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  • June Celebrations

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 6/19/2024

    SUSD's Successful Audit Season

    To ensure that state and federal funding is being spent as intended, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) conducts annual audits of certain SUSD programs, and we are pleased to report their outcome.

    SUSD's English Language Development (ELD) program has been found to be fully compliant at every level and in all areas following a rigorous audit this spring by the ADE. This success was celebrated at the June 11 Governing Board meeting at which State and Federal Programs Director Dr. David Priniski recognized not only the efforts of his team and SUSD's ELD teachers but also the achievements of several ELD students from Hohokam and Yavapai Elementary and Desert Canyon Middle schools who recently passed the state's AZELLA test of English language proficiency.

    SUSD's Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Arcadia, Chaparral, Coronado, Desert Mountain and Saguaro High schools also secured top ratings from the ADE, earning full compliance in all areas, including alignment with state standards, engaging and effective instruction, access and equity, business and community partnerships, and work-based learning.

    SUSD is also responsible for the education of 61 students who are in foster care.  As part of its Title I Cycle 4 audit, the ADE wanted to know about the district's transportation processes that ensure school continuity for these students. 

    The collaboration of SUSD's Transportation, State and Federal Grants, Student Information, Support Service and Legal departments, along with the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS), led to revisions in SUSD’s 2024 Foster Care Transportation Plan, which received a score of 94 out of 100 points. After additional collaboration with DCS, a few minor modifications will be made, which will be posted on the Support Services website

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    Congratulations to the latest batch of SUSD National Merit Scholarship recipients, Saguaro's Alex Stephenson (pictured with Assistant Principal Dan Milligan) and Alyssa Perrine, Chaparral's Morgan Tefft (pictured with Assistant Principal Amy Hardy) and Desert Mountain's David Ortloff.

    Alex and David are off to ASU's Barrett Honors College to study Electrical Engineering. Morgan is headed for the University of Tulsa to major in Biology and minor in Spanish, and Alyssa, who actually graduated last December, will study Neuroscience at the University of Alabama this fall. Hats off to this fabulous quartet from SUSD's Class of 2024!


    Yavapai's Alvarez-Jackson Receives Resilient Leader Scholarship

    Teachers, like all of us, endure a lot to follow their dreams, so it was especially exciting for Yavapai Elementary third grade teacher Mary Alvarez-Jackson (center) to receive the Education Research and Development Institute’s (ERDI) Resilient Leader Scholarship

    Through it, Mary, shown with her principal, Kelley Perry (L), and Executive Director of Elementary Education Margaret Serna (R), who not only was Mary's kindergarten teacher but also her first boss, at Tavan, will earn a master's degree from the online American College of Education and further hone her leadership skills. 

    Read more about this already outstanding SUSD educator here.

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  • May Celebrations

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 6/3/2024

    Recognitions Galore for the Class of '24
    SUSD's Class of 2024 is one for the history books! The 1,800 students who graduated on May 23 from Arcadia, Chaparral, Coronado, Desert Mountain and Saguaro High schools were each amazing in their own unique way. 

    Pictured from left to right above:

    Talon Watchman, Chaparral, was chosen for the UNITY (United National Tribal Indian Youth) 25 Under 25 natinal youth leadership program. The awards program is designed to celebrate the achievements of Native American and Alaskan Native youth ages 14-24 who embody UNITY's core mission and exude living a balanced life, developing their spiritual, mental, physical, and social well-being to help build a strong, unified and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement.

    Lauren Matz, Arcadia; Sania Patel, Chaparral; Jake Weiss, Saguaro; Victoria Leung, Desert Mountain; and Amutha Rajasundaram, Saguaro are each National Merit Scholarship winners.

    Lauren's scholarship is sponsored by Northrup Grummon and she is one of just 10 Arizona seniors and 770 nationwide to receive a corporate-supported scholarship.

    Sania, Victoria, Amutha and Jake are National Merit Scholarship $2,500 winners.  They were chosen from a talent pool of 15,000 outstanding finalists and are among just 58 Arizona students to receive this scholarship.

