Applications may be turned in at the campus you wish your child to attend.
It is the pinnacle of par excellence. Put on your espadrilles and test the fundamentals at this year's National Spelling Bee. Join the upper echelon of Spartan Spellers as you commandeer the stage. Sign up and spelling sheets available in the library. There will be no knowledge of Sanskrit required. Spelling Bee will take place on December 9th at 4PM in the student union. Mazel tov!
Thank you for your support
It is with sincere gratitude that the Higley Unified School District extends thanks to the community for supporting the Maintenance and Operations Override during Tuesday’s election. With the outcome of Tuesday’s vote, the district will be able to bring $8.1 million back into the budget for the next five years. This will avoid the need for $1.8 million additional reductions at this time.
“The Higley community is incredibly supportive of our schools, including parent and community volunteers in the classroom, fundraising efforts, attendance at student events and athletics,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Thomason said. “This vote is another way the people of the community have gathered around students, teachers, staff and schools.”
When the Higley Unified School District governing board put the 15% maintenance and operations override on the ballot, members identified priority areas for the funding during the first year, including:
• Increasing teacher compensation for retention and recruitment;
• Maintaining and improving elementary specials such as arts, music and
physical education, and district athletics and arts;
• Providing staffing to reduce average class sizes;
• Supporting gifted, special education and all-day kindergarten;
• Providing education resources to classrooms.
Budget discussions for 2016-17 will get under way in the next few weeks. The public is welcome to attend any work study session or general governing board meeting to be a part of those talks.
Higley Unified School District is a 12,000-student district serving students in preschool through high school from Gilbert and Queen Creek.
In an effort to further protect our students and iPads, a Global Proxy Internet Filter was deployed to our student iPads. This addition will continue to filter iPad internet traffic after the student leaves campus with similar settings and restrictions to those in place on campus. You can find the troubleshooting guide that was sent home with students here. If the student continues to experience problems after trying everything in the guide, please bring the iPad to Miss Timmons in the Media Center and she can assist in further diagnosing or repairing the iPad.
Canned Food Drive
The third annual Spartan Canned Food Drive will take place from November 2nd-24th. Class with the most items get to meet a "celebrity guest." All items should be turned in to the student's home room.
AZ Merit Update
In Spring 2015, Higley Unified School District and schools across Arizona administered the first AzMERIT assessments. These assessments were designed to cover language arts and math.
Over the next few months, districts, schools and parents will receive results. Several different reports are available to help families understand the results. The district has put together an AzMERIT Parent Resource page to provide additional information.
To use ParentVue, parents need a personal code created by their student’s school. Please visit your school office for more information.
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.