thursday, April 19, from 6-8:30 pm.  There will be food trucks, music, desserts, gift baskets, penny scholarship jars, and each senior will do Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) presentations about their college and career plans. 

“We would love you to attend and to consider making a donation to our cause.  The Burton Family Foundation will be matching our donations, so every dollar counts.  If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation – no amount is too small,” Principal Dr. Holly Batsell said. 

 

Credit card donations may be made on the following Arizona Community Foundation page:  https://burtonfamilyfoundation.kimbia.com/burtff

             

Checks may be made out to the Burton Family Foundation (please put Bioscience on the subject line) and mailed to:

Arizona Community Foundation  2201 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 405B,   Phoenix, AZ 85016


Bioscience High School is On a Mission to Ensure Every College-Bound Senior is Awarded a Scholarship

Bioscience High School is on a mission to ensure that every college-bound senior is awarded a scholarship.  That is typically 100 percent of the senior class.   The school is holding its First Annual Dollars for Scholars Community Event & Fundraiser, Thursday, April 19, from 6-8:30 pm.  There will be food trucks, music, desserts, gift baskets, penny scholarship jars, and each senior will do Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) presentations about their college and career plans. 

“We would love you to attend and to consider making a donation to our cause.  The Burton Family Foundation will be matching our donations, so every dollar counts.  If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation – no amount is too small,” Principal Dr. Holly Batsell said. 

 

Credit card donations may be made on the following Arizona Community Foundation page:  https://burtonfamilyfoundation.kimbia.com/burtff

             

Checks may be made out to the Burton Family Foundation (please put Bioscience on the subject line) and mailed to:

Arizona Community Foundation  2201 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 405B,   Phoenix, AZ 85016


Bioscience High School is On a Mission to Ensure Every College-Bound Senior is Awarded a Scholarship

Bioscience High School is on a mission to ensure that every college-bound senior is awarded a scholarship.  That is typically 100 percent of the senior class.   The school is holding its First Annual Dollars for Scholars Community Event & Fundraiser, Thursday, April 19, from 6-8:30 pm.  There will be food trucks, music, desserts, gift baskets, penny scholarship jars, and each senior will do Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) presentations about their college and career plans. 

“We would love you to attend and to consider making a donation to our cause.  The Burton Family Foundation will be matching our donations, so every dollar counts.  If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation – no amount is too small,” Principal Dr. Holly Batsell said. 

 

Credit card donations may be made on the following Arizona Community Foundation page:  https://burtonfamilyfoundation.kimbia.com/burtff

             

Checks may be made out to the Burton Family Foundation (please put Bioscience on the subject line) and mailed to:

Arizona Community Foundation  2201 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 405B,   Phoenix, AZ 85016


The 7th Annual Fairfax Senior Capstone Presentations Will Take Place on April 10, 11 and 12

The 7th Annual Fairfax Senior Capstone Presentations will take place on April 10, 11 and 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the gymnasium.  Students will be presenting careers on the following categories: Natural Resources; Business Management; Industrial and Engineering Systems; Art and Communication; Human Resources; Health Services. Students, staff, parents and the community are invited.


The 7th Annual Fairfax Senior Capstone Presentations Will Take Place on April 10, 11 and 12

The 7th Annual Fairfax Senior Capstone Presentations will take place on April 10, 11 and 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the gymnasium.  Students will be presenting careers on the following categories: Natural Resources; Business Management; Industrial and Engineering Systems; Art and Communication; Human Resources; Health Services. Students, staff, parents and the community are invited.


The 7th Annual Fairfax Senior Capstone Presentations Will Take Place on April 10, 11 and 12

The 7th Annual Fairfax Senior Capstone Presentations will take place on April 10, 11 and 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the gymnasium.  Students will be presenting careers on the following categories: Natural Resources; Business Management; Industrial and Engineering Systems; Art and Communication; Human Resources; Health Services. Students, staff, parents and the community are invited.


Culinary Arts Teacher Annette Fields and Students Built an Organic Garden on the Campus of Alhambra High School

Culinary Arts teacher Annette Fields has taught environmental science and culinary arts for many years and most recently she and 22 students built an organic garden on the campus of Alhambra High School. It is the first and only certified organic garden in the District.

 

The students were involved in every aspect of building the garden from putting the boxes together, moving several tons of soil to fill the boxes, and filling in the surroundings with gravel to create an attractive environment.

 

In the fall they grew sweet corn, pumpkins, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Currently they have planted sun flowers which are beginning to sprout, watermelon, onions, snap peas, potatoes, and zucchini. All items grown in the garden are organic and used in the Culinary Classroom and Culinary Club.

 

“I have a passion for the environment, and I also want my students to learn about sustainability. With the Alhambra Organic Garden there are many opportunities to teach them about our environment, biology, botany, and emerging markets but best of all we get to make yummy and healthy snacks when we are done,” Fields said.  “Our goal is to beautify the community in which we work and live and make Phoenix a more sustainable city.   My students also learn the difference between healthy food choices and the “Food Desert” that surrounds us.”

 

To become certified Fields had to do some research regarding prior land use.  She contacted Maricopa County GIS Mapping and viewed the aerial photography of the school’s location dating back to 1930. Fortunately, prior to the school’s construction the land was open agricultural land eliminating any concern of potential toxins in the soil. Next, she contacted the Arizona Department of Health Services for a site visit to obtain approval for the proposed location and then to the Arizona Department of Health Services web site to find out what else might be needed. They had to submit a Food Safety Plan and obtain Food handlers certification for all the students. 

 

“It took a great deal of hard work and almost a year to acquire certification with the Arizona Department of Health Services, but with a group of amazing Culinary & Organic Garden Club members we did it.”


Culinary Arts Teacher Annette Fields and Students Built an Organic Garden on the Campus of Alhambra High School

Culinary Arts teacher Annette Fields has taught environmental science and culinary arts for many years and most recently she and 22 students built an organic garden on the campus of Alhambra High School. It is the first and only certified organic garden in the District.

 

The students were involved in every aspect of building the garden from putting the boxes together, moving several tons of soil to fill the boxes, and filling in the surroundings with gravel to create an attractive environment.

 

In the fall they grew sweet corn, pumpkins, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Currently they have planted sun flowers which are beginning to sprout, watermelon, onions, snap peas, potatoes, and zucchini. All items grown in the garden are organic and used in the Culinary Classroom and Culinary Club.

 

“I have a passion for the environment, and I also want my students to learn about sustainability. With the Alhambra Organic Garden there are many opportunities to teach them about our environment, biology, botany, and emerging markets but best of all we get to make yummy and healthy snacks when we are done,” Fields said.  “Our goal is to beautify the community in which we work and live and make Phoenix a more sustainable city.   My students also learn the difference between healthy food choices and the “Food Desert” that surrounds us.”

 

To become certified Fields had to do some research regarding prior land use.  She contacted Maricopa County GIS Mapping and viewed the aerial photography of the school’s location dating back to 1930. Fortunately, prior to the school’s construction the land was open agricultural land eliminating any concern of potential toxins in the soil. Next, she contacted the Arizona Department of Health Services for a site visit to obtain approval for the proposed location and then to the Arizona Department of Health Services web site to find out what else might be needed. They had to submit a Food Safety Plan and obtain Food handlers certification for all the students. 

 

“It took a great deal of hard work and almost a year to acquire certification with the Arizona Department of Health Services, but with a group of amazing Culinary & Organic Garden Club members we did it.”


Culinary Arts Teacher Annette Fields and Students Built an Organic Garden on the Campus of Alhambra High School

Culinary Arts teacher Annette Fields has taught environmental science and culinary arts for many years and most recently she and 22 students built an organic garden on the campus of Alhambra High School. It is the first and only certified organic garden in the District.

 

The students were involved in every aspect of building the garden from putting the boxes together, moving several tons of soil to fill the boxes, and filling in the surroundings with gravel to create an attractive environment.

 

In the fall they grew sweet corn, pumpkins, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Currently they have planted sun flowers which are beginning to sprout, watermelon, onions, snap peas, potatoes, and zucchini. All items grown in the garden are organic and used in the Culinary Classroom and Culinary Club.

 

“I have a passion for the environment, and I also want my students to learn about sustainability. With the Alhambra Organic Garden there are many opportunities to teach them about our environment, biology, botany, and emerging markets but best of all we get to make yummy and healthy snacks when we are done,” Fields said.  “Our goal is to beautify the community in which we work and live and make Phoenix a more sustainable city.   My students also learn the difference between healthy food choices and the “Food Desert” that surrounds us.”

 

To become certified Fields had to do some research regarding prior land use.  She contacted Maricopa County GIS Mapping and viewed the aerial photography of the school’s location dating back to 1930. Fortunately, prior to the school’s construction the land was open agricultural land eliminating any concern of potential toxins in the soil. Next, she contacted the Arizona Department of Health Services for a site visit to obtain approval for the proposed location and then to the Arizona Department of Health Services web site to find out what else might be needed. They had to submit a Food Safety Plan and obtain Food handlers certification for all the students. 

 

“It took a great deal of hard work and almost a year to acquire certification with the Arizona Department of Health Services, but with a group of amazing Culinary & Organic Garden Club members we did it.”


The Alhambra High School Athletics Program Won the 2017-2018 6A Conference Glen Treadaway Sportsmanship Award

The Alhambra High School Athletics Program has won the 2017-2018 6A Conference Glen Treadaway Sportsmanship Award for the school’s coaches and administration for setting the state and district standard for great sportsmanship and character building with their student-athletes.

“It was brought to my attention that an AIA 6A representative witnessed stellar sportsmanship by our boys basketball team and Coach (ErnieCobb) during a game against Westview this season, and that event caused this AIA rep to measure all school’s demonstration of sportsmanship based on Alhambra’s,” Athleitcic Director Dr. Wendy Truvillion said.  “Also contributing to this award is the fact that Alhambra was one of about 75 (out of 450) Arizona schools that had zero (0) ejections in athletic events this year. These bouts of excellence are a testament to Alhambra’s hard work, commitment, and character.”


The Alhambra High School Athletics Program Won the 2017-2018 6A Conference Glen Treadaway Sportsmanship Award

The Alhambra High School Athletics Program has won the 2017-2018 6A Conference Glen Treadaway Sportsmanship Award for the school’s coaches and administration for setting the state and district standard for great sportsmanship and character building with their student-athletes.

“It was brought to my attention that an AIA 6A representative witnessed stellar sportsmanship by our boys basketball team and Coach (ErnieCobb) during a game against Westview this season, and that event caused this AIA rep to measure all school’s demonstration of sportsmanship based on Alhambra’s,” Athleitcic Director Dr. Wendy Truvillion said.  “Also contributing to this award is the fact that Alhambra was one of about 75 (out of 450) Arizona schools that had zero (0) ejections in athletic events this year. These bouts of excellence are a testament to Alhambra’s hard work, commitment, and character.”


The Alhambra High School Athletics Program Won the 2017-2018 6A Conference Glen Treadaway Sportsmanship Award

The Alhambra High School Athletics Program has won the 2017-2018 6A Conference Glen Treadaway Sportsmanship Award for the school’s coaches and administration for setting the state and district standard for great sportsmanship and character building with their student-athletes.

“It was brought to my attention that an AIA 6A representative witnessed stellar sportsmanship by our boys basketball team and Coach (ErnieCobb) during a game against Westview this season, and that event caused this AIA rep to measure all school’s demonstration of sportsmanship based on Alhambra’s,” Athleitcic Director Dr. Wendy Truvillion said.  “Also contributing to this award is the fact that Alhambra was one of about 75 (out of 450) Arizona schools that had zero (0) ejections in athletic events this year. These bouts of excellence are a testament to Alhambra’s hard work, commitment, and character.”


The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education Will Hold its Annual Scholarship Open Golf Tournament

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education will hold its annual Scholarship Open Golf Tournament, Friday, May 4 at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course.   The tournament, the second largest fundraiser of the year, raises funds for post-secondary scholarships for Phoenix Union students.  This event has sold out the last five years.  To register as a player, team or sponsor, or to donate an item for a raffle, contact the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education at (480) 289-5761.  Tee time is 7:15 for the scramble format.


The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education Will Hold its Annual Scholarship Open Golf Tournament

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education will hold its annual Scholarship Open Golf Tournament, Friday, May 4 at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course.   The tournament, the second largest fundraiser of the year, raises funds for post-secondary scholarships for Phoenix Union students.  This event has sold out the last five years.  To register as a player, team or sponsor, or to donate an item for a raffle, contact the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education at (480) 289-5761.  Tee time is 7:15 for the scramble format.


The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education Will Hold its Annual Scholarship Open Golf Tournament

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education will hold its annual Scholarship Open Golf Tournament, Friday, May 4 at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course.   The tournament, the second largest fundraiser of the year, raises funds for post-secondary scholarships for Phoenix Union students.  This event has sold out the last five years.  To register as a player, team or sponsor, or to donate an item for a raffle, contact the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education at (480) 289-5761.  Tee time is 7:15 for the scramble format.


Alhambra High School JROTC Department Hosted the Desert Classic JROTC Drill Championship

The Alhambra JROTC department hosted the Desert Classic JROTC Drill Championship, April 7.  Twenty-five schools from across Arizona and Nevada participated.  North, Central, Camelback, Trevor Browne, South Mountain, Alhambra, Maryvale, Betty Fairfax, Cesar Chavez, and Carl Hayden from PUHSD participated.  Thunderbird High School Navy JROTC took first place for the fifth consecutive year.  South Mountain placed 2nd in Unarmed Regulation, 3rd in the Unarmed 4-person Exhibition, and 1st in the Unarmed Duo categories. Maryvale placed 3rd in the Unarmed Sweepstakes, 3rd in Varsity Color Guard and 3rd in Unarmed Exhibition categories.  Trevor Browne placed 3rd in the Unarmed Inspection category and 1st and 2nd in the Individual Drill Down.


