GLENDALE, Ariz. – Peoria Unified School District’s Preschool Department hosted a reception for young artists and their families Wednesday, April 20 at the District Administration Center, 6330 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale.

 

The reception, which is an annual event, featured different skill sets of the district’s young artists that were created throughout the school year. Teachers save their students’ artwork August through March and the Peoria Unified ECCEL Preschool Director selects a handful of pieces from each teacher to put on display. The artwork is on display at the district office throughout the month of April and families and friends gathered together to celebrate the preschoolers’ accomplishments at the reception on April 20.

 

Students who had their artwork on display received a certificate and those students who came to the reception received an art goody bag filled with crayons, scissors, markers, glue, watercolors and clay, sponsored by First Things First, with donations from Lakeshore and School Specialties.

 

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified is one of the largest unified school district’s in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.

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PEORIA, Ariz. – More than 50 volunteers from Peoria Unified’s elementary and high schools were honored at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on April 13 at Foothills Fine Arts Academy. Over 3,700 volunteers generously contributed more than 60,000 hours to assist Peoria Unified staff and students during the 2015-16 school year.

 

The annual celebration allows Peoria Unified Governing Board members and district staff to give thanks to those who are kind enough to donate their time and skills to support Peoria Unified’s mission: Every Student, Every Day Prepared to Shape Tomorrow. 

 

As part of the event, the district gave the highest tribute to the following volunteers for their outstanding contributions:

 

  • Vote 4 PUSD Kids Committee
  • Faith Aron was presented the Arts Education Volunteer of the Year
  • Ferne Ridley was presented the Career and Technical Education Department Volunteer of the year
  • Adam Shroyer, High School Volunteer of the Year
  • Judy Burns, Elementary School Volunteer of the Year

 

In addition, select volunteers from each school received special recognition including a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift presented by the Peoria Unified Governing Board. These volunteers are dependable, dedicated, and cooperative and have an overall passion for public education. It is because of the strong support of volunteers that Peoria Unified students receive the highest level of personalized attention.

 

The top senior volunteers (65+) and the schools they volunteer at are: Jennifer Cooper from Apache; Lisa Westerfield from Copperwood; Dixie Kukral from Coyote Hills; Judie Boothe from Foothills; Marilyn Hernandez from Heritage; Myrna Chilese, Marshall Ranch; Carolyn Smith from Parkridge; Rita Rivette from Paseo Verde; Mary Lou Reisenbigler from Peoria Elementary; and Patty Henningsen from Raymond S. Kellis.

 

Top school volunteers include: Mandy Moore, Alta Loma; Jennifer Cooper, Apache; Adam Shroyer, Cactus; Brenda Price, Canyon; Vicki Howard, Centennial; Connie Eastlake, Cheyenne; Cathy Lybarger, Copperwood; Jennifer Griffin, Cotton Boll; Vivianna Starr, Country Meadows; Karen Vasquez, Coyote Hills; Teresa Zaddack, Desert Harbor; Becky Barshter, Desert Palms; Doris Hospelhorn, Desert Valley; Tamanna Alam, Foothills; Michele Corcoran, Frontier; Kanani Marble, Heritage; Jennifer Pettit, Ira A. Murphy; Beckie Knollhuff, Ironwood; Mia Delgado, Kachina; Debra Bias, Lake Pleasant; Lance Holtorf, Liberty; Dao Huynh, Marshall Ranch; Annrose Springer, Oakwood; Connie Runger-Flusche, Oasis; Candy Lai, Parkridge; Heather Phillips, Paseo Verde; Debra Bias, Peoria Elementary; Michael George, Peoria High; Taisey Higginbotham, Peoria Traditional; Sherri Gillett, Pioneer; Wendy Adams, Raymond S. Kellis; Sandi DePasquale, Sahuaro Ranch; Veronica Torres, Santa Fe; Josh and Selena Taegel, Sky View; Joyce Peterson, Sunset Heights; Jamie McKinley, Sun Valley; Silvia Navarro, Sundance; Sharon Gillam, Sunrise Mountain; Melissa Fry, Vistancia; and Julie Peugnet, Zuni Hills.

 

Volunteers and their family members enjoyed performances from the Foothills Fine Arts Academy vocalists, theater and dance students. Delectable dessert refreshments were sponsored by Rita’s Ice-Custard Happiness and Nothing Bundt Cakes.     

           

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

 

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PEORIA, Ariz. – Parents with an incoming kindergartener are invited to help prep their child for their first school experience by allowing them to attend Peoria Unified’s Kinder Camp. The camp will be an opportunity for your child to get a jumpstart into life as a kindergartner, right alongside a certified early childhood teacher.

 

Kinder Camp will be held July 25 – 28, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the following elementary schools: Coyote Hills, Frontier, Marshall Ranch, Oakwood, Oasis, and Vistancia. While attending Kinder Camp, students will review basic curriculum such as rhyming, writing their name, numbers, and early reading and writing skills. They will also explore the library, playground, and cafeteria to help alleviate first day of school jitters.

 

Registration will take place from April 18 – June 9, and cost is $60 per student (price includes a daily snack). Space is limited on each participating campus. To register your child for Kinder Camp, contact Kelli Johnson at kjohnson@pusd11.org or call 623-773-6675. Please make sure your child is registered at a Peoria Unified elementary school before enrolling them in Kinder Camp.

 

The Peoria Unified School District serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and unique educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.

