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The Boys of Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Held its Annual Celebrating Youth Event at Central High School

The Boys of Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix held its annual Celebrating Youth event, January 11, and senior Eli Fuentes was recognized as a 2019 Youth of the Year for his branch.   Each club identifies a Youth of the Year, and they develop their writing and presentation skills in specialized workshops with ASU West Communication Lab mentors, and tell their stories of “courage, resilience, compassion and hope” to judges and to the audience at the Celebrating Youth event.   Fuentes has been attending the Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig club since he was in fourth grade.  He earned the Keystoner of the Year two years in a row, and has completed over 1700 hours of community service during his time in his Keystone Club.  Outside of the club, he works with nonprofits that serve homeless, refugees and children.  He plays varsity football at Central, and plans to attend ASU majoring in healthcare Administration.


Camelback Will Welcome the Class of 2023 and Parents at its Future Freshman Night

Camelback will welcome the Class of 2023 and parents at its Future Freshman Night, Tuesday, February 12 from 5-7 p.m.  Students can turn in their registration packets, visit clubs, sports and elective class booths, meet the counselors, teachers, coaches and administrators, tour the campus, and take in performances by performing arts students.  You can also check out Camelback Montessori, the first and only public Montessori high school in Arizona. 

For those registering that night, you will need birth certificate, immunization records, proof of address, and guardianship records to complete the process.


Fifty Volunteers From SWK Technologies/Homeless Youth Connection (HYC) Came to Three Campuses

Fifty volunteers from SWK Technologies/Homeless Youth Connection (HYC) came to three campuses yesterday to help with various projects.  SWK Technologies has a regional office in Phoenix, and this is the first time they have partnered with HYC for their corporate volunteer day.

At Alhambra, volunteers worked on the designated resource center/clothing bank space.  Volunteers ripped out carpet, and cleaned and painted the room to prepare the space to serve as a clothing bank and food pantry. 

At Central, the volunteers worked in the resource center/clothing bank/food pantry helping with sorting, hanging and organization.

At the Academies at South Mountain, work was done in the resource center/clothing bank/food pantry   sorting, hanging items and organizing. 


The Phoenix Union Spring Teacher Career Fair is Saturday February 23

The Phoenix Union Spring Teacher Career Fair is Saturday, February 23 from 8-1 p.m. at Linda Abril Educational Academy, 3000 N. 19th Avenue. The District is hiring secondary teachers in all subject areas, with an emphasis on applicants certified in the following areas: Mathematics, Special Education, Science and ELL English.     Applicants must complete an online application prior to interviewing at the career fair at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs.   Applicants may schedule a screening interview prior to the career fair by calling Audrey Damon at 764-1504 or Cynthia Vargas at 764-1515.  Applicants will also have the opportunity that day to complete an initial screening interview and then interview with campus principals for positions for the 2019-20 school year. Phoenix Union employs over 1600 teachers and has among the highest salaries in Arizona.  The District is introducing a new salary schedule in 2019-20 in which first-year teachers earn a base of $46,500. For more information, contact Mary Lou Chavez at mchavez1@phoenixunion.org.   


The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for Concert Bands and Orchestra Will Take Place January 18-19

The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for concert bands and orchestra will take place, January 18-19 at Camelback High School.  Student musicians are selected from Phoenix Union high schools and 24 partner elementary district schools representing eight districts.  They come together for two days of rehearsals with guest conductors and will perform a concert, Saturday afternoon, January 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Camelback Auditorium.   There will be a high school percussion ensemble, high school and mixed string orchestras; a high school honors band and junior high honors band.   Admission for adults is $2, and free for children 12 and under.   


The 2019 Phoenix Union Governing Board Met for the First Time

The 2019 Phoenix Union Governing Board met for the first time, January 10.  Five elected or re-elected board members were sworn in by new Secretary of State Katie HobbsSteve Gallardo, Stephanie Parra, Laura Pastor, Stanford Prescott and Naketa Ross.    Ross, representing Ward 1 in southwest Phoenix and Laveen is new to the board, while Gallardo, a Maricopa County Commissioner, returns to the PUHSD board after serving an at-large term in 2005-2008. He will represent west Phoenix in Ward 5, taking over for Linda Abril, who retired after 24 years.    Parra, beginning her second term in Ward 3, was elected Governing Board President, and Lela Alston, an at-large member and a state senator, was affirmed as Clerk. 

Incumbents Prescott represents Ward 2 in south Phoenix and Pastor, a city council woman, begins her third term, representing Ward 4.

The new and re-elected board members’ terms run through 2022, while at-large members Ian Danley and Alston’s terms end in 2020.

The Governing Board meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Center or Educational Excellence district office at 4502 N. Central Avenue.


It Is Time to Think About Income Taxes

With the season of giving now over, it is time to think about income taxes, when you can give and receive through the Arizona Education Tax Credit.  You can give, and then receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your tax return when you contribute to Phoenix Union schools  Individuals can contribute up to $200, couples filing jointly, up to $400 if they contribute to eligible extracurricular activities such as athletics, the arts, clubs and career-related school organizations.  The deadline is April 15, but you can still designate your donation for 2018.  For more information on which school programs are eligible, visit www.phoenixunion.org.taxcredit.


The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for Concert Bands and Orchestra Will Take Place January 18-19

The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for concert bands and orchestra will take place, January 18-19 at Camelback High School.  Student musicians are selected from Phoenix Union high schools and 24 partner elementary district schools representing eight districts. They come together for two days of rehearsals with guest conductors and will perform a concert, Saturday afternoon, January 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Camelback Auditorium. There will be a high school percussion ensemble, high school and mixed string orchestras; a high school honors band and junior high honors band. Admission for adults is $2, and free for children 12 and under.   


North Students Decide to Band against Bullying

When Andrew Aranda was in high school at North he decided that things needed to change. He bought 100’s of wrist bands with the messages: “Band against Bullying,” and “Stand Up, Speak Out.” He brought them to the school social worker and said, “let’s start a club”. With that the North High No Place for Hate organization was started. He was among the first group of students trained in the ADL Peer Leadership cohort and went into freshman and sophmore classes to teach anti-bias, anti-violence education.

Aranda graduated in 2014, but this fall, he was murdered.  In his memory, the club established a North High No Place For Hate Andrew Aranda Scholarship and will sell the anti-bullying wristbands for $5 to fund the scholarship.   The scholarship committee is made up of staff, students, and his mother and sister.

“In honor of the work Andrew did to shift the culture and climate of the North High campus to one that was more inclusive and welcoming, we will award this grant to a graduating senior. The funds will go to someone who has worked to create projects that have a widespread impact on the North High campus community,” social worker Natalie Neer Hart said. 

Besides campus, the wristbands can also be purchased at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace at 1590 E. Bethany Home Road in Phoenix.


Metro Tech's START Program Hosted Owner Kris Mills of Wok This Way

Metro Tech  START (Students Training for Achievable and Realistic Transitions) Program is an Exceptional Student Services vocational program in which students with disabilities operate food services for the campus. On December 14, the START program hosted owner Kris Mills of Wok This Way, a vegan/vegetarian food truck specializing in offering individuals with special needs empowerment through employment.

Students learned how the food truck operates, the types of jobs available, and were trained on how to cook their award winning signature dish- vegetarian fried rice. The students had a great time learning how their training in food services could be applied across other food service industries, and the students gained some valuable networking experience with Mills.


Ten Metro Tech Student-athletes Were Named to the Sports360AZ All-Academic Cross Country Team

Ten Metro Tech student-athletes were named to the Sports360AZ All-Academic Cross Country team.   First teamers were Anahy Rascon Arevalo;  Hidaly Hernandez; Lizbeth Peraza; Angel Palazvelos; Alexis Beltran; Sebastian Mora; Brandon Hernandez and Jesus Gomez.  All had at least a 4.0 grade point average.  Honorable Mention selections were Daniel Rodiguez and Miguel De La Rosa.  The Knights are coached by John Snyder.


Maryvale High School and Fry’s Food and Grocery Store Supporting the Maryvale Community in a Variety of Ways

Maryvale High School and Fry’s Food and Grocery Store are supporting the Maryvale community in a variety of ways.  The school partners with Fry's to "Feed Spirits.” That is Fry's Culture and Community Promise Team's mission that promotes positive relationships and exemplar customer service to the community.  Fry's has generously provided treats for teacher, student and parent appreciation, and has embraced other Maryvale High School initiatives including Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and Maryvale's Be a Leader Club to promote college awareness and importance. In addition, Ms. Gonzalez' Early Childhood Education (ECE) class has volunteered with Fry's to support their community events as well.   Maryvale ECE students assisted Fry's for their free Santa Picture event, December 13, at which  Fry's donated two holiday meals to Maryvale High School families.  The students are also working with the store to collect new and gently used books. The books will be presented in February during Love of Reading month to partner district Cartwright.


Franklin Counselor Dr. Tom Nerini Was Sworn in as a Board Member for the Maricopa Community Colleges

Franklin counselor Dr. Tom Nerini was sworn in as a board member for the Maricopa Community Colleges, December 10  to represent District 5 in the southwest portion of the district.  He fills the seat vacated by Alfredo Gutierrez. Nerini was asked to run for the seat, collected all the signatures needed to get on the ballot, but when the November election came, he had no opposition and the election was cancelled. His term runs until the end of 2020.      


Betty Fairfax Running Back Anthodius Ashley Was Named to the Class 5A All-State Football Team

Running back Anthodius Ashley was named to the Class 5A All-State Football team.  Ashley was the 5A Region Player of the Year and the PUHSD Football Player of the Year.  This past season he rushed for 2,098 yards and 34 touchdowns, averaging 209.8 yards per game and 8.4 yards per carry.


The Cesar Chavez Germanic Language Culture Club Takes Part in a Deutschsprachiger Weihnachtsgottesdienst

The Cesar Chavez Germanic Language Culture Club takes part in a Deutschsprachiger Weihnachtsgottesdienst or German Christmas Service each year with the German Society of Arizona.  This year’s event was December 17 in Ahwatukee.  There was Weighnachtsliedersingen (caroling) and caffeetrinken (coffee) mit weihnachtsplatzchen (with Christmas cookies).

There are 35 students in the German-speaking cultural club, sponsored by Exceptional Students (ESS) teacher Dr. Petra Schmid-Riggins.  She grew up in Stuttgart, Germany and emigrated with her five-year old daughter to Arizona in 1995. 

“I am deeply rooted in my German origins and culture and would like to pass on the rich language and culture to my club members and future students,” Schmid-Riggins said.

She will be teaching German at Chavez next school year.  


The Chavez Girls Soccer Team Won the Bronze Division Championship of the Chandler Prep Girls Soccer Tournament

The Chavez Girls Soccer Team won the Bronze Division Championship of the Chandler Prep Girls Soccer Tournament, beating McClintock, 2-1, in  the title game December 15. Through four games, the girls scored 11 goals, while holding their opponents to just three, with 2 shutouts.


Cesar Chavez Senior Andrew Blitzke Was Named to the 6A All State Football Team as a Running Back

Senior Andrew Blitzke was named to the 6A All State Football Team as a running back. Blitzke  rushed for 1,384 yards, for a 9.5 yards a carry average and scored 22 touchdowns for the Champions.  He also led the team in tackles from his linebacker position.  He was the Metro Region Player of the Year, and the All-Phoenix Union Offensive Player of the Year.


Central's The Global Studies Magnet Program Will Welcome Students and Staff from Costa Rica

The Global Studies magnet program will welcome students and staff from Costa Rica, beginning January 14. The students are from Colegio Santa Maria de Guadalupe. Central families will host the group, which will spend some time on campus, as well as visit the sights of Arizona.  The Central Global Studies students will have a busy travel semester as well, visiting Japan in February, China in March and France and Costa Rica in April.   


Linda Abril Educational Academy Had its Mid-year Graduation, December 19

Linda Abril Educational Academy had its mid-year graduation, December 19, with 55 students graduating.  The ceremony took place at Central High School. Over 2,000 students have avoided dropping out and earning their high school diplomas through a personalized, accelerated credit recovery program.


