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Higley district students earn

AP honors

Students from Higley High and Williams Field

High earned recognition recently for their

achievement on the spring 2015 AP exams.

Higley High 2015 graduates Megan Newcomb,

Michael Niu and Levi Pike, along with Higley

High senior Kyle Twitchell, achieved National

AP Scholar recognition for their test scores.

The College Board, which oversees the

Advanced Placement Program, grants National

AP Scholar status to students who receive an

average score of at least 4 (out of 5) on all AP

Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight

or more of the exams.

In additional to national honors, 120 district

high school students earned AP Scholar status:

• 43 Higley High School students were named

AP Scholars;

• 12 Higley High School students were named

AP Scholars with Honor;

• 13 Higley High School students were named

AP Scholars with Distinction;

• 41 Williams Field High School students were

named AP Scholars;

• 7 Williams Field High School students were

named AP Scholars with Honor;

• 4 Williams Field High School students were

named AP Scholars with Distinction.

Last year, the district had three National AP

Scholars and 95 students earn AP Scholar


Students receive those honors when they

score an average of at least 3.25 on all AP

exams taken and take multiple exams.

Higley and Williams Field High Schools offer a

number of AP courses, including Human Geography,

English Language, Psychology, Physics,

Calculus, Biology and more.

The classes are rigorous with students

expected to spend extra time doing homework

and preparing for the exams.

Some colleges and universities award college

credit when students achieve a specific score

on AP exams, while others use the scores for



November Override Election

The Higley Unified Governing Board placed a

15 percent maintenance and operations budget

override election to be held on Nov. 3, 2015. If

approved, the maintenance and operations

override would allow the district to increase its

budget by 15 percent of the state’s Revenue

Control Limit.

This is an all-mail ballot. Every registered voter

in the Higley Unified School District will receive

a ballot through the U.S. Post Service. Ballots

must be mailed no later than Oct. 30 in order to

meet the Nov. 3 deadline. Information can be

found at

Kyle Twitchell

HHS Senior

Nicholas Stull

HHS Senior

Josh Crosby

Director of Transportation

Awards and Accolades

Recently, there have been a number of awards

and accolades for students and staff. Here are

just a few:

• Higley High School senior Kyle Twitchell was

selected as a 2015 National Merit Scholar


• Higley Unified School District Director of

Transportation, Josh Crosby, was recognized

this summer as the 2015 Student Transportation

Professional of the Year by the Transportation

Administrators of Arizona.

• Higley High senior Nicholas Stull was

selected as one of only two students to represent

Arizona this year at Boys Nation.

We Appreciate Your Tax

Credit Donations

Barbara’s group also organizes a gift drive

during the holiday season for Higley students in


Arizona State Law allows you to receive a tax

credit of up to $200 ($400 if marked filing

jointly), when you make a donation to our

schools. Your donation will be designated to

the school or program of your choice to provide

extracurricular activities such as field trips,

athletics, the arts, after school tutoring, intramural

activities and more. All individual taxpayers

qualify to donate. The new deadline is April

15. Information can be found at

Business Partner Breakfast

The Higley Unified School District held the first

Business Partner Breakfast of the year on Aug.

27. More than 60 companies from around

Gilbert and the East Valley took part in the

event to learn more about the district and

network with each other. We appreciate those

who attended the event and thank them for

their support.

Volunteer Spotlight:

Barbara Jester

Barbara Jester, a resident of the Trilogy community

in Power Ranch, helps lead the Creative

Designers at Trilogy.

“We craft for charity and give our proceeds to

area school districts,” Barbara once said about

her group.

The Creative Designers spend months making

designs to sell at a November holiday boutique

at Trilogy. With the proceeds from the holiday

event, the group purchases school supplies or

donates money to the schools.

Higley Unified School

District Earns Financial


The Higley Unified School District was recently

awarded a Certificate of Achievement for

Excellence in Financial reporting by the Government

Finance Officers Association of the

United States and Canada (GFOA). The award

was given for the comprehensive annual financial

report (CAFR) completed June 30, 2015. It

is the highest recognition in the area of governmental

accounting and financial reporting.

