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Meet the Teacher & Bell Schedule

Hello El Mirage Tigers!

Please come Meet Your Teacher on Friday from 2-4:30 p.m. You can go to the courtyard where the class lists will be posted, and then meet your teacher in the classroom. 

School starts on August 3rd. Our bell schedule is as follows:
Gates Open for Breakfast in the Classroom  8:40 a.m.
Late Bell at 9:00 a.m.
Kindergarten Dismissal at 3:35 p.m.
School Dismissal at 3:45 p.m.
Early Release Kindergarten Dismissal: 1:35 p.m.
Early Release School Dismissal: 1:45 p.m.

We can all be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible
  • Use crosswalks - students will not be sent across the crosswalks without a parent walking them.
  • Do not park in the pick-up and drop-off zones.
  • Pick up your child on time, or alert the front office if you are running a few minutes late.
  • Update your child’s emergency contact information and keep your phone number up-to-date.
  • Let the nurse and your child’s teacher know about any health conditions.
  • Review what it means to be safe on the bus - students should be in their seats, facing forward, and quiet so the driver is not distracted.
  • Review the Dysart Student and Parent Handbook with your child to know the rules about acceptable behavior.
We know that the 2021-2022 school year is going to be successful if we encourage all children to learn and give their best efforts everyday. If you are interested in joining our parent organization please contact Ms. Davis at [email protected]
Go Tigers!
Stephanie Davis, Principal
Rick Haney, Assistant Principal



Hola, El Mirage Tigers!
Ven a conocer a tu maestro el viernes de 2 a 4:30 p.m. Puede ir al patio donde se publicarán las listas de clases y luego reunirse con su maestro en el aula.
La escuela comienza el 3 de agosto. Nuestro horario de timbre es el siguiente:
Horario de campana
Desayuno y Soft Start a las 8:40 a.m.
Campana tardía a las 9:00 a.m.
Salida del jardín de infantes a las 3:35 p.m.
Salida de la escuela a las 3:45 p.m.
Salida temprana del jardín de infantes: 1:35 p.m.
Salida temprano de la escuela: 1:45 p.m.

Todos podemos ser Seguros, Respetuosos y Responsables
  • Use los cruces peatonales: no se enviará a los estudiantes a cruzar los cruces peatonales sin que un padre los acompañe.
  • No se estacione en las zonas de recogida y devolución.
  • Recoja a su hijo a tiempo o avise a la oficina principal si llega unos minutos tarde.
  • Actualice la información de contacto de emergencia de su hijo y mantenga actualizado su número de teléfono.
  • Informe a la enfermera y al maestro de su hijo sobre cualquier problema de salud.
  • Repase lo que significa estar seguro en el autobús: los estudiantes deben estar en su asiento, mirando hacia adelante y en silencio para que el conductor no se distraiga.
  • Revise el Manual para padres y estudiantes de Dysart con su hijo para conocer las reglas sobre el comportamiento aceptable. 


Sabemos que el año escolar 2021-2022 será exitoso si alentamos a todos los niños a aprender y dar su mejor esfuerzo todos los días. Si está interesado en unirse a nuestra organización de padres, comuníquese con la Sra. Davis en [email protected]

¡Vamos Tigres!
Stephanie Davis, Directora
Rick Haney, SubDirector
Posted : 7/27 | Direct Link
National School Lunch and Breakfast Program & COVID Mitigation Plan
Hello Dysart Parents and Guardians,

School begins in just one week, on Tuesday, August 3! We are so excited for classes to begin, and are looking forward to an extraordinary school year. 
We are again able to offer free meal service for the entire school year thanks to National School Lunch and Breakfast program funding. All children 18 and under will receive free breakfast and lunch each day at school. Curbside service is also available for community members 18 and under, Monday - Friday between 11 - 11:30am at Dysart High School, Valley Vista High School and Willow Canyon High School.

As we get ready to launch another school year, please know that the health and safety of our students, staff and community is our highest priority. Over the summer, we installed 2,700 air scrubbers in our buildings to improve air quality.  The devices, which attach directly to the HVAC system and remove air pollution, contaminants, odors and dust, were purchased through Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) COVID funds.

