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VVHS Pom exceeds at UDA camp
VVHS Pom exceeds at UDA campThe Valley Vista High School Pom Line recently attended the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Home Pom Camp on July 24-26. The UDA Home Camp provides teams with a one-on-one opportunity for developing new skills, working on techniques, and team building, all at their home campuses. Home Camp also offers a competitive aspect where individuals have the opportunity to be named All-American and qualify for nationals. 

The team has been working hard, despite the current circumstances, to overcome challenges and rise to the occasion in an effort to make this camp a possibility. As a result, the team received 45 Superior Ribbons for routine evaluations, and a Superior Trophy for their performance routine, which earned them a bid to UDA Nationals taking place in Florida next year. Additionally, several students received individual recognition including Brooke Coykendall being named a Drill Down Queen, and seniors Ashtyn Frye, Amanda Goroail, Gabriella Lugo, Madelyn Pritchard, Katelynn Novak, and Karen Lelo de Larrea Gonzalez being named UDA All-American. As an All-American, the athletes are invited to perform at special events across the country, and world. 

The Valley Vista Pom Line’s final performance at the camp was also the first Dysart live streamed performance as part of the new Dysart Student Broadcasting Live program. Dysart Student Broadcasting Live is a student run and produced broadcasting program where students work to livestream various events comprising Dysart’s “3 A’s” ...Academics, Arts, and Athletics. The program is open to 9-12 grade students at each of Dysart’s four high schools.
Posted : 8/3 | Direct Link
Parent Portal and Website Maintenance
Parent Portal and Web MaintenanceThe Dysart Unified School District Information Technology Department will be performing scheduled maintenance on Infinite Campus and the Parent Portal on Thursday July, 30, 2020 beginning at 9:00 p.m. Infinite Campus and the Parent Portal will remain unavailable on Friday, July 31, 2020 and will resume normal operations by Saturday, August 1. 

Additionally, scheduled network maintenance will begin this Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Access to the district website will be unavailable during this time. The website is scheduled to be back operating normally at noon on Saturday, August 1.
Posted : 7/30 | Direct Link
District staff recognized by ACTEAZ
District staff recognized by ACTEAZValley Vista High School Guidance Counselor, Heather Webb, and Dysart Unified School District Career and Technical Education Director, Jim Grieshaber, have recently been selected as award recipients by The Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEAZ). The ACTEAZ Awards recognize individuals for their accomplishments and dedication to students and to Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the State of Arizona. 

Ms. Webb was honored with the ACTEAZ Career Guidance Award for her commitment to connecting students with opportunities for success, utilizing innovation in career exploration and development, as well as being an advocate for CTE as a viable option for all students. 

Mr. Grieshaber was recognized as the Outstanding ACTEAZ Affiliate of the Year for his commitment and continuous service and support of ACTEAZ and CTE throughout the year. Mr. Grieshaber received the award in his current role as Executive Committee President of ACOVA. ACOVA is a non-profit professional association, whose mission is to build community, advocacy, and leadership for Arizona CTE Administrators, and provide them with the skills needed to successfully lead the CTE enterprise within school districts. 

The ACTEAZ seeks to grow and promote CTE at local, state and national levels by bringing together CTE Educators, Administrators and Counselors across the state of Arizona and providing them with professional and leadership growth opportunities, creative ideas and statewide networking, and access to local and national companies for products, career applications and community outreach.
Posted : 7/20 | Direct Link
MCDPH to Host free Immunization Clinic July 22
Immunization ClinicIn order to prevent outbreaks of vaccine preventable disease, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends continuing to vaccinate, while following social distancing and cleaning measures. We wanted to share an opportunity that is being provided locally by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to ensure our students are protected from vaccine preventable diseases and ready to start school when school resumes. Vaccinations are FREE, and all children from preschool through 12th grade are invited. Families with or without insurance and those on AHCCCS are welcome to attend.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health Immunization Clinic will be held on  Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Freedom Traditional Academy, which is located at 16066 N Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374.

Families attending will be asked to:
  • Bring their own pen;
  • Wear a mask, if possible;
  • Bring the immunization record for the person being vaccinated;
  • Bring the insurance card, if available; and 
  • Complete the consent form prior to visit, if possible.

