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.

The Season of Assessments

As a public school district, FHUSD administers a variety of academic assessments to district students. The data gathered from these tools will assist instruction, or evaluate purposes at the student or school level. While many are familiar with AzMERIT, there are a variety of other assessments given to students in certain grade levels and subjects each with different purposes. Some assessments determine class placements, some for state academic accountability, and others contribute to national data. Read the February 8, 2019 newsletter for information on some of the various assessments administered to students along with the purpose of the resulting data.

Food Services

The ongoing federal government shutdown has affected many families. The children in your household may qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch at our schools. The National School Lunch Program provides free or reduced price school breakfast and lunch meals for eligible students based on family income. 

We serve breakfast at both McDowell Mtn and FH Middle School, and lunches at all of our schools. If you would like to apply for this program, please fill out an application. You can always find this application on our Food Service page.

Updated Attendance Guideline

The January 11, 2019, edition of the Falcon Focus addresses an updated Arizona Department of Education (ADE) attendance guideline that is of importance to all families. State law requires that the schools must record all student absences and the reason for the absence. Absences fall into the categories of excused and unexcused. For the 2018–19 school year, the Arizona Department of Education defined an excused absence as one of the following: illness, doctor appointment, bereavement, family emergencies, major religious holidays of a family's faith, and out-of-school suspensions. In order to record an absence as excused, the parent must notify the school in advance or at the time of the absence by the parent or other person who has custody of the student. If notification is not possible on the day of the absence, notify the school the day that the student returns to school. It is a school district decision to determine if we record absences due to a family vacation as excused or unexcused. We will record the absence as unexcused if the school receives no notification. Also, we will record an absence relating to any other term or condition not covered by either ADE or governing board policy as unexcused. This updated FHUSD attendance procedure can be found on the Resources page

The state formula for calculating our operating budget is primarily based on student enrollment and average daily membership. When a student absence count, either excused or unexcused, reaches 10% of the school year continued absences may then result in reduced district funding for those periods of time. While we strongly encourage regular attendance as a significant factor that contributes to academic success, it also plays a role in determining the fiscal resources available for school and district operations. 

We appreciate your consideration of this state-mandated guideline.