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Parents and students interested in learning about the Close Up field trip are encouraged to attend an informational meeting taking place Tuesday, August 15th at 6:30pm in the Language Arts wing at Sossaman Middle School. Don't miss the opportunity to learn about the trip of a lifetime as students spend a week in the nation's captial, Philadelphia, and New York City taking part in an educational experience.
8th Grade Boys Basketball
Attention: If you have a son interested in trying out for 8th grade boys basketball, there will be an informational meeting for student athletes during lunch Wednesday, August 23rd in room 417. Information to be covered during the meeting includes expectations, policies, and future practice schedule. Due to the game schedule and school calendar, please note the 8th grade team will practice before school from 7am until 8:30am. This allows for uninterrupted preparation for Monday games, professional developments, after school detentions, and holiday early releases. In addition, this grants student athletes the opportunity to receive tutoring as needed for missed assignments or homework assistance.
Tryouts for 8th grade boys basketball will be held after Fall Break beginning Wednesday, October 18th. Please ensure your son in prepared and has all the necessary paperwork completed and uploaded to registermyathlete.com. This includes reading and acknowledging all the information, uploading a completed AIA physical, and uploading AIA Brainbook concussion test results. Students who do not have these completed will not be permitted to try out. As a reminder, all practices and tryouts are closed to the public.
We look forward to a great upcoming season.
“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.
Spartan Athletic Parent Meeting
As several quarter one sport tryouts have been extended, please note our parent meeting scheduled for Monday, July 31st has been cancelled. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the information found under our SMS Athletic page entitled "Parent Meeting/Program Information." Student and parent expectations, East Valley Conference rules, and Spartan protocols can all be reviewed under this tab. SMS Athletics
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.
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.