 

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Peoria Unified Governing Board voted 5-0 to approve Dr. Darwin Stiffler as the district’s new superintendent. The district looks forward to welcoming Dr. Stiffler effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Stiffler is currently the superintendent of Yuma Elementary School District #1.

Dr. Stiffler previously served as Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction as well as Director of Professional Development of Yuma Elementary School District #1. Prior to that, he was the principal at Centennial Middle School as well as Director of Curriculum and an Assistant Principal for Crane Elementary School District #13. Dr. Stiffler was also a university instructor, social studies teacher and counselor. Dr. Stiffler received his Bachelors in Liberal Arts and History from the University of Arizona. He also received a Masters in Multicultural Education as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

 

Current Peoria Unified School District superintendent, Dr. Denton Santarelli, announced his plans to retire in January, effective June 30, 2016. Santarelli has served the district for more than 35 years, with the last 10 years as superintendent, as an ongoing advocate for students. 

 

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

 

  

GLENDALE, Ariz. – After much deliberation, the Peoria Unified Governing Board voted today to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Darwin Stiffler a finalist for the position of superintendent. Pending the result of successful negotiations, the Board may approve Dr. Stiffler as the district’s next superintendent during their next meeting, scheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2016. Dr. Stiffler is currently the superintendent of Yuma Elementary School District #1.

Current Peoria Unified School District superintendent, Dr. Denton Santarelli, announced his plans to retire in January, effective June 30, 2016. Santarelli has served the district for more than 35 years as the foremost advocate for students. 

 

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

  

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Early registration for Peoria Unified’s Early Childhood Center for Excellence in Learning (ECCEL) Preschool Programs has begun and will continue until Thursday, April 14 at the Preschool Office, located at Sky View Elementary School, 8624 W. Sweetwater Ave., Peoria, AZ 85381.

 

All ECCEL Preschool programs are licensed through the Arizona Department of Health Services and include half- day morning or afternoon classes, as well as full-day programs at 17 Peoria Unified Elementary schools.

 

Preschool sites fill-up quickly, therefore a  lottery drawing will take place on April 15 to determine placement. Registration will resume on a first come, first served basis starting on April 18. A limited number of scholarships are available through Quality First for students in general education classroom that meet the requirements. There is a $50 non-refundable fee due at registration.


Registration packets, as well as more information on these programs is available
here. Parents may also call the Preschool Office at 623-773-6675 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for more information.

 
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Peoria Unified’s Governing Board advanced three candidates in the superintendent selection process. The candidate names and current titles are listed below:

 

Dr. Heather Cruz

Deputy Superintendent

Peoria Unified School District

 

Dr. Warren Shillingburg

Program Specialist for Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders

Arizona Department of Education

 

Dr. Darwin Stiffler

Superintendent

Yuma Elementary School District #1

 

The three candidates are invited to a second interview with the Governing Board, as well as an interview with district stakeholders. Additionally, all three will attend a Community Forum, which is open to the public, at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 4 at Centennial High School. You will be able to live stream the forum from Peoria Unified’s website or by clicking here.

 

The Governing Board may choose to enter into contract negotiations with a finalist and hopes to make a selection at a Governing Board meeting in April. The new superintendent will begin duties on July 1.

 

The district has contracted with the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) to conduct the superintendent search.

 

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. The Vision of the Peoria Unified School District is “Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow.” For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us
  

PEORIA, Ariz. – The Cactus High School robotics team won big at a Robotics Competition earlier this month. The team dubbed the Cobra Commanders took first place in the Northern Arizona Regional Robotics Competition earning them a spot at the World Championships in St. Louis, MO.

 

The team put in long hours on their robot called “Little Shredder,” often working late into the night and on weekends. This is the first time in 16 years that the Cactus High School team has qualified for the world championships and they are excited to compete with over 800 teams from around the globe.

 

Students are looking for help in getting them to the World Championship and have set-up a Go Fund Me page to help cover some of the costs of the trip. Visit this link if you would like to contribute:

www.gofundme.com/cobracommanders.

 

Cactus High School, part of the Peoria Unified School District, is located in the Northwest Valley. Peoria Unified is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. The Vision of the Peoria Unified School District is “Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow.”

 

  

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Peoria Unified’s Governing Board will interview four candidates in the first round of the superintendent selection process. A total of 19 applications were received for the position. The candidates will take part in interviews during an executive session, scheduled for Tuesday, March 29. The names of the four candidates have not been released.

 

Following the first round of interviews, the Governing Board may choose to advance candidates to a second interview, which will take place on Monday, April 4 with community stakeholders, employees, parents and students, as well as Board members.

 

A Community Forum will follow at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4 in the Centennial High School Auditorium, located at 14388 N. 79th Ave, Peoria, AZ 85381. The forum is open to the public. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the finalists. 

 

The Governing Board may choose to enter into contract negotiations with a finalist and hopes to make a selection at a Governing Board meeting in April. The new superintendent will begin duties on July 1. The Board has contracted with the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) to conduct the superintendent search.

 

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. The Vision of the Peoria Unified School District is “Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow.” For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

 

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Peoria Education Foundation honored local leaders and organizations at its 11th Annual Visionary Awards Dinner. The event, which was presented by McCarthy Building Companies was held Monday, March 7 at Arizona Broadway Theatre. Individuals, businesses and corporate philanthropists from across the West Valley came together with the Peoria Education Foundation to honor City of Peoria Police Chief Roy Minter as the recipient of the 2016 Visionary Award. 

