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  • Welcome To New CMS Principal, Mr. Shawn Varner!

    Cooley Middle School Parents and Community Members,

    My name is Shawn Varner, and I am honored to be serving as the new principal of Cooley. I am very excited to be joining the Cougar family. It has not taken long to discover that CMS is a special place with outstanding students, supportive parents, and excellent teachers. This is definitely a place to be for a quality middle school education.    

    Although there is a change in leadership at CMS, we are left with an amazing opportunity to continue the expansion of the remarkable programs that are already in place. Students can continue to expect a fulfilling middle school experience with many clubs, activities, and opportunities in the performing arts to ignite their passions. On the athletic field we expect to see our student-athletes maintain the tradition of competing to the fullest with both honor and class. With these many opportunities in the academics, the arts, athletics and activities, there is something for every student at Cooley Middle School.

    The Cooley Middle School mission statement of, “Cooley Middle School will foster all students’ unique social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs through a positive, creative and rigorous learning environment,” has been well established, and we will continue to make this mission statement a priority as we move forward. Parents are welcome as visitors and/or volunteers throughout the campus, as the support from our parents, in addition to our ambitious students, allow for CMS to be a unique and special place.

    On a personal level, I obtained my school administration certificate and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Northern Arizona University. My bachelor’s degree in secondary education-social science was also earned at Northern Arizona, and this is my twentieth year in education. A staple in my various experiences and roles in education is my genuine love of all aspects of the schooling and education process. My wife and I have been married for eighteen years, and we have two daughters that keep us very busy!

    Thank you again for the privilege of working with your children, and I look forward to getting to know the Cooley community.


    Shawn Varner

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  • Graduation and promotion live streaming

    The Higley Unified School District will again provide live streaming for the middle school promotion and high school graduation ceremonies.
    Families can view the ceremonies online during the events and re-watch them at a later time.

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  • Lunch Accounts

    Just a reminder that as of Wednesday, May 18th students must have money in their lunch accounts to charge a lunch. If they have a zero balance or a negative balance they will be given a cheese sandwich.  Thank you for your understanding!

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  • iPad Collection

    It is time to collect iPads!  All 8th graders will turn in their iPads, cases, charging cord and charging brick (big square one) on Tuesday, May 24th and all 7th graders will turn in these items Wednesday, May 25th. If you have placed a restrictions passcode on the iPad, please remove it before your student’s designated day to turn in their iPad. Your student must also know their Apple ID username and password in order to erase the iPad. If you have not given them access to the password, please contact Mrs. Murphy in the library at (480) 279-8316 to make alternate arrangements to erase the iPad. Replacement cost for a lost cable or brick is $10.00 for each piece and checks should be made payable to HUSD #60.  Thank you!

    To erase the restrictions passcode:

    Settings>General>Restrictions>Disable restrictions

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  • Support Cooley 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 Cooley Middle School 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.
    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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  • Information to Set iPad Restrictions

    Your child has been assigned an iPad to use both on and off campus. How can we help to ensure that they’re not accessing inappropriate material? Click here to read more.

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  • Be "In the Know" with E-Alert Emails

    We use E-Alerts to send information and reminders about important events at Cooley Middle School. Sign up now to receive information specific to Cooley Middle School. Registration is easy!

    Go to  husd.org/ealerts to register your email and select Cooley Middle School and any other district or school site that applies to you.

    Don't wait, sign up today for E-Alerts!

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  • 2015-16 1:1 iPad Program
    We are happy to announce that iPad distribution took place during our first week of school this year! Students in 8th grade visited the Media Center to set-up their iPads on Thursday and 7th graders followed suit on Friday.  If your student has not yet submitted completed iPad forms, copies are available in the Media Center or can be printed from here: iPad documents  For a list of frequently asked questions about the Middle School iPad program, please visit this webpage.

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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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  • Learn more about Middle School
    Cooley and Sossaman Middle Schools are Higley Unified School Districts state-of-the-art campuses for seventh- and eighth graders. We offer a comprehensive program that includes rigorous academics, as well as the arts, athletics and STEM classes.

    Want to learn more about Cooley and Sossaman Middle Schools? Cooley Principal Dr. Randy Mahlerwein and Sossaman Principal Ms. Nancy Diab talk about their schools in this video.

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Welcome to Cooley Middle School,

We are excited to continue the tradition of academic excellence at Cooley Middle School. We believe that with perseverance, will, and fortitude our students will gain the skills to excel both academically and socially. Our focused, intentional curriculum is designed so that students connect with their learning and become vested stakeholders in their education. Extracurricular activities and electives provide opportunities for students to access technology, the arts, and athletics in state-of-the-art facilities. We welcome the opportunity to challenge, enrich, and grow with your child. Go Cougars!
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