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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.


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.


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%.


South Mountain to Host the Biggest Football Game in Years

South Mountain will host the biggest football game in many years when the Jaguars host Betty Fairfax in a Metro 5A Region game that could decide the region winner.  Both teams will come into the game undefeated in region play, and the winner will take the lead in the league with two games remaining.  Both teams are 4-3 overall.   Fairfax won the region last year, while South went 5-5, its best record in years.  South Mountain has never beaten Betty Fairfax, which began playing varsity football in 2009.


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.


Metro Tech Spanish Teacher Dr. Genevieve Sanders is a 2018 Chicanos Por La Causa Esperanza Latino Teacher Award Winner

You might say the odds were stacked against Genevieve Sanders.  Raised in Mexico in “extreme poverty” during her formative years, she didn’t go to school in second, third or fourth grades, but sold chiclets and candy in the streets to help the family.  She was a high school dropout, a teenage mom.  But with her children as her motivating force, and esperanza, or hope, she made it to the United States in 2000.  Now her classmates and colleagues call her La Doctora.

 

Metro Tech Spanish Teacher Dr. Genevieve Sanders is a 2018 Chicanos Por La Causa Esperanza Latino Teacher Award winner.  She was surprised by the organization’s announcement during a classroom visit Tuesday.

 

Sanders is one of four Esperanza winners in Arizona, honoring Latino teachers who inspire students of all backgrounds, play an active role in the school and demonstrate a true commitment to the community.  It is the only awards program that highlights outstanding Latino educators throughout Arizona.

 

Sanders teaches Honors Spanish 3-4 and Advanced Placement Spanish and is the school’s World Language Department Instructional Leader  She has been at Metro Tech since 2014, and taught four years at Cesar Chavez High School.  Her teaching career spans 25 years, including seven years in Mexico.

 

Sanders will be recognized at an Academy Awards-style dinner ceremony, October 25, at the Phoenix Civic Center, where each honoree receives a $3,000-$5,000 cash award plus a $2,500 stipend to their respective school.

 

Sanders is from Michoacán, Mexico, and attended the Universidad Vasco de Quiroga in Morelia.  She earned a scholarship and transferred credits to the University of Southern Mississippi for her bachelor’s, a master’s from Grand Canyon University and doctorate from ASU. 

 

“This recognition means a lot to me because it reminds me of my humble origins and the many struggles and hardships my children and I have overcome as first generation Mexican immigrants.  I feel that my story inspires my students to stay focused on their education no matter what obstacles they face,” Sanders said.

 

She was nominated by 2012 Esperanza winner Julio Rubio, Metro Tech’s assistant principal for registration.

 

“La Doctora constantly strives to celebrate her students’ heritage inside and outside of the classroom  utilizing best practices, motivation, cultural awareness and self-discovery, she helps students to discover their bi-nationality and feel proud of their bilingualism and heritage,” Rubio said.  

 

“What we all have gained from her experience and commitment to our students is a growing interest in World Languages, a renewed interest in the Hispanic culture, and a model of education for all,” Metro Tech Principal Bryan Reynoso said. 

 

“I am very blessed that I am a person that loves her job.  I love education and teaching and I have loved being at Metro Tech; it feels like home,” Sanders said.


JROTC Instructional Leader Lieutenant Colonel David Nguyen Presented at the annual 5th Brigade JROTC Curriculum Conference “Differentiated Learning Strategies within the JROTC Curriculum”

JROTC Instructional Leader Lieutenant Colonel David Nguyen, presented at the annual 5th Brigade JROTC Curriculum Conference “Differentiated Learning Strategies within the JROTC Curriculum” September 11-14  in Arlington, Texas. LTC Nguyen, a recognized Subject Matter Expert in the JROTC four-year Curriculum, offered techniques and best practices for modifying and accommodating the JROTC curriculum for a wide variety of learners. He also offered insight into the incorporation of school and district initiatives, such as Close Reading and AVID techniques, into the presentation of JROTC classroom.


Betty Fairfax Students of the Month for September Announced

Fairfax Students of the Month for September are Chinelo Agba, AVID; Julue Moss, Chemistry; Jakara Smith, Early Childhood Education; Tayvion Thompson, APS; Kayla Xayasinh, Counseling and Gracee Wolfe, Art.  They will be treated to a breakfast, October 5 with their nominating teacher.


Cesar Chavez Football Team Ranked 17th

Cesar Chavez played a loaded football schedule this year, but the Champions’ three losses may actually help them in the 6A Power Rankings.  Chavez, ranked 17th, has lost to #5 Perry, #8 Queen Creek, and #11 Red Mountain.  They will play one more ranked team, travelling to #13 Tucson High, October 5.  A win there, and wins the rest of the way against sister schools Trevor Browne and Alhambra could propel the Champions into the 16-team playoffs.  Winning the region does not automatically get a team to the playoffs, but power rankings do.


Cesar Chavez JROTC Shares the Lead with Flowing Wells JROTC After the Completion of Phase I

Cesar Chavez JROTC shares the lead with Flowing Wells JROTC after the completion of Phase I of the 2018 JROTC Adventure Team Competition in Flagstaff, September 28-30.  Both Chavez and Flowing Wells placed in four of the five Wilderness events -- Land Navigation, Endurance Run, Leadership Reaction Course, Rope Bridge and Recovery Operations. Defending champion Trevor Browne is currently in third place with Maryvale and Alhambra close behind. Thirteen JROTC teams competed.  Maryvale JROTC will host the Phase II Physical Fitness competition, October 20, to decide the Arizona JROTC Adventure Team Sweepstakes and state title.  


