2007-2008 News
25 Year and Retirement Celebrations
May 2008 - At the recent Retirement Celebration, the district honored employees who will be retiring at the end of this school year. At a dinner in their honor, staff members were thanked for their years of dedication to the Glendale Union High School District.
 
Recognized employees are:  Apollo High, Kevin Kearney, Ronald Rosenlof, Margaret Seymour, Terri Tabor, Gary Vandever; from Cortez High, Kathryn Brackney, Avis Lacey-Halbach, Julia Laurel, Dee McQuiston, Maryann Turek, David Walton; from Glendale High, Maria Vel Carillo; from Greenway High, Jack Berton, Joan Gasperak, Peggy Gregory, Jeanne Hall, Bonnie Hoffert, Linda Landrum, Pam Ligon, Howard Mueller, Gary Traber; from Independence High, Kim Breeze, Roberto Calderon, Mark Farison; from Metro Academy, Janice Reed; from Moon Valley, Susan Hertneky, Larron Horton, Suzanne Hoyt, Diane Newton; from Sunnyslope High, Maria Anderson, Tessie Gonzales, Nancy Groben; from Thunderbird High, Michael Kiepke, Victor McCloud, Gregg Sawyer, Nancy Shell, Norman Smalley; from Washington High, Steven Chisman, Peggy Frew, Christine Sideris.
Ronald Rosenlof (Apollo) Julia Laurel (Cortez) Jim Stoll (Cortez)
Ronald Rosenlof
Apollo
Julia Laurel
Cortez
Jim Stoll
Cortez
Pam Ligon (Greenway) Linda Landrum (Greenway) Jeanne Hall (Greenway)
Pam Ligon
Greenway
Linda Landrum
Greenway
Jeanne Hall
Greenway
Larron Horton (Moon Valley) Nancy Groben (Sunnyslope) Tessie Gonzales (Sunnyslope)
Larron Horton
Moon Valley
Nancy Groben
Sunnyslope
Tessie Gonzales
Sunnyslope
Michael Kiepke (Thunderbird) Peggy Frew (Washington) Tom Alexander (District Office)
Michael Kiepke
Thunderbird
Peggy Frew
Washington
Tom Alexander
District Office
Janice Reed (Metro Academy) Darlene Benford (District Office) Warren Jacobson (District Office)
Janice Reed
Metro Academy
Darlene Benford
District Office
Warren Jacobson
District Office

25 Year

The Glendale Union High School District office wishes to recognize the following dedicated employees, who have served the district for 25 years: Mary Benge (Moon Valley High School), Louise Branson (Glendale High School) and Linda Miller (Greenway High School). These employees were honored at a 25-Year Celebration Dinner held at the district office.
Mary Benge Louise Branson Linda Miller
Mary Benge
Moon Valley High School
Louise Branson
Glendale High School
Linda Miller
Greenway High School
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Société Honoraire de Français and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
March 2008 - The Société Honoraire de Français and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, also known as the French National Honor Society (FNHS) and Spanish National Honor Society (SNHS), are national organizations that recognize the achievements of students studying French and Spanish. They are sponsored by Moon Valley High School and the American Association of Teachers of French and Spanish/Portuguese (AATF/AATSP). 
 
The aim of these language honor societies is to stimulate interest in the study of the language, to promote high standards of scholarship, to reward scholastic achievements, and to create an enthusiasm for and an understanding of culture through activities such as an induction ceremony, National Foreign Language Week activities, tutoring, and community service.
 
It is with great pleasure that we announce the first class of inductees into the Moon Valley High School French National Honor Society: Veronica Bustillos, Raul Fabian, Jessica Foth, Melissa Garcia, Venussa Poovudhikul, Tara Smith and Elizabeth Tran. 
It is with great pleasure that we announce the first class of inductees into the Moon Valley High School Spanish National Honor Society: Veronica Barròn, Brittany Bulerin, Lucero Campos, Chiara Cascella, Blaise Deal, John Gentili, Cynthia Inzunza, Rebekkah Iskiw, Kasey Judd, Aleksandra Kupusovic, Terrance Pat, Crystal Ramos and Mikaela Welch.  
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Shamrock Sales at Washington High School
March 2008 - Washington High School's DECA program recently presented a check in the amount of $1300 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. WHS DECA students sold MDA paper shamrocks in an effort to raise money to support the MDA's effort of finding a cure and supporting activities such as summer camp. The check was presented to Carolanne White of the MDA during a school-wide spring assembly.
 
