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FEBRUARY MEETING 2017
Join us for the first session in a three part Series led by Koni Withers, PVUSD Lead Counselor. In January of 2016, the UPC program focused on College and Career readiness. The program touched on elementary to high school needs and resources. This breakdown of the sessions will allow us to go more deeply into the various stages of Secondary School preparation.
This first presentation will focus on Middle School Preparation as well as the transition to high school and all you need to know and be ready for in the PVUSD school district.
April 20, 2017 - Session 2: Freshman and Sophomore Preparation
September TBD, 2017 - Session 3: Junior/Senior year, ACT/SAT Preparation
OPENING BELL - AUGUST 16, 2017
Our August monthly UPC meeting and educational program is on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the DAC East/West Conference room in the District Offices. The meeting begins at 9am with our business portion and then our program this month will feature opening bell remarks from Superintendent Dr. James P. Lee.
August Program Flier
SEPTEMBER MEETING 2017
BUDGET FORECAST AND PVSCHOOLS IMPACT - SEPTEMBER 27
Laura Felton, Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations for PVSchools, will share information and answer your questions on the PVSchools’ budget forecast and how the Arizona State budget may impact PV Schools.
September's meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27.
Click here to see the flyer.
OCTOBER MEETING 2017
Our October General UPC meeting is on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the DAC East/West conference rooms at the District Offices. The meeting begins at 9am with our business portion and then our program this month will feature Koni WIthers, PVUSD Lead Counselor, who will present the third session of our Secondary School Preparation Series: "Junior and Senior Year Preparation."
October meeting flier
NOVEMBER MEETING 2017
Join us for our November Monthly Meeting and Educational Program on November 15, 2017. The meeting will be held at the DAC East/West Conference Rooms at the District offices at 9am and it will feature our program entitled "Body Image and Self Esteem." Don't miss this important and informative session.
JANUARY MEETING 2018
Join us for a candid conversation about upcoming legislative issues with Kelli Butler (LD 28-D) and Heather Carter (LD 15-R) moderated by the
Chair of PV Schools Community Legislative Network (CLN), Julie Bacon.
Learn first-hand about the issues, challenges, and priorities of Arizona's
The January 17th, 2018 program will take place at 9:00 a.m., before the UPC Monthly Meeting at 10:15 a.m. This is in reverse order from our standard schedule.
FEBRUARY MEETING 2018
Join us for Stephanie Siete, Public Information Officer at Community Bridges Inc (CBI) for a candid conversation about today's most abused substances; where they come from, what they look like and how their potent effects are killing individuals and devastating families. An in-depth discussion on loopholes in the law, lack of knowledge, limited resources and how low public expectations are impacting communities on a larger scale will be discussed.
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link to monthly flyer
MARCH MEETING 2018
Our March Monthly Meeting and Educational Program is on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at PVUSD Administrative Center, East/West rooms. The meeting begins at 9 am with our business portion and then at 10:15 am our program this month will feature "What Curriculum Does PVUSD Offer", presented by Dr. Dan Courson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and his team.
Most of our PVUSD schools feature signature programs or specialties unique to each school to provide a wide variety of choice, no matter your student's journey. It is one of the best kept secrets.
Join us for Dr. Dan Courson and team as we delve into the district signature programs (AVID, gifted, CREST, NVAA, CTE, etc.) offered at our schools, and hear examples of a typical school path to follow a desired curriculum.
March Program Flier
APRIL MEETING 2018
Our April UPC Monthly Meeting and Educational Program is on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the DAC East/West Conference room in the District Offices. The meeting begins at 9am with our business portion and then please join us as we hear from notMykid.
Join the United Parent Council (UPC) and notMYkid for a candid conversation. Safe dating can be described as the practice of healthy, interdependent relationships between individuals. Many relationships, however, are unhealthy and can lead to real emotional and physical consequences for those individuals in the relationship and others around them.
How do we differentiate between what is “safe” and “unhealthy” when it comes to dating? Unhealthy relationships are defined as relationships in which physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence take place. Many unhealthy relationships can be avoided by helping youth to develop skills to create healthy relationships and by teaching them to recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships. If we witness signs of an unhealthy relationship – what can we do?
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Monthly Meeting flier
MAY MEETING 2018
Please join us for our ever popular last meeting of the school year, where Dr. Lee will share some of what you and your child can expect in PVSchools next year. Dr. Lee, who has led the district since 2009, will give us an update, share some highlights, and answer your questions.
Dr. Lee, with over 30 years of experience in education, believes a student’s lifelong success demands mastery of the four C’s: communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. He has a strong focus and commitment to the mission of cultivating, leading and inspiring world-class, innovative thinkers and expert communicators through a focus on the relationship between educator and student built around challenging, meaningful and engaging curriculum. As a former teacher, principal, director, and a parent of two PVSchools graduates, Dr. Lee understands and embraces the importance of parents, students, and educators working together to optimize the K-12 educational experience.
This year's Teacher/Staff Appreciation recipients will be recognized prior to the May 17th Governing Board Meeting. The recognition ceremony begins at 5:30 PM and will be held in the Governing Board Room. There is no need to RSVP for this event. We hope to see many recipients at this ceremony!
Congratulations to this year's recipients.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE : Understanding the Influence
Free childcare (ages 2-7) and translation services available
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Paradise Valley Unified School District
15002 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
East/West Conference Room
Join us for our upcoming parent program with notMYkid to gain critical information about how to protect your children and/or extended family members from the growing problem of substance abuse and addiction. You will learn the most recent trends and common drugs of abuse in our communities and how to prevent the pain and grief of addiction from impacting your own family.
