AHS Teacher Profile: Amy Palatucci
New to the Arcadia administration staff, Ms. Palatucci joined Arcadia’s Assistant Principal team over the summer. When you visit her office, be prepared for a positive reception from a person who is clearly passionate about her job and about Arcadia’s students. As Assistant Principal, she is responsible for student services, graduation, testing, student government, code of conduct, dress code, and serving as an instructional leader for teachers.
Although this is her first year at Arcadia, she has many years of experience in a variety of educational capacities, providing her with a unique perspective. For the past 12 years, Ms. Palatucci worked in the field of special education. She first began as a paraeducator at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children in 2005. She then became a Behavior Specialist at the same school in 2009. In 2011, she moved to Arizona and taught Special Education at Chaparral High School. She became the Department Chair of Special Education at Chaparral in 2013. Her education includes:
Arcadia’s teachers describe Ms. Palatucci as easy-going while exceeding expectations. She is decisive, not afraid to answer tough questions, ready to help when needed, and is committed to building positive relationships among the entire Arcadia community. She obviously has what is best for the kids at the center of her decision-making.
Ms. Palatucci grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. Her favorite class as a student at Brentwood High School was English because she always loved to read. She came to Phoenix just as a tourist, and decided to move here. She has a large extended family, including a little brother, and although her entire family lives in Pittsburgh, they are still close-knit. She visits home a couple times of year.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT ARCADIA:
I love having the opportunity to help people the skills to be successful in life and helping students realize and reach their potential. I also love the diversity of the students at Arcadia and getting to know all the students as individuals.
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING
I love to travel, read, watch movies, swim, and play with my dog
WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD?
Every day I find new things to be proud of!
DOG OR CAT?
Dog! I have a very old Miniature Pincher named Ricco.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MS PALATUCCI
I lived and taught Special Education in Ireland for 3 months
Arcadia High School Marching Band Sets Record as First SUSD Marching Band to Win First Place in State Championships
Phoenix, Ariz - Sixty-six students of the Arcadia High School Marching Band competed at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium Saturday in the ABODA State Division III Championships against seven of the top bands in Arizona. After only four years of Arcadia Marching Band’s inception, and it’s second season of competitive performance, “The Spirit of Arcadia” Marching Band won the First Place State Title. Receiving 82.375 points, they earned the highest 1st place score in Division III history. The Saturday before, November 11th, 2017, Arcadia High School Marching Band also claimed First Place in the AZMBA 2A State Competition, at Campo Verde High School.
The 2017 winning program, “Statuesque”, is a scene set in a serene European garden with 6 marble statues on pedestals, played by the Arcadia Color Guard. Using the music of Don Barrett, the show begins and ends with the gentle sound of marimbas and bells. Throughout, the music builds with passion and impressively strong moments as the band marches together in perfect step. As the band plays, the statues come to life to play, dance, and even fall in love. Soon, their time comes to an end, and they return to their pedestals as the gentle sound of the vibraphone from the front ensemble ends the show.
Earning first place was a special moment for all the sixty-six members who worked hard since band camp in the hot July sun, daily zero hour practice beginning at six o’clock before school, after school practice twice a week, and competitions every Saturday lasting from morning to night. However, the award was especially emotional for the Arcadia seniors, who began the marching band program in August 2014. Last year, their first year competing, “The Spirit of Arcadia” won second place at the State Championships.
The “Spirit of Arcadia” was formed in 2014 under the guidance of AHS band director, Jan Gardner. Mr. Gardner worked with students to create and grow a program to be proud of. While the current Arcadia students were outstanding, Mr. Gardner understood that to continue the program, working with the Elementary and Middle School students was integral to the marching band program's success. Therefore, he worked together with band teacher, Mrs. Terra Hunsicker, from Arcadia feeder schools: Ingleside Middle School, Hopi Elementary School, Tavan Elementary School, and Echo Canyon School. Thru programs like Future Titan Night, where 8th grade band students play with the marching band at a football game, and sharing Winter Concert Performances at Arcadia, students enthusiasm for band was enhanced for the future. It is insight like this from Mr. Gardner that led the program to first place in state in such a short time. He sees greatness in all Arcadia students, and he has high expectations for them, both in high school and beyond.
Marching Band season is officially over, but there are more events to come in the school year. “The Spirit of Arcadia” will march in the Parada Del Sol on February 10th, 2018 through Downtown Scottsdale.
Watch the ABODA State Championship Performance at https://youtu.be/bgZz1PSEx4c
Follow The Spirit of Arcadia on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at @RKDAMarchBand
AHS Teacher Profile: Jennifer Dukelow
Name: Jennifer Dukelow
Why you chose to work in the district: I graduated from Arcadia in 2001, and I loved it so much that I knew there was no other place I wanted to teach. I told the principal on my way across the stage at graduation that I would come back in four years for a job, and I did!
What I like most about what I do: By far, my favorite part of teaching is working with the kids. My students are like my children, and getting to know them as people and learners is so rewarding. Helping a student experience success in a math class, sometimes for the first time, and grow their self-confidence in math is a wonderful experience.
Where did you come from: I was born and raised in Phoenix.
