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The students and staff in Tempe Union High School District never cease to amaze us by their willingness and even passion for ‘giving back’ to the community. Our student clubs and individual students devote hundreds of hours of community and charitable service annually, reminding us daily that these students will become our future leaders…and that is reassuring.
The following is a brief summary of activities in which Tempe Union High School District students and staff demonstrate their volunteer efforts that make a difference in the lives of others:
Tempe High School:
Jobs for Arizona Graduates (JAG) students are selling paper tennis shoes to raise money to support research to end Juvenile Diabetes. JAG students also participated in the Diabetes Walk on Saturday, November 5th.
The GSA Club students participated in the East Valley Leadership Challenge on November 5th. All money raised from the event will be donated to supplies for the homeless.
The Spanish Honor Society sponsors a family in need through St. Vincent De Paul for the Christmas holiday.
The Tempe High School Special Education Department sponsors a “Giving Tree and holiday food drive for Tempe High School families in need (other Tempe Union High School schools participate in this event).
Tempe High’s H.O.P.E. Medical Academy sponsors a food drive and partners with St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Mike Warner, Career Technical Education Photography Teacher and Robotics Team Sponsor mentored students in the Rookie First Robotics Team from Tempe Prep Academy.
The Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club will Adopt-a-Family during the month of December.
Tempe High’s Early Childhood Program and (FCCLA) students will accompany AVID students to McClintock on November 29th to participate in “Smiles of Christmas”, a celebration for area homeless students.
This Spring Early Childhood and (FCCLA) students will work with H.O.P.E. Medical Academy students and the Stand and Serve Club in an effort to increase awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month (April).
Tempe High’s STRUT and Information Technology Program donates over 100 hours in the annual recycling day the 3rd Saturday in April.
Tempe High School’s Student Council is raising money during the month of November by selling “Thank You” Grams. The money will be used to assist Tempe High School families in need.
Tempe High School hosts its annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast on November 10th, from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Buffalo Foundation and, any person who has served our country in the armed forces and has a connection to Tempe High School is honored at this annual “Home of the Brave Breakfast”. Participants are invited to bring cotton boot socks to send to the troops.
TUHSD - McClintock High School (host school):
On Tuesday, November 29, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., “Smiles of Christmas” will return to the McClintock campus. This event will provide a day of fun for children from local Section 1 schools. “Smiles of Christmas” provides an opportunity for Tempe Union High School students to volunteer their time to a charitable cause and to learn about the life experiences of others. Founded by a St. Mary's graduate, “Smiles for Christmas” is in its tenth year and, Tempe Union High School District has been an active participant in the program for the past nine years. This year's theme is "Santa’s Workshop”.
McClintock has been a leader in the “Smiles of Christmas” program and this year will be one of only two schools to host the event. Approximately 260 Edison Elementary School children will be matched with students from McClintock, Tempe, Marcos de Niza, Corona del Sol, Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista high schools. Students from Perry and Basha high schools also participate in the program. Each high school student sponsors an elementary student by bringing a gift. McClintock High School Student Council also sponsors games and other activities for the visiting students. This year the visiting students will have smiles brought to their faces as they enjoy bounce houses, a giant slide, visits with Santa Claus, games and field activities, a craft area and fun with art, making candy cane reindeer, lunch with special treats and Santa’s Workshop would not be complete without snow.
If that is not enough, here’s more community service and charitable giving projects by the Tempe Union high school students:
McClintock High School’s Key Club holds a rummage sale in the school parking lot on Saturday, November 19th with all proceeds donated to UNICEF.
McClintock’s Spanish National Honor Society volunteered several hours at St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix on November 1st.
The McClintock High School Muslim Student Association and Amnesty International coordinate an annual fall food drive campus-wide to benefit the Cultural Cup Food Bank of Phoenix.
McClintock and Peggy Payne Academy Spanish classes will once again assist with client interview for the annual Salvation Army Christmas Angel Program throughout the week of November 14th.
McClintock’s SADD Club will host a blood drive with United Blood Services on November 28th.
Marcos de Niza:
Students and staff at Marcos de Niza held a bonfire in which over 600 canned food items were collected as admission. The National Honor Society also collected food items to be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Marcos de Niza’s Key Club held a blood drive with over 90 donors responding.
The HERO Club created “spirit links” for homecoming and all proceeds were donated to the homeless.
The Marcos de Niza Student Council will be adopting a family in need for the Christmas holiday.
