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Recent MUSD Achievements


·         Maricopa High School Teacher Joby Thompson has been selected to attend the “Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders” program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, July 23-28, 2017. This is a week-long executive education program for design professionals in partnership with Yale University’s School of Management. Maricopa High School is a member of the Central Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology, (CAVIT) which is paying all of the expenses for this training.

·         The Maricopa Unified School District is well known for excellent financial management. For nine consecutive years, the district has received a "Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting" from the National Association of School Business Officials and the Government Finance Officers Association. This recognition is given each year because the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report met the highest standards of both national associations. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of school district accounting and financial reporting given by these two organizations. At the Governing Board meeting on 7/12/17, Director of Business Services Aron Rausch was congratulated and presented with both certificates.

·         At the Governing Board meeting on 6/28/17, Superintendent Steve Chestnut announced that all 50 override positions had been filled. These positions include: a) 24 elementary teachers for class size reduction; b) one elementary Teacher on Special Assignment; c) 3 elementary counselors; d) one elementary/middle school librarian; e) 4 middle school teachers for class size reduction and 2 teachers for expanded academic programs; f) 4 high school teachers for class size reduction and 2 teachers for expanded academic programs; g) 7 certified staff for Ram Academy, which will assist credit deficient students to graduate but is still considered part of MHS; h) two instructional technology integration teachers. In addition the $500,000 designated annually for instructional technology for students has been ordered and will arrive soon. This order includes 595 student laptops.

·         The week of June 19-24, 2017, five MHS drama students attended the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The four students who entered the competition earned at least one excellent rating from a judge and recent graduate Carlos O. Venegas earned a superior rating.

·         On 6/3/17, cast members from the MHS spring musical Beauty and the Beast attended the Gammage High School Theatre Awards at Arizona State University. Beauty and the Beast was evaluated by judges during performances in April, and several student actors were nominated in categories including Best Lead, Best Supporting Actor, Outstanding Dancer, and Outstanding Vocalist.

·         Students in the Computer Maintenance classes at Maricopa High School achieved some significant milestones in 2016-17. Students created a student-led business named “24 Pin Technologies” which includes a website.  They expanded the business district-wide and processed over 60 work orders this past school year.  The work orders included refurbishing over 300 computers. At the Arizona Skills USA State Championships in April MHS students took five of six medals, two of which were state championships. Carter Petty won the gold medal in Internetworking and Reece Thompson won the gold medal in Info Tech Services. Carter and Reece will be represent Arizona and Maricopa High School later this summer at the Skills USA national championships in Kentucky.

·         Another accomplishment this year was that thirteen students in passed 16 Cisco Academy professional certification exams.

·         On 5/8/17, Maricopa High School held its annual "Evening of Honors" to recognize the academic accomplishments of the Class of 2017. There were 381 graduates in the class – an all time high. Principal Renita Myers recognized the 174 seniors who were on the honor roll with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A standing ovation was given to the 18 seniors who are entering military service and receiving scholarships. Nine seniors are joining the United States Army, five are joining the United States Marine Corps, and three are joining the United States Navy. Co-Valedictorian John Blodgett was recognized for his decision to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. Blodgett also received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Seniors were recognized for being offered a total of 217 scholarships with a total value of $6,740,454, representing a new record for scholarships offered to an MHS graduating class. These scholarships included 104 from Central Arizona College (59 for the Top 10% of Class Scholarship and 45 for the Promise for the Future Scholarship); 29 from Arizona State University; 27 from Grand Canyon University; 12 from the University of Arizona; and one from Eastern Arizona State College. Congratulations to the MHS Class of 2017!

·         In the spring of 2017 the MUSD Governing Board approved a new Maricopa High School Student Travel Club. Prior to being recognized as a school club, Maricopa Student Travel was directed by MHS biology teacher Cortney Kellenaers as an organization outside of the high school. In the last few years Maricopa Student Travel has taken trips to Spain, Switzerland, Italy, France and Costa Rica. An average trip costs $3,500 - $5,000 and the cost of travel is the responsibility of the student. The Maricopa High School Student Travel Club is currently planning a 2018 trip to Paris, Normandy and London.

