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Higley District to offer SAT exam for young, accelerated students
Higley Unified School District will offer the SAT test on Dec. 1 at Higley High. While this test is open to all students, this specific opportunity is designed to give young, accelerated students a chance to better prepare for future college entrance exams. Spaces are limited.
Information about the SAT for families of younger students will be available during a meeting 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Williams Field High School in room 199.
In addition, a representative of Johns Hopkins University will offer an informational meeting about its young talent program, which is available to sixth- to ninth-grade students who receive a qualifying score on the SAT. High-scoring young students will be honored during a ceremony Feb. 12.
To register for the SAT exam, visit the College Board website to create an account. Registration deadline: Nov. 2. Cost: $47.50. Optional essay portion: $17. The essay portion is not required for the talent search program and is not recommended for middle school students.
Due to internet privacy laws, parents of students 12 and under will need to call College Board at 866-756-7346 to request a paper registration packet. Packets must be complete and mailed to College Board by November 2nd. Registration packets received by College Board that are postmarked on or before November 2nd will be accepted for December 1st testing.
Tryouts for 7th graders will be from 7:00am-8:30am on Tuesday October 16th-Thursday October 18th. Tryouts for 8th graders will be from 4-5:30pm on Tuesday October 16th-Thursday October 18th. Please ensure your son is prepared and have all necessary paperwork filled out and uploaded to registermyathlete.com. (read and acknowledge all info, upload completed AIA physical document, AIA brain-book concussion test results). Students who do not have these completed will not be permitted to try out. As a reminder all practices/tryouts are closed to the public. We look forward to a great upcoming season!
Interested in joining cross-country? Please attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 25th immediately after school or Wednesday, September 26th at 8:30am. Both meetings will take place in room 231 and will not exceed 15 minutes. Should students not be able to attend, you are encouraged to visit Mr. Emenecker (room 231) or Mrs. Burke (room 239) for a brief overview of topics discussed.
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, 2539 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.
Nov. 7: "Communicating for Connection: Scaling a stone wall."
Dec. 4: “Resiliency and Coping with Stress,” 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Jan. 23: "Parents being held hostage: 'If you don't let me, I will...'"
April 3: 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.
Outside of reporting your child's absence to our attendance line, the responsibility of make-up work due to an absence remains the responsibility of the student. As we prepare our Spartan students for high school, our campus emphasizes the importance of staying on track and being proactive. Outlined in the student syllabus, missed work can be found by logging into EDMODO and reviewing documents. Parents are welcome to notify an instructor of an absence; however, due to the volume of individual requests regarding missed homework, parents will be encouraged to communicate with their child the classroom policy for missing work.
In an effort to be considerate of costs, students interested in purchasing a 2018-2019 yearbook are encouraged to visit the following site to place their order. Current cost for a yearbook is $35 with all outstanding fees, iPad, and textbooks required to be returned to the media center prior to distribution. The Sossaman Middle School code to purchase is 16449.
If you are interested in helping contribute to our yearbook? Please visit https://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/index.html with school code 16449 to upload athletic, academic, fine/performing arts, and club photos/memorabilia.
Higley Unified School District launched an App this spring as a 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. In order to receive e-mail communication, families must have a current, up-to-date e-mail address on file with their schools. 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. If your child is rolling up to a new school, your current information will transfer with your child.
If you have not downloaded the App, we encourage you to do so. It can be found in your favorite App store.
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.
Higley Unified School District is always on the lookout for positive news about its employees. Sharing these stories with district stakeholders helps us show the community what we've known all along: how deeply we care about HUSD children, their families, and each other.
You can help us spread the word by letting us know when you've witnessed or experienced exemplary customer service. We encourage you to take the time and acknowledge a teacher, administrator, or support staff member who continues to display notable actions. To nominate an employee, please visit: Customer Service Recognition
iPad User Agreement
Sossaman Middle School provides a highly engaging, student centered, interactive curriculum. We emphasize higher order thinking, encourage self-exploration through various means of growth mindset activities, and 21st Century technology. Families are encouraged to review the iPad User Agreement which outlines expectations for student's part of the Higley Unified School District. In addition, families are afforded the opportunity to enroll in the iPad Protection Plan. Note this purchase is not required, but highly recommended.
As student safety is our first and foremost priority, we ask that you keep the following in mind: Please ensure you have state issued identification readily available when checking out a student. Students will not be released to those not listed in our system or fail to provide proper identification. Additionally, in the event you have a student late to campus, we ask that parents or guardians take the time to come on campus to sign your son and/or daughter in. This ensures you are aware of your child's whereabouts and student safety.