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BRUSD Schools will be CLOSED on Monday, April 27, 2015
(Unused Snow Day #1)
 
District Announcements
BR Education Foundation 3rd Annual "Taste of the Mountain"-April 25

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As a reminder...
The Blue Ridge Education Foundation invites you to attend the 3rd Annual "Taste of the Mountain" at the Pinetop Country Club on Saturday, April 25th from 11am to 2pm.

Join family and friends for amazing food, wonderful auction items, and the opportunity to support students and educators in the Blue Ridge Unified School District.

Tickets are $45 per family (up to 2 adults/4 children) or $15 per ticket.
Tickets Available At: Blue Ridge Unified School District Office or at the event.


 
BRUSD Governing Board Approves 2015-2016 Calendar

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HERE to view the 2015-16 Blue Ridge School District Calendar



 
Blue Ridge PTSO Dinner Was A Great Success!



A Blue Ridge Family Dinner sponsored by the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO), in partnership with the School District, was a great success. Nearly 200 were in attendance and enjoyed being served by Blue Ridge administration and staff members including Dave Clark, Alicia Phillips, Meghan Penrod, Brad Edgington, and Mike Wright (all sporting chef hats). Other helpers included Tery and Ashley with Middle School Food Services, Mary Ford, Brenda Martinez-Thomas, Teri Sorenson, Bill Lasonder, Dave Merrill and his wife Tricia, Cherilyn halls, Brian Blomstrand, Ruth McBride and Connie Oexman who helped in many ways.

A chef's hat was passed around to raise money for the family of a sixth grader who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, raising $236 which will be used to purchase gas cards for the family's many trips to Phoenix for medical care.

Thanks to all who attended!

   
Mr. Jay Cox Hired as New Blue Ridge High School Principal

Dear Blue Ridge family:
It is with great pleasure I announce the hire of Jay Cox in support of Blue Ridge High School. Mr. Cox will be joining our team July 1, 2015. 
Jay is a long-time resident of Pinetop-Lakeside. He and his wife Shea have lived here for more than 20 years and raised two wonderful kids, both of whom are BR graduates. Mr. Cox is well known and highly respected throughout our community. Jay began his career in education in 1991 and has over 15 years of teaching experience and 9 years in school administration. 
Most recently, Jay served as the Principal of Canyon Day Junior High School. During his tenure, Jay instilled a positive vision of hope for his students by creating enthusiasm, increased accountability, and greater expectations. The results were widely celebrated, recognized and very impressive. Mr. Cox is enthusiastic and positive . He is also an exceptional communicator. Equally as important, Jay respects and understands the Blue Ridge community and its long-standing traditions of academic and extracurricular excellence.  Jay's wife Shea currently teaches at our Junior High School and represents one of our best. Jay’s experience and enthusiastic approach will add substantially to the efforts of Blue Ridge High School and the executive administration team. Please join me in reaching out to Jay and extending a warm BR welcome! 
Kind Regards
Michael L. Wright
Superintendent of Schools
Blue Ridge Unified School District #32
1200 West White Mountain Boulevard
Lakeside, AZ 85929
THE Buzz District Monthly Newsletter
BRHS-Arizona Battlebots Champions!!!
The Blue Ridge HS Robotics Team competed at the Arizona "Battlebots" NRL competition on March 28.  One of our three robots named "Cheetos" finished in first place.  The robot was originally designed by Ian Sempert (graduated in 2013) and then was built to completion by Jesus Yepez (graduated in 2014).  Juan Yepez made necessary modifications this year and the competition drivers were William Garrison and Paul Gaspar.  We received a machine milled electric guitar and 3D printed trophy for finishing first.....go figure.
 
The Battlebot competitions are truly a test of minimizing the mechanical and electrical attrition caused by each battle, along with working frantically to repair any damage and/or failures.  Cheetos was being held together by duct tape by the end of the competition.  The robots typically require over a year to build, yet can be demolished in one 3-minute battle.  You can watch some of our battles using the following link: 
 
AzMERIT Sample Tests Now Available
Bulletin Board
Social Media Tips: Oversharing-Think Before You Post
ADE Annual Financial Report Link
In accordance with A.R.S 15-604(A), districts that maintain a Web site MUST provide a link on their Web site to ADE's web site where the district's AFR can be viewed (http://www.ade.az.gov/SchoolFinance/Forms/LEAQuery/SubmittedFiles.aspx).

Additionally, the link can be accessed from the left menu on the District Web Page.

BRUSD Proposed 2015 Budget
In accordance with A.R.S. §15-905(A)(2), districts that maintain a Web site must provide a link on their Web site to ADE’s Web site where the district’s proposed budget can be viewed

http://www.ade.az.gov/schoolfinance/Forms/Budgets/ProposedBudget/EntitySelection.aspx


School Finance Manual
If you would like some insight into the complexities of Public School Finance you can review the Arizona School Finance Manual HERE.