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Student Information System Notices February 21
We wanted to let you know that there was a glitch in the Student Information System messaging system today, February 21. The system released outdated attendance emails and other alerts. Please carefully read and review any messages received today through ParentVue. If you have any questions regarding your student's attendance, please log onto ParentVUE to review information there, as the posted information there is accurate.
Curriculum review now open for public comment
The Higley Unified School District is excited to adopt a new K-12 English Language Arts curriculum, which will be introduced to students in the 2017-18 school year. These materials will support our teachers in teaching the state standards in reading and language arts, as well as provide materials to support students at all levels of instruction. Our teachers will no longer need to spend valuable time finding support materials, but can instead spend their time choosing which available materials are appropriate to teach each child. A districtwide committee met this year to review materials from three national publishing companies and selected the publisher it felt best met the needs of the district’s teachers and students. As per Board policy, these materials are now on display for 60 days in the district office for parents and community members to view. If you are interested in viewing these materials and providing your feedback, please come to the district office at 2935 S. Recker during regular office hours. Materials will be available for review until April 14. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Warren Shillingburg, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, at (480) 279.7014.
District launches survey in next step of strategic planning
As part of a strategic planning process launched in January 2017, the Higley Unified School District is conducting a districtwide survey Feb. 13 through Feb. 26. The survey is open to employees, parents, community members and Higley students in seventh through 12th grade. Involvement of the entire community is essential to the development of a long-term framework for decision making that builds upon common values held by the Higley community.
Among Higley’s top priorities this school year is the development of this strategic plan. This plan will articulate organizational and stakeholder priorities through the authentic engagement of parents, employees, and community members.
Higley families and employees will receive an email invitation to complete the survey, or can click on the link at the bottom of this announcement. Community members without children attending Higley can also use this link. The link will take all participants to a third-party website where users will identify their affiliation to the district to take the proper survey. All responses will remain anonymous.
ECRA Group Inc., an independent research firm, is conducting the surveys. The firm will analyze responses and prepare a strategic plan report for Higley to share with the community in April 2017. ECRA is an established leader in the areas of educational assessment, research, and strategic planning. Based in Schaumburg, Ill., ECRA has more than 35 years of experience helping educational organizations across the nation better understand and document their performance, and chart a course for the future.
2017-18 HHS Course Registration
Online course registration for the 2017-18 school year is now open for all current 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade students. Students must choose their 2017-18 courses through StudentVue by February 2. Please note that course registration is not available in ParentVUE during this time frame.
Parents/Guardians must review and lock their student's course requests through ParentVUE between February 3 and February 12. Locking the course requests will serve as the parent/guardian electronic signature.
Students who would like to enroll in Honors, AP, and/or Dual Enrollment courses must complete a HUSD High School Academic Agreement and submit the completed agreement to the school's front office or school counselor by February 13. After the agreement is submitted, a HHS counselor will enroll the student in the selected Honors, AP, and/or Dual Enrollment courses.
Parent registration nights will be held at Sossaman Middle School on February 6 and February 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for parents/guardians who need access to a computer and/or assistance with online course requests.
For more information about course registration, please visit the HHS Counseling site: http://www.husd.org/Page/39723
Higley High to launch pilot ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ program
Higley High is launching a pilot program this semester that allows students to bring their own electronic devices to school to use during teacher-led activities. This pilot program is designed to measure the integration of technology into day-to-day classroom instruction.
An informational meeting will be held 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Higley Center for Performing Arts for all Higley High families to learn more about this pilot project.
Read more about the BYOT program
HUSD Food Service Announcement
Beginning January 9, students without sufficient funds in their meal accounts to pay for a meal may be given a USDA approved alternative meal instead of the regular hot lunch.
Please check your student’s balance and make a deposit if needed at www.mymealtime.com
You may also send a check or cash in an envelope to your elementary or middle school office, or to the café with your high school student.
Please contact Food Service if you have any questions.
Balfour will be on our campus Monday, December 5th during both lunch periods in the cafeteria. They will be taking orders for all of your student’s graduation needs and answering any questions you might have. Also, you can still place orders at www.esbalfour.com
The price for caps and gowns is currently $33 with no shipping and handling charges. After February 1st, the price goes up to $55 plus shipping and handling.
Higley High’s Class of 2017 graduation will take place 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at ASU’s Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. No tickets required to attend. Further information will be available in the spring.
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Email Communication sign up
It’s that time of year for you to update your email address, unsubscribe, or register for a new school to receive email notifications from schools, Community Education (including Kids Club), and the District.
Email information could include communication about emergency situations, registration information and upcoming events.
If you wish stop the e-mails from the previous school, you may click the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of the e-mails you receive.
Please note: This only changes your email preference using the email notification system. If you do not have a current/active e-mail address, home address or phone number on file with your school, please update that with school office staff. Offices open July 6.
Be in the know and sign up today.
Register My Athlete
In an attempt to streamline the athletic clearance process, Higley High School is going paperless. Using the enclosed instructions, you will now complete the athletic clearance packet electronically at Register My Athlete.com. All forms can be viewed and signed electronically, and additional required forms (i.e.-physical forms, etc.) can be uploaded to your account. Please follow the enclosed instructions to register your students for athletic clearance, for the 2016-2017 academic school year. If you have any questions, contact the technical support department from Register My Athlete, or contact the Athletic Department at (480) 279.7317
Parent Instructions - Register My Athlete
Support Higley High 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 Higley High 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.
If you wish to make a donation, please see our Tax Credit page for more information.
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3:30 PM - 6:30 PM Varsity Baseball Scrimmage
3:45 PM - 6:45 PM FR/JV Softball vs. Moon Valley
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Varsity Softball @ Moon Valley HS
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Varsity Boys Volleyball Scrimmage
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Varsity Boys Baseball Invitational @ Maricopa HS