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.*

November Monthly Meeting

Please join us for the November UPC meeting on Wednesday, November 16th. We will begin with a brief Q&A with Dr. Bales and then continue with the UPC meeting. Beginning at 10:00am, we will have the presentation of  "Campus Safety in PVSchools." Dr. Chris Asmussen, Director of Student Services- Secondary, will provide an overview of the District's policies and preparations in regards to campus safety and handling different types of emergency situations.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

9:00am UPC General Meeting

10:00am "Campus Safety 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 October 19, 2022 Meeting Minutes

View the UPC Budget HERE

PVSchools College & Career 101 Virtual Presentation:

Gifted College Programs

The PVSchools College and Career Readiness Department is presenting about college programs that may appeal to gifted students. This is a virtual presentation and you can register in advance to receive the link HERE.

Wednesday, November 15th at 5:30 p.m.

You can find more information from the district HERE.

Learn about how Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports are being used in PVSchools to support all students. Jon Bowen, PVUSD District Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Specialist, will also provide information about how Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) are used to provide individualized support to students with IEPs. Laura Anderson from the Sunkids Program will provide additional information about supports for students with IEPs in Pre-K.

December 7th from 5:30pm-6:30pm

To attend in person, please join us at the District Office: 15002 N 32nd St.

Please register in advance to receive the zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdO2vrDMrE9ARlIg4XzVaQQCS36Zb_pcd

View the flyer HERE.

View the Facebook event HERE!

You can use this link if you would like to make a monetary donation to Bus Driver Appreciation!

Find more information or make a donation HERE!

Please email Outreach@pvupc.org with questions!

Do you know about Project Search? It is a nationwide program with a mission of "Preparing young people with significant disabilities for success in competitive integrated employment." We are fortunate that PVSchools has a partnership with Mayo Clinic to allow PV students in a transitional program to apply for this special internship program at Mayo Clinic! The students are supported as they develop meaningful job skills so they are ready to enter the workforce upon completion.

Project Search will have an information night on January 25th at 6:00pm at the District Office. More information to follow!

You can support these amazing students By purchasing food items off of this Amazon Wish List! The students are at Mayo all day and are not able to eat lunch in the school cafeteria. Items purchased from this list will be available to students in their classroom at Mayo if they do not being a lunch with them.

Did you know high school students have the opportunity to work towards earning the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency? During the October UPC Meeting, we were joined by Mrs. Maureen Minnick, PVSchools Director of Fine Arts, for a presentation about this distinction for graduates. You can view the slides from her presentation HERE.

You can find additional information from the Arizona Department of Education HERE.

In case you missed it, HERE is the link to the recording of "PV Parent Group Success Stories".

Thank you to all the presenters!

College Depot at Phoenix Public Library is a FREE full-service college access center located at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona. Our team of college planning and re-engagement advisors offer one-on-one appointments to assist with all action steps necessary to earn a GED, diploma, college degree or apprenticeship, and host workshops including admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and more. College Depot offers both in-person and virtual appointments. Learn more about College Depot HERE.

Here is a recording of a recent presentation of College Depot's Virtual FAFSA Lab!

You can find more information HERE from the PVSchools College and Career Services Department.

We voted Yes! For PVStudents!! The PVSchools M&O Override passed!!!! 

This is a huge win for our students! 

Thank you to everyone who voted to invest in PV Students!

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who led the campaign, knocked doors, talked to their neighbors, and made phone calls to spread the word! 

Thank you to all the PV parent group leaders who spoke to your communities about the importance of passing the override!

Thank you to the PVUSD Governing Board for approving the election!

Thank you to all teachers and staff, district personnel, and school and community leaders and partners who help make and keep PV a great place for staff and students! 

The 2022-2023 school year is up and running and we are working on the membership lists to make sure we have the correct contact information for UPC Reps and Parent Group Leaders at each school. Thank you to the schools that have already completed the 2022-2023 Membership Form! If your school is having a hard time finding a volunteer to be your UPC rep, please remember the UPC Monthly Meetings are hybrid. Reps can also join us online which may work better for their schedules. Click here to learn WHAT IS UPC AND HOW CAN I BE A PART OF IT?

Parent Groups should consult their bylaws to determine UPC Representative selection protocol. UPC Representation may also be selected by school site leadership (e.g., Principal). Keep in mind, you do not need to be a UPC Rep/Member to attend our monthly UPC General Meetings - these meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to join us.

After you complete the Membership Form, we will provide an invoice option to pay your Annual Membership Dues. Just select BILL ME as your payment option and a PayPal invoice will be sent directly to your school's parent group leadership (as applicable). Community Members can select this payment option too!

Questions? Contact our VP of Membership, Erica Moriarty, at membership@pvupc.org.

UPC is partnering with the Phoenix Suns again this year to raise money for UPC's Outreach Committee! You can purchase discounted tickets to a Suns game using this link or the QR code above and a portion of ticket sales will go to the Outreach Committee for their work on events like the Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast, Instructional Support Staff Appreciation and supporting PV families at the holidays. There are lots of game and ticket prices to choose from!

Please share this with your communities and help us spread the word!

There is only one game left this season when your ticket purchase will support the UPC Outreach Committee! If you use this LINK to purchase tickets for the Cardinals vs. the New England Patriots on 12/12/22, $5 from each ticket will go to the UPC Outreach Committee. These funds will be used to help fund events like Bus Driver Appreciation, Instructional Assistant Appreciation and holiday meals for PV families. We appreciate your support!

Collection boxes are also available at Desert Shadows Middle School and Wildfire Elementary. HERE is the link to the Amazon Wish List to have items shipped directly to a collection site. Questions, please email Outreach@pvupc.org

Thank you for your donations! 

Thank you to the Quail Run PTA for your donations to the Hygiene Drive!

Thank you to the North Ranch PTA for your donations!

Thank you to the Pinnacle High School National Honor Society for their amazing support of the Hygiene Drive!  Their generous donations have been sorted and placed on the shelves so the Social Workers & School Nurses can get what they need.

Mark your calendars to join us for the first UPC meeting of 2023!

New on UPC's YouTube Channel!

An Overview of Special Education Programs and 504 Plans in PVSchools

You can view the recording HERE

Hot Topics in School Funding for PVSchools

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, and 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 President@pvupc.org. 

With gratitude for all you do,

Kea Carota & the UPC Exec Team 

President 2022/2023

PV United Parent Council 

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