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SUSD Fall Sports Athletes Honored at Annual All-City Awards Banquet
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will host its annual All-City Athletic Fall Sports Awards Banquet on Monday, January 26 to honor fall athletes from Arcadia, Chaparral, Coronado, Desert Mountain and Saguaro high schools. Read All City Fall 2015
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.
Board Meeting Celebrations 01/13/15
View all Scottsdale Unified School District celebrations and photos from the January 13th Governing Board Meeting at! #AllinSUSD
SUSD Governing Board Elects New President, Vice President
On January 8th, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board elected Bonnie Sneed as President and George Jackson as Vice President. See Board President and Vice President
SUSD Hosts Elementary Schools Master Plan Community Meetings
Our schools are community assets. SUSD is seeking the values, priorities and input of its stakeholders to identify the criteria that our community deems important in the development of the elementary facilities master plan. The plan is being developed with a framework based on stakeholder feedback. Please join us to help shape our elementary school facilities to meet the changing needs of Scottsdale. See SUSD Elementary Community Meetings.
​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.
Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's January 2015 Letter
Happy New Year – Welcome back! I hope your holiday season and winter break were relaxing and renewing. There will be a lot of exciting changes for SUSD in 2015! I am thrilled to announce that SUSD is moving back to the great City of Scottsdale. The first phase of this move will take place over Spring Break when our 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, Parent Vu, Student Vu and Success Maker. We need this time to move servers and other IT equipment to the new location. Phase II of the move will include moving the remaining Education Center departments to our new home in the heart of Scottsdale, 7575 E. Main St. We will keep you updated on the move throughout the spring semester. We will also be selling our current ED Center building based on the approval from our voters. The proceeds will be used for school renovations. Read more.
Duel in the Desert
The first Robotics Competition Kickoff was held on January 3rd.  Scottsdale Unified School District was well represented! The Duel in the Desert, hosted by Arcadia High School, will be held on Saturday, February 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a practice scrimmage. We need teams to volunteer to help with this event. Please contact Adriana Marchena, or Steve Geislinger, 480-484-6300 x5143.
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

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).

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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