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  • Keep Your Child Safe in the Sun This Summer - Top 5 Tips

    Posted by PVSchools at 5/24/2017

    girl in the ocean In Arizona, there are so many outdoor activities that we can enjoy doing all year round, including hiking, biking, jogging and swimming.  When spending time outdoors, it’s important to play it safe.

    June is Sun Safety Month; however, these sun wise tips will help keep you safe all year long.

    1. Apply and reapply sunscreen
      Sunscreen isn’t just for beach days. When purchasing sunscreen look for one that protects against UV and UVB and is at least has an SPF higher than 15. Throughout the day, remember to reapply liberally according to the directions.

    2. Wear protective clothing
      Don’t leave home without your wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses. Wearing long sleeved shirts, UV shirts and long pants help lessen sun exposure.

    3. Stay hydrated
      Bring water with you everywhere you go is the best way to stay hydrated when you’re outdoors.

    4. Avoid activities during peak hours
      The hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. are when UV light is the brightest. Limit your outdoor activities during these hours.

    5. Check the UV Index daily
      When planning outdoor activities, it’s a good idea to check the UV Index. The UV Index provides a forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to UV radiation from the sun.

    Related article:
    Arizona Children Will No Longer Need Permission To Bring Sunscreen To School

     

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  • Top 10 Tips for Staying Safe Around Water This Summer

    Posted by PVSchools at 5/23/2017

    Girl with float Summer is here, and one sure way to stay cool this time of year is water.  Parents and children need to play it safe around water whether its pools, splash pads, water parks, lakes and oceans. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe this summer.

    1. Adult supervision - is the key to ensuring that your child is safe around the water. Never leave your child alone around water, not even for a second.

    2. Play it safe in the sun - wear protective clothing, including hats, sunglasses and UV shirts. Don’t forget to use sunscreen that has an SPF higher than 15, and remember to reapply liberally according to the directions.

    3. Swim with a buddy - never swim alone. Designate a swimming buddy before heading to the pool, beach, lake or water park.

    4. Know your limits - don’t swim out too far if you are not a strong swimmer; stay in shallow areas. Get out of the water when you start to feel tired. If a summer storm is approaching, get out of the water and find shelter.

    5. Swim in safe areas - never swim in murky water or strong currents.

    6. Get certified - become certified in infant and child first aid and CPR.

    7. Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water to stay hydrated when you’re outdoors.

    8. Safety first - always have your child wear a lifejacket when on a boat, water skis or other personal watercrafts.

    9. No horsing around - remind your child not run around the pool as the deck, most likely, may be slippery and you child could fall. Don’t push others into the pool or dive into shallow areas of a pool. Establishing rules will ensure that no one gets hurt.

    10. Pool Safety Gates - if you haven’t already installed a pool safety gate around your pool or hot tub, this would be a great time to do that. When leaving the pool, make sure to secure the gate with a lock so no one can accidentally get in. Also, it’s a good idea to repair gates when needed.

    Related article:
    Arizona Children Will No Longer Need Permission To Bring Sunscreen To School

     

     

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  • Keep Learning Alive During Summer Vacation

    Posted by PVSchools at 5/22/2017

    children exploring a river Did you know that over the course of summer vacation, students can lose academic skills and knowledge that took 180 days of instruction to learn? In most cases, teachers will spend 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that was not retained during the eight weeks of summer vacation. Students who continue learning during the summer will be more successful in the long run. We’ve put together a few tips to help you keep your child engaged in learning this summer.

    Math
    Students can lose up to 2.6 months of math during the summer. Teach children to cook with step-by-step instructions and recipes. Cooking with Kids has measurement reminders, safety tips and information for involving children in the cooking process. Practice math skills in the car by calculating time and mileage. When you eat out, have your child help calculate the tip.

    Writing
    Encourage your child you keep a journal during the summer. Journal writing is a great way for your child to express feelings and creativity while practicing writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Motivate your child to write a short story, screenplay or a biography about a family member.

    Reading and Spelling
    An adventure is waiting for you at the public library. Keep your child engaged by exploring different topics and let your child pick books that interest him or her. Library cards are free, and you can borrow books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Reading not only expands your child’s vocabulary, but it keeps you cognitive abilities sharp.  Encourage your child to start a book club with neighborhood friends.  

