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


The 2019–20 school year is off and running, and our nearly 23,000 students continue to show us every day their curiosity and thirst for learning. Whether they are building a robot, their mathematics fluency or a theatrical set, Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) provides myriad opportunities that combine to prepare our learners for their future. […]

Scottsdale Unified School District Launches Vaping Awareness Campaign


The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has taken to its social media channels to share information with parents and students about the health dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes to young people’s brains and bodies. “Vaping is becoming a national epidemic, and we know that many teenagers, and perhaps even parents, do not fully understand the […]

Anasazi Named International Baccalaureate Program Candidate School


Anasazi Elementary School, part of the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), has been named as a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). The IB aims to create global student citizens who learn to think critically and creatively about the world and its issues, and how they relate to them. In […]

Tavan, Mountainside Principals Named for 2019–20 School Year


New principals have been appointed to lead Tavan Elementary School in Phoenix and Mountainside Middle School in Scottsdale. Tavan assistant principal Julie Ballard will take over from longtime principal Margaret Serna, who moves to the administration side of the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) as executive director of Title 1 Schools. Ballard has served as […]

Scottsdale Schools Board Hires Dr. John Kriekard as Superintendent


Last week, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board approved a contract naming longtime Valley educator Dr. John Kriekard as SUSD’s Superintendent through June 30, 2020. Kriekard has been serving as the district’s Acting Superintendent since May 2018. “I am pleased the Governing Board unanimously voted to hire Dr. Kriekard as Superintendent for the […]

Superintendent’s Message: Scottsdale Unified School District

Dr. David Peterson

By Dr. David Peterson, Interim Superintendent, Scottsdale Unified School District SUSD accomplished many things in 2011: Pima Elementary became a National Blue Ribbon School; Arcadia High School won the University of Arizona University Cup; 80 percent of our schools received state labels of A’s and B’s; our middle school construction projects remained ahead of schedule and under budget; […]