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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.