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  • Higley Declares Governing Board Vacancy

    The Higley Unified School District is seeking applicants who are interested in being appointed to fill the unexpired term of Board Member Denise Standage. The appointed nominee will fulfill the remainder of Mrs. Standage’s term which will expire on Dec. 31, 2016.

    Application packets will be available at the District Office from the Governing Board Secretary beginning at noon Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. It can also be found online below:
     
    Completed application packets must be hand-delivered to the Governing Board Secretary by 4 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.

    To be eligible for the nomination, applicants must:
    • Provide proof of residency within the District for at least one year;
    • Provide proof of current voter registration;
    • Provide a signed, notarized Affidavit of Qualification ;
    • Complete the Application Packet;
    • Attend the District Orientation on Monday, November 10, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the District Office;
    • Be available to attend the Nominee Seminar to be held by Maricopa County School Superintendent’s Office (date and time to be announced at a later date).

    Application Process Timeline:
    • October 30-November 10: Application Packets available at the District Office – 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert, AZ 85295
    • November 10: District Orientation from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • November 10: Deadline for submitting applications at 4:00 p.m.
    • November 11-12: District Collaboration Team interviews the applicants
    • November 14: District Collaboration Team recommends three nominees to the County Superintendent of Schools
    • TBD: Nominees and District Collaboration Team members attend required Nominee Seminar
    • TBD: Appointee announced by the County Superintendent of Schools
    • TBD: Oath of Office administered by the County Superintendent of Schools
    Questions should be directed to the Governing Board President, Venessa Whitener, via email venessa.whitener@husd.org or by phone to the Governing Board Secretary at (480) 279-7050.

    Nomination Procedures and Processes for Appointment of School Governing Board Members is outlined in the “Maricopa County School District Governing Board Vacancies Nomination Procedure and Processes”
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  • 2013-14 Annual Report Online
     
    Higley Unified School District’s 2013-14 Annual Report is now available online for viewing. The report includes information about the district’s ranking as the No. 1 Large Public School District in Arizona, AIMS data, school-by-school highlights, student achievement, teacher accomplishments, district events, financial information and more. To view it, see here.


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  • Longtime Higley governing board member resigns

    We regret to inform you that Higley Unified School District longtime board member Denise Standage has tendered her resignation effective Oct. 27, 2014. Mrs. Standage first joined the board in 2005 and has since been a strong proponent for Higley’s students, schools and community. The district is grateful for her many years of service and unending support of the district. Now in its 4th year, the Make-A-Difference-Day, organized under her leadership, is but one example of her dedication to our district and our community. Her positive impact on our district will be felt for years to come. We thank you, Mrs. Standage, for exemplifying our Core Purpose to Connect, Engage and Inspire.

    To view the resignation letter Mrs. Standage submitted to the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, please see below:
     

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  • Save the Date – Veterans Day Celebration
     
    The 7th annual Veterans Day Celebration will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at Higley High School’s stadium. This is one of the biggest Veterans Day Celebrations in Arizona. The event will include veterans of all Armed Services, musical performances by our local high school students, presentations by Higley Color Guard and more. For information, contact Kimberly Fouhy, 480-279-7063, or  foundation@husd.org
     

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  • Superintendent Search

    The Higley Unified School District Governing Board invites applications for the position of Superintendent. Last spring, current Superintendent, Dr. Denise Birdwell, announced her plans to retire. With input from the community, staff and governing board, a vacancy posting has been developed and placed on the district’s website, as well as education sites nationwide. The posting can be found at www.husd.org/applysup. Periodic updates will be posted on the site as the superintendent search proceeds. To reach it directly, a “Superintendent Search” link can be found under the “Governing Board” tab above. The final decision regarding a new superintendent will be made by the district’s elected 5-member board and the selected candidate will begin on July 1, 2015.
     

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  • Road to Arizona Spelling Bee
     
    The path to the 2015 Arizona Spelling Bee will soon be under way. Last year, Cooley Middle School Champion Nila Dhinaker went on to win the Arizona title and represented Higley very well at the National Scripps Howard Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Here are important upcoming dates:
    Jan. 21, 2015: Higley Unified School District Spelling Bee
    Feb. 19, 2015: Maricopa County Region VI Spelling Bee
    March 21, 2015: Arizona Spelling Bee
    Keep watch for information from your school regarding a chance to compete for a school title.
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  • Higley Schools All Earn A Ratings from Arizona Department of Education

    All Higley Schools Earn 'A' Ratings from
    Arizona Department of Education
     
    The Arizona Department of Education recently released school performance rankings based on spring 2014 AIMS scores. We are proud to announce that all elementary, middle and high schools in the Higley Unified School District earned “A” ratings.

    The news was announced as nearly 12,000 students in preschool through high school began their first day of the 2014-15 school year.
     
    For the last four years, the Arizona Department of Education has rated school performances with letter grades based on academic growth and student achievement. This is the fourth year in a row that the Higley Unified School District has earned an “A” grade. Higley Unified School District was the top point earner for large, public school districts in Arizona this year. In fact, five of our eight elementary schools are in the Top 10 percent of all K-6 schools in Arizona.
     
    “We are elated to share our ‘A’ grades with Higley families, the Towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek and the entire Valley,” said Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell. “It is a testament to the work of our teachers, staff, students and families. Finding out Higley is the top, large school district in the state brings recognition to the hard work of the entire Higley schools community. From students and their parents to the teachers, bus drivers, classroom aides and school principals, we wish to thank everyone for their efforts that contribute to making Higley the best district in the Valley.”
     
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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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  • Kids Club registration is now open for the 2014/15 school year.

    HUSD Community Education's Kids Club provides children ages 3-12 quality before- and after-school care that is designed to highlight creative expression, and promote physical and social development. Kids Club sites are located on all our elementary and preschool campuses. Kids Club is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until the start of the school day. The afternoon session begins at time of dismissal until 6 p.m. Care is also available at our elementary schools on early release days.

    Learn more on the district's Community Education page.
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  • Enrollment still being accepted
     
    We are currently accepting enrollment for Higley’s eight elementary schools, two middle school and two high schools. Families that want to submit an open enrollment application may do so now for the 2014/15 school year. School began Aug. 4. Arizona law allows students to submit an open enrollment application to any public school. For registration information, please see our enrollment page.
     
     
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