    Jonathan Guevara, Coronado, is a multi-scholarship recipient, having received more than $100,000 toward his computer engineering studies at Arizona State University. A first-generation college student, Jonathan won a Dorrance Scholarship and a Phoenix Suns/Phoenix Mercury Foundation and Helios Education Foundation Scholarship.

    Pictured from left to right below:

    Adelina Grotenhuis, Desert Mountain, 
    received a QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship that covers the full cost of tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and travel. She's headed to Pomona College in the fall. She also was one of 720 people last year to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest civilian honor awarded in the U.S.

    Vivian Saavedra, Chaparral, is a 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholar. The program, established in 1964 by presidential executive order, recognizes some of the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors. While no dollars are attached to this award, it is among the nation's most respected programs. Each applicant is asked to name a teacher who has most influenced them during their high school years. Vivian chose Chaparral Honors/Advanced Placement/Duale Enrollment Chemistry teacher Sadie Puerner, who can now call herself a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Distinguished Teacher!

    SUSD's Flinn Scholar this year is Chaparral's Chloe Greetis. Chloe is one of just 20 Arizona high school seniors to be named a 2024 Flinn Scholar.  Her scholarship package to study at Arizona State University is valued at more than $130,000 and includes tuition, housing, meals and at least two study-abroad experiences during the coming four years.

    The merit-based Flinn Scholarship is Arizona’s most competitive and prestigious home-grown scholarship programs and is supported by the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation. More than 1,000 applications were received last fall for the merit-based, home-grown scholarship.  Flinn Scholars are typically in the top 5% of their graduating class (Chloe is in Chaparral’s top 2%) and demonstrate leadership in extracurricular activities at school and in their communities.  

    Chloe has been an outstanding leader at Chaparral. She is an artist, a scientist and a philanthropist.  She took all AP classes this year.  She is the Science Olympiad President, Art Club President, Pioneer of Humanitarian Fundraising for the International Club, Vice President of the Math Club, and was awarded the Scottsdale Sister Cities Youth Leadership Award in 2023, a huge honor!   She also tutors her fellow Firebirds, volunteers for Gigi’s Playhouse, has organized two significant fundraisers for Ukraine families, and for two summers has been part of the Honor Healthcare Teen Volunteer Program.  

    Look out, ASU ... here she comes! 

    Climate Expressions
    SUSD high school students made significant contributions once again this year to Scottsdale Sister Cities' Young Artists and Authors competition.

    Addressing the contest's theme, "Climatescape: Resilient Cities for Tomorrow’s Climate," College English course students of Coronado High School's Dr. JoAnn Markette swept the essay category, with senior Chris Lopez-Jolly taking top honors. His essay, "Reshaping Our Future," encouraged local and state leaders to embrace the implementation of cleaner energy sources.

    On the art side, Desert Mountain High School junior Hannah Fitzgerald was awarded best-in-show for her acrylic painting on canvas, Journey to Change. Hannah, who is also a member of the Wolves' outstanding tennis team, is a Drawing and Painting III Honors student of longtime art teacher Anne Wilkins and will be taking AP Art next school year.  
     

    U.S. History, Brochure Style
    The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, or SAR, sponsors a brochure contest for middle school students each year, challenging them to create an informational brochure based on our nation’s founding documents.

    Three SUSD students – Azul Ortiz Tinoco and Leilani Quinonez Montanez from Tonalea Middle School (pictured here) and Katherine Hunter from Desert Canyon Middle School – fared extraordinarily well in this year's local competition, sponsored by the local Barry M. Goldwater SAR chapter. Azul's design placed first, Katherine's second, and Leilani's third!  All three brochures are now headed for state competition!

    Congratulations to our trio of artistic historians and their teachers, Grant Barron and Sarah Battaglia! 

    London Calling
    Come July, you won't find Cameron Friedman designing Saguaro High School's latest PBIS t-shirt, working on an Eagle Scout project or shagging balls on the baseball field.

