District, school offices to close for holiday
The District and Community Education offices will be closing at 2 p.m. on Wednesday Nov, 25th, 2015, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will resume our normal office hours on Monday, Nov, 30th, 2015. With early release Wednesday for all schools, school offices will also be closing early. Check websites or e-mails for information. Kids Club will operate as normal – until 6 p.m. – Wednesday for families.
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 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Parents should RSVP with the school at (480) 279-7200. As an additional option, beginning Thursday, December 3, San Tan Elementary will be holding an informational meeting every Thursday morning at 9 a.m. This meeting will be the same information each week, so you are free to choose a Thursday that works for you.
Applications may be turned in at the campus you wish your child to attend. Should you wish to attend the new Bridges Elementary School on open enrollment, please submit applications at Power Ranch Elementary School.
Bridges Elementary School update and intent to enroll form
Construction is under way for a Higley Unified School District neighborhood elementary school in The Bridges of Gilbert. The Governing Board approved the school’s name – Bridges Elementary School – last month. Currently, elementary school students who live in The Bridges are assigned to Higley’s Power Ranch Elementary School. Those students recently selected a mascot for their new school. The Bridges Bobcat will be a presence at the new school when it opens.
Registration for Bridges Elementary School is tentatively planned for January. If you plan to enroll your child in Bridges Elementary School, but do not currently attend Power Ranch Elementary School, we would like to learn about you and your plans. Please take a moment to provide information on this “intent to enroll” form.
If you know of families in The Bridges of Gilbert who may enroll, please share this link with them.
Thank you for your support
It is with sincere gratitude that the Higley Unified School District extends thanks to the community for supporting the Maintenance and Operations Override during Tuesday’s election. With the outcome of Tuesday’s vote, the district will be able to bring $8.1 million back into the budget for the next five years. This will avoid the need for $1.8 million additional reductions at this time.
“The Higley community is incredibly supportive of our schools, including parent and community volunteers in the classroom, fundraising efforts, attendance at student events and athletics,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Thomason said. “This vote is another way the people of the community have gathered around students, teachers, staff and schools.”
When the Higley Unified School District governing board put the 15% maintenance and operations override on the ballot, members identified priority areas for the funding during the first year, including:
• Increasing teacher compensation for retention and recruitment;
• Maintaining and improving elementary specials such as arts, music and
physical education, and district athletics and arts;
• Providing staffing to reduce average class sizes;
• Supporting gifted, special education and all-day kindergarten;
• Providing education resources to classrooms.
Budget discussions for 2016-17 will get under way in the next few weeks. The public is welcome to attend any work study session or general governing board meeting to be a part of those talks.
Higley Unified School District is a 12,000-student district serving students in preschool through high school from Gilbert and Queen Creek.
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.