·         The MHS Band and Orchestra performed in the ABODA Area Concert Festival at Scottsdale's Desert Mountain High School on 3/1/17. Both groups earned the second-highest rating of "Excellent" and will advance to the ABODA State Concert Festival in April. This is the second consecutive year both band and orchestra will be represented at the State Concert Festival. For the band, this is the first time they have qualified for the ABODA State Marching and State Concert festivals in the same year. 

·         The Maricopa Unified School District has earned IPM STAR certification after undergoing a thorough, 37 point evaluation of its integrated pest management (IPM) program. IPM STAR Certification is presented by the IPM Institute of North America in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program. The only other school district to receive this award in 2017 was Milwaukee Public Schools, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

·         MHS senior tuba player Chance Ackerson was named to the 2017 Arizona Band and Orchestra Director's Association (ABODA) All-State Honor Band. Chance is the first MHS band student to be selected for the All-State Band.

·         On 2/26/17, thirty MHS DECA students attended the annual Arizona DECA State Career Development Conference. Students faced competed with more than 80 high school teams and over 2,000 students. MHS DECA earned five test medals (top 10% of test takers), five top role play medals, and had eight finalists. Three MHS DECA students placed first in their competitions and these three students will compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference, April 25-30, in Anaheim, California. Additional honorees included advisor Bernadette Russoniello, who was named the Outstanding Advisor of the Year by Arizona DECA and the Arizona Marketing Education Association. The MHS DECA Club received the Century Club Award, presented to chapters with membership of over 100 students. MHS DECA Club member Juan Carrillo was also honored for his service as an Arizona DECA State Officer for 2016-17.

·         On 2/21/17, students from Maricopa High School’s Spanish and German classes participated in Arizona State University’s Foreign Language Fair. A total of 34 students competed at the fair. Students Chandler Chang, Cymberly Gifford, and Tylinn Noble placed first in Spanish Impromptu Role Play and Porter Jones placed first in German Novice Recitation.

·         Eight teams from Maricopa Wells Middle School and eight teams from Desert Winds Middle School traveled to ASU on 1/28/17 to compete in the Arizona Regional Future City competition. Students from the two middle schools took home 16 awards from the competition out of a total of 34 possible awards.  MWMS students earned a total of 12 awards.  Team Sura finished 2nd place in the state of Arizona. DWMS students earned a total of 4 awards. 

·         Maricopa High School sent 78 students from the DECA Club to DECA regional competition on 1/17/17. This was the largest group ever sent from the club to this competition. This year MHS DECA students entered into the large high school division and faced tough competition, including teams from Tempe, Mesa and Chandler school districts. MHS DECA students performed well, including: five first place, awards, 7 “best in section” role play medals, 4 test medals (top 10% of test takers), and 34 overall competitive medals.

·         Maricopa High School senior, Class of 2017 co-valedictorian, and Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Major John Blodgett was offered appointments to both the United States Air Force Academy and West Point United States Military Academy. Blodgett recently decided to accept the appointment from West Point. This is Blodgett’s fourth year in the MHS ROTC program where he serves as the Commander of the Mission Support Squadron. John was recognized by the MUSD Governing Board for these accomplishments at their meeting on 3/9/17. 

·         On 11/19/16, the MHS Junior State of America Club (JSA) attended their first ever JSA Fall State Convention.  MHS students earning special recognitions included Jasmin Dimas as a debate winner and Reina Enriquez who won a scholarship to attend JSA Summer School at Princeton University. MHS teacher and JSA Advisor Jason Goodwin commented, “We took one of the largest first time delegations with 27 students and we even had a debate winner. If you see our kids, make sure to congratulate them on their recent successes.” The District is proud of the work of Mr. Goodwin and his commitment to making civics engaging and exciting for MHS students.

·         The Ak-Chin Indian Community recently announced that the MHS band and orchestra programs have received a $100,000 grant as part of their 12% Gaming Grant Program. This grant is to build the school instrument inventory to support the growing music programs at MHS. Band and orchestra students would like to thank everyone involved in this process including Chairman Miguel and the entire Ak-Chin Council.

·         The MHS Marching Rams performed their 2016 field show, "Postcards" for the last time on 11/19/17 at the AzMBA Championships held at Perry High School in Chandler. The Rams placed 7th in class 4A, gave their best performance of the season and earned their highest score of the year. The students earned praise for their performance energy as well as for capturing the different musical styles of their show. 

