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DMHS Band, Choir, Orchestra to Perform in Paris and London’s New Year’s Day Parade Over Winter Break
The Desert Mountain High School Band, Orchestra and Choir will travel to Paris and London over Winter Break to participate in performances, including Christmas Market at the Place de la Concorde in Paris and London's New Year's Day Parade. See Desert Mountain Trip

 
Desert Mountain Music Program Selected as Semifinalist in the GRAMMY Foundation® Signature School Contest
Desert Mountain High School was one of 120 schools selected nationally as a GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalist for 2015. Only three schools were selected in Arizona. “We are extremely proud that Desert Mountain was chosen for this amazing achievement,” said Dr. Mitch von Gnechten, executive director of Secondary Schools. See GRAMMY Foundation® Signature School Contest
​Pima Hosts Annual Career Day
Pima Elementary School will host its Annual Career Day for students from 9-11 a.m. on December 12th at the school, 8330 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale 85251. Pima Elementary School students will be able to explore a wide variety of careers at the school’s Annual Career Day event. The following careers will be represented: singer, Boeing engineer, executive chef, fire investigator, restaurant supplier, civil engineer, Fender Guitars, martial arts, Wells Fargo banking, Arizona Diamondbacks scout, rocket scientist/engineer, EXOS Sports Performance, military recruiter, Channel 3 newscaster, Phoenix Police Department K9 and officer, artist and real estate agent.
 
A DPS helicopter will land on campus. Additionally, Shae Brock, former SUSD alumni, who recently signed a major recording label contract, will speak to students. See 
Pima Career Day


 
Arcadia Teacher Named Finalist 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 named as one of the 10 finalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.  
 
“This is truly an incredible honor, and such a wonderful proof-of-concept that my approach to Music Education with the program I created, Contemporary Music and Sound, works.  Mostly, I am hoping this will give others the motivation to create similar programs at other schools, and I’m hoping I can help make that happen,” said Maxwell. See Music Educator Award

 
Saguaro Student Named Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year
The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, has named Christian Kirk of Saguaro High School as the 2014-15 Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year. Christian is the fourth Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year chosen from Saguaro High School.
 
According to the Gatorade Company, the award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character, demonstrated on and off the field.  These qualities distinguish Christian as Arizona’s best high school football player. Christian is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced later this month. Good luck!

 
SUSD Elementary Schools Hosts Pre-K, Kindergarten Roundups
Elementary Schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will host Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundups to provide information about our elementary schools to parents and guardians. During the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundups, parents can meet teachers and principals and learn about the great programs offered by schools in the District. Click here to view the schedule. (link the webpage in case there are any changes).

 
Pima 5th Graders Participate in NFL “One World: Arizona Super Bowl Edition”
Pima Elementary School was selected to participate in the “One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures and Classrooms” program. The program, created by the NFL and Scholastic, is meant to celebrate diversity, culture and community responsibility. See “One World: Arizona Super Bowl Edition”
Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's December Letter
As we approach Winter Break, there is so much to celebrate and be proud of in SUSD. I am truly proud of our amazing teachers, support staff, administrators, Governing Board members and community. Our teachers work hard every day to prepare our students for success, while our support staff make a difference whether its driving the school bus, preparing lunches or making sure the crosswalk is safe for students to cross the street. We have plenty to celebrate this month! See the December letter.

 
Saguaro Wins Division III Football Title
Saguaro High School topped off its football season by winning the Division III State Championship with a 45-21 victory against Williams Field High School on November 29th in the title game at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium. This is Saguaro’s eighth state championship since 2006. Congratulations to the Saguaro Sabercats football team, coach Jason Mohns and the athletic staff!

 
 
UofA Selects Chaparral for Celebrate Yes Event, Receives Arizona Cup
The University of Arizona (UofA) selected Chaparral as the only high school in Arizona to host its Celebrate Yes event on November 3rd. At the surprise event, UofA Dean of Students, Dean of Admission, Vice President Dr. Melissa Vito, admissions staff, cheerleaders and UofA mascot Wilbur presented 145 seniors with letters of acceptance. Chaparral students had the highest GPA of all the high school applications. In addition, Principal Gayle Holland was presented with the Arizona Cup. The Arizona Cup was established in 1978 and is awarded annually to the Arizona high school with 30 or more students in the UA’s freshman class who earned the highest GPA at the UA. This year, Chaparral had 75 students and a 3.271 average GPA.
Arizona State Board of Education Adopts New Statewide Achievement Test
On November 3rd, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT) for Arizona students. The AzMERIT test will replace the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests beginning in spring of 2015. Students in 3rd grade through high school will take the AzMERIT English Language Arts and Mathematics tests. Students in 4th grade, 8th grade and high school will take the AIMS Science test. For more information about the AzMERIT, please visit http://www.azed.gov/assessment/azmerit/

 
Chaparral Theater Program Named Winner of the 2014 Stage Directions High School Theater Honors Program
Chaparral High School’s Theater Program was recently the winner of the 2014 Stage Directions High School Theater Honors Program – Best of the Best. Chaparral was one of five high schools nationwide to win this title. According to Stage Directions, Chaparral was chosen because of its dynamic production values, innovative material tackled by fearless young artists and forward-thinking, artistically committed instructors. To read the entire article, please visit http://digitaleditiononline.com/publication/?i=230872 and scroll to page 22. Congratulations to Sandy Flayton, Ed Como and their students!
SUSD Accepting Open Enrollment Forms for 2015-16 School Year
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will accept online Open Enrollment Forms beginning November 3rd. Since November 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline becomes the next working day after November 1st. Parents who would like to Open Enroll their child(ren) into an SUSD school can begin the process by filling out the online request form at http://openenrollment.susd.org on Monday, November 3. See Open Enrollment
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.

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