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Parth PatelParth Patel, a senior at North Canyon High School, is the City of Phoenix 2013 Outstanding Young Man of the Year. Patel was selected from 16 council districts, and will receive a $2,000 award. (Photo: Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos(left) and Councilman Jim Waring (right) present awards to Patel and teacher Teresa Hall, named by Patel as Most Influential Individual.)


Paradise Valley High School's Paul Watson has been chosen as the AZ Central All-Phoenix boys basketball Player of the Year, after helping the team win the Division II championship. Coach Mark McGowan was selected Coach of the Year.

Four PV Schools students were chosen for the All-City girlssoccer team. These top Phoenix girls soccer players are Missy Kettelkamp, Maddie Kmetko and Jorian Baucom, from Pinnacle High School, and Katy Yancone, from North Canyon High School.

Pinnacle High School senior Sydney Wiese — called " the best girls high-school basketball player in the state" by the AZ Republic — was named azcentral sports' Big Schools Player of the Year and Phoenix Player of the Year. Wiese and teammate Britta Nordstrom were selected as members of the 2013 All-Phoenix Girls Basketball team.


The Paradise Valley High School boys basketball team won the 2013 Division II State Championship.

  • Rick McCutcheon, athletic director
  • Mark MacGowan, head coach
  • Joe English, Dexter Brown, Robert Branch, Dell Mims, assistants

Roster includes: Paul Watson, Jordan Shipp, Jacob Brown, Brandon Williams, Jordan Brown, Kevin Yournet, Michael Crask, Ryan Finley, Anthony Walker, Cedric Jacobs-Jone, Connor Euting, Andrew Clark, Davis Nguyen--student team manager. Ballboys are Luke MacGowan and Nathan Perry


North Canyon's Aditya Khurana, Horizon's Mikaela Halland, and Pinnacle High School's Marisa Maisiiak are candidates in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars program


Rachel Cohen, Michelle Godfrey, Diane Siekmann and Leanna Wolkis Goldstein have earned the designation of National Board Certified Teachers. The Paradise Valley Unified School District is one of two districts in the state with the highest number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). In addition, Nancy Stanton, Pinnacle Peak Elementary, was identified as an Arizona Master Teacher by the Arizona K12 Center> Read more


Marni LandryParadise Valley High's Marni Landry is the Arizona High School Science Teacher of the Year as recognized by the Arizona Science Teachers Association. Landry was selected from a number of highly qualified applicants based on her instructional strengths and innovative practices. (Photo: Marni Landry and Vicki Massey, president of ASTA)


Ryan Finley, quarterback for Paradise Valley High School, is the 2012 Arizona Cardinals High School Player of the Year


Michelle Perryman from Larkspur Elementary School is a 2013 Rodel Exemplary Teacher; Janice Moore, principal of Campo Bello Elementary School, is a Semifinalist in the Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative. The recognition is based on proven leadership and an excellent record of high academic achievement.


The following students represented PV Schools at the 2012 All State Jazz Show and Choir Fesitval.

Horizon High
Ellen Fairfield
Elysha Nemeth
McKenzie Hayes
Juliet Wilson
Megan Galasieski
Jamaelya Hines
Katie Pfeffer
Brenna Dorsey
Katie Klick
Eli Bliman
Colton Snyder

Corey Johnson
Jonathan Velez
JJ Aronfield
Justin Jordon
Max Cunningham
Jason Corirossi
Kara Piatt
Sydney Alexander
Cole Powers
North Canyon
Lorenzo Salvin

Shadow Mountain High
Daniel Barth
Alex Kass

Pinnacle High
Daniel Bertilson
Lauren Hays
Madi Harper
Taylor Harper


internsPV Schools has one of only two school-based internships in the nation for dietitians which was developed by Kathy Glindmeier, director of Nutrition and Wellness for the district. This year's graduating interns are: Kim Baker, Adriana Terrazas, Alicia Muckenhirn, Avery Beaton and Mary Raffetto.


Horizon High School girls volleyball team won the 2012 Division I State Championship. This is the team's third state Division I title in four years.


Congratulations to these Pinnacle High School Division I State Champion swimmers: Victoria Toris (50 Free and 100 Free); Isabel Whited (500 Free and 200 Free Relay); and the 400 Free Relay team of Victoria Toris, Isabel Whited, Sam Fazio and Kendra Griffin. Coach Laura Spinn was voted Coach of the Year.

Horizon High swimmer Josh Olazewski won first place in the Division I State Championship 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:32.47.


23 PV Students named Semifinalists and Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Paradise Valley High School
Semifinalist Fay Skomer
Commended Rachel Geltmaker

Pinnacle High School
Semifinalist Eric Qi

Horizon High School
Semifinalist Cody Morrow
Mikaela Hall
Robyn Park
Commended Emily Laitin
Ryan Marks
Luke Messer
Amanda Olmut
Marina Sharpe
Scott Simm
Christie Trimble
Alyson Tukan
Jonathan Wasserman
Noah Briggs

Shadow Mountain High School
Semifinalist Cody Tapscott  

North Canyon High School
Semifinalist Alexandria Kub
Commended Isaac Gamus
Aditya Khurana
Sindhu Rajan
Prati Reddy
Laura Bargfeld


Copper Canyon Elementary designated a National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education honors America's most successful schools with this designation.

PV high schools have eight National Merit Semifinalists and 14 National M erit Commended Students.

  Campo Bello and Hidden Hills are Title I High Performing Reward schools, as designated by the Arizona Department of Education. The criteria include meeting annual measurable objectives, earning an “A” letter grade for the school, above average achievement and growth with the schools’ bottom quartile students and graduation rates greater than 80 percent.

