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Sossaman Middle School lead results return less than screening level
We are pleased to report that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has shared that the lead screening results for drinking water samples collected at Sossaman Middle School were less than the screening level. All ADEQ sample collection and screening protocols were followed.
To learn more about the screening program, visit the ADEQ website.
If you wish to register your child for the 2017-18 school year after June 5, please read the following information:
Student registrations for elementary schools will be taken at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 5-July 6 (offices are closed July 4).
Student registrations for middle school and high school will be taken 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 5-July 6 (offices are closed July 3-7)
Enrollment information can be found at www.husd.org/enrollment. Please be sure to bring all the necessary documents when enrolling.
We will soon be collecting student iPads. Please remove all restrictions from your child's device. Your child should also know their iCloud account information so they can sign out of their iPad. Students should return their iPad case, charging components (brick & cable), and the iPad through their science classes the last week of school. All outstanding fines for cracked screens and chargers should be paid as soon as possible.
Final ExamsFinal exams for Sossaman will be taking place on May 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Please refer to the testing schedule indicating your child's respective testing days to ensure you are on campus. We do ask that you make every attempt to be on campus while testing takes place however; should you find a conflict with your schedule students must collect the Alternate Finals form from Mr. Keeling. These forms must be completed in their entirety, including parent signature, and returned to the front office. Students not in attendance for finals will receive a zero in the gradebook for each missing final. Students with prior approval for alternate testing will have their grade recalculated once he/she completes the final exam during the make-up period. This does include pre-scheduled doctor, dental, orthodontist appointments, etc.Dress CodeAs the weather warms up, please keep in mind the importance of our District dress code policy. We have reminded students of the dress code and would like to ask for a friendly reminder at home. We are seeing more see-through clothing, bare midriffs, undergarments as outer garments, as well as not covering those undergarments with a jacket or sweater. As for boys, tank tops that have large holes thus exposing their chest. As academic instruction is important and class time is valued, students will receive a reminder with parent phone call from administration on the first offense. Additional offenses will require a change of clothes from the parent.Spartan Continued SuccessAs we successfully end this school year, planning for the upcoming academic school year is already in the works. As discussions begin, we invite and encourage you to become part of our committee, Spartan Continued Success, being held on June 1st from 8am until 10am. This committee comprised of teachers, parents, staff members, and students will provide you the opportunity to have your voice heard as we witness the continued growth academically and as numbers arise on campus. We extend the invitation to both you and your child(ren) as our wish is to see a conference room filled with eager ideas...to offer feedback on what's working and provide constructive criticism. Please RSVP to Angie Marqueling at your earliest convenience so we may make appropriate preparations.
Track & Field
The East Valley Conference Track and Field Championship meet will be held Thursday, May 18th at Perry High School. Field and running events begin at 3pm. Awards will be presented after the meet.
Higley summer program information now online
Join Higley Unified School District's Community Education Department this summer for fun-filled activities, including summer camp, enrichment classes, and sports camps. High school students can enroll in summer school for credit recovery or P.E..
Registration is under way for several activities. See the website for more information.
Thank you HUSD teachers and certified staff!
The Higley District is excited to announce that more than 90 percent of HUSD teachers plan to return next school year! In addition, 92 percent of Speech Pathologists and Therapists are returning and 100 percent of school counselors and psychologists are returning.
The district wishes to thank you all for your commitment to Higley students, families and schools.
8th Grade Celebration
As we approach the end of the school year, we begin to plan the next step in your student’s academic path. This is a significant time, as they will take on more responsibility and greater challenges in the years ahead. We have observed your child’s repeated exhibition of strength, determination, and success in the classroom and we look forward to the wonderful things that await them as they continue to pursue their academic journey. Our students’ capacity to exceed expectations and make a definitive mark on our community fills me with optimism about their future.
We are eager to celebrate this milestone. After reviewing data from our parent surveys, meeting with groups from each site, and discussing with the Higley Unified School District, we have created a plan for our 8th grade promotion for this school year and beyond. We want to stay true to the model of celebrating students and their successes and truly valuing the accomplishments of our Sossaman Spartans. In doing so, we have decided that a two part plan of celebrating 8th grade promotion will be put into place.
Please be aware that students failing ANY class, has excessive absences, and/or are suspended April 1st through May 26th, may not be permitted to participate in either celebration. Also, all outstanding fines must be paid with the return of iPad, charger, and cord noted in media center.
First: Awards Celebration
Students and their families will be honoring student achievement, distributing yearly awards, and establishing new traditions as we host our first evening of Academic and Extra-Curricular Excellence on Friday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. As we expect, many of our students and families will join us in celebration. Please note if your son or daughter is recognized an invitation will be mailed home at a later date.
Second: Promotion Celebration
All students in good academic and behavioral standing will be invited to Fat Cats in Gilbert on May 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will have a cost of $20.00. Permission slips will be sent home at a later date. Students will spend their final days as Spartans amongst classmates in friendly competition enjoying games, food, and comradery. Transportation will be provided by bus to and from Fat Cats. No students will be allowed to be dropped off or picked up from there. Upon their return to campus, a slideshow will be available for viewing capturing memories from this past year.
If you have any questions regarding activities taking place in May, please contact our campus at (480) 279-8500.
Are you interested in taking a tour of Sossaman Middle School? Call the front office (480-279-8500) to schedule a tour any day of the week.
Reminder regarding drop-off of items
In an effort to prepare students for life beyond Sossaman, we encourage you to assist organizing them the night before for the day ahead to help eliminate items being dropped off. We do, however, allow the following:
• Medically needed items requested by the nurse or your doctor, and
• Items too large for the bus or too heavy for your child to carry.
To help effectively monitor the level of your child’s academic progress, the Higley Unified School District provides a parent portal known as ParentVue. This detailed system grants you the opportunity to quickly and conveniently access grades, class schedules, attendance histories, assignment information, and other student information including messages from teachers. It is also designed to increase communication between schools and their families with our end goal of student success.
Student Pickup Policy
Just as a reminder, per district policy, you should have a valid ID ready to show the front office for identification verification when picking up your child.
Receive up to $400 in state Tax Credit
Did you know that 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? These donations provide additional support and learning opportunities for our students. By donating to our "Undesignated" account you will be able to help us offer tutoring for students, build up our robotics program and provide more extracurricular activities for students.
If you wish to make a donation, please click here for more information.
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