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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
Luke Elementary student wins district spelling bee
Luke student wins spelling bee.Seth Ray, a seventh grade student from Luke Elementary School, won the 2018-2019 Dysart Unified School District spelling bee with the correct spelling of the word “etymology”. Each of the 19 elementary schools sent a student to represent and showcase their spelling talents at the event.

Seth, along with the other top four contestants including: Xavier Lamme from Countryside, Lena Mercado from Ashton Ranch,  Calvin Timbrooks from Marley Park, and Che’ Jones representing Dysart Elementary School will compete at the regional spelling bee taking place on February 23, 2019 at 9:00am, in the Youngker High School Auditorium located at 3000 South Apache Road, Buckeye, AZ.
 
Posted : 1/10 | Direct Link
Safe Routes to School Parent Survey
Ashton Ranch is participating in a Safe Routes to School study. To obtain thoughts about children walking and biking to school from parents, a “Parent Survey” is being conducted using a web-based survey hosted on the City of Surprise website. This survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and utilizes questions standardized by the National Center for Safe Routes to School program. Each family is asked to only complete one survey per household. 

Safe Routes Parent Survey
Posted : 12/3/2018 | 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
Meet the Teacher
Students working at a desk.Before Ashton Ranch begins the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, August 2, 2018, students and families will have an opportunity to come in for Meet the Teacher night on July 31st from 5:30-7:00 PM.   In addition to meeting their teacher and receiving all of the information families need for the first day of school, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the school and learn about additional programs and offerings. 

We look forward to seeing you on the 31st!



Posted : 7/18/2018 | 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
Spring Holiday - April 27 and 30th
Just a reminder that Friday, April 27th and Monday, April 30th we will have No School. School will be closed for Spring Holiday. Enjoy your time with your family.
Posted : 4/16/2018 | Direct Link
PTA Luau Dance - April 20th
Grab your grass skirt and come dance the night away on Friday, April 20th. The PTA will having a Luau Dance starting at 5:30. Hope to see you all there!
Posted : 4/16/2018 | Direct Link
PTA Peter Piper Night - April 19th
Come and join us Thursday, April 19 at Peter Piper Pizza starting at 4:00! Grab your family and come have some pizza and help our PTA raise money. Can't wait to see everyone's happy faces eating pizza!
Posted : 4/16/2018 | Direct Link
Spring Picture Day!
Tuesday,  March  27th  we will be taking Spring Pictures! We will also be taking Team and Club pictures that day!
Posted : 3/7/2018 | Direct Link
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