Bridges Elementary to host Family Science Night, Open House 6 p.m. May 10
Join Bridges Elementary School leaders and teachers, as well as the Arizona Science Center, for an evening of exploration in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at the first Bridges Brain Games Family Night! The event will be held 6 to 8 p.m. May 10 at the new Bridges Elementary School Campus, 5205 S. Soboda St., Gilbert.
Arizona Science Center staff will bring different activities, each focusing on a unique function of the brain. Families can also take a self-directed walking tour of the new campus, meet teachers and hear from Principal Sherry Richards. Mrs. Richards will discuss the campus and the project-based learning approach it will adopt at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The same presentation will be given at both.
This event is open to the whole family. All ages are welcome. You do not need to be a Higley family to attend.
Higley District welcomes newest Governing Board member
Higley Unified School District’s newest governing board member, Allison Ford, was sworn in Thursday afternoon at a ceremony at the Maricopa County Educational Services Agency in Phoenix. Mrs. Ford was selected by Dr. Don Covey, Maricopa County School Superintendent, to serve the remaining term vacated last fall. Mrs. Ford is an active Higley parent, with children at several Higley schools.
San Tan Elementary School will offer Spanish Immersion for 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 call the school at (480) 279-7200.
District considering Mandarin Immersion preschool
The Higley Unified School District is exploring the option of offering a Mandarin Immersion preschool class for the 2016-17 school year at Cooley Early Childhood Development Center, 1100 S. Recker Road, Gilbert. The program would be open to Kinder Prep/preschool students who would be enrolling in kindergarten the following school year (2017-18). Like the Mandarin Immersion program at Coronado Elementary School, the class would be co-taught by two teachers, including one who is a native Mandarin speaker and one who teaches in English.
Studies have found that students who begin learning a second language at a younger age develop stronger language skills, as well as have an easier time in language acquisition of both English and the second language.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, please complete the interest form.
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.
Governing Board announces Bridges principal; Higley Program for Accelerated Learning to launch
Higley Unified School District governing board approved on Dec. 9, 2015, the appointment of current Power Ranch Principal Sherry Richards to be principal at Bridges Elementary School when it opens in July 2016. Mrs. Richards is currently completing her fourth year as principal at Power Ranch. In addition, the district announced that Bridges Elementary School will host the Higley Program for Accelerated Learning, open to students in grades 3-6 in 2016-17.
Information meeting dates for Bridges Elementary School are now available on a new Bridges Elementary School webpage.
Registration for Bridges Elementary School starts Jan. 4. Enrollment forms are available online at www.husd.org/enrollment. Once forms are complete, please submit them during regular office hours at Power Ranch Elementary School.
If you know of families in The Bridges of Gilbert who may enroll, please share this link with them.
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