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The Solar Eclipse
On August 21st there will be a total solar eclipse - the first time since 1979! Although we will only be able to view a partial eclipse in Arizona, it is still an exciting occurrence to share with students. Teachers have been provided a PowerPoint and helpful educational links to share with their students.
Viewing Times in Arizona on Monday, August 21st, 2017:
• Begins: 9:15 am
• Maximum: 10:33 am
• Ends: 12:00 pm, noon
To ensure the safety of our students and staff, elementary schools will not be hosting outdoor activities such as PE, recess and outside lunch between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Any transitions between buildings to the cafeteria and/or specials will be closely monitored and students will be reminded of the importance of not looking at the sun.
In preparation for the rare solar eclipse that will occur on Monday, some teachers have planned activities that will include viewing the eclipse with special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or box pinhole projectors. Students without written permission to view the eclipse will be kept indoors to participate in an alternate activity.
Below you will find some resources available online for live streaming and safety from NASA:
• NASA Total Eclipse 2017 Information
• NASA Eclipse 2017 Live - Streaming Video of August 21 Total Solar Eclipse
“Talk Saves Lives” suicide prevention presentation coming to Higley Center Aug. 29
The Arizona Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will present “Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention” at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. This will be a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. This event is free and open to all members of the community in and around Higley.
The content of the presentation has been deemed appropriate by the AFSP for students in fifth grade and older. Childcare will not be provided.
Registration for the event is recommended.
District calendar survey
Higley Unified School District strives to make decisions that are in the best interest of all stakeholders. In our efforts to do this, we have assembled a calendar committee to create three different options for a district-wide calendar.
Each of the options have different start dates and different Fall, Winter and Spring breaks. As a district, we are bound with the AzMERIT testing window and all National holidays; however, we have done our best to create three options.
Please take your time and look at all three options. Option 1 has the 2/2/2 option (two-week breaks) for all three breaks, Option 3 is a more traditional calendar with a 1/2/1 format for breaks. Option 2 is a hybrid of Options 1 and 3.
We respect the opinion of all members of our Higley Community. Please take a few minutes to click on the attached link and complete the calendar survey.
The survey will close at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18.
E-mail Communication – Stay in Touch with Your School
Classes begin July 24. Please visit www.husd.org/calendar to view the 2017-2018 calendar. Now is a good time to sign up or update Constant Contact e-mail subscriptions.
These e-mails include weekly information from schools, emergency communication and event updates. Families can also select to receive district and/or Community Education e-mails. To stop receiving e-mail from a particular school, click “unsubscribe” at the bottom of the latest e-mail received. New sign ups can be completed at www.husd.org/emailcom.
Please note: Families can also change/update their e-mail address for Constant Contact (formerly known as E-alert) using the same steps. However, this does not update the e-mail address on file at the school. That must be done at the school office.
All HUSD families should sign up for a ParentVue account. This allows parents to view student grades and absences, as well as see – when they are posted – class schedules and teacher information. The district also uses ParentVue during class selection times at the middle schools and high schools.
Sign up requires an IN PERSON visit to the school office. If you already have a ParentVue account, and your child is moving from one HUSD school to another, no action is required. The updated information will appear when it is available.
If you have questions, please contact your school's office.
Follow us today on Social Media
The District maintains three social media accounts to celebrate school, student and staff accomplishments, as well as update the community on events. We invite you to join us!
Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HigleyUnifiedSchoolDistrict
Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/higley365
and Tweet us at: http://www.twitter.com/higleydistrict
Should an emergency situation arise that impacts the school day please visit the school's website where a parent notification will be displayed to provide you with the most up-to-date information.
Governing board approves meal price increase to meet federal requirements
The Higley Unified School District Governing Board approved a meal price increase in May to meet federal requirements. All paid lunch prices for the 2017-18 school year increased by 10 cents. Details below:
Elementary school paid price: $2.65
Middle school paid price: $3.05
High school paid price: $3.20
The Governing Board also increased the price of a second meal to be the same price as the first. In addition, breakfast costs increased 15 cents to $2 per student. Second breakfast meals will also cost $2.
Information about free- and reduced-price meal applications will be posted online and e-mailed to families in July. All new and continuing status applications are due by Sept. 2, 2017.
Join the Higley Unified School District Orchestra Program
Elementary school orchestra will be offered to all 4th-6th graders who are interested in playing the violin, viola, cello, or string bass during the 2017-2018 school year. Classes will meet two to three times a week from 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at San Tan Elementary. Transportation from orchestra to the student’s elementary schools will be provided by HUSD
Students will need to have an instrument to participate. Some instruments will be available to rent from the district for a small fee. Other instruments will need to be rented from local music stores or purchased
If you are interested in having your child join orchestra either as a beginning or returning student, please complete the registration form and return to the front office of your elementary school.
Classes will begin in August and more information will be available at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
Visitors on campus
All visitors are required to sign in at the office when we open at 7:45 a.m. During the first week of school, we allow parents and guardians to walk their children to the class meeting place to help the students find where they need to wait.
Throughout the remainder of the school year, we are a closed campus and we require all visitors to sign in at the office and acquire a visitor badge between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. It is a requirement that all visitors sign in at any school office prior to entering campus while school is in session. This procedure helps us to ensure all kids safety.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our school office at (480) 279.6800.