PXU Newsletter September 10, 2021

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PXU - Vax To The Max Staff

Vax to the Max

PXU is committed to reaching the 85% vaccination threshold typically needed to achieve herd immunity in our community. On September 2nd, our Governing Board took action and approved a vaccination campaign, Vax to the Max, for all staff and students.

From Tuesday, September 7, through Monday, October 11, all staff will be required to submit their current COVID vaccination status. In order to report your status, please log in to the iVisions portal and follow these steps:

  • Hover your cursor over the All Departments tab and select Online Request Forms.
  • Click the Create New Form button next to the COVID 19 Vaccination Record dropdown option.
  • Enter your information and your vaccination status.
  • Attaching an image of your card is not required. However, to be eligible for the incentive below, please upload your valid vaccination record card.

When we reach 85% vaccination rate (or higher), the following incentives will occur:


  • Fully vaccinated employees who have uploaded their valid vaccination card in iVisions will receive $200 on the December 7, 2021 paycheck.
  • Fully vaccinated employees who have not uploaded their valid vaccination card in iVisions will not be eligible for the $200 incentive.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will not be eligible for the $200 incentive.


  • The first large school and first small school who reach the 85% vaccination goal will receive a prize (more info to come). CEE & DSF staff will be included in the large school competition.


  • Every student who shows proof of vaccination to their bookstore (large schools) or front office (small schools) will receive a $100 Target gift card.

If you have not yet received the vaccine, there is still time to be fully vaccinated by October 11.

While Phoenix Union is requiring this information, your vaccination status cannot impact your employment with the District. Thank you for providing this essential feedback and for doing your part to keep our community safe. Please email Talent@PhoenixUnion.org with any questions.

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PXU Vaccination Events

We are still hosting vaccination events on a rotational basis at all of our school locations! As always, we are so thankful to all of our schools for their hard work and dedication to our vaccination efforts. PXU would not be a national leader in vaccination distribution if we did not have your help every week. Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors who continue to make this happen.

If you would like to volunteer at our Saturday, September 11 vaccination event at Metro Tech, please click this link:

Click here to sign up to volunteer

For the full schedule of our vaccination events, visit PXU.org/BeHealthy or click the button below to be directed to the page.

COVID Testing at PXU

Partnering with Embry Health and Premier Lab Solutions, the District has been providing free regional on-site COVID testing Monday – Friday since September 2. Testing begins at 7:30am and ends at 5:30pm each day, located on campus parking lots. All individuals under the age of 18 will need to provide a signed consent form or be accompanied by their parent or guardian to receive a test. No appointments are needed.

The current school sites with testing available Monday-Friday are:

  • Academies at South Mountain
  • Carl Hayden Community High School
  • Central High School
  • Cesar Chavez High School
  • Trevor G. Browne High School

We are also offering testing on a rotational basis Saturdays from 8:00am-1:00pm at Trevor Browne High School, Betty Fairfax High School, and North High School.

For more information regarding our testing efforts, click the button below.

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Zoe Blocher-Rubin, Bioscience High School Sustainability Officer

Zoe Blocher-Rubin (pictured above) is a senior at Bioscience High School and the school's Sustainability Officer. This position is a unique position within Student Government because the student in this role at Bioscience High School, once elected, serves as the Lead Sustainability Officer Coordinator for the City of Phoenix Sustainability Office.

Zoe has been in Student Government since her Sophomore Year, as she has always been interested in being a leader on campus and using her voice to make a difference. She is passionate about the environment and believes firmly in science, which is apparent in her decision to attend a science-based school. She is looking forward to working with and coordinating the Sustainability Officers from other campuses.

Each year, campus Sustainability Officers work to improve sustainability literacy and enhance their campuses by implementing project, greening events, and educating their student body on sustainability. Schools within PXU are provided city resources such as district-wide Sustainability Challenges, in which winners have received a total of $15,000 in rewards so far for meeting sustainability goals.

Zoe is currently finishing the process of recruiting Sustainability Officers from each campus. If your campus still does not have a Sustainability Officer selected, campuses who are participating should select an officer as soon as possible. For any questions regarding the program, contact Darice Ellis, City of Phoenix City Manager's Office of Sustainability, at (602) 534-1792.