Alhambra High School JROTC Department Hosted the Desert Classic JROTC Drill Championship

The Alhambra JROTC department hosted the Desert Classic JROTC Drill Championship, April 7.  Twenty-five schools from across Arizona and Nevada participated.  North, Central, Camelback, Trevor Browne, South Mountain, Alhambra, Maryvale, Betty Fairfax, Cesar Chavez, and Carl Hayden from PUHSD participated.  Thunderbird High School Navy JROTC took first place for the fifth consecutive year.  South Mountain placed 2nd in Unarmed Regulation, 3rd in the Unarmed 4-person Exhibition, and 1st in the Unarmed Duo categories. Maryvale placed 3rd in the Unarmed Sweepstakes, 3rd in Varsity Color Guard and 3rd in Unarmed Exhibition categories.  Trevor Browne placed 3rd in the Unarmed Inspection category and 1st and 2nd in the Individual Drill Down.


Alhambra High School JROTC Department Hosted the Desert Classic JROTC Drill Championship

The Alhambra JROTC department hosted the Desert Classic JROTC Drill Championship, April 7.  Twenty-five schools from across Arizona and Nevada participated.  North, Central, Camelback, Trevor Browne, South Mountain, Alhambra, Maryvale, Betty Fairfax, Cesar Chavez, and Carl Hayden from PUHSD participated.  Thunderbird High School Navy JROTC took first place for the fifth consecutive year.  South Mountain placed 2nd in Unarmed Regulation, 3rd in the Unarmed 4-person Exhibition, and 1st in the Unarmed Duo categories. Maryvale placed 3rd in the Unarmed Sweepstakes, 3rd in Varsity Color Guard and 3rd in Unarmed Exhibition categories.  Trevor Browne placed 3rd in the Unarmed Inspection category and 1st and 2nd in the Individual Drill Down.


Free Summer School Will Be Offered Again at Phoenix Union Schools

Free Summer School will be offered again at Phoenix Union schools for both continuing students, and incoming 9th graders.  Most summer school schedules run May 29-June 28, Monday through Thursday, at 11 campuses, and June 4-June 28, Monday through Friday for two schools.  Each day will have an A.M. session and a P.M. session.  Because of building maintenance projects, Carl Hayden students will attend summer school at Alhambra; North students will go to Linda Abril Education Academy and South Mountain will hold classes at South Mountain Community College.  Freshman Academy students will earn a one-half credit towards graduation. To enroll and for more information, go to www.phoenixunion.org/summerschool .


The Phoenix Union Student Art Show Runs From May 6 Through May 25

The Phoenix Union Student Art Show runs from May 6 through May 25 at the Wolfswinkel Education Center at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue.  A reception and the awards presentation will be April 25 at 5:30 p.m.   The Wolfswinkel Center is open 8-5 Monday through Friday. 


Phoenix Union is Holding its Latest Career Fair Ever

It’s crunch time for hiring teachers and there are always some last-minute resignations and retirements, so Phoenix Union is holding its latest Career Fair ever, Saturday, May 5. The fair will be at the Phoenix Coding Academy, 4445 N. Central Ave., from 8 a.m.to noon.   There will also be non-teaching support staff positions such as bus drivers, bus aides and custodians. The District hopes to have all teaching positions filled for the first day of the 2018-19 school year, August 6. High need subject areas are Math, Science, ELL English and Exceptional Student Services (Special Education.) Applicants can complete the initial screening interview that day, and interview with school principals for 2018-19 positions. An application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs .


Burton Foundation Will Fund Two Free ACT Test Prep Boot Camps For Juniors and Seniors

At this year’s Foundation Scholarship Dinner, Christine and Daryl Burton of the Burton Family Foundation were recognized for their generous contributions to Phoenix Union. Among those were Flash-funding for club requests through Support My Club, ACT Prep Boot Camps and a college exploration trip for 30 students to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

Ms. Burton is at it again.  The Foundation is funding two free ACT Test Prep Boot Camps for rising juniors and those seniors wishing to improve on their ACT test scores for very select schools. The three-day camps will be at Metro Tech and Trevor Browne this summer.   The donation will cover instructional stipends, materials and food for 270 students. 

The camps will also utilize up to 18 Phoenix Union students who have scored well on ACT (28 or above) to serve as Peer Tutors, and in return, the Burton Foundation, through the Arizona Community Foundation, will provide up to $36,000 to cover “gap scholarships” for those tutors.  A “gap” scholarship is funding for personal expenses such as travel, equipment like a laptop, and other indirect costs not covered by the university.

Finally, the Burton Family Foundation has donated $64,144 to cover the cost of 45 students and three chaperones on a six-day Historically Black Colleges and Universities tour over fall break.  The students will visit Bowie State In Maryland,  Howard University in Washington, D.C., Hampton University and Norfolk State in Virginia, North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T, and Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Atlanta. Selected students must also attend an ACT Boot Camp and an additional college prep event.  The tour is organized by the Phoenix Union Black Alliance.

With the gap scholarship assistance for Peer Tutors, that contribution could climb over $126,000.

And for good measure, Bioscience is hosting its first annual Dollars for Scholars Celebration, April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for its seniors, and the Burtons have agreed to match any donation made.


South High School Student Blanca Ramos Has Video She Worked on Last Summer Posted on the PBS NewsHour School Reporting Lab website

A video that senior Blanca Ramos worked on last summer during her internship with the United States Department of Agriculture has been posted on the PBS NewsHour School Reporting Lab website. 

https://studentreportinglabs.org/video/meet-group-behind-natural-disaster-recovery-efforts-u-s/

Ramos’ video is about how the USDA, through the Emergency Watershed Protection program, provides support for the recovery of natural disaster areas and its inhabitants.    Valentino Reyes, a former South Mountain graduate, arranged for Ramos to intern with USDA.


Two North High School Students Nominated as the Outstanding Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Award

The City of Phoenix Youth Commission selects the Outstanding Young Man and Young Woman Awards each year.  It begins with each of eight city councilman/woman nominating two high school students from their district.   The nominees are in, and two North students were nominated.    From District 5, Isabelle Lukau and from District 7,  Samantha Faria.   They will receive a scholarship, and will be invited to a luncheon in May, where the two citywide Outstanding Young Man and Young Woman will be announced. 


Alhambra Student Placed 12th in the Brain Bee at Midwestern University Medical

Christina Cao, a dual student at Alhambra and Pharmacy Support Services student at Metro Tech High School placed 12th in the Brain Bee at Midwestern University Medical school's competition, January 29.  One hundred-fifty high school students from around the Valley participated in Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology and medical diagnosis questions.


Thirty Metro Tech Students Have Been Working With, Company Called Gigapult a Work Tech Startup That Connects Students With “gigs” - Virtual Work

Thirty students have been working with a company called Gigapult.  It is a work tech startup that connects high school students with “gigs” - virtual work that is greater than a task but smaller than a project.  Organizations post gigs and students can then apply to do the gig and students are paid based upon gig size and complexity.  After the students complete the gigs they receive employer feedback.  As students complete more gigs they can 'level-up' and become available to apply for higher level gigs.  The site will also allow the student to develop a digital resume of their past work experiences and will include the ratings of the employers.

The Gigapult founders have worked with the students for the past 8 months in defining a “gig”, designing the user interface, and beta testing the platform.Charles Renning said,

"It's great to see the students engaged. The best part is they get to apply skills we are learning and working on in class, to real world work... and they get paid,” computer network technologies teacher Charles Renning said.  

Current participating companies offering gigs are: ProPay, InterimCMO, and Pearson.

Gigapult will present at the  prestigious ASU + GSV (Global Silicon Valley) Summit in San Diego, California, April 16-18.  This summit focuses on funding innovative technology in education and talent. This summer the gigapult team is looking to expand the group of students as they offer more gigs. To learn more you can visit gigapult.com or email the founders at: hello@gigapult.com


Carl Hayden's Basketball Player Isaiah Rhymes Was Selected for the 2018 Sports360AZ All-Academic Boys Basketball First Team

Basketball player Isaiah Rhymes was selected for the  2018 Sports360AZ All-Academic Boys Basketball First Team (4A-6A)  He is the only PUHSD boys basketball athlete selected for this honor.  Rhymes, who is a preferred walk-on to play basketball at the University of Nevada-Reno, has a 4.02 weighted grade point average.


Two Central High School Students Will Exhibit Their Photography at The Emerge 2018 Student Photography Show at Art Intersection in Gilbert

Serena Cuevas and Lesley Rodriguez-Saenz will exhibit their photography at The Emerge 2018 Student Photography Show at Art Intersection in Gilbert.   Every year, the gallery puts on this exhibition, which is judged by a local artist/photographer, and is only open to student photographers in high school and college. The two will join photography students from ASU, Mesa Community College, New School for the Arts, Metro Arts, Williams Field High School, Chandler, Gilbert, and Camp Verde High Schools in the exhibition. Cuevas, a junior and Rodriguez-Saenz, a senior, are the only students from Phoenix Union in the show, which runs from May 1-26 at Art Intersection at  207 N. Gilbert Rd.,  Gilbert, AZ 85234.  


Fairfax Will Be the Fifth Phoenix School to Offer Swimming

A new interscholastic sport is coming to Betty Fairfax next year-girls and boys swimming and diving.  Fairfax will be the fifth Phoenix school to offer swimming, joining North, Central, Camelback and Alhambra.  Swimming and diving competes in the fall sports season.  The school is seeking a head coach, and working on arranging a pool for practice and meets.  For more information, contact Fairfax Athletic Director Kevin Belcher at 602 764-9070.


The 7th Annual Fairfax Senior Capstone Presentations Will Take Place on April 10, 11 and 12

The 7th Annual Fairfax Senior Capstone Presentations will take place on April 10, 11 and 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the gymnasium.  Students will be presenting careers on the following categories: Natural Resources; Business Management; Industrial and Engineering Systems; Art and Communication; Human Resources; Health Services. Students, staff, parents and the community are invited.


Free Summer School Will Be Offered Again at Phoenix Union Schools for Both Continuing Students and Incoming 9th Graders

Free Summer School will be offered again at Phoenix Union schools for both continuing students, and incoming 9th graders.  Most summer school schedules run May 29-June 28, Monday through Thursday, at 11 campuses, and June 4-June 28, Monday through Friday for two schools.  Each day will have an A.M. session and a P.M. session.  Because of building maintenance projects, Carl Hayden students will attend summer school at Alhambra; North students will go to Linda Abril Education Academy and South Mountain will hold classes at South Mountain Community College.  Freshman Academy students will earn a one-half credit towards graduation. To enroll and for more information, go to www.phoenixunion.org/summerschool


The Phoenix Union Student Art Show Runs From May 6 Through May 25

The Phoenix Union Student Art Show runs from May 6 through May 25 at the Wolfswinkel Education Center at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue. A reception and the awards presentation will be April 25 at 5:30 p.m.   The Wofswinkel Center is open 8-5 Monday through Friday. 


Phoenix Union High School District is Embarking on a Branding Campaign to Learn How it Can Better Serve the Educational Needs of the Community

What is the Phoenix Union brand?  In this era of open enrollment, charter and private schools and other educational choices, the 123-year old high school district is embarking on a branding campaign to learn how it can better serve the educational needs of the community and measure the public’s awareness and perception of the District. 

The first part of this process was holding several focus groups with various groups, from students, parents, staff and community members.  Now, Phoenix Union is surveying its many stakeholders, from students, parents and staff to alumni, educational partners, business and community members. 

The survey is available in English and Spanish at http://www.surveys.stamats.com/se/208F24D65C0301ED

The survey link is also posted on the Phoenix Union website home page and school home pages at www.phoenixunion.org, as well as Facebook, www.facebook.com/phoenixunion; Twitter, @phoenixunionhs or LinkedIn, www.phoenixunion.org/linkedin .  The deadline for completing the survey is April 9.


Phoenix Union is Holding its latest Career Fair Ever

It’s crunch time for hiring teachers and there are always some last-minute resignations and retirements, so Phoenix Union is holding its latest Career Fair ever, Saturday, May 5.  The fair will be at the Phoenix Coding Academy, 4445 N. Central Ave., from 8 a.m.to noon.   There will also be non-teaching support staff positions such as bus drivers, bus aides and custodians.  The District hopes to have all teaching positions filled for the first day of the 2018-19 school year, August 6.  High need subject areas are Math, Science, ELL English and Exceptional Student Services (Special Education.)  Applicants can complete the initial screening interview that day, and interview with school principals for 2018-19 positions.  An application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs .


Phoenix Coding Academy Kaitlyn Martinez Receives Award For Nonprofit She Started Called Backpacks 4 Kids AZ

When Kaitlyn Martinez saw one of her classmates fail a writing assignment because she had no pencils or paper at home and was too embarrassed to tell the teacher, the 15 year old had an idea. She began a nonprofit called Backpacks 4 Kids AZ.  The organization gives "Love Bundles"  to shelters, county offices, resource centers, foster parent agencies, police stations and schools for abused or neglected children, and backpacks filled with school supplies to disadvantaged children.

Now a sophomore at Phoenix Coding Academy, Martinez has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and with a president’s Volunteer Service Award.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.

Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.

President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Besides her Backpacks 4 Kids AZ,  https://www.backpacks4kidsaz.com/ she is actively involved in just about every volunteer and community service opportunity at school. 

“We are extremely proud of the work Kaitlyn does at school and especially in the community at large,” Coding Academy Principal Seth Beute said.


