Young Artists and Authors Showcase: ‘One World: Out of Many, We Are One’

Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation’s first online exhibition, Youth Artists and Authors Showcase “One World: Out of Many, We Are One” will continue through July 31.

Members of the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association (SSCA) serve as citizen ambassadors, creating networks and partnerships with eight sister cities around the world. Their Young Artists and Authors Showcase encourages Scottsdale teens to express the SSCA mission through original artwork and literature.

This year’s theme is “One World: Out of Many, We Are One,” and the organizers shared this backdrop to the exhibition: “In these times of uncertainty, isolation and disruption, our communities struggle to maintain positive connections and optimism. Our friends and colleagues in sister cities around the world seem further away than ever. More than ever, we see the urgency for our nations to work together in harmony, lifting each other up, encouraging compassion, and defining resiliency.”

This year’s theme, “One World: Out of Many, We Are One,” asks students to “explore creative ways that we create peace through people-to-people interaction. In what ways can different nations come together during a time of physical separation? We turn to our creative youth and their forward-thinking ideals to hopefully bring us closer to a unified world.”

SSCA says that it aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time.

The exhibition is organized in conjunction with Scottsdale Artists’ School. To view the exhibition, visit and click on the “Exhibition” link.

PVSchools to Host Virtual Job Fair July 9

For the 2020–21 school year, the Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools) is looking to hire certified full-time and part-time teaching positions, as well as employee support professional positions, including bus drivers who are paid based on K–12 driving experience.

PVSchools will hold a Virtual Job Fair Thursday, July 9, from 10am to 1pm.
Prior to the job fair, applicants may explore the district’s school sites and departments, view current vacancies, share their employment interests directly with administrators and apply for positions.
During the job fair, applicants may view vacancies, share their information, apply for positions, attend live meeting rooms with administrative teams and may be selected to participate in personal interviews.

To learn more about open positions and available benefits, visit

Deadline Extended for Scottsdale’s Community Arts Grant Program

Scottsdale’s Community Arts Grant Program provides funding to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Scottsdale and throughout the Valley for projects that serve the Scottsdale community. The deadline to submit grant applications for the upcoming year has been extended. The new deadline is June 26, 2020, at 11:59pm MST.

In 2019, Scottsdale Arts awarded $100,000 to 14 different organizations for general operating support and projects during the 2019–20 fiscal year.

Applicants may submit grant requests for activities that will take place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. An all-volunteer committee of arts, community and business leaders will review the applications and make recommendations for funding to the Scottsdale Arts Board of Trustees.

The application opened online Monday, April 6, at Award Alley. Information and guidelines are available online at

For questions regarding the program or application, contact Cassandra Buruato, Community Arts Grant administrator, at 480.874.4610 or

The grants are funded by the City of Scottsdale and administered by Scottsdale Arts, a nonprofit organization that includes Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation. Learn more at

Local Cadet Graduates From West Point

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Cadet Daniel D. Ko, son of Cory and Eunice Ko of Scottsdale, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy Saturday, June 13.

Ko graduated from Chaparral High School in 2016. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in systems engineering. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the Ordinance branch and will report to Camp Humphreys, Korea, for his first assignment.

Arizona Votes 2020 — Upcoming primary and general election information

While most residents are aware that 2020 is a presidential election year, it is also important to remember that local elections are taking place in Arizona. Here is a rundown of elections coming up in Carefree, Cave Creek, Phoenix and Scottsdale in August and November.

Town of Carefree

The Town of Carefree will hold a primary election Tuesday, Aug. 4. Voters will elect a mayor and six council members. (Any candidate receiving a majority of all votes cast at the primary election will be declared elected without running at the general election.) If necessary, the Town will hold its general election: Tuesday, Nov. 3.



Town of Cave Creek

The Town of Cave Creek will hold its primary election Tuesday, Aug. 4. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3. Offices to be filled include mayor (1 seat) and council member (6 seats).

Also, on the Town’s Aug. 4 primary election ballot is Proposition 433 — Authorization to continue the Alternative Expenditure Limitation (Home Rule Option) for the Town.



City of Phoenix

The City of Phoenix will hold the regularly​ scheduled mayor and council election Tuesday, Nov. 3. In this election, registered voters who reside in the city of Phoenix will elect a mayor and decide any ballot measure propositions referred by the City Council. Also, voters residing in City Council Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 will elect council members.



