TUSD appoints
new principals

The director of TUSD’s multicultural curriculum department will take over Pueblo Magnet High School for the next school year.

Augustine Romero was appointed principal of the south-side school Tuesday with a 3-2 vote from the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board.

Romero has worked for TUSD for about 15 years, serving as a coach, teacher and director of various departments, such as Mexican American Studies, student equity and most recently, multicultural curriculum.

Romero was named director of multicultural curriculum in 2012, earning more than $89,000 a year.

Other appointments made Tuesday include:

  • Sean Wilken
  • , assistant principal of Roberts-Naylor K-8, will be the principal of Banks Elementary School.
  • Denice Contreras
  • , TUSD program coordinator for Title 1 funds, will lead Borton Magnet Elementary.
  • Jaquetta Alexander
  • , a teacher and coach at Howell Elementary, will make the move to the principal’s office at the midtown school.
  • Samuel Luna
  • , a co-principal at Hollinger K-8 School, was named principal of Lynn/Urquides Elementary.
  • Robert Jewett
  • , assistant principal of Painted Sky Elementary in the Amphitheater School District, is joining TUSD as the principal of Sewell Elementary.
  • Michael Konrad
  • , principal of Booth-Fickett Magnet School, was named director of schools for middle school leadership.
  • Rabih Hamadeh
  • , the acting director of infrastructure technology, will take the role permanently.
  • Scott Morrison
  • , a project manager for desegregation and the infant and early-learning centers, is now a project manager director.
  • Laura Emslie
  • , human resources manager from the Sunnyside Unified School District, will come to TUSD as the director of talent acquisition recruitment and retention.

Area youths travel
to leadership event

Five students from three Tucson-area high schools will attend the Spirit of American Youth Leadership Program this week.

Tyler Blanchard, John Cherrington and Rachel Kester of Ironwood Ridge, Griffin Whithed of Mountain View, and Miriam Thelen of Pusch Ridge Christian will be in Valley Forge, Pa., Thursday through Sunday for the program, which stresses the need for youth to embrace responsible citizenship.

The trip is made possible by donations from individuals, Oro Valley Rotary, and the Jim Crane foundation given to Freedoms Foundation — Tucson, a volunteer chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Tucson High junior named Carson Scholar

Tucson High Magnet School junior Meagan A. Bethel was named a Carson Scholar.

Carson Scholars are recognized for academic excellence and community service.

Bethel is one of 510 students from across the country to receive the award, which comes with a $1,000 college scholarship. She will be honored Sunday in La Jolla, Calif., at the West Coast Awards Banquet.

Yard sale will benefit

Catalina Foothills band

The Catalina Foothills High School Band Boosters are holding their sixth annual yard sale fundraiser on Saturday at 4300 E. Sunrise Drive, from 8 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.

Proceeds will support the band program, including marching and concert bands, jazz, steel drum and small ensembles.

Limited selling space may still be available. To reserve a booth for $25, contact Lisa Miller at CFHSBandYardSale@gmail.com

Kindergarten roundup set at Catholic school

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School will be holding a kindergarten roundup on Friday.

The event will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children eligible for kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year are invited to attend a sneak peak and experience the Saints Peter and Paul School Community, 1436 N. Campbell Ave.

For further information, contact the school office at 325-2431.

Local schools shine
at MESA competition

Several local schools took home awards at the annual state MESA Day competition hosted by Arizona State University on April 12.

Teams from schools across the state compete in various design competitions at the annual event.

Flowing Wells Junior High was named MESA Day state champion, for the first time. The team also won first place in the hydropower and self-cooling hat design competitions.

Tucson High Magnet School and Desert View High School won second and third place, respectively overall at the high school level.

Tucson high won the prosthetic arm and solar car design competition and will compete in Portland, Ore., this June at the MESA USA National Competition.

Other schools picking up first-place awards for individual competitions include:

  • Desert View High — Change Maker STEM service learning project and self-cooling hat design

Safford K-8 Magnet School — Solar car design

Wade Carpenter Middle School — Roller coaster run

Nogales High — Roller coaster run

Amphitheater High — On-site design challenge

Sahuarita — Air drop rocket

Alexis Huicochea

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.