In the News

We are always up to something fantastic! On this page we will tell you about our upcoming events, relive and retell our past experiences, and give you bits of information that we think will be of help to you. Please visit this page often to see the exciting things going on at our school.

Teacher Walkout and School Closure

FHUSD schools will close due to statewide teacher walkout on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27. Please check back here for regular updates. We will also post updates on our FHUSD Facebook page. Please take a moment to read the following letter from our superintendent regarding the teacher walkout and refer to our FAQ sheet for additional information. 

Dear FHUSD Families and Staff,

Until yesterday afternoon, I was optimistic that we could avert closing schools due to the planned statewide teacher walkout. However, following meetings with staff from each school yesterday, I expect many teachers and support staff to participate in the walkout on Thursday, April 26, with the potential of the walkout extending into Friday. With the expected high numbers of teachers who will be participating in the walkout, I do not think we will have sufficient staffing to safely continue school operations. Therefore, all FHUSD schools, including preschool, will close on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27. 

We will provide additional information and updates in the event the statewide walkout continues for more than two days. We will use a variety of communication methods including, Alert Solutions, special announcements via the Falcon Focus, and postings on Facebook. We will also communicate information in the coming days about how the school calendar will change due to missing at least two of the state-mandated 180 instructional days. We do know that we will have to make those days up.

I understand how disruptive this is for families, particularly those with younger children. Fortunately, the numerous branches of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to serve and assist families.

Thank you for understanding at this critical juncture for public education in the state of Arizona. I'm hoping this issue will resolve quickly and we return our collective focus to achieving and celebrating educational excellence.

Respectfully,
Patrick Sweeney, Ed.D.
Superintendent

EVIT Of Fountain Hills Golf Benefit

Please consider joining us for the benefit golf tournament for EVIT of Fountain Hills on April 28, 2018. This event is sponsored by the Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation and takes place at Desert Canyon Golf Course. All proceeds will benefit EVIT of Fountain Hills. The cost is $100 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, and luncheon. There will be opportunities to win prizes, raffle items, and more. Non-golfers can purchase tickets for the luncheon luncheon only for $25. Contact Christine Colley via e-mail or phone at (480) 235.7134 for more information.

Summer School and Summer Enrichment

If you have not done so already, it's time to start looking ahead and planning for summer. With the last day of classes in FHUSD being May 24, many of you are probably wondering what sort of activities will be available for students when Tuesday, May 29 comes around. Fortunately, there are many options.

The district will continue with our focus on the academic and athletic sides of things, offering high-school courses for credit and sports camps for middle and high school students (provided by FHUSD coaches and staff). Please see our Summer School page for course descriptions, schedules, and registration information. 

We are again partnering with the Mary Ellen and Robert McKee branch of the Boys and Girls Club to make the club the center for enrichment for the younger students. Please see the club's summer camp and schedule of enrichment classes, and check out their frequently asked questions.

We are also actively promoting summer activities provided through the Town of Fountain Hills' Community Services Department. Please check out the Town of Fountain Hills’ summer camp information.

It's always good for children to stay active during the summer months. We will continue to share information of programming available to our students.

Superintendent Search Process and Timeline

We are accepting applications between now and April 5. The application process includes written responses to five questions that address important issues for the district, as well as standard things like a professional resume, letter of intent, and official application. 

Between April 6 and April 10, the application packets are scored individually by governing board members and district and site administrators, using the same scoring rubric. On April 11, the executive director of human resources and student services, Caroline Lynch, will meet with governing board president Edith Stock to discuss the applications and scores. At that time, we will identify finalists for the interviews.

Finalists will interview with two committees on April 18. One committee will be comprised of FHUSD employees and two governing board members and the other will be comprised of parents and community members and three governing board members. Between now and then, Ms. Lynch will organize the interview committees and gather, edit, and organize interview questions. As part of the process, interview committee members will identify strengths and concerns they have of each finalist. The governing board will review and consider the written information when they meet in executive session on April 19 to discuss the candidates and to select a candidate to be the district’s next superintendent.

If all goes as planned and the governing board hires a new superintendent at the April 25 governing board meeting, the new superintendent will start serving on July 1, 2018. At FHUSD, our goal is to do everything we can to ensure a smooth and seamless transition, so that the new superintendent can hit the ground running on July 1.

New Pick-Up Time

Beginning March 21, 2018, the morning middle and elementary school pick-up time for the Bookworm will move back seven minutes for each stop. As an example, if your current pick-up time is 7:40 a.m., the new time will be 7:33 a.m. This is necessary to accommodate changes to the route. We apologize for any possible inconvenience.