In This Season of Giving You Can Give and Receive a Dollar-for-Dollar Tax Credit

In this season of giving, you can give, and then receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your tax return when you contribute to Phoenix Union schools through the Arizona Education Tax Credit program.  Individuals can contribute up to $200, couples filing jointly, up to $400 if they contribute to eligible extracurricular activities such as athletics, the arts, clubs and career-related school organizations.  The deadline is April 15, but many are already considering their 2018 taxes.  For more information on which schools or programs are eligible, visit www.phoenixunion.org.taxcredit.


Forty-four Men and Women Who Starred as High School Athletes or Coaches Were Inducted into the Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame

Forty-four men and women who starred as high school athletes or coaches were inducted into the Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame at the 4th Annual Hall of Fame Induction dinner and ceremony at Grand Canyon University Arena, December 17.  Over 500 people were in attendance.  While the focus was on the 1980-84 era, there were many more athletes named to the Historical Era athletes.    Among the inductees were South Mountain and NFL alums Byron Evans and Manny Hendrix; Alhambra’s Lynn Larson (Baltimore Colts), Alhambra and ASU golf coach Linda Vollstedt, and LPGA player Lauri Merten, and a trio of East High Basketball state champions Billy Jordan, Bruce Barge and Bryan Williams.  It was a stroll down memory lane for inductees, friends and family.


Phoenix Union Has Nine Teachers Who Earned Their National Board Certification this Year

Phoenix Union has nine teachers who earned their National Board Certification this year. The teachers were announced December 18, and a team of administrators and other National Board Certified employees went to the different schools to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.

Considered the teaching profession’s highest honor, National Board Certification is presented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to teachers who demonstrate, through a performance assessment, that they meet the high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.  

This year’s National Board Certified Teachers are:  

North High School: Robert Baines, English; Anne Valerie Boisdin, World Languages and Nick Valente: English. Franklin Police & Fire: Deborah Hannum, Math and Ted Turley, English; Camelback: Richard Bailey: English; Bioscience: Po-pe Enrique, Math.  Phoenix Coding Academy: Shoshanna Kroeger, Science.  Academies at South Mountain:  Jennifer Petrella: Exceptional Student Services.  Metro Tech’s Andrew Chapman, Science, earned re-certification this year.  

Phoenix Union currently has 67 National Board Certified Teachers.   This is the second year in a row the District has had nine new NBC Teachers.  Only Maricopa Unified had more this year in Arizona, with 11.  

Only two percent of teachers in the U.S. are Nationally Board Certified.  Phoenix Union recognizes these educators with a $3,000 annual stipend.


Phoenix Union schools Will Be Closed for Winter Break from Friday, December 21 through January 6

Phoenix Union schools will be closed for Winter Break from Friday, December 21 through January 6.  Classes resume Monday, January 7.


The Trevor Browne Automotive Technology Program Take the Fruits of their Talents to the Top

The Trevor Browne automotive technology program took the fruits of their talents to the top earlier this month at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the largest automotive trade show in the world.   SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association.  The students built two cars, in conjunction with the C3 after school program (Cars, College and Careers,) that were shown at SEMA,   One of the cars was a 2018 Ford Mustang GT for Procharger's Official Trade Show booth. Through the C3 program with the help of sponsors and donors, the students were able to modify the vehicle with a Procharger Supercharger sport suspension, custom wheels and tires, intake exhaust modifications, and light body modifications involving carbon fiber upgraded parts. The second vehicle was a 2018 Ford Raptor that was built to be a part of Ford’s Official Ford Performance booth. The modifications to the vehicle included upgraded turbos, intake and exhaust modifications, upgraded cooling system radiator, upgraded transmission cooler, upgraded charge air cooler, custom wheel and tires, and installation of off-road front and rear bumpers that included some vehicle frame modifications.

“Generally it is a feat to have one vehicle built and ready to be shown at SEMA and our students took on the challenge of building two our first time out. It took a lot of late nights after school in the shop to get it done but our students were determined to make it happen,” instructor Will Medina said.

Students performed 95% of the work on the vehicles; the remainder of the work was safety sensitive and had to be done by their instructor. In his conversations with other builders and industry members at the show, Medina said they were shocked that students actually built the vehicles and did not believe it until he showed pictures of the students getting their hands dirty during the build process.

“Some mentioned that the vehicles we brought could stand side-by-side with any professional builder’s quality and workmanship. Great work by the students involved.”

On the SEMA website, it says of the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world:  “It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place.”  Nice to know Trevor Browne students are part of that crowd.


South Mountain Journalism Teacher Anne Montgomery is Launching her Novel Called A Light in the Desert

Journalism teacher Anne Montgomery is launching her novel called A Light in the Desert, with a book talk at Changing Hands Bookstore, Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m.  This book, a mystery/suspense novel based on a 1995 train derailment in Arizona, was originally self-published, but was picked up by a publisher after they published another book Montgomery wrote entitled The Scent of Rain, about the polygamists in Colorado City.  Another, called Nothing But Echos is a historical fiction based on Flagstaff 900 years ago, scheduled for release next year.  She has a fourth book, The Castle, based on a crime spree set in Arizona’s Montezuma’s Castle, which she hopes will be published.

Montgomery’s career has included television sportscasting here in Phoenix and eventually to ESPN.  She has been a free-lance writer, a baseball umpire, and a high school football referee.

She will re-unite with a former Channel 10 colleague and anchor, Mary Jo West, who will moderate the book talk and launch.  Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix is located at 3rd Ave. and Camelback.


North’s Future Business Leaders of America Chapter Partnered for the 2nd Year with Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy

North’s Future Business Leaders of America Chapter partnered for the 2nd year with Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy.  As part of North's FBLA Kickoff, 22 members helped pack 30 care kits along with writing letters to our troops overseas, November 22.  These care kits will be sent to Operation Gratitude warehouse in California where they will be placed in large care packages before they are sent out to the troops.  Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy is a national high school leadership program focused on impact through action. 


Cesar Chavez Students and Students at the Gila Crossing Community School Are Joining in for The Hour of Code

Cesar Chavez students and students at the Gila Crossing Community School (K-8) are joining in for The Hour of Code, to kick off Computer Science Education Week, Thursday, November 29 at the Gila Crossing Community School in Laveen. 

The students from Gila Crossing (on the Gila River Reservation) will be joined by students from Cesar Chavez High School's "Native American Code Writers Program.”  These students are a part of the larger high school program that provides Computer Science education to Native American communities from across the state.  This event is organized by Science Foundation Arizona.


ALhambra's Jesus Vasquez Leyva Has Been Named a Semifinalist for a 2019 Coca-Cola Scholarship

Jesus Vasquez Leyva has been named a semifinalist for a 2019 Coca-Cola Scholarship.  Over 95,000 applications were received, and Vasquez was one of 1,896 students selected.  After another review in January, 250 Regional Finalists will emerge, with 150 becoming Coca-Cola Scholars.  The scholarship is valued at $20,000.

Leyva has been at Alhambra all four years, and is currently ranked 16th in his senior class.  He has been in Student Government for four years, played varsity baseball all four years (captain for two), is a member of the National Honors Society, an ACE (Achieving a College Education) student attending Glendale Community College on Saturdays, and works two part-time jobs.  Leyva would like to be a Civil Engineer.   He has been accepted at ASU and is currently waiting to hear back from other universities.


Basketball Season is Underway

Basketball season is underway, and it started with a new Phoenix Union tournament for the boys over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Called the Coyote Classic in a nod to the original Phoenix Union High School mascot, the 24-team tournament held at Central, North and South Mountain started with pool play and then seeded teams in three eight-team brackets.  All 11 PUHSD teams competed.

 In the gold championship, Cesar Chavez fell to Mountain Pointe, 74-64.  In the gold consolation, Central beat Valley Vista, 57-49.  

 In the silver bracket, Carl Hayden advanced to the championship game before losing to Desert Mountain.  South took Willow Canyon in the consolation game.  

 In the bronze bracket Camelback defeated Mountain View Marana in the championship game, and Trevor Browne topped Maryvale in the consolation game.

 The All-Tournament Team had three PUHSD athletes--Cinsere West- Central; Terrance Green- Carl Hayden and Zay Freeney- South Mountain.

 This new tournament replaces the Phoenix Union Holiday Classic that took place over the Winter Break.


The Association of the United States Army and Phoenix Union JROTC Hosts the 30th Annual Armed Forces Career Officer Day Luncheon

The Association of the United States Army and Phoenix Union JROTC hosted the 30th annual Armed Forces Career Officer Day luncheon at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, November 20.  All District JROTC programs attended along with 24 Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps JROTC programs from throughout the state. Recruiters from the United States Military Academies (West Point, Annapolis, Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard), ASU, Arizona, NAU, New Mexico Military Institute, Norwich and Emory Riddle Aeronautical University all attended.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Daniel Monarrez (Trevor Browne Class of 2001 and U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 2015) was the guest speaker.

This program is designed to expose high school Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets to the challenges of a career in the military and the rewards of service to the country.  The event focuses on all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and exposes Cadets to the opportunities in attending college on the path to becoming a commissioned officer in the Armed Forces.

Over 340 JROTC students, educators, sponsors, military members, recruiters, veterans and family members attended. 


The Fourth Annual Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Has Moved to the Grand Canyon University Arena

The fourth annual Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner has been moved to the Grand Canyon University Arena, from Talking Stick Resort Arena. The event is December 17.  Forty-three inductees will be honored in the following categories: Historic Era Coaches, Modern Era Coaches (1980-84); Modern Era Athletes, and Special Inductees. For information regarding attending, contact Samantha Keene in the PUHSD Athletic Department, at 602 764-1334 or keene@phoenixunion.org .


Phoenix Union Campuses Have Attained the Designation as an Energy Star-Certified Building

You have probably heard of the Energy Star program on appliances, but that designation can also apply to buildings, including schools. 

And for the third year in a row, all eligible Phoenix Union campuses have attained the designation as an Energy Star-Certified Building.

Certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emission than typical buildings.  Through the District’s energy management practices, Phoenix Union has earned Energy Star Certification at 17 campuses.  This year, recently built schools Linda Abril and Coding Academy joined the ranks. 

To be eligible for Energy Star certification, a building must earn an Energy Star score of 75 or higher, indicating that it performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. 

Of the 17 schools (Wilson College Prep was not rated) 11 scored 92 or above, meaning more efficient than 92% of similar education institutions.  That’s a straight-A report card.


The Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board Will Have Two New Members for 2019

The Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board will have two new members for 2019 as a result of the November 6 Election­—Steve Gallardo in Ward 5 and Naketa Ross in Ward 1.

Gallardo won with 51% of the vote in the race to replace retiring board member Linda Abril in the west Phoenix ward Gallardo is a veteran of Arizona governance, including serving as Phoenix Union Board Member from 2005-2008. 

Ross, who is new to elected office, will represent Phoenix Union in the southwest Phoenix/Laveen ward, capturing 63% of the vote. 

Stephanie Parra retained her Ward 3 seat in the northeast district.  She will begin her second four-year term in January.

Incumbents Stanford Prescott, Ward 2 and Laura Pastor, Ward 4, were unopposed in this election cycle.  

Ian Danley and Lela Alston are the at-large members of the seven-person board whose terms run through 2020.


Trevor Browne’s Cars, College & Career (C3) After-School Program Received Some Exposure and VIP Treatment

Trevor Browne’s Cars, College & Career (C3) after-school program received some exposure and VIP treatment.   It was featured in an article in the ISM Raceway magazine at the recent CanAm 500 NASCAR race, November 10.    NASCAR Truck Series driver Ben Rhodes, who is 21 years old, came to the school to participate in their classroom instruction in October and invited the students out to ISM Raceway for lunch and pace car rides during the opening week of the track.   The C3 program provides mentoring and job skill training to students twice a week at the Trevor Browne auto shop, learning automotive repair and car customization. 


The Trevor Browne Choir Has Had a Very Busy Second Quarter

The Trevor Browne Choir has had a very busy second quarter. After hosting the TGB Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game, the Greater Phoenix Honor Choir Festival, and the outdoor acoustic solo show Spotlight, the choir then traveled to some exciting performances.

They performed for the Arizona Association of Student Councils Annual President Advisor Lunch earlier this month. The event brought together over 600 attendees from throughout the state. The choir then traveled to Tucson for a performance at the Arizona Department of Education ESSA Conference, November 15.

