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2016-17 School Calendar

On January 21, 2016, the AESD Governing Board adopted the calendar for the 2016-17 school year; it can be found under the "Parents" dropdown menu above. Take a peek at what's to come in the upcoming school year!

MESA Team Moving onto Nationals!

Congratulations to AESD’s Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) teams as they did an outstanding job at the largest ever state competition held at Arizona State University on Saturday, April 23. Thirty-eight different middle schools and over 1000 middle school students competed in this event. As a District, we received 56% of first place awards (5 of 9), an increase from last year’s feat of 44%. We were also represented twelve (8 last year) different times in events that were awarded third, second, or first places. Overall, our schools were recognized twenty-one (20 last year) different times for our students’ efforts with Montebello earning the First Place trophy for total points scored across all entered events.


Designer of the Day – (3rd Place – Sevilla West) / (6th Place – Montebello)
QESST Solar Car – (2nd Place – Montebello) / (5th Place – Andalucia Middle School)
On-Site Challenge using Engineering Process – (1st Place – Montebello) / (3rd Place – Granada East)
Hydro Power – (1st Place – Granada East) / (3rd Place - Montebello) / (5th Place - Cordova Middle School / (6th Place – Catalina)
Change Maker – Problem Solving in the Community (1st Place - Montebello)
Egg Delivery – (4thPlace – Simpson)
Communication Revolution – (2nd Place – Alhambra Traditional School) / (4th Place – Montebello)
Duct Tape Survival Challenge – (1st Place – Simpson) / (3rd Place – Sevilla West) / (5th Place – Montebello)
Prosthetic Arm – (1st Place – Montebello) / (3rd Place – Sevilla West) / (5th Place – Cordova Middle School)
Overall – (1st Place – Montebello) / (4th Place - Sevilla West) / (9th Place - Cordova Middle) / (16th Place - Granada East) / (19th Place - Simpson) / (22nd Place - Alhambra Traditional) / (26th Place - Andalucia Middle) / (26th Place - Catalina)

Congratulations to Montebello students and MESA coaches Mr. Kelby Milgrim and Ms. Ramos for their third consecutive first place finish in the National/State competition for building an award-winning prosthetic arm. In order to place first in this competition, numerous steps had to be done with significant skill. First, students had to open and close their hand, using Arduino computer programming to operate two artificial fingers. They then had to use their arm in competition to throw beanbags into marked areas placed at varying distances, showing the arm’s strength and range of motion. They then had to lift a variety of objects and take those objects in and out of a crate, showing the arms operator’s level of precision. Next, students had to turn in a technical paper that was supported by their research, their diagrams, a budget with corresponding receipts, and their engineering notes. Students then had to make and display the process for creating their prosthetic arm and closed the presentation with a presentation made to the judges.

With the win, the Montebello team secured an opportunity to again represent all Arizona middle school MESA teams with a spot in the National Engineering Design Competition, held in Ogden, Utah in June. Another great job and fine representation of Alhambra’s STEM programs!

Dominican Republic Professional Development Trip

Over Spring Break, AESD staff members Kimberly Jones, Bethany Valdivia, Melody Hodges, Narrae Nelson, Diane Hernandez, Melody Schlosser, Sandy Casady, Jeaneen Deunsing, Kaitlyn Lang, Barb Preston, Mia Delarosa, Theresa Killingsworth, Pam Escobedo, and Melinda Schlosser provided professional development to educators in the Dominican Republic. Here are a couple of their photos!


Summer Food Service Program

Free food and fun for kids 18 years of age and under this summer! Alhambra Elementary School District is offering free breakfast and lunch to children and teens at select Alhambra locations. Meals service will run from May 23 to July 14, 2016; breakfast and lunch serving times vary by campus. Download this flyer to find your school's serving time.

MESA Regional Design Day

On Saturday, March 5, AESD students from around the district participated in the MESA Regional Design Day at Grand Canyon University, where over 600 total students participated! Please help us to celebrate our students’ wins, listed below by category:

Prosthetic Arm: 2nd Place – Montebello, 3rd Place - Simpson
Change Maker: 1st Place - Montebello
Communication Revolution: 1st Place – Montebello, 2nd Place - Alhambra Traditional, 3rd Place - Montebello
Designer of the Day: 1st Place - Sevilla West, 2nd Place - Cordova Middle
Duct Tape Survival Challenge: 1st Place - Granada East, 2nd Place - Montebello
Hydro Power: 1st Place – Montebello, 2nd Place – Montebello, 3rd Place – Cordova Middle
Egg Delivery: 1st Place – Montebello, 3rd Place - Sevilla West

Congratulations to all of our Alhambra MESA winners! For more photos from the event, please check out Alhambra’s Facebook page at http://bit.ly/AESDFacebook.


National Board Certification

Candace Greene, Art Teacher at Sevilla West School, has received her National Board Certification! AESD team members attended the Celebration of Accomplished Teaching dinner on Saturday, February 20 to recognize her achievement! Congratulations, Ms. Greene!


Everyone Matters District Video

The Alhambra School District believes that everyone plays an important part in educating our future leaders, and that everyone matters! Please take a moment to view our district video here.

Meet Alhambra's New Superintendent

Alhambra’s Governing Board recently hired Mr. Mark A. Yslas as Alhambra’s Superintendent. Mr. Yslas has a vast array of educational experiences including work from the kindergarten through high school levels, as well as serving as assistant superintendent and acting superintendent; and, he is committed to serving our students, parents, and community members. To learn more about Mr. Yslas, visit the Superintendent’s Page or view an online article on AZEDNEWS. He is most excited to meet the Alhambra Family!

Alhambra’s STEM Team Earns National Awards!

The Alhambra District MESA (Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement) Team, from Montebello School, led by MESA advisor Kelby Milgrim, earned three awards at the MESA National Challenge in Ogden, Utah, in June, and was awarded an overall fourth place in the United States! The national challenge was to design, engineer, and operate a low-cost, environmentally sustainable, easy-to-operate prosthetic arm that could perform a variety of real life tasks such as picking up everyday items and placing them in a box, and tossing items into a bucket.

Alhambra’s Montebello MESA Team earned second place in the country in the "Design Efficiency" category, a third place award in the "Object Relocation" category and a third place award in the Academic Poster Presentation category. In addition to earning these top awards, Alhambra’s Montebello Team placed fourth in distance accuracy, fifth place in the oral presentation, and eighth place in the technical paper.