Arizona State Civics

Test - update

Beginning with the Class of 2017, all Arizona

students must pass a state Civics test in order

to graduate. The test covers American history,

government and geography.

Higley will administer the test this fall to 8th

grade students, as well as current sophomores

and juniors. Eighth grade social studies

classes include a mini instructional unit prior to

the 100-question exam, while sophomores and

juniors review the material during history


Students only need to pass the exam once to

meet the graduation requirement.

Tutoring and additional study materials will be

available to students who do not pass the

exam. Students will have multiple opportunities

to retake the exam.

HYSL - Soccer & Cheer


Mandarin Information/Tours

Learn more about Higley’s Mandarin Immersion

program for young students

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursdays

Where: Coronado Elementary School

RSVP: (480) 279-6911

Registration for the next season of Higley

Youth Sports League begins Sept. 28. Fifth and

sixth grade students may sign up for soccer.

Kindergarten through sixth grade students may

sign up for cheerleading – a two-season sport.

Practices are after school at the students’



On-Site Box Office Hours are Monday thru

Friday from 9 a.m. to noon -OR- purchase 24/7

on the web at For additional

information, call (480) 279.7194 during

box office hours.

The Rave

Friday - Oct. 16

Tribute to British Invasion

All faithfully re-created to take you back in time

with exciting stories of the groups that led the

second invasion of the British to the American

shores. Catch “the Rave” as they perform a

Magical Journey of Songs and Stories of the

British Invasion 1964 to 1968.

Eric Gilliam

Saturday - Oct. 10

A magical show for all ages

Eric Giliam’s award winning magic, illusions,

and popular stage show have become more in

demand, even taking him around the world.

The former World Teen Magic Champion has

been a guest on prime time TV shows in

London and Rome and recently performed his

show in Spain.

Jack Wright

Saturday - Oct. 17

The Heartlight Show – The best of Neil


Jack Wright's natural voice and engaging

onstage presence capture the essence and

emotion of Neil Diamond's songs. He interprets

them the way Neil must have felt when he

wrote them -- and he connects with his audiences

the way Neil always has, while making

the songs his own.

Mrs. Venessa Whitener

Board President

Governing Board Column

Did you know that nearly half of all students

enrolled in Higley Unified School District’s high

schools enroll in at least one career and technical

education class?

Over the last few years, the district has seen

explosive growth in classes designed to give

students career skills. About 300 students

enrolled in a career and technical education

class during the 2007/2008 school year. Last

school year, more than 1,500 students chose to

take a CTE class. The district offers seven twoand

three-year programs between Higley and

Williams Field High School. Options include

Video Production, Graphic Design, Marketing,

Sports Medicine, Engineering, Digital Photography

and Bioscience. Within these programs,

the district offers a total of 26 classes.

Students are showing success within these

programs. Video production students at the two

high schools combined to score the highest

CTE Enrollment - Grades 9-12

2007/2008 297

average on last spring’s Arizona Career &

Technical Education assessment among

districts statewide. Engineering students at

Higley High can now earn dual credit through

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Bioscience

students at Williams Field High study

gene sequencing, with their work published

nationally a few years ago.

Overall, 92 percent of Higley students who took

a career and technical education skills assessment

last spring passed the exam.

The value of career and technical education

exists not only in the career skills gained, but

also in the “soft” skills that will benefit students

in whatever endeavor they seek. Students

learn collaboration, communication, prioritizing,

project management and more.

While there is a growing demand for these

courses, future state support may be in jeopardy.

Lawmakers discussed budget cuts in the

spring to career and technical education

programs such as the one in Higley. With the

technical skill required to teach the classes,

many teachers come from industry. However,

recruiting and retaining them is difficult with

stagnant teacher salaries.

As more students seek out these opportunities

in career and technical education, I hope

parents and the community see the benefit of

the programs. I hope we can all come together

locally and around the state to find ways to

enhance them. Let us grow today’s career and

technical education programs to develop

tomorrow’s workforce.

2008/2009 437

2009/2010 639

2010/2011 920

2011/2012 1022

100th Day of School

2012/2013 968

2013/2014 1137

2014/2015 1543

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