Update from Marketing and Entrepreneurship Teachers

Julie Bourdo and Maria Abrams, Marketing and Entrepreneurship teachers, recap some recent events at Camelback:

  1. Toastmasters Luncheon, December 3, 2014

    The Toastmaster’s Luncheon was held at the historic Wrigley Manson with 200 guests in attendance.  Over 150 Marketing and Entrepreneurship students toured the Manson prior to the luncheon.Jeff Stephens, Lore Simonson, Johanna Miller and Molly Sosa teach a weekly Toastmaster’s Program in Ms. Abram’s and Ms. Bourdo’s classes where these students learn public speaking, listening and writing skills that will be useful throughout their lives. This program is an excellent opportunity to hear what our students believe in strongly and for them to build personal relationship with one another.Leading up to the Toastmaster’s Luncheon, the speakers have a classroom contest and the eight winners compete at the luncheon.  We are told by our guests, who include counselors, administration, and friends of Camelback DECA, that the event gets better each year.

    Thanks to a local foundation for its kind donation that was given to help with the costs of the luncheon.

  2. DECA District Competition, January 13, 2015

    Camelback’s Marketing and Entrepreneur students competed in this DECA District Competition against 700 students from the Bradshaw Mountain, Cactus Shadows, Paradise Valley, Dear Valley, Payson, Window Rock and Scottsdale districts, along with other Phoenix Union High Schools.Having already taken a 100-question on-line exam, these students presented to industry judges their solutions to real-world scenarios in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality, sports & entertainment, retail and management.They all did an amazing job and in the end our Spartans took home 28 medals. They represented their school, district and most importantly themselves with self assurance and pride.

    Teachers and administration, thank you for all your support and encouragement as our students prepared for and participated in this competition.

    In addition, all of this could not have been accomplished without the support of several Camelback High School Community Network participants who volunteered as judges at this event. Thank you so much for making this possible and making a difference in the lives of these students here at Camelback High School. Now it’s on to State!

  3. Coding Club January 22, 2015

    Arnie Edwards the Advisor for the coding club is committed to increasing membership.  Arnie met with the Marketing and Entrepreneur teachers Maria Abrams and Julie Bourdo and they agreed to assist with the promoting and recruitment activities along side Arnie and the club members.Students began to create a plan to recruit more students and raise funds. They are looking at a few articles about some local organizations: “Hackers 4 Humanity” and Angel Hackers.

    They discussed a competition coming up: 24 hours of coding and they are all going! Maria introduced them to Trello (a project management site) and they organized tasks and assigned responsibilities for recruiting members. They are even planning a big “kick-off event.”  They’re off and running!

Be a Leader Program

Here is a description of the Be a Leader program at Camelback High School:

This club empowers students to become college bound through leadership training and mentoring. Tools to help students be focused and prepared for college testing and admission are discussed at meetings and workshops. The club encourages giving back to the community.  Special events include a walk-a-thon, college visits, guest speakers, and more.

Sponsors: Blass/Tucker


Changing Lives

This post is an update from Julie Bourdo.

My son went to Vincent’s with his YPO group and Central High School Students on Tuesday. He was so moved and inspired by the students and their personal stories. Thank you for doing what you do. Scott said he just wanted to take out his checkbook. I told him that Central HS was not his school of choice if that checkbook is coming out. He shared last night with me that he now understands why I do what I do and work so hard for these kiddos. I am not sure if you realized how many lives that you have changed, but thank you for changing my son’s life. Your idea of sharing with our urban high school students really has made such a difference.

Franklin was here today working with Brian and gave him a laptop computer to work on his research report. This one on one with Franklin is changing his life. He told me today he has never felt so cared for in his entire life. Wow…this is so unbelievable and I get to see my students and my own child’s life change.

Words cannot tell you what you have done for me and ALL of my children.


Julie Bourdo

Annual Alumni Day

Jeff Stevens, the Toastmasters’ coach, held his annual alumni day August 12, 2014 at CBHS at which he brought back about 40 alums dating from 1988 to 2013 to advise the current students. Here are the questions he asked the alumni to answer and a summary of the advice provided to the current students.

