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  • Governing Board Selects New Superintendent

    The Higley Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, to name Dr. Mike Thomason the next Superintendent of the district. He will begin in his new position July 1, 2015.

    Dr. Thomason, currently the assistant superintendent of operations for Higley Unified School District, brings more than 20 years of education and leadership to the helm. He was selected following a nearly 7-month-long search that included input from Higley teachers, staff, parents, business leaders and community members. Dr. Thomason was one of four finalists for the position.

    "It is an honor to be selected as Higley’s next superintendent," said Dr. Thomason. “My goal is to continue along the forward path created the last few years to connect, engage, and inspire every Higley student to reach his and her full potential. I am excited about this opportunity, especially the chance to continue working with our amazing teachers and staff.”

    Dr. Thomason began his career as a special education teacher in Arizona. His past experience includes being a department chair, guidance counselor, and assistant principal, as well as a high school coach.

    He joined the Higley Unified School District in 2009 as the director of special education. In 2011, he was named assistant superintendent of student services. In 2013, he assumed his current role as assistant superintendent of operations.

    Dr. Thomason holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in special education and elementary education from Arizona State University. He received a Master of Arts degree in guidance counseling from Ottawa University in 2001. He earned his doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy from ASU in 2009.

    Current Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell announced her plans to retire in spring 2014. Her final day will be June 30, 2015, the last day of her current contract.

    Higley Unified School District serves about 12,000 students enrolled in its 12 schools and two preschools.


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  • Governing Board announces change to meeting schedule
     
    The Higley Unified School District Governing Board voted this week to change the regular meeting schedule. Beginning in March, the Governing Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. During months when there is a longer school break, the board will continue the practice of holding only one regular meeting. The new regular meeting dates for the rest of the 2014-2015 school year are as follows:
     
    • March 25 (one in March due to Spring Break)
    • April 8 & 22
    • May 13 & 27
    • June 10 & 24
     
    Further information about the board can be found under the Governing Board tab.


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  • HUSD Now Hiring

    Higley Unified School District is currently hiring for a number of positions, including classroom aides, crossing guards, lunch aides, substitute nurses and teachers, summer camp activity assistants, substitute custodians, custodians and bus drivers. The district’s contracted food services company – Southwest Foodservice Excellence – is also hiring.
     
    Click here to learn more.


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  • HYSL Softball & Baseball Registration Now Open
     
    Higley Youth Sports League 's last season of the year will be baseball and softball. Registration is now open for both boys and girls in Grades 5-6. The program will be offered at all of our district elementary schools. Cost: $50. Registration is open and online now. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. March 19, 2015. For additional information, call the Community Education Office at (480)279-7055.
     
    Baseball & Softball information

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  • Calling all future kindergartners!

    We enjoyed seeing everyone during Kindergarten Round-up. If you missed this opportunity, it is not too late! All elementary schools will accept registration during school hours.
     
    Please be sure to bring the following documents for registration: 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, Completed enrollment packet.
     
    Who qualifies for kindergarten?
    If your child will be 5 by Aug. 31, 2015, he or she qualifies for the 2015-2016 school year. If your child will be 5 between Sept. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015, you may consider having your child tested to see if he/she qualifies for early entrance kindergarten. Information on early entrance can also be found here.


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  • Higley Kids Club Spring Break Camp registration open
     
    Registration is now open for Kids Club’s Spring Break Camp, to be held 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 9-Friday, March 13, and Monday, March 16. Camp will be held at Chaparral Elementary School, 3380 E. Frye Road, Gilbert. It is open to students in preschool through sixth grade and includes fun on-site events and off-site field trips. Cost is $40/day per child. Families not currently signed up for Kids Club will also need to complete registration paperwork and pay the annual fee.  Information can be found here.


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  • February ‘Higley Happenings’ available online
     
    The recent edition of the ‘Higley Happenings’ mailed home included an error on the number of English credits needed for graduation. High school students need 4 English credits to graduate. We regret the error. A corrected version of the newsletter is posted here.


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  • Changes to state testing place Move on When Reading on hold

    Arizona state law mandates that a third grade student who obtains a score on the third grade reading state assessment demonstrating that he or she is reading far below third grade level, will not be promoted to fourth grade.

    This year AzMERIT will be given for the first time in spring 2015. As with the first administration of any statewide assessment, it will take much longer for schools to receive student scores. Therefore, we will not have student scores on AzMERIT in time to determine if a student should be retained.

    To learn more, read here.