Last week, the Dysart Governing Board approved a COVID mitigation plan for the 21-22 school year that includes:
  • Face coverings and masks are optional for all staff, students and visitors. (Please note: Governor Ducey signed a budget that includes a provision that prohibits “a county, city, town, school district governing board or charter school governing body from requiring students or staff to use face coverings during school hours and on school property.”)
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for students, staff or community members to attend school, school events or to be on the school campus.
  • Any staff or student that tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate per CDC guidelines.
  • Parents of students that have had direct contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified and asked to monitor their students for any symptoms that may appear. After a direct exposure, parents have the option to keep their child at home for up to 10 days after the direct contact.
  • Any student exhibiting COVID symptoms will be asked to remain at home until they have been symptom free for 24-hours without medication.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies will be available to any student or staff member. Students and staff are encouraged to continue with frequent hand washing and to practice good hygiene.
For current and updated information, visit the Dysart website at Dysart.org/COVID. Please remember that students must be kept home if they are sick or are experiencing symptoms of an illness. 

Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education and helping us keep our campuses safe and healthy. It’s going to be a great year!
Posted : 7/27 | Direct Link
Kindergarten Experience & Meet the Teacher
Good Afternoon El Mirage Tigers!
We hope you can join us today for Kindergarten Experience from 3-5 PM. This is a great opportunity to register your child, meet your teacher, and tour the school. Just come to the front office and your kindergarten teachers will be here to greet you. 

Also, mark your calendar for Friday, July 30th from 2-4:30 PM. This is our Meet the Teacher for all grades. You will find out your child's teacher, see their classroom, and see what they will learn about this year. 

School starts August 3rd, so please register your child before that day because it will be a very busy day in the office as we welcome everyone to the 2021-2022 school year. You can check the El Mirage Primary website for information like hours and school supplies. If you are looking for information about transportation, that is available on the Dysart Unified School District website
Posted : 7/26 | Direct Link
El Mirage Back to School Letter

Hello El Mirage Tigers!
This is a very exciting year as we embark on our first year as a primary school. We can’t wait to welcome back students, staff, and families as we become one Tiger family. Our teachers have been working hard this summer to ensure that every student has an extraordinary learning experience.

Bell Schedule
Gates Open for Breakfast in the classroom at 8:40 a.m.
Late Bell at 9:00 a.m.
Kindergarten Dismissal at 3:35 p.m.
School Dismissal at 3:45 p.m.
Early Release Kindergarten Dismissal: 1:35 p.m.
Early Release School Dismissal: 1:45 p.m.

Highlights
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program that helps prepare our students for college and careers. The expectation to think and learn at El Mirage is high. Each classroom will be adopted by a different college as we encourage our students to think about their futures. 
Our Health & Wellness Academy will continue with healthy activities such as Move It Mondays, monthly physical activity competitions, and teaching of healthy habits. Building strong, healthy minds and bodies is our vision that connects to academics, athletics, and social emotional learning.

Tiger U will continue with academic and enrichment classes before school. Be on the lookout for information from your teachers if your child would like to attend. Tiger U helps our students with foundational skills, as well as enriches their life with arts and other fascinating classes. 

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support) will help our students to learn our three guiding expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. Students have the opportunity to earn Tiger Tails for positive behaviors and win prizes in our weekly drawings. 

We can all be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible
Use crosswalks - students will not be sent across the crosswalks without a parent walking them.
Do not park in the pick-up and drop-off zones.
Pick up your child on time, or alert the front office if you are running a few minutes late.
Update your child’s emergency contact information and keep your phone number up-to-date.
Let the nurse and your child’s teacher know about any health conditions.
Review what it means to be safe on the bus - students should be in their seats, facing forward, and quiet so the driver is not distracted.

Review the Dysart Student and parent Handbook with your child to know the rules about acceptable behavior.
We know that the 2021-2022 school year is going to be successful if we encourage all children to learn and give their best efforts everyday. If you are interested in joining our parent organization please contact Ms. Davis at [email protected]

Go Tigers!
Stephanie Davis, Principal
Rick Haney, Assistant Principal


Hola, El Mirage Tigers!
Este es un año muy emocionante ya que nos embarcamos en nuestro primer año como escuela primaria. Estamos ansiosos por dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes, el personal y las familias a medida que nos convertimos en una familia Tiger. Nuestros maestros han estado trabajando duro este verano para asegurar que cada estudiante tenga una experiencia de aprendizaje extraordinaria.

