Update from Support My Club

Here are additional school year updates from Amy Armstrong, Founder & CEO of Support My Club.
I am so proud of what the SVP Affinity group has accomplished! What a remarkable story of years of hard work and dedication.
I thought you might find the following additional information a valuable and interesting addition to the story, seeing that Support My Club originated as an idea in these early affinity group meetings! SVP reaches farther than it thinks!
At the end of each semester we send principals and superintendents a summary of the school year. In ADDITION to 23 other school districts (yes, that says 23 districts!) across the state that we serve, below is a summary of what Phoenix Union HSD received just this past 15/16 academic year.
We are very proud of what our community has rallied behind using our online service and look forward to expanding even more this next school year.
I should note (well, brag) that we are in the midst of a campaign to collaboratively pool donors to support items together for one “flash funding” in the fall semester (mid October) and have individuals/couples who have pledged over $60k already! Next semester proves to be an even greater success for our AZ students! And check out this Friday’s Phoenix Business Journal for a full page reveal of the first version of this “Collaborative Flash Funder” list!
Exciting times – thank you to SVPAZ for being the conduit to our start! 🙂


Schools Registered
Clubs Registered
Items Donated
Items’ Value
Alhambra High School
Betty H. Fairfax High School
Bioscience High School
Bostrom High School
Camelback High School
Carl Hayden High School
Central High School
Cesar Chavez High School
Desiderata Alternative High School
Franklin High School
Maryvale High School
Metro Tech High School
North High School
South Mountain High School
Suns-Diamondbacks Education Academy
Trevor Browne High School


Highlights from SVPAZ Education Affinity Group

A message from John E. DeWulf from Social Venture Partners AZ about their success this school year.

While school is out for summer, I wanted to take the time to brief you on the SVPAZ Education Affinity Group’s amazing work this school year. Highlights include:

  • Partners worked closely with Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) administrators providing executive coaching, mentoring, and leadership.
  • Spearheaded tours of local major businesses including Alliance Bank and CopperPoint Mutual for PUSHD aspiring principals.
  • Important efforts in helping Dr. Chad Gestson getting appointed as Superintendent of PUHSD
  • Educated Partners and opinion leaders on the PUHSD Bond initiative that ultimately passed.
  • Toured Phoenix Coding Academy and Linda Abril Educational Academy as potential Investees
  • Hosted speakers from Elevate Phoenix and the Arizona Teacher of the Year
  • Discussed and analyzed SVPAZ’s role in public policy and advocacy in public education
  • Initiated a mini grant program that saw 30 high schools apply for grants of $500 dollars for innovative projects. Ultimately awarded $5,000 to 10 high school projects.

Our committed and dedicated Partners have devoted their time, talent, and dollars to strengthening Arizona schools, particularly those in the Phoenix Union High School District.

In the next year, we are looking to not only continue but expand our programming with a potential move to the Linda Abril Education Academy. With a strong interest in advocacy and public policy, we will bring in experts to help guide us on having a wider influence and a pulse on higher-level impact. Finally, as we look to move the needle in education in the heart of the Valley, we want to recruit additional Partners to this work.

With that in mind, please let us know if you want to join us for the 2016-17 school year. We will send out a formal invitation with calendar in August but wanted to gauge initial interest and answer any questions over the summer. If you have an interest or questions, please reach out to Sentari at sminor@svpaz.org.

CBHS Code Club Wins Top Overall

posted by Bruce Hilby, Communicator, Camelback High School Community Network

Maria Abrams, Camelback’s Marketing teacher, Code Club Advisor and DECA Co-Advisor, reports that “against 247 skilled competitors in coding apps, websites, and video games, CBHS code club wins Top Overall for their game “Brain Train” at the 2016 AZ 24 Hours of Code — so proud of this team!!”

codeclubTo follow the Camelback Code Club’s efforts, check out their new YouTube channel and Facebook page. Give a like and subscribe.



Phoenix Coding Academy

Download the Coding Academy flyer here (.pdf)

A unique high school is coming for the 2016-17 school year –

The Phoenix Coding Academy is Phoenix Union’s newest specialty small school, focusing on computer coding and technological skills.

Developed by tech-savvy educators and industry experts and housed in a brand-new high-tech facility, students will prepare for college and future careers learning software development, including game design, web and app development, networking, information security, IT support, automation and robotics and other STEM concepts in a student-centered, inquiry-based environment.

With hands-on learning with a one-to-one laptop to student ratio, and a Maker Lab featuring 3-D printers, programmable circuit boards, manufacturing mills, soldering stations and other industry-related equipment, Phoenix Coding Academy students will solve problems and innovate with tomorrow’s tools.

Students will receive a full high school curricula of core classes, electives, world languages, Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings, online courses and foundational computer science. Technology will integrate the coursework, and coding integration will grow with experience. Partnerships with the tech industry will facilitate guest instructors, field trips, internships and career pathways. Connecting with partner elementary districts will further develop computer science and coding education so that future students will be prepared for Phoenix Coding Academy.

The Phoenix Coding Academy’s inquiry-based instructional model values student curiosity, collaboration, critical thinking, innovation, engagement and relevance.

Extracurricular activities and clubs will be available, including robotics and other academic competition, such as coding contests. The arts, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Exceptional Student Services (ESS) will be provided.

Phoenix Coding Academy will begin with a freshman class of approximately 100 students and grow to a school of 400 as additional classes are added. To meet the diversity needs of the high tech industry, enrollment will be reflective of the Phoenix Union community.

– Enrollment begins November 7 –

Selection will be based on an application and interview process.

For more information, visit www.PhoenixUnion.org/CodingAcademy, or call 602-764-1314.

Download the Coding Academy flyer here (.pdf)

Camelback Ranks 41st in AZ for Safety

Niche ranked Camelback High School 41st in AZ for Safest Public High Schools!

CBHS has come a LONG way in 6 years from the unsafe, “gang-infested” school it was years ago.  Now it ranks in the top 50 in the state, ahead of schools like Arcadia and Saguaro and other “reputationally” safer schools.

Go to https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/safest/s/arizona/ for details.

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