PXU Newsletter 11/12/2021
Happy Native American Heritage Month!
Please take some time to watch the video below from Ms. Lynnann Yazzie for more information about this month.
Vaccinations and Testing Continue at PXU
We are happy to now offer Pediatric Pfizer doses! Children ages 5-11 can receive the Pfizer vaccine at our Saturday vaccination events at Carl Hayden Community High School. Last weekend we administered 1300 pediatric vaccines at our vaccination event!
Thank you to all who have volunteered their time to keep our community healthy. If you would like to volunteer at our Carl Hayden vaccination event on Saturday, November 13, please click the link below:
Reminder that we continue to offer free COVID testing at all of our campuses during school days!
Please see the graphics below for the full schedule of events. You can also download a PDF version of the vaccination schedule below.
For more information on our vaccination and testing efforts, please visit https://PXU.org/BeHealthy
Why Get Vaccinated?
We could not do this without all of the hard work that all of our staff put in each and every day. We will be announcing winners of iPads and Beats Headphones, courtesy of PXU Foundation (https://foundation4education.org), soon! Stay tuned to our social media pages to see which incoming students who registered are winners.
See below for some photos from EXPO!
This Is Who We Are Magazine
We also have physical copies available! If your campus needs magazines, email Vanessa Herb from Marketing and Communications at email@example.com.
Dr. Gestson Awarded Policymaker of the Year
For information about how our District has worked towards mitigation under Dr. Gestson's leadership, visit PXU.org/BeHealthy.
Congratulations, Dr. Gestson!
Maya Gonzalez: Gila River Women's Prayer Run
All of the women who participated ran through their respective district carrying the Women's Run Prayer stick, handing it off to one another. Maya was able to walk with other women in the area they reside and continued her run further into the community where she ran a great distance. Maya has participated in this run and many other runs that the tribe has to offer. Maya ran and endured for her family, friends, community, school and many more.
We are so proud of Maya!
Bioscience Engineers Win Makers of Change Challenge
(Picture of student participants above)
The 2021 Makers of Change Assistive Technology Challenge came to an exciting conclusion on Saturday, October 30th. Bioscience High School was home to 3 of the top 8 (of over 100) teams who registered for the challenge. Two of our three finalist teams won their category and Dragon Drip - a junior team - won Best in Show! Together, they earned $700 for the school.
The MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge was created to support the ADAPT Shop at Southwest Human Development. Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. 2021 is the first collaboration between Southwest Human Development and ASU EPICS High, facilitated by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
This year's challenge centered around Gabbie, a 4-year-old with Down Syndrome who is an excellent visual communicator, but needs support to achieve her speech goals. Teams worked from September 15th to October 21st to understand Gabbie's strengths and challenges, brainstorm, and plan for a software or hardware solution. Level 1 teams presented their proposed solutions while Level 2 teams developed functional prototypes. All teams submitted video presentations and posters for preliminary judging. These three finalist teams presented live to a panel of expert judges including ASU's Assitant Dean of Engineering Education, Tirupalavanam Ganesh.
Finalists: Power Rangers
Victor Mata Castaneda
Software Level 1 Winner and Best in Show: Dragon Drip - SpeakOut
Software Level 2 Winner: Bio Genusis
Hector Paredes Galdamez
Heidi Konstantopoulos: $500 winner from SRP and the Arizona Cardinals Touchdowns for Teachers Program
Heidi Konstantopoulos (pictured above), science teacher at Linda Abril, was awarded $500 from SRP and the Arizona Cardinals Touchdowns for Teachers program! She can use these funds to support her lessons and classroom engagement.
Here is an excerpt directly from SRP:
"Through SRP Touchdowns for Teachers, we’re rewarding teachers who are guiding the next generation of innovators and leaders. For more than a century, SRP has been providing the Valley with reliable water and power while giving back to the communities we serve. From hands-on teacher workshops to grants for our educators, SRP supports teachers like you as you innovate for the future and create classrooms where everyone can succeed."
Congratulations to Ms. Konstantopoulos!
Betty Fairfax Community Based Training Cooking Activity
We are so proud of these students for working hard to learn crucial life skills.
Above are photos from the activity.
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!
PXU Wellness Reimbursement Program (Receive up to $50!)
Receive up to $50 for eligible expenses!
First, make a purchase or participate in an activity between 9/1 and 11/15 that falls
within one of the four pillars of wellbeing. Then, complete and return a 2021
Wellness Reimbursement Form by 11/15 along with proof of payment and a description
of the activity or item that promotes a pillar of wellness. Finally, email your form and
documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org!
For full details about the program and to access the Wellness Reimbursement Form, click the button below.
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).
Want to help our Employee Wellness team?
Help our Employee Wellness team narrow down their goals for this year by completing this survey:
Let's support the team who is here to support us. Complete the survey today, and do not hesitate to reach out to them for support if you or someone you know is in need of it.