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SUSD Special Ed Hosts Vocational Rehabilitation Informational Meetings
Scottsdale Unified School District’s (SUSD) Special Education department will host two Vocational Rehabilitation Informational Meetings:
  • Thursday, November 6th, 2014 from 6-7 p.m. in the Library at Desert Mountain High School, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale 85259
  • Monday, November 10, 2014 from 6-7 p.m. in the Library at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave., Scottsdale 85257
Families of special education high school students in SUSD are encouraged to attend one of the Vocational Rehabilitation Informational Meetings to learn about the Vocational Rehabilitation program and the services provided to individuals with disabilities to prepare students to enter, engage or retain gainful employment. See Vocational Rehabilitation Informational Meetings
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 to Host Middle School Choir Festival
Scottsdale Unified School District will host its annual Middle School Choir Festival on November 5th at 5:30 p.m. at the Virginia Piper Theatre at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale 85251. There is no cost to attend the event and the public is encouraged to attend. See Middle School Choir Festival
Selective Colleges Admissions Panel
Chaparral High School will host a Selective Colleges Admissions Panel on Wednesday, November 12th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium at Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale 85253. The program format is intended as an open discussion to help answer questions and prepare students for a highly selective college track during the high school years. The panel will consist of local alumni interviewers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania.
This event is open to all high school students in the Scottsdale Unified School District. Click here to view the flyer.
SUSD to Host High School Marching Exhibition
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will host its annual High School Marching Band Exhibition at 6 p.m. on November 4th at the Football Stadium at Saguaro High School. 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale 85250. There is no cost to attend the event and the public is encouraged to attend. See High School Marching Band Exhibition
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
Arcadia Students Receive Honors at 38th Annual Shakespeare Competition
Lights, Camera, Action! Arcadia High School students recently competed in the 38th Annual Shakespeare Competition hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University from October 9th-11th.

According to Stage Directions, the final competition was in the technical theatre area for students who work behind the scenes creating sound, lighting, props, scenery, and costumes. In the portfolio area, students were given the chance to have their technical and/or design portfolios evaluated by professionals in technical theatre. The best portfolio per division was honored, and the best overall portfolio was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to SUU. In addition, technical theatre students were able to compete in Tech Olympics, with a $50 gift certificate from General Theatrical Supply awarded to overall team winners in each division, based on timing, execution, and accuracy.
Tech Olympics Winners in the following categories are:
Fastest Overall Times
  • Props First Place: Lysia Chacon, Arcadia High School
Oxford Division
  • Props First Place: Lysia Chacon, Arcadia High School
  • Lighting First Place: Kelly Ktestes, Arcadia High School
  • Audio First Place: Lucero Rojas, Arcadia High School
  • Costumes First Place: Jessica Adams, Arcadia High School
Richard Fairchild is the Technical Theater teacher at Arcadia.
For the complete list of winners, please visit
Ingleside Students Present at Arizona Health and Physical Education State Convention
Ingleside Middle School students Austin Woodley and Heather Heyer, students in Susan Leonard’s Physical Education class, presented at the Student Showcase during the Arizona Health and Physical Education State Convention on October 16th. The students taught a session illustrating how to connect Physical Education with the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards. Specifically, students showed how 8th grade students rewrote National Physical Education Standards in their own words and created real world examples for each. They discussed how 7th grade Physical Education students created "Healthier Cookbooks" from recipes they found and modified based on class research, how they utilize heart rate data to assess and modify workouts, and a summary of their Functional Fitness Unit in which they created and completed their own workouts. The students concluded the presentation with information about Pink Out Day and “Step Up To Cancer” which will take place on October 28th. Their presentation was attended by Dolly Lambdin, National President of Shape America. Ms. Leonard is the current President of the Arizona Health Physical Education Association.
SUSD Employees Honored by Mayor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
The following Scottsdale Unified School District employees will be honored at the 28th Annual Scottsdale Mayor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities awards ceremony on October 23rd at the Chaparral Suites Resort.
  • Teacher of the Year – Ginny Dauler-Phinney, Saguaro High School
  • Para-Educator of the Year – Warren M. Rice, Coronado High School
The committee conducts this annual awards ceremony to thank those who provide counseling, education and jobs for people with disabilities, as well as to specifically thank those individuals with disabilities who have given everyone in the community outstanding examples of courage, perseverance and love in the face of adversity. For more information, please visit Congratulations!
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.

