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  • "A" Rated School


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  • Budget 101

    Budget 101

    Want to learn more about school funding? We’ve created a video to help explain.


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  • Higley Board approves elementary school early release Wednesdays
     
    The Higley Unified School District governing board voted 5-0 on May 27 to approve an early release (1 p.m.) every Wednesday at elementary schools to allow time for teacher instructional planning. The new schedule will begin the first week of classes. The first day of school is July 27, 2015.
     
    The plan was recommended to the governing board to return planning time to teachers that has been lost over the last few years.
     
    Parents who would like after-school care may register for the Community Education Department’s Kids Club program, available at all elementary schools on early release days for $20. Care is available 1 to 6 p.m. Information and registration is on the Community Education website or by calling (480) 279-7055.
     
    Middle schools and high schools will continue with early release/professional development days already scheduled. Please see the district’s calendar for more information.
     
    Thank you for your patience as we move to this new schedule.


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  • Want to enroll?
     
    Beginning June 1, student enrollment for elementary schools and middle schools can be submitted at the District Office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert. Hours will be 7:30 to 10 a.m. and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday until July 2. New high school enrollment forms may be submitted at Higley or Williams Field campuses Mondays through Thursdays at times posted on their websites.
     
    To register, please bring in: Child’s birth certificate, child’s immunization record, proof of residency (house contract, rental or lease agreement, electric bill, etc.), driver’s license and completed registration packet (available at husd.org/enrollment).


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  • District, school office summer hours

    Beginning Monday, June 1, all district and high school offices will operate on a summer Monday-Thursday schedule. Middle schools will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Elementary school offices are closed.
    The District Office will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please see school websites for additional information. Elementary school offices will reopen July 7.


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  • Board follows federal mandate to raise lunch price 10 cents
     
    The Higley Unified School District Governing Board complied with the federal requirements requiring a raise of 10-cent increase to elementary, middle and high school lunch prices beginning in July 2015 with the new school year.
     
    The price rate increases are required to follow the federal standard known as the “paid lunch equity requirement.” To meet the requirement that the district’s average paid lunch price be less than the difference between the free and paid federal reimbursement rates, a district must either raise lunch prices or subsidize meals through the use of nonfederal funds. This mandate is in place for at least the new two school years.
     
    This change amounts to the following lunch prices for the 2015/16 school year:
    Elementary and preschool: $2.55
    Middle school: $2.90
    High School: $3.05


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  • Summer Programs 2015 
     
    We are excited to announce registration is open for summer programs. Options begin June 1 for all ages. See our Community Education page for more information.


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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, July 15.
     
    More information about this federally–funded program is here.
     

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  • Calling all future kindergartners!

    We enjoyed seeing everyone during Kindergarten Round-up. If you missed this opportunity, it is not too late! All elementary schools will accept registration during school hours.
     
    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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  • 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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  • Support our district and receive up to $400 in state Tax Credit
     
    Arizona State Law enables you to receive a tax credit of up to $200 ($400 if married filing jointly) when you make a donation to our schools. We will use your tax dollar donation to provide additional support and learning opportunities for our students. The state allows us to use these dollars for educational or recreational activities that supplement the educational program of the school. 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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  • 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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  • 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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    • 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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