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  Center for the Future of Arizona  

March 2016

Success Feels Good Success Stories
  2016 Gold Awards

Upcoming School Partners Meetings and Topics

May 4
Reflect, Refine, Reach Higher

Sessions begin at 4:30 p.m.
ASU SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale

Seven Arizona Schools
Receive Gold Awards

Seven schools received gold awards and have been named "Beat the Odds Schools" by Beat the Odds, an initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona. Nine schools earned silver and 9 earned bronze awards.

Only schools that attain gold-medal status -- the highest level of achievement in the Beat the Odds program -- are conferred the title of a Beat the Odds School. Gold winners are:

Amphitheater Public Schools
Holaway Elementary/Principal Chris Gutierrez

Buckeye Elementary School District
WestPark Elementary/Principal Nick Forgette

Fowler Elementary School District
Sun Canyon Elementary/Principal Jonathan Rohloff

Glendale Elementary School District
Sunset Vista Elementary/Principal Dr. Bryan Richman
  Paradise Valley Unified School District
North Canyon High School/Principal Elaine Jacobs

Tolleson Elementary School District
Sheely Farms Elementary/Principal Melissa Marze

Tolleson Union High School District
Westview High School/Principal Michele Wilson

Beat the Odds Gold Level schools must have three years of participation in the program, formative assessment data demonstrating academic progress across the majority of grade levels, the superintendent’s recommendation, plus other criteria.

"Our gold winners demonstrate that demography is not destiny. They have overcome obstacles and improved academic performance through their commitment to Beat the Odds’ Six Keys to Success," Amanda Burke, Center for the Future of Arizona senior director, education, said.

Nine silver awards, recognizing two years of successful participation in the program, and nine bronze awards, recognizing one year of successful participation in the program, were presented at the February Beat the Odds meeting.

For a complete list of winners, see 2016 Beat the Odds Award Winners.
McDonald Named Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal
  South Mountain High School Principal Kate McDonald has been named a 2016 Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal, one of eight in Arizona. These principals were selected for their ability to inspire staff and create high-achieving, safe and welcoming schools in high-need communities. McDonald is in her first year at South Mountain, after successfully leading Metro Tech High School for seven years. With McDonald at the helm, Metro Tech earned many prestigious honors, including recognition as a Beat the Odds gold school. Congratulations!
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