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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 (SUSD) 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 (CMAS) 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 http://betterlesson.com. 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
 
See 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.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

 
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
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