English Teacher Mark Williams Releases His Seventh Book

English teacher Mark Williams is at it again, releasing another novel, his seventh book.  It is a spy mystery entitled, “Last Ship from Vladivostok.”  He will have a book signing at the downtown Changing Hands bookstore at 3rd Ave. and Camelback, October 18 from 6-9 p.m.


The Phoenix Union Governing Board Proclaimed Monday, October 8 Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Phoenix Union Governing Board proclaimed Monday, October 8 and the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, recognizing the indigenous peoples of the land that became the Americas.  The proclamation was to be approved at the October 4 Governing Board meeting.   According to the proclamation,  the governing board encourages staff “to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of the indigenous peoples of this land, and are encouraged to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of the indigenous peoples in our region.”

While it may not be a holiday yet, Phoenix Union schools are closed and teachers and students are off because of fall break, October 8-12.    The Heard Museum is celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a free Educator Open House, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   


Phoenix Union is Holding a Fall Teacher Career Fair

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.


The Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Benefit Golf Tournament Tees Off October 6

The Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Benefit Golf Tournament tees off October 6 at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course.    The event is an opportunity for Hall of Fame members to get together, along with sponsors and friends to raise funds for Phoenix Union Foundation for Education scholarships.  This year’s tournament is a sell-out, according to District Athletic Director Dr. Zack Munoz.  The golf is a prelude to the fourth annual Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, scheduled for December 18 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  This year 43 new members will be inducted into the PUHSD Sports Hall of Fame.


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%.


Bioscience High School Won the KISS FM Radio Campus Invasion

Bioscience won the KISS FM Radio Campus Invasion featuring radio personality Bryce Vine.   Bioscience competed against 30 other valley schools and won “through relentless voting on behalf of the students.” The radio station visited Bioscience, September 14, and took over lunchtime with performances and giveaways. School Student Government President Miguel Camacho Calderon learned of the contest, and  along with the rest of Student Government (STUGO),  “it took off like wild fire. Each day, our student body visited the KISS FM website to vote,” STUGO sponsor Brooke Shapiro-Heisel said.


Betty Fairfax Students from All Over Arizona Auditioned for the All-State Show

Students from all over Arizona auditioned for the All-State Show and All-State Jazz choirs, September 15.  Betty H. Fairfax High School had three students accepted: Kaya White- Accepted into both Show and Jazz (chose Show); Carlos Grijalva- All-State Jazz; Joaquin Valdez- All-State Show Choir Alternate.  The festival will take place November 15-17 with a culminating performance at 5 p.m. at Horizon High School.


Phoenix Union Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson to Be the First Speaker in the Phoenix College President’s Speaker Series

Phoenix Union Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson will be the first speaker in the Phoenix College President’s Speaker Series, September 24, from 12-1 p.m. at the college’s Hacienda Room.  Introduced by new college president Dr. Larry Johnson, Jr., the Speaker Series is designed to introduce students, faculty and staff, and the community to prominent leaders. Presentations are held monthly.


The Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Benefit Golf Tournament Tees Off October 6

The Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Benefit Golf Tournament tees off October 6 at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course.  Foursome and player registration deadline is September 28.  The shotgun scramble starts at 7:30 a.m. The event is an opportunity for Hall of Fame members to get together, along with sponsors and friends to raise funds for Phoenix Union Foundation for Education scholarships.  It is also a prelude to the fourth annual Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, scheduled for December 18 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  This year 43 new members will be inducted into the PUHSD Sports Hall of Fame.  For more information on the golf tournament, call the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education at (480) 289-5761, or https://www.foundation4education.org/events/


Phoenix Union Celebrates National Voter Registration Day on September 25

Phoenix Union will celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 25, registering age-eligible students on 16 campuses.  In what is the nation’s largest and most-coordinated high school district event in the nation, schools will collaborate with One Arizona and other community organization volunteers to register students who will be able to vote in the November general election.  Students will go to their school gymnasiums during advisory period for registration and a celebration of voting.   In 2008, six million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.  In the last general election, young adults were the least likely to vote.   It is estimated that approximately 2,000 Phoenix Union students who have not already registered, may do so at this event.


Alhambra High School Administration Encouraging its Staff to Contribute News to Share with the School and Beyond

Alhambra administration is encouraging its staff to contribute news to share with the school and beyond.  The first wave highlighted “amazing” Advanced Placement Spanish scores, where students in Patricia Avila-Martinez’ class had nine top scores of 5, 12 scores of 4 and two scores of 3, all good enough to attain college credit.  The class average score was 4.3.  Other school accomplishments included the Medical Magnet adding a new nursing program, and 70 percent of English Language Learners in pre-emergent and Basic ESL moved up one level in the AZELLA (Arizona English Language Learner Assessment) exam.  Alhambra has the largest number of ELL students in the District.  And with fall just around the corner, students are planting corn and pumpkins in the school’s organic garden.


