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  • The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival is a Two-day Event Bringing Together Top Singers from Junior High Schools and Phoenix Union Schools

    Posted by Communications on 10/11/2018

    The Greater Phoenix Choir Festival is a two-day event bringing together top singers from junior high schools and Phoenix Union schools.  The students audition to earn a spot in these all-star choirs, led by guest conductors.  After a day and a half of rehearsal, the musicians take the stage for  a concert.  This year the festival is hosted by Trevor Browne High School, with the culminating concert, Saturday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m.    Maryvale’s choir teacher Amanda Taylor will lead the Junior High Honors Choir.  Also performing will be the Greater Phoenix Women’s Honor Choir and the Mixed Honor Choir.

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  • Phoenix Union is Holding a Fall Teacher Career Fair, October 27

    Posted by Communications on 10/11/2018

    Phoenix Union is holding a Fall Teacher Career Fair, October 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the District offices at 4502 N. Central Avenue.  Positions are available for the second semester, beginning January 7, and for the 2019-20 school year.  Fall or spring college graduates and student teachers are encouraged to attend.  Screening interviews will be held that morning, and school sites will be interviewing in the governing board room.  Prospective teachers should bring resume, transcripts, teacher certification, letters of recommendation and a copy of a fingerprint clearance card. It is recommended that applicants  complete a Phoenix Union online application  prior to the job fair.  A general certified employee application is available at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs.  For more information, contact Mary Lou Chavez in the Talent Department at 602 764-1537.

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  • Be a Leader Foundation Taking Steps Towards College Success Resource Fair and Walk takes place October 21

    Posted by Communications on 10/11/2018

    The Be a Leader Foundation Taking Steps Towards College Success Resource Fair and Walk takes place October 21.  It is the 10th anniversary of the event, and Phoenix Union students have been there from the start.  The free event provides students and families with access to over 50 community organizations who support students through their educational journey.  Following the resource fair at Phoenix Civic Space Park downtown, participants will walk to the Civic Center to visit with over 200 colleges and universities.  Last year, Phoenix Union schools had over 2,000 participants.

    Be A Leader Foundation has clubs at Phoenix Union schools, providing college-going guidance and workshops for students, covering financial aid, SAT/ACT preparation, personal statement writing, college visits and career shadowing days.  Working with Phoenix Union counselors, Be A Leader Foundation has helped increase FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)  applications by 31% and increase the number of students enrolling at four-year colleges by 50%.

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  • South Mountain to Host the Biggest Football Game in Years

    Posted by Communications on 10/4/2018

    South Mountain will host the biggest football game in many years when the Jaguars host Betty Fairfax in a Metro 5A Region game that could decide the region winner.  Both teams will come into the game undefeated in region play, and the winner will take the lead in the league with two games remaining.  Both teams are 4-3 overall.   Fairfax won the region last year, while South went 5-5, its best record in years.  South Mountain has never beaten Betty Fairfax, which began playing varsity football in 2009.

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  • The Annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is Saturday, October 27

    Posted by Communications on 10/4/2018

    The annual Metro Tech Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is Saturday, October 27,  from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.  The Annual Fall Garden Festival and Community Celebration is geared towards local community and garden lovers who are interested in learning new techniques for gardening, and to have a fun family-oriented time.  This community celebration is held in conjunction with Master Gardeners.  The festival attracts over 1500 people to campus and a full Master Gardener program ranging from local vendors to question/answer sessions with master gardeners.  The festival includes over 20 local vendors and over 20 Metro Tech Clubs.  There will also be a rummage sale and a silent auction along with community service opportunities.  Metro Tech is located at 1900 W. Thomas Road.

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  • Metro Tech Spanish Teacher Dr. Genevieve Sanders is a 2018 Chicanos Por La Causa Esperanza Latino Teacher Award Winner

    Posted by Communications on 10/4/2018

    You might say the odds were stacked against Genevieve Sanders.  Raised in Mexico in “extreme poverty” during her formative years, she didn’t go to school in second, third or fourth grades, but sold chiclets and candy in the streets to help the family.  She was a high school dropout, a teenage mom.  But with her children as her motivating force, and esperanza, or hope, she made it to the United States in 2000.  Now her classmates and colleagues call her La Doctora.

     

    Metro Tech Spanish Teacher Dr. Genevieve Sanders is a 2018 Chicanos Por La Causa Esperanza Latino Teacher Award winner.  She was surprised by the organization’s announcement during a classroom visit Tuesday.

