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.*

March Monthly Meeting

Join us for our monthly UPC meeting and the March program: "Combating Bullying with Kindness" presented by Kid In The Corner. This program will give parents and adults helpful tools to support kids. Learn more about Kid In The Corner here. All are welcome to attend!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

9:00am UPC General Meeting

10:00am "Combating Bullying With Kindness"

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 February 21, 2024 Meeting Minutes

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 begin March 24th and close April 10th.

Instructional Assistant Appreciation Day is on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. United Parent Council's Outreach and Special Education Committees have joined forces to organize a special appreciation gift for all of PV’s incredible Instructional Assistants! 

UPC Reps,

Please SIGN UP HERE by Tuesday, March 26th to deliver appreciation bags to your school by April 2nd. Appreciation bags will be available for pick-up at our meeting on Wednesday, March 27th. Please plan to attend so that you can get your school(s) bags and deliver them to the front office of schools no later than April 2nd. 

Thank you for helping UPC to show appreciation to our wonderful PVSchools' Instructional Assistants!

Email any questions to specialed@pvupc.org. 

We are looking for current UPC Representatives that would like to serve on the Executive Board for the 2023-2024 school year! We will hold our annual elections at the April UPC General Meeting - specific voting information is coming soon for eligible UPC voting reps! The Nominating Committee is currently taking nominations. If you are interested in nominating an eligible UPC Rep (see eligibility details below) for one of the officer positions below, or if you would like to learn more about other volunteer opportunities with UPC, please email info@pvupc.org.

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. 

There are so many ways to get involved with UPC- we have something for everyone and there are definitely roles that involve a flexible time commitment. Questions? Please email info@pvupc.org.

It was a great event and it was wonderful to connect with parents from other schools in the district. You can learn more about the vendors HERE.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a letter to recognize an amazing teacher or staff member! More information will be sent to UPC Reps about when envelopes can be picked up for your school. Stay tuned!

Check out all the committee updates on the district website HERE.

Literature List Committee Information and Parent Feedback Form can be found HERE. Feedback will be received through April 5, 2024.

K-12 Supplemental Resource Committee is also accepting parent feedback through April 5th. Please find more information HERE.

It's time to kickoff the

7th annual

PVEA Prom Boutique!

PVEA started this program to make sure all high school students in PV have what they needed to enjoy a memorable Prom night. Students can "shop" for formal wear, shoes and accessories! There are also gift cards available for them to get dinner before the Prom.

You can support the Prom Boutique!

PVEA has created an Amazon Wishlist with needed items. You can also donate gift cards to local restaurants or places the kids could buy shoes, undergarments, makeup or to salons. They are also accepting donations of gently used formal dresses, suits, shoes and accessories. They can also use unopened beauty samples! Donations can be dropped off at the district office.

PVSchools Student-Community Job Fair

April 17 from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Shadow Mountain High School Matador Arena

All high school students are invited to attend and learn about summer employment opportunities! Learn more HERE!

Would you like to be added to the contact list for future volunteer opportunities on district committees?

Just complete THIS GOOGLE FORM and

UPC President, Jessica Crain, will add you to the contact list.

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

Supporting Gifted and Twice Exceptional Tweens and Teens

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.

Fine Arts in PVSchools

Learn about the many programs and opportunities for students to learn more about the fine arts. Also, learn the steps a student needs to take in order to earn the Seal of Fine Arts upon graduating from any of high school.

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,

The 2023-24 UPC Exec Team 

PV United Parent Council 

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