Int'l Jazz Day, Sat. May 26
seniors graduated from PV high schools on May 24
Governing Board approves hiring of five administrators
At the May 3 board meeting, the Governing Board approved the employment of Melissa Childs as assistant principal of Desert Shadows Middle School, Deanne Dykstra as assistant principal of Pinnacle High School and Melissa Molzhon as principal of Boulder Creek Elementary School effective July 9. At the May 17 meeting, the hirings of James "Brian" Mabb as principal of Paradise Valley High School and Dr. Troy Bales as principal of Pinnacle High School were approved.
Distribution of the 2012 AIMS test
Student reports for grades 10, 11, 12 for AIMS math, reading, writing, and Grade 10 science will be mailed to student homes in June.
For those students who will not have reports mailed — Schools will distribute reports to students when school starts. These include:
- Grade 9 SAT 10 reports
- Grade 9 AIMS science
- Grades 3-8 AIMS reading, math, writing and science
- Grade 2 SAT 10 reports
If parents of students in grades 2-9 would like their student copy earlier, they will be available for parent pickup in the Assessment Department:
- 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Monday -Thursday, June 11-21
- District Administrative Center, 15002 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix
Call the Assessment Department prior to your visit at 602-449-2016 to allow time to prepare copies. Please bring identification that verifies your relationship to the student.
Sonoran Sky teacher wins $10,000 classroom makeover in national contest
Sonoran Sky Elementary School Gifted teacher Karen Mensing was selected as one of five national winners of the Honeywell Got 2B Safe! contest, winning a $10,000 classroom makeover. Mensing will also meet an Arizona Congressional Representative to explain how PV Schools and Sonoran Sky are implementing Internet safety strategies. Mensing has been invited to attend the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Hope Awards as well as the Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
For the Got 2b Safe! contest, Mensing developed lesson plans on Internet and cyber safety for K-5 students. She has been diligently working on incorporating Internet safety strategies with her students as they use it as a tool to support learning.
Around the district
Pinnacle High School senior Stephen Bielecki (2nd from right. Click photo to enlarge) recently received an award from Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta (center) for his winning design in Valley Metro’s 2012 Bus Wrap Design Competition. His design will wrap a city bus for one year. Also present was Bielecki's graphic design teacher Theresa Boettcher (far left), Principal Dr. Jason Reynolds (2nd from left), and second place winner, Pinnacle's Stephen Jewell (far right). Read more
On May 2, the Sixth Annual PV Schools Fiddle Fest, held in the Paradise Valley High School gymnasium, presented two programs. Carol Krahulec took the lead in organizing this event. The concerts featured elementary, middle, and high school string musicians playing a program featuring Celtic fiddle music. The grand finale involved all of the musicians in a final performance. (Click photo to enlarge.)
Paradise Valley High School senior Jordan Levine is a recipient of the T.W. Lewis Foundation $5,000-per-year scholarship to the school of his choice. Jordan, who ranks in the top one percent of his class with a 4.429 weighted GPA, will attend the University of Arizona next year.
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Memorial Day, district offices closed
Monday, May 28
District offices summer hours begin
Monday, June 4
(M -Th, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Governing Board meeting
Thursday, June 7, 6 p.m.
2012-13 classes begin
Wednesday, Aug. 8
Education Support Professional of the Month
Adele Shemberger (pictured above with Superintendent Dr. James P. Lee) is an Academic Tech for pvONLINE at North Canyon High School. Adele is an integral part of the pvONLINE program and through her openness and approachability she is able to maintain an extremely positive relationship with the students. She has created a positive and rewarding environment in the North Canyon pvONLINE lab.
PVEA P.R.O.P.S. winner
Palomino Intermediate School teacher Tara Barrett is the Paradise Valley Education Association's (PVEA) Recognition of Professional Standards (P.R.O.P.S.) award recipient of the month. In her nomination letter, Jennifer Miller stated, "She's an incredible advocate for her students. She connects with them in a way I have rarely seen. Her dedication to Palomino and her students is a true inspiration."
Crossing Guard training
The Maricopa Association of Governments is offering regional school crossing guard training workshops in Mesa on:
- Tuesday, July 31
- Thursday, Aug. 2, and
- Tuesday, Aug. 7
All PV Schools crossing guards should attend this training if possible, even if previously attended. There is no charge to attend the workshop but participants must preregister. Crossing guards employed with the district will receive compensation for their time. Contact Human Resources at 602.449.2185 if you have any questions.
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