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  • Superintendent's Message

    Posted by Dr. Scott A. Menzel on 2/1/2024

    Dear SUSD Families, 

    We are excited to “leap” into the month of February, which is a busy time for our city and our schools.

    Last week, following an incident at Mountainside Middle School in which a loaded gun was found in a classroom, we were reminded of just how important school safety is and how important our partnership with the Scottsdale Police Department is. Student and staff safety is a shared responsibility. Your vigilance and cooperation play a crucial role in maintaining secure school environments. Please remember to "See Something, Say Something.” We had the opportunity to meet with Mountainside parents, answer their questions and hear their concerns the day after the incident. A recap of that meeting can be found here. We welcome every opportunity to learn and grow and, above all else, support our students and staff. You can learn more about that in this edition of the Source, under School Safety.

    This recent incident also underscores the importance of reliable communication. We want to ensure that our lines of communication with parents are strong and effective. If you haven't already, please take a moment to register on ParentSquare and confirm that your contact information, including email and cell phone number, is accurate. Any required updates can be made through your ParentVUE account. This will ensure you receive timely updates and essential information about your child's safety and education.

    Our commitment to transparent communication with you continues with our next Town Hall meeting, hosted by Desert Mountain High School, on February 22nd from 6 – 7 p.m. 

    A friendly reminder that we remain focused on improving student attendance. Attendance Matters, not only to our district goals, but also for each student. Research consistently shows that students learn best when they are present in class. Your dedication to ensuring your child attends school regularly contributes significantly to their academic success. That being said, we have seen a lot of flu and other bugs floating around the community recently. In our commitment to the well-being of all students and staff, we emphasize the importance of keeping sick children home. This not only helps in their recovery but also prevents the spread of illnesses within your school’s community.

    As part of our ongoing commitment to foster a positive and inclusive environment, we are in the midst of deploying our annual Hanover Culture and Climate Survey. Parents received their survey link earlier this week; students in grades 6-12 and staff will receive theirs yet this week. The survey covers various aspects of the school experience, including the learning environment, communication, and overall satisfaction. By participating, you contribute to the continuous improvement of our educational programs and support services. The survey will close on Friday, February 16th. We encourage all students, staff, and parents to take the time to respond to the survey. Your honest and thoughtful responses help us make informed decisions to create an even more positive and enriching educational experience for everyone.

    February marks Black History Month, offering a wonderful opportunity for reflection on the contributions of Black leaders who have helped shape our community and the nation. We look forward to seeing the ways this is incorporated into the teaching and learning of our students to celebrate diversity and promote understanding.  During February, we also celebrate Career and Technical Education Month, National School Counseling Week (February 5 - 9), School Resource Officer Appreciation Day (February 15) and Public Schools Week (February 26 - March 1), among others. We appreciate all those who support our students and provide opportunities that inspire their future endeavors.

    February is also a busy month in Scottsdale with the Parada del Sol coming up this Saturday, February 3rd, golf’s Waste Management Phoenix Open from February 8 - 11, and the start of Major League Baseball’s spring training at the end of the month.  These activities bring in many people from outside our community, which is great for our economy, but also requires us to be vigilant with respect to student safety.  I am grateful for the continued support of our staff, parents, and partners, all of whom contribute to making our schools and community such a great place to live, work, learn, and play. Thank you!

    Dr. Scott A. Menzel

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  • A Prosperous New Year and Exciting Opportunities Await in SUSD!

    Posted by Scott A. Menzel, Ph.D. on 1/1/2024

    Dear Scottsdale Unified School District Community,

    Happy 2024!  As we step into the promise of a new year, we reflect with gratitude on the remarkable achievements and positive moments that have shaped our school year so far.  

    Thank you to the Scottsdale Progress for recognizing Scottsdale Unified as the Best Public School District, and Richard Maxwell, Arcadia’s Creative and Musical Arts & Sciences Teacher, as the Best High School Teacher. From academic excellence to extraordinary accomplishments in the arts, state championship athletics to community-wide initiatives, each success contributes to the vibrant fabric of our educational community. 

    As we embrace the new year, great things lie ahead, and we are excited to share the journey with you.

