UPC brings parents from across the district together to enhance the PVSchools experience! 

*UPC is independent from PVUSD and information posted in this newsletter does not represent the views of the Paradise Valley Unified School District.*

April Monthly Meeting

Please join us for the monthly UPC meeting on Wednesday, April 19th We will begin with a brief Q&A with Dr. Bales and then continue with the UPC meeting. Beginning at 10:00am, we will have the presentation "Vaping and Cannabis" by Not MY Kid.

Wednesday, April 19 2023

9:00am UPC General Meeting

10:00am "Vaping and Cannabis"

This meeting will be held both in person and online.

To attend in person, please join us in DAC East/West at the District Office: 15002 N 32nd St Or please register in advance HERE to receive the Zoom link.

View the UPC Facebook Event HERE and click "Going"

Meeting Agenda


View the March 22, 2023 Meeting Minutes

The United Parent Council is proud to honor teachers and staff members annually through its Teacher/Staff Appreciation Program. We are overwhelmed by the amount of letters we received this year. Thank you to all the parents and students that took the time to recognize a special educator!

Attention UPC Reps! The envelopes for your school will be available for you to pickup at the meeting on Wednesday, April 19th. Additional information will be provided during the meeting. Please speak with your principal about how you can celebrate the recipients at your school site! All recipients will be honored at a special event on May 2nd.

United Parent Council's Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award honors volunteers who display dedication and service to community as exemplified by late UPC member Geri Morgan. In her memory, UPC annually recognizes a consummate volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution of service. Often it is that passionate, devoted, yet humble volunteer who is doing amazing things that benefit the entire school community. This annual award truly recognizes the crème de la crème among volunteers. Please click here to learn more or submit a nomination The nominating period will close the evening of April 19th!

Join us for the Spring 2023 PV Parent Group Leaders Workshop!

Current and future PTO/PTA/Booster leaders can learn more about growing your parent group, best practices and share ideas for events/fundraisers. Please make sure at least one person from your parent group is planning to attend so they can take the information back to your school site. This is a great way to meet parents from neighboring schools and work together! There will be snacks, prizes and more!

Tuesday, April 25th from 9:30am-11:00am

DAC (District Administrative Center) 15002 N 32nd St

Please RSVP HERE and help us with planning for the workshop!

We are happy to announce the UPC Slate of Officers for 2023-2024. Current UPC Representatives in good standing will be eligible to vote in the election.

UPC 2023/2024 Executive Board Slate of Officers 

President - Jessica Crain

VP Programming - Megan Starr (Year 2)

VP Membership - Andrea Convey

Secretary - Laura Hill (Year 2)

Treasurer - Laura Miyazaki

From the UPC Bylaws:


A. Executive Board is comprised of the elected officers which includes a President, two (2) Vice Presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer.

  1. The PRESIDENT will schedule at least eight (8) General Meetings during the school year, preside at all meetings, commission Standing and Select Committees, appoint Chairpersons to lead such committees, and will represent UPC when necessary before the Governing Board and media. In the event of the temporary absence of the President, he/she shall designate an Executive Board member to act on his/her behalf.
  2. The VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP will act as liaison between UPC and the schools, maintain an up-to-date list of all UPC members and those in good standing, act as an aide to the President, circulate and record attendance at each General Meeting, coordinate the review of the UPC By-Laws at least every two years and perform other such duties as requested by the President.
  3. The VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING will plan and coordinate programs, events and schedule meetings. He/she will work with the President and the Executive Committee to establish goals and will perform other such duties as requested by the President. 2
  4. The SECRETARY will record and maintain the minutes of all General and Executive Committee Meetings, and perform other duties as requested by the President.
  5. The TREASURER will deposit all funds in UPC’s bank account, maintain a current and accurate account of receipts and expenditures, present a financial report at each meeting and prepare a written annual budget for voting membership approval at the first General Meeting.


A. Only UPC Representatives shall be nominated for office.

B. Only those Representatives who have signified their consent to serve if elected shall be nominated for or elected to any office.

C. Any candidate for President or Vice President must be an eligible Representative for the current full operating year; or a member of the Executive Committee for six (6) months prior to his/her election.

D. If no eligible candidate agrees to serve in an officer position, two eligible candidates may be considered to share an officer position (except President) provided both candidates consent to the shared position. If a position is shared, there is only one (1) vote for that position during Executive Board voting.

E. Nominations shall be accepted from the floor provided the candidate is present or has agreed in writing that he/she is willing to serve in that capacity, and meets the qualifications for that office. 

Karen Brown, Director of Gifted Education in PVSchools, explains the various program options available to gifted students. She also explains what it means to be a gifted learner and how parents can support their gifted students at home.

Watch the recording HERE.

