#ThisIsWhoWeAre

Welcome to Good News Biweekly!

Say Hello to Autumn PXU Family!

Can you believe it's September already!? Sorry, we missed you last week. Sometimes life gets in the way, you know? But we are excited to welcome you back this week and share the unique news we have gathered for you these past weeks. From a message to our teachers to battling the Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest, we have some uplifting stories to prepare you for the week!


Like always, Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, it does not mean we should stop spreading positivity or sharing the innovative things happening in our district.

A Message For All PXU Teachers

A Message For All PXU Teachers
We are incredibly grateful to all of our hardworking and dedicated teachers who are ensuring all of our families are taken care of, and all of our students are successful with their online learning.


We know things can be challenging during this time but just remember that you are not alone. You are loved, appreciated, and you are an inspiration to many individuals here at #PXU, and to many outside of our district.

Metro Tech Students Nominated For 2020 NATAS Student Production Award

Four Metro Tech High School Digital Film students, Yazmin Pedrote, Lilibed Rojas, Diego De Jesus Escobedo Guzman, and Brian Zepeda, have been nominated for the 2020 Student Production Awards through the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).
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All four students graduated in Spring 2020 and are being recognized for videos they have created for PXU's "This Is Who We Are" video contest last fall. Students had the opportunity to create a video showcasing how PXU schools of opportunity welcome, love, and inspire all students to go places and do things that matter.


Check out the nominees:

PXU Student Video | This Is Who We Are Auto Collision
This Is Who We Are – Auto Collision, Metro Tech High School | Bob Marquis (Advisor), Diego De Jesus Escobedo Guzman (Filmmaker), Brian Zepeda (Filmmaker).
PXU Student Video | This Is Who We Are Flower Shop

This Is Who We Are – Floral (Small Business) Metro Tech High School | Bob Marquis (Advisor), Yazmin Pedrote (Filmmaker), Lilibed Rojas (Filmmaker).

The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will host its first-ever virtual event on Saturday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Standard /7:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time, to recognize outstanding high school and college television producers and journalists. Students will receive awards in a variety of categories including newscast, music video, fiction and nonfiction, sports program, talent and commercial.


You can also view the event on the Emmys app, Youtube, and Facebook.

A full list of the nominees can be found at https://9c28ac52-48aa-4864-9f0a-f32b3cc5e268.filesusr.com/ugd/aa9933_812995a260b24871a41bfe485d3d220f.pdf -- our students are listed on page 15.

Trevor Browne Alum Volunteers to Battle California Wildfires

Trevor Browne Alum Tait Mitton, who is the engine boss with the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority (AFMA), is currently in the front lines near Fresno, California, with his four-man crew battling the Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest.


Their mission is to save structures on the night shift. The most dangerous time to fight a fire.

According to an article by FOX 10, There are 25 separate fires burning across two million acres of California -- set off by extreme heat, dry conditions, heavy winds, and lots of lightning.


To help our sister state, several Arizona hotshot teams are on the way to help battle the flames. One is from the Tucson area, one from Sedona and another from the Valley.


“We’re working a forest with a lot of timber, big trees that make the fire so big. It can be really dangerous," said Mitton.


“Sometimes it gets a little scary and nerve-racking but with good training and proper knowledge knowing what we’re getting into, we try to keep ourselves safe as best we can."


To read the full article, click the link below.

Frito-Lay and Feed the Children Supplement a Quarter-Million Meals for Students


Check it out #PXU Family: Frito-Lay and Feed the Children are supplementing a quarter-million meals for students this Fall, and PXU is one of the many districts receiving support. How awesome is that!
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Building the Future Together

To provide some much-needed relief during the #COVID19 pandemic, Frito-Lay has partnered with Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, to launch the "Building the Future Together" initiative to support thousands of students across the United States. The program will provide shelf-stable food to supplement more than a quarter-million meals and distribute 500,000 pantry staples, school supplies, snacks, books, hand sanitizer, and personal care items to schools.

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"We believe that no child should go to bed hungry, especially during this unsettling time around COVID-19," said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. "We understand that many are facing unexpected challenges and we are working diligently with our partners such as Frito-Lay and the 'Building the Future Together' program to ensure that as needs rise, students continue to receive the food and supplies they need."
Thank you, Frito-Lay and Feed the Children! For more information on the program, click the button below.

Wilson Teacher Throws First Pitch at D-Backs Game

Wilson College Prep teacher George Cardenas had the opportunity to throw out the virtual first pitch at a game for the Arizona Diamondbacks (D-Backs). Way to go Cardenas!
Wilson Teacher Throws Virtual First Pitch for D-Backs
Cardenas was named the 2019 D-Backs Teacher of the Year as part of their Most Valuable Teachers (MVT) Program.


Supported by Raytheon Missiles and Defense, the MVT Program celebrates and empowers exceptional teachers across the state of Arizona. Since 2016, 250 teachers have been recognized as monthly D-Backs MVTs, each receiving a $1,000 grant for classroom supplies. The Teacher of the Year receives a $5,000 grant.


Cardenas also had a cardboard cutout of himself displayed behind home plate during one of the D-Backs' games from 8/24 to 8/27. #DbacksGiveBack

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We'd also love to shout-out Michelle Paris, from the Academies at South Mountain, and Aaron Cloyd, from Central High School, for being chosen for the July 2020 Diamondbacks’ Most Valuable Teacher Awards.
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Wholesome Moments In PXU

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Ashley Landa | Cesar Chavez High School


I want to give a shout out to Cyndy Nelke in the Benefits Department. As a new teacher she has helped me maneuver the enrollment process with SO much patience and kindness. I know her job is not easy, yet she handled all of my questions with grace! Big thanks to her! 😊

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