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West Point supports troops with  “Packages From Home” 
West Point supports troops with  “Packages From Home” West Point Elementary School, in partnership with Student Council, collected over 700 items for the Packages From Home organization which provides care and comfort packages to deployed American military personnel who are stationed on active duty around the world. 

This annual effort began in 2010 with former West Point student, Jade Simpson. Jade’s birthday falls on September 11th, so she started this effort at her school as a way to give back and to commemorate the tragedy that occurred. 

With Jade now in high school, the students and staff at West Point work hard each year to continue this effort of giving back to the troops. This year, teachers, staff, and several former students, held a “packing party” on the Saturday prior to September 11th, to sort and pack the items donated. Together, the group created 55 care packages to be sent to service members around the world. Students and staff also wrote letters and drew photos to be included in the care packages.
Posted : 9/17 | Direct Link
Important Safety Reminders from the Superintendent
Dysart SafeDysart Parents and Guardians,

As we near the end of the school year, I am writing to ask you to partner with us to keep our Dysart students and campuses safe and secure. Historically, as students eagerly anticipate the approach of summer, the number of school threats increases. Dysart is hoping to stem this issue with your help.

As a fellow community member, I ask you to please:

1. Have a discussion with your child(ren) about the importance of immediately sharing information that could be considered threatening to our community with a responsible adult. This could be a parent, teacher or school staff member.
2. Make it clear to your child(ren) that online threats and rumors should not be forwarded or shared, because doing so impedes police investigations.
3. Discuss with your child(ren) the seriousness of making threats toward schools, and remind them that there are a number of charges that can be filed against students – including felony offenses.

If you become aware of an immediate threat, please call 911.  Otherwise, call law enforcement non-emergency lines to report potential threats towards our schools or the community in Surprise (623-222-4000), El Mirage (623-933-1341) or Maricopa County (602-876-1602).

Another option for reporting school safety issues or concerns is through our Safe Schools Hotline (623-876-7009) or online via Dysart Safe Report at Dysart.org/SafeReport. Additional information, resources, and school safety tips can be found on our website at Dysart.org/Safety.

Dysart is proud of our relationships with local law enforcement agencies, and works collaboratively with them to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  We all have a responsibility to be vigilant and should strive to prioritize the well-being of our community. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure our campuses are always a safe place for our students.

Respectfully,

Quinn R. Kellis, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dysart Unified School District
Posted : 4/17 | Direct Link
West Point student contributes art to safety calendar
West Point student honored for art Anthony Robbins from West Point Elementary School was honored for his artistic contribution to the Kids Safe Online Arizona Cybersecurity Calendar Contest.  Robbins was selected as one of 13 state winners out of 1,200 entries in the elementary category for his original design that encourages kindness.  The artwork will be showcased in the 2019-2020 Arizona Security Awareness calendar. Students were asked to demonstrate their understanding through the arts of online safety concepts including: cyber bullying, cybersecurity, cyber safety and phishing, malicious code, social networking, mobile media devices, texting, online materials for kids, and safe use of the internet.

The contest was sponsored by the Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology (ASET) Office and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) with the goal of encouraging young people to use the internet safely and securely and to craft messages and images that will best resonate with their peers across the country to stay safe online.
 
Posted : 3/29 | Direct Link
Boundary Changes/School Closing Notification Update
November 29, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian

The Dysart Unified School District will hold a public meeting on December 12, 2018 to vote on the potential closure of Parkview Elementary School and potential boundary changes.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Dysart Governing Board room at 15802 N Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374.

A public hearing was held on November 28, 2018 where attending members of the Dysart Unified School District Governing Board heard public comments regarding the proposed closing of Parkview Elementary School.  The closure would be to redesign and repurpose the building for the Freedom Traditional Academy, a no-boundary K-8 school. Additionally, the Governing Board heard comments regarding proposed boundary attendance area changes.  The proposed changes include the following schools: Asante Preparatory Academy, Kingswood Elementary School, Luke Elementary School, Mountain View School, Parkview Elementary School, Rancho Gabriela Elementary School, and West Point Elementary School.  Visit www.dysart.org/updates to learn information regarding the specific proposed changes to each school.

The Governing Board is considering these actions for the following reasons:
 
  • To effectively position the district for the incoming and projected growth;
  • To maximize the use of all available facilities;
  • To use resources efficiently;
  • To provide a traditional learning experience; and
  • To provide the shortest bus routes possible

Individuals wishing to address the Governing Board must fill out a request form available in the lobby and turn it in to the board clerk, superintendent, or board secretary prior to the start of the meeting. Those who ask to speak will be called upon to address the board at the appropriate time.   Speakers will be limited to three (3) minutes.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Luisa Brown at 623-876-7002. Requests should be made 48 hours in advance to arrange the accommodation.

