• Monthly Arts Update

  • September 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 9/1/2022
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  • Kennedy Center Artist at Laguna

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 9/1/2022

    Scottsdale Arts logo The Kennedy Ceneter logo

    As part of our Partnership with Scottsdale Arts and The Kennedy Center, Laguna Elementary School hosted an Artist in Residence in August.  The three-day residency focused on Arts Integration and began before school day started with teacher professional development, followed by two days of modeling and implementation in classrooms.   It is exciting to see the commitment of our STEAM schools, Navajo and Laguna, to provide such robust education for our young students.   More residencies are anticipated this school year.

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  • Chaparral Theatre @ The Festival Fringe

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 9/1/2022

    As we reported last month, the Chaparral Theatre Department was on the road last month to perform its show, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, at the Festival Fringe, the largest annual theatre festival in the world, in Edinburgh, Scotland.  While there, the SUSD thespians attended a performance of the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which takes place each August at Edinburgh Castle. Our Firebirds were also able to travel to London to tour Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and take part in an acting workshop with a professional actor.  All in all, it was an amazing experience for the group.

    Theatre Trip to Scotland Theatre Trip to Scotland

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  • Class of 2019 Grad to Close Broadway Show

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 9/1/2022

    During his senior year at Chaparral High School, Sam Primack racked up the frequent flyer miles commuting between Phoenix and New York City, where he was an understudy in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen.  Three years, later, Sam, who attended SUSD’s three C’s (Cherokee, Cocopah and Chaparral), steps into the title role Sept. 6 for the show’s final two weeks of its nearly six-year run at the Music Box Theatre!  Local NPR station KJZZ interviewed him recently about the opportunity and what’s next for the former Firebird. 

     

    Chaparral High School grad Sam Primack Dear Evan Hansen

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  • August 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2022
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  • Marching Band

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2022

    Arcadia Marching BandPreparations for the high school marching band season begin long before the first day of school each new school year.  SUSD’s High School Marching Bands get an early start on the calendar and the day to prep for the first day of class.  The Saguaro and Desert Mountain marching bands were on hand last week to greet returning district staff at welcome rallies at their school sites.  Our dedicated marching bands at all five high schools work all summer to be prepared for football games and state marching competitions that occur each fall.  Be sure to check out these amazing students at an SUSD home football game or at the SUSD Marching Band Invitational in November!

     Chaparral Marching Band Coronado Marching Band DMHS Marching Band Saguaro Marching Band

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  • Theatre News

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2022

    I Never Saw a Butterfly Theatre PosterSummer certainly did not grind to a halt for our high school Theatre community! 

    Chaparral High School Theatre will take its fall 2021 production of I Never Saw Another Butterfly overseas next week to perform August 6-9 in the annual Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

    Saguaro High School Theatre students Ivy Alter, Lexi Nielsen, Spencer Wareing and Alice Haworth, as well as 2022 grad Elise Gillins, travelled to the Midwest in June with theatre director Tim McCandless to take part in the International Thespian Festival at the University of Indiana-Bloomington.

    At the Indiana event, Spencer earned a Superior rating in the playwriting category for her original 10-minute play, Boarding for Neverland.  And if that were not enough, she was also selected to take part in a grueling 24 hour playwrights’ competition. Participants had approximately 12 hours overnight to write an original, 10-minute play! The next morning, auditions and casting were conducted, and rehearsals took place all day. Spencer’s newly created play, The Curse of Kri’s Forest, received a standing ovation after its performance later that evening! Elise was chosen as one of the stage managers for one of the other original plays.

    The students were able to attend many workshops and theatre productions at the festival, as well as meet other high school theatre troupes from around the U.S. and abroad.  It was an amazing experience for our students. 

    Saguaro Theatre Students

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  • AP Art

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2022

    Portrait of RocketOur high school art curriculum provides opportunities for Visual Arts students to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) Drawing, 2D and 3D Art and Design courses.  This past school year, four Chaparral High School AP Art students ‒ Andrea Piedra Contreras, Evie Olsen, Kailey Chittenden and Gabrielle Bucci ‒ joined forces to create a work honoring a fellow Firebird, Rocket, the Scottsdale Police Department crisis canine, whose on-duty home is their school.  If you’ve ever met Rocket, you’ll no doubt agree that this quartet of artists captured his gentle personality and fuzziness perfectly!

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  • Art, Beyond SUSD 

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2022

    Cool Transit STUFF calendar contest winnerWe are always gratified to see our students participate in art endeavors outside of their schools. From the Congressional Art Competition, Scottsdale Sister Cities’ Young Artists Showcase, and the Scottsdale Mayor’s annual Constitution Day art contest, SUSD student artists bravely submit entries to a variety of local and national competitions.

    One such artist is Kiva Elementary’s Lily Lutich, who, as a 3rd grader last school year, entered Valley Metro’s 17th annual Cool Transit STUFF calendar design competition, along with nearly 400 other Maricopa County 3rd graders. Her winning artwork appears in the Valley Metro 2022 Transit Education calendar and was chosen to represent the newly arrived month of August.  Congratulations, Lily!

     

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  • July 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 7/1/2022
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