  1. Tell us your name, what year you are at in college or work and the year you graduated from Camelback.
  2. How did you pay for college?
  3. Did your study habits change from High School to College? What did you have to do to overcome any obstacles or shortcomings?
  4. What is the one thing you wish you could have done to prepare for college and the workplace, when you were a Junior or Senior in High School?
  5. Do you have any personal stories or experiences you want to share?
  6. Imagine that you are sitting in the audience, same history, and same obstacles in your future. What would have been the most helpful advice for you to hear when you were age 16-18 year’s old, getting ready to leave Camelback?
  • Get involved with clubs
  • Keep your grades up
  • Take good notes
  • Utilize tutors
  • Write a good Personal Statement
  • Apply for scholarships as early as possible – even as a sophomore or junior in High School
  • Remember the future and stay focused on why you are in school
  • Make good choices
  • Make and keep good friends
  • Get college credit while in High School
  • Think about your profession and plan accordingly
  • Get to know your counselor – if you do not get along, get a new one!
  • Tell your story to as many people as you can
  • People will invest in you and believe in you
  • Believe in yourself
  • Understand and use time management
  • Learn to use a calendar
  • Get used to deadlines
  • Pay attention
  • Use resources that are available to you
  • Read the Book – “Do What You Are.”
  • Ask questions (no question is a stupid question)
  • Get a realistic degree
  • Take AP courses
  • Use the 20-40-60 rule (see below)*
  • Use “Rate My Professor.com”
  • Take classes seriously
  • Be your own cheerleader
  • Get a Mentor
  • Live at home as long as you can
  • Stay away from “For Profit” schools
  • Get grants not loans – if you have to get a loan get a Federally Insured Student Loan (FISL)
  • Adjust your schedule around when YOU are the most productive and creative
  • Understand that the biggest cause of roommate conflicts is a failure to communicate


*The ’20-40-60 Rule’ is:

  • At 20 years of age, you care about what everybody thinks.
  • At 40 years of age, you don’t care about what anybody thinks.
  • At 60 years of age, you realize that people were not thinking about you to begin with!!

Tutors at Tontozona Camp

campCamelback High School’s lead tutors and mentors took a magnificent 3-day trip to Tontozona camp to find out how to become better tutors. Our objective was to organize and plan for the 2014-2015 tutoring school year. We also planned on forming bonds between the lead tutors and mentors so our communications can improve to be at use within ourselves throughout this year’s tutoring sessions. A couple of dedicated counselors and teachers at Camelback High School joined us in this amazing trip. They helped organize and execute both the tutors and their newly achieved mentality along with the trip itself. Because of them, we are now much stronger tutors for the future tutees.

20140823_161409At Retreat at Tontozona, we were immediately greeted with all the nice people and staff of the camp. It felt pleasing to know we were welcome to a new environment where we will be spending our weekend. We all were very comfortable and were enjoying the nature surrounding us. Our cabins were really nice; they had a full living room, a television set, and a kitchen, and nobody had any problems with the rooms and food.

We were handed out schedules of our days at camp and we started to get into new groups of tutors for a new year of tutoring. It was a great opportunity to meet new tutors from our school in our groups. With these groups we started to do fun activities to get to know each other. Then with these groups we attended seminars to reflect on what we can do to improve our school’s tutoring system. We wrote down ideas and shared them with our group and other groups.

We were also introduced to some new technology and skills to better serve our future tutees. We attended an iPad seminar to learn how to use iPad and helpful applications on the iPad, to enhance our teaching abilities. All the lead tutors have their iPad, and it is a great way of communication and teaching.

It was relaxing to be out in Tontozona, so all of our tutors and mentors took the time to both relax and focus on next year’s objectives. Our activities were from making delicious smores and enjoying other meals at Tontozona, to intense matches of gaga ball. It’s safe to say that everyone had a great time in Retreat at Tontozona. We spent hours doing fun and amazing activities in Tontozona on how to become better leaders and tutors, and on organizing a successful year of Camelback High School tutoring sessions.