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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 prefer the early release Wednesday to a shortened schedule (9 a.m.- 3:10 p.m.) 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 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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.

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.

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 from 1:00-3:10 p.m.

Band and strings programs will be offered and students will attend on their campus.
Saguaro’s Tri M Music Honor Society Betthoven's 5-K Run
Saguaro’s Tri M Music Honor Society is holding a K-5 run this Saturday, April 26th at the Saguaro High School track, 6250 N. 82nd Street, Scottsdale, 85250. The run will raise money for K-8th grade scholarships for music programs during the summer. Come see if you can run the entire distance to the musical piece Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony before it ends! See Flyer
Coronado Teacher Selected as a Rodel Aspiring Principal
Molly Saddler, an English teacher at Coronado High School, has been selected to participate in the Rodel Exemplary Principal initiative as a Rodel Aspiring Principal.
“We are extremely proud that Molly has been chosen for this honor. Molly has strong leadership skills and will make a great principal in the future,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Andi Fourlis. See Rodel Aspiring Principal
Sequoya to Host Art Walk
Sequoya Elementary School will host an Art Walk from 5-7 p.m. on May 1st at the school, 11808 N. 64th St., Scottsdale 85254. Sequoya’s hallways will be transformed into exhibition spaces where parents and students will view many art projects created during the year in Art class and in the Art Masterpiece program. Families are welcome to wander through various galleries while listening to the Sequoya band and purchase dinner on campus. See Art Walk
Arcadia Students Win Valley Metro’s “Design A Transit Wrap” Student Art Contest
Arcadia High School students John Reniewicki, Tia Schmittenberg and Sophia Lindemann, were the top three winners of the Valley Metro “Design A Transit Wrap” Student Art Contest. The decorated bus Will be displayed on April 24th at 11 Arcadia, 4703 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 85018. See Bus
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.
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
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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