Dr. Jesse Welsh, Superintendent

Category : In the News

Superintendent's Message - January 2020

Tuesday , January 07 , 2020

Even though we are just halfway through the school year, we already have much to celebrate. We have 12 students who were named as 2020 National Merit® Semifinalists, 22 National Merit Commended students, and an additional six students named as National Hispanic Scholars.

ACT® scores for high school students attending PVSchools are once again significantly higher than the state averages, according to the information that was released by the College Board. The percent of PV students ready for college coursework surpassed the state by 34 points in English and 32 points in math.

It’s not just about academics in PVSchools; we are also teaching our students positive behaviors and to be good citizens. Five of our schools earned a 2019 PBISaz (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Achievement Award, including Fireside Elementary School, which earned the Silver Award. 

Our students continue to demonstrate their talents in fine and performing arts. PVSchools has three schools in the Top 10 at the Arizona Marching Bands Association Grand Championships, with Paradise Valley High finishing 5th, Pinnacle High School finishing 6th, and Horizon High School finishing 10th overall in the state. No other district had as many schools place as PVSchools.

On the fields and on the courts, our students continue to dominate. The Pinnacle High School Girls Golf Team won the 2019 Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Division I Championship. Both Horizon High School and Pinnacle High School qualified for the 2019 AIA Open Division Football Championship, ranking among the top eight teams in the state.

There is still time left to attend one of our schools through open enrollment. Final Round applications for 2020-2021 for out-of-district families will be accepted through Tuesday, January 21. Applications received during this time frame will be processed and accepted or denied based on remaining space availability at the requested school.

To learn more about these incredible opportunities, award-winning programs, and enrollment options, visit pvschools.net/open or call 602-449-2000.

– Dr. Jesse Welsh


The CITYSunTimes originally published this message. View the January 2020 edition of the CITYSunTimes on Issuu and flip to page 45 to see the article.