The Marcos de Niza Business Academy students hosted a clothing drive for the District’s Teen Resource Center. Students collected more than 500 items for district students in need.
Business Academy students will also be conducting a canned food drive and serving as mentors to the Kyrene Elementary School District 4th graders for a “bulling prevention” program.
The Career Technical Education HERO students (a student work program offered through Family, Career & Community Leaders of America) have adopted a family from Guadalupe. Students and staff will shop for food, clothing, household items, and Christmas gifts for the entire family of eight.
HERO students will be volunteering at the Andre House Soup Kitchen on November 23rd, December 28th and will continue in January-May. These students have also been collecting clothes for the District’s Teen Resource Center at Compadre.
Corona del Sol:
Katie Wilkinson, a Corona del Sol High School junior, has started the very first Red Kettle Club in the nation at Corona del Sol. In conjunction with the Salvation Army, the Red Kettle Club's goal is to organize volunteer bell ringers to man two Salvation Army Red Kettles for a day at a local supermarket. The Corona Red Kettle Bell Ringing Day is on Saturday, December 3rd at the Fry's Marketplace on the northwest corner of Ray and Rural from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All of the money raised STAYS in Tempe to benefit the less fortunate.
Corona del Sol’s choir will perform their annual program at the “Salvation Army” Angel Tree on December 5th.
The staff at Corona del Sol High School conducts their annual food drive to benefit the homeless families of Corona students. At the freshman dance this year over 400 pounds of food was collected for St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Corona del Sol’s Student Council sponsored “Ribbons for Reasons” collected over $2,000 for four charities through fundraising efforts and, a charity dance on December 3rd is projected to raise over $3,000 for the Children’s Cancer Network.
Corona del Sol’s Student Council presented their annual donation of gifts and food for over 100 students in need at Crockett Elementary School.
Corona del Sol’s National Honor Society is collecting diapers for the Tempe Union High School District Teenage Parenting and Pregnancy Program (TAPP) program. This annual drive typically donates around 100 packages of diapers and baby wipes to the program.
Compadre students and staff went out into the community distributing fliers and donation bags for a food drive for the United Food Bank collecting a grand total of eight boxe3s of food and $2,187. The Indian Education Club joined in to make and sell Indian Fry Bread with all proceeds donated to the United Food Bank.
Mountain Pointe National Arts Honor Science students team up with SOCKS to provide art lessons to younger students. They are also working on murals for the campus and creating henna tattoos for the Humane Society.
Mountain Pointe’s Support our Soldiers (SOS) Club collected items to send to the troops for the holidays.
DECA students will be visiting residents at Friendship Village to play board games on December 10th.
Mountain Pointe’s Student Council will be hosting “Winter Wonderland”, the annual Senior Citizen Social on November 29th.
Mountain Pointe SADD students are working at the St. Vincent De Paul kitchen on November 25th and volunteering at the Festival of Lights on the 26th.
The Ceramics Club is conducting a workshop for the boy scouts to help them earn their pottery badge.
Mountain Pointe’s Key Club, FED & Language Honor Society are participating in a food drive for St. Mary’s Food Bank. The Key Club also conducted root beer float sales at their homecoming with all proceeds donated to a women’s shelter.
Key Club students are having a blood drive and also assisting with the Festival of Lights.
Friends of the Library are having a blanket drive for dogs and cats at the Humane Society and animal shelters.
Shauna Demers, Mountain Pointe Career Technical Education Advanced Marketing teacher and DECA students will be completing the following service projects this semester: Volunteering for Smiles of Christmas serving the Children's First Academy on November 29th, visiting Friendship Village to play board games and cards with the residents on December 10th and conducting a canned food drive for St Mary's Food Bank during November and December.
Mountain Pointe’s Physics Club, Beach Volleyball & Mu Alpha Theta adopt Christmas Angels from the Salvation Army.
Mountain Pointe’s Technical Education (CTE) Performing Arts teacher, Kim Bonagofski, and theatre students collect soft drink tops year-round for the Ronald McDonald house and they also collected art supplies this semester for an organization called “Free Arts.”
LHS members and FED participated in a canned food drive, assisted with the band invitational and volunteered at a community garden in Phoenix. LHS students will be working with St. Vincent de Paul again this year to adopt a working poor family for the holiday season.
Community Counts Club mentors students and provides support for elementary school students in Roosevelt School District by providing clothing, academic support and positive relationships and role models.