DECA is a career and technical education student organization (CTSO) for business and marketing students. WHS DECA has 101 members and commits itself to community service, school service, and leadership development. DECA sponsors are Buck Nelson and Maryellen Coburn.
 
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a national voluntary health agency dedicated to conquering more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect a million Americans of all ages.
 
 
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WHS Interact Provides Iraqi Schoolkits
March 2008 - Washington High School Interact recently assembled 50 school supply kits for Iraqi school children. As part of the national Operation Iraqi School program, U.S. soldiers will deliver the kits to Iraqi children who will be starting school. This is the 4th year that Interact has participated in the program.
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WHS Teacher Wins Silver Apple Award
March 2008 -Washington High School French teacher, Cinthia Darrow, received the Silver Apple Award. The award, sponsored by channel 3 and Sylvan learning center was presented to Mrs. Darrow on Wednesday, March 12. Along with the award, Mrs. Darrow received a check for $500.
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AFJROTC Cadets Fly With AZ National Guard
February 2008 - Seniors from Sunnyslope High School’s AFJROTC had the amazing opportunity of getting to be part of an air refueling mission. The cadets were given the privilege to fly in an Arizona National Guard KC-135 (Stratotanker). These cadets were Megan Jahnke, Douglas Gain, John Brems, Kevin Blanchette and Karla Mata.
 
The cadets arrived at school around 5:30am to leave in time for the pre-flight briefing at Sky Harbor Airport. After the briefing the cadets boarded the remarkable KC-135 and prepared for take off for the Four Corners area of northern Arizona.
 
The two-hour flight gave the cadets the chance to see what it took to fly such a complex and amazing aircraft. They observed the refueling of two F-16s (Falcon). Some cadets even got close enough to see the pilot flying the aircraft. In the end, as C/Captain Blanchette so perfectly said, “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that we will never forget!”
 
 
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Five GUHSD Students Named National Merit Scholars
February 2008 - Congratulations to Greenway’s Anneke Schoustra and Steven Gotcher, Sunnyslope’s Jonathan Merritt and Alyssa Whetstine, and Thunderbird’s Keegan Olds for being chosen to receive a National Merit Scholarship.
 
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) - a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.4 million entrants each year - and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.
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District Art Show
District Art Show  
February 2008 - Seventy-five pieces of GUHSD student artwork graced the walls of the Phoenix Art Museum’s administration building. All nine high schools featured art, three-dimensional design, and photography. The exhibition was judged by three professional artists: Keith Bennett (Art Institute of Phoenix), Cory Celaya (Mixed Media Artist), and Tom Herbert (Retired art instructor from Cortez High School).
 
The “Best of Show” award winner, Troy Thomas, won $100 plus a $300 scholarship to the Art Institute of Phoenix Summer Camp. The three Honor Awards ($100 each) were chosen by Jennifer Johnson (Associate Superintendent), Linda Rosness (Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources), and Kim Mesquita (Community Relations). First, second, third, and honorable mention awards received ribbons and certificates. First place winners received $25 and scholarships to the Art Institute of Phoenix Summer Camp worth $150.
 
 
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Cortez Students Recognized by Governor Napolitano
    
February 2008 - Edwynne C. "Polly" Rosenbaum, a former teacher and Arizona's longest serving legislator, believed Arizona's young people are the state's greatest resource and developing the voices of young writers was crucial for building a bright tomorrow. So, more than two decades ago, she began the annual writing competition that still carries her name and continues to encourage young writers and provide a real-world audience for their works.
 
This year, two Cortez students won first and second place in the writing contest. They are Ilija Wolinski and Oscar Ostos. This year's Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest theme - How the Character of Arizona's Youth Affects Arizona's Future - asks children to envision a bright future created through their own positive actions. The winners participated in Statehood Day ceremonies at the Capitol Building on February 14th. This included lunch and Ilija read his essay in the Governor's Protocol Room. Governor Napolitano presented the awards personally.
 
 
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Annual Dance Symposium Hosted by CHS
2008 Dance Symposium  
January 2008 - This year’s Dance Symposium was hosted by Cortez High School. Thirty dancers from each school in our district were invited to participate in the unique experience of taking two master classes from specialists in the field of dance. Our guest artists were all Cortez alumni: William McLain, for hiphop, Marquez Johnson for jazz, and Marco Leal for lyrical dance.
 
