Dear Higley Families,
Below are two letters from Superintendent Dr. Denise
Birdwell regarding the upcoming budget process for the 2015-16 school year.
Mandarin Immersion Program Update
Students in the Mandarin Immersion program will receive instruction in both Mandarin and English during their school day. Math and science are taught by a native Mandarin speaker. Language arts and social studies are taught by an English-speaking teacher. The students also participate in all other programs at Coronado, including physical education, the arts, after-school options and more.
Language immersion programs are the fastest growing educational segment for language acquisition. Coronado Principal Dr. Mai-Lon Wong successfully launched Arizona’s first Mandarin Immersion program in her prior school district.
Parents and families can learn more about the program during upcoming meetings at Coronado, 4333 S. DeAnza Blvd., Gilbert. A list of upcoming meetings can be found at www.husd.org/mandarin.
2015-16 Calendar Reminder
Beginning next school year, the district is moving to a modified year-round school calendar. Classes begin July 27, 2015, with a two-week fall break, two-week winter break and two-week spring break. The last day of classes is May 26, 2016, and the last day for teachers is May 27, 2016. For information, go online to www.husd.org/newcalendars.
Coronado Elementary was selected to participate in San Tan Village’s School Cents program this upcoming school year. Beginning Aug. 15, shoppers can show their original shopping and dining receipts to staff at San Tan Village Guest Services, located in the Management Office above Yankee Candle. Schools earn points for every dollar spent, as well as bonus points for participating in shopping center events. The schools with the most points when the program ends April 15, 2015, will be awarded gift cards.
Receipts can also be dropped off in receipt boxes at the shopping center.
To use ParentVue, parents need a personal code created by their student’s school. Please visit your school office for more information.