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PXU Newsletter December 22, 2022

Dr. Gestson End of Semester Message 12-22-22

Have a great Winter Break!

PXU would like to wish everyone a fun and safe Winter Break and holiday season. See above for a message from Dr. Gestson.
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Linda Abril Graduates 45 Students at December Graduation

Congratulations to the 45 Linda Abril Educational Academy students who graduated this week! We are so proud of you, and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
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Lorenzo Cabrera Receives Award from Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Mr. Lorenzo Cabrera (pictured above), Principal at Franklin, was recently given an award by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for his dedication to public safety, commitment, and work in the community. They are proud to continue their partnership with Franklin and with Mr. Cabrera.


Congratulations, Mr. Cabrera!


Mr. Cabrera was also featured recently in an interview discussing breaking the cycle of poverty. Click the button below to view Mr. Cabrera's video interview:

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Dr. Logan Fox Recognized by the NIAAA as a Certified Athletic Administrator

Dr. Logan Fox, Assistant Principal of Student Opportunities and Athletic Director at Camelback High School (pictured above), was recently recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) as a Certified Athletic Administrator. To earn this distinction, Dr. Fox has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience, and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.


Congratulations, Dr. Fox!

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PXU Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony a Success

This week, PXU held its 6th Annual Sports Hall of Fame honoring coaches, athletes, and teams from 1995 to 1999. Thank you to everyone who attended and was involved in putting the incredible ceremony together. Here are this year's inductees:
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Friday Night Fever Coach of the Year: Chandler Hovik

Chandler Hovik: Friday Night Fever Coach of the Year and Earl Putnam Coach of the Year

Chandler Hovik, Football Coach at Central, has had an incredible season and received two awards recently. Coach Hovik was named the Friday Night Fever Coach of the Year by 12News and the Earl Putnam Coach of the Year by Sports360AZ. He led the Central Bobcats to a 9-1 record, a 5A Metro Region title, & its 1st playoff appearance since 2009. Congrats Coach Hovik!


See above for a 12News interview with Coach Hovik and click the button below for his Sports360AZ interview.

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Student Profile: Meet Alani Goins

Alani Goins (pictured above) is a Senior at Betty Fairfax High School and has lived in Laveen all of her life so far. She grew up with her mother, who is a single parent, and a younger brother and sister. She loves her mom, and believes that her mom is the reason why she does well and is self-sufficient. As the oldest sibling, Alani tries her best to set a good example for her two younger siblings.


On campus, Alani is very involved. She is an International Baccalaureate (IB) student, a part of Black Student Union, National Honor Society, IB Club, and Volleyball. Her favorite part about attending Fairfax is the diverse community and the opportunity to meet so many people and different personalities. After graduation, Alani plans to attend an out of state university to study psychology on a pre-med track to become a psychoanalyst with a practice of her own. She wants to be involved in studying how the mind works and how people operate. Her dream college is Yale, but she is keeping her options open. She currently has an internship with Dr. Oldschulte, who studied under world-famous psychoanalyst Dr. Anna Freud. During her internship, she has had the rare opportunity to witness private counseling sessions.


As of right now, Alani is a semi-finalist for both the Gates and Coca-Cola Scholarships. She plans to do more research and apply to more scholarships.

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Carl Hayden and South Mountain Meet Up for Holiday Hike

Staff from both Carl Hayden and the Academies at South Mountain met up on Saturday, December 17th for a hike (pictured above). Along the way, they ran into a familiar holiday icon.


We hope you had fun, Hayden and South!

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Trevor G. Browne Bruins Army JROTC Service Learning Project

On December 14th, the Bruins Army JROTC Battalion donated 232 pieces of clothing to the Student Support supplies and clothing closet (pictured above). This clothing was collected during their ongoing clothing drive to help Trevor Browne students in need. This effort will last throughout next semester, and is off to a great start as the SY 22-23 Service Learning Project. The cadets will learn about the needs on their campus and their surrounding community.


Way to go, TGB JROTC!

