Thank You for Visiting the PUHSD Communications Weekly News BlogThe Communications Department posts weekly school and district news items on the Phoenix Union website. These items also are submitted to The Arizona Republic for a feature called “Around Our Schools" and are sent to other publications around the Valley. Occasionally, it gives the local media story ideas that highlight Phoenix Union.This is an opportunity to recognize student and staff accomplishments and events and announce upcoming school activities in which the community would be interested. If you have a news item to share, please use the following News By You form to send us the information.
All Eleven Phoenix Union JROTC Programs Attended the 29th Annual Armed Forces Career Officer DayPosted by Communications at 11/30/2017
All eleven Phoenix Union JROTC programs attended the 29th annual Armed Forces Career Officer Day luncheon at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale Arizona on November 21. The PUHSD cadets joined Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps JROTC programs from throughout the state. Recruiters from the United States Military Academies (West Point, Annapolis, Air Force and US Coast Guard), ASU, Arizona, NAU, New Mexico Military Institute, Norwich and Emory Riddle Aeronautical University attended.
This program designed to expose high school Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets to the challenges of a career in the military and the rewards of service to the country. The event focuses on all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and exposes cadets to the opportunities in attending college on the path to becoming a commissioned officer in the US Armed Forces.
Over 340 JROTC students, educators, sponsors, military members, recruiters, veterans and family members attended.
Members of the Trevor G. Browne Choir Program Provided Backup Vocals For Lou GrammPosted by Communications at 11/23/2017
Members of the Trevor G. Browne Choir program provided backup vocals for Lou Gramm’s performance of “I Want to Know What Love Is” at a corporate event for 900 department project managers for a national accounting firm, at Corona Ranch, November 15. Gramm was the lead singer from the internationally known band, Foreigner. The TGB Choir was also joined onstage by Nancy Wilson from the band Heart during their performance.
The choir is under the direction of Nick Halonen and Troy Meeker, both of whom are active throughout the state as clinicians and presenters. Recently, each director represented PUHSD as guest clinicians for auditioned honor choirs. Meeker was the guest clinician and conductor for the Deer Valley District’s Middle School Honor Choir. Halonen was the guest clinician and conductor for the Arizona 7th-9th Grade Men’s Honor Choir at the 2017 Cantaremus Choir Festival.
The next performance for the TGB Choir will be their annual Holiday Concert on Friday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. All PUHSD employees are welcome to attend for free.
The South Mountain Football Team Had Its Best Season in Years, winning five games.Posted by Communications at 11/23/2017
The South Mountain Football team had its best season in years, winning five games. That turnaround was acknowledged when head coach Mark Carter was named the All-Phoenix Union Coach of the Year. Joining their coach on that team were Mike Jackson, Jr. offensive line; Jacori Murphy, wide receiver; Cesar Caperon, linebacker; Jaiden Hayes, defensive back and Dontae Lee, kick returner.
Phoenix Coding Academy Students Took Home Two Awards at Code Day PhoenixPosted by Communications at 11/23/2017
Phoenix Coding Academy students took home two awards at Code Day Phoenix, Nov. 11-12 at the University of Advancing Technology, for Best App, and Best Teamwork. This was a 24-hour event and approximately 100 competitors from around the state worked in teams to plan, research, design, and code either an app or computer game using any software or programming language. There were 22 students from Coding Academy, and five from Carl Hayden.
“The kids were terrific, and really represented our schools and district in a positive light. Several 8th graders competing were very excited about enrolling in the district after talking with our kids,” Network Design teacher Stephen Andrews said.
North Had a Successful 7-3 Record in Football This FallPosted by Communications at 11/23/2017
North had a successful 7-3 record in football this fall, and had several players named to the 2017 All-Phoenix Union team--Joey Cortez, offensive line; Dominic Fiorucci, running back; Eric Saucedo, receiver; Maximus Valdez, defensive line; Jason Cortez, defensive back and Carlos Cruz, kicker.
Twenty-one North High School Students Attended the DigiGirlz Event at the Microsoft Store in ScottsdalePosted by Communications at 11/23/2017
Twenty-one North High School students attended the DigiGirlz event at the Microsoft Store in Scottsdale. This program is designed to provide high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about. During the event, the students interacted with Microsoft staff and management to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it’s like to work at Microsoft.
The women were introduced to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and participated in a team activity about creativity and problem- solving through technology.
Karla Camarena, a senior, said, “I was impressed to learn that more women need to get into STEM careers and that there are many pathways of having a career in technology.”
Junior Adalmaris Rendon learned about persistence, “keep going is really important even in the face of challenges and failures.” Nuvia Villasenor, a freshman, described her day as “a wonderful experience that will motivate me to pursue my goals and dreams. Being a girl won’t stop me.”
“The event was even more special and personal because our Microsoft hosts were both graduates of North High School,” Dr. Renata Geurtz, Business department instructional leader said.
Metro Tech Was Named the Most Improved School at the Phoenix Union Academic DecathlonPosted by Communications at 11/23/2017
Metro Tech was named the Most Improved School at the Phoenix Union Academic Decathlon, November 17-18. The Knights jumped 8,419 points from last year to this year.
Metro Tech Small Business/Floral Students Had a Real World ExperiencePosted by Communications at 11/23/2017
Metro Tech Small Business/Floral students had a real world experience, helping a celebrity florist design the 58th Annual “Heart Ball” at the Phoenician Resort, November 18. The “Heart Ball” is a huge fundraiser for the American Heart Association that attracts some of the most prominent people in Arizona.
“I was contacted by Jose Graterol Designs in Florida to see if I had any students available to work a huge event they were in town for,” teacher Jen Colvin said. “I was so excited that my students were able to use some of their skills they have already learned in the Small Business Operations/Floral class and truly got the real world experience that our CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs hope for. It truly was an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Jose Graterol was extremely impressed with Metro Tech’s Floral students and invited them to work with him on future events here in town. He will also be making a special visit to Metro Tech to talk to the Business/Floral students in a few weeks.
“He has a fascinating story of how he came from Valenzuela as an immigrant with nothing, learned English on the streets of Florida, and found a job at a local florist before making it big on his own. Jose was very humble and kind and treated his entire staff, including our students, like family members,” Colvin said.
Maryvale High Schools Luis Camacho Was a Silver Medalist in the Honors DivisionPosted by Communications at 11/23/2017
Maryvale’s Luis Camacho was a silver medalist in the Honors division, and he also won gold in science and essay, where he was the outstanding overall essayist. Maryvale also finished tied for second with Mountain View in the super quiz relay.
Cesar Chavez Had Eight Players Named to the 2017 All-Phoenix Union Football TeamPosted by Communications at 11/23/2017
Cesar Chavez had eight players named to the 2017 All-Phoenix Union Football team, led by Player of the Year, Andrew Blitzke and Offensive Player of the Year Chris Russel. They were joined by Javier Meza, offenisive lineman; Thairyk Blue, receiver; Alberto Borvnda, defensive lineman; Chris De La Fuente, defensive end and Carlos Ritchie, defensive back.