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nbct10 SUSD Teachers Earn National
Board Certification; 7 More Renewed

In 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards launched a certification program for K-12 educators that is widely considered to be the finest, single professional development program available to classroom teachers in the U.S.

The challenging process of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) usually takes at least two years.  Those who achieve certification status report that the process changes the way they think about their profession and has a profound, positive impact on the way they teach students.

SUSD is proud to congratulate this year's corps of National Board Certified Teachers!

Jennifer Antrim 8th grade Social Studies Mountainside Middle School
Bonnie Bezon General Music & Choir Kiva Elementary School
Kristina Dieball 1st grade Laguna Elementary School
Jennifer Dukelow Math Arcadia High School
Patricia Malley 1st grade Cochise Elementary School
Michelle Peacock Art Saguaro High School
Heather Robinson 8th grade Social Studies Desert Canyon Middle School
Cathy Saraniero Visual Arts Cocopah Middle School
Julie Sparks
Desert Canyon Elementary School
Bert teVelde 7th grade Science/Robotics Mohave Middle School

Congratulations, too, to our teachers whose National Board Certification is renewed for another 10 years:

Allison Bosworth 2nd grade Hopi Elementary School
Megan Kraatz 2nd grade Redfield Elementary School
Jennifer MacColl Biology Chaparral High School
Alicia Majercin Gifted Pueblo Elementary School
Brenda Nelson Learning Resource Cherokee Elementary School
Donna Sheber 2nd grade Cherokee Elementary School 
Mary Pasco Gifted Cocopah Middle School

Special thanks are due to the team of mentors headed up by Susan Leonard, Ingleside Middle School, that led the teachers through the demanding certification process: Abbey Bobbett, Laguna; Debbie Hawkins, Laguna; Tammy Andreas, Cocopah; and retired teachers Mary Zongolowitz and Bobbie Faulkner.

The group of new and renewed certification recipients, as well as their coaches, will be celebrated at next week's SUSD Governing Board meeting.  Congratulations, one and all!

Governing Board Elects 2018 Officers

Barbara Perleberg has been re-elected President of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board for 2018.  Board member Kim Hartmann was elected Vice President, succeeding Pam Kirby.

The actions were taken on unanimous votes at the Board's Jan. 11 special meeting.  The terms are for one year.

agendaGoverning Board Modifies Agenda Order

Starting this month, the agenda at Governing Board meetings will proceed in a slightly different order.  Meetings will still begin with the very best part of the evening, our student and staff celebrations, and will proceed as follows:
            • Celebrations/Recognitions
            • Superintendent's Comments
            • Information & Discussion Items
            • Public Comments
            • Consent Agenda - Board Action
            • Action Items - Board Action
This new order, approved by the Governing Board in December, will front-load information and allow public comment to come directly before any Board vote.  Board meetings will still be held on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. at Coronado High School.  Click here for a schedule of this school year's remaining meetings.


Mortgage Company Delivers ... Backpacks!

Through the PRMI Giving Network's partnership with the Kids in Need Foundation, the Scottsdale branch office of Prime Residential Mortgage, Inc. raised more than $5,000 last fall that translated into backpacks and school supplies for the students at Yavapai Elementary School.  The special delivery was made Dec. 14, much to the students' excitement!  

Branch Manager Geoff Rooker says the fundraising campaign - a combination of social media, e-mails to vendors and referral partners, a ping-pong tournament and a pumpkin patch - was rewarding for his staff.  "Many of us have children of our own, so we put extra effort into contributing our own money and collecting outside donations for these students.  We wanted to make an impact on these children by providing them with tools to help them succeed in the classroom."

Principal Julio Martinez reports his students were thrilled and most grateful to receive their new supplies!


Saguaro Hosts Annual "MLK Youth Voices" Event

High school students from around the Valley joined local dignitaries at Saguaro High School on Thursday to celebrate the life and lessons learned from American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Keynote speaker Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., (center, with microphone) , known on social media as "The Free Hugs Guy" and founder of the "Free Hugs Project," described his recent experiences of trying to de-escalate tense protests and rallies around the nation.  The San Diego native told those assembled that encouraging people with opposite points of view to respect others' views is a first, major step toward peace and understanding.

botsSUSD 'Bots to Battle at State Tourney This Weekend

Four SUSD school-based robotics teams will be among the 90 teams competing in the FIRSTĀ® Lego League state tournament at Arizona State University this weekend.  The Kiva Oil Busters, Yavapai Thunderbots, Cheyenne Roadrunners and Cocopah Hydro Hackers each have three matches on Sunday at the Memorial Union.  The teams will also be judged on their Robot Tech, Core Values and hydrodynamic-themed projects.   Good luck, SUSD!

fiestaFiesta Bowl Charities Grants
Sabercat Teacher's Wish

Congratulations to Saguaro High School's Susan Lindberg, who received a $5,000 grant from the Fiesta Bowl Charities' Wishes for Teachers Program, in partnership with azcentral.  Susan intends to purchase a series of supplies for her Engineering, Robotics and Biotechnology students, including a printer and a mug/hat press.

koolRadio Station Honors Firebirds'
Symphonic Orchestra

Every day at 12 noon, 94.5 KOOL-FM pays tribute to our country and troops by broadcasting "The Star Spangled Banner," as recorded by local school musical groups.  The Fulton Homes Noon Salute is designed to recognize the hard work and dedication of high school musicians, as well as the teachers who develop their talents.

