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  • Arts - June 2024

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/31/2024

    Amazing SUSD Seniors Honored with State Arts Proficiency Seals

    One hundred just-graduated high school students who demonstrated high levels of proficiency in the Arizona Arts Education Standards during their four years in SUSD Arts Education programs received an Arizona Department of Education Arts Proficiency Seal on their diplomas last week.  These talented students are composers, all-state musicians, visual art award recipients, fashion designers, choreographers, and playwrights.  A huge shout-out to these amazing students for these incredible accomplishments in Visual Arts (25), Music (50), Dance (7) and Theatre (18)!  Bravo!!

    Broadway Star Sam Primack Returns to Chaparral High School! 

    Recently, Chaparral High School welcomed back Broadway star Sam Primack. A former Firebird himself (Class of 2019), Sam returned to hold an inspiring musical theatre masterclass for his alma mater’s drama students. While a student at Chaparral, Sam won Best Lead Actor at the ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre awards and was a finalist for the national level "Jimmy" Award, which eventually led him to starring in the title role of the final Broadway cast of the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen


    During the masterclass, students were randomly selected to a sing a song of their choice. Sam shared invaluable feedback on the students' performances, offering tips and insights from his professional experiences. As a token of his appreciation to the program, Sam gifted a framed polo from the Dear Evan Hansen production to the Chaparral Theatre program. Sam was then presented with an Alumni Achievement Award.



    Visual Arts Students Shine at Scottsdale Center for the Arts Visions’24 Exhibition!

    Celebrating its 25th anniversary as one of the longest-running teen art programs in the country, Visions invites six Valley high schools each school year to bring their most proficient art students to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) to engage in monthly tours and workshops with professional artists. Throughout the school year, students also come together for a weekend-long, outdoor retreat, visit artist studios, and tour college and university art departments, thanks to Scottsdale Arts’ partnerships with the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Paradise Valley Community College.


    To close out this opportunity, seven students from Chaparral High School’s Photography classes and seven students from Desert Mountain High School’s Sculpture classes were tasked with creating a final piece that is expressive of topics important to them.  Their creations are on display in a culminating exhibition called Visions ’24 .  The exhibit in the Scottsdale Center for the Arts’ Center Space Gallery (7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale) highlights the skills, inspirations, and ideas exchanged between Visions’ students and the program’s teaching artists. 


    Visions ’24 is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sundays from noon – 5 p.m.  The exhibition runs until  September 22nd, so that should give you plenty of time to stop by and take in our students’ fabulous talents! 


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  • Arts - May 2024

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/2/2024

    There's something for everyone this month! Our performing and fine arts students can't wait to share their talents with you.  They've been pouring everything into these final performances and shows, so ENJOY!

    May 2024 Arts Calendar

    May 1: Chaparral HS End of Year Concert Band, Jazz Bands, Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS
    May 2:
    Hopi ES 4th/5th Grade Band and Strings Concert, 5 p.m., Gym, Hopi ES
    May 2:
    Anasazi ES Spring Sing Choir Concert, 5:30 p.m., Cafeteria Stage, Anasazi ES
    May 2:
    2024 Gifted Showcase, 6 p.m., Cafeteria, Mohave MS
    May 2-3:
    Saguaro HS annual Century of Song Concert, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium, Saguaro HS
    May 3:
    Navajo ES STEAM Showcase, 9 a.m., Navajo ES
    May 3:
    Desert Canyon MS Choir, Arizona Choir Directors Association Choir Festival, 8:45 a.m., Chandler/Gilbert Community College
    May 3:
    Chaparral HS Choir Performance and Awards, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS
    May 6:
    Desert Mountain HS Jazz Bands & Scottsdale Community College Jazz Night, 6 p.m., SCC, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd., Scottsdale
    May 6:
    Saguaro HS Orchestra End of Year Concert, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium, Saguaro HS
    May 7:
    Mohave MS Orchestra End of Year Concert, 6 p.m., Cafeteria, Mohave MS
    May 8:
    Echo Canyon Night of Excellence, featuring Band & Orchestra final Concert, student art and projects, 5:30 p.m., Café, walkway, classrooms, Echo Canyon
    May 8:
    Desert Canyon ES 4th Grade musical, Summer Camp, 6:30p.m., Stage, Desert Canyon MS
    May 9:
    Desert Canyon MS Band and Orchestra Spring Concert, 6 p.m., Gym, DCMS
    May 9:
    Mountainside MS/Desert Mountain HS Orchestras Combined Finale Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Desert Mountain HS
    May 9:
    Cheyenne Traditional 6th and 7th/8th Grades Band Concert, 7 p.m., Cafeteria, Cheyenne
    May 9-10:
    Sequoya ES musical, Aladdin, 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria, Sequoya ES
    May 10:
    Pueblo ES Kindergarten Mother’s Day program, 9:45 a.m., Pueblo ES
    May 10:
    Desert Canyon ES 25th Anniversary Celebration and Art Show, 5 p.m., DCMS Cafeteria & DCES Gym
    May 10:
    Scottsdale Arts Visions ’24 Opening Reception, 5 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
    May 10:
    Desert Mountain HS Theatre Program Awards, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Desert Mountain HS
    May 10:
    Saguaro H Band End of Year Concert, 76 p.m., Auditorium, Saguaro HS
    May 10-11:
    Cocopah MS Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr., 6:30 p.m., May 10; 11 a.m., May 11, Cafeteria, Cocopah MS
    May 13:
    Pueblo ES 5th Grade Guitar Concert, 2:30 p.m., Gym, Pueblo ES
    May 13:
    Pueblo ES Dust Devil Singers Spring Concert, 5:30 p.m., Gym Stage, Pueblo ES
    May 13:
    Chaparral HS Film Club Festival, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS
    May 14:
    Ingleside MS Choir Pops Concert and Awards, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Arcadia HS
    May 14:
    Cocopah MS Choir Spring Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS
    May 14: Cheyenne Traditional 4th/5th Grade Band Concert, 7 p.m., Cafeteria, Cheyenne
    May 15:
    Anasazi ES Celebration of Learning – singing, IB Exhibition presentations, Art Walk, 5 p.m., campus-wide, Anasazi ES
    May 15:
    Desert Canyon ES 5th Grade Spring Choir Performance, 6:30 p.m., Stage, DCMS
    May 16:
    Pueblo ES 4th Grade Guitar Program A Concert, 2 p.m., Gym, Pueblo ES
    May 16:
    Desert Canyon MS/Desert Mountain HS Spring Choir Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Desert Mountain HS
    May 17:
    Pueblo ES 4th Grade Guitar Program B Concert, 2 p.m., Gym, Pueblo ES
    May 17:
    Laguna ES Choir Concert, 5:30 p.m., Cafeteria, Laguna ES
    May 17:
    Saguaro HS Senior Dance Celebration, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium, Saguaro HS
    May 18:
    Chaparral HS Orchestra Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., Chaparral HS
    May 20:
    Anasazi/Laguna ES Orchestra Concert, 5 p.m., Cafeteria, Mountainside MS

