Falcon Focus March 3, 2020
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Updated Superintendent's Falcon Focus
Greetings to FHUSD Parents, Guardians and Friends,

As a welcome Spring Break is right around the corner, I am sending the Falcon Focus a little earlier than usual. I hope K-8 parents will have had the opportunity to conference with their child’s teachers this week and here are a few special school recognitions to share.

Essay Contest - At the recent 8th annual high school essay contest sponsored by the Fountain Hills Coalition, the following winners were announced:
  • 1st Place- Anya Feyrer-Melk
  • 2nd Place- Sarah Wagner
  • 3rd Place - Rachel Walters
  • These top three contestants along with 14 students in the Honorable Mention category all received cash awards for their entries. 

Science Fair - Ariana Pensy received the First Place ribbon in the high school science fair. Her submission was entitled “The Prevalence of Honesty and Integrity in our General Society.” Ariana will now represent the district at the state science fair. 

Students of the Month - the following students were recognized at the March 3rd Town Council Meeting as Stellar Students of the Month:

Hannah Slodownik (1st grade) - McDowell Mountain Elementary School
Nihash Rodriguez Cruz (3rd grade) - McDowell Mountain Elementary School
Dahlia Quotskuyva (8th grade) - Fountain Hills Middle School
Henry Clark (4th grade) - Fountain Hills Middle School
Stephanie Lies (12th grade) - Fountain Hills High School
Liam Goldman (12th grade) Fountain Hills High School
Congratulations to all of the above students for their academic and civic contributions to FHUSD. They truly reflect the mission of achieving and celebrating educational excellence.

Camp Invention- will be offered again this summer at McDowell Mountain Elementary. Watch for news coming from the schools concerning dates and the registration process.

Coronavirus update- FHUSD continues to monitor the development of the coronavirus and how to plan and prepare if it evolves into a significant disruption in school operations.

  • We are reviewing and updating our emergency operations plans (EOPs) and have coordinated with town agencies (MCSO, Rural Metro, FH Mayor’s Office, Boys and Girls Club) concerning our current plan
  • We continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, Maricopa County Dept of Health, and AZ Dept. of Education for information specifically targeted for schools
  • We continue to promote common-sense preventive actions for students and staff; examples include emphasizing actions such as staying home when sick; appropriately covering coughs and sneezes; cleaning frequently touched surfaces; and washing hands often
  • Our SODEXO Food Service staff has received additional training from their corporate headquarters concerning food handling and precautions
  • After spring break, it is important to remember that students exhibiting flu/colds symptoms should stay home from school until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours
  • For student school trips planned for the remainder of the year, we will make decisions based on available information concerning the destination and most recent federal and state guidance
  • Student health, safety and well-being are our primary concerns and will guide all of our practices

I hope everyone has a great Spring Break and you get to enjoy some beautiful March weather.

Robert Allen, Ed.D.
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