Peoria Unified School District January 2016 PULSE Newsletter

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Peoria Unified Sch�l District JAN 2016 | MONTHLY NEWSLETTER & MENUS PEORI Calendar Highlights: Jan 7 | Elem. Report Card Distribu�on Jan 8 | HS Report Card Distribu�on Jan 14 | Governing Board mee�ng, 5 p.m. Jan 18 | Mar�n Luther King, Jr. Day | All schools and district offices closed Jan 19 | Full Day Staff Development | All schools are closed, district offices are open Jan 22 | District Spelling Bee at District Admin. Center





Peoria Unified AzMERIT Scores Above State, Peer Averages AzMERIT scores for Peoria Uni�ied came in above state averages in just about every category and grade; eighth-grade math scores led all other peer districts. There are six students that received the highest scale score possible on both

Jan 26 | 100th Day Jan 28 | Governing Board mee�ng, 5 p.m. Amanda Pace Vistancia Elementary

the English Language Arts (ELA) assessment and Mathematics assessment. These high achievers are fourth-graders: Riley Lawrence at Copperwood; Ashlyn Pace at Frontier; Mallory Forsberg at Oakwood; and Peyton Dennis at Sunset Heights; �ifthgrader Ephraim Joel Esmas at Oasis; and seventh-grader Amanda Pace at Vistancia. There are 295 Peoria Uni�ied students that received the highest possible score on the AzMERIT

Mathematics assessment or ELA assessment. Peoria Uni�ied schools had an average of 41.75

Riley Lawrence Copperwood Elementary

percent of students pass the ELA, and 37.35 percent of students pass the math portion of the test.

Thank You for Your Help! Peoria Unified, one of Arizona’s largest unified school districts, prides itself on a 95 percent high school graduation rate, excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. WWW.PEORIAUD.K12.AZ.US

It seems the news is dominated by stories which don’t really motivate: budget cuts to schools; political argum e n t s a b o u t how to correctly fund education; Ma� Bullock the loomGoverning Board ing statewide teacher shortage, etc. However, 2015 saw a surge in awareness and support for Peoria Uni�ied, its em-

ployees and students. So, thank you for your support and extra effort to correctly prepare our children for the global workforce. Thank you for your �inancial support with tax credit donations. Thank you for becoming more informed about our budget override last November to help fund our programs. Thank you for spending a little extra time with your child by reading with them, making sure they get their homework �inished

and learning to take education seriously. Thank you for supporting your kids’ teachers and giving them words of encouragement. Thank you for contacting your Governing Board and district administration when you needed more information about policy or budget. Thank you for reaching out to your neighbors to involve them in shaping how we educate our children. Thank you for your help – it is appreciated!


Former Peoria Elementary Student Songwriter/Rapper Makes Donation to School Ali Tomineek, a YouTube sensa�on, recently returned to his old stomping grounds at Peoria Elementary to present a check to sixthgrade teacher Bri�any Mengel, Band teacher Thomas Ogilvie and Principal CJ Smith. The $500 dona�on, from the sale of his music and merchandise, was the remaining amount needed in order to buy a new stage curtain, which costs around $5,000. The rapper/ songwriter also sang about bully preven�on to an enthusias�c assembly of students.

Copperwood Elementary Students Read to Patrons at Barnes & Noble Fundraiser First-grade students in Kris� von Aspen’s class Copperwood Elementary: Lili Sadler, Benjamin Tran, Cailyn Hendryx, Johnathan Selby, Caiden Trou� and Lauren Wirt, read Twas the Night Before Christmas during a school-wide fundraiser at the Arrowhead Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Peoria High Encore Choir Takes First Place in Annual Festival Competition Peoria High Encore Choir took first place in the City of Peoria’s Annual Old Town Holiday Fes�val Choir Compe��on. Choirs from Cactus, Centennial, Ironwood, Peoria and Sunrise Mountain high schools competed in the annual tradi�on.

