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·         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.

 

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