Thank You for Visiting the PUHSD Communications Weekly News BlogThe Communications Department posts weekly school and district news items on the Phoenix Union website. These items also are submitted to The Arizona Republic for a feature called “Around Our Schools" and are sent to other publications around the Valley. Occasionally, it gives the local media story ideas that highlight Phoenix Union.This is an opportunity to recognize student and staff accomplishments and events and announce upcoming school activities in which the community would be interested. If you have a news item to share, please use the following News By You form to send us the information.
Maryvale Teachers Will Get a Well Deserved End of the Year TreatPosted by Communications at 5/16/2018
Maryvale teachers will get a well-deserved, end of the year treat when the Million Dollar Teacher Project recognizes educators with a prize package, food and appreciation at Peter Piper Pizza, May 22. The Feel like a Million Dollars celebrates schools where students and staff vote, and one teacher will be awarded the Green Owl prize package, valued at over $1,000. The Million Dollar Teacher Project began in 2016 by Lloyd Hopkins, who worked in the Alhambra School District. His organization supports teachers and education by increased recognition, compensation and support and where every student is taught by a highly trained, qualified, understanding and engaged teacher.
Maryvale Put On Its First-ever Career and Technical Education (CTE) ExpoPosted by Communications at 5/16/2018
Maryvale put on its first-ever Career and Technical Education (CTE) Expo, May 11. The expo was a Disney-themed fashion show with original designs and creations by Amanda Jacob’s Fashion 3-4 students. The fashion show was a CTE collaborative effort with four different CTE programs contributing. The lights and music were designed and run by students in Patrick Shanahan’s Technical Theatre class, the food for the V.I.P. section was created and served by Adrian Lamos’ Culinary students, and the event was documented by Jacob Dunklee’s Video Journalism class. The expo, which was sold out, was a great display of CTE real world application.
DECA Advisor from Maryvale Recognized with a "Years of Service to DECA" AwardPosted by Communications at 5/16/2018
As memorable as it was for 41 Phoenix Union students who attended the 2018 DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta last month, it was a rush of memories for Steve Johnson, the DECA advisor from Maryvale who was recognized with a "Years of Service to DECA" award for 40 years, during the closing awards session. He is retiring this year.
Johnson, a Minnesota native, began his teaching career in 1976 and for the last 25 years he has been at Maryvale, where he has taught Marketing Education, supervised on-the-job training (Cooperative Ed), General Business, Keyboarding, Typing, Consumer Math, and CTE 1 to freshman.
He has also coached football, freshmen and JV basketball, softball, cross country and track. Johnson has also coordinated the Maryvale Student of the Month program the last 20 years.
Central Bobcat JROTC Battalion Commander Competed in the National Archery in Schools program in KentuckyPosted by Communications at 5/16/2018
Central Bobcat JROTC Battalion Commander, Cadet Amelia “Bingo” Bingochea competed in the National Archery in Schools program in Kentucky. There was over 15,000 Archers in the competition. Bingochea scored a 283 out of 300 to rank 304th out of 5,589 girls. In the High School Division, she was 198th of 2393 archers, and 46th out of 446 in the 12th grade division.
It is Another Big Year for Bioscience Seniors Securing Top ScholarshipsPosted by Communications at 5/16/2018
It is another big year for Bioscience seniors securing top scholarships. Here is the list of students and selected schools so far.
Flinn Scholars: Elizabeth “Lee” Chiffelle & Nancy Twishime (ASU)
QuestBridge Scholars: Kevin Hernandez (Stanford), Edwin Lozano (Brown University), & Cesar Parra Castro, (Univ. of Notre Dame)
Gates Scholar: Cesar Parra Castro
Anthony Aragon Orozco – Hope College, a Colleges That Change Lives school
Francesca “Frankie” Ark – American University
Mikaela Bassil – University of Denver
Dulce Garipey – Wellesley College
Tabitha Hacker – Bowdoin College
Isabella Horning – University of Portland
Jasmin Lopez Gomez – Colgate University (Student Body President)
Genesis Mendoza – Lewis & Clark College
Alejandra Ocampo – Ohio Wesleyan University
Emma Offenberg – Stanford University
Lis San Emeterio – Either Lewis & Clark College or Mount Holyoke College
Alisa Sass – University of Missouri
Qing Zhang – Either Tufts University or the University of Virginia
Six Betty Fairfax Girls competed in the The AIA-Sanctioned EventPosted by Communications at 5/16/2018
Ma'Kayla Dickerson, a two-time track and field state champion the week before, tried a seven-event heptathlon at Valley Christian in Chandler, May 10-11. She won the 100 hurdles, high jump, 200-meters, long jump and 800 meters, and scored 4573 points, the fourth best high school score in the nation, according to her Fairfax coaches John Sholongo and Lydia Edwards. Six Fairfax girls competed in the The AIA-sanctioned event.
