Co-Choir Director Troy Meeker was selected by the Arizona Choral Director's Association to guest conduct the Nation Anthem for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday April 28th. The choir consisted of over 150 students from around the state combined to sing for this performance which Mr. Meeker rehearsed for 30 minutes prior to taking the field.
"It is an honor to get to perform the Nation Anthem with so many hard-working students for nearly 20,000 fans of America's Game. I am grateful for the opportunity."
South Mountain will play a role in the 12th Annual Kids at Hope Masters Institute taking place May 1-5 in Phoenix. Besides the administrative team and some teachers attending the institute, South will play host to over 150 attendees from around the state and nation for a site visit. The visitors will visit Angelee Bilbao’s English class, the south gym and the Jag Café (cafeteria) for a closure panel, and entertainment by the school’s step team.
Kids At Hope is a Phoenix-based organization that provides professional development to individuals and organizations in 18 states and Canada in the fields of youth development, education, law enforcement, juvenile justice, child welfare and health. The Annual Youth Development Master’s Institute co-sponsored by Arizona State University’s School of Social and Family Dynamics.
Phoenix Coding Academy was selected as the winner of the 2017 Arizona Leader Award for Green Schools by the U.S. Green Building Council. Opened this year, Coding Academy is the District’s first LEED Gold-certified school. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Design.
”In a year with many qualified candidates, the judges were impressed with the project’s combination of sustainability and curriculum objectives, and felt it was a great fit for the Green Schools award,” Cindy Zork, USGBC Manager, Community Advancement said.
U.S. Green Building Council. PUHSD’s Jared Reynolds was on hand to accept the award with ADM lead architect Jennifer Weskalnies.
In addition, the Green Schools Committee chose the Phoenix Coding Academy for the Green Schools Earth Week Tour to showcase a local educational project that exemplifies the reduction of environmental impact, enhances of occupant health and well-being and provides education to a generation of sustainability natives. The April 27 tour was attended by design professionals and educational leaders from around the state and was led by project architect Jennifer Weskalnies and Principal Seth Beute. Assisting with the tour were teachers Susana Masamery and Gina Vullo and four Coding Academy students with discussion about the details of sustainability, efforts in design, construction and education at the school.
North High is calling all incoming International Baccalaureate students with a Registration Rally, Thursday, May 11 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The rally, which will be held in the North Library, is for students who still need to turn in registration packets, become enrolled, and avoid getting registered in the summer or at the start of school. The IB magnet program is one of the longest and most successful programs in Arizona. For more information, call (602) 764-6500.
The North High Symphonic Band earned a “Superior” rating at the 2017 State Concert Festival, April 29. Their last “Superior” rating during the concert season was at the 2006 Area Concert Festival. The North musicians followed that up with an encore performance at school, May 2, along with special guest bands from Isaac Middle School and Pueblo del Sol.
“So proud of this group of young men and women. They were focused, intelligent, and ready to rock the house. Bravo,” Director of Bands, Orchestras and Percussion Daniel Eaton said.
Career and Technical Education held its first Interview Fair, March 30, and it was a huge success. The Metro Tech gym was filled with tables and chairs, as 307 seniors were interviewed by 114 volunteers. Students were interviewed twice, and received feedback after each interview. The students represented 20 CTE programs at Metro Tech.
The all-day event was co-sponsored by the Valley of the Sun United Way and the Department of Economic Security. The event was led by Vocational Program Facilitator Victoria Petit and a team of CTE staff. .
“It is an important event to help our students with the soft skills necessary in the most important activity- a job interview.”
Metro Tech was one of the stops for Future Sun Devil Signing Day, Thursday, April 27, welcoming seniors who have chosen Arizona State University. ASU arrived in a double decker-wrapped bus with ASU Admission Services staff, other ASU personnel, ASU media, Sparky, music, and lots of ASU paraphernalia. Students signed posters showing their commitment to ASU and took pictures to post on social media. Metro Tech had 45 students officially committed to ASU. Metro also had the highest FAFSA completion rate among PUHSD schools, at 55%, Metro students applied for the most colleges and universities in last fall’s College Application Campaign. The best news is that most of the students were getting full rides thanks to College Attainment Grants, in which students can qualify for ASU with a 3.0 or 22 ACT score if their families earn less than $42,400 per year. Some of the students are also participating in ASU’s Pro-Mod program, which stands for project-based, modular learning. The students work across disciplines on real world projects, interacting with university faculty and students. Phoenix Union teachers teach the courses in a project-based format and students receive 13 ASU credits upon successful completion of project criteria and enrollment at ASU directly after high school.
The Cesar Chavez Percussion Ensemble was invited to play at NAU’s percussion ensemble concert, April 28 in Flagstaff. They were the only high school performing. The piece they performed was something the ensemble played at the Arizona Percussive Arts Society Spring Festival at ASU, where they scored a “Superior,” and were selected for the showcase concert performing alongside ASU and NAU.
“This is a big honor and we were honored to have been invited to be special guests on their concert. I am very excited for them to see college level playing and for the students to meet the Director of Percussion Studies at NAU. These kids work hard and represent our school passionately through music,” Alison Brightwell-Balot, Chavez’ Director of Percussion and Piano said.
The Chavez Ensemble will also be performing in front of the Herberger Friday evening for their Cinco De Mayo celebration 6-9 p.m. It is free to the public.
Last year, Dr. DeeDee Falls, a longtime Bioscience principal, retired, but in her honor, a scholarship fund was created and two students were awarded $2000 scholarships. That fund has already expanded to $10,000 this year, which will help four seniors this year with their college studies.
Carlos Yanez Navarro – Arizona State University, Biomedical Studies; Reyna Gariepy - Bryn Mawr College, Neuroscience; Cassandra Montufar - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aerospace Engineering; Hana Malkoc - Arizona State University, Nursing
The Betty Fairfax Vocal Ensemble traveled to Anaheim to participate in the WorldStrides Heritage Festivals competition. There were 30 different choirs there from around the country, and Fairfax’s performances in both madrigals and jazz received Silver 2nd Place awards. In addition, Ivan Alcazar received the "Legacy Lives On" award. This award is presented to a student who has shown strength of character and a passion for the arts as they pursue excellence no matter what challenges they may have faced. Two students received "Maestro" awards for excellent performances: Andrez Alcazar and Christopher Joseph for their respective solos. Only six of these awards were given in the entire festival of approximately 700 students.