MAY 2018 | VOLUME 18 | ISSUE 5


Coronado Senior Named School's
First-Ever Flinn Scholar

You can call him the president of the Coronado High School Class of 2018.  You can call him the president of the SUSD Student Advisory Board.  You can call him the captain of the Dons' varsity tennis team.  And now you can call him a Flinn Scholarship winner!

Christopher Hernandez Salinas is an SUSD product, from kindergarten through 6th grade at Tonalea, middle school at Supai and high school at Coronado.  Christopher joins an elite group of 20 Arizona university-bound students whose Flinn Foundation merit-based scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, and at least two study-abroad experiences.  The overall financial package is valued at more than $115,000.

Flinn Scholars enroll in the honors colleges at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University or University of Arizona, and benefit from working with top faculty and researchers, meeting business and civic leaders in their field, and forming their own community and alumni network.  Christopher will become part of ASU's Barrett Honors College in August.

Principal Chris Gilmore says Coronado's first-ever Flinn Scholarship couldn't be awarded to a more genuine student.  "Christopher epitomizes the grit and determination required to cross barriers to achieve success.  I believe he sets the tone for future Dons to realize that finances to attend college are not an obstacle."
Mountainside, Desert Mountain Are
IB Middle Years Programme
Candidate Schools

Desert Mountain High School and Mountainside Middle School are candidate schools for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) for grades 6 - 10.  These two schools are pursuing authorization as IB World Schools.  IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education - that we believe is important for our students.

The IB MYP empowers all students at all grade levels to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally, and, in so doing, elevate their creativity, and critical and reflective thinking.

The candidate school designations mean extra online resources will become available to the two schools and they will have access next school year to the expertise of a local, IB point person. 

This summer, Desert Mountain and Mountainside teachers will continue their MYP preparations by participating in training sessions and continuing their writing of curriculum units that meet both IB MYP and state standards across all  subject areas.

To read more about the IB MYP Programme, click here.

anneMohave Students Host Pop-up Museum

A group of Mohave Middle School students recently served as tour guides for a local stop of a traveling, international exhibit about World War II-era teenage diarist Anne Frank.  Trained by the Amsterdam, Netherlands Anne Frank House museum, the students were responsible for learning the historical material and contributing pieces to the exhibit itself, as well as set-up and tear-down.  

Redfield Named Newest A+ School;

Laguna Renewed

For the first time in its nine-year history, Redfield Elementary School has been named an Arizona Educational Foundation A+ School of Excellence™.  Redfield is one of 41 2018 A+ schools, as is Laguna Elementary, renewed this year for the second time since 2010.  Laguna first became an A+ school in 2003.

To receive the AEF award, a school commits to a demanding, introspective look at itself.  In a lengthy, written application, the school must describe its programs and practices, document its parent and community involvement, profile its principal, provide demographic data, and be able to demonstrate its commitment to excellence, equity, service and sustained high achievement.

"I am so proud of our Redfield community for this awesome accomplishment!" exclaimed Principal Christine Bonow.  "We know that when you work together for a common goal, anything is possible.  We are so honored to join the club of other outstanding A+ schools that do what's best for kids each and every day."

Laguna Principal Dr. Katie Root is equally proud. "Receiving this prestigious recognition for the fourth time is a testament to the amazing, collective contributions of this learning community.  The positive culture, the high expectations for learning, the talented staff and dedicated parents ensure that excellence is delivered every day, every year, to every child.
We are thrilled that others see this, too!"

A+ celebrations are set for May 21 at Redfield.  Laguna held its on April 25.

SUSD is home to nine A+ Schools of Excellence™:  Cherokee, Cochise, Hohokam, Laguna, Navajo, Redfield and Tavan Elementary schools; Copper Ridge School; and Chaparral High School.  The awards are valid for three-and-a-half years.


Roadrunners Celebrate New Science Labs, Gym

Cheyenne Traditional School students could hardly wait to see their new gymnasium and science labs last week! 

Since the school's move to the former Aztec campus, the Cheyenne learning community has long had its sights on such additions.   Thanks to 2016 voter-approved bonds, it now has them.

The ribbon-cutting event took place in conjunction with the school's annual 'Evening Under the Stars' open house and fine arts celebration, transforming the new P.E. and assembly space into an art gallery for the evening. 

