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Annual Report 2 201 O Scottsdale Unified School District August 2012 Updates on...  AIMS Test Scores  We Do It Better!  Overrides/Bonds  Technology  Tax Credit  A Look Ahead  Our Communities  Plus Much More! 0 202 O NEW Tear-off calendar with school contacts Look! Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day www.susd.org

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Annual Report Kindergarten student - Hopi Elementary Scottsdale Unified School District TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 1 der ship Update: • Lea - Message from the Superintendent • - Athletic ncials: • Fina - Overrides Achievements: - continued 7 ad • A Look Ahe r Project s • Sola nology: • Tech - Wi-Fi nology: • Tech - eCoach continued 2 • Governing Board District Academic • Per formance/AIMS ievements: • Ach - Staff - School - Student Academics 5 ncials: • Fina - Bonds • Curriculum Early Childhood • Cam puses: - Preschool - Pre-K continued 8 s • Partnershipncil • Parent Cou - BYOT - Tech in the Class 3 6 - Infant and Toddler s • Athletic Programnica l eer and Tech • Car Education (CTE) 9 • iTeachA Z Initiative • Tax Credit izon • On the Hor LEN DA R s t n e r a P Check out our NEW one-stop location for all S LEN DA R BUS ROUTES BUS ROUTES CA S CA ITI ON NU ITI TR ON SE IC RV your Back to School needs... and Beyond! IC RV SE too k c a B t r k c u a o l B Y o r o u h o c l Y S Schoo ES ES Backpack Backpack backpack.susd.org

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Scottsdale Unified School District Annual Report WeDoItBetter.susd.org LEADERSHIP n J. Peterso Dr. David ndent Superinte we have had this past school year. With the support of our Governing Board, staff, students and the greater community, we have become innovators in public education and have demonstrated why • Enabling high school students living outside of SUSD boundaries to earn a high school diploma through the District by enrolling in Scottsdale Online Learning classes. • Expanding the Self-Contained Comprehensive Gifted program to Hopi Elementary School. In 201213, it will expand to Ingleside Middle School. • Expanding World Languages to include Japanese and Russian. You will find more details about our financial report, academic performance and achievement, curriculum, construction and solar projects, partnerships and much more in this publication. I encourage you to visit our Web site at www.susd.org for more information about your public school district. Very truly yours, Superintendent’s Message In 2011, our Governing Board adopted the District’s Strategic Plan and Vision, Mission, Goals and Beliefs. This past school year , we have made significant progress in these six areas • Communication and Community Partnerships • Optimal Class Sizes and Personalized Learning • Teacher Quality and Professional Development • Technology Improvements and Integration • High Standards and Accountability • School Safety and Student Support I hope that you take time to look through this publication that is being sent to every household in our District. With your continued support of our schools, we are able to engage, educate and empower every student, every day. We work hard to achieve our mission to deliver a world-class education promoting the highest level of academic achievement, creativity and personal growth that will inspire greatness in today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. We strive to provide our students with the best possible education while spending your tax dollars wisely and efficiently. We are so proud of the tremendous number of accomplishments that • Completing the wireless infrastructure at all SUSD campuses – a major milestone for SUSD. The project will be completed by August. • Incorporating Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) at several schools. • Holding Groundbreaking Ceremonies at ANLC, Cocopah, Mohave and Supai to celebrate our 2010 Bond Construction project. • Converting an unused school bus into a mobile technology learning center, eCoach, for students, teachers and the community. We believe, the eCoach is the first of its kind in the nation. • Installing SunPower solar shade structures at the first of 11 schools, which will save the District more than $22 million over 25 years. • Creating the TekLink program – refurbishing and reimaging older District computers and other donated computers to be distributed to families who have been selected by principals, community specialists and teachers. Governing Board Vice President Denny Brown was the visionary behind the program David Peterson Did you Know? SUSD’s first superintendent, L.O. DuRoss, took office in 1922 and served for seven years. 1