    Annual IB Visual Arts Exhibition

    As part of their International Baccalaureate studies, Desert Mountain HighSchool’s IB HL and SL Art Design students create, curate and exhibit their work each school year.  These amazing artists took care of the exhibition part of their class requirement last month, which constitutes 40% of their grade.  Their journaled process portfolio counts for another 40%  and a written and illustrative comparative study rounds out the final 20%.   It’s not enough to be creative artists – they must also be able to research their ideas and write about their design process.  We are so proud of senior Gretchen Bagby, junior Naiah Catron, senior Sara Hammouri, junior Mackenzie Kilpatrick, senior Finley MacNeil and senior Lilia Zencenko!

    Spring Art Walks/Festival and Nights

    The arts are alive throughout SUSD elementary and middle school campuses.  Springtime finds our schools holding evening events that bring their communities together to celebrate each student’s achievement in the performing and visual arts.  It is wonderful to celebrate the incredible creativity in our students and bond with families on these beautiful evenings.


    SUSD Jazz Night

    Did you know that April was Jazz Appreciation Month?  What better way to celebrate jazz than by bringing together all of our high school Jazz Bands and the Scottsdale Community College Jazz Band to perform outdoors in the SCC Amphitheatre?  The evening was beautiful, the music was powerful, the student’s creativity was exceptional and the smiles on the parents’ and teachers’ faces were heartwarming.   It is incredible what these kids accomplish under their instructors – an amazing night of Jazz!!

    Outstanding Communities for Music Education 

    The NAMM Foundation announced in April the communities throughout the nation that most support Music Education, and SUSD was named again this year!  How do we receive such an honor over other school districts in the state and nation?  We offer K-12 music education in ALL of our schools.  We provide instruments for those in need.  We have performance spaces for all ensembles throughout the district.  Every student in SUSD can receive a music education and build that creative side of their learning.  Studies have shown students who receive a music education have higher grades, improved literacy and are 24% more likely to graduate! 


    Student Wins Valley Metro’s Transit Wrap Competition!

    Chaparral High School art student Jackson Washburn has been named the winner of the 2024 Valley Metro Transit Wrap Contest.  Jackson’s artwork will be proudly featured on a public transit bus and light rail train for the next year, so there’s no telling where you might see them around the Valley!  We are so excited to see where the Firebird junior’s talents take him in the future.  Read more about Jackson and the Growing with sUSd coloring book he has created for the district in the Spring edition of the district’s Showcase magazine! 

    Spring Trips and Tours

    Middle school and high school performing arts students have been performing and competing all over the United States and, of course, bringing home top honors. Bravo to our teachers and students for exemplifying the world-class education you are receiving in SUSD!  Just a few of the photos are included, but they are very impactful – Chaparral Choir performing in New Orleans, Saguaro Choir performing in Washington, D.C., Chaparral Jazz Band at the California Jazz Festival, to name a few! 

    We had some big winners at the competitive spring trips: Gold ratings for DMHS Choir, Ingleside Choir and Mohave Orchestra on their California trip, and the Saguaro Orchestra cleaned house in Boston – 1st and 2nd place, Overall Best Ensemble and the Esprit De Corps Award for ensemble that exemplifies all that a school would want in its students through behavior, respect and musicality.

    Musicals in the Air 

    Many of you have seen the recent publicity around our high schools’ musical productions, but did you know about the amazing middle school Theatre productions? We had Willy Wonka at Mohave and Cocopah, Little Mermaid at DCMS, Dr. Seuss at Mountainside, and Legally Blonde at Ingleside.  If you get a chance, check out Sequoya Elementary School’s May 9th or 10th performances of Aladdin! 

    Chaparral High School Concert Band and Jazz Band Sweep State!  

    Congratulations to the Chaparral High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I which brought home a Superior with Distinction at the recent State Festival.  The rating these two ensembles received is the highest rating that can be received at a State Concert and Jazz Festival.  Bravo to their instructor, Jennifer Mireau, and all of her students who always perform at the highest levels possible!!  #SUSDProud 

    Two SUSD Theatre Programs Are Golden!

    Congratulations to Saguaro High School and Desert Mountain High School Theatre programs for being ranked as Gold Level programs by the International Thespian Society for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2023-2024 school year.  And BIG shout-outs to their instructors, Dr. Tim McCandles at Saguaro and Shad Willingham at Desert Mountain.


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  • Arts - April 2024

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 4/1/2024

    SUSD will be abloom with many fine arts concerts, shows and theatrical productions this month as students proudly present the results of their hard work and collaboration this school year. Enjoy their many talents that will be on display!

