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Curriculum review now open for public comment
The Higley Unified School District is excited to adopt a new K-12 English Language Arts curriculum, which will be introduced to students in the 2017-18 school year. These materials will support our teachers in teaching the state standards in reading and language arts, as well as provide materials to support students at all levels of instruction. Our teachers will no longer need to spend valuable time finding support materials, but can instead spend their time choosing which available materials are appropriate to teach each child. A districtwide committee met this year to review materials from three national publishing companies and selected the publisher it felt best met the needs of the district’s teachers and students. As per Board policy, these materials are now on display for 60 days in the district office for parents and community members to view. If you are interested in viewing these materials and providing your feedback, please come to the district office at 2935 S. Recker during regular office hours. Materials will be available for review until April 14. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Warren Shillingburg, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, at (480) 279.7014.
Now is the time to confirm your child’s course selection in ParentVue if you have not already done this. The time has been extended to this Friday, February 17th at 8:00pm. This will not be extended again. If student course selections are not done by the parents or the students, their classes will be chosen for the student and changes will not be permitted.
Parents/Guardians must review and lock their student's course requests through ParentVUE. Locking the course requests will serve as the parent/guardian electronic signature. If you have questions about this please reach out to the counselor at your site.
District Launches Survey In Next Step Of Strategic Planning
As part of a strategic planning process launched in January 2017, the Higley Unified School District is conducting a districtwide survey February 13th through February 26th. The survey is open to employees, parents, community members and Higley students in seventh through 12th grade. Involvement of the entire community is essential to the development of a long-term framework for decision making that builds upon common values held by the Higley community.
Among Higley’s top priorities this school year is the development of this strategic plan. This plan will articulate organizational and stakeholder priorities through the authentic engagement of parents, employees, and community members.
Higley families and employees will receive an email invitation to complete the survey, or can click on the link at the bottom of this announcement. Community members without children attending Higley can also use this link. The link will take all participants to a third-party website where users will identify their affiliation to the district to take the proper survey. All responses will remain anonymous.
ECRA Group Inc., an independent research firm, is conducting the surveys. The firm will analyze responses and prepare a strategic plan report for Higley to share with the community in April 2017. ECRA is an established leader in the areas of educational assessment, research, and strategic planning. Based in Schaumburg, Ill., ECRA has more than 35 years of experience helping educational organizations across the nation better understand and document their performance, and chart a course for the future.
Campus Hours For Students
To help ensure student safety, students will not be permitted onto campus before 8:00 a.m. At this time our front office is open and our security guard is on campus. Thank you for your help with this!
Change In Athletic Clearance Process
In an attempt to streamline the athletic clearance process, Cooley Middle School is going paperless. You will now complete the athletic clearance packet electronically at RegisterMyAthlete.com. All forms can be viewed and signed electronically, and additional required forms (i.e. physical forms and concussion test results) can be uploaded to your account. Please follow the instruction link below to register your student for athletic clearance for the 2016-2017 school year. It is strongly recommended that all documents be submitted electronically prior to the break that precedes your student's sport season. Incomplete registrations will prohibit your student from participating in try-outs. If you have any questions, contact the technical support department from Register My Athlete, or contact Cooley Middle School. Thank you!
*If your student has turned in an athletic packet for 1st or 2nd quarter sports, the above process does not apply to try out for 3rd or 4th quarter sports. HOWEVER, if your student makes a 3rd or 4th quarter team, the above process will be mandatory in order to have all needed information electronically at Register My Athlete. Thank you!
CMS Campus Tours
Cooley Middle School offers campus tours on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Please call 480-279-8300 to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you!
Before/After School Detention Notification
Beginning the week of October 24th, Cooley Middle School will be adding before/after school detention as a possible consequence for violations of the student code of conduct. Before school detention will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. After school detention will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:55-4:55 p.m. If your student is assigned before/after school detention, you will be notified and given the option to choose the day/time that works best for you. Parents/guardians will be responsible for transportation to or from detention (no late or early bus provided). Before/after school detention will only be assigned by administration. Thank you!
CMS Front Office Procedure Change
In order to minimize the disruptions to instruction, we are restricting deliveries to students to items that are essential to the educational process. Therefore, classes will not be interrupted for delivery of items.
Parents will need to wait for their student to be called to the office between classes to receive ANY item that has been brought for them by a parent or family member, including but not limited to lunches, lunch money, homework, or PE clothing. Due to health regulations, lunch/food drop offs can only be for your student. Lunch/food cannot be provided for your student and their friends.
Flowers, birthday items, pizza, etc. will not be accepted from businesses for delivery. Restaurant deliveries are also not allowed.
The front office will NOT be responsible for delivering items to students.
Thank you for your understanding!
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Support Cooley and Receive Up To $400 AZ Tax Credit
The state of Arizona allows you to receive a tax credit of up to $200 ($400 if married and filing jointly) when you make an ECA tax credit donation to our school. We will use your tax dollar donation to help fund extra curricular activities and opportunities for our students to extend their learning beyond the regular school day and you will get a dollar-for-dollar credit towards your tax return. Before and after school tutoring, school clubs and field trip experiences are just a few of the enrichment programs that are made possible when ECA funds are donated to our school. Please name Cooley Middle School as the recipient of your donation so that we may provide quality enrichment programs like these for our learners. We appreciate your support and are dedicated to spending your tax dollars responsibly.
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