• September 2017
    Higley High seniors Wyatt Woffinden and Katherine Nguyen, both 17, are part of an elite group of students in Arizona. The two join Higley High graduates Brooke Lindsey, AnaLisa Ortiz, Brian Ray and Abhiram Tadepalli as National AP Scholars, the most ever for the Gilbert School.

    Preschool students gain Spanish skills in dual language program
    It’s the first year of the Spanish Dual Language Kinder Prep class at Sossaman Early Childhood Development Center in Queen Creek, Ariz., which is part of the Higley Unified School District. “The district opened the Spanish Kinder Prep program to help prepare children and give them a foundation for the Spanish Dual Language program at San Tan Elementary School,” Patti Gleason, Early Childhood Director said. Higley Unified also has a preschool Mandarin Exploration program at Cooley Early Childhood Development Center, along with an elementary Mandarin Dual Language program at Coronado Elementary School, both in Gilbert.

    Yoga guru keeps high school football players healthy
    It's 7:30 in the morning, and about 70 Queen Creek Casteel football players, their shoes off, are stretched out in a darkened wrestling room with soft music playing. They have yoga instructor Donna Chasan's full attention. "Let's get down in child pose," she says. "Keep your knees nice and wide. You've got tight hips. Try to get your forehead to touch the mat."The roughly 50-minute class has players feeling stretched, limber, at peace, as they come out and are better prepared to take on the day.
    August 2017
    Bridges Makers Place connects students to creative thinking
    At Bridges Elementary School in Gilbert, students have a place of their own to think, make, play, learn and create. It is called Makers Place.
    In a room filled with materials for building, drawing, constructing, experimenting, and assembling, students can design and put those designs to the test. The room is open every morning for about 25 minutes.
    It all starts with a challenge.

    Freshman uses summer to get a step ahead in future tech security career
    Eyeing a future career path in technology, Higley High freshman Dane Shillingburg sought a summer opportunity in computer coding that led him to UCLA.
    Shillingburg spent part of his vacation learning “different coding and programming languages. It was the fundamentals of it, but we were learning the programming for defending against hackers,” he said of his time at the iD Coding & Engineering Academy at UCLA.

    Skyhawks battle but fall to defending state champs
    There are high expectations for the Deer Valley football team this season, but the first game on Deer Valley High School’s schedule was against the defending 5A state champions Gilbert Williams Field.
    Deer Valley’s defense held the Black Hawks’ offense to 13 points, but the Skyhawks were unable to get into the end zone as the Skyhawks dropped their season opener 13-0 Aug. 25 at Deer Valley High School.

    Defenses stand out
    Defending 5A champion Gilbert Williams Field has outscored its first two opponents 81-0, including a 13-0 win Friday at Glendale Deer Valley in a battle of the trenches. Williams Field's defense has been the early surprise of the season as the Black Hawks ran their win streak to 16 games. Coach Steve Campbell had to replace nine starters from last year's 14-0 team. He came into Friday's game without three offensive starters, then lost a key running back to another injury early in the second quarter.