·         On 11/18/16 students from the MHS Theatre Company, Thespian Troupe, and Technical Theatre classes traveled to the Phoenix Convention Center for the annual Arizona State Thespian Festival. MHS students did extremely well in this competition. Congratulations to our students on their outstanding work! Senior Mahkai Ball scored “excellent” for his solo musical presentation of "If I Can't Love Her" from Beauty and the Beast. Seniors Tyler Curtis and Carlos Venegas scored “excellent” for their vocal duet of "Something to Believe In" from Newsies. Senior Dylan Stradling scored “excellent” for his monologue presentations (selections from Much Ado About Nothing and The Philadelphia Story).

·         The Maricopa Unified School District was one of four Arizona school districts receiving national recognition for its Advanced Placement (AP) program at Maricopa High School. MUSD was named to the College Board’s seventh annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. Other Arizona school districts were Vail Unified, Tucson Unified and Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools. MUSD was among 433 districts in the United States and Canada to qualify for the honor roll. To be included on the honor roll, school districts were studied on three years of results. Schools were judged on increased participation in AP courses, increased percentage of minority students scoring at least a 3 on an AP exam and increased percentage of all students scoring a 3 or higher. The percentage of students who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch was also considered. In MUSD 57 percent of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch and under-represented minority students – defined as “African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native” – are in the majority. MUSD has a racial/ethnic minority population of 64 percent of all students.

·         On the 11/8/16 ballot, Maricopa voters approved a 10%, seven-year budget override for the Maricopa Unified School District with a 56% “yes” vote. The override will provide additional funding beginning in the 2017-18 school year for 50 additional teachers, counselors and specialists as well as additional instructional technology for students. Governing Board President Patti Coutre’ stated: “On behalf of the Governing Board, the staff and the students of MUSD, I would like to thank the citizens of Maricopa for approving this override proposal. These override funds will greatly assist us in reaching our goal of becoming an “A” rated school district.”

·         Sophomore Evan Grace was recently appointed to Governor Ducey’s Youth Commission.

The approval letter stated, “In recognition of your outstanding achievement, we are pleased to offer you an appointment to the 2016-2017 Governor's Youth Commission.  The application process was incredibly competitive with a high volume of applicants for the number of available spaces. Given your dedication to service and demonstrated leadership skills, we are thrilled to count you among this select group."

·         On 10/28/16, Santa Rosa Elementary School’s Physical Education Teacher Marcus Whitley was recognized by the American Heart Association with an Appreciation Award for his outstanding efforts to promote the AMA’s Jump Rope for Heart. The District is proud of the exemplary efforts of Mr. Whitley and his deep commitment to the health and well-being of the children at Santa Rosa Elementary. Congratulations!

·         In October, 2016, a team of Saddleback Elementary students under the leadership of physical education instructor Marami Abbadessa competed in the Step Up 4 Kids Walk-a-Thon challenge sponsored by Healthy LifeStars.  The event’s goal is to challenge adults and kids to be active and walk. Participants track their steps for a week, raise money and compete for prizes. As a result of their fine work the Saddleback Team placed first in the competition.  On 11/9/16 former Ohio State University football star, two-time Heisman Trophy winner and former player for the Cincinnati Bengals Archie Griffin attended a ceremony at Saddleback Elementary where he presented the first place award to Team Saddleback. 

·         On 8/24/16 the 2016 ACT scores for Maricopa High School were released. MHS students scored above the state average on all four ACT tests - English, math, reading and science. Students who are considering enrollment in higher education after high school take the ACT test as it is required by many colleges and universities as part of the admissions process. The ACT is designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college courses.

·         Maricopa High School English teacher Aidan Balt has been chosen as a Teacher Fellow for the 2016-2017 Arizona Hope Street Group Teacher Fellowship to provide leadership in education policy design and implementation.  The Arizona Hope Street Group Teacher Fellowship is a nonpartisan program that provides a group of diverse public school teachers--who are chosen through a rigorous selection process--with skills focused on peer and community relationship building, moderating peer focus groups, and communication strategies. 

·         Maricopa High School recently received results from the Preliminary SAT Test (PSAT) taken by students last school year. The PSAT tests students in English and mathematics resulting in a combined score. MHS had a record number of students taking the test – 117 sophomores and 128 juniors. Their average scores were above the national average and the Arizona state average. The PSAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT each year (about half sophomores and half juniors) and scores determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Each year, approximately 8,000 juniors in the USA achieve scores in the top 99th percentile in their state and win National Merit Scholarships. It is not yet known if any MHS students in the Class of 2017 will receive a National Merit Scholarship.  Maricopa High School has had three National Merit Scholarship winners since 2012.

