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Dysart Provides Summer Meal Service to Community
Dysart Unified School District is providing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meal service for the summer from June 7 through June 24 and again from July 6 through July 22. Breakfast and lunch are provided for community members 18 and under at no cost, and are served Monday - Thursday between 11:30am and 12:30pm. 

Sites for community grab-and-go meal distribution include: 
- Dysart High School - 11425 N. Dysart Rd., El Mirage, AZ 85335
- Valley Vista High School - 15550 N. Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374
- Willow Canyon High School - 17901 W. Lundberg St., Surprise, AZ 85388
Meal service will also be provided to all students attending summer school sessions at any Dysart school. Menus and nutritional information can be found at Please note menus are subject to change based on demand and availability.
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Posted : 5/24 | Direct Link
El Mirage ES Dysart Education Foundation Grant Winner
DYSART SCHOOLS: The Dysart Education Foundation (DEF) recently announced seven recipients for the 2021 Spring mini-grants.  This opportunity was made possible by sponsorships from Cox Charities and Southwest Foodservice Excellence.  Submissions were awarded based on projects that incorporate arts, STEM education, student need, and creativity in student learning, and winners include:

Congratulations to our very own staff member!
- Molly Davis, a Reading Interventionist from El Mirage Elementary School, will purchase Kindermusik® research-based curriculum for kindergarten and first grade students who are learning to read. The curriculum is built around music and focuses on language, literacy, and social skills. In addition to classroom activities, students and their families will receive online access to download songs and a storybook each month and will be able to sing and read with their children at home.

Additional winners include: 
- Andrea Zunigha, a Social Worker at Kingswood Elementary School, will move forward with her "Souper Swag Sacks" project, which will provide meals for families over the weekend who are in need. Students can privately check out a backpack with food on Friday and return the backpack during the school week.
- Kristie Crane, an Art Teacher from Canyon Ridge School, received a mini-grant that will allow 350 students the opportunity to experience virtual tours of the Phoenix Art Museum with docents leading the virtual tours, and hands-on activities to reinforce learning.
- Jean Vogel, a Kindergarten Teacher at Asante Elementary School, will provide her students with the ability to explore, build, create, and imagine in a safe and encouraging environment with building materials such as blocks, interlocking plastic disks, magnets, straw connectors, puzzle pieces, pattern blocks, wheels, geoboards, 3D shapes, suction cups, and mini Legos.
- Christina Tormollan, a K-8 iExplore Teacher at Luke Elementary School, will purchase materials for her "Engineers in the Making" project. In a Makerspace environment, students will collaborate with others as they focus on an idea and use materials such as beams, brackets, nuts and bolts to design and solve problems.
- Elizabeth Maki and Haley Ruebsamen, both Science Teachers at Shadow Ridge High School, will purchase science probeware for their science labs. The probeware will assist with the changes in science standards and ensure that students are ready for post secondary science fieldwork as probeware is a staple of college and research labs.

The Dysart Education Foundation (DEF) is a non-profit organization supporting students and teachers in the Dysart Unified School District. For more information about DEF or to make a donation, please visit
Posted : 5/22 | Direct Link
Summer Camp | Meal Service | Kindergarten | K-8 Online
Hello Dysart parents and guardians:

As we approach the last few days of school, we have some information and reminders below that we would like to share with you. 

Summer School - If your child is signed up for in person summer school (Grades 4-8 for El Mirage), please remember that it begins on June 7 from 9:00-12:00 p.m. The school will be in touch with you soon with specific details. If your child is attending the 21st Century Summer School (K-3 for El Mirage), school begins on June 1 from 8:00-12:00 p.m.

Summer Meal Service - This Thursday is the last day for regular meal service for the year. Our Summer Meal service will run June 7-24 for breakfast and lunch will be open to community members 18 and under at no cost, Monday - Thursday between 11:30am and 12:30pm at Dysart High School, Valley Vista High School and Willow Canyon High School. For all students attending summer school sessions at any Dysart school, free breakfast and lunch will be provided daily. Menus may be viewed at

Summer Camp Registration Closes May 19 - Don't forget to sign up for Summer Camp! Registration closes May 19 and spots are limited. Camp is June 1 - July 23 from 6am to 6pm Monday-Friday at Freedom Traditional and Sunset Hills.  Students will enjoy a variety of fun-filled, educational and physical activities including arts and crafts, science projects, water days, weekly field trips, and more. Visit for more information and to register.

