Basic information about Proposition 123

May 17th is a Special Election Day. The Arizona Education Finance Amendment—Proposition 123—will be on the ballot as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment. If approved by voters, the measure would increase education funding by $3.5 billion over the course of 10 years by allocating money from the general fund and increasing annual distributions of the state trust land permanent funds to education. It is important to be an informed voter. To learn more about the pros and cons of Prop 123, please check our Proposition 123 web page.

Upcoming events

  • For upcoming school board meetings check here.
  • April 29 (at 7 pm) and April 30 (at 2 pm): The Lake Havasu High School Theater Department presents Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple." Shows are in the LHHS Little Theater (map). Admission is $5 for students and seniors, $7 for adults.
  • April 30, 4 pm–7:30 pm: Taco dinner to benefit the Lake Havasu High School Educational Tour Group. At the Aquatic Center (100 Park Ave.) in the Rods & Relics Room. $5 per person. More...
  • May 13, 7 pm: LHHS Fashion Students Present House of Strother Fashion Show. This is a fundraiser for the Lake Havasu High School fashion program, and helps fund students' participation in competitions. V.I.P. seating is $5, general admission is $3. More...
  • Several of our teachers have successfully used a crowdsourcing website to fund materials for their classrooms. The list of open projects is always changing, and you can search by zip code for those that are currently open. As of 4/25/16, there are these:

"Design-An-Ad" generates money for classrooms

The White Sheet recently published its annual special edition featuring advertisements designed by Lake Havasu Unified elementary school students. You can view it online.

John Schneider, representing the White Sheet, came to our district office on April 26 to present a check for $5,104.60 to our elementary school principals as payment for the student designed ads. The money is divided among the classrooms that participated. Our thanks to Mr. Schneider and the White Sheet.

Pictured (left to right): Jamie Kanzleiter, Jamaica Elementary; Claude Sanders, Havasupai; Connie Hogard, Smoketree; Mr. Schneider; Mike Murray, Starline; and Tami Roth, Nautilus. Pat Wolfe from Oro Grande is not in the picture.

Thunderbolt Middle School is a Capturing Kids’ Hearts™ Showcase School

Thunderbolt Middle School has been confirmed as one of eleven schools from across the country to receive the Flippen Group Capturing Kids’ Hearts™ Showcase Schools Award for the 2015-2016 school year. The Flippen Group website says, “. . . we believe the unsung heroes producing exemplary outcomes in our schools need and deserve recognition for a job very well done!"

Capturing Kids' Hearts uses four basic elements to build students' and teachers' respect for one another: handshakes, social contracts, affirmations, and making connections by individuals sharing “good things” that have happened to them in the last week.

Thunderbolt principal Mari Jo Mulligan is a strong supporter of the program and credits it for lowering the number of discipline referrals at her school. For a January, 2015 article on our website, she said, “Now when we interview prospective teachers, I explain Capturing Kids’ Hearts and say, ‘if this doesn’t sound like something you can embrace, we are not the right school for you.’”

See a Related article at RiverScene Magazine.

Smoketree Open House and Town Hall

The Citizens for Havasu Schools group is partnering with Smoketree Elementary School on a school open house and town hall meeting. The event is Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m. at Smoketree Elementary School (2395 Smoketree Ave. N.). Several community leaders as well as Smoketree and Lake Havasu Unified representatives will speak and take your questions. The discussion will cover issues specific to Smoketree as well as the district in general. All Lake Havasu City residents are invited to attend.

Citizens for Havasu Schools would like you to take a short survey. (No kidding—it is really short.)

Eight LHHS SkillsUSA students qualify for national competition

Lake Havasu High School students made a strong showing at the recent Arizona SkillsUSA competition, with 8 qualifying to go to Nationals. More...

Students compete in State Geography and Spelling Bees

Above: Congratulations to Cooper (left) and Dylan (right) for making it to the State Geography Bee.
Below: Congratulations to Johan for making the State Spelling Bee.

Thunderbolt Middle School student Cooper and Jamaica Elementary School student Dylan competed in the National Geographic Arizona State Geography Bee.

To qualify for the State competition, each boy won their school bee and then completed a rigorous online test. The 100 School Bee winners with the highest scores on the online exam advanced to the state level. The State Bee was held on the campus of ASU in Tempe on April 1st. While neither boy made it to the finals, they each made an admirable showing in the preliminary rounds.

How would you do at the Geography Bee? Try some sample questions.

Also, congratulations to Havasupai Elementary student Johan for being one of only 27 Arizona students to qualify for the State Spelling Bee.

The State Bee was held on March 19th in the studios of Arizona's PBS channel. While Johan is only in the 6th grade, he competed against students from up to 8th grade. He did not win the bee, but he has certainly earned our respect.

A broadcast of the 2016 Arizona Spelling Bee will air at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 on Arizona PBS (Channel 8) and again at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Viewers can also watch the program with highlights from the event on the Arizona PBS website ( after the air-date.

Jamie Thuneman receives K-12 Foundation Golden Apple Award

The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD#1 recently presented a Sherry Dailey Golden Apple Award to Jamie Thuneman. Mrs. Thuneman is a third grade teacher at Jamaica Elementary School. More and a picture...

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