Something fishy at the September 9 board meeting

The Lake Havasu High School Anglers Club received a check for $4,000 as grand prize winner in the Berkley 2014 High School Fishing Club Challenge. Berkley is (according to the company website) "the world's leading fishing tackle company." A company representative was at the September 9 meeting of our governing board to present the check to the club's coach (and Lake Havasu High School physical science teacher) Meghan Cates.

Read more about the contest | the LHHS Anglers | the board meeting.

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.

If you want to read the signs without stopping traffic, you can see pdf versions here. District Office sign | High School sign

Who are the candidates for school board?

Four people—Vernon Bridges, Nicole Cohen, Deanna Pfleger, and Pat Rooney—have qualified to have their names on the November ballot for two positions on the Governing Board of Lake Havasu Unified School District. To help us make an informed decision on who will lead our district in the years ahead, the Lake Havasu Association of Realtors is sponsoring a "Meet the Candidates" night on October 2nd, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Lake Havasu High School (map). All four school board candidates are expected to be there, and we hope you can attend.

Tara Smith awarded K-12 Foundation Golden Apple

The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD#1 presented the Sherry Dailey Golden Apple Award for September, 2014 to Oro Grande Elementary School Primary Resource teacher Tara Smith. More and pictures.

Fourth Annual Cross Country Fun Run

The 4th Annual Fighting Knights 5K Cross Country Fun Run is September 20. Five K (3.1 miles) on the pleasant rolling golf course terrain of the Bridgewater Links Golf Course. Proceeds benefit LHHS Boys and Girls Cross Country Program. More...

Guiding Good Choices parenting class

Most of us know that computer software does not come with instructions. This lack has created a whole industry of "For Dummies" and "The Missing Manual" type books that provide the operator's manual that should have come with the product. What about children? Much more complicated than computer software, but no instructions provided. That is no longer a problem because free Guiding Good Choices parenting classes are available! You will learn practical skills to help you strengthen your relationship with your child and guide him or her through life's challenges. The classes will be offered three times during the next year. The first one is in October. More...

Other classes of interest coming up:

The Great Voter Challenge

Register to Vote linkArizona's O'Connor House has launched The Great Voter Challenge to encourage voter registration, education, and turnout for the 2014 Elections. In 2012, Arizona had one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the nation. Arizona ranked 45th out of the 50 states with only 53.3% of eligible voters voting. Voting is not only a right, but one of the most important duties of American citizens. The United States was founded on the belief that citizens would have a choice in their leaders and policies. In order to ensure that our students vote when they become adults, it is important that parents register to vote and vote on Election Day. Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

If you are not a registered voter or have recently moved and need to update your address, please visit the link below. Voter registration is easy in Arizona and just takes a few minutes. Please talk to your children about voting. It makes a difference! More...

How's school?

Derek Kuch is the new Journalism teacher at Thunderbolt Middle School. He asked his students to write about their school. Here is what student Sierra had to say.

My thunderbolt middle school experience has been amazing so far! I am treated way different than I was in elementary school. I get a lot more freedom because 7th and 8th graders don’t have to walk in lines anymore to and from classes and to lunch, and we don’t need to be quiet constantly. Sometimes I even get to sit on the floor! I can even chew gum and have mints in my classes. I think we should be able to have more freedom in school because were getting older and we should get more privileges.

The way I am greeted throughout the day is with respect. The teachers and staff make great eye contact, shakes our hand, and greets us. I really enjoy and appreciate it. It shows that they care about us and our feelings. On the other hand, my teachers are so awesome in middle school. I get five teachers throughout the day. They are all different in their own unique ways. I enjoy the way they teach and they inspire me to keep me to accomplish my goals. My experience here at thunderbolt middle school is amazing and I hope it continues to be that way.

Read more in the TBolt Journalism Blog

LHUSD governing board makes decision on bonds

During a meeting that lasted almost 3 hours, the Lake Havasu Unified School District governing board voted unanimously to call for a capital bond election on November 4, 2014 in an amount not to exceed $67,460,000. More about the June 30 board meeting...

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