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Reema Sharma Representing Central in Bowl Game Events

Ms. Reema Sharma (pictured above), math teacher at Central, recently represented Central in the VRBO Fiesta Bowl Parade on Saturday, December 17th. She will also be recognized during the halftime show of the Guaranteed Rate Bowl featuring Wisconsin Vs. Oklahoma State on December 27th. At the game, she will be presented with a $2500 check! Congratulations, Ms. Sharma!
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Betty Fairfax Boys Basketball Travels to New Mexico

On November 30th, the Stampede basketball team left on an adventurous trip to New Mexico (pictured above). The team participated in the three day “Capital City Basketball Tournament” at Santa Fe High School. Senior Owen Kunes was named to the All-Tournament team. Freshman Vinny Rodriguez scored 23 points in their 55-53 victory versus Espanola Valley High School.


Besides the tournament, one of the trip’s highlights was the opportunity to travel to Albuquerque to the University of New Mexico. At UNM, the team met with one of the university’s coaches and was given a private tour of the basketball facilities. During the tour, the athletes saw the weight room, film room, practice gym, locker room, media/interview room, and went on the basketball floor in the “Pit.”


What a great trip! We hope you had fun and are happy to have you representing Phoenix Union.

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Wilson Has Sweet End of Semester Treat

Over at Wilson College Prep, the Student Government students worked on a fundraiser where those who donated received a ticket to vote for the Wilson staff member they wanted to pie in the face, and also got a chance to be the one pie-ing. Unsurprisingly, principal Mr. Caballero was among those chosen to be pied. See above for the results.


Congratulations to Wilson's Student Government for a successful fundraising event!

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Franklin Participates in Francis Quarales Neighborhood Story Home Tour

Franklin recently participated in an event taking place in their neighborhood called the "FQ Story Home Tour." The students decorated their campus with the theme "Small Town Christmas" and members of the community were welcomed onto campus for tours and to purchase food items from the students. Franklin's student government sold out of all the food items and had a very successful event.


Congratulations, Franklin! See above for a photo from the event.

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Trevor Browne Auto Tech Attends Women in STEM Event

Trevor Browne's Auto Tech program recently brought a group of 23 students to a Women in STEM event at the Universal Technical Institute (pictured above). The ladies came back from the event inspired by the presentations and for the future.


What a great opportunity!

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Carl Hayden Handball Tournament

Carl Hayden Handball recently held a Single tournament with 6 participants. Heriberto, one of the participants, continues his #1 ranking after winning his third Advisory tournament. They will hold another tournament in January.


Great job, Carl Hayden Handball! See above for a photo from the tournament.

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PXU Employee Wellness Support

Do you or a PXU Employee you know need any support? PXU has Health and Wellness Clinicians on staff to support our staff with difficult times. If you or a colleague are in need of emotional or mental health support, please click the link below to be directed to a form for support. A Staff Health and Wellness Specialist will respond to you within 24 hours (Monday thru Friday).



Click here to be redirected to the Employee Support Form

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PXU is Hiring!

PXU will have a job fair on Saturday, January 28th at Central High School. We invite you to share this event widely with anyone who may be interested in joining the PXU Family. We are hiring both Certified and Classified positions, and those who are interested can apply in advance at PXU.org/Jobs.
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Phoenix Educator Preparatory Application Now Live

Phoenix Educator Preparatory, Phoenix Union's newest school, is now accepting applications for 9th graders! Click the button below to be redirected to their brand new website and the application.
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ElevateEdAZ

ElevateEdAZ is an initiative of the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation focused on aligning classes and curriculum with workforce needs, creating opportunities for students to apply academics through work-based learning, and increasing student exposure to career pathways. ElevateEdAZ is designed as a model for Arizona schools to better integrate high wage, high demand, high skill career pathways into the K-12 education system. With College and Career Coaches already embedded at the Academies at South Mountain, Metro Tech High School, and Phoenix Coding Academy, ElevateEdAZ looks forward to providing many impactful experiences to students and educators this coming school year.


We encourage you to share with your networks and encourage students to seek out the resources that ElevateEdAZ provides!

Stay in touch with us!

We love hearing from you! If you have good news to share with the District, email Vanessa Herb at vherb@phoenixunion.org with your good news. Follow us on social media as well to stay updated on all the great things we have happening across the District!