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PXU Newsletter October 15, 2021

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EXPO Promo

Let's get ready for EXPO 2021!

We are so excited to prepare for this year's EXPO taking place on November 6 from 9am-1pm! All of our campuses will be open to showcase everything our District has to offer. For more information about this year's EXPO, visit PXU.org/EXPO
PXU - Sports, Clubs & Activities

Positive Impact of Sports and Clubs On Our Students

We have said since the beginning of the school year that we want our students on campus and participating in the clubs, sports, and activities that they enjoy.


Please take some time to watch the video above and see why we are taking every measure to make sure our students stay on campuses and are able to participate in the things they love.

PXU Weekly Vaccinations and Testing Events

Our rotational vaccination events and weekly testing events are still happening! We want to remind you that we offer the FDA Approved Pfizer Vaccine at all of our campuses on a rotational basis. We also offer FREE COVID testing at many of our school locations during the week and on Saturdays. We will be offering Pfizer booster shots for all those eligible. More information to come in the future regarding Moderna booster shots.


Thank you to all who have volunteered their time to keeping our community healthy. If you would like to volunteer at our Alhambra vaccination event on Saturday, October 16, please click the link below:


Click here to volunteer at our Saturday, October 16 vaccination event.


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

PXU is now on TikTok

PXU is now on TikTok!

PXU launched its very own TikTok account! We can't wait to work with more of our students and school locations to create interactive content by our community, for our community. Please follow us @PhoenixUnion on TikTok!


See this video above that was created with Camelback High School's Student Government!


Click the button below to be directed to our TikTok page.

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Cesilia Montano Aguilar: Bostrom's First Graduate of the Year

Phoenix Union would like to extend a HUGE congratulations to Bostrom's first graduate of the year, Cesilia Montano Aguilar (pictured above). We are so proud of Cesilia and know she will do great things in the future.


Congratulations to Cesilia and to Bostrom for having their first graduate of the year!

PXU Arizona Future Fellowship Fellows

PXU is leading the way with 8 out of the 20 Arizona's Future Fellowship 2021-2022 fellows who will be participating in expanding their leadership skills through Aliento! Arizona’s Future Fellowship is a transformative leadership development program for immigrant youth. Coming from schools across the valley, fellows work within their schools to practice self-advocacy skills and implement the organizing principles they learn during their monthly cohort trainings. Fellows work towards making their schools and their communities more equitable and inclusive.


5 of the fellows are current PXU students, and 3 of them are PXU alumni.


Here are the 8 fellows representing PXU:

Adrianna Lucena Araujo of Maryvale High School, Published Work

Adrianna Lucena Araujo, Sophomore at Maryvale High School, had work published in the latest edition of the Arizona English Teachers Journal. It was included as a part of an article written by Mx. Carrie Deahl, English Teacher at Maryvale.


The journal is included in the attachment below. The article with Adrianna's work is on page 10.


Congrats to Adrianna!

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AZ Diamondbacks Most Valuable Teachers in STEM: PXU Winners

On Sunday, September 26 at the game Mr. Jacob Dunklee was awarded the AZ Diamondbacks Most Valuable Teacher in STEM award sponsored by Honeywell as part of STEM Sunday. Mr. Dunklee is a Physics teacher at Maryvale.


The following Sunday, October 3 at the final game of the season Mr. Christopher Sulit (2nd from the right in the photo above) and Ms. Jennifer Manlick (6th from the right or in the middle in the photo above), were both awarded as the AZ Diamondbacks Most Valuable Teacher of STEM sponsored by Honeywell as part of STEM Sunday as well.


Mr. Sulit is a chemistry teacher at Camelback and Ms. Manlick was a Physics and Environmental Science teacher at Camelback before becoming the Professional Development Specialist at Bostrom and Desiderata. This is Ms. Manlick's second time receiving the award. She was nominated by Camelback students in April 2019 as a Most Valuable Teacher.


Congratulations to our PXU winners! We are so proud!

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Denis Alvarez Interview for Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation and ElevateEdAZ invite you to learn about Denis Alvarez, a first-year Academies at South Mountain biology teacher who proudly celebrates her Hispanic culture.


Click the button below to read the interview with Miss Alvarez.

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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 pxuwellnessreimbursement@phoenixunion.org!


For full details about the program and to access the Wellness Reimbursement Form, click the button below.

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Updates to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program

Do you have Federal Student Loans? The US Department of Education has made some changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program to make it easier for student loan forgiveness. For more information about these changes and how you can get yourself on the right track for student loan forgiveness, click the button below.
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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!

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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


Want to help our Employee Wellness team?


Help our Employee Wellness team narrow down their goals for this year by completing this survey:

Click here to access the Employee Wellness 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.

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!