“Our students represented our program, our school, and our district at all of these performances with great professionalism and enthusiasm. We are very proud of them,” Choir Director Nick Halonen said.


The Academies at South Mountain Finished 2nd to Cesar Chavez in the Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon Scrimmage

The Academies at South Mountain finished 2nd to Cesar Chavez in the Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon scrimmage, November 16-17 at Cesar Chavez High School.  The top scorer for the Jaguars was Bianca Quintero, who also won a gold medal in Honors Language and Literature, a silver in Speech and a bronze in Essay and Math.  She had 6,752.9 points, and was just five points short of finishing in the top three of the Honors division.  Alyssia Thomas won gold in Honors Interview.  Dazhane Brown won a gold in Scholastic Interview, and a bronze in Speech. Anjilique Hernandez won a silver in Scholastic Essay.   Angel Ramos earned a silver in Varsity Math.  Marissa De Santiago won a silver in Honors Language and Literature, and bronze in Honors Speech Impromptu and Honors Music.


Phoenix Coding Academy Hosted Code Day on November 10-11

Phoenix Coding Academy hosted Code Day on November 10-11. Coding Academy students Trinity Coronado and Daniela Arguesta Alay won for Most Creative. Onasanyvo Motundrade, Albert Kha of Coding, and Kevin Daughtery of North High won Most Unique. 


It Was Another Successful Season for the North High Marching Band

It was another successful season for the North High Marching Band, placing in two festivals in November.  The Mustangs placed 10th overall in Division IV at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) State Marching Festival, November 3.  , and earned captions for Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding General Effect and Outstanding Percussion Performance.  The next weekend, North placed 10th in  Division 2A of the Arizona Marching Band Association Championships.  Daniel Eaton is the North Band Director.


Metro Tech High School Completed its 5th Annual Diversity Camp Earlier this Month at Pine Summit Camp in Prescott

Metro Tech High School  completed its 5th annual Diversity Camp earlier this month at Pine Summit Camp in Prescott. With the theme of “Making Connections,” nearly 100 Metro Tech Knights, nominated by teachers for their leadership potential, participated in activities to help them learn about racism, prejudice, stereotypes, and self-esteem all in an environment away from campus.  French teacher Ellen Driscoll and Student Study Facilitator Roberto Valadez directed the camp.


Three Metro Tech Students Were Among the First Nine Seniors to Receive Students Inspiring Students Scholarships from Grand Canyon University

Three Metro Tech students were among the first nine seniors to receive Students Inspiring Students Scholarships from Grand Canyon University.  Jeremy Cubbage, Fatima Al-Shamari and Giselle Loredo were invited to the school, November 13, with their parents, supposedly for a scholarship information meeting, but left with four-year full-tuition scholarships. 

“We were just expecting information on the next step of the process,” said Cubbage, who came with his father.  When we saw the balloons and the lights, and realized we won the scholarship, my dad and I were open-mouthed.”  I come from a low-income family, so I knew from the start of high school that I had to step up my game.  That’s the whole reason I started going to the Learning Lounge.”

The students have been attending the ACE (Academic and Career Excellence Centers) at the GCU Learning Lounge, and have banked over 100 hours needed for eligibility for the scholarship.  As part of the scholarship program, they will pay it forward, providing academic support and tutoring for 100 hours in the Learning Lounge for the next group of high school students.  In March, 41 more students will be selected for the Students Inspiring Students scholarships.


The Carl Hayden Lady Falcons Robotics Team Competed at a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Tournament

The Carl Hayden Lady Falcons Robotics Team competed at a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics tournament, November 17 in Gilbert.  Despite their robot was not functioning at the beginning of the day, the Lady Falcons recovered and  battled to a record of 3 wins and 2 losses.  They were ranked 10th out of 22 teams after the qualification rounds and unfortunately they were not picked to play in the elimination rounds.   This is Carl Hayden’s first year in the FTC.  The robots must fit in an 18-inch cube and can only weigh 42 pounds. 

“We are promoting women in STEM by having an all-female team.” Coach Ken Whitley said.  


Betty Fairfax Track and Field Standout Ma’Kayla Dickerson Has Signed a Letter of Intent and Will Receive an Athletic Scholarship to run track at Arizona State University

Track and Field standout Ma’Kayla Dickerson has signed a letter of intent and will receive an athletic scholarship to run track at Arizona State University. While receiving multiple offers, Dickerson had made official visits to Arizona State, Washington, Iowa, and Oklahoma prior to signing her letter of intent.  Last year she won Division II State titles in the 300 meter hurdles, (setting a state record) and the high jump, and finished 2nd in the 200 meter and 100 meter hurdles.  As a freshman in 2016, she was the champion in the 300-meter hurdles and 200-meter sprint and second in the 100-meters.  In 2017, she had two seconds in the 300 hurdles and 200-meter sprint.  Dickerson’s all-around athleticism included a first place finish at a state heptathlon last spring, as well, as playing basketball for the Fairfax Stampede.  She was an All-Metro Region and All-PUHSD Player of the year the past two seasons.


Cesar Chavez Was Well-represented on the 6A Metro All-Region Teams

Cesar Chavez was well-represented on the 6A Metro All-Region teams.  Andrew Blitzke, a running back and linebacker was the Player of the Year, and Manuel Alcantar was the Coach of the Year.  The Champions also had nine other players on the All-Region  1st Team.  On Offense 1st Team: Lucus Arnds, quarterback; offensive linemen Jay Martin and Rueben Maldanado, receivers Thairyk Blue, Dav’eyoune Camp, and Jaleel Walker.  On defense: defensive backs Shay Guidry and Geoge Poland and linebacker Samuel Hernandez.   Thairyk Blue was also the All-Region kick returner;


Cesar Chavez Students and Students at the Gila Crossing Community School (K-8) are joining in for The Hour of Code

Cesar Chavez students and students at the Gila Crossing Community School (K-8) are joining in for The Hour of Code, to kick off Computer Science Education Week, Thursday, November 29 at the Gila Crossing Community School in Laveen. 

The students from Gila Crossing (on the Gila River Reservation) will be joined by students from Cesar Chavez High School's "Native American Code Writers Program.”  These students are a part of the larger high school program that provides Computer Science education to Native American communities from across the state.  This event is organized by Science Foundation Arizona.


Cesar Chavez Dominated the Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon Tournament, November 16-17

Cesar Chavez dominated the Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon tournament, November 16-17, hosted by the Champions. Chavez won 75 medals out of a possible 90.  Twenty-four Chavez students won medals in this scrimmage format that allows more than nine students competing.   At the regionals and state, nine decathletes make up a team.    South Mountain was second and Maryvale was third in the competition. 

Chavez also had the top three overall scorers in each division-Honors, Scholastic and Varsity.  Gold Overall scorers Irma Ceco; Clara Martinez and Kenya Sterns; Silver Overall scorers were Sergio Avila, Tina Chen and Kelly Husmann; Bronze Overall scorers were Nabil Adem, Karla Fonseca and Nimo Ismail.

Cesar Chavez High School will host the Region II Decathlon, February 1-2, with top teams advancing to the State Academic Decathlon.

Coach William Kibler thanked the volunteers who helped Chavez host the event. 

“Special thanks to all the volunteers- parents, friends, students, former students, certified staff, classified staff and administration that helped.  Cesar Chavez brought more judges than any other school.  We cannot win these victories year after year without the support of those here.   This, more than anything else, is really a tribute to the success of Cesar Chavez as a school and as a community.


Adam Cardona Was One of Two Phoenix Union Seniors Honored at the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards

Adam Cardona was one of two Phoenix Union seniors  honored at the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards, held November 14 in Scottsdale.  Cardona is a member of the Gila River Akimel O’odtham community.  He is the president of the   Youth Council at Chavez, and a district representative for the Gila River Youth Council. Cardona alsto attends Metro Tech for computer maintenance and cyber security.  His volunteer work includes participating in a local district cleanup for his community, helping host  a college day event, preparing fod boxes for community distribution and facilitating a community-wide conference.  He hopes to pursue his career in software, development, computer programming and cybersecurity.


Casey Clanton Became the Third Phoenix Central High School Senior this Month to Commit to a Division I College for Football

Casey Clanton became the third Phoenix Central High School senior this month to commit to a Division I college for football.

Clanton, a tight end and defensive lineman, said he has committed to Ohio University after his official visit to Athens, Ohio.

Brothers Eloi and Cosmas Kwete signed with Massachusetts and Washington State, respectively.


The Past Few Weeks the Spartan Paws Club Has Been Very Busy

The past few weeks the Spartan Paws Club has been very busy. Service dogs in Training (SDIT) Fallon and Wonder embarked on Spartan Paw’s first training trip to Disneyland as a part of advanced training. Puppy raisers helped the SDITs navigate the parks and practice in large crowds.  

“Fallon and Wonder will be ready for any adventures with their future partners because of these wonderful experiences. SDIT Fallon and Wonder will graduate in January and move on to assist children with disabilities,” club sponsor and teacher Valerie Newman said.

Spartan Paws also hosted the 2nd Annual Axel Rose Memorial Award ceremony.  Leigh Mitchell, an aide in the Community-BasedTraining (CBT) classroom received the Axel Rose Award for her outstanding service and dedication to the Spartan Paws Program and puppy raising. Lifeline Assistance Dogs was also proud to present the first ever Lifeline Assistance Dogs- “Just a Dream” Scholarship named after “Redyre Just a Dream-Aero the Rottweiler” to Spartan Paws President Ayla Peterson. This $500 scholarship will be awarded to a 11th or 12th grade Spartan Paws Member annually. Spartan Paws has helped Lifeline Assistance Dogs train 18 service dogs over the past four years. 


Thirty-six Teams and 127 6th-12th Graders Hacked Overnight at the Innovation Hackathon at Camelback Last Weekend

Thirty-six teams and 127 6th-12th graders hacked overnight at the Innovation Hackathon at Camelback last weekend.  The young innovators spent 19 hours working to solve problems in food sustainability, renewable resources, education and freshwater.  At the end, 16 finalists- the top two teams in all four categories for middle and high school-vied for the best overall hack.  The team of Trevor Armenta, Kaleb Crawley and Elijah Cardin (left to right in photo) of Camelback produced the Best Hack of 2018.  This team learned that 65% of California fires are caused by batteries not disposed properly.  They created a company called TEK Batteries that manufactures batteries without sulfuric acid, and provides a service to collect used cell phone and car batteries.

There were keynote speakers from entrepreneurs at the opening session to inspire the students’ creativity and innovation, and “challenge the students to be bold, confident risk-takers. 

“Chef CJ from Nello's worked with our advanced culinary students for the first hack of the evening preparing a 5 star meal and turned the school cafeteria into a fine dining experience,”  DECA advisor and entrepreneur teacher Maria Ciolfi-Abrams said.

 A 2 a.m. hack dance-off kept the students awake, and the 10 a.m. pitch competition lead to the Best Hacks of 2018.  

  Camelback DECA created and implemented this event, which included several community partners and several partner elementary schools.

“Thank you Maria for such an amazing event. Thanks to the DECA students as well for organizing the event and for all of their hard work. It was such a success and I can’t wait until next year,” wrote Taylor Smith of McKesson Labs.

“The students that we brought enjoyed the experience and want to do it again.   We appreciate all that helped and all the other teams that   competed. Congratulations to all the winners,” Leslee Jonovich, Pat Tillman Middle School Science and STEAM educator said.

 

“Students never cease to amaze me with their innovation and excitement. Congratulations to all those involved and to the inspiration you, the educators, provided for these students so that they are able to see themselves as the next innovators,” wrote Cori Araza, K-12 STEM Outreach, GCU.

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Jowun Ben was one of two Phoenix Union seniors honored at the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards, held November 14 in Scottsdale.  Ben, a full Navajo, has a 3.8 unweighted grade point average (4.6 weighted.) She participates in the Upward Bound program, New Pathways for Youth, Phoenix Indian Center’s Future Inspired Native American leaders program and Youth Council.  She also finds time to be a member of Eco-Spartans, the TV Media club, National Honors Society, school newspaper, Diversity leadership Alliance, ASU Pro-Mod and the school’s science club.  Ben also works at a local grocery store.  She plans to attend ASU, double major in political science and biochemistry, and ultimately attend the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine to become a cardiothoracic surgeon.