After the dance clinics, the students performed two dances for each other on stage. It was a wonderful opportunity to gain experience from other experts and to be able to share the incredible talent we have in our district. Our dance teachers did an excellent job in preparing the dancers. Special thanks go to Kathy Trice (CHS dance teacher) and the Cortez administration for organizing such an outstanding event!
 
 
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Superintendents Demand Funding for ELL Program
 
January 2008 - GUHSD Superintendent Warren Jacobson, along with 105 other superintendent's from across the state, converged on the state capitol to demand funding for the English Language Learners program the legislature designed in 2006 and is due to be implemented by all school beginning with the 2008 school year.
 
Superintendents met with legislators and asked for additional funding to be provided to implement the new ELL model program. After meeting with legislators, all the superintendents fanned across the capitol and held a press conference where they informed the media that the program, which was created by the legislators, would cost all districts across the state $304 million above current costs for ELL programs.
 
 
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Moon Valley Students on Local Game Show
 
January 2008 - Moon Valley students will represent their school on the local Cox 7 game show “Brainstorm.” Tune in to see students from the local campus compete against Ironwood High School on January 30 at 6:30 p.m. Fifty-four central and southern Arizona schools will compete through May to see who is the smartest. Content and format for Brainstorm are based on the national "It's Academic" quiz show, which began 47 years ago and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running TV quiz show. Brainstorm contestants each receive a congratulatory letter from President George W. Bush. The champions each receive new laptops, $500 in Cox Digital Dollars, and a $1,000 grant from Cox to benefit their school. Cox will also reward the coach of the championship team with a digital communications gift pack including items like an iPod, DVDs and CDs. Learn more about Brainstorm by visiting www.cox7.com.
 
  
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Rocket Town Returns to Moon Valley
 
January 2008 - Like all third-year teachers across the district, Melanie Allen, Amanda Attryde, Brandi Chisman/Jans, Kim Dismuke, Julie Hodgson, Justin Jenkins and Sue Kamman knew that part of the staff development training included the charge to create a project that would benefit their local campus. Under the direction of their mentor, Juli Harvey, these Moon Valley teachers agreed to bring back Rocket Town, which had been put on hold for the past two years due to funding constraints. The purpose of Rocket Town is to promote tolerance, break bias and build bonds among students and staff.
 
The funding constraints did not hold the teachers back. They busied themselves by raising funds in the form of tax credit, sponsorships, club fundraisers, and grant writing. Together they raised the $14,000 needed to complete the project and eighty-eight students, staff, and faculty members were able to attend Rocket Town in Prescott.
 
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GUHSD Searching for New Superintendent
January 2008 - The Governing Board of GUHSD is looking for a new Superintendent. Current Superintendent Warren Jacobson plans to retire in June after serving the district and community for 30 years. The services of Mr. John Gordon from the Arizona School Boards Association have been retained to conduct the national search. Input from community and staff through online surveys and open forums reveal the desire to hire an experienced leader who will continue the “culture of success” the district has experienced. For more information about the job posting and for a complete timeline, visit http://www.azsba.org/district/guhsd.htm.
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Teachers Attend Holocaust Forum
 
John Hefferman and Henry Greenbaum
with teacher Sheri Siwek
 
January 2008 - Four Thunderbird High School teachers - Sheri Siwek, Nadeen Boykin, Barbara Blosser, and Demetria Graham - and one Washington High teacher, Patricia Parham-Sharp, had the opportunity to attend the second Phoenix Area Teacher Forum presented by the United States Holocaust Museum.
 
Teachers had the opportunity to learn firsthand from world renowned experts on the Holocaust such as Director Stephen Feinberg, Dr. William Meinecke, and John Hefferman, Genocide Prevention Director. Guest speakers also included a firsthand story by Holocaust survivor Henry Greenbaum, along with a presentation by best-selling author of Not on Our Watch, John Prendergast, co-written with Don Cheadle.
 
The forum was specifically created for secondary teachers working on issues such as rationales for teaching the history of the Holocaust and examining contemporary issues such as the genocide currently going on in Darfur. Special emphasis included lesson plans and using technology to teach about the Holocaust.
 