Several Alhambra High School Students Participate 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.  Graduated senior Alaa Alothman, from Syria, won first place and $500 for her family’s journey to a better life in America. Poung Change, from Myanmar, placed second and was awarded $250 for her story about the loss of home and finding opportunities in an unfamiliar land.  Another Alhambra student, Prashna Rai, from Nepal, was one of three runners up.  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.

The students will be honored at on World Refugee Day, November 7 at Alhambra High School.  The winners will be interviewed for a testimonial of their stories, and a writing workshop will take place the following day.


Former Phoenix Union Teacher Publishes a Book of Poetry

Former Phoenix Union social studies teacher and Classroom Teachers Association President Paul Lowes has published a book of poetry, entitled “Glass Fractured by Heaven.”  It is a compilation of 153 poems he has written over four decades as a teacher, backpacker, hitchhiker, activist, writer and curious observer of life and nature.  Lowes, who has been battling and beating back cancer, will be doing his first public reading at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m.  The store is at the corner of Guadalupe and McClintock.


U.S. Citizenship Civics Test

Phoenix Union calls it Civics Week, but this year, it might be more appropriate to call it Civics Month.   Every junior and some seniors in U.S. History classes will take the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test, September 13 and 14.  Students must pass the 100-question exam to graduate high school.  This year it will be administered online across the District.  Camelback will host a Naturalization ceremony, September 17, and students and guests will watch 100 candidates take the Oath of Allegiance to America and become U.S. Citizens.  This is the fourth year the District has worked with nonprofit Citizenship Counts and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to hold the ceremony, which commemorates Constitution Day.  The Constitution was signed at the Constitutional Convention, September 17, 1787.  It is the largest naturalization ceremony in Arizona that day.

Phoenix Union will celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 25, registering age-eligible students on 16 campuses.  In what is the nation’s largest and most-coordinated high school district event in the nation, schools will collaborate with One Arizona and other community organization volunteers to register students who will be able to vote in the November general election.  Students will go to their school gymnasiums during advisory period for registration and a celebration of voting.   In 2008, six million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.  In the last general election, young adults were the least likely to vote.   It is estimated that approximately 2,000 Phoenix Union students who have not already registered, may do so at this event.


Phoenix Union and its 13 Partner Elementary Districts are Holding a Reverse Buyer/Vendor Conference

Businesses don’t always know how to do business with a school district, and school districts are always interested in bringing new vendors to the table.  Phoenix Union and its 13 partner elementary districts are holding a Reverse Buyer/Vendor Conference, September 20.  Businesses will have a chance to meet purchasing managers and end-users face-to-face.  Phoenix Union will also have representatives from IT, transportation, construction, facilities, and craft trades such as electrical, plumbing and carpentry.  Breakout sessions will cover these topics: Purchasing 101; How to do Business with a School District; After the Fact Purchases from a Vendors Perspective, and Conflict of Interest.

The conference is at the Phoenix Union School District Offices, 4502 N. Central Avenue.  To RSVP that your company is coming, or for more information, contact Lila McCleery at 602 764-1400 or mccleery@phoenixunion.org.   Companies are encouraged to bring promotional materials and business cards.


Phoenix Union and its 13 Partner Elementary Districts are Holding a Reverse Buyer/Vendor Conference

Businesses don’t always know how to do business with a school district, and school districts are always interested in bringing new vendors to the table.  Phoenix Union and its 13 partner elementary districts are holding a Reverse Buyer/Vendor Conference, September 20.  Businesses will have a chance to meet purchasing managers and end-users face-to-face.  Phoenix Union will also have representatives from IT, transportation, construction, facilities, and craft trades such as electrical, plumbing and carpentry.  Breakout sessions will cover these topics: Purchasing 101; How to do Business with a School District; After the Fact Purchases from a Vendors Perspective, and Conflict of Interest.

 

The conference is at the Phoenix Union School District Offices, 4502 N. Central Avenue.  To RSVP that your company is coming, or for more information, contact Lila McCleery at 602 764-1400 or mccleery@phoenixunion.org.   Companies are encouraged to bring promotional materials and business cards.


The Academies at South Mountain to Hold its Open House

The Academies at South Mountain will hold its Open House, Friday, September 7, from 5-7 p.m.  Principal Brian Guliford will present a progress report on the Academies, including an update on construction, which is scheduled for completion in the spring.  A community resource fair will feature over 20 agencies and organizations from health care to college, a band and a barbeque  dinner.  Teachers will be in their classrooms to meet parents as students walk them through their class schedule.  That night, the Jaguars will play their first home football game, taking on Maricopa at 7 p.m.


Metro Tech Has Been Selected as One of the Finalists for the Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year

English teacher Dr. Lettice Pelotte has been selected as one of the finalists for the Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year.  The finalists and winner will be announced at an October 25 luncheon.   The Arizona Educational Foundation’s Teacher of the Year program annually recognizes 10 exceptionally skilled and dedicated pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public school teachers. Honorees are those individuals who have gained the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers. The Arizona Teacher of the Year becomes Arizona’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year.

”This is a huge endeavor and will require the support of Metro Tech as she moves forward in the process,” Principal Bryon Reynoso said.

Pelotte is in her fourth year teaching at Metro Tech.


Maryvale Seniors Architectural Drafting Students Beginning their Internships this Month at Corgan

Senior architectural drafting students Jennifer Guerrero and Marissa Ramirez are beginning their internships this month at Corgan, an architecture firm that has been in business since 1933.  Corgan specializes in aviation, commercial, critical facilities, healthcare, education and interior design projects. 


