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Newsweek Names Chaparral as Top High School

Newsweek Magazine recently published its 2014 America’s Top High School List. Scottsdale Unified School District is pleased to announce that Chaparral High School is ranked 22nd on the list. According to newsweek.com, Newsweek’s 2014 Rankings highlights schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students for college. This year’s methodology is more stringent than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard for data. Additionally, low-income students at Chaparral are scoring at or above average on state assessments. To view a complete list of schools that made the list, please visit http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-schools-2014. Congratulations, Chaparral!
31 SUSD Students Named Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program

The following Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) students were named Semifinalists for 2015 National Merit® Scholarships:

Chaparral High School
Heidi Artigue, Taylor Barbera, Arshan Barzani, Aaron Blecker, Samuel Deadrick, Elizabeth Dries, Emma He, Maia Lopes-Gilbert, Megan Mann, Cameron McAllister, Anita Ramaswamy, Jacob Sheptin, Andrew Stachel, Dylan Treger, Edward Wong and Henry Zheng
 
Desert Mountain High School
David Adelberg, Micaela Brewington, Jennifer Cummings, Khang Dao, Naveen Dasari, Ariel Goldfine, Prathima Harve, Jeewon Park, Laura Vargas and Samantha Waslewski
 
Saguaro High School
Jontito Casalena, Seong-Kyung Lim, Grayson Meadows, Neej Patel and Harrison Whyte
 
See National Merit® Semifinalists

 
Coronado Hosts its 23rd Annual Minds in Motion Event
Coronado High School will host its 23rd Annual Minds in Motion event at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 22nd in the Auditorium. This event honors students of Coronado High School for their academic achievement and scholastic excellence. This year, 126 students will be honored. Students who met the establish criteria during the previous school year will be honored at this year’s ceremony. The primary criteria is an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above. Students must have also attended Coronado full-time during the previous school year and have earned C or better grades in all classes. See Minds in Motion
Scottsdale Organizations Fight Childhood Hunger, Host Candidates

It may surprise people that the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has 11 Title I schools and approximately 7,000 students utilize the Free and Reduce Lunch program. In an effort to provide a better understanding of the Healthy Packs Program and the link between nutrition and education, SUSD, Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) and the City of Scottsdale will host a visit for political candidates on Friday, September 19th at 9:30 a.m. at Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center, 4330 N. 62nd St., Scottsdale 85251.See Healthy Packs
Desert Canyon Middle to Host Take Your Legislature to School Event

Arizona Legislators will visit classrooms during the Take Your Legislator to School Event – September 15th-19th. Michelle Ugenti will spend the day in the classroom of Kelly O’Rourke, a Self-Contained Language Arts teacher at Desert Canyon Middle School on September 17th. See Take Your Legislator to School.
Chaparral High School will host an In-State College Night

Chaparral High School will host an In-State College Night from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17th at the school, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale 85253.The In-State College Night provides students and parents with information that is presented by the respective college admission representatives. The Universities and Colleges attending the event include: University of Arizona, University of Arizona SALT Program, The Honors College - University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona Christian University, Prescott College, Scottsdale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College. College Prep Mastery (College Planning and Financial Aid) will also be attendance. See In-State College Night
Kiva, Chaparral to Host Take Your Legislature to School Event

Arizona Legislators will visit classrooms during the Take Your Legislator to School Event – September 15th-19th. Kate Brophy McGee will spend the day in the classroom of Karen Brisbane, a 4th/5th grade National Board Certified Teacher on Monday, September 15th from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Kiva Elementary School . John Kavanagh will spend the day in Chris Porter Marsh’s AP Literature and Juniors English Honors classrooms on Friday, September 26th at 7:30 a.m. at Chaparral High School. See Take Your Legislator to School

 
Saguaro Raises Money for the Boys & Girls Club Rose Lane Branch

To help celebrate Spirit Week and to give back to the community, Saguaro High School’s Student Government sold 160 T-shirts and raised $800 to help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Rose Lane Branch. The T-shirts were sold for $10 with $5 of each sale benefiting the Boys & Girls Club- Rose Lane Branch. “We want to give back to a place that has shaped so many of our students lives for the better,” said Sydney Allen, student government president at Saguaro. See Fundraiser
Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's September Letter
Dear Scottsdale Unified School District Family,

The 2014-15 school year is off to a great start! It is hard to believe that we are already done with our first month of school. During the first few days of school, I was able to visit every school in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD). Great things are going on in our classrooms – thank you all for a positive start to the new school year. Additionally, members of my Leadership Team visited campuses to help ensure an excellent beginning. It is great to see everyone working together on behalf of students. See the September Letter.
​Saguaro Football Ranks in the Top 50 in the Nation
Saguaro High School’s football team is ranked in the top 50 high school football teams by Scout Top 50.
 
For the second week of the season, the Sabercats were ranked 49th in the Scout Top 50 High School Rankings. “The Saguaro Football team is honored to be considered among the top 50 teams in the country, but we know that our work has just begun. We will continue to work hard day in and day out to reach our ultimate goal: bringing another State Championship to Saguaro High School,” said Coach Jason Mohns. See Top 50
SUSD Offers PSAT/NMSQT for All Sophomores and Juniors
On Wednesday, October 29th Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will be offering the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) to sophomores and juniors at all five SUSD high schools during the school day.

Sophomores in SUSD high schools will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT at no cost to parents. “By offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all sophomores at no cost, it will provide parents, students and the schools with useful information to identify areas that require more attention for post-secondary goals,” said Dr. Mitch von Gnechten, executive director of Secondary Schools. “The results of the test will help our students set goals for the next two years and will help increase college and career readiness.” See PSAT/NMSQT
ADE Releases New Achievement Profiles
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has released its new A-F Achievement Profiles for the 2013-14 school year. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) did well; the District received an A for a fourth consecutive year with a score of 144, our highest score ever. Nineteen schools received the highest grade of A, seven schools received B, three schools received C and one school received a D. See Grades  
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