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  • "A" Rated School


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  • Kids Club Fall Camp 2014 registration is now open.
     
    Kids Club Fall Camp will be held Monday, October 6th - Monday, October 13th, 2014. It will run 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost of camp will be $40/day per child. Camp will be held at Gateway Pointe Elementary. No registration or material fee applies for students currently enrolled in the Kids Club before- or after-school program. New families need to complete the entire registration packet before attending camp. Camp is available for children in Preschool thru 6th Grade.
     
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  • Cortina Elementary and All Higley Schools Earn 'A' Ratings from
    Arizona Department of Education
     
    The Arizona Department of Education recently released school performance rankings based on spring 2014 AIMS scores. We are proud to announce that all elementary, middle and high schools in the Higley Unified School District earned “A” ratings.

    The news was announced as nearly 12,000 students in preschool through high school began their first day of the 2014-15 school year.
     
    For the last four years, the Arizona Department of Education has rated school performances with letter grades based on academic growth and student achievement. This is the fourth year in a row that the Higley Unified School District has earned an “A” grade. Higley Unified School District was the top point earner for large, public school districts in Arizona this year. In fact, five of our eight elementary schools are in the Top 10 percent of all K-6 schools in Arizona.
     
    “We are elated to share our ‘A’ grades with Higley families, the Towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek and the entire Valley,” said Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell. “It is a testament to the work of our teachers, staff, students and families. Finding out Higley is the top, large school district in the state brings recognition to the hard work of the entire Higley schools community. From students and their parents to the teachers, bus drivers, classroom aides and school principals, we wish to thank everyone for their efforts that contribute to making Higley the best district in the Valley.”
     


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  • September Menus Online
     
    The September Breakfast & Lunch menus have now been posted on each school's website. It can be located under the school's "programs" tab under "food services."
     
    Visit mymealtime.com to set up or add money to your child's meal account or to apply for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits online.

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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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  • 2014-15 Code of Conduct now online

    The 2014-15 Student Code of Conduct was approved by the Higley Unified School District governing board. The new code of conduct can be found online at the link below and on each school website, as well as the “Parent Tab.” We ask that all parents read the document and return the acknowledgment forms with their students. If you do NOT want your student’s directory information released, please also return that form. If you do NOT want your child interviewed or photographed by the district for use on the district website, please check and return that form. If you do NOT want your child interviewed or photographed by outside news media, please check and return that form.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask your school staff.
     
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  • Kids Club registration is now open for the 2014/15 school year.

    HUSD Community Education's Kids Club provides children ages 3-12 quality before- and after-school care that is designed to highlight creative expression, and promote physical and social development. Kids Club sites are located on all our elementary and preschool campuses. Kids Club is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until the start of the school day. The afternoon session begins at time of dismissal until 6 p.m. Care is also available at our elementary schools on early release days.

    Learn more on the district's Community Education page.
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  • New school meal prices approved
     
    The Higley Unified School District Governing Board approved new breakfast and lunch prices for the 2014/15 school year in May. The schools will not be providing free breakfast next school year. Breakfast can still be purchased at the new set prices.

    Preschool families: Beginning next school year, full-day students can purchase a lunch or bring their own sack meal. Preschool students in morning Kids Club will also be able to purchase a breakfast or bring their own. Snack will still be provided in the afternoon Kids Club. Teachers may also set a rotating schedule for students to bring snacks during regular Brilliant Beginnings and Kindergarten Prep classes.

    The new 2014/15 Free & Reduced Price Applications will be available online after July 7 at husd.org. All families are welcome to submit an application to their schools. Acceptance is based on family income and size.

    New prices for the next school year are as follows on this chart.


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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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  • District Governing Board sets calendar for 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17
     
    The Higley Unified School District board voted Tuesday to maintain the current school calendar configuration for the 2014/15 school year and move to a modified year-round calendar in 2015/16.

    The board approved calendars for the next three years based on the recommendation to the Superintendent by the calendar committee.

    With the vote, the 2014/15 school year will begin Aug. 4, 2014, and will end on May 21, 2015. There will be one-week fall and spring breaks and a two-week winter break.

    The committee used a survey to determine calendar preferences of parents, teachers and staff, and students. Based on those results, the committee made the recommendation for a transition year to make sure families have time to plan.

    The adopted calendar for 2015/16 includes a start date on July 27, 2015, and an end date on May 26, 2016, with two week fall, winter and spring breaks. The adopted calendar for the 2016/17 includes a start date on July 25, 2016, and an end date on May 25, 2017, with two week fall, winter and spring breaks.
     
    The board did ask that the standing calendar committee revisit the 2016/17 calendar to see if the end of the first semester can coincide with the start of winter break. 

    2014-2015 Calendar
    2015-2016 Calendar
    2016-2017 Calendar 


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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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