Winter Break Camp
It is often difficult for working parents to find a place for their younger children to spend the day when school is out. The Lake Havasu City Aquatics and Recreation Department's Winter Break Camp for students in grades K–6 can help. This program will be offered December 23–27 and December 30–January 3 (No camp on Wednesday, December 25 & January 1). Camp will be held at Smoketree Elementary School. Cost is $60 per child and participants will need to provide their own lunch. Registration begins December 9th at the Aquatic Center. Call 928-453-8686 for more information. Read about other Lake Havasu City recreation programs for children at www.lhcaz.gov/aquaticCenter/recreation.html.
Computer learning activities to try with your children
December 9–15 is Computer Education Week. The website csedweek.org is offering special computer programming related activities/tutorials for grades K–12 to promote interest in programming as a career path. You can program a simple Angry Birds game, create an interactive holiday greeting card, build a simple app for your Android phone or tablet, and much more. Some do not require a computer (sample). The activities also promote reasoning and logical problem solving. Beta versions are available online now, and, hopefully, the final versions will remain available after December 15. Some of our teachers will be using the activities in their classrooms, but they are not just for classroom use. We encourage you to take a look and try some of the activities with your children. Teamwork is encouraged.
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (born December 9, 1906).
Roseann Hagen awarded K-12 Foundation Golden Apple
The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD#1 presented the Sherry Dailey Golden Apple Award for November to Roseann Hagen, a teacher at Smoketree Elementary School. More and a picture.
A big anniversary is approaching
July 1, 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of Lake Havasu School District. The district was formed in 1964 to serve the growing school aged population of Lake Havasu City and was called Lake Havasu School District #25 (map). District #25 was an elementary district, serving only grades K-8. A new, three-classroom school (Lake Havasu City Elementary School) was built for the 1964-65 school year. The school stood on the site of the current Smoketree Elementary School. Local high school students were bused to a high school in Kingman. The first board members (Board of Trustees) of District #25 were Gordon Tulk (chairman), Glen Anderson (clerk), and Carroll Young.
New schools were added over the years, and, in 1983, the district became a K-12 district with a new name—Lake Havasu Unified School District #1.
We are proud and grateful to have been a part of this community for so many years.
If you have a picture or story you would like to share about those early days, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will publish these and other materials as the anniversary date approaches.
Solar makes every sunny day good news for the school district
Solar panel installation is in progress at Lake Havasu High School and the Lake Havasu Unified district office. Covered parking structures have been erected with the solar panels installed on top, similar to what you see at the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center. This is being done under a lease/purchase agreement and is cost neutral to the school district. Money saved on utility bills for the two sites will be used to pay for the project. The payments are roughly equal to the current electric bill for the affected areas. Electric rates may rise, but our payments are fixed and will stay the same for 15 years. After 15 years, project costs will have been repaid and the school district will own the panels and the electricity they produce.
Special recognition for Nautilus and Oro Grande
Nautilus and Oro Grande Elementary Schools have both been named by the National Center for Educational Achievement as 2013 N.C.E.A. Arizona Higher Performing Schools based on special achievement in one or more content areas tested by A.I.M.S. Nautilus was recognized for performing in the content areas of science and writing. Oro Grande for science and reading. More...
Nautilus Elementary has been selected by the Arizona Department of Education as one of only two state schools to receive the 2013 National Title 1 Distinguished School Award. From the notification letter:
Congratulations! Your school has been selected by your state for national recognition because of the success of your educational programs and progress made by your students.
K-12 Foundation Holiday Food Fundraiser
The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD #1 is sponsoring its annual Honey Baked Ham fundraiser. Every Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas when you order through this fundraising program, 20% of your purchase comes back to the K-12 Foundation! There is a wide variety of hams, turkeys, soups, desserts, sauces, and nuts to fit everyone’s holiday entertainment needs—plus the 20% cash benefit to our schools! This is a major fundraiser for the K-12 Foundation, so help the Foundation help our schools by placing an order. Pick up an order form at Schlotzsky’s.
Spotlight on Thunderbolt Middle School
Thunderbolt Middle School (Home of the Thundercats!) opened in 1994. The school offers a wide variety of programs to challenge and provide opportunities for all our 7th and 8th grade students. Here are a few highlights.
- Using latest classroom technology. (Thunderbolt has 28 interactive whiteboards in use, and every teacher has a doc cam. An image of documents and objects placed under the doc cam can be displayed on a Smartboard or projected on a standard white board or projection screen.)
- Awarded a B letter grade by Arizona Department of Education.
- National Board Certified computer skills teacher.
- Honors classes available.
- Art, Band, Physical Education, computer classes, and Choir.
- Online classes available to offer even more options.
- Thunderbolt and Lake Havasu High School coordinate instruction for a seamless transition.
- A selection of interscholastic athletics: girl's volleyball, boy's and girl's basketball, boy's and girl's track, boy's and girl's cross country, girl's softball, boy's baseball, and spiritline.
- Wide selection of student clubs and organizations including Art Club, National Junior High School Honor Society, Student Council, Educational Tour Club, Renaissance, Thunderbolt Represents Social Studies Club, Digital Media Club, and G4 Bible Club.
Other recent stories
Stories from our website or other sites.
- LHHS SkillsUSA students win gold, silver, and bronze at Nationals June, 2013
- Common Core Standards (an article by superintendent Gail Malay)
- LHHS students finish A.S.U. Barrett Summer Scholar program
- K-12 Foundation gives $3,000 to each school
- Four LHHS FBLA students qualify for Nationals 4/17/13
- Record number of LHHS SkillsUSA students going to Nationals 4/1/13
- Thanks to LHHS students for A Day of Service 3/14/13
- LHHS teacher and student receive national recognition 2/5/13
- LHHS student actors attend competition 2/4/13
- Help your child age 0 to 3rd grade become a reader
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Stories from the local newspaper.
- Capturing Kids' Hearts 10/7/13
- LHHS pioneer principal dies 9/16/13
- Newspaper editorial endorses "web of support" 8/6/13
- Five responsible adults to make "web of support" for a child 8/1/13
- LHHS student chosen for national volunteerism award 5/13/13
- Havasupai names new school mascot 4/17/13
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