    Rather, the multi-talented Sabercat junior will be part of the percussion section of the National High School Honor Band that will perform at London's Royal Festival Hall. Nearly 10,000 applications were submitted this year by the most talented student performers from around the world and Cameron's was among those selected. Drum roll, please!        

     

                 

    36 x 7
    Each spring, Arizona's high school juniors take the ACT Test, a multiple-choice test covering English, math, reading, and science. The test measures a high school student's readiness for college and provides colleges with a common data point that can be used to compare college applicants when the students are seniors.

    The number 7 is usually reserved for good luck, but luck had nothing to do with seven SUSD juniors scoring perfect 36 scores on their ACTs this year. It took a fair degree of smarts!

    Congratulations to:

         Ari Schott, Arcadia High School
         Daniel Bucher, Luis Chiapetti, Ashley Fu, Raghav Gupta, Chaparral High School
         Maximilien Farkas, Charlie Heron, Desert Mountain High School

    We can't wait to see what these students do as seniors!

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  • April Celebrations

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/3/2024

    Before You Go ...
    He has worn many hats in SUSD: Nathan Slater attended Yavapai, Tonalea, and Coronado. He taught math and P.E. at Coronado, coached baseball and football, as well, and served as the school's athletic director. He was an assistant principal at Saguaro, then was Arcadia's principal. And, since 2017, Nathan has been SUSD's Athletic Director, overseeing middle school and high school athletics.

    This work found Nathan working closely with the Arizona Interscholastic Association, or AIA, serving 20 years on the organization's 4A and 5A Conferences boards, as 5A Conference President, and, currently on the AIA Executive Board.
     
    Now, the organization of the state’s athletic directors – the A-I-triple A, as it’s known, will induct Nathan into its Hall of Fame at its annual conference in Prescott in September.

    In this achievement, Nathan becomes just the fourth SUSD leader to earn this prestigious honor, joining Bob Keller from Saguaro, Joe Corte from Coronado, and Steve Harris from Desert Mountain. In the world of Arizona Athletics, this is a pretty big deal, cementing Nathan’s legacy as one of the all-time most impactful athletic administrators in the state of Arizona.  Congratulations, Nathan Slater!!


    Team 4146 Houston-Bound
    To say Sabercat Robotics is known in Arizona robotics circles is an understatement and this year qualified to compete in the late April FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston.

    Along the way, Team 4146 collected the FIRST Impact Award at the spring break regional robotics tournament hosted at Chaparral High School. Then, at the Arizona East regional tournament a few weeks later, Sabercat Noah Shoup received the Arizona FIRST organization’s $20,000 Steve Sanghi Scholarship, named after the longtime CEO of local chipmaker Microchip. And that was followed by team member Jake Weiss earning the $40,000 Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship!

    Even better than the competitive accolades is the work Sabercats Robotics does in the SUSD community. It hosts and oversees each December’s elementary/middle school LEGO League state-qualifying tournament, supports Saguaro’s annual Sisters in STEM event, builds child-size electric cars for disabled children through a partnership with NAU, and, this year, has taken its new Melody Makers program on the road to our elementary schools to show our youngest students the many ways in which STEM and music overlap. 

    Thank you, Team 4146, and teacher leaders Susan Lindberg and Chris Brandt!!


    New Scottsdale Charros Recognition
    Congratulations to SUSD Executive Director of Elementary Education Margaret Serna, recipient of the Scottsdale Charros' new Dr. John A. Kriekard Lifetime Achievement Award!

    It was Kriekard who hired Serna away from Tavan in 2018 to lead the district’s Title I program as Director of State and Federal Programs. Her work to develop and establish a plan for SUSD’s English Language Learners has helped drive the success of the district’s Title I schools, all nine of which have earned either an A or B state letter grade the past two school years.

    Serna was honored, along with the Charros' 2024 Teachers and Students of the Year at the organization's annual Education Awards on April 19.

