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  • Cortina's 8th Annual Spring Carnival
     
    Mark the date! Please join us for an evening of fun and food at Cortina's Spring Carnival, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25.
     
    Click here for more information. 
     

     
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  • Kids Club Summer Camp 2014
     
    Registration is now open for our Community Education Kids Club Summer Camp. Camp will be held 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 2 through July 25 at Chaparral School, 3380 E. Frye Road, Gilbert.
     
    Students in Kindergarten through entering sixth grade can enjoy field trips, swimming, movies and fun at Kids Club Summer Camp. Campers can attend one day or all summer. Advance registration required. For more details, please see husd.org/summerprograms.


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  • Kindergarten Registration

    We enjoyed meeting all our future Higley students during Kindergarten Round-Up. Class begins Aug. 4, 2014. If you were unable to join us, you can still register at our school. Please be sure to bring the following documents:

    • Child’s Birth Certificate
    • Child’s Immunization Record
    • Proof of Residency (contract on your house, rental or lease agreement, electric bill, etc.)
    • Driver’s License
     
    Click here for more information.

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  • Free immunizations available

    Chaparral Elementary School will host a series of free immunization clinics by the Chandler Regional Medical Center over the next few months, giving parents an opportunity to immunize children with school vaccinations. 

    The hospital’s Community Wellness Children’s Immunization Program aims to provide free immunizations to children 6 weeks to 18 years old.

    The next Chandler Regional Medical Center clinic at Chaparral, 3380 E. Frye Road, Gilbert, will be in the school’s cafeteria 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

    More information about this federally–funded program is here.


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  • Open enrollment 2014/15 applications available
     
    Families interested in submitting an open enrollment application for any of Higley’s eight elementary schools, two middle school and two high schools may do so now for the 2014/15 school year. Arizona law allows students to submit an open enrollment application to any public school. Families will be informed in early 2014 about placement in our schools. Open Enrollment Form.


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  • District Governing Board sets calendar for 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17
     
    The Higley Unified School District board voted Tuesday to maintain the current school calendar configuration for the 2014/15 school year and move to a modified year-round calendar in 2015/16.

    The board approved calendars for the next three years based on the recommendation to the Superintendent by the calendar committee.

    With the vote, the 2014/15 school year will begin Aug. 4, 2014, and will end on May 21, 2015. There will be one-week fall and spring breaks and a two-week winter break.

    The committee used a survey to determine calendar preferences of parents, teachers and staff, and students. Based on those results, the committee made the recommendation for a transition year to make sure families have time to plan.

    The adopted calendar for 2015/16 includes a start date on July 27, 2015, and an end date on May 26, 2016, with two week fall, winter and spring breaks. The adopted calendar for the 2016/17 includes a start date on July 25, 2016, and an end date on May 25, 2017, with two week fall, winter and spring breaks.
     
    The board did ask that the standing calendar committee revisit the 2016/17 calendar to see if the end of the first semester can coincide with the start of winter break. 

    2014-2015 Calendar
    2015-2016 Calendar
    2016-2017 Calendar 


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  • Lunch Money Update
     
    School offices will now have a secure “lunch money” drop box at their front offices. Parents and students who need to add money to their accounts can place the funds in envelopes at each school’s front desk and place that into the secured box.

    Parent can still stop by the cafeteria during and after meal times when needed to talk with cafeteria managers.
     

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  • A free breakfast is available to students each morning in the school cafeteria. Students can take advantage of this opportunity to fuel their brains for learning. Please encourage your student to visit the cafeteria and see what's on the menu when they arrive to school. 
     

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  • SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
     
    Congratulations to Higley Unified School District for being awarded a grant from the Arizona Department of Transportation (A.D.O.T.) for the “Safe Routes to School” (S.R.T.S.) program.
     
    This grant will help address two problems that affect the Higley District:
     
      • Childhood obesity in Arizona is one of the worst in the nation.
     
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    Neighborhood leaders are concerned that the high flow of traffic surrounding our schools increases the risks to our students, as  many do not adhere to the posted speed limit.
     
    For the next three years, School Champions, Parent Teacher Organization members and District Administrators will lead the charge in implementing Higley’s “Safe Routes to School” program. This will occur through an awareness campaign, as well as hosting events to promote bicycling, walking and other fitness activities throughout the years.
     
    Many of these programs are already off to a good start as a result of an existing partnership between the Town of Gilbert and Higley Unified School District. This proposal is intended to build on those successes to reduce obesity and promote healthy lifestyles.
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Cortina School is a community school in Higley Unified School District serving neighborhood kindergarten through sixth grade students. Our learning environment provides each and every child the opportunity to learn and grow in a challenging and safe environment.

We make learning relevant and fun through discovery science, current events, hands-on mathematics and academics, as well as a full rounded curriculum of physical education, art and music.

We offer a full menu of athletics, arts, and school sponsored clubs and organizations to meet the needs and interests of each student. We invite you and your child to join our professional teaching staff, dedicated parents and hard-working students at Cortina School where we are dedicated to life-long learning for all.

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