    April 3: Saguaro HS Theatre Movie Musical Review and Miscast Performance, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Saguaro HS
    April 3-4-5: Desert Mountain HS Theatre production, The Adams Family, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Desert Mountain HS, Tickets
    April 4-5-6: Chaparral HS Theatre production, Mean Girls, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS, Tickets
    April 4-19: Annual International Baccalaureate Art Exhibition, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily, Library, Desert Mountain HS
    April 5-30: Arcadia HS Advanced Art students Art Show, Art One Gallery, 4130 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
    April 6: Chaparral HS Jazz Bands, SoCal Jazz Spectacular, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
    April 8: SUSD High School Jazz Festival, 6 p.m., Amphitheater, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd., Scottsdale
    April 9: Cocopah MS Orchestra fundraiser, 4-6 p.m., Chipotle, 11015 N. Scottsdale Rd. (Scottsdale Rd., north of Shea Blvd.)
    April 10: Cochise ES annual Creative Arts Festival, 5-7 p.m. 
    April 10-11: Mountainside MS Drama Club production, Seussical Jr., 6 p.m., Mini Auditorium
    April 13: Mohave MS Band, Choir, Orchestra, Forum Music Festival, Anaheim, Calif.
    April 13: Saguaro HS/Scottsdale Math & Science Academy, Annual STEAM Showcase, 1 p.m., Saguaro HS
    April 16: Chaparral HS Jazz Band, Choir Ensembles' annual Pops Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS
    April 17-18-19: Coronado HS Theatre/Choir production, Little Shop of Horrors, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium, Coronado HS Rated PG-13
    April 18: Desert Mountain HS Choir, Forum Festival, Los Angeles, Calif.
    April 18: Chaparral HS Jazz Bands, Arizona Band and Orchestra Association State Jazz Band Festival – Jazz II, 10:30 a.m.; Jazz I, 12 p.m., Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa
    April 19: Kiva ES Strings Concerts – 5th Grade @ 12:10 p.m.; 4th Grade @ 2:30 p.m., P.E. Bay – for families only
    April 19: Hopi ES Spring Fine Arts Fair, 5-7 p.m.
    April 20: Scottsdale Sister Cities Young Artist & Author Showcase Award Ceremony, 2 p.m., Scottsdale Public Library, Civic Center Branch, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale - work on display through April 3 - 29
    April 24: Chaparral HS Concert Band, Arizona Band and Orchestra Association State Concert Festival, 12 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler
    April 24: Desert Canyon MS Theatre Arts presents, I’m A Teenager, Get Me Out of This Family, 6:30 p.m., Cafetorium, Desert Canyon MS
    April 24-25-26: Desert Mountain HS Art Show and Dance Concert, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium, Desert Mountain HS
    April 25: Kiva ES Art Walk, featuring Band, String, Guitar and Choir performances, 5-7 p.m., Outdoor Stage, Kiva ES
    April 25: Navajo ES Fine Arts Night- Art Show, 5 p.m., Main Hallway; Band and Strings Concert, 6 p.m., Cafeteria
    April 25: Sequoya ES Art Walk, featuring student art, Band and Strings, songs from Aladdin, 5 - 7 p.m., Sequoya ES
    April 25: Redfield ES Arts Walk, student art displayed in classrooms, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.; 2nd/3rd grade CGP and grades 3-5 general music student performances, 6:15 - 7 p.m.,  outdoor amphitheater, Redfield ES
    April 25: Cocopah MS Spring Orchestra Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS
    April 25: Saguaro HS Spring Dance Concert, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium, Saguaro HS
    April 25: Chaparral HS Orchestra Spring Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS
    April 26: Kiva ES Band Concert, 5th Grade @ 12:10 p.m.; 4th Grade @ 2:30 p.m., P.E. Bay – for families only
    April 26: Desert Canyon ES Fine Arts Festival, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Cafeterias, Desert Canyon ES/MS
    April 30: Desert Mountain HS May Band  Concert - United Sounds, including Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz I and Jazz II, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Desert Mountain HS
    April 30: Mountainside MS End-of-Year Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m., Cafetorium, Mountainside MS


    Regina and The Plastics Take Over Chaparral April 4-6
    It’s going to be so “fetch”! Mean Girls hits the Chaparral stage April 4-6 at 7 p.m.!  Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Chicago. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. Good luck with that!

    Don’t miss your favorite characters from the movie, choreography from the Broadway show, and the iconic quotes that made Tina Fey’s hit so brilliant. The Plastics expect you to be there. Buy your tickets here. 

    And on Stage at Coronado …
    “Feed me!” In Little Shop of Horrors, meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II," after his co-worker crush. The foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore, presented by the Drama Dons, takes the Coronado High School Auditorium stage April 17-19. Everything goes fine for a time for the down-and-out Krelborn, as long as he keeps feeding the blood-thirsty plant, which, he comes to find out, has global domination on its mind. 

    The show is rated PG-13. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the curtain goes up at 6:30. Tickets will be on sale at the door: $10 general admission, $7 with a student ID.

    Annual Heard Museum Student Art Show

    Artwork by three SUSD Native American students was proudly displayed and auctioned at the recent Heard Museum Student Art Show in Phoenix. Contributing pieces to the competition were Saguaro High School’s Gerica Whitehair (Navajo), and Michael Peralta (Pasqua Yaqui) and Benjamin Adson (Navajo), both from Coronado High School.  Gerica’s work won 1st place; Michael’s won 2nd place. All three pieces are truly beautiful creations and speak strongly of the students’ heritage.

    Chaparral Students’ Film Chosen for Festival Showing
    Icebreaker is one of 17 student entries in this year’s Arizona Student Film Festival, part of the annual Phoenix Film Festival that runs at Harkins 101 from April 4-14. The creation of Chaparral High School’s Filmmaking Club and helmed by senior Carolyn Robertson, Icebreaker is the heartwarming story about a blind date and the relationship that develops between two students, portrayed by Firebirds Hector Flores and Miranda Sherrill Madrigal. The film runs just under five minutes and will debut on the big screen on April 13. 

    Celebrating its 17th year, the Arizona Student Film Festival and competition celebrates the next generation of Arizona filmmakers. Let’s go, Chaparral!

    Area Concert and Jazz Festivals

    • The students at Desert Canyon ES had a wonderful time on March 26th (photo), participating and watching schools from around the state perform at the Campo Verde High School Area Festival. They were the only 5th graders there, as this event is generally attended by 7th and mostly 8th graders. Students perform two musical selections for three judges, who then score the group and provide feedback through a "clinic."  Our clinician happened to be former SUSD employee Bethany Cross. We are proud to announce that our students received a score of Excellent for their efforts!

    • Arcadia High School had a great run at the Area Festival and is taking all groups to State at the end of April! The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Jazz Band all received Excellent ratings and the Wind Ensemble received an Excellent with Recognition!