 

In addition to the presentation of the Visionary Award to Chief Minter, the Foundation recognized the following honorees: Grand Canyon University was awarded the Community Partner Award, Sky Zone received the Business Partner Award, and the Peoria Education Foundation Non-Profit Collaboration Award Winner went to Vote 4 PUSD Kids. 12 News Weekend Anchor, Emma Jade served as the event emcee.

 

All proceeds from the event benefit the programs that the Peoria Education Foundation supports in the Peoria Unified School District – literacy, science and math, technology, special needs, character building, fine arts and staff development. The Peoria Education Foundation places the money directly into the classrooms in the form of grants for teachers and scholarship programs for individual students.

 

Since 1987, the Peoria Education Foundation has offered grants to teachers in the Peoria Unified School District to enhance the educational experience of students.  The Foundation is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) which provides scholarships to students and grants to teachers within the district. The Foundation incurs no administrative costs and every penny of every dollar goes towards meeting the mission of the Foundation.

 

  

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Four students emerged as first place winners in the district’s 29th Annual Patriotic Speech Contest on Thursday, March 3.


For the contest, fifth- and sixth-grade students delivered a two-to-three minute persuasive speech on one of several topics patriotic in nature based on a prompt or quote. Seventh- and eighth-graders prepared a three-to-five minute persuasive speech on patriotism, and interpreted famous quotes as the inspiration for their speech.

 

Judging the Patriotic Speech Contest were: City of Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat, Dr. Jim Reed, Dr. Melanie Lehman, Peoria Unified Governing Board members Matt Bullock and Kathy Knecht, a number of members of the United States Air Force as well as a community members and Peoria Unified employees.

 

Parents and community members can watch and listen to all of the Patriotic Speech Contest contestants which will air on Cox Cable Channel 99 and on the district’s YouTube channel  www.youtube.com/pusdofficialchannel.

                                                                                                                           

The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 1 elementary schools, in the 7th/8th grade division:

1st Place: Jordan Faux from Peoria Traditional School      

2nd Place: Emily Sielewicki from Paseo Verde Elementary School

3rd Place: Aleah Silva from Coyote Hills Elementary School            

4th Place: Delaney Fowler from Foothills Elementary School         

5th Place: Kristen Haverluck from Ira A. Murphy Elementary School          

 

The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 1 elementary schools, in the 5th/6th grade division:

1st Place: Christopher Rayes from Sunset Heights Elementary School      

2nd Place: Christopher Ipson from Zuni Hills Elementary School   

3rd Place: Jacey Demaree from Coyote Hills Elementary School  

4th Place: Colleen Corcoran from Frontier Elementary School      

5th Place: Grace Deines from Apache Elementary School               

 

The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 2 elementary schools, in the 7th/8th grade division:

1st Place: Tara Wilson from Heritage Elementary School 

2nd Place: Arshdeep Dhanoa from Cotton Boll Elementary School              

3rd Place: Nicole Tresvalles from Marshall Ranch Elementary School         

4th Place: Claire Maglalang from Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School          

5th Place: Madison Welling from Sky View Elementary School     


The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 2 elementary schools, in the 5th/6th grade division:

1st Place: Kenan Murtic from Marshall Ranch Elementary School

2nd Place: L’Cole Williams from Country Meadows Elementary School     

3rd Place: Erica Maglalang from Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School            

4th Place: Izaak Kary from Santa Fe Elementary School    

5th Place: Abigail Sandoval-Vidrio from Peoria Elementary School              

 

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. The Vision of the Peoria Unified School District is “Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow.” For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us

  


GLENDALE, Ariz. – With Superintendent, Dr. Denton Santarelli’s impending retirement, the Peoria Unified Governing Board has contracted with the Arizona School Board’s Association to conduct a nation-wide search to fill this vacancy.  As part of the process, the Governing Board is soliciting feedback from all district stakeholders.

 

Parents community members and district staff are asked to complete an anonymous electronic survey to help determine the attributes of a new superintendent that are most meaningful to them. The feedback will be presented to the Governing Board as part of the selection process. The survey will close at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

 

Click here to take the survey or copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Peoria_USDsurvey_16

 

The Governing Board will discuss the superintendent search process and timeline at the next Governing Board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. The timeline will be shared with the community, once approved. 

 

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.

 

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Annual District Spelling Bee was held at the Peoria Unified School District’s Administration Center today where top spellers from across the district competed in front of their peers. The results from today’s event includes one top speller and seven runners-up who will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in February.

 

The winner of the Annual District Spelling Bee is Ephraim Joel “EJ” Esmas from Oasis Elementary School. Esmas won in the 18th round with the word etymology. Esmas was recently recognized at the Jan. 14 Governing Board Meeting for receiving a top score on both the English Language Arts and Mathematics portion of the AzMERIT.

 

The seven runners-up include:

·         Brandon Booze from Alta Loma Elementary School

·         Michael Davey from Parkridge Elementary School

·         Jessica Evans from Frontier Elementary School

·         Colten Hannappel from Copperwood Elementary School

·         Kyle Helmich from Zuni Hills Elementary School

·         Alexander Huguez from Peoria Traditional School

·         Grant Parmenter from Apache Elementary School

 

These eight exceptional students will compete in the Regional Bee hosted by Washington Elementary School District on Friday, Feb. 19. The winners of the Regional Bee will move on to the state-level Arizona Spelling Bee in March followed by the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. the summer of 2015.

 

The winner along with the seven runners-up will be recognized at the Jan. 28 Governing Board Meeting. Those who were unable to attend the Annual District Spelling Bee may watch the recorded event here.

