APRIL 2018 | VOLUME 18 | ISSUE 4


'Tis the Season  

It's the season for end-of-the-school-year concerts, recitals, festivals, performances, shows, etc.

Last week, for example, Arcadia High School hosted that learning community's annual Agora Arts Festival.

This week, it's the 4th Annual SUSD Fine Arts Festival at First Baptist Church, 7035 E. Osborn Rd.  2D and 3D art is on display representing all SUSD schools and all grade levels.  You can also catch performances by many of the District's music groups.

Also this week, Chaparral High School presents its spring musical, Singin' in the Rain.  Next week, it's Desert Mountain's turn with Spamalot and Arcadia's CMAS program is in concert.

So make sure you're checking your school's website for the dates and times of your student's fine arts activities.  A lot of hard work has gone into these displays of learning!


SUSD Robots Roll into Final Tourney

This week, robotics teams from all five SUSD high schools - Arcadia, Chaparral, Coronado, Desert Mountain and Saguaro - will take part in the Arizona West Regional robotics tournament at Grand Canyon University (GCU) in Phoenix.

Forty-one Arizona teams will gather at the GCU Arena for the FIRST® Power Up competition.  The final challenge of the three-day tournament will see qualifying teams form three-school alliances to defeat a video game 'boss.'

This is the last tournament through which an Arizona high school robotics team can qualify for the FIRST® Championship in Houston, Texas, April 18-21.  Last year, students from Chaparral and Desert Mountain were amongthe thousands of students from around the world who competed.

Robotics has become a staple of SUSD STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - programs in recent years, with teams based at elementary, middle and high schools.  District PreK-12 Science Curriculum Academic Coach Barb Reinert says the activities involved combine many skill sets.  "Robotics helps to develop 'Future-Ready Skills,' such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.  It is also suitable for students with a wide range of abilities, making it an inclusive activity."

MVP Foundation Camp

The last weekend of March found a group of Tonalea K-8 students up in chilly Williams, Arizona, taking part in a MVP Foundation camp to support youth leadership development.

Founded by former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb, the MVP Foundation seeks to provide educational opportunities, interactive programs and resources that foster positive connections between family, school and community.  

The organization does this by leveraging the power of professional sports to motivate, empower and encourage youth to achieve academic excellence, develop personal skills and make positive decisions that will help them as they grow older. 

Tonalea English Language Development Instructional Support Specialist Raul Vargas reports the students took part in team-building and small group, decision-making activities during the retreat, and were excited to meet and hear from former Arizona Cardinal and local sportscaster Ron Wolfley (right).
Charros to Celebrate 2018 Outstanding Teachers, Students, Scholarship Winners

The Scottsdale Charros will round up 34 SUSD teachers and 13 graduating seniors at their annual celebration of teaching and learning in our district.  The April 20 event at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa will also feature SUSD musicians:  Desert Mountain High School's Jazz Combo will provide music at the reception, a drum line from Coronado High School will call guests to dinner and the National Anthem will be sung by the Cocopah Middle School Jazz Choir.   It has all the makings of a wonderful celebration!

This year's Charros Outstanding Teachers are:

Julie Trappen
Kindergarten Anasazi 
Shannon Paloma History Arcadia 
Richard Krzyzanowski
Math Chaparral 
Brenda Nelson Learning Resource Cherokee 
Christen Anderson 4th grade Cheyenne
Renee Wilson 6th/7th grade ELA Cheyenne 
Patty Malley Kindergarten Cochise 
Cathy Saraniero Visual Arts Cocopah 
Kristine Vogel 3rd grade Copper Ridge 
Tyler Kozimor 7th grade Science Copper Ridge
Dr. Austin Nichols Science Coronado 
Mickaela Solway 1st grade
Desert Canyon ES
Pam Morfitt Math/Gifted Desert Canyon MS
Cathy Sherry Honors/AP/IB Math Desert Mountain
Lisa Burchard 3rd grade Echo Canyon
Stacey Gibson 6th grade ELA/Social Studies Echo Canyon
Randi Alpers 6th grade Hohokam
Molly Pont-Brown 4th grade Hopi
Ann Engle 7th grade Social Studies Ingleside
Bonnie Bezon Music/Choir Kiva
Abbey Bobbett 4th grade Laguna
David Coronado 7th grade Math Mohave
Tamara Johnson P.E. Mountainside
Jeanette Young Music Navajo
Tamara Schultz 5th grade Pima
Aryana Good 2nd grade Pueblo
Kelly Miles-Vandenheuvel 2nd grade Redfield
Jennifer Harmon Spanish Saguaro
Whitney Johnson 1st grade Sequoya
Claudia Vickers Kindergarten Tavan
Susan Ferguson Kindergarten Tonalea K-8
Julia Hostal 8th grade Science Tonalea K-8
Brianna Maxwell 2nd grade Yavapai

This year's Charros Outstanding Students are:

Mitch Arndt
Emma Lieberman Arcadia
Maya Noto Chaparral
Thompson Vipond 
Taeler Jones 
Lucas Richard 
Daniel Frasco
Desert Mountain
Kara Sherman
Desert Mountain
Joseph Corte
Sarah Perleberg

The 2018 Scholarship winners are:

Ashley Zubiate
Arcadia Future Teacher Scholarship
Lilly Tritch
Future Teacher Scholarship
Suzanne Eley
Coronado Scottsdale Community College Scholarship

Many congratulations to these terrific teachers and stupendous students - you so deserve this recognition!

