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  • Arrowhead Elementary School Hosts Dr. Seuss Night

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/22/2018

    Dr. Seuss' Thing 1 and Thing 2 Arrowhead Elementary School will celebrate Dr. Seuss on March 1st from 6-7 p.m. in the Cafeteria at the school.

    Join Thing 1 and Thing 2 as they make a special visit to the school. During the event, there will be a performance, and a Dr. Seuss book will be read to the audience.

    The event is open to the community, and there is no cost to attend.

     

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  • PVSchools, UPC Host Gifted Seminar: From Preventing Dropout to Thriving Kids: Practical Steps for Supporting Gifted and Talented Kids Now and in the Future

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/21/2018

    student walking up steps PVSchools’ Gifted Education and the United Parent Council will host From Preventing Dropout to Thriving Kids: Practical Steps for Supporting Gifted and Talented Kids Now and in the Future on March 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Governing Board Room at the District Administrative Center.

    Tijl Koenderink will present on a range of topics from social to emotional needs, especially for the kids who do not automatically fit in the school system. During the seminar, parents will learn about personality traits, development levels and how to support gifted children in bridging the gap between school, home and the world. In addition, there will be an in-depth look at the balance between the desire for autonomy and the sometimes lacking, self-regulation skills dealing with that responsibility. Additionally, several developmental models will be presented and shared so that parents can apply them to support your gifted students in ensuring a bright future.



    About the speaker:

    Tijl Koenderink has been involved in hands-on gifted education for more than 10 years. From setting up full-time gifted programs to a gifted dropout center. From parent training to setting up an innovative public school. He is looking at hands-on ways to make gifted students thrive.

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  • Join the PVSchools Governing Board for Bagels with the Board

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/21/2018

    PVSchools Governing Board members with Superintendent Dr. Lee As part of an ongoing effort to foster collegiality and promote transparency, the PVSchools Governing Board is pleased to announce the Bagels with the Board events. These events occur quarterly and are held at various schools throughout the district.

    The next Bagels with the Board is on Thursday, March 1st from 10-11 a.m. at Sandpiper Elementary School.

    All members of the community are invited to attend this event to have an opportunity to talk with Governing Board members. Bagels and coffee will be provided.

     

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  • Horizon Student Wins Division I State Wrestling Championship

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/16/2018

    Pedro Medina Pedro Medina, a senior at Horizon High School, won the Division I State Wrestling Championship - 170 lbs. on Feb. 8-9 at the Prescott Valley Event Center. Pedro is Horizon’s first Wrestling State Champion since the 2011-12 season. He finished the season with a record of 43-5.

     

     

     

     

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  • District Calendar Survey Now Open

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/13/2018

    PVSchools calendar Survey Now OPEN! The PVSchools District Calendar Committee has prepared three different sets of calendars for the next four school years from 2019 through 2023. We invite you to participate in this brief four question survey to review and select your calendar preference.

     Take the survey today! (En Español)

    The survey closes Feb. 19, 2018.

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  • PVSchools Hosts its 8th Annual Fine Arts Festival: The Sights & Sounds of PVSchools

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/13/2018

    2017 Fine Arts Festival Join PVSchools for its 8th Annual Fine Arts Festival: The Sights & Sounds of PVSchools from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th at the Paradise Valley Mall. There is something for everyone to enjoy with 88 student performances and thousands of student artworks on display.

    At the event, the following k-12 student 2D and 3D artwork will be on display:

    • Pencil
    • Colored pencil
    • Pastels
    • Charcoal
    • Watercolor
    • Acrylic
    • Oil
    • Ceramic objects

    Selected student artwork will also be available for purchase.

    Additionally, there will be 88 student performances, including Band, Strings, Choir, Theater and Dance scheduled on March 3rd. View the schedule of performances.

    Attendees can expect a huge celebration of the Arts in PVSchools. There is no cost to attend, and the community is invited to attend this spectacular event.

     

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  • PVSchools’ Showstoppers Take the Stage this Season

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/13/2018

    Addams Family, a NVAA production Photo credit: ImageworksPhotography.com

    PVSchools' theater teachers and students will bring tales to life through stage productions of musicals and plays this spring. Support PVSchools’ Performing Arts programs by taking the entire family to one of these amazing shows.