Alhambra's Yasmin Romero Was Among the First Nine Seniors to Receive Students Inspiring Students Scholarships from Grand Canyon University

Yasmin Romero was among the first nine seniors to receive Students Inspiring Students Scholarships from Grand Canyon University, Novembeer 13.  The students were invited to the school with their parents, supposedly for a scholarship information meeting, but left with four-year full-tuition scholarships. 

The students have been attending the ACE (Academic and Career Excellence Centers) at the GCU Learning Lounge, and have banked over 100 hours needed for eligibility for the scholarship.  As part of the scholarship program, they will pay it forward, providing academic support and tutoring for 100 hours in the Learning Lounge for the next group of high school students.  In March, 41 more students will be selected for the Students Inspiring Students scholarships.


Members of the Alhambra Culinary Pride Club Attended the Skills USA Leadership Training Camp

Members of the Alhambra Culinary Pride Club attended the SkillsUSA Leadership Training Camp in Williams, Arizona, November 14-16.  They had the opportunity to experience intense leadership training, that focused on workplace skills, personal skills, and technical skills grounded in academics. The SkillsUSA framework challenges students to thinks about their personal role in their community and school. During the camp experience, students also had the opportunity to collaborate with students from across the state to set goals to accomplish during the school year. In addition, the Alhambra SkillsUSA team has been recognized as a Quality Chapter, also the student leadership from Alhambra in attendance earned the Statesman Award and pin for their commitment and dedication to the program. 


The Fourth Annual Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner has Been Moved to the Grand Canyon University Arena

The fourth annual Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner has been moved to the Grand Canyon University Arena, from Talking Stick Resort Arena.   The event is December 17.  Thirty-eight inductees will be honored in the following categories: Historic Era Coaches, Modern Era Coaches (1980-84); Modern Era Athletes, and Special Inductees. For information regarding attending, contact Samantha Keene in the PUHSD Athletic Department, at 602 764-1334 or keene@phoenixunion.org .


Trevor Browne Has a New Traffic Pattern Entering the School

Trevor Browne has a new traffic pattern entering the school.   Catalina Drive at 75th Avenue will be closed off with no entry, beginning November 13.       The main access to the south side of school and main entrance is now via 74th Ave off Thomas Road. There is a new traffic light and a new flow of traffic to drop off or pick up students.  The school’s security and safety team is working with city and district traffic coordinators to make the new traffic flow safe and efficient for our community.


South Mountain had its Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams Qualify for the State Championships

South Mountain had its Boys and Girls Cross Country teams qualify for the state championships, November 10.  The Boys finished 16th, led by Jesus Campos, who finished 20th out of 190 runners.  The Girls placed 24th.


The Maryvale Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams Qualified for the Division I State Championship Race

The Maryvale Boys and Girls Cross Country teams qualified for the Division I State Championship race, November 10.  The girls finished 11th, thanks to the trio of Ariz Duarte (41st), Annette Carrasco Cota (46th) and Janet Chavez (47th).  The Panthers placed 20th in the Boys division.


Carl Hayden HS Boys Place at the Division II State Cross Country Championship

Ben Morfin finished 11th and Fidel De Los Rios was 27th in the 190-runner Boys Division II State Cross Country Championship at Cave Creek Golf Course, November 10.   The Falcon Boys finished 12th in the team standings.  The Hayden Girls finished 25th, with Virdiana Ruiz’s 36th place finish leading the way in the 197-athlete field.


Central HS Places at the Division II State Cross Country Championship

Kamila Yaine placed 22nd and Kayla Eldred was 36th to lead the Central Girls to a 15th place finish at the Division II State Cross Country Championship, held November 10 at Cave Creek Golf Course.   The two runners were part of a 197-athlete three-mile race. In the boys division, Hanibal Haile, a 9th grader placed 58th among 190 runners, but the Bobcats finished 25th in the team standings.


Camelback is Hosting an Overnight Champions for Change Innovation Hackathon

Camelback is hosting an overnight Champions for Change Innovation Hackathon, Friday and Saturday, November 16-17.   The Hackathon includes entrepreneurship, engineering and Montessori science students from Camelback as well as 5th-8th graders from four partner elementary schools-- Madison #1, Pat Tillman, William T. Machan and  Wilson Elementary.   There will be 36 teams and 130 students participating.

The students and teachers will focus the hack on four of the goals from the Global Goals Initiative Campaign-- solving problems concerning fresh water, education, renewable resources and food sustainability.

The teams of inventors (students) will come to the Hack with a problem to solve and the idea for their prototype. They will have Friday evening through Saturday morning to build their prototype (in the school’s maker space) and create their pitch board.    They will pitch their idea to a panel of judges to compete for awards in various categories, Saturday morning.

Several community partners, colleges and entrepreneurs will help kick off the event, including keynote speakers and young entrepreneurs Josh Elizetxe (Alhambra graduate) and Anthony Agrawal  at 4:45 p.m. Friday.  The first “hack” of the evening will be two Farm-to-Table Chefs who will be working with Camelback’s advanced culinary students to prepare the evening meal.  

AZ Sci-Tech, Grand Canyon University, Gateway Community College, McKesson and other industry and community partners will provide for an extraordinary line-up of workshops and mini challenges throughout the event with a final design and pitch competition on Saturday morning to showcase the innovative solutions of these young problem solvers. A final Shark Tank competition at 11:30 a.m. will determine the top awards.

The Camelback Entrepreneurship/DECA Club students came up with this event.  They secured the sponsors, met with the teachers, and designed the agenda. 


Alhambra HS Teacher Named the Rio Salado College Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member this Semester

Alhambra English Teacher Melynda McBride was named the Rio Salado College Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member this semester.


The Fourth Annual Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Has Been Moved to the Grand Canyon University Arena

The fourth annual Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner has been moved to the Grand Canyon University Arena, from Talking Stick Resort Arena.   The event is December 17.


Phoenix Union Won Three Excellence and Three Merit Awards at the Arizona School Public Relations Association ASRPA*tion Awards

Phoenix Union won three Excellence and three Merit awards at the Arizona School Public Relations Association ASRPA*tion Awards, November 9 in Chandler.   The Awards of Excellence were for Multimedia Marketing Campaign (High School Expo); Special Purpose Publication (STEAM Posters) and Video (Superintendent’s Address).  Awards of Merit were Identity/Image Package (Billboard campaign); Writing (Chavez Football in Alaska media release) and Newsletter (Education Phoenix, Spring 2018.)


The Annual Phoenix Union Employee Appreciation and Awards Reception Was Held at Metro Tech

The annual Phoenix Union Employee Appreciation and Awards Reception was held at Metro Tech, November 8.  Over 130 employees were there to celebrate their five-year milestones, from five years all the way to 40 years.  In total, 570 employees hit those five-year marks as of June 30 this year.  Dr. Chad Gestson and board member Lela Alston gave out service pins and certificates to the 5, 10 and 15-year employees, and plaques and pins to the 20, 25 and 30-year employees.  There was one 40-year employee, James Wiley, a grounds equipment mechanic, and two 35-year honorees, Kellie Burris, assistant to the principal and Loraine Jennas, business teacher, both from Camelback.  Metro Tech Culinary Arts and the Small Business and Floral program provided the food and decorations.   


Phoenix Union Will Hold its First Academic Decathlon Competition of the Season

Phoenix Union will hold its first Academic Decathlon competition of the season, Friday and Saturday, November 16-17 at Cesar Chavez High School.  It will be a tune-up for the Regionals that will take place in February. 


Seven Trevor Browne Students Competed at the Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition

Seven Trevor Browne students competed at the Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition held at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at ASU, November 3. Three students were finalists, and two made it to the national competition, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in the spring.  Celeste Ceja and Tramanh Dao are national qualifiers.  Brian Castro is a state finalist.   It is the first time Trevor Browne has participated in the competition.  

The National Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition, named after former Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan, serves as an opportunity for high school students participating in Marshall-Brennan classes to showcase their oral advocacy skills, network, and learn about careers in the law.   In the competition, two opposing attorneys argue about what the law should be regarding a Constitutional question.  They must use previous decisions made by actual courts.  


The Trevor Browne M.E.Ch.A. Club Hosted the 10th Annual Phoenix Union M.E.Ch.A Conference

The Trevor Browne M.E.Ch.A. club hosted the 10th annual Phoenix Union M.E.Ch.A Conference, November 2, attracting over 300 students from 11 schools. The theme of the conference was “Dreams to Action.”  Students enjoyed an opening ceremony, and attended workshops on leadership skills, advocacy, civic engagement, education and history.  The District Governing Board was recognized for establishing an Indigenous People’s Day in PUHSD (formerly Columbus Day) at the October board meeting.  Tupac Enrique, who is a member of the United Nations Indigenous People’s Council, spoke at the opening ceremony.  M.E.Ch.A. stands for El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan. It is a nationwide organization that recognizes the importance of higher learning and activism in the development of communities committed to social justice. 


The Jaguar JROTC Raider Team Competed in the 8th Annual Padilla Memorial Meet at Rio Rico High School

The Jaguar JROTC Raider team competed in the 8th annual Padilla Memorial Meet at Rio Rico High School, November 3. The co-ed team of eight cadets competed in eight events which included building a one-rope rescue stretcher and evacuating a casualty over 100 meters; running a two-mile obstacle course; a fitness test of push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups; an 8x400-meter relay while carrying a nine pound dummy rifle; a 50-meter fireman's carry relay;  a kettle bell relay; and a vehicle pull. The Jaguars brought home first place in the Kettle Bell Relay and third place in the vehicle pull.


Metro Tech Teacher Andrew Chapman Received Notification that his National Board Certification has Been Renewed

Physics teacher and gifted and talented facilitator Andrew Chapman received notification that his National Board Certification has been renewed through 2028.  He became a National Board Certified teacher in 2008 while at Bioscience High School.


MetroTech’s Future Business Leaders of America Will Escort the Residents of the Arizona State Veterans Home to the Veterans Day Parade

MetroTech’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will again escort the residents of the Arizona State Veterans Home to the Veterans Day Parade, Monday, November 12. Ensuring the veterans get to go to the parade held in their honor is now a 20-year tradition. Students help take the veterans from the home to the parade and festivities so they can enjoy the community honoring them.


The Shop at Metro Tech has Thanksgiving Centerpieces for Sale

The Shop at Metro Tech has Thanksgiving centerpieces for sale, starting at $20 for a fall basket, to conucopias and a rustic fall wood box, all made by Metro Tech students. These centerpieces are also available to the general public. The deadline for ordering is November 14. For information on how to order, contact instructor Jennifer Colvin in the Small Business and Floral program at 602 764-8061.


Maryvale’s Advanced Bella Voce Women’s Choir Participated in the Arizona Choral Educators (ACE) Fall High School Choir Festival

Maryvale’s Advanced Bella Voce Women’s Choir participated in the Arizona Choral Educators (ACE) Fall High School Choir Festival November 2, and received a “Superior” rating, earning an overall score of 94/100.   The Bella Voce Women’s Choir was created during the 2016-2017 school year and has recieved “Superior” and “Gold” ratings at every competition they have attended.

This choir has also participated in none rated festivals at Phoenix College and Chandler Gilbert Community College. and 10 out of the 13-member choir were accepted into the district honor choir which took place on Oct. 26-27.  Bella Voce will also be competing in the NAU Jazz/Madrigal Festival, February 9 and in Washington, D.C., March 30. 

Five of the singers are original Bella Voce members celebrating their third competition season with the choir--Deanna Holguin, Erica Holguin, Elizabeth Lopez Dominguez, and Alyssa Mitchell.

Amanda Taylor, a Maryvale alumnus, is the choir director.


Carl Hayden JROTC and Student Government is holding its first Veterans Day Dinner and Recognition Ceremony

Carl Hayden JROTC and Student Government is holding its first Veterans Day Dinner and Recognition ceremony, tonight (November 7) at the school cafeteria.  It is also the birthday of the Marine Corps.  The school is inviting veterans within the Carl Hayden attendance boundaries, civic leaders, as well as high school students and their parents.  A special POW/MIA ceremony will also be a memorable part of the program, complete with bagpipes, the playing of Taps and March out Drum roll.  The Carl Hayden band will also play a medley of service songs. 