 

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school and was the first district in the state to receive the prestigious AdvancED Accreditation. With ongoing open enrollment and unique educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

 

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – At the Jan. 14 Board Meeting, Peoria Unified School District Governing Board Members approved the 2016 meeting schedule. The meetings will continue to be held at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, with a few exceptions.  

 

The meeting schedule, as well as the link to stream the Governing Board meetings live, is posted on the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

 

Also during the Board Meeting, the Governing Board re-elected Matt Bullock as President and elected Kathy Knecht as Clerk for 2016.

 

Additional information on Governing Board meetings is available through the district’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and a Board Meeting re-cap through the district’s RSS Feed.

 

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

  

WHO:     Community residents, government officials, business leaders, parents and media

 

WHAT:   Spring Patron Tour of Peoria Unified schools

 

WHEN:   Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19

 

WHERE: Cactus High School, 6330 W. Greenway Road, Glendale; Canyon Elementary School, 5490 W. Paradise Ln., Glendale

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Save the date for Peoria Unified School District’s Spring Patron Tour. This exciting opportunity to visit two Peoria Unified campuses is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19. Patrons will tour Cactus High School and Canyon Elementary School.

 

The tour begins at Cactus High School where Superintendent Dr. Denton Santarelli will welcome guests. Visitors will board a Peoria Unified school bus and head to Canyon Elementary School  where guests will be greeted by school principal Kristen Balthis, followed by a tour of their campus..

 

After touring Canyon Elementary School, guests will board the bus to return to Cactus High School to be greeted by Principal Kristi Hammer who will share an overview of Cactus High and discuss what makes their campus stand out from all the others. After touring the high school, lunch will be served by the school’s Culinary Arts students.

 

The Peoria Unified School District hosts a series of Patron Tours throughout the school year to give an up-close and personal look at the wide variety of exceptional schools and programs offered as part of its ongoing commitment to the community. Patron Tours are nationally recognized by the National School Boards Association and are interactive, informative and an ideal way of introducing parents, residents and business leaders to Peoria Unified’s award-winning programs.

 

Any business leader, community member, parent, retiree, government employee, member of the media or interested individual is encouraged to reserve a space at RSVP@pusd11.org or call Peoria Unified’s Public Relations Department at 623-486-6100.

 

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Peoria Unified proudly boasts six students who received the highest possible score on both their AzMERIT English Language Arts assessment (ELA) as well as the AzMERIT Mathematics assessment. The students are Vistancia Elementary eighth-grader Amanda Pace, Oasis Elementary fifth-grader Ephraim Joel Esmas, Copperwood Elementary fourth-grader Riley Lawrence, Frontier Elementary fourth-grader Ashlyn Pace, Oakwood Elementary fourth-grader Mallory Forsberg, Sunset Heights Elementary fourth-grader Peyton Dennis. Another 295 Peoria Unified students in third- through eighth-grades received the highest scale score possible in the AzMERIT assessment in math, ELA or Algebra 1.

 
In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test for Arizona students called AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching). This new assessment was given to Arizona students in grades three through high school for the first time in the spring of 2015. AzMERIT replaces the previously administered AIMS test in reading, writing and math. Students in fourth, eighth and 10th grades will continue to take the AIMS Science test until further notice.


The six high scoring students were recognized at the June 14 Governing Board Meeting. Picture attached.

 

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.

 

  

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year is open across the Peoria Unified School District. Thanks to community support in passing the 2015 override, full-day Kindergarten will be free at all Peoria Unified elementary schools beginning fall 2016.

 

All Peoria Unified elementary schools will offer evening registration opportunities in the weeks to come during an event called Connect to Kindergarten. Parents can learn more about the Kindergarten experience, meet Kindergarten teachers, tour the school and how to prepare their child for Kindergarten. The first day of school for the 2016-17 school year is Wednesday, Aug. 10.

 

Contact your neighborhood school for additional information regarding Connect to Kindergarten. 

 

Parents should bring the following documents when they register their child for Kindergarten:

  • registration packet
  • the child’s original birth certificate;
  • up-to-date immunization records;
  • proof of residency in the district (a utility bill or lease agreement is acceptable)

 

Enrollment forms can be found on the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us or obtained at any of Peoria Unified’s elementary school offices. Families who live outside of the district’s boundaries can register their child for a Peoria Unified school by filling out an Open Enrollment Form and bringing it to the school of their choice.

 

For more information, please call your neighborhood school or contact the district office at 623-486-6000.

 

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

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 GLENDALE, Ariz. – Peoria Unified School District superintendent, Dr. Denton Santarelli, tonight announced his plans to retire at the conclusion of the current school year. Santarelli has served the district for more than 35 years as the foremost advocate for students. 

 

“After 10 years as superintendent, and given the passion I have for this remarkable district, making the decision to retire was extremely difficult. However, I know I’ll be leaving Peoria Unified in a wonderful place with a highly effective Governing Board and leadership team,” said Santarelli. “I have long enjoyed a terrific relationship with our government leaders, staff and community and appreciate their ongoing support. As I close out my tenure, I am honored, humbled and proud to have served this community.”

 

The Governing Board met in Executive Session tonight and will soon release their process to fill the vacancy. Santarelli expressed his commitment to work diligently to ensure a smooth transition.

