Tax Credit and Online Payments
Support HUSD and receive up to a $400 AZ Tax Credit. Your tax dollar donations fund extra-curricular activities and opportunities for students. If you wish to make a donation, please see our Tax Credit page for more information.
Additionally, student fees and payments can be made by visiting the InTouch Online Payments page.
Sossaman Principal Introduction
Sossaman Middle School has a successful history of fantastic leadership teams since the school opened in 2013 and it is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the next principal of Sossaman Middle School. I am excited to continue to work with my Assistant Principal, Mr. Keeling and our dedicated staff as we prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.
For those of you that do not know me yet, I was born in Ohio, but grew up here in Mesa, Arizona. I earned my bachelor’s in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and then completed my master’s in Educational Leadership with Northern Arizona University. I have worked in the Higley Unified School District since 2010 as a teacher and coach at Coronado Elementary before becoming a Spartan in 2013 when the school opened. At Sossaman, I was a 7th grade Social Studies teacher and a coach for six years before transitioning into the Dean of Students role in 2019.
Not only am I proud to call Higley Unified School District my home professionally, but I also get to also call it my home as a community resident. My wife, Katie and I have been married for 19 years and have lived in Power Ranch since 2003 with both of our children attending HUSD schools.
We are posting the Dean of Students position and will begin our process to hire our new Dean immediately.
I am excited for this next chapter in my career and look forward to being a part of the Higley and Spartan communities as we prepare our young citizens for their future endeavors.
Have a great rest of your summer!
World Language Classes
Teachers will be administering the STAMP Test in their classes over the next few weeks. The STAMP Test is the “Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency”. It is a test that assesses students’ language proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Proficiency is an outward expression of spontaneous, unrehearsed communication and is measured on a spectrum of novice, intermediate, advanced, and distinguished. For more information on proficiency, please visit our website: https://sites.google.com/view/languageproficiency/home. The STAMP Test gives us a measure of a student’s language ability according to benchmark levels based on our state and national language standards. Our language teachers will use this information to inform instruction, align curriculum, and craft future goals.
During the STAMP assessment, students may not use or have access to paper, writing utensils, or cell phones. Also, no other application may be open on their computers. Students must use school appropriate language in their responses on the writing and speaking portions of the test. Students will need to come prepared to class with their charged computer. They may also bring a headset with a microphone.
2022-2023 Electives Applications Incoming 7th Grade Students Included!
- Wednesday February 2nd @ 4:00pm: Students will arrive at the SMS Dance Room (505) to sign in and warm up with current 8th grade advanced dance captains.
- After warm up, students will learn a 30-45 second dance combination by two current 8th grade advanced dance students. Once the combination has been taught, students will perform the routine in small groups of 4-6 along with presenting their jazz technique across the floor.
- Please dress in fitted athletic clothing with your hair pulled back so Ms. DelRosal can see your lines and technique.
- Results will be posted on the SMS Dance Webpage 7-10 days after auditions. https://www.husd.org/Domain/3431
“Do you love taking photos? Is it your dream to interview celebrities on the red carpet? Does terrible grammar bother you? If the above are true or you’re just looking for a fun elective next year then yearbook may be the class for you! If you are interested in joining our staff please stop by the front office or Room 203 to pick up a yearbook application. Yearbooks are due on February 28th and require at least 2 recommendations. If you have any questions about the class or the application please email Miss Trisko at Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org”
Student Council Applications
This year, we are going digital with applications for Student Council. The application can be found at https://tinyurl.com/smsstucoapply Applications are due by February 25th and interviews will take place the following week!
A step by step tutorial has been provided as a means to support your student's academic journey. SMS Canvas Student or SMS Canvas Observer. A reminder: currently Canvas does not sync with our Student Information Database; therefore the only accurate grades reflect in ParentVue/StudentVue. We ask that you recognize the importance of viewing ParentVue on a regular basis, as you will find the most-up-to-date grades.
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