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2014-2015 Elementary Updates
Elementary Specials

On April 11, 2014 the Governing Board voted unanimously to adopt a modified schedule for K-5 elementary schools that includes a Wednesday early release. This decision was made after the following data was provided to the Board:
  • 15 out of 19 elementary school principals preferred the early release Wednesday to a shortened schedule (9 am- 3:10 pm) every day.
  • With a 60% response rate of all elementary teachers in K-5 schools, 71% (263) of teachers prefer the early release Wednesday option.
  • Of the 74 parent group leaders who responded, 44% prefer the early release Wednesday option while 56% prefer the shortened day option.

This decision is to accommodate the loss of half of the specials (art, music, PE) in elementary schools due to the reduction of the M & O override.  Next year the early release time will be at 1:00pm. 

This early release option was not a viable options for our three K-8 schools as it would require two release times for the school as well as impact transportation and families with multiple grade level children.  Instead, we will accommodate the necessary prep time for K-5 teachers by having an extended lunch/recess time. 

The K-5 elementary school schedule for 2014-2015 school year protects the integrity of instructional time for Language Arts, math, science, and social studies while at the same time accounting for the impact of lost teacher planning time through the reduction of elementary specials. 

Band and Strings

Band and strings programs will be offered to 5th grade students at our middle schools for the 2014-2015 school year.  Band and strings classes will be scheduled during the first hour of the day at all middle schools (the hour before school begins at elementary schools).  Students who enroll in band or strings will attend class at the middle school in their elementary school’s feeder pattern.  Parents will have the option of either dropping their son or daughter off at the middle school or having them ride the middle school bus to school.  A bus will be provided to transport students from the middle school back to their elementary school for the start of their elementary school day.

We are currently working with schools and parent groups to provide extra-curricular and enrichment programs at our elementary schools on early release Wednesdays. Our goal is to have program offerings on the early release Wednesdays to support families who have an interest in their child participating in such programs for 1:00-3:10 p.m.
Supai Students Participate in Cardinals Gatorade Junior Training Camp
Supai Middle School students will participate in the Arizona Cardinals Gatorade Junior Training Camp at 1 p.m. on April 21st at the school, 6720 E. Continental, Scottsdale 85257. See Supai
SUSD to Host PBIS Film Festival
The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will host a Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) Film Festival from 5-7 p.m. on April 30 at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave. Scottsdale 85257. See PBIS Film Festival
Arcadia Hosts American Dream Academy Graduation
On April 10th, Arcadia High School celebrated the graduation ceremony of both students and parents who participated in the American Dream Academy (ADA). The ADA is a joint venture between Arcadia High School and Arizona State University (ASU). Graduates must commit to a 10 week program in which they are provided informational seminars about the American School System. Additionally, parents and students are provided with knowledge to understand the importance of education and how to become involved in their community school to ensure children are on a pathway to university/college. This is Arcadia’s second year hosting the ADA. Twenty-four students and parents graduated from the first year; this year there were 61 parents and students graduated. Students and parents received certificates of completion, as well as perfect attendance recognition. Most importantly, children of the parents who participated have a conditional acceptance to ASU. It was a great evening, enjoyed by all.
Coronado Student Repeat Winner at Heard Museumís Annual American Indian Student Show and Sale
Brody Begay (Navajo), a sophomore at Coronado High School, won first place, along with a cash award, for photography in Division 3 (10th, 11th, and 12th grade) in the Heard Museum Guild’s 25th Annual American Indian Student Art Show and Sale held April 4th-7th. See Coronado
The Mohave VEX IQ Team Presentation
The Mohave VEX IQ Team requests your questions and feedback to help them prepare for the World Championships in Anaheim, Calif. on April 23-27. Send your response to Click here to view the presentation. Thank you for supporting our team!
Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's April Letter
This is a busy time of year for all at Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), and it’s hard to believe that we only have eight weeks left in the school year. We still have a lot of work ahead of us. As I write this, we are in the middle of AIMS testing. Our teachers have done a great job and our students are well prepared! During this school year, we have had many student and staff accomplishments of which we are extremely proud. See April Letter
Chaparral Debate Teams to Attend Tournament of Champions
Two debate teams from Chaparral High School will attend the Tournament of Champions in Lexington, Ky. April 26th-28th. Seniors James Huesing and Eric Peshkin and juniors Heidi Artigue and Anita Ramaswamy will represent Chaparral at the event. The Tournament of Champions is a high school debate championship tournament held annually at the University of Kentucky at the end of April. It is the most prestigious tournament on the "national circuit," representing some of the most competitively successful debaters from the nation's most prestigious individual debate tournaments. The teams are coached by Kristin Andreatos. For more information about the Tournament of Champions, please visit
SUSD Foundation 2014 Quest for Excellence Golf Tournament
The Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation will host its annual 2014 Quest for Excellence Golf Tournament at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 at Grayhawk Golf Course, 8720 E. Thompson Peak Parkway Scottsdale. For more information and to view sponsorship packages, please view the flyer. If you have any questions, please email the SUSD Foundation
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