Athletic fees: final decision to be made at future board meeting 

The Lake Havasu Unified governing board held a work session at 7 p.m. on January 22 to discuss school athletic fees for the 2015-16 school year. Athletic fees are paid by student athletes at Lake Havasu High School and Thunderbolt Middle School. Video and PowerPoint presentations from the meeting are available online. The purpose of this meeting was to listen to ideas. The board will decide on a specific plan of action at a future meeting. More…

The next governing board meeting to discuss and possibly vote on 2015-16 athletic fees will be on Tuesday, February 3, at 7 p.m. in the district office board room.

Let's talk about measles

As you may be aware, there has been a recent outbreak of Measles in the United States starting in California.

The school district is in communication with Mohave County Health Department, watching for confirmed cases in our community and will notify our families with information relevant to their student’s health. So far there have been no confirmed cases of Measles in Lake Havasu.

The symptoms of measles generally appear about 14 days after a person is infected. It can be as soon as 7 days or as late as 21 days.

Measles typically begins with

  • high fever—101 or higher.
  • cough.
  • runny nose (coryza).
  • red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).

Three to five days later there will be a dusky red, blotchy rash.

Transmission is from contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected individual. These secretions may be on surfaces or in infected droplets in the air.

If your student has not been vaccinated for Measles and the health department declares an outbreak, your child will not be allowed to attend school for up to 3 weeks or until the risk period ends.

For further information please feel free to contact your school nurse or the Mohave County Health Department at 453-0703. Additional information can be found at

Upcoming training/classes/activities/fundraisers

  • Lake Havasu High School Talent Show, Thursday, January 29, 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5.
  • Help Fight Cancer
    The LHHS Fine Arts Department would like to invite you to help fight cancer. We have created a team to walk in the Relay for Life event this April. As one of our fundraisers we will be showcasing all the acts that will be competing at the Northern AZ Acting Festival. The performance will be held this Friday, January 30, in the Little Theatre at 7PM. You’ll see scenes, monologues and musical numbers performed by some of the high school’s finest actors. The running time is about 30 minutes. There is no cost, just a donation to a good cause.
  • Rummage Sale fundraiser for Lake Havasu High School Educational Tour Group, January 31. Details...
  • Guiding Good Choices parenting class. Details...
  • Helping children deal with grief. Details...
  • "Buckets & Birdies Golf Classic," a fundraiser for Lake Havasu High School golf and basketball, February 22. Details...

Career and Technical Education Open House

Lake Havasu High School is having a special open house to highlight its outstanding Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes. Visitors will hear about the programs and be able to tour the classrooms. The open house is Tuesday, February 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Open House visitors should start out in the Performing Arts Center (map). Read more…

Our CTE program offers classes in these content areas:

  • Business Systems
  • Engineering & Info Tech
  • Arts, communications, & Humanities
  • Health Services
  • Social & Human Services

Lake Havasu High School teams with the Western Arizona Vocational Education Joint Technical Education District to bring our students the best CTE classes available.

Changing the world starts with a handshake

Thunderbolt Middle School science teacher Kathleen Weber greets students with a handshake.
Thunderbolt Middle School science teacher Kathleen Weber greets students with a handshake.

Think back to junior high school—now known as middle school. Picture what it was like as you changed classes.

Unless you went to a parochial school, it was probably a sea of disorder, dominated by hormones and blossoming egos. There were physical and verbal challenges, and education was probably a low priority for most of the students.

That sea of disorder is a thing of the past at Thunderbolt Middle School in Lake Havasu City, thanks to a program called Capturing Kids’ Hearts. The program, developed by the Flippen Group of Texas, uses four basic elements to build students’ and teachers’ respect for one another.

Those elements are handshakes, social contracts, affirmations and making connections by individuals sharing “good things” that have happened to them in the last week. Read more…

Starline teacher Rebecca Pehling in the spotlight

RiverScene Magazine has published an article about Starline special education teacher Rebecca Pehling. Read it here. (This link will take you to the magazine's website.)

Sarah Skemp named AZ School Counselor of the Year

Congratulations to Lake Havasu High School counselor Sarah Skemp, who has been named the Arizona School Counselors Association School Counselor of the Year for 2015. She will be honored with this award at the AzSCA spring conference in March.

Congratulations to our newest NBC teachers

We proudly report that Lake Havasu Unified has three new National Board Certified Teachers: Ginny Sautner, Amanda Rapstad, and Elizabeth Nelson. Their achievement was officially recognized at a governing board meeting on December 9th. More and a picture . . .

A Fair of the Heart & Heart Health Awareness Walk

The Havasu Community Health Foundation is sponsoring a special walk/health fair/panel discussion/sock hop, all on January 31st at the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center. Plenty of things to enjoy; plenty of things to learn. Visit the foundation website for details, or download the brochure.

Thank you for helping top last year's tax credit total!

Ken Cook makes the last in-person tax credit contribution of 2014.
Ken Cook makes the last in-person tax credit contribution of 2014. Also in the picture are school district employees Mary Heronema, Jackie Taylor, and Alice Opie.

Per our tradition of several years, we snapped a picture of the person making the last in-person tax credit contribution of the year. Our thanks to that contributor, Mr. Kenneth Cook, and to all who participated in the Lake Havasu Unified tax credit program during 2014.

Our goal is to always do better than the previous year. As the thermometer graphic shows, we have topped last year's amount. Can we do better in 2015? We hope so.

There are still hundreds, if not thousands, of taxpayers in Lake Havasu City that could participate in the program but do not. Why not? Maybe they have not heard about it. Maybe they have heard about it but do not believe what they heard. How do we reach the ones who are persuadable? How do we convince them? We think that word-of-mouth works best. If you participate in the tax credit program, please tell a friend that:

  • Anyone with an Arizona state income tax liability can participate.
  • You do not need to itemize on your return to claim the AZ school tax credit.
  • You do not have to be the parent of a student.
  • For a single individual or head of household, the tax credit maximum is $200. If you are married filing jointly, the maximum is $400. You do not have to give the maximum. Any amount is welcome.
  • You get a dollar-for-dollar credit that either lowers what you owe on state income tax or increases your refund. (The credits may only be used to the extent they reduce a tax liability to zero on your Arizona tax return. Any unused amounts may be carried forward for up to five years.)
  • The money stays in our community and you get to say where it goes. There is a long list of options. When your tax money goes to Phoenix, you do not get to say how it is spent.

Our schools and staff push the tax credit program in every way they can think of. The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD #1 promotes the tax credit. Our local newspaper runs articles on the tax credit. There are announcements on the radio. Some local businesses offer tax credit participation via payroll deduction. But, if you tell a friend about the tax credit for public schools program, you can help us reach folks that might not hear any other way, or might not believe what they hear from a stranger. Please, tell a friend.

Tax credit forms are available online and at the Smith's service desk (but only in November & December), Mohave County Library, Horizon Community Bank, Mohave State Bank, and our district office. Checks and forms can be sent via U.S. Mail to Lake Havasu Unified School District, 2200 Havasupai Blvd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. Your check should be made out to Lake Havasu Unified School District. You may also pay by check, cash, or credit card at our district office. Have questions? Please call or email Jackie Taylor (505-6917 or

Bridget Hagest awarded K-12 Foundation Golden Apple

The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD#1 presented the Sherry Dailey Golden Apple Award for November, 2014 to Starline Elementary School Academic Coach Bridget Hagest. More and pictures.

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