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Prevention Matters: Information on Influenza (flu) and other Communicable Diseases
Click here to read an important message from the Scottsdale Unified School District Health Services department.
SUSD Finalists for the Super Bowl STEM Awards
Marilyn Williams, a teacher at Tavan Elementary School, is a finalist for Most Dedicated STEM Teacher, Navajo Elementary School is a finalist for Best STEM School and Saguaro High School is a finalist for the Most Innovative STEM Club as determined by the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee 2014 STEM Superhero Awards. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will host a ceremony on November 12th at the Arizona Science Center to honor the finalists and winners will receive prizes. Congratulations and good luck!

Scottsdale Middle School Hosts Anti-Bullying Rally with Cartoon Network, Cox Arizona
Cox Communications and Scottsdale Unified School District’s Mohave Middle School is joining Cartoon Network’s “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” campaign which helps raise awareness, build partnerships and empower young people to speak up against bullying at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 21st at Mohave, 8490 E. Jackrabbit Road, Scottsdale 85250. See Anti-Bullying Rally

SUSD Students to Participate in the SGA 40th Anniversary ArtWalk
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Students from Arcadia, Chaparral, Coronado, Desert Mountain and Saguaro High Schools will have artwork exhibited at the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s (SGA) 40th Anniversary ArtWalk in Old Town Scottsdale. There will also be live performances featuring Coronado High School’s Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Shultz Bennett. See SGA 40th Anniversary ArtWalk
2 Saguaro Students Earn Perfect ACT Score
Two seniors from Saguaro High school have earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. The students who earned this achievement Harrison Whyte and Jonito Casalena. “We are extremely proud that Harrison and Jonito earned this amazing achievement,” said Dr. Mitch von Gnechten, executive director of Secondary Schools. See ACT
3 SUSD Football Players Chosen to Play in the Under Armour All-American Bowl – Students Will Be Presented With Jerseys
Christian Kirk and Jordan Butler, Saguaro High School, and Keenan Walker, Chaparral High School, have been selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Bowl in Florida. A representative will present the students with their official game jerseys. The game will take place on January 2, 2015 at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
See Under Armour All-American Bowl
AIMS High School Parent Letter 2014
Dear High School Parent/Guardian and Student,

The High School (HS) Fall 2014 administration of Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards
(AIMS) are for juniors and seniors who have not passed and/or who have met. Please click 
here to view the upcoming testing dates.
45 SUSD Students Named Commended in the 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program
The following Scottsdale Unified School District students were named as National Merit Commended Students for 2015:
Arcadia High School
David Ackerman, Carter Chamberlin, Nicole Ong and Noah Zweiback.
Chaparral High School
Richard Abidor, Jacob Berger, Jakob Bookspan, Stephan Bremer, Alex Cable, Rebecca Freed, Chandler Fritz, Christina Gordon, Olivia Hamilton, David Klebosky, Lauren Klein, Jarred Kotzin, Nina Kravetz, Matana Maron, Nicholas Miller, Phoebe Olivieri, Jacob Sills, Sean Sipes, Michael Wilcox and Preston Wiley, as well as one student who is no longer enrolled.
Desert Mountain High School
Corbin Cieniawaski, Kevin Clancy, Ryan Connelly, Adam Curwin, Jack Drumm, Zoie Kehrli, Vedant Lahoti, Sabrina Leigh-Godfrey, Jiayang Li, Kaylyn McAnally, Mehek Mohan, Sarah Murray , Corbin Pinter and Adam Wong.
Saguaro High School
Ellie Crossman, Tyler Jones, Kaitlyn Malley, Glenn Edward Pace, Megan Prather and Kristian Schroeder-Hagman.