 

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

 

  


WHO:     Peoria Unified School District

 

WHAT:   Tax Credit Donations

 

WHEN:   Thursday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

WHERE: District Administration Center, 6330 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Employees from the Peoria Unified School District will be outside the District Administration Center, just as they have done in years past, collecting tax credit donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31. Patrons who stop by to make a tax credit donation will be treated to hot chocolate and a holiday cookie, courtesy of the Centennial High School Culinary Arts students. Tax credit contributions support extracurricular activities in public schools, which enrich the lives of students.

 

Contributions can be made using a debit or credit card online here. While the district office will be open for business Dec. 28 - 30, the office will be closed the week prior from December 21 – 25 for winter recess.

                                           

One hundred percent of donated funds go directly to the school and program selected by the donor. Donations may be directed to a specific extracurricular activity, such as field trips, high school marching bands and athletics, or you can designate it to the school(s) with the greatest need.

 

Arizona tax law (ARS 43-1089.01) allows individual taxpayers a tax credit up to $200, or up to $400 as a married couple filing a joint return. If married taxpayers file separate returns, each spouse may claim half of the credit that would have been allowed on a joint return. In return, the donor is able to get the exact amount back from the state when filing a return. A tax credit may only be used to the extent it reduces a tax liability to zero. Any unused amounts may be carried forward for not more than five consecutive years. For more information, please call 623-486-6000. To download a tax credit form or make a donation online, go to www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

 

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.

 

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PEORIA, Ariz. – The Peoria Unified School District recognizes a number of top achievers in the 15th Annual City of Peoria Celebrate the Constitution Contest. Centennial High senior Tyler Manning won the grand prize of a $1,500 college scholarship for his award-winning essay.

 

Many Peoria Unified students were recognized for their winning entries at the Peoria City Council meeting on Dec. 15, including: kindergarten student Liliana Torres of Apache Elementary who took first place for her poster depicting “What America means to me.”

 

In the first-through second grade division, Ella Carlson in second-grade at Paseo Verde Elementary took first place and Milana Adendorff, in first grade at Oakwood Elementary, earned third place. Parkridge Elementary third-grader Tuscan Zahn won first place in the third- and fourth-grade division, for the second year. Third-grader Alison Jayme of Oakwood Elementary placed second. All first- through fourth-grade participants won for their poster depicting “What does America Mean to Me?”

 

In the fifth-through sixth-grade division, sixth-grade student Kyle Duffy of Foothills Elementary received first place for his award-winning essay. Sixth-grader Izaak Kary of Santa Fe Elementary earned second place and sixth-grader Elena Yoder of Parkridge Elementary won third place. Eighth-grade students from Sunset Heights Elementary took the top three places in the seventh- through eighth-grade division; Shondeen Lucero earned first place, Zain Syed took second and Esabella Brown placed third. Fifth- through eighth-grade students won for their essays answering the question, “How do the different branches of government ensure a balance of power?”

 

In the ninth-through tenth-grade division, Centennial High celebrates three winners for their essays. Tenth-graders Balin Overstolz earned first place, Christina Leisten received second place and Jonathan Berthiaume achieved third place. Centennial High senior Beth Dillard received the first prize in the eleventh-through twelfth-grade division, eleventh-grade student Arissa Mayer placed second and Abbass Bah, in eleventh-grade at Peoria High earned third place. All essayists answered the question, “What types of character traits, behaviors or actions are important to preserve and uphold the Constitution?”

 

More than 175 posters and essays were submitted. Contest winners received $25-$200 gift card.


 

 

 

 

  

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Peoria Education Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its 2015-16 student scholarship applications. The Foundation is offering a total of three scholarships that include Community Service, Against All Odds and new this year, Joseph McCord Memorial scholarship. The scholarships are intended for Peoria Unified seniors who plan to attend post-secondary institutions including a university, community college or a vocational/trade school to further their education.

 

The Community Service scholarship is given to students who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving their local community by giving back. Students must have logged a minimum of 60 volunteer hours during their High School career to be eligible for this scholarship.


Students eligible for an Against All Odds scholarship have overcome tremendous obstacles and are still on track to not only graduate, but to move on to their post-secondary education.


The Foundation added a new scholarship this year, the Joseph McCord Memorial Scholarship which was named after former Peoria Unified Governing Board member, Joseph McCord, who passed away in 2014. Mr. McCord’s wife Mary Lynn and the Peoria Education Foundation established this scholarship in his honor to recognize a deserving senior who shares Mr. McCord’s passion for history, politics and giving back to the community.

 

Any Peoria Unified high school senior is encouraged to apply for a scholarship. Applications are due to the Peoria Unified School District Office by 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29 at 6330 W. Thunderbird Road Glendale, AZ 85306, attention Public Relations. Application and additional details are available at www.peoriaedfoundation.org or by clicking here.  

 

The Peoria Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support and enrich education in the Peoria Unified School District by funding grants to teachers and scholarships to students. In 2013, the Foundation provided scholarships to 21 graduating seniors totaling more than $15,000.

 

Since 1987, the Peoria Education Foundation has offered grants to teachers in the Peoria Unified School District to enhance the educational experience of students.  The Foundation is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) which provides scholarships to students and grants to teachers within the district.

