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District Announcements
BRUSD Open Enrollment for 2015-16 begins May 11
You are invited to apply to attend Blue Ridge Schools K-12 regardless of your place of residence!
Open Enrollment for students outside the Blue Ridge boundaries opens on May 11, 2015.
To apply for Open Enrollment, please complete an Open Enrollment application at the Blue Ridge District Office.
Come join us in the Blue Ridge Schools!
Tradition • Achievement • Innovation
 
Penny War adds up to another successful year for Belnap Foundation
Junior High Student Council is excited to share the Penny War success held on behalf of The Belnap Foundation--devoted to helping children and their families with Rare Childhood Diseases. Students in our district are assisted with medical expenses. We love this!! Winning classes at Mid-School: Ms. Gagnon's 6th Grade Class with 37,605 Points. Ms. Schimmel's 4th Grade Class with $780.11 Winning classes at the Junior High: Mr. Greenwade's 5th Period Class with 26,931 Points & 5th Period PE with $552.78. Total K-8 Fundraising: $7,299.25!
BRUSD Governing Board Approves 2015-2016 Calendar

Click
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
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: 
 
THE Buzz District Monthly Newsletter
PLAY DIGITAL COMPASS NOW!!!!! FREE!!! ONLINE!!!!

CLICK ON THE GRAPHIC ABOVE TO PLAY DIGITAL COMPASS
Digital Compass is a free, online educational game that addresses the key issues that kids face in the digital world – cyberbullying, privacy and security, creative credit and copyright, information literacy, Internet safety, digital footprint and reputation, self-image and identity, relationships and communication – and gives students the freedom to explore how their digital interactions may impact their real-life relationships and future opportunities.
In the 21st Century, it is essential for people to be aware of the rights and responsibilities that are related to digital citizenship.  The lessons in Digital Compass have been developed from Common Sense Education’s K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, and are valuable tools for parents, teachers, and students to improved digital safety and awareness.
Social Media Tips: Oversharing-Think Before You Post
Bulletin Board
Tiny Tots Pre-School Accepting Applications for Fall 2015


Tiny Tots Preschool is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015/2016

school year
.

If you are interested in having your child(ren) attend Tiny Tots Preschool, please

contact:

Danielle Esparza

Tiny Tots Preschool

Blue Ridge High School

928.368.6182 ext 536

desparza@brusd.k12.az.us

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.