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  •  Board adopts resolution in support of updating the Aggregate Expenditure Limit

    Board Adopts Resolution in Support of AEL Special Session

    At the November 10 Board Meeting, the Governing Board voted and adopted a resolution in support of an AEL Special Session. The Aggregate Expenditure Limit is based off a formula that caps public school spending and was created more than 40 years ago when school districts were operating at a much smaller footprint, with a vastly different budget.

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    Peoria Unified Schools Show Growth With Latest Letter Grades

    The Arizona State Board of Education recently released A-F letter grades and 37 of our schools received an “A” or “B” label, showing excellent growth with 10 schools moving up one letter grade. See the full list of letter grades on our website at www.peoriaunified.org/lettergrades.

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    Free/Reduced Meal Applications Now Available!

    Apply today for free or reduced meals online at www.peoria.schoollunchapp.com

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    Peoria Unified Students recognized by City of Peoria Mayor and Council Young Artists Program

    The City of Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and City Council recently celebrated 26 young artists from the Peoria Unified School District, spanning kindergarten to eighth grade, who participated in the 12th exhibition of the Mayor and Council’s Young Artists Program.

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  • Peoria Unified Celebrates 50 Students Who Earned State Seal of Arts Proficiency

    Peoria Unified is proud to announce that 50 students across all seven high schools have earned the prestigious Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency this year. The arts seal is awarded to high school students who complete arts pathway requirements throughout their high school career by demonstrating artistic literacy and high levels of competency in media arts, visual arts, dance, theatre, or music.

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    Peoria High School wins State MESA Day Competition

    On Saturday, April 30th, the Peoria High School MESA and Peoria Junior MESA teams participated in the 2022 AZ State MESA Day Competition. The event was held at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Students submitted their posters, engineering design journals, and design briefs online several weeks ago for judging by STEM professionals and college students. On Saturday, students tested their designs, presented their finished projects and participated in the online computer Hack Attack.

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    Students Team Up With City of Surprise and Local Business to Reopen Cyber Warfare Range

    Peoria Unified’s MET (Medical Engineering Technology) Professional Academy students recently partnered with the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range, the City of Surprise, and AZ TechCelerator to re-open the Arizona Range AZ02 in Surprise.

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  • Cactus Robotics Club Receives Top Competition Awards

    The Cobra Commanders 498, a competitive robotics club based out of Peoria Unified School District’s Cactus High School, were recently awarded two of the most coveted robotics competition awards. 

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    Are You Ready For Kindergarten?

    Families looking for details about what Kindergarten looks like in Peoria Unified should watch our virtual Kindergarten Live event. During Kinder Live, we are joined by one of our incredible kindergarten teachers who addressed a lot of frequently asked questions, including how to prep your child for kindergarten, what the first few days of school are like, when to expect more information and much more. The event is available on-demand at www.peoriaunified.org/kinderlive

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    Kindergarten Enrollment Open Now

    Kindergarten registration is now underway for the 2022-23 school year at all 34 Peoria Unified elementary schools! Families can register their child by visiting the district’s website at peoriaunified.org/kindergarten or by visiting their neighborhood Peoria Unified school. Stay tuned as more information regarding Connect to Kindergarten events will be shared soon!

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  •  7th and 8th grade winners in the patriotic speech contest pose in front of a Peoria Unified logo

    Watch the 35th Annual Patriotic Speech Contest

    5th-8th Grade students from each of the District's elementary schools competed in our 35th Annual Patriotic Speech Contest last month. After competing and winning their respective school events, the district's top competitors shared their speeches before judges and a large audience at the district office. Now you have the chance to watch the videos from the comfort of your own home. Click the article title above to watch the complete contests and learn more about the winners of each event.

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  •  Coyote Hills Student Ethan with Dr. Jason Reynolds

    Coyote Hills Elementary Student Wins Annual District Spelling Bee

    The Peoria Unified School District held their annual District Spelling Bee on Thursday, Jan. 27 where top spellers from across the district competed in front of their peers. The winner of this year’s Annual District Spelling Bee is Ethan Greenwood from Coyote Hills Elementary School. Greenwood won in the 12th round with the word “quinary.” 

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  •  Award winning Peoria Unified student poses with her certificate and framed artwork

    City of Peoria Honors Peoria Unified Young Artists

    Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and City Council members recently celebrated 22 young artists from the Peoria Unified School District, spanning kindergarten to eighth-grade, who participated in the 11th annual exhibition of the Mayor and Council’s Young Artists Program.

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    Preschool Program Earns First-Place Award in Golden Bell Promise Program

    Peoria Unified’s partnership with Glendale Community College (GCC), offering a Preschool program as a part of their Early Childhood Education (ECE) Lab received a first-place award in the collaboration category for the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) Golden Bell Promise Program. The preschool team was recognized at the 64th Annual Arizona School Boards Association – Arizona School Administrator Annual Conference on December 16, 2021 for this prestigious award.

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    COVID Mitigation Updates Effective January 3, 2022

    As we look forward to our Winter Break and spending quality time with family, we want to provide you with an update regarding changes to the district’s COVID-19 protocols for the spring semester.

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  •  Portrait of Jennifer Cheesman

    Zuni Hills Teacher Named Peoria Hometown Hero

    As a veteran teacher of 26 years, Cheesman has been introducing the world of science to her students. For her work, she has been named the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the educator category. The Hometown Heroes Awards are a celebration of individuals who live or teach in the city, and Peoria businesses for their local achievements and distinguished contributions to the community.

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    Lowe's Plants Seeds of Hope for Peoria High School

    As a part of their community service program, Lowe’s on 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird recently connected with Peoria High School to give back to the school and offer their assistance. Peoria High School has had a long-term vision to finish the orchard that sits just west of the school’s administration building. Lowe’s generously agreed to donate items to help Peoria Unified’s oldest high school make their vision of the orchard come to life.

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  •  Image of chalk board and school supplies with the text "What does my child learn in a year?"

    What Does My Child Learn in a Year?

    Peoria Unified has created One-Pagers that highlight what a student in elementary school will learn in a year by content area throughout one school year. The One-Pagers provide parents with resources to support their child depending on their grade-level.

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    Peoria Unified Earns Recognition for Financial Reporting

    The Peoria Unified School District is the recent recipient of a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The certificate of achievement was granted for the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020.

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    Peoria Unified is Home to Two National Banner Unified Champion Schools

    Raymond S. Kellis High School and Sunrise Mountain High School, both in the Peoria Unified School District, just renewed their status as national banner Unified Champion schools. To receive this designation from Special Olympics, these schools must demonstrate their ongoing commitment on the pathway towards the Inclusion Revolution through Unified Programs such as Unified Sports, inclusive youth leadership and whole-school engagement.

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