Thunderbolt Middle School is a Capturing Kids’ Hearts™ Showcase Schools Nominee

Thunderbolt Middle School is one of eleven schools from across the country nominated by the Flippen Group for the Capturing Kids’ Hearts™ Showcase Schools Award for the 2015-2016 school year. According to a Flippen Group press release, “A site visit to each nominated campus will be conducted to gather additional quantitative and qualitative data and to interview students, teachers, administrators and parents . . . Following the site visit, the selection team will review all accumulated data and select the campuses to be recipients of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase Schools Award.”

Capturing Kids' Hearts uses four basic elements to build students' and teachers' respect for one another: handshakes, social contracts, affirmations, and making connections by individuals sharing “good things” that have happened to them in the last week.

Thunderbolt principal Mari Jo Mulligan is a strong supporter of the program and credits it for lowering the number of discipline referrals at her school. For a January, 2015 article on our website, she said, “Now when we interview prospective teachers, I explain Capturing Kids’ Hearts and say, ‘if this doesn’t sound like something you can embrace, we are not the right school for you.’”

Read a press release | Read coverage at RiverScene Magazine

Important tax credit news

You no longer need to make your tax credit contribution by December 31, 2015 for it to be used on your 2015 taxes. Tax credit contributions received from January 1, 2016 through April 15, 2016 can now be claimed on your Arizona State income tax return for either the 2015 OR 2016 tax year.

If you have any questions about it, please call our tax credit office at 928-505-6917.

Congratulations on a record breaking season

Lake Havasu Area Chamber of CommerceThe Lake Havasu Football Knights lost a hard fought 17-14 game in overtime to Pusch Ridge. (See newspaper coverage.) A win last week against Show Low made this the first 11-win football season in Lake Havasu High School history. Congratulations to the players and coaching staff. You are the best.

Don't forget, it is your tax credit dollars that make football and other athletic programs possible at both our high school and middle school. Thank you for your generosity.

For a look back at the LHHS football season, check the links below.

Fatima Mu receives K-12 Foundation Golden Apple Award

The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD#1 presented the Sherry Dailey Golden Apple Award for October, 2015 to Fatima Mu. Mrs. Mu is a sixth grade teacher at Smoketree Elementary School. More and a picture.

Substitutes Needed!

Are you looking for part-time work to earn extra money? Become a substitute for the Lake Havasu Unified School District. We are continuously looking for qualified and flexible substitutes. Some positions require a degree, and some do not.

  • on-line application process
  • automated system - job assignments
  • get first hand information when full-time positions become available

Apply now at or call Kay White at 928-505-6900.

Upcoming events

  • For upcoming school board meetings check here.
  • December 3, 4–8 pm: Thunderbolt Middle School fundraiser at Chipotle. Bring this flyer.
  • December 3, 6 pm: flag football game between the Lake Havasu High School Flag Football Team and Roger Burger's All-Stars. In Lee barnes Stadium at Lake Havasu High School. Admission is one canned food item which will be given to a local food bank.
  • December 4,5, & 6 and December 18, 19, & 20: Lake Havasu High School Band will be wrapping your gifts and selling baked goods at KMART. Friday evening, all day Saturday until 9 pm, and Sunday until 3 pm.
  • December 8, 7:30 pm: Lake Havasu High School Winter Choir Concert. In the school's Performing Arts Center. (map) Admission is one non-perishable food item for the food bank.
  • December 10, 7 pm: Lake Havasu High School Winter Band and Orchestra Concert. In the Performing Arts Center (map).

Fly the U.S. flag and help Kiwanis support High School athletics

 Kiwanis Club of Lake Havasu City wants to display a flag for you, placed at your home by the Lake Havasu High School Booster Club.

For $30 a flag will be placed in your yard on 6 different holidays (Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Undesignated Day - Pearl Harbor Day, and Veterans Day). (Your enrollment is good for one year from your registration date.)

Proceeds from this program benefit the LHHS Athletic Booster Club and the Kiwanis Club of LHC which helps programs such as the Scouts, elementary school student programs, KEY Club, Teen Break, and many others. See the brochure...

Budget and Parents pages added to website

We have added a District Budget and Financial Reports and a Parents web page to our website. The parents page has its own link in the navigation menu at the top of this page. The parents page contains many links to information, including one for the new budget page. The budget link can also be found in the navigation menu under DEPARTMENTS/BUSINESS SERVICES/DISTRICT BUDGET. Or, you can use these direct links. District Budget & Financial Reports | Parents.

If you have any questions or comments on these pages, please contact the webmaster.

Safety advisory

Sunrise comes later and sunset earlier this time of year. If your children are outside—especially in the street—during hours of darkness, please make sure they are wearing light colored clothing or even reflectorized gear. A child on a skateboard wearing dark clothing can be very difficult to see at night, but they can move very fast. We have all had a "where did he come from" experience while driving a car. Make sure your child can be seen. And remember, Arizona traffic law says:

A bicycle that is used at nighttime shall have a lamp on the front that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and a red reflector on the rear of a type that is approved by the department and that is visible from all distances from fifty feet to three hundred feet to the rear when the reflector is directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A bicycle may have a lamp that emits a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear in addition to the red reflector.

Local public forum on education spending

Citizens for Havasu Schools hosted a public forum on November 14 about education funding and Lake Havasu Unified School District. Guest speakers included Mayor Mark Nexsen, Lake Havasu Unified governing board member Nichole Cohen, and James Gray from the PED.
Read newspaper coverage of the forum | Citizens for Havasu Schools on Facebook.

Our thanks to Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce members

Lake Havasu Area Chamber of CommerceSeveral members of the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce have recently made technology donations to the district. (See list below.) Thank you.

  • Lisa Krueger, representing the Chamber of Commerce, donated a 3D Doodler Pen to Jamie Thuneman's STEM Club at Jamaica Elementary.
  • Mike Bonney, representing GDK CPA, donated a Steven Spangler Electronics Kit to Jamie Thuneman's STEM Club at Jamaica Elementary.
  • Audrey Hoyt, representing Quality Inn & Suites, donated six Google Cardboard. (Or is it Google Cardboards? What is the plural for this?) Three went to Rebekah King at Thunderbolt Middle School and three to Donna Torrecillas at Nautilus Elementary.

Our thanks to Hospice of Havasu

Calvary Baptist Church recognized.Hospice of Havasu has offered its employees the option of participating in the Lake Havasu Unified Tax Credit Program through payroll deduction. Any employer can offer this option, allowing workers to get their tax credit in a relatively painless way while making a big difference to students. Many Havasu employers, both large and small, offer this payroll deduction option: Lake Havasu City, Havasu Regional Hospital, Crown Jewels of Havasu, Havasu Pest Control, etc. (see full list) We thank them and Hospice of Havasu.

Interested in how you can get a dollar-for-dollar credit that either lowers what you owe on state income tax or increases your refund? Click to read more about the Lake Havasu Unified Tax Credit Program or call our tax credit office at (928)505-6917.

Congratulations to Mrs. Sautner

Lake Havasu High School English teacher Ginny Sautner has been named 2015 Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Rural Schools Association. More...

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