·         Former Division I College Basketball Coach Tony Fuller has been hired as a teacher at Maricopa High School for 2016-17 and will also be the new boy’s basketball head coach. Coach Fuller earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1983, and his Master's Degree in 1989 from Pepperdine University.  As a player at Pepperdine, Fuller earned All-West Coast Conference honors and helped the Waves to the NCAA Tournament in 1979 and the NIT in 1980. He then played for the NBA's Detroit Pistons for one year, before entering the coaching profession. Fuller began his coaching career as men’s assistant coach at Pepperdine from 1983-88. From there, Fuller went to UCLA as men’s assistant coach for four seasons (1989-92) before obtaining his first men’s head coaching position at San Diego State (1992-94). From 1994-96 Fuller served as men’s head coach at Pepperdine. He served as men’s assistant coach at Colorado State (1996-98), Utah State (1998-99) and Stanford (1999-2006). For ten years Fuller served as a teacher at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix and was boy’s basketball head coach from 2006-2015.

·         MHS will offer an additional Central Arizona College dual enrollment class for 2016-17. These classes are taught by MHS faculty who qualify to teach college level classes. Students can take these college courses for high school credit only, or for high school and college credit. Students who choose college credit must pay tuition fees and must pass the CAC placement test. The following five CAC courses will be offered in 2016-17: Math 121 - Intermediate Algebra; Math 151 -College Algebra; Eng 101 - English Composition III; Eng 102 - English Composition IV; Bio 181 - General Biology I

·         On 3/1/16, the MHS DECA Club delivered their best performance to date at the State Career Development Conference. Competing against more than 2,600 student competitors and 90 Arizona high schools, MHS DECA brought 27 students competitors to the state conference and returned with 30 medals! MHS earned 21 first place rankings in these competitions. Four MHS students qualified for the International Career Development Conference April 22-27 in Nashville, TN.

·         Pima Butte Elementary School teams finished 3rd and 16th (tie) overall in the State Robotics Competition on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. The team from Santa Cruz Elementary finished 16th (tie) overall.

·         Future City Teams from Desert Wind Middle School won two of the five Walton Sustainable Community Awards at the Arizona Regional Future Cities Competition. With this award came the opportunity to showcase their cities at the Desert Botanical Gardens. On 2/23/16 the two teams presented their projects as part of the Sustainability Solutions Festival that was celebrated state-wide throughout the month of February. The festival was sponsored by Arizona State University’s Walton College of Sustainability. The students presented to Rob Walton, the former CEO of Walmart, as well as CEOs and university professors from around the world.

·         At the Arizona State Regional Future Competition held on 1/23/16 at Arizona State University, sixteen teams represented MUSD. A Maricopa Wells Middle School team placed second in state and a Desert Wind Middle School team placed fourth in state.

·         On 1/23/16 at the ninth annual Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet MHS teacher Bernadette Russoniello was named "The 2016 Teacher of the Year" for the City of Maricopa. Jim Shoaf, MUSD Transportation Department, was named the 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Jim was nominated for his work with the Mountain View Community Church's food bank.

·         On 1/30/16, students from the MHS Theater Company competed at the Central Arizona Festival of Theater at Mesa Community College. Student Shelby Hanks was selected to compete at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE this summer.

·         On 12/3/15, senior Danae Ruiz signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. This will be the first women’s basketball team at the Prescott campus. Danae plans to major in forensic psychology.

·         In December, 2015 the MUSD Governing Board received the ASBA Total Boardsmanship Award. This award recognizes governing boards for participation in professional development training for the purpose of becoming more effective Governing Board members. This award was presented at the ASBA Annual Conference in December.

·         On 11/19/15, the Arizona Educational Foundation named MES teacher Angelia Ebner as one of five finalists for the 2016 Arizona Teacher of Year Award. 

·         In the fall of 2015 it was announced that for the or seventh consecutive year the MUSD Business Office received a "Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting" from the National Association of School Business Officials. This recognition was given because the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report met the highest standards of the national association.

