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Camelback to Host the Region II Academic Decathlon February 2-3

Camelback will host the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3.  One of four regional events in Arizona, this competition will determine which 40 schools qualify for the State Decathlon in March.  It takes an army of volunteers, judges and test proctors to put on this event.  No experience is necessary.  To volunteer, contact Region II coordinator Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org.  


Alhambra Graduate One of Four Women Being Honored at the Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) Faces of Success Gala

An Alhambra graduate is one of four women being honored at the Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE)  Faces of Success Gala, February 9.  Dianne Halloway started designing male footwear after graduating from ASU 12 years ago.  She started her business, Halloway Collections, thanks to the help of AWEE’s Education & Entrepreneur Center, succeeding in what had been a male-dominated business.  You can see her upscale streetwear and sneakers at www.diannehalloway.com


Phoenix Union Food and Fitness Challenge to Bring Awareness of Healthy Habits to Students

Phoenix Union High School District, in partnership with the City of Phoenix, Phoenix Parks and Recreation and The Mollen Foundation, is participating in the Food and Fitness Challenge to bring awareness of healthy habits to students.  Sustainability Officers on each campus are spearheading the challenge, posting challenge videos each week and encouraging students to respond and post their activities to the Food and Fitness Challenge Campaign Facebook group (@foodandfitnesschallenge2018).

The campaign kicked off the week of January 22 with a focus on Physical Activity, and runs for five weeks with a different focus each week including Hydration, Local Food Production, Snack and Healthy Reasons. Students will use specific hashtags in their post to be entered into drawings, and the school with the most participation each week will get to participate in an on-campus challenge on Friday. The Friday challenge winners will advance to the final district-wide competition on Saturday, February 24. The final challenge has prizes for the school of the top three winners: $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 that students can help decide how to spend to continue to bring awareness to food and fitness on their campus.

The weekly schedule of themes and challenges:

Week 1: Physical Activity, Hula Hoop Trophy Challenge

Week 2: Hydration, Flavored Water Trophy Challenge

Week 3: Local Food Production, Vegetable Feud Trophy Challenge

Week 4: Snack, Speed Snacks Trophy Challenge

Week 5: Healthy Reasons, Relay Preview Trophy Challenge

 

The campaign is being funded through a $25,000 Childhood Obesity Prevention grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA).


Citizenship Counts is a Curriculum Used by Schools Across 36 States to Include Phoenix Union

Citizenship Counts is a curriculum used by schools across 36 states, including Phoenix Union, which adopted the program after Arizona passed a law three years ago requiring all high school students to pass a civics test, answering the same questions that immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship must answer correctly.  The nonprofit celebrated its 10th anniversary, “Citizen of the World” Benefit, January 18 in Phoenix with its founder, and Holocaust survivor and author Gerda Weissmann Klein as the special guest.

The South Mountain jazz combo played during a reception and the South Mountain choir  performed, as well.  Social studies content specialist Katie Hansen spoke to the benefits of the curriculum, Metro Tech Professional Development Specialist Monique Mogro and former administrator Syd Golston were among the Phoenix Union attendees.  Golston and other Phoenix Union social studies helped create the curriculum.

Citizenship Counts is an effective way to take lessons beyond rote memorization.  Phoenix Union schools have a Civics Week each fall as a prelude to the civics exam, and for the past three years, different schools have hosted naturalization ceremonies.

“The lessons really hone in on the responsibilities and the values that come with being a citizen.  The activities are super engaging.  They ask you to put yourself in the shoes of a variety of different immigrants who have come here,” Hansen said.


South Mountain High School Wrestler Andres Avelar Wins the Apache Junction High School Prospector Invite Championship

Wrestler Andres Avelar won the Apache Junction High School Prospector Invite Championship in the 106-pound weight class and was named the Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament, January 13.  Avelar improved his record to 24-0.  


The Metro Tech Baseball Team Receive a $5,000 Donation from the Diamondbacks Chase Your Dreams Program

The Metro Tech Baseball team, in its second year of existence, will receive a $5,000donation from the Diamondbacks Chase Your Dreams program.  The baseball program can use the donation for equipment, or other ways to benefit the team.   The Diamondbacks will come out later this semester to present the donation, and the Metro baseball and softball teams will be invited to a Diamondbacks game this season.    


Franklin Police & Fire Alumnus Signed to a Division I Football Program

Franklin doesn’t have a football team, but it now has an alumnus who has been signed to a Division I football program.  Manuel Orona, who graduated from Franklin in 2016, and played football for Trevor Browne, has signed a letter of intent to attend Memphis State.  The offensive lineman played two years at Glendale Community College after high school. 

Orona was a student in the firefighting program at Franklin and competed on the school’s state champion fire muster team.  He has a younger brother and sister who attend Franklin.   


Central High School's Speech and Debate Coach Kevin Berlat was in Washington, D.C.

Speech and Debate coach Kevin Berlat was in Washington, D.C. the first week of the spring semester, chaperoning a group of last summer’s national Congressional Debate champions. He was an invited guest of the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership, because of his role as tabulation chair for the National Tournament.  The students on the trip are now students at   Harvard University and Princeton University, and one who is still in high school in Florida.  All three were winners of either the national championship, or the student-voted Leadership Bowl at the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament.

 “The students and I met with Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida and Representative Terry Sewell of Alabama.  We had an opportunity to watch the final vote in the House of Representatives on the controversial surveillance bill January 11.  We toured the Capitol building, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and were guided on a nighttime tour of the monuments.  We also visited the Supreme Court,” Berlat said.

The Stennis Center is a federal agency charged with a mission to promote public service in America.  The purpose of the program is to provide individuals with intimate exposure to Congress and those who make Congress work as an institution of American democracy. 


Camelback to Host the Region II Academic Decathlon February 2-3

Camelback will host the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3.  One of four regional events in Arizona, this competition will determine which 40 schools qualify for the State Decathlon in March.  It takes an army of volunteers, judges and test proctors to put on this event.  No experience is necessary.  To volunteer, contact Region II coordinator Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org.


Betty Fairfax Hosts STEAM

The  Betty Fairfax STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Club is hosting its first Family Science Night Tuesday, January 23 from 6-8 p.m.


Alhambra's Assistant Principal Dr. Wendy Truvillion Earns Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA)

Assistant Principal for Student Opportunities Dr. Wendy Truvillion earned Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) status through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Certification process, which involves successfully completing athletic administration required coursework through the NIAAA organization and passing the CAA examination.   Truvillion is the third current PUHSD athletic director to earn   NIAAA Certification. 


The City of Phoenix Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast took Place January 12

The City of Phoenix Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast took place January 12, and Phoenix Union was a big part of the festivities.   Governing Board member and city councilwoman Laura Pastor was the co-chair of the event, and with the help of Angela Foreman, Phoenix Union arts content specialist, the District was well represented.

 Franklin Police and Fire 100-mile club students were up at 5 a.m. to run the Flame of Hope torch to the convention center.  There were performances by the Betty Fairfax Acapella Choir; Cesar Chavez Drumline; North theater students; Carl Hayden’s Jazz Band and Chamber Brass; Cesar Chavez cheer squad and the South Mountain Step Team.


The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for Band and Orchestra is January 19-20

The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for band and orchestra is January 19-20 at Camelback High School.  Students from middle school and high school audition for this event were provided music, practice on their own, and come together for rehearsals Friday and Saturday with guest conductors before a public performance, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. There will be a high school percussion group, middle school and high school orchestras, and middle school and high school concert bands.  The top musicians from ten Phoenix Union High Schools, and students from 17 middle/elementary schools within the Phoenix Union boundaries were selected, totaling 230 students.   Admission to the performance is $2 or adults, with children 12 and under, free.


The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for Band and Orchestra is January 19-20

The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for band and orchestra is January 19-20 at Camelback High School.  Students from middle school and high school audition for this event were provided music, practice on their own, and come together for rehearsals Friday and Saturday with guest conductors before a public performance, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. There will be a high school percussion group, middle school and high school orchestras, and middle school and high school concert bands.  The top musicians from ten Phoenix Union High Schools, and students from 17 middle/elementary schools within the Phoenix Union boundaries were selected, totaling 230 students.   Admission to the performance is $2 or adults, with children 12 and under, free.


Nine Phoenix Union Teachers Earned National Board Certification this Year

Nine Phoenix Union teachers earned National Board Certification this year, the second-most in Arizona and one short of the most ever in one year for PUHSD.  One other District employee renewed certification. Considered the teaching profession’s highest honor, National Board Certification is presented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to teachers who demonstrate, through a performance assessment, that they meet the high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.   Only two percent of K-12 teachers in the U.S. are Nationally Board Certified.

 

Only K-12 districts Scottsdale and Chandler, at 10 new NBCTs had more this year.   Phoenix Union is 5th in the state for the number of teachers Board Certified.  There are now 59 NBCTs employed with the District. Unified districts Scottsdale, Tucson, Gilbert and Paradise Valley have more.  Phoenix Union also has the second-most current candidates in the state at 48, just behind Maricopa Unified (52).

North:

Scott Black, Art

Joanne Martin, English Language Arts

Franklin:

Steven Clendenen, World Languages

Elena Lira, Art

Trevor Browne:

Kendall Detlaff, English Language Arts

Miriam Goldie, English Language Arts

Wilson:

Shannon Harsh, Science

Carl Hayden:

Erica Scrivner, Music

 

A ninth NBC teacher did not want to be identified.  Alaina Adams, now Assistant Principal for Instruction at Alhambra, had her certification in English Language Arts renewed.

 

North now has the most current PUHSD NBCTs at nine, Alhambra and Maryvale have eight.  Wilson has its first, while Franklin tripled its number to three.  Trevor Browne has six, Camelback has six and Carl Hayden has six.  Others are Metro Tech 3, Central, 4, CEE 2; Betty Fairfax, Desi/Bostrom, Bioscience, South Mountain, 1.

 

There were 167 new NBCTs in 2017 bringing the total number certified to 1,376.  Arizona was 9th in the nation in new NBCTs, and are 18th in the nation for the total number of NBCTs.

 

The National Board Certification has changed to a five-year term, not ten, as in previous years. Phoenix Union compensates NBC employees with a $3,000 annual stipend.


Nine Phoenix Union Teachers Earned National Board Certification this Year

Nine Phoenix Union teachers earned National Board Certification this year, the second-most in Arizona and one short of the most ever in one year for PUHSD.  One other District employee renewed certification. Considered the teaching profession’s highest honor, National Board Certification is presented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to teachers who demonstrate, through a performance assessment, that they meet the high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.   Only two percent of K-12 teachers in the U.S. are Nationally Board Certified.

 

Only K-12 districts Scottsdale and Chandler, at 10 new NBCTs had more this year.   Phoenix Union is 5th in the state for the number of teachers Board Certified.  There are now 59 NBCTs employed with the District. Unified districts Scottsdale, Tucson, Gilbert and Paradise Valley have more.  Phoenix Union also has the second-most current candidates in the state at 48, just behind Maricopa Unified (52).

North:

Scott Black, Art

Joanne Martin, English Language Arts

Franklin:

Steven Clendenen, World Languages

Elena Lira, Art

Trevor Browne:

Kendall Detlaff, English Language Arts

Miriam Goldie, English Language Arts

Wilson:

Shannon Harsh, Science

Carl Hayden:

Erica Scrivner, Music

 

A ninth NBC teacher did not want to be identified.  Alaina Adams, now Assistant Principal for Instruction at Alhambra, had her certification in English Language Arts renewed.

 

North now has the most current PUHSD NBCTs at nine, Alhambra and Maryvale have eight.  Wilson has its first, while Franklin tripled its number to three.  Trevor Browne has six, Camelback has six and Carl Hayden has six.  Others are Metro Tech 3, Central, 4, CEE 2; Betty Fairfax, Desi/Bostrom, Bioscience, South Mountain, 1.

 

There were 167 new NBCTs in 2017 bringing the total number certified to 1,376.  Arizona was 9th in the nation in new NBCTs, and are 18th in the nation for the total number of NBCTs.

 

The National Board Certification has changed to a five-year term, not ten, as in previous years. Phoenix Union compensates NBC employees with a $3,000 annual stipend.


South Mountain JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB) Competition

South Mountain JROTC program recently advanced onto the next level of the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB) competition to be conducted in February.  If the teams advance beyond the Level II testing, they qualify for the nationals in Washington, D.C. in June.   

JLAB is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The JLAB Team consists of a four-person Leadership Team and a four-person Academic Team.  Team members compete against other schools on leadership, JROTC curriculum, and academic knowledge.  Many of the questions are similar to ACT math, science, and English questions.


South Mountain JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB) Competition

South Mountain JROTC program recently advanced onto the next level of the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB) competition to be conducted in February.  If the teams advance beyond the Level II testing, they qualify for the nationals in Washington, D.C. in June.   

JLAB is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The JLAB Team consists of a four-person Leadership Team and a four-person Academic Team.  Team members compete against other schools on leadership, JROTC curriculum, and academic knowledge.  Many of the questions are similar to ACT math, science, and English questions.


North High Girls Basketball Team is the Highest Ranked Phoenix Union Team

The North girls basketball team is the highest ranked Phoenix Union team, at 9th in the 6A rankings.  The Mustangs ran off a 10-game winning streak before the break, and their non-tournament record was 9-0, with a 4-0 start in region play through January 10.


North HS Boys Soccer Team Wins the Arizona Showcase Soccer Tournament

The boys soccer team won the Arizona Showcase Soccer Tournament, December 27-30, winning five games, and beating Copper Canyon, 3-1 in the championship game. The Mustangs also defeated Washington, Flagstaff, Liberty, Ironwood Ridge in their championship run.


Metro Tech High School Recognized at the Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade

Metro Tech High School was recognized at the annual Fiesta Bowl Parade for being an A+ School of Excellence. Several student and staff  members rode and walked alongside the Wells Fargo Stage Coach at the December 30 parade.


Carl Hayden's Boys Basketball Team Finishes 3rd in the Phoenix Union Holiday Classic Tournament

The boys basketball team finished 3rd in the Phoenix Union Holiday Classic tournament, led by Isaiah Rhymes, a 6-4 senior guard. He averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and 2.5 blocks in three games.


The Boys Basketball Team Finished 3rd in the Phoenix Union Holiday Classic Tournament

The boys basketball team finished 3rd in the Phoenix Union Holiday Classic tournament, led by Isaiah Rhymes, a 6-4 senior guard. He averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and 2.5 blocks in three games.


Chavez Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Won Holiday Tournaments During the Winter Break

The Chavez boys and girls basketball teams won holiday tournaments during the winter break. The boys won the Phoenix Union Holiday Classic, with a 75-64 win over Betty Fairfax in the finals, December 23.  The tournament Most Valuable Player was  Chavez’ Tyrone Washington.     The boys came began the second semester with a win over Central to take sole possession of first place with a 4-0 Metro Region record.  

The girls won the Silver division of the Chandler Prep Girls Tournament, December 28-30. 


The Cesar Chavez Academic Decathlon Team participated in an invitational scrimmage in Sierra Vista

The Academic Decathlon team participated in an invitational scrimmage in Sierra Vista over the holiday break, and found out just how good they are.  The seven-team invitational featured the top-ranked team in the state, Canyon del Oro.  Chavez beat them, coming in first, and capturing half the medals available in the event.  The Champions next event will be the Region II Decathlon, February 2-3 at Camelback High School.  Regional events determine which 40 teams advance to the state championship.    

Some of the highlights included Sam Porter and Sabrina Gallardo, winning gold medals for top overall scores in their divisions.  Gallardo won seven individual medals, including four gold.  Barbara Martinez, Kevin Chen and Karla Fonseca won silver medals for second-best overall scores in their divisions. 

Chavez was ranked as high as second last year, before finishing fourth in state.  Since 2010, Cesar Chavez has finished in the top 10 at state seven times in eight years (two 9th place, three 7th place and two 4th place) under Coach William Kibler.


Central High School Boys Basketball is Off to a Fast Start

Central boys basketball is off to a fast start, ranked #9 in the first 6A rankings of January 8.  The Bobcats are 6-2 overall, with a 3-0 mark in the Metro Region.


Central High School Boys Basketball is Off to a Fast Start

Central boys basketball is off to a fast start, ranked #9 in the first 6A rankings of January 8.  The Bobcats are 6-2 overall, with a 3-0 mark in the Metro Region.


Camelback To Host the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3

Camelback will host the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3.  One of four regional events in Arizona, this competition will determine which 40 schools qualify for the State Decathlon in March.  It takes an army of volunteers, judges and test proctors to put on this event.  No experience is necessary.  To volunteer, contact Region II coordinator Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org.


Camelback To Host the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3

Camelback will host the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3.  One of four regional events in Arizona, this competition will determine which 40 schools qualify for the State Decathlon in March.  It takes an army of volunteers, judges and test proctors to put on this event.  No experience is necessary.  To volunteer, contact Region II coordinator Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org.


Camelback To Host the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3

Camelback will host the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3.  One of four regional events in Arizona, this competition will determine which 40 schools qualify for the State Decathlon in March.  It takes an army of volunteers, judges and test proctors to put on this event.  No experience is necessary.  To volunteer, contact Region II coordinator Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org.


Alhambra Alum. Currently Working with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to Help First Generation Students of Color Attend and Graduate from College

Alhambra alumnus (Class of 2012) Jonathan Yamasaki has graduated from Northern Arizona with a business administration degree and is currently working with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to help first generation students of color attend and graduate from college.   He wants to make it easier for students from schools in low income areas to apply for scholarships.  He can certainly be a role model.  His high school counselor “forced” him to sign up for a Hispanic College Fund summer program at ASU, where he realized “college is a way out.”  He earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona for $6,000 a year, and came with mentorship provided by success advisers.   Yamasaki says his goal is to be the U.S. Secretary of Education, or at least help provide Latinos help in making college “accessible, affordable and achievable for all students.”


More and More PUHSD Counselors Are Earning The Arizona College Access Network Professional Certificate

Helping more students enroll in college and receive financial aid is a major goal of Phoenix Union, and its counselors play a huge role in that effort.  Some of our counselors are getting some professional development in that area, by earning the Arizona College Access Network Professional Certificate.     The Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) recently announced that Phoenix Union had three individuals who earned certification. These leaders are now better prepared to help all students plan for their future beyond high school and make informed decisions about postsecondary education. The certificate involves 60 hours of coursework, discussion and action planning in three areas: creating a college-going culture; college and career planning; and financial aid and college applications. This year, the three represent different roles within their school communities.  Carl Hayden, counselor Anna Villareal, Betty Fairfax economics teacher, Adrian Lamos and Betty Fairfax senior office assistant Danielle Yanez.

 This is the first time in three years that Phoenix Union had College Access Professional certification earned by employees other than counselors.  But it is testimony that the information is valuable for any educator who works with students and their post-secondary planning.  Phoenix Union has had 18 educators earn the certification in the three years of the program, including ten counselors last year.

 

The Arizona training is based on a national model, tailored to fit Arizona’s educational needs.  It is intended to work as part of a community-wide effort where school counselors work hand in hand with community-based organizations.  

 

AzCAN, a program of College Success Arizona, is a network of college access professionals, and programs dedicated to post high school success for all Arizonans, especially low-income, first-generation students.


More and More PUHSD Counselors Are Earning The Arizona College Access Network Professional Certificate

Helping more students enroll in college and receive financial aid is a major goal of Phoenix Union, and its counselors play a huge role in that effort.  Some of our counselors are getting some professional development in that area, by earning the Arizona College Access Network Professional Certificate.     The Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) recently announced that Phoenix Union had three individuals who earned certification. These leaders are now better prepared to help all students plan for their future beyond high school and make informed decisions about postsecondary education. The certificate involves 60 hours of coursework, discussion and action planning in three areas: creating a college-going culture; college and career planning; and financial aid and college applications. This year, the three represent different roles within their school communities.  Carl Hayden, counselor Anna Villareal, Betty Fairfax economics teacher, Adrian Lamos and Betty Fairfax senior office assistant Danielle Yanez.

 This is the first time in three years that Phoenix Union had College Access Professional certification earned by employees other than counselors.  But it is testimony that the information is valuable for any educator who works with students and their post-secondary planning.  Phoenix Union has had 18 educators earn the certification in the three years of the program, including ten counselors last year.

 

The Arizona training is based on a national model, tailored to fit Arizona’s educational needs.  It is intended to work as part of a community-wide effort where school counselors work hand in hand with community-based organizations.  

 

AzCAN, a program of College Success Arizona, is a network of college access professionals, and programs dedicated to post high school success for all Arizonans, especially low-income, first-generation students.


More and More PUHSD Counselors Are Earning The Arizona College Access Network Professional Certificate

Helping more students enroll in college and receive financial aid is a major goal of Phoenix Union, and its counselors play a huge role in that effort.  Some of our counselors are getting some professional development in that area, by earning the Arizona College Access Network Professional Certificate.     The Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) recently announced that Phoenix Union had three individuals who earned certification. These leaders are now better prepared to help all students plan for their future beyond high school and make informed decisions about postsecondary education. The certificate involves 60 hours of coursework, discussion and action planning in three areas: creating a college-going culture; college and career planning; and financial aid and college applications. This year, the three represent different roles within their school communities.  Carl Hayden, counselor Anna Villareal, Betty Fairfax economics teacher, Adrian Lamos and Betty Fairfax senior office assistant Danielle Yanez.

 This is the first time in three years that Phoenix Union had College Access Professional certification earned by employees other than counselors.  But it is testimony that the information is valuable for any educator who works with students and their post-secondary planning.  Phoenix Union has had 18 educators earn the certification in the three years of the program, including ten counselors last year.

 

The Arizona training is based on a national model, tailored to fit Arizona’s educational needs.  It is intended to work as part of a community-wide effort where school counselors work hand in hand with community-based organizations.  

 

AzCAN, a program of College Success Arizona, is a network of college access professionals, and programs dedicated to post high school success for all Arizonans, especially low-income, first-generation students.


The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for Band and Orchestra is January 19-20

The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for band and orchestra is January 19-20 at Camelback High School.  Students from middle school and high school audition for this event were provided music, practice on their own, and come together for rehearsals Friday and Saturday with guest conductors before a public performance, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. There will be a high school percussion group, middle school and high school orchestras, and middle school and high school concert bands.  The top musicians from ten Phoenix Union High Schools, and students from 17 middle/elementary schools within the Phoenix Union boundaries were selected, totaling 230 students.   Admission to the performance is $2 or adults, with children 12 and under, free.


The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for Band and Orchestra is January 19-20

The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for band and orchestra is January 19-20 at Camelback High School.  Students from middle school and high school audition for this event were provided music, practice on their own, and come together for rehearsals Friday and Saturday with guest conductors before a public performance, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. There will be a high school percussion group, middle school and high school orchestras, and middle school and high school concert bands.  The top musicians from ten Phoenix Union High Schools, and students from 17 middle/elementary schools within the Phoenix Union boundaries were selected, totaling 230 students.   Admission to the performance is $2 or adults, with children 12 and under, free.


The First-Ever TGB Hair Drive Took Place During Lunches in Decmember

The first-ever TGB Hair Drive took place during lunches, December 5, and 26 people donated their hair, to the Crowns of Courage, an organization that provides wigs to children experiencing chemotherapy-related  hair loss.    There were 18 students, two little girls, ages 6 and 10, a mother, a couple of men, and the organizer, Spanish teacher Guadalupe Meza who shared their locks for a cause.


As Expected Several South Mountain Inductees into the Phoenix Union Spots Hall of Fame this Year

As usual, there were several South Mountain inductees into the Phoenix Union Spots Hall of Fame this year (December 19), including former Minnesota Vikings tight end Steve Jordan and 1976 Olympic medalist Dwayne Evans, who coaches at the school, but the biggest applause may have been for special inductee Rudy Sanchez, the first-ever athletic trainer to be inducted.  Sanchez, the trainer at South Mountain, is the longest tenured trainer in the District.  A West High graduate, he starred his career at North in 1984.  After a stint at Grand Canyon, he returned to South as a teacher and athletic trainer.  Currently on the State Board of Athletic Training State Licensure, he has served on numerous committees and has written curriculum and policies for athletic training.


North High School Holds Party for Nearly 500 Children in Foster Care Through the Hope and a Future Christmas Party at Para Park in Tempe

Eleven Key Club members spent Saturday, December 16, creating a magical holiday party for nearly 500 children in foster care through the Hope and a Future Christmas Party at Para Park in Tempe. The members set up dining tables, decorated Christmas trees, arranged gifts, and set up games.

Children in foster care and their extended families are invited to this annual party where they play games, take photos with Santa, and enjoy a holiday feast.  All the children received at least one gift.

The Key Club at North High School is committed to community service. Last year, members served nearly 1,500 hours.


Metro Tech High School to Be in the 47th Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade

Metro Tech will be in the  47th Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade, riding and walking with the Wells Fargo Stagecoach Float.  Assistant Principal Dan Dodge is spearheading the project.  The two-mile parade is December 30, beginning at 9 a.m. at North Central Ave. and Montebello.


Metro Tech High School Gets Return Visitor

Mark Moore became a part of Metro Tech High School in 2011.  During a visit to Metro Tech, he shared the wonderful story of his mother, Annalee Moore, who worked as the bookstore manager when Metro Tech was West High School.  He told us of a woman who was hardworking, kind, and generous.  She never missed an opportunity to help and care for West High’s most vulnerable students in need.   In honor of his mother, Moore started the Annalee Memorial Fund.  This memorial fund honors Annalee and her legacy of kindness and generosity.

Through the Annalee Memorial Fund and at the direction of the principal, the Fund has provided cosmetology kits; paid for books lost in a house fire; relieved the burden of unpaid debts for seniors whose family was experiencing financial hardship; fees for ACT testing and joy to students who without the Fund, would not have been able to attend prom.  Six years later, the Annalee Memorial Fund now known as West Supports Metro Tech is providing food gift cards for families who struggle to provide their children with a holiday meal. The Moore’s exemplify the Spirit of Christmas all year through their continued generosity and support of Metro’s students.