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Scottsdale Unified School District Annual Report WeDoItBetter.susd.org ALE UNIFIED TSD SC OT H C S Governing Board Snapshot of the District Academic Performance 2011-12 ADE A-F Accountability System SUSD Outperforms the State on AIMS Tests The Arizona Department of Education recently released the Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) results from the 2011-12 school year. Once again, Scottsdale Unified School District continues to do well in its percentage of students passing AIMS across all grade levels and content areas. District Grade A Grade B Grade C Grade D Grade F – A – 17 – 6 – 7 – 1 – 0 AC H Governing Board members are elected by the public and serve for four years. The Governing Board sets all District policies and oversees the school district business. We welcome the public to attend meetings. All meetings are video streamed live at www.susd.org. All presentations and the video will be posted to the Web site the following day. To view the schedule of upcoming meetings, please visit www.susd.org and click on Governing Board – Meeting Schedule. ICT ISTR LD OO VE (Sierra Vista Academy closed in May 2011) Average of percentage passing student ARIZONA SUSD District vs Arizona Grade 3 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 IE ME NT PR O FIL E ADE Releases New Achievement Profiles The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has released its new A-F Achievement Profiles for the 2011-12 school year. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) did well; the District received an A, 17 schools received the highest grade of A, six schools received B, seven schools received C and one school received a D. “We are pleased with our results. Our teachers, principals and community partners all worked hard, and they all should be recognized for a job well done. We will celebrate our successes and refine the areas that need improvement in order to reach excellence,” said Dr. Dave McNeil, executive director of Elementary Schools and Assessment. The state transitioned from old labels to a new letter grade system to better describe the performance of schools. The new system will evaluate schools using criteria different from the familiar AZ LEARNS labels. Fifty percent of the grade is based on growth (25 percent all students and 25 percent lowest performing students) and 50 percent is based on a composite score. 82 SUSD MATH 88 69 SUSD READING 75 AZ READING 3 2012 Arizona Reading 3 2012 SUSD Math AZ MATH 3 2012 Arizona Math 3 2012 SUSD Reading Top: Pam Kirby, Denny Brown Bottom: Jennifer Petersen, Bonnie Sneed, Dr. Eric Meyer District vs Arizona Grade 4 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 SUSD MATH SUSD READING SUSD SCIENCE AZ READING AZ MATH Bonnie Sneed Governing Board President Current term of office: 2009-2012 govboard@susd.org Denny Brown Governing Board Vice President Current term of office: 2011-2015 govboard@susd.org Jennifer Petersen Governing Board Member Current term of office: 2009-2012 govboard@susd.org Dr. Eric Meyer Governing Board Member Current term of office: 2009-2012 govboard@susd.org Pam Kirby Governing Board Member Current term of office: 2011-2015 govboard@susd.org 4 2012 4 2012 4 2012 4 2012 Arizona Reading 4 2012 SUSD Science 2012 Arizona Science SUSD Math Arizona Math SUSD Reading District vs Arizona Grade 5 100 90 80 70 50 40 30 20 10 0 60 80 63 SUSD MATH AZ MATH 89 SUSD READING 78 AZ READING 77 SUSD SCIENCE 56 AZ SCIENCE 5 2012 Arizona Science 5 2012 SUSD Math 5 2012 Arizona Math 5 2012 SUSD Reading 5 2012 Arizona Reading 5 2012 SUSD Science District vs Arizona Grade 6 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 88 73 SUSD MATH SUSD READING 80 AZ READING SUSD WRITING 61 AZ MATH 69 56 AZ WRITING 6 2012 Arizona Wri ng 6 2012 SUSD Math 6 2012 Arizona Math 6 2012 6 2012 6 2012 SUSD Wri ng SUSD Reading Arizona Reading 2 “ All of life is a constant education. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt ” AZ SCIENCE 4 Meet Our Governing Board 82 88 67 75 83 63

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Scottsdale Unified School District Annual Report WeDoItBetter.susd.org from the Arizona Educational Foundation. • Arcadia High School was named the 2011-2012 Winner of the University of Arizona (UofA) University Cup. • Chaparral, Desert Mountain and Arcadia high schools were ranked among the nation’s top high schools by US News & World Report. • Hohokam Traditional School and Navajo, Tavan, Tonalea and Yavapai Elementary Schools were awarded 2012 Back to School grants from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. All schools received a check for $1,200, except Yavapai, which received $2,300. District vs Arizona Grade 7 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Achievements 52 AZ WRITING 91 SUSD READING 74 SUSD MATH 84 AZ READING 62 AZ MATH 60 SUSD WRITING There were also many student, faculty and school successes in the 2011-12 school year. Here is just a sample of these achievements. Staff • Tom Clark, chief Technology officer, was nominated for the Phoenix Business Journal’s CIO of the Year award. • Chad Caudle, principal at Hohokam Traditional School, was selected as a 2012 Rodel Exemplary Principal. • Sharon Ewers, Arcadia librarian and SUSD head librarian, won the Librarian/Media Specialist of the Year award from The Arizona Technology in Education Association (AzTEA). • Governing Board President Bonnie Sneed was named a 2012 Flinn-Brown Leadership Fellow. • Carolyn Repp, director of English Immersions Studies, was named 2012 Diversity Champion by the nonprofit group Community Celebrating Diversity. • Michael Miller, a teacher at Saguaro High School, was named 2012 Arizona Music Educator of the Year from the Arizona Music Educators Association. 