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One of the first things high school students learn: Nobody’s perfect.  That is about the only lesson the “Flawless Five” of Desert Mountain High School failed to learn.

“We have five kids with a perfect 5.0 GPA,” boasted Dr. Lisa Hirsch, principal of the North Scottsdale school.

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One of the first things high school students learn: Nobody’s perfect.  That is about the only lesson the “Flawless Five” of Desert Mountain High School failed to learn.

“We have five kids with a perfect 5.0 GPA,” boasted Dr. Lisa Hirsch, principal of the North Scottsdale school.

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The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board has appointed Melinda Splitek as Coronado High School’s next principal and Amy Hardy as Mountainside Middle School’s new principal.

The action was taken at the Board’s June 11 meeting.

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board has appointed Melinda Splitek as Coronado High School’s next principal and Amy Hardy as Mountainside Middle School’s new principal.

The action was taken at the Board’s June 11 meeting.

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We knew they were good, but now, so does everyone else!

Congratulations to the following members of SUSD's Class of 2024 who received top honors at this week's Arizona Republic Arizona High School Sports Awards ceremony:

We knew they were good, but now, so does everyone else!

Congratulations to the following members of SUSD's Class of 2024 who received top honors at this week's Arizona Republic Arizona High School Sports Awards ceremony:

Raegan Capizzi, Chaparral HS, Girls Golfer of the Year
Raegan is headed to the University of Denver to play golf.

Hudson Schuricht, Chaparral HS, Boys Swimmer of the Year
Hudson will swim for North Carolina State and study engineering.

Cam Caminiti, Saguaro HS, Baseball Player of the Year
Cam will play ball for Louisiana State and is expected to be drafted in next month's MLB draft.

Read more about all of Arizona's top student athletes here.

The “Double Dads” of Scottsdale celebrating Father's Day today can hardly imagine such vile parenting.

Being a great father at home simply is not enough for this crew, who also exhibit fatherly traits in the workplace.

The “Double Dads” of Scottsdale celebrating Father's Day today can hardly imagine such vile parenting.

Being a great father at home simply is not enough for this crew, who also exhibit fatherly traits in the workplace.

After becoming a father fairly late in life, Jim Herrera couldn’t get enough of it.

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Earlier this year, Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel was named the first recipient of the Education Research and Development Institute’s Resilient Leader Award.  As part of the award, Dr. Menzel was granted a full-ride, master’s level scholarship at the American College of Education to bestow upon an emerging Scottsdale Unified School District leader.  

"We are thrilled to announce that the inaugural winner of the ERDI Resilient Leader Scholarship is Mary Alvarez-Jackson, a dedicated, third grade teacher at Yavapai Elementary School in the Coronado Learning Community," Dr. Menzel said. “This recognition not only honors Mary’s dedication and hard work, but truly embodies the spirit of resilience and leadership that our district values.”  

Earlier this year, Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel was named the first recipient of the Education Research and Development Institute’s Resilient Leader Award.  As part of the award, Dr. Menzel was granted a full-ride, master’s level scholarship at the American College of Education to bestow upon an emerging Scottsdale Unified School District leader.  

"We are thrilled to announce that the inaugural winner of the ERDI Resilient Leader Scholarship is Mary Alvarez-Jackson, a dedicated, third grade teacher at Yavapai Elementary School in the Coronado Learning Community," Dr. Menzel said. “This recognition not only honors Mary’s dedication and hard work, but truly embodies the spirit of resilience and leadership that our district values.”  

Scottsdale Desert Mountain sophomore softball pitcher and first baseman Lilly Goodwin is building one of the state’s storied careers.

She’s only two years into her high school career, but Goodwin has already racked up back-to-back 5A state championships with the Wolves. Goodwin can add Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year to her ever-growing trophy cabinet. 

Scottsdale Desert Mountain sophomore softball pitcher and first baseman Lilly Goodwin is building one of the state’s storied careers.

She’s only two years into her high school career, but Goodwin has already racked up back-to-back 5A state championships with the Wolves. Goodwin can add Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year to her ever-growing trophy cabinet. 

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Scottsdale Saguaro senior left-hander/center fielder Cam Caminiti capped a brilliant high school baseball career with a state championship.

Now he's the Gatorade Arizona High School Baseball Player of the Year.

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Scottsdale Saguaro senior left-hander/center fielder Cam Caminiti capped a brilliant high school baseball career with a state championship.

Now he's the Gatorade Arizona High School Baseball Player of the Year.

Caminiti, a generational talent, dominated on the mound after reclassifying from 2025 to 2024 last summer and showing why he's ready to become a top Major League Baseball draft pick in July.

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Arizona State University 2024 graduate  Jake Okun was named Outstanding Graduate by the Fulton Schools of Engineering and the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks earlier this month. 

The Scottsdale resident graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA from Barrett, The Honors College and “continues to leave everyone speechless with his academic prowess and innovative contributions to the field of engineering,” the university said in an announcement.

Read more about the Desert Mountain alum here.