    • Feb. 23-24 at 7 p.m.  - Twelve Angry Men in the Auditorium at North Canyon High School
      A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. Twelve jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. Each juror reveals his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted, and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men. Tickets cost $5.

    • March 1-3 at 7 p.m. - Legally Blonde The Musical in the Performing Arts Center at Horizon High School
      Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde The Musical is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show's instantly recognizable songs are filled with humor, wit, and sass – leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink! Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door or at the Horizon webstore.

    • March 22-24 at 7 p.m. - The Little Mermaid in the Auditorium at Paradise Valley High School
      This classic Disney story has been a fan favorite since its debut and has a variety of sea creatures just waiting to sing their hearts out for some eager land dwellers! The show has it all from romance, to villainy, and silly little fishes, The Little Mermaid is a performance fit for adults and children alike. Let Sebastian the crab take you under the waves to a fantastical world totally unlike our own. Tickets cost $10 at the door.

    • April 19-21 at 7 p.m. Maxwell P.I. in the Auditorium at Paradise Valley High School
      Maxwell P.I. is the comedic story of an aspiring female detective. In her efforts to prove herself to both her father and the world, Maxwell takes a fantastical journey to uncover the hidden secrets of New York and the mischievous activities of the Gaylin Manor. This comedy takes its audience on a wild ride to become the best super sleuth in the world! Tickets cost $5.

    • April 25-28 at 7 p.m. Rumors by Neil Simon in the Performing Arts Center at Shadow Mountain High School. Rumors will be a co-production with Shadow Mountain High School Drama and the North Valley Arts Academy Theater Department.
      At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their 10th wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. Tickets will be available at www.NVAADrama.com and www.ShadowMountainDrama.com and will cost $5 for students and $10 for adults.

     

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  • 2018 State of the District

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/9/2018 2:00:00 PM

    2018 state of the district presented by Dr. James Lee

    At the Feb. 8th governing board meeting, Superintendent Dr. James P. Lee presented the annual State of the District, which included staff, student and the best of 2017 District highlights.

    View the video below or read the presentation.

     

     

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  • 22 Pinnacle High School Students Selected for the 2018 West Region Honor Choir

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/6/2018

    Congratulations to the 22 Pinnacle High School students who recently placed in the 2018 West Region Honor Choir. More than 600 students auditioned to earn a spot in the festival ensemble. The West Region Honor Choir will be held on Feb.16th-17th at North Canyon High School.

    Students selected are:

    Bass

    • 1st Chair - Ethan Whitney
    • 14th Chair - Conor Lafferty
    • 18th Chair - Justin Timmerman

    Tenor

    • 5th Chair - Daniel Haub
    • 3rd Alternative - Sam Kessler

    Alto

    • 9th Chair - Jordyn Kerr
    • 11th Chair - Alysha Andrade
    • 23rd Chair - Georgi Clark
    • 25th Chair - Seylah Cislo
    • 4th Alternative - Catherine Baldwin

    Soprano

    • 2nd Chair - Meg Neil
    • 3rd Chair - Madi Nightingale
    • 4th Chair - Maia Carlson
    • 5th Chair - Bridget Rhee
    • 7th Chair - Alex Jeannet
    • 8th Chair - Alaina Herman
    • 16th Chair - Kayla Koerper
    • 18th Chair - Erin Dominick
    • 19th Chair - Cali Thomas
    • 20th Chair - Mia Loisel
    • 21st Chair - Jonni Zeman
    • 5th Alternative - Emma Wilson

     

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  • Another Successful PVSchools 5K Community Run

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/5/2018 9:00:00 AM

    Jordan Black, winner of the 2018 PVSchools 5k run

    The weather could not have been more perfect for the 2018 PVSchools 5K Community Run that was held on Feb. 3rd at Horizon High School. More than 700 runners of all ages gathered early Saturday morning eager to hit the course. From moms and dads with strollers, to teachers and students of all ages, this year's run was a good time for all involved.