Kindergarten Enrollment - Do you have or know of a child ready for Kindergarten? Now is the time to enroll for the 2021-2022 school year. Dysart’s kindergarten program is one of the few FREE FULL-DAY programs in the area. Curriculum follows Arizona state standards, and offers hands-on, real-life activities in the areas of cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Visit to learn more about the programs at each school. Reserve your child’s spot today at!

K-8 Online for 2021-2022 - Interested in full-time online classes for your K-8 child next year? Make sure you complete the Request for Enrollment Form by July 12 to be considered for online enrollment for the first semester of the 21-22 school year. Learn more about next year’s K-8 Online program and enrollment criteria at

We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing summer, and look forward to the 2021-2022 school year, which begins on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
Posted : 5/18 | Direct Link
Dysart COVID Protocol Updates

Hello Dysart Parents and Guardians,

Last week you were notified that the Dysart Governing Board voted to maintain the face covering requirement through May 20, 2021. Beginning May 21, face coverings will be optional for students, staff and visitors. This includes summer school and in all district/school buildings and events. At this time, face coverings will continue to be optional when school starts next Fall. Dysart staff will continue to monitor active case counts in schools and will recommend changes if needed.

Additionally, in order to ensure students don’t miss valuable year-end content, Dysart is changing the quarantine protocol.  Beginning Monday, May 10, administrators will continue notifying parents/guardians if their child has direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID while at school/district events, but parents may decide to send their child to school or if their child should be quarantined. Parents may always choose to quarantine their children at any time, regardless if there has been direct contact or not. Parents of students who were placed in quarantine that extends beyond this date will be contacted and given the choice for their child to return on May 10th. Please note that anyone who tests positive for COVID must isolate, per CDC guidance. As we make this shift, Dysart will remain focused on keeping schools safe and healthy, and will continue monitoring cases.

Please remember there are many Summer School and Community Education activity opportunities for students this summer. Also, if you have a K-7 student that you want to enroll in full-time online classes for the 21-22 school year, please remember that you have until July 12 to submit a Request for Enrollment form at

Dysart appreciates your partnership throughout this year as we have worked hard together to provide safe in person and online learning options for students. We look forward to finishing the last weeks of school strong! Thank you for a great year.
Posted : 5/6 | Direct Link
Face Covering Update from Dysart
Hello Dysart parents and guardians,

Last week you were notified that the Dysart Governing Board would be discussing COVID protocols, including face coverings, at the April 28 meeting. The Board met and after much discussion, voted to maintain the face covering requirement for the last 16 days of the school year. Face coverings will continue to be provided to students who do not have one.

In order for Dysart students to finish the year strong, safe and healthy, we continue to need your help. Please ensure you are keeping your children home from school if they are symptomatic, and notify us if they have symptoms, test positive, or have had direct contact with someone that has tested positive. Details on our reporting and notification processes are available at

Thank you for your continued partnership. Together we can keep our community safe and healthy, and finish the year strong. 
Posted : 4/29 | Direct Link
Dysart K-8 Online
Hello Dysart K-8 Parents and Guardians,
We want you to know that if you would like your K-8 child to take full-time online classes for the 21-22 school year, you will need to complete a Request for Enrollment Form. At the end of the school year, all students who are currently in Online Classes will be enrolled back to in person classes for the 21-22 school year, unless you complete a Request for Enrollment Form and are accepted based on the criteria for K-8 Online.

Additionally, please be aware that our online K-8 model is changing slightly for next year, based on what we learned this year, and the feedback we have received from students, parents and staff. We are excited to implement this new model next year that we believe will do an even better job at serving our students and ensuring their success! 