The Phoenix Coding Academy Robotics Team is Dealing With What Their Coach Calls, “Catastrophic Success”

The Phoenix Coding Academy Robotics team was just looking to get a little experience when it participated in its first-ever robotics competition in Pomona, California this month, but now the team is dealing with what their coach calls, “Catastrophic Success.”

The Python Robotics team, made up of 16 freshmen and sophomores (and a foreign-exchange student from Central) won the Rookie All-Star Award at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Los Angeles Regional, March 15-17, which comes with an invitation to the World Championships in Houston, April 18-21.

“Now we have to raise $10,000-plus in a hurry to go to the championships, Coding Academy engineering teacher and robotics coach George Cardenas said.  “I have contacted all of our corporate sponsors, we are having a car wash this weekend, a video game tournament next week, and making sure people know on our social media we need help with tax credits. We are doing it on a shoestring.  We have all other expenses covered except the $5,000 registration fee, which is due March 30.”

Coding Academy has been no slouch when it comes to funding the program.  The team secured a grant from NASA and Boeing to help them get to Regionals, and several in-kind donations from other companies.  The students have aggressively promoted the Education Tax Credit program, in which donors can contribute up to $400, and receive a tax credit in the same amount.

“These kids have been incredible. They are only freshmen and sophomores and they are amazing.  It was our intention that this year would be a learning experience, but they blew it out of the water.  They were the highest-ranked rookie team, and earned high marks for their presentation to judges and their community service.”

The best way to help the team is through an Arizona Education Tax Credit which can be made online from the team’s website www.pythonrobotics.org.


The North High School Visual Arts Department Will Hold Its 2018 Senior Art Exhibit

The North High School Visual Arts Department will hold its 2018 Senior Art Exhibit in the Old Gym, Thursday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Our Visual Art seniors have been working hard for many years to perfect their styles and master their medium.  This their time to shine, answer questions and talk about what it takes to be an artist,” said art teacher Scott Black.


North High School Was the only Arizona High School Team to Compete in the 15th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

North High School was the only Arizona high school team to compete in the 15th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival at Tempe Towne Lake, March 24.   Sixteen students from North’s Future Business Leaders of America, and the Mustang Track team made up the crew.      North competed against three year-round teams from other states, finishing third in the 2,250 meter race, despite only practicing twice before the festival.      The boats, life jackets and paddles are provided by the Arizona Dragon Boat Association for all teams and North is coached by Lana and Jeff Walther, Team Captains for AZ Dragon Riders.    

North has been dragon boat racing since 2011, when FBLA advisor Rita Lopez met the ASU Dragon Boat coach, and she convinced her to put a team together.  


Phoenix Union Students Participate in the Diversity Leadership Alliance’s Youth Leadership Academy

For the past 11 years, Phoenix Union students have participated in the Diversity Leadership Alliance’s Youth Leadership Academy.  The DLA is a nationally recognized diversity education organization,   working to transform the culture of Arizona and cultivate an inclusive community.  The Youth Academy is designed to assist students transitioning from school to work, provide them with resources to build leadership skills, participate in mentoring programs, and earn scholarships. 

This year, 13 students from seven Phoenix Union schools earned 16 scholarships, totaling $16,500.  Metro Tech’s Niyonkuru-Alexis  Pamphile participated in the personal leadership training, will recieve  $3,500 in scholarships, and was selected to give his speech at the DLA conference this Fall, after delivering it March 21 to DLA members.     He has been with the DLA Youth Leadership Academy for three years.  Born in Tanzania, he is Burundian, speaks four languages, and says in his speech that he is an”Asylum seeker, immigrant, African, refugee and first generation,” and his goal is to “aspire to inspire.”

Other Metro Tech scholarship recipients are Luis Pena, Michelle To, Yamilla Martinez, Rosa Ortega, Angel Gomez and Daniel Cruz.


Maryvale HS Earth Club Submitted an Application for Funding up to $2500 for Their Community Garden

The Maryvale Earth Club submitted an application for funding up to $2500 for their community garden to Recyclebank.com/Green Schools, a program that encourages students to make a difference in their communities, promoting environmental education, innovation and creative solutions.     The main objective of the school garden is to establish a sustainable outlet for students and staff to appreciate the elements of urban gardening by incorporating collaborative project planning within academic subjects and grade levels

The top 50 programs were placed on the Green Schools Program website, where members could donate their Recyclebank points.  For every 250 points donated to a school’s project, $1 was added to the grant.     Twenty-five schools were selected nationwide for grants, but Maryvale was the only Arizona school.   And while some schools set a goal of $500, Maryvale went for the maximum amount.  The Earth Club promoted the grant contest to friends, family and community members and reached their $2500 goal and will receive a check to fund their projects.   The school will have a presentation in May.


Former Carl Hayden Basketball Star Gerald Brown Has Been Hired as an Assistant Coach at Pepperdine University

Former Carl Hayden basketball star Gerald Brown has been hired as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, his alma mater.  Brown was brought in by new coach Lorenzo Romar, who left the University of Arizona for the head coaching position at Pepperdine, his second stint coaching the Waves.  Brown played under Romar at Pepperdine    Brown was an assistant coach for the past three years at Concordia-Irvine, coached at Arizona Christian University for one year.  Brown was originally signed by the Phoenix Suns, and played internationally for 14 in leagues in Israel, Serbia, Germany, Spain, Australia, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.

Brown was the Arizona High School State Player of The Year in 1993, leading his team to a 29-1 record and 5A state championship.


Carl Hayden Community High School is Holding a 60 Years of Falcon Pride Celebration

Carl Hayden Community High School is holding a 60 years of Falcon Pride Celebration on March 30-31.  The weekend kicks off with an “Old School Dance” in the Argie Rhymes Gymnasium from 8  p.m. until 11 p.m. Festivities continue on March 31 with  a day of alumni activities from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  There will be campus tours, class graduation pictures posted around campus, a power point of pictures from all the decades, silent auction for Falcon baskets, a battle of the bands competition, best decade dress competition,    exclusive Falcon swag available for sale, athletic competitions: 3 on 3 basketball tourney, flag football, powderpuff game, soccer tournament, volleyball tournament, mush ball softball tournament and a plethora of delicious food choices. 

The school wants to raise scholarship funds for future Falcon graduates and are asking individuals and businesses to donate items for their silent auction baskets.   

“Some items we have acquired so far for these baskets include: local business gift cards; restaurant discounts; Falcon swag and memorabilia; furthermore, and some interesting gift items from our Friends and Falcon Alumni,” Assistant Principal, organizer and Hayden alumnus (1985) Victor Mena said.

To donate or find out more about the 60 Year celebration, call the school at 602-764-3035 or Mr. Mena at vmena@phoenixunion.org  602-764-3010/09; or cell 602-686-6340. 


Carl Hayden’s Falcon Robotics Won Two Regional Events in One Year

Carl Hayden’s Falcon Robotics has done a lot in their history, but they had never won two Regional events in one year…until last weekend.  The Falcons were winners of the Las Vegas Regional Saturday, after winning the Arizona North Regional two weeks earlier.  The Falcons placed third in qualifying, with a 10-2 record.  The number one seed picked Hayden for their three- team alliance in the playoffs, but the Falcons declined, because they didn’t think the top-seeded team’s robot abilities complimented theirs.   Instead, the second-seeded team was selected.  That gave the Falcons the opportunity to pick its two partner teams for their alliance, picking the High Rollers of Las Vegas’ Cimarron HS and the Sultans of Santee HS in California. 

The Falcons’ team breezed through the quarterfinals and semifinals, and easily won the first of a best-of-three match final.  Then came trouble.

“Our wrist motor had broken loose from the transmission. We noticed this during an inspection of all the robot systems during the five-minute break between our matches,” Coach Fredi Lajvardi said. “With three minutes to go, the team had to diagnose and solve the problem, which was to remove and replace the right motor with transmission. With only seconds to spare they made it.” 

The Falcons’ alliance won the second match to win the regional title. Falcons also won the Industrial Design Award for best design.  Their next competition is the World Championships in Houston, April 18-21, where they have high hopes of keeping their winning streak alive.       


March 24-25 Was a Busy weekend for the International Magnet Program

March 24-25 was a busy weekend for the International Magnet Program.    A group of students started their journey to Costa Rica, March 24,   A group of students took flight to Grenoble, France, via London, March 25, arriving in France, March 26.

 


Betty Fairfax Students of the Month of March Announced

The Betty Fairfax Students of the Month of March were announced, and will be recognized at a breakfast, April 6 with their nominating teacher.  Students of the Month are Nguyen Son and Elsa Jarmillo, ESL; Anthony Pace and Almanza Bustamante, Reading; Julianna Butler, Science; Jessica Walters, Art; Hernan Vega, Journalism/Film; Julie Kuboca and Cole Logg, Career and Technical Education.


Alhambra HS Has Amazing Display of School Athletic History

There is no better display of school athletics history than at Alhambra High School.  The school has displayed its sports history in the north gym for many years, and now, thanks to Charles Rivera’s Sports Entertainment and Marketing classes, students have created a video of the display, with interviews with many of the former athletes and coaches.  Six student projects were submitted, and the video created by Jesus Galindo, Christopher Ruiz and Rigoberto Ramirez Correa was selected, and is now posted on the Alhambra website under “Athletics.” 

Former teacher and coach Ron Scott was instrumental in the project.  He worked at Phoenix Union for 32 years, and was the Alhambra baseball coach for 19 years.  He remembers many of the great moments, student-athletes and coaches of Alhambra. 

“A big thanks to Mr. Rivera.  The kids were great to work with and were responsible for creating the music, transitions and graphics.  Also, thank you to Alhambra alum Boyd Epley for giving us the idea to put the display on the web for all to see,” Scott said.

Epley, a Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame member, was a multi-sport athlete at Alhambra, and was the first-ever strength and conditioning coach in collegiate athletics, when Nebraska brought him on in 1969.


What is the Phoenix Union brand?

What is the Phoenix Union brand?  In this era of open enrollment, charter and private schools and other educational choices, the 123-year old high school district is embarking on a branding campaign to learn how it can better serve the educational needs of the community and measure the public’s awareness and perception of the District. 

The first part of this process was holding several focus groups with various groups, from students, parents, staff and community members.  Now, Phoenix Union is surveying its many stakeholders, from students, parents and staff to alumni, educational partners, business and community members. 

The survey is available in English and Spanish at http://www.surveys.stamats.com/se/208F24D65C0301ED

The survey link is also posted on the Phoenix Union website home page and school home pages at www.phoenixunion.org, as well as Facebook, www.facebook.com/phoenixunion; Twitter, @phoenixunionhs or LinkedIn, www.phoenixunion.org/linkedin .


Former Trevor Browne State Track Champion Finishes His Career This Month Running Indoor Track for Bethel College

Julio Martinez, former Trevor Browne state track champion (800 meters - 2010) finished his career this month running indoor track for Bethel College in Kansas,  He finished 10th in the country for the 1000 meters - NAIA indoor season.  He missed out as All-American by two places.  He set numerous school records in cross country and track.  Previously he finished second in the country in the 800 at Hutchinson Junior College where he was a six-time All-American.


Phoenix Coding Academy In Its First Year of Robotics Competition Winning the Rookie All-Star Award at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Phoenix Coding Academy, in its first year of robotics competition, won the Rookie All-Star Award at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Los Angeles Regional, March 15-17.   

Python Robotics brought 15 Coding Academy freshmen and sophomores (and a foreign-exchange student from Central) to the LA Regionals in Pomona, CA.  Of the 54 teams that participated, the Python Robotics team ranked 15th in qualifying.   The Coding team was scouted by higher-seeded teams, and was asked to be in an alliance with one of the top eight teams.  That three-team alliance made it to the quarterfinals where they were ultimately eliminated. 

Coding Academy earned one of only five world championship bids available at the regional. 

“The fifth and final spot was awarded to the recipients of the Rookie All-Star Award.  This award was granted to the rookie team that best exemplified what the FIRST Robotics Competition stands for and has a working robot that met the goals of the competition,” Coach George Cardenas said. 

Now comes the hard part—raising over $10,000 to get to the World Championships in Houston, April 18-21.  If you are interested in making a tax credit donation before the tax deadline, contact Coach Cardenas at gcardenas@phoenixunion.org 


North High Was in the Sports News Recently for a Track and Field Record that Some Thought Would Never Be Broken.

North High was in the sports news recently for a track and field record that some thought would never be broken.  Sixty years ago, Dallas Long set a high school record in the shot put of 69 feet, 3 inches for the Mustangs.  It remained an Arizona record until Tyson Jones of Goodyear broke it earlier this month with a 70-4 ½ toss.  Long, who went on to star for USC and win Olympic medals -bronze in 1960 and gold 1964, sent a congratulatory note to Jones, along with an autographed picture of Long shot putting.  His note read: Dear Tyson, It’s about time someone broke my 1958 high school record.  It’s taken 60 years for someone to do so!  Congratulations and best wishes to you.   He signed it, with North Phoenix High School Class of 1958 under his signature.


33 Students from Metro Tech, North, Alhambra and South Traveled to Tucson to attend the 2018 Educators Rising State Conference and Competition

Thirty-three students from Metro Tech, North, Alhambra and South traveled to Tucson to attend the 2018 Educators Rising State Conference and Competition from March 5-7. Over 500 students from all over the state competed in events that showcased various skills such as teaching, speaking, and writing.  One-third of the Phoenix Union students placed in the top five for their events.  Chantel Clark from North was recognized as Arizona Teacher Leader of the Year and her student, Jenny Chinchilla, was elected as next year’s Arizona State Officer.  Other achievements included Bronze Chapter Awards for Metro Tech, North and Alhambra.