    Higley's Draycen Hall receives Arizona offer after making preseason All-American team
    If Gilbert Higley senior running back Draycen Hall wasn't thrilled enough Wednesday when he was the only Arizona high school player named to USA Today Sports' preseason All-American football team, it got better on Thursday afternoon.
    Hall opened up a piece of mail from the University of Arizona, and it was an official scholarship offers.
    It was his first from a major college.
    July 2017
    Sossaman Student attended Camp O’Connor
    Sossaman Middle School seventh-grader Caroline Simpson was one of only 48 students nationwide selected to attend the inaugural Camp O’Connor in Phoenix from June 5 to 9.
    Created by the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to solving high-impact issues through civil discussion and civic action, the tuition-free camp helps seventh and eighth graders understand civics and develop leadership skills.
    May 2017
    When Scottsdale Saguaro was on its way to a third consecutive football title last season, there was chatter about an open division and pitting the Sabercats against the likes of 6A champion Chandler.
    Saguaro will likely be ranked atop 4A again this season. But it won't be a cakewalk. Not with what coach Eddy Zubey is building at Gilbert Higley. 
    Williams Field students motivate others to leadership
    Two Gilbert students are motivating students toward leadership at their school.
    Williams Field High School senior Alexa Lemke and junior Erin Alibrandi are transforming student leadership through clubs inspired by Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership’s effective and compassionate leadership vision.
    HOBY is an international nonprofit that hosts annual leadership seminars for sophomores that school counselors select for their outstanding leadership potential.
    March 2017 
    Eighth-grader Penda Ba from Sossaman Middle School (Maricopa Region 6) outspelled 26 other competitors to win the 2017 Arizona State Spelling Bee March 25.
    Penda correctly spelled the word “gigue” in the 29th round to win the bee, which was hosted by the Arizona Educational Foundation in Phoenix.
    Penda, 13, attends Sossaman Middle School, 18655 Jacaranda Blvd. in Queen Creek. This was her first time competing in the state spelling bee.
    February 2017
    School district adds gifted program for preschoolers
    The Higley Unified School District (HUSD)  is adding a new "gifted" preschool program.
    "The program will be an opportunity for gifted children who are coming into pre-school with advanced academic qualities." said Kim Dobbs-Keran, gifted and talented education coordinator for HUSD.
    The gifted students will be with like-minded peers so they can explore and discover new concepts and build relationships.
    "Teachers will have the flexibility to follow the lead of the student and then wherever they're going, build on that opportunity," said Patti Gleason.
    Here comes the bus: School bus app gives parents peace of mind
    A new app could give lots of parents in the Higley Unified School District some peace of mind.
    The new app, called "Here Comes The Bus", provides parents real-time bus locations and updates. The app was released last month, and it is free to use.
    Higley Unified is the first district in the state to use the app. The app tells parents where a particular bus is, and when it is picking up kids. The school is also able to track its buses, using the app.
    The Higley Unified School District is giving its students and their parents a way to track school buses in real time.
    The Here Comes the Bus app works on computers, tablets and smartphones, and HUSD is the first district in the state to use it. 
    Students can use the app or their bus pass card to scan on and off of their buses. Each scan send an alert to their parents' cell phones, letting them know when they've been picked up, and when they've arrived. 
    Higley Unified School District offering preschool for 'highly gifted' toddlers
    A new preschool with a 20-student class of 4- and 5-year-olds is set to open in the Higley Unified School District for the 2017-2018 school year, but it comes with a catch: You have to be really, really smart.
    The admission requirement is an IQ of 130 or higher.
    The Higley district is adding the "highly gifted" program to its existing specialized preschool lineup at the Sossaman Early Childhood Development Center in Queen Creek, which includes Spanish and Mandarin dual-language programs.
    January 2017
    Higley High School Invites Students To Bring Laptops, Tablets To Class
    Schools across the Valley are adding tablets and laptops to the classroom.
    One Gilbert school hopes to speed up the process by allowing students to bring their own devices to class.
    “I truly believe it will benefit across the board, whether you’re in an English class for the research aspect, whether you’re in science, we can do some virtual labs for the students,” said Nancy Diab Scott, principal at Higley High School.
    As the state Legislature begins a new session, funding for all-day kindergarten appears to be unlikely as conservative Republicans raise questions about its value and the absence of standards.
    “The research is strong that students who attend full-day as opposed to a half-day kindergarten program outperform their peers with their academic achievement and growth. Our students consistently perform at the top of the state, and we believe the full-day kindergarten experience is part of this success,” said Higley Assistant Superintendent Warren Shillingburg.
    December 2016
    Higley’s Draycen Hall selected as Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year
    Gilbert Higley junior Draycen Hall, who only moved to running back during training camp out of need for the team, was named the Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year.
    November 2016
    Blue-Grey Jersey presentation at Williams Field High School
    During the recent nationwide Blue-Grey Jersey Presentation Tour, in advance of the brand's All-American Bowl, Tre Bugg, Braden Valentine and Max Fine from Williams Field (AZ) were recognized by NFL veteran Mark McMillian. Sean Ceglinsky produced the video.
    Competitors show sportsmanship in high school playoff game
    A football player’s injury brought two teams together in a show of sportsmanship.
    Thursday, the Marana Tigers were playing in the quarter-finals for the first time since 1983. They were competing against the Williams Field Black Hawks in Gilbert. One of Marana’s wide receivers, Tariq Jordan, was injured after a helmet-to-helmet collision.
    October 2016
    Higley High School’s Unified Sports program has another strong start
    Parents cheer from the stands. Students celebrate on the field. It’s football season, once again.
    But in this game, the points on the scoreboard are not what’s celebrated most. The focus is more on the effort, the team play and the collaboration between teammates on both sides.
    Sossaman teacher selected as Queen Creek Chamber Educator of the Year
    Sossaman Middle School teacher Nancy Foote was selected as the 2016 Educator of the Year by the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce during a dinner ceremony Sept. 15. Mrs. Foote teaches conceptual physics at the school, where she has worked since it opened.
    Williams Field senior named as finalist for athletic scholarship
    Williams Field High School Senior Milton “Tre” Bugg is a finalist for the Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship this year.
    Positive Coaching Alliance is a national nonprofit organization that provides student athletes with ways to build positive character.
    Sossaman teacher featured in Tech & Learning magazine story, “Collaboration: At the root of STEM success”
    Many of Nancy Foote’s students have followed the STEM path from her classroom at Sossaman Middle School in the Higley Unified (AZ) School District into related careers. These include “the young lady who hated science and math but loved the tech end of it” who is now majoring in physics and astronomy at college, “the academically talented student who is working on Orphan Diseases with the White House,” a few doctors, and even one “who really is a rocket scientist.” While Sossaman doesn’t have an official STEM program, the school offers many STEM classes and has a strong robotics program.
    March 2016
    Higley High students join U.S. Army’s Jazz Ambassadors on stage
    The Jazz Ambassadors – America’s Big Band brought its show to Higley last weekend with a special performance that included members of the Higley High School music program.

    The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army.
    Williams Field senior earns Air Force Academy appointment
    Senior Kaitlyn Patterson believes in challenging herself. She immediately enrolled in honors and AP class upon joining Williams Field High Schools as a freshman. She also played sports her freshman, sophomore and junior years, only to take off this year due to her heavy AP schedule – AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP Spanish and AP Government & Politics.
    February 2016
    Sossaman, Cortina students top Higley Spelling Bee
    Sossaman Middle School seventh grader Penda Ba and Cortina fifth-grader Makenna Fagrell will represent Higley Unified School District in the regional spelling bee after finishing first and second, respectively, in the district Spelling Bee on Jan. 26.
    January 2016
    Higley and Williams Field offer more than 20 AP classes
    Higley Unified School District’s Higley and Williams Field High Schools offer more than 20 titles of Advanced Placement classes to students, where they receive college-level rigor and the possibility of college credit. The two schools also offer dozens of dual-enrollment opportunities, making it possible for students to complete their first, second or even third-semester of college as they finish high school. Dual enrollment options range from AP Chemistry and other AP English, AP math and AP foreign language courses to art, engineering and sports medicine. - See more
    Boys Basketball: Higley continues winning ways against Mesquite

    Higley came into Tuesday night’s match up with Mesquite with its best record in the last 10 years and having won three of its last five games.

    The Knights kept the their best season in a decade going, rolling through the Wildcats 49-36 Tuesday night at Higley.