To learn more about next year’s K-8 Online program and enrollment criteria, as well as to view frequently asked questions, please visit Enrollment requests must be received by July 12th to be considered for online enrollment for the first semester of the 21-22 school year. 
Posted : 4/28 | Direct Link
Dysart COVID Mask Protocols to Continue
All students, staff, and visitors on our campus are still required to wear masks. Please read the information provided from the Dysart Unified School District office below:

Dysart Parents and Guardians:
Today we want to address some questions that have arisen after the announcement of Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2021-06. The Order takes away the authority for municipalities to mandate face coverings. It does not, however, rescind the order mandating schools to require face coverings. It also gives businesses and public entities the right to make rules for face coverings in their own buildings.  This permits the District’s face-covering regulations to remain in place for school buildings, busses and activities.
COVID-19 protocols, including the face covering requirement, will continue in the Dysart Unified School District, per Executive Order 2020-51 and the Arizona Department of Health Services Emergency Measure 2020-04, which are still in effect. With the health and safety of our students and staff as our top priority, we want to finish the school year strong, and we will continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from state and county health officials.\
We appreciate your continued partnership in following our health and safety processes and procedures. Thank you. 
Posted : 3/25 | Direct Link
COVID Protocol Update
Hello Dysart parents and guardians,
It was so great to see our students back from Spring Break yesterday! Today we would like to provide you with an update regarding our COVID-19 quarantine procedures.  As a reminder, any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 must be in isolation for 10 days beginning with the onset of symptoms, or from the day the positive test was taken. The student may return after 10 days or until they are 24-hours fever free without any medication.  Any student who was in direct contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 will be assigned to quarantine for 10 days after the last date of contact with this individual.  

Beginning this week, we have adopted the new CDC-approved option that states parents may choose to shorten the length of the COVID-19 quarantine period for those with a direct contact, with proof of a negative PCR or ANTIGEN test result. Students may return to school on day 8 ONLY if a negative PCR or ANTIGEN test is taken on day 6 or 7 of the assigned quarantine. Parents are asked to provide the negative test results to the health office for review. Once approved, the student may return to school on day 8 instead of day 11. Please note this option applies only to those that have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive.  
Anyone who has tested positive must remain in isolation for the full 10 days, or until they are symptom free for 24 hrs.

We thank you for your continued support, and are encouraged that our active case numbers have drastically improved over the last several months with everyone's help and cooperation. 
Posted : 3/23 | Direct Link
Virtual Literacy Night - Read Across America
Good evening El Mirage Elementary families,

We will be having virtual literacy night this Thursday, March 4 from 5 - 6 pm. A Google Meet Link was sent home by the classroom teachers.

Buenas noches, familias de la escuela primaria El Mirage,

Tendremos una noche de alfabetización virtual este jueves 4 de marzo de 5 a 6 pm. Los profesores enviaron a casa un enlace de Google Meet.
Posted : 3/2 | Direct Link
Kindergarten Showcase, AZM2 Testing, & Parent Survey
Kindergarten Showcase
Do you have or know a child who will be ready for Kindergarten next year? Dysart invites prospective kindergarten families to learn more about our Kindergarten programs by watching virtual video tours and scheduling in-person tours at Registration may also be done online at

Dysart’s kindergarten program is one of the few full-day programs in the area that is offered at no cost to the community. Curriculum follows Arizona state standards, and offers hands-on, real-life activities in the areas of cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Before and after school program opportunities are available as well. Extensive protocols are in place to keep our campuses clean, safe and healthy. 

AZM2 Testing
As AZM2 testing approaches, we want to make sure you are aware that this is a requirement by the State of Arizona. There is not an opt-out option for state testing, and it must be done in-person during the testing window.  Schools will be in touch with further details on the specific dates and times the testing will take place.

Parent Survey
Please remember to complete the Dysart Parent Survey if you haven’t yet done so. We want to know what our district and schools are doing well and how we can improve in the future. The survey may be found in English at and in Spanish at, and will be open until March 7. 
Thank you in advance for your survey input and diligence in helping us meet state testing requirements. Have a great weekend!
Posted : 2/19 | Direct Link
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