Maryvale High School's Varsity Cheer Team Has Video-Qualified for The United Spirit Association Spirit Nationals

The Maryvale varsity cheer team has video-qualified for The United Spirit Association Spirit Nationals in the large co-ed varsity show cheer division. The Panthers will travel to Anaheim to compete, February 23-25.   This is the third time in four years that Maryvale has qualified for this competition.


Central Alumnus Dom Flemons is Back in Town Over the Holidays Bringing His American Songster Show to the Music Instrument Museum

Central alumnus Dom Flemons will be back in town over the holidays, bringing his American Songster show to the Music Instrument Museum, December 27 at 7 p.m.    Now a Grammy Award winner for his unique blend of traditional music with a contemporary approach, Central staffers remember him as Domonique Flemons who went around campus with a guitar and a harmonica like Bob Dylan.  He also played percussion in the band.  Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, in 2005, and won a Grammy for its 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig.  He has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and at the opening ceremonies of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.  His latest album, Ever Popular Favourites celebrates the songs of black cowboys. 

Dom Flemons’ brother, Estaban Flemons, is the International Baccalaureate Coordinator at North High School.


Former Central Football Player Azur Kamara Signing a Letter of Intent to Attend and Play for the University of Kansas

Former Central football player Azur Kamara is signing a letter of intent to attend and play for the University of Kansas.  The defensive end spent the last two years in Yuma, playing junior college ball at Arizona Western.    This year, the Matadors were undefeated until losing at East Mississippi in the NJCAA Championship game.   Kamara had 12.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for losses this year.   Since his high school days, he has grown two more inches and a few pounds to 6-6 and 230 pounds.

As a senior with the Bobcats, Kamara was named Channel 12’s Friday Night Fever Defensive Player of the Year for Arizona.  Only six years after relocating from the Ivory Coast, and three years playing football, he broke the state sack record.  In his senior year, he had 107 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 47 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also ran two kickoffs back for touchdowns.


Central High School's Eloi Kwete Only District Player Named the American Family Insurance All-USA Arizona High School Football Team

Eloi Kwete, a defensive lineman from Central High was the only District player named to the American Family Insurance All-USA Arizona High School Football Team. Only a junior, he had 146 tackles, including 42 for losses, and eight sacks.  He also made the Channel 12 All Friday Night Fever Team, and was named Phoenix Union Defensive Player of the Year.  You may recall, Eloi, his twin brother Cosmos, and his older brother, Oliver came to the U.S. last year from Zimbabwe, and played American football for the first time at Central, making the natural transition from their rugby experience.  They are originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Camelback High School Entrepreneurship Holds its Toastmasters Brunch

Camelback Entrepreneurship held its Toastmasters Brunch, December 8 at the Bluewater Grill.  This annual event is organized by volunteers Jeff Stephens and Doug Ullrich of Toastmasters, who work with the DECA and Entrepreneurship students every week to fine-tune their speaking skills.  Seven finalists gave five-minute speeches, which were judged according to Toastmaster rules.  Jowun Ben took first place, Nichole Segay placed second and Alec Karsten was third. The brunch drew over 60 students, staff, some parents and community members.  The Toastmasters training also prepares students for DECA competition at the regional, state and national levels.


Camelback Entrepreneurship Teacher Maria Abrams Notified by Fiesta Bowl Charities that the School will Receive a Wishes for Teachers

Camelback Entrepreneurship teacher Maria Abrams was notified by Fiesta Bowl Charities that the school will receive a Wishes for Teachers $5,000 grant used for a new laser cutter and supplies for Camelback’s Innovation Lab.  She will  be recognized at the Cactus Bowl at Chase Field, December 26, at halftime with fellow Wishes for Teachers recipients.  More than 4,200 teachers from over 100 cities across Arizona applied for the program.    


Bostrom’s Jordon Brown and Anaticia Ajumada First Bostrom Students to Earn college credits through Dual Enrollment

Bostrom’s Jordon Brown and Anaticia Ajumada are the first Bostrom students to earn college credits through Dual Enrollment. Their Business Technology Educaton teacher, Ronda Nichols, was instrumental in guiding them through the Gateway Community College GBS110 curriculum.  


Alhambra High School Cheerleading Squad Hosts a first-ever Middle School Cheer-In

The Alhambra High School Cheerleading Squad hosted a first-ever Middle School Cheer-In with all the cheerleaders from Alhambra Elementary Schools, December 14. This event brought together the Alhambra Cheer teams with over 150 elementary school cheerleaders in a halftime routine. It also made for a huge cheering section for the boys varsity basketball team, too, as the Lions hosted Carl Hayden.


Linda Abril Educational Academy to Hold Mid-Year Graduation

Sixty-three graduates will receive diplomas, Thursday, December 21 at the Linda Abril Educational Academy mid-year graduation, at Central High School. 


Phoenix Union High School District’s third Annual Sports Hall of Fame Inducts NFL Players

NFL players Bob Breunig (Alhambra) and Steve Jordan (South Mountain), Olympic medalist Dwayne Evans (South Mountain), college baseball coaching legend Ron Polk (Carl Hayden), PGA golfer Howard Twitty (Central), MLB executive Fred Nelson (West) and many others were honored at the Phoenix Union High School District’s third annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner, December 19, at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

 

This year’s event inducted coaches, athletes and teams from 1970-79, as well as individuals from the historical era.   The third class had 70 individuals honored.  Ninety-five individuals were inducted in the first two years, going back over 100 years of high school sports history.

 

Basketball coaches Leon Edward Jordan of Carver and Pete Tuccio of Carl Hayden, Camelback football coach Jesse Parker, and North tennis coach Catherine Wilkinson are among the coaches inducted.  Twenty-eight state championship teams between 1970-79 are also being recognized.

 

Breunig was an ASU All-American and played linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys for 10 years.  Steve Jordan, the son of Leon Jordan, played for the Minnesota Vikings for 13 years, including six Pro-Bowl selections.  Evans made the USA Olympic team as a 17-year old, and won a bronze in 200 meters at the 1976 Olympics.  Polk coached Mississippi State Baseball for 29-years, winning 1,139 games and six College World Series appearances. Twitty was a two-time All-American at ASU, and won four tournaments as a PGA professional and was the Comeback Player of the Year in 1993.  Nelson was a baseball All-American and National Champion at ASU, and has enjoyed a 36-year career as a baseball executive with the White Sox, Astros and currently Colorado.

 

Other notables included Univ. of Massachusetts football coach Mark Whipple (Camelback); former NFL receiver Brad Anderson (Alhambra) MLB players David and Gary Rajsich,(Central); current Mets hitting coach Pat Roessler (Camelback) and legendary ASU track & field coach Baldy Castillo (Phoenix Union)

 

As a commitment to the legacy of athletic excellence in Phoenix Union, Male and Female Athlete of the Year scholarships were established by the PUHSD Sports Hall of Fame.   2017 scholarship recipients were Brianna Boehm of Betty Fairfax and David Avitia of Alhambra   

 

Over 600 attended the sold-out event, which has grown every year. Longtime Valley sportscaster and local high school sports historian Kevin McCabe, a West High alum,  emceed  the ceremony.

 

The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for band and orchestra is January 19-20 at Camelback High School.  Students from middle school and high school audition for this event, practice provided music on their own, and come together for rehearsals Friday and Saturday with guest conductors before a public performance, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. There will be a high school percussion group, middle school and high school orchestras, and middle school and high school concert bands.  The top musicians from ten Phoenix Union High Schools, and students from 17 middle/elementary schools within the Phoenix Union boundaries were selected, totaling 230 students.   Admission to the performance is $2 or adults, with children 12 and under, free.


Phoenix Union Boys Basketball Holiday Classic Set for December 21-23

The Phoenix Union Boys Basketball Holiday Classic is set for December 21-23.  Fourteen teams will participate- all 11 District schools as well las Willow Canyon from Surprise, North Canyon and the Army Navy Academy from Carlsbad, California.  Most of the teams will play two games on December 21 at either South Mountain or Betty Fairfax High Schools.  The final two days will be at South Mountain.  The games begin each day at 2 p.m.  The championship game is at 7 p.m. Saturday at South Mountain.  Cesar Chavez won the Holiday Classic, last year, beating Central at the buzzer in the championship game.


All Eleven Phoenix Union JROTC Programs Attended the 29th Annual Armed Forces Career Officer Day

All eleven Phoenix Union JROTC programs attended the  29th annual Armed Forces Career Officer Day luncheon at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale Arizona on   November 21.    The PUHSD cadets joined Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps JROTC programs from throughout the state. Recruiters from the United States Military Academies (West Point, Annapolis, Air Force and US Coast Guard), ASU, Arizona, NAU, New Mexico Military Institute, Norwich and Emory Riddle Aeronautical University attended.

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

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


Members of the Trevor G. Browne Choir Program Provided Backup Vocals For Lou Gramm

Members of the Trevor G. Browne Choir program provided backup vocals for Lou Gramm’s performance of “I Want to Know What Love Is”   at a corporate event for 900 department project managers for a national accounting firm, at Corona Ranch, November 15.  Gramm was the lead singer from the internationally known band, Foreigner. The TGB Choir was also joined onstage by Nancy Wilson from the band Heart during their performance.

The choir is under the direction of   Nick Halonen and Troy Meeker, both of whom are active throughout the state as clinicians and presenters. Recently, each director represented PUHSD as guest clinicians for auditioned honor choirs.  Meeker was the guest clinician and conductor for the Deer Valley District’s Middle School Honor Choir. Halonen was the guest clinician and conductor for the Arizona 7th-9th Grade Men’s Honor Choir at the 2017 Cantaremus Choir Festival.

The next performance for the TGB Choir will be their annual Holiday Concert on Friday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. All PUHSD employees are welcome to attend for free.


The South Mountain Football Team Had Its Best Season in Years, winning five games.

The South Mountain Football team had its best season in years, winning five games.  That turnaround was acknowledged when head coach Mark Carter was named the All-Phoenix Union Coach of the Year.  Joining their coach on that team were Mike Jackson, Jr. offensive line; Jacori Murphy, wide receiver; Cesar Caperon, linebacker; Jaiden Hayes, defensive back and Dontae Lee, kick returner.


Phoenix Coding Academy Students Took Home Two Awards at Code Day Phoenix

Phoenix Coding Academy students took home two awards at Code Day Phoenix, Nov. 11-12 at the University of Advancing Technology, for Best App, and Best Teamwork.  This was a 24-hour event and approximately 100 competitors from around the state worked in teams to plan, research, design, and code either an app or computer game using any software or programming language.  There were 22 students from Coding Academy, and five from Carl Hayden. 

“The kids were terrific, and really represented our schools and district in a positive light.  Several 8th graders competing were very excited about enrolling in the district after talking with our kids,” Network Design teacher Stephen Andrews said.


North Had a Successful 7-3 Record in Football This Fall

North had a successful 7-3 record in football this fall, and had several players named to the 2017 All-Phoenix Union team--Joey Cortez, offensive line; Dominic Fiorucci, running back; Eric Saucedo, receiver; Maximus Valdez, defensive line; Jason Cortez, defensive back and Carlos Cruz, kicker.


Twenty-one North High School Students Attended the DigiGirlz Event at the Microsoft Store in Scottsdale

Twenty-one North High School students attended the DigiGirlz event at the Microsoft Store in Scottsdale.  This program is designed to provide high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about. During the event, the students interacted with Microsoft staff and management to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it’s like to work at Microsoft.

The women were introduced to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and participated in a team activity about creativity and problem- solving through technology.

 Karla Camarena, a senior, said, “I was impressed to learn that more women need to get into STEM careers and that there are many pathways of having a career in technology.”

Junior Adalmaris Rendon learned about persistence, “keep going is really important even in the face of challenges and failures.”     Nuvia Villasenor, a freshman, described her day as “a wonderful experience that will motivate me to pursue my goals and dreams. Being a girl won’t stop me.”

“The event was even more special and personal because our Microsoft hosts were both graduates of North High School,” Dr. Renata Geurtz, Business department instructional leader said.


Metro Tech Was Named the Most Improved School at the Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon

Metro Tech was named the Most Improved School at the Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon, November 17-18.   The Knights jumped 8,419 points from last year to this year.


Metro Tech Small Business/Floral Students Had a Real World Experience

Metro Tech Small Business/Floral students had a real world experience, helping a celebrity florist design the 58th Annual “Heart Ball” at the Phoenician Resort, November 18.    The “Heart Ball” is a huge fundraiser for the American Heart Association that attracts some of the most prominent people in Arizona. 

“I was contacted by Jose Graterol Designs in Florida to see if I had any students available to work a huge event they were in town for,” teacher Jen Colvin said.   “I was so excited that my students were able to use some of their skills they have already learned   in the Small Business Operations/Floral class and truly got the real world experience that our CTE (Career and Technical Education)  programs hope for. It truly was an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Jose Graterol was extremely impressed with Metro Tech’s Floral students and invited them to work with him on future events here in town.  He will also be making a special visit to Metro Tech to talk to the Business/Floral students in a few weeks.

“He has a fascinating story of how he came from Valenzuela as an immigrant with nothing, learned English on the streets of Florida, and found a job at a local florist before making it big on his own.  Jose was very humble and kind and treated his entire staff, including our students, like family members,” Colvin said.


Maryvale High Schools Luis Camacho Was a Silver Medalist in the Honors Division

Maryvale’s Luis Camacho was a silver medalist in the Honors division, and he also won gold in science and essay, where he was the outstanding overall essayist.  Maryvale also finished tied for second with Mountain View in the super quiz relay.


Cesar Chavez Had Eight Players Named to the 2017 All-Phoenix Union Football Team

Cesar Chavez had eight players named to the 2017 All-Phoenix Union Football team, led by Player of the Year, Andrew Blitzke and Offensive Player of the Year Chris Russel.  They were joined by Javier Meza, offenisive lineman; Thairyk Blue, receiver; Alberto Borvnda, defensive lineman; Chris De La Fuente, defensive end and Carlos Ritchie, defensive back.


Cesar Chavez Dominated the Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon

Cesar Chavez dominated the Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon Friday and Saturday, winning the team title, the super quiz relay and 44 individual event medals, including 13 gold medals.  The Champions also had six of the nine overall top scores in the three divisions.   Chavez’ 42,521 score far outpaced second-place Basis Peoria, and third place Mesa Mountain View.  Alhambra was 4th, Maryvale, 6th, South Mountain, 7th and Betty Fairfax, 9th in the 19-team field.

Sabrina Gallardo had the top Varsity division score, Samuel Porter, (gold), Barbara Martinez (silver) and Tina Chen, (bronze) swept the Scholastic overall medals.  Irma Ceco won bronze in the Honors overall.   

Other PUHSD highlights include Boston Lawrence of Betty Fairfax with Varsity golds in economics and interview, where he had the outstanding overall performance.  Alhambra’s Enrique Mighty won a gold in Varsity language and literature, and teammate Jose Baldovino had a gold in Scholastic math.

Ten different Champions won gold in individual events.  Chavez swept all nine medals in the music event, and eight of nine medals in the art event.


Former Central Lady Bobcats Basketball Player Alexis Smith is Currently Attending Ottawa University

Former Central Lady Bobcats basketball player Alexis Smith is currently attending Ottawa University after spending her first two playing years at Glendale Community College.   She  is the starting point guard for the Ottawa University Spirits, and in early games this year, she has scored 18, 27 and 16 points, and had a 14 rebound game, as well.


Central High School Twins Dominate the Field

If you played Central’s football team this year, you couldn’t help but run into brothers Eloi and Cosmos Kwete.  The twins, having grown up playing rugby in the Congo and Zimbabwe, were a defensive force.     Eloi Kwete was named the All-Phoenix Union team’s Defensive Player of the Year, and Cosmos Kwete made the defensive team as a linebacker.  Other Bobcats honored were Jose Escaleera, defensive back, Andrew Taylor, quarterback and Casey Clanton, tight end.


Central's Anel Zhuvanizhbayeva Traveled to Mesquite High School for the Water Tower Speech and Debate Invitational

Anel Zhuvanizhbayeva traveled to Mesquite High School for the Water Tower Speech and Debate Invitational, November 18.  She placed 8th in her chamber of Congressional Debate. Because of the number and quality of speeches that she has given this year, she has earned membership into the National Speech and Debate Association Honor Society.  She is a exchange student from Kazakhstan. 


Carl Hayden Hosted its Annual Car Show November 18

Carl Hayden hosted its Annual Car Show, November 18, and the school also held a handball tournament which had some 30 participants from Hayden, Camelback, ASU, and players from Tucson and Phoenix.  Hayden’s Frank Huarte finished 2nd in the Advanced Division. 


English Teacher Steven Arenas Received an Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award

English Teacher Steven Arenas received an Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in St. Louis this past weekend.  Arenas is in his first year teaching at Carl Hayden, after a year at Alhambra.  He began his career at Tolleson Westview.  He is also former assistant superintendent Jose Arenas’ oldest son.


The Camelback Volleyball Team Had a Terrific 2017 Season

The Camelback Volleyball team had a terrific season, going 16-3 and winning the 5A Union Region.  Hence, the Spartans had the All-Reigon Player of the year, Raquel Bain, an outside hitter, and the Coach of the year, Todd Goertzen.  They also had two players on the first team, Jesika Apodaca and jasmine Duran, and Chermiqua Tsosie made the all-region 2nd team.


Four Stampede Football Players Made the All-Phoenix Union Team

Four Stampede football players made the All-Phoenix Union team-Deontrae Cameron, offensive line; Anthodious Ashley, running back; Kesontaye Lewis, defensive line and Antwan Craig, punter.


Alhambra’s Enrique Mighty Won a Gold in Varsity Language and Literature

Alhambra’s Enrique Mighty won a gold in Varsity language and literature, and teammate Jose Baldovino had a gold in Scholastic math as the Lions finished fourth in the 19-school Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon.  They were the second-best Phoenix Union team, after Cesar Chavez won the event.


Alhambra Medical Magnet Has Had a Monthly Series of Healthcare Professionals Speak to Future Medical Professionals

Alhambra Medical Magnet has had a monthly series of healthcare professionals  speak to   future medical professionals. Guest speakers included an oncology nurse, EMT, occupational, therapist, physical therapist, anesthesiologist, neurologist, physician’s assistant, and certified strength coach. All the professionals provided information and spoke about their educational pathway and gave the students advice for finding their way in the healthcare field. They offered hope, knowledge, and possible future networking opportunities to allow the students to observe in the professional setting.     

Alhambra Medical Magnet attended the Grand Canyon University Health Sciences, Engineering, and Technology Day, November 15. It was an educational and fun-filled event that allowed students to participate in hands-on activities, lectures, and networking with fellow peers.  


Alhambra High School’s Enrique Mighty Won a Gold in Varsity Language and Literature

Alhambra’s Enrique Mighty won a gold in Varsity language and literature, and teammate Jose Baldovino had a gold in Scholastic math as the Lions finished fourth in the 19-school Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon.  They were the second-best Phoenix Union team, after Cesar Chavez won the event.


Trevor Browne has Four Students Qualify for the State Individual Chess Tournament

Trevor Browne has four students who qualified for the State Individual Chess Tournament, November 17-18 in Tucson.  They are listed according to their finish at the Individual Regionals.  5th-Ramon Zozaya; 7th- Jermaine Loera; 10th- Edmundo Villanueva; 15th-Joaquin Uribe.


The South Mountain Boys Basketball Booster Club Hosted the 1st Annual South Mountain Alumni Basketball Game

The South Mountain Boys Basketball Booster Club hosted the 1st Annual South Mountain Alumni Basketball Game, November 11.  The event connected South Mountain Alumni and the 2017-2018 South Mountain Boys Basketball players to our community through the common bond of basketball.  The concept was created as a way to raise funds for the current basketball season with the ultimate goal of bringing the community back to South Mountain as part of our school-wide mission to "Change the Culture" or "CTC,” according to Athletic Director Brian Fair.

Alumni   players played for the Rebels (South Mountain’s former mascot) and the Jaguars -- from the Classes of 1989-2011.    Clement Chapman and Cleather Lane coached the teams.   Chapman coached the 1985 Girls Championship team and 1990 &1991 (32-0) State Champion Boys Teams.  Lane was a member of the 1983 Boys Championship team.    

 The   Jaguars edged the Rebels at the end by a score of 96-92 led by 1992 alumnus Brian Fair. The Rebels were led by 1989 alumnus Brent Russel.  In addition, South alumni volunteered their talents as DJ and MC for the event.  Throughout the evening prizes and "Jag Swag" were awarded to crowd participants in our dance-off, half-court shot contest, and basket relay. 

The national award-winning South Mountain Step Team also shared their talents during halftime and the 2017-2018 basketball players were introduced to their community.  Our current players connected with the crowd by greeting at the door, selling merchandise and concessions.


Ray Pino, North’s Assistant Principal for Student Opportunities Has Been Recognized as a Certified Athletic Administrator

Ray Pino, North’s assistant principal for student opportunities, has been recognized as a Certified Athletic Administrator, by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA.)

To earn this distinction, Pino has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration, according to the NIAAA. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members.  It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.


North High School's Marching Band had a successful season

North’s Marching Band had a successful season, wrapping up, November 11 with an 8th place finish at the Arizona Marching Band Association State Festival, one of three Phoenix Union schools to finish in the top ten.  The Mustangs scored a 12th place at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Festival, November 4.   During the season the band, under the direction of Daniel Eaton, captured 14 “Outstanding” performance captions- (Music Performance (3), Visual Performance (1), General Effect (2), Percussion (5), Arizona Percussive Arts Society (3).


MetroTech’s Future Business of America Leaders and Student Government Spends Veterans Day With Residents

MetroTech’s Future Business of America Leaders and Student Government spent Veterans Day with the residents of the Arizona State Veterans Home to ensure they were honored and remembered for their service.  Over 100 students donated eight hours of their time Saturday helping set the celebration up, decorating, escorting the residents to a concert and enjoying a barbeque with them.  Students also accompanied the Veteran’s to the parade in their honor.    Metro Tech, for the past 15 years,  has made this an annual tradition with alumni even returning to help. Debbie Cross, a retiree and originator of the event, was busy facilitating as usual.   


The Maryvale Mariachi Panteras De Oro Group Was Selected by the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) Board

Maryvale Principal Manuel Silvas has been named the Central Arizona Theatre Administrator of the Year.   Silvas earned this award for his support of Theatre Arts by facilitating the hiring of a second theatre teacher, renovating the theatre room to accommodate small performances, helping start a CTE technical theatre program and according to Patrick Shanahan, Maryvale theatre teacher, “just overall eliminating barriers for our department.” He receive the award at the Phoenix Convention Center, November 17, front of thousands of theatre students and hundreds of theatre educators at the annual Arizona Thespian Festival.  

“In a time when the Performing Arts are on the top of school’s budget cutting list, it is refreshing to find administrators who can see how the Performing Arts are an important part of a well-rounded school program. It has come to the attention of the Executive Board of the Arizona Thespians that you are one of those Administrators,” AIA and Thespian board co-director Steve Abaroa said.          


Former Maryvale Student Jazmen Marie Banks Crowned Miss Black Arizona

Former Maryvale student Jazmen Marie Banks was crowned Miss Black Arizona, November 4.  Banks, who graduated in 2015, was a member of the speech and debate team, and it came in handy.  Her talent for the pageant was a poetry interpretation of the poem, “Paper People.”  She competed for Maryvale in poetry interpretation, progammed interpretation and duo Interpretation.  She was also a cheerleader for the Panthers.  Banks completed her certified nursing assistant program before she graduated, and she is currently working at Barrows Neurological Institute ICU unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She is attending Rio Salado and is a private caregiver, as well.  Banks also attended real estate school and is working on getting her real estate license.  The National Miss Black Arizona competition will be in Washington, D.C. in August.


Four Central Culinary Students Participated in Food Fanatics Live 2017

Four culinary students participated in Food Fanatics Live 2017, November 8.     This is an event put on by U.S. Foods.  C-CAP (Careers in Culinary Arts Program) Arizona picked Central to represent Arizona and this new partnership with U.S. Foods.  Two students, Liliana Flores Hernandez and Derek Tolano, went onstage with chefs to participate in a live demonstration for the crowd.  The other two students, Michaelangelo Vasquez and Alexis Lopez worked in the Interactive Kitchen with five other professional chefs making and preparing samples of the dish that were  demonstrated on stage.    

“This opportunity for Central was remarkable.  The students got firsthand experience of what it is like to cater an event of this magnitude and to work with a plethora of professional chefs.  Liliana  (Hernandez) and Derek (Tolano) were even presented with a job opportunity at the end of this event.,” Culinary teacher Erin Sullivan said. 


The Carl Hayden Handball Club Traveled to Tucson to Compete in the Memorial Handball Tournament

The Carl Hayden Handball Club traveled to Tucson to compete in the Memorial Handball Tournament, November 11. This was an international event, with 305   handball players from around the world.    Frank Huarte and Rodrigo Silva held their own against the strong field.    Huarte reached the semi-finals of the 19 and under age group, before being defeated by a player from Juarez, Mexico.  Silva made it to the Finals of the 17 and under age group.

 

“I believe we were the only high school as a group represented, and I met a few individuals excited to see Phoenix represented,” Coach Chris Hogan said.    

 

The handball team will be competing in a tournament,  November 18 at the school’s annual car show.


The 7th Annual Carl Hayden Car Show is Saturday, November 18

The 7th Annual Carl Hayden Car Show is Saturday, November 18.  There will be cars, food and music.   This year’s show is expecting 120 entries in 30 categories, with first, second and third place trophies awarded.      Entry fee is $20 per entry, with free admission to attendees.   All proceeds benefit the Carl Hayden MEChA club.  The car show was created by security assistant Martin Gracia.