7 2012 SUSD Math 7 2012 Arizona Math 7 2012 7 2012 7 2012 7 2012 Arizona Wri ng SUSD Reading Arizona Reading SUSD Wri ng District vs Arizona Grade 8 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 SUSD READING 71 SUSD MATH 83 72 AZ READING 83 SUSD SCIENCE 57 AZ MATH 68 AZ SCIENCE 8 2012 8 2012 SUSD Math 8 2012 Arizona Math 8 2012 8 2012 8 2012 SUSD Reading Arizona Reading SUSD Science Arizona Science Student Academics • Chaparral High School students Aaron Goodman and Daniela Radvak were the two students from Arizona selected for the 48th class of Presidential Scholars. • Chaparral student Sami Mian was awarded a Flinn Scholarship worth $100,000 to attend an Arizona University. • Students at Navajo Elementary School and Saguaro High School represented SUSD at the 2012 FIRST Championship games in St. Louis. • Isabella Sarno, an 8th grade student at Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center, took home the first place trophy in Scottsdale Unified School District’s Spelling Bee. • Geoffrey Thomas, a 7th grade student at Mohave Middle School, received Honorable Mention in the 7th and 8th grade category of the 2012 Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest. • Marissa Fireman, an 8th grader at Cheyenne Traditional School, placed in the final 8 of the Electronic Grammar Usage Mechanics Proficiency Program (EGUMPP) Arizona State Grammar Bowl. Continued on page 4 District vs Arizona Grade 10 100 90 80 70 50 40 30 20 10 0 60 79 60 SUSD MATH AZ MATH 91 SUSD READING 80 AZ READING 85 SUSD WRITING 70 AZ WRITING 10 2012 10 2012 SUSD Math 10 2012 Arizona Math 10 2012 10 2012 10 2012 SUSD Reading Arizona Reading SUSD Wri ng Arizona Wri ng Graduation Rates Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has one of the highest graduation rates in the state with a 4 year Graduation Rate of 91.2 percent. SUSD graduates earned more than $56 million in scholarships. School • Pima Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. • Arcadia and Chaparral high schools earned A+ School of Excellence Awards “ Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. ~ Henry Ford 3

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Scottsdale Unified School District Continued from page 3 Annual Report WeDoItBetter.susd.org Cross Country and Swim & Dive, and numerous students placed well in individual competition. 2013 Capital Override Budget Athletics Instructional Materials Library Materials Fine Arts Technology Furniture & Equipment • Saguaro High School’s Voices of Saguaro sang the Mozart Requiem in the Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. The students, taught by Mrs. GayLin Tutnick, performed under the baton of Grammy award winner Maestro Vance George, conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. • Max Courval, an 8th grade student at Mohave Middle School, placed 4th in the state of Arizona at the National Geographic Bee. • Sequoya Elementary School won second place at the Arizona SciTech Festival’s You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube Tournament. • Paige Ellis, a 7th grader at Cocopah Middle School, was honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. • Austen Yueh, a junior in the IB program at Desert Mountain High School, took 1st place in both the Senior Piano and Senior Woodwind Divisions of the 2012 Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musicians Concerto Competition. • John Way, a student at Saguaro High School, won the English-Speaking Union Phoenix regional Shakespeare competition. 11% 7% 42% • Saguaro and Chaparral gave SUSD two state football championships 23% 11% 6% Financial Statement SUSD Balances Budget, Lowers Class Sizes for 2012-13 School Year The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board adopted the District’s 2012-13 Fiscal Year budget at its June 19 Public Hearing. The passage of this budget will allow SUSD to lower class sizes for the 2012-13 school year. The general budget limit for 2012-13 fiscal year is $155,311,919, which is $2.9 million less than for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Overrides Through voter approved overrides and bonds, school districts are allowed to increase their funding. 2013 10% M&O Override Budget Lower Class Sizes Art Teachers Music Teachers Gifted Teachers 2% 13% 7% 12% 9% 57% Cocurricular Activities Supplementals Athletic Coaching Supplmentals Athletics We are proud of all of our athletes for their teamwork and sportsmanship. • The AIA has named Saguaro High School as the 2011-12 recipient of the H.A. Hendrickson Award, which is the award given to the school with overall excellence in interscholastic activities at the 4A/5A levels. This is the highest award a school can receive from the AIA, and it is the first time that the school has won it. • State Championship winners in M&O overrides run for a period of seven years. This allows a school district to budget up to 10 percent more than the revenue control limit for the first five years. A phase-out of 1/3 of the approved funds occurs in year six and again in year seven unless renewed. SUSD’s existing M&O budget was initially passed in 1989 and was renewed in 1993, 1997, 2003 and 2007. The state law has since changed to eliminate funding for fullday Kindergarten and to allow school districts to budget up to 15 percent for M&O Overrides. SUSD will have a voter approved 15% M&O Override initiative on the November 6th Ballot. A capital override allows a school district to levy a tax to pay for capital needs that cannot be met by a district’s regular capital budget and that may not be included in a district’s bond program. Traditionally, bond funds were used for furnishing and equipping schools as well as for construction and renovation of schools; however, as a result of a 1998 change in the law, bond funds can no longer be used for computers and other technology, furniture, fixtures, equipment or library resources. This is why it is necessary for a capital override to go hand-in-hand with a new bond program to adequately furnish and equip new schools. A capital override is for seven years and expires upon full funding. For example, without a capital override, a