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Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's March Letter
Dear Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Family,
Every month we reflect on how much we have to celebrate and so much of that celebration is thanks to you. Our Maintenance and Operations Override passed because of our community support, guaranteeing more dollars to the classroom. As a result we will lower class sizes by three, restore full day Wednesday and “specials” (Art, Music, PE), as well as band and strings, in our elementary schools. Of course, that means we need more teachers. Right now, SUSD is in the midst of recruiting and hiring 60 new, highly qualified teachers. All of this is possible because you are behind us—thank you! Read Superintendent March Letter
Desert Canyon Middle School Student Will Spend Spring Break in Washington, D.C., Advocating for Diabetics

Ginger Netten was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of five. Now 14, she has devoted her life to finding a cure for the all types of the disease. She mentors children newly diagnosed with diabetes, organizes fundraisers and is an inspiration to her friends and family. Ginger was chosen to be part of the select group of diabetes advocates because of her work in diabetes advocacy activities. Once in Washington, D.C., she will meet with lawmakers to discuss diabetes research funding, treatment and the search for a cure. Ginger will also share her personal journey with diabetes. Read Ginger Netten Diabetes Research


Cocopah Middle School Dedicates Mural Created by Artists, Students
Creativity, the celebration of artistry and the open skies of the West are all themes in Cocopah Middle School’s new outdoor mural created last week and dedicated at a ceremony on Friday. The three-dimensional mural was created by artist Keith Blum and his assistant Kelly Wood and was dedicated at a ceremony attended by staff, teachers and students on Friday, Feb. 27. Read Cocopah MS Mural
Cox Communications and Discovery Education invest in Valley families at SUSD
The workshop entitled “Celebrating the Link Between Digital Learning Environments and Student Achievement” will be on March 4, 2015 at Mohave Middle School at 8490 E. Jackrabbit Road in Scottsdale. This workshop is offered in partnership with Scottsdale Unified School District, Paradise Valley Unified School District, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Read Cox Valley Educator Workshop With Discovery Education
Apply for Youth Scholarships

Each year, the Scottsdale Community Collaborative offers youth scholarships to college-bound high school students. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and La Gran Fiesta (originally the Hispanic Heritage Celebration) event sponsors, along with the educational partnerships of Community Celebrating Diversity and the Scottsdale Unified School District, fund the scholarships. The deadline is March 20, find more information at

IMPORTANT: AIMS Testing Update
Friday, February 20 2015, Senate Bill 1191 was signed into law, immediately ending the AIMS high school graduation requirement. This action means that any students scheduled to take one or more sections of the AIMS test this week will no longer be required to do so.
Until today, students had to pass the reading, writing and mathematics portions of the AIMS test in order to receive a high school diploma. The requirement was previously set to expire December 31, 2016.
Testing will still be available next week for those students wishing to take AIMS for scholarship eligibility or other personal reasons. Parents or families with questions about testing availability in these situations should contact their student's school.

There will be no change to the regular bell schedule.
SUSD IT Shutdown Over Spring Break
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is moving back into the City of Scottsdale. The first phase of this move takes place over Spring Break when the IT department moves to the Educational Services Center. During the week of March 9th, which is Spring Break, the majority of our services will be unavailable, including email, phones, SUSD Backpack, Gifted Services website, ParentVue, StudentVue and Success Maker. Certain phone lines will be accepting voicemails. Read SUSD IT Shutdown
Board Meeting Celebrations 02/10/15
View all Scottsdale Unified School District celebrations and photos from the February 10th Governing Board Meeting at! #AllinSUSD
Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed 2 cases of Measles in Maricopa County. Read Measles Update | Espańol | Get Vaccinated | Information about exposure
SUSD Special Education College/Transition Services Fair
March 4, 2015, 5 to 7 p.m. at Coronado High School (7501 E. Virginia  Ave.  Scottsdale, AZ 85257)
Media Center-College Fair
Lecture Hall-Transition Services Fair
There will be agencies and schools present that will be able to answer questions about programs and services at the post-secondary level.
Questions?  Please contact:            480-484-5058     480-484-5044

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Navajo to Launch STEAM Design Academy
Navajo Elementary School will launch a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Design Academy for 4th and 5th grade students starting in the 2015-16 school year. Read Navajo STEAM.
​Mark Your Calendar for the Scottsdale Charro Foundation/Scottsdale Giant Race
Excitement is building for the Scottsdale Giant Race, Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Scottsdale Stadium. There are race distances for all abilities, including family relays. Plus, the Giant Race is a great way to generate funds for your school. There are prizes for fundraisers, and The Charro Foundation will donate an additional $500 to the school that raises the most money!
To register for the Giant Race, go to and click on "Register Now" For every racer who uses promo code SUSD15, the San Francisco Giants will contribute $5 to SUSD schools! (Enter this promo code during payment checkout.) In addition, all dollars fundraised by individual runners will go directly back to the school.
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

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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