Three Metro Tech students will travel to the Educators Rising National Conference in Orlando, Florida this summer.  Carolina Melendez, State Officer, placed 1st in Job Interview.  Abraham Rivera, dual student from Phoenix Day School For the Deaf, placed 1st in Lesson Planning: Humanities.  Ricardo Rojas placed 4th in Creative Lecture (TED Talk). 

“All the students who attended were very supportive of each other and enjoyed networking with other students from across the state who had similar goals,” Metro’s Education Professions instructor Maria Piazza-Palotto said.


Carl Hayden Community High School is Holding a 60 Years of Falcon Pride Celebration on March 30-31

Carl Hayden Community High School is holding a 60 years of Falcon Pride Celebration on March 30-31.  The weekend kicks off with an “Old School Dance” in the Argie Rhymes Gymnasium from 8  p.m. until 11 p.m. Festivities continue on March 31 with  a day of alumni activities from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  There will be campus tours, class graduation pictures posted around campus, a power point of pictures from all the decades, silent auction for Falcon baskets, a battle of the bands competition, best decade dress competition,    exclusive Falcon Swag available for sale, athletic competitions: 3 on 3 basketball tourney, flag football, powderpuff game, soccer tournament, volleyball tournament, mush ball softball tournament and a plethora of delicious food choices. 

The school wants to raise scholarship funds for  future Falcon graduates and are asking individuals and businesses to donate items for their silent auction baskets.   

“Some items we have acquired so far for these baskets include: local business gift cards; restaurant discounts; Falcon swag and memorabilia; furthermore, and some interesting gift items from our Friends and Falcon Alumni,” Assistant Principal, organizer and Hayden alumnus (1985) Victor Mena said.

To donate or find out more about the 60 Year celebration, call the school at 602-764-3035 or Mr. Mena at vmena@phoenixunion.org  602-764-3010/09; or cell 602-686-6340.   


Carl Hayden Falcon Robotics won its sixth regional in seven years at the Arizona North Regional in Flagstaff

Carl Hayden Falcon Robotics won its sixth regional in seven years at the Arizona North Regional in Flagstaff, March 8-10, and the Phoenix Coding Academy, in its first year of competition, won the Rookie All-Star Award at the Los Angeles Regional, March 15-17.   

Carl Hayden went 6-1-1 in qualifying matches, and drew the attention of the top-seeded team, the Cheesy Poofs from San Jose, California, who picked the Falcons for the three-team alliance, along with the Plasma Robotics from Red Mountain High School.  The alliance cruised through the quarterfinals, semis and finals to win the regional.  Hayden also won the Woody Flowers Design Award.  They will compete in another regional in Las Vegas before heading to Houston, April 18-21 for the world championships.

“I am anxious to see what they can do. Another regional win will help build the anticipation that we might be a contender for the world title. This build season has been hard on the team but they persevered and it is great to see some reward come their way,” Coach Fredi Lajvardi said.


Cesar Chavez Finishes 5th in the Arizona Academic Decathlon

Cesar Chavez again showed that they are among the state’s elite in Academic Decathlon, finishing 5th in the Arizona Academic Decathlon, March 9-10 at ASU West.   Chavez has finished 5th or better in the last three years, and have finished in the top 10 at state eight times in the past nine years.   The Champions finished above schools such as BASIS Peoria, BASIS Chandler and Seton Catholic.  Canyon Del Oro, a team Chavez beat earlier in the season in a scrimmage, finished first, followed by Hamilton, Mountain View Mesa and Westwood.

Chavez had several top scorers, including Sam Porter, 4th overall in Scholastic division, and Sabrina Gallardo, 4th overall in Varsity division.   Barbara Martinez was 8th in Scholastic and Clara Martinez was 8th in Varsity.  Tina Chen finished 14th best in Scholastic and Kevin Chen was 12th in Varsity division.  The Champions also won the Super Quiz team event to close out the competition.

Gold medal winners included Gallardo in Art, Tina Chen in Scholastic Social Studies, and brother Kevin Chen in Varsity Social Studies.

Other Chavez Medalists were Porter, silver Art and bronze-Math; Gallardo,  silver-Music; Tina Chen,  silver-Music and bronze-Science; 


The Central Bobcat Family Dream Academy Held a Graduation for 95 families

The Central Bobcat Family Dream Academy held graduation, March 8 for 95 families.   In partnership with Arizona State University, Central High School successfully graduated families who worked diligently during an eight-week program to access college information and scholarships to better provide for their children’s education.


Central’s Student Art Show Runs From March 23-30

Central’s student art show runs from March 23-30 at the Alwun House on 12th St. and Roosevelt. The students will enjoy an opening reception on the first evening, March 23.


The Bioscience Engineering Program Developed a Relationship with the ACCEL School

The Bioscience Engineering program has developed a relationship with the ACCEL school (for kids with challenges and special needs) this year.  In addition to other tasks, Bioscience students were challenged to create fun carnival-type games that could be accessed by kids with severe physical limitations.  In completing these tasks, the students utilized Career and Technical Education (CTE) equipment at different campuses, their own resources, and many engineering planning tools.) They created bowling, dunk tank, beanbag toss and much more, and tried out the games with the ACCEL students, March 9 and 10.    


Betty Fairfax High School's Japanese Club Made Its Debut at the Phoenix Matsuri

Betty Fairfax High School's Japanese Club made its debut at the Phoenix Matsuri, a statewide cultural celebration of Japan, February 24-25.  Paired with their sister school in Dysart, Valley Vista High School, the Fairfax Japanese Dance completed several live performances to full crowds at the festival and received raucous applause and donations for the clubs.   The Japanese Club also hosted a booth on Japanese music, from traditional to modern and helped inform the festival attendees about how to find more Japanese music.  The club received positive reviews from the festival attendees, which each year draws over 1500 people.  


Alhambra is hosting and event called “S.T.E.A.M.: A Passion With Purpose”

Alhambra is hosting and event called “S.T.E.A.M.: A Passion With Purpose.”   S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  The event will take place on Friday, March 23 from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm in the South Gym at Alhambra High School.  There will be representation  from the following clubs and academic areas.Culinary Pride; Organic Gardening Club; Science; eMath; English; Gifted; Computer Science; AMPED (Algebra in Manufacturing Processes, Entrepreneurship and Design); Medical Magnet Program and JROTC

In addition, throughout the day there will be special performances from the Guitar Club, Royal Nation Dance Club, as well as Spoken Word Poetry.

During lunches there will be a Genius Hour with a special Q&A session presented by the students in Computer Science and AMPED.

There will be special guests from Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, LLC, AzSciTech, and The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix.


PUHSD Embarks on a Branding Campaign to Learn How it Can Better Serve the Educational Needs of the Community

What is the Phoenix Union brand?  In this era of open enrollment, charter and private schools and other educational choices, the 123-year old high school district is embarking on a branding campaign to learn how it can better serve the educational needs of the community and measure the public’s awareness and perception of the District. 

The first part of this process was holding several focus groups with various groups, from students, parents, staff and community members.  Now, Phoenix Union is surveying its many stakeholders, from students, parents and staff to alumni, educational partners, business and community members. 

The survey is available in English and Spanish at http://www.surveys.stamats.com/se/208F24D65C0301ED

The survey link is also posted on the Phoenix Union website home page and school home pages at www.phoenixunion.org, as well as Facebook, www.facebook.com/phoenixunion; Twitter, @phoenixunionhs or LinkedIn, www.phoenixunion.org/linkedin .


Four Phoenix Union Musicians Reached the Pinnacle of Success in Our State

Four Phoenix Union musicians have reached the pinnacle of success in our state.   Arizona All-State auditions were held for choir, band, and orchestra students, March 10, at Gilbert High School.   North’s Kenia Ramirez, flute, made the All-State Band.  The All-State Choir will have three PUHSD singers: Alhambra’s Jesus Galaviz Arreguin, bass; Betty Fairfax’s Andrez Alcazar, tenor, and Trevor Browne’s Moises Ramirez, tenor.

These students will travel to the University of Arizona in Tucson on April 19-21 to rehearse with nationally-renowned clinicians. They will present a public performance on Saturday, April 21, at 5 P.M., at Centennial Hall on the U of A campus.


Ten Phoenix Union Schools Took Part in the Participatory Budgeting Project

Ten Phoenix Union schools took part in the Participatory Budgeting Project over a two-week period, February 26-March 9.  The schools submitted student-driven ballot initiatives, which were proposed projects, that were approved by a District team.  Large schools could spend up to $7,000 and small schools, $4,000.  The District partnered with the Maricopa county Recorder’s office to create a real-life polling experience with poll booths, actual ballots and vote tabulation machines.   The students campaigned for their favorite projects, and everyone who voted received a customized “I voted” sticker.

A total of 10,158 students voted, which was a 71 percent voter turnout at the ten schools.  Phoenix Coding Academy had a 92% turnout, Central, 89% and Metro Tech, 88%.  Students also had the opportunity to register to vote in real elections, and 800 students completed voter registration forms.

“Not only did our students have an early introduction to civic engagement by voting on projects that will benefit their school community and impact their overall   school experience, but they understand the important right and responsibility to vote and are now prepared to do so in our next local, state and federal elections,” organizer and District student support services manager Cyndi Tercero said.

The success of Phoenix Union’s Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) drew the attention of the International Conference for Innovation and Participatory Democracy, which held its annual conference in Phoenix, March 8-10, and was able to see Central High’s PBP live, March 8.  A panel of Phoenix Union teachers and students described to the audience how PBP worked in their schools.  Phoenix Union was the only school district to implement a large-scale PBP last year, and doubled the number of schools this year.  In recognition, Tercero and PUHSD received a Pioneer in Youth Voice through Participatory Budgeting award at the Innovations in Participatory Democracy conference. 


Five Phoenix Union Schools Competed in the Arizona Academic Decathlon

Five Phoenix Union schools competed in the Arizona Academic Decathlon, March 9-10 at ASU West, with Cesar Chavez finishing the highest, in 5th place.  Alhambra was 13th, Maryvale, 14th, South Mountain, 24th and Betty Fairfax, 26th in the 40-team field. The Champions also won the Super Quiz team event.  Canyon del Oro won the Decathlon and will represent Arizona at the Nationals in Texas.  Hamilton was second, Mesa Mountain View, 3rd and Westwood, 4th.

The top scorer among PUHSD decathletes was Maryvale’s Luis Camacho, who finished 11th in the Honors division with 8,139 points.   Chavez had several top scorers, including Sam Porter, 4th overall in Scholastic division, and Sabrina Gallardo, 4th overall in Varsity division.   Barbara Martinez was 8th in Scholastic and Clara Martinez was 8th in Varsity. 

Gold medal winners included Gallardo in Art, Alhambra’s Enrique Mighty in Interview, and Alhambra’s Jose Baldovino in Math, Chavez’s Tina Chen in Scholastic Social Studies, and brother Kevin Chen in Varsity Social Studies.

Top scorers by team were Bianca Quintero for South Mountain, Noah Jinojosa, Betty Fairfax; Jose Orozco Meza, Alhambra, Camacho for Maryvale and Porter for Cesar Chavez.

Other PUHSD Medalists were Chavez’s Sam Porter, silver Art and bronze-Math; Alhambra’s Angie Quinonez,   silver-Interview;  Chavez’s Sabrina Gallardo,  silver-Music; Chavez’s Tina Chen,  silver-Music and bronze-Science;  Alhambra’s Enrique Mighty, silver- Science; Betty Fairfax’s Boston Lawrence, bronze- Economics;  Maryvale’s Luis Camacho, bronze-Social Studies.


Ervey Diaz Not Only Made the 6A Metro All-Region Team and was the Offensive Player of the Year

Ervey Diaz not only made the 6A Metro All-Region team, but he was the Offensive Player of the Year, and was an Honorable Mention as a nominee for the azcentral’s Boys Soccer Player of the Year, one of only two Phoenix Union student-athletes nominated.


Trevor Browne’s Participatory Budgeting Project Had Its Election

Trevor Browne’s Participatory Budgeting Project had its election, March 5 and Hot Eats, Cool Treats received a total of 606 votes, edging Park Your Rear Here campus seating by only seven votes.  The winning project will provide additional reach-in refrigerators in the cafeteria for students to have grab and go lunch options.  This will allow students more time to eat and engage with other students rather than waiting in line. 

Students also had an opportunity to register to vote (for real elections) and 165 students registered.  

“Not only did students have an early introduction to civic engagement by voting on projects that will benefit their school community and impact their overall school experience, but they understand the important right and responsibility to vote and are now prepared to do so in our next local, state and federal elections,” District Student Services Manager Cyndi Tercero said.  


The Trevor G. Browne Jazz Band Received a "Superior" Rating (the highest rating) at the Arizona Band & Orchestra Directors Association Area Jazz Festival

The Trevor G. Browne Jazz Band received a "Superior" rating (the highest rating) at the Arizona Band & Orchestra Directors Association Area Jazz Festival 2018 on March 1. 

Outstanding "Soloist" awards were given to Ruben Payan on drums set, Bryan Coello on String Bass, and Moises Ramirez on Trumpet.

The TGB Jazz Band has now qualified and will compete in " Arizona State" Jazz competition in April.


South Mountain Received a $20,000 Grant to Implement Innovative Computer Science Curriculum by Project Lead The Way

South Mountain has received a $20,000 grant to implement innovative computer science curriculum by Project Lead The Way   The grant comes via a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers through K-12 pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.  

South Mountain is one of 72 schools across the country receiving part of a $3 million grant provided by the Verizon Foundation for implementation of PLTW computer science curriculum.  

“This opportunity is essential to South Mountain’s transition to The Academies @ South Mountain and is available to students within the Science and Technology Academy,” said Matt Lersch, Assistant Principal of Instruction.

 South Mountain will offer Computer Science Essentials in year 1 and AP Computer Science Principles in year 1. The courses provide an opportunity for students to experience computer science in a relevant and engaging way, empowering them to solve real-world problems.


