A generous community
Our community is very generous. The schools of Lake Havasu Unified receive many donations form individuals, businesses, and organizations. Last year, we received a total of $217,283 in donations, including a donation from the Deborah Miller State Farm Insurance Agency that paid for repairs to the outdoor marquee at Starline Elementary school and a donation of $23,300 from the K-12 Foundation that went to Music and Art programs at Thunderbolt Middle School and Lake Havasu High School.
Already this school year the K-12 Foundation has given $28,000 to the district, Mudshark Pizza has donated $4,000 (Pictured: Mudshark owners and staff present a check to district superintendent Asseier.), the Lake Havasu High School Athletic Booster Club has donated $17,077 to LHHS athletic programs, and the London Bridge Rotary Foundation has given $10,000 to assist homeless students.
We are grateful to all those who help us provide a better learning environment for our students.
- For upcoming school board meetings check here.
- August 25 (Thursday), 4 pm–8 pm: Lake Havasu High School Band fundraiser at Chipotle. Show the flyer or tell the cashier.
- September 24 (Saturday): 6th Annual Fighting Knights 5K Cross Country Fun Run. Benefits Lake Havasu High School boy's and girl's cross country program. Open to all. Enjoy the experience of running in a classic cross country race. The 5K course (3.1 miles) consists of two loops on rolling golf course terrain. More... (This is now the correct information.)
- Several of our teachers have successfully used crowdsourcing websites to fund materials for their classrooms. The list of open projects is always changing, and you can search by zip code for those that are currently open. As of 8/10/16, there are these:
- Three iPad minis for Ms. Parrish at Jamaica Elementary.
- Fun and fitness playground materials for Mrs. Waller at Starline Elementary.
- Pencils and a chair for Mrs. Gomez at Lake Havasu High School have been funded.
- Art supplies for Mrs. Nutt at Starline Elementary have been funded.
- Creative play materials for Ms. Gibbs at Nautilus Elementary.
- Student subscriptions to Storyworks magazine for Mrs. Sieh at Oro Grande Elementary.
- iPad for Mr. Hoffman at Jamaica Elementary School has been funded.
- Books for Mr. Branchik at Lake Havasu High School.
- Chromebooks for Mrs. Williams at Starline Elementary have been funded.
School started 8/8
The 2016-17 school year for Lake Havasu Unified started Monday, August 8. School buses are on the road and students are walking to and from school. Please watch for them and drive safely. It never hurts to review the traffic laws. The Arizona Driver License Manual covers crosswalk safety and rules for sharing the road with school buses. The Lake Havasu City Police Department has posted a crosswalk safety video on YouTube.
Other Back to School news
Lake Havasu Unified staff attended the district's annual "Back to School Rally"* on August 3rd. New staff members were introduced, and many got their first look at our new superintendent, Diana Asseier (pronounced uh-sire). Mrs. Asseier put together a brief slideshow to introduce herself. One of the slides is shown here. It was meant for staff, but she would ask the same of any community member. Other rally highlights:
- The Lake Havasu High School Band of Knights and Flag Line were there to greet staff with some rousing music.
- The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD presented a check to each school principal. The checks varied in amount based on the student count at each school, but the grand total donated was $28,000. The K-12 Foundation does a fantastic job supporting our schools. Check their website at k12foundation.org
- Chad Nelson of the A Team at Keller Williams Realty presented a check for $500 to a staff member whose name was picked in a randow drawing. Thank you, Mr. Nelson.
With staff, students, parents, and community supporters working together, this will be a great year.
Ginny Sautner named National Rural Teacher of the Year
Lake Havasu High School teacher Virginia Sautner has been named the Monsanto Fund National Rural Teacher of the Year. (press release)
Mrs. Sautner has been with Lake Havasu Unified since 2005, and teaches freshman honors English and Student Government (Advertising and Public Relations). She is an advisor to the her school's Student Government, National Honor Society, Distributive Education Clubs of America, and Renaissance. She took one year off from Havasu several years ago to participate in a teacher exchange program, spending a school year teaching in the Czech Republic. She has been recognized nine different times at the annual K-12 Foundation Academic Recognition Banquet (where top Lake Havasu High School students name the teacher who most influenced them).
An exceptional teacher. Read related newspaper story...