The Central Varsity Spiritline Qualified for State at the AIA Game Day Competition

The Central Varsity Spiritline qualified for State at the AIA Game Day competition, November 3.


Central Received 3rd Place for Her Piece in the Dia de los Muertos Art show

Sheradon Klain received 3rd place for her piece in the Dia de los Muertos Art show at Scottsdale Community College.


Fifteen Central Students and Culinary Arts Teacher Erin Sullivan Worked the Phoenix Suns Slam Dunk Charity Dinner

Fifteen Central students and culinary arts teacher Erin Sullivan worked the Phoenix Suns Slam Dunk Charity Dinner, November 3.  Students each worked their own station and together prepared 2,000 dinners in 29 minutes.   The dishes of the evening were pan-seared chicken breasts with chimichurri, herb roasted purple potatoes and honey chile roasted carrots. The vegetarian option was a portabella mushroom and zucchini napoleon with roasted red pepper coulis, herb roasted purple potatoes and honey chile-roasted potatoes.

“The experience is an invaluable one and I am forever grateful to the chefs at Levy Restaurants for making this incredible experience happen again. Students left realizing that this field was exactly where they wanted to be after high school,” Sullivan said.


Central HS Brothers Are a Powerhouse

The Kwete twins have come a long way from a refugee camp in Zimbabwe, and after four years of high school football at Central, they will separate to opposite ends of the country to play Division I College Football.  Defensive lineman Eloi Kwete committed to play at the University of Massachusetts Monday.  The Umass coach has a Phoenix Union connection- head coach Mark Whipple was a star quarterback at Camelback High School, and is a member of the Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame.  Eloi’s brother and defensive end Cosmas was also being recruited by UMass, but a day later, decided on Washington State.

The two Kwete brothers and an older brother took to American football easily, since all played rugby growing up. Eloi, 6-foot-1, 250 pounds had 223 tackles, 135 solo tackles, eight sacks and four fumble recoveries in 20 varsity games.  Cosmas, 6-foot-3, 250, made azcentral sports' All-Arizona team last season.  He had 54 tackles, eight sacks and caused three fumbles his senior year.


Camelback is Gearing Up for an Overnight Innovation Hackathon

Camelback is gearing up for an overnight Innovation Hackathon, November 17-18.   The  Hackathon includes entrepreneurship,  engineering and Montessori science students from Camelback as well as 5th-8th graders from four partner elementary schools-- Madison #1, Pat Tillman, William T. Machan  and  Wilson Elementary. 

The students and teachers choose to focus the hack on four of the goals from the Global Goals Initiative campaign-- Fresh Water, Education, Food/Agriculture and Recycle & Reuse. 

Several community partners, colleges and entrepreneurs will help kick off the event and the first “hack” of the evening will be two Farm to Table Chefs who will be working with Camelback’s advanced culinary students to prepare the evening meal.  

The teams of inventors (students) will come to the Hack with a problem to solve and the idea for their prototype. They will have Friday evening through Saturday morning to build their prototype (in the school’s maker space) and create their pitch board.    They will pitch their idea to a panel of judges to compete for awards in various categories, Saturday morning.

The Camelback Entrepreneurship/DECA students came up with this event.  They secured the sponsors, met with the teachers, and designed the agenda.


Alhambra Students and Staff Volunteer Their Saturday Morning in Helping Chicanos Por La Causa

Five Alhambra students--Obeth Martinez Rueda, Stephanie Valdez Garcia, Mackenzie Coyle, Dania Rodriguez and Abigail Alteres, joined school nurse Tricia Pitts volunteering their Saturday morning in helping Chicanos Por La Causa with their annual Barrios Bellas project, November 3. Students helped in cleaning up the community near Hayden Park.  


The Alhambra Culinary Arts SkillsUSA Team Had the Opportunity to Hear from Industry Professionals

The Alhambra Culinary Arts SkillsUSA team had the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, November 5. One presenter was the managing director of hospitality at the Gila River Arena, Talking Stick Arena as well as the Grammy Awards hosted at the Staple Center. Students heard firsthand accounts of their favorite celebrities such as Beyoncé who apparently likes Lays potato chips.

The Culinary Arts team has also been recognized for their community service and extracurricular activities achieving the title of Quality SkillsUSA Chapter.


Several Alhambra Students Participated in an Essay Contest Presented by Safed House

Several Alhambra students participated in an essay contest presented by Safed House, a nonprofit that provides a welcoming place for refuges and recent immigrants to share their stories. Four of the six winners were Alhambra students, so naturally, the Award Ceremony is at the school, Wednesday, November 7 at 6 p.m. Graduated senior Alaa Alothman, from Syria, won first place and $500 for her story of her family’s journey to a better life in America.  A video interview by Safed House portrays her escaping Aleppo, Syria, enduring life in a Jordanian refugee camp, experiencing prejudice and isolation in Jordan, meeting influential teacher advocates there, finally moving to Phoenix to finish high school, once again meeting supportive teacher advocates who taught her English and gave her the strength to survive the transition to life in America.  She now is a freshman at Phoenix College, studying to become a teacher to give back to her fellow refugees. 

 

Poung Change, from Myanmar, placed second and  was awarded $250 for his story about the loss of home and finding opportunities in an unfamiliar land.  His whole family left Myanmar for a refugee camp in Thailand, where they lived for nine years, and survived the difficulty of political oppression. He tells the pain of leaving his grandmother in the refugee camp when he and his mother were chosen by the UN to move to the U.S., first to Indianapolis, then to Phoenix.  He shares how the language barrier challenged him along the way and how he learned to cope with the struggle and now happily recounts his new life in America.

 

Another Alhambra student, Prashna Rai, from Nepal, was one of three runners up.  Christine Nyamurigerwa, from Burundi was an honorable mention.  The runners up and honorable mention winners will receive college essay mentoring from a published author and Ivy-League graduate.  English as a Second Language teacher Jill Shalongo incorporated the essay contest into her writing curriculum.  Students from Mesa Dobson, Scottsdale Coronado and Alhambra submitted over 50 entrees.


Three Phoenix Union High Schools qualified for the State Chess Team Finals

Three Phoenix Union High Schools qualified for the State Chess Team Finals, November 2-3 at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson.  Trevor Browne, which placed 2nd in the regional, finished 9th, Metro Tech was 10th and Maryvale, 12th in the 24-team chanmpionship.  

Top individual players, based on regional rankings, have a state tournament, November 16-17 at Corona del Sol High School.  The Phoenix Union regional finalists that will be competing are 4thJoaquin Uribe,  Trevor Browne;  8thBrian Marmalejo, Maryvale;  10thEdmundo Villanueva, Trevor Browne; 11thAdan Cortez, Metro Tech;  12thAlfredo Martinez – North;  17th – Obeth Martinez, Alhambra.


Phoenix Union Will Be Well-represented at the State Cross Country Championships, Saturday, November 10

Phoenix Union will be well-represented at the state cross country championships, Saturday, November 10.  Eight teams and some individual runners qualified at the sectionals held at Cesar Chavez Park, November 1.      The Carl Hayden Boys finished 1st in the 5A sectional, South Mountain was 5th and Central was 6th to  qualify for State.   Six PUHSD boys finished in the top 10, led by Hayden’s Ben Morfin in 2nd place and Fidel De Los Rios, 3rd.   In the Girls 5A, Central (4th), Carl Hayden (6th)  and South Mountain (7th)  qualified as teams, finishing in the top 50% of teams.   In 6A, the Maryvale Boys, in 6th and Maryvale Girls, in 5th, qualified for state.   If an athlete’s team does not qualify, individuals can also go to state if they are among the top 25 finishers in a sectional race.


Some 30 North High Students Had the Opportunity to Talk Voting and Politics with Two Celebrities

Some 30 North High students had the opportunity to talk voting and politics with two celebrities Wednesday.  Film and TV star America Ferrera and Oscar winner Natalie Portman stopped in on their Somos Más GOVT Tour, presented by Voto Latino.  The organization heard about Phoenix Union’s student civic engagement and voter registration efforts and they met a group of mostly seniors who recently registered to vote and student volunteers who helped with the District-wide National Voter Registration Day.  The discussion ranged from the importance of voting to issues facing the local community.  Maria Teresa Kumar, a nationally-recognized commentator and the President and CEO of Voto Latino also attended.

 

Ferrera, who was Betty Suarez in the TV show Ugly Betty, and in appeared in the movies such as  Real Women Have Curves, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, is politically active.  She spoke at the 2016 Democratic Convention, was the opening speaker for the Women’s March on Washington, in January, 2017, took part in the #MeToo campaign and was a founding member of the Time’s Up legal defense fund. Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007.

 

Portman, who was in three Star Wars episodes as Padmé Amidala, two Thor movies,

V in Vendetta, played Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie, and won an Oscar for Best Actress in Black Swan.   She has also been politically active, supporting anti-poverty initiatives, such as micro-lending, to help finance women-owned businesses.  During the 2018 Women's March in Los Angeles, she spoke about the "sexual terrorism" she experienced in her career.  


The North Volleyball Team Won the 6A Metro Region for the Third Consecutive Year

The North Volleyball team won the 6A Metro Region for the third consecutive year, posting a 9-1 record and 14-5 overall.  The Mustangs’ final state ranking was #24, putting them in a play-in match at #9 Queen Creek, October 25.  Winners of the play-in games enter the 16-team state championships.


The North High School JROTC Received the Department of the Army “Honor Unit with Distinction Award”

The North High School JROTC received the Department of the Army “Honor Unit with Distinction Award” for the ninth consecutive year.  This was also the ninth consecutive year that North finished 1st place in the District when competing for this prestigious award that is signed by the Secretary of the Army.  To achieve the Honor Unit with Distinction, a JROTC Program has to score a 95% or above on all 10 inspected categories; North’s overall score this year was 98.75%.  This annual compliance inspection tests both the cadet battalion staff and each of the companies in the battalion.  The award was presented to the Cadets of the Mustang Battalion at their monthly Battalion Award and Promotion Formation, October 17. Lieutenant Colonel James Gallagher and Sergeant Major Dennis Torres are the JROTC instructors.


The Annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is Saturday

The annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is Saturday, October 27,  from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.  The Annual Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is geared towards local community and garden lovers who are interested in learning new techniques for gardening, and to have a fun family-oriented time.  This community celebration is held in conjunction with Master Gardeners.  The festival attracts over 1500 people to campus and a full Master Gardener program ranging from local vendors to question/answer sessions with master gardeners.  The festival includes over 20 local vendors and over 20 Metro Tech Clubs.  There will also be a rummage sale and a silent auction along with community service opportunities.  Metro Tech is located at 1900 W. Thomas Road.


The Gay and Straight Alliance (GSA) club at Betty Fairfax Has Been Named as the GSA of the year by GLSEN Phoenix

The Gay and Straight Alliance (GSA) club at Betty Fairfax has been named as the GSA of the year by GLSEN Phoenix.  GLSEN, which stands for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization working to create safe schools for all students. The Phoenix chapter is one of 43 nationwide chapters and covers all of Maricopa County.

There are over 50 students in the club, which was also awarded Best Walking Group at the 2018 Phoenix PRIDE Parade.


The Betty Fairfax Girls Dominated the Phoenix Union High School District Girls Golf Tournament

The Betty Fairfax Girls dominated the Phoenix Union High School District Girls Golf Tournament, October 17, at Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club.  Stampede golfers took the top five places in the Varsity division, led by Iman Abraham, the medalist, who shot a 39 on the nine-hole event, followed by Isebell Haven, 2nd; Miranda Sandoval, 3rd; Cassidy Martine, 4th and  Jessica Del Toro, 5th.  Abraham was the lone Phoenix Union girl qualifier to the state tournament in Tucson, October 22-23.


Betty Fairfax Has Two QuestBridge National College Match finalists

Betty Fairfax has two QuestBridge National College Match finalists: Jorge Sarabia-Saenez and Lizbet Suarez Mendoza.   Sarabria-Saenez chose seven schools, with Stanford being his top choice.  Suarez Mendoza chose six schools, with MIT as her top choice.  

The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution. 

This application process is rigorous and time-consuming for students, counselors, and teachers who provide support.  The next step for these students is to submit supplemental materials to their selected colleges for College Match in December. 