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Peoria Unified Provides Leadership in State Education Organizations Three top Peoria Uni�ied leaders will head up state organizations in 2016 whose purpose is to promote the best interests of education in the state of Arizona. • Governing Board member Kathy Knecht presides as president of the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA). The ASBA provides training, leadership and essential services to public school governing boards across the state. More than 240 governing boards, representing nearly one million Arizona students, are members of ASBA. • Chief Financial Of�icer Ken Hicks is president of the Arizona Association of School Business Of�icials (AASBO). For 40 years, AASBO has promoted the high-

est standards of school business management and currently has a membership base of 2,000 school employees and business leaders. The district’s Food & Nutrition Department director, Sandra Schossow, is also on the AASBO board as Director of Child Nutrition. • Deputy Superintendent Dr. Heather Cruz provides leadership for the Arizona School Administrators (ASA) to promote the best interests of education in the state. ASA provides training and support services for its membership and serves as a voice in the legislature, in communities and in organizations that promote educational improvements to bene�it students and schools.

Peoria Police Chief Roy Minter recognized the following high school students with a 2015 Community Partnership Award: Olivia Thomas and Angela Bell from Centennial; Madelyn Benavidez from Liberty; Sydney Jenner and Javon Free-

man from Peoria High; Joshua Freid and Megan Zimbelman from Sunrise Mountain. Each recipient was selected based on their civic involvement, volunteer work and dedication to the community.

Peoria Police Honor Students As Community Partners

Heritage Elementary Participates in #HourofCode

Cianna and Isaih Brown, and all fi�h-through eighth-grade students, par�cipated in the International #HourofCode initiative at Heritage Elementary during Computer Science Educa�on Week. Sara Bellestri, their parent, was one of many who volunteered �me to learn about computer programming with their children. #HeritatgeSTEM is one of 12 Signature Program schools in Peoria Unified.

Local Foundation Funds Grants for Peoria Unified Classroom Projects Just 22 teacher projects were selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks 2015 School Challenge and two Peoria Uni�ied schools will bene�it from a $5,000 grant: Kachina Elementary teacher Sheryl Fisher, was awarded a grant for “I Ride for Autism”; and Cactus High science teacher Rebecca Jarnian will fund a project called,“Picture This: A Snapshot of Desert Ecology.” APS and the Phoenix Suns recently awarded STEM mini-grants and �ive Peoria Uni�ied teachers received funding for classroom projects: Melinda

Soland, science teacher at Cactus High will fund a desert data collection project; Raymond Wilson at Alta Loma Elementary will build a garden with fourth-grade students; David Hill at Peoria High will fund experiments for students in the after-school M.E.S.A. Club; �ifth-grade students in Richard Yates class at Sunset Heights Elementary will develop and program electrical circuitry; and Darrell Kidd at the MET Professional Academy will make microprocessors available to his high school students.

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Announcing with Pride Constitution Contest Winners Peoria Uni�ied recognizes a number of top achievers in the 15th Annual City of Peoria Celebrate the Constitution Contest. Centennial High senior Tyler Manning won the grand prize, a $1,500 college scholarship for his award-winning essay. Many Peoria Uni�ied students were recognized for their winning entries at the Peoria City Council meeting on Dec. 15, including: kindergarten student Liliana Torres of Apache Elementary who took �irst place for her poster depicting “What America means to me.” In the �irst-through second grade division, Ella Carlson in second-grade at Paseo Verde Elementary took �irst place and Milana Adendorff, in �irst grade at Oakwood Elementary, earned third place. Parkridge Elementary third-grader Tuscan Zahn won �irst place in the third- and fourth-grade division, for the second

year. Third-grader Alison Jayme of Oakwood Elementary placed second. All �irst- through fourthgrade participants won for their poster depicting “What does America Mean to Me?” In the �ifth-through sixth-grade division, sixthgrade student Kyle Duffy of Foothills Elementary received �irst place for his award-winning essay. Sixth-grader Izaak Kary of Santa Fe Elementary earned second place and sixth-grader Elena Yoder of Parkridge Elementary won third place. Eighthgrade students from Sunset Heights Elementary took the top three places in the seventh- through eighthgrade division; Shondeen Lucero earned �irst place, Zain Syed took second and Esabella Brown placed third. Fifth- through eighth-grade students won for their essays answering the question, “How do the different branches of government ensure a balance

Centennial Football Coach Taylor Recognized at Ariz. Cardinals Game Centennial High football coach Richard Taylor was recognized as the High School Coach-of-the-Year by Wells Fargo and the Arizona Cardinals, presented to him by team president Michael Bidwell.

