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Bond project shortfall discussed at Town Hall Meeting
Lake Havasu Unified School District revealed what led to underestimated costs of planned improvements to athletic fields at the high school during the "Vision 20/20 Team Presents the Educational Town Hall" on Nov 6, 2017. FULL STORY | VIDEO
Jamaica and Starline take top awards at ASU STEM Math Challenge
The 3rd Annual ASU STEM Math Challenge brought together more than 140 elementary school students in a head-to-head and school competition to see which students would shine on fast calculations and problem solving in various math disciplines. SEE RESULTS
Thunderbolt taken off state "intervention" list
While the “preliminary” F grade is still being considered by the Arizona Board of Education, Thunderbolt Middle School has been removed from the list of Comprehensive Support and Intervention schools. FULL STORY
District Challenges Thunderbolt's "F" Grade
Lake Havasu Unified School District isn’t going to take the state’s assessment that Thunderbolt is a failing middle school lying down. Next week, LHUSD will join some other school districts from across the state who already issued a formal appeal railing against the grades they received from the state. The appeals voice a collective opposition that the formula used to determine A-F letter grades is flawed and the data incorrect. FULL STORY
Schools benefit from generous donations
Lake Havasu Unified School District is well on its way in meeting and potentially exceeding the level of donations it received last school year. On top of the more than $700,000 in tax credit funding LHUSD received for the 2016-17 school year, $281,231 in cash donations were made with more than $90,000 given in June. FULL STORY
Accountability: A-F Grading System
AzMERIT is the state assessment for schools that measures students' knowledge in the content areas of English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-8 and high school. Each AZMERIT test is aligned to Arizona's academic standards. AzMERIT was first administered in spring 2015. This assessment is designed to measure student’s proficiency in these subjects. In addition, students in grades 4, 8, and 10 are assessed in Science using the AIMS test.
During the transition of the state assessment system from AIMS to AzMERIT, the A – F grading system for schools was suspended temporarily. The State Board of Education was charged with developing a new system to comply with state and federal requirements while using the opportunity to measure the quality of a school and its effectiveness across a broader range of measures.
Below is the information regarding our Letter Grades that have been assigned by the state of Arizona. These grades are based on the 2016-17 school year assessments.
|School||Grade||Percentage||Range for Grade|
|Havasupai||B||77.4%||74 - 85%|
|Jamaica||B||77%||74 - 85%|
|Nautilus||B||80%||74 - 85%|
|Oro Grande||C||70%||62 - 73%|
|Smoketree||B||78%||74 - 85%|
|Starline||A||88%||86 - 100%|
|Thunderbolt||F||47%||49% and below|
|Lake Havasu HS||C||68%||56 - 70%|
For our K-8 schools, their score is based primarily on assessment results- up to 90% if the school has a high number of English learners.
Middle school falls within the K-8 guidelines, which does impact those grades. By 6th grade, students are “reading to learn” rather than “learning to read”. In a growth model, the standards that are presented at each grade level become more difficult, whereas at the earlier grades, reading mastery and mathematical skills are still being honed, better for measuring growth.
The 9-12 scores are based upon several factors. 60% of the high school grade is based upon assessment results. The remaining 40% includes graduation rates and college and career readiness, which includes many indicators. It is important to note that the college and career readiness indicators are self reported, which may be a questionable variable when comparing high schools.
Each of our principals will be sharing information specific to their site’s results.
During 2017-18, our schools will be transitioning to the lastest revision of our state’s standards that were adopted in December 2016. These newly revised standards will be assessed in spring 2019. Information on the new standards and the new A – F Accountability system may be found on our district website. Click here to view these additional resources.
As expected, the grades are lower for many schools in this district as well as across the state. LHUSD will use our new letter grades as the new baseline for making improvements. We will continue to provide a world class education to all of our students. We ask that you consider how to support the increased expectations for all; students, teachers, and parents. We look forward to working with you and continuing our partnership.
Diana M. Asseier
Lake Havasu Unified School District #1
State-Provided 1.06% Teacher Salary Increase
Meeting Notice (from ADE website) : During the Oct 17, 2017 Governing Board Meeting (6 p.m.), allocation of monies related to the intended 1.06% teacher salary increase pursuant to Laws 2017, Ch. 305, §33. will be reviewed.
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.
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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