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  • Open Enrollment
    Open enrollment registration for all of our campuses for the 2016-17 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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  • Spelling Bee

    Spelling Bee

    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!

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  • 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.

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  • iPad Update

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Higley Headlines

    The latest Higley Headlines newsletter is now online. Read about academic programs, Community Education and more!

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  • 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.

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  • SMS Yearbook Pre-Sales Order 2016

    Orders can only be made online at yearbookordercenter.com with the code 16449.

    $30 until September 4th
    $35 until December 18th
    $40 until March 7th

    Final sales begin May 16th when books will be $50.

    To share your personal pictures, please go to HJeShare.com and enter the school code 16449.

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  • Notice Regarding Deliveries to Students

    This year you will see a change in our office policy regarding deliveries to students. In order to minimize the disruptions to instruction, we are restricting deliveries for students to items that are essential to the educational process.  Therefore, classes will not be interrupted for delivery of items.   Flowers, birthday items, pizza, etc. will not be accepted from businesses for delivery.  Restaurant deliveries are also not allowed.  

    Parents will need to wait for their student to be called to the office between classes to receive ANY item that has been brought for them by a parent or family member, including, but not limited to lunch money, homework, or PE clothing.  

    The front office will NOT be responsible for delivering items to s
    tudents.  We appreciate your understanding as we make this change for safety and fidelity to instruction. Thank you

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  • Sossaman Parents - Get the latest news
    Stay informed of news and events at Sossaman Middle School through our E-Alert system. You can click here and select what information you want sent automatically to your e-mail address, including communication from the principal and district.

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  • iPad Setup
    Looking for the instructions to help set up your iPad? Go here.
    If further issues persist, please see Miss Timmons in the library beginning August 4th.
    **Just a reminder, please do not set your iPads to Do Not Disturb, or Airplane mode.

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  • 2015-16 iPad Loan Agreement
    The 2015-16 iPad Usage Agreement is now uploaded for all middle school families to complete. The agreement details the expectations and responsibilities of your student when using a Higley USD #60 iPad. Please read carefully and discuss with your student.
    Agreements and payment for the Higley iPad Protection Plan may be turned in during open house. 
    Students will be issued one iPad, a USB charger with AC power adapter, and protective case after the start of school.
    iPad Loan Agreement

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  • Now Hiring!!!
    SMS has openings for lunch aides. We are looking for some awesome people to join our incredible staff. If you are interested or have questions, please call (480) 279.8513.

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  • 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.
    Interested in more information about ECA tax credits?
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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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  • Contact Information
    If you have any questions or need any information, please contact:
    Principal, Nancy Diab: (480) 279.8513
    Assistant Principal, Brandon Keeling: (480) 279.8513
    Administrative Assistant, Lisa Simmons: (480) 279.8513
    Registrar/Attendance Clerk, Jodi Wiles (480) 279.8512
    Library/Bookstore (Fees), Elneeta Timmons (480) 279.8516

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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 Sossaman Middle School, Home of the Spartans. Sossaman Middle School has a state-of-the-art facility and educational community focused on building a strong foundation for each student’s secondary education. Sossaman Middle School is organized around an inter-disciplinary team of educators who provide a small and student-centered learning environment. We offer academically challenging courses in which students experience project-based learning in an enriched classroom with cutting-edge technology.
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