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Moon Valley Student Wins Culinary Contest
December 2007 - Chris Lafave, MVHS culinary student, competed in the Panier de Marche Cuisine cooking competition at the Scottsdale Arts Institute and took first place. He competed against eight talented, experienced culinary individuals and won a $1,500 dollar scholarship for taking first place.
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Best High Schools 2008 Search
December 2007 - U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education and data research and analysis business that provides parents with education data on schoolmatters.com analyzed academic and enrollment data from more than 18,000 public high schools to find the very best across the country. There were 24 schools from Arizona that made the list. Six of Glendale Union's nine high schools made the list: Cortez High School, Glendale High School, Moon Valley High School, Sunnyslope High School, Thunderbird High School, and Washington High School.
 
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THS Students Raise Awareness of Uganda's "Invisible Children"
 
December 2007 - Thunderbird STAND (Students Take Action Now Darfur) and the Chief Boosters filled the auditorium to view a screening of Invisible Children: Rough Cut, along with a barbeque dinner on Dec. 3. The student group raised over $900 and all proceeds will go to The Invisible Children Program (Schools for Schools).
 
The movie, Invisible Children: Rough Cut, is a documentary that exposes the effects of a 20-year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda. Guest speaker Father Bob Binta (pictured in the center) of Uganda discussed the destruction he has personally witnessed in his country. While in Uganda, Father Binta also housed the college students who made the film.
 
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    Visual & Performing Arts News - 12/07
Honor Band & Honor Orchestra Concert
December 2007 - Hand-picked musicians from all nine schools gathered together to perform in the ultimate band and orchestra event of the year, the Honor Band & Honor Orchestra Concert. Directed by two guest conductors, Brian Murphy and Bill Richardson, the students played to a packed auditorium at Moon Valley High School.
 
Congratulations to all of the students who participated and to the GUHSD band directors for their expertise in preparing them. Both conductors complimented the efforts of the GUHSD instrumental music directors for creating a music program that “does it right”!
 
 
 
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New Horizons Student Art Competition
December 2007 - Over 40 valley high schools competed in the New Horizons Art Competition at the Shemer Art Center in Scottsdale. The reception was Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. Four GUHSD students were recognized with ribbons and cash prizes.
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STAND Students Attend Rally at State Capitol
 
November 2007 - Thunderbird STAND students joined other students from the state to attend a rally at the Arizona State Capitol. Students there were able to hear speakers from Darfur who have been affected by genocide.
 
The event was symbolic in carrying the Olympic Torch from all the countries that were affected by genocide including Auswitz, Rwanda, Bosnia, Armenia, and of course Darfur. Phoenix was one of a handful of cities that was selected to symbolically carry the torch to the state capitol.
 
 
 
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Project SHARP in Print

November 2007 - Glendale Union's award-winning math remediation program, Project SHARP, is featured in Kathy Checkley's book The Essentials of Mathematics, Grades 7-12: Effective Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Portions of the book can be viewed online at www.ascd.org. Follow the link for books under Publications. Project SHARP is mentioned in Chapter 1 under the section "Helping Students Who Struggle."
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    Visual & Performing Arts News - 11/07
SAB Choir Festival
November 2007 - Special thanks go to Amye Godfrey for hosting this year’s SAB Choir Festival at Independence High School. The beginning choirs from all nine schools participated in singing two songs.
 
The performances were critiqued by guest clinician, Ms. Karen Parthun. Ms. Parthun brought her vast experience to the festival and motivated the students to perform at their best. Her enthusiasm was contagious as she worked with the students on choral techniques and musical interpretation.
 
 
 
 
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Annual Student Achievement Report
November 2007 - Over 350 administrators, teachers, and parents gathered in the Greenway High School auditorium on Nov. 7 to celebrate the district's past and present successes and to welcome future challenges. Glendale Union's annual Student Achievement Report, planned and presented by the Curriculum and Instruction department, featured video highlights from the district's rich history and the presentation of this year's annual report to the Governing Board.
 
The event also gave the district an opportunity to spotlight many of its highly successful programs, including the culinary and performing arts. Showcasing their skills and talents were the Glendale High School Legacy Dance Team, Greenway High School NJROTC Color Guard, Greenway String Trio, and Washington High School Vocal Ensemble. The theme "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" culminated in an unscripted dialogue on the future of the district between Superintendent Warren Jacobson and Associate Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Johnson. The formal written report to the board included curriculum highlights; district assessment results; Arizona LEARNS, AIMS, and AYP results; and various indices of school effectiveness.
 