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  • Measles Information from the County
     
    We would like everyone to be alert, informed and educated regarding the symptoms of Measles. The attached link was created in part by the Maricopa County Health Department January 22, 2015 to inform the general public about a confirmed Measles case here in the state of Arizona. They also provide guidance regarding vaccinations and immunity. Higley health staff will be alert for individuals exhibiting rash and fever that may possibly be ill with a contagious disease like Measles. Measles and the flu can be easily confused many times so we have attached the following link from the Arizona Department of Health Services. Please contact the Maricopa County Health Department for further information or with questions and concerns. 
     
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  • Information online about new state assessment - AZMERIT
     
    In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide language arts and math achievement test, AzMERIT, to assess Arizona students. The assessment will be administered this spring in grades 3 through high school. Students in grades 4, 8 and high school will still take the AIMS Science Test. Students scheduled to graduate prior to December 31, 2016 will still be required to pass the AIMS test in Reading, Writing, and Math if they have not previously passed the exam.
     
    The Arizona Department of Education has posted information about the test for all stakeholders.
     
    Higley’s Research and Assessment team has created a section with all the information pertinent to parents. It can be found here.

    You may view the entire ADE website about AzMERIT.
     
    Students will be taking the test between March 30 and May 8.  Each school will provide further communication to families as test schedules are finalized. For Higley students, this will be a completely computer-based assessment.


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  • Preschool information and registration for 2015/16 school year
     
    Higley Unified School District is offers quality early learning programs at two state-of-the-art Early Childhood Development Centers on the campuses of Cooley and Sossaman Middle Schools.
     
    New family information/registration nights for the 2015/16 school year will be held in January. Dates and times below:

    6 to 7 p.m. March 25 & May 13, Sue Sossaman Early Childhood Development Center, 18655E. Jacaranda Blvd., Queen Creek

    6 to 7 p.m. March 26 & May 14, Elona P. Cooley Early Childhood Development Center, 1100 S. Recker Road, Gilbert

    During that time, new families may complete application forms for the next school year, which begins July 27, 2015.

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  • Open Enrollment
     
    Open enrollment registration for all of our campuses for the 2015-16 school year begins Dec. 1, with priority given to applications received by Feb. 1. Click here to find the Open Enrollment Application.
     
    Applications may be turned in at the campus you wish your child to attend.
     
    District boundary maps for elementary, middle school and high school are located here. Please complete the application form and return to the school during business hours.


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  • Release of student reminder
     
    Students who leave campus for any reason – doctors’ visits, illness, etc., - must be authorized to do so by a parent or guardian. This can be done by a parent/guardian signature in person at the school office or by verbal approval to school office personnel.  When the student does leave campus with verbal approval to do so, he/she must sign the student release page at the front office.
    The attendance clerk or other office staff member will validate the request as deemed appropriate. Thank you for your cooperation.


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  • 2015-16 Calendar Reminder

    Beginning next school year, the district is moving to a modified year-round school calendar. Classes begin July 27, 2015, with a two-week fall break, two-week winter break and two-week spring break. The last day of classes is May 26, 2016, and the last day for teachers is May 27, 2016. For information, go online to www.husd.org/newcalendars.


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  • Mandarin Immersion Program 2015/16

    Coronado Elementary School is accepting  students in kindergarten, first and second-grade for its Mandarin Choice Program for the 2015/16 school year. Open enrollment applications can be submitted beginning Dec. 1 with priority given to students who apply by Feb. 1.

    Students in the Mandarin Immersion program will receive instruction in both Mandarin and English during their school day. Math and science are taught by a native Mandarin speaker. Language arts and social studies are taught by an English-speaking teacher. The students also participate in all other programs at Coronado, including physical education, the arts, after-school options and more.

    Language immersion programs are the fastest growing educational segment for language acquisition. Coronado Principal Dr. Mai-Lon Wong successfully launched Arizona’s first Mandarin Immersion program in her prior school district.

    Parents and families can learn more about the program during upcoming meetings at Coronado, 4333 S. DeAnza Blvd., Gilbert. A list of upcoming meetings can be found at www.husd.org/mandarin.


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  • Support HUSD and receive up to $400 AZ Tax Credit
     
    The state of Arizona allows you to receive a tax credit of up to $200 ($400 if married and filing jointly) when you make an ECA tax credit donation to our school. We will use your tax dollar donation to help fund extra curricular activities and opportunities for our students to extend their learning beyond the regular school day and you will get a dollar-for-dollar credit towards your tax return. Before and after school tutoring, school clubs and field trip experiences are just a few of the enrichment programs that are made possible when ECA funds are donated to our school.  You may name any school as the recipient of your donation or list "undesignated" so that we may provide quality enrichment programs like these for our learners. We appreciate your support and are dedicated to spending your tax dollars responsibly.
     
    We THANK YOU for your tax credit donations.
     
    Click here to donate
     
    If you wish to mail your payment, please click here for more information.
     
    Interested in more information about ECA tax credits?
     
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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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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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