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  • Cell Phone Policy Update with Principal Akhbari

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/29/2024

    When school began last August, Scottsdale Unified School District implemented a new policy at its middle schools that requires students to turn off their cell phones while they're at school. With the school year about to end, KJZZ's "The Show" got an update from Desert Canyon Middle School Principal Bob Akhbari.

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  • Gifted learning opportunities at SUSD

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/13/2024

    Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) offers a full range of gifted services to students enrolled in any school within the district.  

    From Cluster grouping to Content Replacement and more, there’s a variety of gifted services in place to support different students’ needs across the district’s 29 campuses. 

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  • Graduate high school with a 2-year college degree? That's the goal in Scottsdale

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/3/2024

    Chris Lopez-Jolly, 17, is a senior at Coronado High School, but he’s not waiting until college to get started on his dream.

    Aiming for a career in fashion design, he already owns a vintage clothing business, Jolly’s Closet, and is taking advantage of the Marketing & Social Networking course offered by Scottsdale Community College at his school to elevate his business while earning college credits.

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  • Tavan brings its own flavor to the basketball court

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/2/2024


    For over 20 years, Tavan Elementary School fifth-graders get in the spirit of that well-known national basketball tournament by hosting their very own game – and this year was no different, as Ballard’s Brood and the Figueroa Fighters battled it out on the court until the final buzzer at this year’s event.

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  • Arcadia High’s Next Mission: Project Graduation

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/2/2024

    Plans are underway for this year’s Project Graduation, an annual event following the ceremony for seniors at Arcadia High. 

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  • Dual Language Immersion Programs - Is It a Good Fit?

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 4/23/2024

    Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) offers two Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs. The programs begin in kindergarten and continue through high school, where students’ proficiency in the language they’ve studied is assessed. Based on their results, they may be eligible to receive the Arizona Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy when they graduate. 

    With DLI programs, students have the opportunity to become multilingual by learning to speak, read and write in a second language. The years during early childhood play a crucial part in brain development. DLI starts in kindergarten to capitalize on this critical period in the brain’s natural development of language.

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  • New leaders named for Copper Ridge, Desert Mountain at SUSD

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 4/16/2024

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    The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board recently approved the appointment of Brittany Walker to lead Copper Ridge School in the 2024-25 school year and promoted Desert Mountain High School Assistant Principal John Andrews to be that school’s next principal.

    Ms. Walker comes to SUSD from the local BASIS and Legacy public charter school organizations.
    Most recently, she was the professional development coordinator for the 23-school Arizona BASIS Ed group and, prior to that, she served as Head of School at BASIS Scottsdale Primary School, according to a press release.

    Ms. Walker says her goal as the school’s new principal is to continue, yet enhance, the school’s culture of academic excellence, student-focused mindset and strong community.

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  • Drive SUSD’s success: April 13 Transportation Department Test Drive & Hire Event

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 4/9/2024

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    There may be seven weeks remaining in the current school year, but Scottsdale Unified School District’s Transportation Department is trying to get ahead on its staffing for the next one.

    To do that, it will take over the parking lot at Pima Elementary School, 8330 E. Osborn Road in Scottsdale on Saturday, April 13, as the district looks to hire new bus drivers, mechanics and bus aides for the 2024-2025 school year. 

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  • Scottsdale Schools launches ‘SUSD Spotlight’ podcast to showcase vibrant local community

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 4/3/2024

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    Scottsdale Unified School District is launching its podcast, “Spotlight,” which is dedicated to showcasing the remarkable people and programs that define the local community.

    “SUSD is full of stars, and each week we will ‘spotlight’ those people and programs that are making a difference,” said Dr. Scott Menzel, SUSD’s Superintendent. “This exciting venture is dedicated to bringing you inspiring human interest stories, celebrating the successes of our incredible students and staff, highlighting thriving community partnerships, and showcasing our legacy of success.”

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  • Steven Spielberg’s first movie, ‘Firelight,’ celebrates 60 years since its Phoenix premiere

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 3/29/2024

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    PHOENIX – In 2022’s Oscar-nominated “The Fabelmans,” director Steven Spielberg attempted to reconcile his Hollywood legacy with memories of his childhood, specifically his years growing up in Phoenix.

    One aspect it doesn’t dive into is “Firelight,” the first feature-length project Spielberg directed that premiered 60 years ago this week at the Phoenix Little Theater, now part of the Phoenix Theatre Company.

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