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Sossaman Middle School receives A+ rating

Boy with bright green shirt sits in Sossaman Middle School computer lab class

Higley Unified School District is proud to announce Sossaman Middle School has been recognized as an A+ School of Excellence. The award program began in 1983 to identify, celebrate and recognize educational excellence in schools, according to the Arizona Educational Foundation.

“It tells me there are areas on this campus both academic as well as support systems that absolutely are working for our students,” said Principal John Dolan. “The biggest reason I believe we earned this recognition is because of the ownership and flexibility of every person on this campus.”

Dean of Students Bruce Potts believes Sossaman is well deserving of the recognition and credits the hard work of both the staff and students.

“At Sossaman, we are one big family that strives to do what is best for kids and our community.,” said Dean of Students Bruce Potts. “Our challenge is to continue to have a growth mindset, to refine what is successful, and to work on our areas of improvement.”

According to the Arizona Educational Foundation, there are only 44 schools in Arizona that received the 2020 A+ School of Excellence Award. The schools that earn the designation “go above and beyond the everyday practices that all schools are expected to implement.”

“This award gives credence to the significant investment and care that our staff gives to our students on a daily basis. It is validation of their efforts to mold the next generation,” said Assistant Principal Brandon Keeling.

"We are so proud of Principal John Dolan, the faculty and staff, the students and the Sossaman community for creating an outstanding academically-focused, student-centered school that truly prepares students for future success in high school and beyond,” said Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dawn Foley. “Mr. Dolan and his team have worked hard to develop programs for students to enrich their academic and extra-curricular endeavors while supporting each student’s social and emotional needs.”

Congratulations Sossaman Middle School! Way to go, Spartans! We are proud of you!

Sossaman Middle School, located in Gilbert, Ariz., is part of the Higley Unified School District.