The Carl Hayden Marching Band Had an Excellent Final Performance

The Falcon Marching Band had an excellent final performance, November 11 at the Arizona Marching Band State Festival at Campo Verde High School.    Seeded in 8th going into the event, Hayden ended up in 4th place in its division and came home with 1st place Percussion. 

“Freshman make up over a quarter of the band this year and their growth has been significant. This is a testament to the efforts of our amazing staff, student leadership, and the band class of 2018.  We can’t wait to see where we will go from here,” band director Erica Scriver said.


Camelback JROTC Recently Took First Place Honors at the South Mountain/Laveen Village Festival of Thanksgiving parade

Camelback  JROTC recently took first place honors at the South Mountain/Laveen Village Festival of Thanksgiving parade held on November 4.    Seven Phoenix Union JROTC units were among the participants.  Maryvale ROTC took second place and South Mountain  JROTC took third place.  


Camelback is Holding an Entrepreneurship Fair and Invention Convention

Camelback is holding an Entrepreneurship Fair and Invention Convention, November 16.  The students are hard at work putting the final touches on their prototypes and pitches, and the advanced students have scheduled middle school visits providing entrepreneurship lessons, coaching and support.  There are 26 teams and 90 contestants representing Camelback’s entrepreneurship and engineering programs, Madison #1 Middle School and L.C. Kennedy School.   Other students and staff are helping to organize the event, as well as judges, sponsors and the support received from community partners.  There will be a Shark Tank Pitch competition at 6 p.m., as well as awards for middle school and high school projects.


Alhambra JROTC Hosts Representatives From Chase Bank

Alhambra JROTC hosted representatives from Chase Bank Human Resources/Talent for an employment/hiring information seminar, November 7.  The representatives provided information on resume building, interview techniques/demonstration, suitable attire for an interview and interviewing protocols. A key portion of this seminar for the JROTC students was articulating their teamwork and leadership roles while in JROTC, an important  selling point for students with no prior work history.

“This was very informative for our JROTC students and we hope to continue this type of real world interaction in the future” said Lieutenant Colonel Jackson MacDonald, the Senior Army Instructor at Alhambra JROTC.


The First Academic Decathlon Event of the Year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon

The first Academic Decathlon event of the year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon, which will be   November 17-18 at Camelback High School.  It is not just limited to PUHSD schools.  This year, 20 teams are expected.  The decathlon organizers are looking for volunteers for this event.  No experience is necessary.  It starts with essay scoring, November 15.  Friday, November 17 is when speeches and interviews take place, with training beginning at 4 p.m.  Dinner is provided for volunteers.  Saturday, November 18, there is a need for test proctors in the morning, and the Super Quiz in the afternoon.   For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org.  


Phoenix Union to Have a Fall Teacher Career Fair

Phoenix Union will have a Fall Teacher Career Fair, Saturday, November 18 from 8 a.m. to noon

 at the District Offices at 4502 N. Central Ave. Positions would begin for the second semester,

January 9.  Prospective teachers should bring resume, transcripts, teacher certification, letters of

recommendation and a copy of a fingerprint clearance card. It is recommended that applicants who

have not completed a Phoenix Union online application complete one prior to the job fair.  A

general certified employee application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs.  For more

information or to schedule a screening interview prior to the fair, contact Alvina Turman at

(602)764-1519 or turman@phoenixunion.org


Trevor Browne One of Three Phoenix Union Teams Qualify for the AIA State Team Chess Tournament

Trevor Browne was one of three Phoenix Union teams that qualified for the AIA State Team Chess Tournament, November 3-4 at Glendale High School.  In the 24-team State Tournament, the Bruines finished 9th, Maryvale 18th, and Alhambra, 20th.  The teams qualified at a regional tournament, October 28.  Trevor Browne placed 2nd, Alhambra, 5th and Maryvale, 6th.

Trevor Browne has four students who qualified for the State Individual Tournament, November 17-18 in Tucson.  They are listed according to their finish at the Individual Regionals.  5th-Ramon Zozaya,  TGB; 7th- Jermaine Loera, TGB;  10th- Edmundo Villanueva, TGB;   15th-Joaquin Uribe, TGB.


The Trevor Browne Marching Band to Compete in the Arizona Marching Band Association Championships

The Trevor Browne Marching Band will compete in the Arizona Marching Band Association Championships, November 11 at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert.  The Bruins will take the field at 3:45 p.m.


South Mountain High School to Host the Bridge Forum

South Mountain will host the Bridge Forum, November 14 from 10-11:30 a.m., featuring a panel of law enforcement officers and community leaders discussing community-law enforcement relations.  Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Police Chief Jeri Williams, Sheriff Paul Penzone, Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell and Peoria Police Chief Roy Minter and Arizona Representative Reginald Bolding will be panelists.  The event will be moderated by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. CEO & President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, and Dr. Ann Hart, NAACP Maricopa County Branch President.


North High School Placed 12th Overall in Division IV of the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Festival

North HS placed 12th overall in Division IV of the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Festival, November 4, at Hamilton High School.  The Mustangs received an “Excellent” Rating, and received Outstanding Music Performance and Outstanding Percussion Performance Captions. North will compete at the Arizona Marching Band Association Championships, November 11, 4:30 p.m. at Campo Verde HS.    


Phoenix Union High School District Students Recognized By National Merit Scholarship Corporation

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognizes top students throughout the country in a few different ways, based on their PSAT test scores.  There are National Merit Scholars, National Merit Commended students, and National Hispanic Recognition Scholars. This year, seven North High students have received such honors.

North has one National Merit Scholar semifinalist- Nihar Dalal.  Dalal is a straight-A student and will be North’s valedictorian.  He received a perfect score of 800 on his PSAT math subject test, and a 36 out of 36 on his ACT.  His passion is math and physics and he wants to use his talent as a Wall Street market Analyst or mathematician.  He has spent summers at universities, studying number theory at Brown Univ., calculus at ASU and more math at Boston College last summer. He is currently taking the highest level of math offered in our District. He is North’s newspaper editor, plays tennis for the Mustangs, is president of both the science and math clubs, is on the robotics team, and is a peer tutor for other North students.   Dalal, whose family came from India in 2014, is interested in attending Harvey Mudd in California, Williams in Mass., or Rice University.

National Merit semifinalists qualify by being among the highest-scoring entrants in each state in the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT.   The 16,000 semifinalists this year represent less than one percent of the 1.5 million juniors from over 22,000 high schools who take the PSAT.  National Merit Finalists are highly coveted as prospective students to every college and university in the country.  About 90% of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists become finalists, according to the NMSC.  

 

North High has three National Merit Commended Students--Maxwell Sweet, Daniel Nguyen and Bryan Ibanez.

Sweet is also an IB student, with impressive credentials…a 1530 SAT score, an 800 top score in math, and a 33 of 36 on his ACT.  He wants to become a neuroscientist or neuro engineer but he might also explore a career in international economics.  He is the treasurer for the robotics club, the number one chess player on the North Chess team, and will be a four-year letterman in baseball.  He also works up to 32 hours a week.   Sweet wants to attend UCLA, where his sister is a swim coach.

Nguyen’s favorite classes are physics and mathematics so it’s no surprise that he wants to become an aerospace engineer.  He would like to work on a large rocketry project someday, or something having to do with astronomy and aviation. He has been involved in robotics, the chess club and peer tutoring at North.  He is hoping to attend USC, or ASU as a backup plan, and major in aerospace engineering.

Ibanez is also in the International Baccalaureate program.  He is the secretary of the robotics club, and lists biology and history as his two favorite classes.  He is still undecided on a career, but he is leaning toward match, mechanical engineering or economics, and eventually would like to go to law school.  ASU is his school of choice at this point.

National Merit Scholarship Commended students represent about 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT, and receive letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.

Since 1990, North High has had 97 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and finalists and 126 Commended students.  

North has four National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars:  Erik Barraza, Sabrina Bojorquez, Rosario Peralta and  Ibanez,  is also a Commended Student.

Barraza has an interest in science and politics, with a little marching band music mixed in.  He is the historian and webmaster for the Robotics team, and a member of the Mustang Marching Band.  He has also done fieldwork as an intern for the Arizona Democratic Party, working on numerous campaigns.  He has also been a research intern for ASU, providing assistance on lab research in geochemistry/thermodynamics.  He is interested in pursuing a career in medicine, with a specific focus on oncology or neurology. 

Bojorquez is busy with theatre, as co-president of the drama club, and acting in several plays.  She is also in the science club and the hiking club.  She says she did not study for the PSAT but her score and Recognition Scholar designation didn’t surprise her, or her parents, who simply said, “good job.”  Bojorquez would like to study environmental engineering at UCLA or ASU and travel the world, doing fieldwork providing clean drinking water for everyone.

Peralta’s favorite courses are biology, history and she is the layout editor for the school newspaper.  She competes in cross country and track, and is active in the ‘No Place for Hate’ club, and as the Peer Leadership program president.  She wants to be a veterinarian, specializing in exotic animals. She once owned a bearded dragon.  She plans to major in biology for pre-vet, perhaps at the Univ. of Arizona, and UC-Davis, for vet school.  

National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars are among the top 5,000 scorers among the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT test.  The program is an academic honor that can be included on college applications. It is not a scholarship, but colleges do use this program to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.


Longtime Librarian Jean Kilker to Give the Welcome to Arizona Speech to Open the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Convention

Longtime librarian Jean Kilker will give the welcome to Arizona speech to open the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)   national convention in Phoenix, November 9.  Kilker is the chair of the Teacher-Librarian Division of the Arizona Library Association.  She is getting a little help from her students, who put together a series of welcome messages in a video displaying the District’s diversity.  The students were videotaped in the Maryvale library, holding books about Arizona.  Kilker has been with PUHSD for 43 years, was the District’s first librarian to earn National Board Certification, and she was named the Arizona Library Association Librarian of the Year in 2007.


Maryvale's Valeria Salcido to be Honored as Female High School Student of the Year

Valeria Salcido will be honored as the Female High School Student of the Year, at the Phoenix Indian Center’s Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards event, November 14 at the Scottsdale Resort.  Salcido, is a member of the Tohono O’odham community.  She is a senior, the school’s student body vice-president, and a youth leader.  This annual recognition celebrates individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership to the advancement, promotion and developments of the cultural, educational social, economic or political welfare of the American Indian Community in Arizona.


The Fairfax Band, Equus, placed 17th overall in Division III at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Festival

The Fairfax Band, Equus, placed 17th overall in Division III at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Festival, November 4 at Dobson High School.   The Stampede   received a Good Rating.  


Cesar Chavez Football Program Receives 20 New Silver Football Helmets

Cesar Chavez may have ended their 2017 season, one game into the playoffs, but they received a boost for 2018 when the Arizona Cardinals and Barrows Neurological Center donated 20 new silver football helmets to the program at a November 8 assembly.  Dr. Javier Cardenas, a neurologist who has done much work with PUHSD high schools, ASU and the NFL, discussed concussions in sports, sideline protocols that have been put in place, signs to recognize concussion symptoms, and baseline testing, and return-to-play protocol.  Former Cardinals wide receiver Frank Sanders joined in the conversation, recalling his early days when a concussion was treated with smelling salts.  Dr. Cardenas then had the curtain pulled, and Cardinal Cheerleaders and mascot Big Red presented the brand new helmets, Riddell Revolution Speed helmets, the best helmets available. 


Cesar Chavez Boys Finish 17th in the Team Standings at the Division I State Cross Country Championships

The Cesar Chavez boys finished 17th in the team standings at the Division I State Cross Country Championships, November 4 at Cave Creek Golf Course.  The Champions had the highest finish among the four Phoenix Union schools that qualified for state.  The top runners for Chavez were Fernando Valerio, 69th place and Christian Gomez, 81st place in the 164-runner field.  The Chavez Girls finished 21st in their state race, with Amber Fowler having the team’s best finish at 70th.


Eleven Cesar Chavez Students Compete in the Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition

Eleven Cesar Chavez students competed in the Marshall-Brennan Moot Court competition at ASU's law school, November 3-4.   Approximately 75 students competed, and 30 students advanced to the semifinals, nine from Chavez.    Of those 30, ten went onto the final round, including three from Chavez.  When it was concluded, Mimi Bitangacha and Nimo Ismail were among six Arizona students who earned a trip to the nationals in Washington, D.C. in April.  There is a possibility a third student, Alex Moran, will also be traveling pending an appeal on the scores.

Moot Court is a competition where two opposing attorneys argue about what the law should be regarding a Constitutional question.   They must use previous decisions made by actual courts.  High school students participate in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project nationally, studying constitutional law with law-school students.  The project is named after former Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan

 “I was extraordinarily proud of how our students performed - their dedication, their presentation, their research, their comportment and their public speaking.  All 11 were a testament to what makes Chavez an awesome school, “ Coach William Kibler said.


There Were 11 PUHSD Cross Country Teams at the State Championships

There were 11 PUHSD cross country teams at the State Championships, Saturday, but it was a girl without a team who had the best showing.  Central’s Kayla Eldred, a junior, placed 6th in the 156-runner Division I race, covering the 5,000 meter course at the Cave Creek Golf Course in 19:40.  She qualified as an individual by winning the sectional race eight days earlier.  Dawit Ajju in the Boys division, placed 79th, as the Bobcats finished 19th in team standings.


Pace Set for the Carl Hayden Boys Cross Country

Fidel De Los Rios finished 9th and Benjamin Morfin, 25th to pace the Carl Hayden Boys Cross Country tam to an 11th place team finish in the Division II State Championships, November 4 at Cave Creek Golf Course.  There were 221 runners in the field.

The Carl Hayden Marching Band will compete in the Arizona Marching Band Association Championships, November 11 at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert.   


Camelback Told Invention Convention

Camelback is holding an Invention Convention, November 16.  The students are hard at work putting the final touches on their prototypes and pitches, and the advanced students have scheduled middle school visits providing entrepreneurship lessons, coaching and support.  There are almost 100 students competing and another 25 helping to organize the event, as well as judges, sponsors and the support received from community partners.  There will be a Shark Tank Pitch competition, as well as awards for middle school and high school projects.


Camelback High School Spartan Paws Club Provides Service Learning Opportunity for Students

The Camelback High School Spartan Paws Club that provides a service learning opportunity for students by working with Service Dogs in Training will present two service dogs to individuals who have served and sacrificed, through a program called Dogs For Our Brave, November 9, at a school assembly.

 

Camelback is hosting veterans Sebastiana Lopez, USAF, and Odin Ayala, US Army, November 6-14, as they prepare to be partnered with their new service dogs, “Carter” and “Zulu,” who were trained by the high school students.  Both veterans are amputees, and the black labs will help improve overall life-functioning for their new partners.   The assembly, honoring the veterans and serving as a graduation ceremony for the service dogs in training, will be November 9, 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium.

 

Founded by Maddie Souder, Camelback's Montessori College Prep Class of 2015, and sponsored by Valerie Newman, an Exceptional Student Specialist (ESS) and English teacher, Spartan Paws has helped train multiple dogs in collaboration with Lifeline Assistance Dogs. Club members enhance the lives of people with disabilities by helping to socialize and train basic public access skills for service dogs in training. Club members learn practical job skills related to the care of dogs as well as participate facilitating animal-assisted therapy in Exceptional Student classrooms. Spartan Paws is an inclusion-based club and the only service dog training program that incorporates students with disabilities during the training process.

 

Spartan Paws holds weekly club meetings, and students have an opportunity to work with a variety of dogs that are in training.  This year, up to five dogs may be on campus daily.   During the assembly, the Camelback Paws students will present “Carter” and “Zulu” to the veterans.  Three other service dogs in training will also graduate the Spartan Paws program that day, and will move on to advance training in preparation for their placements. “Dobby,” “Zonko” and “Kilo” will be placed with their partners in the next few months. 

 

The school will also be presenting a Spartan Shield Award to Leigh Mitchell, the Community-Based Training aide who has puppy-raised two dogs, taking them home each night.


Bio Science High School Selected as a 2017 Phoenix Suns/APS STEM Mini-Grant Recipient for $2.500

Science teacher Melanie Engstrom and the science department was selected as a 2017 Phoenix Suns/APS STEM Mini-Grant recipient for $2.500.    She is going to use it for lab equipment for PCR (polymerase chain reaction) work.    

“PCR  is just one method we use to replicate DNA so we can see it better with the naked eye. A student, Niki (Wilson, who helped write the grant) and I have decided to use the funds on algae growing, condensing, and analyzing equipment which will include professional pipettes, a microcentrifuge, a rotary condenser, and various media chemicals,”Engstrom said.  

 Engstrom will be recognized at the November 24 Suns game.  

 

“The review committee was impressed by the level of passion you showed in your application and your work to further develop your students’ interest in STEM. We hope you are proud not just of this recognition, but also the outstanding impact you make on your students.  APS and Arizona are so fortunate to have teachers like you who  are educating our future leaders in the STEM field. The difference you make is a shining example of our community,” the APS STEM Mini-Grant Selection Committee said.


Phoenix Union Bioscience High School Designated as a 21st Century Learning Exemplar for 2017-2018

Phoenix Union Bioscience High School has been designated as a 21st Century Learning Exemplar for 2017-2018 by P21, a catalyst organization uniting business, government and education to advance evidence-based education policy and practice.   Bioscience High School earned this award for its outstanding practices in equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in college, career, and life.

 

In order to become part of the P21 Exemplar Program, schools and districts must demonstrate not just an adequate implementation of the Framework for 21st Century Learning, but also expertise in the elements of: Student Agency, Distributed Leadership, a Climate of Achievement, Engaged Community, and use of Evidence and Research.

 

Bioscience principal, Dr. Holly Batsell, said, “We are honored to be among the hard working schools recognized by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.  Our core values, mission, and vision are at the heart of preparing students to thrive in college and the work place as skilled, adaptable, and compassionate citizens.”

 

In addition to receiving an education built upon integration, problem-based learning, and technology, students are required to complete a 200-hour internship with a local organization or nonprofit. These internships often turn into work-study positions during college and lead to connections that last even beyond college. In addition, during each of their four years at Bioscience, students complete year-long capstone projects. Students identify and analyze a local problem, interview stakeholders, design and implement interventions, evaluate their results, and present their findings to a panel of stakeholders.  

 

“Being recognized as a P21 Exemplar School will help up deepen our network of community partners and expand our professional networks with other educators,” said Batsell.

 

David Ross, CEO at P21 stated, “P21’s Exemplar Program works to identify innovative education paradigms across the country. When policymakers say ‘show me what you mean,’ we turn to our P21 Exemplars for hard evidence.” 

 

As part of uplifting the best practices from Phoenix Union Bioscience High School, P21 will develop a case study and release it to the public for free download at p21.org/exemplars in the Spring of 2018.


Alhambra High School Girls Soccer Alumni Celebrate With Current Team

Twenty years ago, some Phoenix Union employees and some athletes wondered why there was no interscholastic soccer for girls, while the boys had been playing high school soccer since the 80’s.  The AIA had girls soccer at other schools, but it took some convincing, and citing of Title IX to provide soccer equity at Phoenix Union.  In 1996, the District decided to drop archery, a girls sport, opening the door for soccer.  One of the coaches who pushed for the sport was Mark Itter at Alhambra.  The CTE teacher no longer coaches, but he is inviting the Alhambra Girls Soccer alumni from the past 20 years to come out and celebrate with the current team, Friday, November 17.  He has heard from about 20 girls, from age 20 to 32.  They will meet the current team, and participate in a skills clinic, and no doubt reminisce about the not-so-old days. 

Phoenix Union fielded eight junior varsity teams in 1997, and played each other in a short season until the AIA certified the programs.  Itter remembers athletic director Harold Scott wondering if the girls would play.  That first week, 100 girls came out for tryouts, and only 20 made the team.


North High School Hosts the 1st Annual Art Extravaganza

North High School hosted the 1st Annual Art Extravaganza, October 28.    Over 40 visual art students from four high schools (Carl Hayden, Central, Maryvale and North) were able to experience different media uses and techniques from real artists. Professional guest artists Pat O'Brien and Laura Cohen-Hogen worked with students who are interested in furthering their development of visual art skills either for AP/IB purposes or for their own enjoyment.  The students were encouraged to get to know students from other schools throughout the day.

 

The students divided into two groups- drawing and painting, to work with the individual artists on a project.  O'Brien worked with the students using a technique of drawing figures with tissue paper to create a different surface quality in their work.  Cohen-Hogen worked with the students using oil paint.  All of the students left with a piece of original artwork in hand!

  

"It was quite lovely! I would give it 10 out of 10 and attend again!" said one student.


Grand Canyon University Awards Full-Tuition Scholarships Called “Students Inspiring Students”

For three years Grand Canyon University has awarded full-tuition scholarships called “Students Inspiring Students” to local high school seniors who have taken advantage of the GCU Learning Lounge, and pledge to work at least 100 hours per year there as college students.

This year, GCU selected the first of 100 students who will receive the four-year scholarships, November 7, with a big surprise.  Twenty-five students and their parents were called to the campus for a financial aid session, but when the projector had “technical difficulties,” they were moved to another room, where a surprise scholarship party awaited.  The students and parents entered to cheers and balloons, and then found out why they were really there.

Of the 25 students, 13 were Phoenix Union students from Alhambra, Metro Tech, Carl Hayden and Betty Fairfax.   According to Joe Veres, the university’s assistant vice president of Student Development and Outreach, the first 25 are “academically gifted students,” who demonstrate financial need, and received 100 or more hours of tutoring at the Learning Lounge, a free after-school tutoring program.  The students had an average GPA of 4.1.

Those students are, from Alhambra: Catherine Ojeda Trujillo; Daniel Angulo Jimenez; David Herrera, Jessica Varea, Joe Lopez and Karina Recamier.  From Metro Tech: Angel Robles, Estephanie Torres; Manuel Espinoza, Paulina Butamonate Martinez and Tania Daniel Garcia.  From Carl Hayden: Osbaldo Zaragoza Barajas; Betty Fairfax: Sofia Larrea-Betz.

“Our Students Inspiring Students (SIS) scholars from 2015 and 2016 who continue to serve in the Learning Lounge, have made a real difference for the high school students they mentor.  Many of those 200 scholarship recipients are the first in their families to attend college, which changes the trajectory of that family for generations to come,” GCU President Brian Mueller said. 

The first Academic Decathlon event of the year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon, which will be   November 17-18 at Camelback High School.  It is not just limited to PUHSD schools.  This year, 20 teams are expected.  The decathlon organizers are looking for volunteers for this event.  No experience is necessary.  It starts with essay scoring, November 15.  Friday, November 17 is when speeches and interviews take place, with training beginning at 4 p.m.  Dinner is provided for volunteers.  Saturday, November 18, there is a need for test proctors in the morning, and the Super Quiz in the afternoon.   For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org.   


Phoenix Union to Have Fall Teacher Career Fair

Phoenix Union will have a Fall Teacher Career Fair, Saturday, November 18 from 8 a.m. to noon

 at the District Offices at 4502 N. Central Ave. Positions would begin for the second semester,

January 9.  Prospective teachers should bring resume, transcripts, teacher certification, letters of

recommendation and a copy of a fingerprint clearance card. It is recommended that applicants who

have not completed a Phoenix Union online application complete one prior to the job fair.  A

general certified employee application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs.  For more

information or to schedule a screening interview prior to the fair, contact Alvina Turman at

(602)764-1519 or turman@phoenixunion.org


Voters Approved Both Bond and Maintenance and Operations Override in November 7 Elections

Voters approved both a bond and maintenance and operations override in the November 7 election.  The $269 million passed 64% to 36%, while the 15% override was approved, 59%-41% based on the day-after count.   The override vote was a continuation of the override, which last passed in 2013, and will not result in an increase in property taxes.  The bond is the sixth consecutive bond approved for Phoenix Union since 1985.  Voters approved a $230 million bond in 2011.


The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival Took Place October 26-27

The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival took place, October 26-27 at Trevor Browne.  Selected choir students from PUHSD and from partner middle schools came together for the first time Friday afternoon, and rehearsed Friday and Saturday, before taking the stage for an afternoon concert.   Over   150 students from 14 partner school participated in the Middle School Honor Choir directed by Betty Fairfax Choir Director Chris Hughes.  For the high school honors choir, students auditioned in September for participation in these ensembles and every District school was represented in both ensembles. The Women’s Honor Choir was comprised of 42 women and the Mixed Honor choir was made up of 48 students.   TGB’s Nick Halonen served as the site host, and Troy Meeker was the festival chairperson coordinating the event.


Trevor Browne’s Girls Cross Country Team Qualified for State Championship

Trevor Browne’s girls cross country team qualified for the State Championship race, finishing third in the Sectional race, October 27.  Yazin Torres placed third in the individual standings, while Vanessa Ramirez was 13th.   The championship race is November 4 at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.


American Legion Post #41 Deeply Involved in Local South Mountain Community

American Legion Post #41 began in 1948 and has been deeply involved in local community and veteran affairs. The members of Post #41 continue to be civic leaders and have been pioneers in Phoenix in ending segregation and discrimination.


South Mountain High School JROTC Takes Second Place at the Annual Latino Veteran’s JROTC Competition

South Mountain JROTC took second place at the Annual Latino Veteran’s JROTC Competition held at the American Legion Post #41   October 28. The competition consisted of Armed and Unarmed Exhibition Drill, a Physical Fitness Event, a written civics test and brought JROTC Navy, Army and Air Force teams from throughout the state.  Greenway High School Navy JROTC  took the championship sweepstakes award.