    History
    Learn about National Parks, monuments and historic sites at WebRangers. Children can customize their Ranger Station, solve mysteries, solve puzzles, learn history, play games and earn rewards.

    Local Field Trips
    The Valley has many museums, zoos and cultural events that you can visit and attend to keep learning alive, including the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Science Center, the Phoenix Children's Museum and much more. Make the most of your trip by asking thought-provoking questions about what they learned. Have your child write or create a drawing about his or her experiences.

    Art
    Visit art museums and art walks to get inspiration for an art project whether it’s creating a painting, drawing, ceramics or photography. Encourage your child to experiment with different art mediums and to learn about different artists and techniques. Explore the art of origami by checking out a book at the library or viewing YouTube videos.

    Science
    Learning about science can be easy as going to your backyard. During the day, you can identify insects, birds, animals and plants. At night, you can stargaze and map out constellations. Summer in the Valley brings monsoons and dust storms, which makes it easy to track the weather. If you have a garden, have your child measure and track the growth of the plants.

    Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Habits
    Establish a fitness routine and healthy eating habits before the summer. Find activities that you can do as a family such as walking, riding a bike or swimming.

    Vacation
    If you are going on vacation this summer, have your child help with the research and planning of the trip. If you are planning a road trip, ask your child to view the map and route you plan to take and which states you will be visiting.

    Workbooks
    Set aside quiet time for your child to work in workbooks. Purchase books at big box stores or online. Skills gained throughout the school year will be easily retained by encouraging this activity.

    However you decide to spend summer vacation, PVSchools hopes that you have a safe, fun and relaxing time off where learning continues to happen.

     

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  • PVSchools IT Director Receives ISTE Making IT Happen Award

    Posted by PVSchools at 5/15/2017

    Pictured from left to right:  Laura Sheehy, Cathy Poplin, Nan Williams, Judith Romero, Jeff Billings and Jon Castelhano.

    Pictured from left to right: Laura Sheehy, Cathy Poplin, Nan Williams, Judith Romero, Jeff Billings and Jon Castelhano.

    Jeff Billings, director of Information Technology, received the Making IT Happen Award from the International Society for Technology in Education.

    The Making IT Happen Award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.

    Here are a few of Mr. Billings major accomplishments:

    • Appointed to the newly created Arizona Computer Science Task Force through the Governor’s office.
    • Member of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Data Governance Board
    • Special Technology Adviser to former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne 2003 – 2007.  Advised on data warehouse and the IDEAL system.
    • PVSchools was an early adopter of Google Apps and Chromebooks.
    • Implemented telepresence program in PVSchools.
    • Spearheaded a Digital Citizenship survey for all students in Arizona.

     

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  • 6 PV Schools Designated as No Place for Hate®

    Posted by PVSchools at 5/11/2017

    ADL No Place for Hate logo Six PV Schools have been designated as No Place for Hate® schools by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In total, 35 Arizona schools received the designation for creating safe and respectful learning environments, bringing awareness to issues of bullying and bias throughout the 2016-17 school year.

    The six PVSchools that received this designation are Aire Libre Elementary School, Campo Bello Elementary School, Greenway Middle School, Vista Verde Middle School, North Canyon High School and Shadow Mountain High School.

    Each school will have a ceremony and will receive a personalized No Place for Hate® banner from the ADL.

    The No Place for Hate® initiative has been implemented by more than 2,000 schools across the nation.

     

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  • North Canyon, Pinnacle AIA Track & Field Division I & Division II State Champions

    Posted by PVSchools at 5/11/2017

    track The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) held its annual Track & Field State Championship meet May 3rd-6th at Mesa Community College. The best high school Track & Field athletes in Divisions I, Division II, Division III and Division IV all competed for the coveted state championship title.

    Division I State Champion
    Max Barrett, a student at Pinnacle High School, won the Boys Triple Jump Division I at 47 feet 3.25 inches.

    Division II State Champions
    Tyrees Moulton, a student at North Canyon High School, won the Boys 400 Meter Dash Division II at 47.49 seconds, and the Boys 200 Meter Dash Division II at 22.06 seconds.