The district offers its sincere thanks to the many teachers and students, from all of our schools, who helped make this year's Student Achievement Report a memorable celebration of past, present and future. The unflagging dedication of our faculty and staff, and the continuous student achievement they foster, are the truest measures of our success and the best reflection of the legacy of excellence that Glendale Union will proudly carry forward into the future.
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Annual Student Art Exhibition
   
November 2007 - A reception for the student portion of the annual district art exhibition was recently held at the Glendale Adult Center. The first half of the free exhibition, entitled Art - The Heart of Education, featured work by district art teachers.
 
Now, it's the students' turn to show what they can do. Part two of the exhibition, which runs from Nov. 7 to Dec. 18, features over 130 works of art created by students of every level and in a variety of media.
 
The center is located at 5970 W. Brown St., and the artwork can be viewed during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays).
 
 
 
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Moon Valley / Greenway Students Volunteer at Phoenix Rescue Mission
November 2007 - Students in Brooke Obad's Careers class at Moon Valley High School and Valerie Hines' class at Greenway High have been volunteering their time at the Phoenix Rescue Mission. The mission serves needy and homeless men, women, and families in the Phoenix metropolitan area, providing food, shelter, clothing, and other services. Brooke and Valerie's students visit the mission once a month to serve hot meals and prepare sack meals for those who can't come to the Mission Center. "My students love volunteering their time for people in need," said Brooke. "They look forward to going every month."
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Cadets Command Kudos for Community Service
October 2007 - Cadets from the Moon Valley High School NJROTC unit recently contributed over 300 hours of their time to the 2007 Arizona State Special Olympics Fall Games. Naval Science Instructor Chief Paul Barnett and 26 Moon Valley cadets helped set up for the opening ceremonies and athletic events at the Surprise Recreation Center. Senior Naval Science Instructor Lieutenant Commander Matt Williams and 16 cadets provided cold water throughout the softball tournament to Special Olympians competing at the Rio Vista Softball Complex and later helped served lunch to all athletes and volunteers.
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Next Step Students Help the Community
October 2007- Glendale Union Next Step students volunteer once a month at St. Mary's Food Bank. They assist the food bank by packing food boxes which will be given to families in need. The program, which focuses on building social skills and getting students involved in the community, recently hosted a bar-b-que luncheon for the district office staff members. The money that was raised allows the students to keep their weekly coffee cart in business.
 
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Moon Valley Golf Team Rules Tournament
 
October 2007 - Seniors Sean Koehn and Kelvin Vale, Junior Brandon Riddle, and Sophomores Kelly Emig and Brad Luedeker edged out Greenway to finish second in the two day Black Canyon Regional Tournament at The Sanctuary Golf course. Kelvin Vale also received a medal for finishing in the top 5 individually and Sean Koehn was awarded the teams Scholar Athlete.
 
The team's second place finish qualifies them to compete in the 4A II State Tournament.
 
 According to Athletic Director Mrs. Hertneky, "This may be the first time ever that the entire team has qualified for state."
 
The tournament will be held at Sundance Golf course on November 7 and 8. Take time to congratulate Sean, Kelly, Kelvin, Brad, and Brandon when you see them on campus.
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Moon Valley NJROTC Lends a Hand at Special Olympics
 
October 2007 - Cadets from the Moon Valley High School NJROTC unit recently contributed over 300 hours of their time to the 2007 Arizona State Special Olympics Fall Games. Naval Science Instructor Chief Paul Barnett and 26 Moon Valley cadets helped set up for the opening ceremonies and athletic events at the Surprise Recreation Center. Senior Naval Science Instructor Lieutenant Commander Matt Williams and 16 cadets provided cold water throughout the softball tournament to Special Olympians competing at the Rio Vista Softball Complex and later helped served lunch to all athletes and volunteers.
 
The cadets who donated their time were Taylor Aldridge, Travis Aubrey, Rafael Baca, Billy DeBusk, Jose Cabrera, Alejandro Castro, Jennifer Ellis, Brittian Forster, Lauren Gillum, Thomas Hart, Deanna Holder, Robert Jones, Brad Leudeker, Patricia Mejia, Jonathan Monger, Keith Newbill, Derek Omar, Junior Reyes, Andre Sauvageot, Benjamin Sawinski, Joshua Schwab, Michael Smith, Nathan Smith, Mikah Trejo, Brittany Walker and Logan Wendell.
 