Central's Bobcat STEP-UP, Wazuri, Ballet Folklorico and K-Pop performs at the Arizona State Fair

Central's Bobcat STEP-UP, Wazuri, Ballet Folklorico and K-Pop performs at the Arizona State Fair, Friday, October 26, from 5-6 pm.


Central High School Held a Groundbreaking, October 23

Central High School held a groundbreaking, October 23 to signify the construction phase of its modernization project, which includes an expanded and remodeled cafeteria which is being touted as a “student union,” expansion of the culinary arts kitchen and classroom, and a remodeled administration building.  The Central cheer squad, JROTC, and student speakers Roberto Lemus, Dezyrei Krwawicz and Erika Walleen took part in the event, along with Principal Leticia Avalos, Superintendent Chad Gestson, Board member Stephanie Parra and representatives from McCarthy Construction and architects Orcutt Winslow. 

 

High school becomes your second home, and the student union will be a place to have fun.  It will be a landmark and the heart of the campus,” Lemus said.

 

“This will make Central feel like a college campus,” Principal Avalos said.

 

“The administration building had no front door, and no image that could define Central High School,” O’Neil said of the curb appeal.  “It will have a controlled access lobby for safety, but it will present an image to the community that stands out.”

 

Culinary Arts teacher Erin Sullivan is ecstatic about the project. Her program already has 284 students in 10 different classes,  including a practicum that offers a Serv-Safe national certification.  With a commercial kitchen, she sees an expansion of the program, and more catering opportunities.

 

Students also painted murals on the construction fencing while the ceremony was taking place.  With cut-out windows on the protective fencing, and the murals, the school and construction partners wanted to allow the students to be involved in the project, and watch its progress.  The $9 million project is made possible with bond funding and is set to be completed in March.


Central’s Undefeated Badminton Season and Quest for a State Championship Ended October 22

Central’s undefeated badminton season and quest for a state championship ended October 22, when the Bobcats fell to Sunrise Mountain, 5-2 in the first round of the Division II tournament.  Central, despite a 14-0 record, was seeded fifth, and missed a first round bye by one position.

 

The singles tournament was played October 19-20, and EiEi Naing, the Bobcats’ number one player, finished in third place.  Naing won her first three matches and met the top-ranked player in the state, Jordan Ludwig from Washington, in the semi-finals.  She pushed Ludwig to the end, before falling 13-11 and 11-8.  Naing later won the consolation match for third place, and earning 1st Team All-State.   Ludwig went on to win the title.  

 

“Everyone that was there agreed that their semi-final match was for the championship,” Coach Manny Valente said.    “EiEi was just on the wrong side of the bracket.  She destroyed the entire field and pushed the #1 player in the state to the brink.  No one else even came close to defeating the #1 player. 

 

 “EiEi was only seeded #5 because they felt she didn't beat any top players and they discounted her 14-0 record.  She proved everyone wrong and it seemed every coach, as well as the Badminton state directors acknowledged her dominant play and brilliance on the court.”  


It’s Getting Close to Halloween, So Why Not Celebrate a Camelback Zombie Apocalypse

It’s getting close to Halloween, so why not celebrate a Camelback Zombie Apocalypse, Friday, October 26.    Special guest will be Tom Leveen, a Camelback alumnus (1992) who authored the book, SICK, which takes place on the Camelback campus.  This is the fifth anniversary of the book, which Camelback librarian Erika Wimble said, she can’t keep it on the shelf.

It will be “Spirit” Day, which takes on a new meaning, with students wearing their best zombie clothes and starting the day with a Zombie Walk.   The cheer squad will be teaching the “Thriller” dance earlier in the week.   A Zombie Pep Rally/Fall Sports Senior Night will be in the afternoon.  Students must be dressed as zombies or wear school colors orange and blue to attend the pep rally.

In the book SICK, students are infected while at a pep rally.  Leveen will help emcee the assembly along with Student Government zombies.

“Tom and I ran into each other at a library conference last year and talked about doing something. When the book came out he (Leveen) did a big zombie thing at ASU with the English Education classes and the Young Adult Literature classes,” Wimble said.

When Leveen was in high school, he was very involved in the drama department, so this is right up his alley, according to Wimble.   


Twenty-one Alhambra Nursing Program Students Took a Field Trip to Gateway Community College

Twenty-one Alhambra Nursing program students along with teachers Jason Norman and Tricia Pitts took a field trip to Gateway Community College to learn about its Nursing and Health Career offerings, October 19.   Students were able to experience Gateway's state of the art facility to include the Nursing Lab, Surgical Tech lab, Respiratory Therapy Lab, X-ray Technician Lab as well as a tour of the Gateway Campus. 


Betty Fairfax High School Dominated the Phoenix Union Girls Golf Tournament

Betty Fairfax High School dominated the Phoenix Union Girls Golf Tournament, October 17 at Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club.  Iman Abraham took individual medalist honors with a 39 on the nine-hole event, and four other Stampede golfers took the next four top spots.  Cesar Chavez won the Developmental Division, and Serena Hounchell of Trevor Browne was the top developmental golfer.    Ten high schools competed.


The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday, November 3

The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday, November 3 at Phoenix College.  It is an opportunity for middle school/junior high students to explore the many schools and programs available at Phoenix Union High School District and meet students and staff.  It is also the first official day to register for one of the Phoenix Union schools.  There is student entertainment, giveaways, food and fun, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival is a Two-day Event Bringing Together Top Singers From Junior High Schools and Phoenix Union Schools

The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival is a two-day event bringing together top singers from junior high schools and Phoenix Union schools.  The students audition to earn a spot in these all-star choirs, led by guest conductors.  After a day and a half of rehearsal, the musicians take the stage for  a concert.  This year the festival is hosted by Trevor Browne High School, with the culminating concert, Saturday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m.    Maryvale’s choir teacher Amanda Taylor will lead the 76-member Junior High Honors Choir.  Also performing will be the Greater Phoenix Women’s Honor Choir, conducted by Herbert Washington, from the Chandler Children’s Choir and Gilbert Christian Schools, and the Mixed Honor Choir, conducted by Jason Thompson, an assistant professor of music education at ASU.


Phoenix Union is Holding a Fall Teacher Career Fair, October 27

Phoenix Union is holding a Fall Teacher Career Fair, October 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the District offices at 4502 N. Central Avenue.  Positions are available for the second semester, beginning January 7, and for the 2019-20 school year.  Fall or spring college graduates and student teachers are encouraged to attend.  Screening interviews will be held that morning, and school sites will be interviewing in the governing board room.  Prospective teachers should bring resume, transcripts, teacher certification, letters of recommendation and a copy of a fingerprint clearance card. It is recommended that applicants  complete a Phoenix Union online application  prior to the job fair.  A general certified employee application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs.  For more information, contact Mary Lou Chavez in the Talent Department at 602 764-1537.


Phoenix Union Black Alliance Students Tour Historically Black Colleges & Universities

The Phoenix Union High School District Black Alliance took 43 high school students and 10 adult chaperones on a six-day whirlwind tour of eight Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU), courtesy of the Burton Family Foundation and the Arizona Community Foundation's Black Philanthropy Initiative. Students from Alhambra, Trevor Browne, Camelback, Central, Chavez, Fairfax, Carl Hayden, Maryvale, North , South, Linda Abril, and Bioscience attended the 2018 HBCU Tour. The group visited the following schools: Coppin State University, Howard University, Hampton University, North Carolina Central University, Norfolk State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University. In addition to touring the campuses, the group was able to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, CNN Studios, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s childhood home, and participate in a College Essay-Writing Workshop.


The annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is Saturday

The annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is Saturday, October 27,  from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.  The Annual Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is geared towards local community and garden lovers who are interested in learning new techniques for gardening, and to have a fun family-oriented time.  This community celebration is held in conjunction with Master Gardeners.  The festival attracts over 1500 people to campus and a full Master Gardener program ranging from local vendors to question/answer sessions with master gardeners.  The festival includes over 20 local vendors and over 20 Metro Tech Clubs.  There will also be a rummage sale and a silent auction along with community service opportunities.  Metro Tech is located at 1900 W. Thomas Road.


Former Maryvale Teacher Receives the Distinguished Achievement Award from Cornell University

A woman who recently received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Cornell University, began her teaching career at Maryvale High School.  Dorothy Ashbacher Lincoln-Smith taught choir at Maryvale from 1964-68.   She went on to become a professor of voice at Phoenix College and Glendale Community College, was a singer with the Arizona Opera, and toured the world with different chorale groups.  For 30 years, she partnered with her husband, Harvey K. Smith, leading the Phoenix Boys’ Choir. 


Maryvale’s National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Was Held October 16

Maryvale’s National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held October 16.   One of the guest speakers was Shanley Valdez Romero, who was an NHS member who graduated from Maryvale. She graduated from ASU and  is now a math teacher back at Maryvale.  Board Member Stephanie Parra is also a guest speaker.   The theme this year is Education, and the quote is "Let us remember: One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world" by Malala Yousafzai.


The Carl Hayden Performing Arts Has Been Performing Shows for Partner Elementary Schools

The Carl Hayden Performing Arts has been performing shows for partner elementary schools for the past seven years. It has become a school-wide event.  This year over 1,000 grade school students enjoyed a performance of “Shrek the Musical” September 28.  They then enjoyed delicious cookies made by Hayden’s own culinary cookie Elves, led by Culinary teacher Kandy Cordova.  Band teacher Erica Scriver’s music tech team ran sound for the show, and Miguel Lerma choreographed the dancing. A few stars of the show were football coach Randy Gross’ daughter and guitar teacher Ray Thiry’s daughter. 


The Carl Hayden Falcon Robotics Team Won the Sanghi Foundation Arizona State FIRST Robotics Championship

The Carl Hayden Falcon Robotics team won the Sanghi Foundation Arizona State FIRST Robotics Championship held Saturday, October 13, at ASU’s Wells Fargo Area.  The Falcons went undefeated through the qualifying rounds and were the number-one ranked robot.  For the elimination rounds, the Falcons formed a three-team alliance with teams from Westwood High School  and Seton Catholic High School.  This powerful alliance also went undefeated through the semifinal and final rounds. Math teacher Ken Whitley is the new coach for the legendary Hayden Robotics team.


Franklin Police & Fire Students Were Honored to Present the Colors for the Opening Ceremonies of the National Association of State Treasurers Annual Conference

Franklin Police & Fire students were honored to present the Colors for the Opening Ceremonies of the National Association of State Treasurers Annual Conference on October 1t at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.  The Franklin Color Guard is coached by law enforcement instructor Al Macklin.


The Cesar Chavez Drumline Took Part in a Promotional Video with Phoenix Councilwoman and Governing Board member Laura Pastor

The Cesar Chavez Drumline took part in a promotional video with Phoenix Councilwoman and Governing Board member Laura Pastor, to encourage young people to vote. The popular group will also play in the Howl-O-Ween dog custume event at Margaret T. Hance Park downtown, October 28.   


There is a Modernization Project Going on at Central

There is a modernization project going on at Central that includes an expanded and remodeled cafeteria, expansion of the culinary arts kitchen and classroom, and a remodeled administration building.  That building, which fronts Central Avenue, will be the most visible improvement.  Besides the improved curb appeal, it will also feature a new lobby entrance to the school and new registration area.   The cafeteria will have 6,000 more square feet, and the culinary program will have a new demonstration area and lab space.  Much of the work has been demolition up to this point, but the school is having a groundbreaking, October 23.  The construction will be completed in April.  Until then, a large tent on the outside basketball courts is the temporary cafeteria.  The construction fencing around the cafeteria will become a canvas for some art students, who will be painting instagram-inspired murals.  Students will be able to take photos or selfies using the art as a backdrop.


The Central Badminton Team Completed an Undefeated Regular Season

The Central Badminton team completed an undefeated regular season, beating Millennium, 7-2, October 16. That caps off a 14-0 record, including 8-0 and a sectional championship.  The Bobcats are ranked 5th in the Division II state rankings.   The top team in each of the five sections automatically qualifies for the state team tournament, which begins October 22.   The singles and doubles tournament begins October 19.  Central’s number one singles player is EiEi Naing who will vie for a state title.  According to coach Manny Valente, “she has a real chance to win the whole thing at state.”   The Bobcats doubles team at the state championships is Yee Htay and Eh Moo.