Two Carl Hayden Students in the Center for Computer Studies Magnet Program Complete Internships with Pearson Software Development Company

This summer two Carl Hayden students in the Center for Computer Studies Magnet Program completed internships with Pearson Software Development Company.   Brian Ayon Ramirez and Jorge Ortiz Rivas from Archie Chaudhari’s Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A class were selected for the internships at Pearson in Chandler.  In preparation, they learned Java Programming and Advanced Placement with WE Service learning projects.   The WE Service program  offers AP teachers the opportunity to incorporate service learning into their existing AP courses.

“An internship at Pearson was an opportunity to bring their own unique perspective as a learner.  With their academic knowledge, technical skills and enthusiasm, they applied their skills to create products. They spent seven weeks working with Pearson product and their technology teams,” Chaudhari said.  

“The Pearson internship allowed me the opportunity to work in the same environment as professional software developers. It produced more time to practice and work to increase my skills. I think it was a great experience and would recommend other students to do the same,”  Ramirez said.

 “During my time in Pearson I improved my programming skills and also learned new things. The things that improved were my Java and Python skills but I improved the most in my Python skills because the project that we were working on was a Python program,” Rivas said.


Alhambra High School Will Host the 2018 Disability Forum and Expo

Alhambra high school will host the 2018 Disability Forum and Expo, Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. To 3 p.m.  The event is presented by the Arizona Latino Council on Disabilities. There will be resource tables, workshops, a kids’ zone with activities, piñata-making craft table, mariachis, door prizes throughout the day, and a durable medical equipment give-away for families who have no insurance.  Some of the workshops are: Strategies for creating an effective Individual Education Plan; Understanding the SSA Disability process & benefits; Vocational rehabilitation; a Youth Transition panel; Positive Behavior Management; and Taking Back your Neighborhood.   A noon panel will discuss community inclusion.


Former Phoenix Union Social Studies Teacher and Classroom Teachers Association President Paul Lowes Publishes a Book of Poetry

Former Phoenix Union social studies teacher and Classroom Teachers Association President Paul Lowes has published a book of poetry, entitled “Glass Fractured by Heaven.”  It is a compilation of 153 poems he has written over four decades as a teacher, backpacker, hitchhiker, activist, writer and curious observer of life and nature.  Lowes, who has been battling and beating back cancer, will be doing his first public reading at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m.  The store is at the corner of Guadalupe and McClintock.


Phoenix Union and its 13 Partner Elementary Districts Hold a Reverse Buyer/Vendor Conference

Businesses don’t always know how to do business with a school district, and school districts are always interested in bringing new vendors to the table.  Phoenix Union and its 13 partner elementary districts are holding a Reverse Buyer/Vendor Conference, September 20.  Businesses will have a chance to meet purchasing managers and end-users face-to-face.  The conference is at the Phoenix Union School District Offices, 4502 N. Central Avenue.  To RSVP that your company is coming, or for more information, contact Lila McCleery at 602 764-1400 or mccleery@phoenixunion.org.   Companies are encouraged to bring promotional materials and business cards.


Phoenix Union schools to Host an Arizona College Application Campaign (AzCAC)

Over the next few months, Phoenix Union schools will host an Arizona College Application Campaign (AzCAC) and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) event.  The goals of AzCAC and FAFSA events is for all seniors to complete at least one college/university, community college or vocational training application and the FAFSA. The FAFSA is the ticket to all forms of federal financial aid, including grants, loans and workstudy.

The College Application Campaign has a goal of 10 percent of seniors at a school complete at least one college application.  Students go to campus computer labs and with the help of counselors, community members and agencies, complete on-line applications.  Last year, the entire district participated and had a college application submission rate of 89%. 


Phoenix Union High School District Continues to Grow Reaching its Highest Enrollment in 40 Years

Despite charter and private school competition, open enrollment, and flat projections, Phoenix Union High School District continues to grow, reaching its highest enrollment in 40 years.

The 2018-19 enrollment at the 20-day mark was 27,904, indicating the sixth consecutive year of growth.  The “high point” figure used by the District, calculated at the 20th school day (August 31,) is 89 students more than last year, and 177 more than projected.  

Enrollment numbers are important to school districts because the state funding formula is based on student counts, or Average Daily Membership.

Seven schools showed increases over last year, led by the Academies at South Mountain, where the new schools-within-a-school concept attracted 217 more students than in 2017-18, including 133 more freshmen.  The school features four academies for Science & Technology, Public & Social Service, Aerospace & Engineering and Media, Arts & Design.  

Contributing to the growth was the addition of new grade levels to three newer small schools.   Phoenix Coding Academy added a third freshman class, giving the school 9th, 10th and 11th graders.  Phoenix Union Wilson College Prep, which opened with a freshman class last year, added another class this fall, and Gifted and Talented Academy, a “micro” school based at Maryvale, added its second freshman class of 48.   Bioscience High School also hit its highest enrollment in its history, with 379 students, 33 more than last year.

Trevor Browne continues to be the largest school in the District at 3,142, and Maryvale is next at 2,913.  North, Alhambra and Cesar Chavez are also each over 2,500 students.

