Thank You for Visiting the PUHSD Communications Weekly News BlogThe Communications Department posts weekly school and district news items on the Phoenix Union website. These items also are submitted to The Arizona Republic for a feature called “Around Our Schools" and are sent to other publications around the Valley. Occasionally, it gives the local media story ideas that highlight Phoenix Union.This is an opportunity to recognize student and staff accomplishments and events and announce upcoming school activities in which the community would be interested. If you have a news item to share, please use the following News By You form to send us the information.
Maryvale High School Will Have a New Principal for the 2018-2019 School YearPosted by Communications at 4/12/2018
Maryvale High School will have a new principal next year. Principal Manuel Silvas has been selected to become a Talent Director at the District Office for the 2018-19 school year. Principal candidates have been interviewed, and four finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a Community Forum, Tuesday, April 17, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Maryvale Auditorium.
Mr. Silvas became principal of Maryvale in October of 2015. He was an assistant principal at South Mountain and Trevor Browne prior to that assignment and served as dean for three years at Carl Hayden. He was an administrator at Wilson Elementary and taught math and science in the Creighton District prior to coming to Phoenix Union.
The Carl Hayden Handball Club Traveled to Tucson to Take on the Fred Lewis Handball ClubPosted by Communications at 4/12/2018
The Carl Hayden Handball Club traveled to Tucson to take on the Fred Lewis Handball Club (FLHC) at the private Tucson Racquet Ball & Fitness Club, March 7. Seven Falcons had the opportunity to compete against nationally ranked players in their age group.
“Overall, we had a good experience, and our players reflected on the importance of being prepared, and the importance of building relationships, especially with our Handball brother/sister to the South,” said coach Chris Hogan.
Carl Hayden High School Computer Studies Students Will Compete at the National Cyber League Online Cyber SecurityPosted by Communications at 4/12/2018
This spring, 16 Carl Hayden sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Center for Computer Studies Magnet Program will be among the first in the Phoenix Union High School District to participate in the National Cyber League online cyber security competition.
The National Cyber League (NCL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in May 2011 to provide an ongoing virtual training ground for participants to develop, practice, and validate their cybersecurity knowledge and skills using next-generation high-fidelity simulation environments. The NCL challenges are based on the CompTIA Security+™ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)™ performance-based exam objectives.
Under the supervision of team sponsor and coach Michael Marmolejo, the Hayden cyber-athletes are currently training in the NCL’s virtual gym, where they are studying content in the areas of: Open Source Intelligence, Scanning, Enumeration and Exploitation, Password Cracking, Traffic Analysis, Log Analysis, Wireless Security, Cryptography, and Web Application Security in preparation for the spring Preseason and Regular Season competition. The students are all enrolled in the Center for Computer Studies’ Networking and Operating Systems class, which recently shifted its curricular focus to Cyber Security and Cyber Defense in response to the rapidly escalating demand across the technology industry.
The competition is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity activity. The Hayden cyber-athletes will spend the next two months preparing and testing themselves against cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce. The students will be able to develop and validate their cybersecurity knowledge and talent across a range of industry-recognized competencies, making them more valuable to recruiters. At the conclusion of the competition, the athletes will receive certificates of participation and personalized scouting reports that are made available to companies seeking to hire qualified personnel. Top performers in the competition also have the chance to win individual and team awards, as well as scholarships.
“Like the world-famous Falcon Robotics team before them, the Hayden cyber-athletes are competing against teams from colleges across the country. The team is eager to make their mark as it competes in this emerging e-sport that not only provides students with real-world skills that can be applied to future career and academic opportunities but also affords them the opportunity to blaze a trail in what promises to be the premier academic sport of the 21st century,” Marmolejo said.
Central High School Principal John Biera Has Been Selected to Fill an Administrative Position at CEE for the 2018-19 School YearPosted by Communications at 4/12/2018
Central High School Principal John Biera has been selected to fill an administrative position at CEE for the 2018-19 school year, requiring a new principal search. Candidates have been interviewed, and four finalists will visit Central, Monday, and participate in a community forum, Monday, April 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the school’s library. Community members, parents, teachers and students are invited to hear the candidates answer questions from the audience and can weigh in on the selection process by sending comments to the superintendent.
Biera is in his fourth year as Central’s principal. He was a high school principal for 12 years in the Scottsdale School District --ten at Coronado and two at Arcadia. His public education career spans 36 years, including 24 as an administrator in Arizona and Texas.
Bioscience High School is On a Mission to Ensure Every College-Bound Senior is Awarded a ScholarshipPosted by Communications at 4/12/2018
Bioscience High School is on a mission to ensure that every college-bound senior is awarded a scholarship. That is typically 100 percent of the senior class. The school is holding its First Annual Dollars for Scholars Community Event & Fundraiser, Thursday, April 19, from 6-8:30 pm. There will be food trucks, music, desserts, gift baskets, penny scholarship jars, and each senior will do Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) presentations about their college and career plans.