Arizona State University 2024 graduate  Jake Okun was named Outstanding Graduate by the Fulton Schools of Engineering and the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks earlier this month. 

The Scottsdale resident graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA from Barrett, The Honors College and “continues to leave everyone speechless with his academic prowess and innovative contributions to the field of engineering,” the university said in an announcement.

Read more about the Desert Mountain alum here.

Earlier this spring, Echo Canyon third-grade teacher Kelley Tully received an email that would significantly change the course of her curriculum. The email stated that she received a $10,000 Innovation Grant from Scottsdale Unified School District. 

Tully said she loves to expose her class to STEM-based activities throughout the school year, but has limited resources to work with. After receiving a district-wide email detailing the Innovation Grant, she “thought it would be a great opportunity to try and get funding to expand these unique learning initiatives here at Echo Canyon.” 

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Earlier this spring, Echo Canyon third-grade teacher Kelley Tully received an email that would significantly change the course of her curriculum. The email stated that she received a $10,000 Innovation Grant from Scottsdale Unified School District. 

Tully said she loves to expose her class to STEM-based activities throughout the school year, but has limited resources to work with. After receiving a district-wide email detailing the Innovation Grant, she “thought it would be a great opportunity to try and get funding to expand these unique learning initiatives here at Echo Canyon.” 

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If there’s one thing Nola Williams knows, it’s how to create a goal and make it happen.

Nola will head to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in the fall to major in journalism and minor in economics. 

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If there’s one thing Nola Williams knows, it’s how to create a goal and make it happen.

Nola will head to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in the fall to major in journalism and minor in economics. 

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Scottsdale Unified School District’s 2023-2024 school year has been marked by significant progress and achievements as we continue to implement initiatives aligned with our Strategic Plan to improve academic achievement and outcomes and prepare students for real-world opportunities in an ever-evolving landscape.


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Scottsdale Unified School District’s 2023-2024 school year has been marked by significant progress and achievements as we continue to implement initiatives aligned with our Strategic Plan to improve academic achievement and outcomes and prepare students for real-world opportunities in an ever-evolving landscape.


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For decades, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team has brought its daring aerobatics to airshows around the world. 

The upcoming documentary feature, “The Blue Angels,” goes behind the scenes and brings the show to IMAX theaters and home to fans worldwide.

Lt. Cmdr. Katlin Forster, a native of Scottsdale, served with the Blue Angels squadron and is among those featured in the film. The movie was recently released in IMAX Theaters and began streaming on Amazon Prime May 23.

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For decades, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team has brought its daring aerobatics to airshows around the world. 

The upcoming documentary feature, “The Blue Angels,” goes behind the scenes and brings the show to IMAX theaters and home to fans worldwide.

Lt. Cmdr. Katlin Forster, a native of Scottsdale, served with the Blue Angels squadron and is among those featured in the film. The movie was recently released in IMAX Theaters and began streaming on Amazon Prime May 23.

Read more here.

Desert Mountain was the underdog heading into the 5A Conference softball championship Monday, May 15 at Farrington Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University.

The Wolves were facing a juggernaut in Willow Canyon, the two-time defending 5A champ that routinely blows out opponents with its big bats and strong pitching. Yet, Desert Mountain wasn’t fazed.

The No. 2 seeded Wolves dethroned the top-seeded Willow Canyon Wildcats 4-2 to win the title. And they did it behind freshman pitcher Lilly Goodwin.

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Desert Mountain was the underdog heading into the 5A Conference softball championship Monday, May 15 at Farrington Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University.

The Wolves were facing a juggernaut in Willow Canyon, the two-time defending 5A champ that routinely blows out opponents with its big bats and strong pitching. Yet, Desert Mountain wasn’t fazed.

The No. 2 seeded Wolves dethroned the top-seeded Willow Canyon Wildcats 4-2 to win the title. And they did it behind freshman pitcher Lilly Goodwin.

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Two Scottsdale youth golfers who participated in the Inaugural 2023 Scottsdale-Killarney Student Golf Exchange will pursue golfing alongside their college academics.  

Oscar Uribe, graduating from Saguaro High School on May 23, has signed with New York University and will play on its varsity golf team. 

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Two Scottsdale youth golfers who participated in the Inaugural 2023 Scottsdale-Killarney Student Golf Exchange will pursue golfing alongside their college academics.  

Oscar Uribe, graduating from Saguaro High School on May 23, has signed with New York University and will play on its varsity golf team. 

Read more here.

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board has appointed Krisse Kelly to be Laguna Elementary School’s next principal, beginning July 1.

The decision came at the March 5 regular meeting of the Governing Board.

Krisse Kelly

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board has appointed Krisse Kelly to be Laguna Elementary School’s next principal, beginning July 1.

The decision came at the March 5 regular meeting of the Governing Board.

A longtime resident of the school’s Scottsdale Ranch neighborhood whose own children attended Laguna, Ms. Kelly says she’s thrilled to succeed interim Principal Alice Spingola.

“I chose to work here because Laguna is a special place to work, teach, and learn. Every member of our staff treats our students with the utmost respect, care, and love,” she said in a prepared statement.

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