Horario de campana
Desayuno y Soft Start a las 8:40 a.m.
Campana tardía a las 9:00 a.m.
Salida del jardín de infantes a las 3:35 p.m.
Salida de la escuela a las 3:45 p.m.
Salida temprana del jardín de infantes: 1:35 p.m.
Salida temprano de la escuela: 1:45 p.m.


AVID (Avance a través de la determinación individual) es un programa que ayuda a preparar a nuestros estudiantes para la universidad y las carreras. La expectativa de pensar y aprender en El Mirage es alta. Cada salón de clases será adoptado por una universidad diferente, ya que alentamos a nuestros estudiantes a pensar en su futuro.

Nuestra Academia de Salud y Bienestar continuará con actividades saludables como Move It Mondays, competencias mensuales de actividad física y enseñanza de hábitos saludables. Desarrollar mentes y cuerpos fuertes y saludables es nuestra visión que se conecta con lo académico, el atletismo y el aprendizaje socioemocional.

Tiger U continuará con clases académicas y de enriquecimiento antes de la escuela. Esté atento a la información de sus maestros si a su hijo le gustaría asistir. Tiger U ayuda a nuestros estudiantes con habilidades fundamentales, así como también enriquece su vida con artes y otras clases fascinantes.

PBIS (Intervención y apoyo para la conducta positiva) ayudará a nuestros estudiantes a aprender nuestras tres expectativas rectores: estar seguros, ser respetuosos y ser responsables. Los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de ganar Tiger Tails por comportamientos positivos y ganar premios en nuestros sorteos semanales.

Todos podemos ser Seguros, Respetuosos y Responsables
Use los cruces peatonales: no se enviará a los estudiantes a cruzar los cruces peatonales sin que un padre los acompañe.
No se estacione en las zonas de recogida y devolución.
Recoja a su hijo a tiempo o avise a la oficina principal si llega unos minutos tarde.
Actualice la información de contacto de emergencia de su hijo y mantenga actualizado su número de teléfono.
Informe a la enfermera y al maestro de su hijo sobre cualquier problema de salud.
Repase lo que significa estar seguro en el autobús: los estudiantes deben estar en su asiento, mirando hacia adelante y en silencio para que el conductor no se distraiga.
Revise el Manual para padres y estudiantes de Dysart con su hijo para conocer las reglas sobre el comportamiento aceptable.

Sabemos que el año escolar 2021-2022 será exitoso si alentamos a todos los niños a aprender y dar su mejor esfuerzo todos los días. Si está interesado en unirse a nuestra organización de padres, comuníquese con la Sra. Davis en [email protected]

¡Vamos Tigres!
Stephanie Davis, Directora
Rick Haney, SubDirector






 
Posted : 7/6 | Direct Link
Free Meals | Kinder Enrollment | K-8 Online | COVID Funding Survey
Hello Dysart parents and guardians,

Happy July! We have a few summer reminders for you today:
Free Summer Meals - Our free summer meal service resumed again today and will run through July 22. Community members 18 and under may receive breakfast and lunch, Monday - Thursday between 11:30am and 12:30pm at Dysart High School, Valley Vista High School and Willow Canyon High School. 

Kindergarten Enrollment Taking Place Now! - Do you have a child that will be five by the end of August? Secure a seat in Dysart’s FREE FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN today at Dysart.org/Enroll. Learn more at Dysart.org/KinderShowcase or save the date for July 26, from 3 to 5pm for our Kindergarten Experience where prospective parents can take a tour of the school and meet the teachers.

