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World Teacher's Day is
Wednesday, Oct. 5

PV schools have ten National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and 18 Commended students

In September, students with the highest scores in each state were recognized as National Merit® Scholarship semifinalists. Congratulations to these ten PV 2012 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists:

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

Twenty-one students received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Commended students are: 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
Jacova K. Snyder.


Early reader online library from TumbleBookLibrary for PV students

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books that helps to teach kids in grades K-4 the joy of reading. Animation, sound, music and narration are added to existing picture books to produce electronic picture books which can be read by — or read to — children.

The TumbleBookLibrary provides enrichment to students who are reading independently with a variety of high interest material. It also provides support to students who require skill building with a variety of exercises that can be matched with other areas of the curriculum. It has been exceptionally well received by English as a Second Language (ESL) and special education teachers. TumbleBooks can be accessed online from home or school, 24/7.
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IB informational presentation for eighth-grade students on Oct. 12

North Canyon High School International Baccalaureate programs will be hosting an informational presentation for 8th grade students interested in this international program. "Prepare for the World" will highlight the benefits of this 4-year program. Current and former student speakers will also share their IB experiences. This presentation will take place in the North Canyon auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Lee Moline at lmoline@pvschools.net
 Visit the NCHS IB website

Emergency planning procedures
The safety and security of our students in the PV district is our highest priority. The schools and district regularly plan and practice to ensure we are prepared for emergencies. Read more about what happens in an emegency, and what parents should do if a child is kept on campus should there be an emergency.
Read letter to parents (PDF)

Around the district

Sophie Welsh, a student at North Canyon High School, was selected as one of only
120 members nationwide for the National High School Honors Orchestra. The orchestra will be performing on March 21 for the 2012 American String Teachers Association's National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.


SSES time muralStudents at Sonoran Sky Elementary School unveiled a new mural at a back-to-school event. (See photo, click to enlarge.) Each one of the 735 students, representing all grades K-6, were responsible for creating a four-inch tile. The tiles were placed together to create a large mural entitled, "Celebrating Diversity.” The pillars from Character Counts are hidden in the mural among the many faces drawn by the students to represent the school. Sonoran Sky art teacher Kathleen Arola designed and facilitated the creation of the project in the art classroom. Special thanks to Jeff Waddell and Shawn Sullivan from PV Facilities for putting the tiles together and creating the mural along with building a wooden frame that outlines this masterpiece.


SppoktacularSpooktacular! Saturday, Oct. 8 at Pinnacle High School

This 5th annual Halloween carnival, sponsored by Pinnacle High School's Key Club, is a fundraiser for UNICEF's Eliminate Project. An afternoon of Halloween fun with fortune telling, face painting, pumpkin toss and more. Costumes optional. The carnival hours are 3 to 6 p.m. at Pinnacle High School, 3535 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix. Tickets are $6 pre-order, $8 at the door.
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Early release for teacher professional development
Tuesday, Oct. 11

Grading period ends
Friday, Oct. 14

MediaFest at Paradise Valley Mall
Saturday, Oct. 15

K-8 parent conferences
Oct. 24-27

K-8 early release for conferences
Oct. 26-27

K-8 recess (no school)
Friday, Oct. 28

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment begins Monday, Oct. 3

Parents interested in open enrollment at a PV school are invited to pick up an Open Enrollment application for the 2012-13 school year at the District Administrative Center beginning Monday, October 3.. Applications can also be downloaded from the district website (PVschools.net.)

Students currently attending a PV school under the open enrollment process do not need to reapply, but those open-enrolled students moving on to middle- or high-school next year must apply. Applications for siblings of students currently participating in open enrollment must be submitted for consideration but will receive priority status.

At this time, Wildfire Elementary School is closed to open enrollment, but applications will be accepted for the new elementary school, Elementary No. 32, which will open in the fall of 2012 in the Fireside area, south of Deer Valley Rd. at 3725 E. Lone Cactus Dr.

Please share this information with neighbors, friends and family whose children do not currently attend a Paradise Valley School. We would love the opportunity to provide a quality education for those children, too.
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election info

Nov. 8 Capital Budget Override and Bond Facts

On Nov. 8, voters in the Paradise Valley Unified School District will decide two issues, a capital bond and a capital outlay budget override. Read the fact sheet to learn more.  
Election Fact Sheet


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