Mustang Girls Basketball Coach Daryion Shabazz Was the 6A Metro Region Coach of the Year

Mustang Girls Basketball Coach Daryion Shabazz was the 6A Metro Region Coach of the Year.  Three Mustangs-Adela Garcia, Anjanae Mueck and Mary Jane Raizola were also named to the first team.  North Girls won the Metro Region this year.


North Students Learn About the Risks of Distracted Driving, and Driving Under the Influence

North students learned about the risks of distracted driving, and driving under the influence during a hands-on safety program presented by Banner Health in classrooms, February 26-March 2.  They  also learn the importance of wearing seat belts. Mock exercises involved walking on a designed map, not actually driving.  The students tried to “drive” using a steering wheel while texting, and then perform the activity again without distractions.  The students attempted to “drive” with and without goggles that simulated effects of marijuana and alcohol, using goggles that altered students’ perception.  That distraction activity was timed and performed with and without goggles.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. According to the CDC, a total of 2,333 teens in the U.S. were killed in 2015.


North Goalkeeper Ricardo Arteaga Was One of Eight High School Soccer Players nominated for azcentral’s Arizona Soccer Player of the Year

North goalkeeper Ricardo Arteaga was one of eight high school soccer players nominated for azcentral’s Arizona Soccer Player of the Year.  He allowed only 10 goals in 19 games, and helped his team to a 15-3-1 record and 6A Metro Region crown.   The eight will be narrowed to three finalists in each sport and the winners announced, June 10, at the azcentral Sports Awards at ASU Gammage.  Trevor Browne’s Ervy Diaz was an Honorable Mention. Mustangs also dominated the Metro All-Region team, landing six players on the first team.  Juan Rodriguez was the Player of the Year, Marcelo Cruz was Defensive Player of the Year, and Carlos Zubiate was the Coach of the Year.

Just as impressive, the Mustang Girls had eight first team All-Region players.  Ashley Tavizon was the Defensive Player of the year, and Selene Segura was Offensive Player of the Year.  Sarah Crites of the Metro Region champions, was Coach of the Year.


The Sixth Annual Physics Phun Day Attracted 10 Phoenix Union Schools and Over 600 Students

The Sixth Annual Physics Phun Day attracted 10 Phoenix Union schools and over 600 students, March 2, the biggest ever.  Metro Tech distanced itself from the pack in the overall competition by winning six of the 14 events.  North was second and Central was third. 

“This event provides an amazing way to celebrate the process of science, mixed in with some phun and good-natured competition, all while creating lasting memories and authentic cognitive connections for the students.  One of the best aspects of this endeavor is how over the years our Physics PLC has worked together to keep refining and adding competitions that allow students to deploy the physics models they’ve developed during the year,”  Metro Tech Physics teacher Andrew Chapman said.

 This year, two new events were added: the Robot Relay and the Self-Driving Spheres Coding Competitions.  Both required the competitors to work together to create a course from scratch at the park that each team then navigated their robots through.    Metro Tech and Bioscience won those two inaugural events.


Students from Maryvale HS and Camelback HS Welcomed the C-SPAN Bus to Campus

Students from Maryvale and Camelback welcomed the C-SPAN Bus to campus, March 6 as the network’s road show continued its 50 state capitals tour to celebrate 25 years on the air.  The bus showcases its public service resources and is interviewing state elected officials throughout the tour, and gathering video responses from visitors about issues that are important in their state.  The next morning it was at the Capitol featuring Arizona elected officials during C-SPAN’s morning program, Washington Journal. 


Maryvale Touring Guitar Ensemble Will Travel 9,613 Miles to Cape Town, South Africa

It is Spring Break March 12-16, and that means another amazing trip for the Maryvale Touring Guitar Ensemble, under the direction James Yancey.  This time, the students will travel 9,613 miles to Cape Town, South Africa.  They will be n concert, March 16 at  the Central Methodist Mission.  The group has been featured in concerts in Vienna, Rome, Peru, and throughout the U.S.


Carl Hayden Community High School is Holding a 60 Years of Falcon Pride Celebration on March 30-31

Carl Hayden Community High School is holding a 60 years of Falcon Pride Celebration on March 30-31.  The weekend kicks off with an “Old School Dance” in the Argie Rhymes Gymnasium from 8  p.m. until 11 p.m. Festivities continue on March 31 with  a day of alumni activities from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  There will be campus tours, class graduation pictures posted around campus, a power point of pictures from all the decades, silent auction for Falcon baskets, a battle of the bands competition, best decade dress competition,    exclusive Falcon Swag available for sale, athletic competitions: 3 on 3 basketball tourney, flag football, powderpuff game, soccer tournament, volleyball tournament, mush ball softball tournament and a plethora of delicious food choices. 

The school wants to raise scholarship funds for  future Falcon graduates and are asking individuals and businesses to donate items for their silent auction baskets.   

“Some items we have acquired so far for these baskets include: local business gift cards; restaurant discounts; Falcon swag and memorabilia; furthermore, and some interesting gift items from our Friends and Falcon Alumni,” Assistant Principal, organizer and Hayden alumnus (1985) Victor Mena said.

To donate or find out more about the 60 Year celebration, call the school at 602-764-3035 or Mr. Mena at vmena@phoenixunion.org  602-764-3010/09; or cell #602-686-6340.


The University of Nevada, Reno has Selected Falcon Basketball player Isaiah Rhymes as a Preferred Walk-on for the Lobos, a Division I School

The University of Nevada, Reno has selected Falcon Basketball player Isaiah Rhymes as a preferred walk-on for the Lobos, a Division I school. Rhymes was Union Region Co-Player of the Year.


The Carl Hayden Falcon Funds Participatory Budgeting Holds Its Election

The Falcon Funds Participatory Budgeting had its election, March 1, and the Library Upgrade was the ballot winner, receiving 782 votes.  The school had a voter turnout rate of 77%.    The Library Upgrade project will create a cozy space for students to work in the library by providing comfortable seating for 10-12 students and additional charging ports.


Carl Hayden Community High School’s Student Government Hosts the Central Phoenix Relay for Life Event

Carl Hayden Community High School’s Student Government  hosted the Central Phoenix Relay for Life event, February 23, to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Several Carl Hayden clubs were out to support the event, the Desiderata Student Government, along with community teams. The event kicked off with the presentation of colors by the Falcon color guard followed by fundraising activities, food, and entertainment provided by the Falcon Wrestlerettes, to help us STOMP out cancer. The event was organized by science teacher Andrew Scott

Student Government collected donations for luminarias to line the track that were decorated in honor of survivors, caregivers, and loved ones lost to cancer. The teams celebrated survivors with an honorary lap at the beginning and the event closed out with a lap in silence to honor those that have been lost.  Through the hard work of Student Government, community members, and the generous donations from corporate sponsors the Central Phoenix Relay for Life was able to raise over $14,000 for the American Cancer Society over the Relay season.   Next year the goal is to raise $20,000 with the support of more Phoenix Union clubs.  


It is Robotics Season and the first FIRST (for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional is this Weekend at NAU

It is Robotics season, and the first FIRST (for Inspiratiion and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional is this weekend at NAU’s Walkup Skydome.  The Carl Hayden Falcon Robotics team  and Bioscience’s Dragon Robotics will be among a strong field of 60  teams.  This year’s game is called Power Up, where, according to FIRST,  “three-team alliances have three ways to help defeat the boss: tipping the scale or the alliance’s switch in their favor to earn points, exchanging power cubes for power ups (force, boost, and levitate) to gain a temporary advantage during the match, and climbing the scale tower to face the boss.”  The 2 ½ minute matches include 15 seconds of autonomous and then the robot is teleoperated by a driver.


Athletic Trainer Kevin Graff Will be the trainer for the U15 Girls Olympic Development Team in Glascow, Scotland

Athletic Trainer Kevin Graff has to work during Spring Break, but it is quite an opportunity.  He will be the trainer for the U15 Girls Olympic Development Team in Glascow, Scotland, March 10-18.  The girls will be playing several international matches there.


Cesar Chavez HS Ty Ty Washington Named the 6A Metro Region Boys Basketball Player of the Year

Ty Ty Washington was named the 6A Metro Region Boys Basketball Player of the Year. His Coach, Gary Lee was the Coach of the Year.  Lee was also named the All-Phoenix Union Coach of the Year.  Ricardo Sarmiento joined Washington on the All-Region First Team.  In the Girls All-Reigon,  Zenysah Medina was the Metro Player of the Year.


The Cesar Chavez Girls Varsity Wrestling Team Captured Their Second Consecutive State Team Championship

The Cesar Chavez girls varsity wrestling team captured their second consecutive state team championship at Camp Verde High School, March 3.  The tournament hosted all the schools in the state of Arizona. The Champions were led by senior and team captain Mykyla Black who won her second state championship at 130 pounds. 

Third place winners were Yessenia Martinez 126 lbs.;  Lorna Baker, 147 lbs.;  Heidi Reyes, 152 lbs.; Alizay Morales at130 lbs.; and Jonnel Bennet, 126 lbs. were fourth place finishers.


Cesar Chavez Will Lead a Contingent of Five Phoenix Union Schools to the 40-school Arizona Academic Decathlon

Cesar Chavez will lead a contingent of five Phoenix Union schools to the 40-school Arizona Academic Decathlon, March 9-10 at ASU West.  Chavez won the 27-school Region II Decathlon for the third consecutive year, February 2-3  The Champions ran away from the competition at the regional, winning by almost 6,500 points ahead of second place Basis Peoria, and Boulder Creek.  Their winning point total of over 42,000 was the third-highest recorded in the state among the four regions.   Chavez has finished fourth in State the past two years.  Earlier this year, the Champions beat defending champion Canyon del Oro, so they will be among the elite at State.

Social Studies Teacher William Kibler has been the coach since 2005.  During that span, Cesar Chavez has qualified for state 12 straight years, and finished in the top 10 at state seven times in the past eight years (two 9th place, three 7th place and two 4th place).  


Former Central Lady Bobcats Basketball Player Alexis Smith Playing for Ottawa University Arizona

Former Central Lady Bobcats basketball player Alexis Smith, playing for Ottawa University Arizona, was named to the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association All-West Region First Team.   She led the Spirit averaging 14.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3 steals per game in the school’s inaugural season, after playing two years at Glendale Community College.

“Alexis was our floor general all year and was able to get hers in the scoring category, while also getting into the paint to find her teammates," said Coach Kilee Karre. "I'm excited for her growth into next season."


51 Students From Camelback DECA Competed at State Competition

This past weekend 51 students from Camelback DECA competed at State competition; of those students, 33 were semi-finalists and 22 qualified for the International Competition in Atlanta Georgia next month.  All of these students wrote 11 or 30-page research papers and demonstrated  leadership and entrepreneurship as they competed against 1,600 students from around the state.   Frist place winners were Entrepreneurship Promotion-Tasneem Al Sabbry, Vanesssa Corrrea and Alexa Castillo; Creative Marketing Project-Nydia Salazar, Josh Lopez and Ezequias Fuentes; Student-Based Enterprise- Marisela Flores, Jocelyn Higuera and Litzy Barrera; and Pitch/Role Play- Hailey Espinoza and Leslie Cruz, for the Dogs for Our Brave Community Service Project; and FreeSpace App-Oscar Garcia, Brian Jimenez and Jared Figueroa.


Camelback Concert Band Perform at the ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association) Area Concert Festival

The Camelback Concert Band performed at the ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association) Area Concert Festival, March 1, and received a rating of  “Excellent,”  qualifying the Spartans for the ABODA State Concert Festival. As a result, the CBHS Spartan Concert Band will travel to Chandler High School on April 25 to perform in the ABODA State Concert Festival. 


The Best Two Basketball Players in the District According to Coaches Were Both From Betty Fairfax

The best two basketball players in the District, according to coaches, were both from Betty Fairfax.  Donovan Reagan was the All Phoenix Union Boys Player of the Year and Ma’Kayla Dickerson was Girls Player of the Year.  Dickerson was also 5A All Region Player of the Year, and her coach John Trujillo was the Coach of the Year.  Reagan shared Player of the Year in the 5A Union Region with Isaiah Rhymes of Carl Hayden.


Betty Fairfax’ DECA Marketing and Entrepreneurship Club Sends 17 Students to the State Career Development DECA Conference

Betty Fairfax’ DECA Marketing and Entrepreneurship Club sent 17 students to the State Career Development DECA Conference, March 2-4, and five students placed and qualified to attend the International Career and Development Conference in Atlanta, GA at the end of April: Alyssa Sandoval--First Place, Professional Selling; Kimberly Ledezma Bugarin--Fourth Place, Financial Consulting; Cesar Partida--Fourth Place; Innovation Plan Presentation Team; Nicholas McClure--Fourth Place, Innovation Plan Presentation Team; Katie Gutierrez--Fourth Place, Innovation Plan Presentation Team.

This is the most Fairfax has taken to International competition.  The team will now hope to raise funds for the trip.  For information on you can help, including donating through the Arizona Education Tax Credit program, contact marketing teacher and DECA Advisor Lorelei Andersen at (602) 764-9124  or landersen@phoenixunion.org.


Alhambra HS KLYN Club Tour the ABC 15 News Studio With Dan Spindle

The KLYN club had the opportunity to tour the ABC 15 news studio with Dan Spindle, February 27.

“Dan was very gracious and took the time out of his day to give the students a very in-depth tour. The students got to see several live broadcasts and also got a tour of all that goes on behind the scenes,” Math teacher Jana McClellan said.