Gifted Teachers from various programs throughout the district will share their insights teaching gifted learners in PVSchools. Representatives will be there from: Desert Cove ES, Fireside ES, Pinnacle Peak Prep, Quail Run ES, and Sonoran Sky ES. Tamera Ohler, Gifted instructional Coach, and ElizaBeth Warner, Gifted Program Mentor, will also share their experiences.

Watch the recording HERE.

Who want to take a field trip?

Our friends at Hidden Hills Elementary are looking for a couple additional chaperones for their upcoming field trips to the Musical Instrument Museum. Volunteers must already be identified as "chaperones" with the district and can be parents/volunteers from any school. Here are the dates:

May 2nd- 2nd graders

May 5th- 6th graders

The field trips will be from about 9:15am-1:30pm

If you are able to help with this, please email Angie Velez, Administrative Assistant at Hidden Hills, at avelez@pvschools.net.

Let's help our students have a prom to remember!

PVEA is once again organizing a Prom Boutique that allows students to "shop" for the things they need to make prom special: formalwear, shoes, accessories and gift cards for shopping and local restaurants. You can also donate through this Amazon Wish List. Items can be dropped off at the District Office at 15002 N 32nd St.

Thank you to all the vendors and parents that attended the 2023 School Vendor Showcase! It was a big success and lots of fun! Thank you to the Committee Chair, Hara Dembowski, for organizing the event! Learn more about the vendors and how they can support your school here.

The bin is now ready for you to get rid of your old clothes, shoes, blankets, sheets, and towels! Place your old items in a bag and then throw them in the bin. Items will be donated if they are still usable or recycled so they do not end up in the landfill. The Bin is located along 32nd Street in the district office parking lot (15002 N 32nd St.) Proceeds from the bin will be used to support UPC's Outreach Committee's activities.

If you have questions, please email Outreach@pvupc.org!

Collection boxes are also available at Desert Shadows Middle School and Wildfire Elementary. HERE is the link to the Amazon Wish List to have items shipped directly to a collection site. Questions, please email Outreach@pvupc.org

Thank you for your donations! 

Thank you to the Quail Run PTA for your donations to the Hygiene Drive!

Thank you to the North Ranch PTA for your donations!

Thank you to the Pinnacle High School National Honor Society for their amazing support of the Hygiene Drive!  Their generous donations have been sorted and placed on the shelves so the Social Workers & School Nurses can get what they need.

Join UPC for our final meeting of 2022-2023! Dr. Bales will share with us "The Closing Bell" and reflect on another successful year in PVSchools. All are welcome to attend.

New on UPC's YouTube Channel!

An Overview of Special Education Programs and 504 Plans in PVSchools

You can view the recording HERE

School Finance Issues Explained!

Ms. Jill Barragan, Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations, explains the different sources of public school funding, state and federal laws and the role voters play in school funding.

You can watch the recording HERE

Understanding the Twice-Exceptional Learner

You can watch this presentation HERE!

Supporting Diverse Learners in PVSchools!

Hear from Karen Brown, PV's Director of Gifted Education, about the program options for gifted students as well as those that qualify for Special Education services. 

You can watch this presentation HERE!

Teen Suicide and Depression Prevention Workshop by Teen Lifeline

If you missed this important presentation, you can watch the recording HERE. .

View the Teen Lifeline Resources List HERE
View the presentation slides HERE

Career and Technical Education

(CTE) Programs

PVSchools offers a wide variety of Career and Technical Education different programs at all five high schools. You can view a list of CTE Programs available at each school HERE. This presentation includes videos of many of the CTE programs and would be great to watch with your student!

Watch the recording HERE.

Positive Behavior Support
Jon Bowen, PVUSD District SEL Specialist, and Erin Smith, PV Special Education Department, will discuss Positive Behavior strategies at home and school. Families will receive easy to implement strategies to use at home, as well as, learn what strategies are used in PVSchools
Watch the recording HERE.

The Gifted Committee and PVSchools' Gifted Education Department have been working together to bring parents information about the variety of gifted programs available in the district.
You can watch videos of all the recent presentations on UPC's YouTube Channel:

CREST Program, click HERE!
Digital Learning Center (DLC at Sunrise Middle School), click HERE!
Journey at Mountain Trail Middle School, click HERE!
North Valley Arts Academy (NVAA), click HERE!
Early Childhood Programs, click HERE!

Learn more about the many Gifted Programs available in PVSchools HERE! .

PVSchools Resources for Families:

HERE is UPC's List of Health and Wellness Resources 

View the District's list of Resources for FamiliesEnglish and Español

PVSchools is hiring! Check out career opportunities HERE! 



Your participation is vital to the success of UPC and to supporting our students and PVSchools. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email President@pvupc.org. 

With gratitude for all you do,

Kea Carota & the UPC Exec Team 

President 2022/2023

PV United Parent Council 

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