    Community runner, Jordan Black (pictured above) finished first with an impressive time of 17.02. View the complete list of finish times.

    The team award, based on participation, was jointly won by Sonoran Sky and Desert Cove Elementary Schools. North Ranch Elementary School claimed second place, and a tie for third saw Copper Canyon and Cactus View share the honors.

    This event would not have been possible without the support of the many volunteers who pitched in to make sure everyone had a good time.

     

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  • PVSchools, UPC Host Gifted Seminar: They Say My Child is Gifted… Now What?

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/5/2018

    Gifted preschool students working on an assignment PVSchools' Gifted Education Department and the United Parent Council will host They Say My Child is Gifted… Now What? from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13th in the Governing Board Room at the District Administrative Center.

    Dr. Dina Brulles, director of Gifted Education, will provide an overview of the continuum of gifted services available in PVSchools, preschool through 12th grade, and discuss the differences between school offerings for gifted students. Parents will gain insights into the various program models to determine which services best fit their child’s distinctive needs. Dr. Brulles will also discuss academic needs such as when to provide acceleration and how Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards and performance-based assessments impact gifted education instruction. The event is free, and parents of gifted children are encouraged to attend.

    The final Gifted Seminar for the school year, From Preventing Dropout to Thriving Kids: Practical Steps for Supporting Gifted and Talented Kids Now and in the Future, will be held on Tuesday, March 6th from 6-7 p.m. in the Governing Board Room at the District Administrative Center.

     

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  • School Counselors- Helping Students Reach for the Stars

    Posted by Mary Harris and Koni Withers on 2/5/2018

    Happy National School Counseling Week logo The 33 PVSchools middle and high school counselors provide a unique contribution to a student’s total education program allowing the students to “Reach for the Stars.”

    Our school counselors, with their specialized training and a Masters Degree are actively engaged in helping all students with college and career readiness and life planning (Education Career Action Plan process). We are in the classrooms, use technology and school goals to create a comprehensive program for all students unique to each school that promote student achievement, driven by student data.

    The school counselors teach advisement units with each grade level at least two times a year. Students take personality, career-interest and strengths assessments that allow them to find careers based on their individual interests and strengths. The results of these assessments are used to create a digital portfolio in Naviance Family Connection where students continue through their high school years setting goals, searching careers, colleges, scholarships and creating an individualized game plan for their post-secondary options. We use the results to make certain the students are taking the correct courses for their post-secondary goal, encourage the students to take a Career Technical Education (CTE) program if it fits with their interests and make sure the students are taking the most academically rigorous classes they can. We invite colleges, community colleges and the military branches to our campuses to talk to interested students. We focus the Sophomore Advisement on career choice. This is a vital piece of ensuring proper placement of courses and making post-secondary plans during Junior and Senior year. We get to watch the student’s transformation from being unsure about their future to current seniors being able to identify their career choice, and how they are going to achieve that career, is quite a thrilling experience for us. We want every student to know exactly what their next steps are going to be when they walk across that stage at commencement.

    We also engaged in a unique partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world. We coordinate and attend student study team/parent meetings, special education meetings and are knowledgeable about all of the possible education alternatives available to the students such as Sweetwater, PVOnline, Dual Enrollment, ACE, Summer School and Enrichment Programs to enhance each students’ academic success. We offer college nights and FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) information. We have resources available to provide parents with support they may need.

    School counselors are also highly involved in individual student’s social/emotional development. We offer individual social/emotional counseling, peer mediation, and small group counseling, as well as crisis management, if needed. Each school identifies the area(s) that need to be addressed and provide support to the needs of the students.

    Finally, we work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational environment where students achieve success.  School Counselors  support students with registration, scheduling, dual enrollment options, peer tutoring. We make certain students are on track with graduation requirements. We advise students on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), Advanced Placement, and SAT/ACT tests and make certain our athletes are informed about National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules.