  PV Schools recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association — the highest form of recognition in government accounting and financial reporting

  Pinnacle High School graphic design student Stephen Bielecki won first place in the Valley Metro Design Contest for his bus wrap design which will wrap a regular in-service bus for a year. He also will be awarded a check for $500. Stephen Jewell won second place and will be awarded $250. > Read more


Shivani Misra, North Canyon High senior is one of 22 Arizona students to be named a Flinn Scholar, one of the most competitive and prestigious undergraduate awards in the nation. The $100,000 award covers tuition at an Arizona university, other educational expenses, room and board, international travel-related study and other benefits.


Hidden Hills Elementary School was awarded the A+ designation from the Arizona Education Foundation, April 2012

PV schools have received 16 A+ designations from the Arizona Department of Education since 1992. They include:

  • Pinnacle High School
  • Copper Canyon Elementary
  • Desert Springs Elementary
  • Desert Shadows Elementary
  • Greenway Middle
  • HIdden Hills Elementary (twice)
  • Liberty Elementary (twice)
  • North Ranch Elementary (twice)
  • Palomino Elementary
  • Sandpiper Elementary (twice)
  • Sonoran Sky Elementary
  • Vista Verde Middle


Pinnacle High School senior Robert Jansen is the Phoenix 2012 Outstanding Young Man of the Year for council District 2.


Karen Mensing, second grade teacher at Sonoran Sky Elementary School, was selected as the 2012 Arizona Technology in Education Association Teacher of the Year She is also a national winner of the Honeywell Got 2B Safe contest, earning a $10,000 classroom makeover and has been invited to meet with an Arizona Congressional Representative to tell him/her how PV Schools and Sonoran Sky are implementing Internet safety strategies. Karen has been invited to attend the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Hope Awards as well as attend the Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C.


The seventh-grade Honors science class at Mountain Trail Middle School won first-place in the state for the Disney Planet Challenge. The students researched water pollution as an environmental issue, specifically prescription medications in our water system, and created a project to address it. Their teacher is Michelle Cannon.


Tanner Kemp and Donald Coon, Horizon High School students who attend Paradise Valley High School for Future Farmers of America, have been recommended for the 2012 State FFA Degree. This is one of the highest awards the Arizona Association FFA can bestow upon its members and the second highest level of FFA membership.


PV has three 2012 individual state wrestling champions. From Horizon High School, competing in Division 1: Samson Imonode and Garrett Ryan; From Shadow Mountain High School, competing in Division 2: Luke Braun.


Both Campo Bello and Echo Mountain Primary Schools have been awarded Gold labels from the Beat The Odd Institute, a rigorous, multi-year school improvement program. Beat the Odds is based upon the Center for the Future of Arizona's nationally acclaimed research study that found six elements associated with successful minority schools: a strong and steady principal, clear bottom line, ongoing assessment, collaboration, a program built on individual student needs and a commitment to stay with successful instructional programs.

Only schools that attain gold-medal status are conferred the title of a Beat the Odds School. It requires demonstrated, consistent growth in student academic achievement over at least three years, among other criteria.


Jennifer Minor, principal of Sonoran Sky Elementary School, location of one of the district's self-contained gifted programs, was selected by the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented as the 2012 Gifted Administrator of the Year.


Horizon High School was awarded the 2010-11 Arizona Cup (in 2012) from the University of Arizona.The Arizona Cup is awarded annually to the Arizona high school with 30 or more of its graduates earning the highest cumulative grade point average during their freshman year at the UA.


Village Vista Elementary is named Arizona's National Title I Distinguished School


Copper Canyon Elementary School is one of five schools nominated from Arizona for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. This U.S. Department of Education recognition highlights schools that are producing outstanding results and have demonstrated consistent excellence.


Megan Bird, gifted specialist at Sonoran Sky Elementary School, was honored with the Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award from the University of Phoenix where she teaches at the college of education.

  PV schools have ten 2012 National Merit Finalists:

North Canyon Alex Reust
  Kelsie Urias
  Sophie Welsh
Pinnacle Shruti Dasgupta
  Rebekah Mozilo
Shadow Mountain Ian Liu
  Madeline Lucas
  Megan McFeely
Horizon Rebecca Martarella
  Shanna Phillips

Twenty-one National Merit Commended students:

Paradise Valley: Noah Way and Tyler Allen; Shadow Mountain: Conor Chard and John Marinick; Pinnacle: Nicklaus Arnold, Andrew Y. Cho, Emmaline G. Frey, Whitney T. Howson and Stephanie Zeped; North Canyon: Sarah Bracy, Lauren Coles,Thomas Hartwell, Tobin Kopp, Hara Kumar, Anjana Patel, Ross-Edward Raymond and Alexandra Scoville; Horizon: Sean T. Chappell, Sarah N. Davis, Kaiden M. Dion and Jacova K. Snyder.


The Core Knowledge® Foundation has declared Pinnacle Peak and Wildfire Elementary Schools Official Core Knowledge Schools and Visitation Sites. Pinnacle Peak and Wildfire are the second and third public schools in Arizona to achieve this status following Grayhawk Elementary School, which was awarded in January 2005.


Horizon High School is ranked among America's Best 500 High Schools by Newsweek magazine


Pinnacle, North Canyon and Horizon ranked among the best in U.S. for preparing students for college by The Washington Post. The PV district had more schools on the list than any other district in Arizona. arrow Read more

  Greenway Middle School earns AVID National Demonstration School distinction.
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