Deadline for K-8 Online Classes is July 12 - To attend full-time K-8 online classes next year, a Request for Enrollment Form must be completed by July 12 for consideration. Please note that last year’s K-8 online students are not automatically enrolled in K-8 Online for next school year, and must submit the Request for Enrollment Form if interested in continuing online classes. Students who have not enrolled in Dysart K-8 Online have been placed into in person classes at the school they last attended. Learn more at Dysart.org/K8online

COVID Relief Funding Survey - The federal government has provided funding for districts during the COVID pandemic through Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. Dysart is seeking input from the community on how the funds should be used. Please take a few moments to respond to this survey, which will be used to finalize Dysart’s plan

State of the District Video - In honor of the Centennial anniversary, Dysart Schools created a video to commemorate and preserve the past and present.  View the Dysart Schools Centennial State of the District video here.

Mark your calendars for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 3!
Posted : 7/6 | Direct Link
Dysart Provides Summer Meal Service to Community
Dysart Unified School District is providing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meal service for the summer from June 7 through June 24 and again from July 6 through July 22. Breakfast and lunch are provided for community members 18 and under at no cost, and are served Monday - Thursday between 11:30am and 12:30pm. 

Sites for community grab-and-go meal distribution include: 
- Dysart High School - 11425 N. Dysart Rd., El Mirage, AZ 85335
- Valley Vista High School - 15550 N. Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374
- Willow Canyon High School - 17901 W. Lundberg St., Surprise, AZ 85388
 
Meal service will also be provided to all students attending summer school sessions at any Dysart school. Menus and nutritional information can be found at Dysart.Nutrislice.com. Please note menus are subject to change based on demand and availability.
 
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: [email protected] This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Posted : 5/24 | Direct Link
El Mirage ES Dysart Education Foundation Grant Winner
 
DYSART SCHOOLS: The Dysart Education Foundation (DEF) recently announced seven recipients for the 2021 Spring mini-grants.  This opportunity was made possible by sponsorships from Cox Charities and Southwest Foodservice Excellence.  Submissions were awarded based on projects that incorporate arts, STEM education, student need, and creativity in student learning, and winners include:
 

Congratulations to our very own staff member!
- Molly Davis, a Reading Interventionist from El Mirage Elementary School, will purchase Kindermusik® research-based curriculum for kindergarten and first grade students who are learning to read. The curriculum is built around music and focuses on language, literacy, and social skills. In addition to classroom activities, students and their families will receive online access to download songs and a storybook each month and will be able to sing and read with their children at home.

Additional winners include: 
- Andrea Zunigha, a Social Worker at Kingswood Elementary School, will move forward with her "Souper Swag Sacks" project, which will provide meals for families over the weekend who are in need. Students can privately check out a backpack with food on Friday and return the backpack during the school week.
 
- Kristie Crane, an Art Teacher from Canyon Ridge School, received a mini-grant that will allow 350 students the opportunity to experience virtual tours of the Phoenix Art Museum with docents leading the virtual tours, and hands-on activities to reinforce learning.
 
- Jean Vogel, a Kindergarten Teacher at Asante Elementary School, will provide her students with the ability to explore, build, create, and imagine in a safe and encouraging environment with building materials such as blocks, interlocking plastic disks, magnets, straw connectors, puzzle pieces, pattern blocks, wheels, geoboards, 3D shapes, suction cups, and mini Legos.
 
- Christina Tormollan, a K-8 iExplore Teacher at Luke Elementary School, will purchase materials for her "Engineers in the Making" project. In a Makerspace environment, students will collaborate with others as they focus on an idea and use materials such as beams, brackets, nuts and bolts to design and solve problems.
 
- Elizabeth Maki and Haley Ruebsamen, both Science Teachers at Shadow Ridge High School, will purchase science probeware for their science labs. The probeware will assist with the changes in science standards and ensure that students are ready for post secondary science fieldwork as probeware is a staple of college and research labs.

The Dysart Education Foundation (DEF) is a non-profit organization supporting students and teachers in the Dysart Unified School District. For more information about DEF or to make a donation, please visit www.defweb.org.
Posted : 5/22 | Direct Link
Summer Camp | Meal Service | Kindergarten | K-8 Online
Hello Dysart parents and guardians:

As we approach the last few days of school, we have some information and reminders below that we would like to share with you. 

Summer School - If your child is signed up for in person summer school (Grades 4-8 for El Mirage), please remember that it begins on June 7 from 9:00-12:00 p.m. The school will be in touch with you soon with specific details. If your child is attending the 21st Century Summer School (K-3 for El Mirage), school begins on June 1 from 8:00-12:00 p.m.