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Glendale Union Earns Six Excelling Labels
October 2007 - State labels were just released to schools across Arizona, and Glendale Union High School District is proud to announce that they added another Excelling school to their already impressive list. Washington High School's label changed from Highly Performing to Excelling - the highest label a school can earn. Cortez, Greenway, Moon Valley, Sunnyslope, and Thunderbird High School's also repeated their Excelling label status. Apollo, Glendale, and Independence are deemed as Highly Performing schools.
 
"Our district's strong performance is a direct result of dedicated efforts and attention to details by teachers, support staff, and administrators. It is not just a coincidence that our students and our schools perform at high levels. The communities we serve demand it. We work at it. We expect it. Fortunately, we have been able to deliver. Six 'excelling' and three 'highly performing' schools is worthy of celebration," Superintendent Warren Jacobson said.
 
The state determines the labels based on a formula that includes AIMS scores, students who raised their AIMS scores from the previous year, and more. As well, schools receive credit for passing Adequate Yearly Progress and whether 30 percent of their English Language Learner students move into regular programs. Additionally, schools get credit if they increase graduation rates and reduce drop-out rates.
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   Greenway Color Guard
Greenway Color Guard Performs at Cardinal Game
October 2007 - Greenway High School's Color Guard was selected to perform the National Anthem ceremony for the Oct 14th Arizona Cardinal game. Although the group has performed for both Coyote and Diamondback games, this was the first time that the Navy JROTC cadets had the honor of performing at the Cardinal Stadium.
 
 
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Greenway Teachers Honored
 
October 2007 - Congratulations to Shelley Thom and Barbara Carlson who were recently recognized by the Best Buddies organization. Kathleen Rubi, the State Director for Best Buddies and Silvana Vetere, the program supervisor presented Shelley with the Teacher of the Year award and the Honor and Distinction award was presented to Barbara for her dedicated service to the Best Buddies program.
 
 
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Thunderbird's Parker Honored in Flinn Scholars Program

October 2007 - Jonathan Parker, a U.S. history teacher at Thunderbird High School, was recognized in the Flinn Scholars Program by one of his former students. In all, 20 educators throughout Arizona were nominated by individual members of the 2007 class of Finn Scholars “for having a significant impact on their education and development.” Jonathan was nominated by former student Amy Stabler, who graduated last spring. The honored educators were presented with a plaque at the Flinn Scholars recognition dinner, which was held in Phoenix. This is the second time that Jonathan has been recognized through the Flinn Scholars Program.
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Thunderbird's Graybeal Named Phoenix College Orchestra Director
October 2007 - Congratulations to Dana Graybeal, performing arts teacher at Thunderbird High School, who was recently selected as the new Orchestra Director for Phoenix College. Dana will continue to teach at Thunderbird. The Phoenix College Orchestra, which has over 65 members, recently gave its first performance under Graybeal’s direction. Held at the college’s Bulpitt Auditorium, the concert included works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, and Bach. Meanwhile, Dana’s students at Thunderbird are also accomplishing great things.
 
Thunderbird’s Vocal Ensemble has been asked to perform at an Opera Gala for the Arizona Opera League. The performance will take place Oct. 14 in the ballroom on the top floor of the Chase Building. Following the performance, the students will attend Arizona Opera’s performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. The Opera League has provided tickets free of charge to the Vocal Ensemble and its guests.
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Annual Faculty Art Show
October 2007 - Glendale Union’s annual faculty art show, Art - The Heart of Education, will be held Sept. 27-Nov. 5 at the Glendale Adult Center. This year’s exhibition includes approximately 70 works of art. A reception was held at the center on the evening of Oct. 3. Throughout the exhibition, select pieces of art are available for sale.
The Glendale Adult Center is located at 5970 W. Brown St. Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, please contact Barbara Dahlstedt at 623-435-6695.
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Volunteers Sought for Academic Decathlon
October 2007 - Glendale Union and Thunderbird High School will host this year’s Region II Arizona Academic Decathlon Feb. 1-2, 2008. The purpose of the decathlon is “to promote and acknowledge scholastic excellence through a program of high school-level competitions.”
 
Approximately 270 students from 30 Valley high schools are expected to participate in the event. Volunteers are needed to help ensure the decathlon is a success and to represent Glendale Union well as the host district.
 