24 Alhambra JROTC Cadets Take a Trip to Hawaii

It doesn’t sound so fun—an educational staff ride.   That is JROTC language.  But for 24 Alhambra JROTC cadets, it was a trip to Hawaii, February 17-24.   The Staff Ride provides students with an opportunity to learn much more than the history of a battle taught in the JROTC Military History Unit.  It provided cadets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit great military historic sites and equipment found only in Hawaii.  Cadets came to understand what the attack on Pearl Harbor meant to the United States.  They learned how World War II naval combat in the Pacific was waged, and how the war finally ended with the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri.  Cadets were able to personally experience the topics discussed in the classroom.  In addition, Cadets will also experienced Polynesian culture, Hawaiian environment and agriculture.  Highlights of the trip included visiting Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, a Luau, Waikiki beach and the Dole Pineapple plantation.


Phoenix Suns Charities and Northern Arizona University Surprise Alhambra Student With a Big Check

Daniela Trujillo Arcineaga had a big surprise, March 1, when the Phoenix Suns Charities and Northern Arizona University came to campus with a big check.  NAU representatives had come to campus earlier, interviewing Alhambra students, and offering a small amount of funding.  But in reality, they were looking for that one special student-- someone with a 3.2 grade point average or higher, a history of involvement in both their school and community, and who had a strong interest in NAU.   Suns Charities and NAU representatives, including mascots, visited Arcineaga’s class, and presented her with a $40,000 four-year tuition scholarship.  She wants to be a pediatrician, and she really wanted to pursue that at NAU.  Her dream came true.


Phoenix Union High School District DECA Students Do Well at the State Career Development

Phoenix Union High School District DECA students did very well at the State Career Development March 2-4 in Phoenix.  Thirty-eight students from four schools qualified for the International Career Development Conference to be held in Atlanta, GA from April 20-25.  Camelback—19 students; Trevor Browne—11 students; Fairfax—5 students; MetroTech—3 students.


Cesar Chavez to a Lead Contingent of Five Phoenix Union Schools to the Arizona Academic Decathlon

Cesar Chavez will lead a contingent of five Phoenix Union schools to the Arizona Academic Decathlon, March 9-10 at ASU West.  Chavez won the 27-school Region II Decathlon for the third consecutive year, February 2-3.  Maryvale placed 4th, Alhambra -5th, South Mountain 6th and Betty Fairfax 7th also qualified for the 40-team state decathlon.  Chavez, ranked third behind Hamilton and Canyon del Oro, has finished fourth in State the past two years.  Earlier this year, the Champions beat defending champion Canyon del Oro, so they will be among the elite at State.


Bioscience High School One of Seventeen Schools, Districts, and “Beyond School” Entities Nationwide Officially Recognized this Year as a P21

Bioscience High School was one of seventeen schools, districts, and “beyond school” entities nationwide officially recognized this year as a P21 (The Partnership for 21st Century Learning) Exemplar Program.  P21 seeks to identify, document, promote and celebrate examples of 21st century learning initiatives that successfully prepare students for college, career and life.

These entities that earn the P21 Exemplar designation enter an elite professional learning community focused on 21st century learning, and their stories provide educators, policymakers, and communities a variety of models from which to draw from and by which to be inspired.

This year’s exemplars along with other educational stakeholders were invited to a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. February 7.  Bioscience principal Dr. Holly Batsell and National Board Certified Spanish teacher W. Andrew White attended.   In the evening, they were also invited to a gathering with their respective Congress representatives at the U.S. Capitol.

Bioscience is looking forward to presenting at P21’s Patterns of Innovation conference, March 27-28 at New Tech High School in Napa, California.


Betty Fairfax Choirs Attended the NAU Jazz/Madrigal Festival

Betty Fairfax Choirs attended the NAU Jazz/Madrigal Festival, Feburary 10 in Flagstaff and took home the highest rating that can be earned- “Superior,” in both the Jazz and Madrigal divisions.


Both Fairfax Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Advanced to the First Round of the 5A State Tournament

Both the boys and girls basketball teams advanced to the first round of the 5A State Tournament with wins in play-in games.  The Lady Stampede beat Verrado, 47-44   February 8.   The Stampede, seeded #14 in the tournament, lost to Sahuaro, February 14.     The boys beat Agua Fria, 59-51 in a play-in game, February 9, and beat  #3 Buena, February 13, 83-63 to advance to the quarterfinals of the 16-team tournament, where the Stampede will face Centennial in the second round, February 16.


Alhambra Freshman Erick Padilla is All About Project-Based Learning

Freshman Erick Padilla is all about project-based learning, and is the perfect example of why Alhambra is developing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) program. 

 

Padilla decided three months ago to try and build a classic video game emulator console using a credit card sized computer called a raspberry pi Erick had little or no prior experience in these areas before undertaking this project.  

 

“This is not an easy task at all and has required months of persistent research and learning,” teacher Clayton Jones said.  “After months of persistence he has gotten his emulator up and running and it is creating quite the buzz amongst our students. It plays a variety of classic arcade games and has a unique design.”

 

Padilla utilized all his resources, including some great teachers.  He consulted with Ryan Adney (photography teacher and maker-extraordinaire) on hardware, button, wiring, and joystick issues.  He  figured out how to configure elements of the emulator software in collaboration with Trevor Butler (English teacher and electronics enthusiast.)  Padilla created his own console design to house all of the electronics and actually printed up the 3D printed body with the help of Tim Brink (librarian and technology) and he worked with Florin Postelnicu (math and coding) to learn the fundamental principles of software and game design.

 

“It was great to watch Erick each day show up and rush into the room to get his hands on tools and try new ideas.   He would get stuck and then design his way out of / around his obstacles.  Erick   wants to build even more ideas and shows no signs of slowing down.”


Over 500 students and their guests attended the Phoenix Union JROTC Military Ball at the Crescent Hotel

Over 500 students and their guests attended the Phoenix Union JROTC Military Ball at the Crescent Hotel, February 3.  The Military Ball King was Roger Granillo from Trevor Browne and the Queen was Jeannette Melendez from Maryvale. The annual PUHSD JROTC Military Ball is a culmination of classroom instruction and practical exercise in Military Customs and Courtesies, Cadet Etiquette and Staff Planning.  Central High School JROTC Cadets planned and hosted the event.  Air Force Academy Cadet Kimberly Soltero, a 2014 Trevor Browne graduate and Air Force Academy cadet, was the guest speaker.  In May, she will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and has been selected to attend pilot training.


Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Students Finished Strong at Regional Competitions

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students finished strong at regional competitions, February 3.  Over 100 PUHSD students from eight schools traveled to the ASU PolyTech campus to compete --Camelback, Central, Cesar Chavez, Betty Fairfax, Maryvale, Metro Tech, North, and Trevor Browne.   Forty-Nine Students placed first (16), second (23) or third (10) in a variety of events, such as accounting, business calculations, e-business, graphic design, job interview, advertising, cyber security, personal finance and business ethics.


Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Students Finished Strong at Regional Competitions

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students finished strong at regional competitions, February 3.  Over 100 PUHSD students from eight schools traveled to the ASU PolyTech campus to compete --Camelback, Central, Cesar Chavez, Betty Fairfax, Maryvale, Metro Tech, North, and Trevor Browne.   Forty-Nine Students placed first (16), second (23) or third (10) in a variety of events, such as accounting, business calculations, e-business, graphic design, job interview, advertising, cyber security, personal finance and business ethics.


The Phoenix Union Spring Educator Career Fair will be Saturday, March 3

The Phoenix Union Spring Educator Career Fair will be Saturday, March 3 from 8-2 p.m. at the Phoenix Coding Academy, 4445 N. Central Avenue. The District is looking for secondary teachers in all subject areas, with an emphasis on applicants certified in the following areas: mathematics, special education, science ELL English.  ELL must be certified in secondary English and hold an English as a Second Language or Bilingual endorsement.  Applicants must complete an online application prior to interviewing at the career fair at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs .   Applicants will have the opportunity that day to complete an initial screening interview and then interview with campus principals for positions for the 2018-19 school year.      Phoenix Union employs over 1600 teachers and has among the highest salaries in Arizona.  First year teachers earn a base of $40,702 (2017-18 salary) and the District honors up to eight years of previous teaching experience which can start at $55,102 with a Masters, or Bachelors and 36 hours.   For more information, contact Alvina Turman at turman@phoenixunion.org    


The Phoenix Union Spring Educator Career Fair will be Saturday, March 3

The Phoenix Union Spring Educator Career Fair will be Saturday, March 3 from 8-2 p.m. at the Phoenix Coding Academy, 4445 N. Central Avenue. The District is looking for secondary teachers in all subject areas, with an emphasis on applicants certified in the following areas: mathematics, special education, science ELL English.  ELL must be certified in secondary English and hold an English as a Second Language or Bilingual endorsement.  Applicants must complete an online application prior to interviewing at the career fair at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs .   Applicants will have the opportunity that day to complete an initial screening interview and then interview with campus principals for positions for the 2018-19 school year.      Phoenix Union employs over 1600 teachers and has among the highest salaries in Arizona.  First year teachers earn a base of $40,702 (2017-18 salary) and the District honors up to eight years of previous teaching experience which can start at $55,102 with a Masters, or Bachelors and 36 hours.   For more information, contact Alvina Turman at turman@phoenixunion.org    


The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education’s 10th Annual Scholarship Dinner Friday

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education’s 10th Annual Scholarship Dinner Friday, February 23 at the Phoenix Art Museum, is another sell-out.  This year’s theme is the Art of Education-Learning Neve Goes Out of Style, highlighted by a student-run fashion show.  Students have designed the fashions, will model them on the runway and provide the commentary and music for the show.  There will be other student entertainment and a silent auction.   The Foundation will honor the Alumnus of the Year- Chris Wooley (Maryvale 1981) an award-winning video producer, director and writer;  Counselor of the Year-Terry Haggerty of Bioscience and Friends of Phoenix Union- Christine and Daryl Burton of the Burton Family Foundation.  West High alumnus and longtime Valley sportscaster Kevin McCabe will emcee the festivities.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona is the major sponsor.

 

Artwork from three student were selected to be donated to the PUHSD Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Dinner honorees.   Each student will receive a check for $100 from the Foundation.  Dayanara Vargas, 11th grade. Digital Photograph, Carl Hayden High School – Teacher Monica Rameriz; Yamilex Marquez, 10th grade. Digital Photograph, Central High School – Teacher Cole Laswick; Brianna Smith, 12th grade. Acrylic on Wrinkled Canvas, Maryvale High School -Teacher Lori Thomas.


The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education’s 10th Annual Scholarship Dinner Friday

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education’s 10th Annual Scholarship Dinner Friday, February 23 at the Phoenix Art Museum, is another sell-out.  This year’s theme is the Art of Education-Learning Neve Goes Out of Style, highlighted by a student-run fashion show.  Students have designed the fashions, will model them on the runway and provide the commentary and music for the show.  There will be other student entertainment and a silent auction.   The Foundation will honor the Alumnus of the Year- Chris Wooley (Maryvale 1981) an award-winning video producer, director and writer;  Counselor of the Year-Terry Haggerty of Bioscience and Friends of Phoenix Union- Christine and Daryl Burton of the Burton Family Foundation.  West High alumnus and longtime Valley sportscaster Kevin McCabe will emcee the festivities.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona is the major sponsor.

 

Artwork from three student were selected to be donated to the PUHSD Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Dinner honorees.   Each student will receive a check for $100 from the Foundation.  Dayanara Vargas, 11th grade. Digital Photograph, Carl Hayden High School – Teacher Monica Rameriz; Yamilex Marquez, 10th grade. Digital Photograph, Central High School – Teacher Cole Laswick; Brianna Smith, 12th grade. Acrylic on Wrinkled Canvas, Maryvale High School -Teacher Lori Thomas.


The Trevor Browne Boys Soccer Team Won a Play-in Game

The Trevor Browne Boys Soccer team won a play-in game, January 25, beating Perry, 2-1, to advance to the 6A State Tournament.  The #12 seeded Bruins fell to  #5 Pinnacle in a first-round game, January 31.


Trevor Browne Has the Most Phoenix Union Students Selected for All-Region Band and Choir

Trevor Browne has the most Phoenix Union students selected for All-Region Band and Choir.  Three choir students and two band members made North Central Region auditioned January 27, will rehearse for two days then give a public performance at Camelback High School, February 17.  Browne Choir members selected are Bridget Felix, alto; Moises Ramirez, tenor, and Omar Lechuga, bass.  Band members seleced are Yuareli Bailon, bass clarinet and Efrain Parra, alto sax.  


Wrestler Andres Avelar Placed 1st in a State Sectional Tournament and Secured the Number 1 Seed in106-pound Division the AIA State Tournament

Wrestler Andres Avelar placed 1st in a state sectional tournament and secured the number 1 seed in106-pound division the AIA State  Tournament, February 8-9 in  Prescott Valley. It is the second time he has won the sectional tournament to qualify for state. 

South Mountain’s Academic Decathlon team finished 6th in the Region II Decathlon, February 2-3, qualified for the State Academic Decathlon, March 9-10, and was named the Most Improved School among the 27 teams competing.   The Jaguars scored 5,771 points higher than last year.  Nayely Garcia won a gold in Varsity speech, Dazhane Brown took silver in Honors speech and Bianca Quintero won bronze in Honors language and literature.


South Mountain High School Seniors Tiyee LaMar and Adriana Torrez Took 1st and 2nd Place for the City of Phoenix's Teen Dating Violence Awareness PSA Contest

Seniors Tiyee LaMar and Adriana Torrez took 1st and 2nd place for the City of Phoenix's Teen Dating Violence Awareness PSA Contest. They were presented with awards, February 5.  LaMar, with the help of four students won $500 and tickets for her group to attend the Phoenix Suns game, February 8 in a suite. Torres won $250.  LaMar was interviewed on Channel 99 for her work with the video and spoke at the City of Phoenix Brown Bag Luncheon, February 7. 


