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Bioscience High School One of Seventeen Schools, Districts, and “Beyond School” Entities Nationwide Officially Recognized this Year as a P21Posted by Communications at 2/14/2018
Bioscience High School was one of seventeen schools, districts, and “beyond school” entities nationwide officially recognized this year as a P21 (The Partnership for 21st Century Learning) Exemplar Program. P21 seeks to identify, document, promote and celebrate examples of 21st century learning initiatives that successfully prepare students for college, career and life.
These entities that earn the P21 Exemplar designation enter an elite professional learning community focused on 21st century learning, and their stories provide educators, policymakers, and communities a variety of models from which to draw from and by which to be inspired.
This year’s exemplars along with other educational stakeholders were invited to a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. February 7. Bioscience principal Dr. Holly Batsell and National Board Certified Spanish teacher W. Andrew White attended. In the evening, they were also invited to a gathering with their respective Congress representatives at the U.S. Capitol.
Bioscience is looking forward to presenting at P21’s Patterns of Innovation conference, March 27-28 at New Tech High School in Napa, California.
Betty Fairfax Choirs Attended the NAU Jazz/Madrigal FestivalPosted by Communications at 2/14/2018
Betty Fairfax Choirs attended the NAU Jazz/Madrigal Festival, Feburary 10 in Flagstaff and took home the highest rating that can be earned- “Superior,” in both the Jazz and Madrigal divisions.
Both Fairfax Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Advanced to the First Round of the 5A State TournamentPosted by Communications at 2/14/2018
Both the boys and girls basketball teams advanced to the first round of the 5A State Tournament with wins in play-in games. The Lady Stampede beat Verrado, 47-44 February 8. The Stampede, seeded #14 in the tournament, lost to Sahuaro, February 14. The boys beat Agua Fria, 59-51 in a play-in game, February 9, and beat #3 Buena, February 13, 83-63 to advance to the quarterfinals of the 16-team tournament, where the Stampede will face Centennial in the second round, February 16.
Alhambra Freshman Erick Padilla is All About Project-Based LearningPosted by Communications at 2/14/2018
Freshman Erick Padilla is all about project-based learning, and is the perfect example of why Alhambra is developing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) program.
Padilla decided three months ago to try and build a classic video game emulator console using a credit card sized computer called a raspberry pi Erick had little or no prior experience in these areas before undertaking this project.
“This is not an easy task at all and has required months of persistent research and learning,” teacher Clayton Jones said. “After months of persistence he has gotten his emulator up and running and it is creating quite the buzz amongst our students. It plays a variety of classic arcade games and has a unique design.”
Padilla utilized all his resources, including some great teachers. He consulted with Ryan Adney (photography teacher and maker-extraordinaire) on hardware, button, wiring, and joystick issues. He figured out how to configure elements of the emulator software in collaboration with Trevor Butler (English teacher and electronics enthusiast.) Padilla created his own console design to house all of the electronics and actually printed up the 3D printed body with the help of Tim Brink (librarian and technology) and he worked with Florin Postelnicu (math and coding) to learn the fundamental principles of software and game design.
“It was great to watch Erick each day show up and rush into the room to get his hands on tools and try new ideas. He would get stuck and then design his way out of / around his obstacles. Erick wants to build even more ideas and shows no signs of slowing down.”
