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  • Camelback to Host the Region II Academic Decathlon February 2-3

    Posted by Communications at 1/17/2018

    Camelback will host the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3.  One of four regional events in Arizona, this competition will determine which 40 schools qualify for the State Decathlon in March.  It takes an army of volunteers, judges and test proctors to put on this event.  No experience is necessary.  To volunteer, contact Region II coordinator Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org.  

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  • Alhambra Graduate One of Four Women Being Honored at the Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) Faces of Success Gala

    Posted by Communications at 1/17/2018

    An Alhambra graduate is one of four women being honored at the Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE)  Faces of Success Gala, February 9.  Dianne Halloway started designing male footwear after graduating from ASU 12 years ago.  She started her business, Halloway Collections, thanks to the help of AWEE’s Education & Entrepreneur Center, succeeding in what had been a male-dominated business.  You can see her upscale streetwear and sneakers at www.diannehalloway.com

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  • Phoenix Union Food and Fitness Challenge to Bring Awareness of Healthy Habits to Students

    Posted by Communications at 1/17/2018

    Phoenix Union High School District, in partnership with the City of Phoenix, Phoenix Parks and Recreation and The Mollen Foundation, is participating in the Food and Fitness Challenge to bring awareness of healthy habits to students.  Sustainability Officers on each campus are spearheading the challenge, posting challenge videos each week and encouraging students to respond and post their activities to the Food and Fitness Challenge Campaign Facebook group (@foodandfitnesschallenge2018).

    The campaign kicked off the week of January 22 with a focus on Physical Activity, and runs for five weeks with a different focus each week including Hydration, Local Food Production, Snack and Healthy Reasons. Students will use specific hashtags in their post to be entered into drawings, and the school with the most participation each week will get to participate in an on-campus challenge on Friday. The Friday challenge winners will advance to the final district-wide competition on Saturday, February 24. The final challenge has prizes for the school of the top three winners: $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 that students can help decide how to spend to continue to bring awareness to food and fitness on their campus.

    The weekly schedule of themes and challenges:

    Week 1: Physical Activity, Hula Hoop Trophy Challenge

    Week 2: Hydration, Flavored Water Trophy Challenge

    Week 3: Local Food Production, Vegetable Feud Trophy Challenge

    Week 4: Snack, Speed Snacks Trophy Challenge

    Week 5: Healthy Reasons, Relay Preview Trophy Challenge

     

    The campaign is being funded through a $25,000 Childhood Obesity Prevention grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA).

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  • Citizenship Counts is a Curriculum Used by Schools Across 36 States to Include Phoenix Union

    Posted by Communications at 1/17/2018

    Citizenship Counts is a curriculum used by schools across 36 states, including Phoenix Union, which adopted the program after Arizona passed a law three years ago requiring all high school students to pass a civics test, answering the same questions that immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship must answer correctly.  The nonprofit celebrated its 10th anniversary, “Citizen of the World” Benefit, January 18 in Phoenix with its founder, and Holocaust survivor and author Gerda Weissmann Klein as the special guest.

    The South Mountain jazz combo played during a reception and the South Mountain choir  performed, as well.  Social studies content specialist Katie Hansen spoke to the benefits of the curriculum, Metro Tech Professional Development Specialist Monique Mogro and former administrator Syd Golston were among the Phoenix Union attendees.  Golston and other Phoenix Union social studies helped create the curriculum.

    Citizenship Counts is an effective way to take lessons beyond rote memorization.  Phoenix Union schools have a Civics Week each fall as a prelude to the civics exam, and for the past three years, different schools have hosted naturalization ceremonies.

    “The lessons really hone in on the responsibilities and the values that come with being a citizen.  The activities are super engaging.  They ask you to put yourself in the shoes of a variety of different immigrants who have come here,” Hansen said.

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  • South Mountain High School Wrestler Andres Avelar Wins the Apache Junction High School Prospector Invite Championship

    Posted by Communications at 1/17/2018

    Wrestler Andres Avelar won the Apache Junction High School Prospector Invite Championship in the 106-pound weight class and was named the Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament, January 13.  Avelar improved his record to 24-0.  

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  • The Metro Tech Baseball Team Receive a $5,000 Donation from the Diamondbacks Chase Your Dreams Program

    Posted by Communications at 1/17/2018

    The Metro Tech Baseball team, in its second year of existence, will receive a $5,000donation from the Diamondbacks Chase Your Dreams program.  The baseball program can use the donation for equipment, or other ways to benefit the team.   The Diamondbacks will come out later this semester to present the donation, and the Metro baseball and softball teams will be invited to a Diamondbacks game this season.    

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  • Franklin Police & Fire Alumnus Signed to a Division I Football Program

    Posted by Communications at 1/17/2018

    Franklin doesn’t have a football team, but it now has an alumnus who has been signed to a Division I football program.  Manuel Orona, who graduated from Franklin in 2016, and played football for Trevor Browne, has signed a letter of intent to attend Memphis State.  The offensive lineman played two years at Glendale Community College after high school. 

    Orona was a student in the firefighting program at Franklin and competed on the school’s state champion fire muster team.  He has a younger brother and sister who attend Franklin.   

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  • Central High School's Speech and Debate Coach Kevin Berlat was in Washington, D.C.

    Posted by Communications at 1/17/2018

    Speech and Debate coach Kevin Berlat was in Washington, D.C. the first week of the spring semester, chaperoning a group of last summer’s national Congressional Debate champions. He was an invited guest of the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership, because of his role as tabulation chair for the National Tournament.  The students on the trip are now students at   Harvard University and Princeton University, and one who is still in high school in Florida.  All three were winners of either the national championship, or the student-voted Leadership Bowl at the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament.

     “The students and I met with Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida and Representative Terry Sewell of Alabama.  We had an opportunity to watch the final vote in the House of Representatives on the controversial surveillance bill January 11.  We toured the Capitol building, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and were guided on a nighttime tour of the monuments.  We also visited the Supreme Court,” Berlat said.

    The Stennis Center is a federal agency charged with a mission to promote public service in America.  The purpose of the program is to provide individuals with intimate exposure to Congress and those who make Congress work as an institution of American democracy. 

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  • Camelback to Host the Region II Academic Decathlon February 2-3

    Posted by Communications at 1/17/2018

    Camelback will host the Region II Academic Decathlon, February 2-3.  One of four regional events in Arizona, this competition will determine which 40 schools qualify for the State Decathlon in March.  It takes an army of volunteers, judges and test proctors to put on this event.  No experience is necessary.  To volunteer, contact Region II coordinator Sharon Bernero at bernero@phoenixunion.org.

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  • Betty Fairfax Hosts STEAM

    Posted by Communications at 1/17/2018

    The  Betty Fairfax STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Club is hosting its first Family Science Night Tuesday, January 23 from 6-8 p.m.

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