En español.
SUSD Finalists for the Super Bowl STEM Awards
Marilyn Williams, a teacher at Tavan Elementary School, is a finalist for Most Dedicated STEM Teacher, Navajo Elementary School is a finalist for Best STEM School and Saguaro High School is a finalist for the Most Innovative STEM Club as determined by the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee 2014 STEM Superhero Awards. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will host a ceremony on November 12th at the Arizona Science Center to honor the finalists and winners will receive prizes. Congratulations and good luck!

2 Saguaro Students Earn Perfect ACT Score
Two seniors from Saguaro High school have earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. The students who earned this achievement Harrison Whyte and Jonito Casalena. “We are extremely proud that Harrison and Jonito earned this amazing achievement,” said Dr. Mitch von Gnechten, executive director of Secondary Schools. See ACT
3 SUSD Football Players Chosen to Play in the Under Armour All-American Bowl – Students Will Be Presented With Jerseys
Christian Kirk and Jordan Butler, Saguaro High School, and Keenan Walker, Chaparral High School, have been selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Bowl in Florida. A representative will present the students with their official game jerseys. The game will take place on January 2, 2015 at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
See Under Armour All-American Bowl
45 SUSD Students Named Commended in the 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program
The following Scottsdale Unified School District students were named as National Merit Commended Students for 2015:
Arcadia High School
David Ackerman, Carter Chamberlin, Nicole Ong and Noah Zweiback.
Chaparral High School
Richard Abidor, Jacob Berger, Jakob Bookspan, Stephan Bremer, Alex Cable, Rebecca Freed, Chandler Fritz, Christina Gordon, Olivia Hamilton, David Klebosky, Lauren Klein, Jarred Kotzin, Nina Kravetz, Matana Maron, Nicholas Miller, Phoebe Olivieri, Jacob Sills, Sean Sipes, Michael Wilcox and Preston Wiley, as well as one student who is no longer enrolled.
Desert Mountain High School
Corbin Cieniawaski, Kevin Clancy, Ryan Connelly, Adam Curwin, Jack Drumm, Zoie Kehrli, Vedant Lahoti, Sabrina Leigh-Godfrey, Jiayang Li, Kaylyn McAnally, Mehek Mohan, Sarah Murray , Corbin Pinter and Adam Wong.
Saguaro High School
Ellie Crossman, Tyler Jones, Kaitlyn Malley, Glenn Edward Pace, Megan Prather and Kristian Schroeder-Hagman.

Click here for more information.
DMHS Hosts Informational IB Program Informational Night
On Tuesday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m., Desert Mountain High School will host an informational night for all 8th graders and their families who are interested in learning more about the IB program and the pre-diploma program.  Families will learn about the application process, shadowing program and entrance requirements.  They can also ask questions of administrators, teachers, students and parents involved in IB.  It will be held in the auditorium, and families should park in the lot between Desert Mountain High School and Mountainside Middle School.  Informational fliers and shadowing forms will be sent home through all SUSD 8th grade English classes after fall break.  For questions, please contact Laura Kamka, IB Coordinator, at
Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's September Letter
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is truly fortunate to have outstanding students, teachers and support staff as well as specialized programs that make us stand out across Arizona and the nation. It is only the end of the first quarter, and our students and teachers have already accomplished so much! See the October Letter.
Arcadia Teacher Selected as Semifinalist 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 program at Arcadia High School, has been selected as one of the 25 semifinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. See GRAMMY Foundation.
2 SUSD NEA Master Teachers Create Lessons Plans Used Across the Nation
From New York to Oregon, K-12 teachers across the country are using lesson plans aligned to the Common Core that were created by 130 Master Teachers with the National Education Association (NEA), including two Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) teachers.
Cathy Skinner, a 5th grade National Board Certified teacher at Redfield Elementary School, and Heather Robinson, a 5th grade teacher and 2006 Arizona History Teacher of the Year at Desert Canyon Elementary School, are two of 130 teachers across the country selected as Master Teachers and to participate in the BetterLesson launch of BetterLesson brings together Master Teachers in grades K-12 Math and English Language Arts, like Mrs. Skinner and Mrs. Robinson, to create and share classroom-ready lessons that are easily accessible and can be integrated into any curriculum. The Master Teachers also share reflections, real-life insight into what worked, what misfired and tips/tricks to successful Common Core implementation. See BetterLesson