    Early Learning Enrollment: Are you considering the perfect start to your child's educational journey? Explore the enriching programs designed for our youngest learners.  Our early learning opportunities cater to the unique needs of 2-year-olds, preschoolers, and pre-kindergarten students.  We are passionate about fostering a love for learning from the very beginning, with Gifted and Dual Language Immersion (Spanish and Mandarin) exposure. Registration opens January 10 and runs until January 17. More information can be found here: https://www.susd.org/communityed

    Kindergarten Roundup: SUSD proudly opens the doors of its kindergarten classrooms in the coming weeks and months to invite families to embark on this exciting path. Sessions will be held in January and March 2024 for the school year that begins on August 5, 2024.  Find the complete rundown at https://www.susd.org/kindergarten.

    Comprehensive Gifted: SUSD’s Comprehensive Gifted Program (CGP) provides a specialized learning environment designed to cater to the unique needs of highly gifted students. Read more about our CGP elementary and middle schools and the January, March and May tour schedule at https://www.susd.org/gifted.

    Coronado High School's Early College Campus: We are on the path to creating an Early College Campus at Coronado High School.  This innovative initiative with Scottsdale Community College opens doors for students to engage in college-level coursework and simultaneously earn their high school diploma and Associate degree. The first two courses are being offered this semester, and we are excited to see this opportunity grow and further develop in the next year.

    As we embark on the school year’s spring semester, we look forward to sharing more successes, milestones, and educational innovations with you. 

    Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous New Year filled with health, growth and success. #BecauseKids #SUSD Advantage #SUSDInnovates 

    Scott

     

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  • Superintendent's Message

    Posted by Scott A. Menzel, Ph.D. on 12/1/2023

    Dear SUSD Community,

    December brings a special opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to education and the incredible strides we've made together.

    In the spirit of the season, I want to focus on our "why" — the driving force behind everything we do: our students. The simple truth is that every initiative and every effort we undertake in SUSD is rooted in our dedication to providing the best possible education #BecauseKids.

    One crucial aspect of this commitment is attendance.  As we wrap up the semester, let's remember that#AttendanceMatters.  Your support in ensuring that our students are present and engaged contributes significantly to their academic success and overall well-being.  This month, we are in school through Friday, December 22nd and we don’t return until Monday, January 8th. Our high school students will have finals and early release days on December 20th, 21st, and 22nd.

    I also want to express my heartfelt thanks to the voters who have consistently supported our students, staff, and schools and passed the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Override in November. Your belief in public educations and what we do has a lasting impact on the future of our community.

    Equally, our community partners play a vital role in our success. Their generosity and commitment to giving back create opportunities for our students that extend beyond the classroom. Thank you for being an integral part of our journey.

    This month, I encourage you to take a moment to delve into our new edition of Showcase magazine. Don't just flip through its pages — read, enjoy, and reflect on the stories that make SUSD truly exceptional. It is through the dedication of our staff, the support of our community, and the resilience of our students that we continue to build on the #SUSDAdvantage.

    It’s December, and that means families can now enroll for the 2024-2025 school year. If you have young children at home, now is the time to think about our early learning programs and kindergarten. It’s never too soon to tour a school and learn more about all that awaits you in SUSD.

    We continue to celebrate our #LegacyofSuccess each week on social media and add to our alumni directory. Please take a moment to fill out this survey and/or share it with a friend, former classmate, or family member so we might also recognize you and yours!

    Our students are engaged in many wonderful fundraisers and community service projects on our campuses right now. Thank you, students, staff, friends, and family, for supporting one another and the community at large. As we celebrate the holiday season, let us carry its spirit of gratitude and unity into the new year. Thank you for being an essential part of the SUSD family.

    Scott

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  • Superintendent's Message

    Posted by Posted by Scott A. Menzel, Ph.D. on 11/1/2023

    This week, the Arizona State Board of Education released district and school letter grades for all public schools statewide. We are proud to share that Scottsdale Unified received an overall A letter grade and 28 of our 30 schools were rated an A or a B. This is a reflection of the hard work of our dedicated staff and students.  For the second year in a row, all of our Title I schools received a letter grade of A or B, as well.  While we recognize there is always room for improvement, it is also important to celebrate good news along the journey. I am grateful to be part of a district and community with such a clear commitment to educational excellence.

    Our 15 elementary schools and 3 K-8 schools are excited to host Kindergarten Roundup events this month. These gatherings provide an opportunity for parents to connect with the kindergarten teams, explore our classrooms, and discover the benefits of enrolling their children in SUSD's free, full-day kindergarten program. While enrollmentremains open for the current 2023-24 school year, open enrollment for the 2024-25 school year starts November 1st; in-boundary families can enroll starting December 1st.

