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FUSD Certified (Teacher) Employee of the Month

Ruben Gutierrez was honored as the Certified (Teacher) Employee of the Month for January.

"Ruben is one of our newer teachers as far as time in the teaching profession," said principal Bellemare, "but he has been involved in many things: Student Council advisor, TIPS mentor, ALEKS coordinator, volleyball coach and more.

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FUSD April 2012 Students of the Month


The April 11, 2012 Florence USD Governing Board Meeting was hosted by Circle Cross Ranch K-8 at the Poston Butte High School Culinary Arts center.


April 2012 Students of the Month are:

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FUSD Announces BeyondTextbooks

Florence Unified School District is pleased to announce that a new program will be implemented district-wide starting on Monday, November 8th called Beyond Textbooks.

This program focuses on teaching the essential standards measured by state testing.

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FUSD Announcement re: Skyline Ranch Lockdown

Photo provided by STV Resident Yolanda Smith

Good Evening Parents,

This is Dana Hawman, Director of Public Relations at Florence USD. We have been receiving numerous calls requesting information about the ongoing police situation near Skyline Ranch K-8, so we are providing this update districtwide.

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FUSD and supporters asking voters to continue budget override on Nov. 8

Staff photo by Robby Gal, Gabriel Belloc turned the corner on a kickoff return Friday, Oct. 7 against the San Tan Foothills Sabercats. Santa Cruz struggled mightily against the Sabercats.

If anyone is wondering what exactly the Florence Unified School District would lose if the 15 percent maintenance and operations override vote fails on Nov. 8, Rachel Courtright has an answer.

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FUSD 2014 Spelling Bee Winners

Brandon Minta (3rd Place) Amelia Verdugo (2nd Place) Migue Darcera (1st Place

The Florence Unified School District is proud to announce the winners of its 2014 Spelling Bee.

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From the Desk of Superintendent Gayle A. Blanchard

The J.O. Combs Unified School District is excited to welcome over 4,500 students for the 2012-2013 school year. Combs High School serves students in grades 9-12, J.O. Combs Middle School, grades 7 and 8, and our elementary schools provide instruction for students in grades kindergarten-6th. All teachers in our district are appropriately certified and highly qualified and all classrooms are equipped with state of the art SMART Board technology.

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From the Desk of Superintendent Cecilia E. Johnson

We are excited to begin the 2012-2013 school year with the first day for students on Aug. 6. Our schools are quickly filling up. If you haven’t registered your students yet, you can contact the schools at the fol­lowing locations:

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FUSD NOTICE: Water Alert Lifted in STV

Good afternoon, parents and staff,

Florence Unified School District has been notified by Johnson Utilities that the most recent water sample test results for the San Tan Valley service area are clean. 

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FUSD Nick Trakas Receives Arizona Technology Education Association’s “Educational Technology Specialist of the Year” Award

On July 9th, Nick Trakas, Technology Integration Specialist, was recognized as the Educational Technology Specialist of the Year by the Arizona Technology Education Association. This award is only given to one person per year, and the Florence Unified School District is honored to have Mr. Trakas as an employee.

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FUSD Newtown Response Follow-up: Emergency

Good afternoon, parents. This is Dana Hawman, Director of Public Relations for the Florence Unified School District. As we near the end of our winter break, I would like to take a few moments to discuss our preparations for our students’ return to the classroom. This message is a brief summary of a detailed letter that is posted on the district website: 

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FUSD Kindergarten Registration Begins!

To the right of Telfair (center): Chris Lewis, Jayce Lee, and Josh Roberts

Do you have a child who is ready to start Kindergarten? Then start your child out right in the “KIDS FIRST” district!

Kindergarten registration at all K-8 schools in Florence Unified School District will start tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th, during parent/teacher conferences, and will continue during regular school hours starting on Friday the 17th. 

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FUSD K-8 Spelling Bee Semi-Finals

As the semester wound down toward Winter Break, many students in our K-8 schools had visions of consonants and vowels dancing in their heads, and now the District is buzzing with the news of the victorious few who came out on top in their schools' Spelling Bees! The winners will move on to the District-wide Spelling Bee, which will be held on January 24th at 6:30 in the Circle Cross Ranch cafeteria. (Copper Basin K-8 semi-final will be held after winter break.)

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FUSD High Schools Gear up for School Year with “Gopher Days” and “Bronco Days”

Florence High School and Poston Butte High School offered opportunities for prospective and returning students to come on campus and get a feel for the atmosphere and culture that leads Pinal County in educational excellence.

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FUSD Governing Board received two districtwide Energy Star Leader Awards

L-R: Jim Thomas, Denise Guenther, Bob Dailey, Bob Ingulli, Rose Marie Monks, Dr. Gary Nine

The FUSD Governing Board received two districtwide Energy Star Leader Awards on behalf of the District.

One awards was for "achieving a portfolio average energy performance score of 79 for the year 2012."

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FUSD Governing Board Members Receive ASBA Awards

Florence Unified School District Board Members Bob Ingulli, Bob Dailey and Denise Guenther were recognized at the October 2012 FUSD Governing Board meeting for achieving awards for Boardsmanship. The awards, presented by the Arizona School Business Association (ASBA), honor school board members for personal efforts toward improvement; as incentive for voluntary board member in-service training; to promote the idea of better boardsmanship; and for service in ASBA, NSBA, or local board activities and events.

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FUSD Future teachers win at statewide competition

The Future Teachers of Florence Unified School District competed in the annual Future Education Association (FEA) statewide competition on March 1-2, and took home awards and scholarships, according to a press release.

The group includes students from both Poston Butte High School and Florence High School. Samantha Guy, Rebecca Victor and Alisha Degaugh of Poston Butte took first place in the Early- Childhood Display Competition where they had to develop skills in planning a de­velopmentally appropriate teaching concept, demonstrate abilities to select appropriate activities for young children and work creatively in planning around a theme.

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FUSD Featured at Technology Conference

Florence USD has been asked to showcase our technology implementation at the National School Board Association's Technology & Learning Conference this week in Phoenix! Nicole Steele, Director of Technology will be speaking about 1:1 computing, with a focus on planning and implementation on Wednesday, 10/20, and on Thursday, 10/21, a panel comprised of Dr. Nine (Superintendent), Ms. Steele, Dr. Pappalardo (principal at Poston Butte) and Mrs. Monks (School Board President) will be answering questions about the benefits of going 1:1.

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FUSD, Budget Cuts and You

Florence Unified School District is seeking your input on budget cuts as the district faces the loss of $1.75 million dollars in override funds.

What are your priorities and expectations?

Please join FUSD Tuesday night, January 8th, 2013, at 6:30 pm in the Poston Butte High School CTE Banquet Room.

The District will host a Community Forum to provide some background information about the laws governing school finance;

to discuss budget cuts that are currently being considered;

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FUSD to Expand Use of Johnson Ranch Facilities At Walker Butte K-2 Campus with Community Education Program

The Florence Unified School District is excited to announce the repurposing of their Johnson Ranch Campus to expand their ability to support the students and adults in the communities they serve.

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