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  • Laugh, Play, Learn at the Annual Arizona Children’s Learning Play Festival

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/31/2024

    Join us at the Arizona Children’s Learning & Play Festival coming up Saturday, June 29th at WestWorld of Scottsdale.  


    This free public event features a wide range of activities and showcases vendors from across the Valley, including authors, illustrators, STEAM partners, live performances, wildlife exhibits, and much more.  SUSD will be there, too, with a fun activity center for kids!


    The festival benefits The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the Sonoran Desert and inspires people to positively impact the environment. The Children’s Learning and Play Festival offers families a chance to engage in cool, indoor, interactive learning experiences. 


    Enjoy food concessions, entertainment and hands-on learning, including live music, inflatables, STEAM activities, robotics and more.


    The Arizona Children’s Learning & Play Festival is on Saturday, June 29, 2024, and is FREE for all ages!  The Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at WestWorld of Scottsdale, located at 16601 North Pima Road in ScottsdaleParking is $10.


    Read more at The SUSD Source 

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  • Join Us for the 2024 Back-to-School Program: Supporting Scottsdale's Students

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/31/2024

    We may have only just closed the book on another successful school year but already the City of Scottsdale’s Back-to-School Program is gearing up for next school year.  City, non-profit, civic and business organizations are coordinating their efforts to support income-eligible Kindergarten through 12th grade Scottsdale SUSD students with essential school supplies, clothing, shoes and health check-ups.


    There are an estimated 6,500 low-income students in SUSD, and this program aims to outfit about 1,000 of them and position them for success with the supplies they need to start the new school year in August.


    Each year, as a community, we strive to reach more students, and you can help by donating, sponsoring or volunteering to support the cause.


    Find more information on how to get involved here: https://scottsdalecommunitypartners.org/program/back-to-school/


    Together, we can support Scottsdale's students and set them up for a bright and successful future!


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  • PALS: Police Activities League

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/3/2024

    The Scottsdale Police Department’s Police Activities League, known as PALS, is making strides by empowering future leaders and fostering positive interactions among students.

    Currently implemented in Hohokam, Yavapai and Redfield Elementary schools, selected fourth and fifth graders are trained to become leaders in their school's recess yard. The core foundation behaviors are respect, integrity, strength and empowerment, also known as RISE. Equipped with skills in conflict resolution and game facilitation, these student leaders serve as role models for their peers. They organize games for younger students, fostering a culture of inclusivity and leadership.

    “I personally had the honor of seeing a lot of our (Yavapai) fifth graders graduate, and now I get to see them as sixth graders at Tonalea and they’re like, 'I wish we had PALS here,'” said Alex Sachs, Scottsdale Police Department Police Aide for Community Engagement. As such, the PALS program hopes to expand to a middle school for the first time.

    Redfield Social Worker Holly Leffhalm says PALS succeeds in changing behaviors by empowering students to lead and mentor their peers. “They aren't seen as, like, an authoritative figure the same way an adult is. Instead, it's a kiddo talking to a kid. And even though they're a little bit older, they just have a different demeanor talking to one another, still getting the same result, correcting behavior or helping to resolve an issue between two students. It just comes from a different place when it's coming from a student to a student."

    To learn more, watch our exciting partnership highlight video about PALS!

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  • Texas Roadhouse – Treating Students and Staff

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/3/2024

    Spring brings with it a renewed sense of appreciation and recognition for the hard work and dedication of our Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) staff and students. This season, we are delighted to highlight the ongoing support and generosity of our partner, Texas Roadhouse, in honoring and incentivizing our school community.

    Each month, they help us honor 3 SUSD staff members (one classified, one certified and one administrator) with a bucket that includes a coupon for a dinner for two, steak sauce and spices, as well as peanuts. It’s a special treat that celebrates our dedicated employees and their support of all students.

    Texas Roadhouse

    But the generosity doesn't stop there: Texas Roadhouse is also extending its support to our youngest learners and future leaders. They are helping incentivize reading and positive behaviors with bookmarks and certificates for free kids meals.


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  • SUSD Foundation's Quest for Excellence Golf Tournament Raises $50,000 for Education Initiatives

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/3/2024

    Last month, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Foundation hosted the highly anticipated 2024 Quest for Excellence Golf Tournament at the picturesque Mountain Shadows golf course. The annual event has solidified its place as a must-attend occasion, drawing in 88 enthusiastic golfers from across the Valley. Their participation not only fostered friendships but also supported the Foundation's noble cause, SUSD.

    This year's tournament was a resounding success, raising upwards of $50,000 to benefit the Foundation's various initiatives that support SUSD students and staff. These initiatives include the Crisis Canine Program, Camp Invention, student scholarships, and National Board Certification for teachers, and more.

    Thank you to the SUSD Foundation for its dedication and generosity that are instrumental in making a positive impact on the lives of countless students and educators within our district.

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  • Labor of Love - Birthday Box Project for Pima

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/3/2024

    Happy Birthday to every Pima Elementary School student, courtesy Labor of Love and the generous support of Cave Creek Limo.

