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.*

September Monthly Meeting

Please join us for the September UPC meeting on Wednesday, September 21st. 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 "Supporting Diverse Learners in PVSchools" by Karen Brown, Director of Gifted Education and a representative from the Special Education Department to learn about the many educational supports available for students. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

9:00am UPC General Meeting

10:00am "Supporting Diverse Learners 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 August 24, 2022 Meeting Minutes 

View the UPC Budget HERE 

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year to our returning UPC Representatives, Alternates and General Members - AND we would like to extend a very warm welcome to any NEW UPC Representatives, Alternates, and General Members joining the UPC organization this school year. We often get asked, “How can I become part of UPC?” So, as the new school year kicks off, we wanted to share a reminder about what UPC does and how YOU can be part of it. UPC Representatives are selected at the school site, typically through the respective Parent Group (if such a group exists). Parent Groups should consult respective 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. Use the link below to learn more…

Click here to learn WHAT IS UPC AND HOW CAN I BE A PART OF IT?

In an effort to streamline a safe and easy membership registration process, please use the online 2022-2023 UPC Membership Registration Form to complete your annual registration. ALL UPC Representatives/Alternates/Community Members must complete a new membership form each school year. And to make it easy, we are providing 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!

We kindly request Membership Registration and Annual Dues payment be submitted by September 30th. Thank you!

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 have information sessions for the public to learn more about the M&O override election. 

September 19th, 6:00pm-6:30pm at North Canyon High School

September 20th, 6:00pm-6:30pm at Paradise Valley High School

September 29th, 6:00pm-6:30pm at Horizon High School

Please share this information with your communities!

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

Parent Group Leaders, keep an eye out for information from UPC about how your PTA/PTO/Booster group can also support a Yes vote on the M&O Override election!

PV offers two unique middle school programs for gifted students. Find more information about the Journey and DLC programs, click here. 

Learn about Special Education programs in PVSchools and the difference between IEPs and 504 plans. You can view the flyer HERE y en español.

Our presenters for this seminar include:

  • Linda Taylor, Director of Special Education
  • Lora Herbein, Director of Student Services
  • Gianna Colonna, Assistant Director of Special Education

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 


District Administrative Center- DAC East/West

This presentation will also be available via zoom. Please register in advance HERE to receive the link. 

Join us for the 2022 PVUSD Governing Board Candidate Forum! This event will be an opportunity for the candidates to introduce themselves and answer questions. This event will be moderated by volunteers from The League of Women Voters. This event 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. We empower voters and defend democracy through advocacy, education, and litigation, at the local, state, and national levels.

This event will be recorded and shared on UPC's YouTube Channel for those unable to attend in person. 

Please use this LINK to purchase tickets for select Cardinals Home games this year! When you purchase tickets through the link, $5 from each ticket will go to the UPC Outreach Committee to help them 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. 

Donations have been sorted and organized so they are accessible to social workers and school nurses from all over the district.

District Information Technology Committee (ITC)

The purpose of this committee is to make proactive decisions and recommendations as appropriate, regarding information technology, by clearly communicating and collaborating so that all stakeholder voices are heard, and equity across classrooms and student success remain the focus.

Meetings will be help 3:45pm-4:45pm the second Thursday of every month this year. 

If you would like to be considered to volunteer for this Task Force, please email President@pvupc.org by 9/22/22 and include the school(s) your student attends and also grade level(s). 

The next UPC General Meeting will be Wednesday, October 19th beginning at 9:00 a.m. This meeting will be held both in person and via Zoom. All are welcome to attend!

Back by popular demand: "PV Parent Group Success Stories"

We received such great feedback after this program last year, so we decided to bring it back again! We are looking for parent group leaders to share their success stories. Do you have a great way to encourage parents to volunteer? A great event that all the students and families love? An easy fundraiser that has high participation? We want to hear about it all! Just fill out this FORM and let us know about the amazing things your parents group does. If you have any questions, please email UPC's VP of Programming, Megan Starr, at programming@pvupc.org

New on UPC's YouTube Channel!

Hot Topics in School Funding for PVSchools

You can watch the recording HERE

Understanding the Twice-Exceptional Learner

You can watch this presentation HERE!

Cognitive Diversity and Gifted Education: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child with a Uniquely Wired Brain
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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