    Hitting All the Right Notes
    Chaparral High School's award-winning a capella group provided pre-Board meeting entertainment in April. Gold Dust Avenue, under the direction of Dr. Sammy Brauer, had an outstanding year, bringing home a second place finish in the annual SingStrong competition in the Big Apple. Senior Lillian Apostolou was also honored with the award for Best Arrangement.

     

    DCES A+ Celebration  

    Students dressed in traditional Chinese celebratory wear entertained the April 9 SUSD Governing Board meeting with a presentation showing off their Desert Canyon Elementary-acquired Mandarin language skills. The DCES students, staff and parents were there to share the school's recent designation as an Arizona Educational Foundation A+ School of Excellence. DCES is the starting point of SUSD's Dual Language Immersion Mandarin program.

    Yavapai's Winning Postcard Artist                                                                                                                         
    Meet Jose Hernandez Salgado, winner of this year's Arizona Historical Society postcard contest.  The Yavapai Elementary 3rd grade student was one of 10 winners in the state in this year's competition. What's more Arizona than the sun, cacti, cactus wren, the state flag and a bald eagle?

    Now That's The Spirit!
    Whether he's leading his school's annual Parada del Sol entry down Scottsdale Road or shepherding students into their classrooms, it would be hard to find a Navajo Elementary School Buffalo with more spirit than Principal Matt Patzlaff.  Mr. P. was recently honored at a Scottsdale City Council meeting with the city's 2023 Spirit of Scottsdale Award.   



    Engaging Students in World-Class, Future-Focused Education
    At SUSD, we're known for giving our educators the tools and means to be creative in their classrooms.  One of the ways we do that is through the StartUp Innovation grant program.  The spring 2024 recipients of the up-to-$10,000 grants, Redfield Elementary and Echo Canyon School, were recognized at the April 9 Governing Board meeting.  At Redfield, Principal Amanda Rand will lead a teacher group to pursue a project they call, "Bot-ify the Classroom: Enhancing Education Through Coding Bots."  At Echo Canyon, teacher Kelley Tully, with the support of Principal Kat Hughes, plans to implement her project, "TechTinkerers: Junior Engineers' Workshop" with the innovation funding. 

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  • January Celebrations

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 1/1/2024

    2023 Best of Scottsdale Awards
    SUSD is thrilled to be chosen as the Scottsdale Progress Scottsdale’s Best 2023 Public School/District and so pleased that Arcadia High School’s CMAS teacher Richard Maxwell was voted the Best High School Teacher. The two runners-up are SUSD teachers, too! 

    December Governing Board Celebration
    Last month, the SUSD Governing Board celebrated Desert Mountain High School senior Layla Gregory, winner of the Jerome McDonough Award at the recent Arizona Thespians’ festival.  The event brings together budding playwrights, such as Layla, actors, student directors, and behind-the-scenes theatre tech crews from high schools across the state for two days of workshops on all aspects of bringing a theatrical production to life, from lighting and sets, to costumes, choreography, improv, auditioning and … writing!

    Layla’s original stage play, I’m Not the Main Character, was chosen as the festival’s top original play.  The story follows a side character in a romance novel who, despite his best efforts, is massively unsuccessful in his pursuit of the play’s main character.  

    Layla is a talented performer, appearing as Alice in Desert Mountain’s recent production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She takes her considerable talents to Northern Arizona University next year to major in Theatre.

    The Board also celebrated the selection of Saguaro High School senior Alex Stephenson as Scottsdale Leadership’s 2023 Bill Jenkins Youth Leadership Award. Alex is well-known at Saguaro for his enthusiasm for helping others. He has worked on the art installations for the city’s Canal Convergence event and is, pardon the pun, the “driving” force of the Go Baby Go program between Saguaro and NAU that adapts toy cars for special-needs children.

    If you aren’t yet convinced that Alex is worthy of recognition, he is part of SUSD’s new CTE Work-Based Learning program and is the youngest employee at Axon where, as an engineer contractor, he advises on R & D engineering projects, creates prototypes, and works with various police and fire departments. Alex is also a candidate for recognition in May as Math and Science Academy Distinguished graduate. 