South Mountain Will Have a Future Freshman Day for The Academies @ South Mountain

South Mountain will have a Future Freshman Day for The Academies @ South Mountain, Saturday, February 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Next year’s 9th graders will be the first to experience a high school transformed into four unique schools-within-a-school, featuring academies for Science and Technology, Public &Social Service, Aerospace & Engineering, and Media, Arts & Design.  The campus will also undergo a remodeling project over the next rhree years to establish the distinct Academies and support the additional programs and classes associated with each Academy.  The Academy approach will give students the advantages of a large school, with a small school experience.  For more information, call (602) 764-5000.


The North Girls Basketball Team Won the 6A Metro Region

The North Girls Basketball team won the 6A Metro Region with a 9-1 record, and 14-4 overall.  They began post-season play with a play-in game , hosting Cibola, February 8.


Both North Soccer Teams Advanced to Post-Season Play

Both North soccer teams advanced to post-season play, winning the Boys and Girls 6A Metro Regions.  The Boys were ranked #7, and were automatically seeded in the 16-team State Tournament bracket.  North hosted San Luis in the first round, January 31, and battled to a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtime periods.  San Luis won in penalty kicks in the shootout, 3-1 to end the Mustangs season.    The girls had to win a “play-in” game to advance, but the Mustangs lost, 1-0 to Boulder Creek, January 25, to end their season.


North Will Have Three Students Represented in the All-Regional Music Festival

North will have three students represented in the All-Regional Music Festival, February 17, having passed auditions competing against musicians from all over the state, January 27.  The North students will perform in three different ensembles.  Michael Serna, tenor, will be in the All-Region Choir.  Kenia Ramirez, piccolo is in the band and Joey Rankin, violin, earned a spot in the orchestra.  The West Region Music Festival will be held at North Canyon High School.  The students will rehearse together for two days prior to the festival performances.  From the regional ensembles, students can qualify for All-State.


North Will Have Three Students Represented in the All-Regional Music Festival

North will have three students represented in the All-Regional Music Festival, February 17, having passed auditions competing against musicians from all over the state, January 27.  The North students will perform in three different ensembles.  Michael Serna, tenor, will be in the All-Region Choir.  Kenia Ramirez, piccolo is in the band and Joey Rankin, violin, earned a spot in the orchestra.  The West Region Music Festival will be held at North Canyon High School.  The students will rehearse together for two days prior to the festival performances.  From the regional ensembles, students can qualify for All-State.


North Held Its Mustang Strong Kick-off event

North held its Mustang Strong Kick-off event, January 26.. Over 25 community organizations participated and there were stations set up for students to participate in activities that lead to living healthy, living life and living drug free.  This is a part of the Health and Wellness Grant that the school received from the Office of the Governor.  There were several different yoga stations, kickboxing, make-up tutorials, basketball, throwing clinics, therapy dogs (rescue dogs) and more.

“The feedback that we received from both the students and staff is that they had an amazing time and they wanted to know when we are doing it again,” Principal Vanessa Casillas said.


North Held Its Mustang Strong Kick-off event

North held its Mustang Strong Kick-off event, January 26.. Over 25 community organizations participated and there were stations set up for students to participate in activities that lead to living healthy, living life and living drug free.  This is a part of the Health and Wellness Grant that the school received from the Office of the Governor.  There were several different yoga stations, kickboxing, make-up tutorials, basketball, throwing clinics, therapy dogs (rescue dogs) and more.

“The feedback that we received from both the students and staff is that they had an amazing time and they wanted to know when we are doing it again,” Principal Vanessa Casillas said.


The Metro Tech Boys Soccer Team Hosted and Won a “Play-in” Game Over Thunderbird

The Metro Tech Boys soccer team hosted and won a “play-in” game  5-4 over Thunderbird in a match that went into overtime and a shootout, January 25. The win propelled the Knights into the 16-team 4A State Tournament but the Knights fell to #4 seeded Douglas, 2-0 in the first round.   This is only the second year that Metro Tech has competed in AIA soccer.


The Metro Tech Boys Soccer Team Hosted and Won a “Play-in” Game Over Thunderbird

The Metro Tech Boys soccer team hosted and won a “play-in” game  5-4 over Thunderbird in a match that went into overtime and a shootout, January 25. The win propelled the Knights into the 16-team 4A State Tournament but the Knights fell to #4 seeded Douglas, 2-0 in the first round.   This is only the second year that Metro Tech has competed in AIA soccer.


The Metro Tech Weightlifting Team Competed in the Arizona State High School Championships

The Metro Tech Weightlifting Team competed in the Arizona State High School Championships, February 3 at Queen Creek High School and came home with five state champions and the girls state team title.    

Celina Ortega was named  Arizona Sophomore Lifter of the Year and won the 75 kilogram weight class. Yuliana Lopez was named the State of Arizona Senior lifter of the year and won the 69 kg. weight class and set two state weightlifting records.  Araceli Cabera won the  63 kg. weight class.  Lesly Martinez won the 58 kg. weight classes.  Carlos Ortega won the Boys 105 kg. weight class.  Carmen Zamora Cruz took 2nd in the   48 kg. weight class  and Johana Vargas was 3rd  in 53 kg. weight class.


The Metro Tech Weightlifting Team Competed in the Arizona State High School Championships

The Metro Tech Weightlifting Team competed in the Arizona State High School Championships, February 3 at Queen Creek High School and came home with five state champions and the girls state team title.    

Celina Ortega was named  Arizona Sophomore Lifter of the Year and won the 75 kilogram weight class. Yuliana Lopez was named the State of Arizona Senior lifter of the year and won the 69 kg. weight class and set two state weightlifting records.  Araceli Cabera won the  63 kg. weight class.  Lesly Martinez won the 58 kg. weight classes.  Carlos Ortega won the Boys 105 kg. weight class.  Carmen Zamora Cruz took 2nd in the   48 kg. weight class  and Johana Vargas was 3rd  in 53 kg. weight class.


The Maryvale Mariachi Band Was Selected to Perform at the Arizona Music Educators Association

The Maryvale Mariachi gigging band, Marichia Panteas de Oro was selected to perform at the Arizona Music Educators Association, this Saturday, February 3 at the Mesa Convention Center.

This is only the third time in 20 years that an instrumental group in Phoenix Union has been selected to perform. (The other two groups also came from Maryvale!)

In order to be selected for one of these performances, the director must submit a recording of three songs. The judges listen to ensembles submissions from all over the state of Arizona to pick their line-up of groups for this conference.  There are typically only 5-10 groups selected each year for performances. This is the first time they have ever had a Mariachi Band perform.

The Maryvale Mariachi ensemble began seven years ago and up until 2015 was primarily a class that performed at campus activities and bi-annual concerts. In 2015, under the direction of Mike Dominguez, Mariachi Panteras de Oro was created. The founding members of the group not only created the name of the ensemble, but they were also responsible for creating a logo and branding themselves as a fully functioning Mariachi Ensemble.

The Mariachi class offered at Maryvale provides students with the opportunity to learn about different styles of music that Mariachis perform, without any experience of playing in a mariachi. The students from the Mariachi class have the opportunity to audition for a spot in the Mariachi Panteras de Oro. This elite group of students is responsible for representing Maryvale High School as musical ambassadors in the community.  

Mariachi Panteras de Oro have performed for: Arizona School Board Association; Arizona Latino School Board Association; American Heart Association; National Athletics Directors Conference; Arizona State Senate; Representative Cesar Chavez; City of Phoenix Cinco de Mayo celebration; Palo Alto Public Library Hispanic Heritage Event; ASU Dia de Los Ninos; Maricopa Community College Commencement; Phoenix Union Foundation for Education Scholarship Dinner; Desert Broom Library; Pueblo Grande Museum; Creighton School District; Cartwright School District; community parties, quinceañeros and weddings.


The Maryvale Mariachi Band Was Selected to Perform at the Arizona Music Educators Association

The Maryvale Mariachi gigging band, Marichia Panteas de Oro was selected to perform at the Arizona Music Educators Association, this Saturday, February 3 at the Mesa Convention Center.

This is only the third time in 20 years that an instrumental group in Phoenix Union has been selected to perform. (The other two groups also came from Maryvale!)

In order to be selected for one of these performances, the director must submit a recording of three songs. The judges listen to ensembles submissions from all over the state of Arizona to pick their line-up of groups for this conference.  There are typically only 5-10 groups selected each year for performances. This is the first time they have ever had a Mariachi Band perform.

The Maryvale Mariachi ensemble began seven years ago and up until 2015 was primarily a class that performed at campus activities and bi-annual concerts. In 2015, under the direction of Mike Dominguez, Mariachi Panteras de Oro was created. The founding members of the group not only created the name of the ensemble, but they were also responsible for creating a logo and branding themselves as a fully functioning Mariachi Ensemble.

The Mariachi class offered at Maryvale provides students with the opportunity to learn about different styles of music that Mariachis perform, without any experience of playing in a mariachi. The students from the Mariachi class have the opportunity to audition for a spot in the Mariachi Panteras de Oro. This elite group of students is responsible for representing Maryvale High School as musical ambassadors in the community.  

Mariachi Panteras de Oro have performed for: Arizona School Board Association; Arizona Latino School Board Association; American Heart Association; National Athletics Directors Conference; Arizona State Senate; Representative Cesar Chavez; City of Phoenix Cinco de Mayo celebration; Palo Alto Public Library Hispanic Heritage Event; ASU Dia de Los Ninos; Maricopa Community College Commencement; Phoenix Union Foundation for Education Scholarship Dinner; Desert Broom Library; Pueblo Grande Museum; Creighton School District; Cartwright School District; community parties, quinceañeros and weddings.


Maryvale’s Academic Decathlon Team Placed 4th in the Region II Decathlon

Maryvale’s Academic Decathlon team placed 4th in the Region II Decathlon, February 2-3 and the Panthers will advance to the state decathlon, March 9-10 at ASU West, joining 39 other schools. Luis Camacho was the second highest individual scorer in the 27-team event. He won gold in Honors social science, language and literature, and art and silver in science.  Aiyana Navarrette won gold in Scholastic speech and won the Outstanding Overall Speech and Vivian Nguyen took silver in Scholastic science

The Panthers also placed third in the Super Quiz Relay, behind Cesar Chavez and Basis Peoria.


Maryvale’s Academic Decathlon Team Placed 4th in the Region II Decathlon

Maryvale’s Academic Decathlon team placed 4th in the Region II Decathlon, February 2-3 and the Panthers will advance to the state decathlon, March 9-10 at ASU West, joining 39 other schools. Luis Camacho was the second highest individual scorer in the 27-team event. He won gold in Honors social science, language and literature, and art and silver in science.  Aiyana Navarrette won gold in Scholastic speech and won the Outstanding Overall Speech and Vivian Nguyen took silver in Scholastic science

The Panthers also placed third in the Super Quiz Relay, behind Cesar Chavez and Basis Peoria.


The Carl Hayden Boys Soccer Team Won a Play-in Post-Season Game Over Apollo

The Carl Hayden Boys soccer team won a play-in post-season game over Apollo, 4-2 January 25 to advance to the 16-team 5A State Tournament, but the Falcons, seeded #13, lost to #5 Scottsdale Chaparral, 3-2, in a first round game, January 31.


The Carl Hayden Boys Soccer Team Won a Play-in Post-Season Game Over Apollo

The Carl Hayden Boys soccer team won a play-in post-season game over Apollo, 4-2 January 25 to advance to the 16-team 5A State Tournament, but the Falcons, seeded #13, lost to #5 Scottsdale Chaparral, 3-2, in a first round game, January 31.


Carl Hayden Has a Football Player Who is Moving to the Next Level and Furthering His Education in College

For the second year in a row, Carl Hayden has a football player who is moving to the next level and furthering his education in college.  Giovannie Arevalo  signed a letter of intent, February 10 to play defensive line for Phoenix College next year.


Carl Hayden Has a Football Player Who is Moving to the Next Level and Furthering His Education in College

For the second year in a row, Carl Hayden has a football player who is moving to the next level and furthering his education in college.  Giovannie Arevalo  signed a letter of intent, February 10 to play defensive line for Phoenix College next year.


Central Students Have Earned Spots in the All-Region Band for the Southwest Region

Briza Quinonez, French horn and Patty Medrano, trumpet, have earned spots in the All-Region Band for the Southwest Region after auditioning for the prestigious selections, January 27.  They will rehearse with the other regional selections for two days, and perform at the Southwest Region Music Festival, February 17 at McClintock High School.


Carl Hayden and the Robotics Team to Host Another Falcon Robotics SciTech Festival

Carl Hayden and the Robotics team will host another Falcon Robotics SciTech Festival, February 10, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.  They already have 31 exhibitors, and counting.  The SciTech Festival is part of the statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering art and math held annually in February and March.  A sampling of the exhibitors are: UA Med School, solar cooking, Intel, Arizona Electric Auto Association, Superstition Space Modeling Society, Carl Hayden Computer Science Dept.; Arizona Drone Photography; Garmin Flight Simulator; Hayden Science Fair and of course, Falcon Robotics. It’s free and fun for the whole family.  For more information, https://coachfredi.wixsite.com/frscitech


The Cesar Chavez Wrestling Team Competed in the Division I Section 3 Wrestling Tournament

The Champion Wrestling team competed in the Division I Section 3 Wrestling Tournament, February 2-3 at Desert Vista High School to determine who will move on to the state tournament.  Chavez placed third overall in team points behind Sunnyside and Desert Vista, and qualified eight wrestlers for the state tournament. Chavez placed six wrestlers in the finals of weight divisions and  Camilo Hernandez at 145-pounds and Sammy Hernandez at 152-lbs. were sectional champs.  Placing second were Adrian Cruz, 128 lb.; Diego Herrera, 132; Robert Dominguez, 138 and Erik Orozco, 195. 