    November is a month filled with many celebrations.  These include:

    • Native American Heritage Month is a time when we recognize and honor the heritage, culture, and invaluable contributions of Native Americans. It is a month dedicated to promoting understanding and respect for indigenous peoples, as we celebrate the rich and diverse Native American cultures and histories that have shaped our city, state and nation.
    • Veterans Day is on November 11 (and no school on November 10).  We express our heartfelt gratitude to all the brave men and women who have served our nation with honor and courage. 
    • American Education Week is celebrated from November 13th to 17th. This week allows us to honor the collaborative efforts of the individuals who come together to ensure student success and support in our schools.
    • November 15th is designated as Education Support Professionals Day. On this day, we recognize the invaluable contributions of clerical, custodial, health and student services, paraeducators, security personnel, skilled tradespeople, technical staff, and transportation services professionals. These roles play a crucial part in keeping our schools running smoothly and ensuring our students are safe, comfortable, and ready to learn.
    • On November 16th, we observe National Parent Involvement Day. Each day, SUSD welcomes visitors and volunteers into our classrooms, often parents and grandparents, dedicated to supporting their students and their peers. We have witnessed the profound positive impact of engaged parents. They are our strongest partners in education, and we are grateful.
    • November 17th is dedicated to celebrating substitute teachers. They step in when needed, ensuring that teachers receive the support they require, and students continue to receive quality education without missing a beat.

    Election day is on Tuesday, November 7th. Remember, your ballot had to be mailed by October 31st. The Mohave District Annex, 8500 E. Jackrabbit Rd., is one of 36 voting locations across Maricopa County, offering the convenience of both ballot drop-off and in-person voting.  

    That same day, November 7th, the district will host a Town Hall meeting at Coronado High School in the Auditorium from 6-7 p.m. Also that evening, Chaparral High School will host SUSD’s annual Marching Band Exhibition from 6-8:30 p.m., showcasing the talents of our students.

    National Family Week is celebrated during the week of Thanksgiving. We are thrilled to once again welcome families to join their elementary students in festive feasts. While challenges related to COVID, staffing, and supply chain issues have made this event difficult to organize in recent years, we are grateful to bring back this tradition this year and create cherished memories with our school community. 

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we encourage you to enjoy quality time with family and friends during the school break which is scheduled from November 22-26.

    With gratitude and appreciation,

    Scott

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • Superintendent's Message

    Posted by Posted by Scott A. Menzel, Ph.D. on 10/1/2023

    October is a special month in education as we celebrate National Principals Month. I want to take a moment to express our heartfelt appreciation for our dedicated school leaders. Principals play a crucial role in setting the tone for their campuses, impacting our students, staff, and the broader community.

    Thank you to all our principals for your unwavering dedication to the success of our students and staff. Your leadership, commitment, and hard work are truly valued and make a significant difference in the lives of those you serve.

    As part of our ongoing commitment to student safety, we are excited to announce the rollout of a new visitor management system later this month. The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority. This system will help us account for every individual spending time on our campuses, whether it's visiting a classroom, volunteering, meeting with a teacher or administrator, or touring our schools.

    In tandem with these security measures, we will be increasing security staffing in each learning community to better serve our elementary schools. We sincerely appreciate the support of our community and Governing Board in making this possible. We also encourage qualified individuals to apply for open Security positions.

    Chaparral High School will host SUSD's College and Career Fair on Tuesday, October 17th. We are delighted to have more than 100 colleges and universities participating, along with 15 business partners representing our 16 CTE career pathways. This event offers our students valuable insights into various careers and the paths to post-secondary success. Business partners and SUSD CTE teachers and guidance counselors will be on hand to help guide students toward earning college credit, industry certifications, and real-world experience through internships and work-based learning.

    Also this month, Pueblo Elementary School will celebrate a significant milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new, state-of-the-art school. This marks the final step in the rebuilds associated with the 2016 Bond program and represents another stride forward made possible by our supportive community.

    Overcoming student attendance challenges that are still with us, post-COVID-19 pandemic, is a collective effort. To emphasize the importance of regular attendance, SUSD is launching the "Attendance Matters" campaign. We hope to remind students and parents alike about the value of being on time and present every day in class by elevating the voices of those who are most impacted by student absences: students, parents and teachers.