City of Scottsdale

The City of Scottsdale will hold a primary election Tuesday, Aug. 4, for the purpose of electing a mayor and three council members. A general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, to fill any elected offices that remain unfilled after the primary election. To be elected at the primary election, a candidate must receive a majority of all of the legal votes cast for that candidate’s race.



The deadline to register to vote in all August primary elections is July 6. The deadline to register to vote in the November general election is Oct. 5. To register to vote (or to update/change registration), Maricopa County residents can visit |CST

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Scottsdale Launches ‘Good To Go’ Business Finder Map

Scottsdale’s newest interactive map puts local business information right at everyone’s fingertips. The map is a tool that allows users to locate open businesses during these uncertain times (and for residents who are tired of cooking at home and wish to order take-out or delivery).

Residents can use their location to scroll through the map to see what restaurants, retail shops, services or hotels are open nearby — and each business will have their phone number and website listed for easy access. Businesses and organizations can add on to the map, and so far, the City of Scottsdale has almost 170 businesses listed since the map was launched.

Area business owners can add their business to the map by completing an online form.

Learn more about the City of Scottsdale’s COVID-19 response here.

Superintendent’s Message: Dr. Jesse Welsh, PVSchools

Dr. Jesse Welsh,
Superintendent, Paradise Valley Unified School District

The COVID-19 pandemic has been shaping the situation across our country in all aspects of life. We are all continuing to adjust to find the right balance of interaction, social distancing and health precautions in our work and personal lives. Those impacts have been felt in our schools also and continue to ripple out as we plan for the upcoming school year. While guiding students on their journey of learning continues to be our goal, our focus for this fall must also be on ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff, to the greatest extent possible. When we open schools in the fall, it will be with additional measures in place; sanitizing of surfaces, increased handwashing and sanitizer stations, health precautions and other safety measures.

While there is hope that the pandemic may subside, there is also uncertainty. Much like the 1918 Flu Pandemic, we cannot be sure if there will be a “second wave” of COVID-19 cases. Nothing like this has occurred within our lifetimes. We continue to plan for multiple scenarios so that we can be ready, whatever the outcome. In addition to a traditional opening, this includes options both for delaying opening or moving to a distance learning model if necessary.

The events of the last several months have weighed heavily on families and our students. We know that, when school resumes, we must address the mental health of our students as well. The uncertainty, disruption, stress and financial strain many have experienced cannot be allowed to impact learning.

Yet, in spite of these challenges, we remain resilient. In March, when our schools closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, teachers pivoted to distance learning within a week. Our students rose to the challenge and, with support from families, continued to learn at home. Whatever challenges we may face this school year, we will be prepared and adapt, maintaining the safety of our students, staff and families.

To contact Dr. Welsh or learn more about the Paradise Valley Unified School District, call 602.449.2000 or visit

This editorial was originally published in the JUNE 2020 issue of CITYSunTimes. Read it here.

Press Coffee Announces New Location at Scottsdale Quarter — June 11 grand opening to benefit ProtectAZ

Press Coffee company has moved to a new, larger location within the Scottsdale Quarter. The new unit, located on the north side of the plaza across from Sorso Wine Room, will open June 11.

The new 1,900 square-foot space is double the size of the current location at The Quarter and has a modern look, a guest bathroom, additional seating and a dog-friendly patio space.

“We are happy to be spreading our wings at a new location at The Scottsdale Quarter,” said Steve Kraus, founder and co-owner of Press Coffee, in a press release. “We have enjoyed serving the community at The Quarter since we opened our first location there in 2010 and love being part of the energetic and lively plaza.”

To celebrate the grand opening, Press Coffee will sell $1 drip coffees from June 11 to 13 with 100 percent of profits donated to ProtectAZ, a new local nonprofit created to reduce the spread of the coronavirus by supporting testing and distribution of personal protective equipment.

Due to the coronavirus, this location’s hours will be 6:30am until 4pm, Monday through Friday, and 7am until 4pm on weekends. These are temporary hours until further notice.

The Scottsdale Quarter is located at 15147 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit Press Coffee online at

City of Scottsdale Tennis, Pickleball Courts and Skatepark will Reopen Friday, May 8

Scottsdale’s outdoor tennis courts, pickleball courts and the McDowell Mountain Ranch skate park will reopen for the public Friday, May 8.

The neighborhood tennis and pickleball courts will be available regular park hours, from sunrise until 10:30pm. (Note: Cholla Park pickleball courts are underdoing construction, and that construction should be complete the weekend of May 8. Once the project is complete, courts will be open regular hours. Check the Cholla Park webpage for the latest updates.)