Dig Pink: in partnership with Mountain Pointe Girls Volleyball raises thousands of dollars to benefit breast cancer research and awareness.
Desert Vista Football players read to Millenio elementary students
Desert Vista Baseball players provide an afternoon of skills for Desert Vista special needs students.
The “Pink Out” Football Game in partnership with the Arizona Cardinals raises money for cancer research and breast cancer awareness.
Community Fundraiser/Clubs raised over $10,000 for Desert Vista’s nurse as she fought against breast cancer.
Desert Vista’s National Honor Society has been donating cans and toiletries to the St. Vincent de Paul once a month (September - April) housed at St. Benedict for the last four years. These donations actually go back to people in the Ahwatukee area. NHS also donated their collection from the Penny War the last two years to St. Vincent de Paul.
On Saturday, November 5th, 17 Desert Vista Latin students,
braving the cold, rose before the sun and aided in the MS Walk at the Phoenix Zoo. Joining Chandler Preparatory, Scottsdale Preparatory, Glendale Preparatory, Xavier, and Brophy, these amazing Latin students, not only cheered in Latin but also provided song and dance while dressed in togas to the walkers, runners, and people in wheel chairs who raised money for MS research. The students provided the entertainment and inspiration needed for those who needed a laugh during that cold morning.
On Sunday, October 30th, members of Desert Vista Latin attended the Autism walk at Tempe Town Lake and students also sponsored a collection for the Arizona Animal Welfare League.
Desert Vista’s SAGE, Speech, Theater and Debate and Student Council collected 2048 books that were sorted and delivered to Wilson Elementary school, Sojourner Center and Si Se Puede.
Relay for Life held at Desert Vista is the largest youth based relay in the Southwest. Last April, Desert Vista raised approximately $135,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Key Club hosts 2 blood drives per school year (one in September and one inApril) and get around 100-120 donations for each drive. Each donation saves 3 lives.
Desert Vista’s Hockey Club worked with UMOM New Day Centers and partnered with HandsOn Greater Phoenix for “Read to Me”, a weekly literacy program for UMOM children. The Read to Me program has a weekly average attendance of 50-60 children. Each Desert Vista Hockey player is matched with a young student (4 years of age to 5th grade) to read to them.
Stacey Foster’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Business Internship Class at Desert Vista HS sponsored a trick or treat with the Thunder Tykes. The Tykes trick or treated through the classroom and then teamed up with interns to carve “virtual” pumpkins in the computer lab.
In October employees at the Tempe Union High School District Office donated over 6,400 food items to the Tempe Community Action Agency for the benefit of families living in our community. District Office employees also held a Halloween chili cook off and raised over $250 for the Teenage Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting program’s APPLES store.
The Chandler/South Tempe community was shaken in mid-August when an Aprende Middle School 8th grade student-athlete inexplicably took his own life. Many classmates, teammates, and friends of this incredible young man continue to struggle in the wake of this tragedy. Since Preston was an avid runner who participated in cross country and track, volunteers have rallied to organize a run in his memory.
The Preston Kinney Memorial Run will be held on Friday, November 4th from 5:00 to 7:00pm with a start/finish at the Arizona Community Church. Intended to promote healing within the community, the theme of this dusk run is “Let light shine out of darkness”. Each registered runner will receive a mini-flashing light to help light up the night!! All proceeds from registrations and t-shirt sales will be directed to the Preston Kinney Foundation which provides scholarships to local youth.
We request your help in spreading the word about this event so that Aprende / Kyrene / Pueblo Middle School, Corona del Sol, Tempe / Chandler Prep, and any local family may have the opportunity to participate. Runners can complete either a 1.5 mile or 5K course. Or, family members can volunteer to help at the event which is being sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Team Endurance and the Arizona Community Church. I have attached the registration form for those interested in participating; anyone interested in volunteering can call or send me an e-mail. If you need further details, please do not hesitate to contact Peggy Consoer at 480-510-9636.
Please consider joining your neighbors in a show of support for the Kinney family . . . let’s all shine brightly the evening of November 4th!
Tempe Union High School District announces general information meetings for the District's International Baccalaureate program at Tempe High School. Attendees will learn about the IB Diploma Programme and the advantages this world renowned curriculum provides students. Just to name two: (1) By attracting the attention of prestigious colleges and universities and, (2) By preparing students to be successful while attending those institutions.
