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Willow Canyon student aces ACT
Caitlyn Daly earns high marks on ACTCongratulations to Caitlin Daly from Willow Canyon High School for earning high marks on the American College Test (ACT).  Caitlin received a composite score of 34 on the ACT, including a perfect score of 36 on the individual Science and English portions of the exam.  Caitlin’s total score ranks in the 99th percentile at both state and national levels.
Caitlin has been in advanced classes in all four years of high school and is active in several clubs throughout the school. During her freshman and sophomore year, Caitlin took Cambridge classes and earned a Certificate of Merit on the test from Cambridge International in her first year at Willow Canyon. She is in several International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) classes and earned high marks for the U.S. Politics and Government AP exam. Caitlin is a member of the SkillsUSA Career and Technical Support Organization (CTSO), serves as president of the Anime and Table-Top Gaming Club and participated in photography, literature and National Honor Society, previously.  
Caitlin has been accepted to the Northern Arizona University Honors College and will be applying to other universities, including Stanford.  She is heavily considering Linguistics as a major. 
The ACT assessment is a curriculum and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses junior and senior students' academic readiness for college. The assessment serves as an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.The ACT was made available to all Dysart Unified School District junior and senior high school students free of charge by a grant provided by the Arizona Governor’s Office. 
Posted : 12/16/2020 | Direct Link
Willow Canyon student named scholarship semifinalist
Michaela Melara selected as semi-finalist for scholarshipMichaela Melara from Willow Canyon High School was selected as a semi-finalist for the $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship.  Michaela is one of 1,609 semi-finalists chosen among 99,403 applicants this year for their outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to their community.  She is the only student from the West Valley to be selected as a semi-finalist.

Michaela is in the top one percent of her class and will be attending Northern Arizona University to study Pre-Medicine as a Biology major in the fall of 2021. She is in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program at Willow Canyon. Michaela also serves as the president of Key Club, secretary of the National Honor Society, and serves as a member of both the International Baccalaureate Club and Health Occupations Students of America Club (HOSA). She volunteers her time with organizations throughout Surprise and has been on the nationally and state recognized spiritline team for four years.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 32nd class in 2020, the Foundation has provided over 6,300 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $72 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.
Posted : 12/10/2020 | Direct Link
Reminder: Yearbook Picture Make-Up Dec 4th
Pictures for campus students who missed picture day:
Date: Dec 4th, 2020
Times:  10:30am - 12:05pm (during both lunches) any time
Location:  Auditorium Lobby

Pictures for iSchool students who missed picture day:
Date: Dec 4th, 2020
Times:  12:30pm - 3pm by appointment only
Location:  Auditorium Lobby
Sign up here to set up your appointment

Last chance to save at pre-order prices.  Even if your student has taken a picture, you can still use the link to order at the pre-order prices for a limited time. Under the current limited contact conditions, online is the ONLY method of ordering.  It is easy, secure and safe.   If you have any questions, please call Grads Photography at 623.580.4723.

Pre-order your pictures here
Posted : 11/30/2020 | Direct Link
Important Message from the Principal
Hello Willow Canyon Family,

It is important to us to keep you posted on situations that impact the health and safety of our campus. We want you to know that there are currently 2 active COVID cases among the 1,694 students and staff on campus that meet the criteria for school-wide communication according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Criteria includes that there are two or more lab-confirmed COVID cases among students or staff within a 14-day period that were direct contacts on campus, but not direct contacts of each other in another setting and do not live in the same household. Any students or staff who may have had direct contact have been notified and asked to quarantine, and anyone with indirect contact has been notified and reminded to monitor for symptoms. These cases have been reported to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH).

We appreciate the partnership of parents and students in wearing face coverings, following health, safety and cleaning protocols, and keeping children home when they are sick.  We are working closely with Maricopa County Department of Public Health to maintain a clean and healthy environment and stop the spread. We have numerous health and safety procedures in place, including daily temperature checks, increased cleaning protocols, and asking families to monitor for symptoms and to stay home when sick. 
We have put together some frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me at [email protected], or the Dysart Lead Nurse, Jacqueline Hoeffler at [email protected], for more information. MCDPH also has a dedicated email to receive public health inquiries from parents/guardians of students, if needed: [email protected] and additional information also can be found at
Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the health and safety of students and our campus.

Adam Schwartz, Principal

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a virus that had not been previously identified. People with COVID-19 can have a range of symptoms from a mild cold-illness to severe pneumonia. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, muscle/body aches, and/or a new loss of taste or smell.

How is it spread?
COVID-19 spreads most commonly in the same way as the common cold or flu — through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes. We do not think that COVID-19 spreads through the air across the room, and it is easily cleaned off of surfaces using routine disinfectants.

Am I at risk?
People who are most at risk are those who have been in close contact (being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period OR had physical contact with a person.) with someone who has the infection. Individuals 65 years and older, and those with chronic medical conditions, are at higher risk of complications from the illness.

What do I do next? Can I get tested for COVID-19?
If you’re experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms consistent with COVID-19, believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or think you should be tested for COVID-19, you can work with your healthcare provider to get tested or look for an independent testing site. You can visit or call the Arizona COVID-19 hotline at 844-542-8201 for more information about testing options and availability in your area.

Posted : 11/13/2020 | Direct Link
Live Broadcast Girls Volleyball Oct 21
There will be a live broadcast of the girls volleyball game tonight at 6:00 PM
Posted : 10/21/2020 | Direct Link
Senoirs: ACT testing - Tuesday, Oct 20th

Seniors will be taking the ACT on Tuesday, 10/20.  Testing begins at 715 am.  Late students will not be admitted.


7:15 - 7:30 -  Instructions will be given
7:30 - 10:45 Testing Begins

10:30 - 11:10 -  9th - 11th grade students start arriving on campus

10:50 -11:10 -   LUNCH
11:15 -11:40 -  1st Period
11:45 - 12:10 - 2nd Period
12:15 - 12:45 - 3rd Period
12:50 - 1:15   -  4th Period
1:20    - 1:45   -  5th Period
1:50    - 2:15   -  6th Period

Thank you!
Posted : 10/19/2020 | Direct Link
FLU Immunization Event

Important Due to COVID Outbreak

Dysart Unified School District with Maricopa Health Department
Where: Dysart Transportation Support Facility
13825 W. Desert Cove Road
Surprise, AZ 85379
When: Saturday, October 10, 2020
8AM – 1PM
Posted : 10/6/2020 | Direct Link
FULL TIME iSchool Portraits

Grades 9-11 ONLY 
Sept 23rd
2:20 -3:30pm
Willow Canyon H.S. - ' 'A Building workroom upstairs or downstairs 

Please order your pictures by clicking HERE

You must get their pictures taken at Grads Photography by Oct 20th
 Call  623-566-1082 or set up appointment by clicking HERE
Posted : 9/14/2020 | Direct Link
Back to School Immunization Event
Back to School Immunization event

When:  September 28, 2020
1:30PM – 6:00PM

Dysart Unified Support Services Facility
13825 W. Desert Cove Road, Surprise, 85379

Click here for additional information
Posted : 9/9/2020 | Direct Link
9th - 11th School Portraits - PRE-ORDER

School Portraits will be taken on the following dates:

Sept. 15th
9th Grade ONLY

Sept. 23rd
Grades 10-11 ONLY 

Please order your pictures by  clicking HERE
Posted : 9/9/2020 | Direct Link
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