Enrollment this year was projected to decline slightly based on declining enrollment in some of the 13 partner elementary districts that feed into Phoenix Union.

“A focus area of our strategic plan is to improve, transform and expand innovative school models to meet the needs of all learners and stay relevant in a choice-rich environment,” Superintendent Dr. Chad E. Gestson said. 


Wilson will hold its annual Freshmen Induction and Sophomore Award Ceremony

Wilson will hold its annual Freshmen Induction and Sophomore Award Ceremony, August 29 from 5-6 p.m. in the Wolves Den.  The event celebrates the freshmen as they begin their high school journey and honors sophomores on their outstanding achievements from last year.


Maria Higuera Was Awarded Youth of the Year for the Gabel Boys and Girls Club Branch

Maria Higuera was  awarded Youth of the Year for the Gabel Boys and Girls Club Branch. She receives a $1000  scholarship and over the next couple months she will be working with Maricopa Community Colleges to refine her essay and interview skills to compete to be Arizona’s Youth of the Year for all of the state’s Boys and Girls Clubs. To be win this honor she had to submit an extensive application, write two essays, and be interviewed by a panel of five judges. This award is typically reserved for junior or senior students, but the panel found her story intriguing and the   150 hours of community service in just her first year of high school, significant. Maria is a member of Wilson’s Student Government, and is a Freshmen Mentor. She plans on attending the University of Washington to become a veterinarian.


Maryvale Cheerleaders Got Ready for their Football Season Opener with Tucson High

Maryvale cheerleaders got ready for their football season opener with Tucson High. They were at 104.7 KISS FM August 16, promoting a pledge drive with the radio station and Maricopa County Attorney’s office.  The following day at lunch and at the football game, the cheerleaders collected student pledges to be drug-free. There were drawings for $50 gift certificates and a $300 certificate at halftime of the game.


Maryvale High School AVID Students Are Receiving the Fruits of the College Prep Program Early

Maryvale High School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students are receiving the fruits of the college prep program early this school year. Senior Louisa Rodriguez was offered the NAU Lumberjack, a full ride scholarship before school even started. She was notified on August 24 when she attended a 3-day workshop at College Depot on as a part of AVID Summer Senior assignment. The scholarship is worth $64,000.   Isabel Medina, another AVID Senior received NAUs Dean's Tuition Scholarship on August 4, worth   up to $16,000.   A third AVID Senior, Arisbeth Fernandez earned a perfect score of 5 in Honors Spanish and in AP U.S. History. She will earn college credit for these results.


Carl Hayden Student Enlists in the U.S. Army Reserves

Senior Omar Reyes has enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves under the split-option enlistment program.  He attended his basic training for 10½ weeks at Fort Benning in Georgia over the summer.  He holds the rank of private.  He will serve in an inactive status until he completes his senior year.  Prior to graduation, he will receive orders for training for his Military Occupation Specialty as a Motor Transport Operator for next summer.  This is a six-year commitment in the Reserves.  Reyes has been in JROTC at Carl Hayden since his freshman year.  He is currently a major in JROTC and serves as the Executive Officer to the Commander.  He has a 4.3 weighted GPA and plans to attend Embry Riddle to study aviation while serving in the Reserves. 


Cesar Chavez High School Was One of 20 High School Students Who Graduated from The Arizona Republic/azcentral-sponsored High School Media Innovation Camp

Xavier Martinez of Cesar Chavez High School was one of 20 high school students who graduated from The Arizona Republic/azcentral-sponsored High School Media Innovation Camp.

The June 17-29 camp at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication paired students with entrepreneurs, technologists, journalists and professors. The juniors and seniors -- all from Arizona -- spent two weeks living in ASU dorms in downtown Phoenix and learned about existing and emerging ways to deliver news content to tech-savvy consumers. 

"What you have been doing here these two weeks is exactly what happens every day in newsrooms across the country," Republic/azcentral executive editor Greg Burton told the students during their final presentations on June 29. "It's very exciting to see what you've come up with."

The Media Innovation Camp is a joint venture with the Cronkite School, The  Republic/azcentral and the USA Today Network.  Campers were chosen based on their academic background and demonstrated interest in journalism and/or technology.

The Cesar Chavez Football team’s venture to Alaska was even more memorable, with the Champions bringing home a dominating 40-14 win over the top-ranked East Anchorage Thunderbirds, August 17.  The Champions jumped out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, and led 40-7, before the home team scored a late touchdown. 

The local newspaper there reported, “A football team named the Champions looked like champions Friday night.  Cesar Chavez manhandled the top-ranked T-birds, using a no-huddle offense and speedy defenders to keep East off-balance, especially early in the game.”

Afterwards, the teams got together for a post-game dinner, and “rap battle” and enjoyed each other’s company.  The two teams will meet again next year in Phoenix.

“It was a good educational trip for our students.  They met many Alaskans, and were well-received.  The kids had conversations with so many different people and were so well-spoken,” athletic director Lenny Doerfler said. 

The team watched the game video Saturday morning at West Anchorage High, visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and then flew overnight to Phoenix, arriving home Sunday morning.    