“We would love you to attend and to consider making a donation to our cause. The Burton Family Foundation will be matching our donations, so every dollar counts. If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation – no amount is too small,” Principal Dr. Holly Batsell said.
Credit card donations may be made on the following Arizona Community Foundation page: https://burtonfamilyfoundation.kimbia.com/burtff
Checks may be made out to the Burton Family Foundation (please put Bioscience on the subject line) and mailed to:
Arizona Community Foundation 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 405B, Phoenix, AZ 85016
The 7th Annual Fairfax Senior Capstone Presentations Will Take Place on April 10, 11 and 12Posted by Communications at 4/12/2018
The 7th Annual Fairfax Senior Capstone Presentations will take place on April 10, 11 and 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the gymnasium. Students will be presenting careers on the following categories: Natural Resources; Business Management; Industrial and Engineering Systems; Art and Communication; Human Resources; Health Services. Students, staff, parents and the community are invited.
Culinary Arts Teacher Annette Fields and Students Built an Organic Garden on the Campus of Alhambra High SchoolPosted by Communications at 4/12/2018
Culinary Arts teacher Annette Fields has taught environmental science and culinary arts for many years and most recently she and 22 students built an organic garden on the campus of Alhambra High School. It is the first and only certified organic garden in the District.
The students were involved in every aspect of building the garden from putting the boxes together, moving several tons of soil to fill the boxes, and filling in the surroundings with gravel to create an attractive environment.
In the fall they grew sweet corn, pumpkins, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Currently they have planted sun flowers which are beginning to sprout, watermelon, onions, snap peas, potatoes, and zucchini. All items grown in the garden are organic and used in the Culinary Classroom and Culinary Club.
“I have a passion for the environment, and I also want my students to learn about sustainability. With the Alhambra Organic Garden there are many opportunities to teach them about our environment, biology, botany, and emerging markets but best of all we get to make yummy and healthy snacks when we are done,” Fields said. “Our goal is to beautify the community in which we work and live and make Phoenix a more sustainable city. My students also learn the difference between healthy food choices and the “Food Desert” that surrounds us.”
To become certified Fields had to do some research regarding prior land use. She contacted Maricopa County GIS Mapping and viewed the aerial photography of the school’s location dating back to 1930. Fortunately, prior to the school’s construction the land was open agricultural land eliminating any concern of potential toxins in the soil. Next, she contacted the Arizona Department of Health Services for a site visit to obtain approval for the proposed location and then to the Arizona Department of Health Services web site to find out what else might be needed. They had to submit a Food Safety Plan and obtain Food handlers certification for all the students.
“It took a great deal of hard work and almost a year to acquire certification with the Arizona Department of Health Services, but with a group of amazing Culinary & Organic Garden Club members we did it.”
The Alhambra High School Athletics Program Won the 2017-2018 6A Conference Glen Treadaway Sportsmanship AwardPosted by Communications at 4/12/2018
The Alhambra High School Athletics Program has won the 2017-2018 6A Conference Glen Treadaway Sportsmanship Award for the school’s coaches and administration for setting the state and district standard for great sportsmanship and character building with their student-athletes.
“It was brought to my attention that an AIA 6A representative witnessed stellar sportsmanship by our boys basketball team and Coach (ErnieCobb) during a game against Westview this season, and that event caused this AIA rep to measure all school’s demonstration of sportsmanship based on Alhambra’s,” Athleitcic Director Dr. Wendy Truvillion said. “Also contributing to this award is the fact that Alhambra was one of about 75 (out of 450) Arizona schools that had zero (0) ejections in athletic events this year. These bouts of excellence are a testament to Alhambra’s hard work, commitment, and character.”
The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education Will Hold its Annual Scholarship Open Golf TournamentPosted by Communications at 4/12/2018
The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education will hold its annual Scholarship Open Golf Tournament, Friday, May 4 at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course. The tournament, the second largest fundraiser of the year, raises funds for post-secondary scholarships for Phoenix Union students. This event has sold out the last five years. To register as a player, team or sponsor, or to donate an item for a raffle, contact the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education at (480) 289-5761. Tee time is 7:15 for the scramble format.
Alhambra High School JROTC Department Hosted the Desert Classic JROTC Drill ChampionshipPosted by Communications at 4/12/2018
The Alhambra JROTC department hosted the Desert Classic JROTC Drill Championship, April 7. Twenty-five schools from across Arizona and Nevada participated. North, Central, Camelback, Trevor Browne, South Mountain, Alhambra, Maryvale, Betty Fairfax, Cesar Chavez, and Carl Hayden from PUHSD participated. Thunderbird High School Navy JROTC took first place for the fifth consecutive year. South Mountain placed 2nd in Unarmed Regulation, 3rd in the Unarmed 4-person Exhibition, and 1st in the Unarmed Duo categories. Maryvale placed 3rd in the Unarmed Sweepstakes, 3rd in Varsity Color Guard and 3rd in Unarmed Exhibition categories. Trevor Browne placed 3rd in the Unarmed Inspection category and 1st and 2nd in the Individual Drill Down.