North High School Goes 10-0 in Volleyball the Metro Region

In volleyball, North went 10-0 in the Metro region, and 14-4 overall to make it to the 6A post-season, only to fall to Sandra Day O’Conner October 26.   


The Metro Tech Weightlifting Club Hosts a Regional Weightlifting Competition

The Metro Tech Weightlifting club hosted a Regional Weightlifting Competition, October 26,    Six Metro Tech girls competed, and two, Yuliana Lopez and Lesly Martinez set state records in Olympic Lifting.   Lopez in 69 kilogram (152 lbs.)  weight class, set the records in Clean Jerk at  63kg (138 lbs)  and Snatch at 45kg (99 lbs.)    Martinez competed in the 63 kg (138 lbs) weight class and set marks in the Clean and Jerk, 63 kg and Snatch of 35 kg (77 lbs.) Their coach is math teacher an national champion weightlifter Dina Medina.


Both Maryvale Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams Qualified for the Division I State Championships

Both the boys and girls cross country teams qualified for the Division I State Championships, with their performances at the Sectional Meet, October 27.  The Maryvale girls placed second as a team, and Janet Chavez finished second individually.  Mia Avelar was 8th.   The Boys were the last team to qualify, finishing 8th in the 15-team field, with Angel Tapia at 23rd, recording the best Panther finish in the 100-runner race.  The Championship races are November 4 at Cave Creek Golf Course.


Betty Fairfax Wins Second Consecutive 5A Union Region title

Betty Fairfax won its second consecutive 5A Union Region title, with a 5-0 record, after beating South Mountain in the final regular season game.  The Stampede must take on #1 seed Vail Cienega in the opening round for the second straight year.


Cesar Chavez Taking the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams to the State Championships

Cesar Chavez is taking the boys and girls cross country teams to the State Championships, qualifying at the Sectional Races, October 27 ay Cesar Chavez Park.  The boys finished second, as all five runners finished in the top 24 spots.  Christian Gomez was 4th, Fernando Valero, 10th and Eddy Yescas, 11th.   The Girls were fifth in the team standings, with Amber Fowler leading the Champions with a 5th place individual finish.

The Chavez football team is headed to the playoffs, finishing a regular season of 7-3, and 5-0 in the Metro Region.  The Champions, seeded 12th, visit #5-seeded Pinnacle in the first round of the 16-team 6A playoffs, November 3.


Cesar Chavez Taking the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams to the State Championships

Cesar Chavez is taking the boys and girls cross country teams to the State Championships, qualifying at the Sectional Races, October 27 ay Cesar Chavez Park.  The boys finished second, as all five runners finished in the top 24 spots.  Christian Gomez was 4th, Fernando Valero, 10th and Eddy Yescas, 11th.   The Girls were fifth in the team standings, with Amber Fowler leading the Champions with a 5th place individual finish.

The Chavez football team is headed to the playoffs, finishing a regular season of 7-3, and 5-0 in the Metro Region.  The Champions, seeded 12th, visit #5-seeded Pinnacle in the first round of the 16-team 6A playoffs, November 3.


Central High School’s Oliver Kwete Recently Selected from Refugee Youth Candidates Across the Country

Central High School’s Oliver Kwete was recently selected from refugee youth candidates across the country to be a speaker at the International Rescue committee’s (IRC) Rescue Dinner, November 2 in New York City.  Kwete, 19, is a junior, who came to the U.S. last fall with his family, including six other brothers and sisters.  Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he grew up in Zimbabwe where he lived for 13 years, much of those years in a refugee camp.  His family moved to the U.S. thanks to a re-settlement program that connected them with the local IRC branch.  Vital Ntibushemeye, a school liaison for the IRC nominated him for this event.

“I was not surprised.  I knew I would make it,” Kwete said.  “Vital was our case worker and helped us all enroll in school here.” 

The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein.  The organization offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient.  The annual gala brings together luminaries from the corporate, philanthropic, diplomatic and media communities in support of the IRC’s humanitarian work.  This year, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will be honored, as well as actress Liv Ullmann.

Kwete and his mother are spending the week in New York, to participate in coaching and rehearsals, as well as a little sightseeing.  He says his speech is be about how he emigrated from the Congo to Zimbabwe to the U.S. and the difficulties his family encountered.

Kwete found a home at Central High early on, going out for the football team.  He was an instant success, after playing rugby for many years in Africa.  This year he was too old to play, but his twin brothers, Cosmos and Eloi, were standouts for the Bobcats. Kwete speaks seven languages, including his mother’s tribal tongue, Lingala, and his father’s, Kikuba, as well as Swahili.   He spent a year in ELL classes, but tested out, and now has his sights set on college, where he wants to study entrepreneurship.  He might be able to play rugby at Lindenwood College in Missouri, otherwise he would attend college locally.    He wants to   start his own online marketing business, and is already doing online work.


Central High School’s Oliver Kwete Recently Selected from Refugee Youth Candidates Across the Country

Central High School’s Oliver Kwete was recently selected from refugee youth candidates across the country to be a speaker at the International Rescue committee’s (IRC) Rescue Dinner, November 2 in New York City.  Kwete, 19, is a junior, who came to the U.S. last fall with his family, including six other brothers and sisters.  Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he grew up in Zimbabwe where he lived for 13 years, much of those years in a refugee camp.  His family moved to the U.S. thanks to a re-settlement program that connected them with the local IRC branch.  Vital Ntibushemeye, a school liaison for the IRC nominated him for this event.

“I was not surprised.  I knew I would make it,” Kwete said.  “Vital was our case worker and helped us all enroll in school here.” 

The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein.  The organization offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient.  The annual gala brings together luminaries from the corporate, philanthropic, diplomatic and media communities in support of the IRC’s humanitarian work.  This year, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will be honored, as well as actress Liv Ullmann.

Kwete and his mother are spending the week in New York, to participate in coaching and rehearsals, as well as a little sightseeing.  He says his speech is be about how he emigrated from the Congo to Zimbabwe to the U.S. and the difficulties his family encountered.

Kwete found a home at Central High early on, going out for the football team.  He was an instant success, after playing rugby for many years in Africa.  This year he was too old to play, but his twin brothers, Cosmos and Eloi, were standouts for the Bobcats. Kwete speaks seven languages, including his mother’s tribal tongue, Lingala, and his father’s, Kikuba, as well as Swahili.   He spent a year in ELL classes, but tested out, and now has his sights set on college, where he wants to study entrepreneurship.  He might be able to play rugby at Lindenwood College in Missouri, otherwise he would attend college locally.    He wants to   start his own online marketing business, and is already doing online work.


Central High School's Kayla Eldred Wins the Girls Division I Sectional Cross Country Race

Junior Kayla Eldred won the Girls Division I Sectional Cross Country race, October 27 beating some 100 other girls, to qualify as an individual runner at the November 4 State Championships.   The Central boys also qualified as a team, finishing 7th in the team standings.  Dawit Ajju was the top Bobcat, finishing 12th in the race.


Central High School's Kayla Eldred Wins the Girls Division I Sectional Cross Country Race

Junior Kayla Eldred won the Girls Division I Sectional Cross Country race, October 27 beating some 100 other girls, to qualify as an individual runner at the November 4 State Championships.   The Central boys also qualified as a team, finishing 7th in the team standings.  Dawit Ajju was the top Bobcat, finishing 12th in the race.


Carl Hayden Students Qualify for Cross Country State Championship

Carl Hayden’s Fidel De Los Rios placed third, and Benjamin Morphin, ninth in the Boys Cross Country Sectional Race, October 27, and the Falcons finished third, to qualify for the State Championships, November 4 at Phoenix’ Cave Creek Golf Course. 


Carl Hayden Students Qualify for Cross Country State Championship

Carl Hayden’s Fidel De Los Rios placed third, and Benjamin Morphin, ninth in the Boys Cross Country Sectional Race, October 27, and the Falcons finished third, to qualify for the State Championships, November 4 at Phoenix’ Cave Creek Golf Course. 


Camelback High School the 5A Union Region Champions

Camelback was the 5A Union Region champion at  9-1, and 16-3 overall, edging South Mountain’s 8-2 mark.  The Spartans fell to Ironwood Ridge, October 26 in a play-in game.  


Alhambra High School Cross Country Qualifies for the State Championships for the first time since 2008

Alhambra qualified both the girls and boys cross country teams for the State Championships for the first time since 2008.  The Lions teams placed in the top 50 percent of teams in the Division I Section III meet, October 27.  The Alhambra boys placed 6th, and the girls were 7th.  Top pefomrers wee Cynthia Ecker, finishing 11th, and Christopher Artega, finishing 18th in the boys race.  The State Championships will be November 4 at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.


Alhambra High School Cross Country Qualifies for the State Championships for the first time since 2008

Alhambra qualified both the girls and boys cross country teams for the State Championships for the first time since 2008.  The Lions teams placed in the top 50 percent of teams in the Division I Section III meet, October 27.  The Alhambra boys placed 6th, and the girls were 7th.  Top pefomrers wee Cynthia Ecker, finishing 11th, and Christopher Artega, finishing 18th in the boys race.  The State Championships will be November 4 at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.


The First Academic Decathlon Event of the Year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon

The first Academic Decathlon event of the year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon, which will be held November 17-18 at Camelback High School.  It is not just limited to PUHSD schools.  This year, 20 teams are expected.  The decathlon organizers are looking for volunteers for this event.  No experience is necessary.  It starts with essay scoring, November 15.  Friday, November 17 is when speeches and interviews take place, with training beginning at 4 p.m.  Dinner is provided for volunteers.  Saturday, November 18, there is a need for test proctors in the morning, and the Super Quiz in the afternoon.   For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org


The First Academic Decathlon Event of the Year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon

The first Academic Decathlon event of the year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon, which will be held November 17-18 at Camelback High School.  It is not just limited to PUHSD schools.  This year, 20 teams are expected.  The decathlon organizers are looking for volunteers for this event.  No experience is necessary.  It starts with essay scoring, November 15.  Friday, November 17 is when speeches and interviews take place, with training beginning at 4 p.m.  Dinner is provided for volunteers.  Saturday, November 18, there is a need for test proctors in the morning, and the Super Quiz in the afternoon.   For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org


The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival Took Place Friday and Saturday at Trevor Browne

The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival took place Friday and Saturday at Trevor Browne.  Selected choir students from PUHSD and from partner middle schools came together for the first time Friday afternoon, and rehearsed Friday and Saturday, before taking the stage for an afternoon concert.   Over   150 students from 14 partner school participated in the Middle School Honor Choir director by Choir Director Chris Hughes from Betty Fairfax.  For the high school honors choir, students auditioned in September for participation in these ensembles and every District school was represented in both ensembles. The Women’s Honor Choir was comprised of 42 women and the Mixed Honor choir was made up of 48 students.


The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival Took Place Friday and Saturday at Trevor Browne

The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival took place Friday and Saturday at Trevor Browne.  Selected choir students from PUHSD and from partner middle schools came together for the first time Friday afternoon, and rehearsed Friday and Saturday, before taking the stage for an afternoon concert.   Over   150 students from 14 partner school participated in the Middle School Honor Choir director by Choir Director Chris Hughes from Betty Fairfax.  For the high school honors choir, students auditioned in September for participation in these ensembles and every District school was represented in both ensembles. The Women’s Honor Choir was comprised of 42 women and the Mixed Honor choir was made up of 48 students.


Phoenix Union High School District Will Have Two Questions on the November 7 Election Ballot

Phoenix Union High School District will have two questions on the November 7 Election ballot- continuation of a 15 percent Maintenance and Operations Budget Override, and a $269 million bond.  The override asks voters for authorization to continue the current override for fiscal year 2018-19 and six subsequent years.  It is a continuation of the existing override approved by voters in 2013 and no additional taxes would be levied.  Approval of the  bond would  fund capital improvements over and above those funded by the state.  The District’s annual capital budget has been cut from $21 million to less than $2 million since th recession.  These would include maintenance and renovation of school buildings, new construction, technology and infrastructure, furniture and equipment and transportation.  The bond tax impact would be $37.83 per year for a residence with an assessed value of $100,000. 

District voters have approved Phoenix Union override elections since 1971, and five consecutive bonds since 1985.  Voters last approved a $230 million bond in 2011.


Phoenix Union High School District Will Have Two Questions on the November 7 Election Ballot

Phoenix Union High School District will have two questions on the November 7 Election ballot- continuation of a 15 percent Maintenance and Operations Budget Override, and a $269 million bond.  The override asks voters for authorization to continue the current override for fiscal year 2018-19 and six subsequent years.  It is a continuation of the existing override approved by voters in 2013 and no additional taxes would be levied.  Approval of the  bond would  fund capital improvements over and above those funded by the state.  The District’s annual capital budget has been cut from $21 million to less than $2 million since th recession.  These would include maintenance and renovation of school buildings, new construction, technology and infrastructure, furniture and equipment and transportation.  The bond tax impact would be $37.83 per year for a residence with an assessed value of $100,000. 

District voters have approved Phoenix Union override elections since 1971, and five consecutive bonds since 1985.  Voters last approved a $230 million bond in 2011.


Phoenix Union to Have a Fall Teacher Career Fair

Phoenix Union will have a Fall Teacher Career Fair, Saturday, November 18 from 8 a.m. to noon

 at the District Offices at 4502 N. Central Ave. Positions would begin for the second semester,

January 9.  Prospective teachers should bring resume, transcripts, teacher certification, letters of

recommendation and a copy of a fingerprint clearance card. It is recommended that applicants who

have not completed a Phoenix Union online application complete one prior to the job fair.  A

general certified employee application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs.  For more

information or to schedule a screening interview prior to the fair, contact Alvina Turman at

(602)764-1519 or turman@phoenixunion.org


Phoenix Union to Have a Fall Teacher Career Fair

Phoenix Union will have a Fall Teacher Career Fair, Saturday, November 18 from 8 a.m. to noon

 at the District Offices at 4502 N. Central Ave. Positions would begin for the second semester,

January 9.  Prospective teachers should bring resume, transcripts, teacher certification, letters of

recommendation and a copy of a fingerprint clearance card. It is recommended that applicants who

have not completed a Phoenix Union online application complete one prior to the job fair.  A

general certified employee application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs.  For more

information or to schedule a screening interview prior to the fair, contact Alvina Turman at

(602)764-1519 or turman@phoenixunion.org


The Fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo November 4 at Phoenix College

The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday, November 4 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 schools.  There is student entertainment, giveaways, food and fun, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


The Fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo November 4 at Phoenix College

The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo is Saturday, November 4 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 schools.  There is student entertainment, giveaways, food and fun, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Camelback Dance Program to Hold First Annual Spartan Scramble Golf Tournament

The Camelback Dance program is holding its first annual Spartan Scramble Golf tournament, to benefit the students of the dance department.  Proceeds will allow the varsity dance team, Camelback Elite, to attend multiple local competitions this school year, and provide funding for costumes and other necessities for the 150-student program.  The tournament will be Saturday, October 28 at the Mountain Shadows Golf Course in Paradise Valley at 8 a.m.  For player and sponsorship information, contact Camelback’s Director of Dance, Heidi Wilkes, at hwilkes@phoenixunion.org or (480) 438-9120. 


Ninth Annual Phoenix Union M.E.Ch.A. Youth Conference for 2017-18

The Ninth Annual Phoenix Union M.E.Ch.A. Youth Conference for 2017-18 will be hosted by Metro Tech and Linda Abril Educational Academy,   October 27.    The theme for this year’s conference is Nuestra voz cuenta – in fronteras (No border can silence our voices).

“In the current social and political climate that puts immigration, the border, racism and education issues in media across our nation, M.E.Ch.A. responds with a message of unity, love and self-empowerment,” M.E.Ch.A advisor at Linda Abril Christopher Bates said.

The workshops being planned will feature immigration attorneys, social and cultural awareness activities with regard an emphasis on the Indigenous origins of many of the peoples of the Western Hemisphere.


The First Academic Decathlon Event of the Year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon

The first Academic Decathlon event of the year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon, which will be held November 17-18 at Camelback High School.  It is not just limited to PUHSD schools.  This year, 20 teams are expected.  The decathlon organizers are looking for volunteers for this event.  No experience is necessary.  It starts with essay scoring, November 15.  Friday, November 17 is when speeches and interviews take place, with training beginning at 4 p.m.  Dinner is provided for volunteers.  Saturday, November 18, there is a need for test proctors in the morning, and the Super Quiz in the afternoon.  For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org


The Fifth Annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo to Be Held Saturday, November 4 at Phoenix College

The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo will be held Saturday, November 4 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 schools.  There is student entertainment, giveaways, food and fun, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  


Phoenix Union Students Spend Fall Break on a Annual Tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Thirty-eight Phoenix Union students will spend Fall Break on a annual tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, thanks to financial support from the Burton Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Arizona Community Foundation, and its Black Philanthropy Initiative.  The group from Betty Fairfax, Cesar Chavez, Maryvale, Linda Abril and Trevor Browne will explore post-secondary opportunities at Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M, Grambling State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Jackson State University, and Southern University, October 9-13.  Fairfax teacher Sandra Jenkins is a driving force behind these annual trips.  She is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University, and her hometown newspaper in Mound Bayou has reported that the Phoenix group is on their way to the Magnolia State.


Trevor Browne’s JROTC Rifle Team Finishes Second of 15-Team Competition

Trevor Browne’s JROTC Rifle team finished second in the 15-team Carver Mountain Rifle Tournament, hosted by Cesar Chavez High School, September 22-23.  Tombstone Marine JROTC won the tournament by ten points, 1030-1020.  Chavez fielded two teams, with the Purple team finishing 5th.  Alhambra was 7th among PUHSD Schools.  The Bruin shooters  are Jackie Urquidez, Raymond Zazaya, Ashley Gutierez and Rafael Gomez        


South Mountain High School Awarded $20,000

South Mountain has been awarded a $20,000, two-year grant to participate in the Verizon Innovative Learning design thinking program.  The program is in conjunction with ASU.  South Mountain will join a network of over 50 schools and 200 educators from New York, Chicago, Baton Rouge, Boston, Atlanta, Long Beach and Washington, D.C. in engaging students and teachers in design thinking, entrepreneurship and emerging technology.  Teachers will participate in a fall training institute, receive virtual modules, and work with ASU staff and faculty on professional development and implementation.  The program hopes to foster nnovation, entrepreneurship and digital literacy through hands-on projects with local small businesses.  Multi-media instructor Heather Jancoski wrote the grant and will oversee the program at South.  Camelback was one of the first schools picked for this program three years ago.


Maryvale Girls Show Up & Show Out At the Doug Conley Cross Country Invitational

At the Doug Conley Cross Country Invitational, September 23, the Maryvale Girls Cross Country team beat everyone but the three-time State Champions.  The Panthers finished second to Desert Vista, in a field that included nearly 60 teams.  The team is Ariz Duarte; Janet Chavez; Mia Avelar; Julieta Aviles and Angel Tapia.  Duarte finished 7th, Chavez, 8th and Avelar, 13th.


Betty Fairfax Students of the Month for September

Fairfax Students of the Month for September are Omar Bustamante, Health/PE; Mariah Armenta, Counseling; Iilyan Fierro, Science; Abigail Guerrero, World Language; James Mulbah, English; Jorge Dominguez, Math; Malissa Pinkney, Business; Jeremiah Schexnayder, JROTC; Hayley Toro, Business, Kiley Truong, Business; Joseph Tullius, Performing arts.


The Betty H. Fairfax Vocal Ensemble Was Invited to Perform in a Concert Hosted by Helios

The Betty H. Fairfax Vocal Ensemble was invited to perform in a concert hosted by Helios, a local professional modern Renaissance vocal ensemble, September 23 at the Central United Methodist Church. The students performed two secular madrigals that fit the theme "A Book of Beasts". This is the first time that Helios, now in its third season, has invited a high school choir to perform in one of their concerts.  During the Medieval and Renaissance eras, the animal kingdom was a source of amazement and entertainment in literature, art and music from cats and dogs to dragons and griffins.


Central Badminton Team Shows They Are Play-off Worthy

The Central Badminton team has shown that it is play-off worthy.  The  Bobcats knocked off Gilbert Highland, 8-1 September 19, which was ranked #5 in the state at the time.  Central is ranked #13, and leads the Metro section, which is made up of five Phoenix Union teams and Millennium.  They defeated Maryvale, September 26, 9-0 and have an overall record of 7-4, playing some strong East Valley schools.  Twelve teams make the Division I playoffs, five as sectional champions, and seven others as at-large, based on rankings.


Camelback Dance Program to Hold Its First Annual Spartan Scramble Golf Tournamen

The Camelback Dance program is holding its first annual Spartan Scramble Golf tournament, to benefit the students of the dance department.  Proceeds will allow the varsity dance team, Camelback Elite, to attend multiple local competitions this school year, and provide funding for costumes and other necessities for the 150-student program.  The tournament will be Saturday, October 28 at the Mountain Shadows Golf Course in Paradise Valley at 8 a.m.  For player and sponsorship information, contact Camelback’s Director of Dance, Heidi Wilkes, at hwilkes@phoenixunion.org or (480) 438-9120. 


The First Academic Decathlon Event of the Year is The Phoenix Union Decathlon

The first Academic Decathlon event of the year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon, which will be held November 17-18 at Camelback High School.  It is not just limited to PUHSD schools.  This year, 20 teams are expected.  The decathlon organizers are looking for volunteers for this event.  No experience is necessary.  It starts with essay scoring, November 15.  Friday, November 17 is when speeches and interviews take place, with training beginning at 4 p.m.  Dinner is provided for volunteers.  Saturday, November 18, there is a need for test proctors in the morning, and the Super Quiz in the afternoon.

 

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org.  

 


The Fifth Annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo Will Be Held Saturday, November 4

The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo will be held Saturday, November 4 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 schools.  There is student entertainment, giveaways, food and fun, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   


The Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Benefit Golf Tournament to Be Held On October 7

The Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Benefit Golf tournament is October 7 at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course.  Sponsorships, foursomes and individual players are invited to play with the Hall of Famers for the 7:30 shotgun scramble.  This year a new event for non-golfers is a nine-hold putt-putt tournament on a course constructed by the South Mountain construction students.  Foursome and player registration deadline is September 29.  For more information, call (480) 289-5761. 

The third annual Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be held at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, December 19.


Phoenix Union Schools Participated in National Voter Registration Day

Phoenix Union schools participated in the National Voter Registration Day, September 26 with lunchtime tables set up for students and staff to register.  The District utilized community partners Arizona Coalition for Change, AZ Center for Empowerment, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, Neighborhood Ministries, Mi Familia Vota, Promise Arizona and Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy to man the registration tables at 14 campuses.


Trevor Browne JROTC Marksmanship Team Takes First Place in the Old Pueblo Rifle Match in Tucson

The Trevor Browne JROTC Marksmanship Team took first place in the Old Pueblo Rifle Match in Tucson, September 10, in the first rifle marksmanship competition of the 2017-2018 school year. Six other JROTC programs from around the state competed.  Led by Ramon Zozaya, who took top honors at the match, the team is made up of Ashley Gutierrez, Jasmine Sompit, and Jacqueline Urquidez.  The Bruin cadets are coached by First Sergeant Michael Jurczak.    


South Mountain School Community to Hold Water Drive

The South Mountain school community is holding a Water Drive with St. Vincent de Paul for community members in need, September 11-15.  Students and staff will be collecting water bottles with a goal of 4,000 (two per student.)  The community service activity will culminate with the students removing the water bottle brand stickers and replacing it with   inspirational messages written by the students Saturday morning at the school cafeteria. These messages will bring reflection and hope for those receiving the water bottles.  Former South Mountain graduate Marcelino Quinonez (Class of 2002) who is now the Director of Youth Outreach at SVdP helped to organize the event.  


South Mountain Alumnus & Teacher National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences National Student Production Awards

South Mountain alumnus Amanda Salameh,  along with teacher/advisor Heather Jancoski were announced as nominees for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences National Student Production Awards, also known as the Emmys.  Nominees were selected from high school student entries across the country in 23 programming and craft categories.  National winners will be announced at the awards presentation, which will be live-streamed October 3 from Los Angeles. 

Salameh, who graduated last year,  produced a video essay (single camera only) called “Females in Aerospace.”  She advanced after winning a Rocky Mountain/Southwest Chapter Emmy.  She is the second South Mountain student in the past two years to be nominated for a national Emmy.

Over 200 young professionals, from 19 regional chapters of the NATAS were narrowed down from 1,500 entries by judges selected from industry professionals to advance to the national competition.


Phoenix Union High School District Employees Strive to Instill Six Core Values

Phoenix Union High School District employees strive to instill six core values-compassionate, collaborative, committed, courageous, creative and conscious. At Metro Tech, the administration is celebrating examples of those with “traveling trophies,” to its employees. For teachers, English teacher Cassandra Villegas earned Committed;  English teacher Erika Harvey, Collaborative; and PR/Health teacher Nick Malko, Compassionate.  Maintenance/Campus Operations worker Gilbert Enriquez earned the Committed Trophy. 

The school also selected the Professional Learning Community of the Month to the Exceptional Student Services Vocational program, and members James Irvine-Business Prep; John Snyder-Horticulture; LaCholla Caraway-General Tech and Dennis Bullino-Commercial Building Maintencance.


Metro Tech Announced as Nominees for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences National Student Production Awards

Metro Tech alumni Natalie Torres, Cande Duran, and Ashley Salazar, along with teacher/advisor Bob Marquis were announced as nominees for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences National Student Production Awards, also known as the Emmys.  Nominees were selected from high school student entries across the country in 23 programming and craft categories.  National winners will be announced at the awards presentation, which will be live-streamed October 3 from Los Angeles. 

The three Metro girls produced commercial, called “Workplace Etiquette Video.”  These students advanced after winning a Rocky Mountain/Southwest Chapter Emmy.