Camelback is Gearing Up for an Overnight Innovation Hackathon

Camelback is gearing up for an overnight Innovation Hackathon, November 17-18.   The  Hackathon includes entrepreneurship,  engineering and Montessori science students from Camelback as well as 5th-8th graders from four partner elementary schools-- Madison #1, Pat Tillman, William T. Machan  and  Wilson Elementary. 

The students and teachers choose to focus the hack on four of the goals from the Global Goals Initiative campaign-- Fresh Water, Education, Food/Agriculture and Recycle & Reuse. 

Several community partners, colleges and entrepreneurs will help kick off the event and the first “hack” of the evening will be two Farm to Table Chefs who will be working with Camelback’s advanced culinary students to prepare the evening meal.  

The teams of inventors (students) will come to the Hack with a problem to solve and the idea for their prototype. They will have Friday evening through Saturday morning to build their prototype (in the school’s maker space) and create their pitch board.    They will pitch their idea to a panel of judges to compete for awards in various categories, Saturday morning.

The Camelback Entrepreneurship/DECA students came up with this event.  They secured the sponsors, met with the teachers, and designed the agenda.


Reading Teacher Josh Rosenbaum Has Been Selected to the United Nations Athletes United for Peace Board of Directors

Reading teacher Josh Rosenbaum has been selected to the United Nations Athletes United for Peace Board of Directors.   He will be traveling all over the world bringing athletics to the poorest communities.  Bishop Desmond Tutu started the group with the thought that sports revitalizes city, states, and countries.

 

Rosenbaum caught the attention of the non-profit when he ran a “Basketball in the Barrio” camp last summer.  He updated their computer system, prepared the community center, recruited the kids from the elementary schools, and according to the AUF Executive Director, Steven T. Yellen

he shined at the camp.  He motivated and inspired the kids, engaged with the parents, and at the end of the three-day camp, “he said goodbye to every kid, by name, as they each exited. He had memorized every camper’s name –more than 150.”

 

“Coach Rosenbaum was ubiquitous. We needed a representative for AUP in the great but struggling city of Chicago as well as other cities throughout the world. “

 

“Josh just seems to have this powerful effect on people. He is a natural leader, a natural educator.   Josh is a game-changer and ranks in the upper pantheon of all my new favorite people,” Yellen wrote, in selecting Rosenbaum to the board of directors.  

 

“Our next event is December when we do a Peace for Hoops basketball tournament in Chicago.  Then we are building new basketball courts in Philadelphia and Nicaragua this spring and summer,” Rosenbaum said.  “The court rebuild grand opening has a sports camp, job fair, and health and wellness, with doctors and dentists onsite to help with needs the children cannot afford.”

 

Athletes United for Peace (AUP) is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting peace, education and friendship through sports. Throughout the organization's existence it has used the positive qualities of sports to bridge cultural differences and transcend international barriers, bringing people together from all walks of life to help create a worldwide culture of peace.

AUP's teamwork philosophy fostered through partnerships with sports organizations, municipalities, educational institutions, law enforcement and other nonprofits has helped to improve the "quality of life" for people in communities around the world.


Alhambra HS Students To Attend the Arizona Department of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference

Students from Alhambra's Integrated Technologies department - Software Development classes I and II, have been accepted, based on their interactive technology submissions, to present at the Arizona Department of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) conference in Tucson in November.  The conference/exhibition showcases the products and progress of students from Title I (low income student) schools.   

“The spirit of this conference is “Creation of Interactive Art using Technology.”  Our students have been writing software ideas across the spectrum from interactive art, to teaching tools, to art games and many more,” teacher Clayton Jones said.  “The kids are going to be thrilled to hear that their project submissions were accepted.”

ESSA, which replaced No Child Left Behind, through Title I, strives to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable and high-quality education, and close educational achievement gaps.


Alhambra HS Students To Attend the Arizona Department of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference

Students from Alhambra's Integrated Technologies department - Software Development classes I and II, have been accepted, based on their interactive technology submissions, to present at the Arizona Department of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) conference in Tucson in November.  The conference/exhibition showcases the products and progress of students from Title I (low income student) schools.   

“The spirit of this conference is “Creation of Interactive Art using Technology.”  Our students have been writing software ideas across the spectrum from interactive art, to teaching tools, to art games and many more,” teacher Clayton Jones said.  “The kids are going to be thrilled to hear that their project submissions were accepted.”

ESSA, which replaced No Child Left Behind, through Title I, strives to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable and high-quality education, and close educational achievement gaps.


The Fifth Annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday

The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday, November 3 at Phoenix College.  It is an opportunity for middle school/junior high students to explore the many schools and programs available at Phoenix Union High School District and meet students and staff.  It is also the first official day to register for one of the Phoenix Union schools.  There is student entertainment, giveaways, food and fun, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


The Fifth Annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday

The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday, November 3 at Phoenix College.  It is an opportunity for middle school/junior high students to explore the many schools and programs available at Phoenix Union High School District and meet students and staff.  It is also the first official day to register for one of the Phoenix Union schools.  There is student entertainment, giveaways, food and fun, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival is a Two-day Event Bringing Together Top Singers From Junior High Schools and Phoenix Union Schools

The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival is a two-day event bringing together top singers from junior high schools and Phoenix Union schools.  The students audition to earn a spot in these all-star choirs, led by guest conductors.  After a day and a half of rehearsal, the musicians take the stage for  a concert.  This year the festival is hosted by Trevor Browne High School, with the culminating concert, Saturday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m.    Maryvale’s choir teacher Amanda Taylor will lead the Junior High Honors Choir.  Also performing will be the Greater Phoenix Women’s Honor Choir and the Mixed Honor Choir.


The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival is a Two-day Event Bringing Together Top Singers From Junior High Schools and Phoenix Union Schools

The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival is a two-day event bringing together top singers from junior high schools and Phoenix Union schools.  The students audition to earn a spot in these all-star choirs, led by guest conductors.  After a day and a half of rehearsal, the musicians take the stage for  a concert.  This year the festival is hosted by Trevor Browne High School, with the culminating concert, Saturday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m.    Maryvale’s choir teacher Amanda Taylor will lead the Junior High Honors Choir.  Also performing will be the Greater Phoenix Women’s Honor Choir and the Mixed Honor Choir.


Phoenix Union is Holding a Fall Teacher Career Fair, October 27

Phoenix Union is holding a Fall Teacher Career Fair, October 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the District offices at 4502 N. Central Avenue.  Positions are available for the second semester, beginning January 7, and for the 2019-20 school year.  Fall or spring college graduates and student teachers are encouraged to attend.  Screening interviews will be held that morning, and school sites will be interviewing in the governing board room.  Prospective teachers should bring resume, transcripts, teacher certification, letters of recommendation and a copy of a fingerprint clearance card. It is recommended that applicants  complete a Phoenix Union online application  prior to the job fair.  A general certified employee application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs.  For more information, contact Mary Lou Chavez in the Talent Department at 602 764-1537.


Phoenix Union is Holding a Fall Teacher Career Fair, October 27

Phoenix Union is holding a Fall Teacher Career Fair, October 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the District offices at 4502 N. Central Avenue.  Positions are available for the second semester, beginning January 7, and for the 2019-20 school year.  Fall or spring college graduates and student teachers are encouraged to attend.  Screening interviews will be held that morning, and school sites will be interviewing in the governing board room.  Prospective teachers should bring resume, transcripts, teacher certification, letters of recommendation and a copy of a fingerprint clearance card. It is recommended that applicants  complete a Phoenix Union online application  prior to the job fair.  A general certified employee application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs.  For more information, contact Mary Lou Chavez in the Talent Department at 602 764-1537.


Phoenix Union Teachers and Students Were Invited to the 2018 Phoenix LOFT STEM Leadership Symposium

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation's LOFT (Latinos on the Fast Track) Program invited students, teachers, and counselors to participate in their 2018 Phoenix LOFT STEM Leadership Symposium, held on the campus of ASU West, on October 15.  Students participated in various leadership training scenarios, and obtained valuable information about pursuing careers in STE- related fields.  Students also heard inspirational and motivational personal stories from a panel of presenters who have found success, and were encouraged to pursue their goals. Among the participants were teachers, counselors, and students from  Betty Fairfax, North, Trevor Browne, and Bioscience.


The Be a Leader Foundation Taking Steps Towards College Success Resource Fair and Walk takes Place October 21

The Be a Leader Foundation Taking Steps Towards College Success Resource Fair and Walk takes place October 21.  It is the 10th anniversary of the event, and Phoenix Union students have been there from the start.  The free event provides students and families with access to over 50 community organizations who support students through their educational journey.  Following the resource fair at Phoenix Civic Space Park downtown, participants will walk to the Civic Center to visit with over 200 colleges and universities.  Last year, Phoenix Union schools had over 2,000 participants.

Be A Leader Foundation has clubs at Phoenix Union schools, providing college-going guidance and workshops for students, covering financial aid, SAT/ACT preparation, personal statement writing, college visits and career shadowing days.  Working with Phoenix Union counselors, Be A Leader Foundation has helped increase FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)  applications by 31% and increase the number of students enrolling at four-year colleges by 50%.


The Be a Leader Foundation Taking Steps Towards College Success Resource Fair and Walk takes Place October 21

The Be a Leader Foundation Taking Steps Towards College Success Resource Fair and Walk takes place October 21.  It is the 10th anniversary of the event, and Phoenix Union students have been there from the start.  The free event provides students and families with access to over 50 community organizations who support students through their educational journey.  Following the resource fair at Phoenix Civic Space Park downtown, participants will walk to the Civic Center to visit with over 200 colleges and universities.  Last year, Phoenix Union schools had over 2,000 participants.

Be A Leader Foundation has clubs at Phoenix Union schools, providing college-going guidance and workshops for students, covering financial aid, SAT/ACT preparation, personal statement writing, college visits and career shadowing days.  Working with Phoenix Union counselors, Be A Leader Foundation has helped increase FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)  applications by 31% and increase the number of students enrolling at four-year colleges by 50%.


Trevor G. Browne Concert Choir Has Been Invited to Perform at Two Prominent Arizona Education Conventions

Trevor G. Browne Concert Choir has been invited to perform at two prominent Arizona Education conventions.  They will be at the Arizona Association of Student Councils Presidents/Advisor Luncheon, November 7.  Over 700 top student council leaders and their Student Council Advisors gather for a luncheon, to network, hear a motivational speaker,  and this year, enjoy an inspirational performance by The TGB Concert Choir. 

 

The following week, TGB Choir has been invited by the Arizona Department of Education to perform at the 2018 ESSA Conference (formerly Title 1 Mega Conference) at the El Conquistador Resort in Tucson on Thursday, November 15.   Inspired by the conference theme,  “Student-Focused, Well-Rounded Education” the TGB Concert will perform a program titled "Global Expressions" demonstrating the development of the whole child through the study of a variety of global musical genres. 

Trevor Browne has the largest choir program in Arizona, led by teachers Nick Halonen and Troy Meeker.


Trevor G. Browne Concert Choir Has Been Invited to Perform at Two Prominent Arizona Education Conventions

Trevor G. Browne Concert Choir has been invited to perform at two prominent Arizona Education conventions.  They will be at the Arizona Association of Student Councils Presidents/Advisor Luncheon, November 7.  Over 700 top student council leaders and their Student Council Advisors gather for a luncheon, to network, hear a motivational speaker,  and this year, enjoy an inspirational performance by The TGB Concert Choir. 

 

The following week, TGB Choir has been invited by the Arizona Department of Education to perform at the 2018 ESSA Conference (formerly Title 1 Mega Conference) at the El Conquistador Resort in Tucson on Thursday, November 15.   Inspired by the conference theme,  “Student-Focused, Well-Rounded Education” the TGB Concert will perform a program titled "Global Expressions" demonstrating the development of the whole child through the study of a variety of global musical genres. 

Trevor Browne has the largest choir program in Arizona, led by teachers Nick Halonen and Troy Meeker.


South Mountain's Shakespeare Team Returned From a Successful Competition in Cedar City, Utah

South Mountain's Shakespeare Team (12 acting students and eight dancers) j returned from a successful competition in Cedar City at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. 

 

Sophomore Annelisa Alday was awarded a special honor as Outstanding Improv Performer, for being the “funniest depressed person.”  