·         In the fall of 2015 MUSD received a grant from the Arizona School Facilities Board. Four small Maricopa High School projects were funded for a total of $44,000. One large grant was funded to reseal the exterior of MHS at a total cost of $622,400.

·         Thanks to the efforts of the Maricopa Ak-Chin STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Foundation and their sponsors: Electrical District 3, Harrah’s Ak-Chin and the Ak-Chin Indian Community; MUSD was able to form 15 robotics teams in 2015-16 to compete in Vex Robotics Competitions.

·         Maricopa High School Girls Basketball Coach Kati Burrows was named the Division ll Basketball Coach of the Year by the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association on 3/5/15. On 3/22/15 Kati was named the “All-USA Arizona American Family Insurance High School Girls Basketball Big Schools Coach of the Year.”

·         The MHS Girls Basketball team defeated Seton Catholic 52-49 in the 2015 Division II State Championship game on 2/2/15. This is the first state championship in the history of the girls program. The Lady Rams were the underdog going into the game as they were the twelfth seed into the tournament, while Seton Catholic was seeded second. In addition, Seton Catholic won the state tournament in four of the previous five years. Congratulations to the MHS Girls Basketball team!

·         In February, 2015 the Future Cities team from MWMS 20+1 class competed in the Future Cities National Competition in Washington, D.C. in February. The team of Joseph Rice, Elise Brown Thunder, Emily Cordero, and Sarah Skrnich (Project Manager) placed first in the nation for “Best Residential Zone” and “Most Sustainable Food Production System.”

·         The MUSD Governing Board received the “Governing Board of the Year 2014” at the annual Arizona School Boards Association conference. The award is presented each year to the one of 217 Arizona Governing Boards that best demonstrates leadership, initiative and best practices.

·         In January, 2015 academic teams from MWMS and DWMS MUSD 20+1 classes competed in the Arizona Future Cities State Competition held at ASU.  The teams from MUSD garnered one-half of the awards presented on Saturday.  The MWMS team “Diamant de l'Arizona” placed first in State. The MWMS students will travel to the Future Cities National Competition to be held in Washington, D.C. in February.

·         Six Maricopa High School student-athletes were selected for recognition on the 2014 Division III Football All-State Team. Special recognition goes to senior Elisha Donaldson who was a first team selection.  Donaldson finished third overall in the state in receiving yards per game and caught 11 touchdown passes. Five football players received All-State Honorable Mention: Johnny Johnson, Aaron Owens, Geovanni Walker, Kenny Ball, Chad Cochran.

·         In October, 2014 the UA College of Engineering hosted a program sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers for female high school students interested in learning more about engineering and the university. In November a team of faculty members from the UA introduced the engineering program to students at MHS and Fifty MHS students traveled to Tucson to tour the UA campus and the College of Engineering.

·         In the summer of 2014 MHS was awarded a $44,400 Library Services and Technology Act grant with its community partners: Maricopa Public Library, Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE), and the Maricopa Ak-Chin STEAM Foundation. The grant will be used to create a "Makerspace" with a 3D printer, computers, robotic kits, Arduino kits and other innovative technology.  Makerspaces are places for participants to gather, create and learn.

·         The Maricopa Ak-Chin STEAM Foundation awarded a $16,000 Intel “Sustainability in Action Grant” for 2014. “STEAM” is an abbreviation for “science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.” The foundation was awarded this grant for an Aquaponics Project in cooperation with MUSD, the City of Maricopa and the University of Arizona Ag Tech Department.

·         For the 2014-15 school year, MUSD earned a districtwide grade of “B” for the second consecutive year based on 2014 state test results.  Pima Butte Elementary continued its streak as an “A” school for the fifth consecutive year.  The following schools achieved a “B” grade for 2014-15: Butterfield Elementary, Maricopa Elementary, Santa Cruz Elementary, and Santa Rosa Elementary.

·         MUSD’s new “Bring Your Own Device” option for students began with the 2014-15 school year.  This option allows students to connect personal devices to the District’s network, provided approval is granted from the principal and the student’s parent or legal guardian. Personal devises include laptops, netbooks, tablets, eReaders, smartphones, iPods, iPads, etc.

