PXU Newsletter January 28, 2022
Governing Board Electoral Boundary Redistricting
PXU Certified Job Fair
PXU Vaccination and Testing Events
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:
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 Community Building Air Purifiers
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.
Danna Rodriguez Madero: Making an impact
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.
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
Congratulations to the following PXU teachers who re-certified this year:
Betty Fairfax Holds MLK Assembly
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:
Congrats to Betty Fairfax High School for putting on a great virtual assembly!
Cesar Chavez AVID program makes cards for healthcare workers
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 (email@example.com).
PXU 2022 All Regional Results
Congrats to the above students and directors!
PXU Dance Festival 2022
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:
College Depot February Scholarship Highlights Video
Thank you to College Depot for all that you do for our students!
We encourage you to share with your networks and encourage students to seek out the resources that ElevateEdAZ provides!
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).