voter-approved bond program could provide for the construction of a new school or renovation of an existing school, but could not provide for new furniture or equipment for the students. K-3 overrides allow school districts to fund all-day Kindergarten. Districts ask taxpayers for permission to raise funds to address the needs of a specific group of students - those attending Kindergarten through third grade. This override allows a district to budget up to 5 percent more than the K-8 revenue control limit for the first five years. A phase-out of 1/3 of the approved funds occurs in year six and again in year seven unless renewed. Because the state does not provide funding for all-day Kindergarten, SUSD’s K-3 Override is 4 Did you Know? The District’s first bond election was held May 1, 1909, with 13 citizens voting “yes” and zero citizens voting “no.” The amount of the bond, $5,000.

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Scottsdale Unified School District used to continue our current all-day Kindergarten program. SUSD’s K-3 Override was initially passed in 2005 and renewed in 2009. and athletics for our children. Most importantly, all projects are on time and on budget! Bonds A bond issue is used to build and renovate buildings and to purchase buses. Money from the bond issue can only be spent on the renovation as indicated on the ballot. Over the past several years, the State has eliminated the much needed Building Renewal Fund that had helped SUSD maintain and repair its buildings. Since 2007, the District has not received $23 million in Building Renewal Funds. In 2010, voters approved a $118 million bond project to rebuild Cocopah, Ingleside, Mohave and ANLC and make renovations to the other middle schools and elementary schools, including major mechanical renovations. The projects will be completed ahead of schedule, under budget and without disrupting instruction. 2004 voters overwhelmingly approved a $217 million bond to modernize Arcadia, Chaparral, Coronado and Saguaro high schools, make improvements to Desert Mountain High School and purchase land and buses. The result is that Scottsdale has outstanding centers of learning, arts students have the option to learn band and strings starting in 4th grade. We offer outstanding Comprehensive (Self-Contained) Gifted programs. Our SUSD has one of the lowest tax rates District elementary schools also have when compared to surrounding districts. specialized programs, Historical Property Tax Rate Comparison (Combined) including $8.00 Foreign $7.75 $7.50 Language $7.25 $7.00 Immersion $6.75 $6.50 (FLI) and $6.25 $6.00 Science, $5.75 $5.50 Technology, $5.25 $5.00 Engineering $4.75 $4.50 and $4.25 $4.00 Mathematics $3.75 $3.50 (STEM). We $3.25 $3.00 have two 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Scottsdale USD #48 Paradise Valley USD #69 Mesa USD #4 Chandler USD #80 traditional Gilbert USD #41 Deer Valley USD #97 Peoria USD #11 Dysart USD #89 schools – Cheyenne (K-8) and Hohokam (K-6). Annual Report WeDoItBetter.susd.org Curriculum Source: County Department of Finance Tax Levy. Per $100 assessed value. Stone & Youngberg, a Divison of Stifel Nicolaus - 8/1/2012 In our 16 elementary schools and three K-8 schools, we offer free, fullday Kindergarten, gifted classes and special education services in addition to the Arizona-aligned core curriculum subjects of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, P.E., Art and Music. Elementary SUSD middle school’s provide a rewarding educational experience designed to meet the academic and social needs of adolescents. There are many academic choices available in middle school. Programs offered at every middle school include excelling core academic and elective courses - English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Band, Choir, Computers P.E. and Strings. Our middle schools students have an array of electives to choose from, including Foreign Language (Spanish, French and Mandarin), Orchestra, Service Learning, Independent Investigation, Creative Writing, AVID, Journalism, Yearbook and much more. A complete list of electives is available at www. susd.org. SUSD has Comprehensive (Self-Contained) Gifted programs. Additionally, we offer competitive sports for our middle school students. High school offers great opportunities, not to only follow an academic course that will be the basis of a student’s future, but also to form Continued on page 6 “ The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ” 5

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Scottsdale Unified School District Continued from page 5 new friendships, participate in exciting extracurricular activities and serve others in our community. Programs offered at every SUSD school include excelling core academic and elective courses – Advanced Placement and Honors courses, English, Fine Arts, Math, P.E., Science, Social Studies, Career and Technical Education, Online Courses and World Languages. SUSD offers an array of career paths and elective opportunities for our students, including Nursing, Culinary Arts, Advertising, Media Communications, Math & Science Academy at Saguaro, AVID, Jobs for Arizona Graduates (JAG), Interior Design, Fashion Design, ASU Small Lab, Web page design and much more. To view a complete listing of electives offered, please visit www.susd.org. SUSD also has award winning athletic and fine arts programs. We are especially proud of our International Baccalaureate program at Desert Mountain High School which has offered a very rigorous academic program for junior and