The agenda for the meeting can be accessed online at www.dysart.org/boarddocs by selecting the meeting date and click on the icon, View the Agenda.
Sincerely,


Quinn R. Kellis, Ed. D.
Superintendent, Dysart Unified School District






 

29 de noviembre de 2018

Estimados Padres de Familia/Tutor:

El Distrito Escolar Unificado Dysart celebrará una reunión pública el 12 de diciembre de 2018 para votar sobre el posible cierre de la Escuela Primaria Parkview y los posibles cambios en los linderos escolares. La reunión comenzará a las 6:00 p.m. en la Sala de Juntas de la Mesa Directiva del Distrito Dysart ubicado en el 15802 N. Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374.


El 28 de Noviembre de 2018 se celebró una reunión pública, en la que los miembros asistentes de la Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escolar Unificado Dysart escucharon los comentarios del público con respecto al propuesto cierre de la Escuela Primaria Parkview.  El cierre tendría como propósito rediseñar y readaptar el  edificio para la Academia Tradicional Freedom, una escuela para estudiantes del K-8vo grado sin límites en los linderos escolares. Además, la Mesa Directiva escuchó los comentarios con respecto a los cambios propuestos en el área de asistencia de los linderos escolares. Los cambios propuestos en los linderos escolares incluyen las siguientes escuelas: Academia Preparatoria Asante, Escuela Primaria Kingswood, Escuela Primaria Luke, Escuela Mountain View, Escuela Primaria Parkview, Escuela Primaria Rancho Gabriela y la Escuela Primaria West Point.  Por favor visiten www.dysart.org/updates para obtener información sobre los cambios específicos propuestos para cada escuela.  

La Mesa Directiva está considerando estas acciones por los siguientes motivos:
 
  • Posicionar eficazmente al Distrito para el crecimiento futuro y proyectado;
  • Maximizar el uso de todas las instalaciones disponibles;
  • Utilizar los recursos de manera eficiente;
  • Proveer una experiencia de aprendizaje tradicional; y
  • Proveer las rutas del autobús escolar más cortas posibles.

Las personas que deseen dirigirse a la Mesa Directiva deben completar un formulario de solicitud disponible en el vestíbulo y entregarlo a la recepcionista, al Superintendente ó a la secretaria de la Mesa Directiva antes del inicio de la reunión. Aquellos que soliciten hablar serán llamados para dirigirse a la Mesa Directiva en el momento adecuado. La participación de las personas que hagan uso de la palabra, estará limitada a  tres (3) minutos.


Las personas con una discapacidad pueden solicitar una adaptación razonable, como un intérprete del lenguaje de señas, comunicándose con Luisa Brown al 623-876-7002. Las solicitudes deben hacerse con 48 horas de anticipación para organizar la adaptación.


Se puede acceder en línea a la agenda de la reunión en www.dysart.org/boarddocs seleccionando la fecha de la reunión y haciendo clic en el ícono que dice: View the Agenda (Ver la Agenda).

Atentamente:





Quinn R. Kellis, Ed. D.
Superintendente, Distrito Escolar Unificado Dysart
 
Posted : 11/29/2018 | Direct Link
Boundary Changes/School Closing Notification
November 15, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian

The Dysart Unified School District will hold a public meeting on November 28, 2018 to obtain public comments regarding the potential closure of Parkview Elementary School and potential boundary changes.  The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Dysart Governing Board room at 15802 N Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374.

At this public meeting, attending members of the Dysart Unified School District Governing Board will hear reasons for or against closing Parkview Elementary School.  Additionally, the Governing Board will hear proposed boundary attendance area changes. The proposed boundary changes will include the following schools: Kingswood Elementary School, Luke Elementary School, Mountain View School, Parkview Elementary School, Rancho Gabriela Elementary School, and West Point Elementary School.  Visit www.dysart.org/updates to learn information regarding the specific proposed changes to each school.

The Governing Board is considering these actions for the following reasons:
  • To effectively position the district for the incoming and projected growth;
  • To maximize the use of all available facilities;
  • To use resources efficiently;
  • To provide a traditional learning experience; and
  • To provide the shortest bus routes possible

The public meeting shall not exceed sixty (60) minutes.  During the meeting, proposed attendance boundary changes including maps will be visually presented. Time shall be granted for public comments. Speakers will be limited to three (3) minutes.  Individuals wishing to address the Governing Board must fill out a request form available in the lobby and turn it in to the board clerk, superintendent, or board secretary prior to the start of the meeting. Those who ask to speak will be called upon to address the board at the appropriate time.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Luisa Brown at 623-876-7002. Requests should be made 48 hours in advance to arrange the accommodation.

The agenda for the meeting can be accessed online beginning November 20 at www.dysart.org/boarddocs by selecting the meeting date and click on the icon, View the Agenda.

Sincerely,
Quinn R. Kellis, Ed. D.
Superintendent

 



15 de noviembre de 2018

Estimados Padres de Familia/Tutor:

El Distrito Escolar Unificado Dysart celebrará una reunión pública el 28 de noviembre de 2018 para obtener comentarios del público sobre el posible cierre de la Escuela Primaria Parkview y los posibles cambios en los linderos escolares. La reunión comenzará a las 5:00 p.m. en la Sala de Juntas de la Mesa Directiva del Distrito Dysart ubicada en el 15802 N Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374.

