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Hello 8th Grade Cooley Families and Community,
As we approach the end of the school year, we begin to plan the next step in your student’s academic path. This is a significant time, as they will take on more responsibility and greater challenges in the years ahead. We have observed your student’s repeated exhibition of strength, determination, and success in the classroom and we look forward to the wonderful things that awaits them as they continue to pursue their academic journey. Our students’ capacity to exceed expectations and make a definitive mark on our community fills me with optimism about their future.
We will have a two part plan of celebrating 8th grade promotion. Please be aware that students who fail ANY class, have excessive absences, and/or are suspended during 4th quarter, will not be allowed to participate in either 8th grade celebration. In addition, all fines must be paid and iPad with charger and cord must be turned in to the library in order to participate.
First: Awards Celebration
Students and their families will be invited to an awards ceremony celebrating academic and
extra-curricular excellence on Friday, May 17th at 5:00 p.m. We will have special awards including department awards, the “All Cooley Awards”, and the Principal’s List, just to name a few. Please note, if your son or daughter will be recognized, an invitation will be mailed home later this month.
Second: Promotion Celebration
All students in good academic and behavioral standing will be invited to Jakes Unlimited in Gilbert on May 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will have a cost of $25.00. Permission slips will be sent home on May 1st. Students will enjoy games, fun with their classmates and lunch. Transportation will be provided by bus to and from Jakes Unlimited. No students will be allowed to be dropped off or picked up from there.
If you have any questions regarding activities taking place in May, please contact our campus at (480)279-8300.
Shawn Varner, Principal
Summer school options available middle, high school
Registration is now open for summer school. Students wishing to take a high school course must meet with their current counselor prior to registering. Incoming seventh-grade students must meet with their current math teacher prior to registering
High school summer school will be available for credit recovery or acceleration (P.E.) in June 2019. The P.E. course is open to incoming freshmen through seniors. The credit recovery courses are available for incoming sophomores through seniors.
The District will also offer two non-credit options for middle school students: a pre-algebra boost and a mathematics boost course for incoming middle school students who need assistance before next school year.
For more information on summer school, visit www.husd.org/summerschool
2019-20 Back to School Information
Classes begin July 22 for the next school year. Families can find back-to-school information, including event dates and school supply lists, on our new webpage. Additional details will be released over the summer. Be sure to download the Higley App for information and update your e-mail address with your campus.
Yearbooks are still on sale at yearbookordercenter.com for $40. The school code is 16443. Don't miss out - yearbooks will only be on sale until March 22nd! Go online and buy your yearbook today!
Our Cooley Makerspace is a DIY space where students can gather to create, invent and learn and it is thriving! We are always seeking donations and this month we are focusing on sewing items. If you have any of the following items and are able to donate, it would be greatly appreciated!
Needles and thread (sewing machine and hand sewing)
Pins and pin cushion
Sewing patterns (for small items)
Higley Unified School District Parent Presentations
Higley Unified School District will host several parent presentations surrounding the topic of mental health over the next few months. Three of the presentations will be held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Higley Unified School District Office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.
Dr. Cheryl Smith, PsyD, LPC will run these events and be available to speak with individuals for 30 minutes following each session. The Dec. 4 event will be run by Community Bridges at Williams Field High School.
April 3: Parent presentation: "Parents being held hostage: 'If you don't let me, I will...'"
May 1: Parent Presentation: "When kids are mad or sad, Not Bad."
Mental Health Community Awareness Events
Information about community events that address a number of mental health and mental wellness topics, including suicide prevention, coping with stress, depression and anxiety, is now available online.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to research information about each program to determine the best fit for their family audience. The page will be updated as other events become available.
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.
Attendance Policy Changes
This is to inform you that we have a new board policy on attendance. A student will be considered absent from class if they enter the classroom more than ten minutes after the designated start time. If the student has a valid reason to be late to class it will be an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the student is late without being excused by the school administration or the parent signing in the child late. If you would like to receive attendance updates throughout the day, you have the option to sign up in ParentVUE. Thank you.
Emergency Contact Information
As a reminder, emergency contacts are designated adults that are able to pick up your student when they need to leave school due to a medical emergency. The school cannot release a student to an emergency contact for other reasons such as to go to lunch, appointments, etc. To release a student during the school day to someone other than a parent/guardian, the school needs parent permission ahead of time. Thank you!
CMS Front Office Procedure Change
In order to minimize the disruptions to instruction, we are restricting deliveries to students to items that are essential to the educational process. Therefore, classes will not be interrupted for delivery of items.
If it is absolutely necessary to drop off an item for your student, it will be stored in the front office storage area. Your student can come and get their item between classes or during lunch. Please note that we are not responsible for dropped off items.
Flowers, birthday items, pizza, etc. will not be accepted from businesses for delivery. Restaurant deliveries are also not allowed including Door Dash, Uber, etc.
The front office will NOT be responsible for delivering items to students.
Please also note that we do our best to deliver phone messages. Messages are delivered the last 5 minutes of a class period in order to not interrupt instructional time.
Thank you for your understanding!
Follow Us On Twitter
Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with CMS activities and events: @cooley_news.
Arizona Tax Credit
Arizona allows taxpayers to take a tax credit up to $200 ($400 for married couples) when you donate directly to a public school. Learn how this works in an educational video found at https://www.husd.org/domain/793.
Support our students and receive up to $400 in state Tax Credit!
We will use your tax dollar donation to provide additional support and learning opportunities for our students. The state allows us to use these dollars for extracurricular school-sponsored activities that are optional, noncredit, educational & recreational in nature to supplement the educational program of the school. We appreciate your support and are dedicated to spending your tax dollars responsibly. Thank you.
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Girls Soccer/Boys Volleyball vs. Andersen @ CMS
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Track Meet @ Chandler High School
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Girls Soccer/Boys Volleyball vs. Payne @ Payne
April 30, 2019
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Track Meet @ Bogle Junior High
May 1, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Girls Soccer/Boys Volleyball vs. Santan @ CMS