Chaparral High School Symphonic Orchestra's version of the National Anthem was chosen for the radio station's $1,000 monthly award in December and was aired every day at noon during the week of Dec.  26.   The group is directed by Shana Roberts.

To hear the group's recording, click here.


Coronado Graduates American Dream Academy Class

Arizona State University's American Dream Academy (ADA) is a parent-empowerment program created to help address the disproportionately low educational attainment of Hispanic students in Maricopa County.

Through interactive, facilitated classes, the eight-week ADA program helps:
  • parents gain an understanding of how they can support their child academically to be able to complete high school and be prepared for college 
  • families gain the tools and confidence to join forces with schools and communities to make sure their children have successful academic careers and prepare for a university experience.
The academy culminates in a graduation ceremony for the parent and students.  Coronado High School is proud of its 91-strong class of parents that graduated on Dec. 14.  #DonsWillRise!
Help Us Highlight Our Exceptional Grads!

The SUSD Communications Department celebrates students every day.  It's the best part of our job. 

We would like to keep that celebration going after graduation by highlighting our students' success stories.  SUSD students go on to do such impressive and impactful things with their lives, and we would love to keep the community informed about our alumni 's accomplishments.

Know a former student who just scored an awesome job or who is making a difference on his or her college campus?  Let us know!  Contact our team at SUSDCommunications@susd.org and tell us who they are.  It will be especially helpful if you have contact information, so we can reach out to our star, former students.  Thank you in advance for your help!

beeTo Bee Or Not to Be

It's January, and that means it's time for the annual SUSD Spelling Bee!

Winners of the 24 school bees will buzz over to Arcadia High School on Friday, Jan. 19 to put their knowledge of words from A to Z to the test.  Two-time defending champion Omkar Bharath will be among them.

The winner and five runners-up will represent SUSD at the Regional Bee on Feb. 23, hosted by Cave Creek Unified School District.  

Good luck, spellers!

Kelly Ciardullo
Polina Steinway 
JiaTian Yin
Kaya Filmer
Max Greenspan 
Michelle Rama
Copper Ridge
Sonia Woo
Desert Canyon ES
Gabriella Tadio
Desert Canyon MS
Blake Camomile
Echo Canyon
Noelani Williams
Victoria Bourgeois-Conti
Xavier DeGuzman
Travis Truitt 
Andrew Coates
Lily Ramos Thompson
Victoria Leung
Zebina Smith
Brick Shultz
Fiona Riley
Omkar Bharath
Lianna Nguyen
Isabella Galaviz
Malcolm James
Tonalea K-8
Parker Mackin
sportsCalling All Sports!

Mountainside Middle School and Desert Mountain High School play host Saturday, Feb. 3 to the school year's next Middle Schools Sports Festival.  Up this time, it's flag football and girls basketball.  The activities get underway bright and early at 7:30 a.m.!  Schedules will be posted on school Peachjar sites when they are completed.

Scottsdale Unified School District values our partnerships with local business.  Businesses now have the opportunity to support SUSD through the purchase of monthly advertising in SUSD newsletters that are distributed to the families of more than 23,000 SUSD students and more than 3,000 employees.

Additionally, SUSD offers several other opportunities for businesses to support the District through event sponsorships and school wish-list fulfillment.

Businesses interested in learning more about opportunities to support SUSD can contact the SUSD Communications Department at   SUSDCommunications@susd.org .

Tax Credit Contributions Benefit SUSD Students

TaxTax Credit

Tax Credit contributions can be made anytime throughout the school year.  Anyone who pays Arizona state income tax can give.  Please click HERE to learn more about making a tax credit contribution to SUSD.

Events Upcoming Events

January 15:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No school
January 16:
SUSD Governing Board Regular Meeting, 5 p.m., Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave., Scottsdale
January 19:
Annual SUSD Spelling Bee, 9 a.m., Arcadia High School Auditorium, 4703 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
January 24:
Early Release - All grade levels - Professional Development
January 30:
Combined, annual 6th Grade Honors Band and Orchestra and Middle School Honors Band and Orchestra Concerts, 6:30 p.m., Saguaro High School Auditorium, 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale
February 1:
Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program parent information meeting, 6 p.m., Student Center, Mountainside Middle School, 11256 N. 128th St., Scottsdale 
(same information as was covered in Nov. 2017 meeting)
February 3:
Middle School Sports Festival, 7:30 a.m., Mountainside Middle School,  11256 N. 128th St., Scottsdale, and Desert Mountain High School, 12575 E.Via Linda, Scottsdale



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Contact our representative today at 480-484-6223 for more information.