    As Fall Break approaches, I encourage you to enjoy this well-deserved time off and relish the cooler fall weather. Let's return rejuvenated and ready to tackle the second quarter together.

    Don’t forget the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 10th.  You can learn more about our Maintenance & Operations Override election here.

    Scott

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  • Superintendent's Message

    Posted by Scott A. Menzel, Ph.D. on 9/1/2023

    A Strong and Promising Start to 2023-24

    It’s hard to believe that we’ve nearly completed the first month of the new school year. Amid the record-breaking summer heat, the start has been strong and our focus on the future is unwavering. 

    In line with our commitment to progress, our Governing Board has approved Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the district. These markers stand as a testament to our dedication to measuring what truly matters. Guided by our five overarching goals, these KPIs are not mere numbers, but are reflections of our aspirations and intricately tied to our commitments, ensuring that our actions are both purposeful and impactful.

    The creation of these KPIs was a meticulous process, underscored by our intention to improve student outcomes. We understand that our efforts are not isolated; rather, they are part of the greater vision of engaging all students in world-class, future-focused learning. Every commitment, every initiative, every decision we make is interconnected, leading us towards greater student growth and achievement.

    SUSD’s economic impact study, The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Scottsdale Unified School District and the Value of Their High School Graduates, conducted by the Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University and further examined by Rounds Consulting, validates the extent to which Arizona benefits from our district.

    We encourage you to check out the study’s highlights at www.susd.org/economicimpact. The SUSD Advantage is the state’s economic advantage, creating a lifetime of positive economic impacts that benefit the city, county and state. We want to thank partners Trammell Crow Company and the City of Scottsdale Economic Development for seeing value in this endeavor, and in us.

    Our Maintenance and Operations Override Town Hall events kicked off last evening at Saguaro High School. We invite the community to learn more about the upcoming Override here and join us at one of our four remaining Town Hall events:  

    M&O Override Town Halls 6 – 7pm: 

    September 5, 2023 – Desert Mountain High School – Library
    September 13, 2023 – Arcadia High School – Mt. Olympus
    September 19, 2023 – Coronado High School – Auditorium 
    September 26, 2023 – Chaparral High School – Auditorium 

    You are also invited to attend any or all of our upcoming Learning Community Town Hall events. I look forward to answering stakeholder questions and welcome the opportunity to engage with our community in the meaningful conversations that will continue to propel our district forward.

    Learning Community Town Halls 6 – 7pm:

    Arcadia High School – September 20, 2023 – Auditorium
    Chaparral High School – October 25, 2023 – Auditorium
    Coronado High School – November 7, 2023 – Auditorium 
    Desert Mountain High School – February 22, 2024 – Library
    Saguaro High School – March 20, 2024 – Innovation Center

    Fall sports are in full swing and we appreciate our fans who show up to support our student athletes. We want to remind you that all middle school students attending a high school athletic event must be accompanied by an adult (parent, guardian, or designated adult chaperone) and be seated in the stands.  SUSD IDs are required for entry. You can read more about this and our upcoming fall sports schedule in the Athletics blog.

    We hope you enjoy the Labor Day weekend and we look forward to seeing your students again next week.

    Scott

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  • Superintendent's Message

    Posted by Scott A. Menzel, Ph.D. on 8/1/2023

    Dear SUSD,

    As we embark on this new school year, we invite you to share in our theme that will guide the 2023-24 educational journey ahead, “because kids!”

    This theme places a strong emphasis on understanding and acknowledging the reason behind everything we do while keeping the best interests of children and their academics at heart. Earlier today, we kicked it off with all 2,600 of our SUSD employees united in creating a safe, inclusive and inspiring learning environment. As parents, teachers, support staff and community members, it is up to us to make each interaction count, so each student has the best opportunity to learn.

    New this year:

    • SUSD will offer the app Stopfinder to advise parents of real-time information about their student’s bus ride to and from school. More information can be found on the district Transportation page here.

    • The district is also excited to launch ParentSquare, a new communication platform that streamlines regular and emergency communications between school and home.  With ParentSquare, parents, teachers, and administrators can easily stay connected and receive prompt updates during crisis situations. Learn more here.