seniors, authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization, since 1999. • Infant and Toddler Program – These programs offer care and learning for children. Staff interaction with the infants and toddlers promotes the child’s early learning, socialemotional and physical development. • Preschool – This program provides a safe and nurturing environment for 3-yearold students. The program promotes ageappropriate educational and life experiences which include exploration and learning in literacy, mathematics, science, and physical and social-emotional development. Annual Report WeDoItBetter.susd.org In middle school, there is a two-tier program. In Tier 1, all interested students learn skill building and team SUSD is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. High school teams compete in divisions 4A and 5A. SUSD has had great team and individual successes at regional and state levels. Many athletes move on to Division I schools, and some move on to the pro level. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career and Technical Education (CTE) is committed to increasing student achievement, accountability, individual growth, collaboration and research and dedicated to building a strong and viable elective program that meets the needs of the 21st Century. • Early Childhood Campuses SUSD has two Early Childhood Campuses, Cholla Campus –11130 E. Cholla St., Scottsdale 8525 and the Oak Campus –7501 E. Oak St., Scottsdale 85257, for our youngest learners. • Pre-Kindergarten – This program offers 4-year-old students a developmentally- appropriate curriculum tailored to each child’s base of knowledge. This program addresses students’ emotional, social, physical and cognitive needs while fostering the language development skills necessary for reading and writing and prepares children for the rigors of Kindergarten instruction. work. Tier 2 emphasizes competitive play between SUSD schools. Students learn and experience the positive benefits of wellness through athletic involvement. SUSD offers the following middle school sports: SUSD Athletic Programs Scottsdale Unified School District has many athletic opportunities for middle school and high school students. Multimedia Technologies  Fall: Boys’ Baseball & Girls’ • Graphic Volleyball Communications  Winter I: Boys’ Basketball, • Culinary Arts 7th/8th Combined, • Education Professions softball, Co-Ed Soccer • Early Childhood  Winter II: Flag Football, Education Girls’ Basketball • Information Technologies  Spring: Boys’ & Girls’ Track • Pre-Engineering & Field SUSD offers the following • Bioscience high school sports: • Performing Arts • Fall: Golf, Cross • Nursing Services Country, Badminton, • Financial Services Diving, Swimming, • Hospitality Volleyball, Football Management • Winter: Wrestling (all • Design and Merchandising but Arcadia), Girls’ Marketing, Management Soccer, Boys’ Soccer, and Entrepreneurship CTE Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ is introducing innovative Basketball program modules that • Spring: Girls’ Tennis, incorporate the STEM Boys’ Tennis, Softball, concept: Science, Baseball, Girls’ Track & Technology, Engineering Field, Boys’ Track & Field and Math. CTE is building a 6 “ Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. ~ Confucius

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Scottsdale Unified School District Annual Report WeDoItBetter.susd.org 10,000,000 kwh at 10 cents per kwh, SUSD would pay the utility company $1 million. Now, for that same amount of kwh used, SUSD will pay the solar provider only $800,000, saving $200,000. Cheyenne Traditional School, Cherokee Elementary, Cochise Elementary, Laguna Elementary, Redfield Elementary, Sequoya Elementary, Copper Ridge, Mountainside Middle, Chaparral High and Desert Mountain High. The schools receiving the shade structures include Anasazi Elementary, < < < Rooftop Solar Panels Desert Mountain High School Solar Panels pathway for students to gain ground level experience and knowledge in many industries, including Biotechnology, Engineering, Computer Programming, Multimedia Production, Graphic Design and Computer Repair. These programs allow students to participate in hands-on, project based learning in STEM fields in simulated and real world environments. A LOOK AHEAD – Construction Phase II of construction for the 2010 Bond program has begun at Cocopah, Ingleside, Mohave and Supai Middle Schools. “We are extremely proud of the progress of the projects. Our Facilities and Operations department has worked diligently with our contractors to provide safe, energyefficient and attractive learning environments for SUSD students,” said Rick Freeman, executive director of Facilities & Operations. Classroom buildings at Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center will be completed by early August, and the athletic fields will be finished in October. Also, construction at Desert Mountain High School and Mountainside Middle School will be completed by the end of June. Yavapai will be completed this summer, and Cherokee Elementary School mechanical upgrades will be finished by September. Formal dedication ceremonies for ANLC and Yavapai will be held in the fall. Construction at Supai will be completed by fall of 2012. Construction at Cocopah, Ingleside and Mohave will be competed in 2013. Phase I of construction focused on new classroom buildings. In November 2010, voters approved this $118 million bond project. The District was able to negotiate a zero percent interest rate for the projects. In 2009, seven schools had