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ELMES Signature Program
Next year we are beginning a new signature program at El Mirage Elementary School - The Health and Wellness Academy. This program is intended to increase the amount of physical activities our students have before, during, and after school. We will add more sports, teach nutrition, expose them to health and sports-related careers, and integrate healthy lifestyles throughout learning in the school.

The purpose of our Health & Wellness Academy is to teach students about life-long healthy habits, and to help them become well-rounded individuals, with healthy minds and bodies. In an age of technology, we aim to increase their physical activity by encouraging them to get outside and play, to eat healthy, be confident in their abilities, and not be afraid to fail and try again.

You will notice that a committee of staff members, students, parents, and community members worked together to create this program, as well as the new vision and mission for the school. 

Vision: To empower our students, staff, and community to build strong, healthy minds and bodies.

Mission: El Mirage Elementary School is dedicated to the healthy mind and body of each student. We recognize the importance of academically preparing our students for college and careers, while teaching the skills necessary to become well-rounded, healthy individuals. Through health and wellness experiences, college preparation, and physical fitness, students will achieve their full potential and learn life-long skills for success.
Posted : 6/10 | Direct Link
8th Grade Promotion Live Streaming
Our 8th grade promotion ceremonies will be live-streamed this year, thanks to the help of our IT, CTE, and Communications/PR departments and high schools.

The ceremonies will be live-streamed on the Facebook site of the high school where your ceremony will take place.  The El Mirage Elementary School 8th grade promotion will take place on May 20th at 11:30 a.m. at Dysart High School. Here are the links to each high school Facebook account:

Willow Canyon:
Valley Vista:
Shadow Ridge:

On the day of promotions, once the live stream is running, you can share it on your own Facebook account, or other social media accounts.
Posted : 5/3 | Direct Link
8th Grade and Kindergarten Promotion
2018-2019  8th Grade Promotion Information
May 21, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Dysart High School

Ticket Information
Order forms were handed out by the eighth grade teachers. Please contact Mr. Vasquez at if you need more. 

2018-2019  Kindergarten Promotion Information
May 20, 2018
5:00-6:00 p.m. 

El Mirage Elementary School

Ticket Information
Posted : 4/24 | Direct Link
National Teacher Appreciation Week - Dysart Education Foundation
The first full week in May is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank a teacher or other Dysart staff member in a meaningful way by making a donation to the Dysart Education Foundation in their honor! Your tax deductible donation will enrich the lives of teachers and students within the district in the form of teacher mini-grants and student scholarships administered by the Dysart Education Foundation.

Dysart Education Foundation will personalize a certificate including your name and personal message (optional) for each staff member you select and deliver it to them during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Please complete your request and donation by April 30th to ensure your thank-you is delivered on time!

Complete the online form and make your donation by going to:
Posted : 4/22 | Direct Link
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 Additional information, resources, and school safety tips can be found on our website at

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.


Quinn R. Kellis, Ed.D.
Dysart Unified School District
Posted : 4/17 | Direct Link
AZMerit Testing Dates
Next week AZMerit testing begins. Grades 3-8 students will take the writing test on Tuesday, April 2nd and grades 4 and 8 will take the science test on Friday, April 5th. The following week the reading tests are Tuesday, April 9th and Thursday, April 11th. During the week of April 15th, the math tests are Tuesday, April 16th and Thursday, April 18th. The rest of the days in between will be make-up testing. Please make every effort to have your child here on testing days. Also, encourage them to get good sleep, eat a good breakfast, take their time on the test, and do their best.
Posted : 3/29 | Direct Link
21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant
21st Century LogoEl Mirage Elementary School will be applying for the The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant for the 2019/2020 school year.   This is an after school tutoring program that focuses on maintaining a strong commitment to improving math, reading/language arts/literacy, and science. The program offers a variety of classes and activities outside of the instructional day that help students become proficient and connect with learning through a more engaging and personal environment. The program also provides enrichment opportunities such as art, music, physical education, mentoring, technology education, as well as nutrition and health education.
Posted : 3/13 | Direct Link
Read Across America Week Events
Hello El Mirage Families,

Next week is Read Across America Week. To celebrate Dr. Seuss, there are spirit days every day to go with his books, and students can dress up to the themes. On Thursday, from 5-6:30 p.m. we would love to see you at Read Across America Night when you can have fun with family activities. Friday is our annual family BBQ during lunch. Your children would love to eat lunch with you in the Courtyard. Look for a flyer to go home next week with more details! We can’t wait to show our appreciate for reading next week.  
Posted : 2/22 | Direct Link
PreK-2 Dance, Conferences, and Book Fair
Greetings El Mirage Families,

Friday evening, our PreK-2nd grade students can dance themselves silly at the dance. The theme is Boss Baby - wear your career focused costumes or attire to encourage our college and career ready culture.

We hope to see you at conferences next week. If you haven’t already, please look for your child to bring home a conference form. As a reminder, we have early release days on Thursday, February 13th, and Friday, February 14th. While you are here, pick up some books from the Book Fair, which benefits all our students.
Posted : 2/6 | Direct Link
Dysart High School Future Freshman Night
Hello 8th Grade parents, 

I would like to invite you and your child to attend the Dysart High School future freshman night on Tuesday, February 15th from 5:30-7:00 pm. We will start at 5:30 pm in the DHS auditorium where we will share information with parents and students about the course selection process. After our time in the auditorium, parents and students will have an opportunity to visit our career and technical education classrooms to see the different programs that are available as well as visiting our cafeteria to meet teachers and get information about our different sports, clubs and activities. This evening is an important part of your child’s transition from 8th grade to high school.

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.   

Amy Hartjen
Principal, Dysart High School

Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing them next week.
Posted : 1/9 | Direct Link
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