Please RSVP by contacting Elizabeth Stein at (602) 449-2430 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the topics that will be discussed:
A special December presentation is on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Governing Board room in the District Offices. The topic is Understanding the Influence - The Truth About Vaping, presented by notMYkid. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.
UPC welcomes notMykid back for a specil evening presaentation. This will be a candid conversation about explosive substance abuse trends facing our pre-teens and teens. We will address all things related to vaping and e-cigarettes, as well as other gateway drugs. Every parent will be provided with free prevention tools that address health concerns, warning signs of use, conversation starters and practical tips on how to implement an effective family prevention plan.
PARENTS ONLY PLEASE - NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN
Parents, Please Join Us
Essential Skills of 2E Kids
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
District Administrative Center - Governing Board Room
Presenter: Dr. Karen Hudson
In this Parent Seminar, Dr. Karen Hudson will discuss the essential skills of 2E kids and how the
synergy between the Special Education and Gifted Departments work to address these needs. She will
outline the balance between Team placement decisions and collaboration between parents, the UG
program, support services such as Speech, OT, Administration and the entire school community. Dr.
Hudson will identify strategies to guide parents and students through the progression of academic
expectations related to success within their educational career of elementary, middle school and high
We invite you to join us for our special education parent education seminar, a collaboration between the PV Special Educaiton Department and United Parent Council Special Education Committee.
Special Education Parent Education Seminar
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM
PVUSD District Administrative Center
DAC East/West Conference Rooms
15032 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85032
An Overview of Special Education Programs and 504 Plans in PV Schools
Linda Taylor, Director of Special Education, PVSchools
Stacey Akhbari, Assistant Director of Special Education, PVSchools
Dr. Bennett MacKinney, Director of Elementary Educaiton, PVSchools
Program Flier pdf
The 2015-16 First Time UPC Rep Luncheon will be held on September 16. If this is your first time as a UPC representative or alternate, or perhaps you are thinking about taking this position for your school, or you are a parent liaison, you are invited to stay and join us for a brief orientation lunch immediately following the September 16th UPC Monthly Meeting and Educational Program in the Ivory Room of the Community Resource Center (the building across the parking lot from the meeting location).
Visit with UPC executive board members, Dr. Lee, and district cabinet members, and learn about everything you need to know to serve as a liaison for your school community. This luncheon is intended for all first-time UPC reps, alternates and parent liaisons.
Thanks to everyone who RSVPed!
Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.
-- Danny Thomas
Those words apply to many individuals, and one of them was Geri Morgan. Until her untimely death in July 2005, Geri had been involved in UPC since the late 1990s. She served in a number of roles as a representative, as newsletter editor, and as a legislative committee member. As a former teacher, she volunteered at several PVUSD schools and served as PTO president. She was also a sought-after substitute teacher. Towards the end of her life, she decided to change her career path and began to take classes in the ministry of the Methodist Church.
In her memory, UPC established the Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award to honor a volunteer for his or her outstanding service contributions to a school community. The winner will be honored at the May 17th Governing Board meeting and will designate a school group or organization of their choice to receive a $100.00 donation from UPC.
Nominations are being accepted through April 18, 2018. Nomination forms can be submitted via interoffice mail to United Parent Council, c/o CRC or mailed to United Parent Council, c/o CRC, 15032 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix AZ 85032. Contributions to support the award also may be sent to UPC at the above address.
Leadership Ideas Networking Community
We hope you will join us for the annual UPC LINC Parent Group Program and Vendor Showcase on March 6th. 6:00-8:00 PM.
RSVP for LINC now!
This years event will take place in the Platinum Lounge at Dave & Buster’s in Desert Ridge! Below is the Save the Date flyer that outlines the event and gives all the significant information. There will be dozens of booths with great fundraising ideas, programs and other resources for you to check out for your school and parent group. As always, admission is free!
This event is a great place to gather information in a one-stop shop! In addition, this is a unique opportunity to speak with leaders from across the district to get ideas and advice to maximize your efforts at your school.
If you have any questions or need more information, please fell free to contact the LINC organizer at email@example.com or 602-446-6572
For endor information, application, and further details, check out the LINC page.
Save the Date flyer
College and Career Readiness for Parents of Gifted Students
Join Catherine Flesner, M.Ed, as she discusses some of the strategies and management approaches parents should consider as they work their way through this education continuum decision making process.
She is currently the counselor for PVUSD’s PVOnline program. Formerly a Curriculum Specialist and the Lead Counselor for Paradise Valley Unified School District, she provided support for Gifted Services 7-12 and has been involved in gifted education for much of her career.
Join us for this informative seminar Wednesday, December 7th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., in the Community Resource Center - Critical Thinking Room at the PVSchools District Administrative Center.WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 2016
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
PVSchools Community Resource Center
Critical Thinking Room
Sponsored by the PVSchools Gifted Education Department and the United Parent Council Gifted Education Committee. For more information see the PVSchools website.
District Administrative Center
15032 N. 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85032
Casual, supportive atmosphere..Please join us!
Join us on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at the PVUSD Administrative Center, for an informative and educational workshop for parents and family members of students of all ages and all types of special needs.
The topics covered in this workshop include Guardianship, Special Needs Trust, Wills, Government Benefits, the ABLE Account, Budget Planning and the Letter of Intent. This workshop will explain why these special needs planning documents are important to have and how they complement each other in an estate plan designed to protect your loved one’s quality of life and care. Don’t be afraid to plan, be afraid if you don’t plan.
Meeting flyer in English
Meeting flyer in Spanish (en Español)