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Campus will be buzzing with school spirit next week as Fountain Hills High School celebrates Hoopcoming. Student Government (STUGO) has planned several events and themes for each day leading up to the “Red Carpet” dance on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board will be meeting for a work study session tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m. The Board will vote on renaming the preschool, and they’ll do a first reading of four policy advisories.

Republican Tom Horne, Arizona’s newly elected state superintendent of schools, was the guest speaker at the Fountain Hills Tea Party meeting last Thursday, Jan. 19. He addressed concerns from locals and explained his focus on raising test scores, ensuring school safety and eliminating “distr…

The Kiwanis mission is to be a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Fountain Hills Middle School has benefited from volunteers from Noon Kiwanis of Fountain Hills for over 20 years, and the clubs are back in full swing afte…

Three new members joined the Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board last Wednesday, Jan. 11. After a call to order and pledge of allegiance, Lillian Acker, Madicyn Reid and Libby Settle were sworn in by town mayor Ginny Dicky, kicking off their four-year terms.

Registration is now open for the 2023-24 kindergarten class in Fountain Hills Unified School District. There are three upcoming open house events to see the campus and speak with Superintendent Dr. Cain Jagodzinski about a child’s future.

In a small town, there are resources and connections all around if you know where to look. In setting up the Parent Teacher Organization’s (PTO) inaugural Feathers & Flapjacks 5K and Fun Run, PTO 5K Chair Robin Bratcher reached out to her friend, Alissa Costello, to ask for a favor.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board will host a business meeting tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. Board members elect will be sworn into office, and then the new five members will elect officers for 2023.

This year, school systems returned to a sense of normalcy as several activities returned after a long hiatus. Fountain Hills Unified School District did not see the daily impact from COVID-19 as it had over the past two years, but FHUSD did have its fair share of controversy between a superi…

When Fountain Hills High School students return from their holiday break, one optional assignment will be waiting for them.

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Correction: The following story states that $185,000 has been set aside for administration raises next year. That is an error. Administrative raises will amount to under $4,000, as the $185,000 was set aside in order to sustain the raises provided to certified and classified staff next year.

There’s just over a week left for potential sponsors to donate to the Feathers and Flapjacks 5K and Fun Run fundraiser. The Fountain Hills Parent Teacher Organization is hosting the 5K fundraiser for the first time, and the deadline to sponsor the event is next Friday, Dec. 23.

A lot has changed since Fountain Hills Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Cain Jagodzinski said the District would take additional time to consider consolidating school buildings, as reported by The Times on Sept. 14. Jagodzinski continued to brainstorm potential solutions with staff…

Fountain Hills High School students Aysha Rasool and Jonas Doka-Nephi represented the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation at the White House in Washington, D.C., this November. They attended a national youth conference with about 1,000 other representatives from across the country sponsored by Unit…

The Fountain Hills Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be setting up shop next week. The Holiday Pop-Up Shop opens at 8 a.m. next Monday, Dec. 5, at both McDowell Mountain Elementary School and Fountain Hills Middle School.

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Three years ago, Fountain Hills Middle School (FHMS) became a pioneer in the district by implementing Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports (PBIS). FHMS continues to trailblaze paths for PBIS to improve the daily lives of students and on Monday, Nov. 21, FHMS opened a new PBIS store.

Josh Ball, a junior at Fountain Hills High School, donated nearly 3,000 minifigures to Stitchers of Hope at Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church. The Stitchers of Hope then donated the minifigures to Operation Christmas Child for local packing parties at Fountain Hills churches this winter.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met last Wednesday, Nov. 9. The Board conducted a Superintendent evaluation in an executive session before the business meeting, and the Board discussed implementing a new instructional time model at the end.

Arizona STEM Acceleration Project (ASAP) is an initiative sponsored by Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Education that will help deliver high-quality and hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities to Arizona students.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met last Wednesday, Oct. 26, for a work study session. The Board heard results from the second staff survey of the semester, and members changed the phrasing of seven policies to better fit the whole district.

Skateboarding is on the rise in Fountain Hills. The town is using federal grants to expand the Desert Vista skate park in town, and a local businessman, Caleb Dassinger, has partnered with the Town to create skateboarding competitions and a skateboarding school for Fountain Hills youth.

Salt River Project is offering grants for teachers looking for ways to engage with their students. SRP encourages teachers to apply for classroom grants in the areas of math, science, engineering, technology and social studies.

The Fountain Hills Drug Coalition is bringing Red Ribbon Week back to Fountain Hills Middle School next week, from Oct. 24-28. The Coalition will bring in vendors and educational materials throughout the week to bring awareness to the negative impacts of drugs, alcohol and vaping.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met last Wednesday, Oct. 5. During the business meeting, the Board discussed the water main break, which relocated the Board meeting to the middle school, the annual financial report (AFR) and they mourned the loss of Board member Ju…

Good leadership is often associated with the ability to react to an emergency quickly and effectively. Dr. Cain Jagodzinski faced his first huge challenge as the Fountain Hills Unified School District Superintendent last week when a broken water main shut down two district buildings, but he …

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met last Wednesday, Sept. 28, for a work study session, and they will meet again tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 5, for a business meeting at 6 p.m. The shortened time between the meetings is due to fall break next week from Oct. 10-14.

The Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board met last Wednesday, Sept. 14, for a business meeting. The Board discussed new policies, approved items related to their budget, and Superintendent Dr. Cain Jagodzinski started a new tradition.

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.