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Red Ribbon WeekSossaman Middle School will mark Red Ribbon Week, a drug-free celebration, next week. As important as the academic learning of your son or daughter is to our campus, so too is meeting the educational needs as we increase awareness about drug use and prevention. Our National Junior Honor Society has put together an informative week ahead, including a guest speaker on Friday, promoting the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Outlined below are our activities for the week keeping in mind this year's national theme of "Your future is key so stay drug free."Monday: NJHS will be distributing red ribbons before school. Red Ribbons are worn as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. All are encouraged to collect and wear the ribbons for the week. Students who wear the ribbon during the week and/or red on Friday will receive a raffle ticket. Winners to be announced on Monday 10/30.Wednesday: PTSO has funded ice cream for our middle school students with the theme "I Scream No to Drugs" after school in the courtyard.Friday: Our Red Ribbon Assembly will kick off in the morning featuring our band, cheerleaders, and dancers. Our campus will also welcome Officer Bacon to share his professional experiences related to drug and alcohol abuse. Please wear red that day and encourage your students to do the same.
Picture retakes for Sossaman Middle School students will take place on Wednesday, October 25th. Students not present in August or needing a second chance at a picture-perfect image are encourage to visit My Lifetouch entering picture day ID: SR567020Q1 to receive more information.
Friday Night Lights
Higley High School football program is continuing their tradition "Friday Knight Lights." We invite you to join the Sossaman Middle School Band as they perform and cheer on the Knights to victory Friday, October 27th. Students wearing Spartan apparel will be admitted into the game free of charge. Additional information can be found here.
Quarter 2 Athletic Payments
As a courtesy to working families, we will have extended Media Center hours on Tuesday, October 24th allowing parents to make payments for Quarter 2 athletics. We encourage you to avoid lines and student interuptions by visiting Sossaman Middle School during these extended hours.
Sossaman Middle School will be hosting their annual Fall Festival on November 3rd from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. Mark your calendar for an evening filled with games, boutiques, costume contests, food, and laughter. Entry to the carnival is $3 per person. Tickets will be sold for .50 cents each which can be utilized for games, rides, and food.
Are you interested in an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.? Well, come out for the Spelling Bee to qualify! Students interested in are encouraged to pick up the Spelling Bee lists from the Media Center and their Language Arts instructors. Sossaman's Spelling Bee will be held November 2nd after school. Please see Ms. Timmons for more 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
In an effort to be considerate of costs, students interested in purchasing a 2017-2018 yearbook are encouraged to vist the following site before December 22nd to place their order. Current cost for a yearbook is $35 with a price increase thereafter. The Sossaman Middle School code to purchase is 16449.
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.
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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.