solar panels installed on the roofs of buildings. These schools include Coronado High School, Arcadia High School, Desert Mountain High School, Chaparral High School, Copper Ridge School, Saguaro High School and Tavan Elementary School. SUSD is working on adding solar panels to additional schools. With the completion of the 2010 Bond project, the District will have the opportunity to install solar panels on new buildings, which have been designed to incorporate them. SUSD 2010 Bond Project Ahead of Schedule TECHNOLOGY SUSD Installs Wi-Fi Networks at All Campuses Technology and mobile devices play big roles for today’s 21st Century global learners. Having wireless access to District and Internet resources, including iPods, iPads, laptops and smart phones, was the way to go. With District initiatives such as Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), having wireless access in the classroom has become an essential component of the technology infrastructure for schools. Continued on page 8 Solar Projects SunPower Shade Structures As part of its ongoing efforts to “go green” and produce additional revenue for the District, SUSD has entered into a partnership with SunPower that will provide solar power generating parking and playground shade at 11 schools and a positive cash flow to the District. How does the saving work? For example if the District uses “ Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young ~ Henry Ford 7

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Scottsdale Unified School District Continued from page 7 Completion of the wireless infrastructure at all SUSD campuses will be a major milestone for the District. Currently, 18 schools and the District office have Wi-Fi networks. Installation at the remaining schools will be completed by August. The District is very fortunate to have the generous support of the community to ensure students have access to 21st Century learning tools. Additionally, the District is increasing network and Internet bandwidth in anticipation of the increasing use of mobile devices. and it will help educate parents and community members about the types of technology that students and teachers are using,” said Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson. Annual Report WeDoItBetter.susd.org homework and learning are increasingly connected to a mobile and digital world. Leveraging these devices to provide greater access to digital resources is a natural fit with the way adolescents and teens learn. We know that students learn more effectively when they are engaged. level, the rich video content and other digital assets from Discovery Education engage today’s media-savvy students in learning. Powerful Partnerships SUSD is First in Nation to initiate A Mobile Training Facility for Teachers The technology installed in the eCoach is designed to replicate what is in the classrooms, including a SMARTBoard, document camera, audio enhancement, wireless Internet access and much more. As the technology needs change, the eCoach will be equipped with new versions of the equipment, which will allow staff and teachers to learn about them before they are implemented in the classrooms and schools. For more information about the eCoach, please visit www.susd.org. Incorporating Technology into Every Classroom Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is taking learning and technology training directly to teachers with its eCoach tech bus, the first of its kind in the nation. “We wanted to develop a mobile training lab from a refurbished school bus which would provide easy access to ‘just-in-time’ learning that goes to the schools rather than requiring teachers to go to another site. The eCoach will also be used to allow students to have access to technology that they may not have at home, Bring Your Own Technology – Engaging Students through Mobile Technology SUSD encourages students to “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) to school. This program incorporates students’ personal cell phones, smart phones, iPods, tablets, iPads and other technology into the teaching and learning process. There are a number of factors that are driving the BYOT initiative. Portable devices, such as smart phones and iPods, have become “essential tools” for the 21st Century learner. Additionally, communication, SUSD provides a dynamic, technologyrich environment that empowers all students and staff to become passionate life-long learners and productive participants in our society. We have integrated stateof-the-art technology into every classroom, including interactive SMART Boards, airliners, a document camera and audio enhancement systems. SUSD has a partnership with Discovery Education which enhances classroom learning from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. Discovery Education streaming Plus offers more than 150,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactive programs, images and articles, and it integrates seamlessly into the curriculum. Aligned to Arizona’s state standards and assessment and searchable by keyword, content area and grade Our District is very fortunate to have the support of a charitable foundation that works hard every day to raise funds to support some of our most important programs and increase community awareness of the significant financial needs of the District. The Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation functions exclusively to support our schools. The Foundation believes that teachers are great investments in the future success of children. In addition to providing funds for teachers who are working toward National Board Certification, it provides “mini-grants” to SUSD’s best and brightest teachers who have creative and thoughtful ideas for engaging and educating students. To learn more about the Foundation, its mission, its leadership and how you can support its very important efforts, please visit: www.SUSDFoundation.org. Scottsdale Parent Council The Scottsdale Parent Council (SPC) is comprised of a school representative from each school in the Scottsdale Unified School 8 “ All of life is a constant education. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt ”

