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  • Student Information System Notices February 21

    We wanted to let you know that there was a glitch in the Student Information System messaging system today, February 21. The system released outdated attendance emails and other alerts.  Please carefully read and review any messages received today through ParentVue. If you have any questions regarding your student's attendance, please log onto ParentVUE to review information there, as the posted information there is accurate.


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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.


     

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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.

    Begin the survey by clicking here.


     

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  • Spring Break Kids Club Camp

    Spring Break camp will be held at Centennial Elementary School, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 13-27.

    Information and registration will be posted on husd.org/communityed in mid February.


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  •  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.


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  • Bridges named AZ STEM School of Community Practice
     
    Higley Unified School District’s newest elementary school has been named an AZ STEM School Community of Practice.

    Bridges Elementary School joins 56 schools from across the state to collaborate with Maricopa Education Service Agency, Arizona  SciTech, Intel and the Arizona Science Center.

    “This is an amazing opportunity for our school community to learn from other innovative schools within the state. Many collaborative opportunities are planned throughout this next school year that will certainly put us on the road to excellence in terms of STEM,” Bridges Principal Sherry Richards said.
     
    STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
     

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  • Higley Program for Accelerated Learning information meetings

    Bridges Elementary provides an exemplary educational opportunity designed for gifted and talented students in grades 3-6.  Higley’s Program for Accelerated Learning (HPAL) joins identified gifted and high achieving students with a platform aimed to take them to a deeper more rigorous way of thinking. Each grade level’s accelerated curriculum is designed to challenge students through differentiated instruction. Specially trained teachers will guide students at an accelerated pace, employing innovative project-based learning techniques that emphasize the use of cutting-edge technology. Students will be prepared for accelerated pathways in both middle school and high school.

    Information dates:

    8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 23, March 9, March 30, April 20

    Learn more about HPAL.


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About Bridges

Bridges Elementary School will open for the 2016/17 school year. It will be a neighborhood campus for students in kindergarten through sixth-grade. Bridges Elementary will offer all programs and classes currently available at all Higley elementary schools, including:

• Kids Club, a morning- and after-school care program offered through Community Education;
• Higley Youth Sports League, an after-school athletics program offered through Community Education;
• Elementary school band, library, physical education and arts programs.

Bridges students also will have the option to join the morning orchestra program for elementary school students at Sossaman Middle School, and additional clubs formed based on student interest.

Teachers and students at Bridges Elementary School will have access to cutting-edge educational technology, such as interactive white boards, computer labs, a science lab, and document cameras. The school design includes a full gymnasium and cafeteria, in addition to music, band and art rooms.
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