Superintendent's Letter September 2017
Dear Scottsdale Unified School District Family,
The new school year started just a month ago, and I am happy to report that our students are already fully engaged in their studies and extracurricular activities.
Last week, we dedicated new football fields at Coronado and Saguaro high schools that were built over the summer. They are the first large-scale projects to be completed with 2016 bond funds. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Cheyenne Traditional School this week to mark the beginning of construction of a long-overdue science building and gymnasium at the district’s northern-most school of choice. We are so pleased to be able to bring this dream, years in the making, from the drawing board to fruition. Likewise, plans continue to move ahead for new school buildings for the Hopi, Pima and Hohokam communities.
As we settle in to the new school year, I want to update you on a multi-year project begun in early 2017. The Coronado Success Initiative is in full swing. Led by new principal Chris Gilmore, Coronado’s fully engaged teachers began working together over the summer, and are now teaming up to inspire new levels of achievement by the Coronado student body. The Dons have an example to follow in recent graduate Taylor Dixon, who completed his high school studies this summer, a year ahead of schedule. A past participant of the Maricopa Hoop of Learning high school-to-college bridge program, Taylor is already taking the next steps to secure his future by continuing his studies at Scottsdale Community College. Well done!
Lastly, there are a couple of big events coming up that you will want to add to your calendars, one this weekend, the other next month. This Saturday, September 9, it’s the Middle School Fall Sports Festival in which 850 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at eight SUSD schools will square off against each other in 58 different teams on the baseball diamonds (boys) and volleyball courts (girls). For the complete festival schedule, click here.
And next month, on Saturday, October 21, SUSD hosts its third annual Showcase at Cocopah Middle School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be something for everyone, from displays of student artwork to live performances by some of the district’s outstanding musical choirs and bands, not to mention face painting, bounce houses and food trucks. Find out why more families, like yours, entrust the education of their children to SUSD and the great future that lies ahead for them!
Have an excellent September!
Dr. A. Denise Birdwell