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3 SUSD Locations Open New Year’s Eve to Accept Last Minute Tax Credit Contributions
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will have three locations open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on December 31, 2014 to accept last minute Tax Credit contributions. The locations are: the Education Center, Mohave District Annex and Educational Services Center. See Tax Credit
SUSD Celebrates its Newest National Board Certified Teachers
National Board Certification is one of the highest achievements in the teaching profession. Recently, 15 Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) teachers earned this credential by completing the rigorous National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) process and two teachers renewed their credentials. SUSD now has 89 board certified teachers.
The newly certified teachers are: Jackie Switalski Oates, Kiva; Darci Aronson, Redfield; Judy Droz, Cherokee; Jessica Valencia, Hohokam; Robin Wynne, Laguna; Amy Johnson, Saguaro; Casey Boerner, Chaparral; Joe Olney, Chaparral; Ted Anderson, Chaparral; Tom Roxborough, Coronado; Linda Graham, Laguna; Emily Cochran, Hopi; Diana Bode, Hopi; Debbie Hawkins, Laguna; and Jill Schadt, Cherokee. Nancy Rose, Arcadia, and Malcolm Leinwohl, Chaparral, renewed their credentials. They will be recognized at the February 10, 2015 Governing Board meeting. See NBCT

Pima Principal Named 2015 Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal Finalist
Amy Uchacz, principal at Pima Elementary School, has been selected as one of the 16 finalists in the 2015 Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal Initiative.
“We are extremely proud of Amy for being selected as a finalist. We wish Amy the best of luck as the Rodel Foundation selection committee chooses the 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal cohort in January,” said Dr. Dave McNeil, executive director of Elementary Education. See Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal Initiative

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

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.

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

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 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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