Central Alumnus Musician Dom Flemons Nominated for Two Mid-America EMMYs

Central alumnus (2001) and musician Dom Flemons has been nominated for two Mid-America EMMYs along with a co-producer and songwriter for the show “Songcraft Presents: Dom Flemons” which was filmed in 2017 in Macon, GA and aired earlier this year on PBS. The categories are for Documentary-Culture and Musical Composition/Arrangement for their original song “Them Good ‘Ole Days.”   Flemons has already won a GRAMMY for his work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops back in 2010.  He left the band in 2014 for a solo career.  He is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones.  Dom is the brother of  Estaban Flemons, IB coordinator at North High.


Coding Students take Advantage of the Extracurricular Programs at Central High School

Central High and the Coding Academy are neighbors, and the proximity allows Coding students to take advantage of the extracurricular programs that Central has.   New athletic director Evanna Santee went to Coding Academy for its Club Rush during lunch, August 16. A Club Rush allows students to learn about and sign up for clubs and sports. Santee brought Eloi Kwete, who is one of Central’s star football players. Santee talked to the students about the clearance process for athletics and the sports that were available. Kwete shared his experiences playing sports at Central. Over 40 students from Coding signed up to play sports at Central.


Bostrom Student Begins School with a Goal

Javier Zavala Monge started off the school year with one goal. He was determined to graduate as quickly as possible, and he made it.  Monge is Bostrom's first graduate of the 2018/19 school year after completing his coursework just 2 ½   weeks into the year.  Javier will go on to pursue his Cyber Security Certification through Gateway Community College.   

“Javier came to us four years ago at the start of his sophomore year,” principal Deana Gillespie said.  “He completed most of his coursework in “brick and mortar” classes, but blew through his last several credits through hybrid Edgenuity (online) classes.  He's pretty much the model student for an alternative campus.”


Phoenix Union is Looking for Part-time Cafeteria Staff at Betty Fairfax High School

Phoenix Union is looking for part-time cafeteria staff at Betty Fairfax High School, working 19.75 hours per week, with weekends and school holidays off.   An application is online at phoenixunion.org under the employment tab. There will be open interviews on Wednesday, August 29 from 8-10 a.m. at Betty Fairfax.  For more information, call 602-764-7900. 


Alhambra High School Will Host the 2018 Disability Forum and Expo

Alhambra high school will host the 2018 Disability Forum and Expo, Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. To 3 p.m.  The event is presented by the Arizona Latino Council on Disabilities. There will be resource tables, workshops, a kids’ zone with activities, piñata-making craft table, mariachis, door prizes throughout the day, and a durable medical equipment give-away for families who have no insurance.  Some of the workshops are: Strategies for creating an effective Individual Education Plan; Understanding the SSA Disability process & benefits; Vocational rehabilitation; a Youth Transition panel; Positive Behavior Management; and Taking Back your Neighborhood.   A noon panel will discuss community inclusion.


Phoenix Union Needs Bus Drivers

Phoenix Union needs bus drivers.  The District is currently expanding its bus fleet, with new buses and transportation facility and bringing routes in-house.   Bus drivers can earn up to $15.75 an hour, depending on experience, and are guaranteed six hours a day, with full benefits.  Opportunities exist for additional hours driving for extracurricular events and field trips.  The PUHSD Transportation Department will also assist recruits in free training and securing a CDL (commercial driver’s license) and other certifications   This year, PUHSD is offering a $1,100 signing bonus for bus drivers.  To apply, go to www.phoenixunion.org/jobs  or call 602 764-1430.   For more information on the position, contact Transportation Director Bryan Henderson at 602 764-1612. 


South Communications Students Worked with the United States Department of Agriculture

South Communications students Aedan Rodriguez and Oscar Rodriguez worked with Valentino Reyes (former SMHS alumnus) from the United States Department of Agriculture for their on-the-job experience this summer.  They are helping the USDA with creating videos about their work with ranchers in Willcox.

“They are having an amazing experience and learning so much for their Video Broadcast Course at South and for Jaguar News,” communications teacher Heather Jancoski said. 


The Rocky Mountain Emmy Nominations Were Announced

The Rocky Mountain Emmy nominations were announced, August 13, and South Mountain was well-represented in the High School Student Production Awards.   South’s nominees are:

Blanca Ramos for “Watershed Project USDA” in the High School Commercial category

Sarah Cowherd, “Advice with Sarah,” H.S. Arts & Entertainment/Cultural Affairs

Tiyee LaMar, “Where do we go from Here?;” H.S. Long Form Non-fiction

“Jaguar News”: Aedan Rivas Oscar Rodriguez Blanca Ramos Adrianna Torrez Sarah Cowherd Tiyee LaMar, H.S. Newscast

Sara Cowherd, “Footprints” ; H.S. Craft Video Essay-one camera

 

The Rocky Mountain Emmys will be announced on September 22.


District Officials Instituted an Enrollment Cap for Freshmen for the 2018-19 School Year at the new Academies at South Mountain High School

The response to the new Academies at South Mountain High School has been so overwhelming that District officials instituted an enrollment cap for freshmen for the 2018-19 school year.  It is the first time in the 65-year history of the school that enrollment has been capped.

Beginning Monday, August 13, freshmen students who live in the Academies at South Mountain High School attendance boundaries were still able to enroll, however, those freshmen living outside the boundaries were placed on a wait-list, be encouraged to select another Phoenix Union school and wait for a call back if/when space becomes available.  Priority is given if a student has a sibling at the school.  