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Scottsdale Unified School District District, and a Board of Directors that includes five Chairs (one from each Learning Community), three Level Liaisons (one for all high schools, one for all middle schools, and one for all elementary schools) and an Executive Board of Officers elected by the membership. For more information about Scottsdale Parent Council, please visit http://www. scottsdaleparentcouncil.org/. Annual Report WeDoItBetter.susd.org standards are relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills young people need to be prepared for both college and work in a global economy. Arizona is one of 48 states that have adopted the Common Core Standards. SUSD will implement the English language arts standards in grades K-12 in 201213. We will implement the math standards by concepts within grade levels. Our implementation plans will prepare our students for the upcoming state assessment of these standards in 2014-15. As a result, our professional development opportunities and expenditures for instructional materials are designed to support the content, instruction and assessment practices required of the Common Core State Standards. Students will benefit from in-depth learning of math and English language arts standards. Families will see their students reading more complex informational text, writing using evidence to inform, using sophisticated academic language, making sense of problems and persevering in solving them, reasoning, constructing viable arguments, critiquing reasoning, using appropriate tools, attending to precision, looking for and making use of structure and looking for repeating patterns.  Tax Credit STaCK SCOTTSDALE TAX CREDIT for KIDS iTeachAZ Initiative Arizona law allows taxpayers to receive a tax credit of up to $200 for individual filers and up to $400 for married filers. Contribute to a Scottsdale school and claim the tax credit when filing your 2012 Arizona state income tax. The school or school program of your choice can immediately benefit from your tax credit contribution today. Your tax credit contribution can be used for:  General/Extra-curricular (tutoring, SAT prep, clubs, etc.) and cheer programs) behavior and learning of the academic standards and a Districtwide homework policy. In May of 2012, SUSD administrators came to consensus on the purpose of grading which will guide the work of the committee: The purpose of grading is to inform students, parents and others of the students’ progress toward the mastery of academic standards and course outcomes. Grades are used to reflect student learning; therefore, behavior, effort and citizenship are not included in the academic grade. Therefore, the following non-negotiable policies will be in place beginning August 8, 2012: 1. Academic grades will reflect student learning of the academic standards and/or learning outcomes of the class. 2. Grades, including extra credit, will not include rewards and punishments for behaviors, attitudes and/or work habits. Common Core Standards: Scottsdale Unified School District is increasing rigor by implementing the Common Core Standards. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort designed to improve educational outcomes for students by developing a set of consistent, clear K-12 academic standards in English language arts and mathematics. These Scottsdale Unified School (SUSD) and Arizona State University (ASU) Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College have partnered for the groundbreaking iTeachAZ program. The program is being implemented at Hohokam Traditional School and Navajo Elementary School. iTeachAZ is the first program of its kind in Arizona; it more than doubles the amount of time future teachers spend in the classroom. This model of teacher preparation provides greater clinical experience through intensive student teaching experiences. SUSD students receive extra attention in the classroom, and the mentor teachers gain valuable leadership skills. The iTeachAZ program will be expanded to include at least one middle school for the 2012-13 school year.  Athletics (all sports, dance  Fine Arts (band, chorus, music competitions, etc.) On the Horizon Grading Practices: SUSD will form a Districtwide committee in August 2012 to study effective grading practices. Teachers, administrators, parents and students will meet monthly to create recommendations for Districtwide grading practices and policies. Items in the recommendations will include what is, and what isn’t included in the calculation of a grade; how final grades are calculated (percentages for homework/practice, assessments, projects, etc.); how to effectively communicate effort, “ The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. ~ Malcolm S. Forbes 9

