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  • A+ School of Excellence


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  • Arizona Department of Education announces new assessment
     
    Please see the information below from the Arizona Department of Education about the new test selected to be administered in the spring. The language arts and math test - named AzMERIT  -  will be administered in grades 3 through high school. Students in grades 4, 8 and high school will still take the AIMS Science Test. Students scheduled to graduate prior to December 31, 2016 will still be required to pass the AIMS test in Reading, Writing, and Math if they have not previously passed the exam. 
     
    As further communication from the state is shared with the district, we will post updates on the Higley Unified School District website and each school’s website.
     
    Click here to read more.


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  • Support Cortina 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 Cortina Elementary 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.
     
    We THANK YOU for your tax credit donations.
     
    Click here to donate  
     
    Interested in more information about ECA tax credits?
     
     

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  • 2015-16 Calendar Reminder

    Beginning next school year, the district is moving to a modified year-round school calendar. Classes begin July 27, 2015, with a two-week fall break, two-week winter break and two-week spring break. The last day of classes is May 26, 2016, and the last day for teachers is May 27, 2016. For information, go online to www.husd.org/newcalendars.


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  • 2013-14 Annual Report Online
     
    Higley Unified School District’s 2013-14 Annual Report is now available online for viewing. The report includes information about the district’s ranking as the No. 1 Large Public School District in Arizona, AIMS data, school-by-school highlights, student achievement, teacher accomplishments, district events, financial information and more. To view it, see here.


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  • Winter Break Camp
     
    We are busy making plans for a "Frozen" theme winter break camp! Camps are open to students in preschool through sixth grade. They operate 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $40 a day per child and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Students not already registered with HUSD Kids Club will need to pay a registration fee - $25 for preschool and $50 for school age children. All payments and sign-up forms will be available online (print and bring with you) or at the Cooley or Sossaman Early Childhood Education Centers. Registration now under way.
     
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  • Road to Arizona Spelling Bee
     
    The path to the 2015 Arizona Spelling Bee will soon be under way. Last year, Cooley Middle School Champion Nila Dhinaker went on to win the Arizona title and represented Higley very well at the National Scripps Howard Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Here are important upcoming dates:
    Jan. 21, 2015: Higley Unified School District Spelling Bee
    Feb. 19, 2015: Maricopa County Region VI Spelling Bee
    March 21, 2015: Arizona Spelling Bee
    Keep watch for information from your school regarding a chance to compete for a school title.
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  • Parentvue
     
    Parents can see student grades and attendance records through a system called “ParentVue.” Teachers post assignments and grades, along with daily attendance, on the system that can then be viewed by parents through a home computer or cell phone. Teachers post links to ParentVue (sometimes referred to as "Online grades") through their teacher webpages. You can also reach ParentVue through this link.

    To use ParentVue, parents need a personal code created by their student’s school. Please visit your school office for more information.



     
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  • Open enrollment 2014/15 applications available
     
    Families interested in submitting an open enrollment application for any of Higley’s eight elementary schools, two middle school and two high schools may do so now for the 2014/15 school year. Arizona law allows students to submit an open enrollment application to any public school. Admission may be subject to space available. Open Enrollment Form.
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  • Lunch Money Update
     
    School offices will now have a secure “lunch money” drop box at their front offices. Parents and students who need to add money to their accounts can place the funds in envelopes at each school’s front desk and place that into the secured box.

    Parent can still stop by the cafeteria during and after meal times when needed to talk with cafeteria managers.
     

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Cortina School is a community school in Higley Unified School District serving neighborhood kindergarten through sixth grade students. Our learning environment provides each and every child the opportunity to learn and grow in a challenging and safe environment.

We make learning relevant and fun through discovery science, current events, hands-on mathematics and academics, as well as a full rounded curriculum of physical education, art and music.

We offer a full menu of athletics, arts, and school sponsored clubs and organizations to meet the needs and interests of each student. We invite you and your child to join our professional teaching staff, dedicated parents and hard-working students at Cortina School where we are dedicated to life-long learning for all.

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