    • Chaparral High School musical groups were outstanding at their qualifying Area and Jazz Festivals: Jazz II received an Excellent rating and outstanding soloist Eli Klein on Trombone, Jazz I, received a Superior with Distinction (the highest rating possible).  Outstanding soloist awards went to Hannah Brown on Saxophone and Jonah Feldman on Tenor Sax.  Both Jazz Bands head to California the first weekend of April for the SoCal Jazz Spectacular Festival. Good luck!  If that was not enough, Chaparral’s Wind Ensemble received an Excellent with Recognition at the concert festival. Way to go, Firebirds!

    • Desert Mountain High School hosted one of the Area Festivals and its Symphonic Band brought home an Excellent, the Wind Ensemble received an Excellent with Recognition. Congrats, Wolves!

    • The Desert Mountain High School Choir received a Superior with Distinction from the AZACSA (Arizona Choral Directors Association) on March 26!  Congratulations, Wolves, on a wonderful performance!

    All-State Festivals for Band, Orchestra, and Choir
    Elementary and Middle School All-State Orchestra Festival
    SUSD had nine students participate in this annual event, held this year at Perry High School in Gilbert on March 23.  The students rehearsed all day, then put on a performance for their families.  These students were selected across the entire state of Arizona for this honor and truly reflect our district’s Strategic Plan, part of which calls for Academic Excellence in the Performing Arts Classes.

    Five students represented Cocopah Middle SchoolAlexander Oberle (7th grade), Camilo Tafur (7th grade), Carter Snow (6th grade), Ethan Petronio (6th grade) and Sydney Bales (6th grade).

    Four SUSD students were part of the elementary ensemble: Camila Marquez (5th grade), Ryder Daizadeh (5th grade) and Olivia Franz (5th grade) attend Hopi ElementaryNoelle Recla (5th grade) represented Tavan Elementary(photo)

    High School All-State Band, Orchestra and Choir Festival
    High school musicians have gone through a three-month audition process at both the Regional and State levels.  The audition consists of scales, multiple études and sight reading.  It is an incredible achievement to make the All-State ensembles and carves a pathway to future scholarships at the university level! Bravo to these incredible musicians.

    The students who made these incredible ensembles and will travel to the University of Arizona to rehearse and perform from April 11-13 are:

    Arcadia HS: Andrew Brown, Henry DeHaan
    Chaparral HS: Lauren Burnside, Hannah Brown, Malori Nierad
    Desert Mountain HS: Armaan Patel, Lillie Harper, Michael Erickson, Cassidy Veale, Maximilien Farkas
    Saguaro HS: Connor Thornburg, Jake Weiss

    Theatre Schools Unite During Spring Break
    The Coronado and Saguaro High School Theatre programs shared part of spring break together over in California, where they participated in Broadway workshops taught by cast members of Chicago: The Musical.  They were able to see the show, too, at the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard and took part in a meet-and-greet with the actors afterwards.  They learned a great deal about film and TV when they went on tours of the Warner Brothers studios and, of course, they had some fun adventures at Universal Studios!  What a fun-filled learning experience for our youth Thespians. 

    2nd Annual Family ArtsFest – District Arts Festival
    March 22nd and 23rd were an amazing celebration of the arts, SUSD, the City of Scottsdale, ASU SkySong and Scottsdale Community Partners.  In its 2nd year, the ArtsFest event was even bigger and better this year, and attendance was greater, too.

    Three indoor SkySong spaces became museums, chock-full of incredible artwork created by our SUSD students. The pieces of art were judged by arts curators and directors from SMOCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Phoenix Art Museum.  The judges were blown away by the quality and creativity of the student art pieces and shared many wonderful comments about the quality of SUSD’s arts educators. Dr. Scott Menzel found it quite challenging to choose just one piece from each school to receive the Superintendent’s Award! He, too, was incredibly impressed with the level of work that was on display.  Some SkySong employees even asked if they could purchase the student art. We politely declined!

    When you exited the visual arts displays, you were welcomed with incredible music and theatrical presentations on the two stages (Café and Main Stage). Staging was conducted by our own students, under the guidance of SUSD Lead Auditorium Technician Todd Stover and the audio and light teams of Creative Backstaging (an SUSD partner).  A HUGE shout-out to those students.  They worked both days on lighting, audio, set changes and everything else asked of them. We could not have done it without you, Michael Gross from Saguaro HS and Blais Georges, Lily Svancara, John Falls, Carter Freidburg, Erika Bello Munoz and Yazmine Montes from Arcadia HS

    Thirty-two SUSD performing ensembles took the two stages and more than 1,000 pieces of 2D and 3D art were on display.  Empty Bowls also conducted its annual fundraiser that included bowls created by Hopi Elementary, Cocopah Middle and Coronado High schools, as well as local artists.  The effort raised $67,000 to help feed our families in need in our community.

    The City of Scottsdale took part in ArtsFest, as well, with displays by the Police, Fire and Water departments, CSI trailer, DUI Task Force, Public Library, Waste Management, and Parks and Rec.

    Another HUGE shout-out goes to Scottsdale Arts, which provided an art tent for families, a photo booth, a puppetry trailer, and a paper/light activity booth. The food trucks filled the air (and tummies, too!) with savory and sweet delights.

    We look forward to joining our amazing partners again next year and create even more opportunities to celebrate the City of Scottsdale and the Arts in SUSD.  Thanks to all who supported us, either with their participation in performing/visual arts, our partners who made the event financially possible and the SUSD families for coming and supporting the district, Scottsdale, and the Arts.  #SUSDProud

