Falcon Focus August 9, 2019
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Superintendent's Message
To The FHUSD Community,

On behalf of the entire Fountain Hills Unified School District, welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.  I am excited to begin my second year as Superintendent and welcome our new and returning families.

As our new kindergarten students enter as the graduating class of 2033, it is interesting to take a brief look back at the history of FHUSD.   Fountain Hills School District began in September 1974 as an elementary district with 150 students using a temporary school building on Colony Drive.  The first permanent district school was Four Peaks Elementary, which opened in April 1975. High school students during those years typically attended Coronado & Saguaro High Schools in Scottsdale.  We became a K-12 Unified District in 1992 with the 1993-94 senior class being the first to graduate from FHHS with 95 students. There have been many changes over the years with the addition of McDowell Mountain Elementary School in 1986 and Fountain Hills Middle School in 2002. For this year we are opening our doors to approximately 1425 students in grades Pre K-12.

As we embark on our 46th year as a school district we welcome new staff to our administrative, instructional and support teams.  Specifically, Barrie Pinto as High School Assistant Principal and Denise Blosser as Dean of Students at Fountain HIlls Middle School.  But we also recognize long serving employees who have worked for FHUSD since the 1990’s. Current staff hired in 1999 or earlier include Darlene Matus, Kathleen Rawn, Cynthia Keith, Flor Lisa Rivera-Cartagine, Laurel Cundiff, Linda Ness and Wendy Bozzi at McDowell Mountain Elementary;  Deborah Jones, Susan Hare and Adrienne Larson at the Middle School; Dr. Paul McElligott, Debra Petrick, Karla Primosch, Kate Pruett and Jodi Langworthy at Fountain Hills High School. District office staff with over 20 years of service are Eloyse Jones, Margaret Ziefert and Jeanette Simmons.

From the excitement and enthusiasm of new children and new staff to the depth of experience of long time families and employees, welcome to a new year with FHUSD as we continue on the journey to “achieve and celebrate educational excellence.”

Robert Allen, Ed.D.
Important Dates
Governing Board Meetings (6:30 p.m.)
August 14
September 11
October 16
November 13
December 11
January 8
February 12
March 18
April 8
May 12
June 10

Student Return
August 6
January 6

Quarter End Dates
October 3
December 20
March 5
May 21 (Last Day of School)
One Hour Early Release Days
August 14, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20
December 4, 11
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 18, 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13

Half Day Early Release
October 3-4 (K-8 only)
December 20 (K-12)
March 5-6 (K-8 only)
May 21 (K-12)

No School
September 2 (Labor Day)
October 7-11 (Fall Break)
November 11 (Veterans' Day)
November 27-29 (Thanksgiving Break)
December 23-31 (Winter Break)
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