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

Poised for Success





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.