• Community Partners

  • Light The Night – Bringing the Light to the Darkness of Cancer

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 12/1/2022

    Light the NightThrough the years, SUSD has played an integral role in supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual “Light the Night” event, an inspirational community gathering to raise funds and awareness for cancer treatment and research. To date, SUSD families and staff members have proudly raised more than $100,000 to benefit the Society’s work.

    On November 17, a group of SUSD students, families, and staff took part in this year’s “Light the Night” event at Sloan Park, the Mesa spring training home of the Chicago Cubs. Our Pima and Laguna Elementary schools formed teams and gathered to honor leukemia and lymphoma survivors and those who are currently battling these diseases, as well as those who have lost their fight against them.

    Attendees walked a mile around the baseball park, holding colored lanterns to honor a loved one’s battle with cancer. Gold lanterns signified a loved one lost to cancer; white lanterns represented those currently battling cancer and cancer survivors; red lanterns were held in support of the cause and finding a cure.

    If you would like to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society defeat the darkness of cancer, please check out its website for more info: https://www.lightthenight.org/

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  • Celebrating the Newly Remodeled Arcadia Safeway Store

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 12/1/2022

    Newly Remodeled Arcadia Safeway Store Safeway Ribbon Cutting 

    On Veterans Day last month, the Safeway grocery store located at 4750 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, celebrated its recent remodeling with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by SUSD families, school representatives and local community members.

    As part of the celebration, and in recognition of the national grocery chain’s ongoing partnership with SUSD, local Safeway officials presented our Arcadia Learning Community schools with Safeway Foundation grants:

    • Hopi Elementary School - $1,500
    • Echo Canyon School - $1,500
    • Ingleside Middle School - $1,500
    • Tavan Elementary School - $1,500
    • Arcadia High School Football - $2,500 (the funds help feed Titans players before games)

    Safeway also extended a $2,500 grant to the award-winning Spirit of Arcadia Marching Band and its Auxiliary, which were on hand to provide entertainment for the event.

    We would like to thank Safeway for its continued support of the students and families of SUSD’s Arcadia Learning Community.

    Arcadia Marching band receives donation Echo Canyon receives donation

    Hopi receives donation Tavan receives donation


    Read more at The SUSD Source 

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  • November 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2022
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  • Girl Scouts Restore Redfield ES Garden Boxes

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2022

    Pima Neighborhood Girl Scouts Troops volunteered a recent Saturday morning to take part in the Love Our Schools program at Redfield Elementary. School Connect sponsors Love Our Schools Day each fall, creating an opportunity for community members to connect with their local schools. Through our partnership through School Connect, we were able to enlist the able assistance of several local Girl Scout troops in our community. The Girl Scouts pulled weeds and planted vegetation in garden boxes throughout the Redfield campus. SUSD is very appreciative of our partnership with School Connect and the Pima Neighborhood Girl Scouts, and we look forward to future collaboration for our communities.

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  • Students Experience the Desert’s Beauty through SUSD Partnership

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2022

    The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s recent Summit Society breakfast featured SUSD Science Academic Coach Johanna Kaiser, who spoke about the benefits of our district’s partnership with the Conservancy. As a result of this partnership, a growing number of SUSD students of all ages have the opportunity each school year to take part in various active-learning experiences in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. One of the programs, Bajada Explorer, offers middle school students an opportunity to apply concepts learned in class within the reality of the Sonoran Desert.

    SUSD Science Academic Coach Johanna Kaiser“SUSD and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy came together to create a partnership that would engage students with the unique science phenomena that occur in our backyard: the Sonoran Desert,” Kaiser explains.  “There’s no better classroom than that.”

    So far, more than 700 students from five different SUSD schools have been able to experience the beauty and scientific phenomenon of the Sonoran Desert through the Bajada program.  In advance of those visits, SUSD teachers became the students, learning from Conservancy team members about the preserve, visiting the Bajada trail, and creating lessons to share with students while on the trail. The teachers also designed a Bajada trail notebook, which students use to record their observations and collect evidence from their findings on the trail.  We look forward to continuing to expand these science opportunities for SUSD students through this unique partnership.

    The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy continues to host Expedition Days for SUSD elementary students.  Sequoya Elementary’s 3rd grade classes visited just this week! To learn more about the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s education programs, please visit Education - McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

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  • Lowe's in the Library

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2022

    Yavapai volunteers

    Yavapai Elementary School is the proud recipient of a $135,000 Lowe’s Hometowns/Points of Light Community Impact project grant that will be used to refurbish the school’s library.  The grant also includes volunteer time from local Lowe’s employees, and last week, approximately 100 people came together at Yavapai, including parents, community members, students and even some current SUSD employees who are Yavapai alums, to get things underway and tackle a few other school projects, while they were at it.  The library project is scheduled to wrap up by Thanksgiving.  Congratulations to the Yavapai team, led by Principal Dr. David Priniski, for seeking out this opportunity to create a better learning space for students that will also be able to accommodate family events.

    Volunteer Volunteers

    Yavapai Alumni volunteering


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  • October 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 10/3/2022
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  • Arizona Coyotes Offer Reading Program to Scottsdale Elementary Classrooms

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 10/3/2022

    AZ Coyotes Reading Program

    Beginning this month, the Arizona Coyotes will offer Scottsdale students in participating classrooms (grades 2 – 4) an incentive-based reading program. The program encourages students to increase the time they spend reading and earn prizes for achieving their reading goals. Both individual and classroom goals will be set for additional prize opportunities. Teachers will track goals and submit top-reader nominations each month. Leading classrooms will receive a visit from the Arizona Coyotes mascot, Howler. As the Valley’s National Hockey League team relocates closer to SUSD, we are looking forward to growing this partnership!

    Be on the lookout for updates from participating classrooms at the following schools:

    • Redfield Elementary
    • Anasazi Elementary
    • Cheyenne Traditional
    • Desert Canyon Elementary
    • Sequoya Elementary
    • Navajo Elementary
    • Yavapai Elementary

    For more information on the Coyotes Reading Program, please visit Arizona Coyotes Reading Program.

    For more information on how to partner with SUSD please reach out to KC Shuck kshuck@susd.org or Kristine Harrington kristineharrington@susd.org 


    Read more at The SUSD Source


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