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Service Learning Students, Teachers to Deliver 325 Thanksgiving Meals
Scottsdale Unified School District’s (SUSD) Service Learning students and teachers will pack cars and deliver Thanksgiving meals to many SUSD families who are in need on November 24th and 25th. See Thanksgiving meals

SUSD Ranked as 8th Best School District in Arizona
2015 Niche Rankings were recently released, and Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) was ranked the 8th Best Public School District in Arizona. According to its website, a high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly. For a complete list, please visit
ABODA State Marching Band Competition
On November 15th, the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) held its State Marching Championships. There are three divisions in which marching bands are grouped together based upon size. In Division III, Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) had two bands competing – Chaparral and Coronado High Schools. Coronado, under the direction of Dr. Schultz Bennett, finished in 3rd Place and received a caption award for Outstanding Visual Performance. Chaparral, under the direction of Mrs. JenniferMireau finished in Place and received caption recognition for Percussion and General Effect.
The Top 10 Bands from the State Marching Festival in each division met on November 1st  to compete for the state title in their division. Both Chaparral and Coronado received an Excellent rating and both took caption awards for Music, Visual Effect, General Effect, Percussion, and Auxiliary. Saguaro and Desert Mountain participated in Division II. Saguaro received an Excellent rating and a Visual Caption, and Desert Mountain received and Excellent rating and captions in Music, General Effect, Visual, Percussion, and Auxiliary.

SUSD Fall Athletic Results
Congratulations to our high school athletes who competed in the following fall sports: Cross Country, Swim & Dive, Golf, Volleyball and Football. Congratulations to Chaparral and Saguaro football teams for advancing to the next level. Click here for a complete list of results.
Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's November Letter
Dear Scottsdale Unified School District Family, 

In Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), we have much to be thankful for and celebrate this month! First and foremost, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those who campaigned, supported and voted in favor of our Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Override. Our nation was built upon the foundation of public education and this legacy continues because of your support of students and teachers in SUSD. With your continued support, we will be able to keep dollars in the classroom, restore “specials” (Art, Music, PE) in our elementary schools, as well as fund other supports for our teachers and students. See the November Letter.

SUSD Students Learn Physics, Engineering While Building Electric Guitars with Amazing Teachers
Learning physics and engineering can be exciting and rewarding, particularly for 10 students at Chaparral and five students at Desert Mountain High Schools who are learning to blend the subjects in order to build electric guitars.
The 15 students, three girls and 12 boys, meet with teachers Ann Hammersly, a physics teacher at Chaparral; Tom Vining, a physics teacher at Desert Mountain; and Jeff Jordan an engineering teacher at Chaparral; to build the electric guitars each Tuesday from 2:45-5:15 p.m. in an engineering classroom at Chaparral. It will take about 40-45 hours for the students to complete the guitars. See Electric Guitars

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

Service Learning Accepting Donations, Will Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to SUSD Families in Need
Students in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Service Learning program will be working to collect and fundraise to help feed families in our school district who are in need this holiday season. The Service Learning program is hoping to provide 185 families with a meal, which will be delivered or picked up the week of Thanksgiving. We are asking that you provide a meal for a family that includes the following items:
  • A frozen turkey (12-15 pounds)
  • 1 disposable turkey roasting pan
  • 2 large boxes of stuffing
  • 2 cans of cranberries
  • 2 large boxes of instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 cans of green beans
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 packets or 2 jars of gravy
  • 1 dessert - non-frozen and non-refrigerated
  • Package of dinner rolls - non-refrigerated
If you and your family would like to help, please bring your meal donation in a box to the front office of the following schools on Monday, November 24: Arcadia High School, Chaparral High School, Saguaro High School or Supai Middle School from 7:15-8:45 a.m.
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 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 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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