PXU Newsletter January 28, 2022

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Governing Board Electoral Boundary Redistricting

Spread the word! Our Governing Board Electoral Boundaries are going through redistricting based on the newest Census data, and the Governing Board would love input on this process. For more information about the meetings and the redistricting process, visit PXU.org/Redistricting.
PXU Job Fair - February 5, 2022

PXU Certified Job Fair

Do you know any Certified individuals who want to work for Phoenix Union? We will be having a job fair on Saturday, February 5th for Certified employees. Spread the word! Anyone who is interested can apply in advance at PXU.org/Jobs.

PXU Vaccination and Testing Events

Our rotational vaccination events and weekly testing events are still happening! We want to remind you that we offer Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, boosters, and Pediatric Pfizer vaccines every week. We also offer FREE COVID testing at many of our school locations during the week and on Saturdays.

Thank you to all who have volunteered their time to keep our community healthy. If you would like to volunteer at our Metro Tech Vaccination and Testing event this Saturday, January 29th, register here:

Click here to volunteer at our January 29th Vaccination and Testing event at Metro Tech.

Please see the graphics below for events and info. You can also download a PDF version of the vaccination/testing schedule below.

For more information on our vaccination and testing efforts, please visit https://PXU.org/BeHealthy

PXU Students Building Air Purifiers

PXU Community Building Air Purifiers

At many of our campuses and work sites this past week, students and staff have been working together to build DIY air purifiers to increase airflow in our classrooms and keep everyone safe.

Above is a short video of Phoenix Robotics Team 6833, which consists of students from both Central and Coding, taking some time to build these air purifiers.

We are so proud of our community for stepping up and helping where possible and doing what they can to mitigate.

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Danna Rodriguez Madero: Making an impact

Danna Rodriguez Madero (Pictured Above) is a current Sophomore at Metro Tech High School who has already made a big impact during her first 2 years of high school. As a Freshman, Danna wanted to improve local uninsured family healthcare amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She reached out to the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health for assistance. She then convinced the University of Arizona’s Primary Prevention Mobile Health Unit to provide its free services to Bethany Villa Neighborhood in Glendale, AZ, a neighborhood with many residents who are Spanish speaking and in need of healthcare due to poverty. Danna independently lined up the providers, materials, location, and publicity for the event which served over 80 residents.

This year, she organized another event that is upcoming on February 21 to provide free health screenings, mammograms, vision screenings, COVID vaccines, HIV testing, and more for her community. Her goal in life is to go to college to study medicine, become a general doctor and open her own clinic to serve low-income Hispanic populations.

Phoenix Union is so proud to have such a hard-working student that is dedicated to the health and wellness of her community. Thank you for everything that you are doing, Danna! See below for fliers about her upcoming event.

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Leah McKiernan Named First PXU City Principal

Phoenix Union is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Leah McKiernan as the first Principal of PXU City. The newest addition to the robust PXU portfolio, approved by the Governing Board in 2020, will provide students with unheard-of flexibility and the opportunity to take advantage of all that Phoenix Union has to offer. This innovative approach will allow students to take classes at multiple PXU campuses while also participating in courses virtually through the PXU Digital Academy. At PXU City, the city is your classroom. PXU City will welcome its first class of students in the Fall of 2022 and is open to Sophomores through Seniors. Student applications are available at www.PXU.org/PXUCity.

McKiernan has been a member of the Phoenix Union family since 2010, serving as the Assistant Principal for Registration at Alhambra High School since 2019. Before this, she was the Assistant Principal for Instruction and Registration, iLeadAZ Resident, AVID coordinator, Science instructional leader, PLC leader, and advisory committee chairperson at Carl Hayden Community High School from 2010 to 2019.

“PXU City will provide expanded opportunities for students utilizing a never-before-seen high school model,” said Dr. Chad Gestson, Superintendent. “Ms. McKiernan exemplifies our core values. Her educational experience and unwavering dedication to Phoenix Union, our students, families, and fellow staff members will ensure that PXU City thrives for years to come.”

McKiernan will begin serving in her new role later this Spring. Congratulations, Ms. McKiernan!

NBCT Balloon Day 2022

PXU had 5 teachers who received their National Board Re-Certification this year! We are so proud of all the NBCT we have district-wide. Interested in becoming a NBCT? The National Board Pre-Candidacy Virtual Course starts Saturday, January 29 offered through PXU and Career Track! For more information about this course, visit https://www.azk12.org/PreCan2022

Congratulations to the following PXU teachers who re-certified this year:

Betty Fairfax MLK Assembly 2022

Betty Fairfax Holds MLK Assembly

On January 25th, Betty Fairfax had their Martin Luther King Jr Day Assembly with the theme "The Dream Today: What Does Dr. King's Dream Mean To You?"

At this assembly, students and staff were asked to send in clips to answer the question "What does Dr. King's dream mean to you," included in the above video of the assembly.

There were also performances by the BFHS Choir, and BFHS student Cencere Evens. Links to those performances can be found here:

Link to BFHS Choir Performance

Link to Cencere Evens Performance

Congrats to Betty Fairfax High School for putting on a great virtual assembly!

Cesar Chavez AVID program makes cards for healthcare workers

AVID at Cesar Chavez has been working on an AVID initiative and giving back to the greater Phoenix community. The program decided to make cards for healthcare workers that have been sent to Banner Thunderbird, Banner University, and Mayo Clinic so far. Their goal is to send cards to all of the hospitals in Phoenix.

We are so proud of these incredible students for finding a way to give back to our healthcare workers who have been working hard throughout the pandemic.

If any other schools or programs want to join Cesar Chavez AVID in this initiative, please reach out to Ms. Hara Fineberg (fineberg@phoenixunion.org).

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PXU 2022 All Regional Results

PXU had many students audition for Band and Choir regionals. Students prepare a set of audition etudes as well as scales and sight-reading and compete against other students in their region for placement in the Regional Band/Choir. The top performers are selected for placement and are eligible to audition for the All-State Band/Choir.

Congrats to the above students and directors!

PXU Dance Festival 2022

Students from across PXU got together on January 24 at Trevor Browne to hold a PXU Dance Festival (Pictures above). Most schools brought their advanced/company levels of dance. These students have been in class for 3-4 years with training in ballet, jazz, and modern/contemporary.

Our dancers were brought together to expose them to dance forms and styles not expressly taught in our curriculum: Flamenco, Voguing, Hip Hop, Bachata. This gathering was additionally to build community across our district and bring people together.

We are so proud of these students for coming together and having a great time doing it! Here is a link to the performance videos from this Dance Festival:

Click here to access the videos from the PXU Dance Festival

February 2022 Scholarship Highlights

College Depot February Scholarship Highlights Video

College Depot put together their Valentine-themed February video highlighting scholarships and ways they can assist students at this time. This video includes 5 lovely scholarships that are sure to melt your heart!

Thank you to College Depot for all that you do for our students!

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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!

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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

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!