Through the first four days, the Academies at South enrollment was up 233 students from last year and well over projections.  Freshman attendance was at 700, a 152-student difference from last year.  Classes began on August 6.

The freshman enrollment cap is necessary because the Academies model only allows for 170 students per grade, per Academy, based on staffing and space available.

“Because our small schools have been so popular with students and parents alike, we knew this high school concept was going to be transformational, but we did not expect it to happen on day one.  Families are coming back to South because we are changing and challenging the old high school model and the community is responding,” Phoenix Union Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson said.

“This enrollment cap ensures that South Phoenix students will continue to have access while also preserving quality teaching and learning,” Governing Board member and South alumnus Stanford Prescott said.

“Over the last three years we have worked very hard to re-design and re-think the large comprehensive high school experience,” Principal Brian Guliford said.  “Our students, their parents, and the greater South Mountain community deserve nothing but our finest effort to help our students be successful.  An increase in our enrollment is just the beginning.”

The Academies at South are designed to provide a small school experience in specialized college preparation and career readiness strands.  The four Academies are Science & Technology; Public and Social Service; Aerospace & Engineering and Media, Arts & Design.  The Academies will build upon their successful Magnet programs, and add several Career and Technical Education opportunities, such as engineering, computer science, business entrepreneurship and health sciences.


South’s Communications Magnet will Participate in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program

South’s Communications magnet will participate in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program for the third year in a row. Student Reporting Labs is a national journalism initiative by the PBS NewsHour to connect middle and high school students with public media stations to produce original, youth-focused news reports, creating content for the NewsHour site and nightly broadcast. 

For the second year in a row, South will also be part of the STEM Student Reporting Labs initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation and aimed to transform STEM learning through student journalism.   Participating schools will have access to the STEM and HEALTH SRL curriculum and a network of practicing scientists and health science researchers as mentors who will advise students on their stories.


The Academies at South Will Have Two New Makerspaces this Year

The Academies at South will have two new makerspaces this year, thanks to an assist, literally, from NBA star Chris Paul, his foundation, State Farm and NBA Cares.  Paul, of the Houston Rockets, personally visited the campus, August 14, to dedicate the makerspaces. 

 

A grant of $125,000 was awarded to the school and science teacher Josh Kirchoff, based on assists made during the NBA regular season.  For each assist, State Farm and the NBA contributes $5 to select community organizations with necessary educational tools.  

 

The makerspaces are collaborative workspaces that use tools to provide hands-on learning experiences for students. Donated equipment includes 3D printers, laser cutters, drones and computer modeling programs.  This equipment will serve students in the new Science and Technology Academy and the Aerospace & Engineering Academy.

 

The grant was only available to Teach for America teachers.  Kirchoff is a 2017 TFA Corps member, now in his second year at South.  He graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Utah Valley University and teaches the freshmen science course, Methods of Scientific Inquiry within the Aerospace Academy.

 

The unveiling event also included Paul giving a clinic to Jaguar Basketball players and volunteers performing community service projects.


The Cesar Chavez Football team is in Alaska

The Cesar Chavez Football team is in Alaska, where they will be kicking off the season, Friday, August 17 against the East Anchorage Thunderbirds.  The team--players, parents, staff and booster club raised funds to make his historic trip.  Thirty-five student athletes, along with coaches and training and medical staff left Tuesday evening.  About a dozen parents also are making the trip.   

Chavez Athletic Director Lenny Doerfler, who has worked at summer football camps in Alaska for 20 years, concocted the idea of Chavez playing in Alaska.  This year, the Champions’ coach, Manny Alcantar accompanied Doerfler to the camp and did a little scouting. 

“Arizona teams go to California, Nevada, but kids can go there anytime.  But how many of our students have the opportunity to travel to Alaska.” Doerfler said. 

“We would be the first team in Arizona to play in Alaska,” Alcantar said.  “Our boys deserve it just as much as any other high school going out of state to play a football game.  The majority of our kids have not been on planes or been further than Nevada.  This will be something they remember for decades to come.”

This is the first time Cesar Chavez has traveled out of state for a game, and it has been 15 years since East Anchorage played a team from the “lower 48.”

“It’s very good to have outside teams come up so that the players and fans can get the experience of playing against and seeing other programs,” East Anchorage coach Jeff Trotter said.  “This will be great for the players and will create a lot of interest in the sport here.” 

East Anchorage already has played a game, winning 47-0 last week.

The Phoenix visitors will have a chance to see the sights.  They are staying in Soldotna where they will practice, and the team will visit the seaport village of Homer, attend a salmon bake and visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center among other sightseeing activities.     Temperatures are expected to be in the 60’s, and the stadium where the game will be held does not have lights, but there will be plenty of sunlight with a 6 p.m. start (7 p.m. Phoenix time) and the long days of the Alaska summer.  Next year, East Anchorage will come to Phoenix for a game and experience the long Arizona summer.

The game will be streamed on Facebook live at Facebook.com/Chavez champions. 


Camelback Graduate Has Been Chosen to be an Obama Foundation Intern

Daisy Martinez, who graduated from Camelback in 2014, has been chosen to be an Obama Foundation Intern.  Martinez was in AVID all four years in high school, and is currently finishing at ASU, majoring in business and communication, and a minor in marketing.  According to her AVID teacher, Josh Rosenbaum, she plans to join Teach for America after college.  Interns at the Obama Foundation provide administrative, logistical and operational assistance at offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C. 