Summer Meal Service - This Thursday is the last day for regular meal service for the year. Our Summer Meal service will run June 7-24 for breakfast and lunch will be open to community members 18 and under at no cost, Monday - Thursday between 11:30am and 12:30pm at Dysart High School, Valley Vista High School and Willow Canyon High School. For all students attending summer school sessions at any Dysart school, free breakfast and lunch will be provided daily. Menus may be viewed at Dysart.nutrislice.com.

Summer Camp Registration Closes May 19 - Don't forget to sign up for Summer Camp! Registration closes May 19 and spots are limited. Camp is June 1 - July 23 from 6am to 6pm Monday-Friday at Freedom Traditional and Sunset Hills.  Students will enjoy a variety of fun-filled, educational and physical activities including arts and crafts, science projects, water days, weekly field trips, and more. Visit www.dysart.org/communityeducation for more information and to register.

Kindergarten Enrollment - Do you have or know of a child ready for Kindergarten? Now is the time to enroll for the 2021-2022 school year. Dysart’s kindergarten program is one of the few FREE FULL-DAY programs in the area. Curriculum follows Arizona state standards, and offers hands-on, real-life activities in the areas of cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Visit Dysart.org/KinderShowcase to learn more about the programs at each school. Reserve your child’s spot today at Dysart.org/Registration!

K-8 Online for 2021-2022 - Interested in full-time online classes for your K-8 child next year? Make sure you complete the Request for Enrollment Form by July 12 to be considered for online enrollment for the first semester of the 21-22 school year. Learn more about next year’s K-8 Online program and enrollment criteria at Dysart.org/K8online.

We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing summer, and look forward to the 2021-2022 school year, which begins on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
Posted : 5/18 | Direct Link
Dysart COVID Protocol Updates

Hello Dysart Parents and Guardians,

Last week you were notified that the Dysart Governing Board voted to maintain the face covering requirement through May 20, 2021. Beginning May 21, face coverings will be optional for students, staff and visitors. This includes summer school and in all district/school buildings and events. At this time, face coverings will continue to be optional when school starts next Fall. Dysart staff will continue to monitor active case counts in schools and will recommend changes if needed.

Additionally, in order to ensure students don’t miss valuable year-end content, Dysart is changing the quarantine protocol.  Beginning Monday, May 10, administrators will continue notifying parents/guardians if their child has direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID while at school/district events, but parents may decide to send their child to school or if their child should be quarantined. Parents may always choose to quarantine their children at any time, regardless if there has been direct contact or not. Parents of students who were placed in quarantine that extends beyond this date will be contacted and given the choice for their child to return on May 10th. Please note that anyone who tests positive for COVID must isolate, per CDC guidance. As we make this shift, Dysart will remain focused on keeping schools safe and healthy, and will continue monitoring cases.

Please remember there are many Summer School and Community Education activity opportunities for students this summer. Also, if you have a K-7 student that you want to enroll in full-time online classes for the 21-22 school year, please remember that you have until July 12 to submit a Request for Enrollment form at Dysart.org/K8online.

Dysart appreciates your partnership throughout this year as we have worked hard together to provide safe in person and online learning options for students. We look forward to finishing the last weeks of school strong! Thank you for a great year.
Posted : 5/6 | Direct Link
Face Covering Update from Dysart
Hello Dysart parents and guardians,

Last week you were notified that the Dysart Governing Board would be discussing COVID protocols, including face coverings, at the April 28 meeting. The Board met and after much discussion, voted to maintain the face covering requirement for the last 16 days of the school year. Face coverings will continue to be provided to students who do not have one.

In order for Dysart students to finish the year strong, safe and healthy, we continue to need your help. Please ensure you are keeping your children home from school if they are symptomatic, and notify us if they have symptoms, test positive, or have had direct contact with someone that has tested positive. Details on our reporting and notification processes are available at Dysart.org/Coronavirus.

Thank you for your continued partnership. Together we can keep our community safe and healthy, and finish the year strong. 
Posted : 4/29 | Direct Link
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