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  • Arts - March 2024

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 3/1/2024

    March 1-2: Ingleside MS, Legally Blonde, Jr., the Musical, 6 p.m. Feb. 29 & March 1; 1 p.m., March 2, Cafeteria
    March 1-3: Cocopah MS & Chaparral HS Orchestras, Spring California trip and performances, Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim, CA
    March 1: 
    Desert Canyon ES, 2nd Grade Fairy Tale Program, Sing Me a Story, 9:15 a.m., family members only
    March 1: Kiva ES Drama Club, Lion King Kids!, 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., Café
    March 1: Desert Canyon, MS, Mountainside MS & Desert Mountain HS, Combined Choir Concert, 6 p.m., Desert Mountain Auditorium
    March 1-2:  Desert Canyon MS Drama Club production, also featuring Redfield ES students, The Little Mermaid Jr., 6:30 p.m., March 1; 2 p.m., March 2, DCMS Cafetorium
    March 4-5-6-7: Desert Canyon ES 3rd grade recorder recitals, 9:30 a.m., Music Room J101, 3rd grade family members only
    March 5: Saguaro HS Orchestra Spring Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    March 6: Saguaro HS Spring Band Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    March 7: Cherokee ES Art Walk/4th & 5th Grade Outdoor Ensemble Concerts, outdoor amphitheater stage, 5 p.m.
    March 7-8: Hopi ES Annual Variety Show, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Arcadia HS
    March 20: Copper Ridge, Annual Art and Garden Walk, featuring Choir, Band, Theater & String Orchestra, 4 p.m., Auditorium and throughout campus
    March 21: Ingleside MS Spring Choir Concert, 6 p.m., Arcadia HS Auditorium
    March 21: Saguaro HS Theatre Improv Show, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    March 22-23: Scottsdale Arts/SUSD/City of Scottsdale ArtsFest, SkySong, 1475 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 5-9 p.m., March 22; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., March 23
    March 28: 31st annual "Jazz on the Mountainside" Festival, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mini Auditorium, Mountainside MS
    March 28:
    2nd Annual Chaparral HS STUGO Arts Expo, 4 p.m., Amphitheater, Chaparral HS
    March 28: 
    Arcadia HS annual Agora Festival, 5 p.m., Auditorium, grassy knoll, 2000 Building
    March 30: Chaparral Band low brass musicians, Northern Arizona University Low Brass Day, 4:30 p.m., Ashurst Hall, NAU, Flagstaff

    Chaparral Musicians Beneficiaries of Strings Masterclass
    Seven strings students from Chaparral High School had the opportunity of a lifetime on February 23 when they took part in a Masterclass offered by two members of San Francisco’s famed Kronos Quartet. The opportunity to learn from violinist David Harrington and cellist Paul Wiancko was made possible through SUSD’s partnership with Scottsdale Arts.

    Our musicians, students of Chaparral Orchestra director Shana Roberts, learned two pieces from a portfolio of options, then performed the pieces at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts for the Kronos duo.  From all accounts, it was a wonderful learning experience for all!

    Chaparral Choir Brings Home BIG win from New York International Competition
    Congratulations to Chaparral High School’s Gold Dust Avenue choral group for taking 2nd place overall in last month’s Sing Strong NY 2024 International A Cappella Vocal Competition in Garden City, New York.  A HUGE Shoutout, too, to senior Lillian Apostolou, who won the best arranger award for her mash-up arrangement of “Gold Wing/Don’t Blame Me” and “Break My Heart/Edge of Seventeen.”  What an amazing accomplishment for these talented students and their wonderful director, Dr. Sammy Brauer. 

    High School Band, Orchestra and Choir Regional Honor Students Perform Brilliantly! 
    One hundred six of our high school Band, Orchestra and Choir students performed on February 17, following two days of rehearsals.  These students were chosen to audition for state ensembles against musicians from other school districts statewide in a prepared audition setting.  Then, they all came together for a full rehearsal on Friday and performed on Saturday. The amazing part of these festivals is having all of the top musicians from each region of the state in one place, working together and performing together under the direction of outstanding college and university conductors.

    This month, these same students will have the opportunity to compete at the State level and, hopefully, will be chosen as the top musicians in the state of Arizona. Be sure to wish them luck as they compete the first weekend of Spring Break! 

    Parada del Sol Parade
    A huge shout out to our high school and middle school marching bands that performed in the 70th Parada del Sol through Old Town Scottsdale – Arcadia HS, Ingleside MS, Echo Canyon School, Chaparral HS, Cocopah MS, Coronado HS, Tonalea MS, Desert Mountain HS, Desert Canyon MS, Saguaro HS, and Mohave MS.

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    And thank you to the Desert Mountain Visual Arts students who supported an art tent for kids at the Trails End Festival that followed the parade and to the Saguaro and Coronado bands for their additional performances at the Trails End Charros Band Round Up!

    NAU Jazz and Madrigal Festival
    Heavy storms made it impossible for our high school choirs to attend the NAU Jazz and Madrigal Festival in Flagstaff on February 9 – 10. Even some of the judges could not make it up the hill to Flag.

    Thankfully, a few of the schools were fortunate to have the ability to modify their schedule and perform at Mountain View High School in Mesa for one of the judges who could not get to NAU. Our own Desert Mountain High School Jazz Choir walked away with a Superior Rating under the director of their teacher, Amanda McKay.  Congratulations, DMHS, for making the quick, alternate competition plan. Coronado High School performed for their families after school on Friday and submitted a recording for adjudication. 

    District Arts Festival at SkySong!
    Flyer Link – Mark your calendars for March 22nd and 23rd – the weekend after Spring Break – to come to SkySong and hear amazing performances from our SUSD musicians and theatre students and see the amazing artwork from students at all of our SUSD schools!

    And if that’s not enough to get you there, the annual Alli Ortega Empty Bowls event will take place during ArtsFest (several SUSD schools contributed bowls again this year), city of Scottsdale agencies will be there with activities and vendors, Scottsdale Arts will host an arts activity tent for kids, and food trucks with all kinds of fun food will be there to sate your palates!

    It all gets underway Friday, March 22nd at 5 p.m. with performances from middle school and high school groups that run until 9 p.m.  Saturday, the stages will be filled with music from our elementary and middle school choirs, bands, strings ensembles, and theatre students starting at 9 a.m. and running until 2 p.m.  The street will be filled with all kinds of activities for families provided by Scottsdale Arts, City of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Police and Fire departments, Waste Management, and much more.

    Please bring the whole family out for two great days of celebrating Scottsdale and our SUSD Visual and Performing Arts students! 