    Jadyn Mays, a student at North Canyon High School, won the Girls 100 Meter Dash Division II at 12.41 seconds, the Girls 200 Meter Dash Division II at 25.80 seconds, and the Girls Long Jump Division II at 19 feet 1.75 inches.

    Three relay teams from North Canyon High School found success.  

    • Girls 4x400 Meter Relay Division II at 3 min 55.59 seconds. Team members were Dominique Mustin, Delphine Dah, Jadyn Mays and Mackenzie Huggins.

    • Boys 4x400 Meter Relay Division II  at 3 min 23.12 seconds. Team members were Joseph Hoffman, Tanner Hagstrom, Solomon Enis and Tyrees Moulton.

    • Girls 4x800 Meter Relay Division II at 9 min 43.25 seconds. Team members were Alexis Rios, Makyah Richard, Dominique Mustin and Stefana Purkovic.

     

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  • Horizon High School’s 56th Street Comedy Club Wins State Title

    Posted by PVSchools at 5/11/2017

    Horizon High School's 56th Street Comedy Club members and teacher Horizon High School’s 56th Street Comedy Club won the National Comedy Theatre Arizona State Championship that was held at the National Comedy Theatre Phoenix in Mesa on May 6th.

    During the event, four of the 56th Street Comedy Club competed against another team doing improv in a competitive game format. Then, the 11 member team did a showcase to allow all the members to demonstrate their strengths.

    The teams were judged on teamwork, scene work, sportsmanship, scene work, knowledge of game play, the difficulty level of games and the overall improvisation skills. Horizon’s team is led by two captains, and the team rehearses every Wednesday after school. Throughout the school year, they perform eight shows, plus participate in League shows.

    Since 2008, the National Comedy Theatre’s High School Improv League offers a unique opportunity for high school students across the Valley.  Participating Improv League schools learn improv skills and theory, and to put it into practice with regular performances. Horizon High School has been a member since 2009. The 56th Street Comedy Club has won first place four times - 2017, 2012, 2010, and 2009.

    The 11 member team is captained by seniors Declan Kinnane and Sara Kaiser. Team members include seniors Makenna Miller, Brecken Palmer, Adam DeCoster, Allison Haenny, Tyler Sines, Scott Snedden, sophomores Olivia Whited, Sydney “Danny” Seep, and freshman Tawny McEachern.

    Joanie Colson has been teaching drama at Horizon High School since 1990. She built the program from two levels of study to five, created the Humanities for the Theatre Arts Block, developed a state champion Comedy Club, and the Horizon Tech Guild.  

     

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  • Horizon, Pinnacle Make The Washington Post America’s Most Challenging High School List

    Posted by PVSchools at 5/10/2017

    Horizon High School and Pinnacle High School

    Once again, Horizon High School and Pinnacle High School have made The Washington Post Most Challenging High School List. Pinnacle was ranked No.1178, and Horizon was ranked No. 2197. Both schools moved up on the list to a higher ranking than in 2016.

    According to The Washington Post, schools are ranked through an Challenge Index formula -- the number college-level such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests given at the school divided by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.

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  • PVSchools Celebrates School Nurses

    Posted by PVSchools at 5/10/2017

    Karen Reuter, Judy Stefaniak and Robin Weinberg

    Pictured from left to right: Karen Reuter, Shadow Mountain High School; Judy Stefaniak, Cactus View Elementary School; and Robin Weinberg, Boulder Creek Elementary School.

    At PVSchools, we understand that nurses are integral to the health and well-being of our students and have school nurses at all of our 45 campuses. As we celebrate National School Nurse Day on Wednesday, May 10th, we would like to thank our school nurses for taking care of our students. Whether it's bandaging scrapes and cuts, helping students overcome stomachaches or headaches, administering medications or wiping away tears, we appreciate the services our PVSchools nurses provide.

     

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  • Shadow Mountain Choirs Perform Sing, A Musical Revue of Stage & Screen

    Posted by PVSchools at 5/9/2017

    Rick Ross The Shadow Mountain Choirs will perform Sing, a Musical Revue of the Stage & Screen on Friday, May 12th at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Shadow Mountain High School.

    This will be the final performance for choir teacher Rick Ross who is retiring after serving 26 years in PVSchools.

    Tickets for the event cost $5 for adults and $3 for students and will be available for purchase one hour before the performance.

     

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