    • Our goal is to create an environment that fosters deep learning, engagement and meaningful interactions among students and teachers. As such, in accordance with the SUSD Student Code of Conduct, we are rolling out a new cell phone policy, Pre-K to 8, called “Away for the Day.” To promote better focus and enhanced learning, students will be expected to keep their cell phones and smart watches turned off and stored away, unless a teacher or administrator specifically authorizes their use. Please do not text or call your student during the school day. Please call the school front office if you need to reach your student.

    This fall, SUSD has the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Override on the November 2023 ballot. The current M&O override must be renewed by November of 2024 before funds begin to be reduced by one third each year ($7.3 million), starting in the 2025-26 school year. More information can be found on the SUSD website.

    Because kids, this summer, more than 900 SUSD educators attended more than 100 professional development sessions enhancing their skills ahead of the new year. And last week, we welcomed nearly 200 teachers who are new to the district. You can read more about their experience at New Teacher Orientation and their enthusiasm in this month’s Academics blog.

    Building Services has also been putting the finishing touches on the final two, major bond projects. You won’t want to miss this month’s Bond Update blog that provides a sneak peek into the brand-new Pueblo Elementary School and newly remodeled Tavan Elementary School.

    Again, we look forward to a great year ahead. Thank you for your support of our schools, students and community.

    Sincerely,

    Scott

    For more on the superintendent's office, visit www.susd.org/superintendent.

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • Superintendent's Message

    Posted by Scott A. Menzel, Ph.D. on 6/1/2023

    Hello, SUSD staff, families, and community members!

    I hope your summer is off to a great start.  The last few weeks were bustling with finals, fine arts, sports contests, and award ceremonies.

    More than 1,900 graduates of the Class of 2023 walked across the stage at our high schools on May 24th, prepared to tackle their next great adventure.  Here are some of their noteworthy accomplishments:

    • 50 graduated from Desert Mountain High School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, as well as an SUSD diploma
    • 44 graduated from the Scottsdale Math & Science Academy based at Saguaro High School
    • 42 earned the Coronado Promise Scholarship
    • 7 National Merit Scholars (so far)
    • 1 Flinn Scholar
    • 1 Dorrance Scholarship winner
    • 1 Coca Cola Scholarship winner
    • 151 Arizona Department of Education Biliteracy Seals in 5 different languages
    • 77 Arizona Department of Education Seals of Arts Proficiency

    While our graduates head out into the world in pursuit of college and career success, nearly 75 SUSD employees are celebrating the end of their careers, retiring with a combined 1,346 years of service to our students.  Congratulations to them and to the students and colleagues who inspired them along the way. You are all fundamental to our legacy of success.

    While we continue to reflect on the accomplishments of the Class of 2023, we also plan for the year ahead.

    As we’ve told you, the district is launching a new communication platform this summer to streamline communications for families, provide more robust tools to support staff, and achieve greater reliability and oversight.  The district will deploy ParentSquare on July 1, 2023.  Please check out this 3-Minute Overview of ParentSquare to learn more.

    Last month, the Governing Board voted to place a Maintenance and Operating (M&O) Override vote on the November 2023 ballot. The current M&O override must be renewed by November 2024 before funds begin to be reduced by one third each year ($7.3 million), starting in the 2025-26 school year. Seeking this renewal a year ahead of the current override’s expiration provides us with a second opportunity to seek voter approval (on the November 2024 ballot), should this year’s vote not be successful.  This is an approach many districts across the state use with M&O and Capital override elections.  This fall, we will host a Town Hall meeting in each of our five learning communities to answer stakeholders’ questions. More information, along with the dates of our Town Hall meetings, can be found here. Should you have questions before then, we are happy to respond to them through Let’s Talk.  

    We appreciate the support of our parents, staff and volunteers who work together to make SUSD world-class.

    Thank you for choosing Scottsdale schools, and we look forward to welcoming back our students and staff in August!

    Sincerely,

    Scott

    For more on the superintendent's office, visit www.susd.org/superintendent.

     

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  • Congratulations, SUSD Class of 2023

    Posted by Scott A. Menzel, Ph.D. on 5/24/2023

    Dear Titans, Firebirds, Dons, Wolves, Sabercats, and Scottsdale Online Graduates,

    You did it!  Congratulations on your graduation this week from Scottsdale Unified School District!  Over the course of your high school career, you have persevered through some of the most unusual and challenging circumstances to be able to be standing where you are today.