·         Each school will have a new “academic focus” beginning with the 2014-15 school year. The goal is to provide more options for parents and increased innovative learning opportunities for students.  Even though each school will have a new focus area, the core academic program at each school will continue to be English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education. The academic focus for each school will be:

Butterfield Elementary: STEAM Academy

A focus on the subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to prepare students for college and future careers. 

Maricopa Elementary: Leadership Academy

A focus on leadership through integrating the principles of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, as well as increasing technology integration, implementing hands-on and project-based learning to enhance core academics in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

Pima Butte Elementary: Traditional Academy – A School of Excellence

Preparing students to succeed in a global society through the use of science, technology and arts across the curriculum.

Saddleback Elementary: 21st Century Learning Academy

A focus on 21st century learning strategies that keep students highly engaged to ensure the academic success of all.

Santa Cruz Elementary: Achievement Academy

A learning community where staff and students work together to set personal goals. Students set academic goals based upon individual achievement data.  Students can also set health and nutrition goals with daily physical education.

Santa Rosa Elementary: Critical Thinking and Technology Academy

Santa Rosa will focus on project and problem based learning with technology integration to support student achievement through real world tasks.

Desert Wind Middle School: Technology Preparatory Program

Students will take classes in the STEAM subjects: science, technology, arts, engineering and math.  More students will have the opportunity to participate in the “blended learning” 20+1 program, which combines teacher-led learning with online instruction.

Maricopa Wells Middle School: STEAM Preparatory Program

The academic focus will be on Project Based Learning with three academy options for students: 1) Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), 2) Liberal Arts/Fine Arts, and 3) Blended Learning/20+1. Students will select which academy best fits their interests, learning styles and needs.  Each cohort will complete their semester assessments with subject based and/or cross curricular projects.

Maricopa High School:  College and Career Preparatory Academy

Students will learn a comprehensive curriculum based on the arts, humanities, technology, math and science with an emphasis on innovation, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving in all subjects.

·         Jasmine Melvin, 2009 graduate of Maricopa High School, graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy on May 23, 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.  Jasmine also received a Navy Commission as an Ensign (Naval Officer) in the U. S. Navy. Jasmine was an honor student at Maricopa High School and was a standout athlete in both volleyball and basketball.

·         The MHS Class of 2014 set a new scholarship record with over $2.7 million in academic scholarships being offered. This included a National Merit Scholarship being awarded to Niles Getz, which was the third National Merit scholarship awarded to a MHS graduate in the last three years.  In addition, there were twenty-three scholarships to ASU, eleven to Northern Arizona University, six to the University of Arizona, and scholarships from nineteen individual colleges and universities. Central Arizona College offered thirty-three academic scholarships, and an additional sixty-nine Central Arizona College “Promise for the Future” scholarships were offered to MHS grads. 

·         Students who are considering enrollment in higher education after high school take the ACT test. The ACT is designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college courses. The 2014 scores for MHS showed MHS students above the state average in Reading and Science.

·         In March, 2014 MUSD received a three-year $255,000 grant from the Arizona K-12 Center to pay for three half-time master teachers who will mentor beginning teachers at the secondary level. The Arizona K-12 Center is part of Northern Arizona University, and provides professional development for Arizona teachers. The funding will be spread over the next three years: $100,000 the first year, $80,000 the second and $75,000 in the third year.

·         March 2-4, 2014 the MHS DECA Club participated in the Arizona DECA State Career Development Conference, at the Phoenix Convention Center. The conference included 2,600 Arizona student competitors from 108 schools. MHS had twenty-four competitors in preliminary competition; and eleven advanced as finalists. Finalists qualified for the International Career Development Conference this May in Atlanta, GA and eight MHS finalists will attend the conference.

·         MUSD has a new mobile app. This app will allow access to school information from an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet. The app named MUSD#20 is available to download through the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and will allow students, parents, school employees and community members to see district calendar events, district news, pay for lunches, access student grades, and access individual school information.

·         On 2/1/14 the Arizona K-12 Center presented the 5th Annual Celebration of Accomplished Teaching Awards to Arizona's newest National Board Certified Teachers & Master Teachers. The mission of the Arizona K-12 Center is “to improve teaching and learning in Arizona's schools through high quality professional development and teacher leadership.” One MUSD Principal and 10 MUSD teachers were recognized.