In order to ensure safety at the clinic, the following practices will be in place:
  • Will practice social distancing and monitoring the amount of people in the building
  • at one time
  • Are asking only the person/s needing vaccine and or only one parent or guardian
  • to accompany children. Everyone else is asked to remain outside of the building
  • while practicing social distancing.
  • Ask families to maintain social distancing while waiting
  • Will clean the area and items between families
  • Are asking families to avoid coming to the immunization clinic when you or your
  • child is sick with COVID-19 symptoms, which may include fever, cough, and
  • difficulty breathing.
 

Questions should be directed to Maricopa County Public Health at 602-506-6767.

Posted : 7/13 | Direct Link
DHS student selected as National Officer 
DHS student selected as National Officer Dysart High School student, Andrea Soliz, was recently named to the SkillsUSA National Officer Team as the Region 5 Vice President. Previously, Andrea served as the SkillsUSA Region 5 President for the State of Arizona. As a National Officer, Andrea is provided the opportunity to represent SkillsUSA and its members. National Officers serve as communicators, advocates and facilitators in a variety of leadership roles, helping instill skills and career-readiness to fellow members.

The newly elected officers were announced at a virtual recognition ceremony on June 26, 2020.  Before being selected, candidates went through a rigorous application process including written exams, essays, interviews, and a speech. Andrea is one of ten high school students from across the country selected to serve on the 2020-21 SkillsUSA National Officer Team. Being a national officer is one of the highest honors a student can achieve within the SkillsUSA organization.

Andrea is entering her senior year at Dysart High School, and is a dedicated leader on campus. She has worked tirelessly to be an advocate, role model, and mentor to fellow classmates, as well as the community. Through SkillsUSA, she has been provided with many opportunities and experiences that continue to prepare her for her future.  

SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Education partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development by building and reinforcing self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service (including health) occupations.
Posted : 7/8 | Direct Link
Public Hearing, Truth in Taxation

District NewsDYSART SCHOOLS — In compliance with A.R.S. 15-905.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, Dysart Unified School District No. 89 is notifying property taxpayers of Dysart Unified School District’s intention to raise its primary property taxes over the current level to pay for increased expenditures in those areas where the Governing Board has the authority to increase property taxes for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020. The Dysart Unified School District is proposing an increase in its primary property tax levy of $15,000. A public hearing is scheduled on June 24, 2020.

The amount proposed above will cause Dysart Unified School District’s primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to be $0.10. Without the tax increase, the total taxes that would be owed would have been $0.00.

These proposed amounts are above the qualifying tax levies as prescribed by state law, if applicable. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides.

The Dysart Unified School District Governing Board will be enforcing the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s guidance to limit all public gatherings to ten people. As such, the June 24 public hearing will be held telephonically/remotely with no public, in-person attendance. Reference: Attorney Generals’ Opinion dated March 13, 2020 Re: Concerns Related to Arizona’s Open Meeting Law and COVID-19. This meeting is open to the public to listen and view at www.youtube.com/dysartusd.

All interested citizens are invited to submit public comments regarding the public hearing on the proposed tax increase scheduled to be held June 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM by emailing [email protected] prior to 5:00 PM the day of the meeting. 
Posted : 6/11 | Direct Link
A message of peace, respect, and harmony for the Dysart community
Dr. Quinn KellisI would like to express my sincere appreciation for everyone in our Dysart community who is committed to building bridges of peace, respect and harmony.

I am humbled by so many examples of courageous people doing extraordinary things to right the wrongs in our society; who advocate for, and who protect, our human rights; who open previously closed doors for civil discourse; and most of all, who ensure each and every individual can reap the full rewards of their education, hard work and talents.

I am saddened to think that even one Dysart student or employee has ever been victimized by hatred. We here in Dysart believe in, and are committed to, providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for learning and working. If there are ways we can do better, I invite you to responsibly communicate with me so that we can work together for a better future.

