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  • A Few Trevor Browne Students are Excused from School in the First Week for a Memory that will Last a lifetime

    Posted by Communication on 8/9/2018

    A few Trevor Browne students are excused from school in the first week for a memory that will last a lifetime.   Four Bruin baseball players and coach Deston Cummings will be playing in Major League Baseball’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) World Series in Minnesota. Allen Heguertty, Pablo Hernandez, Leo Sotelo, and Ernesto Heguertty of Browne, will join two players from Alhambra and one from Cesar Chavez, along with Chavez Coach Sergio Acosta.  The Phoenix team won the regional, July 22 in California to earn the trip, the second time in two years that a Phoenix team has gone to the World Series.  Hosted by the Minnesota Twins, the players will have the opportunity to play at least one game at the Twins’ Target Field.  They will also participate in community service projects while in Minnesota.

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  • Trevor Browne was selected as Phoenix Union’s School of the Year for the Arts at the Opening of Schools Convocation

    Posted by Communications on 8/9/2018

    Trevor Browne was selected as Phoenix Union’s School of the Year for the Arts at the Opening of Schools Convocation, July 31.  TGB has the largest choir program in the state, with 400 students.    Its bands had a terrific year.  Marching band had a top ten finish at the Arizona Marching Band State Festival and the jazz band qualified for the Arizona State Jazz competition in April, Outstanding soloist awards were given to three students at the Arizona Band & Orchestra Directors Association Area Jazz Festival.  Browne also had the most Phoenix Union students selected for All-Region Band and Choir. 

     

    The school has one of the largest Visual Arts departments in the District, with 750 students enrolled for the upcoming year.  The theatre department has added a second teacher, and now has a theatre technology CTE class.  Dance numbers have increased so much this year that the school is adding a second dance teacher for the first time.  Trevor Browne and a sister school were awarded a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts,  working with a professional dance theatre producing Sister Moses, the Story of Harriet Tubman.  The school’s Classroom Teacher of the Year is dance teacher Samantha Brown.

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  • Assistant principal for instruction Stephanie Streeter is the Phoenix Union Administrator of the Year

    Posted by Communications on 8/9/2018

    Assistant principal for instruction Stephanie Streeter is the Phoenix Union Administrator of the Year.  She was honored at the July 31 Opening of Schools Convocation.   She has been described as the true embodiment of a servant leader by her colleagues.  Now in her 10th year with Phoenix Union, one teacher says she is in her “Book of Greats.”  She embodies and exudes the passion and knowledge that is necessary to be a great leader.  She consistently empowers teachers, staff and students daily to become their best self.  Streeter approaches each in-service, meeting, professional development and conference as an opportunity to model professionalism, instructional practices and strategies for her staff.  As an evaluator, she helps teachers fine tune their instruction.  The many staff members who gladly volunteer their time for her during prep periods, after school and preparing for testing, reciprocate her devotion to the staff. Streeter also displays compassion and is called the “campus healer.”  She is the first to deal with a campus tragedy, loss of life or life event with sincerity.  She makes hospital visits, attends funerals, weddings and celebrates birthdays.  Many of her colleagues in the same positions around the district look to her for knowledge and leadership, according to her principal.   

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  • Law Magnet Program Manager Named 2018 John J. Ross Memorial Award

    Posted by Communications on 8/9/2018

    The Academies at South Law Magnet program manager and teacher Matthew Smith is the winner of the 2018 John J. Ross Memorial Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education.  The award, created by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, recognizes exceptional contributions of Arizona educators in further understanding the role of law in our democratic society. 

     

    According to the foundation, “Smith is continually utilizing law-related education with his students. His unwavering commitment to the Foundation’s Mock Trial program is displayed in his classes’ consistent high placings in regional and state level tournaments.”

     

    Smith has been at South for 15 years, including the last six as Instructional Leader and Program Manager for the Law Magnet.  He teaches Government and the Law, The Supreme Court, Business and the Law and Trial Procedures 1-8.   Besides mock trial success, South has excelled in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project national competition every year.  Over 500 urban high school students participate in the project nationally, studying constitutional law with law-school students and culminating with a moot court competition.    South students have had at least one national semi-finalist for 10 years in a row and two national champions in that competition.  No other high school in the U.S. can claim that.

         

    The John J. Ross Memorial Fund was created to honor the memory of  John J. Ross, a senior partner in the Phoenix law firm of Brown & Bain for more than twenty years. In his memory, the fund’s contributions support awards for teacher excellence in law related education.

