Falcon News

Be sure to check back often to see what new and exciting things are happening at Fountain Hills High School. Our students are constantly making headlines, and we want to share their news with you.

Reopening Schools

Governor Ducey announced yesterday that schools will reopen at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. The FHUSD preparation for students returning to schools in August in the COVID-19 environment began before school even ended last week by identifying the following areas that require detailed planning for school openings and the staff that take leadership roles for each of these areas.

  • Facilities preparation, cleaning, maintenance, and sanitization procedures: plant foremen and custodial staff
  • Instructional models for both classroom-based and remote learning scenarios and professional development for staff: director of instructional support and school administrators
  • Classroom organization for both children and adults with varying physical and emotional needs: school administrators and instructional leaders
  • Transportation logistics: director of transportation
  • Health protocols and safety concerns: district nurse
  • Emotional support: school counseling staff
  • Technology support: technology staff
  • Financial considerations: director of finance
  • Community engagement and involvement: superintendent 

A critical step in the planning process involves community feedback. If you have not already done so, please complete the community survey that was provided in a link in the superintendent’s Falcon Focus message sent last Thursday to all FHUSD households. This survey will close on Tuesday, June 2. The state superintendent of public instruction, Kathy Hoffman, is expected to release her “Roadmap for Reopening Schools” next week. Your survey responses combined with this roadmap will guide the decisions made for each of the above areas. Please watch for regular communications to be provided throughout June and July reporting district progress on each of the above-identified areas.  
Robert Allen, Ed.D.
Essential Office Staff Return

With the governor’s message and executive order to begin opening up businesses, there will be essential office staff working in each school and the district office beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, primarily engaged in clerical tasks. We will be following the guidance issued from legal and health department sources for social distancing, using personal protective equipment (masks and gloves) when appropriate, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Any public access will be limited to the lobby entry areas. Each principal has also scheduled days and times for the return of school materials including, Chromebooks, textbooks, and pick-up of personal items that have been in classrooms since the school closure began. Please watch for these communications from the principals with the details about schedules, drive-up locations for retrieving the supplies, and the social distancing measures in place to ensure a safe exchange of materials. Principals are also communicating end-of-year celebration activities with each community, so please watch for this information.

Top Arizona High School

Everyone, take a look at the latest US News and World Report recognizing Fountain Hills High School as a top AZ high school. Congratulations to Dr. Jagodzinski and his staff for this accomplishment.

Euro Pizza

Additional thanks go out to Jeannie Ryan and the Golden Eagle Education Foundation for working with Euro Pizza, actively giving coupons at our breakfast/lunch distribution sites. For every coupon redeemed at Euro Pizza, the foundation will reimburse the restaurant for the cost. The foundation has been a longtime supporter of our educational programs and continues to find additional ways to support our students and families.

Teacher Appreciation Week

The week of May 4–8 is Teacher Appreciation Week and our awesome FHUSD teachers deserve a hearty congratulations for their continued service. Whether their classroom is brick and mortar or a virtual world, they strive to provide the best possible education for our students. But as a reminder, FHUSD students should also give a big shout out to the parents who have contributed immensely to their learning over the last month. I often refer to the Fountain Hills community in my messages and firmly believe the great things our students accomplish both in school and beyond are the results of an entire community effort and commitment to preparing them for the unforeseen challenges of today and tomorrow.