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  • Arts - February 2024

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 2/1/2024


    February/Early March Fine Arts Events
    Feb. 13: Chaparral HS Orchestra Fundraiser, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., California Pizza Kitchen, 10100 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
    Feb.15: Saguaro Theatre, Improv Troupe Show #4, 6 p.m., Auditorium 
    Feb. 22:
    Saguaro HS Theatre, Miscast or Dream Role performances, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    Feb. 29 - March 2: Ingleside MS, Legally Blonde, Jr., the Musical, 6 p.m. Feb. 29 & March 1; 3 p.m., March 2, Cafeteria
    Feb. 29 - March 3: Cocopah MS & Chaparral HS Orchestras, Spring California trip and performances, Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim, CA
    March 1: Desert Canyon ES, 2nd Grade Fairy Tale Program, Sing Me a Story, 9:15 a.m., family members only
    March 1: Kiva ES Drama Club, The Lion King Kids, 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., Cafe
    March 1: Desert Canyon, MS, Mountainside MS & Desert Mountain HS, Combined Choir Concert, 6 p.m., Desert Mountain Auditorium
    March 1-2: Desert Canyon MS Drama Club production, also featuring Redfield ES students, The Little Mermaid Jr., 6:30 p.m., March 1; 2 p.m., March 2, Cafetorium

    The Arts are back from Winter Break and are in full swing with multiple competitions, honor ensembles, and festivals.  

    Visual Arts

    Shemer Art Center’s “New Horizons” Art Exhibition
    Congratulations to the following outstanding high school artists who submitted their work for this annual competition!

    Theatre Arts

    Arizona Thespians Regional Competition

    Congratulations to all of our high school thespians who participated last month in the Regional competition with solos, duets, monologues, scenic design, stage management, and more. 

    • Angel Castaneda and Arizona Molina, Coronado HS: Superior Musical Duet
    • Benjamin Nava, Coronado HS: Superior Monologue
    • Stella Shelton, Coronado HS: Superior Musical Solo
    • Simon Smith, Coronado HS: Superior in Scenic Design and Stage Management
    • Alice Haworth and Chloe Penner, Saguaro HS: Superior in Duo Acting
    • Chloe Penner, Saguaro HS: Superior Solo in acting 
    • Abigail Field and Will Milligan, Saguaro HS: Superior in Duo Acting
    • Ingrid Saue and Alana Soloman, Saguaro HS: Superior in Duo Acting
    • Rylee Hewitt and Hope Viskovicz, Saguaro HS: Superior in Duo Acting
    • Rylee Hewitt, Sophie Messinger and Sam Watson, Saguaro HS – Superior in Group Acting 
    • Alice Haworth, Saguaro HS: Superior in Costume Construction and Costume Design
    • Kamryn Doege, Abigail Field, and Will Milligan, Saguaro HS: Superior in Group Acting
    • Alana Soloman, Saguaro HS: Superior in Solo Acting
    • Ingrid Saue, Saguaro HS: Superior in Solo Acting 

    High School Music Solo and Ensemble Competition
    Congratulations to all our high school musicians who competed across the state in last month’s State Solo and Ensemble Competition. All of the students named below received Superior Ratings and move on to the Tier 2 competition.

    Chaparral High School
    Piano Solo: Luis Chiappetti

    Desert Mountain High School
    Solo: Lillie Harper
    Clarinet Quintet: Trey Collins, Hanson Remm, Alden Friesen, Robbie Jurutka, Addison Ward
    Flute Quartet: Anna Maki, Makenna Wyszynski, Jordan Marsello

    Saguaro High School
    String Trio: Sophia Row, Violin 1; Kaitlyn Brown, Violin 2; Tori Townsend, Cello
    String Quartet: Maya Otto, Violin 1; Rebekka Boltz, Violin 2; Leah Gutierrez, Viola; Selena Pero, Cello

    Middle School Honor Band and Middle School Honor Orchestra

    Our top middle school musicians came together in January to put on an amazing concert for all of their families and the community.  The students auditioned at their schools on the same material and were nominated by their teachers to represent their school’s best in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band, and strings.  The students worked hard with their fellow musicians in a full day of rehearsals, followed by an evening performance.  They had never worked together until that day and swept audiences away with their wonderful concerts.  The conductors were very pleased with the students’ attention to detail and hard work over long hours of rehearsals.  It will be exciting to see what these students accomplish in high school! 

    High School All-State Jazz Competition
    Congratulations to Jake Weiss from Saguaro High School.  After 3 rounds of auditions, he was chosen for the All-State Jazz Band and is Scottsdale Unified’s sole representative in the ensemble.  Congratulations, Jake - we look forward to hearing more of your piano-playing in the future!  Read more about this amazing student in this month’s Academics blog!

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  • Arts – January 2024

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 1/1/2024

    January Fine Arts Events
    Jan. 13: Chaparral HS Theatre Drama Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information
    Jan. 17: SUSD Middle School Honor Band Festival Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Desert Mountain HS
    Jan. 18-19-20: Chaparral HS production, Urinetown, 7 p.m., Auditorium. Tickets
    Jan. 24: SUSD Middle School Honor Orchestra Festival Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Saguaro HS
    Jan. 25: Navajo ES Annual Family STEAM Night, 5 p.m., Cafeteria

    Elementary Musicians
    Congratulations to Hopi 5th graders Ryder Daizadeh (viola), Olivia Franz (violin) and Camila Marquez (violin) and Tavan 5th grader Noelle Recla (cello). These students have been chosen to perform with other top elementary school orchestra students from around the state in an all-day festival and concert on March 23.  Information on the time and date of the performance will be posted to the Fine Arts calendar this month. We are very proud of our young musicians! 

    Winter Concerts 
    Our bands, choirs and orchestras have been busy performing their end-of-the-semester concerts for families. It is great to see the incredible growth and accomplishment that our young musicians have achieved just since August, when the new school year began. As students return from winter break, we will be excited to see the spring performances and the solo, ensemble, honor festivals and all-state festivals. Bravo to our young musicians and the teachers supporting their musical journeys!

    Ingleside Fine Arts Night
    On December 1, our Ingleside Fine Arts, STEM and ELA departments put on quite a show! From poetry in the outdoor amphitheater, live performances inside and outside from the band, choir and orchestra, incredible visual arts displays and interactive STEM activities, it was a night of entertainment for the entire community.  The students were incredibly prepared and impressed their audiences with their artwork, poetry, performances and robotics activities.