Over 200 young professionals, from 19 regional chapters of the NATAS were narrowed down from 1,500 entries by judges selected from industry professionals to advance to the national competition.


Carl Hayden to Hold Open House

Carl Hayden will hold an Open House, Friday, September 22 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.   Freshmen students will also be receiving theirfree  smart phones or hot spots as part of the Sprint 1Million Project that night.  The evening culminates with a football game as the Falcons host Maryvale at 7 p.m.


Betty Fairfax T Host Naturalization Ceremony

Betty Fairfax will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Monday, September 18 to welcome 100 new United States citizens, who will take the Oath of Allegiance to America, administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  It is the third consecutive year that a Phoenix Union school is the site of this ceremony, which will conclude the PUHSD “Civics Week” and targeted instruction to help support students’ success on the state-mandated U.S. Citizenship Exam. PUHSD will have administered the exam to some 9,000 students the week before.  It also coincides with the start of National Citizenship Week.  Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson will be the keynote speaker.


The Camelback Dance Program Holds First Annual Spartan Scramble Golf Tournament

The Camelback Dance program is holding its first anual Spartan Scramble Golf tournament, to benefit the students of the dance department.  Proceeds will allow the varsity dance team, Camelback Elite, to attend multiple local competitions this school year, and provide funding for costumes and other necessities for the 150-student program.  The tournament will be Saturday, October 28 at the Mountain Shadows Golf Course in Paradise Valley at 8 a.m.  For player and sponsorship information, contact Camelback’s Director of Dance, Heidi Wilkes, at hwilkes@phoenixunion.org or (480) 438-9120. 


Bioscience High School One of the Beneficiaries of the Eighth Annual Pie Social

Bioscience High School will be one of the beneficiaries of the eighth annual Pie Social, co-sponsored by Roosevelt Row and Phoenix New Times, to be held at Margaret T. Hance Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 19. There will be celebrity chefs, and community bakers.  Tasting tickets will be $15 for five tastes.   


Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Benefit Golf Tournament - October 7

The Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Benefit Golf tournament is October 7 at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course.  Sponsorships, foursomes and individual players are invited to play with the Hall of Famers for the 7:30 shotgun scramble.  This year a new event for non-golfers is a nine-hold putt-putt tournament on a course constructed by the South Mountain construction students.  Foursome and player registration deadline is September 29.  For more information, call (480) 289-5761. 

The third annual Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be held at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, December 19.


Phoenix Union Earns Energy Star Certification at 15 schools

You have probably seen the Energy Star logo on appliances, but buildings can also earn Energy Star certification.     Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. 

Certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emission than typical buildings.  Through the District’s energy management practices, Phoenix Union has earned Energy Star Certification at 15 schools.

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

For the second year in a row, all eligible Phoenix Union campuses have attained the designation as an Energy Star certified building. 

At the September 7 governing board meeting, Cenergistic, a company that specializes in organizational behavior-based energy conservation that has partnered with Phoenix Union, presented a plaque to the District and recognized each school’s principal and campus facility supervisor with the Energy Star certification.

 Of the 15 schools (new schools Linda Abril and Coding were not yet rated) 10 scored 92 or above, meaning more efficient than 92% of similar education institutions.    South Mountain and Betty Fairfax topped the list at 97, Alhambra, Metro Tech, Trevor Browne and Desiderata had 96, Camelback and Carl Hayden, 95, Bostrom, 94 and Maryvale, 92.


Almost 9,000 Phoenix Union Students Take the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test

Almost 9,000 Phoenix Union students will take the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test, September 14-15.  Most of the test takers will be juniors in their U.S. History classes, and some sophomores taking U.S. History.   Seniors who have not taken or passed the test will also have the opportunity.  This is the third year that this exam is being administered, and its passage is required for high school graduation in Arizona.   Most of the exams will be completed and graded online for the first time.  Students need to score 60% or better on the exam.  No senior failed to graduate as a result of failing this exam last year.  Students can study for the test online.  The students had a few questions that stumped them, including: Who was the U.S. President during WW I?   The answer: Woodrow Wilson.  

Civics Week will culminate with a Naturalization Ceremony, Monday, September 18 at Betty Fairfax High School, presented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


More than 5,400 Phoenix Union Freshmen to Receive Equipment and Connectivity

More than 5,400 Phoenix Union freshmen will receive equipment and connectivity as part of the Sprint Foundation’s 1Million Project this year.  The students who qualify, based on income and not currently having internet at home, will receive either a smartphone or hot spot, and 3GB of high-speed data per month for up to four years while they are in high school. 

Sprint and the District kicked off the project, September 13 at Central High School with selected students from 17 schools, joined by Sprint executives, Superintendent Chad Gestson and Mayor Greg Stanton.  The students received their devices and had them activated during the event.  Each campus has, or will facilitate its own large-scale distribution and activation plan for its freshmen.

Phoenix Union is one of only three school districts in Arizona to take part in this project, which will impact more than 180,000 students in 1,300 schools across 30 states.  The project will continue for five years, so that each year, freshmen will be equipped devices and free connectivity, until one million students are served.   

According to research, five-million U.S. families with school aged children do not have internet access at home, but 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires web access, creating a “homework gap.”

“This partnership will help us close not only the digital divide, but also the digital homework gap,” Gestson said.   “It is an honor to be selected among the first school districts in the nation to participate in a program that will benefit students at no cost to the District.  We look forward to building this program, one incoming grade at a time, connecting all students who choose to attend a PUHSD school.”

Sprint, the Sprint Foundation and Phoenix Union High School District are demonstrating how business and education can work together to help close the digital divide,” Greg Post, Sprint Mountain Southwest Regional President said.

The free devices with service to 5,400 PUHSD students is a donation valued at $3.7 million in the first year alone.


Trevor Browne's Tiara Mitchell Recently Selected as The National Society of High School Scholars

Tiara Mitchell was recently selected as to The National Society of High School Scholars.  The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated leadership, scholarship and community commitment.  This lifetime membership helps high-achieving millennials build on academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers. 


South Mountain’s Football Team Holds More Wins Then Previous Season

South Mountain’s football team has more wins in three games than the Jaguars had all last year.  With a 19-13 win over North, September 1, the Jags are 3-0, for the first time since 1994.  South hosts Alhambra this Friday.


Metro Tech Holds Workforce Programs Tour

The Greater Chamber of Commerce and its Phoenix Forward initiative, held a Workforce Programs tour today with Phoenix Union.  The topic was Construction Trades.  The group began at the Linda Abril Educational Academy, and concluded with a tour of Metro Tech’s construction program and welding program.  Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson and Metro Tech Principal Bryon Reynoso spoke, along with Chamber President Todd Sanders and Senator Steve Smith. A student panel of Metro construction students answered questions from Sanders and the audience. Construction is one of the focus areas of Phoenix Forward, because of the shortage of skilled workers.


Maryvale Goes Big for the District’s Moment of Peace and Unity

Maryvale went big for the District’s Moment of Peace and Unity event, September 1.  Students lined up and joined hands on the running track, while students gave speeches and poems from the middle of the field.  Jacqueline Suarez and Leslie Reyes of student government read impassioned messages, and Alaiza Lopez performed a poem she had written for the occasion.  Students listened to inspirational sound bites from famous folks over the loudspeakers, interspersed with music as they entered the stadium and upon leaving.  The whole event, which included dozens of water stations in the 100-degree heat, lasted some 20 minutes, with students and staff moving with the precision of a well-trained army.  State Senator Martin Quezada came out to watch the spectacle.  Several staff members took photos and video, including coverage from a drone, high overhead.


Carl Hayden Hosts the Arizona Association of Student Councils (AASC) 2017

Carl Hayden hosted the Arizona Association of Student Councils (AASC) 2017 Central AZ Metro Fall Leadership/Spirit Conference, August 31, one of four state conferences that week.  There were 37 schools represented, and 1019 attendees at Hayden, including 13 Phoenix Union schools.  The host school brought out its cheerleaders, band and step team to entertain the packed gym, and the school administrators performed a skit, with Principal Dr. Dani Portillo posing as Dora the Explorer.  Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson gave welcoming remarks.  The event kicks off the student government year and also affords students and Advisors in attendance the opportunity to share ideas and network with other student leaders and Advisors from across the state.

The Arizona Association of Student Councils (AASC) is a state wide association made up of approximately 190 public, private, and charter high school student councils.   Several PUHSD Student Government Advisors sit on the AASC Executive Board: Salvador Lopez -Cesar Chavez; Adam Lopez - North and Kenya McKinney - Camelback

 Metro Tech assistant principal Dan Dodge, who was one of the emcees, is the Executive Director of the association, having served in that role since 2003 in consecutive four-year terms.  


Betty Fairfax will host a Naturalization Ceremony

Betty Fairfax will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Monday, September 18 to welcome 100 new United States citizens, who will take the Oath of Allegiance to America, administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  It is the third consecutive year that a Phoenix Union school is the site of this ceremony, which will conclude the PUHSD “Civics Week” and targeted instruction to help support students’ success on the state-mandated Civics Exam. PUHSD will have administered the exam to over 7000 students the week before.  It also coincides with the start of National Citizenship Week.


Cesar Chavez Football Season

Cesar Chavez’ 0-2 start in football is a bit misleading.  The Champions have lost games to undefeated and top-10 teams.  They lost by 6 pointsto 5A #4 Queen Creek and # 7 Gilbert Highland by 2 points.  The non-region schedule is a tough one, with another game against #5 and perennial powerhouse Hamilton in two weeks.  Chavez completes it season playing six Phoenix Union schools, including four at home.


Cesar Chavez Top College Basketball Prospect Malik Porter

Top college basketball prospect Malik Porter will begin his college career at the College of Southern Idaho, a premier junior college program. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Porter played this past summer with Team Harden with elite players on the Adidas circuit.

In his senior season for Chavez, Porter averaged strong overall numbers, helping his team to a 24-5 overall record.  Porter averaged 11.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.8 blocks and 2.1 steals per/game.


PUHSD Schools Paused to Join Together for a Moment of Peace and Unity

All around the Phoenix Union High School District, schools paused to join together for a Moment of Peace and Unity, September 1.  It was the first such activity for Phoenix Union, organized through staff and student leadership in response to the current unrest and divisiveness in our state and country.  Some filled football fields, while others formed human chains in the hallways, while music, speeches, poetry, recorded audio clips and signs colored the day. 

At Bioscience, students signed a banner that says “We stand together,” and they hung it in their Town Hall multipurpose room.  At Bostrom, students were given a yellow ribbon and wrote a positive note on it.  The ribbons were attached to the fence, forming the word, “Peace.”  Central ended their first spirit assembly early and formed a human chain around the perimeter of the school, filling up two stories with students.  At Chavez, students wrapped around the track to hear inspirational messages.  At Trevor Browne, 3000 students used most of the fence line of the school to show their support.  Metro Tech took to the baseball field, while the 200 students and staff at Coding Academy showed their support with a building-long banner saying “Coders Unite.”  South Mountain created three heart-shaped groups of students and staff on the football field.  Seniors were on the 50 yard line, sophomores were on one side, juniors on the other, while freshmen, holding hands, wrapped around the three hearts.  Alhambra lined the hallways indoors, to beat the heat, but Maryvale’s 2900 students, took to the football field, taking a lane on the running track for each class.  Students read poems and gave inspirational speeches, while student government closed with letter placards spelling out “Maryvale Unites.”  Every school participated in its own way, and many teachers followed up with discussions prompted by guiding questions.  Despite the 100-degree temperatures, a Moment of Peace and Unity was a peaceful, unifying success.


Trevor Browne Takes 35 Young Women to the Hispanic Women’s Corporation Youth Leadership Institute

The World Language Department took 35 young women to the Hispanic Women’s Corporation Youth Leadership Institute, August 24, where they learned about going to college, listen to motivational speakers and making connections with community.   

 The Hispanic Women’s Corporation (HWC) focuses on the continued Professional Development and Leadership Institute and the personal and career development of Latinas. It encompasses the spectrum of education and professional needs of Latina women, one of the fastest growing segments of our community. The Youth Leadership Institute is tailored to meet the academic and personal empowerment needs and interests of both junior high and high school students through its comprehensive one-day Youth Leadership Institute.


South Mountain's Football Team Wins First Two Games

The South Mountain Football team won its first two games of the year, equaling the Jaguars’ win total for all of last year’s 2-8 season.  South beat Maryvale and Trevor Browne, and will visit North High, Friday, September 1.  The team’s slogan is CTC, which stands for “Change the Culture.” 


South Mountain's Sarah Cowherd was Nominated for Two Rocky Mountain Emmys

Sarah Cowherd was nominated for two Rocky Mountain Emmys, August 28. Both of her projects were produced last year. Nominated in the High School Long Form Non-fiction category was a documentary on the late Coach Pete Tuccio that was created for Carl Hayden High School and played during a ceremony at a basketball game last year. The other project was a public service announcement that she made for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. Cowherd is a senior this year in the multimedia magnet.


Metro Tech Assistant Principal for Student Success Keith Brazier to Be Honored with the JV Educational Leadership Award

Metro Tech Assistant Principal for Student Success Keith Brazier will be honored with the JV Educational Leadership Award for providing outstanding leadership within the area of Student Support Services in Academics for 2017.  His nomination focused on educational and enthusiastic technique, contribution to student retention, and dedication to his discipline through scholarly advancements, according to the company, which is an educational consulting firm. He will receive his honor at the 15th Annual Male of Color Empowerment and Retention Conference on October 26. 


Metro Tech Students Had a Signing Party

Metro Tech students had a signing party, August 25, pledging to class themes.  Freshmen pledged to “Start Strong,” sophomores to “Be Strong”, juniors to “Stay Strong,” and seniors to “Finish Strong.”   The banners will be posted in a common area as a reminder to the students.  Assistant principal Dan Dodge heard about the idea from a school back east and thought it was a great way to encourage the different classes to be true to their class slogan.


Maryvale High School Completes Its First Year of Implementing Virtual Learning

Maryvale High School completed its first year of implementing virtual learning during its Evening School Opportunities (ESO) program, with 76% of the students obtaining their credits. About 891 students completed ESO at Maryvale during the 2016-2017 school year; of those students, 471 credits were earned by seniors, which allowed them to graduate.  Maryvale utilized Edgenuity, which is a rigorous virtual learning program that individualizes the classes to best meet students’ needs and allow students to recover credits from classes they either failed, did not complete or were unable to take due to scheduling conflicts. The ESO teaching staff set a high standard of accountability by maintaining that students earn a 70% on assessments with 100% completion of the course. 


Betty Fairfax JROTC, successfully defended his PhD dissertation “The Effect of High School JROTC on Civic Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Hispanic Cadets”

Major (Retired) Kirk Loving, Senior Army Instructor at Betty Fairfax JROTC, successfully defended his PhD dissertation “The Effect of High School JROTC on Civic Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Hispanic Cadets” and will formally receive his Doctorate in Education from Grand Canyon University in October. His research was conducted in conjunction with the PUHSD JROTC programs and will add to the knowledge of how JROTC impacts the civic development of Hispanic Cadets enrolled in the program.  Major Loving’s previous education includes BA, Russian Studies, George Washington University; MA, Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma; and an MA, Russian and East European Studies, Florida State University.

Did you know that currently 59% of the PUHSD JROTC teachers have an advanced degree.   Lieutenant Colonel Pete Sandberg, the District’s JROTC coordinator, has three Masters.


Screening of the New Documentary, “Step”

The Arizona Community Foundation, through the Burton Family Foundation and the Black Philanthropy Initiative, secured a Scottsdale movie theater to host a screening of the new documentary, “Step,” August 22 for members of the Black Student Union across the District.  The documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of senior girls on the high school’s Step Team as they prepare to be first in their families to go to college, and the first graduating class of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.  Central took full advantage, bringing the most students from any campus, including the new step team, Central High Step Up.


Chess An AIA Sport

Fall means football, volleyball, and more, but did you know that chess is also an AIA sport.  Alhambra has a very active chess team, and has already seen action, playing three matches at Thunderbird High School, August 25, and winning two.  Five team members play in each match. Team members are Adan Lucena, Tuan Nguyen, Raquel Orosco, Jimmy Do, Obeth Martinez, Mya Dominguez, Mia Pena, Javier Placido.  A state team tournament and individual tournament are played in November.


PUHSD Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting is back this year, and expanded to 10 schools in Phoenix Union.  Large schools receive $7,000 and small schools, $4,000 and students determine how that money is to be spent.  The process begins with idea collection, proposal development, a campaign and school election, and finally, implementation.

Central hosted the PUHSD Participatory Budgeting Kickoff, August 26.   Seventy Students, teachers and principals from six other schools: Bioscience, Coding Academy, Carl Hayden, Linda Abril, Metro Tech and Trevor Brown gathered in the library to simulate the year-long process and plan implementation at their own campus.  Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson and board member Stanford Prescott addressed the teams.

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a democratic process that gives students the power to decide how to spend school district funds to improve their schools. Through PBP, students brainstorm ideas for projects, develop these ideas into projects, and vote on which projects will be funded.

Last year, voter turnout at the schools was 84%, better than a general election.


South Mountain: Debbie Lindley and Stephanie Clay have Coordinated the College Shower

Debbie Lindley and Stephanie Clay have coordinated the College Shower at South Mountain  for the past several years with donations from various staff.  This year, they received a little extra support from a grant from Reach Higher.  South Mountain received one of 200 $500 grants intended to cover the cost of supplies for the College Signing Day event. Various local and national donors contributed $115.31 while the remaining $431.69 was paid by the grant from the College Football Playoffs Foundation and Reach Higher.  Approximately 80 students participated in South’s event, May 5.


South Mountain: Andriana Jordan a Senior in the Visual Arts Magnet won this year's Congressional Art Competition

Andriana Jordan, a senior in the Visual Arts Magnet at South Mountain High School won this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  She was awarded by Congressman Ruben Gallego of District 7, May 11 at the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness in Phoenix.    She will travel to Washington, D.C. for an annual awards ceremony, and her work will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. 

 

Jordan was accompanied by her family, South’s Art magnet manager Erik Erspamer and art teacher Vivian Spiegelman.   South’s Shanae Hollins placed third in the contest.


North: Swimming & Diving Team has four Academic All-Americans

North’s Swimming & Diving team has four Academic All-Americans.  Seniors Tracy Flores, Jellsy Gonzalez, Maryjane Macias, and Ally Lang.  The award is given by NISCA (National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.)   All-Americans must be on varsity swim and/or dive for a minimum of two years with one being their senior year, have a 3.75 or above on the NISCA grade scale through seven semesters, recommendations from the coach and a verified application from school officials.  Only 2% of all swimmers in the nation receive this honor.

 

North High Swimming, under the direction of Coach David Smithers, has had 77 Academic All-Americans in its 21 year history.


North: Million Dollar Scholars are becoming More Common Around the District

Million dollar scholars are becoming more common around the District.  Those are students who have been offered multiple scholarships calculated over four years.  However, one North High student, Rita Anane Wae may have topped the $2 million mark.  Her scholarship totals were tallied for one year, not four, and they came to over $500,000.  She has decided to study biochemistry at the University of Virginia, at $65,000 for one year, but she received 18 scholarship offers, including some that will be applied to her post-secondary career.  Among the schools that offered scholarships were Kenyon College, Gettysburg College, Grinnell College, Middlebury College, University of Southern California and New York Institute of Technology.


Metro Tech: Yadira Min Reyes Garcia was Recently Recognized

Yadira Min Reyes Garcia, a sophomore student at Metro Tech, was recently recognized and awarded by the National Center for Women & Information Technology for her achievements and pursuit in a career field in Technology.  She is currently taking honors classes with a focus in Engineering or Computer & Network Technologies. A duplicate of Yadira’s award was given to Metro Tech for their efforts in inspiring and encouraging young high school females in their pursuit of STEM careers.


Metro Tech: Goodwill and Metro Tech Future Business Leaders of America had Workshops about resume writing

Goodwill and Metro Tech Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) had workshops about resume writing and interview skills all day, May 8.  Over 325 students attended. 

They learned many concepts such as not to put their home address on their resumes due to privacy, be sure to have a professional email address with their first and last name in it, and when using a phone number, that all the greetings are professional, all members of the family are aware you are expecting a call about a job and you are notified of any messages.

These workshops were held to help prepare students for the District Wide student Job Fair being held May 20 from 9 a.m. to  1 p.m. at Metro Tech.  There will be permanent jobs, part-time jobs and summer jobs available.


Maryvale: Hillary Camacho Ruelas and Charley Garay received an invitation to collaborate in a technology round table for the Maricopa County Recorder's Office

Due their efforts and achievements in the Verizon Innovative Learning Program, two Maryvale students, Hillary Camacho Ruelas and Charley Garay received a special invite to collaborate in a technology round table for the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office oversees the election process for all of Maricopa County (which is the fourth largest county in the U.S. with over 4 million residents). Students received a tour of the facility and were able to learn and get a behind the scene look at the ballot and election process. The students were among the first to pilot a new technology for the early voting process which will be launching later this year. Students then met with elections staff and gave their feedback on the new technology. Students were able to ask questions and provide input regarding a new app for registering voters.


Carl Hayden: Four Cadets from Carl Hayden JROTC Program completed the 21-mile Hike across the Grand Canyon

Four cadets from the Carl Hayden JROTC program, their instructor, and their school resource officer set out and completed the 21-mile south to north rim hike across the Grand Canyon, May 13.   Luis Cruzes; Gabriella Mada; Osvaldo Alvarez and Omar Reyes joined JROTC instructor Sergeant 1st Class Mark Ellison and SRO Juan Poland.   For the cadets, the hike culminated six months of conditioning, physical training, mental preparation, and classes on fitness and nutrition. 

“The hike, while taxing on their muscles and feet, was a personally rewarding experience for the cadets and a once in a lifetime event they will never forget,” Ellison said.   


Cesar Chavez: Coach and Athletic Director Captured Honors at the Inaugural All- Phoenix Union Sport Awards

A Cesar Chavez coach and athletic director captured honors at the inaugural All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 9 at Central High School.   Basketball coach Gary Lee was the Coach of the Year, and Stacie Porras was selected as the Athletic Director of the Year.

 

Lee has been the only head basketball coach at the school, finishing up his 18th year at Chavez, and 26th year in the District.  His Champions were 24-5 this year, 10-0 in the Metro Region, and advanced to the Final Four of the 6A State Championship Tournament.  He has had many region titles and playoff appearances, including two state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2012.

 

“The best part of being associated with the program is seeing former players graduate from college.  Chavez is proud to have many players continue to play basketball in college,” Lee said.

 

His father Jerry P. Lee, is a member of the Arizona Coaches Hall of Fame and Arizona Track Coaches Hall of Fame.  He owes a lot to the examples of his father and others in his life.

 

“I have had many opportunities to develop has a person and a coach from my father, his peers at Benson High School and participating in sports programs at Phoenix College and ASU.”

 

Porras has served as an Assistant Principal for Student Opportunities overseeing athletics and activities at Cesar Chavez   for the past four years.  In her time at Chavez, Ms. Porras’ programs have produced numerous region champions and state qualifiers as well as many state champions in individual sports.  Porras also works to instill in her coaching staff and student-athletes strong character, competitiveness and accountability.  She emphasizes with her athletes that the true goal of sports is to provide them with another opportunity to reach their potential both academically and in life.  Porras is an active member of the Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. 


Jahnson Truong a Math Teacher was selected as one of the Diamondbacks's most Valuable Teacher

Johnson Truong, a math teacher with Camelback Montessori was  selected as one of Diamondback's Most Valuable Teacher, and was honored at the May 12 Diamondbacks game at Chase Field. F  He was awarded $1,000 to use in his classroom. 


Camelback: has received a $5,000 SRP Grand to Create-In- School Maker Space.

Camelback has received a $5,000 SRP Grant to create In-school maker space. The Invention Studio at Camelback High would allow students to gather create, invent, and learn in a school makerspace. This space is where students can become creative, innovative and design products using the design- thinking method. The students will learn the process of designing with empathy, identifying a problem, brainstorming solutions, prototyping and testing the product with community profit or nonprofit business partners or even create their own businesses.   There will be career coursework for all freshman and entrepreneurial classes will have full access to the Invention Studio. These sustainable skills will be used by high school students for a lifetime because of its hands-on design-built education to stimulate innovation creativity and entrepreneurship in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEA(Art)M careers. 


Betty Fiarfax: Maya Hadzic a Junior in Honors Anatomy and Physiology has been selected to attend Midwester University's Health Careers

Maya Hadzic, a junior in Honors Anatomy and Physiology has been selected to attend Midwestern University's Health Careers Institute for High School Students.  She was one of  48  students selected, out of over 150 applicants from all over the state of Arizona.  She will participate in a variety of lab activities, possibly including taking blood pressure, practicing splinting/casting, simulating blood draws, performing science experiments, and participating in anatomy lab exercises.


Betty Fairfax: Soccer Player Brianna Boehm was named Phoenix Union Female of the Year for all PUHSD Schools

Soccer player Brianna Boehm was named the   Phoenix Union Female Athlete of the Year at the All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 9.   She has been a multi-sport athlete, playing two years of Softball and four years of Varsity soccer where she was a three-year Captain.  Boehm won a Soccer Leadership Award and All-Academic Medal (w/ a 4.1 GPA) in her sophomore Year.  In addition, she was a member of the varsity football team, during her junior and senior years.  In her junior year she was awarded   Special Teams Player of the Year, as a kicker, and also All-Section 1st Team in Soccer.

She has worked hard in the classroom earning her way onto the Principal’s List as a freshman   an Academic Excellence Award letter winner  her sophomore year, and the National Honors Society in her junior and senior years.  She is active on campus joining Camp Uni-town during her sophomore year and volunteering on the hiring committee in the search for a soccer coach.