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Sunset Heights Elementary eighth-grade students Shondeen Lucero, Esabella Brown and Zain Syed took the top three places in the seventhand eighth-grade division of the City of Peoria’s Cons�tu�on Contest. Also pictured: Sunset Heights Principal Rae Conelley.

of power?” In the ninth-through tenth-grade division, Centennial High celebrates three winners for their essays. Tenth-graders Balin Overstolz earned �irst place, Christina Leisten received second place and Jonathan Berthiaume achieved third place. Centennial High senior Beth Dillard received the �irst prize in the eleventh-

through twelfth-grade division, eleventh-grade student Arissa Mayer placed second and Abbass Bah, in eleventh-grade at Peoria High earned third place. All essayists answered the question, “What types of character traits, behaviors or actions are important to preserve and uphold the Constitution?”

High School Graduation Schedule

Oakwood Elementary Community Stocks the Shelves of Food Bank

The following high school graduations will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium: Thursday, May 19, 2016 1 p.m. Centennial 3 p.m. Sunrise Mountain 5 p.m. Raymond S. Kellis 7 p.m. Ironwood Friday, May 20, 2016 1 p.m. Peoria 3 p.m. Liberty 5 p.m. Cactus The Peoria Flex Academy will hold a graduation ceremony, 5:30 p.m., May 18 at Peoria High Performing Arts Center.

Pesticide Application Schedule

Peoria Unified is required to provide wri�en no�fica�on at least 48 hours prior to the applica�on of any pesticides at any school site. Pes�cides are applied in the late afternoon, after school is dismissed. Jan 4 Pioneer, Sahuaro Ranch Jan 5 Oakwood, Peoria Elementary, Santa Fe Jan 6 Sundance, Sun Valley Jan 7 Co�on Boll, Fron�er, Parkridge, Sunrise Mountain, Zuni Hills Jan 8 Desert Palms, Heritage, Kachina, Paseo Verde Jan 11 Cactus, Desert Valley, Foothills, Ironwood Jan 12 Centennial, Oasis Jan 13 Ira A. Murphy, Peoria High Jan 14 Alta Loma, Apache, Cheyenne, Sunset Heights Jan 15 Country Meadows, Desert Harbor, Raymond S. Kellis Jan 20 Support Services Complex Jan 22 Vistancia, District Admin. Center Jan 26 Coyote Hills, Lake Pleasant, Liberty Jan 27 Sky View, Cholla Annex, District Maintenance Feb 1 Pioneer, Sahuaro Ranch Feb 2 Oakwood, Peoria Elementary, Santa Fe Feb 3 Sundance, Sun Valley Feb 4 Co�on Boll, Fron�er, Parkridge, Sunrise Mountain, Zuni Hills Feb 5 Canyon, Copperwood, Marshall Ranch Feb 8 Cactus, Desert Valley, Foothills, Ironwood

The Oakwood Elementary community donated an astonishing 13,445 of non-perishable food items to the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Sunrise Mountain Cross Country Team Placed in State Championship Sunrise Mountain High Cross Country team members: Sydney La�e, Jordan Michaele, Megan Gilbert, Paige Hildebrant, Abigail Datria , Emma Janzen and Nikki Curtis were Runners-up in the Division II State Championship.

Ironwood Senior Chosen as ACES Student of the Month Ironwood High senior Jacob Fischer is student of the month in the City of Glendale Police Department Awarding Character Excellence in Students (ACES) recogni�on program. Students who demonstrate and commit to promo�ng character excellence in their everyday lives by incorpora�ng the core values of the police department: integrity, courage, excellence, respect, compassion and dedica�on. Presen�ng the award: Gerald Snyder, Ironwood School Resource Officer from the Glendale Police Department.

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Peoria Unified School District

BREAKFAST & LUNCH MENUS Numbers to the right of calendar date indicate the 6-day rota�on schedule.