The Dysart District and surrounding communities of Surprise, El Mirage, Youngtown, Waddell and Luke Air Force Base are, indeed, extraordinary places to live, to learn and to work. I stand with our diverse community to say that the work of ensuring peace and togetherness is never done - rather, it is what we, collectively, must each do every hour of every day. I wish you faith, hope and love. Faith and hope for safe and healthy times ahead, and above all, love for peace in the hearts of all.

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

 
Posted : 6/10 | Direct Link
Scholarship Opportunity for Preschool Students
Growing MindsThe Dysart Unified School District is excited to announce that Growing Minds Preschool received a 3-star rating from First Things First, and attending families are now eligible to apply for the Quality First Scholarships Program. The deadline to apply is June 22, 2020.
 
The purpose of the Quality First Scholarships Program is to ensure that families earning 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and below have access to quality early child care and education. Interested families may obtain the application online here.  Completed applications should be turned in at the main Growing Minds Preschool campus at 17999 W. Surprise Farms Loop S. Surprise, AZ 85388.  


Scholarship availability is limited. In order to be considered, the application and supporting documentation is due prior to June 22nd.  Families selected to receive the scholarship will be notified prior to July 1.  Those who do not receive a scholarship, but are eligible based on First Things First standards will be placed on a waiting list.
 
Growing Minds Preschool Summer Camp is open through July 24, and the 20-21 school year session begins July 29, 2020 and runs through May 28, 2021. Registration applications are accepted at GrowingMindsPreschool.org. Space is limited. For questions about enrollment call 623-876-7350 or email [email protected].
 
Posted : 6/10 | Direct Link
District administrators honored
District administrators honoredMichael Hawkins, Shadow Ridge High School Principal, and Jim Dean, Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, have recently been awarded the Arizona School Administrators (ASA) Distinguished Administrator Award. This award is presented to exceptional Arizona administrators who have exemplified dedication and leadership towards their students, staff, and colleagues. 

Mr. Hawkins was named by the ASA as a Distinguished Administrator for the Secondary Division. Mr. Hawkins has been the principal at Shadow Ridge High School for 12 years. He has helped make Shadow Ridge a home to a community of learners that inspire student excellence. From the very beginning, this has been the foundation that served to help the school articulate their mission. He has helped lead Shadow Ridge to earning an “A” rating, as well as being named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation (AEF). Mr. Hawkins is involved in the Dysart Grading Committee, Multi Tiered Support Committee, High School Innovation Committee, Algebra Task Force, and the Dysart Site Administrators Association. He is admired on campus by both students and staff for his visibility, unwavering support, and direct association. 

Mr. Dean was named by the ASA as a Distinguished Administrator for the Education Services Division. Mr. Dean exemplifies what it means to be a dedicated, loyal, honest, and positive leader. He fully grasps the simple Dysart focus of Academics, Arts and Athletics. He also understands the full scope of public education thanks to his experience as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and now as an assistant superintendent which he has served for 10 years. He has filled his plate with strategic solutions to make Dysart the destination district for high school students. His leadership contributes to a positive student and employee climate, high morale among students, staff and colleagues, and improved educational programs. 

The mission of Arizona School Administrators is to promote and support educational excellence in school leadership. Arizona School Administrators seeks to honor outstanding Arizona administrators for their professionalism, dedication, leadership, and exemplary contributions to education in Arizona.
Posted : 6/2 | Direct Link
Dysart teacher selected to advisory team
Dysart teacher selected to advisory teamElizabeth Moreno-Perla, Dysart Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher, was recently selected for the 2020-21 Maricopa County Superintendent Teacher Advisory Team (STAT). STAT consists of a diverse range of teachers representing 14 public school districts across Maricopa County. As a member of this team, Ms. Perla will meet quarterly with these fellow educators to provide valuable feedback, expertise, and insight into current issues and challenges. She will also have the opportunity to share ideas that will produce sufficient outcomes for students.

STAT is an initiative created by the office of the Maricopa County Superintendent Steve Watson, with the purpose of increasing teacher voice by including classroom practitioners in discussions around education practice and policy. Teacher representatives were chosen through an application and interview process and represent a diverse cross section of school settings, geographic locations, content specialties and experience levels.
Posted : 5/13 | Direct Link
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