Click here for more information.
DMHS Hosts Informational IB Program Informational Night
On Tuesday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m., Desert Mountain High School will host an informational night for all 8th graders and their families who are interested in learning more about the IB program and the pre-diploma program.  Families will learn about the application process, shadowing program and entrance requirements.  They can also ask questions of administrators, teachers, students and parents involved in IB.  It will be held in the auditorium, and families should park in the lot between Desert Mountain High School and Mountainside Middle School.  Informational fliers and shadowing forms will be sent home through all SUSD 8th grade English classes after fall break.  For questions, please contact Laura Kamka, IB Coordinator, at
Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's September Letter
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is truly fortunate to have outstanding students, teachers and support staff as well as specialized programs that make us stand out across Arizona and the nation. It is only the end of the first quarter, and our students and teachers have already accomplished so much! See the October Letter.
SUSD Hosts Community M&O Override Roadshows
Please join Scottsdale Unified School District to learn factual information about the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Override that will be on the November ballot. SUSD Chief Financial Officer Daniel O’Brien will also be available to answer any questions the community has regarding the budget and this school funding mechanism. See schedule
Arcadia Teacher Selected as Semifinalist for the Music Educator Award Presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation
Richard Maxwell, the creator of the groundbreaking Contemporary Music and Sound program at Arcadia High School, has been selected as one of the 25 semifinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. See GRAMMY Foundation.
2 SUSD NEA Master Teachers Create Lessons Plans Used Across the Nation
From New York to Oregon, K-12 teachers across the country are using lesson plans aligned to the Common Core that were created by 130 Master Teachers with the National Education Association (NEA), including two Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) teachers.
Cathy Skinner, a 5th grade National Board Certified teacher at Redfield Elementary School, and Heather Robinson, a 5th grade teacher and 2006 Arizona History Teacher of the Year at Desert Canyon Elementary School, are two of 130 teachers across the country selected as Master Teachers and to participate in the BetterLesson launch of BetterLesson brings together Master Teachers in grades K-12 Math and English Language Arts, like Mrs. Skinner and Mrs. Robinson, to create and share classroom-ready lessons that are easily accessible and can be integrated into any curriculum. The Master Teachers also share reflections, real-life insight into what worked, what misfired and tips/tricks to successful Common Core implementation. See BetterLesson

29 SUSD Students Selected to Participate on the Scottsdale Mayor’s Youth Council
Twenty-nine Scottsdale Unified School District high school students were selected to participate on the City of Scottsdale Mayor’s Youth Council. They are:
Arcadia School
Connor Ballard, PhiLong Do, Maxime Greenburg, Micaela Liska and Michael Weaver
Chaparral High School
Heidi Artigue, Kayvon Martin, Arshan Barzani, Rachel Brown, Kamren Gilbard, Iona McAllister, Alekhya Reddy, Macklin Thomas, Ellen Dries and Preston Wiley
Coronado High School
Aratza Vega
Desert Mountain High School
Tea Jaimes, Laksman Patel, Cecilia Zhao, Tingting Bi, Michelle Hadeed, Caroline Link, Arun Mohan and Steven Adelberg
Saguaro High School
Viona Fedora, Neej Patel, Seth Tutnick and Virenzyth Fedora
Scottsdale Online Learning
Rachel Sowar
Scottsdale Mayor’s Youth Council

Four SUSD Students Win the Mayor's Constitution Day Contest
To commemorate Constitution Day, The Honorable W. J. “Jim” Lane hosted a Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest. The City of Scottsdale received 132 entries for the contest. The contest was divided into three categories. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) had four grand prize winners and several finalists. The grand prize winners are: Gabe Ozaki, a student at Desert Canyon Middle School, 6th-8th grade essay winner, Camryn Sliger, a student at Desert Canyon Middle School, 6th-8th grade art winner, Steven Adelberg, a student at Desert Mountain High School, high school essay winner, and Julia Mionis, a student at Chaparral High School, high school art winner.
The following SUSD students were finalists:
  • Pueblo: Donovan Davis (essay)
  • Mohave: Andrea Mitrovic (art), Benjamin Yee (art), Daniel Hutton (essay) and Julia Greteman (essay)
  • Chaparral – all art:  Brooke Martin, Maia Nagle, Grace Lieberman and Spencer Scher
  • Desert Canyon Middle: Tyler Crum (art) Elise Short (art), Brenden Weinberg (art), Ellie Fern (essay), Samantha Hirsch (essay) and Eli Tebeau (essay)
  • Coronado: Natalee Esposito (essay)
  • Desert Mountain: Christine Curran (essay)​​

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’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 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 BarberaArshan 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 AdelbergMicaela Brewington, Jennifer Cummings, Khang DaoNaveen Dasari, Ariel GoldfinePrathima HarveJeewon Park, Laura Vargas and Samantha Waslewski
Saguaro High School
Jontito CasalenaSeong-Kyung Lim, Grayson Meadows, 
Neej Patel and Harrison Whyte
See National Merit® Semifinalists

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
​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
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