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Carl Hayden Community Clean Up Days

At the end of the school year last year, the Carl Hayden Student Services Department adopted Roosevelt Street outside of their campus. The goal with the street adoption is to highlight social and emotional learning and to give students an opportunity to develop those skills with the help of outside organizations.

Since then, they have scheduled street clean up days to keep their adopted street clean and build community through service. The street clean up days will be from 9am-10am on the following Saturdays:

  • Saturday, September 11th
  • Saturday, December 11th
  • Saturday, February 12th
  • Saturday, April 16th

Join the Carl Hayden Student Support Services team in their street clean up efforts on Saturday, September 11th! They will be meeting by the Falcon Park pool and cleaning between 27th and 35th Avenues on Roosevelt. The campus community are very excited to begin doing their part to keep their community clean.

(Pictured above, left to right: Karina Renteria, CHCHS Student Government Chair of the Community Service Committee, Tiffany Alfaro, CHCHS Student Body President, and Julissa Torres, CHCHS Vice President of Public Relations)

Fall Sports are BACK!

We are so excited to have our Fall 2021 Sports in full swing. To see all of the Fall Sports schedules, visit https://www.azpreps365.com and use the navigation at the top to identify which sport you would like to see the schedule for. You can also use the search bar at the top of their website to search for the Phoenix Union school of your choice!

The full Varsity Football schedule is posted on our website, and can be found by clicking on this link: Link to the Phoenix Union Varsity Football schedule

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Madison Gallagher, All-Star Athlete of the Week

Madison Gallagher, co-captain of the North Volleyball team, was named

azcentral Sports Awards Academic All-Star Athlete of the Week, 2021-22 season! We are so proud of her for this accomplishment! Click the button below to see azcentral's article about her.

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North High School Alumna Stars in BET Movie "Twice Bitten"

Miah Blake (pictured above), a Phoenix Native and graduate of North High School stars in the new BET movie "Twice Bitten," which premiered on Tuesday, September 7th on BET. After graduating from North, she moved to LA to pursue her career as a singer/dancer and discovered her passion for acting along the way.

Click the button below to see an article from PhxSoul.com about Miah and the movie she stars in.

We are so proud to have Miah representing PXU!

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Rosa Dominguez: 2021 Patty & David Meyers Elevator in Education Award Recipient

Congratulations to Rosa Dominguez (pictured above), Community Liaison at Camelback High School, for receiving the 2021 Patty & David Meyers Elevator in Education Award! Here is what Elevate Phoenix says about Ms. Dominguez:

"Your continued work in education throughout the years have demonstrated your dedication and passion for students and their futures. You exemplify the importance of high expectations, student engagement, and work ethic integrity that makes success with students possible. "

Ms. Dominguez was honored at a breakfast on September 2nd at the Phoenix Country Club.

We are so proud of Ms. Dominguez!

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D-Backs Most Valuable Teachers in STEM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have an initiative called "D-backs Most Valuable Teachers in STEM." Through this program they recognize ten teachers a month (during baseball season) who go above and beyond in the classroom. They have a form online where they ask students, parents, and fellow staff to nominate teachers that they feel are deserving. The form is live on dbacks.com/mvt.

You can nominate a STEM educator that has made a difference in your life by submitting an essay in the space provided on the entry form.The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Honeywell will recognize ten (10) winning educators in September and ten (10) winning educators in October. Each winner will have the opportunity to take part in an on-field recognition and will receive a $1,000 grant for their class! Please see Official Rules for details.

The program ends on September 24th. We hope you nominate a STEM teacher that has impacted your life!

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More APS Supply My Class winners from PXU!

Central High School had two more teachers, Mr. Breidenstine and Ms. Cano (pictured above), win $500 gift cards from APS Supply My Class!

Thank you to APS for awarding two more of our incredible teachers with gift cards to purchase supplies for their classroom.

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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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Staff Health & Wellness Mental Health Resources and Survey

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.