Supporting Scottsdale USD in Achieving Educational Excellence
The SUSD Foundation supports Scottsdale USD through fundraising efforts that include individual solicitations, community outreach and annual events:
The proceeds of these events are directed 100% into Scottsdale USD programs that benefit student and teacher achievement. These programs include:
Quest for Excellence Mini-Grant Program
The objectives of the Quest for Excellence mini-grants are: to support the Foundation’s and District’s goal of increasing student learning and to provide annual grants that enhance learning experiences that foster academic development and inspire teachers/administrators to experiment with tools and techniques that go beyond the conventional textbooks and District funding provisions.
The Quest for Excellence Mini Grants amount recently awarded for the 2014-2015 school year was $50,000, bringing the total since 2008 to $342,581.82.
The SUSD Foundation awarded scholarships so students of all economic backgrounds can participate in and benefit from a science camp dedicated to innovation. Camp Invention, a program from InventNow and The National Inventors Hall of Fame ®, is a weeklong summer enrichment day program for children entering first through sixth grades. Participating daily in five activity-oriented thematic modules, children enhance their understanding of science, math, history and the arts while having lots of fun.
This exciting program invites children to let their imaginations run wild through teamwork, creative problem solving and inventive thinking via three different week long programs – Create, Encounter and Discover.
National Board Certification for Teachers
National Board Certification (NBC) is one of the highest achievements in the teaching profession. NBC is part of the growing education reform movement that is advancing student learning, improving teaching and making schools better. Teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met high standards through study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.
The SUSD Foundation provides financial assistance to teachers pursuing NBC. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded $33,492.50 to support National Board Certification.
All-City Athletic Awards Banquet
The SUSD All-City Athletic Awards banquets are designed to honor outstanding athletes from who attended its five high schools: Arcadia; Chaparral; Coronado; Desert Mountain and Saguaro. There are three banquets per school year honoring students from badminton, cross country, golf, football, volleyball, swimming and diving, basketball, soccer wrestling, baseball, softball, tennis and track and field.
Since 2012 the SUSD Foundation has awarded $12,500 to support these banquets.
The SUSD Foundation partnered with the Arizona Science Center to provide third grade teachers training on the state’s science standards. Arizona recently made dramatic changes to its science standards, especially in the third grade curriculum. To address training needs resulting from the new standards, the Arizona Science Center recently announced a new training series targeted to third grade teachers. The training series covers all aspects of the new content standards including teaching plant structures and life cycles, the ecosystem, animal adaptations, light, sound, and earth materials.
Funding for the training was provided by the SUSD Foundation. Teachers contribute their time to attend classes for which they receive thirty-five hours of professional development credits.
Unitown is a leadership camp that is taught through diversity activities. Students from all five of our SUSD high schools participant in a 5-day retreat where they learn about themselves and others. This camp provides a safe and inclusive platform for students to express how they really feel, create a sense of community, and increase their empathy and understanding of others.
Over the years, we have had the opportunity to create incredible dialogue between students of all races, ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds. Participants discuss issues such as stereotypes, prejudice, and privilege, to name a few, in an open forum. Camp culminates with each school developing an action plan of activities to bring back to their individual schools with the goal of increasing diversity, empathy, acceptance, and knowledge in their communities.