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According to upperclassmen representatives in the Fountain Hills High School Student Government (STUGO), there is a desire for school spirit among the student body post-COVID-19. The students have dressed in themes for home football and volleyball games, everything from all black to neon, an…

Fountain Hills High School is celebrating Homecoming next week. The Falcon football team will host a region opponent, the Tempe Buffaloes, on Friday, Sept. 23, and the Falcon students will volunteer Saturday morning on Make a Difference Day. The students will also dress in themes all week an…

The consolidation of campuses has emerged over the past school year as a possible solution to help several issues in the Fountain Hills Unified School District. The District’s Facility Use Advisory Committee proposed a consolidation plan back in June, but Superintendent Dr. Cain Jagodzinski …

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Fountain Hills High School senior Analiz Lara-Lopez received national academic honors from the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met last Wednesday, Aug. 24, for a work study session. The Board discussed its goals and expectations, and next meeting superintendent Dr. Cain Jagodzinski will present objectives to reach those goals and will receive feedback from t…

The new school year recently began, and the Fountain Hills Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is ready for another year of fundraising and supporting Fountain Hills Unified School District schools. Last year, the PTO raised over $100,000 and spent those funds on student scholarships, teacher …

Reunions bring people back to their colleges and high schools, but there are typically fewer reasons for someone to go back to their old elementary school. Not so for Gillian Levin. She joined her sister and mother as an employee in Fountain Hills Unified School District this year, and she r…

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board will meet tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 24, for a work study session at 5 p.m. The Board will continue its conversations on goals for the year previously discussed at the Board retreat on July 27.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met last Wednesday, Aug. 10, for a regular business meeting. Superintendent Dr. Cain Jagodzinski said the first day went well across all three schools, and enrollment was higher than expected at each site.

Kim Flowers worked in the front office of Fountain Hills High School last year, but she will be a freshman English teacher and club leader this year. Flowers is bringing back the Veterans Heritage Project (VHP), a statewide service project that was started by a former Fountain Hills teacher,…

McDowell Mountain Elementary School principal Kevin Wilkinson is ready for back-to-school events. The Times reached out to each school principal for a statement ahead of the new school year. Following are Wilkinson’s thoughts.

Fountain Hills’ families and students are invited to enjoy a fun, free escape at the annual Back to School Bash hosted by Town of Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation on Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Four Peaks Park.

Fountain Hills High School principal Chris Hartmann is excited to start the new school year. The Times reached out to each school principal for a statement to get the new year rolling. Following is Hartmann’s statement.

Superintendent Cain Jagodzinski stated in the Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board retreat meeting on Wednesday, July 27, that school safety is a priority for him, and he wants to increase and update school security this year.

The Times reached out to Dr. Cain Jagodzinski, Fountain Hills Unified School District Superintendent, for his thoughts ahead of the new school year.

Dr. Kimberly Weeldreyer, Fountain Hills Middle School’s new principal, is a local girl. She’s spent most of her life in Arizona and over 20 years in special education. She also has experience as a professional development coach, and she’s a national champion winning college track coach.

On Wednesday, July 27, Dr. Cain Jagodzinski updated the Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board on filled and unfilled positions for this upcoming school year at the Board retreat. The most recent administrative hire came from within, as Valerie Reichler has been named the new…

The Fountain Hills Unified School District transportation department is looking forward to another successful year of safely transporting students.

With the 2022-23 school year just around the corner, it’s time for parents to consider applying for the free/reduced meal plan offered by Fountain Hills Unified School District.

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There’s a new tuition-based private school opening in Fountain Hills this fall called The Inspiration Academy (TIA).

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met last Wednesday, July 13, for a special meeting and public hearing on the adopted budget for fiscal year 2023.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board discussed the potential plan to consolidate schools at the meeting held Wednesday, June 29. The Board took no action, but discussed recent Facility Use Advisory Committee (FUAC) meetings, and their decision to recommend a consolidati…

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met for a business meeting last Wednesday, June 29. The 2022 Fiscal Year ended on Thursday, June 30, and FY23 started on Friday, July 1.

