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Sonoran Foothills School holds dedication ceremony


Elizabeth Medora

PHOENIX – Sonoran Foothills School, the newest of the Deer Valley Unified School District schools, has been officially dedicated. The school has been open since the beginning of this school year, but had not celebrated an official grand opening until a special ceremony held on Oct. 30.

Students, staff, and parents gathered to celebrate the new preschool-8th grade school with an official Bobcats cheer. Principal Sharon Matt opened the ceremony by thanking the district staff, whose hard work contributed to the school being finished ahead of schedule. Barry Chasse, president of Chasse Building Team, also spoke, calling the building of the school a “culmination of a lot of work” and noting that the making of a school is “all about the community.

Dr. James Veitenheimer, DVUSD Superintendent, called grand opening day “a great, great day.” He noted that the gathering wasn’t just to recognize the dedication of a building; it was to celebrate the opening of a school.

“It was just a building until you got here,” he said, addressing the student body. He told the students that their presence was what “made it special.”

DVUSD Governing Board president Michael Gregoire spoke at the dedication and noted that it is not often that DVUSD can open a new school. He cited the continued involvement of the parents, staff, and community to helping keep up the excellence of DVUSD schools.

Student Kiana Inez, president of the school’s National Junior Honor Society, called Sonoran Foothills a “strong new school.”

“I look forward to many amazing years here!” she said, eliciting a cheer from the student body.

Matt spoke in closing, thanking the DVUSD staff once again. She also thanked the Sonoran Foothills staff, calling the teachers “the best in the district.”

“I love this school, and I love this staff!” Matt emphasized, displaying the warm and friendly atmosphere of the school. A staff member responded, calling back, “And we love you!,” to which students and other staff members cheered.

“We are the Bobcats!” Matt cheered.
The ceremony was completed with the cutting of a blue ribbon, making it official – Sonoran Foothills School is ready and waiting to take on the coming school years.

Visit DVUSD’s newest school at 32150 N. North Foothills Drive, in Phoenix. See Sonoran Foothills’ Web site at