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  • Governing board approves change to 2016-17 calendar

    The Higley Unified School District governing board recently approved a change to the 2016-17 school calendar. With the change, the second quarter will end one day earlier  and the fourth quarter will go one day longer. Classes will begin as scheduled on July 25, 2016. The last day of school will be Friday, May 26, 2017.

    Calendars can be found on the website.


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  • Did you miss Kindergarten Round-Up?

    You may still register at our elementary schools during office hours, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

    For information about documents needed for registration and age requirements, please see www.husd.org/kru.


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  • Higley Program for Accelerated Learning (HPAL)

    Higley Unified School District will launch the Higley Program for Accelerated Learning at Bridges Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year. The program will be open to students in grades 3-6.

    Administrators and teachers are designing this program to meet the needs of Higley’s high achieving, highly motivated students. The Higley Program for Accelerated Learning will prepare students for honors classes in middle school, and AP and dual credit classes in high school. Additional information about the program will be available during an informational meeting 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Sossaman Middle School, 18655 E. Jacaranda Blvd., Queen Creek.

    Are you interested in the Accelerated Program? Please let us know by submitting the interest form.

    Information about admission criteria and application forms can be found on the HPAL webpage.


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  • Spanish Immersion Exploration

    San Tan Elementary School is exploring the option to offer Spanish Immersion for kindergarten students beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. It is open to all kindergarten students regardless of home school. Parents who wish to learn more about this option can attend an informational meeting Thursday mornings at 9 a.m at San Tan. This meeting will be the same information each week, so you are free to choose a Thursday that works for you.


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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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    Support Cortina 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 Cortina Elementary 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.
     
    We THANK YOU for your tax credit donations.
     
    If you wish to make a donation, please see our Tax Credit page for more information. 
     
    Interested in more information about ECA tax credits?
     
     

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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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  • 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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  • Cortina Parents - Get the latest news
     
    Stay informed of news and events at Cortina Elementary 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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  • Budget 101

    Budget 101

    Want to learn more about school funding? We’ve created a video to help explain.


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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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  • 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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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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