Fountain Hills Unified School District completed a four-week summer school program last Thursday, June 23. The primary function at the high school this year was credit recovery, and administrators described it as smooth and successful.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board will hold a business meeting tonight, Wednesday, June 29, at 5 p.m. The Board will suspend the meeting for a public hearing on the proposed budget for next year, discuss and vote on changes to the Special Education Handbook and appro…

Arizona State University reached 100,000 students for the first time in 2017, and reportedly had 135,729 enrolled students this past year. ASU’s student population has steadily grown for years, as the total enrollment was 61,033 in 2005 and 45,929 in 1995.

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One of the nation’s largest youth development programs has recently set up a new club here in Fountain Hills. Lisa Ristuccia, a former Fountain Hills Charter School teacher, led the behind-the-scenes effort to get the local 4-H Club up and running, and now she and other volunteers provide yo…

Last Wednesday, June 1, members of the Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously at the end of their business meeting to call for a special election for a bond, and to call a special election for a District Additional Assistance (DAA) override, also knows as a …

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board held a work study session last Tuesday, May 24. The Board discussed potential land sale and bond proposals and decided to only put one of the two on the ballot in November.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board will have a work study session Tuesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. This is a break from the traditional meeting day of Wednesday in order to accommodate Fountain Hills Middle School graduation.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board discussed revisions to Policy JJJ – Extracurricular Activity Eligibility, at its meeting last Tuesday, May 10. This was the first of two required policy readings.

The Fountain Hills Parent Teacher Organization held an appreciation breakfast for all its sponsors at FireRock Country Club on Friday, May 6. Michael Maroon-Silvertree Wealth Partners underwrote the event, and Dwight Johnson was the FireRock host.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board approved a revised budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year at a business meeting last Tuesday, May 10. The meeting began with a public hearing on the revised budget led by FHUSD’s Director of Finance, Catherine King.

On Friday, April 29, Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation that expands the rights of parents and allows them more influence into their children’s education. The legislation, HB 2161, allows parents to sue school districts and school officials if they believe that an employee or district is…

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met last Wednesday, April 27, for a work study session. The Board discussed its budget and attempted to clarify issues concerning the potential sale of FHUSD property.

Graduation is right around the corner, a time of celebration for Fountain Hills High School seniors.

At last Wednesday’s Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board meeting, Interim Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sweeney and Fountain Hills Education Association President TJ Buckley updated the Board on recent developments at the high school.

Did you work a job while in high school? Were you an umpire for Little League baseball games or did you work behind the register at a fast-food restaurant, or did you do something else?

Fountain Hills High School’s Senior Recognition Night is next Wednesday, May 11, at the Fountain Hills Community Center. The program will include scholarships and awards for seniors, with friends, family and community members invited to the celebration beginning at 7 p.m.

The Fountain Hills Coalition presented a drugged and drunk driving seminar to parents and students last week on Wednesday, April 20. Mike Scharnow, the coalition’s executive director, said he was pleased with the turnout of 75 people, which included a healthy contingent of middle and high sc…

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board will meet tonight, Wednesday, April 27, for a work study session starting at 5 p.m. This is the first regularly scheduled meeting since the Board approved Dr. Cain Jagodzinski as the new Superintendent for 2022-23.

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The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board offered a contract to Dr. Cain Jagodzinski to serve as superintendent for next school year at a special meeting held Wednesday, April 20. Jagodzinski was a finalist for the position in 2020, is a former teacher and principal at Fount…

On April 7, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a rise in tuition and fees across the three state public universities: Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met last Wednesday, April 13, for a business meeting. The Board discussed ongoing standardized testing, heard a presentation on last year’s fiscal audit and discussed policies and procedures for next year.

The Fountain Hills Athletic Booster Club’s Third Annual Reverse Raffle was a success on Saturday night, April 2. The fundraiser was hosted at Parkview Taphouse, and the boosters were able to raise $14,580 for student athletes.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board will meet tonight, Wednesday, April 13, for a business meeting at 6:30 p.m. The business meeting will include an audit presentation from Henry and Horne, LLP, and more conversations about planning for the next school year. This eveni…