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.*

October Monthly Meeting

Please join us for the October UPC meeting on Wednesday, October19th. We will begin with a brief Q&A with Dr. Bales and then continue with the UPC business meeting. Beginning at 10:00am, we will have the presentation of "PV Parent Group Success Stories" presented by parents from PTO/PTA/Booster Groups. This was a very popular presentation last year! If you have a success story to share at the meeting, please let us know using this FORM.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

9:00am UPC General Meeting

10:00am "PV Parent Group Success Stories"

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 September 21, 2022 Meeting Minutes

View the UPC Budget HERE

The 2022-2023 Budget was approved via an email vote following the August General Meeting. 

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.

Following the August UPC meeting, an electronic vote was conducted to support a vote of YES on the Paradise Valley School District's Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Override election on the ballot in November. To learn more specifics about the M&O override, please read the PVUSD Fact Sheet. Voting Yes on the M&O Override is a vote to support students, small class sizes, specialty programs and extracurricular activities. 

The Paradise Valley Unified School District will had five information sessions for the public to learn more about the M&O override election. Please watch the recording HERE

Please note this is a continuation of the M&O Override that was passed in 2017. Voting YES will not result in an increase in taxes. 

Like Yes For PV Students on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. Find more information on YesForPVStudents.com

Please share this information with your communities!

Parent Group Leaders: please check your inboxes for important information about how you can support voting YES for PV Students! 

If you would like to get involved and help support Yes for PV Students, please click HERE!

HERE is the link for the recording of the 2022 PVUSD Governing Board Candidate Forum! All seven candidates were invited six weeks prior to the forum. This event was moderated by volunteers from The League of Women Voters and is a tradition for the PVUSD community!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization working to protect and expand voting rights and ensure everyone is represented in our democracy. They empower voters and defend democracy through advocacy, education, and litigation, at the local, state, and national levels.

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 Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix for donating over 100 feminine hygiene kits. Those kits were distributed to 6 schools in our district.

Thank you to Delta Dental for the very generous donation of 500 toothbrushes and 500 toothpastes. 

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.

The November UPC General Meeting will be Wednesday, November 16th beginning at 9:00 a.m. This meeting will be held both in person and via Zoom. All are welcome to attend!

We have had so many questions about campus safety and what the district is doing to keep our campuses safe. For thee November Program, we have invited Dr. Chris Asmussen, Director of Student Services Secondary, to let parents know about some of the systems that are in place to maintain safe campuses across our district. 

If you have any questions, please email UPC's VP of Programming, Megan Starr, at programming@pvupc.org

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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