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2012-2013 SUSD School Calendar AUGUST 2012 First Day (Returning Teachers).....................................Aug. 6 Full Day Site Directed Professional Development......Aug. 6 Full Day Site Directed Professional Development......Aug. 7 First Day of Classes.........................................................Aug. 8 2012-2013 SUSD School Directory District Ed Center 480-484-6100 Dr. David J. Peterson, Superintendent K-8 Schools Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center 480-484-7500 Mr. Charles Grisier, Principal Cheyenne Traditional 480-484-5600 Ms. Susan Armstrong, Principal Copper Ridge 480-484-1500 Ms. Michelle Otstot, Interim Principal SEPTEMBER 2012 Labor Day Holiday..........................................................Sept. 3 District Directed Professional Dev. Early Release.......Sept. 12 District Recess..................................................................Sept. 26 Anasazi Elementary School 480-484-7300 Mr. Jeff Quisberg, Principal Cherokee Elementary School 480-484-8700 Mr. Walter Chantler, Principal Cochise Elementary School 480-484-1100 Ms. Sheila Miller, Principal Desert Canyon Elem. School 480-484-1700 Mr. Chuck Rantala, Principal Hohokam Traditional School 480-484-1800 Mr. Chad Caudle, Principal Hopi Elementary School 480-484-2000 Mrs. Lori Colling, Principal Kiva Elementary School 480-484-2200 Mr. Nick Noonan, Principal Laguna Elementary School 480-484-2400 Dr. Katie Root, Principal Navajo Elementary School 480-484-2600 Mr. Robert Aguilar, Principal Pima Elementary School 480-484-2800 Ms. Amy Uchacz, Principal Pueblo Elementary School 480-484-3100 Mr. Art Velarde, Principal Redfield Elementary School 480-484-4000 Mrs. Christine Bonow, Principal Sequoya Elementary School 480-484-3200 Dr. Bridget Braney, Principal Tavan Elementary School 480-484-3500 Ms. Margaret Serna, Principal Tonalea Elementary School 480-484-3600 Mrs. Lesa Friend, Principal Yavapai Elementary School 480-484-3800 Ms. Nancy Hudson, Principal Elementary Schools OCTOBER 2012 District Directed Professional Dev. Early Release.......Oct. 3 End of 1st Quarter (Middle/High School)...................Oct. 12 Fall Break..........................................................................Oct. 15-19 Middle Schools NOVEMBER 2012 Site Directed Professional Dev. Early Release..............Nov. 7 Elementary Trimester Ends...........................................Nov. 8 Veterans Day Holiday.....................................................Nov. 12 K-8 Early Release Parent/Teacher Conferences*.........Nov. 14-15 Thanksgiving Recess.......................................................Nov. 22-23 Cocopah Middle School 480-484-4400 Mrs. Susan Thomas, Principal Desert Canyon Middle School 480-484-4600 Mrs. Eileen Nilson, Principal Ingleside Middle School 480-484-4900 Ms. Tanya Beckwith, Principal Mohave Middle School 480-484-5200 Mr. Chris Asmussen, Principal Mountainside Middle School 480-484-5500 Ms. Terri Kellen, Principal Supai Middle School 480-484-5800 Ms. Sheryl Rednor, Principal DECEMBER 2012 Site Directed Professional Dev. Early Release .............Dec. - 19 High School Early Release for Finals............................Dec. 19-21 End of 2nd Quarter & 1st Semester (Middle/High School).....................................................Dec. 21 Winter Break....................................................................Dec. 24-31 JANUARY 2013 Winter Break....................................................................Jan. 1-4 School Reconvenes..........................................................Jan. 7 District Directed Professional Dev. Early Release.......Jan. 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday....................................Jan. 21 FEBRUARY 2013 Site/Learning Community Directed Professional Development Early Release............................................Feb. 6 Presidents Day Holiday..................................................Feb. 18 Elementary Trimester Ends...........................................Feb. 21 K-8 Early Release Parent/Teacher Conferences*.........Feb. 27-28 High Schools Arcadia High School 480-484-6300 Mr. John Biera, Principal Chaparral High School 480-484-6500 Ms. Gayle Holland, Principal Coronado High School 480-484-6800 Ms. Alyssa Tarkington, Principal Desert Mountain High School 480-484-7000 Mr. Greg Milbrandt, Principal Saguaro High School 480-484-7100 Mr. Brian Corte, Principal MARCH 2013 End of 3rd Quarter (Middle/High School)..................Mar. 8 Spring Break.....................................................................Mar. 11-15 District Recess..................................................................Mar. 29 MAY 2013 District Directed Professional Dev. Early Release.......May 8 High School Early Release for Finals............................May 22-24 Graduation.......................................................................May 23 Last Day of Classes..........................................................May 24 Last Day – Teachers.........................................................May 24 Memorial Day Holiday...................................................May 27 *Dates for parent/teacher conferences at high schools will be communicated from each site. Community Schools Early Childhood Cholla Campus 480-484-7700 Ms. Sarah Stammegna, Principal Early Childhood Oak Campus 480-484-7950 Ms. Sarah Stammegna, Principal 3811 N. 44th Street Phoenix, AZ 85018 | 480.484.6100 USE YOUR TAX CREDIT AND MAKE IT COUNT TODAY AT 3811 N. 44th Street Phoenix, AZ 85018 | 480.484.6100 USE YOUR TAX CREDIT AND MAKE IT COUNT TODAY AT WWW.SUSD.ORG WWW.SUSD.ORG

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