29 SUSD Students Selected to Participate on the Scottsdale Mayor’s Youth Council
Twenty-nine Scottsdale Unified School District high school students were selected to participate on the City of Scottsdale Mayor’s Youth Council. They are:
Arcadia School
Connor Ballard, PhiLong Do, Maxime Greenburg, Micaela Liska and Michael Weaver
Chaparral High School
Heidi Artigue, Kayvon Martin, Arshan Barzani, Rachel Brown, Kamren Gilbard, Iona McAllister, Alekhya Reddy, Macklin Thomas, Ellen Dries and Preston Wiley
Coronado High School
Aratza Vega
Desert Mountain High School
Tea Jaimes, Laksman Patel, Cecilia Zhao, Tingting Bi, Michelle Hadeed, Caroline Link, Arun Mohan and Steven Adelberg
Saguaro High School
Viona Fedora, Neej Patel, Seth Tutnick and Virenzyth Fedora
Scottsdale Online Learning
Rachel Sowar
Scottsdale Mayor’s Youth Council

Four SUSD Students Win the Mayor's Constitution Day Contest
To commemorate Constitution Day, The Honorable W. J. “Jim” Lane hosted a Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest. The City of Scottsdale received 132 entries for the contest. The contest was divided into three categories. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) had four grand prize winners and several finalists. The grand prize winners are: Gabe Ozaki, a student at Desert Canyon Middle School, 6th-8th grade essay winner, Camryn Sliger, a student at Desert Canyon Middle School, 6th-8th grade art winner, Steven Adelberg, a student at Desert Mountain High School, high school essay winner, and Julia Mionis, a student at Chaparral High School, high school art winner.
The following SUSD students were finalists:
  • Pueblo: Donovan Davis (essay)
  • Mohave: Andrea Mitrovic (art), Benjamin Yee (art), Daniel Hutton (essay) and Julia Greteman (essay)
  • Chaparral – all art:  Brooke Martin, Maia Nagle, Grace Lieberman and Spencer Scher
  • Desert Canyon Middle: Tyler Crum (art) Elise Short (art), Brenden Weinberg (art), Ellie Fern (essay), Samantha Hirsch (essay) and Eli Tebeau (essay)
  • Coronado: Natalee Esposito (essay)
  • Desert Mountain: Christine Curran (essay)​​

Newsweek Names Chaparral as Top High School
Newsweek Magazine recently published its 2014 America’s Top High School List. Scottsdale Unified School District is pleased to announce that Chaparral High School is ranked 22nd on the list. According to, Newsweek’s 2014 Rankings highlights schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students for college. This year’s methodology is more stringent than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard for data. Additionally, low-income students at Chaparral are scoring at or above average on state assessments. To view a complete list of schools that made the list, please visit Congratulations, Chaparral!
31 SUSD Students Named Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program
The following Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) students were named Semifinalists for 2015 National Merit® Scholarships:

Chaparral High School
Heidi Artigue, Taylor BarberaArshan Barzani, Aaron Blecker, Samuel Deadrick, Elizabeth Dries, Emma He, Maia Lopes-Gilbert, Megan Mann, Cameron McAllister, Anita Ramaswamy, Jacob Sheptin, Andrew Stachel, Dylan Treger, Edward Wong and Henry Zheng
Desert Mountain High School
David AdelbergMicaela Brewington, Jennifer Cummings, Khang DaoNaveen Dasari, Ariel GoldfinePrathima HarveJeewon Park, Laura Vargas and Samantha Waslewski
Saguaro High School
Jontito CasalenaSeong-Kyung Lim, Grayson Meadows, 
Neej Patel and Harrison Whyte
See National Merit® Semifinalists

Saguaro Raises Money for the Boys & Girls Club Rose Lane Branch
To help celebrate Spirit Week and to give back to the community, Saguaro High School’s Student Government sold 160 T-shirts and raised $800 to help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Rose Lane Branch. The T-shirts were sold for $10 with $5 of each sale benefiting the Boys & Girls Club- Rose Lane Branch. “We want to give back to a place that has shaped so many of our students lives for the better,” said Sydney Allen, student government president at Saguaro. See Fundraiser
​Saguaro Football Ranks in the Top 50 in the Nation
Saguaro High School’s football team is ranked in the top 50 high school football teams by Scout Top 50.
For the second week of the season, the Sabercats were ranked 49th in the Scout Top 50 High School Rankings. “The Saguaro Football team is honored to be considered among the top 50 teams in the country, but we know that our work has just begun. We will continue to work hard day in and day out to reach our ultimate goal: bringing another State Championship to Saguaro High School,” said Coach Jason Mohns. See Top 50

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