    All four years of your high school years were touched, in one way or another, by a global pandemic.  We hope that memories of that difficult time have started receding into the past and that you are taking great joy from all that you have accomplished.  To have been able to manage those times ‒ and to have succeeded in them as brilliantly as you have ‒ is a testament to your character and resilience.  It is also a measure of your friends, family, teachers, and the entire SUSD community.

    I never cease to be amazed by you and your fellow members of SUSD’s Class of 2023.  You write.  You create.  You think.  You take the stage, the field, and the court.  When something doesn’t work, you go back to the drawing board and start over.  And you help others.  You excel in so many different ways and in so many different surroundings.

    It has been our privilege to have guided your educational journey.  We trust that what you do with this investment will be guided by the same thoughtfulness and intention with which it was provided.  We have done our best to set you on a course for success in your future endeavors.  The rest is up to you.  We have every confidence that you will continue to make us proud!

     

    Best wishes,

    Scott A. Menzel, PhD

    Superintendent

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  • Superintendent's Message

    Posted by Scott A. Menzel, Ph.D. on 5/1/2023

    It is hard to believe the end of the year is upon us. With just three weeks left, I want to commend students, parents, teachers and staff for their commitment to making this year a success. We’re in the home stretch, but not done yet. These final weeks, while exciting, are also critical to maximizing student preparation for next year.

    The last day of school is Wednesday, May 24th. That is an early release day for all students and graduation day for our seniors. As a reminder, our clear bag guidelines will be in place for all five high school graduation ceremonies.

    National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8th‒12th, and we want to celebrate the dedication and profound work of all our educators. We wish to say thank you to our dedicated instructional staff for the lifetime impact they have on our students and community. The job does not come without challenges, but we applaud their devotion to making a difference and inspiring young learners to be future leaders.

    At a time when the state and nation grapple with a severe teacher shortage, we are proud to report that 93% of our teachers who were offered contracts have signed them and will continue to serve SUSD. That is a testament to our organization and the support our community shows our teachers.

    This week, May 1st‒7th is National Physical Education and Sport Week. We’d like to recognize the great impact our P.E. teachers have on student success, health, and wellness.

    A well-rounded approach to education and addressing the needs of the whole child is as important in the cafeteria as it is the classroom. May 5th is School Lunch Hero Day, and we thank SUSD’s Nutrition Services team, affectionally known as Team Awesome, for ensuring every student has access to healthy, nutritious food that, in turn, supports their ability to learn.

    We also salute our school nurses this month on National School Nurse Day, May 10th. Did you know SUSD has a registered nurse at each of our 29 school campuses? Nurses are instrumental in supporting the health and safety of our students and our employees. This year alone, they provided lifesaving supports on more than one occasion, and our community is grateful.

    In case you missed it … Pueblo Elementary Principal Shelley Hummon has been named 2023’s National Distinguished Principal representing the state of Arizona! This award is given by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) each year. We are extraordinarily proud of Principal Hummon and her accomplishments at Pueblo Elementary!

    We also learned that SUSD is one of six districts in the state of Arizona to receive the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation’s 2023 Best Communities for Music Education designation. Thank you to all of our music educators, who continue to inspire our students through music, spark their creativity, and build their confidence.

    Additionally, we owe a great deal of thanks to our partners, most notably the Scottsdale Charros, Coronado Foundation for the Future, Scottsdale Community College and the City of Scottsdale, who kept the Coronado Promise and have provided scholarships to 42 deserving seniors to pursue post-high school education. This community commitment to SUSD and student success is what sets Scottsdale apart.

    Even as we wrap up the year and reflect on its many successes, we look forward to the 2023-24 school year and the launch of a new communication platform called ParentSquare. This will be the one-stop-shop for every district, school, teacher and extracurricular activities communication. While ParentSquare will not go live until July 1, we encourage you to check out this quick video to learn more about it. You are not required to register your account or download the app, but you will be invited to do so ahead of the new school year, at which time we hope you will!

    We hope everyone can take some time this summer to relax, enjoy friends and family, and plan an escape from the heat, and return recharged and ready for school, Monday, August 7th.

    To the graduating Class of 2023, we bid you a warm farewell. We are confident the knowledge you gained, the work ethic you demonstrated, the friendships you made, and the passions you pursued during your years in SUSD have prepared you for all future endeavors. Congratulations!

    Sincerely,

    Scott

    For more on the superintendent's office, visit www.susd.org/superintendent.

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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