Holiday Break

School Resumes January 4th, 2016. HAPPY

December 17th through Januar y 1st




Mini Maple Pancakes Cereal Kits

French Toast Sticks Cereal Kits

Breakfast Bagel Pizza Cereal Kits

Egg & Bacon Breakfast Sandwich Cereal or Yogurt Kits

Cherry Frudel Cereal Kits

Mini Cheeseburgers Fun Fish W/ Muffin Cereal Kits

Chicken Nuggets W/ Muffin Nacho Bites W/ Salsa Harvest Plates

Corn Dog Veggie Sandwich Sweet Southern Brunch

Turkey & Gravy W/ Biscuit Garden Salad W/ Muffin Shrimp Bites

Stuffed Crust Pizza Gordita Taco Oriental Chicken Salad

Oranges Fruit Cups Green Beans

Banana Potato Cubes Kale Salad

Grapefruit Jicama Mandarin Oranges

Apples Side Salad Carrots

Apple Corn Chilled Peaches




W/ Crunch Bar



Chocolate Chip French Toast Cereal Kits

Biscuits & Gravy Cereal Kits

Mini Donuts Cereal Kits

Cinnamon Stuffed Bagel Cereal Kits

Strawberry Pancakes Cereal Kits

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl Cheeseburger Veggie Wrap

Chicken Nuggets W/ Muffin Mac & Cheese W/ Roll PB&J Pack*

Pretzel Melt Chicken Pa�y Sandwich Garden Salad W/ Roll

Personal Pan Pizza Enchilada Style Burrito Spicy Popcorn Chicken Salad

Oranges Celery Garbanzo Beans

Chilled Mangos Bell Peppers Broccoli

Grilled Cheese Meatball Sub Sandwich Southwest Chicken Salad W/ Scoops Grapes Carrots Chilled Mixed Fruit

Tangerines Cauliflower Side Salad

Apples Fruit Ice Curly Fries

Glazed Breakfast Bar Cereal Kits

Breakfast Pizza Cereal Kits

Cinnamon Roll Cereal Kits

Mini Corn Dogs Cheese Crisp Mediterranean Wrap

Beef Fingers W/ Rice Spaghe� W/ Meatballs Garden Salad w/ Roll

Sicilian Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Fajitas Veggie Wrap

Banana Cucumber Black Beans

Side Salad Cauliflower Grapefruit

Crinkle Fries Cucumbers Chilled Pears


Mar�n Luther King Jr Day NO SCHOOL


Teacher Work Day







Board Mee�ng 5:30


Mini Blueberry Waffles Cereal Kits

Pancake on a Stick Cereal Kits

Combo (Omelet & Biscuit) Cereal Kits

Yogurt & Gripz Cereal Kits

Mini Maple Pancakes Cereal Kits

Pizza Bites Stuffed Breads�cks W/ Marinara California Turkey Sandwich

Chicken Nuggets W/ Muffin Breakfast Lunch Box Teriyaki Beef Dippers W/ Rice

Chicken Tenders Popcorn Chicken Bowl Garden Salad W/ Roll

French Bread Pizza Veggie Wrap Hot Dog

Oranges Carrots Applesauce

Frozen Berries Bell Peppers Side Salad

Bean & Cheese Burrito Taco Salad Bowl Beef Taco Churro Grapes Carrots Pinto Beans

Tangerines Mashed Potatoes Jicama

Fruit Ice Cucumbers Apples


Elementary Breakfast Includes: Choice of Hot Entrée or Breakfast Kit Fruit & 100% Fruit Juice White or Chocolate Milk

Meal Price, $1.50 Reduced Price, 30-cents Milk Carton, 35-cents




Board Mee�ng 5:30

*PB&J is not served at peanut-free schools. Subs�tu�ons will be made. The Peoria Unified School District is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Na�onal Clearing House Associa�on requires the following nonsufficient funds disclaimer: if a child brings a check to school, the parent is giving authoriza�on to electronically debit his/her account for the returned check plus fees if the check should be returned. For more informa�on, contact CCM/Restaurant Fund.1-888423-8974.