If I had picked a different occupation, it might have been: A chef or photographer…but truly I can’t imagine doing anything other than teaching. I look forward to my job every day!
What I’m looking forward to the most this school year: Getting to know a new group of math students and helping them love math almost as much as I do!
My vision for the school: Arcadia is my home. I have spent 4 years here as a student, 1 as a student teacher, and 13 as a teacher. My vision for the school is that it will be/will continue to be a place where students are accepted and feel safe and welcome and where students enjoy coming to school and are successful in learning and growing as people.
My interests and hobbies: I have a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, so most of my free time is spent reading kids’ books, playing tag or hide-and-go-seek, chasing “monsters,” and coloring. However, I also really enjoy reading, painting, photography, and cooking.
The best and/or worst time in my life: I would have to say that the best time of my life is NOW! I have a job that I love every day and is fulfilling and rewarding, and I have two amazing kids that are adorable, challenging, and hilarious. Every day is an adventure.
The trait(s) I admire in others: There are many traits I admire in others, but a few are courage, honesty, kindness, and humility.
People who inspired me (and how): I had an amazing group of teachers when I was a student at Arcadia, and they all inspired me in many ways. I still think about them daily and how grateful I am to them for bringing me to this place in my life that makes me so happy. In particular, Barbara Thomas, who was my math teacher at Arcadia, is the reason I became a high school math teacher. She made me love math, and she was a wonderful mentor when I started my teaching career at Arcadia.
My guiding philosophy: All students deserve the chance to be successful and a teacher who truly cares about them.
My advice to today’s youth: Work your hardest and know that your teachers care about you. We want to help you, so you just have to ask.
One thing I want students to know about me: I love math and I love you!
One thing I want parents to know about me: I am very likely to turn your kids into math nerds!
Printed in the Scottsdale Independent Newspaper on November 15th, 2017
Future Titan Night - Basketball 2017
FUTURE TITAN BASKETBALL NIGHT
December 15th, 2017
Arcadia HS vs. Marana HS
Varsity Game 7:00 pm
Basketball Spiritline Clinic
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
9:00 - 12:30 pm
Arcadia High School
Elementary Students Only (K - 5th)
DEADLINE Friday, December 1st, 2017
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Tavan Turkey Bowl
The Tavan Turkey Bowl is a tradition for many years for the entire student body of Tavan & Arcadia High School. Tavan 5th graders earn their chance to play on the “big field!” at Arcadia High School while the entire school cheers them on! After the game, the Arcadia Titan Football Team comes out to sign autographs and encourage our future Titans to keep up the good work. It's a great community event - one that shows how unique our Arcadia Learning Community truly is.
The next Tavan Turkey Bowl is November 21st, 2017
AHS Boys Soccer Team Schedule & News
Congratulations to the new and returning Arcadia Boys Soccer players – tryouts were completed on Nov. 3 and practices started Nov. 6.
Thurs 11/16 (H) Camelback Scrimmage 6:00 PM (Varsity only)
Tues 11/28 Team dinner @ 5 PM (all players, Arcadia cafeteria)
Wed 11/29 (H) Campo Verde – 4 pm JV, 6 pm Varsity
Wed 11/29 Smoothie King Fundraiser, 2-9 pm
Boys Soccer Schedule - Varsity 6:00 PM JV 4:00 PM
Thurs 11/16 (H) Camelback Scrimmage 6:00 PM (Varsity only)
Tues 11/28 Team dinner @ 5 PM (all players, Arcadia cafeteria)
Wed 11/29 (H) Campo Verde – Smoothie King Fundraiser
Tues 12/5 @ Deer Valley
Tues 12/12 @ Shadow Ridge
Fri 12/15 (H) Ironwood Ridge – Team Photos & Pei Wei Fundraiser
WINTER BREAK – Dec. 23 - Jan. 8
Thurs 1/4 (H) Williams Field – During Winter Break
Fri 1/5 @ Verrado – During Winter Break
Tues 1/9 Team dinner @ 5 PM (all players, Arcadia cafeteria)
Wed 1/10 (H) Chaparral – Mod Pizza Fundraiser
Fri 1/12 @ Paradise Valley
Tues 1/16 (H) North Canyon
Wed 1/17 @ Notre Dame
Thurs 1/18 Team dinner @ 5 PM (all players, Arcadia cafeteria)
Fri 1/19 (H) Liberty - Sr. Nite/Future Titan Nite
Mon 1/22 @ Sierra Linda
Thurs 1/25 State Playoffs begin
Sun 2/11 Year-end banquet @ 6 PM (all players & families, Arcadia Mt. Olympus)
For the individual events -
Congratulations on an awesome season, ladies!!
The boys did not make it on the podium this weekend, but they had an epic good time at the meet and all season! Congratulations to the guys!
Congratulations to the Arcadia cross country teams for competing well against the best in the State last Saturday. For the second straight year, both the girls and boys teams qualified for the 2017 State Meet at the Cave Creek Golf Course. The girls team finished 19th in the State, led by an outstanding performance by junior Nichole Kaiser who finished 27th in a field of more than 200 runners. The boys team finished 21st in the state. Great job to all the runners and Coaches Carl Tichenor and Sarah Boustila!
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Arcadia PTO Mission Statement
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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