    Sharon Saeger works with Labor of Love in Denver, CO., empowering communities through hands-on projects. She said it was her experience as a teacher and volunteering in food banks that helped her identify the Birthday Box idea. “I was at a food bank, helping out, and they said the number one requested item was birthday cake mix so that families could honor traditions and celebrate their children.”

    So, Sharon started putting together birthday boxes for Title I students in schools around Denver.

    Cave Creek Limousine

    It wasn’t until Maxx Anderson, the Managing Director of Cave Creek Limo, overheard his passenger, Sharon, talking about the birthday box project that he decided to get involved and make this happen for every student at a local Title I School.

    “After I dropped her off, I went to the Walmarts in Scottsdale, Anthem and Cave Creek and bought as much cake mix and frosting as I could get my hands on,” said Maxx. He and his wife and their twin daughters then spent the next few weeks assembling 408 boxes - one for each Pima student.

    “The twins were having so much fun, and they were so excited to give out gifts to other kids. I want my girls to get excited to help others when possible and grow up to be just good people, overall. We hope the boxes bring joy to all the kids.”

    Be sure to check out Arizona’s Family report. You won’t want to miss all those smiling faces.

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  • Coronado Promise

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/3/2024

    Coronado Promise


    This year, 39 students are the proud recipients of the Coronado Promise Scholarship. The Promise is a collaboration of the Coronado Foundation for the Future, Scottsdale Charros, Scottsdale Community College, Coronado High School, Scottsdale Unified School District, the City of Scottsdale and the Flick Family Foundation.


    The award of up to $5,000 over a two-year period gives students the ability to attend one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges or an Arizona certificate to attend a regionally accredited technical training/trade school for two years, at $2,500. You can learn more about the application process here.


    Congratulations to this year's recipients.


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  • Charros Education Initiatives

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/3/2024

    Thank you to the Scottsdale Charros for their continued support of SUSD that grows remarkably each year. This year, they have contributed more than $400,000 to education initiatives and scholarships that support our schools, teachers and students.

    The Charros' Education Initiatives include:

    • The Safe Haven Scholarship
    • Future Teacher Scholarships
    • Scottsdale Community College Scholarship
    • Scottsdale Champion Scholarships
    • Grand Canyon University Scholarship
    • Public Safety Cadet Scholarship
    • Education Liaison Grants
    • Project Graduation
    • Scottsdale Charros Education Awards
    • National Board Certification Scholarships
    • Coronado Promise

    Last month, the Charros also hosted the annual Charros Youth Luncheon and invited 10 student leaders from each of the 30 SUSD schools to spend the day at Scottsdale Stadium and play ball with retired Major League Baseball greats.

    Also, this year was the 37th Annual Charros Education Awards that celebrate outstanding students and teachers.

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  • Scottsdale Public Library Family Read Events

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 4/1/2024

    The power of literacy was palpable at Tavan Elementary School. Embracing the importance of fostering a love of reading within our community, Tavan Elementary School partnered with the Scottsdale Public Library for a special Family Read Night last month!

    We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Scottsdale Public Library for its invaluable partnership and unwavering support of our schools. Together, we organized an evening filled with laughter, joy, and, of course, plenty of reading.

    Families from our school community gathered to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading together, but the fun didn't stop there! There were smiles, laughter, and even some impromptu dancing as families bonded over the stories.

    There's truly nothing quite like the magic of bringing a good book to life and sharing that experience with loved ones. We are grateful to the Scottsdale Public Library for helping us create such a memorable and meaningful event for our families and visiting so many schools over the course of the year.

    We look forward to more joyful reading adventures at Navajo Elementary School on April 11 and at Echo Canyon School on April 23!






    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • Exciting New Partnership Between Chaparral High School’s Criminal Justice Students and Teen Court

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 4/1/2024

    Scottsdale Unified School District, along with most other school districts and government agencies, utilize an incident-management system implemented and run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Called the Incident Command System (ICS), the system is designed to allow organizations to manage an incident, no matter how big or small, to integrate seamlessly, regardless of what agency they work for. This system is used, for example, to manage wildfires and major events, such as the attacks on the World Trade Center, as well as pre-planned events, such as the Super Bowl and Waste Management Phoenix Open.

    SUSD has always required district and campus leadership to be trained on the ICS basics that are offered online.  Over the last two years, the district has also hosted several in-person classes to conduct advanced training for SUSD’s incident command team. This team represents the district-level leadership that manages any incidents that occur on or that impact an SUSD campus.

    Over the course of these classes, we have come to recognize that for a K-12 school district, the ICS system is not ideal as it is geared more toward public safety, first-responder agencies, such as fire and police departments than an education entity.

    SUSD is working with the City of Scottsdale Emergency Management and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to revamp these ICS classes to make them more suitable for the education professionals who must manage an emergency situation. This new class will provide a certificate of completion from ADE and a greater understanding of how to utilize the staff on a campus to provide the leadership and tools necessary to mitigate an incident.

    This new program, in conjunction with ADE, will become the model for all school districts in the state so that educators will be able to continue to learn about and fit within the ICS system, but also understand how classroom and campus staff fit into that role as first responders. This groundbreaking discussion allows SUSD to pave the way for other school districts once again and will ensure that student safety is not just a priority, but that we are able to integrate seamlessly into the public safety, first-responder world when needed.

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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