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  • "A" Rated School


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  • Summer Programs 2015 
     
    We are excited to announce a few of the summer options available to students! Options begin June 1 for all ages. See our Community Education page for more information. Details and registration will be posted online in April.


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  • Updated Budget Information: Higley Unified School District 2015-16

    Dear Higley Families,

    Below are two letters from Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell regarding the upcoming budget process for the 2015-16 school year.

    2015-16 Budget Process Information

    Budget website

    Thank you.
     

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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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  • 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, April 8.
     
    More information about this federally–funded program is here.
     

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  • Sossaman to host football clinic
     
    Who: 5th & 6th graders are invited to the HOME OF THE 2014 EVC FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS for a 3-day football clinic with the Spartan Football caching staff and members of the Higley High Varsity Football program.
    When: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 31-April 2
    Where: Sossaman Middle School
    Cost: $20
     
    Click here for more information. 
     

     
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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.
     
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    • 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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