Indian Bend Elementary participates in Love Our Schools Day event

Indian Bend Elementary School will participate in School Connect Love Our Schools Day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Saturday, March 24 at 3633 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. School community members along with employees of several local businesses and organizations will volunteer time and services to make a difference for children at Indian Bend […]

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.

Explorer student to represent Arizona in National Geographic Bee

Ari Mehta, an eighth grade student at Paradise Valley’s Explorer Middle School, was crowned the state champion at the 2016 Arizona Geography Bee that was held on April 1 at Arizona State University. To take the win, he answered the following question correctly, “The ABBA museum is located in which city at the head of Lake Vanern?” The correct answer was Stockholm.

PVSchools grad keeps specialty Navy helicopters flying

A 2004 Shadow Mountain High School graduate and Phoenix native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced helicopter. Petty Officer 3rd Class Ken McElwee is a naval air crewman with the “Vipers” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 48, a Mayport, Fla. based squadron that operates the Navy’s next generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk.

PV students to perform pilot production of ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

North Valley Arts Academies students, which includes Paradise Valley schools Desert Cove Elementary, Shea Middle School and Shadow Mountain High School, will perform in the pilot production of Disney’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” at 7 p.m. April 14-16 in the newly renovated Performing Arts Center at Shadow Mountain High School. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door and cost $5 for students and $10 for adults, according to a press release.

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.

North Canyon High hosts Special Olympics basketball tournament

The North Canyon High School Business Advisory Board will host a Special Olympics Unified Basketball Tournament 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 in the Gymnasium at North Canyon High School. The tournament will begin with an Opening Ceremony, followed by the tournament. This community service project will bring students together from various campus clubs and sports teams. In total, six teams from three schools will participate in the tournament, according to a press release. The schools participating are North Canyon High School, Shadow Mountain High School and Raymond S. Kellis High School, from the Peoria Unified School District.

Pinnacle coach named 2015 West Sectional Coach of the Year

Charles Wilde, boys basketball coach and teacher at Pinnacle High School, was selected as the 2015 West Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association. Coach Wilde was nominated for the award by Alex Pavlenko, the school’s athletic director, according to a press release. For 16 years, Coach Wilde has been a coach and teacher at the school. He teaches math and physical education and coaches varsity boys basketball and girls golf.