A generous community, part 2 (See part 1 below.)

Lake Havasu High School student government is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to honor Tee Taylor, a high school staff member who passed away two weeks ago. You can contribute by going directly to the account website at site.wish.org/goto/LHHS. You can also contribute by making a purchase at the businesses listed below on the indicated days and times. Thank you Yogurt Paradise, Schlotzsky's, and Jimmy Johns.

  • Monday, August 29, 4-7 pm: Yogurt Paradise. Twenty percent goes to Make-A-Wish.
  • Tuesday, August 30, 4-7 pm: Schlotzsky's. Twenty percent goes to Make-A-Wish.
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2-5 pm: Jimmy Johns. Twenty percent goes to Make-A-Wish.

A generous community, part 1

Mudshark Pizza Owners and workers present a check to district superintendent Asseier.Our community is very generous. The schools of Lake Havasu Unified receive many donations form individuals, businesses, and organizations. Last year, we received a total of $217,283 in donations, including a donation from the Deborah Miller State Farm Insurance Agency that paid for repairs to the outdoor marquee at Starline Elementary school and a donation of $23,300 from the K-12 Foundation that went to Music and Art programs at Thunderbolt Middle School and Lake Havasu High School.

Already this school year the K-12 Foundation has given $28,000 to the district, Mudshark Pizza has donated $4,000 (Pictured: Mudshark owners and staff present a check to district superintendent Asseier.), the Lake Havasu High School Athletic Booster Club has donated $17,077 to LHHS athletic programs, and the London Bridge Rotary Foundation has given $10,000 to assist homeless students.

We are grateful to all those who help us provide a better learning environment for our students.

Upcoming events

  • For upcoming school board meetings check here.
  • September 24 (Saturday): 6th Annual Fighting Knights 5K Cross Country Fun Run. Benefits Lake Havasu High School boy's and girl's cross country program. Open to all. Enjoy the experience of running in a classic cross country race. The 5K course (3.1 miles) consists of two loops on rolling golf course terrain. More... (This is now the correct information.)
  • Several of our teachers have successfully used crowdsourcing websites 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 8/10/16, there are these:
    • Three iPad minis for Ms. Parrish at Jamaica Elementary have been funded.
    • Fun and fitness playground materials for Mrs. Waller at Starline Elementary.
    • Pencils and a chair for Mrs. Gomez at Lake Havasu High School have been funded.
    • Art supplies for Mrs. Nutt at Starline Elementary have been funded.
    • Creative play materials for Ms. Gibbs at Nautilus Elementary.
    • Student subscriptions to Storyworks magazine for Mrs. Sieh at Oro Grande Elementary.
    • iPad for Mr. Hoffman at Jamaica Elementary School has been funded.
    • Books for Mr. Branchik at Lake Havasu High School.
    • Chromebooks for Mrs. Williams at Starline Elementary have been funded.

School started 8/8

The 2016-17 school year for Lake Havasu Unified started Monday, August 8. School buses are on the road and students are walking to and from school. Please watch for them and drive safely. It never hurts to review the traffic laws. The Arizona Driver License Manual covers crosswalk safety and rules for sharing the road with school buses. The Lake Havasu City Police Department has posted a crosswalk safety video on YouTube.

Other Back to School news

When you see me, please introduce yourself and say Hi. I look forward to meeting you all.Lake Havasu Unified staff attended the district's annual "Back to School Rally"* on August 3rd. New staff members were introduced, and many got their first look at our new superintendent, Diana Asseier (pronounced uh-sire). Mrs. Asseier put together a brief slideshow to introduce herself. One of the slides is shown here. It was meant for staff, but she would ask the same of any community member. Other rally highlights:

  • The Lake Havasu High School Band of Knights and Flag Line were there to greet staff with some rousing music.
  • The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD presented a check to each school principal. The checks varied in amount based on the student count at each school, but the grand total donated was $28,000. The K-12 Foundation does a fantastic job supporting our schools. Check their website at k12foundation.org
  • Chad Nelson of the A Team at Keller Williams Realty presented a check for $500 to a staff member whose name was picked in a randow drawing. Thank you, Mr. Nelson.

With staff, students, parents, and community supporters working together, this will be a great year.

*The district Back to School Rally was covered by RiverScene Magazine and Today's News-Herald. We thank them for taking the time.

Ginny Sautner named National Rural Teacher of the Year

Mrs. SautnerLake Havasu High School teacher Virginia Sautner has been named the Monsanto Fund National Rural Teacher of the Year. (press release)

Mrs. Sautner has been with Lake Havasu Unified since 2005, and teaches freshman honors English and Student Government (Advertising and Public Relations). She is an advisor to the her school's Student Government, National Honor Society, Distributive Education Clubs of America, and Renaissance. She took one year off from Havasu several years ago to participate in a teacher exchange program, spending a school year teaching in the Czech Republic. She has been recognized nine different times at the annual K-12 Foundation Academic Recognition Banquet (where top Lake Havasu High School students name the teacher who most influenced them).

An exceptional teacher. Read related newspaper story...

Parking lot maintenance

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year.

Perhaps you have noticed the new asphalt and sealing work going on at Lake Havasu High School, Starline Elementary, and Havasupai Elementary? These improvements were made possible by the local taxes collected and referred to as “Adjacent Ways” funding.

Much like the name infers, the Adjacent ways funds may only be used for paving where school buses and emergency vehicles will travel. Our district parking lots and access to our schools is critical for safety, and maintaining them is of high importance.

Adjacent Ways is the property tax collected on parcels at a rate per $100,000.00 of value. These taxes are used only for paving and without them, our parking lots would not be safe. Because we are seeking a bond for facilities improvements, the Lake Havasu USD School Board voted to reduce this tax by half for the 16-17 school year, as we still need to ensure the district's parking lots and driveways are maintained as assessed. 

The district's maintenance department obtained bids to remove/replace pavement at certain district sites and to crack-seal/seal coat/stripe other areas, depending on the condition of each area. This work is best done when school is not in session, so all the activity is currently occurring. 

And the good news is . . . we will be ready and finished by the first day of school, August 8th! 

District welcomes new administrators

Several new elementary school principals, a middle school assistant principal, and a new superintendent have joined Lake Havasu Unified School District. You can read or watch a little more about each of them at the links below.

News about school meals

Many Lake Havasu Unified students qualify for free or reduced cost meals at their school. Read more about who qualifies in English | Spanish.
New this year—you can apply online for free or reduced cost meals at www.heartlandapps.com.

My School Bucks

Prepay for student meals at www.myschoolbucks.com. There is a mobile device app available to make this easier. Check your app store for the MySchoolBucks app.

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