The state tournament is Thursday and Friday, February 8-9 in Prescott.  The individual wrestlers who qualified can earn points toward the overall team scores at state, as well, to determine a state championship team.


Cesar Chavez, As Expected, Ran Away with the Region II Academic Decathlon

The favorite may not have won the Super Bowl, but Cesar Chavez, as expected, ran away with the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3 at Camelback High School.  The Champions won the region for the third consecutive year, and by almost 6,500 points ahead of second place Basis Peoria, and Boulder Creek.  Chavez will move on to the 40-school State Decathlon, March 9-10 at ASU West where it has finished fourth the past two years. 

Chavez decathletes won 38 medals, including 12 gold medals in individual events.   Seven of the top nine scorers in the three divisions-Varsity, Scholastic and Honors were from Chavez.  Barbara Martinez was the top scorer in the Scholastic division, winning gold in economics, music and social science.  Sabrina Gallardo was the top Varsity scorer, winning gold in art and language & literature.  Kevin Chen was a silver medalist overall in the Varsity division, and won gold in music, science and social science.  Clara Martinez won bronze in the Varsity overall scoring.  Chavez swept the Scholastic division.  After Martinez, Samuel Porter was second in scoring, Tina Chen, third.  Irma Ceco was the third highest scorer in the Honors division, earning bronze.

The Champions, who also won the Super Quiz Relay, will go into state with the 3rd highest score from the four regionals.  Chavez is coached by William Kibler.


Cesar Chavez, As Expected, Ran Away with the Region II Academic Decathlon

The favorite may not have won the Super Bowl, but Cesar Chavez, as expected, ran away with the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3 at Camelback High School.  The Champions won the region for the third consecutive year, and by almost 6,500 points ahead of second place Basis Peoria, and Boulder Creek.  Chavez will move on to the 40-school State Decathlon, March 9-10 at ASU West where it has finished fourth the past two years. 

Chavez decathletes won 38 medals, including 12 gold medals in individual events.   Seven of the top nine scorers in the three divisions-Varsity, Scholastic and Honors were from Chavez.  Barbara Martinez was the top scorer in the Scholastic division, winning gold in economics, music and social science.  Sabrina Gallardo was the top Varsity scorer, winning gold in art and language & literature.  Kevin Chen was a silver medalist overall in the Varsity division, and won gold in music, science and social science.  Clara Martinez won bronze in the Varsity overall scoring.  Chavez swept the Scholastic division.  After Martinez, Samuel Porter was second in scoring, Tina Chen, third.  Irma Ceco was the third highest scorer in the Honors division, earning bronze.

The Champions, who also won the Super Quiz Relay, will go into state with the 3rd highest score from the four regionals.  Chavez is coached by William Kibler.


The Lady Bobcats Basketball Team Handed North its First Loss of the Season

There is something about rivalry games. The Lady Bobcats Basketball team handed North its first loss of the season in the Metro Region, 41-39, January 31, after trailing by 7 at half.   Junior point guard Matalina Ochoa scored 15 points, dished out 5 assists, and had 9 steals in helping lead Central to one of their biggest wins of the season. Freshman Athienk Aleu pulled down 15 rebounds. The Bobcats wrapped up their regular season with a 7-11 record, and 5-5 in region. North fell to 9-1 and 16-2 overall.


Central HS Instructional Assistant and 15 Students Arrived at Talking Stick Resort Arena to Help Make Breakfast for 2500 People for the Arizona Goodwill Extravaganza

When the chef from Levy Restaurants, the chef for the Phoenix Suns, calls you to work a job, culinary arts teacher Erin Sullivan says yes- even if it has a start time of 3:30 a.m.   Sullivan, instructional assistant Jasmine Moore and 15 students arrived at Talking Stick Resort Arena to help make breakfast for 2500 people for the Arizona Goodwill Extravaganza, February 6. 

“Despite the super early start time, my students showed me once again just how amazing they are. I am so proud of their dedication, commitment and drive,” Sullivan said.


Central HS Instructional Assistant and 15 Students Arrived at Talking Stick Resort Arena to Help Make Breakfast for 2500 People for the Arizona Goodwill Extravaganza

When the chef from Levy Restaurants, the chef for the Phoenix Suns, calls you to work a job, culinary arts teacher Erin Sullivan says yes- even if it has a start time of 3:30 a.m.   Sullivan, instructional assistant Jasmine Moore and 15 students arrived at Talking Stick Resort Arena to help make breakfast for 2500 people for the Arizona Goodwill Extravaganza, February 6. 

“Despite the super early start time, my students showed me once again just how amazing they are. I am so proud of their dedication, commitment and drive,” Sullivan said.


Central High School Welcomed Osborn Middle School 8th Graders to Campus

Central High School welcomed Osborn Middle School 8th graders to campus, January 31.  Calling them the Class of 2022, each student received a passport and collected stamps for exploring the many opportunities.  They went to a physics class to se how energy is being stored and transferred, and learned that they need three years of science for high school graduation.  They stopped to pick up a copy of Central’s newpaper,The Central Echoes, learned about Career and Technical Education (CTE) progams such as marketing, business, culinary, child development, engineering science and sports medicine. There were stops at the bookstore, gymnasiums, library (where students check out 15,000 books per year), learned about the 16 Advanced Placement offerings, completed an anatomy experiment in science, checked out the flagpoles representing the Global Studies magnet, learned about visual arts including digital and traditional photography and picked up some Phoenix Suns swag from the Suns-Central program.  Central also has 43 student clubs, and AIA sports across the board, including swimming and badminton.


Central High School Welcomed Osborn Middle School 8th Graders to Campus

Central High School welcomed Osborn Middle School 8th graders to campus, January 31.  Calling them the Class of 2022, each student received a passport and collected stamps for exploring the many opportunities.  They went to a physics class to se how energy is being stored and transferred, and learned that they need three years of science for high school graduation.  They stopped to pick up a copy of Central’s newpaper,The Central Echoes, learned about Career and Technical Education (CTE) progams such as marketing, business, culinary, child development, engineering science and sports medicine. There were stops at the bookstore, gymnasiums, library (where students check out 15,000 books per year), learned about the 16 Advanced Placement offerings, completed an anatomy experiment in science, checked out the flagpoles representing the Global Studies magnet, learned about visual arts including digital and traditional photography and picked up some Phoenix Suns swag from the Suns-Central program.  Central also has 43 student clubs, and AIA sports across the board, including swimming and badminton.


Camelback Elite Dance Company Competed for the First Time in School History in the Varsity Dance Division

Camelback Elite Dance Company competed for the first time in school history in the Varsity Dance Division, February 3, at the 2018 Cheer for Charity Competition in Peoria.  Elite Co. placed 1st in Varsity Hip-Hop and 3rd in Varsity Jazz. Elite Co. practices weekly from 5:30-7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday mornings. The group is made up of six students, grades 10-12 and led by four-year dance senior, Kayla Thornton, and Camelback Dance Director Heidi Wright.


Camelback Elite Dance Company Competed for the First Time in School History in the Varsity Dance Division

Camelback Elite Dance Company competed for the first time in school history in the Varsity Dance Division, February 3, at the 2018 Cheer for Charity Competition in Peoria.  Elite Co. placed 1st in Varsity Hip-Hop and 3rd in Varsity Jazz. Elite Co. practices weekly from 5:30-7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday mornings. The group is made up of six students, grades 10-12 and led by four-year dance senior, Kayla Thornton, and Camelback Dance Director Heidi Wright.


Betty Fairfax Qualified for the State Academic Decathlon Next Month

Betty Fairfax qualified for the State Academic Decathlon next month, by placing 7th in the 27-team Region II Decathlon, February 2-3.   Boston Lawrence won a gold medal in Varsity economics and a bronze in Varsity social science.  Christian Aniceto took silver in Scholastic interview and Brendan Tith won a silver medal in Honors mathematics.


Betty Fairfax Qualified for the State Academic Decathlon Next Month

Betty Fairfax qualified for the State Academic Decathlon next month, by placing 7th in the 27-team Region II Decathlon, February 2-3.   Boston Lawrence won a gold medal in Varsity economics and a bronze in Varsity social science.  Christian Aniceto took silver in Scholastic interview and Brendan Tith won a silver medal in Honors mathematics.


Two Choir Students Will Represent Betty Fairfax in the North Central Region All-Regional Music Festival

Two choir students will represent Betty Fairfax in the North Central Region All-Regional Music Festival, February 17 at Camelback High School. Tenors Carlos Grijalva and Andrez Alcazar auditioned againt musicians from all over the state, January 27, and won spots in their regional choir. They will rehearse for two days and perform as a group, at the festival performance.

The Lady Stampede Basketball team clinched the 5A Union Region for the second year in a row, February 1, with a win over Independence, and concluded a perfect 10-0 region record with a 56-27 win over Glendale in the regular season finale, February 6.  The Stampede,  23-5 on the season opened post-season play, February 8 vs. Verrado.


Two Choir Students Will Represent Betty Fairfax in the North Central Region All-Regional Music Festival

Two choir students will represent Betty Fairfax in the North Central Region All-Regional Music Festival, February 17 at Camelback High School. Tenors Carlos Grijalva and Andrez Alcazar auditioned againt musicians from all over the state, January 27, and won spots in their regional choir. They will rehearse for two days and perform as a group, at the festival performance.

The Lady Stampede Basketball team clinched the 5A Union Region for the second year in a row, February 1, with a win over Independence, and concluded a perfect 10-0 region record with a 56-27 win over Glendale in the regular season finale, February 6.  The Stampede,  23-5 on the season opened post-season play, February 8 vs. Verrado.


Alhambra Will Have a New Varsity Football Coach Next Year

Alhambra will have a new varsity football coach next Year. He is Chris Crockett, who coached the freshmen last year. To a 7-2 record.  Crockett was a head coach at Trevor Browne and has coached at Cesar Chavez as an assistant.  He previously served as a peace officer in the State of Arizona for over 27 years (25 with the Phoenix Police Department and 2 years of service with the City of Yuma Police Department and served in the Marines.   He is currently an adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice at Glendale Community College.


Alhambra’s Academic Decathlon Team Finished 5th in the 27-School Region II Decathlon

Alhambra’s Academic Decathlon team finished 5th in the 27-school Region II Decathlon, February 2-3, and qualified for the State Decathlon, March 9-10 at ASU West. Christian Howard in the Varsity division won silver in language and literature, mathematics, and economics and a bronze in art.  Enrique Mighty took gold in Varsity language and literature and silver in Varsity science.  Carlos Ruiz won a silver in Scholastic economics.  Destiny Lopez took bronze in Honors interview and Jose Baldovino won bronze in Scholastic math.


Thirteen Students From Five Phoenix Union Schools Were Accepted into this Year’s All-Regional Music Festival

Thirteen students from five Phoenix Union schools were accepted into this year’s All-Regional Music Festival, in band, orchestra and choir.   These students competed against musicians from all over the state at a live audition, January 27, and won a spot in their All-Region performing ensembles. They will spend two days rehearsing, and then give a public performance on Saturday, February 17 at their respective region. These musicians  will now qualify to audition for All-State .  If they make All-State, they will attend the All-State Festival performance later in the spring.    


Thirteen Students From Five Phoenix Union Schools Were Accepted into this Year’s All-Regional Music Festival

Thirteen students from five Phoenix Union schools were accepted into this year’s All-Regional Music Festival, in band, orchestra and choir.   These students competed against musicians from all over the state at a live audition, January 27, and won a spot in their All-Region performing ensembles. They will spend two days rehearsing, and then give a public performance on Saturday, February 17 at their respective region. These musicians  will now qualify to audition for All-State .  If they make All-State, they will attend the All-State Festival performance later in the spring.    


The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education’s 10th Annual Scholarship Dinner

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education’s 10th Annual Scholarship Dinner is Friday, February 23 at the Phoenix Art Museum.  This year’s theme is the Art of Education-Learning Neve Goes Out of Style, highlighted by a student-run fashion show.  Students have designed the fashions, will model them on the runway and provide the commentary and music for the show.  There will be other student entertainment, a silent auction The Foundation will honor the Alumnus of the Year- Chris Wooley (Maryvale 1981) an award-winning video producer, director and writer; , Counselor of the Year-Terry Haggerty of Bioscience and Friends of Phoenix Union- Christine and Daryl Burton of the Burton Family Foundation. For ticket information, go to www.Foundation4Eduation.org


The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education’s 10th Annual Scholarship Dinner

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education’s 10th Annual Scholarship Dinner is Friday, February 23 at the Phoenix Art Museum.  This year’s theme is the Art of Education-Learning Neve Goes Out of Style, highlighted by a student-run fashion show.  Students have designed the fashions, will model them on the runway and provide the commentary and music for the show.  There will be other student entertainment, a silent auction The Foundation will honor the Alumnus of the Year- Chris Wooley (Maryvale 1981) an award-winning video producer, director and writer; , Counselor of the Year-Terry Haggerty of Bioscience and Friends of Phoenix Union- Christine and Daryl Burton of the Burton Family Foundation. For ticket information, go to www.Foundation4Eduation.org


Cesar Chavez to Lead a Contingent of Five Phoenix Union Schools to the Arizona Academic Decathlon

Cesar Chavez will lead a contingent of five Phoenix Union schools to the Arizona Academic Decathlon, March 9-10.  Chavez won the 27-school Region II Decathlon for the third consecutive year, February 2-3 at Camelback High School. Maryvale (4th), Alhambra (5th), South Mountain (6th) and Betty Fairfax (7th) also qualified for the 40-team state decathlon.