Higley Board approves salary increases, additional teaching positions
The Higley Unified School District Governing Board took action Wednesday, Feb. 11, to increase the salaries of district teachers and staff using override funds approved by voters in November 2015. The board also approved the hiring of an additional 47 teachers, which will help reduce class sizes, address growth and restore areas cut over the last few years.
It is with great appreciation to the community that we are able to make these changes. All of the additions are possible due to support of the November 2015 override election.
Further details can be found online.
Former board member Denise Standage passes
Mrs. Denise Standage, who first joined the Higley Unified School District Governing Board in 2005, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, after a long battle with cancer.
Servies will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3307 S. Greenfield Road, Gilbert.
Please see this letter from Superintendent Dr. Mike Thomason regarding her service to the district.
She will be greatly missed in the Higley Community.
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.
ASU Night of the Open Door open to All Students
The ASU Night of the Open Door event will offer a behind the scenes look into ASU's state-of-the-art labs and learning environments. Experience flight simulators, air traffic control simulators, the wonders of algae, new-age cars, and all types of games. Families can also enjoy dance and theater performances. The event is free. All five ASU campuses are hosting events, with the closest at the Polytechnic campus, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Learn more 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.
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 & first-grade students regardless of home school. Parents who wish to learn more about this option can attend an informational meeting 9 a.m. Thursdays. Parents should RSVP with the school at (480) 279-7200. This meeting will be the same information each week, so you are free to choose a Thursday that works for you. If you wish to attend this program and live outside San Tan Elementary School, you will need to complete an open enrollment application. Priority is given to families that submit the form by Feb. 1.
District prepares for 2016-2017 budget planning
As the Higley District starts the budget planning process for the next school year, Superintendent Dr. Mike Thomason has prepared a letter to the community and requests your input through a budget priorities survey.
Please see Dr. Thomason's letter
Please find the budget priorities survey here
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.
HUSD Now Hiring
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 last few weeks, districts, schools and parents received 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.