The IB Diploma Programme is a college equivalent curriculum designed to help students develop the characteristics of the IB Learner Profile: inquirers, thinkers, knowledgeable, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk takers, balanced, and reflective. Last year's diploma candidates accepted an average of $25,000 in scholarship money, renewable for four years. They earned an average of over 14 credits of equivalent coursework at Arizona's state universities and even more at some out-of-state universities. Most importantly, last year's IB diploma candidates reported being well prepared for the rigor of their college studies.
To learn more about the program and its advantages you may visit the IB website at www.ibo.org and attend one of the general information meetings at a site near you. For more information about the meetings, contact Scott Greenhalgh at
General IB Program Information meetings are schedule for:
Nov. 9th - Sabas International School 6:00 pm
Nov. 15th - Kyrene Middle School 6:00 pm
Nov. 17th - Tempe High Lecture Hall 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Nov. 29th - Akimel Middle School 6:00 pm
Dec. 1st - Kyrene District Office 6:30 pm
Jan. 11th - Tempe High Lecture Hall 6:30 pm
On Saturday, October 1st the Scottsdale College Fair Foundation will be hosting the 5th Annual Scottsdale College Fair from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. There will be representatives from 98 colleges and universities from around the world, and we are anticipating that this event will attract about 1,000 high school students and their parents from around the valley. Additionally, this event is free and open to the public.
They are a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and the link to the website is: http://scottsdalecollegefair.com/
The link to the Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottsdale-College-Fair/166314886748910?ref=ts
The Facebook page has information about the upcoming college fair, a complete list of the sponsors, and the schools attending the fair.
... The class, and the Kyrene School District as a whole, offer what some see as a utopian vision of education’s future. Classrooms are decked out with laptops, big interactive screens and software that drills students on every basic subject. Under a ballot initiative approved in 2005, the district has invested roughly $33 million in such technologies. Read more here.
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If you are looking for some wonderful opportunities for quality, family entertainment you have to look no farther than one of the Tempe Union High School District schools. Listed below are just a few of the high school student performances scheduled for September and October.
You may check the school websites for details on the performances.
Sept. 27th Tempe HIgh School Orchestra Concert 7-8 p.m.
Sept. 29th Tempe High Band Concert 7-8 p.m.
October 6th Tempe High Homecoming 8 p.m.
October 1st McClintock High School Homecoming 8 p.m.
October 6th Marcos de Niza High School Broadway Show
October 29th Marcos de Niza Homecoming - 8 p.m.
Sept.9th Corona del Sol High School Theater production
Sept. 10th Corona del Sol Theater production
Sept. 21st Corona del Sol Orchestra Concert - 7 p.m.
Sept. 27th Corona del Sol Band Concert
Sept. 30th Corona del Sol Choir Concert
October 1st Corona del Sol Choir Concert - 7 p.m.
October 22nd Corona del Sol Homecoming - 8 p.m.
October 25th Corona del Sol Percussion Concert - 7 p.m.
Sept. 9th Mountain Pointe High School Tukee Bowl vs. DV
Sept. 16th Mountain Pointe Homecoming 8 p.m.
Sept. 22nd Mountain Pointe “Fully Committed” – Theater production - 3 p.m.
Sept. 23rd Mountain Pointe “Fully Committed” – Theater production - 7 p.m.
Sept. 24th Mountain Pointe “Fully Committed” – Theater production – 7 p.m.
Sept. 27th Mountain Pointe Choir Concert – 7 p.m.
October 4th Mountain Pointe Symphonic/Jazz Band Concert – 7 p.m.
October 5th Mountain Pointe Wind Ensemble/Orchestra Concert – 7 p.m.
October 28th Mountain Pointe 20th Anniversary Celebration – Hall of Fame Game
Sept. 23rd Desert Vista High School "Philadelphia Story" - Theater production 4-6 p.m.
Sept. 27th Desert Vista Orchestra Guitar Concert - 7-9 p.m.
Sept. 29th Desert Vista Band Concert - 7-9 p.m.
October 5th Desert Vista “Improv Show” 7-9 p.m.
October 7th Desert Vista “Improv Show” 7-9 p.m.
October 26th Desert Vista Theater production
October 27th Desert Vista Theater production
October 28th Desert Vista Theater production
October 29th Desert Vista Homecoming - 8 p.m.
Kyrene School District's two newest governing board members said they dived into their new roles when they took office but were concerned in January when they voted on the future of all-day kindergarten because they felt they didn't have enough information for a decision carrying so much impact.