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  • "A" Rated School


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  • Power Ranch Elementary Ranked No. 3 K-6 district school in Arizona
     
    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 and Power Ranch Elementary School received the third highest number of points among all K-6 district schools in the state.
     
    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.”
     

    "It has just been brought to my attention that Power Ranch is the third highest ranked K-6th grade school in the entire state of Arizona based on the spring 2014 AIMS test results.  I can hardly find the words to express how proud I am of our students, teachers and the entire Power Ranch community.  Their hard work and dedication to student achievement has been validated.   We look forward to continuing to grow as a community that works together to prepare our students for college and beyond!" Principal Sherry Richards said.

    Congratulations to all of the Power Ranch Panthers - students, families, teachers and staff.
     
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  • Shop at San Tan Village to benefit Power Ranch

    Power Ranch Elementary 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.

    The first event where schools can earn points will be Back to School Bonanza, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.

    School Cents Fundraising

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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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  • Free immunizations available

    Chaparral Elementary School will host a series of free immunization clinics by the Chandler Regional Medical Center over the next few months, giving parents an opportunity to immunize children with school vaccinations. 

    The hospital’s Community Wellness Children’s Immunization Program aims to provide free immunizations to children 6 weeks to 18 years old.

    The next Chandler Regional Medical Center clinic at Chaparral, 3380 E. Frye Road, Gilbert, will be in the school’s cafeteria 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

    More information about this federally–funded program is here.


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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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  • 2014/15 class supply lists now online
     
    Please click on the link below to access the Power Ranch 2014-2015 suggested school supply list.

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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. Families will be informed in early 2014 about placement in our schools. 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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    • School start/end times 2014/15
       
      These are the approved the 2014/15 school hours for Higley Unified Schol District: 
       
      • High schools, 7:20 a.m.-2:30 p.m.                        
      • Elementary Schools, 8:10 a.m.–3:05 p.m.
      • Middle Schools– 8:55 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
       
      The 2014/15 school year starts on August 4th.

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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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WELCOME

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Welcome to Power Ranch Elementary.
We’re so glad you’ve joined us! Out teachers and staff welcome your children with open arms, providing a nurturing environment and the building blocks for a solid academic foundation. Power Ranch encourages students’ exploration and learning while challenging them to grow to their full potential.
 
Power Ranch Elementary is a neighborhood school that serves approximately 700 students with over 350 parent volunteers. Majority of our students live in Power Ranch and approximately 10 percent of our student population is open enrolled and live outside of our attendance area.
 
Power Ranch’s academic strength lies in our balance and integrated curricular program. Children master and apply literacy and mathematic skills through learning that emphasizes research, problem solving, simulations and technology. The instructional program does not end with the acquisition of discrete skills, but goes on to teach the use of those skills in higher-level problem solving.
 
The social and emotional development of our children is of utmost importance to the Power Ranch community. The Power Ranch staff takes pride in creating a warm, welcoming, and safe learning environment where all children are accepted.
 
We believe success starts here and our goal is to build a solid foundation for lifetime of success. This belief is incorporated into every learning and social experience at Power Ranch.
 
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