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Dear HUSD parents and community,
As a District, we support our teachers and staff as they work to gain the attention of our state legislators relating to the underfunding of public schools. During this process, we aim to ensure that our daily commitment to providing a high quality, safe learning environment for our students and staff is not compromised.
Staff members at our schools are planning to hold peaceful #RedForEd Walk-ins prior to the start of the school day on Wednesdays, starting April 11. Teachers and staff will be outside their schools. When campus opens, teachers and staff will walk onto the campus together. Due to testing and classroom instruction, we ask that community supporters do not walk into the buildings. We want to assure that student supervision and classroom instruction will not be impacted. The purpose of the Walk-in is to demonstrate unity among the educational professionals and the community while allowing for education to continue.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s school directly.
Higley Unified School District
Junior Thespian Festival
A group of CMS students traveled with Ms. Gillen on Saturday, April 7th to the Junior Thespian Festival. Ashley H. and Hailey G. performed a duo scene for the judges and received the highest score possible in their category. Congratulations to them and to all of our CMS participants!
Congratulations to our Cooley Color Guard and CMS/WFHS Winter Winds for earning another state championship title! Each of these programs has won multiple state titles and it would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the students along with Mr. Edgar, Ms. Garcia, and Mrs. Edgar! Congratulations again!
Higley Unified School District has launched an APP as another tool for communication with Higley families. The new system will allow schools to send e-mails, as well as push notifications for those who download the app.
We are excited to offer this new communication tool to our families and look forward to seeing how it grows over the next few months.
Please note: In order to continue receiving e-mail communication, families must have a current, up-to-date e-mail address on file with their schools. The current Constant Contact system will be phased out before the end of the school year. Families that do not have an updated e-mail with the schools may not receive all the communication being sent.
If you have changed your e-mail in the last few months, created a new e-mail or have not provided an e-mail to your school, please do so as quickly as possible.
Math Curriculum Adoption Update – March 2018
The Higley Unified School District’s Math Adoption Committee has selected McGraw-Hill for the district’s new K-12 mathematics curriculum adoption.
Prior to a vote by the Higley Unified School District Governing Board, the curriculum will be on display at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert, Ariz., through May 4. Community members may also complete an evaluation form following material review.
AzMERIT Testing Information
AzMERIT testing will take place at Cooley Middle School during the week of April 9th. Please find all of the information below.
Monday, April 9: Writing (7th grade in the morning/8th grade in the afternoon)
Tuesday, April 10: Math Part 1/Reading Part 1 (7th grade in the morning/8th grade in the afternoon)
Wednesday, April 11: Math Part 2/Reading Part 2 (7th grade in the morning/8th grade in the afternoon)
Thursday, April 12: AIMS Science in the morning (8th grade only)/AzMERIT Make-Up in the afternoon
Friday, April 13: AIMS Science and AzMERIT Make-Ups
*We will be using a unique block schedule. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7th graders will test in their first period class in the morning, and 8th graders will remain in their 1st period class during this testing time. In the afternoon 8th graders will test in their 4th period class, and 7th graders will remain in their 4th period class during testing time. On Thursday morning 8th graders will test (AIMS Science) in their 1st period class, and 7th graders will follow the normal bell schedule. As with last year, we will accommodate for our shared teachers, and students that have particular electives first and fourth period.
**LUNCHES ~ Lunch A 8th grade - 11:50-12:20 p.m. and Lunch B 7th grade - 12:20-12:50 pm**
HUSD uses ParentVue during class selection times at the middle schools and high schools. In addition, ParentVue is a great resource for seeing your student's grades and attendance. Please sign up for a ParentVue account if you have not already done so. Please contact the Cooley Front Office to answer any questions you may have. Thank you!
Cooley Is An "A" Rated School
Cooley Parents and Community Members,
The State of Arizona recently released school rankings. These rankings, or letter grades, have been calculated differently than years past. Middle school calculations were based on how well students scored on statewide assessments (AzMerit/AIMS) as well as overall improvement of individual student scores on AzMerit from previous years. Cooley Middle School continues to show proficiency in all Arizona state assessments: percentage above the state average in Math, percentage above the state average in English Language Arts, and percentage above charter schools in both Math and English Language Arts. Growth was also displayed, showing the percentage of students that went from partially proficient to proficient and to proficient to highly proficient.
I am proud to let you know that Cooley Middle School received an “A” rating. I cannot express enough how proud I am of the Cooley students, teachers, staff, and community members. This is something that we should all take great pride in, as this is a tremendous accomplishment.
I believe one of the most basic principles of a successful education is promoting student achievement. My personal goal is to be the best middle school in the state and to oversee a campus which develops young people into ambitious, highly successful, happy, and resilient young adults. In addition to this, I want to provide your son or daughter with a challenging academic curriculum coupled with an unwavering supportive foundation that values the strength and talent of each individual. We also want to make learning enjoyable, both socially and emotionally, as we prepare students for their high school journey. Personally speaking, I believe this can all be witnessed daily in walking our campus hallways.
Even with our “A” rating, in continuing with our Growth Mindset philosophy, Mr. Keith and I have reviewed the data provided, and adjustments have been made where we feel will most be beneficial to students. Our focus will remain on our teachers working together in professional learning communities, making data driven decisions, and incorporating student-centered learning activities into daily instruction. This will help maximize student learning and growth, and more importantly, your student’s readiness for high school and beyond.
Striving to be the top middle school in the state of Arizona will continue to be our goal. We greatly value and appreciate your partnership.
Principal, Cooley Middle School
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!
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Support Cooley 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. Please name Cooley Middle School as the recipient of your donation 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.
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