·         On 1/25/14 teams from the MWMS 20+1 programs at MWMS and DWMS competed in the Arizona Future Cities Competition held at ASU Preparatory Academy in Phoenix. Team "Kopn Tou Pele" received three awards - Second Place Overall in the State of Arizona, Best Design for Sustainability, and the Walton Sustainable Community Award. Second place is the best finish ever by a MUSD team, and the first time a team has placed in the top five in the state.

·         In 2013 the Ak-Chin Indian Community announced it was donating $2.6 million to MUSD, $1.3 million to be awarded in 2013-14 and $1.3 million in 2014-15. The formal Memorandum of Understanding was approved by the MUSD Governing Board at their 11/13/13 meeting. The Ak-Chin gift will fund “extras” the school district would not be able to afford without additional grant funds including: five additional secondary math teachers, five additional paraprofessionals to provide extra reading instruction to elementary students, wireless computer access at all nine schools, refurbishing 275 student computers, and several other projects.

·         The Arizona Business Education Coalition recognized Pima Butte Elementary as a 2013 Higher Performing School for the second consecutive year.

·         A three year district-wide strategic plan was completed and approved by the Governing Board in September, 2013.

·         MUSD increased its district-wide grade from “C” to “B” for 2013-14 as a result of performance on the statewide AIMS test. Pima Butte Elementary continued its streak as an “A” school for the fourth consecutive year. Four of the remaining eight schools increased their letter grade by one grade.

·         On 5/23/13 the MHS Class of 2013 received their diplomas.  There were 270 graduates, and the class was offered over $2 million in scholarships.  16 graduates received academic scholarships from ASU, 16 from NAU, 5 from U of A, and 29 from Central Arizona College. In addition, 73 graduates received the Promise for the Future scholarship from Central Arizona College, which provides two years of free tuition.

·         On 2/6/13 Maricopa High School hosted a press conference where four MHS student athletes signed letters of intent for collegiate athletic programs in 2013-14. Andrea Wilson signed a Letter of Intent to play softball at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Caleb Buck signed a Letter of Intent to play football at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Josh Madu signed a Letter of Intent to play football at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Kentrell Coleman signed a Letter of Intent to play football at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona. We are very proud of these four outstanding student athletes!

·         Seventy-two MHS seniors in the Class of 2013 took the ACT test and scored above the state average in three of the four tests, including English, science, and reading.

·         The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is typically taken by sophomores and juniors who are considering future enrollment in a college or university. In 2011-13, 40 Maricopa High School sophomores took the PSAT/NMSQT and 72 juniors took the test. The average score of MHS students was above the national and state averages in all three tests: reading, math, and writing.

·         Maricopa High School  head football coach Cory Nenaber was named Division III, Section 1 Coach of the Year by the Arizona Interscholastic Association after his team posted a 7-4 record and made it to the first round of the playoffs.

·         In the fall of 2012 four MUSD teachers earned the designation of National Board Certification and were recognized by the MUSD Governing Board at their meeting in December. The four teachers that were recognized included: Heidi Vratil – the school district’s Professional Development Coordinator was certified as an Early/Young Adult Exceptional Needs Specialist. Tracy Carey – a Physical Education teacher at Santa Cruz Elementary was certified as an Early/Middle Childhood Physical Education teacher. Angelia Ebner – a first and second grade ELL teacher at Maricopa Elementary was certified as an Early Childhood Generalist teacher. Deborah Kohls – a second grade teacher at Maricopa Elementary was certified as an Early Childhood Generalist teacher

·         In 2012 the Arizona Department of Education recognized Pima Butte Elementary recognized Pima Butte Elementary as an “A” school for the third consecutive year.

·         In 2012 the Arizona Department of Education recognized Pima Butte as a “High Performing” and "High Progress" school. Pima Butte was one of sixty-eight schools in the state to achieve this designation

·         The Arizona Business Education Coalition recognized Pima Butte Elementary as a 2012 Higher Performing School.

·         Graduation ceremonies were held on 5/24/12 for the MHS Class of 2012. 280 seniors received their diplomas and the class was offered over $2 million in scholarships. Two students received National Merit Scholarships.  Nine students were awarded prestigious Arizona Board of Regents Scholarship.

·         The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test taken by approximately 3.5 million American students each year. The scores from the test are used to determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Two members of the Maricopa High School Class of 2012 received one of the highly competitive National Merit Scholarships – Cara Oneal, and T. J. Radigan.


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