    Desert Mountain Marching Band Gets Heavy – Metal, That Is
    We’re anxiously awaiting the results of heavy metal band Metallica’s inaugural “For Whom the Band Tolls” marching band competition! Desert Mountain High School’s award-winning marching band was named a finalist last month in the medium high school band  category (75-124 members). College marching bands compete in their own category.

    The Wolves are competing for up to $15,000 in musical prizes from the band and its sponsors. The competition Boerne High School in Boerne, Texas; DeWitt High School in DeWitt, Michigan; Kell High School in Kennesaw, Georgia; and Malverne High School in Malverne, New York.

    In case you missed our entry, watch it here! GO WOLVES – ROCK THEM!

    Broadway Road-Show Star Returns to Alma Mater
    Chaparral High School welcomed back one of its own last month when Broadway performer and Firebird alumnus Nick Cartell stopped by to talk to Theatre students about his journey to the big stage. He is currently performing the lead role of Jean Valjean in the national tour of Les Misérables. 

    Students had the opportunity to perform a song of their choosing for Nick, who shared his expertise and advice to help them take their performance skills to the next level. #LegacyofSuccess


    Speaking of Broadway …
    Chaparral Theatre brings its version of Tony Award-winner Urinetown: The Musical to the stage this month. We’re told it’s a hilariously twisted musical that takes place in a bizarre future in which water is so rare that the government has banned the use of private bathrooms. While you're cracking up at the PG-rated humor, the show flushes out (pun intended!) serious themes such as corporate greed, government corruption and social injustice. The show runs Jan. 18-19-20 at 7 p.m. Buy tickets here

    Student Clubs Share the Holiday Spirit 
    Student groups have been out in the community in recent weeks, bringing merriness wherever they go.

    Select members of the Cocopah Middle School choir recently brought some after-school musical cheer to residents of the Pueblo North Senior Center and Holistic Home Sweetwater. Thank you for remembering our community’s seniors this holiday season, Mustangs!

    Continuing with a more than 30-year tradition, the Chaparral High School Advanced Art and Art Club students hosted a children’s breakfast in the South Mountain community. They donated and wrapped more than 70 gifts for kids ranging in age from newborns to 14 years old. They also distributed coloring books and oversaw coloring book activities. As usual, a great time was had by all!

    Mountain Lions and Sabercats and Floats – Oh, My!

    It was a ‘cat-tastic’ morning last Saturday on Central Avenue in midtown Phoenix as the Desert Canyon Middle School and Saguaro High School marching bands joined the league of participants in the annual VRBO Fiesta Bowl Parade. Those who were not able to attend were able to watch the parade live on Arizona’s Family 3TV.  

    The two-mile parade’s 51st edition featured former ASU quarterback Jake Plummer and former U of QA basketball player Richard Jefferson as co-Grand Marshalls.


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  • Arts - December 2023

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 12/1/2023

    December Arts Schedule

    Dec. 1: Ingleside MS Fine Arts Night, 5 p.m.
    Dec. 5: Tonalea MS & Coronado HS Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m., Coronado HS
    Dec. 7: Cocopah MS Winter Choir Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS
    Dec. 7: Desert Canyon MS Band & Orchestra Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Cafeteria
    Dec. 7: Saguaro HS Dance Concert, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium
    Dec. 8: Desert Canyon MS/Mountainside MS/Desert Mountain HS Combined Winter Choir Concert, 5 p.m., Desert Mountain HS Auditorium
    Dec. 12: Saguaro HS Choir Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    Dec. 12: Chaparral HS Choir Winter Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium
    Dec. 13: Saguaro HS Band Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    Dec. 13: Desert Canyon ES 4th/5th Grade Choir Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m., DCMS Stage
    Dec. 14: Anasazi ES 3rd/4th/5th Grade Choir Winter Concert, 5:30 p.m., Cafeteria
    Dec. 14: Saguaro HS Orchestra Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    Dec. 18: Cocopah MS/Chaparral HS Orchestras Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Chaparral HS Auditorium
    Dec. 19: Ingleside MS Winter Choir Concert, 6 p.m., Arcadia HS Auditorium
    Dec. 20: Anasazi ES/Laguna ES/Mountainside MS Orchestra Concert, 5 p.m., Mountainside MS Cafeteria
    Dec. 20: Desert Canyon MS Choir Caroling, 6 p.m., McDowell Mountain Ranch neighborhoods
    Dec. 20: Desert Canyon MS Theatre Arts, “The Princess and the Pirates,” 6:30 p.m., DCMS Cafetorium

    Marching Band Festival
    It was a wonderful evening on November 7 as SUSD’s high school Marching Bands took over the football field at Chaparral High School to perform for parents and the community.  The evening started with the trumpets from all five high schools playing the National Anthem together, then each school took to the field to present a performance of their just-concluded competitive season.

    Our marching bands have had an amazing season, with Coronado and Saguaro performances at the November 11 AzMBA Championship. Desert Mountain finished the season by submitting a recorded performance of its Metallica show into national competition (please vote for our Wolves at https://www.metallicamarchingband.com/submissions/high-school#content!). Chaparral rounded out its season with a great AzMBA Championships performance and a top 7 spot at the ABODA Championships a week later.

    Once again, our Arcadia High School Marching Titans are state champions in both the AzMBA and ABODA circuits.  Congratulations to these incredible young musicians and their leader Daniel Fischer for putting in the hard work that began last summer to compete at the highest level possible.

    Huge congratulations to all of our marching band students and outstanding directors and instructors on an outstanding season.  BRAVO! #SUSDPROUD

    Arizona Thespians Festival

    Each November, our aspiring high school thespians attend the Phoenix Arizona Thespians Festival to compete, take part in clinics, attend performances and work on building their skill sets in acting, tech theatre, playwriting, musical theatre and much more.  It is a two-day, power-packed event that supports students’ theatrical growth and passion.

    This year’s festival found SUSD with two, top-tier finishes. The Chaparral High School Tech team took 2nd place in the Tech Challenge and Desert Mountain senior Layla Gregory won the Jerome McDonough Award for the best original stage play, I’m Not the Main Character. Layla’s 10-minute work was among three finalists chosen from among dozens of statewide entries.  The top three writers worked with professional theatrical directors to perfect their works and each was performed as a live reading.


