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  • Bioscience Robotics Team Competes in the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology World Championships

    Posted by Communications on 4/24/2019

    The Dragon Robotics team competed in the Carver Division of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championships in Houston, April 17-20, and recorded a 5-5-0 record, ranking 33rdplace of 68 teams. 

    “Thanks to tax credit donations and the Phoenix Union High School board, we are able to take 23 students to our second-ever visit to World Championships,” Coach Po-pé Enrique said.

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  • Betty Fairfax Band Teams up with Elementary School Districts

    Posted by Communications on 4/24/2019

    Band students from the Laveen and Roosevelt Elementary districts have practiced with band students at Betty Fairfax this month. They will be performing together for a concert on April 25 at Fairfax.

    Cesar Chavez band teacher Antonio Lozano, worked with these same elementary band students to give a performance, April 5 at the Laveen Festival at the Laveen District Office complex. 

    “My son is a band student in the Laveen District, so I've had the fortune to witness how powerful and positive this collaboration is for students and parents. Many parents, including me, are very excited about the concert on April 25,” Arellano Aurora, a Laveen parent and Metro Tech teacher said.

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  • Betty Fairfax Wins in Phoenix Union Track and Field Championship

    Posted by Communications on 4/24/2019

    The Phoenix Union Track and Field Championship was held April 16 and 18, and Betty Fairfax won the Girls title, with 152 points, topping Cesar Chavez, which scored 120 points. 

    Makayla Dickerson won the 100, 200, and 400-meter runs and the high jump. D'ionna McBride won the 800 meter run and led her team to victory in the 4x100, 4x400 and the 4x800 relays.

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  • The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education Scholarship Open Golf Tournament Will be on May 3

    Posted by Communications on 4/24/2019

    The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education Scholarship Open Golf Tournament has sold out for six consecutive years. The 2019 event will be held Friday, May 3 at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course. The tournament, the second largest fundraiser of the year, raises funds for post-secondary scholarships for Phoenix Union students. To sponsor, play or donate an item for a raffle, contact the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education at (480) 289-5761, or info@foundation4education.org.

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  • Phoenix Union Will Approve New Student Handbook for the 2019-20 School Year

    Posted by Communications on 4/24/2019

    A brand new Phoenix Union Handbook for Students and Families will be approved and in use for the 2019-20 school year. A committee has been working on this project, focus groups have been held, and the Governing Board has had a study session on the new handbook, which replaces the Student Procedures Handbook. This colorful, informative book is not just discipline procedures and policy. It introduces parents to programs and services, such as ELL, ESS, Food and Nutrition, Student and Family Services, School Safety and Transportation. It also presents a District-wide dress code, attendance, student expectations and restorative practices at school and at home. 

    The Handbook Committee invites our stakeholders- staff, students, parents and community to three forums, Monday, April 29 at three regional locations-Central, Alhambra and Betty Fairfax from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to share the changes and gather input.  

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  • A Phoenix Union Teacher Career Fair Will be on April 27

    Posted by Communications on 4/24/2019

    A Phoenix Union Teacher Career Fair is Saturday, April 27 from 8-12 p.m. at Linda Abril Educational Academy, 3000 N. 19th Avenue. The District is hiring secondary teachers in all subject areas, with an emphasis on applicants certified in the following areas: Mathematics, Special Education, Science and ELL English.

    Applicants must complete an online application prior to interviewing at the career fair at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs. Applicants may schedule a screening interview prior to the career fair by calling Audrey Damonat 764-1504 or Cynthia Vargas at 764-1515 Applicants will also have the opportunity that day to complete an initial screening interview and then interview with campus principals for positions for the 2019-20 school year.

    Phoenix Union employs over 1600 teachers and has among the highest salaries in Arizona. The District is introducing a new salary schedule in 2019-20 in which first-year teachers earn a base of $46,500. Experienced teachers will be credited with up to 12 years experience on the salary schedule (starting at $55,854 on Step K.) For more information, contact Mary Lou Chavez at mchavez1@phoenixunion.org.

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  • Trevor Browne Principal Moving to District Office

    Posted by Communications on 4/17/2019

    Principal Tony Camp is moving to the District office for a director-level position for the 2019-20 school year. Selection for a new Trevor Browne principal will include a Principal Community Forum, Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with the principal finalists. Parents, students, staff and community members are welcome to attend, ask questions and meet the candidates. The attendees will also have the opportunity to submit their comments to the superintendent before a decision is made. The forum will take place in the school’s community room. 

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  • Maryvale Revitalization Corporation Developing Program for Youth in the Maryvale Community

    Posted by Communications on 4/17/2019

    The Maryvale Revitalization Corporation (MRC) is developing a development program for youth in the Maryvale community. The launch is a HERO U Convention for current 8th and 9th grade students from Cartwright School District and freshmen from Maryvale and Trevor Browne High Schools, April 18 at the Grand Canyon University Arena. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Opportunity Zone, where they will have access to community partners and youth organizations. The program, supported with grants from local businesses includes the Hero U rally, educational training opportunities and summer employment and service projects. The MRC and its school partners will promote goal setting, college and career readiness for students and follow student progress so that other communities can learn from the experiences of this collaboration. Each year, it intends to add an additional high school grade.

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  • The Academies at South Mountain High School Seeks Nurse Health Care Teachers

    Posted by Communications on 4/17/2019

    The Academies at South Mountain High School is seeking Nurse Health Care Teachers for its Nursing Assistant classes, within the Science & Technology Academy. These teachers prepare students for employment in the health care industry as Certified Nursing Assistants. This Career and Technical Education (CTE) program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. For more information, contact Cynthia Vargas at 602-764-1515.

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  • Phoenix Union Students Attend National Marshall Brennan Moot Court Competition

    Posted by Communications on 4/17/2019

    Seven Phoenix Union students travelled to Washington, D.C. last weekend to compete at the National Marshall Brennan Moot Court Competition at the American University College of Law. The Academies at South Mountain’ Jude Bauer, after a national semifinalist finish last year, made it to the finals this year. At least one South Mountain student has qualified for the semi-finals 11 consecutive years that the school has competed. Bauer became the first Arizona high school student to make back-to-back trips to the National Semi-finals. He became the fifth South Mountain student to become a National Finalist. Academies at South’s Candelaria Crum also competed.

    The Marshall Brennan Moot Court Program is a national program designed to promote Constitutional Literacy in high schools, particular urban high schools, through the use of Law Students in high school classrooms. In the Phoenix area, Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law partners with high school students. Students prepare lesson plans and teach various Supreme Court precedents. They also help teach the students about how oral arguments work before helping the students prepare to participate in a Moot Court competition.

    The Moot Court Competition consists of two phases. The first is a local competition held at ASU’s College of Law. This year’s competition was last November and included other PUHSD schools and a couple out-of-district schools. During this competition, approximately 50 students competed to qualify for one of eight spots in the Marshall Brennan National Moot Court Competition.    

    Not even a fight delay and spending the night in a Chicago airport on the way home could diminish the experience these students had.

    “The rewards the students receive are far greater than plaques or pictures. For many of the students, a trip to Washington, D.C. is the first time they have visited our nation’s capital. In fact, it has been the first plane trip for many of the South Mountain students. While there, they have had the opportunity to see many of the National Monuments, the Smithsonian Institute, the White House, the Capital and the highlight for most, the United States Supreme Court,” Social and Public Policy program manager Matthew Smith said.

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