South Mountain is a Kids at Hope school which means we are committed to the belief that all youth are capable of success, NO EXCEPTIONS! In order to make that vision a reality, we aspire to ensure that all adults are treasure hunters and every youth is a time traveler. Treasure hunters search for the skills, talents and intelligences in all children/youth. Time travel is the ability to envision one’s future in home & family, education & career, community & service, and hobbies & recreation and create a plan for developing the skills needed to experience success in life’s destination points. For more information contact South Mountain High School (602-764-5000) or visit www.kidsathope.org
Congratulations to the State Champion South Mountain Girls Basketball team. The Jaguars, who last won a title in 2008, finish with a 24-8 record. The title is the third championship for South Mountain within the last year.
Congratulations to the South Mountain Boys Soccer team for capturing the Division II State Titlewith a 2-0 victory over Sunnyslope in the Championship match at Campo Verde High School. It was the first AIA soccer title for a Phoenix Union school. The Jaguars went 17-3 this year under second year coach Jose Diaz, including playoff wins over Canyon del Oro, second-seeded Tucson and Yuma Cibola to advance to the title contest.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program has named South Mountain High School as a Mix It Up Model School for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among its students and throughout its campus during the 2014-15 school year.
The Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board has called for a 15 percent Maintenance and Operations Budget Override and Bond election for November 7, 2017. The action was taken at the May 4 Governing Board meeting.
The election will be a mailed ballot-only election with ballots mailed to qualified electors residing within the District.
The override asks voters for authorization to continue the current 15 percent override for fiscal year 2018-2019 and six subsequent years. This would be a continuation of the existing override approved by voters in 2013. There would be no additional taxes if the override is approved. The override provides for over 400 teachers and support staff that directly impacts students and student achievement.
The bond would be for $269 million to fund capital improvements over and above those funded by the state. The District annual capital budget has been cut from $21 million to just under $2 million since the Recession. The bulk of the bond would fund maintenance, and renovation of school buildings and technology.