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Principal's Message - August 2022

Phoenix Union Bioscience High School

Dragon Digest


512 E. Pierce St//Phoenix, AZ 85004

Principal’s Message

22-23 School Year – Issue #1 – August, 2022


Welcome to the new school year Dragons! The start of a new school always brings so much fresh, exciting energy. We kicked off our first day of school all together in Town Hall and it was great to see all the new and returning students and staff together. We thank you for your patience as we juggle bus routes and transportation. This year we’ve implemented the new Arizona law requiring all schools to observe a Moment of Silence. We start the first minute of first period this way each day. We’ve encouraged students to discuss with their families how best to utilize this minute.


I saw many students bringing in supplies. The tissues, and disinfecting wipes are always appreciated.


Our theme for the year is “Grow Through Gratitude.” We have navigated some of the most challenging years in education and I feel there is so much hope for the next normal and so much to be grateful for. I’ve encouraged our students and staff to be intentional and set aside time to reflect on what they are grateful for each day. The practice of gratitude can dramatically change a mindset.


I believe our best approach to educating our students is through a partnership with families and the community. I am looking forward to getting to know all our students, families and community this year.


Here’s to a successful school year!


With Gratitude,


Neda Boyce




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Upcoming iDays

Monday, August 22, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022

Monday, October 24, 2022

Monday, December 5, 2022



Grade Level Notes


Welcome to Bioscience, Class of 2026! We are so excited to work with you this year as you start your journey as Dragons! We’ve got a lot of fun and exciting activities planned for you, plus Bio traditions like Olympic Games! We are here to help you and hope that you will ask us lots of questions throughout the year, and remember that we are always here for you, even when you’re upperclassmen!



Happy school year to the Class of 2025! We’ll begin the first semester focused on our Sophomore Pillars of social and emotional skills: compassion, risk-taking, self-regulation, and communication. Next, we’ll put the learning in your hands with the Better World Project. Your sophomore teachers are so excited to support you this year. Welcome back!




Welcome back to campus class of 2024! The Junior team is SO excited to get to know you and learn with you and have an amazing 22-23 school year! Remember that we are here for you if you need anything at all, including homework help, a vent session, or even just some words of encouragement. This is a big academic year for you, and we’re ready to help you through it from start to finish!




Hey, Class of 2023! Your Senior teachers cannot wait to get to know you! We hope you are ready for a year filled with new projects, builds, and learning opportunities, corny jokes, motivational speeches, and random dance parties. We know Senior year is a very important year, and so we are here to help you every step of the way. Welcome back, Groovy Seniors!



Thursday, August 18th, 2022

6:00 – 7:30PM


See the classrooms ~ Meet the teachers!



Bioscience Clubs

Medical Careers Club - The Medical Careers Club is a close community where we learn new things about the different branches in medical field.

Dragon Robotics 2375 – We are more than robots but we do learn, make friends and have fun (with robots).

Broadcasting – The Dragon News team works hard to keep the school informed and entertained through biweekly video announcements.

StuGo – Student Government focuses on maintaining a positive campus culture and recognizing the unique perspectives of every student.

National Honor Society – NHS is a nationally recognized organization for high school juniors and seniors that focuses on the values of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Publications – The Dragon Blog is a student-run news outlet that provides news and entertainment for the Bioscience community.

Spanish Honor Society - Spanish Honor Society seeks to promote the learning and the use of the Spanish language and cultures within and beyond our school community.

Green Shovel - We are a group of students interested in making our school more sustainable, learning about conservation in our community and promoting environmental awareness.

Fitness Club - The fitness club is a fun place to get exercise.  Everyone is welcome regardless of skill or level of physical fitness.  We are adding a dance option this year so it should be great!

BioVotes!- BioVotes! Is a new club on campus this year. Members will learn about the democratic process, organize political guest speakers, take field trips to learn about the government, and run voting processes and events on campus.

Music Club - The Bio Music Club is designed to celebrate the love of listening to, writing, and playing music. We have a variety of musical instruments available and all skill levels are welcome. 

Tabletop Club –Have fun with tabletop games, card games, D&D, and other fun games after school!

Art Club – Art club comes together after school each week to create together in an open studio. We have monthly themes for projects, but you can work in any media that speaks to you! All skill levels are welcome in this incredibly supportive club!

Key Club - Volunteering is the key to building community!

Spanish Honor Society - We are a club that embraces Hispanic culture by researching/experiencing typical traditions from Spanish speaking countries!

Black Student Union – BSU increases awareness and appreciation for African American issues, history, and culture among the study body at Bioscience High School, as well as promoting activities of common interest. BSU is open to all Bioscience students!

Plus Many More!


Join us for Club Crawl, Friday, August 26th at 1:15!



News & Notes



Room 119 – Music Room

602-764-5648 Direct


My name is Diane Ortega. I am the Student Liaison for Bioscience High School and I monitor attendance. My number one job is Opportunities for Youth (formerly Drop-Out Prevention). I make phone calls to parents and send letters to the home when a student is absent. I am also fluent in Spanish and can translate for parents and teachers for phone calls and conferences. Parents and guardians may call me to report and excuse an absence or a tardy. I can assist students filling in their planners and getting organized. I sometimes help in the front office. My office is located in the Music Room next door to the Art Room.

Bioscience Resource Center

Our wonderful Community Liaison, Ms. Nini Gariepy, is available in the McKinley building to help students and families with their needs, great and small. Stop by her office for something to eat, something to drink, personal or school supplies ~ or just to say hi!


Visit our new Resource Center TODAY!

Pick up school supplies, clothes, and other materials at the Resource Center

Pick up food, bags, and other supplies at the Resource Center


Moment of Silence

The State Legislature recently passed House Bill 2707, which requires that all schools receiving state funding provide a moment of silence for students. Bioscience will be implementing the moment of silence during the first minute of the school day, from 9:00 to 9:01 AM on Mondays, and 8:15 to 8:16 AM Tuesday through Friday. Students are encouraged to use the moment of silence however they would like, as long as they’re being silent to allow for other students to utilize their moment of silence. Students who are unsure about what they should do during the moment of silence are encouraged to have that conversation at home with their families.