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Boys Basketball Tryouts
Interested in trying out for boys basketball? There will be a mandatory meeting tomorrow in Coach Colletti's room at 2:20pm.  If you are unable to attend, please be sure to see Coach Colletti on Wednesday before the end of the day.
Posted : 10/22 | Direct Link
Yearbook Photos
Yearbook Picture Make-Up Day for 9, 10, 11th grades only:
Friday,  Oct 25th, 2019  


Senior Yearbook Pictures:
Seniors must take their pictures with Grads Photography no later than Thursday, Oct 31st.  Visit Grads Photography at www.gradsphotography.com or call 623-566-1082 to set up your appointment.
Posted : 10/21 | Direct Link
The True Facts about College Athletic Recruiting
College Athletic Recruiting: Everyone wants to give advice and everyone believes they know all the answers!

Finally, a program that does just that! It gives the answers in a straightforward, no nonsense, entertaining 50-minute presentation.

We have made an investment as a community to provide our student-athletes and parents with information about playing college athletics. This event is designed for every high school parent and their student-athlete. If your son or daughter truly has aspirations to play at the college level, this is a "can't miss" event.

"The Realities of College Athletic Recruiting"
Presented by Jack Renkens
Willow Canyon High School - Auditorium?
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Former college coach and recruiting expert, Jack Renkens, has helped thousands of families around the country head down the right path of finding scholarships. Often it's down a path they didn't know existed.

Any doubts or reservations about attending? Simply check the Recruiting Realities website.
Posted : 10/16 | Direct Link
Willow Canyon students attend leadership training
WCHS students attend leadership training in DCSix students from Willow Canyon High School traveled to Washington, D.C. for the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute.  The Wildcats joined more than 500 students to learn about leadership and talk to Congress about the benefits of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and show how the SkillsUSA journeys have prepared them to be college- and career-ready.

Arianna Peterson, Malachi Delgado, Brandon Smithey, Ekemini MbekAnako, Jaxon Magee and Zydes Diggs were chosen to attend the event as part of the Willow Canyon High School SkillsUSA Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). Students spent the beginning part of the week preparing for their congressional visit, learning leadership skills, and visiting museums. 

The four-day conference, held annually by SkillsUSA, provides students an opportunity to grow in their professionalism, communication, and leadership skills, which they applied during their legislative visits. The group spoke with Representative Paul Gosar and shared how their CTE Programs transformed their high school experience. Rep. Gosar was very generous with his time and encouraged the students to get involved in local politics and find answers to national issues. 

As part of the event, students were given the opportunity to earn their National Statesman Award. The Statesman is a SkillsUSA honor given to students who demonstrate SkillsUSA knowledge and civic awareness, along with an understanding of the SkillsUSA framework and how to articulate their personal experiences in CTE. All six Willow students competed and earned this recognition. 

“Students were thankful for the amazing opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills while helping to encourage funding for their programs, Alyson Titkemeyer, Willow Canyon teacher and CTE advisor. 

Willow Canyon High School currently offers CTE Television Production, CTE Graphic Design and CTE Coding classes. Students can also get involved with SkillsUSA, a CTSO that helps develop students leadership and career and technical experience.
 
Posted : 10/2 | Direct Link
Dysart teacher and volunteer named Hometown Hero
Dysart teacher and volunteer named Hometown HeroThe Surprise Independent, in partnership with Fellowship Square Surprise, recently hosted the Hometown Heroes awards ceremony, to recognize residents for their achievements and important contributions to the Surprise Community. The Dysart Unified School District is honored to have two nominees recognized as Hometown Heroes within the community. 

Heather Casey, a teacher at Willow Canyon High School, was selected as a Hometown Hero of Surprise in the Educator category. Ms. Casey was nominated by Willow Canyon staff for her leadership, advocacy, and commitment to students. Ms. Casey has been with the district for fifteen years as a visual arts teacher at Willow Canyon, and has been an exceptional leader and mentor to her students over the years. Several of her students have taken home recognition at local art shows, and have even contributed to city art murals and contests within the Surprise community. In addition, Ms. Casey assists in curriculum writing and revision, serves as a mentor to new teachers, and serves as the district High School Visual Arts lead. In addition to her leadership on campus, Ms. Casey donates to local animal shelters and dog rescues, and is an advocate for Ovarian and Breast Cancer research, volunteering her time to support those affected and help raise funds for research. 