To sign up as a speech judge, interview judge, essay evaluator, test proctor, or Super Quiz relay proctor, please contact Pam Dunlap, assistant to Associate Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Johnson, at 623-435-6003.
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District Marching Band Festival
October 2007 - Glendale Union will hold its annual Marching Band Festival at the Glendale Community College Football Stadium at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5. The college is located at 6000 W. Olive Ave. Please come out to show your support of our student musicians and their teachers. For more information, contact Barbara Dahlstedt at 623-435-6695.
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Greenway’s Gregory Recognized in National Journalism Teacher Awards
October 2007 - The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund has selected Greenway journalism instructor Peggy Gregory as one of four Distinguished Advisors in its 2007 National High School Journalism Teacher Awards competition. Gregory will be recognized at the Journalism Education Association / National Scholastic Press Association Convention, which will be held in Philadelphia in November. In addition, the Newspaper Fund will award a $500 scholarship to a Greenway senior who plans to pursue journalism in college. The winner of the scholarship will be determined in a writing competition to be held at the school.
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T-Bird AP Programs and Teachers Recieve National Recognition
October 2007 - According to the College Board’s AP Report to the Nation, Thunderbird High School has one of the highest student success rates in Arizona for AP Calculus AB and AP Biology programs. Thunderbird teachers Scott Kaye and Renee Kaye have therefore been invited to apply for the Siemens Award for AP Teachers.
 
Said Thunderbird AP Coordinator and counselor Darlene Fritsche, “Even if Scott and Renee choose not to apply for the award, I want to personally congratulate them for their students’ success.”
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Sunnyslope Students Paint "S" Mountain
October 2007 - Sunnyslope High School students took time recently to give "S" mountain its annual white-wash. A fifty-five year old tradition, students form an assembly line up the mountain where they pass buckets of water to pour on the lime mixture that is applied to the S.
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Visits Cortez High School
 
October 2007 - Cortez High School was recently honored with a visit from U. S. Secretary of Transportation, Mary E. Peters. Secretary Peters, a Cortez graduate, spoke to an Advanced Placement Government class about how she brings a unique perspective to her role as the nation’s transportation chief, having spent her career working on transportation issues in the private and public sectors, including leading both federal and state transportation agencies.
 
Secretary Peters was nominated by President George W. Bush on September 5, 2006, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 15th Secretary of Transportation on September 30, 2006.
 
 
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Merit Scholar Semi-finalists Honored
September 2007 - More than 1.3 million juniors in over 21,000 high schools in the USA entered the 2007 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 16,000 students from the pool of 1.3 million were designated as National Merit Semi-Finalists. They have earned the right to continue in the national competition for 8,000 Merit Scholarships worth approximately $32 million. These students represent the top 1.2% of the very best and brightest students in the entire country. They are our nation’s academic champions. Five students from Glendale Union High School District can be counted among this elite group of high school scholars.
Merit Scholar Semi-finalists
Pictured from left to right are: Steven Gotcher (Greenway), Anneke Schoustra (Greenway), Jonathan Merritt (Sunnyslope), Alyssa Whetstine (Sunnyslope)
and Keegan Olds (Thunderbird)
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Independence High School Returns to Traditional Calendar
September 2007 - Independence High School will return to the traditional calendar used by the district's eight other high schools next school year. The Governing Board voted in favor of the change during the September 19 public meeting. Taken into consideration was a through study of academic achievement data and survey responses from parents, teachers, and students. Returning to the traditional calendar better aligns the school calendar with the feeder elementary district and increases uniformity across the district by enhancing the implementation of important academic activities. The 2008-09 traditional calendar can be viewed online at www.guhsdaz.org/calendar/traditional.asp.
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Davis Named Marketing New Teacher of the Year
Brian Davis  
September 2007 - Brian Davis of Thunderbird High School was awarded the Arizona Marketing Educators' New Teacher of the Year award at the 2007 Summer ACTEAZ Conference.
 
The recognition was based on Davis's willingness to help other AZ marketing teachers and his commitment to DECA. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he devotes countless hours to co-facilitating the Western Region DECA Conference every year.
 
The Thunderbird DECA Chapter received national recognition this year when they placed in the top ten at the 2007 International Conference. Davis is not only an award-winning teacher, but also a proud GUHSD graduate.
 
 
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Adams Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
Kathleen Adams  
September 2007 - Congratulations to Thunderbird counselor Kathleen Adams, who has been named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.
 
Adams was nominated by her student Tiffany Son. According to the society’s press release, “This award ... allows the students themselves to recognize the commitments, strengths, and gifts of their teachers.”
 
