By Laura Stoddard

One of the selling points for Arcadia is the public school system. Much of that is due to the fact that they really do try to adhere to the Scottsdale Unified School District’s core mission, which, according to their website, is to “Ensure all individual learners reach their full potential.” 

A peek into the spring calendars of five local schools demonstrates how they each try to do just that by planning events that promote personal and educational growth; teach students awareness and accountability; provide a platform for higher learning; and recognize the achievements and victories of groups and individuals. 



Feb. 6 

Candy Gram Sale

Spearheaded by the National Junior Honor Society, this event is meant to promote kindness and show gratitude to others. Candy grams will be $1.00 and can be sent to friends or teachers. 

Feb. 14

Dining for Dollars

Monthly event sponsored by local restaurants. Stop by the Arcadia Chick-Fil-A on this day and mention INGLESIDE, and a portion of your purchase will go toward the IMS PTO. 

Location: Chick-Fil-A, 4105 N. 44th St.

Mar. 1 

Literacy Night

Annual event open to IMS families to promote literacy; will include an author visit and book signing in the cafeteria. Author and time TBD.   

Mar. 24

TLC (Trojans Learning to Care)

Spring Event

Fourth Annual Arcadia Cares: Food for Kidz Pack-a-thon 1:00 p.m.

Location: Prince of Peace Preschool, 3641 N. 56th St.

Apr. 22

Taylor’s Run Volunteering

Meet at the Phoenix Canal path at 48th St. and Indian School at 8:00 a.m. to man water stations for Taylor’s Run

Apr. 27

Food Trucks and

Fine Arts Day Without Hate 

Open to IMS families to showcase student art projects, as well as promote Rachel’s Challenge mission. Event will be held in the IMS Amphitheater from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | 602.892.5402



Feb. 1

Student/Teacher Assembly

High-impact leadership speaker Alison Levine will be presenting.

Feb. 22

Arcadia’s First Annual College Fair 

The fair will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for students and their families. Representatives from ASU, U of A, NAU, and several local community colleges will be on hand in Mt. Olympus.

Feb. 23


Sponsored by student government, the dance will be for all students, fee may be imposed. Location and time TBD. 

Apr. 13

Arcadia Auction

This adults-only event is AHS’s largest fundraiser of the year (open to parents and interested community members). Starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Arizona Country Club, the evening promises food, fun, and great auction prizes. Fee TBD. | 480.840.7090



Feb. 2

Sweetheart Dance

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in ECS cafeteria.

Feb. 5

NotMYkid Presentation

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for students and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for parents. 

Mar. 2

Author’s Day & Dr. Seuss’

Birthday Party

Author’s Day from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Dr. Seuss Party from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Apr. 5-7

SUSD Fine Arts Festival

4th and 5th grade band soloists and small ensembles. Time TBD.

Location: First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Road. | 480.484.7500



Feb. 10

Hawktion Party:

Cornhole Tournament

Friendly rivalry between Hopi parents to win the Hopi Cornhold trophy. Afternoon includes tacos, beer, mimosas, t-shirts, and a lot of fun. Time and Location TBD. $150 per couple (+$13.05 processing fee).

Feb. 14 

(most likely—still being decided)

Hawktion 2017: Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance

Annual dance for all ages located in the cafeteria. $40 per family (+$3.96 processing fee).

Mar. 1

Hawktion 2017: March Madness Pool

The Hopi Dad’s Club hosts this bracket competition for parents only. Cost is $20 (+$1.99 processing fee), and location is TBD. 

Apr. 18

Dining for Dollars

Monthly event sponsored by local restaurants. Stop by Creamistry on this day and mention Hopi Elementary, and a portion of your purchase will go toward the Hopi PTA. 

Location: 4325 E. Indian School Road. | 623.335.2835



Feb. 1

PTO Meeting

7:00 p.m. to

8:00 p.m. in the Tavan Media Center.

Feb. 10

Sweetheart Dance

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Feb. 13

New Kids on the Block

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Program for Tavan 3rd graders, takes place in Tavan Cafeteria.