UPC brings parents from across the district together to enhance the PVSchools experience! 

*UPC is independent from PVUSD and information posted in this newsletter does not represent the views of the Paradise Valley Unified School District.*

January Monthly Meeting

Mark your calendars for the January UPC Meeting on Wednesday, January 24th beginning at 9:00a.m. at the district office. At 10:00am, Ms. Maureen Minnick, Director of Fine Arts, and Ms. Leanne Slater, NVAA Coordinator, will be sharing information about Fine Arts programming in the District, the North Valley Arts Academy, NVAA Honors, and the Fine Arts Seal.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

9:00am UPC General Meeting

10:00am "Fine Arts in PVSchools"

This meeting will be held both in person and online.

To attend in person, please join us in DAC East/West at the District Office: 15002 N 32nd St Or, please register in advance HERE to receive the Zoom link.

View the UPC Facebook Event HERE and click "Going"

Meeting Agenda


View the November 15, 2023 Meeting Minutes

Join us for the 2024 UPC School Vendor Showcase! Meet local vendors that can help your school and other organizations with event planning, rentals, ordering swag and fundraising! Many of the vendors already work with local schools. They will be available to answer your questions and give you information.

This is a great event to network with other parent groups in the district and get to know people from the other schools in your area. All are welcome to attend, so bring a friend! We will have door prizes including a basket from Kendra Scott that you can use to fundraise at your school!

More vendor information is coming soon!

UPC's Annual Teacher Appreciation Program

is just around the corner! The nomination window begins February 21st and more information will be coming in January. If you would like to help with Teacher Appreciation this year, please contact the Committee Chair, Julie Blumenreich, at [email protected].

School Closure and Boundary Review Committee

You can learn more about the district's process and recommendations regarding closing four schools and changing school boundaries HERE.

Fall was a busy time for Curriculum Committees in PVSchools. Check out all the committee updates on the district website HERE.

K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Resource Adoption Committee   

Review a limited amount of materials in the lobby:

  • The 60-day review period: December 20, 2023-March 20th, 2024. 
  • Extended lobby hours to view the materials:
  • February 8th 4:30-6:30pm

Family/Athlete Handbook Review Committee

If you are interested in participating in the Family/Athlete Handbook Review Committee, please complete this form. When possible, parent representation on district committees will be from across the district and represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Please complete this for by noon on Wednesday, February, 7th. Completing this form does not guarantee placement on the committee. If you are selected for the committee, you will receive an email from UPC confirming your participation.

The purpose of this committee is to review the current Family/Athlete Handbook and to make recommendations for revisions for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Meeting dates and times: 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

All meetings are 3:30pm-5:00pm at the District Office. 

The teen years are a rollercoaster!

Mix in the complexities of giftedness or twice-exceptionality, and things get even more interesting!

Together, we'll chat about why our kids might feel more anxious, why making friends might not always come easy, and share some real-world strategies to help them (and us!) navigate these ups and downs!

Please register in advance to receive the zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/UPC-2-5-24-2E-Teens

View the flyer HERE and en español HERE.

***Note the location of this event is the auditorium at Paradise Valley High School!***

In case you missed it, HERE is the recording of this presentation!

Join Dr. Beth Richter and Dr. Laura Wingers as they discuss - The journey of parenting and teaching young gifted learners poses a unique dilemma, requiring balance: providing appropriate enrichment and challenge while making time and space for the development of the child as a whole. Discover specific strategies and supports for a "whole child" approach to the early years.

Upcoming Gifted Education Events:

  • March 21 - PV Panel on Supporting the Gifted Child - 6-7:30 p.m. in the District Training Center
  • April 25- Gifted Showcase at PVHS from 5:00pm-8:00pm

The 4th Annual PVSchools Community 5K Fun Run will be Saturday, February 3rd! at Horizon High School This event is a lot of fun so bring a friend.

Find more information HERE.

Would you like to be added to the contact list for future volunteer opportunities on district committees?

Just complete THIS GOOGLE FORM and

UPC President, Jessica Crain, will add you to the contact list.

New on UPC's YouTube Channel!

An Overview of Special Education Programs and 504 Plans in PVSchools

You can view the recording HERE

School Finance Issues Explained!

Ms. Jill Barragan, Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations, explains the different sources of public school funding, state and federal laws and the role voters play in school funding.

You can watch the recording HERE

Understanding the Twice-Exceptional Learner

You can watch this presentation HERE!

Supporting Diverse Learners in PVSchools!

Hear from Karen Brown, PV's Director of Gifted Education, about the program options for gifted students as well as those that qualify for Special Education services. 

You can watch this presentation HERE!

Teen Suicide and Depression Prevention Workshop by Teen Lifeline

If you missed this important presentation, you can watch the recording HERE. .

View the Teen Lifeline Resources List HERE
View the presentation slides HERE

Career and Technical Education

(CTE) Programs

PVSchools offers a wide variety of Career and Technical Education different programs at all five high schools. You can view a list of CTE Programs available at each school HERE. This presentation includes videos of many of the CTE programs and would be great to watch with your student!

Watch the recording HERE.

Positive Behavior Support

Jon Bowen, PVUSD District SEL Specialist, & Erin Smith, PV Special Education Department, will discuss Positive Behavior strategies at home and school. Families will receive easy to implement strategies to use at home, as well as, learn what strategies are used in PVSchools

Watch the recording HERE.

The Gifted Committee and PVSchools' Gifted Education Department have been working together to bring parents information about the variety of gifted programs available in the district.

You can watch videos of all the recent presentations on UPC's YouTube Channel:

CREST Program, click HERE!

Digital Learning Center (DLC at Sunrise Middle School), click HERE!

Journey at Mountain Trail Middle School, click HERE!

North Valley Arts Academy (NVAA), click HERE!

Early Childhood Programs, click HERE!

Learn more about the many Gifted Programs available in PVSchools HERE! .

PVSchools Resources for Families:

HERE is UPC's List of Health and Wellness Resources 

View the District's list of Resources for FamiliesEnglish and Español

PVSchools is hiring! Check out career opportunities HERE! 



Your participation is vital to the success of UPC and to supporting our students and PVSchools. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email [email protected]

With gratitude for all you do,

The 2023-24 UPC Exec Team 

PV United Parent Council 

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