    We are proud that we have National Merit Scholars, Flinn Scholars, Military Scholars and many students receiving free tuition at our state schools because of their academic successes while attending PVSchools. We have students who earn certificates from West-Mec at graduation and are now working in our community as certified vet techs, medical assistants and construction tradesmen. We have students that attend Yale and students that attend Paradise Valley Community College, but we are proud that we have touched every one of their lives in one way and our job as a school counselor, gave them the tools they need to achieve their own goals. We do all of this with 500 or more students each, but with passion and hope that every PVSchools student will Reach for their Star!


    About the authors: Mary Harris and Koni Withers

    Mary Harris Mary Harris was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York, where she attended St. Bonaventure University receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and then her Master's degree in Counseling. Besides being a High School Counselor, Mary is also a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. She began her career in PVSchools as a History teacher in the middle school. In 1981, Mary started her counseling career in middle and high school and absolutely love working with the students to help them reach their potential and their dreams. Mary has worked at Greenway, Vista Verde and Explorer middle schools. She enjoy working with the students, parents, and staff at Horizon High School and look forward to coming to work everyday.

    In her free time, Mary loves spending time with her family (husband, son, two daughters, grand baby, and their English Bulldog), traveling, and shopping for anything vintage.

    Koni Withers Koni Withers was born and raised in Minnesota. She moved to Arizona and received her teaching degree from Ottawa University. Koni taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade for 11 years, primarily at Aire Libre Elementary. She received her Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in School Counseling and moved to Shadow Mountain High School as a Counselor for six years. This year, Koni moved to be the PVOnline counselor. She has also been the District Lead Counselor for four years. Koni loves the unique opportunities she has working with students and their families.

    In her free time, Koni and her husband enjoy “glamping” and seeing the country in our travel trailer, working on wood crafts, and spending time with our children and grandchildren.

     

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  • Now’s Your Chance to Audition for the NVAA Dance Track

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/5/2018

    NVAA Dance The North Valley Arts Academies (NVAA) will hold dance auditions for current 6th-11th grade students on Monday, March 5th from 3-5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Shadow Mountain High School.

    The NVAA Dance Track provides your child with the essential skills and techniques to become a successful dancer. In the early years of the program, students will learn the methodology for popular dance styles such as ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance, and learn about choreography and creativity. In later years, your child will progress on to advanced and complex dance techniques, production, the history of dance and more. If your child possesses a love of movement, the NVAA Dance Track is ideal for honing their skills and propelling him or her onto a successful dance career.

    If you have any questions, please contact Emily Spranger, NVAA dance teacher, at espranger@pvschools.net.


    Related content:

    View the NVAA Dance video.

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  • February is National Canned Food Month - Support the PV Emergency Food Bank

    Posted by PVSchools on 2/1/2018

    canned food February is National Canned Food Month. This is a great time to help your local food bank. The Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank. The Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank provides wholesome and nourishing meals to individuals and families living within the boundaries of the PVSchools who would otherwise go hungry.

    In addition to canned food items, the PV Emergency Food Bank is also in need of hot and cold cereals, juices, dry milk, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, baby food, soap, toilet paper, diapers and personal care items. View the list of items needed.

    Here are a few facts about the PV Emergency Food Bank:

    The PV Emergency Food Bank has been helping individuals and families in the community for more than 30 years. You can help by donating non-perishable items or by making a tax credit donation to the organization.

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  • 8 PVSchools Teachers Earn National Board Certified Teachers Distinction

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/31/2018

    PVSchols 2017 National Board Certified Teachers - Wendy Okraski, Dana Phelps, Jennifer Stults, Kristina Faitz-Kroener, Melissa Bracamonte, Monica Kroll, Roseanna Martinez, and Candace Davis.PVSchools is proud to have eight additional teachers complete the rigorous process to earn the elite status of being National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education.


    PVSchools newest NBCTs are:

    Only three percent of the U.S. teaching force has achieved National Board Certified Teachers certification. PVSchools believes this intensive, multi-year certification process helps elevate the quality of teachers with its focus on classroom practices, standards-based instruction and student achievement. PVSchools is one of the top five school districts in Arizona with the highest concentration of NCBTs.

    Our newest NBCTs will be recognized at an upcoming governing board meeting. For teachers interested in pursuing NBCTs certification, funding assistance is available through Arizona K12 Center - Master Teacher Program.