Martinez’ project with the Foundation is to help solve the problem of the high cost of higher education and the cost of materials

The Obama Foundation’s mission is to empower active citizens, build stronger communities and create lasting change at the local, national and global level. 


Camelback held its annual Alumni Day, August 14

Camelback held its annual Alumni Day, August 14, where former Spartans come back to share their knowledge and advice to current students.  Over 300 students came to the library during four class periods, and selected tables where the alumni met with students in small groups.  The event, created by community volunteer and architect Jeff Stephens years ago, and organized by entrepreneur teacher Maria Ciolfi- Abrams grows larger every year.  This year 32 alumni spent the morning inspiring students to go to college and learn about careers.  Joe Jaya, 2005, went to Embry-Riddle College and is now a pilot for Alaska Airlines, flying Airbus 321’s.  He says there will be a need for 500,000 pilots in the next 10 years.  Fanny Martinez, 2010, works for Amazon in IT, Ashley Marisol, 2005, is at Boeing in IT supply chain.  Rebecca Plumer, 2001, was at the entrepreneur table, showing students her four-legged clients.  She is Becky’s Pet Sitting. Freda Sullivan, 1988, is a Director of Customer Service & Process Improvement for International Cruise and Excursions. Katie Gipson, 2005, is a Deputy Public Defender for Maricopa County, Janet Serrano and Anayeli Ramirez, 2010, are nurses.  Rodger Loar, 1990, quit his banking job and became pastor of the Campbell Community Church, a block away from Camelback.  He walked by the church on his way to school every day, and never thought he would one day work there.    There were bankers, executive assistants, an inventor, several small business owners, medical insurance brokers, retail specialists, a teacher now teaching in France, and a non-fiction writer.  There was also a very long table with 11 current college students who came back to their alma mater to counsel the high school students on what to expect in college.


Football season begins Friday, August 17

Football season begins Friday, August 17 for all ten Phoenix Union teams.  The 10-game regular season schedule includes a bye week during fall break, October 12, and ends October 26.  Five PUHSD schools-Alhambra, Cesar Chavez, Maryvale, North and Trevor Browne play in the 6A Metro Region, along with Tucson High.  Camelback, Central, Betty Fairfax, Carl Hayden and South Mountain play in the 5A Union Region, along with Sierra Linda.  Games are Friday evenings at 7 p.m.   

Last year, region-winning Betty Fairfax and Cesar Chavez went to the playoffs, but this year, region winners do not automatically qualify for the playoffs.  The top 16 ranked teams, based on power rankings, advance in each classification, instead.


Two Phoenix Teams, Consisting of Several Phoenix Union players

Two Phoenix teams, consisting of several Phoenix Union players, made it to Major League Baseball’s  RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) World Series in Minnesota, August 5-10.   Both a 15 and under team, coached by Trevor Browne’s Deston Cummings, and 18 and under team, coached by Cesar Chavez’ Sergio Acosta, won regional tournaments in California to earn the all-expenses paid trip to the World Series.  The 18-U team advanced to the championships game, August 10, and jumped ahead of Chicago 4-0, but gave up 7 runs in the final three innings to fall.   The 15-U team made it to the semifinals, playing Uganda, Philadelphia, Houston, and Detroit.  In the semi-finals, Phoenix lost to Tampa Bay, 10-9, losing a one-run lead in the last inning.


Phoenix Union needs bus drivers

Phoenix Union needs bus drivers.  The District is currently expanding its bus fleet, with new buses and transportation facility and bringing routes in-house.   Bus drivers can earn up to $15.75 an hour, depending on experience, and are guaranteed six hours a day, with full benefits.  Opportunities exist for additional hours driving for extracurricular events and field trips.  The PUHSD Transportation Department will also assist recruits in free training and securing a CDL (commercial driver’s license) and other certifications   This year, PUHSD is offering a $1,100 signing bonus for bus drivers.  To apply, go to www.phoenixunion.org/jobs  or call 602 764-1430.   For more information on the position, contact Transportation Director Bryan Henderson at 602 764-1612. 


Phoenix Union Teachers Continue to Be Well-represented in the Arizona Diamondbacks Most Valuable Teacher Award Program

Phoenix Union Teachers continue to be well-represented in the Arizona Diamondbacks Most Valuable Teacher Award program.  Five teachers have received $1,000 grants for use in the classroom, a pizza party from sponsor Papa John’s and tickets and on-field recognition at a Diamondbacks game.  Last school year, Franklin English teacher Selina Alonzo-Helton and Trevor Browne Choir teacher Nick Halonen of Trevor Browne were winners in April.  Camelback world language teacher Sonnier Zhaorong    was a winner in May, and Central ELL teacher Erin Succar won in June.   The latest winner was Alberto Castro, a health sciences teacher and senior AVID teacher at Carl Hayden, who was honored, July 20.  “It was one of the greatest honors in my teaching career,” he said.

Nominees are selected based essays submitted from individuals who explain how a teacher has made a difference in his/her life.   Ten teachers are honored each month, and nominations are closed for the year.  However, in September, the Diamondbacks will select a Teacher of the Year from the monthly winners.