Elementary Lunch Includes:

Choice from 2 Hot & 1 Cold Entrée Fruit & Vegetable Bar (Minimum 5 choices) White, Strawberry or Chocolate Milk Meal Price, $2.50 Reduced Price, 40-cents Milk Carton, 35-cents

Peoria Unified School District is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Peoria Unified School District

High School Menu 2016

Breakfast Meal Includes Entrée, Fruit & Milk

Breakfast Prices Student Meal $1.75 Reduced Price Meal $0.30 Adult Meal $1.75

Breakfast Entrées Available Daily  Assorted Cereal, Granola Bars with choice of side item (Cheese, Yogurt or Graham Crackers)  Breakfast Pizza, Bagel with Cream Cheese, Mini Donuts, Bread Slices, Pop-Tarts, & Benefit Bars available daily Monday


Super Bun

Mini Pancakes




Chocolate Chip French Toast


Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich



Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich



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French Toast S�cks


Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

NO SCHOOL Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich

December 21- January 1

Ham English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich


Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Burrito

Fresh Baked Cinnamon Roll


Ham English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich


Green Chili Egg & Cheese Burrito

Breakfast Pla�er


Ham English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich


Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Burrito


Ham English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich


Green Chili Egg & Cheese Burrito

Biscuits & Gravy

Breakfast Bowl

Lunch Meal Includes Entrée, Fruit, Vegetable & Beverage Lunch Entrées Available Daily

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Garden Salad Chef Salad Co�age Cheese & Fruit Bean & Cheese Burrito Spicy Chicken Sandwich Pizza

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich Chicken Pa�y Sandwich PB&J Sandwich Chicken Nuggets or Strips Hamburger/Cheeseburger

Chicken Quesadilla General Tso Bowl


Chicken Fajitas Mac & Cheese w/ Roll

Gordita Taco Teriyaki Chicken Bowl Mar�n Luther King Jr Day NO SCHOOL





Gordita Taco Orange Chicken Bowl




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Student Meal $2.75 Reduced Price Meal $0.40 Adult Lunch $3.75

Raspberry Chicken Salad Chicken Caesar Salad Raspberry Chicken Salad Cobb Salad Southwest Chicken Salad Cobb Salad Bagel Lunch Box Popcorn Chicken Salad Bagel Lunch Box Protein Pack w/ Bread Slice Crunch Bar Lunch Box Protein Pack w/ Bread Slice Pastrami Sandwich Yogurt, Granola, & Cheese Italian Combo Sub Turkey Bacon Wrap California Turkey Sandwich Chicken Caesar Wrap Veggie Sub Veggie Wrap Veggie Sub Super Nachos So� Tacos Meatball Sub



Cheese Quesadilla Fe�uccini Alfredo Staff Professional Development Day NO SCHOOL

Chicken Parm Cheese Quesadilla

Lunch Prices

Beverages Flavored & White Skim Milk 1% White Milk Bo�led Water Assorted Fountain Drinks Sides Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Bar Hot Vegetables (Varies Daily)

Lunch Entrée Specials for January Chicken Caesar Salad Mandarin Orange Salad Popcorn Chicken Salad Crunch Bar Lunch Box Yogurt, Granola, & Cheese Ham Sandwich Veggie Wrap Taco Salad Cheesy Fajita Chicken Sub

Glazed Breakfast Bar


(Omelet, Biscuit, Hash Brown) 27


Yogurt & Muffin




Yogurt & Muffin

Red Enchiladas Teriyaki Chicken Bowl





Chicken Caesar Salad An�pasto Salad Popcorn Chicken Salad Crunch Bar Lunch Box Yogurt, Granola, & Cheese Turkey Sandwich Veggie Wrap Cheesy Fish Sandwich

December 21- January 1

Popcorn Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl


Philly Cheesesteak Clux Delux Sandwich









Sichuan Chicken Bowl

Popcorn Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl

Enchilada Style Burrito

Red Enchiladas Orange Chicken Bowl

General Tso Bowl Enchilada Style Burrito

Popcorn Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl

Popcorn Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl

Clux Delux Sandwich BBQ Turkey Sandwich Bacon Cheeseburger Clux Delux Sandwich

Clux Delux Sandwich Baked Potato w/ Muffin

Menu items are subject to change without no�fica�on. If the first choice is not available, an alternate will be served. Peoria Unified School District is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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