May is Physical Fitness
& Sports Month
Pinnacle and Horizon ranked among top U.S. high schools
Pinnacle High School is ranked by US News and World Report as the #1 traditional high school in the Phoenix Metro Area, #8 of all Arizona high schools, and #681 nationally. Horizon High School ranked #17 of all Arizona high schools, and #1233 nationally. Read more
CREST students partner with ASU's Quanta Foundation
In March, PV Schools' Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology sophomore students toured ASU's Microscopy Lab, courtesy of Dr.x Page Baluch and in conjunction with The Quanta Foundation, an ASU student-led initiative that helps bring the university research experience to high school students. (See photo, right. Click to enlarge). Students heard a lecture from Professor La Belle about his biotech-related research and careers in the field. On April 27, CREST biotechnology and sustainability students presented their scientific research at a poster session at ASU Skysong. The semester-long project included a research paper, a podcast (published on iTunes), and a scientific poster. The students' research was published in a hard-copy anthology.
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North Canyon High School student offered Flinn scholarship
Shivani Misra, North Canyon High senior, is one of 22 Arizona students to be offered a Flinn Scholarship, 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.
Around the district
Shari Anton, world history teacher and cheer coach at Shadow Mountain High School, received the Excellence in Education Award, sponsored by Rio Salado College and KEZ 99.9 FM. She was nominated by student Bryce Hustad who said that she is the teacher that you will always remember and has high expectations of her students.
“She takes a personal interest in my success and builds my confidence,” Hustad said. “She makes learning a wonderful and entertaining experience for all of us. At the end of the day I know she cares about me and how well I do, and knows if I am successful so is she.” View video
North Ranch Elementary School fifth-and sixth-grade honors math students were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate in the 2012 Math Olympiad program. For the sixth year in a row, the North Ranch team scored in the top 10% of Division E. Both teams entered earned the Highest Team Achievement Honors, and Adina Stefan achieved a perfect score, earning the prestigious Dr. George Lenchner Medallion. Gold Pin winners, scoring in the top 2% of participating students internationally, were Maria Belishka, Ryan Conrad, Ian Holmes, Madison Ablin, Mason Hendrix, Blake Staley, Caleb Fisher, Kaveh Moasser, Maggie Nichols, and Desiree Stawnyczy. Their teacher is Karen Brown.
Pinnacle Peak Elementary School had two first place winners in the K-3 division of the national Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Contest. Fawaz Stipho (K-3) and in Sultan Stipho (4-6). They are invited to Arkansas in June for two days for fishing, conservation an art classes. The awards will be presented in President Clinton's library. The boys also had to write and essay about our state fish, the Apache trout. ( Artwork pictured right: Fawaz, top; Sultan, bottom.)
Wildlife Forever's State Fish Art Contest is celebrating its 14th year as a conservation education program combining art, to catch the imagination of students, and science, to foster discovery of the natural world, increasing awareness of and respect for aquatic resources.
Horizon High School photojournalist Elizabeth Yee is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Jostens Photo Contest. With over 8,000 photos submitted from all over the country, Elizabeth was the only photojournalist from Arizona to place. She won $1,000 and a photo equipment package from Wolfe's Camera. Her photo will be featured in both an online publication and a print version that will be distributed nationally. Click photo to enlarge.
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Fifth grade honors students from North Ranch Elementary, led by teacher Karen Brown, competed in the April 12 Noetic Learning Math Contest, an elementary math-problem solving contest held twice a year. 12,630 young students from across the country participated in the spring contest. Student Maggie Nichols earned a perfect score. The following North Ranch students won the National Honor Roll title which is only awarded to the top 10 percent of participating students in the country.
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Governing Board meeting
Thursday, May 17
High school exams
High school early release
Last day of classes
K-12 early release
High school commencement
Thursday, May 24
2012-13 classes begin
Wednesday, Aug. 8
Board meeting photos
View photos from the May 3 Governing Board meeting, including student art winners. (Photo: Dr. James Lee congratulates PROPS winner Tara Barrett. Julie Bacon, background.) Photos by Horizon High School student photographer Briana Hamilton.
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Infinite Campus unavailable May 21-24
The Infinite Campus grade portal will be closed to parents and students from May 21 until May 24 at 2 p.m. to allow teachers to enter grades into the database.
This will prevent a potential overburdening the system during this high-activity period. Parents may log in to Infinite Campus after 2 p.m. on May 24 to access student grades.
PV Schools offers
and early childhood care
Convenient neighborhood locations throughout the District, offering:
- Child Development Center for infants
through four years old
- Pre-school classes for three-year-olds
- Pre-kindergarten classes for four-year-olds
For more information contact PV Schools Community Education at (602) 449-2200 or visit:
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