The ribbon cutting was followed by demonstrations of the cutting-edge technology in the new, interactive science labs. By all accounts, the Roadrunners are enthused with their new digs. One of the gym's first 'official' events will be the graduation ceremony for Cheyenne's 8th grade class next week!

Thank You, Scottsdale Charros

It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child.  Thankfully for SUSD, our village includes the Scottsdale Charros. 

The Charros and the Charro Foundation are longtime supporters of the Scottsdale Unified School District, its students, teachers, programs and schools, as well as of many other community organizations.

From awarding college scholarships to graduating seniors wanting to become teachers, helping sustain university student-teacher programs, and honoring outstanding SUSD teachers and students, the Charros' education initiatives are felt far and wide.

The Charros are also instrumental in supporting technology advances in SUSD classrooms, the implementation of school character development programs, the expansion of high school robotics, offering professional development opportunities for teachers and staff, support of student career and technical education organizations, and safe high school graduation night celebrations.

In short, the Scottsdale Unified School District is stronger for its longtime partnership with the Scottsdale Charros.  We look  forward to working with the Charros for many, many more years oto come.  To learn more about the Charros, click here.

Spring Sports Wrap-up

The spring high school sports season closed out with a bang on courts, diamonds and tracks around the Valley in recent weeks. 

The Desert Mountain High School girls tennis team captured the Division I state tennis title for a second consecutive year, edging sister-SUSD high school Chaparral, 5-2 in the final and capping off a perfect, 18-0 season.  The week before, the Lady Wolves' Hailey Stelse and the doubles duo of Josie Frazier and McKenna Koenig served their ways, respectively, to the state singles and doubles championship titles.

The Desert Mountain boys tennis team took a tough loss against Brophy in the Division I state championship contest.  Chaparral, too, had a tough time of it against Brophy, falling in the semifinals.  It was better news the week before for the Firebirds' Dennis Dillon, who won the Division 1 state singles title.  Arcadia's Rush Williams took the Division II consolation boys singles final.

In softball, #1 Arcadia battled past a tough, 2nd round loss to #8 Ironwood Ridge to take two more contests, one of which sent #4 Chaparral home, in a 4-3 nail-biter.  The Lady Titans fared no better the second time around against Ironwood Ridge, however, which plays for the state 5A title tonight.

In the state track and field championships at Mesa Community College, it was Saguaro High School sprinters who impressed.  Kelee Ringo took the winner's podium three times, once for his record-setting 10.58 in the Division III boys 100M dash, a second time for his 21.77 time in the 200M dash and a last time with teammates Wyatt Shedrick, Mason Davies and Connor Soelle for their combined time of 42.37 in the 4 x 100M relay.  

Congratulations, too, to Chaparral's Abi Archer and Rachel Turner, who turned in the two fastest times in the Division 2 1600M and 3200M runs for the second year in the row.  Strong performances in the 300M hurdles, 4 x 800M relay and 1/2 finishes in the pole vault by Eden Henderson and MIra Olden helped propel the Lady Firebirds to a second place finish in the state.  

Makiya Moore from Arcadia took home the Division II discus title with a toss of 128 feet, 2 inches.

Win, lose or draw, the next time you see an SUSD athlete, please thank her or him for representing our district with such distinction and character all year.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
SUSD Graduation Ceremony  Schedule

Arcadia High School
8 p.m.
Arcadia Stadium
Chaparral High School
7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Arena, ASU
Coronado High School
8 p.m.
Coronado Stadium
Desert Mountain High School
8 p.m.
Desert Mountain Stadium
Saguaro High School
7:45 p.m.
Saguaro Stadium

Spots fill up fast, so register your student for Summer
High School in the classroom or elearning today at 
What are the dates?
June 11-28 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m., M-Th)
July 9-26 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m., M-Th)

What is the fee?
$185.00 per course
One course = 0.5 credit (1.0 credits are needed for one full year of a course).   This includes any applicable lab fee, busing and free breakfast/lunch at Coronado High School. No refunds will be allowed after the first day.
For a list of classes, FAQs and more, visit the summer link.


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

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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

May 15:
SUSD Governing Board Regular meeting, 5 p.m., Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave., Scottsdale
May 16:
Spring All-District Athletics Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., The McCormick Scottsdale, 7401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
May 22-24: High school final exams - Early release
May 24: Last day of school - Early release - All grades
May 24:
High school commencement ceremonies - see schedule above




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