- For upcoming school board and employee benefit trust meetings check here.
- The local "Backpacks for Kids" program is looking for donations to make sure all students have a backpack and basic school supplies for the 2017-18 school year. Read their flyer.
- Calling all runners and walkers! The 7th Annual Fighting Knights 5K Cross Country Fun Run will take place on Saturday, September 30th. All proceeds from the 5K Fun Run benefit the LHHS Boys and Girls Cross Country Program. Registration form
- Calvary Baptist Church is organizing the first annual Lake Havasu "Serve our Schools" Event for October 7th. This is a city-wide volunteer effort to benefit the public and charter schools in Lake Havasu with projects ranging from painting to drywall to landscaping and putting up fences. Click here for more information.
Review of Data and Needs Assessment
- meeting invitation from the Superintendent
LHUSD #1 would like to invite you to attend our LHUSD # 1 Review of Data and Needs Assessment Meeting Thursday, August 31, 2017, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the high school library. Below is a comprehensive description of the purpose of the meeting. Your input will be important to our success.
As a component of the transition to the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA), our state has identified a local planning process referred to as the local Integrated Action Plan (IAP) to be completed by each local school district in the state. Each school will develop its own School Integrated Action Plan (SIAP) based upon an inclusive process with all stakeholders to complete a needs assessment. This process will replace the creation of several plans for various requirements and allow us to utilize “a comprehensive and holistic systems-thinking approach to our school and district strategic planning.”
This summer, each of our schools has been developing a data presentation for the 2017-18 school planning process. These have been presented at our sites via community meetings and site based council meetings conducted by each principal.
These data are designed to inform a “Comprehensive Needs Assessment” or CNA of six principles considered essential for continous improvement and school success. The principles include leadership, teaching and instruction, use of time, curriculum, culture, and parent engagement. These results will then guide our areas of focus for planning for 2017-18 and subsequent school years.
Now that each school has completed its CNA, each site based council will work on developing the School Integrated Action Plan for the year.
At the district level, we will be holding our public meeting on Thursday, August 31, 2017, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the high school library. We would be honored by your attendance and input.
The purpose of this meeting is to review our district data in areas such as achievement, attendance, discipline, graduation rates, etc. We will then review the six principles and how each of the schools rated themselves on their needs assessment. As we review and discuss each of the six principles, we will ask the participants to either a) rate the district in this same principle, or b) provide additional information/input on the schools’ ratings.
Based upon the schools’ results, the schools’ plans, and the collective input from this meeting, the district will be developing our Integrated Action Plan to address the greatest area(s) of need as identified through this process. This plan will then be submitted to the Arizona Department of Education.
I encourage you to attend and review the data indicators that provide information about how our schools are doing, and then provide input on how we can become better. Our schools perform very well on most indicators compared to the state and to the local charter schools, but we can always improve.
Thank you for your consideration and support.
Diana M. Asseier, Superintendent
Lake Havasu High School is excited to announce the addition of its first bus route. Due to the passage of the bond and override, LHHS will begin offering limited transportation services for students in grades 9-12. The first route will serve students who live on the Lake-side of Highway 95 from Mesquite north through the Desert Hills area. LHHS has contacted students who live in this area. If you are new to the area, moved, or were missed in the mailing; live in the new bussing boundaries; and are interested in transportation, please contact Robert Keirns at 928-505-6961. LHHS is looking forward to adding more busses in the future to serve more of the community.
Student dress code: a letter from the superintendent
The topic of dress codes and school uniforms has always generated conversations! At the school district and at school sites, we have had several complaints from students, parents, community members, and staff about the appearance and lack of modesty of our students, particularly during the warm weather times. The standardized shirts have addressed several of the modesty issues, and now the concern is the length of shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. Our discussion has included how awkward it is for our staff to address issues of modesty, especially for those students wearing really short shorts, skirts, etc. We decided that before moving to a uniform “bottoms” policy, we would set a modesty “measure” that allows students more choice in colors and styles than a uniform would, but also meets the modesty standard. The new language is:
“Shorts and skirts must be fingertip length. This means long enough so that when standing straight, hands at sides , the hem is at the edge of the fingertips. Students are responsible for checking in the mirror before coming to school.”
This ensures that while buying school clothes, every student has a measuring stick with them!
Some families have expressed concerns about being able to find appropriate length items. We will be working with our local stores to see if they can stock more options. Levi’s, Dickies, Lee, Eddie Bauer, and Wrangler all have really stylish shorts in a longer length. Also, all of the uniform vendors, such as French Toast or Cat & Jack, sell longer shorts and skirts, and they are often less expensive and easily accessed on line. I did a search online for “longer shorts” and was really amazed at all of the options and how stylish they were for both our boys and girls.
We are hoping that as our families are doing their school clothes shopping, these suggestions will ensure success. We will be enforcing the dress code at all of our schools beginning the first day of school.
Superintendent, Lake Havasu Unified
The new dress code policy will officially take effect during the 2017-18 school year.
First steps taken on school bond sales
UPDATE 4/13/17: The first round of school bonds have been sold. It is expected that money from the sales will be available May 11 so the district can start working on bond funded projects.
The Lake Havasu Unified Governing Board has approved the first round of school improvement bond sales to finance school repairs and improvements. The first round of sales will raise $16.9 million. Sale of a total $49,050,000 in bonds was approved by voters this past November.
More about the 3/14/17 board meeting. | More about the bond and override. | Related newspaper article.
The Lake Havasu Unified Governing Board has approved an employee compensation package and a change in athletic fees for the 2017-18 school year. Thanks to voter approval of a budget override this past November, district employees will see an increase to their base pay, a longevity supplement based on years of service, and other financial benefits. The board also approved a reduction in the student athletic fee cap from $800 to $400 at the high school, and from $400 to $200 at the middle school.
Read more about the 2/21/17 board meeting. | Read more about the bond and override.
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- Tania Gray: Mohave County Teacher of the Year 7/14/17
- Carolyn Alexander: La Paz/Mohave counties First Things First Champion for Young Children. 7/13/17
- Lake Havasu High School students take top honors for computer game development 5/18/17
- More than $4 million in scholarships awarded to Lake Havasu High School students 5/15/17
- Havasu students snag record first place FBLA state awards 5/8/17
- Student Creativity Shines Through Cabinets 4/11/17
- K-12 Foundation Honors Lynn Edwards With Golden Apple Award 3/16/17
- Fourth annual White Sheet "Design-an-Ad" issue 3/10/17
- Lake Havasu Unified teacher honored again 2/23/17
- Tax credit 2016 2/4/17
- New LHUSD business director appointed 1/31/17
- Transfer of property 1/26/17
- LHHS Rolled Out The Red Carpet For Statewide Student Council Members 1/22/17
- Students Visit Lake Havasu For AASC State Convention 1/19/17
- Tracy Pressley: Arizona Counselor of the Year 2017 1/16/17
- LHHS Journalism Students Take Flight 1/14/17
- Balloons Visit Havasu Schools 1/13/17
- Our kids and our community won! Bond/Approved! Override/Approved 12/20/16
- Elementary Students Show Math Skills In Competition 11/4/16
- Thunderbolt Career Day 10/28/16
- LHHS volunteer football coaches teach life lessons 10/24/16
- Refunding excess taxes 10/18/16
- Capturing Kids' Hearts founder visits Thunderbolt 10/7/16
- Thunderbolt Middle School is a Capturing Kids’ Hearts™ Showcase School 4/19/16
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