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  • The Boys of Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Held its Annual Celebrating Youth Event at Central High School

    Posted by Communications on 1/17/2019

    The Boys of Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix held its annual Celebrating Youth event, January 11, and senior Eli Fuentes was recognized as a 2019 Youth of the Year for his branch.   Each club identifies a Youth of the Year, and they develop their writing and presentation skills in specialized workshops with ASU West Communication Lab mentors, and tell their stories of “courage, resilience, compassion and hope” to judges and to the audience at the Celebrating Youth event.   Fuentes has been attending the Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig club since he was in fourth grade.  He earned the Keystoner of the Year two years in a row, and has completed over 1700 hours of community service during his time in his Keystone Club.  Outside of the club, he works with nonprofits that serve homeless, refugees and children.  He plays varsity football at Central, and plans to attend ASU majoring in healthcare Administration.

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  • Camelback Will Welcome the Class of 2023 and Parents at its Future Freshman Night

    Posted by Communications on 1/17/2019

    Camelback will welcome the Class of 2023 and parents at its Future Freshman Night, Tuesday, February 12 from 5-7 p.m.  Students can turn in their registration packets, visit clubs, sports and elective class booths, meet the counselors, teachers, coaches and administrators, tour the campus, and take in performances by performing arts students.  You can also check out Camelback Montessori, the first and only public Montessori high school in Arizona. 

    For those registering that night, you will need birth certificate, immunization records, proof of address, and guardianship records to complete the process.

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  • Fifty Volunteers From SWK Technologies/Homeless Youth Connection (HYC) Came to Three Campuses

    Posted by Communications on 1/17/2019

    Fifty volunteers from SWK Technologies/Homeless Youth Connection (HYC) came to three campuses yesterday to help with various projects.  SWK Technologies has a regional office in Phoenix, and this is the first time they have partnered with HYC for their corporate volunteer day.

    At Alhambra, volunteers worked on the designated resource center/clothing bank space.  Volunteers ripped out carpet, and cleaned and painted the room to prepare the space to serve as a clothing bank and food pantry. 

    At Central, the volunteers worked in the resource center/clothing bank/food pantry helping with sorting, hanging and organization.

    At the Academies at South Mountain, work was done in the resource center/clothing bank/food pantry   sorting, hanging items and organizing. 

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  • The Phoenix Union Spring Teacher Career Fair is Saturday February 23

    Posted by Communications on 1/17/2019

    The Phoenix Union Spring Teacher Career Fair is Saturday, February 23 from 8-1 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 Damon at 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. For more information, contact Mary Lou Chavez at mchavez1@phoenixunion.org.   

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  • The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for Concert Bands and Orchestra Will Take Place January 18-19

    Posted by Communications on 1/17/2019

    The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for concert bands and orchestra will take place, January 18-19 at Camelback High School.  Student musicians are selected from Phoenix Union high schools and 24 partner elementary district schools representing eight districts.  They come together for two days of rehearsals with guest conductors and will perform a concert, Saturday afternoon, January 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Camelback Auditorium.   There will be a high school percussion ensemble, high school and mixed string orchestras; a high school honors band and junior high honors band.   Admission for adults is $2, and free for children 12 and under.   

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  • The 2019 Phoenix Union Governing Board Met for the First Time

    Posted by Communications on 1/17/2019

    The 2019 Phoenix Union Governing Board met for the first time, January 10.  Five elected or re-elected board members were sworn in by new Secretary of State Katie HobbsSteve Gallardo, Stephanie Parra, Laura Pastor, Stanford Prescott and Naketa Ross.    Ross, representing Ward 1 in southwest Phoenix and Laveen is new to the board, while Gallardo, a Maricopa County Commissioner, returns to the PUHSD board after serving an at-large term in 2005-2008. He will represent west Phoenix in Ward 5, taking over for Linda Abril, who retired after 24 years.    Parra, beginning her second term in Ward 3, was elected Governing Board President, and Lela Alston, an at-large member and a state senator, was affirmed as Clerk. 

    Incumbents Prescott represents Ward 2 in south Phoenix and Pastor, a city council woman, begins her third term, representing Ward 4.

    The new and re-elected board members’ terms run through 2022, while at-large members Ian Danley and Alston’s terms end in 2020.

    The Governing Board meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Center or Educational Excellence district office at 4502 N. Central Avenue.

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  • It Is Time to Think About Income Taxes

    Posted by Communications on 1/10/2019

    With the season of giving now over, it is time to think about income taxes, when you can give and receive through the Arizona Education Tax Credit.  You can give, and then receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your tax return when you contribute to Phoenix Union schools  Individuals can contribute up to $200, couples filing jointly, up to $400 if they contribute to eligible extracurricular activities such as athletics, the arts, clubs and career-related school organizations.  The deadline is April 15, but you can still designate your donation for 2018.  For more information on which school programs are eligible, visit www.phoenixunion.org.taxcredit.

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  • The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for Concert Bands and Orchestra Will Take Place January 18-19

    Posted by Communications on 1/10/2019

    The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for concert bands and orchestra will take place, January 18-19 at Camelback High School.  Student musicians are selected from Phoenix Union high schools and 24 partner elementary district schools representing eight districts. They come together for two days of rehearsals with guest conductors and will perform a concert, Saturday afternoon, January 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Camelback Auditorium. There will be a high school percussion ensemble, high school and mixed string orchestras; a high school honors band and junior high honors band. Admission for adults is $2, and free for children 12 and under.   

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  • North Students Decide to Band against Bullying

    Posted by Communications on 12/20/2018

    When Andrew Aranda was in high school at North he decided that things needed to change. He bought 100’s of wrist bands with the messages: “Band against Bullying,” and “Stand Up, Speak Out.” He brought them to the school social worker and said, “let’s start a club”. With that the North High No Place for Hate organization was started. He was among the first group of students trained in the ADL Peer Leadership cohort and went into freshman and sophmore classes to teach anti-bias, anti-violence education.

    Aranda graduated in 2014, but this fall, he was murdered.  In his memory, the club established a North High No Place For Hate Andrew Aranda Scholarship and will sell the anti-bullying wristbands for $5 to fund the scholarship.   The scholarship committee is made up of staff, students, and his mother and sister.

    “In honor of the work Andrew did to shift the culture and climate of the North High campus to one that was more inclusive and welcoming, we will award this grant to a graduating senior. The funds will go to someone who has worked to create projects that have a widespread impact on the North High campus community,” social worker Natalie Neer Hart said. 

    Besides campus, the wristbands can also be purchased at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace at 1590 E. Bethany Home Road in Phoenix.

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  • Metro Tech's START Program Hosted Owner Kris Mills of Wok This Way

    Posted by Joseph Haley on 12/20/2018

    Metro Tech  START (Students Training for Achievable and Realistic Transitions) Program is an Exceptional Student Services vocational program in which students with disabilities operate food services for the campus. On December 14, the START program hosted owner Kris Mills of Wok This Way, a vegan/vegetarian food truck specializing in offering individuals with special needs empowerment through employment.

    Students learned how the food truck operates, the types of jobs available, and were trained on how to cook their award winning signature dish- vegetarian fried rice. The students had a great time learning how their training in food services could be applied across other food service industries, and the students gained some valuable networking experience with Mills.

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