 

 

  

WHO:     Parents of kindergarten- through eighth-grade students

 

WHAT:   Peoria Traditional School Open House

 

WHEN:   9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 10

WHERE:  Peoria Traditional School, located on the Coyote Hills Elementary School Campus, 21180 N. 87th Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382

PEORIA, Ariz. – There will be an Open House to give parents an overview and tour of the Peoria Traditional School, part of the Peoria Unified School District, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10. The tour is open to any parent of an elementary school student who is looking for a more traditional school setting with a strong focus on character, patriotism and high standards for academics and behavior, all while in the K-12 public education setting. The tour will include an introduction to the school’s principal, Mr. Jim Davis, his staff and classroom observations of the smaller learning environment designed to challenge students

 

The Peoria Traditional School, a Peoria Unified Signature Program, is a K-8 elementary school housed within existing classroom buildings currently located on the Coyote Hills Elementary School campus. As a school of choice, the Peoria Traditional School is not defined by geographical boundaries.

 

The traditional program develops a solid foundation of fundamental and higher-level thinking skills.  Students are taught using standard curriculum with direct teaching techniques and non-interrupted whole-class instruction. Parents and guardians who are interested in having their child attend the Peoria Traditional School will be required to complete an application. The school is tuition-free, however, a waiting list for all grades may be necessary. Uniform attire is required of all students.

 

The Peoria Unified School District serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and unique educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.

 

  

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Eighth-grade students across the Peoria Unified School District will venture to high schools to explore the academic and elective areas offered in ninth- through twelfth-grades as part of the district’s annual MyLife Days. Depending on the home school, students will be released early on either Nov. 19 or Dec. 3 for MyLife Day.


During a MyLife Day, an eighth-grade student can explore the wide variety of unique programs – from the arts to college-level credit courses – to help prepare them with the 21st Century skills needed to be successful. In addition, eighth-graders can tour labs and shops of the 23 Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes offered, such as culinary arts, engineering, fire science, sports medicine and media productions.

 

MyLife Days is just one component of the district’s award-winning MyLife program which prepares students for college and careers by exposing them to career pathways as early as elementary school. Most recently, the program received the 2013 Quality of Life Enhancement Best of the West Award from WESTMARC.


Schools that will release early on Thursday, Nov. 19 for MyLife Day are: Cactus, Centennial, Liberty and Sunrise Mountain high schools; and elementary schools: Alta Loma, Cheyenne, Copperwood, Cotton Boll, Country Meadows, Desert Palms, Desert Valley, Heritage, Marshall Ranch, Peoria, Sahuaro Ranch, Santa Fe, Sky View and Sun Valley.

 

Schools that will release early on Thursday, Dec. 3 for MyLife Day are: Ironwood, Peoria and Raymond S. Kellis high schools and the Peoria Transition Center; and elementary schools: Apache, Canyon, Coyote Hills, Desert Harbor, Foothills, Frontier, Ira A. Murphy, Kachina, Lake Pleasant, Oakwood, Oasis, Parkridge, Paseo Verde, Traditional School, Pioneer, Sundance, Sunset Heights, Vistancia and Zuni Hills. Elementary schools that start at 8 a.m. will release at 11 a.m.; elementary schools that start at 8:40 a.m. will release at 11:40 a.m. and high schools will release at 10:20 a.m.

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The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Peoria Unified Medical, Engineering and Technology (MET) Professional Academy Cybersecurity and Technology students began training for the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program, the nation’s premier Cyber Youth Education Program that seeks to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) opportunities through an annual cyber defense competition and other educational initiatives.

 

Today, junior and seniors from the MET Cybersecurity and Technology Department are competing in the first round against similar teams across the country. Students have from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to complete the first round of the competition, which concentrates on Windows and Linux system administration. The second round takes place December 4-6 and includes Cisco Networking Technologies. Scores will be combined from the first two rounds to determine which tier they qualify for (Platinum, Gold and Silver.) Only Platinum qualifies for nationals. This is the first year that a team from Peoria Unified will be competing.

 

The CyberPatriot Program features an online competition, in which teams across the United States and Canada, as well as from Department of Defense Dependent Schools abroad, compete in a series of rounds for a chance to earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition in Baltimore, Md., in the spring. There, students have the opportunity to win scholarships and network with industry leaders.

 

“Our students are preparing for this prestigious CyberPatriot event in our MET Cybersecurity lab. Two teams will analyze and configure a server farm donated from the Peoria Unified Information Management and Technology (IMT) Department,” said MET Cybersecurity and Technology Instructor Martin Bencic. “The donated equipment had to be taken out of production because of the age and performance, however; it will serve students in accomplishing many of the tasks not only for this competition but for years to come.”

 

Ethan Jensen, a first year MET student and a Liberty High School junior is leading the server farm team. The second team, led by Tamara Juntiff, a second year MET student and Liberty High School senior, is spearheading the team that is preparing a dozen switches and routers that will be used to simulate a large network to practice skills need to defend and hack into other competing teams’ networks.

 

CyberPatriot greatly benefits from the support and technical expertise of its presenting sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Other sponsors include: Cyber Diamond sponsors AT&T Federal and the AT&T Foundation, Cisco, Microsoft, USA Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Cyber Gold sponsors Facebook, Riverside Research, Splunk, and Symantec; and Cyber Silver sponsors the Air Force Reserve, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and University of Maryland University College.

 

More information about the CyberPatriot Program is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org or CyberPatriot staff is available at info@uscyberpatriot.org.

 

 


The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.

 

 


Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

 

  

PEORIA, Ariz. – Students throughout the Peoria Unified School District will be celebrating members of our armed services on their campuses this week and next. Some of the special tributes that will be held for Veterans Day throughout the district include events on the following campuses:

Friday, Nov. 6

Coyote Hills Elementary School - 21180 N. 87th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

At 8:30 a.m., Coyote Hills’ National Junior Honor Society will host a breakfast for Veterans, followed by a student-led ceremony in the multi-purpose room.

