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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 Feb. 13 through Feb. 26. 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.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences are being held February 15th and February 16th. We encourage parents and guardians of students reflecting D and F’s on their progress report to visit https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Sossaman_Middle_School. You will be afforded the opportunity to select a time and day most accommodating to your schedule to discuss academic concerns.
Are you interested in taking a tour of Sossaman Middle School? Call the front office (480-279-8500) to schedule a tour any day of the week.
Reminder regarding drop-off of items
In an effort to prepare students for life beyond Sossaman, we encourage you to assist organizing them the night before for the day ahead to help eliminate items being dropped off. We do, however, allow the following:
• Medically needed items requested by the nurse or your doctor, and
• Items too large for the bus or too heavy for your child to carry.
HUSD Food Service Announcement
Beginning January 9, students without sufficient funds in their meal accounts to pay for a meal may be given a USDA approved alternative meal instead of the regular hot lunch.
Please check your student’s balance and make a deposit if needed at www.mymealtime.com
You may also send a check or cash in an envelope to your elementary or middle school office, or to the café with your high school student.
Please contact Food Service if you have any questions.
To help effectively monitor the level of your child’s academic progress, the Higley Unified School District provides a parent portal known as ParentVue. This detailed system grants you the opportunity to quickly and conveniently access grades, class schedules, attendance histories, assignment information, and other student information including messages from teachers. It is also designed to increase communication between schools and their families with our end goal of student success.
Student Pickup Policy
Just as a reminder, per district policy, you should have a valid ID ready to show the front office for identification verification when picking up your child.
Receive up to $400 in state Tax Credit
Did you know that Arizona State Law enables you to receive a tax credit of up to $200 ($400 if married filing jointly) when you make a donation to our schools? These donations provide additional support and learning opportunities for our students. By donating to our "Undesignated" account you will be able to help us offer tutoring for students, build up our robotics program and provide more extracurricular activities for students.
If you wish to make a donation, please click here for more information.
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