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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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  • High School Summer School Registration Opens

     

    Registration is now open for Higley Unified School District’s 2014 High School Summer School. Registration is open to all incoming and current students. Classes will be held 7 a.m. to noon during two sessions at Higley High School. Each session will be for one-half credit. Cost is $170 per session.

     

    Session 1: May 27 through June 10 (Tuesday through Friday the first week, Monday through Thursday the rest of the session) Session 2: June 11 through June 26 (Monday through Thursday)

     

    To register, students will need payment as well as an approval code from a counselor.

     

    More information can be found here.


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  • Preschool Summer Camp
    Registration is now open for Preschool Summer Camp and Kindergarten Bootcamp for our youngest learners. Two options are available this summer. During the weeks of June 2-27, programs for children ages 3 through starting kindergarten will be held at Cooley Early Childhood Education Center, 1100 S. Recker Road, Gilbert. In July, those children can join Kids Club Summer Camp in a program just for them at Chaparral Elementary School, 3380 E. Frye Road, Gilbert.
     
    Additional details, including tuition information, can be found here.


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  • April newsletter now online
    The Higley District creates a newsletter to keep the community informed about important happenings and events. Please read the latest version, our April Edition.

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  • Preschool tour and registration for 2014/15
    Parents can learn more about the Higley Unified School District’s early childhood education programs during tours and open houses at our two new campuses next month.
     
    Parents and interested families are invited to attend one of two sessions: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Sue Sossaman Early Childhood Development Center, 18655 E. Jacaranda Blvd., Queen Creek; and 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Elona P. Cooley Early Childhood Development Center, 1100 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.
     
    To learn more, click see our Community Education page.


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  • Mandarin immersion program planned for young students
     
    Higley's Coronado Elementary School plans to offer a Mandarin immersion program beginning next school year for children in kindergarten and first grade. The plan is to add one grade each subsequent year until it is offered in kindergarten through sixth grade. Higley middle school and high school students already have the option to study Mandarin. The next parent information night will be 6:30 p.m. May 8 at Coronado School, 4333 S. De Anza Blvd. To learn more and find out about parent information sessions scheduled in the next few months, please click here.

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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 K-6 schools. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Higley Unified School District named to 4th annual AP District Honor Roll
     
    The Higley Unified School District learned this month it is one of two districts in Arizona listed on the 4th annual AP District Honor Roll List. Higley is being recognized based on three years of AP data: 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    This is the second year in a row Higley has earned this honor.

    Read the full story.

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  • Middle school iPad initiative
     
    Cooley and Sossaman will soon be distributing iPads to all our middle school students. We have placed parent information on our website to inform you of the process and answer any questions that may arise.
     

     
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  • Annual Review

    We are pleased to announce the release of the 2012-2013 Higley Unified School District Annual Review, a document that highlights some of the best of Higley last year. From our “A” rating from the Arizona Department of Education to accreditation by AdvancED to aspiring accomplishments by students in the classroom and on the playing field, it was a remarkable year. The review will soon be in the mail, but you can get a sneak peek now online.


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  • Higley Unified School District “A” Rated School District
     
    We are very pleased to announce that Higley Unified School District received an “A” Rating as a School District for the 3rd consecutive year as determined by the Arizona Department of Education. This performance ranking reflects the academic growth of our students from one grade level to the next. It ranks Higley as a top-performing District in the state, as well as the southeast valley. It is quite an honor to bestow on our instructional staff across our ten campuses and reflects the hard work and team approach across our entire community to drive student achievement. This cooperative approach includes students, parents, teachers, volunteers, partners, governing board members, administration and every staff member who impacts instruction from the front office to driving the school bus. Thanks to each and every one of you for your contribution to the students of Higley. And, congratulations to Queen Creek School District for their top performance in the southeast valley. We are pleased to be within 3 points of their score and also pleased to lead other surrounding districts including Chandler, Gilbert and Scottsdale.
     
    We are also pleased to announce that all of our elementary schools received “A” ratings and that Power Ranch achieved the highest score to-date across our district. The performance at Power Ranch ranks them in the top 2 percentile in the entire state for district elementary schools. We are also extremely proud of all of our other elementary schools and would like to point out that Gateway Pointe Elementary received their first “A” rating; as a Title I School. We are on the path to ensuring that all of our schools achieve “A” ratings and that each student is achieving to the best of his or her ability. Our goal is to increase the rigor and relevance of our curriculum and use the most reliable data to determine student readiness, course placement and advancement across instruction at every grade level.
     
    Higley Unified School District Ratings by School (2012-2013):
     

    School

    A-F Rating

    Centennial Elementary

    A

    Chaparral Elementary

    A

    Coronado Elementary

    A

    Cortina Elementary

    A

    Gateway Pointe Elementary

    A

    Higley Elementary & Middle

    A

    Higley High School

    B

    Power Ranch Elementary

    A

    San Tan Elementary

    A

    Williams Field High School

    B


    We know that students and parents have a choice. And, we thank our parents and students for choosing Higley and working hand-in-hand to promote success for each and every student.

    We consider our District the best choice as we are “A” Rated and “a college-bound” district. Our graduation rate far exceeds the state and county average and our graduates are typically college bound because our District and community provide a strong foundation for our students and the opportunity to achieve and succeed beyond the high school years.

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  • Destruction of Special Education records in compliance with ARS 41-1351 and the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Records Management Division Schedule Number 000-07-234; the Higley Unified School District #60 will be destroying any Special Education records for former students whose last date of services provided falls in between (July 1, 2007) and (June 30, 2008).  Any questions can be directed to Traci Meyers, Special Education Compliance Records Clerk (480) 279-7039.  Records for those former students will be available on October 28, 29, 30, 31, 2013 and on November 1, 2013. Destruction of records will be November 5, 2013.
     

     
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Higley Unified School District is a community of schools that share a common commitment to education and achievement for our youth and a sense of well-being for all. We focus on providing continuity from preschool to high school and offer a well-rounded education with academics, music, arts, languages, athletics, physical education, technology, and character education.
 
Our performance meets and exceeds state standards in academics, and our students are champions both on and off the field. We are tenaciously focused on each student's learning, and we take the guesswork out of education with data-driven instruction and accountability.
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