 

Zuni Hills Elementary School - 10851 W. Williams Road, Sun City, AZ 85373

At 8:30 a.m., Zuni Hills will hold a breakfast in the school library to honor the Veterans in the community. Following the breakfast is an assembly in the multi-purpose room which will include a slideshow with hundreds of pictures of Veterans who are family members of students or school staff. Students will then escort family members on stage for the remainder of the assembly which includes performances by the band and choir. Student winners of the patriotic poem contest will read their original poems for the audience. Several guest speakers will highlight their time served in the military as well as relay the importance of honoring America’s Veterans. Each Veteran will also be individually recognized to close out the program.

 

Monday, Nov. 9

 

Desert Harbor Elementary School - 15585 N. 91st Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

Desert Harbor will hold a Veterans Day assembly at 9 a.m. which includes performances from the junior high band, the presenting of the colors by a local Boy Scout troop, a patriotic sing-a-long and recognition of all of the military personnel in attendance. Keeping up with their tradition, Desert Harbor will also have their Wall of Honor in the front window to honor the Veterans in their community.

 

Foothills Elementary School - 15808 N. 63rd Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85306

Foothills will have a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Following the breakfast will be arts and classroom performances for veterans, staff and students in the school library.

 

Sundance Elementary School - 7051 W. Cholla Street, Peoria, AZ 85345

At 6 p.m., Sundance will hold an event in their multi-purpose room where there will be music and refreshments and an opportunity to honor the military personnel. A slideshow of the Veterans of the Sundance staff and students will be on display. A Tree of Honor, created by the Advanced Art Class, will be on display for the entire month of November. Students in the National Junior Honor Society will be selling items to add to the Tree of Honor where students can add names via the tree trunk, a leaf or a star for different amounts and proceeds of the fundraiser will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

Sunset Heights Elementary School - 9687 W. Adams Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

Fourth-grade students are collecting toiletries and candy to send to our troops via Operation Gratitude. All items are being collected now through Monday, Nov. 9. Additionally, seventh- and eighth-grade students will draft and send letters to patients at the VA Hospital in Phoenix.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 10

 

Apache Elementary School - 8633 W. John Cabot Road, Peoria, AZ 85382

Apache Student Council will host a Veterans Day breakfast at 7 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. All Veterans, active military and family members are invited to attend. Please RSVP to ahutter@pusd11.org

 

Canyon Elementary School - 5490 W. Paradise Lane, Glendale, AZ 85306

Canyon will have their second annual Veterans Day breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Last year, the campus fed over 150 Veterans and their spouses.

 

Cheyenne Elementary School - 11806 N. 87th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345

Cheyenne will hold a Veterans Day concert at 9 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. Fifth- through eighth-grade students in choir will sing and there will be a short program.

 

Desert Valley Elementary School - 12901 N. 63rd Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85304

At 10:40 a.m., Veterans are being invited to participate in an honorary walk around the campus, followed by a barbeque lunch in the library. During the walk, classes will line the sidewalks so that students can honor the Veterans while the band plays.

 

Frontier Elementary School - 21258 N. 81st Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

At 1:30 p.m., Frontier will hold an assembly in the multi-purpose room honoring all of the Veterans in the Frontier community. Students and staff are building a Wall of Honor with pictures of family members who have served or who are serving in the military. Following the assembly, Veterans can tour the campus to enjoy the Wall of Honor.

 

Oasis Elementary School - 7841 W. Sweetwater Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85381

At 10:30 a.m., the National Junior Honor Society will hold a Veterans Day luncheon. A Wall of Honor has been put together for each Veteran in the school’s multi-purpose room.

 

Paseo Verde Elementary School - 7880 W. Greenway Road, Peoria, AZ 85381

Paseo Verde will hold an assembly at 2:45 p.m. in the multi-purpose room that will include a band performance, comments from students and staff about those who serve or who have served and a guest speaker.

 

Vistancia Elementary School - 30009 North Sunrise Point, Peoria, AZ 85383

At 7:15 a.m., Vistancia’s National Junior Honor Society and Student Council will hold a breakfast for Veterans and their families while first-graders in Mrs. MacDonald’s class will perform for them. At 8 a.m., the choir and band will perform during an assembly and Veterans will be invited to share their stories with the school community. In the school library, Mr. Beltram will display military antiques of the Great War. Class doors throughout the Vistancia campus will be decorated in Veterans Day themes. The junior high wing includes a Wall of Honor displaying photographs of members in the Vistancia community who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. Tours of the campus will take place after the assembly. 

 

Thursday, Nov. 12

 

Pioneer Elementary School - 6315 W. Port Au Prince Lane, Glendale, AZ 85306           

At 7:45 a.m., Pioneer will hold a breakfast in the school library, followed by a commemorative slideshow, instrumental performances, vocal performances and student presentations. At 9 a.m., the school will hold an assembly with additional performances and thank you messages in the auditorium. Veterans are welcome to stay between 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. to host classroom discussions and engage with students.

 

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.

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PEORIA, Ariz. - The Peoria Unified School District is pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached in the inflationary funding lawsuit to move Arizona in the right direction and to begin paying the long overdue debt to schools. This funding is not a replacement for additional future funding or local voter approved initiatives, such as bond authorizations and budget overrides, which directly support capital projects and programs throughout the district. These initiatives augment the annual funds the district receives and allow support for programs that would otherwise not receive funding.

