The "Hour of Code" is coming!
In its second year, The Hour of Code is a program to get students fired up about computer programming. It is billed as "the largest learning event in history." Why learn programming? According to a quote from Steve Jobs, "…because it teaches you how to think." Plus, hopefully, it will inspire boys and girls to learn more about math, science, and computers. Many fun and challenging activities for different age groups are offered at the Hour of Code website. They can be used in the classroom (and some Lake Havasu Unified teachers will be participating) or at home. Teachers or parents can help guide children through the activities. The official Hour of Code dates are December 8–14, but the activities are already available online. There are even some that can be done offline, if a computer is not always available.
School club fundraiser
Buy dinner at our local Chipotle on November 21 between 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm, and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Thunderbolt Educational Tour Group. Bring our flyer, show it on your cell phone, or tell the cashier you are supporting the Thunderbolt Educational Tour Group.
K-12 Foundation offering HoneyBaked Ham for Thanksgiving
The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD #1 sponsors several fundraisers each year to raise money towards their goal of supporting our schools. Right now they are taking orders for Thanksgiving holiday foods from the HoneyBaked Ham Company: turkey, ham, cakes, pies, etc. Place your order by Monday, November 24 and pick it up on the 25th. Orders are placed and picked up at our local Schlotzsky's (854-2144, 2144 McCulloch Blvd.) See the order form for all details. If you have ever had one of these hams, you know they are fantastic. The K-12 Foundation will also be offering these items during the Christmas and Easter holidays.
New Governing Board member(s)
Congratulations to Pat Rooney and Nichole Cohen on being elected to the Lake Havasu Unified School District Governing Board. As a returning board member, Mr. Rooney knows this is a challenging job for no compensation except the satisfaction that comes from community service. Our thanks to candidates Deanna Pfleger and Vernon Bridges. They were not elected to the board, but they cared enough to run.
Mrs. Cohen and Mr. Rooney officially start their terms on the board January 1st. The first regular board meeting of 2015 will be on January 20. An organizational meeting will be held before that date to administer the oath of office and elect board officers. The date for the organizational meeting has not yet been set.
Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching
In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students. In order to help communicate the purpose of the new test and several important aspects of the upcoming implementation process, the Arizona Department of Education has created a series of helpful resources to guide all stakeholders. More... (This link takes you to the website of the Arizona Department of Education.)
Recent videos: entertaining and educational
- The birth of B.Y.O.D. at Lake Havasu Unified School District. B.Y.O.D.= Bring Your Own Device. (This link takes you to the lessonplanet.com website.
- Lake Havasu High School Lip Dub 2014 (This link takes you to the Vimeo website.)
- Lake Havasu High School volleyball team's anti-bullying video. (This link takes you to the YouTube website.) You can also read a related editorial from our local newspaper.
Juliane Grandell awarded K-12 Foundation Golden Apple
The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD#1 presented the Sherry Dailey Golden Apple Award for October, 2014 to Smoketree Elementary School kindergarten teacher Juliane Grandell. More and pictures.
Sesame Street helps your family prepare for an emergency
Prepare your family for the unexpected. Sesame Street’s Let's Get Ready website helps families prepare for emergencies in simple ways, as children learn basic information to help them stay safe and make them proud to be prepared!
Coughing, sneezing, fever?
Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). The Center for Disease Control has released a fact sheet What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68. Read the fact sheet.
Congratulations to LHHS counselor Sarah Skemp
The Western Arizona Vocational Education Joint Technical Education District presented Lake Havasu High School counselor Sarah Skemp with a WOW award. More...
Legendary Teacher Day
Lake Havasu City mayor Mark Nexsen declared September 25, 2014 to be Legendary Teacher Day. The Legendary Teacher Day proclamation reads (in part), “... it is important to take time to fully recognize the special teachers in our lives.” Eight Lake Havasu Unified teachers were there to help celebrate the event. More and a picture...
All about options and opportunities
Lake Havasu High School offers many options to students. Let's talk about just two of them. With the support and cooperation of Mohave Community College and the WAVE JTED (Western Arizona Vocational Education Joint Technical Education District), Lake Havasu High School students have the option of working towards a career in H.V.A.C. or welding while still in high school. You can watch a video about each of these programs on the WAVE JTED YouTube channel. LHHS offers more.
Solar Project signs at LHHS and district office
You may notice a new sign in front of Lake Havasu High School and the Lake Havasu Unified District Office. You may say to yourself, "How do they expect me to read that small sign while I am driving down the street?" The signs were provided by AMERESCO, a company that worked on the solar project at each site, and they carry an important message. "SAVING WITH SOLAR. No added cost to the district or tax payers - utility incentives and energy savings from solar energy pays for this project." The solar installations are paying for themselves. As an additional benefit, the structures supporting the panels provide shaded parking for some of our staff, visitors, and students.
Other recent stories
Stories from our website or other sites.
- LHUSD governing board makes decision on bonds 6/30/14
- SkillsUSA students at 2014 State Competition
- K-12 Academic Recognition Banquet honors students and teachers 5/13/14
- L.H.H.S. F.B.L.A. state competition results 4/24/14
- Ad designers earn $$$ for their classrooms 3/4/14
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Stories from the local newspaper.
- Bond would fund $5.7 million for athletic fields 9/29/14
- Lake Havasu school bond calls for $11.2 million in tech improvements 9/15/14
- Old Skybox restaurant to become WAVE JTED Culinary Arts school 9/10/14 (More about this in the JTED newsletter.)
- Thunderbolt seeking wins in classrooms 8/13/14
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