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Possible Exposure to Chickenpox
February 15, 2018
Parents and Community Members at Sossaman Middle School,
This letter is to notify you that one case of chickenpox (varicella) has occurred at our school and that your child may have been exposed.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health recommends that you protect your child and other students from chickenpox. Most children now are vaccinated for chickenpox, but many do not get the recommended two shots of the vaccine. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health recommends that children get two doses of chickenpox vaccine.
If your child does develop chickenpox, he/she will be kept from attending school until the rash has scabbed over. This is true even if your child was previously vaccinated. Please help us stop the spread of chickenpox in our school.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your medical provider.
Middle School Registration
Taking both parent and student communication into consideration, we have re-opened StudentVue affording Spartans the opportunity to select elective courses for the 2018-2019 school year. This window will once again close on Friday, February 9th at 5pm. We encourage students to review and discuss elective choices with parents prior to entering their choices as discussed in the student presentation. In addition, ParentVue approval for course registration has been extended through Sunday, February 25th. Please contact Mrs. Marqueling should you be experiencing difficulty with your parent portal.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Sossaman Middle School will be holding parent teacher conferences for all students on Wednesday, February 14th from 5pm - 7pm and Thursday, February 15th from 2pm - 4pm and 5pm - 7pm. If you wish to meet and discuss the academic progress of your student, please visit the site below to schedule a time most convenient for you.
Should you have any questions or need assistance with scheduling, please contact Mrs. Marqueling.
As a reminder, the following days will serve as an early release for students to accommodate conference times and professional development training: Thursday, February 14th and Friday, February 15th. Academic instruction concludes at 1:35pm and we ask that you please plan accordingly. In addition, there is no academic instruction held on Monday, February 19th in honor of President's Day.
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 to place their order. Current cost for a yearbook is $40 with all oustanding fees, iPad, and textbooks required to be returned to the media center prior to distribution. 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.
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.