Sharon Beard, a dedicated district volunteer, was nominated and selected as a Hometown Hero of Surprise in the Volunteer category. Mrs. Beard was nominated by Asante Preparatory Academy teacher, Rachel Kelley, where she currently donates her time assisting students. Mrs. Beard first began volunteering in the district with students at Thompson Ranch Elementary School, Surprise Elementary School, and Ashton Ranch Elementary School. In addition to volunteering her time in the classroom, Mrs. Beard serves as an educational surrogate for the Dysart district representing children in foster care and group homes. Prior to volunteering with the district, she enjoyed volunteering with students at the Desert Botanical Garden, and the Del Webb Hospital daycare for hospital employees. “Working with children is my joy and I am sure it keeps me young at heart!” says Mrs. Beard. 

Ms. Casey and Mrs. Beard, along with family, and friends, were invited to attend the Hometown Heroes Luncheon Celebration, on Wednesday, September 25th. The event was held at Fellowship Square, Surprise, and featured an awards ceremony where each recipient was honored for their achievements. 

The Dysart Unified School District is appreciative of the leadership and commitment both Ms. Casey, and Mrs. Beard have shown towards our students, and are honored to have them as a part of our extraordinary team.
Posted : 9/26 | Direct Link
Alice in Wonderland at WCHS
Hello Willow Canyon families!

WCHS Theatre, in conjunction with Canyon Ridge Elementary, is proud to present our first production of the year:  Alice in Wonderland!  We'd love to have you join us this week to see these talented students!  Performances are Thurs and Fri, Sept 26 - 27, at 7:00 pm,  with a matinee performance on Saturday, Sept 28, at 2:00 pm and an evening performance starting at 7:00 pm.

Best of all ... district employees can get 2 free tickets by sending an email directly to me, Steve Wallgren, at [email protected]  Just let me know which performance you'll be joining us for and I'll be happy to reserve your seats. Additional tickets can be purchased for $5 (students) and $10 (adults).

See you there!

Alice in Wonderland Jr Flyer
Posted : 9/23 | Direct Link
PSAT Registration - October Deadline
Take the first step on the road to college. This Fall, do not miss the PSAT.

The PSAT prepares you for the SAT and is the perfect way to take the next step to college. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is an assessment administered to 10th and 11th grade students that helps prepare them for the SAT, college, and careers. Historically, students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score higher on the SAT, on average, than those who do not take the test.


Three things the PSAT helps you do to get ready for college.
  • Access scholarships-The College Board’s scholarship partners use the PSAT to help find qualified students. Be sure to say “yes” to Student Search service on the day of the test to make it easy for them to find you.
  • Prep for the SAT for free-Taking the PSAT is great practice for the SAT and for college. Get familiar with the test format and access free, personalized SAT practice from Khan Academy.
  • Connect to AP courses-Your score report will show AP courses that are a great match for you. AP can give you an edge in the admission process, and an opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, allowing you to save money, study abroad, or take on a second major.

Test Date:  October 30, 2019

Test Site: Willow Canyon High School


How Do I Register?

Step 1: Fill out form  PSAT FLYER

Step 2: Pay $17 in the WCHS bookstore by Friday, October 23, 2019. Student registration is not complete until the $17 exam fee is paid. A test will not be ordered until the fee is paid.
Posted : 9/17 | Direct Link
NEW for 2019-2020 - Online Annual Student Update
Online Annual Student Update
(information/paperwork was previously mailed out during the summer)
  • Required for all DUSD students


Log into your Parent Portal Account to update demographic/health information
Posted : 9/12 | Direct Link
Graduation Time Change
Please note:

The time for Willow Canyon High School's graduation ceremony has been changed as follows:

Friday, May 15, 2019 - at  7:30 PM

 
Posted : 9/6 | Direct Link
Yearbook Picture Day
 9th, 10th, 11th graders Only:
September 19th, 2019   Thursday



Senior Pictures:
Contact Grads Photography directly to set up your appointment for senior pictures (623-566-1082) or go to www.gradsphotography.com.  Senior picture deadline for submission to the yearbook is Oct 31, 2019.


 
Posted : 9/4 | Direct Link
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