Thank You Arcadia HS for a GREAT Homecoming Weekend!
The PTO sincerely thanks Arcadia's teachers and staff for a memorable Homecoming Weekend! The Homecoming Assembly was electric, the parade was well attended, STuGO's floats were incredible, our Varsity Titans defeated Shadow Mountain, Marching Band debuted their sharp new band uniforms, Spiritline led Chaos corner and our Titan Families with impressive Fan Spirit and the Homecoming Dance was great fun!
TOM GABRIELE Arcadia students and staff were thrilled when Mr. Gabriele accepted a position at Arcadia the fall of 2014! This year, he is teaching Spanish II and IV Honors at Arcadia. Teaching and studying Spanish for over 26 years, he has an undeniable passion for the Spanish language. His teaching style is highly interactive, ensuring that all students have numerous and varied opportunities to speak and learn Spanish every day.
Mr. Gabriele’s Educational background includes:
He grew up in Rhode Island, and he loves to travel. He also loves sports. Before coming to Arcadia, he taught Spanish at Supai Middle School. While there, he was the boys’ basketball Coach for three years. Prior to that, he coached girls’ basketball at the North Scottsdale YMCA for four years.
Each year, Mr. Gabriele looks forward to helping students learn and appreciate the Spanish language and its different cultures. When asked to describe his favorite thing about teaching, he answered, “making connections and developing strong relationships with students”. He sponsors a student ping pong club, and last year he taught a weekly Spanish night class to adults from the neighborhood.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT TEACHING?
Traveling, chess, art, music, and all kinds of sports.
DOG OR CAT PERSON?
WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?
I am proud of my daughter who is a sophomore at NAU. I am also proud of my students here at Arcadia.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MR. GABRIELE
I can juggle and am ambidextrous in ping pong and pool. Submitted Fall 2015
This is Mr. Machiz’ sixth year teaching at Arcadia and he is very busy teaching three different classes: Algebra I, Personal Finance, and Trig. Pre Cal. Teaching is actually a second career for Mr. Machiz. He has extensive business experience: he was a Corporate Controller and MIS Manager for eight years; was a Certified Financial Planner for 22 years; and owned his own financial planning firm until he sold it in 2009!
Mr. Machiz’ Educational background includes:
His favorite thing about teaching at Arcadia is working with the kids, not only in the classroom, but also on the basketball court. This year will be Mr. Machiz’ ninth season as Arcadia’s Girls Varsity Basketball Coach. During his years as a coach, the team has achieved a cumulative record of 155-87 and has made the state tournament in six of the eight years! In addition, two former Lady Titans, Kylie Herd and Megan Gillespie, played pivotal roles on Mesa Community College’s national championship team for the 2013-14 season.
Mr. Machiz also coaches a club basketball team. In fact, his club basketball organization has helped over 50 girls move on to college basketball. Arcadia is lucky to have such a talented and conscientious coach on its staff!
DOG OR CAT PERSON? Dog
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MR. MACHIZ: I once owned a pot-bellied pig. Submitted Fall 2015
For the past four years, Arcadia has been lucky to have Shannon Paloma in the Social Studies Department! With nine years of teaching experience overall, she is a veteran teacher who is very involved on campus. She currently teaches four different classes: Government, Economics, WWII/Vietnam, and Student Government. She also serves as an advisor for Student Government and the Arcadia Student Advisory Board (ASAB).
When asked what her favorite thing about teaching is, she responded “The students! They fill my days with such energy! I am constantly surprised by what they can accomplish besides everything else many of them are going through.”
Mrs. Paloma’s Educational background includes:
Mrs. Paloma grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Later in life, while completing her student teaching in Germany, she met her husband, Kai. He was stationed there while in the Army. They lived there for four years before moving to Phoenix.
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT TEACHING Reading, traveling, Netflix
PROUD OF: My husband, Kai. I will always be grateful for his sacrifice in serving our country.
DOG OR CAT PERSON? Both!! I have two dogs and four cats.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MRS. PALOMA: All of my cats are named after historical figures.
Submitted Fall 2015
The idea behind the 20% project is to give students 20% of their class time to work on a project of their choosing. The project needs to solve a problem or help someone in some way. The goal is that students will choose something that they are so passionate about that the results will be exceptional.
After being inspired at a Google conference, a few of us teachers decided to take this idea into the classroom and challenge our students to create a project that they would learn from and be proud of in the end. This same concept is used by Google and brought us Google Mail. Our projects ranged in ideas and results but the common theme was that students learned a great deal about their topic and themselves. They turned out wonderfully and we decided to share some of them with the community. The students have voted on their favorites for everyone to enjoy.
JEFF KING- A proud graduate of Arcadia’s class of 2003! After witnessing Mr. King’s exceptional teaching abilities as a student teacher at Arcadia, Mr. King was asked to join the teaching staff in 2014. Fortunately, he accepted the position and is currently in his second year as one of Arcadia’s AP US History & American/Arizona History teachers. He also serves on Arcadia’s Site Council as a teacher representative, is an Arcadia Student Advisory Board Club Advisor, and is an advisor for the Baking Club and the Sand Volleyball Club.
Mr. King’s Educational background includes
Mr. King grew up in the Arcadia neighborhood and both of his parents still live nearby. He has two brothers who also graduated from Arcadia, in the classes of 2001 & 2007.
When not teaching, you might find Mr. King reading, playing video games, biking or swimming. He also considers himself an amateur philosopher.
DOG OR CAT PERSON? Dog
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MR. KING: He is the tallest teacher at Arcadia (last time he checked). Submitted Fall 2015
This is Mr. Kronenfeld’s first year at Arcadia High School! (2015-2016). Although new to Arcadia, he brings 12 years of teaching experience with him. He is Arcadia’s e-learning lab coordinator and his favorite thing about teaching is the opportunity to help students individually in a variety of subjects.
Mr. Kronenfeld’s Educational background includes:
Mr. Kronenfeld grew up in Brooklyn, NY, moving to Phoenix at age 15. He graduated from Washington High School in Phoenix. And, as you can see above, Mr. Kronenfeld has been very busy since high school. All of this involvement has earned him some significant recognition: National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow; Woodrow Wilson Foundation designate; Phi Eta Sigma and Sigma Xi honorees, and the Moeur Award from ASU. Currently, he serves on Arcadia’s Technology Committee.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT TEACHING? Reading and crossword puzzles
DOG OR CAT PERSON? I don’t have a pet, but if I did, it would be a dog.
WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF? I am proud of my faith, Arcadia High School, and being an American. A
RANDOM FACT ABOUT MR. KRONENFELD: I’m a music lover (especially classical, but other genres as well). Submitted Fall 2015
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Arcadia High School's PTO strives to facilitate and increase communication, promoting a long-lasting sense of community and spirit among our Arcadia families; supplementing additional funding for curricular and extracurricular programs which support our teachers, students and the administration.
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