Boehm has decided to attend Ottawa University in Surprise on a soccer scholarship.  She will  major in biological sciences with a goal of becoming a nurse. 


Betty Fairfax: Soccer Player Brianna Boehm was named Phoenix Union Female of the Year for all PUHSD Schools

Soccer player Brianna Boehm was named the   Phoenix Union Female Athlete of the Year at the All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 9.   She has been a multi-sport athlete, playing two years of Softball and four years of Varsity soccer where she was a three-year Captain.  Boehm won a Soccer Leadership Award and All-Academic Medal (w/ a 4.1 GPA) in her sophomore Year.  In addition, she was a member of the varsity football team, during her junior and senior years.  In her junior year she was awarded   Special Teams Player of the Year, as a kicker, and also All-Section 1st Team in Soccer.

She has worked hard in the classroom earning her way onto the Principal’s List as a freshman   an Academic Excellence Award letter winner  her sophomore year, and the National Honors Society in her junior and senior years.  She is active on campus joining Camp Uni-town during her sophomore year and volunteering on the hiring committee in the search for a soccer coach.

Boehm has decided to attend Ottawa University in Surprise on a soccer scholarship.  She will  major in biological sciences with a goal of becoming a nurse. 


Alhambra: Baseball Player David Avitia was named Phoenix Union Male Athlete of the Year for all PUHSD schools

Baseball player David Avitia was named the   Phoenix Union Male Athlete of the Year at the All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 9.   He set the school batting average record as a freshman.  He starred on the 2016 Division III Alhambra State Baseball Championship Team.  Also in 2016, as a junior, he was selected by Arizona Republic as a First Team All-State Catcher and declared Small Schools Player of the Year.   He is currently nominated for All-Conference and All-State consideration.   In the classroom, Arvitia has a 3.8 cumulative grade point average.


Alhambra: Baseball Player David Avitia was named Phoenix Union Male Athlete of the Year for all PUHSD schools

Baseball player David Avitia was named the   Phoenix Union Male Athlete of the Year at the All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 9.   He set the school batting average record as a freshman.  He starred on the 2016 Division III Alhambra State Baseball Championship Team.  Also in 2016, as a junior, he was selected by Arizona Republic as a First Team All-State Catcher and declared Small Schools Player of the Year.   He is currently nominated for All-Conference and All-State consideration.   In the classroom, Arvitia has a 3.8 cumulative grade point average.


No Place For Hate Schools for the 2016-2017

Carl Hayden and Franklin Police and Fire High Schools were two of 35 Arizona schools the Anti-Defamation League     designated as No Place for Hate Schools for the 2016-2017 school year, at a May 4 event at Phoenix College.    These schools were recognized for creating safe and respectful learning environments and bringing awareness to the issues of bullying and bias.  

The No Place for Hate initiative provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate.

According to ADL, No Place for Hate schools receive their designation by building inclusive and safe communities in which respect is the goal, and all students can thrive; empowering students, faculty, administration and family members to take a stand against hate and bullying by incorporating new and existing programs under one powerful message; engaging schools and communities in at least three anti-bias activities per year, which ADL helps to develop; and sending a clear, unified message that all students have a place to belong.


No Place For Hate Schools for the 2016-2017

Carl Hayden and Franklin Police and Fire High Schools were two of 35 Arizona schools the Anti-Defamation League     designated as No Place for Hate Schools for the 2016-2017 school year, at a May 4 event at Phoenix College.    These schools were recognized for creating safe and respectful learning environments and bringing awareness to the issues of bullying and bias.  

The No Place for Hate initiative provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate.

According to ADL, No Place for Hate schools receive their designation by building inclusive and safe communities in which respect is the goal, and all students can thrive; empowering students, faculty, administration and family members to take a stand against hate and bullying by incorporating new and existing programs under one powerful message; engaging schools and communities in at least three anti-bias activities per year, which ADL helps to develop; and sending a clear, unified message that all students have a place to belong.


Summer School

Summer School is just around the corner.   Phoenix Union will be offering Summer School for continuing students, those going into 10th, 11th and 12th grade and a Freshman Academy for incoming 9th graders.   Most schools will start May 30 and run until June 29, with morning and afternoon classes Monday through Thursday. Alhambra’s summer schools run June 5-June 29, Monday through Friday.   Due to building maintenance projects this summer, Trevor Browne students will attend at the Maryvale campus, and Camelback students will attend at Linda Abril Educational Academy.    Student registration began March 20 for continuing students, who can sign up with their counselors.    For more information and what courses are offered in the summer, you can go to http://www.phxhs.k12.az.us/summerschool.


Summer School

Summer School is just around the corner.   Phoenix Union will be offering Summer School for continuing students, those going into 10th, 11th and 12th grade and a Freshman Academy for incoming 9th graders.   Most schools will start May 30 and run until June 29, with morning and afternoon classes Monday through Thursday. Alhambra’s summer schools run June 5-June 29, Monday through Friday.   Due to building maintenance projects this summer, Trevor Browne students will attend at the Maryvale campus, and Camelback students will attend at Linda Abril Educational Academy.    Student registration began March 20 for continuing students, who can sign up with their counselors.    For more information and what courses are offered in the summer, you can go to http://www.phxhs.k12.az.us/summerschool.


ASU indicates that 582 PUHSD Students have received a Financial Aid Package that includes free tuition

A recent report from ASU indicates that 582 PUHSD students have received a financial aid package that includes free tuition and fees for four years, through either the Obama Scholars Program (free tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies for four years.  Estimated worth- $100,000) or the College Attainment Grant (free tuition and fees for four years. Estimated worth- $42,000)   The 582 number is 230 more students compared to the previous year.

Post-secondary articulation specialist Dolores Ramirez attributes it to the District-wide Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion campaign.

“I want to thank everyone for the FAFSA completion efforts this past year. I believe it has truly made a difference in the lives of our students and families,” Ramirez said. 

Phoenix Union schools not only held a College Application Campaign again this fall, but the District made a push to have more students complete the FAFSA.   It is the first step in applying for financial aid, and is often required to apply for state aid, scholarships or financial assistance from individual institutions.  Students at Title 1 (lower income) high schools can qualify for an average of $3,500 in Pell Grant funds, with a maximum amount of $5,815.  More than 80 percent of all student financial assistance is provided by the federal government.

Phoenix Union had a goal of 40 percent of its seniors completing the FAFSA Application, improving upon last year’s 33 percent.  As of mid-April, 2,435 students, or 42.9 percent of the seniors completed the FAFSA application, and the District was only 119 students shy of 45 percent.  

Creative campus contests and events, prizes, expert guidance from counselors, college representatives and community members, and on-going district-wide updates fueled the increase.

Phoenix was one of 22 cities to receive up to $55,000 in the FAFSA Completion Challenge though the National College Access Network (NCAN) this year.  The funds support PUHSD’s efforts to connect its students with financing needed for higher education.  Phoenix Union reaching its goal means that the City of Phoenix will continue its NCAN FAFSA Grant for another year.


ASU indicates that 582 PUHSD Students have received a Financial Aid Package that includes free tuition

A recent report from ASU indicates that 582 PUHSD students have received a financial aid package that includes free tuition and fees for four years, through either the Obama Scholars Program (free tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies for four years.  Estimated worth- $100,000) or the College Attainment Grant (free tuition and fees for four years. Estimated worth- $42,000)   The 582 number is 230 more students compared to the previous year.

Post-secondary articulation specialist Dolores Ramirez attributes it to the District-wide Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion campaign.

“I want to thank everyone for the FAFSA completion efforts this past year. I believe it has truly made a difference in the lives of our students and families,” Ramirez said. 

Phoenix Union schools not only held a College Application Campaign again this fall, but the District made a push to have more students complete the FAFSA.   It is the first step in applying for financial aid, and is often required to apply for state aid, scholarships or financial assistance from individual institutions.  Students at Title 1 (lower income) high schools can qualify for an average of $3,500 in Pell Grant funds, with a maximum amount of $5,815.  More than 80 percent of all student financial assistance is provided by the federal government.

Phoenix Union had a goal of 40 percent of its seniors completing the FAFSA Application, improving upon last year’s 33 percent.  As of mid-April, 2,435 students, or 42.9 percent of the seniors completed the FAFSA application, and the District was only 119 students shy of 45 percent.  

Creative campus contests and events, prizes, expert guidance from counselors, college representatives and community members, and on-going district-wide updates fueled the increase.

Phoenix was one of 22 cities to receive up to $55,000 in the FAFSA Completion Challenge though the National College Access Network (NCAN) this year.  The funds support PUHSD’s efforts to connect its students with financing needed for higher education.  Phoenix Union reaching its goal means that the City of Phoenix will continue its NCAN FAFSA Grant for another year.


Phoenix Union Graduations May 23rd - May 25th

Phoenix Union graduations are May 23, 24 and 25.  Small schools Franklin Police & Fire, Bioscience and Bostrom will hold commencement exercises at Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium, May 23 at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. respectively.  Linda Abril Educational Academy will graduate May 24 at Alhambra.

The comprehensive high schools will hold ceremonies at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, May 24 and 25.  Five schools will go on the first day- Central at 10:30 a.m.; Betty Fairfax at 1 p.m.; South Mountain at 3:30; North at 6 p.m. and Camelback at 8:30 p.m.  Six schools will be on Thursday, May 25: Metro Tech, 8 a.m.; Carl Hayden, 10:30 a.m.: Alhambra, 1 p.m.; Cesar Chavez, 3:30 p.m., Mayvale, 6 p.m.; and Trevor Browne, 8:30 p.m.


Phoenix Union Graduations May 23rd - May 25th

Phoenix Union graduations are May 23, 24 and 25.  Small schools Franklin Police & Fire, Bioscience and Bostrom will hold commencement exercises at Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium, May 23 at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. respectively.  Linda Abril Educational Academy will graduate May 24 at Alhambra.

The comprehensive high schools will hold ceremonies at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, May 24 and 25.  Five schools will go on the first day- Central at 10:30 a.m.; Betty Fairfax at 1 p.m.; South Mountain at 3:30; North at 6 p.m. and Camelback at 8:30 p.m.  Six schools will be on Thursday, May 25: Metro Tech, 8 a.m.; Carl Hayden, 10:30 a.m.: Alhambra, 1 p.m.; Cesar Chavez, 3:30 p.m., Mayvale, 6 p.m.; and Trevor Browne, 8:30 p.m.


The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education awarded $110,500 in Scholarships

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education awarded scholarships this year totaling $110,500, assisting 69 District seniors in furthering their education at Arizona colleges and universities next year.   The amount is the highest annual distribution since the Foundation’s inception and $22,500 more than last year.

 

The Foundation for Education, a 501 (c) (3) that supports pathways to success in college, career and life, and provides support for District-wide, college-going student programs and college scholarships, began in 1985 as the Phoenix Union Partnership of Business and Education. In recent years, it has concentrated on generating need-based scholarships for PUHSD students.

 

Scholarships ranged from $100 annually to $8,000 over a four-year academic career, distributed from a pool of scholarship resources from individual and organization donors to employee contributions and fundraising events.

 

Proceeds from the 2016 Phoenix Union Scholarship Dinner and the Foundation Scholarship Open Golf Tournament generated almost half the scholarship funds.   Proceeds from this year’s Dinner in February and Golf Tournament in May will be used for next year’s scholarships.  These two Foundation fundraisers are also building an endowment fund that is over $450,000, with a goal of $1 million. 

 

Scholarship applications are distributed to all District employees and are due in April.  Volunteer business, community and education members read and score the applications which are awarded in May. A Scholarship Reception was held for this year’s recipients, May 17.


The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education awarded $110,500 in Scholarships

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education awarded scholarships this year totaling $110,500, assisting 69 District seniors in furthering their education at Arizona colleges and universities next year.   The amount is the highest annual distribution since the Foundation’s inception and $22,500 more than last year.

 

The Foundation for Education, a 501 (c) (3) that supports pathways to success in college, career and life, and provides support for District-wide, college-going student programs and college scholarships, began in 1985 as the Phoenix Union Partnership of Business and Education. In recent years, it has concentrated on generating need-based scholarships for PUHSD students.

 

Scholarships ranged from $100 annually to $8,000 over a four-year academic career, distributed from a pool of scholarship resources from individual and organization donors to employee contributions and fundraising events.

 

Proceeds from the 2016 Phoenix Union Scholarship Dinner and the Foundation Scholarship Open Golf Tournament generated almost half the scholarship funds.   Proceeds from this year’s Dinner in February and Golf Tournament in May will be used for next year’s scholarships.  These two Foundation fundraisers are also building an endowment fund that is over $450,000, with a goal of $1 million. 

 

Scholarship applications are distributed to all District employees and are due in April.  Volunteer business, community and education members read and score the applications which are awarded in May. A Scholarship Reception was held for this year’s recipients, May 17.


Trevor Browne: Theater Program and Phoenix College Theater Program collaborated

 The Trevor Browne Theatre program and Phoenix College's Theatre Program have collaborated in a project this semester.  Students of the TGB Theatre program attended Phoenix College's Musical performance of "Urinetown," April 28.   Multiple students in the TGB Tech Department had the opportunity to  help build the set and hang lights for the show, and the acting students had the opportunity to learn from the actors in the show and even learn a short number from a one of the dances. Drama Teacher Megan Dallas even auditioned for the show.  Students were able to see their teacher perform the subject that they are learning about every day in class.


Trevor Browne: Theater Program and Phoenix College Theater Program collaborated

 The Trevor Browne Theatre program and Phoenix College's Theatre Program have collaborated in a project this semester.  Students of the TGB Theatre program attended Phoenix College's Musical performance of "Urinetown," April 28.   Multiple students in the TGB Tech Department had the opportunity to  help build the set and hang lights for the show, and the acting students had the opportunity to learn from the actors in the show and even learn a short number from a one of the dances. Drama Teacher Megan Dallas even auditioned for the show.  Students were able to see their teacher perform the subject that they are learning about every day in class.


Trevor Browne: Physical Education Department Club hosted the Torch May 5th

Trevor Browne Physical Education Department, the PEOPEL (Physical Education Opportunities Program for Exceptional Learners) Club, and the Trevor Browne Track Team hosted the torch as it moved its way for the opening of the Special Olympics Summer Games, May 5.

 

Over 1600 Special Olympics Athletes from across the state competed in sports ranging from traditional Special Olympics events to Unified® activities at Raymond S. Kellis High School in Glendale.

 

 The TGB Track Team, accompanied by Coach Robert Mika, joined law enforcement officers from across the state met at Desert Sky Mall and ran north up  75th Avenue to Trevor Browne.   Once on campus, the runners and torch came to the gym for a presentation by Special Olympic athlete Roxanne Johnson.


Trevor Browne: Physical Education Department Club hosted the Torch May 5th

Trevor Browne Physical Education Department, the PEOPEL (Physical Education Opportunities Program for Exceptional Learners) Club, and the Trevor Browne Track Team hosted the torch as it moved its way for the opening of the Special Olympics Summer Games, May 5.

 

Over 1600 Special Olympics Athletes from across the state competed in sports ranging from traditional Special Olympics events to Unified® activities at Raymond S. Kellis High School in Glendale.

 

 The TGB Track Team, accompanied by Coach Robert Mika, joined law enforcement officers from across the state met at Desert Sky Mall and ran north up  75th Avenue to Trevor Browne.   Once on campus, the runners and torch came to the gym for a presentation by Special Olympic athlete Roxanne Johnson.


Trevor Browne: Student Scholarships

Trevor Browne has a tradition of securing prestigious scholarships for its students, and 2017 is no different.  Giovanni Rogel was offered scholarships from Amherst, Swarthmore, Harvey Mudd, Bowdoin, Williams and Pomona, all near a quarter million dollars each, before deciding on Stanford, worth $239,000.  Kevin Lopez Guevara accepted an offer from Pomona worth $236,000; after being offered $1 million in scholarships from six other schools.  Chnthia Serran Najera is headed to Wellesley at $248,000, but had xix other offers totaling over $1 million.  Edgardo Felix will attend Carlton in Minnesota with a $208,000 package.  Fernando Carbajal Perez is going to Colgate, ($282,600).  Erica Ramirez received the Dorrance Scholarship and more from the University of Arizona, for over $100,000.  Other top seniors include Jesse Terrazas, $32,000 from ASU; Zinnia Figueroa, $66,000 from Grand Canyon University and Diane Lopez Teran, $25,000 for Dream US Scholarships at Phoenix College and ASU.


Trevor Browne: Student Scholarships

Trevor Browne has a tradition of securing prestigious scholarships for its students, and 2017 is no different.  Giovanni Rogel was offered scholarships from Amherst, Swarthmore, Harvey Mudd, Bowdoin, Williams and Pomona, all near a quarter million dollars each, before deciding on Stanford, worth $239,000.  Kevin Lopez Guevara accepted an offer from Pomona worth $236,000; after being offered $1 million in scholarships from six other schools.  Chnthia Serran Najera is headed to Wellesley at $248,000, but had xix other offers totaling over $1 million.  Edgardo Felix will attend Carlton in Minnesota with a $208,000 package.  Fernando Carbajal Perez is going to Colgate, ($282,600).  Erica Ramirez received the Dorrance Scholarship and more from the University of Arizona, for over $100,000.  Other top seniors include Jesse Terrazas, $32,000 from ASU; Zinnia Figueroa, $66,000 from Grand Canyon University and Diane Lopez Teran, $25,000 for Dream US Scholarships at Phoenix College and ASU.


South Mountain: The Ice Cold Souljah won 1st place May 6

The South Mountain step team did it again, winning another national competition.   The squad, known as the Ice Cold Souljah’s, placed 1st, May 6, at the National Step Up or Step Aside   show in Corona, California.  It is the step team’s fourth national title.

There are 24 members, seven of whom are graduating seniors-- Isaiah Pitts, Jazmin Rodriguez, Ricardo Perez, Montell Lewis, Jasmin Duran, Keylondrian Allen and Teviyahn Goodwyn. Walker.    The step team started at South Mountain in August, 2007 under the direction of head coach Marvlyn Jones, community liaison and assistant coach Denesha Hardson, student liaison.  Safiyyah Johnson, an ESS teacher, is the sponsor.  


South Mountain: The Ice Cold Souljah won 1st place May 6

The South Mountain step team did it again, winning another national competition.   The squad, known as the Ice Cold Souljah’s, placed 1st, May 6, at the National Step Up or Step Aside   show in Corona, California.  It is the step team’s fourth national title.

There are 24 members, seven of whom are graduating seniors-- Isaiah Pitts, Jazmin Rodriguez, Ricardo Perez, Montell Lewis, Jasmin Duran, Keylondrian Allen and Teviyahn Goodwyn. Walker.    The step team started at South Mountain in August, 2007 under the direction of head coach Marvlyn Jones, community liaison and assistant coach Denesha Hardson, student liaison.  Safiyyah Johnson, an ESS teacher, is the sponsor.  


South Mountain: Girls were the 4X100 Meter Champions in the Division II State Track and Field Championships

The South Mountain Girls were the 4 x 100 meter champions in the Division II State Track and Field Championships, May 6 at Mesa Community College, with a 48.19 time.   Other Jaguars placing included Robert Williams, 4th in the 200 meters and 5th in the 400 meters; Autumn Boyd had a 4th place in the 100 meters, and a 5th in the 200 meters.  Alaijah Huckaby was 8th in the 200 meters.  The South girls also had an 8th place finish in the 4 x 400 relay. 

 

The South Girls finished ninth in the team standings, tied with PUHSD rival, Betty Fairfax.  There were 33 teams that scored in the meet.


South Mountain: Girls were the 4X100 Meter Champions in the Division II State Track and Field Championships

The South Mountain Girls were the 4 x 100 meter champions in the Division II State Track and Field Championships, May 6 at Mesa Community College, with a 48.19 time.   Other Jaguars placing included Robert Williams, 4th in the 200 meters and 5th in the 400 meters; Autumn Boyd had a 4th place in the 100 meters, and a 5th in the 200 meters.  Alaijah Huckaby was 8th in the 200 meters.  The South girls also had an 8th place finish in the 4 x 400 relay. 

 

The South Girls finished ninth in the team standings, tied with PUHSD rival, Betty Fairfax.  There were 33 teams that scored in the meet.


South Mountain: Jagual News was recognized in the National School Press

South Mountain High School’s Jaguar News was recognized in the National School Press Association’s    Best of the High School Press Yearbook for the second year in a row. Jaguar News  was mentioned under Broadcast News for a television story that Christian Guzman did last school year on gender equality. 


South Mountain: Jagual News was recognized in the National School Press

South Mountain High School’s Jaguar News was recognized in the National School Press Association’s    Best of the High School Press Yearbook for the second year in a row. Jaguar News  was mentioned under Broadcast News for a television story that Christian Guzman did last school year on gender equality. 


South Mountain: Fourteen Visual Arts Magnet Students Completed the Visions Programs

Fourteen of South Mountain’s Visual Arts Magnet students completed the Visions program at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).  SMoCA’s Visions program brings together approximately 40 high school art students from diverse Phoenix metropolitan-area schools for a year-long series of activities with local and national artists, designed to cultivate artistic skills, collaboration and civic engagement. The program was founded in 1999 and is based on a strong community partnership between the Museum and participating schools, which represent economically, ethnically and culturally diverse communities.

The following students on successfully completing the Visions 2017 Teen Art program at SMoCA:

Photography: Alexis Moreno; Jessica  Almanza; Erick Arteaga; Brianna Belnavis; Maria Pozos; Ayoneceli Rodriguez; Victoria Valdez.  3D Design and Sculpture: Andriana Jordon; Selene Corrales Portillo; Jackie Manson; Sarah Cordova; Viviana Flores; Kathya Garcia; Jennifer Gomez Garcia.

 Ayoneceli Rodriguez and Selene Corrales Portillo earned the SMoCA’s Awards for Excellence in Photography and Sculpture.  Each received $150 gift certificate at Arizona Art Supply.

The Visions ’17 Student Exhibition at the Young@Art Gallery at SMoCA  is on display from May 2 to September 17.


South Mountain: Fourteen Visual Arts Magnet Students Completed the Visions Programs

Fourteen of South Mountain’s Visual Arts Magnet students completed the Visions program at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).  SMoCA’s Visions program brings together approximately 40 high school art students from diverse Phoenix metropolitan-area schools for a year-long series of activities with local and national artists, designed to cultivate artistic skills, collaboration and civic engagement. The program was founded in 1999 and is based on a strong community partnership between the Museum and participating schools, which represent economically, ethnically and culturally diverse communities.

The following students on successfully completing the Visions 2017 Teen Art program at SMoCA:

Photography: Alexis Moreno; Jessica  Almanza; Erick Arteaga; Brianna Belnavis; Maria Pozos; Ayoneceli Rodriguez; Victoria Valdez.  3D Design and Sculpture: Andriana Jordon; Selene Corrales Portillo; Jackie Manson; Sarah Cordova; Viviana Flores; Kathya Garcia; Jennifer Gomez Garcia.

 Ayoneceli Rodriguez and Selene Corrales Portillo earned the SMoCA’s Awards for Excellence in Photography and Sculpture.  Each received $150 gift certificate at Arizona Art Supply.

The Visions ’17 Student Exhibition at the Young@Art Gallery at SMoCA  is on display from May 2 to September 17.


North: Art Teacher Julie Peters accepted into the School for Art Leaders 2017

Art teacher Julie Peters was accepted into the School for Art Leaders 2017 class, sponsored by the National Art Education Association and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  The Program runs from June through January 2018 and includes a week at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas in July.

 “Ms. Peter’s enthusiasm and commitment to personal leadership development is applauded and appreciated. There is much work to be done to advance the field of visual arts education and creative leaders who are committed to advancing art education are needed,”   Deborah Reeve, Executive Director said.

Peters is a former Arizona Secondary Art Teacher of the Year, a National Board Certified Teacher and the Instructional Leader for the North Art department.


North: Art Teacher Julie Peters accepted into the School for Art Leaders 2017

Art teacher Julie Peters was accepted into the School for Art Leaders 2017 class, sponsored by the National Art Education Association and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  The Program runs from June through January 2018 and includes a week at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas in July.

 “Ms. Peter’s enthusiasm and commitment to personal leadership development is applauded and appreciated. There is much work to be done to advance the field of visual arts education and creative leaders who are committed to advancing art education are needed,”   Deborah Reeve, Executive Director said.

Peters is a former Arizona Secondary Art Teacher of the Year, a National Board Certified Teacher and the Instructional Leader for the North Art department.


Metro Tech: Students Competed in Future Business Leaders of America State Conference

Several students competed in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Conference, April 17.  Metro Tech qualified 34 students for Nationals, based on finishing 1st through 4th.   First place wins included Hospitality Management, Presentation and Partnership with Business.

There were several other awards for Metro Tech.    The FBLA Chapter was named a Gold Chapter, and is the fourth largest chapter in the country. Ahmed Stanikzai was awarded first place in the most prestigious competitive event, the Future Business Leader competition.  He is an FBLA State officer, the DECA Chapter president and has served hundreds of hours of community service.  He will be attending ASU’s W.B. Carey Business School next year.  Metro Tech’s principal Bryan Reynoso was awarded the Administrator of the Year; Debbie Cross, Banking and Finance teacher at Metro, was award the Honorary Lifetime membership award, recognizing her 30-plus years serving FBLA.  Jane Dobbs, the President and CEO of Canyon Sate Credit Union, was awarded the Business Person of the Year.  She has been active with Metro Tech CTE programs, including an on-campus credit union. 


Metro Tech: Students Competed in Future Business Leaders of America State Conference

Several students competed in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Conference, April 17.  Metro Tech qualified 34 students for Nationals, based on finishing 1st through 4th.   First place wins included Hospitality Management, Presentation and Partnership with Business.

