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  • "A" Rated School


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  • Our School needs your help in the "Bag the Bench" contest
     
    Recycle plastic bags, save the environment. Win a Bench, it’s that easy.

    Fact: Plastic bags are not allowed in blue barrels because they get caught in recycling machinery and there are limited options for recycling them. Our school is competing with other elementary schools in different municipalities to collect the most plastic bags and win a bench.

    The collection drive will run from February 2 – March 6, 2015. Please send your bags to school with your child or bring them to the front office. Thank you for participating! The rules are as follows:

    • The following types of SOFT plastics will be accepted:
    Grocery bags/ dry cleaning bags / bread bags/department store bags/ shrink wrap
    • All bags should be free of liquid or food residue.
    • NO RECEIPTS should be left in the bags. They contaminate the batch!
    • Obvious looting of merchants for harvesting of bags will not be accepted and may result in the disqualification of your school. The only bags submitted should be bags that were actually used.
    • All soft plastics should be wadded up tightly – golf ball size. The bags can also be tied into knots to a golf ball size.


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  • Join us at the Higley Education Expo
     
    On Jan. 24, all our schools will be featured at the Higley Education Expo: A Showcase of Global Opportunities! It will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at  San Tan Village in the courtyard area in front of Harkins Movie Theaters. There will be musical performances and demonstrations from schools, including robotics, television production, ROTC, engineering, art and more. This will be an awesome opportunity to talk to an engineering student, watch a Rubik’s Cube team in action and visit with principals and staff.
     
    This is an opportunity for Higley families and the Gilbert community to discover all we have to offer at the No. 1 Large Public School District in Arizona. Parents of preschool age children may also pick up registration packets for next school year. We hope you will join us!


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  • Calling all future kindergartners!

    All Higley K-6 schools will be accepting registration during Kindergarten Round up 6 p.m. Feb. 19. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your future kindergartener to visit the campus, meet teachers and future classmates, and hear about the kindergarten learning standards.

    Please be sure to bring the following documents for registration: Child’s Birth Certificate, Child’s Immunization Record, Proof of Residency (contract on your house, rental or lease agreement, electric bill, etc.), Driver’s License, Completed enrollment packet.
     
    Who qualifies for kindergarten?
    If your child will be 5 by Aug. 31, 2015, he or she qualifies for the 2015-2016 school year. If your child will be 5 between Sept. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015, you may consider having your child tested to see if he/she qualifies for early entrance kindergarten. Information on early entrance can also be found here.


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  • Information online about new state assessment - AZMERIT
     
    In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide language arts and math achievement test, AzMERIT, to assess Arizona students. The assessment will be administered this spring 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.
     
    The Arizona Department of Education has posted information about the test for all stakeholders.
     
    Higley’s Research and Assessment team has created a section with all the information pertinent to parents. It can be found here.

    You may view the entire ADE website about AzMERIT.
     
    Students will be taking the test between March 30 and May 8.  Each school will provide further communication to families as test schedules are finalized. For Higley students, this will be a completely computer-based assessment.


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  • Attention future Cooley Middle School 7th graders
     
    It is already time to prepare for the next school year. Cooley Middle School’s counselor will meet with current sixth-grade students at their schools to review registration procedures on the following dates:
     
    January 21 - Gateway Pointe Elementary
    January 27&29 - Higley Traditional Academy
    January 28 - Coronado Elementary
    February 6 - Chaparral Elementary
     
    Parents of these future Cooley Cougars can also attend an open house 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 at Cooley Middle School, 1100 S. Recker Road, Gilbert. For more information, visit the Cooley Middle School webpage.


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  • HYSL Cheer/Dance/Tumble Registration Now Open
     
    The Higley Youth Sports League Cheer/Dance/Tumble registration for second semester is now open. Cheer/Dance/Tumble is for K-6th Grade students and is offered at ALL our Higley elementary schools. Cost per semester is $125.00. Registration is open and online now. For additional information, please call the Community Education Office at (480) 279-7055.


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  • Open Enrollment
     
    Open enrollment registration for all of our campuses for the 2015-16 school year begins Dec. 1, with priority given to applications received by Feb. 1. Click here to find the Open Enrollment Application.
     
    Applications may be turned in at the campus you wish your child to attend.
     
    District boundary maps for elementary, middle school and high school are located here. Please complete the application form and return to the school during business hours.

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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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  • Release of student reminder
     
    Students who leave campus for any reason – doctors’ visits, illness, etc., - must be authorized to do so by a parent or guardian. This can be done by a parent/guardian signature in person at the school office or by verbal approval to school office personnel.  When the student does leave campus with verbal approval to do so, he/she must sign the student release page at the front office.
    The attendance clerk or other office staff member will validate the request as deemed appropriate. Thank you for your cooperation.
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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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  • Support HTA 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 Higley Traditional Academy  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
    If you wish to mail your payment, please click here for more information.
     
    Interested in more information about ECA tax credits?
     


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  • Higley Traditional Academy 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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  • Shop at San Tan Village to benefit HTA
     
    Higley Traditional Academy was selected to participate in San Tan Village’s School Cents program this upcoming school year. Beginning Aug. 15, shoppers can show their original shopping and dining receipts to staff at San Tan Village Guest Services, located in the Management Office above Yankee Candle. Schools earn points for every dollar spent, as well as bonus points for participating in shopping center events. The schools with the most points when the program ends April 15, 2015, will be awarded gift cards.
     
    Receipts can also be dropped off in receipt boxes at the shopping center.
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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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  • 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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  • As we work to keep families informed at The Higley Traditional Academy, we are asking parents to provide us with an e-mail address in order to keep you informed about the process and any additional information that may arise. Please take a few minutes to sign up for the school’s E-Alert system. You can click here and select what information you want sent automatically to your e-mail address, including communication from the principal and district.

    If you would like to modify your selected list, or unsubscribe from the HUSD E-Alerts system, please email your request to websitesupport@husd.org.


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  • Visitors on campus
    As of Monday, August 13th, you will be required to sign in at the office as a visitor if you want to be on campus when we open at 7:45 a.m. During the first week of school, we allow parents and guardians to walk their children to the class meeting place to help the students find where they need to wait.

    Throughout the remainder of the school year, we are a closed campus and we require all visitors to sign in at the office and acquire a visitor badge between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. It is a requirement that all visitors sign in at any school office prior to entering campus while school is in session. This procedure helps us to ensure all kids safety.    

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our school office at (480) 279.6800.
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WELCOME

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Higley Traditional Academy is a community school in Higley Unified School District has served neighborhood students for over 100 years.

We provide a safe and enriching learning environment built on history and tradition and driven by innovation. We strive to develop self-motivated life-long learners through quality core educational programs, as well as a well-rounded curriculum of physical education, arts and music. Our state of the art classrooms provide our students with technology experiences necessary in the 21st century.

The back-to-basics curriculum, pace of studies and specific expectations for academic achievement, behavior, and dress require a firm commitment from every parent, student, and teacher. Higley Traditional Academy develops a solid foundation of fundamental and higher level thinking skills through a structured curriculum that is consistent within each grade level and sequential throughout the grades. Our curriculum is taught using direct instruction techniques, whole class instruction and approved teaching methods.

Our students, staff and parents work cooperatively to focus on student achievement for each and every student we serve. We invite you and your children to join us in our learning environment at Higley Traditional Academy.

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