A former English teacher, Adams joined Glendale Union in 1984, retired in 2005, and returned to the district in the 2005-06 school year. The society has over 300,000 members in over 50 countries.
 
 
 
 
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Glendale Union Welcomes New Teachers
August 2007 - The GUHSD Governing Board hosted a dinner for teachers new to the district on Aug. 7. Sixty-four new teachers and administrators from their schools gathered in Annex I to celebrate the occasion. Among the new teachers hired, 14 are GUHSD graduates, 25 have previous teaching experience, 22 have master’s degrees, eight are returning to the district, 32 received their bachelor’s degrees outside of Arizona, and ten received their bachelor’s from universities in Michigan.
Apollo Cortez
Apollo: Jessica Kerr, Elizabeth McKay, Roxanne Benson,
Beth Ransom, Pilar Vasquez, George Zuckerman
& Principal Brian Capistran.
Cortez: Jim Piazza, Eric Chapman, Jessica Jarvis,
Bryan Ulrich & Principal Reid Chitwood.
Glendale Greenway
Glendale: Michelle Cantlon, Nancy Balhorn,
Megan O’Donnell, Cidney Wooten, Cindy Cobos,
Carol Good, Lorena Hernandez
& Principal Deborah Jordan.
Greenway: Michael Mason, Principal Michael Dellisanti,
Courtland Peterson, Jean-Michel Scherer.
Independence Independence
Independence: Gary Buer, Autumn Brunson, Darlegne
Hillenbrand, Matthew Mandile, Brad McCann
& Principal Mark Farison
Independence: Nick Nabor, Joshua Teel, Linda Dooling,
Doug Baughman, Tanner Linsacum
& Celestino (Ramon) Figueroa.
Independence Moon Valley
Independence: Felipe Baez, Linda Ramirez,
Harold (Buddy) Waters, Gricelda Garcia, Heather Fuchs
& Stephanie Kurrus.
Moon Valley: (back row) Principal Michael Fowler,
Dave Cox, Matthew Williams, Ashley Uthe, Shalise Stapp,
Scott Short, Frank Espinoza, (front row) Chelsea Inmon,
Elizabeth Fairbanks & Lydia Mason.
Thunderbird Sunnyslope
Thunderbird: Glenn Shepherd, Jennifer Alexander,
Dale Borger, Marisa Tofeelos, Kristi Velasquez,
Jane Ross-Stempel, Tara Richards, Eric Gurule
& Principal Norman Smalley.
Sunnyslope: Victoria Balun, Katy Harris, Amy Kratz
& Principal Linda Whitehead.
Washington
Washington: Principal Carol Lippert & Kerrie Johnson.

 

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Glendale Union Celebrates Beginning of 2007-08 School Year
August 2007 - Over 1,200 teachers, aides and administrators from all nine Glendale Union high schools recently gathered at the Celebrity Theatre to mark the beginning of the new academic year.
The annual Back-to-School Celebration featured keynote speaker Dr. Tom Steiner, entertainment by Moon Valley teacher-musicians, and welcoming remarks from the governing board and district administrators. Independence High School’s NJROTC provided the color guard, and the national anthem was sung by the district’s vocal music instructors.
Door prizes were donated by various local businesses, including: Bill Johnson’s Big Apple Restaurants, Bitzee Mama’s Restaurant, Bobby-Q Restaurant, Einstein Bros. Bagels, IKON Office Solutions, Kiss the Cook Restaurant, Little America Hotel Flagstaff, McCarthy Construction, McDonald’s Owner/Operators of AZ, Marie Callenders Restaurants, Metrocenter, Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant, The Segal Company, Shamrock Foods, and Valle Luna Mexican Restaurants.
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THS Parent Association to Hold Annual Golf Tournament
August 2007 - The 4th Annual Thunderbird High School Golf Classic, sponsored by the Chief Parent Association, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Pointe Golf Club at Lookout Mountain. For more information about the tournament, please call (602) 510-4504 or (602) 793-1176. The registration deadline is Sept. 18.
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2007 School Open Houses
July 2007 - The nine traditional high schools in the Glendale Union High School District will hold open houses on the following dates. For more information, please contact the individual schools.
INDEPENDENCE
August 14
CORTEZ
August 21
SUNNYSLOPE
August 21
APOLLO
August 27
GLENDALE
August 27
WASHINGTON
August 27
GREENWAY
September 17
MOON VALLEY
September 17
THUNDERBIRD
September 17
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