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  • South Mountain was named the Special Achievement School of the Year at the Opening of Schools Convocation

    Posted by Communications on 8/9/2018

    South Mountain was named the Special Achievement School of the Year at the Opening of Schools Convocation, for marked improvement in several areas.  Its four-year graduation rate jumped almost 10 percent in one year, and over 21 percent in five year to 87.8 percent.  Its annual dropout rate dropped to 2.1 percent last year, one of the lowest in the district, a 75 percent drop from the year before, and significantly better than the 8.5 percent  five years ago.   This school also had the largest enrollment gain from the previous year…124 students, or 6 percent.

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  • The Academies at South Opened with its Largest Freshmen Class in Years

    Posted by Communications on 8/9/2018

    The Academies at South opened with its largest freshmen class in years- 669 9th graders were enrolled on the first day.  The school features four academies for Science & Technology, Public & Social Service; Aerospace & Engineering and Media, Arts & Design.   Construction continues on the campus, creating the four distinct academies, and portable buildings have been brought in to accommodate some of the classrooms while the main classroom building continues renovation.   However, the front plaza, which provides a dramatic entrance and curb appeal, has been completed.

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  • Coding Academy's George Cardenas was Selected Phoenix Union’s 2018 Classroom Teacher of the Year

    Posted by Communications on 8/9/2018

    George Cardenas was selected Phoenix Union’s 2018 Classroom Teacher of the Year.  He teaches science and engineering but always assists students in other classes and activities.  He has been with Phoenix Union since 2011, and is an alumnus of Carl Hayden High School.   Said one colleague, he comes to every after school activity with a smile and asking “what can I do to help.”  He has taken on the role of coordinating speakers to come to the school to talk to students about career pathways.  Said a colleague, he consistently puts the students first and is always trying to find new opportunities for them to embark on. Whether it is tutoring or playing video games with students, he is often the last one at school, so that kids have a safe place to hang out.   Cardenas was a member of the first cohort for the Exemplary Educator Achievement Model evaluation. He implemented the Engineering EPICS program with ASU, which recently awarded him with a Pioneer Award for leading his students through pitch funding, designing and building projects and connecting with industry professionals.  He started the robotics program at his school, and in its first year, the Pythons advanced to the International Robotics competition after winning Rookie of the Year Awards at two regional competitions.  He then coordinated a fundraising effort in just a few weeks to get the team to Houston.   

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  • North's sabelle Lukau was honored as the female Student of the Year at the District’s Opening of Schools Convocation

    Posted by Communications on 8/9/2018

    Isabelle Lukau was honored as the female Student of the Year at the District’s Opening of Schools Convocation.   Last school year, she was also named the City of Phoenix’ Outstanding Young Woman of the Year.  She will attend Notre Dame this fall on a full-ride scholarship, and study biochemistry.  Ultimately, she wants to become a doctor and return to her native country of Angola working with Doctors without Borders.

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  • North High School was named the Phoenix Union School of the Year for Post-Secondary Achievement at the Opening of Schools Convocation

    Posted by Communications on 8/9/2018

    North High School was named the Phoenix Union School of the Year for Post-Secondary Achievement at the Opening of Schools Convocation.  This school has one of the top three graduation rates in the District at 88.7%.  Over the past 4 years, its dropout rate has decreased by more than 2%, and is the lowest dropout rate for a comprehensive campus.  61% of its seniors completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.)  64% of its seniors enroll in college at any time during the first year after high school.  North’s graduating class earned 16 million dollars in scholarships.  Our School of the Year for Post-Secondary Achievement is North High School.

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  • Former Maryvale Wrestler and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo is Continuing his Winning

    Posted by Communications on 8/9/2018

    Former Maryvale wrestler and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo is continuing his winning ways in another sport.  He won the men’s flyweight championship in the UFC 227 Mixed Martial Arts, upsetting defending champion Demetrious Johnson, Saturday in Los Angeles.   Cejudo lost to Johnson two years ago, and the former champ was undefeated in his division, holding the belt for an unprecedented six years.   Cejudo now wants a shot at bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw, moving up in weight class.

     

    "America's all about winners," Cejudo said after the fight "I want to fight the [champion] at 135 pounds. I deserve it. [I was] Olympic champion, now UFC champion. Now give me the belt at 135 pounds."

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