Designing Her Future

As part of the planning for this year's Charros Awards Banquet, we asked Bernie Fritts' Graphics Design III students at Desert Mountain High School to design the cover of the banquet program.  The Charros chose the design on the left created by junior Allie Cole.  Her design was also the basis for the Charros' invitations.

The Charros must have recognized something in Allie's abilities:  this week, she won the gold medal for advertising design at the state SkillsUSA competition at the Phoenix Convention Center! SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force in the future.  SkillsUSA Arizona does its part toward that end through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. 

Google It!

SUSD teachers were among hundreds who gathered at Grand Canyon University last month for the sold-out 2018 Arizona Google Summit for educators.  In some cases, they were learning from some of our own Google experts, Vicki Anderson and Amy Downs!

Our educators took part in sessions covering the apps in the G Suite for Education (Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, YouTube, Classroom, Maps, etc.) that they can implement in their classrooms.  They also learned about best practices in educational technology and great teaching that will help them provide our students with the instruction they need to be successful in school today and in their professions tomorrow.

March Parent Forums

Acting Superintendent Dr. Amy Fuller held open forums in each of the SUSD's five Learning Communities last month.  She asked that a recap of those Q&A sessions be created to share with parents, staff and the community.  They can be found below, as well as  on the 
Superintendent's page  
of the SUSD website, in both English and Spanish.

From Nashville to Morocco:  Spring Break Adventures

I t was time to close the loop over Spring Break, as a dozen SUSD students who hosted students from Morocco back in November traveled to Marrakech to visit their world.  

The trip was made possible by the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, which, with the support of the city of Scottsdale, has cultivated partnerships with eight different cities on five continents through student, educational, cultural and economic development exchanges.

Taking advantage of this tremendous international opportunity were:

Kassidy Gardner, Pierce Gardner, Kyle Polen
Chaparral High School
Kayte Arvizo, Leslie Ortiz, Kylie Strickland
Coronado High School
Molly Opheim, Magnolia Pena 
Desert Mountain High School
Felipe Carceller, Isabel Haas,
Maeve Kuzel-Lehn, Samarrah Stephan 
Saguaro High School

Desert Mountain senior Molly Opheim says the trip was life-changing.  "I will never forget the incredible friendships I've made.  Being able to experience life in another culture gave me a different perspective to appreciate."

The group was accompanied by Coronado Spanish teacher Dr. Yvonne Pasek, Desert Mountain French teacher Veronique Rader and Sister Cities Youth Committee chair Max Rumbaugh.

Meanwhile ... Stateside ....

Arcadia High School students earned one of the top awards at the Student Television & Film National Competition held in Nashville, Tennessee during Spring Break.

Seniors Jacob Staudenmaier, Nick Forney, Dallas Greene and Narsah Khamis joined forces with juniors  Christopher Smith, Rachael Schulman, Lindsay Formica, Max Swiergol, Dash McDonald and Alexa Teneyck to create, write, film, produce and edit a short documentary in 8 hours or less for the "Crazy 8s" Documentary Film Competition. The Titans were awarded one of the highest recognitions from among the hundreds of middle and high schools from the U.S. that competed.

In addition to the documentary competition, the Arcadia students, under the direction of  Film and TV instructor Eric Luse, were required to showcase their skills and talents in TV news & broadcasting, film writing, cinematography, editing and production, based upon certain themes/prompts, specific time constraints and stringent rules.  Walter Cronkite would have been proud of you ... and we definitely are!

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Events Upcoming Events

April 2-15
International Baccalaureate Art Exhibition, Palomino Library, Desert Mountain High School campus, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale - April 5: Artists' Reception, 5 p.m.
April 5-6-7:
Annual SUSD Festival of the Arts, First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale
April 5-6-7:
Chaparral High School Spring Musical, Singin' in the Rain, 7 p.m., Auditorium, 
6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale
April 11-12-13
Desert Mountain High School Spring Musical, Spamalot, 7 p.m., Auditorium, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale
April 12:
Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program information meeting, 9:30 a.m., Conference Room, Desert Canyon Elementary School, 10203 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale
April 12:
SUSD Governing Board Study Session, 3 p.m., Mohave District Annex, 8500 E. Jackrabbit Rd., Scottsdale
April 17:
SUSD Governing Board Regular Meeting, 5 p.m., Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave., Scottsdale
May 2: Early Release - All grades - Professional Development



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