     

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  • Put Your Evenings to Good Use - Night Classes Start Soon!

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/31/2018

    Accelerate your education with Night Class At PVSchools, we realize that learning isn't a "one size fits all" model. For some students, taking high school classes in a traditional classroom setting may not be an option due to athletic schedules, work schedules or family commitments. By thinking outside of the box, PVSchools has developed a Night Class program for students who may need credit recovery, want to get ahead or may not be able to attend school during the day.

    Sweetwater Community School currently offers Night Classes to in-district and out-of-district students. Since the class sizes are smaller, teachers can provide students with more individualized attention.

    Sweetwater Community School is now enrolling students for 4th Quarter classes, which start on Monday, March 19th. The deadline to enroll is Friday, March 2nd.

    During the first session, which runs from 5-6:17 p.m., students can enroll in the following classes:

    • English 5
    • American History 1
    • Algebra 4
    • Biology 2
    • Men's & Women's Individual Sports
    • Ceramics 1-6

    During the second session, which runs from 6:23-7:40 p.m., students can enroll in the following classes:

    • English 7
    • Government
    • Algebra 2
    • Environmental Science 2
    • Men's & Women's Individual Sports

    Learn more about the program.

     

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  • Last Chance to Volunteer in Paradise for 2017-18 School Year

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/30/2018

    VIP volunteer helping a student PVSchools' award-winning Volunteer In Paradise (VIP) program is seeking volunteer tutors. Our last volunteer orientation for the current school year will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 9-11 a.m. at the PVSchools Community Resource Center.

    Established in 2013, volunteers, called VIPs, tutor students who need extra academic support, and in turn, help increase student academic achievement. The VIP program matches dedicated qualified volunteer tutors with students at participating schools. Volunteer tutors work with students in either a one-on-one setting or in small groups with the goal of increasing student achievement.

    Volunteer tutors are needed in all subject areas in kindergarten through 6th grades at Arrowhead Elementary School, Cactus View Elementary School, Campo Bello Elementary School, Desert Shadows Elementary School, Echo Mountain Primary School, Mercury Mine Elementary School and North Ranch Elementary School.

    Learn more about the VIP program at www.pvschools.net/VIP.

     

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  • Pinnacle Student Receives Honors at 2018 New Horizons High School Student Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/26/2018

    Gabriel Adei Gabriel Adei, a junior at Pinnacle High School, was honored at the 2018 New Horizons High School Student Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony on Jan. 20th at Shemer Art Center. He received the Tanner-Whyman scholarship.  

    The artwork on display represents 70 high schools across the Valley. Artwork will be on display at Shemer Art Center until Feb. 1st. Then, Gabriel’s  artwork will be displayed at the Phoenix City Hall exhibit from Feb. 12th-22nd.

     

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  • PVSchools Hosts Gifted Preschool and Gifted Self-Contained Tours

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/26/2018

    gifted preshool students using technology You may be asking yourself, what makes PVSchools Gifted Preschool stand out against other gifted preschools? First of all, PVSchools is one of the nation’s few public school districts to offer an established Gifted Preschool programs with four locations - Desert Trails, Desert Cove, Fireside and North Ranch elementary schools. Our Gifted Preschool teachers are Certified, have a Gifted Endorsement and an Early Childhood Certification.  

    In Dr. James Delisle’s book “Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation’s Brightest Young Minds (And What We Can Do to Fight Back)” he states, “What makes PVSchools standout is both breadth and depth of its offerings for young gifted children. These programs are enhanced by professional development opportunities for staff and community presentations for parents of gifted kids or those just interested in learning more. If you are looking for a ‘complete package’ of how to serve gifted young children, PVSchools is the Holy Grail you seek.”

    Why not start with the best program for your gifted child?

    PVSchools’ Gifted Education Department will offer tours of its Gifted Preschools and Self-contained Gifted program (K-6th grades) in February.

    Let your child’s Journey of Excellence begin at PVSchools. Take the next step and learn more at www.pvschools.net/preschool.

     

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  • Anthony Bates Foundation Hosts Cardiac Screening Day at Paradise Valley High School

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/24/2018

    cloud shaped as a heart The Anthony Bates Foundation will host a Cardiac Screening Day on Saturday, Feb. 3rd from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Paradise Valley High School.