En esta reunión pública, los miembros asistentes de la Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escolar Unificado Dysart escucharán las razones a favor ó en contra del cierre de la Escuela Primaria Parkview. Además, la Mesa Directiva escuchará los cambios propuestos en el área de asistencia de los linderos escolares. Los cambios en los linderos escolares propuestos incluirán las siguientes escuelas: Escuela Primaria Kingswood, Escuela Primaria Luke, Escuela Mountain View, Escuela Primaria Parkview, Escuela Primaria Rancho Gabriela y Escuela Primaria West Point.  Visiten www.dysart.org/updates para obtener información sobre los cambios específicos propuestos para cada escuela.

La Mesa Directiva está considerando estas acciones por los siguientes motivos:

• Posicionar eficazmente al Distrito para el crecimiento futuro y proyectado;
• Maximizar el uso de todas las instalaciones disponibles;
• Utilizar los recursos de manera eficiente;
• Proveer una experiencia de aprendizaje tradicional; y
• Proveer las rutas del autobús escolar más cortas posibles

La reunión pública no excederá de sesenta (60) minutos. Durante la reunión, se presentarán visualmente los cambios de los linderos de asistencia escolar propuestos, incluyendo los mapas. Se otorgará tiempo para comentarios del público presente. La participación de los oradores estará limitada a tres (3) minutos. Las personas que deseen dirigirse a la Mesa Directiva deben completar un formulario de solicitud disponible en el vestíbulo y entregarlo a la recepcionista, al Superintendente ó a la secretaria de la Mesa Directiva antes del inicio de la reunión. Aquellos que soliciten hablar serán llamados para dirigirse a la Mesa Directiva en el momento adecuado.
Las personas con discapacidades pueden solicitar una adaptación razonable, como un intérprete del lenguaje de señas, comunicándose con Luisa Brown al 623-876-7002. Las solicitudes deben hacerse con 48 horas de anticipación para organizar la adaptación.

 
Posted : 11/15/2018 | Direct Link
After school class and activity registration now open
Registration is now open for Dysart Unified School District enrichment classes and activities for the 2018-2019 school year.  The youth and adult programs offer opportunities for learning, creativity, growth, and development outside of the traditional learning experience.  Current programs include the arts, chess, fencing, cheerleading, karate, soccer, and more. Students can attend any activity and do not need to be enrolled at the hosting school to participate.

Current classes are offered at the following locations:

•  ActivStars Cheer will be hosted at Rancho Gabriela and Canyon Ridge.
•  ActivStars Karate will be hosted at Mountain View, Kingswood, and Ashton Ranch.
•  ActivStars Soccer will be hosted at El Mirage and Mountain View
•  Chess Emporium will be offered at Canyon Ridge, Sonoran Heights, Sunset Hills, and Western Peaks.
•  Dysart Jazz Band will be offered at Marley Park.
•  Ewa Fencing will be offered at Canyon Ridge.
•  Heartsaver First Aid/CPR Training will be offered at Kingswood and Valley Vista.
•  KidStage theater class will be offered at Marley Park, Luke, Kingswood, Surprise, Canyon Ridge, and Dysart Elementary.
•  Play-Well TEKnologies Lego Class will be offered at Canyon Ridge and Sonoran Heights.
•  Sportball, a variety of sports with some with water play, will be offered at Ashton Ranch, Cimarron Springs, and Marley Park
•  Young Rembrandts will be offered at Ashton Ranch, Canyon Ridge, Cimarron Springs, Luke, Marley Park, Mountain View, Parkview, Rancho Gabriela,
     Sonoran Heights, Sunset Hills, and Western Peaks.

Signing up for a class is easier than ever with a convenient online registration process.  Costs for classes vary, but payments can be made through the online portal available on the enrichment website.

For further information, please contact Community Education and Enrichment at (623) 876-7056.
 
Posted : 8/21/2018 | Direct Link
Substitute Teacher Job Fair July 10
Dysart Unified School District and ESI Educational Services, Inc. will host a substitute teacher job fair on Tuesday, July 10 from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Library Media Center at Valley Vista High School located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise, Arizona.  The event allows interested candidates to learn about exciting placement opportunities, daily and long term positions, available benefits, flexible schedules, and more.

Candidates interested in additional information can call or text (480) 269-8314 to speak directly to ESI team members focused on placing individuals in rewarding substitute positions throughout Arizona.
Posted : 6/26/2018 | Direct Link
Zora String Quartet visits Arts Academy
Members of the quartet perform in front of students at West Point Elementary.On Friday, March 2, the Zorá String Quartet performed for students at West Point Elementary School and the Arts Academy as part of the quartet's educational outreach program.  The members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University and were part of the Jacobs School of Music’s prestigious Chamber Music Performer’s Diploma from 2014-16.  The Zorá String Quartet has performed in U.S., Canada, and Europe, at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Duke’s Hall at Royal Academy of Music in England.
Posted : 3/2/2018 | Direct Link
Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School community meeting will be held on 3-1-18 at 6:30pm in the MPR.
Posted : 2/21/2018 | Direct Link
Literacy Night
Family Literacy Night for Kindergarten to 8th grade will be on 3-1-18 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
Posted : 2/21/2018 | Direct Link
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