    The Governing Board also celebrated the most recent achievements of several SUSD employees.

    Chaparral High School Economics and AP U.S. History teacher Chris Haak is the Arizona Council on Economic Education’s 2023 High School Teacher of the Year! Mr. Haak recognized that the economics curriculum was a bit dry, so with the assistance of Chaparral Assistant Principal Megan Bird (a former winner of this same award for elementary school teachers!), he reworked its content to make it more engaging for students, and they are loving it!

    Saguaro High School Honors Biotechnology/Pre-AP Biology teacher Scott Milne and SUSD Facilities Grounds Lead Joe Arteca were recognized for their work to bring a “Living Labs” project to life on the Saguaro campus. The labs are part of an extension of the school’s powerful partnership with the Scottsdale-based McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Its mission is to preserve and advance our community’s natural, open space through science, education and stewardship, and Saguaro students are pitching in.  

    Last school year, under Mr. Milne’s direction, students jumped in to create three locations on campus to further their and their fellow Sabercats’ understanding of the Sonoran Desert environment we call ‘home,’ and enable them to be able to contribute scientific data to the Conservancy’s research.

    Invasive plant species were removed from a central part of the campus and replaced with native plants to create a pollinator garden. An unused planter between the Innovation Center and the cafeteria was turned into a cactus garden to study … you guessed it … Saguaro cacti! The third project was to create a learning corridor in the 300 Building, turning an empty hallway trophy case into a display about biological soil crust.

    In a true collaboration of efforts, Mr. Arteca and his team of Facilities workers handled the construction sides of the project, with students pitching in, too, and Mr. Milne handled the science side. Thank you, gentlemen!

    And Now You Know the Rest of the Story …
    Last spring, we told you about Tonalea 8th grade student Roselyn Pliego Figueroa, whose brochure design had was chosen as the Arizona Sons of the American Revolution Sergeant Moses Adams founding documents brochure contest winner.

    In November, Roselyn, now a freshman at Coronado High School, attended the local organization’s event to be celebrated as the 3rd place winner of the group’s national brochure competition!  Shown here with SAR Arizona President Robert Hoover, SAR Barry M. Goldwater Chapter President Mark Seifert, her parents, and SUSD’s Coordinator of State and Federal Programs, Shawn Crosier, we won’t be surprised to see Roselyn’s future artwork also winning awards. She is studying Studio Art this year at Coronado.

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • December Celebrations

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 12/22/2023

    2023 Best of Scottsdale Awards

    SUSD is thrilled to be chosen as the Scottsdale Progress Scottsdale’s Best 2023 Public School/District and so pleased that Arcadia High School’s CMAS teacher Richard Maxwell was voted the Best High School Teacher. The two runners-up are SUSD teachers, too! 



    December Governing Board Celebrations
    Last month, the SUSD Governing Board celebrated Desert Mountain High School senior Layla Gregory, winner of the Jerome McDonough Award at the recent Arizona Thespians’ festival.  The event brings together budding playwrights, such as Layla, actors, student directors, and behind-the-scenes theatre tech crews from high schools across the state for two days of workshops on all aspects of bringing a theatrical production to life, from lighting and sets, to costumes, choreography, improv, auditioning and … writing!

    Layla’s original stage play, I’m Not the Main Character, was chosen as the festival’s top original play.  The story follows a side character in a romance novel who, despite his best efforts, is massively unsuccessful in his pursuit of the play’s main character.  

    Layla is a talented performer, appearing as Alice in Desert Mountain’s recent production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She takes her considerable talents to Northern Arizona University next year to major in Theatre.

    The Board also celebrated the selection of Saguaro High School senior Alex Stephenson as Scottsdale Leadership’s 2023 Bill Jenkins Youth Leadership Award. Alex is well-known at Saguaro for his enthusiasm for helping others. He has worked on the art installations for the city’s Canal Convergence event and is, pardon the pun, the “driving” force of the Go Baby Go program between Saguaro and NAU that adapts toy cars for special-needs children.

