• Preschool offers early education skills to last a lifetime

    Posted by Patricia Gleason on 7/23/2019

    Did you know that 95% of a child’s brain is developed by the time they are 5 years old? There are so many ways to fill these early years with learning experiences that will help your child build connections in their brains and develop skills that will ensure future success in school. A quality preschool experience can play an important part. Choosing the right preschool can be a challenge, but Higley has a solution.

    What to look for:

    • Are teachers experienced, certified early childhood educators?
    • Are teachers making personal connections with children?
    • How do teachers respond to students who are having behavioral difficulties in the classroom?
    • Do they raise their voices to address misbehavior?
    • Do they understand how young children learn?
    • Are there organized, hands-on, play-based centers for children to learn in? No worksheets!
    • Is there a consistent daily schedule for children to follow?
    • Are you looking for a specialty program – such as Spanish, Mandarin or Gifted – for your child?

    Higley’s Early Childhood Development Centers start with certified Early Childhood teachers and staff who inspire curiosity, build problem solving skills, self-esteem and foster a love for learning in young children. They get to know each child and build strong relationships that allow children to feel safe and loved and eager to learn.

    Our curriculum is standards-based and play-based because research shows that is how young children learn best. Kindness rules in our centers and we use Conscious Discipline to teach children how to become a member of a school family along with the social-emotional skills they need to be successful in life.

    Our centers are licensed by the State of Arizona. We have low teacher to student ratios – 2:17 in our 3- to 4-year-old classes and 1:10 in our 4- to 5-year-old classes. Classrooms are spacious and clean, and organized in learning centers to capture the interests of each child. Families may choose a second-language program for their child or undergo the process to see if a gifted preschool would be a good fit.

    We have limited spots available for the coming school year. We would love to show you what quality looks like in Higley. 

    Patricia Gleason 
    Director of Early Childhood Education 

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  • Athletics in Higley

    Posted by Assitant Superintendent, Michael Fowler, EdD on 7/22/2019

    The start of school means the start of high school sports and fall is always an exciting time of the year. Athletics provide students opportunities to hone their skills, develop new talent and be part of a team. In Higley, we strive to provide a positive environment both on the practice field and in competition.

    Athletics teams at both Higley and Williams Field often challenge for top ranking in their region, and several make a run for a state title each year.

    Community support is valued and we hope to see you at any of our events!

    Football is always fun for community members of all ages. Before the season begins, cheer on the Black Hawks at the community pep rally August 9. The school’s season opener is Aug. 23 vs. Norco from California. Join the Knights for “meet the team” night on Aug. 16. The home opener for Higley High will be 7 p.m. Aug. 24 vs. Bishop Alemany High School from Mission Hills, Calif.

    Girls volleyball is another great event for families. The Higley season opener is Sept. 3 at Sunnyslope High School. The Williams Field season opener is at home vs. Central High School on Sept. 3.

    The state runner-up Black Hawk boys golf team will play its first match Aug. 22 at McDowell Mountain Golf Club. Higley Knights, which took fifth place as a team in 2018, play its first home match Aug. 22. The Higley girls golf team opens Aug. 26. The Williams Field girls team will host its first match Aug. 23.

    Swim and dive at both schools saw competitors at the state level last year. The Knights and Black Hawks hope to make another run toward the state tournament. Cross country starts in September for both schools.

    We hope to see you at a game or match this season! #HUSDAthleticsRisingAbove

    Assistant Superintendent 
    Michael Fowler, EdD

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