Over 500 students and their guests attended the Phoenix Union JROTC Military Ball at the Crescent HotelPosted by Communications at 2/14/2018
Over 500 students and their guests attended the Phoenix Union JROTC Military Ball at the Crescent Hotel, February 3. The Military Ball King was Roger Granillo from Trevor Browne and the Queen was Jeannette Melendez from Maryvale. The annual PUHSD JROTC Military Ball is a culmination of classroom instruction and practical exercise in Military Customs and Courtesies, Cadet Etiquette and Staff Planning. Central High School JROTC Cadets planned and hosted the event. Air Force Academy Cadet Kimberly Soltero, a 2014 Trevor Browne graduate and Air Force Academy cadet, was the guest speaker. In May, she will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and has been selected to attend pilot training.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Students Finished Strong at Regional CompetitionsPosted by Communications at 2/14/2018
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students finished strong at regional competitions, February 3. Over 100 PUHSD students from eight schools traveled to the ASU PolyTech campus to compete --Camelback, Central, Cesar Chavez, Betty Fairfax, Maryvale, Metro Tech, North, and Trevor Browne. Forty-Nine Students placed first (16), second (23) or third (10) in a variety of events, such as accounting, business calculations, e-business, graphic design, job interview, advertising, cyber security, personal finance and business ethics.
The Phoenix Union Spring Educator Career Fair will be Saturday, March 3Posted by Communications at 2/14/2018
The Phoenix Union Spring Educator Career Fair will be Saturday, March 3 from 8-2 p.m. at the Phoenix Coding Academy, 4445 N. Central Avenue. The District is looking for secondary teachers in all subject areas, with an emphasis on applicants certified in the following areas: mathematics, special education, science ELL English. ELL must be certified in secondary English and hold an English as a Second Language or Bilingual endorsement. Applicants must complete an online application prior to interviewing at the career fair at www.phoenixunion.org/jobs . Applicants will have the opportunity that day to complete an initial screening interview and then interview with campus principals for positions for the 2018-19 school year. Phoenix Union employs over 1600 teachers and has among the highest salaries in Arizona. First year teachers earn a base of $40,702 (2017-18 salary) and the District honors up to eight years of previous teaching experience which can start at $55,102 with a Masters, or Bachelors and 36 hours. For more information, contact Alvina Turman at email@example.com
The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education’s 10th Annual Scholarship Dinner FridayPosted by Communications at 2/14/2018
The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education’s 10th Annual Scholarship Dinner Friday, February 23 at the Phoenix Art Museum, is another sell-out. This year’s theme is the Art of Education-Learning Neve Goes Out of Style, highlighted by a student-run fashion show. Students have designed the fashions, will model them on the runway and provide the commentary and music for the show. There will be other student entertainment and a silent auction. The Foundation will honor the Alumnus of the Year- Chris Wooley (Maryvale 1981) an award-winning video producer, director and writer; Counselor of the Year-Terry Haggerty of Bioscience and Friends of Phoenix Union- Christine and Daryl Burton of the Burton Family Foundation. West High alumnus and longtime Valley sportscaster Kevin McCabe will emcee the festivities. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona is the major sponsor.
Artwork from three student were selected to be donated to the PUHSD Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Dinner honorees. Each student will receive a check for $100 from the Foundation. Dayanara Vargas, 11th grade. Digital Photograph, Carl Hayden High School – Teacher Monica Rameriz; Yamilex Marquez, 10th grade. Digital Photograph, Central High School – Teacher Cole Laswick; Brianna Smith, 12th grade. Acrylic on Wrinkled Canvas, Maryvale High School -Teacher Lori Thomas.
The Trevor Browne Boys Soccer Team Won a Play-in GamePosted by Communications at 2/7/2018
The Trevor Browne Boys Soccer team won a play-in game, January 25, beating Perry, 2-1, to advance to the 6A State Tournament. The #12 seeded Bruins fell to #5 Pinnacle in a first-round game, January 31.
Trevor Browne Has the Most Phoenix Union Students Selected for All-Region Band and ChoirPosted by Communications at 2/7/2018
Trevor Browne has the most Phoenix Union students selected for All-Region Band and Choir. Three choir students and two band members made North Central Region auditioned January 27, will rehearse for two days then give a public performance at Camelback High School, February 17. Browne Choir members selected are Bridget Felix, alto; Moises Ramirez, tenor, and Omar Lechuga, bass. Band members seleced are Yuareli Bailon, bass clarinet and Efrain Parra, alto sax.