In 2012, the Peoria Unified community approved a bond initiative that has funded school buses, technology and much-needed repairs for school buildings. These dollars will continue to be used for the next three years.

In addition, the district is in its final full-year of a maintenance and operations override which funds:  assistant principals, existing class sizes, school nurses for 42 school campuses, physical education, arts education, extracurricular and athletic programs, reading programs, instructional coaches and the gifted education program.  If the district’s current ballot initiative passes on Nov. 3, the override will also provide increased compensation for teachers and staff, as well as fund all-day kindergarten beginning in the 2016-17 school year. By law, if the initiative does not pass, all of the aforementioned programs will be reduced or eliminated over the next three years. 

Funding from the tentative inflation funding lawsuit will not offset the cost of the programs that are currently supported by the maintenance and operations budget override or the bond that was previously approved by the community.

“Funds from the tentative agreement will not replace the $218 million Peoria Unified has reduced from our budget over the last nine years, but it is a welcome bandage to slow the hemorrhaging. Our teachers have been deprived of this funding for far too long and for all they do to shape the next generation, they are more than deserving,” said superintendent, Denton Santarelli, Ed.D. “This is small step forward, but it is my hope that this is not the end of the discussion on how we can improve funding for all of Arizona’s students.”

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.

 

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PEORIA, Ariz. – The Peoria Unified School District’s Budget and Finance Department was recently awarded three different certificates for their accuracy in financial reporting.

 

The Association of School Business Officials International granted the Peoria Unified School District a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year ending in 2014. The Certificate of Excellence represents a significant achievement and reflects a high level of commitment to fiscal integrity. To receive the award, the district must satisfy specific guidelines for effective, high-quality financial reporting recognized by school business officials.

 

In addition, each year, the Government Finance Officers Association awards specific school districts who go above and beyond when it comes to their preparation of financial transparency and reporting. The district’s Budget and Finance Department received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

 

When a governmental agency receives a Certificate of Achievement from the Government of Finance Officers Association, a Financial Reporting Achievement Award is also presented to the specific individuals in the department who are primarily responsible for the district earning that certificate.

 

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.

 

This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. This attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management and truly goes to show the efforts put forth by our staff to be transparent and accurate with our financial reporting.

 

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.

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WHO:     Peoria Unified 8th-grade students and parents

 

WHAT:   Ironwood High International Baccalaureate Program

 

WHEN:   6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct 20

 

WHERE:  Ironwood High School, 6051 W. Sweetwater Avenue, Glendale, Room 400

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – An informational meeting for students and parents of eighth-graders interested in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Ironwood High School at 6051 W. Sweetwater Avenue, in Room 400.

 

Ironwood High School was approved as an IB school in 2005 and had its first IB diploma recipients in 2007. This program has awarded students with many scholarships and opportunities to attend prestigious universities. The program begins in the students’ freshman year in the AIM program and then moves into the IB program, which starts their junior year. Students who do not live in Ironwood High School attendance boundaries are still welcome to join the program on a variance. The program is rigorous and requires hard work and dedication. Most students receive a considerable amount of college credits, but they will need to contact their specific university for course requirements.

 

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. 

  

GLENDALE, Ariz. – In May of 2015, the Peoria Unified Governing Board voted unanimously for a 13% Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Override election – 10% which is a continuation of the district’s current override and an additional 3% that would fund increased compensation for teachers and staff, as well as all-day kindergarten.

 

The example below is taken directly from Chief Financial Officer, Ken Hicks’ assessed limited property value on his tax bill, as a resident in the Peoria Unified School District. The overall property tax liability increase would be 2.9%, if the override passes. The sample also depicts what he would pay if the override fails.

 

Actual 2015 Tax Bill:                   $2,564.30

 

2016 Tax Bill:                               $2,638.56

(if Override passes)

 

2016 Tax Bill:                               $2,490.20

(if Override fails)

 

The current 10% override is $1.16 and the proposed tax rate is $1.54 per $100 of assessed valuation. The current override funds assistant principals, existing class sizes, school nurses, physical education, arts education, extracurricular and athletic programs, reading programs, instructional coaches and the gifted education program. By law, these are the programs that would face reductions if the override fails.

 

To calculate your tax increase if the override passes, simply take the assessed limited property value from your tax bill and divide it by 100. Then, multiply by the increase of $0.38.

 

For additional facts related to the Override, visit the district’s website and click on M&O Override or Financial Transparency directly from the homepage. To view a video explaining school finance, click here.

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

  

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Students in classrooms all over Peoria Unified will participate in the district’s 7th annual Internet Safety Week from Sept.28 through Oct. 2. With the vast digital world available at their fingertips, it is necessary for students to learn how to be good citizens and stay safe in the digital world in which they live.


During Internet Safety Week, students in kindergarten through 8th grades will participate in age-appropriate lessons covering Internet safety. High schools will cover the topic of Internet safety in the form of video safety reminders that will air during morning announcements. Topics covered in the lessons and videos will be: How to be Safe Online, Appropriate Online Behavior, Social Media Interactions and Cyberbullying.

 

For more information, or to view a presentation titled “Internet Safety, Know What’s In Your Home,” presented by Peoria Police Detective Webber, visit Peoria Unifier’s website or click here.

On the heels of Internet Safety Week is the kick-off of the district’s fourth annual Anti-Bullying Art Contest, which features Internet safety as its theme. Details on this year’s contest #ThinkTwiceBeforeYouType can be found on the district website under schools, safety.

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.​

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