 

The Ensemble Dance, 'Deception', choreographed by Dance Teacher Susan Griffin, based on themes found in Othello, took 5th place in the Oxford Division of 20 schools.  Actors competed in an Ensemble Scene from The Tempest; three students performed monologues, and four students performed in duo scenes.

 

The students participated in the Tech Olympics, a timed eight-event contest of costuming, lighting, sound, make-up, rigging, set construction, stage management, and props.  Six actors also competed in Improvisation.

 

Overall, the team received six “Superiors” and 13 “Excellents.”  Students who compete are also offered the opportunity to receive one college credit in Performing Arts through Southern Utah University. 


South Mountain's Shakespeare Team Returned From a Successful Competition in Cedar City, Utah

South Mountain's Shakespeare Team (12 acting students and eight dancers) j returned from a successful competition in Cedar City at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. 

 

Sophomore Annelisa Alday was awarded a special honor as Outstanding Improv Performer, for being the “funniest depressed person.”  

 

The Ensemble Dance, 'Deception', choreographed by Dance Teacher Susan Griffin, based on themes found in Othello, took 5th place in the Oxford Division of 20 schools.  Actors competed in an Ensemble Scene from The Tempest; three students performed monologues, and four students performed in duo scenes.

 

The students participated in the Tech Olympics, a timed eight-event contest of costuming, lighting, sound, make-up, rigging, set construction, stage management, and props.  Six actors also competed in Improvisation.

 

Overall, the team received six “Superiors” and 13 “Excellents.”  Students who compete are also offered the opportunity to receive one college credit in Performing Arts through Southern Utah University. 


The Arizona Art Education Association Has Selected North High School’s Art teacher, Alejandra Rascon to Receive the Outstanding New Professional Award

The Arizona Art Education Association has selected North High School’s art teacher, Alejandra Rascon to receive the Outstanding New Professional Award. She will be honored at the awards dinner at the AAEA conference in November.

Rascon, an ASU graduate, began her teaching career in 2017-18 at North.  She student-taught with art teacher Penny Hansen prior to last year, and the department was thrilled that she joined their team.

“The quality of work her students produce are the fruits of her constantly challenging and encouraging her students to strive for more, to reach for their start, and to always grow,” Hansen said.   “She keeps digging; keeps searching for that one thing that excites them so she can help them make a connection to their learning. I have been an art educator for more than 20 years. I have worked with many student teachers and new teachers, but Ms. Rascon teaches circles around any of them and quite honestly, around me at times,”

 Last year during teacher appreciation week, Rascon had more thank you notes from students than any other staff member, recalls fellow art teacher Julie Peters.


The Arizona Art Education Association Has Selected North High School’s Art teacher, Alejandra Rascon to Receive the Outstanding New Professional Award

The Arizona Art Education Association has selected North High School’s art teacher, Alejandra Rascon to receive the Outstanding New Professional Award. She will be honored at the awards dinner at the AAEA conference in November.

Rascon, an ASU graduate, began her teaching career in 2017-18 at North.  She student-taught with art teacher Penny Hansen prior to last year, and the department was thrilled that she joined their team.

“The quality of work her students produce are the fruits of her constantly challenging and encouraging her students to strive for more, to reach for their start, and to always grow,” Hansen said.   “She keeps digging; keeps searching for that one thing that excites them so she can help them make a connection to their learning. I have been an art educator for more than 20 years. I have worked with many student teachers and new teachers, but Ms. Rascon teaches circles around any of them and quite honestly, around me at times,”

 Last year during teacher appreciation week, Rascon had more thank you notes from students than any other staff member, recalls fellow art teacher Julie Peters.


The Annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is Saturday, October 27

The annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is Saturday, October 27,  from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.  The Annual Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is geared towards local community and garden lovers who are interested in learning new techniques for gardening, and to have a fun family-oriented time.  This community celebration is held in conjunction with Master Gardeners.  The festival attracts over 1500 people to campus and a full Master Gardener program ranging from local vendors to question/answer sessions with master gardeners.  The festival includes over 20 local vendors and over 20 Metro Tech Clubs.  There will also be a rummage sale and a silent auction along with community service opportunities.  Metro Tech is located at 1900 W. Thomas Road.


The Annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is Saturday, October 27

The annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is Saturday, October 27,  from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.  The Annual Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is geared towards local community and garden lovers who are interested in learning new techniques for gardening, and to have a fun family-oriented time.  This community celebration is held in conjunction with Master Gardeners.  The festival attracts over 1500 people to campus and a full Master Gardener program ranging from local vendors to question/answer sessions with master gardeners.  The festival includes over 20 local vendors and over 20 Metro Tech Clubs.  There will also be a rummage sale and a silent auction along with community service opportunities.  Metro Tech is located at 1900 W. Thomas Road.


Maryvale HS Exceptional Student Services Teacher Kareem Neal Teams Up with Sonic for Program Funding

Exceptional Student Services teacher Kareem Neal has received funding for several projects through a program with Sonic Drive-Ins called Limeades For Learning.  The program has kicked off its fall campaign in October in Phoenix, and Neal was selected to make a television appearance to promote the program and talk about the projects in which he has received funding.  Neal is using the funds for a new book shelf, and a second refrigerator.  The first one, which was obtained through the same program, is too small.  Neal teaches special needs students who have specific dietary requirements.

Teachers can register their requests, and individuals can vote at https://www.sonicdrivein.com/


Maryvale HS Exceptional Student Services Teacher Kareem Neal Teams Up with Sonic for Program Funding

Exceptional Student Services teacher Kareem Neal has received funding for several projects through a program with Sonic Drive-Ins called Limeades For Learning.  The program has kicked off its fall campaign in October in Phoenix, and Neal was selected to make a television appearance to promote the program and talk about the projects in which he has received funding.  Neal is using the funds for a new book shelf, and a second refrigerator.  The first one, which was obtained through the same program, is too small.  Neal teaches special needs students who have specific dietary requirements.

Teachers can register their requests, and individuals can vote at https://www.sonicdrivein.com/


The Falcon Marching Band Competed at Mesquite HS

The Falcon Marching Band competed at Mesquite HS on 10/6 and placed 3rd, and won “Best Visual” in the 12-school division.  The band will compete at Campo Verde, October 27, will host the Phoenix Union Marching Band Expo, November 1, and the State Championships for the Arizona Marching Band Association are November 10. 


The Falcon Marching Band Competed at Mesquite HS

The Falcon Marching Band competed at Mesquite HS on 10/6 and placed 3rd, and won “Best Visual” in the 12-school division.  The band will compete at Campo Verde, October 27, will host the Phoenix Union Marching Band Expo, November 1, and the State Championships for the Arizona Marching Band Association are November 10. 


Betty Fairfax Running Back Anthodius Ashley Predicted Having a Great Season

Running back Anthodius Ashley is having a great season, but he planned on it.  His goal was to rush for 1800 yards, and with two games remaining, he has 1596 yards, 24 touchdowns, and he has gone over 100 yards in seven games, including four over 200 yards.  Meanwhile, the Stampede is 5-3, and 3-0 in the Metro 5A region.  They beat South Mountain, October 5, by scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter in route to a 33-26 win.  Fairfax has a bye, October 12, before finishing its regular season against Camelback and Sierra Linda.   Winning the region does not guarantee a playoff berth.  The 16-team playoffs are based on power points, and currently Fairfax is 22nd.


Betty Fairfax Running Back Anthodius Ashley Predicted Having a Great Season

Running back Anthodius Ashley is having a great season, but he planned on it.  His goal was to rush for 1800 yards, and with two games remaining, he has 1596 yards, 24 touchdowns, and he has gone over 100 yards in seven games, including four over 200 yards.  Meanwhile, the Stampede is 5-3, and 3-0 in the Metro 5A region.  They beat South Mountain, October 5, by scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter in route to a 33-26 win.  Fairfax has a bye, October 12, before finishing its regular season against Camelback and Sierra Linda.   Winning the region does not guarantee a playoff berth.  The 16-team playoffs are based on power points, and currently Fairfax is 22nd.


The Central Badminton Team is Undefeated Through 13 Matches

The Central Badminton team is undefeated through 13 matches, 8-0 in section play, and ranked 5th in the Division II rankings.  The Bobcats are off for fall break, but play their last regular season contest, October 16 at Millennium.  The top team in each of the five sections automatically qualify for the state team tournament, which begins October 22.   The singles and doubles tournament begins October 19.


The Central Badminton Team is Undefeated Through 13 Matches

The Central Badminton team is undefeated through 13 matches, 8-0 in section play, and ranked 5th in the Division II rankings.  The Bobcats are off for fall break, but play their last regular season contest, October 16 at Millennium.  The top team in each of the five sections automatically qualify for the state team tournament, which begins October 22.   The singles and doubles tournament begins October 19.


Camelback HS Senior Justin Dubell Has Opened His Own Design Company

Senior Justin Dubell is in DECA, an entrepreneur and marketing club.  But he is well beyond the club already with his entrepreneurial spirit.  He has opened his own design company and will be  showing and selling his work at the Art One Gallery in Scottsdale, November 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.   Dubell’s company is JDub Art Design.  He specializes in murals and fine art designs, and has already done work for a local restaurant.

 

“As a self-taught high school artist, I’ve initiated the pursuit of a successful art career.  I work hard every day to improve and I have gained the confidence to venture forward with risk-taking qualities. My hope is to impact my audiences in a positive manner while still producing quality pieces,” Dubell said.

 

Art One Gallery, located at 4130 N. Marshall Drive, has been representing students of Arizona universities, community colleges, and high schools, as well as local Arizona artists since 1993

 One of the goals of Art One is to get people started on a career in art and enable average-income people to afford to purchase original art.


Camelback HS Senior Justin Dubell Has Opened His Own Design Company

Senior Justin Dubell is in DECA, an entrepreneur and marketing club.  But he is well beyond the club already with his entrepreneurial spirit.  He has opened his own design company and will be  showing and selling his work at the Art One Gallery in Scottsdale, November 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.   Dubell’s company is JDub Art Design.  He specializes in murals and fine art designs, and has already done work for a local restaurant.

 

“As a self-taught high school artist, I’ve initiated the pursuit of a successful art career.  I work hard every day to improve and I have gained the confidence to venture forward with risk-taking qualities. My hope is to impact my audiences in a positive manner while still producing quality pieces,” Dubell said.

 

Art One Gallery, located at 4130 N. Marshall Drive, has been representing students of Arizona universities, community colleges, and high schools, as well as local Arizona artists since 1993

 One of the goals of Art One is to get people started on a career in art and enable average-income people to afford to purchase original art.


Our Small Schools Are Working Together to Sponsor a Fall Halloween Dance for Their Students

Small schools Linda Abril, Bostrom, Phoenix Coding Academy and Desiderata are working together to sponsor a Fall Halloween Dance for their students, October 26 from 7-10 p.m.,  hosted by Linda Abril Educational Academy.  Student Government sponsors from the schools are committed to collaborating to create more activities and pool resources such as budgets, STUGO leaders, creative ideas, and man-hours to benefit all of the schools and their students. Prom is already being discussed as well as other possible collaborative events.  


Our Small Schools Are Working Together to Sponsor a Fall Halloween Dance for Their Students

Small schools Linda Abril, Bostrom, Phoenix Coding Academy and Desiderata are working together to sponsor a Fall Halloween Dance for their students, October 26 from 7-10 p.m.,  hosted by Linda Abril Educational Academy.  Student Government sponsors from the schools are committed to collaborating to create more activities and pool resources such as budgets, STUGO leaders, creative ideas, and man-hours to benefit all of the schools and their students. Prom is already being discussed as well as other possible collaborative events.  


The Fifth Annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday

The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday, November 3 at Phoenix College. It is an opportunity for middle school/junior high students to explore the many schools and programs available at Phoenix Union High School District and meet students and staff. It is also the first official day to register for one of the Phoenix Union schools. There is student entertainment, giveaways, food and fun, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The Fifth Annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday

The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday, November 3 at Phoenix College. It is an opportunity for middle school/junior high students to explore the many schools and programs available at Phoenix Union High School District and meet students and staff. It is also the first official day to register for one of the Phoenix Union schools. There is student entertainment, giveaways, food and fun, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.