    The Cardiac Screening will include a blood pressure check, electrocardiogram (EKG) and ultrasound/echo, which will be read by a cardiologist. The cost of the screenings is $65 for students and $85 for adults. To schedule your appointment, please visit www.AnthonyBates.org.

    Paradise Valley High School’s Future Health Professionals (HOSA) students will assist during the event.

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  • Pinnacle High School Graphic Design Students Win at FBLA Regional 3 Conference

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/23/2018

    Pinnacle Students win at FBLA Regional 3 Conference

    Pinnacle High School Graphic Design students won several awards at the Future Business Leaders of America Regional 3 Conference in the areas of E-Business and Web Design. Approximately, 450 students from 20 schools competed in various categories that was held at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus on Jan. 20th.

    E-Business

    Web Design

     

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  • Whispering Wind Students Selected for Display in Sonoran Arts League Professional Gallery

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/23/2018

    Whipering Wind Academy students to have art work displayed Fourth grade students at Whispering Wind Academy participated in the Arizona Department of Education’s 4th Grade Visual Arts Competition #WeAreAZ. Artwork created by Jeshua Murray, Neveah Salazar, Tessa Logue and Savannah Wolfley will be displayed at the Sonoran Arts League Professional Gallery from Feb. 14-25. Selected students, families and teachers are invited to attend the reception on Feb 14th.

     

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  • What Do You Love About Your School?

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/21/2018

    National School Choice Week January 21-27, 2018 National School Choices Week showcases education opportunities available at schools across the country. Neighborhood public schools continue to be the first choice for parents.

    At PVSchools, we appreciate your vote of confidence. This year, we're reaching out to our parents to uncover the great and wonderful things happening in your school.

    Tell us what you love about your school, what your school or teachers are doing to make a difference, and why you would recommend your school to others? Share your thoughts on the PVSchools Facebook page, and we'll highlight a selection of your parent testimonials to our online community. Thanks, and happy National School Choice Week!

     

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  • Parent Satisfaction Survey - Now Open

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/19/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Your Opinion Counts The 2017-18 Parent Satisfaction Survey (En Español) is now open, and we are asking parents to help us in our continuous efforts to improve PVSchools by completing a survey for the school your child attends. If you have more than one child, please complete a separate survey for each child. A new survey link will be available at the end of each completed survey.

    This survey is anonymous. All data and comments are shared at the district level and with each site principal. Results will be available at school sites later in the spring.

    The 2018 Parent Satisfaction Survey closes Sunday, February 19th at midnight.

    PVSchools thanks you in advance for your time and input.

     

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  • Proposed Boundary and Program Changes: Desert Springs Preparatory & Sandpiper Elementary School

    Posted by PVSchools on 1/19/2018

    Proposed Boundary Changes Last spring, it was announced that Sandpiper Elementary School would transition to a full dual language Spanish Immersion school due to enrollment increases in the program. Since Sandpiper currently has only one traditional English classroom for each grade level, the school will begin to phase out traditional English classrooms with a staggered approach starting with the 2018-19 school year with kindergarten. Therefore, students who live in the Sandpiper boundary but do not wish to participate in the Spanish Immersion Program will attend Desert Springs Preparatory Elementary as their home school.

    In order to effectively communicate the boundary and program changes and to garner feedback from stakeholders, community meetings were held last spring at both Desert Springs Preparatory School and Sandpiper Elementary School. Community members at both schools are supportive of the proposed changes.

    The next steps in the process include:

    • Tuesday, January 23rd - Community meeting scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at Desert Springs Preparatory in which both communities are invited to discuss proposed changes to attendance boundaries and to have public comment.
      • Desert Springs Preparatory
        6010 E. Acoma Dr. Scottsdale 85254

    • Tuesday, January 30th - Community feedback and formal plan presented to Cabinet.

    • Thursday, February 22nd - The Governing Board will vote on the boundary change.

    If the Governing Board votes in favor of the boundary change, the change will take effect for the 2018-19 school year.

     

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