    If you aren’t yet convinced that Alex is worthy of recognition, he is part of SUSD’s new CTE Work-Based Learning program and is the youngest employee at Axon where, as an engineer contractor, he advises on R & D engineering projects, creates prototypes, and works with various police and fire departments. Alex is also a candidate for recognition in May as Math and Science Academy Distinguished graduate. 

    The Governing Board also celebrated the most recent achievements of several SUSD employees.

    Chaparral High School economics and AP U.S. History teacher Chris Haak is the Arizona Council on Economic Education’s 2023 High School Teacher of the Year! Mr. Haak recognized that the economics curriculum was a bit dry, so with the assistance of Chaparral Assistant Principal Megan Bird (a former winner of this same award for elementary school teachers!), he reworked its content to make it more engaging for students, and they are loving it!

     

     

    Saguaro High School Honors Biotechnology/Pre-AP Biology teacher Scott Milne and SUSD Facilities Grounds Lead Joe Arteca were recognized for their work to bring a “Living Labs” project to life on the Saguaro campus. The labs are part of an extension of the school’s powerful partnership with the Scottsdale-based McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Its mission is to preserve and advance our community’s natural, open space through science, education and stewardship, and Saguaro students are pitching in.  

    Last school year, under Mr. Milne’s direction, students jumped in to create three locations on campus to further their and their fellow Sabercats’ understanding of the Sonoran Desert environment we call ‘home,’ and enable them to be able to contribute scientific data to the Conservancy’s research.

    Invasive plant species were removed from a central part of the campus and replaced with native plants to create a pollinator garden. An unused planter between the Innovation Center and the cafeteria was turned into a cactus garden to study … you guessed it … Saguaro cacti! The third project was to create a learning corridor in the 300 Building, turning an empty hallway trophy case into a display about biological soil crust.

    In a true collaboration of efforts, Mr. Arteca and his team of Facilities workers handled the construction sides of the project, with students pitching in, too, and Mr. Milne handled the science side. Thank you, gentlemen!



     


    And Now You Know the Rest of the Story …

    Last spring, we told you about Tonalea 8th grade student Roselyn Pliego Figueroa, whose brochure design was chosen as the Arizona Sons of the American Revolution Sergeant Moses Adams founding documents brochure contest winner.

    In November, Roselyn, now a freshman at Coronado High School, attended the local organization’s event to be celebrated as the 3rd place winner of the group’s national brochure competition!  Shown here with SAR Arizona President Robert Hoover, SAR Barry M. Goldwater Chapter President Mark Seifert, her parents, and SUSD’s Coordinator of State and Federal Programs, Shawn Crosier, we won’t be surprised to see Roselyn’s future artwork also winning awards. She is studying Studio Art this year at Coronado.

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  • November Celebrations

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 12/13/2023

    Fall Innovation Grant Recipients

    The Innovation StartUp Grant was created by the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Strategic Action Team to support innovation and further the goals of our strategic plan.

    Last semester, this grant was opened up to all SUSD staff awarding grantees up to $10,000.00 for their innovation project.  The grant encouraged applicants to examine their environment and identify opportunities for innovation. 

    Anasazi Elementary School:  Teachers Sara Armstrong, Abria Stewart and Principal Jen Waldron

    Ms. Armstong’s innovation grant, “Anasazi Outdoor Learning Lab,'' will become part of the Maricopa Pollinator Pathway program which uses plants to support native Arizona pollinators.

    Also, we recognize Anasazi grantee Ms. Stewart as she seeks to support students in general music with midi keyboard technology.


    Pueblo Elementary:  Alicia Majercin and Principal Hummon for their project titled, “Dias de Carreiras e Innovación” (Careers and Innovation Days)

    Pueblo’s grant focuses on enrichment and career days built throughout the year showcasing how being biliterate/bilingual can be an asset to their students and their future career paths. 


    Tonalea Middle School:  Science teacher Patricia Hernandez, Principal Dr. Jagodzinski and AP Ms. Polito

    Working to enhance middle school science through drone technology, digital photography and microscopes. 