The Scottsdale Ranch and Indian School Tennis Centers will be available beginning May 8 for reservations only during modified operating hours: 7:30am to noon; 3 to 9pm daily. No drop-in play will be permitted — a maximum of four players/coaches per court will be enforced. Showers and locker facilities are closed.

The city will continue to clean facilities regularly to help control the spread of germs and viruses. The public should do its part by recreating responsibly: anyone who does not feel well or has any symptoms of illness should stay home, people should not gather in groups and everyone should practice good hand hygiene.

The city is planning to reopen other public facilities and programs as statewide restrictions are relaxed. A phased opening of city pools is planned beginning Memorial Day pending further direction from the state. The city is also preparing to reopen some libraries on a similar time frame. Details will be announced later in May.

The decision to reopen these amenities is based on the governor’s current executive orders, the direction to keep recreation areas open “to the greatest possible extent,” and ongoing guidance from federal, state and county public health officials. The city’s plans may be modified as this guidance changes.

Find Scottsdale’s current COVID-19 response information and resources at, search “COVID-19.

Superintendent’s Message: Dr. John A. Kriekard, Scottsdale Unified School District

Dr. John A. Kriekard, Superintendent, Scottsdale Unified School District

To say that the last two months have been “interesting” would be an understatement. Words like “unprecedented,” “unimaginable” and “challenging” barely scratch the surface for what all of us have experienced, in one way or another, since COVID-19 began to affect our nation, our state and, of course, our school district.

From our very first letter to parents in January up through our latest briefing to employees and families, the Scottsdale Unified School District has been working tirelessly to share information and be transparent. We invited television media into the district offices in February to discuss the activation of our Incident Command Team and the District’s emergency response plan. As the situation evolved, public health guidance and the Governor’s Executive Orders meant that our efforts moved from business offices to home offices and from campus classrooms to the kitchen table. While we had to close campuses, we never stopped pursuing our primary mission: to educate.

At a recent “virtual” meeting of the District’s leaders, each leader provided an update on his or her area of responsibility. After each person spoke, my only thought was, “Wow.” The workers of Scottsdale Unified have been doing whatever it takes to get our students technology, meals and support. Within just a very few days, we completely turned the District’s operations for 23,000 students into a virtual operation. I marvel at the “can do” attitude of our entire staff.

We tried and, I feel, we have succeeded, in providing high-quality education and resources for the social, emotional and nutritional needs of all students. Our district was among the first in the Valley to roll out online teaching and learning for students. We were also one of the first school districts in Arizona to make computer devices and internet hotspots available to our families to accommodate this new instructional model. Six weeks later, I can report to you that the District has made the transition from “classroom to cloud” very successfully. To achieve this, it took the collective effort of our entire workforce. From academic coaches and help desk technicians to bus drivers and web site manager, we pulled together, united by a common core purpose — that of ensuring that every student and family we serve has the highest-possible quality educational, emotional and nutritional systems supporting them. Our creative educators took on the task of constructing virtual lessons and did so with gusto. As a result, students have been able to explore their subject matters and continue to learn, using technology. The resilience of our community, our families, our students and our workforce is nothing short of astounding.

In addition to the lessons delivered through technology, Scottsdale Unified Nutrition Services, with support from the Transportation Department, prepared and distributed more than 42,000 meals to local children in just the first four weeks of the school closures. Our very first day saw more than 460 meals distributed. We were astounded when that grew in subsequent days to more than 1,000. We have since transitioned to a weekly meal distribution model in order to further protect families and our employees. On April 15, our first weekly service, we distributed 17,771 breakfasts and lunches for children. We plan for 20,000 in future distributions because we know the need in the community is so great.

Many questions remain about what education and graduation will look like, going forward. We continue to work diligently and thoughtfully on these matters to develop a new framework for delivering education and student support during these unprecedented circumstances.

As we reflect on the impact of this pandemic and national emergency on each of our lives, I hope we continue to be inspired by the amazing stories of selflessness, sacrifice and giving that are all around us. I have been fortunate to witness many of these efforts by our teachers, students and workforce. Our story of resiliency is one of many that I know exist in our hospitals, police and fire stations, local restaurants, post offices, grocery stores and healthcare settings. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for demonstrating the true meaning of community.

To learn more about the Scottsdale Unified School District’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as our meals and eLearning operations, visit, and

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