Paradise Valley Rotary Club donates 2,600 dictionaries to students

The Rotary Club of Paradise Valley continued its annual dictionary distribution tradition, with nearly 2,600 books given to Paradise Valley Unified School District third graders. In total, the Paradise Valley Rotary Club has donated just under 35,000 dictionaries in 13 years, according to a press release. Friends and family met at the Merlino Ranch to […]

Paradise Valley honored at Arizona PTA Awards

The Arizona PTA honored a teacher from Eagle Ridge Elementary School, the Hidden Hills Elementary School PTSA and the Larkspur Elementary School PTSA at its 110th Annual State Convention – Super Leaders Awards Gala that was held on June 11 at the Marriott McDowell Mountain Hotel. At the event, Katina Teubner, a teacher at Eagle Ridge Elementary School, received the Super Teacher of the Year Award.

PVSchools receives financial reporting award

Paradise Valley Schools has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, according to a press release. The Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s), department or agency designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

PVEA provides prom dresses to PVSchools students

The Paradise Valley Education Association collected more than 300 dresses, shoes and accessories that benefited pre-selected high school students in PVSchools. On March 5 and March 8, the students went “shopping” for their formal wear at the Foothills Facility. Dresses and shoes, available in a variety of styles and sizes, were donated by teachers, students and friends of PVSchools.

Mountain Trail student wins district spelling bee

Jacob Rimmer, an eighth grade student at Mountain Trail Middle School, won the Paradise Valley Unified School District Spelling Bee that was held on Friday, Jan. 15. The Spelling Bee lasted 15 rounds, and the winning word was platypus. Angelina Mann, a seventh-grade student at Explorer Middle School, was the runner-up, according to a press release.

Explore options during PVSchools Preschool Universe

The Paradise Valley Unified School District is to host a Preschool Universe evening event where parents will have the opportunity to meet with preschool teachers, principals and administrators and get answers to questions. Preschool Universe will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14 at Fireside Elementary School, 3725 E. Lone Cactus Dr., and pre-registration is not required. Event registration opens at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

Schools’ can-do attitude a bonus for Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank

For several years, schools within the Paradise Valley Unified School District boundaries have been holding canned food drives to support the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank. In the last few weeks, several schools have collected 15,478 pounds of canned goods for the food bank:

Paradise Valley teacher advances to finals in award series

Shannon Perna, a sixth grade teacher at Palomino Intermediate School, has been named a Finalist for the 2016 Rodel Exemplary Teacher Award. The Rodel Exemplary Teacher Initiative seeks to increase the number of excellent teachers in high-need schools by identifying and recognizing exceptional teachers with a track record of extraordinary student achievement in these schools, according to a press release. The Rodel Foundation will announce the 2016 Rodel Exemplary Teachers during the Thanksgiving weekend.

2 PV principals named 2016 Rodel Exemplary Principal semifinalists

Paradise Valley Unified School District has announced two of its principals have been named as semifinalists for the 2016 Rodel Exemplary Principal Award. Dr. Bennett MacKinney, principal at Echo Mountain Intermediate School, and Andrea Hoffler, a principal at Vista Verde Middle School, have both been named semifinalists in the contest. The winner is expected to be announced in January 2016. The Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative is designed to identify top school principals who will mentor the next generation of school leaders.

Paradise Valley Rotary donates to Junior Achievement of Arizona

At their regular Club meeting on Oct. 28, at the Stone Creek Golf Club, the Paradise Valley Rotary Club made another $1,000 donation to Junior Achievement of Arizona. The Paradise Valley Rotary has been donating to Junior Achievement since 1988. As she has done each year for many years, Dena Kidd, senior development and stewardship director, imparted to club members the latest news about Junior Achievement and its programs, and particularly their involvement in many schools in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, according to a press release.