     

    Sanders is one of four Esperanza winners in Arizona, honoring Latino teachers who inspire students of all backgrounds, play an active role in the school and demonstrate a true commitment to the community.  It is the only awards program that highlights outstanding Latino educators throughout Arizona.

     

    Sanders teaches Honors Spanish 3-4 and Advanced Placement Spanish and is the school’s World Language Department Instructional Leader  She has been at Metro Tech since 2014, and taught four years at Cesar Chavez High School.  Her teaching career spans 25 years, including seven years in Mexico.

     

    Sanders will be recognized at an Academy Awards-style dinner ceremony, October 25, at the Phoenix Civic Center, where each honoree receives a $3,000-$5,000 cash award plus a $2,500 stipend to their respective school.

     

    Sanders is from Michoacán, Mexico, and attended the Universidad Vasco de Quiroga in Morelia.  She earned a scholarship and transferred credits to the University of Southern Mississippi for her bachelor’s, a master’s from Grand Canyon University and doctorate from ASU. 

     

    “This recognition means a lot to me because it reminds me of my humble origins and the many struggles and hardships my children and I have overcome as first generation Mexican immigrants.  I feel that my story inspires my students to stay focused on their education no matter what obstacles they face,” Sanders said.

     

    She was nominated by 2012 Esperanza winner Julio Rubio, Metro Tech’s assistant principal for registration.

     

    “La Doctora constantly strives to celebrate her students’ heritage inside and outside of the classroom  utilizing best practices, motivation, cultural awareness and self-discovery, she helps students to discover their bi-nationality and feel proud of their bilingualism and heritage,” Rubio said.  

     

    “What we all have gained from her experience and commitment to our students is a growing interest in World Languages, a renewed interest in the Hispanic culture, and a model of education for all,” Metro Tech Principal Bryan Reynoso said. 

     

    “I am very blessed that I am a person that loves her job.  I love education and teaching and I have loved being at Metro Tech; it feels like home,” Sanders said.

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  • JROTC Instructional Leader Lieutenant Colonel David Nguyen Presented at the annual 5th Brigade JROTC Curriculum Conference “Differentiated Learning Strategies within the JROTC Curriculum”

    Posted by Communications on 10/4/2018

    JROTC Instructional Leader Lieutenant Colonel David Nguyen, presented at the annual 5th Brigade JROTC Curriculum Conference “Differentiated Learning Strategies within the JROTC Curriculum” September 11-14  in Arlington, Texas. LTC Nguyen, a recognized Subject Matter Expert in the JROTC four-year Curriculum, offered techniques and best practices for modifying and accommodating the JROTC curriculum for a wide variety of learners. He also offered insight into the incorporation of school and district initiatives, such as Close Reading and AVID techniques, into the presentation of JROTC classroom.

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  • Betty Fairfax Students of the Month for September Announced

    Posted by Communications on 10/4/2018

    Fairfax Students of the Month for September are Chinelo Agba, AVID; Julue Moss, Chemistry; Jakara Smith, Early Childhood Education; Tayvion Thompson, APS; Kayla Xayasinh, Counseling and Gracee Wolfe, Art.  They will be treated to a breakfast, October 5 with their nominating teacher.

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  • Cesar Chavez Football Team Ranked 17th

    Posted by Communications on 10/4/2018

    Cesar Chavez played a loaded football schedule this year, but the Champions’ three losses may actually help them in the 6A Power Rankings.  Chavez, ranked 17th, has lost to #5 Perry, #8 Queen Creek, and #11 Red Mountain.  They will play one more ranked team, travelling to #13 Tucson High, October 5.  A win there, and wins the rest of the way against sister schools Trevor Browne and Alhambra could propel the Champions into the 16-team playoffs.  Winning the region does not automatically get a team to the playoffs, but power rankings do.

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  • Cesar Chavez JROTC Shares the Lead with Flowing Wells JROTC After the Completion of Phase I

    Posted by Communications on 10/4/2018

    Cesar Chavez JROTC shares the lead with Flowing Wells JROTC after the completion of Phase I of the 2018 JROTC Adventure Team Competition in Flagstaff, September 28-30.  Both Chavez and Flowing Wells placed in four of the five Wilderness events -- Land Navigation, Endurance Run, Leadership Reaction Course, Rope Bridge and Recovery Operations. Defending champion Trevor Browne is currently in third place with Maryvale and Alhambra close behind. Thirteen JROTC teams competed.  Maryvale JROTC will host the Phase II Physical Fitness competition, October 20, to decide the Arizona JROTC Adventure Team Sweepstakes and state title.  

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