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Higley welcomes students for 2016-17 school year

Higley welcomes back students for 2016-17 school year
It was a busy morning July 25 as more than 12,000 students began the new school year in Higley schools.

Teachers welcomed students at all grade levels, from preschool through high school seniors.

“It was exciting to see the energy level all around,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Thomason said. “I want to say a special thank you to teachers, staff and families for helping make the day run smoothly.”

The day was filled with many traditions, including special greetings for the newly “hatched” Black Hawks at Williams Field High School and the “boo hoo/yahoo” breakfasts for kindergarten parents. It was also filled with many firsts: The first “first day of school” for Bridges Elementary School, the first day of a new Spanish dual-language program at San Tan Elementary School and the first day for the Higley Program for Accelerated Learning.

Just a few days earlier, Higley Unified School District held its annual Welcome Back Rally for teachers and staff. The event included greetings from Gilbert’s new Mayor, Jenn Daniels. Special thanks go to the vendors who set up booths for teachers and the many groups that donated items to complete the event.
“I want to wish everyone great success in the school year. I hope it’s filled with exceptional learning, many ‘ah-ha’ moments in the classroom and wonderful memories with classmates and friends,” Thomason said. “Our Higley community came together to make the first day of school memorable already, and I know that will continue all the way through the last day of class.”
Higley welcomes back students for 2016-17 school year
Special thanks to our Welcome Back Rally sponsors and vendors
American Family Insurance
Arizona Education Association
ASU Admissions
ASU Online
ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
ASU WP Carey School of Business
AXA Advisors, LLC
Babbo Italian Eatery
Bay Equity Home Loans
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts
Blue 32 Sports Grill
Bobby Q
Brio Tuscan Grill
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
College Nannies + Tutors Gilbert
CORE Construction
Creative Ice Cream & Events
Foresters Financial Services Inc.
Girl Scouts
Greystone Partners
Guild Mortgage
Higley High School Athletics
Higley Center for the Performing Arts
Isabel’s Amor
JW Rayhons
Landings Credit Union
Northern Arizona University
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
Papa Murphy’s
Peter Piper, Inc.
Red Brick Studios
Ross-Farnsworth East Valley YMCA
Sal’s Gilbert Pizza
Sam's Club
Sweet Tomatoes
The Keg
The Tutoring Club
Visionary Properties
Wholesale Floors