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Riverview hosts car wash to honor first responders
Riverview car wash for first respondersThe Riverview School Difference Makers Dads Club hosted a Patriots Day, Remembering 9/11 First Responder Car Wash. The purpose of the event was to honor and remember the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001.  First responders from the El Mirage Fire Department and El Mirage Police Department brought their patrol vehicles and trucks to be washed by parents, community members, staff, and students. Students and parents shook hands with our fire and police staff, asked questions about their roles as first responders, what they remembered about that fateful day, and thanked them for the service they provide to the Riverview community.  The group washed more than twenty vehicles throughout the evening. “It is our privilege and honor to celebrate our first responders,” said Principal, Stephanie Lawrence, “and to acknowledge the sacrifices they make for our community every day.” 

The Difference Makers Dad’s Club was launched last year at the school to provide opportunities to engage children in positive, productive activities with male role models in hopes of having an impact on the culture of the community.  The club is part of Riverview School's new Signature Program focusing on Civic-Minded Leadership. As a part of the program, Riverview is creating leadership opportunities to enhance student understanding of self leadership, community leadership, and global leadership. Students are given leadership opportunities where they can pursue their passions.

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Posted : 9/13 | Direct Link
Riverview makes a difference
Riverview Difference MakerRiverview School hosted a kick-off meeting for their Difference Makers Dads' Club on August 14. Children and their dads or other male role models received pizza, cookies and a drink to enjoy while they met to discuss leadership and future club activities. There was a great turnout, and attendees were welcomed by Man-Up! President Kent Guyer. Surprise Mayor Skip Hall also spoke to the group and shared his thoughts on the importance of community involvement.

The Difference Makers Dads' Club was launched last year at the school to provide opportunities to engage children in positive productive activities with male role models in the hope of having an impact on the culture of the community.  The club is part of Riverview School's new Signature Program focusing on Civic-Minded Leadership.  As a part of the program, Riverview is creating leadership opportunities, like the Difference Makers Dads' Club, to enhance student understanding of self leadership, community leadership and global leadership. Students are given leadership opportunities where they can pursue their passions.

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Posted : 8/16 | Direct Link
Gone fishing, Riverview Difference Makers Club
Riverview Dads fishing eventThe Riverview School Difference Makers Dads’ Club was recently invited to a fishing event at Cabela’s Glendale, where students joined their dads, grandpas, and uncles for an afternoon of fishing and bonding, ahead of Fathers Day. The event started with a tour of the facility, and ended with catch and release fishing at the Cabela’s pond behind the store. After the event, each family was gifted with a fishing pole donated by Cabela’s.

“Cabela’s mission is to inspire future generations to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors - the partnership with the Difference Makers Dads’ Club and Man Up was only natural,” said Brittney SantaMaria, Cabela’s Special Events Outfitter.  “It was great to be in the moment with these families enjoying quality time with their kids and strengthening their bond through fishing.”

The Difference Makers Dads’ Club at Riverview exists to provide opportunities to engage children in positive productive activities with male role models in the hope of having an impact on the culture of the community. Activities are planned and scheduled once a month by a volunteer organization called Man-Up Surprise!, led by Kent Guyer and Jeremy Hall. The next event will be in August, as the new school year kicks-off. Plans for the new year include helping to install irrigation for planters in the school courtyard, a camping expedition, and a BBQ cooking competition.

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Posted : 6/12 | 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
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
Lunch Time Visits
Parents are welcome to join their child(ren) for lunch in our cafeteria.  Although parents are not allowed to sit at lunchroom tables with other students, we do provide a family table in the back for visiting parents and their children.  

We all like to share these special experiences, however, if you do take pictures during your lunch, please make sure to include only your child in the photograph.
When it is time for your child to continue their day, please return to the office and sign out before leaving.  If you have additional children that you will be joining for lunch at other lunchtimes, you are welcome to return for that child's lunch period.    Thank you for your understanding and help with a happy and safe lunch.
Posted : 7/25/2018 | Direct Link
On Line Registration - No More Paper Enrollments
Families enrolling new students in the Dysart Unified School District for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year can now register online.  At www.dysart.org/enrollment, parents and guardians will be able to fill out necessary registration information.  Upon the completion of the online registration, families will need to participate in an enrollment finalization meeting.  Online data will be reviewed and families will be asked to provide hard copies of essential documents.

More information
 
Posted : 7/16/2018 | 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
Riverview donates $2,000 to Kids' Cancer Foundation
Riverview donates $2,000 to Southwest Kids' Cancer FoundationThe Riverview School Student Council, in partnership with MidFirst Bank, raised $2,000 during the Hats for Kids with Cancer drive in March to support the Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation.  Participating students and staff donated a dollar to wear a hat and support the cause.  Students raised $1,000 in the initial drive and MidFirst Bank made a matching contribution to support the efforts of the student council.  

The Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to preserve and advance Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks programs for pediatric cancer patients, survivors, and their siblings.  The camp supports more than 200 children each year  and is dedicated to improving the quality of life to those affected by pediatric cancer.
 
Posted : 4/4/2018 | Direct Link
Student Birthday Celebrations
Riverview does allow parents to bring in treats to celebrate students' birthdays.  There are a few things to remember;
 
  • We are to be responsible for the equitable treatment of all students.
  • If food is to be a part of the activity, it must be store-bought and/or professionally prepared according to County Health guidelines.  Parents should check with the school incase there are restrictions with students who have food allergies or food restrictions.
  • Balloons, flower bouquets, etc. will not be delivered to students during the regular school day.  A message will be communicated to the student and the delivery will be held in the front office until the end of the school day where students may pick it up.
Posted : 9/1/2017 | Direct Link
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