Thank You for Visiting the PUHSD Communications Weekly News BlogThe Communications Department posts weekly school and district news items on the Phoenix Union website. These items also are submitted to The Arizona Republic for a feature called “Around Our Schools" and are sent to other publications around the Valley. Occasionally, it gives the local media story ideas that highlight Phoenix Union.This is an opportunity to recognize student and staff accomplishments and events and announce upcoming school activities in which the community would be interested. If you have a news item to share, please use the following News By You form to send us the information.
The First-Ever TGB Hair Drive Took Place During Lunches in DecmemberPosted by Communications at 12/21/2017
The first-ever TGB Hair Drive took place during lunches, December 5, and 26 people donated their hair, to the Crowns of Courage, an organization that provides wigs to children experiencing chemotherapy-related hair loss. There were 18 students, two little girls, ages 6 and 10, a mother, a couple of men, and the organizer, Spanish teacher Guadalupe Meza who shared their locks for a cause.
As Expected Several South Mountain Inductees into the Phoenix Union Spots Hall of Fame this YearPosted by Communications at 12/21/2017
As usual, there were several South Mountain inductees into the Phoenix Union Spots Hall of Fame this year (December 19), including former Minnesota Vikings tight end Steve Jordan and 1976 Olympic medalist Dwayne Evans, who coaches at the school, but the biggest applause may have been for special inductee Rudy Sanchez, the first-ever athletic trainer to be inducted. Sanchez, the trainer at South Mountain, is the longest tenured trainer in the District. A West High graduate, he starred his career at North in 1984. After a stint at Grand Canyon, he returned to South as a teacher and athletic trainer. Currently on the State Board of Athletic Training State Licensure, he has served on numerous committees and has written curriculum and policies for athletic training.
North High School Holds Party for Nearly 500 Children in Foster Care Through the Hope and a Future Christmas Party at Para Park in TempePosted by Communications at 12/21/2017
Eleven Key Club members spent Saturday, December 16, creating a magical holiday party for nearly 500 children in foster care through the Hope and a Future Christmas Party at Para Park in Tempe. The members set up dining tables, decorated Christmas trees, arranged gifts, and set up games.
Children in foster care and their extended families are invited to this annual party where they play games, take photos with Santa, and enjoy a holiday feast. All the children received at least one gift.
The Key Club at North High School is committed to community service. Last year, members served nearly 1,500 hours.
Metro Tech High School to Be in the 47th Annual Fiesta Bowl ParadePosted by Communications at 12/21/2017
Metro Tech will be in the 47th Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade, riding and walking with the Wells Fargo Stagecoach Float. Assistant Principal Dan Dodge is spearheading the project. The two-mile parade is December 30, beginning at 9 a.m. at North Central Ave. and Montebello.
Metro Tech High School Gets Return VisitorPosted by Communications at 12/21/2017
Mark Moore became a part of Metro Tech High School in 2011. During a visit to Metro Tech, he shared the wonderful story of his mother, Annalee Moore, who worked as the bookstore manager when Metro Tech was West High School. He told us of a woman who was hardworking, kind, and generous. She never missed an opportunity to help and care for West High’s most vulnerable students in need. In honor of his mother, Moore started the Annalee Memorial Fund. This memorial fund honors Annalee and her legacy of kindness and generosity.
Through the Annalee Memorial Fund and at the direction of the principal, the Fund has provided cosmetology kits; paid for books lost in a house fire; relieved the burden of unpaid debts for seniors whose family was experiencing financial hardship; fees for ACT testing and joy to students who without the Fund, would not have been able to attend prom. Six years later, the Annalee Memorial Fund now known as West Supports Metro Tech is providing food gift cards for families who struggle to provide their children with a holiday meal. The Moore’s exemplify the Spirit of Christmas all year through their continued generosity and support of Metro’s students.
Maryvale High School's Varsity Cheer Team Has Video-Qualified for The United Spirit Association Spirit NationalsPosted by Communications at 12/21/2017
The Maryvale varsity cheer team has video-qualified for The United Spirit Association Spirit Nationals in the large co-ed varsity show cheer division. The Panthers will travel to Anaheim to compete, February 23-25. This is the third time in four years that Maryvale has qualified for this competition.
Central Alumnus Dom Flemons is Back in Town Over the Holidays Bringing His American Songster Show to the Music Instrument MuseumPosted by Communications at 12/21/2017
Central alumnus Dom Flemons will be back in town over the holidays, bringing his American Songster show to the Music Instrument Museum, December 27 at 7 p.m. Now a Grammy Award winner for his unique blend of traditional music with a contemporary approach, Central staffers remember him as Domonique Flemons who went around campus with a guitar and a harmonica like Bob Dylan. He also played percussion in the band. Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, in 2005, and won a Grammy for its 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig. He has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and at the opening ceremonies of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. His latest album, Ever Popular Favourites celebrates the songs of black cowboys.
Dom Flemons’ brother, Estaban Flemons, is the International Baccalaureate Coordinator at North High School.
Former Central Football Player Azur Kamara Signing a Letter of Intent to Attend and Play for the University of KansasPosted by Communications at 12/21/2017
Former Central football player Azur Kamara is signing a letter of intent to attend and play for the University of Kansas. The defensive end spent the last two years in Yuma, playing junior college ball at Arizona Western. This year, the Matadors were undefeated until losing at East Mississippi in the NJCAA Championship game. Kamara had 12.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for losses this year. Since his high school days, he has grown two more inches and a few pounds to 6-6 and 230 pounds.
As a senior with the Bobcats, Kamara was named Channel 12’s Friday Night Fever Defensive Player of the Year for Arizona. Only six years after relocating from the Ivory Coast, and three years playing football, he broke the state sack record. In his senior year, he had 107 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 47 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also ran two kickoffs back for touchdowns.
Central High School's Eloi Kwete Only District Player Named the American Family Insurance All-USA Arizona High School Football TeamPosted by Communications at 12/21/2017
Eloi Kwete, a defensive lineman from Central High was the only District player named to the American Family Insurance All-USA Arizona High School Football Team. Only a junior, he had 146 tackles, including 42 for losses, and eight sacks. He also made the Channel 12 All Friday Night Fever Team, and was named Phoenix Union Defensive Player of the Year. You may recall, Eloi, his twin brother Cosmos, and his older brother, Oliver came to the U.S. last year from Zimbabwe, and played American football for the first time at Central, making the natural transition from their rugby experience. They are originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Camelback High School Entrepreneurship Holds its Toastmasters BrunchPosted by Communications at 12/21/2017
Camelback Entrepreneurship held its Toastmasters Brunch, December 8 at the Bluewater Grill. This annual event is organized by volunteers Jeff Stephens and Doug Ullrich of Toastmasters, who work with the DECA and Entrepreneurship students every week to fine-tune their speaking skills. Seven finalists gave five-minute speeches, which were judged according to Toastmaster rules. Jowun Ben took first place, Nichole Segay placed second and Alec Karsten was third. The brunch drew over 60 students, staff, some parents and community members. The Toastmasters training also prepares students for DECA competition at the regional, state and national levels.