There were several other awards for Metro Tech.    The FBLA Chapter was named a Gold Chapter, and is the fourth largest chapter in the country. Ahmed Stanikzai was awarded first place in the most prestigious competitive event, the Future Business Leader competition.  He is an FBLA State officer, the DECA Chapter president and has served hundreds of hours of community service.  He will be attending ASU’s W.B. Carey Business School next year.  Metro Tech’s principal Bryan Reynoso was awarded the Administrator of the Year; Debbie Cross, Banking and Finance teacher at Metro, was award the Honorary Lifetime membership award, recognizing her 30-plus years serving FBLA.  Jane Dobbs, the President and CEO of Canyon Sate Credit Union, was awarded the Business Person of the Year.  She has been active with Metro Tech CTE programs, including an on-campus credit union. 


Maryvale: Mariachi Panteros de Oro were invited to perform at North High School's Cinco de Mayo Assembly

Cinco de Mayo weekend was a busy time for the Maryvale Mariachi Panteros de Oro.      They were invited to perform at North High School’s Cinco de Mayo assembly.  On Saturday, they were asked to perform at the Maricopa Community College Hispanic Convocation at the Phoenix Convention Center where they escorted the graduates into the ceremony while playing the famous Mexican march, La Marcha Zacatecas.  On Sunday, they performed at the Phoenix Cinco de Mayo Festival in downtown Phoenix. 


Maryvale: Mariachi Panteros de Oro were invited to perform at North High School's Cinco de Mayo Assembly

Cinco de Mayo weekend was a busy time for the Maryvale Mariachi Panteros de Oro.      They were invited to perform at North High School’s Cinco de Mayo assembly.  On Saturday, they were asked to perform at the Maricopa Community College Hispanic Convocation at the Phoenix Convention Center where they escorted the graduates into the ceremony while playing the famous Mexican march, La Marcha Zacatecas.  On Sunday, they performed at the Phoenix Cinco de Mayo Festival in downtown Phoenix. 


Franklin Police & Fire: Heidi Bonfante will travel to Washington D. C. this June

Heidi Bonfante,  Franklin’s Professional Development Specialist, will travel to Washington, D.C. this June to attend the prestigious Supreme Court Summer Institute.  After a highly competitive application process, 60 teachers were selected to participate this year. The Institute, open to teachers in the fields of law-related and civic education, is co-sponsored by Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society. 

The Institute offers teachers the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court cases in detail and learn innovative teaching methods for conveying this information to students. Well-known Supreme Court lawyers, reporters, scholars, and educators will be among the speakers and instructors for the Institute. Teachers will visit the Court to attend decisions and a reception.

Upon returning home, teachers will be available to present workshops on teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court, and to meet with media to discuss how the new skills and information will apply in their classrooms.   


Franklin Police & Fire: Heidi Bonfante will travel to Washington D. C. this June

Heidi Bonfante,  Franklin’s Professional Development Specialist, will travel to Washington, D.C. this June to attend the prestigious Supreme Court Summer Institute.  After a highly competitive application process, 60 teachers were selected to participate this year. The Institute, open to teachers in the fields of law-related and civic education, is co-sponsored by Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society. 

The Institute offers teachers the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court cases in detail and learn innovative teaching methods for conveying this information to students. Well-known Supreme Court lawyers, reporters, scholars, and educators will be among the speakers and instructors for the Institute. Teachers will visit the Court to attend decisions and a reception.

Upon returning home, teachers will be available to present workshops on teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court, and to meet with media to discuss how the new skills and information will apply in their classrooms.   


Central: Culinary took Seven Students to do Two Live Salsa Demonstrations at Schools in the Creighton School District

Central culinary took seven students to do two live salsa demonstrations at schools in the Creighton School District, May 5.  The “Be Kind People Project” helped these schools plant their own salsa gardens.  For a fiesta on Cinco de Mayo, Central Culinary students turned the produce into delicious salsa for 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th graders.

 

“This experience was super beneficial to all parties.  The culinary students took on the roles of mentor and were able to share their expertise that they have learned during their two years in culinary.  And the elementary students got to see a thriving program that they can look forward to taking in high school,” Culinary teacher Erin Sullivan said.

 

The students who attended were Anthony Leon, Keana Nells, Emilio Markov, Cecilia Avelar, Anahi Lara, Dariem Pio Salazar and Maria Solano-Ferrer.  


Central: Culinary took Seven Students to do Two Live Salsa Demonstrations at Schools in the Creighton School District

Central culinary took seven students to do two live salsa demonstrations at schools in the Creighton School District, May 5.  The “Be Kind People Project” helped these schools plant their own salsa gardens.  For a fiesta on Cinco de Mayo, Central Culinary students turned the produce into delicious salsa for 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th graders.

 

“This experience was super beneficial to all parties.  The culinary students took on the roles of mentor and were able to share their expertise that they have learned during their two years in culinary.  And the elementary students got to see a thriving program that they can look forward to taking in high school,” Culinary teacher Erin Sullivan said.

 

The students who attended were Anthony Leon, Keana Nells, Emilio Markov, Cecilia Avelar, Anahi Lara, Dariem Pio Salazar and Maria Solano-Ferrer.  


Betty Fairfax: Most Success of any Phoenix Union School at the State Track and Field Championships

Betty Fairfax had the most success of any Phoenix Union school at the State Track and Field Championships, May 6 at Mesa College.   The Stampede Boys and Girls each finished ninth in their divisions.  Only two other schools in Division II, North Canyon and Chaparral, placed both boys and girls squads in the Top 10.

 

Shamar Moreland won the Boys Division II 300 meter hurdles (40.35 seconds) and the long jump (23-9).  He also finished 3rd in the 110 meter hurdles.  Fairfax’ Ma’Kayla Dickerson placed 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles, 2nd in the 200 meters and 4th in the 100 meter hurdles. 

 

The Fairfax Boys finished 9th out of 43 Division II teams, while the Fairfax Girls and the South Mountain Girls tied for 9th out of 33 teams.  


Betty Fairfax: Most Success of any Phoenix Union School at the State Track and Field Championships

Betty Fairfax had the most success of any Phoenix Union school at the State Track and Field Championships, May 6 at Mesa College.   The Stampede Boys and Girls each finished ninth in their divisions.  Only two other schools in Division II, North Canyon and Chaparral, placed both boys and girls squads in the Top 10.

 

Shamar Moreland won the Boys Division II 300 meter hurdles (40.35 seconds) and the long jump (23-9).  He also finished 3rd in the 110 meter hurdles.  Fairfax’ Ma’Kayla Dickerson placed 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles, 2nd in the 200 meters and 4th in the 100 meter hurdles. 

 

The Fairfax Boys finished 9th out of 43 Division II teams, while the Fairfax Girls and the South Mountain Girls tied for 9th out of 33 teams.  


Alhambra: Kristen Wasbotten was recognized for $5000 Grant from University of Phoenix

Phoenix Union celebrated its athletes and athletic programs at the Inaugural All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 9 at Central High School.  Eleven schools, 138 athletes and dozens of coaches were represented.     Each school picked a Player of the Year in each sport, and from that list, each sport recognized a Phoenix Union Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.  There were also 22 All-Academic Players of the Year.

Some of the highlights: Male Athlete of the Year was Alhambra Baseball player David Avitia and Female Athlete of the Year was Betty Fairfax Soccer player Brianna Boehm.  Betty Fairfax High School was the Athletic Program of the Year and Cesar Chavez Basketball coach Gary Lee was the Coach of the Year.   Ray Manquero, a football player at Carl Hayden was the INPIERATIONAL Athlete of the Year, and Joseph Grant, a football player at Camelback won the Community Outreach Award. Chavez’ Stacie Porras was the Athletic Director of the Year. Sportscaster Kevin McCabe was the Master of Ceremony, and former North High Basketball All-State Alumnus and rising star of the Phoenix Suns, Alan “Big Sauce” Williams delivered the keynote address.  


Alhambra: Kristen Wasbotten was recognized for $5000 Grant from University of Phoenix

Phoenix Union celebrated its athletes and athletic programs at the Inaugural All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 9 at Central High School.  Eleven schools, 138 athletes and dozens of coaches were represented.     Each school picked a Player of the Year in each sport, and from that list, each sport recognized a Phoenix Union Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.  There were also 22 All-Academic Players of the Year.

Some of the highlights: Male Athlete of the Year was Alhambra Baseball player David Avitia and Female Athlete of the Year was Betty Fairfax Soccer player Brianna Boehm.  Betty Fairfax High School was the Athletic Program of the Year and Cesar Chavez Basketball coach Gary Lee was the Coach of the Year.   Ray Manquero, a football player at Carl Hayden was the INPIERATIONAL Athlete of the Year, and Joseph Grant, a football player at Camelback won the Community Outreach Award. Chavez’ Stacie Porras was the Athletic Director of the Year. Sportscaster Kevin McCabe was the Master of Ceremony, and former North High Basketball All-State Alumnus and rising star of the Phoenix Suns, Alan “Big Sauce” Williams delivered the keynote address.  


Phoenix Union Celebrates its Athletes and Athletic Programs

Phoenix Union celebrated its athletes and athletic programs at the Inaugural All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 9 at Central High School.  Eleven schools, 138 athletes and dozens of coaches were represented.     Each school picked a Player of the Year in each sport, and from that list, each sport recognized a Phoenix Union Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.  There were also 22 All-Academic Players of the Year.

Some of the highlights: Male Athlete of the Year was Alhambra Baseball player David Avitia and Female Athlete of the Year was Betty Fairfax Soccer player Brianna Boehm.  Betty Fairfax High School was the Athletic Program of the Year and Cesar Chavez Basketball coach Gary Lee was the Coach of the Year.   Ray Manquero, a football player at Carl Hayden was the INPIERATIONAL Athlete of the Year, and Joseph Grant, a football player at Camelback won the Community Outreach Award. Chavez’ Stacie Porras was the Athletic Director of the Year. Sportscaster Kevin McCabe was the Master of Ceremony, and former North High Basketball All-State Alumnus and rising star of the Phoenix Suns, Alan “Big Sauce” Williams delivered the keynote address.  


Phoenix Union Celebrates its Athletes and Athletic Programs

Phoenix Union celebrated its athletes and athletic programs at the Inaugural All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 9 at Central High School.  Eleven schools, 138 athletes and dozens of coaches were represented.     Each school picked a Player of the Year in each sport, and from that list, each sport recognized a Phoenix Union Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.  There were also 22 All-Academic Players of the Year.

Some of the highlights: Male Athlete of the Year was Alhambra Baseball player David Avitia and Female Athlete of the Year was Betty Fairfax Soccer player Brianna Boehm.  Betty Fairfax High School was the Athletic Program of the Year and Cesar Chavez Basketball coach Gary Lee was the Coach of the Year.   Ray Manquero, a football player at Carl Hayden was the INPIERATIONAL Athlete of the Year, and Joseph Grant, a football player at Camelback won the Community Outreach Award. Chavez’ Stacie Porras was the Athletic Director of the Year. Sportscaster Kevin McCabe was the Master of Ceremony, and former North High Basketball All-State Alumnus and rising star of the Phoenix Suns, Alan “Big Sauce” Williams delivered the keynote address.  


Summer School is Just around the Corner

Summer School is just around the corner.   Phoenix Union will be offering Summer School for continuing students, those going into 10th, 11th and 12th grade and a Freshman Academy for incoming 9th graders.   Most schools will start May 30 and run until June 29, with morning and afternoon classes Monday through Thursday. Alhambra’s summer schools run June 5-June 29, Monday through Friday.   Due to building maintenance projects this summer, Trevor Browne students will attend at the Maryvale campus, and Camelback students will attend at Linda Abril Educational Academy.    Student registration began March 20 for continuing students, who can sign up with their counselors.    For more information and what courses are offered in the summer, you can go to http://www.phxhs.k12.az.us/summerschool.


Summer School is Just around the Corner

Summer School is just around the corner.   Phoenix Union will be offering Summer School for continuing students, those going into 10th, 11th and 12th grade and a Freshman Academy for incoming 9th graders.   Most schools will start May 30 and run until June 29, with morning and afternoon classes Monday through Thursday. Alhambra’s summer schools run June 5-June 29, Monday through Friday.   Due to building maintenance projects this summer, Trevor Browne students will attend at the Maryvale campus, and Camelback students will attend at Linda Abril Educational Academy.    Student registration began March 20 for continuing students, who can sign up with their counselors.    For more information and what courses are offered in the summer, you can go to http://www.phxhs.k12.az.us/summerschool.


State Superintendent of Public Instruction "Diane Douglas"

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and the Arizona Department of Education is holding a “We Are Listening” Tour, Monday, May 15 at Phoenix Union’s Governing Board Room from 6-8 p.m.  The community-parents, educators, citizens and students are invited to come for a conversation about education policies and ideas. Douglas will provide an overview of the state education plan “AZ Kids Can’t Wait!  Omments may also be submitted to HearingEveryvoice@azed.gov, or via Twitter using #BeHeardAZ.   The tour will also be at Deer Valley Unified School District, May 16 and Verna McClain Wellness Center, May 17.


State Superintendent of Public Instruction "Diane Douglas"

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and the Arizona Department of Education is holding a “We Are Listening” Tour, Monday, May 15 at Phoenix Union’s Governing Board Room from 6-8 p.m.  The community-parents, educators, citizens and students are invited to come for a conversation about education policies and ideas. Douglas will provide an overview of the state education plan “AZ Kids Can’t Wait!  Omments may also be submitted to HearingEveryvoice@azed.gov, or via Twitter using #BeHeardAZ.   The tour will also be at Deer Valley Unified School District, May 16 and Verna McClain Wellness Center, May 17.


Phoenix Union STEP Class of 2017

The Phoenix Union STEP (Student Expedition Program) Class of 2017 has been announced.  Twenty-two students, from 10 different schools received 41 acceptances from Arizona universities and 47 from out of state schools. 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Name

High School

School Attending in the Fall

Alex Garcia-Delgado

Bioscience

Claremont McKenna College

Alexis Rosales

South Mountain

Smith College

Brysha Pelt

Betty Fairfax

Arizona State University

Cassaundra Gomez

Central

Smith College

Cynthia Serrano Najera

Trevor Browne

Wellesley College

Deja Royal

Metro Tech

ASU Barrett Honors College

Douglas Bencomo

North

Bowdoin College

Erwin Rubio Butron

South Mountain

GCU Honors College

Estephany Garcia

Maryvale

Arizona State University

Estrella Garcia

Carl Hayden

Wellesley College

Giovanni Rogel

Trevor Browne

Stanford University

Griselda Solis

Bioscience

Wesleyan University

Isai Diaz

Carl Hayden

Arizona State University

JoseFernando Cabajal Perez

Trevor Browne

Colgate University

Keilen Costilla

Central

Smith College

Kunica Kuy

Betty Fairfax

Bowdoin College

Leslie Mora

Camelback

ASU Barrett Honors College

Maria Villalon

South Mountain

Arizona State University

Mariah Quintero

South Mountain

Wellesley College

Marlon Reyna

Camelback

St. Mary's University

Nati Fuentes

Maryvale

Arizona State University

Ricky Tsang

Bioscience

Bowdoin College

 

As a class, they received over $1 million in first year gift aid from the schools they will be attending and over $12 million in total gift aid.  Twelve students each received over $60,000 in first year gift aid from the schools they are attending.  And six   students received over $1 million dollars each in total gift aid.


Phoenix Union STEP Class of 2017

The Phoenix Union STEP (Student Expedition Program) Class of 2017 has been announced.  Twenty-two students, from 10 different schools received 41 acceptances from Arizona universities and 47 from out of state schools. 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Name

High School

School Attending in the Fall

Alex Garcia-Delgado

Bioscience

Claremont McKenna College

Alexis Rosales

South Mountain

Smith College

Brysha Pelt

Betty Fairfax

Arizona State University

Cassaundra Gomez

Central

Smith College

Cynthia Serrano Najera

Trevor Browne

Wellesley College

Deja Royal

Metro Tech

ASU Barrett Honors College

Douglas Bencomo

North

Bowdoin College

Erwin Rubio Butron

South Mountain

GCU Honors College

Estephany Garcia

Maryvale

Arizona State University

Estrella Garcia

Carl Hayden

Wellesley College

Giovanni Rogel

Trevor Browne

Stanford University

Griselda Solis

Bioscience

Wesleyan University

Isai Diaz

Carl Hayden

Arizona State University

JoseFernando Cabajal Perez

Trevor Browne

Colgate University

Keilen Costilla

Central

Smith College

Kunica Kuy

Betty Fairfax

Bowdoin College

Leslie Mora

Camelback

ASU Barrett Honors College

Maria Villalon

South Mountain

Arizona State University

Mariah Quintero

South Mountain

Wellesley College

Marlon Reyna

Camelback

St. Mary's University

Nati Fuentes

Maryvale

Arizona State University

Ricky Tsang

Bioscience

Bowdoin College

 

As a class, they received over $1 million in first year gift aid from the schools they will be attending and over $12 million in total gift aid.  Twelve students each received over $60,000 in first year gift aid from the schools they are attending.  And six   students received over $1 million dollars each in total gift aid.


Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board Budget Override

The Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board has called for a 15 percent Maintenance and Operations Budget Override and Bond election for November 7, 2017.  The action was taken at the May 4 Governing Board meeting. 

The election will be a mailed ballot-only election with ballots mailed to qualified electors residing within the District.

The override asks voters for authorization to continue the current 15 percent override for fiscal year 2018-2019 and six subsequent years.  This would be a continuation of the existing override approved by voters in 2013.  There would be no additional taxes if the override is approved.  The override amount for the first year of the proposed continuation would be $24,300,000, approximately equal to the current secondary tax rate for the existing budget override.   The override provides for over 400 teachers and support staff that directly impacts students and student achievement.

The bond would be for $269 million to fund capital improvements over and above those funded by the state.  The District annual capital budget has been cut from $21 million to just under $2 million since the Recession.  The bulk of the bond would fund maintenance, and renovation of school buildings and technology.  This would include instructional technology, such as distance learning expansion, transforming media centers and upgrading student labs, maintaining one-to-one computer-to-student initiatives, and infrastructure to include software, network and wireless upgrades.  The bond would also cover purchasing buses, acquiring school lots, improving school grounds, supplying school buildings with furniture and equipment, and providing all utilities and other capital items necessary for the construction and renovation of school building and grounds.  

The estimated average annual tax rate for the proposed bond authorization is $.38 per $100 of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes, which is approximately $38 a year for a home with an assessed value of $100,000.


Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board Budget Override

The Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board has called for a 15 percent Maintenance and Operations Budget Override and Bond election for November 7, 2017.  The action was taken at the May 4 Governing Board meeting. 

The election will be a mailed ballot-only election with ballots mailed to qualified electors residing within the District.

The override asks voters for authorization to continue the current 15 percent override for fiscal year 2018-2019 and six subsequent years.  This would be a continuation of the existing override approved by voters in 2013.  There would be no additional taxes if the override is approved.  The override amount for the first year of the proposed continuation would be $24,300,000, approximately equal to the current secondary tax rate for the existing budget override.   The override provides for over 400 teachers and support staff that directly impacts students and student achievement.

The bond would be for $269 million to fund capital improvements over and above those funded by the state.  The District annual capital budget has been cut from $21 million to just under $2 million since the Recession.  The bulk of the bond would fund maintenance, and renovation of school buildings and technology.  This would include instructional technology, such as distance learning expansion, transforming media centers and upgrading student labs, maintaining one-to-one computer-to-student initiatives, and infrastructure to include software, network and wireless upgrades.  The bond would also cover purchasing buses, acquiring school lots, improving school grounds, supplying school buildings with furniture and equipment, and providing all utilities and other capital items necessary for the construction and renovation of school building and grounds.  

The estimated average annual tax rate for the proposed bond authorization is $.38 per $100 of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes, which is approximately $38 a year for a home with an assessed value of $100,000.


Trevor Browne: Co-Choir Director Troy Meeker was Selected by the Arizona choral Director's Association to Guest Conduct the Nation Anthem

Co-Choir Director Troy Meeker was selected by the Arizona Choral Director's Association to guest conduct the Nation Anthem for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday April 28th. The choir consisted of over 150 students from around the state combined to sing for this performance which Mr. Meeker rehearsed for 30 minutes prior to taking the field.

"It is an honor to get to perform the Nation Anthem with so many hard-working students for nearly 20,000 fans of America's Game. I am grateful for the opportunity."


South Mountain: Will Play a Role in The 12th Annual Kids at Hope Masters Institute

South Mountain will play a role in the 12th Annual Kids at Hope Masters Institute taking place May 1-5 in Phoenix.  Besides the administrative team and some teachers attending the institute, South will play host to over 150 attendees from around the state and nation for a site visit.  The visitors will visit Angelee Bilbao’s English class, the south gym and the Jag Café (cafeteria) for a closure panel, and entertainment by the school’s step team.  

Kids At Hope is a Phoenix-based organization that provides professional development to individuals and organizations in 18 states and Canada in the fields of youth development, education, law enforcement, juvenile justice, child welfare and health.  The Annual Youth Development Master’s Institute co-sponsored by Arizona State University’s School of Social and Family Dynamics.


Phoenix Coding Academy: Winner of the 2017 Arizona Leader Award for Green Schools

 Phoenix Coding Academy was selected as the winner of the 2017 Arizona Leader Award for Green Schools by the U.S. Green Building Council.  Opened this year, Coding Academy is the District’s first   LEED Gold-certified school.   LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Design.   

”In a year with many qualified candidates, the judges were impressed with the project’s combination of sustainability and curriculum objectives, and felt it was a great fit for the Green Schools award,” Cindy Zork, USGBC Manager, Community Advancement said.

U.S. Green Building Council. PUHSD’s Jared Reynolds was on hand to accept the award with ADM lead architect Jennifer Weskalnies.

In addition, the Green Schools Committee chose the Phoenix Coding Academy for the Green Schools Earth Week Tour to showcase a local educational project that exemplifies the reduction of environmental impact, enhances of occupant health and well-being and provides education to a generation of sustainability natives. The April 27 tour was attended by design professionals and educational leaders from around the state and was led by project architect Jennifer Weskalnies and Principal Seth Beute. Assisting with the tour were teachers Susana Masamery and Gina Vullo and four Coding Academy students with discussion about the details of sustainability, efforts in design, construction and education at the school.


North: Calling all Incoming International Baccalaureate Students

North High is calling all incoming International Baccalaureate students with a Registration Rally, Thursday, May 11 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.     The rally, which will be held in the North Library, is for students who still need to turn in registration packets, become enrolled, and avoid getting registered in the summer or at the start of school.  The IB magnet program is one of the longest and most successful programs in Arizona.  For more information, call (602) 764-6500.


North: Symphonic Band earned a Superior Rating at The 2017 State Concert Festival

The North High Symphonic Band earned a “Superior” rating at the 2017 State Concert Festival, April 29.  Their last “Superior” rating during the concert season was at the 2006 Area Concert Festival. The North musicians followed that up with an encore performance at school, May 2, along with special guest bands from Isaac Middle School and Pueblo del Sol.

“So proud of this group of young men and women. They were focused, intelligent, and ready to rock the house. Bravo,” Director of Bands, Orchestras and Percussion Daniel Eaton said.


Metro Tech: Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education held its first Interview Fair, March 30, and it was a huge success.  The Metro Tech gym was filled with tables and chairs, as 307 seniors were interviewed by 114 volunteers.  Students were interviewed twice, and received feedback after each interview.  The students represented 20 CTE programs at Metro Tech. 

The all-day event was co-sponsored by the Valley of the Sun United Way and the Department of Economic Security.  The event was led by Vocational Program Facilitator Victoria Petit and a team of CTE staff. .  

“It is an important event to help our students with the soft skills necessary in the most important activity- a job interview.”


Metro Tech: Was one of the Stops for Future Sun Devil Signing

 Metro Tech was one of the stops for Future Sun Devil Signing Day, Thursday, April 27, welcoming seniors who have chosen Arizona State University.  ASU arrived in a double decker-wrapped bus with ASU Admission Services staff, other ASU personnel, ASU media, Sparky,  music, and lots of ASU paraphernalia. Students signed posters   showing their commitment to ASU and took pictures to post on social media.   Metro Tech had 45 students officially committed to ASU.  Metro also had the highest FAFSA completion rate among PUHSD schools, at 55%, Metro students applied for the most colleges and universities in last fall’s College Application Campaign.  The best news is that most of the students were getting full rides thanks to College Attainment Grants, in which students can qualify for ASU with a 3.0 or 22 ACT score   if their families earn less than $42,400 per year.  Some of the students are also participating in ASU’s Pro-Mod program, which stands for project-based, modular learning.   The students work across disciplines on real world projects, interacting with university faculty and students.   Phoenix Union teachers teach the courses in a project-based format and students receive 13 ASU credits upon successful completion of project criteria and enrollment at ASU directly after high school.


Cesar Chavez: The Percussion Ensemble was Invited to Play at NAU’s Concert

The Cesar Chavez Percussion Ensemble was invited to play at NAU’s percussion ensemble concert, April 28 in Flagstaff.   They were the only high school performing.  The piece they performed was something the ensemble played at the Arizona Percussive Arts Society Spring Festival at ASU, where they scored a “Superior,” and were selected for the showcase concert performing alongside ASU and NAU. 

“This is a big honor and we were honored to have been invited to be special guests on their concert.   I am very excited for them to see college level playing and for the students to meet the Director of Percussion Studies at NAU.  These kids work hard and represent our school passionately through music,” Alison Brightwell-Balot, Chavez’ Director of Percussion and Piano said.

The Chavez Ensemble will also be performing in front of the Herberger Friday evening for their Cinco De Mayo celebration 6-9 p.m.   It is free to the public.


