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Survey Results Show Community Pleased with Dysart District
Dysart Unified School District recently invited students, parents and staff members to take a survey about their most recent experiences with Dysart. The district conducted the surveys to get input from its stakeholders in order to identify areas of celebration, as well as opportunities for growth.

“We genuinely care about the viewpoints of all our stakeholders. The survey results will be a purposeful document that will drive future decisions for Dysart,” said Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis. “While the survey results were encouraging and showed high overall satisfaction, the community is going to be seeing even greater things from Dysart as a result of their input. The goal of the Dysart Unified School District is to provide each and every student, parent and staff member with an extraordinary experience.”

Overall survey results showed that parents, students and staff are satisfied with Dysart. A strong confidence in district leadership, including the Superintendent, was also indicated. Additionally, stakeholders felt that district and school communications about important safety information and extracurricular activities are strong. Dysart also rated well for providing high quality Special Education services to students.

Students, staff and parents feel that Dysart schools offer a safe environment, and the vast majority of students have not experienced conflicts at school. Parents feel confident that Dysart responds quickly and appropriately to safety concerns, rumors and threats.

The surveys showed high scores for having clean, well-maintained facilities and campuses. In addition, many forms of technology are readily available and useful to students and staff. These points indicate that Dysart strives to be a good steward of its taxpayer assets.

As with all surveys, results also revealed growth opportunities. Parents feel that schools offer a wide-variety of options for students to participate in activities that interest them, including advanced programs such as honors, advanced placement, gifted and dual enrollment. However, survey results indicate that there is a desire for Dysart to raise expectations and provide more challenging opportunities for students.

There were also indicators that Dysart needs to raise awareness among students about post-high school opportunities and supports. Whether it be college or career, students need to be aware of and prepared for all of their options after graduation. Parents and students called for increased student access to high school counselors. Counselors can help ensure students are on track for their post-high school goals, and are aware of opportunities and resources that are available to them.

Lastly, the survey showed a need to expand training for staff by bolstering Professional Development (PD) opportunities and Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to ensure they are providing the most valuable and useful information.

Overall, 7,179 students, 1,785 parents and 1,202 staff members participated in the surveys. The district plans to periodically re-survey each stakeholder group to evaluate and measure satisfaction levels, improvements, and areas of opportunity. School leaders will use the annual survey results to strengthen the Dysart experience. Complete survey results are available to view at the Dysart Education Center, 15802 N. Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374.
 
Posted : 6/13 | Direct Link
Summer News
Hello Luke Families,

The school will be open next week Monday (6/3) through Thursday (6/6) 8:00 am to 12:00 pm for new student registration. 

The school will be closed from June 8th until July 10th.  When returning on July 10th, the school will be open from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm for new student registration Monday through Thursday until July 29th and then we will be open all week. 

Preschool/Kindergarten Experience is Monday, July 15th to Thursday, July 18th.  Space is limited so please register at the school office ASAP if you are interested.  Deadline for registration is July 10th.   

Meet the Teacher Night will be on Friday, August 2nd from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  More information to come. 

Have a wonderful relaxing fun summer!  Can't wait to see you all next fall!  
Posted : 5/30 | Direct Link
New Student Registration Open for 2019-2020 School Year
Dysart Unified School District is accepting new student registration applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

Parents and guardians can complete necessary registration information at www.dysart.org/registration. Upon completion, a finalization meeting will be scheduled.

From June 3 - July 3, registration support is available at the District Office, located at 15802 N. Parkview Place in Surprise, Arizona. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Parents can also call (623) 876-7151 to request support outside of these hours.  School campuses will reopen on July 10.

Parents interested in the new Freedom Traditional Academy or enrolling in a school outside of their boundary school, are invited to complete an open enrollment application at www.dysart.org/oe.

To keep up with their child’s academic progress, parents are encouraged to sign up for the Parent Portal at www.dysart.org/parentportal or via the Campus Parent app, available as early as 24 hours after registration is finalized.

Dysart looks forward to providing each student an extraordinary school experience in the 2019-2020 school year. For assistance with student registration, please call (623) 876-7151 or email SISTeam@dysart.org

Please note that in order to finalize registration the following documents will be required: a government issued photo identification; birth certificate; proof of residency; and immunization records.
Posted : 5/30 | Direct Link
Dysart Governing Board Calls for Override Election
The Dysart Unified School District Governing Board called for a November 5, 2019 override election at the May 22 board meeting to ask for the continuation of the 15% maintenance and operation override that has been in place since 2000. A continuation of this override would not result in a tax increase.

The 15% override would maintain funding for programs currently serving Dysart students such as Arts, Physical Education and Athletics as well as academic support programs for Math and Reading.  Funding to retain highly qualified teachers and staff, maintain manageable class sizes and offer free all-day Kindergarten for the community would also continue with the override renewal.

“The Dysart district’s focus is on producing educational outcomes that drive economic development, generating a competitive workforce, and protecting the value of the communities and local properties,” said Dr. Quinn Kellis, Superintendent. “A continuation of the override would allow Dysart to maintain many of the programs that are available to our students, such as all-day Kindergarten at no cost, arts, athletic programs and additional math and reading supports.”

Earlier this month, the Board called for a bond election to fund land for a new high school, construction of two elementary schools, safety and security upgrades, capital improvements at each site, student transportation, and technology.

With election costs typically over $100,000, the board felt it would be an efficient use of taxpayer funds to combine the override election with the bond election in order to save on those fees.
Posted : 5/23 | Direct Link
Dysart Summer Feeding Program
Dysart Unified School District will host the annual Summer Feeding Program with free breakfast and lunch for children ages 18 and under.  Breakfast and lunch will be served June 3-27, Monday through Thursday, at the following locations:

El Mirage Elementary, 13500 N. El Mirage, AZ 85335
Breakfast 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Dysart Elementary, 12950 W. Varney Road, AZ 85335
Breakfast 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Lunch 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
 
Dysart High School, 11425 N. Dysart Road, AZ 85335
Breakfast 7:30 am – 8:00 am
Lunch 11:00 am-11:30 am  

Meals for adults over the age of 18 are $1.75 for breakfast and $3.25 for lunch.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Posted : 5/17 | 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 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
Growing Minds Preschool Now Enrolling
The Dysart Unified School District is proud to announce the opening of Growing Minds Preschool beginning July 15, 2019.  Available for children ages 2-5, the preschool will focus on core academic areas as well as the arts and athletics. Creative expression and physical play will be embedded in all activities, with a hands-on learning experience that ensures children will love to learn and grow.

Registration for Growing Minds Preschool is now open.  Half-day and full-day options are available with year-round hours of operation, including school breaks, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to accommodate working families.  

Early childhood education is critical to the development of growing minds.  An outstanding preschool education will expose children to experiences that will have an exponential impact on growth and development.  The Growing Minds Preschool will not only guide the cognitive development, but offer positive exposure to an environment that is fun and exciting.  The Growing Minds Preschool experience will advance cognitive development and cultivate social and emotional development, building respect, resilience, teamwork, optimism, innovation, and self-esteem through positive interaction with classmates and teachers.  The Creative Curriculum will follow the Arizona Early Learning State Standards, allowing a child to initiate his or her own learning experience.

Growing Minds Preschool will be located at 17999 W Surprise Farms Loop S Surprise, AZ 85388, adjacent to Western Peaks Elementary School. Visit GrowingMindsPreschool.org for more information including details on tuition and registration.
 
Posted : 3/14 | 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
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
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