    Wolves Headed Across the Pond Again!
    On November 9, the Desert Mountain High School marching band, choir and orchestra received were formally invited by the former Lord Mayor of Westminster to perform in the 2025 London, England, New Year’s Day Parade, Choral Festival and Orchestra Festival.  Although the event is more than a year away, the process of preparing for these wonderful events starts now.  Students will spend nine days in London competing, marching and performing in some of the British capital’s most historic locations.  It will be the Wolves’ sixth time taking part in the event.  More than 70 entries from around the world are invited to march each year.  Desert Mountain last went in 2018.  Parade founder Bob Bone says American high school marching bands are always a crowd favorite.  Of course, they are!

    Canal Convergence 
    Each year, the city of Scottsdale and Scottsdale Arts work together to put on a nine-day art experience along downtown Scottsdale’s canal.  For the Canal Convergence event, they bring in outstanding artists from all over the world to present their art and work with our students.  This year, Blaise Danio, a Los Angeles- and Phoenix-based artist, worked with Ileyna Witenstein’s Coronado High School visual art students on a public art project. Danio is known for using abstract landscape murals and bright, soothing color. Our Dons artists took that to heart with their artistic dumpster creation.

    This was not the end of the opportunities for SUSD students: the entire 3rd grade at Navajo Elementary School was able to have a residency with Louisiana artist Lindsay Glatz, who is known for her connections of water, color and light.  The Buffaloes’ artist-in-residence experience was to learn from Glatz about the science of rainbows and create their own rainbows after learning about prisms, light, and the way different colors reflect and refract. 

    Shemer Arizona Arts Festival
    Members of Arcadia High School’s National Arts Honor Society brought their talents to the street, literally, for the Nov. 4-5 Shemer Art Center fall festival.  Two teams each designed a sidewalk square and must execute that design for an exhibit on Sunday.  The festival happens while the students are creating their sidewalk chalk designs.  Congratulations to these wonderful students for sharing their talents with the community. 
    Photos: Darryl Webb, Shemer Art Center 

    First-Ever Middle School/High School Choral Festival
    On November 20th, all of SUSD’s middle school and high school came together at Coronado High School to perform not only as separate ensembles, but as part of a more than 500 “super choir” to close out the festival with the beautiful “Why We Sing.”  The beautiful voices that filled the Auditorium brought the chaperones and teachers in attendance to tears.  Congratulations to all of our wonderful vocalists and their teachers for a fantastic first festival. #BecauseKids 

    Takin’ It to the Streets … in Fountain Hills!
    Congratulations to the Desert Canyon Middle School band on its amazing performance at the Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade last week.  We’re sure their families kept their holiday dinners on hold while the Mountain Lions shared their talents with the residents of our neighbors to the east!

    And as if all of the above was not enough to squeeze into 30 days, the month of November was filled with other wonderful performances: The Brother’s Grimm by the Coronado HS Theatre program, Veterans Day performances at multiple elementary schools, an improv show at Saguaro HS, and a dance performance at Coronado HS. December looks to be its equal!  

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  • Arts – November 2023

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2023

    Nov. 1-2-3: Coronado HS Drama Dons present The Brothers’ Grimm Spectaculathon, all 209 of the Grimms’ stories in 90 minutes, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    Nov. 1-2-3: Desert Mountain HS Theatre presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 7 p.m., Auditorium
    Nov. 3: Ingleside MS Choir/Band/Orchestra present the premiere of “Holocaust Through the Arts,” musical piece dedicated to Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch, 6 p.m., Chaparral HS Auditorium
    Nov. 4: Arcadia HS art students design and create chalk art sidewalk square, 10 a.m., Shemer Arizona Arts Festival, 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
    Nov. 7: SUSD Marching Band Invitational, 6 p.m., Chaparral HS Stadium
    Nov. 8: Sequoya ES 1st grade, Veterans Day patriotic performance, 9 a.m., Cafeteria
    Nov. 9: Desert Canyon ES Kindergarten & 1st grade, Veterans Day program, 9:30 a.m., Desert Canyon MS Auditorium
    Nov. 9: Pueblo ES 1st grade, Veterans Day program, 2:30 p.m., Amphitheater
    Nov. 16: Saguaro HS Improv Show, 6 p.m., Black Box Theatre
    Nov. 16-17: Desert Mountain HS Coffee House, 7 p.m., Auditorium  
    Nov. 17: Coronado HS Fall Dance Concert, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium
    Nov. 20:
    SUSD Middle School/High School Choral Festival, 12 p.m., Coronado HS Auditorium
    Nov. 23: Desert Canyon MS Band marches in Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9:30 a.m., Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills

    It has been a busy month of school concerts, coffee house performances and marching band competitions.  Please check the calendar of events above to see what great performances are coming up this month!

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  • Annual Canal Convergence, Nov. 3-12

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2023

    You are going to want to mark your calendars to attend the Scottsdale Arts Canal Convergence on November 3-12 at the Scottsdale Waterfront!

    Through SUSD’s partnership with Scottsdale Arts, SUSD students are enjoying 2 artist residencies. Coronado High School Visual Arts students are currently working on container painting that will be displayed at the event.  The Coronado students are working with artist Blaise Danio, who is an international muralist and designer.

    During the first week of the Canal Convergence, 3rd grade students of Navajo Elementary School will receive a rainbow workshop with Lindsay Glatz, creative director of the New Orleans Art Council.  Her artist journey centers around creativity and technology.  Navajo students will learn the connection between water and light and create their own rainbows after learning about prisms and light and color reflecting and refracting.

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  • Marching Band

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2023

    Our high school marching bands are in heavy competition as we approach the end of their competitive season.  Bands are performing to secure their spot in upcoming state competitions on Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.  You can get a sneak peek of the shows they plan to perform in the AZMBA and ABODA contests at SUSD’s annual Marching Band Exhibition at Chaparral High School on November 7.  All five of our high school marching bands will participate.  Trumpet players representing all five bands will open the evening with a performance of our National Anthem.  The event is free, and everyone is welcome! Concessions will be available for purchase to support the event’s hosts, the Chaparral Band program and boosters.      

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