Parking lot maintenance
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year.
Perhaps you have noticed the new asphalt and sealing work going on at Lake Havasu High School, Starline Elementary, and Havasupai Elementary? These improvements were made possible by the local taxes collected and referred to as “Adjacent Ways” funding.
Much like the name infers, the Adjacent ways funds may only be used for paving where school buses and emergency vehicles will travel. Our district parking lots and access to our schools is critical for safety, and maintaining them is of high importance.
Adjacent Ways is the property tax collected on parcels at a rate per $100,000.00 of value. These taxes are used only for paving and without them, our parking lots would not be safe. Because we are seeking a bond for facilities improvements, the Lake Havasu USD School Board voted to reduce this tax by half for the 16-17 school year, as we still need to ensure the district's parking lots and driveways are maintained as assessed.
The district's maintenance department obtained bids to remove/replace pavement at certain district sites and to crack-seal/seal coat/stripe other areas, depending on the condition of each area. This work is best done when school is not in session, so all the activity is currently occurring.
And the good news is . . . we will be ready and finished by the first day of school, August 8th!
District welcomes new administrators
Several new elementary school principals, a middle school assistant principal, and a new superintendent have joined Lake Havasu Unified School District. You can read or watch a little more about each of them at the links below.
- Oro Grande Principal Brett Bitterman. | RiverScene Magazine interview
- Nautilus Elementary School Principal Ruben Gonzalez. | RiverScene Magazine interview
- Jamaica Elementary Principal Andrea Helart. | RiverScene Magazine interview
- Thunderbolt Middle School Assistant Principal Carlos Robles.
- District Superintendent Diana Asseier. | RiverScene Magazine interview
News about school meals
Many Lake Havasu Unified students qualify for free or reduced cost meals at their school. Read more about who qualifies in English | Spanish.
New this year—you can apply online for free or reduced cost meals at www.heartlandapps.com.
Prepay for student meals at www.myschoolbucks.com. There is a mobile device app available to make this easier. Check your app store for the MySchoolBucks app.
Read the food service newsletter.
The LHHS Educational Tour Group went to Europe
You can follow their adventures on the tour group Facebook page.
The Thunderbolt Middle School Educational Tour Club went to Gettysburg and Washington, DC. Check their Facebook page.
You can help support both clubs through the tax credit program.
Other recent stories
Stories from our website or other sites.
- LHHS Class of 2016 Finishes New Courtyard 8/3/16
- Lake Havasu High School Donates Nature Habitat For Students 8/2/16
- New school superintendent to face district’s money matters 6/19/16
- Thunderbolt Middle School is a Capturing Kids’ Hearts™ Showcase School 4/19/16
- Eight LHHS SkillsUSA students qualify for national competition 4/11/16
- Outstanding Students Honored At LHHS Assembly 4/7/16
- Students compete in State Geography and Spelling Bees 4/4/16
- Students Team With City Workers For Green Project 4/1/16
- Thanks to local contractors and businesses
- Starline Envision Expo 3/16/16
- LHHS Honor Society Day of Service 3/12/16
- Jamie Thuneman receives K-12 Foundation Golden Apple Award 3/1/16
- Google Cardboard comes to Havasu schools 3/1/16
- Water World: Lessons bring school kids to Rotary Park 2/24/16
- ‘Ignite Class’ aims to spark tech bug in local youth 1/27/16
- Up, up, and away at Thunderbolt Middle School 1/27/16
- Nautilus Elementary School Elf Engineering Day 12/21/15
- BLAST OFF! ASU Havasu works with Nautilus Elementary 12/9/15
- Nautilus Elementary School students make Christmas cards for wounded soldiers 11/20/15
- LHUSD Elementary Math Superstars 11/6/15
- Thunderbolt Career Day 10/30/15
- EXTRA CREDIT: ‘Enrichment’ classes introduce new concepts to students 9/28/15
- LHHS Hot Rod Knights Car Club 10/27/15
- Students Mob IJSBA Thursday to Tour the World 10/8/15
- Butterflies Be Free! 9/25/15
- Our thanks to Calvary Baptist Church 9/15/15
- Culinary School (Open to Lake Havasu High School students.) 8/27/15
- Pennies for pupils: Arizona school spending again ranks near bottom of states 6/3/15
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