Betty Fairfax is the Phoenix Union Athletic Program of the YearPosted by Communications at 5/16/2018
Betty Fairfax is the Phoenix Union Athletic Program of the Year, announced at the All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony May 16 at Central High School. The event celebrates athletes, coaches, athletic directors and athletic programs. It was the second year in a row the Laveen school was the top athletic program in the district.
Fairfax won five team region titles, and qualified for the state playoffs in football, boys and girls basketball, boys volleyball, softball and boys tennis. In individual sports, golfer Iman Abraham qualified for state. boys tennis players took 1st and 2nd place in singles, first in doubles, and the girls took first in singles and first and second in doubles at the Phoenix Union Tennis tournament. Fairfax was the only team to qualify for the tennis state playoffs. In track and field, the girls team led by Ma’kayla Dickerson who won state titles in 300 hurdles and high jump, and two 2nd place finishes, finished sixth in the state, and the boys team’s Carmayne White tied for second in the high jump and finished fifth in the longjump. PUHSD Coaches of the Year were Mike Lopez, Volleyball; Rachel Gonzalez, Softball and Jerry Fiedler, Boys Tennis. Girls Basketball coach John Trujillo was named 5A Union Region Coach of the Year. Kevin Belcher was named Athletic Director of the Year.
There Were Standing Ovations for the Inspirational PUHSD Student-AthletesPosted by Joseph Haley at 5/16/2018
There were standing ovations for the Inspirational Student-Athletes- Wrestler Luis Higuera of Cesar Chavez, and volleyball and softball player Bailey Duncan of Linda Abril and Central and the Joseph Grant Community Outreach award winner. The Joseph Grant Community Outreach Award is named for a Camelback athlete who passed away last year, but donated his Make-A-Wish gift to the school in the form of a shaded seating area, called “Joseph’s Hangout.” His mother, Dawn Grant presented the award to Santiago Mancilla Perez, a swimmer from Central High School.
The Second Annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony Was Held May 16Posted by Communications at 5/16/2018
The second annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards Ceremony was held May 16, at Central High School, celebrating over 100 athletes, coaches, and athletic programs. The event featured all 11 schools that offer interscholastic athletics in PUHSD. Student recognitions included Male and Female Players of the Year for each team and individual sport, All-Academic Male and Female Athletes of the Year from each school and First Team All-Phoenix Union selections for each team sport.
The Male and Female Athletes of the Year were announced. South Mountain’s Raelynn Fair, a track athlete and Carl Hayden’s Fidel De Los Rios, track and cross country, receive scholarships from the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education. Coach of the Year was North Swim coach David Smithers, who started the Mustang program 22 years ago. Sportsmanship of the Year went to Alhambra, Athletic Director of the Year was Betty Fairfax’s Kevin Belcher. The Athletic Program of the Year, for the second year in a row, is Betty Fairfax.
Phoenix Union High School District is Hosting a Job Fair for all PUHSD Seniors on Monday, May 21Posted by Communications at 5/16/2018
Phoenix Union High School District is hosting a Job Fair for all PUHSD Seniors on Monday, May 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Metro Tech High School at 1900 West Thomas Road. Seniors should register to attend at www.PhoenixUnion.org/SeniorJobFair, dress professionally and bring copies of resumes. Parking and a shuttle bus is available at Phoenix College.
Among the companies represented are Sundt Construction, Marriott International, City of Phoenix Courts, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Rummel Construction and Foothills fire Protection. The Senior Job Fair is sponsored by the City of Phoenix, Department of Economic Security, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, Phoenix Union and the Valley of the Sun United Way.