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Important Message Regarding School Safety
Dysart Schools share our deepest sympathies for those who were impacted by the devastating tragedy that took place in Texas yesterday. Our hearts ache with the community for their unfathomable grief.

When tragedies like this take place, it is common to reflect on our own experiences and seek to ensure that the places our families frequent are safe. Today we want to assure you that the safety and security of our students, staff and campuses is always our top priority in Dysart. 

We have numerous procedures in place to support campus safety, as well as strong partnerships with our local law enforcement agencies, and we are constantly evaluating opportunities to further improve our protocols. Our staff receive regular training, and our schools diligently run practice drills with students as a precaution. We are fully committed to notifying you anytime we become aware of a potential threat, and have emergency communication systems in place to reach families as quickly as possible through their selected avenues of communication. We encourage you to visit if you’d like to learn more about safety in Dysart.

Our thoughts are with Texas at this time, and we continue to ask our community to partner with us by promptly reporting any safety concerns to a school staff member, to our Dysart Safe Schools Hotline by phone at 623-876-7009, or online at Thank you.
Posted : yesterday | Direct Link
Dysart to Provide Summer Meals to Children
Dysart Unified School District will host the annual Summer Feeding Program with free breakfast and lunch for children ages 18 and under from May 23 through June 16. 

Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday through Thursday, at El Mirage Elementary School, which is located at 13500 North El Mirage, AZ 85335. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am through 9:00 am and lunch will be served from 10:30am through 11:30am. All meals must be picked up in the cafeteria, but do not have to be consumed on site.

Meals for adults over the age of 18 are $1.75 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch. 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
15802 North Parkview Place • Surprise, Arizona 85374
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phone: 623.876.7000 • web:
Posted : 5/23 | Direct Link
Summer Reading Program
The El Mirage Library has a great summer program to encourage everyone to read. This program is open to all children and adults! You can sign up at to start earn points for prizes starting June 1st. Happy reading! 
Posted : 5/17 | Direct Link
El Mirage Summer Feeding Program
Dysart is offering free breakfast and lunch for any child 18 years and younger. The service is available Monday - Thursday starting May 23rd and ending on June 16th at El Mirage Elementary. It will be closed on Monday, May 30th due to Memorial Day. Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and lunch is served 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. You can walk or drive up to get the meals. 
Posted : 5/16 | Direct Link
Early Dismissal Last Two Days of School
The final  day of school is Thursday, May 19th. Both May 18th and May 19th are early dismissal days. Students will be released at 1:45 PM. Please make plans ahead of time for your child to get home safely. 
Posted : 5/15 | Direct Link
Dysart Board Accepts the Resignation of Dr. Quinn Kellis

Dysart Schools parents and guardians,

At last night’s Governing Board meeting, the Governing Board approved a Superintendent resignation agreement with Dr. Quinn Kellis. Additionally, the Governing Board appointed Dr. Jim Dean as Acting Superintendent. Dean is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Support Services of the District and has worked in various leadership roles in the District since 2005. The Board will meet in the near future to determine its next steps to permanently fill the superintendent position.

Please be assured that regardless of this change in leadership, Dysart remains committed to providing our nearly 24,000 students with a valuable educational experience. Our critical work continues to move forward each and every day, and we continue to provide numerous school and program opportunities for our community. 

Thank you for your continued support of Dysart Schools as we wrap up the 2021-2022 school year.
Posted : 5/12 | Direct Link
Peter Piper Night May 5th
Thursday is our final Peter Piper Night of this school year. Thank you to all staff and families who came out and supported the Dysart Community Coalition. This year we have raised more than double than we have in past years! All money directly benefits our students for assemblies, field trips, and supplies! We will be there from 4-8 PM on Thursday, May 5th at 12851 West Bell Rd #20, Surprise, AZ 85374.
Posted : 5/4 | Direct Link
American Heart Association Heart Challenge
Our students are supporting the American Heart Association's Heart Challenge. It teaches everyone about how to have a healthy heart! Today they learned about the program and our El Mirage Team page. 

Here’s how to get started now:
  1. Join Our Online Team: Register online at EL MIRAGE TEAM PAGE or download the FREE Kids Heart Challenge App for Apple or Android
  2. Take the Challenge: Be Active or Be Kind and earn a FREE Road Trip Wristband
  3. Follow FINN’S MISSION in your headquarters to learn Hands Only CPR, how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T., and how to help spread awareness by connecting to social media  
When you join our school’s online KHC team, you can help our class win the Classroom Challenge! Our goal is to have 100% of our students register online, take the Challenge and complete Finn’s Mission. The class that completes the most Finn’s Missions will get an extra recess! Find out more at our kickoff on May 2nd!
Thank you for supporting our school and classrooms!
Posted : 5/3 | Direct Link
Parking Lot Safety

Please be cautious in the parking lot. Our students are little and their safety is our number one concern. Be patient, drive slowly, and put student safety first. Any drivers who are not safe and respectful on campus will be reported to administration to discuss further pick-up and drop off options. Thank you for keeping all children safe at El Mirage. 
Posted : 4/27 | Direct Link
Early Dismissal 4/25 and Pajama Day 4/29
Monday is an early dismissal day. School dismisses at 1:45 PM. Please make plans ahead of time for your child to get home safely. 

Friday is PJ Day - students can wear their PJs and bring their favorite book to ready!
Posted : 4/25 | Direct Link
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