    Mountainside Middle School:  Daniel Reinhart, Principal Luke and their team for their winning submission, Transportation Reimagined 

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  • October Celebrations

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2023

    National Principals Month

    October is National Principals Month.  While we are appreciative year-round of the many ways in which our principals make Scottsdale Unified, our schools and our students better, we are pleased that an entire month is dedicated to celebrating them and their work.  

    SUSD’s 30 principals are committed to their students and their success, and to their staff and parent communities.  They never lose sight that their leadership has a defining impact on their campuses’ climate and culture.  That is no easy task, to be sure, yet our principals adeptly juggle their many roles.

    They’re there at zero hour in the morning; pop in on classes; greet, chat with and re-direct students; provide professional advice to teachers and staff; lean over to pick up a piece of trash and get it to an appropriate receptacle; and always – always – take great pride in their schools’ good standing in their community.  

    Long after the stadium and stage lights have dimmed, they go home, answer e-mails, put their own children to bed or just kiss them on the head if they’ve already fallen asleep, rest their own heads for a few hours, then get up and do it all over again.  

    SUSD would not be the excelling organization that it is without the frontline work done every day, day after day, by our building leaders.

     

    Coronado HS Senior Nathan Higuera, head football coach Rick Benjamin, Scottsdale Fire Department paramedics 

    Because of these men’s actions, Nathan's good health is in the process of being restored.  To Coach Benjamin and to our fire department’s paramedics team, thank you for being in the right place at the right time to save our student.  We are greatly indebted to you. 

     

    National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

    We are pleased to report that SUSD has 20 Semifinalists.  They are:

    • Lauren Matz from Arcadia High School
    • Douglas Driggs, Chloe Greetis, Tyler Higgins, Joseph Kahn, Tate Leventhal, Sania Patel, Darshan Shankar, Morgan Tefft and Elvia Uzdonas from Chaparral High School
    • Adelina Grotenhuis, Victoria Leung, David Ortloff and Leo Weber from Desert Mountain High School, and 
    • Mitchell Fesmire, Alyssa Perrine, Amutha Rajasundaram, Nikhil Sethi, Alex Stephenson and Jake Weiss from Saguaro High School
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  • 6th Annual Sisters in STEM Kids Event

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 10/1/2023

    The winds of science, technology, engineering and math, aka STEM, were blowing across the Saguaro High School campus last weekend as the school’s Sisters in STEM and Robotics team hosted local K-8 students at their annual community celebration of learning.

    Students were able to see practical demonstrations of STEM concepts from their own world of such things as how circuits work, atmospheric pressure and ocean layers. Display tables were set up on the quad, and inside the Innovation Center, children were able to operate VEX robots used in competition and built by Saguaro students. 

    While the event is geared toward generating interest among girls that math and science are fun, plenty of smiles were seen on the faces of little brothers, moms, dads and grandparents.  

    We want to thank the dedicated Saguaro students who organized this event, as well as the Sabercat graduates who continue ‘coming home’ to support this great celebration!



    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • Ingleside Sings to the Rafters

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 10/1/2023

    Ingleside at Backs

    And they’re pretty high rafters, too, at Chase Field.  Students representing Ingleside Middle School’s four choirs joined schools from around the Valley and state to sing the National Anthem at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ July 15 game against the Chicago Cubs.  Not only was their joint rendition stirring (imagine 800 students in chorus, standing along the first baseline), the Dbacks won!

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • National Recognition for Graduated Desert Mountain Artist

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 10/1/2023

    Back in May, Diana Lopez, who was soon to graduate from Desert Mountain High School, received top honors in Scottsdale Sister Cities’ annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase competition.  Now, Diana has been named the national grand prize winner for her work, “For the Future,” by Sister Cities International, the local chapter’s governing organization!

    The competition’s theme this year was “Peace by Piece: Food Security in My Community.”  Diana, who now attends the prestigious Savannah (Georgia) College of Art and Design, truly delivered a thoughtful and beautiful interpretation.

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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