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.
Camelback Dance Program to Hold First Annual Spartan Scramble Golf TournamentPosted by Communications at 10/4/2017
The Camelback Dance program is holding its first annual Spartan Scramble Golf tournament, to benefit the students of the dance department. Proceeds will allow the varsity dance team, Camelback Elite, to attend multiple local competitions this school year, and provide funding for costumes and other necessities for the 150-student program. The tournament will be Saturday, October 28 at the Mountain Shadows Golf Course in Paradise Valley at 8 a.m. For player and sponsorship information, contact Camelback’s Director of Dance, Heidi Wilkes, at email@example.com or (480) 438-9120.
Ninth Annual Phoenix Union M.E.Ch.A. Youth Conference for 2017-18Posted by Communications at 10/4/2017
The Ninth Annual Phoenix Union M.E.Ch.A. Youth Conference for 2017-18 will be hosted by Metro Tech and Linda Abril Educational Academy, October 27. The theme for this year’s conference is Nuestra voz cuenta – in fronteras (No border can silence our voices).
“In the current social and political climate that puts immigration, the border, racism and education issues in media across our nation, M.E.Ch.A. responds with a message of unity, love and self-empowerment,” M.E.Ch.A advisor at Linda Abril Christopher Bates said.
The workshops being planned will feature immigration attorneys, social and cultural awareness activities with regard an emphasis on the Indigenous origins of many of the peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
The First Academic Decathlon Event of the Year is the Phoenix Union DecathlonPosted by Communications at 10/4/2017
The first Academic Decathlon event of the year is the Phoenix Union Decathlon, which will be held November 17-18 at Camelback High School. It is not just limited to PUHSD schools. This year, 20 teams are expected. The decathlon organizers are looking for volunteers for this event. No experience is necessary. It starts with essay scoring, November 15. Friday, November 17 is when speeches and interviews take place, with training beginning at 4 p.m. Dinner is provided for volunteers. Saturday, November 18, there is a need for test proctors in the morning, and the Super Quiz in the afternoon. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Sharon Bernero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fifth Annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo to Be Held Saturday, November 4 at Phoenix CollegePosted by Communications at 10/4/2017
The fifth annual Phoenix Union Experience High School Expo will be held Saturday, November 4 at Phoenix College. It is an opportunity for middle school/junior high students to explore the many schools and programs available at Phoenix Union High School District and meet students and staff. It is also the first official day to register for one of the schools. There is student entertainment, giveaways, food and fun, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Phoenix Union Students Spend Fall Break on a Annual Tour of Historically Black Colleges and UniversitiesPosted by Communications at 9/27/2017
Thirty-eight Phoenix Union students will spend Fall Break on a annual tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, thanks to financial support from the Burton Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Arizona Community Foundation, and its Black Philanthropy Initiative. The group from Betty Fairfax, Cesar Chavez, Maryvale, Linda Abril and Trevor Browne will explore post-secondary opportunities at Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M, Grambling State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Jackson State University, and Southern University, October 9-13. Fairfax teacher Sandra Jenkins is a driving force behind these annual trips. She is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University, and her hometown newspaper in Mound Bayou has reported that the Phoenix group is on their way to the Magnolia State.
Trevor Browne’s JROTC Rifle Team Finishes Second of 15-Team CompetitionPosted by Communications at 9/27/2017
Trevor Browne’s JROTC Rifle team finished second in the 15-team Carver Mountain Rifle Tournament, hosted by Cesar Chavez High School, September 22-23. Tombstone Marine JROTC won the tournament by ten points, 1030-1020. Chavez fielded two teams, with the Purple team finishing 5th. Alhambra was 7th among PUHSD Schools. The Bruin shooters are Jackie Urquidez, Raymond Zazaya, Ashley Gutierez and Rafael Gomez
South Mountain High School Awarded $20,000Posted by Communications at 9/27/2017
South Mountain has been awarded a $20,000, two-year grant to participate in the Verizon Innovative Learning design thinking program. The program is in conjunction with ASU. South Mountain will join a network of over 50 schools and 200 educators from New York, Chicago, Baton Rouge, Boston, Atlanta, Long Beach and Washington, D.C. in engaging students and teachers in design thinking, entrepreneurship and emerging technology. Teachers will participate in a fall training institute, receive virtual modules, and work with ASU staff and faculty on professional development and implementation. The program hopes to foster nnovation, entrepreneurship and digital literacy through hands-on projects with local small businesses. Multi-media instructor Heather Jancoski wrote the grant and will oversee the program at South. Camelback was one of the first schools picked for this program three years ago.
Maryvale Girls Show Up & Show Out At the Doug Conley Cross Country InvitationalPosted by Joseph Haley at 9/27/2017
At the Doug Conley Cross Country Invitational, September 23, the Maryvale Girls Cross Country team beat everyone but the three-time State Champions. The Panthers finished second to Desert Vista, in a field that included nearly 60 teams. The team is Ariz Duarte; Janet Chavez; Mia Avelar; Julieta Aviles and Angel Tapia. Duarte finished 7th, Chavez, 8th and Avelar, 13th.
Betty Fairfax Students of the Month for SeptemberPosted by Comunications at 9/27/2017
Fairfax Students of the Month for September are Omar Bustamante, Health/PE; Mariah Armenta, Counseling; Iilyan Fierro, Science; Abigail Guerrero, World Language; James Mulbah, English; Jorge Dominguez, Math; Malissa Pinkney, Business; Jeremiah Schexnayder, JROTC; Hayley Toro, Business, Kiley Truong, Business; Joseph Tullius, Performing arts.
The Betty H. Fairfax Vocal Ensemble Was Invited to Perform in a Concert Hosted by HeliosPosted by Communications at 9/27/2017
The Betty H. Fairfax Vocal Ensemble was invited to perform in a concert hosted by Helios, a local professional modern Renaissance vocal ensemble, September 23 at the Central United Methodist Church. The students performed two secular madrigals that fit the theme "A Book of Beasts". This is the first time that Helios, now in its third season, has invited a high school choir to perform in one of their concerts. During the Medieval and Renaissance eras, the animal kingdom was a source of amazement and entertainment in literature, art and music from cats and dogs to dragons and griffins.