Bioscience: Principal Dr. DeeDee Falls Retired

Last year, Dr. DeeDee Falls, a longtime Bioscience principal, retired, but in her honor, a scholarship fund was created and two students were awarded $2000 scholarships.  That fund has already expanded to $10,000 this year, which will help four seniors this year with their college studies.    

Carlos Yanez Navarro – Arizona State University,  Biomedical Studies; Reyna Gariepy  - Bryn Mawr College,  Neuroscience; Cassandra Montufar  - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aerospace Engineering;  Hana Malkoc - Arizona State University, Nursing


Betty Fairfax: Vocal Ensemble Traveled to Anaheima to Participate in the World Strides Heritage Festivals Competition.

The Betty Fairfax Vocal Ensemble traveled to Anaheim to participate in the WorldStrides Heritage Festivals competition. There were 30 different choirs there from around the country, and Fairfax’s performances in both madrigals and jazz received Silver 2nd Place awards. In addition, Ivan Alcazar received the "Legacy Lives On" award.  This award is presented to a student who has shown strength of character and a passion for the arts as they pursue excellence no matter what challenges they may have faced. Two students received "Maestro" awards for excellent performances: Andrez Alcazar and Christopher Joseph   for their respective solos. Only six of these awards were given in the entire festival of approximately 700 students. 


Bett Fairfax: Ten Math Studnts Qualified to Attend the State Championships

This past Saturday ten Betty Fairfax math students qualified to attend the mathleague.org state competition in Tucson, Arizona.  These students competed in five rounds; power, relay, target, team, and sprint against fourteen schools.  To qualify these students participated in a local competition in Tucson earlier in the year and took an in-school test in April.  Two students placed in the 12th grade category, Lao Yao (7th place) and Leonardo Ruelas (10th place).   Yao is a student in the 2016-2017 Lanzhou International student program  who will be attending Arizona State University in the  fall.


Betty Fairfax: Math Students Traveled to the Arizona Cardinals Marquee Math Competition

Ten Betty Fairfax math students traveled to the Arizona Cardinals Marquee Math competition at the Arizona Cardinals stadium, April 29.  The two teams of five competed against 26 teams from all over the state.  The students took a one-hour test consisting of physics and math questions written in a football context.  Team one, consisting of Leo Ruelas, Leo Lopez, Yallison Wakayo, Stephanie Martinez and Justin Sanchez, took fourth place overall and team two placed 14th.  This is the inaugural year of the Betty Fairfax Math club, which has been led by Ruelas, a National Hispanic scholar, who will be attending Texas A&M next Fall.   The teams and club were organized by math teachers Susan Heikkinen and Katherine Martinez.


Phoenix Union Teacher Appreciation Night

It seemed like Phoenix Union Teacher Appreciation Night at Chase Field last Friday night prior to the Diamondbacks-Rockies game.   The first wave of Diamondback Most Valuable Teacher (MVT) awardees were recognized, and of course, PUHSD dominated.    Exceptional  Students teacher Patty Sanchez, from Desiderata explained.

“We were chosen from over 160 teachers nominated.  We were recognized on the field before the Diamondbacks and Rockies game and each of us was presented with a check for $1,000 to use in our classrooms.  I was so excited with this honor, but then as I met the other recipients I realized that five out of the 10 teachers were my Phoenix Union colleagues.”

Chris Coupelin (Science) from South Mountain, Jodi Weber (English) from Alhambra, Dr. Genevieve Sanders (World Languages) from Metro Tech and John Gerace (Global Studies) from Central were also Diamondbacks MVT’s. 

“How exciting and validating that so many of us were recognized for our hard work and dedication.  I know we are not the only ones by far, but it is nice to receive accolades for Phoenix Union and our talented and passionate teachers,” Sanchez said. 

The D-backs MVT program is a program in which  students, parents, and fellow teachers are asked to nominate an educator that goes above and beyond, someone that deserves recognition, and someone that has made a significant impact. 

Adding to the Phoenix Union theme, another outstanding teacher, Trevor Browne choir co-director Troy Meeker was selected by the Arizona Choral Director's Association to guest conduct the National Anthem at the same game, Friday.  The choir consisted of over 150 students from around the state who combined to sing for this performance.     Meeker had just 30 minutes to rehearse with the group prior to taking the field.


Phoenix Union will Celebrate its Athletes and Athletic Programs at the Inaugural All - Phoenix Union Sports Awards

Phoenix Union will celebrate its athletes and athletic programs at the Inaugural All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 9 at Central High School.  The 11 schools that offer interscholastic athletics will select male and female Players of the Year for each team and individual sport, as well as Academic Student-Athletes, and recognize an All-Phoenix Union 1st Team for each team sport.  The event will feature over 120 of the top student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors and programs across the District.  The keynote address will be delivered by former North High Basketball All-State Alumnus and rising star of the Phoenix Suns, Alan “Big Sauce” Williams.  The Awards presentations ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in Central High’s auditorium with the evening concluding with awarding of the Most Outstanding Sports Program at 8 p.m.    Parents and community members are invited to attend this free event. For more information, contact the PUHSD Athletic Office at (602) 764-1334.


The 13th Annual Phoenix Union Art Show

The 13th Annual Phoenix Union Student Art Show opened April 26 at the Phoenix Art Museum, with the awards presentation in the Wolfswinkel Education Center.  Almost 100 art pieces representing 15 schools were judged in six categories: drawing, painting, traditional photo, digital photo, mixed media and 3-D (ceramics, jewelry or sculpture).

The winners are: Drawing- Jonathan Fuentes, Metro Tech; Painting- Mariela Medina, Maryvale;  Traditional Photo-  Arturo Reyes; Digital Photo-  Adrian Alvarez, Trevor Browne;  Mixed Media- Marian Ruvalcaba, Alhambra; 3D- Reid Belanger, North;


Phoenix Union Will be Offering Summer Schools for Continuing Students

Summer School is just around the corner.   Phoenix Union will be offering Summer School for continuing students, those going into 10th, 11th and 12th grade and a Freshman Academy for incoming 9th graders.   Most schools will start May 30 and run until June 29, with morning and afternoon classes Monday through Thursday. Alhambra’s summer schools run June 5-June 29, Monday through Friday.   Due to building maintenance projects this summer, Trevor Browne students will attend at the Maryvale campus, and Camelback students will attend at Linda Abril Educational Academy.    Student registration began March 20 for continuing students, who can sign up with their counselors.    For more information and what courses are offered in the summer, you can go to http://www.phxhs.k12.az.us/summerschool.


Phoenix Union-Wilson College Prep: Open House

The new Phoenix Union-Wilson College Prep will hold an Open House for incoming ninth graders, Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the school located at 3005 E. Fillmore Street.  Principal, teachers and staff, and current AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) students from other campuses will be there to introduce students to the first school in the world to provide the successful AVID Secondary College Readiness system to all students.  There will be food, opportunity to interview and apply for the school, and a scavenger hunt to learn more about the school, and earn Arizona Diamondback tickets.  Over 50 students have already enrolled in the first class, which will have approximately 120 freshmen.  The school is located next to Wilson Elementary School, where many students have experienced the AVID program before.


Governing Board: Linda Abril, Rany Schiller, and Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson

Governing Board member Linda Abril heard at the last board meeting from the student government representative that a Small Schools Prom was scheduled for Franklin, Desiderata, Bostrom and Linda Abril Educational Academy.  She reminisced and regretted that in her shortened high school career at Phoenix Union, that she never attended a prom.  Before you knew it, board member Randy Schiller and Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson conspired to invite Abril to the April 29 prom at the Linda Abril Educational Academy.    Needless to say, the 75year old board member, who was named the evening’s Prom Queen, had the time of her life, Saturday night.


Trevor Browne: Band and Orchestra Represented Their School with a Rating of Excellent

The Trevor Browne Band and Orchestra represented Trevor Browne well with a rating of "Excellent" for both groups at the Eastern Arizona College competition, Wednesday, April 12. 

The TGB Jazz Band qualified for State and will compete April 27 at Mesa Community College.  


South Mountain: Social Studies Teacher Charlie Diaz has been invited to his Second National Institute for Humanities Summer Institute

Social Studies teacher Charlie Diaz has been invited to his second National Institute for the Humanities Summer Institute in three years.   There are only 25 teachers selected from a nationwide pool of applicants.  Diaz will spend four weeks in Chicago learning about the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.


South Mountain: Joining Cesar Chavez for South Phoenix High Schools Senior Portfolio Night

South Mountain is joining Cesar Chavez for the South Phoenix High Schools Senior Portfolio Night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, May 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.    Chavez has held this event the past 12 years, and for the first time, South Mountain High School will join Chavez the event.  All seniors will exhibit their best work from their high school career in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, and community service.  Admission is free.  Susan Soto, who spearheaded Portfolio Night at Cesar Chavez, moved to South Mountain this year and brought the Jaguars on board.  She is expecting 10,000 attendees for the event.


Phoenix Coding Academy: U.S. Green Building Council of Arizona is touring Phoenix Coding Academy

The U.S. Green Building Council of Arizona is touring the Phoenix Coding Academy, a LEED Gold-certified school, April 27.   LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Design.  Coding Academy is the first LEED-certified school in Phoenix Union, which opened this school year.  Visitors will learn how architects and engineers developed solutions for energy management, energy and water efficiency, and indoor air quality to achieve LEED Gold certification  Features such as a real-time sustainability kiosk were implemented to invite personnel to interact and analyze the sustainability practices of the building.


North: Honor the Work of Former International Baccalaureate Director Julie Pallissard

To honor the work of former North High School International Baccalaureate Director Julie Pallissard, two families of former students are offering four $500 scholarships   to IB Diploma candidates this year.  The school is hoping to expand the scholarship   by raising more money.  Every dollar raised for this fund will go directly to supporting students in the North High IB program in their efforts to attend higher learning institutions.  

Pallissard worked diligently to provide an exceptional education to highly motivated students in the community.  Her goal was to give access to all students (first generation, underrepresented, undocumented, etc.) to a free, rigorous education to prepare them for success in college, career and life. 


North: North and Cesar Chavez Piloted a New Curriculum Called SEED SPOT NEXT

This year, North High and Cesar Chavez High School piloted a new curriculum called SEED SPOT NEXT.  After years of success working with adult entrepreneurs, SEED SPOT launched the NEXT program to empower students to create change through entrepreneurship, providing curriculum, training and resources to teach entrepreneurship. The students’ objective was to create a social venture team solving a problem from topics related to home, school, local and state, or national and global.   

North High School had its first ever Demo Day, April 21.  Thirty venture teams from Rita Lopez' Business 1-2 classes pitched their venture to judges.  Four teams were selected to continue to pitch their venture at SEED SPOT NEXT National Demo Day on Saturday, May 6 at Camelback High School, with the winning team receiving $5000 towards their venture.   North winning presenters were Ruryck Adame;  Mercedes Devian, the team of Yessy Garcia, Ivan Loza Morales, and Josue Fabela Martinez and the team of Marco Bustos and Chiara Castiglione, an exchange student from Italy.    

Student ventures ranged from solving domestic violence, health and environment, to academics.  


North: Calling all Incoming International Baccalaureate Students

North High is calling all incoming International Baccalaureate students with a Registration Rally, Thursday, May 11 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.     The rally, which will be held in the North Library, is for students who still need to turn in registration packets, become enrolled, and avoid getting registered in the summer or at the start of school.  The IB magnet program is one of the longest and most successful programs in Arizona.  For more information, call (602) 764-6500.


North: Vanessa Casillas will be Recommended to the Governing Board

Vanessa Casillas will be recommended to the Governing Board, May 3, as the North High School Principal, beginning in July of 2017. 

Casillas returns to the District where she went to school, and where she began her educational career.  A Carl Hayden graduate, she began her career at the school in 2003 as an English teacher.  

Casillas is currently an assistant principal at Mesa High School, a post she has held for four years.  Her first administrative assignment was as an assistant principal at Pueblo Magnet High School in the Tucson Unified School District, from 2010-2012.

Casillas was the District’s first Chicanos Por la Causa Esperanza Award winner in 2009, honoring Latino teachers who inspire students of all backgrounds, play an active role in the school, and demonstrate a true commitment to the community.     Then Vanessa Valenzuela, she served as the Student Government advisor, rose to English Department Instructional Leader, and was an administrative intern in her final year at Carl Hayden.

Casillas has a B.S. in Secondary Education, and two Masters- Bilingual Multicultural Education, and Educational Leadership, all from Northern Arizona University.  


Metro Tech: Future Sun Devil Signing Day

Metro Tech is one of the stops for Future Sun Devil Signing Day, Thursday, April 27, welcoming seniors who have chosen Arizona State University.  ASU will arrive at 8:30 a.m. on a double decker-wrapped bus with ASU Admission Services staff, other ASU personnel, ASU media,  Sparky, spirit squad, music, and lots of ASU giveaway items. There will have posters for students to sign showing their commitment to ASU and a photo booth items for students to take pictures and post on social media.  April 27 is National College Signing Day this year.


Maryvale: Coding Innovators Attended Competitions at ASU Skysong

Maryvale Coding Innovators attended competition at ASU Skysong, April 22.  Teams of students from schools all over the Valley displayed their apps through a gallery walk and other teams presented a pitch for their product.  One of Maryvale’s teams, Jennifer Gonzalez and Catia Flores Gomez, won second place in the pitch completion.  The second place win was for an app called Reality Check to help with double standards.    

Maryvale Coding Innovators is funded through a grant from ASU and Verizon.  Students learn coding, find a business partner, and design an app to fill a need.


Franklin Police and Fire: Repeated as Champions in the 14th Annual Arizona State High School Fire Science Muster

The 13th annual Senior Portfolio Night will be held at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, May 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and for the first time, South Mountain High School will join Chavez for the South Phoenix High Schools Senior Portfolio Night.  All seniors will exhibit their best work from their high school career in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, and community service.  Admission is free.  Susan Soto, who spearheaded Portfolio Night at Cesar Chavez, moved to South Mountain this year as its Professional Development Specialist, and brought the Jaguars on board.  She is expecting 10,000 attendees for the event.


Cesar Chavez: 13th Annual Senior Portfolio Night

The 13th annual Senior Portfolio Night will be held at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, May 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and for the first time, South Mountain High School will join Chavez for the South Phoenix High Schools Senior Portfolio Night.  All seniors will exhibit their best work from their high school career in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, and community service.  Admission is free.  Susan Soto, who spearheaded Portfolio Night at Cesar Chavez, moved to South Mountain this year as its Professional Development Specialist, and brought the Jaguars on board.  She is expecting 10,000 attendees for the event.


Central: Global Studies Teacher John Gerace was Selected as an Arizona Diamondbacks M.V.T.

Global Studies teacher John Gerace was selected as an Arizona Diamondbacks M.V.T.  (Most Valuable Teacher).  He will be honored at the Diamondbacks game, Friday, April 28.  


Betty Fairfax: Third Annual Stamped Football Family Golf Benefit

The Third Annual Stampede Football Family Golf Benefit will be held Saturday, April 29 at Southern Ridge Golf Club in Laveen. The four-person scramble with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start generates funds for the football program.   Sponsorships are available, or a $70 donation per golfer.  There will be gift bags and shirts, a BBQ lunch, raffle and prizes.  For more information, contact Stampede Booster at stampedetouchdown@gmail.com, or Coach Dylan Winemiller at winemiller@phoenixunion.org. 


Alhambra: Division III Baseball State Championship

Alhambra was the Division III Baseball State Champion last year, but this year the Lions were moved up to 6A with the largest schools in the state.  Alhambra won the Metro Region, went 9-1 and 15-3 overall, but was only seeded #20 in the rankings.  That meant they had to “play into” the State Tournament.  Alhambra’s post-season run ended in a Play-in game in Yuma, dropping a 4-3 decision to Kofa High School, April 26.


Trevor Browne: Band and Orchestra Represented well with Rating of Excellent at the Eastern Arizona College competition

The Trevor Browne Band and Orchestra represented Trevor Browne well with a rating of "Excellent" for both groups at the Eastern Arizona College competition, Wednesday, April 12. 

 

The  TGB Jazz Band qualified for State and will compete April 27 at Mesa Community College.   


South Mountain: Law Magnet Competes in a Number of Regional State and National Competitions

Every year, South Mountain’s Law Magnet competes in a number of regional, state and national competitions.  The competitions run year round in terms of preparation and qualifying events and conclude typically in March/April. 

 

Moot Court is a competition that all students enrolled in Matthew Smith’s Government and the Law classes, where two opposing attorneys argue about what the law should be regarding a Constitutional question.  They must use previous decisions made by actual courts.  The local competition, held in November is used to choose the competitors who will represent South Mountain and ASU Law School in the Marshall-Brennan National Competition.  Over 500 urban high school students participate in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project nationally, studying constitutional law with law-school students.  The project is named after former Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan.  This year’s National Competition was held in late March at Suffolk Law School in Boston Massachusetts.

 

Five students, Alexis Rosales, Andrea Gomez, Michael Kulitea, A’Lira Underwood and Mariah Quintero competed nationally.  South Mountain continued its streak of advancing to the National semi-finals for the ninth year, the only high school in the country to have a competitor in every semi-final in the program’s history.  This year South was the only high school to have three competitors advance to the semis, with  Underwood,  Kulitea and Quintero advancing.  Quintero advanced  to the finals and finished as the National Runner-Up.  She is the fourth South Mountain student to advance to the finals in our history.

 

South Mountain has been partnered with ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law over the past nine years – one of the most successful partnerships in the country.  This year, eight Marshall-Brennan Fellows from ASU worked with South Mountain’s students  In addition, the program has been coordinated the past two years by Marshall Brennan Fellow Casey Clowes.  In addition, ASU Assistant Dean Ray English provided administrative support for this program as he works to build a mentor program called High School Inns of Court, which will provide more Moot Court opportunities for South in the future, according to Law Magnet program manager Matthew Smith.

 

Mock Trial is a program where students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in representing both sides of a hypothetical case.

 

This year, South Mountain sent three teams to the two Maricopa County regionals, the most difficult region in the state.  Team Purple consisting of Mariah Quintero, Alexis Rosales, A’Lira Underwood, Gabriel Montes, Miranda Robles, Michael Kulitea and timekeeper Christina Juarez proved to be one of the best teams in the state.  They went 3-1, defeating a state qualifier Xavier team and losing a heartbreaker to the Academy of the Arts team that ultimately finished as 

State Runner-Up.  Team Purple lost out on final round of qualifying for a state tournament bid on a tiebreaker.    Gabriel Montes was named to the All Region Team.

 

The mock trial students represent the plaintiff in some rounds and the defendant in other rounds.  In every competition phase, the students presented an opening statement, examine three witnesses (portrayed by their teammates), cross-examine the other team’s witnesses and present a closing argument.  Each student plays the role of an attorney on one side of the case and a witness on the other.  Each round is presented in front of a real judge who rules on objections and court matters.  The jury is a panel of three practicing attorneys or judges. The team that captures the best of three judges scoring wins the round.  

 

The South Mountain Mock Trial teams are coached by   Matthew Smith and Andrea Bartlett-Sargent from the Law Magnet.  In addition, attorney Jason Gellman and Commissioner Lisa VandenBerg provide legal advice, coaching and support to the South Mountain teams.

 

South Mountain's Moot Court Program has produced two National Champions-  Eugenia Anane-Wae  in 2014 and Ambra Jordan   in 2009.   


Phoenix Coding Academy: Mignon L. Clyburn Visited the School

Mignon L. Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission visited the Phoenix Coding Academy, April 18.  She was in town for a digital broadband conference.  She was interested in seeing a public school that offered STEM programming, that provided opportunities for minorities and women and she wanted to see how e-rate funding is supporting low income students.   E-rate is a program provides discounts to assist schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access, administered by the FCC.  Clyburn also wanted to see a school with a unique approach to education, and “this school checked all the boxes,” she said.   Her chief of staff said they learned about the Coding Academy from a Google search, and the commissioner tries to see schools, libraries and other government facilities whenever she travels.  Principal Seth Beute, Innovation and Technology Executive Director Thea Andrade and IT Director Amy Remfrey toured with Clyburn.  Clyburn has served on the FCC since 2009. 


Metro Tech: Former Basketball Player and Students Sam Romero Signed a National Letter of Intent with Arizona State University

Former Metro Tech Basketball player and student, as well as Alhambra baseball standout and current Phoenix College pitcher Sam Romero signed a National Letter of Intent with Arizona State University, April 12.  Romero, who graduated in 2015, was honor roll student at Metro Tech as well as basketball captain.  He currently has a 3.3 grade point average at Phoenix College.


Metro Tech: Twenty-Five Students traveled to Tucson for 2017 Educators Rising State Confrance

Twenty-five students from Metro Tech travelled to Tucson, April 12- 14 to participate in the 2017 Educators Rising State Conference.  Our students competed in nine events, ranging from Children’s Literature to Service Project. Eighteen students placed in the top ten for their particular event.  Of those 18 students, 11 placed in the top five for nationally or state recognized events.  Students who placed in the top five for national competitions will be attending and competing at the 2017 Educators Rising Conference in Phoenix on June 23- 26.


Metro Tech: Yadira Mins Reyes Garcia was Honored at The National Center for Women and Information

Yadira Mins Reyes Garcia, was honored at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Awards Banquet, April 18.  The banquet featured keynote speakers such as Indu Khosla, Director of Software Development at Go Daddy. NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. The award comes with a $4,000 scholarship to Arizona State University Ira Fulton School of Engineering.


Maryvale: Phoenix Union Gifted and Talented Academy will Debut as "School-Within-a-School"

The Phoenix Union Gifted and Talented Academy will debut as a “school-within-a-school” at Maryvale High School in August.  Applications for incoming ninth-graders are available at www.phoenixunion.org/newschools .    There will be opportunity to apply and interview with staff at Maryvale (3415 N. 59th Avenue)  on Saturdays, April 8, 15 and 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.    Wednesday, April 26 is the Maryvale Open House, where parents and students can also interview.  The school will be accepting approximately 40 ninth-grade students.  For more information, contact Dr. Renu Singh at (602) 764-2016 or rsingh@phoenixunion.org .


Maryvale: Open House 26th of April

Future freshmen and their parents are invited to a Maryvale Open House, April 26, from 4-8 p.m. to learn more about the school’s programs, sports and activites, and register for the 2017-18 school year.  Dinner will be served.


Franklin Police and Fire: Defend both Boy's and Girl's Division championships

Franklin Police and Fire will defend both the boys and girls division championships at the 14th Annual High School fire Science Muster, April 22 in Glendale. Last year, the one of Franklin’s girls won for the fourth year in the row, and a boys team took the title for the first time.  In fact, the boys and girls each had first, second and third place finishes, among the 12 schools, and 40 teams competing.  The fire muster competition simulates the skills of donning turnouts (protective fire clothes and gear)  putting on the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA),  securing a water source from a fire hydrant, advancing a fire attack hose line, and performing a rescue drag of a 165-pound mannequin.   


Camelback: Sheriff Paul Penzone Visits

Newly elected Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone visited Camelback High School along with Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson, April 17, to talk to a small group of students about making good decisions in their life and treating everyone with respect. Students asked questions such as why he wanted to be the sheriff and what a sheriff’s typical day looks like, and then took photos with him.  Sheriff Penzone also spoke with some staff members during their lunch hour to share his vision for the Sheriff’s office, including changes that he has already made or plans to make. The staff asked more challenging questions about how the department works with various cultural groups, treatment of inmates and the procedures they have for working with different law enforcement agencies.   


Betty Fairfax: Third Annual Stampede Football Family Gold Benefit

The Third Annual Stampede Football Family Golf Benefit will be held Saturday, April 29 at Southern Ridge Golf Club in Laveen. The four-person scramble with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start generates funds for the football program.   Sponsorships are available, or a $70 donation per golfer.  There will be gift bags and shirts, a BBQ lunch, raffle and prizes.  For more information, contact Stampede Booster at stampedetouchdown@gmail.com, or Coach Dylan Winemiller at winemiller@phoenixunion.org


Maryvale: Talented Academy will Debut as a "School-Within-a-School"

The Phoenix Union Gifted and Talented Academy will debut as a “school-within-a-school” at Maryvale High School in August.  Applications for incoming ninth-graders are available at www.phoenixunion.org/newschools .    There will be opportunity to apply and interview with staff at Maryvale (3415 N. 59th Avenue)  on Saturdays, April 8, 15 and 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.    Wednesday, April 26 is the Maryvale Expo, where parents and students can also interview.  The school will be accepting approximately 40 ninth-grade students.  For more information, contact Dr. Renu Singh at (602) 764-2016 or rsingh@phoenixunion.org .


Franklin Police & Fire: Students Earned their Basic Wildland Firefighting

Students from Franklin Police and Fire High School earned their Basic Wildland Firefighting Certification by completing their wildland field day training, March 24. The students completed 8 weeks of intense classroom and field work to earn their certification. They are now one step closer to becoming employed as firefighters. A diploma ceremony will take place at Franklin, March 30.  from 5-7 p.m. to honor the students for their hard work and accomplishments.


Camelback: Students Display 40 Pieces of art in the Devonshire Exhibition

Camelback art students will display over 40 pieces of art in the Devonshire Exhibition, at the Devonshire Community Center at 2802 E. Devonshire.  Opening reception is  April 6 from 5-7 p.m. 


Betty Fairfax: Third Annual Stampede Football Family Golf Benefit

The Third Annual Stampede Football Family Golf Benefit will be held Saturday, April 29 at Southern Ridge Golf Club in Laveen. The four-person scramble with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start generates funds for the football program.   Sponsorships are available, or a $70 donation per golfer.  There will be gift bags and shirts, a BBQ lunch, raffle and prizes.  For more information, contact Stampede Booster at stampedetouchdown@gmail.com, or Coach Dylan Winemiller at winemiller@phoenixunion.org