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Mandatory Annual Student Update
Luke Elementary Families:

Dysart has transitioned the census verification process to the online Parent Portal platform.  Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will need to update all census information, emergency contact information and health/medication authorizations for the 2019/2020 school year.  This information needs to be renewed every year although some of the information has not changed. 

Please follow these following steps to complete this important update:

1)   Go to

2)   Click on "Parents" tab then click on "Parent Portal" under the "TOOLS" list.

3)   If you have forgotten your user name and/or password click on "Forgot Username" and/or "Forgot Password."  Click on "Create Account" to create an account or "Enter the Parent Portal" to proceed to the next step.

4)   Log in to your account and click on "Annual Student Update."

5)   Be sure to complete all steps and click on "Submit" to complete the process.

        ** Please note - for students with multiple households, only the primary household will have access to complete the Annual Student Update online.  Secondary household parent/guardian may 
             come into the school office to complete a hard Annual Student Update.

Thank you and have a wonderful 2019/2020 academic year!! 

Luke Elementary Front Office Staff 
Posted : 8/16 | Direct Link
Curriculum Night
Curriculum Night will be on Thursday Aug. 22 from 5 pm to 7:30 pm.  

 Pasquale Food Truck will be at the school so please bring the family and come join us for dinner!

Also, Wildlife Zoo will be visiting with some animals!

Can't wait to see! 
Posted : 8/16 | Direct Link
19-20 Bus Stop Locator
Good day.

The "Bus Stop Locator" tool on the DUSD website functions on Microsoft Explorer (formerly Internet Explorer).  It does not work with Google or Firefox browsers as of now.  Parents and staff may access it using the following URL:

Thank you!! 
Posted : 8/5 | Direct Link
Back to School Information
Good Afternoon Families,

We hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer and are getting excited about the return to Luke next week.  We hope to see you all at Meet the Teacher Night tomorrow from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Courtyard gates will open at 5:00 p.m. for a PTSA sponsored fundraiser in partnership with Kona Ice.  Come celebrate the start of the year with a yummy treat and reconnect with friends before the event starts.

And now, a quick reminder about back to school procedures. 
School starts on Tuesday, August 6th at 9:00 a.m. Gates open at 8:40 a.m. If you plan to walk your student to their classroom on the first day, you will be expected to exit through the front office by 9:00 a.m. After the first day of school, parents will be allowed to join students for breakfast, but will not be able to escort students to their classes in the morning. We appreciate your understanding and support of our safety procedures.
After the first day of school drop-off, all visitors to campus will need to sign in, show ID and get a visitor's sticker prior to entering the school. Regular drop-off will occur in the front of the school and no parent drop-off will be allowed in the bus depot at the rear of the building.
Student dismissal begins at 3:45 p.m. Parent pick-up takes place in the front of the school. Buses depart from the rear of the building. Please remain in your vehicle and staff will deliver your children to you as you pull up. No parent pick-up is allowed in the rear of the building for safety reasons.

We hope to see you all tomorrow night!

Molly Gillett
Principal, Luke Elementary School
Posted : 8/1 | Direct Link
Dysart Offers Child Find Developmental Screenings
 Dysart Unified School District is offering Child Find screenings for students aged 2 years 9 months through 5 years old who may have developmental delays. Children with special needs benefit from early intervention, and many of Arizona’s preschool children with special needs do not receive services because school districts do not know who they are. 

The Dysart Unified School District abides by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), which requires that public school agencies ensure all children (from birth through age 21) with delays or developmental disabilities are identified, located, and evaluated to receive the supports and services they need. This includes all children living within the geographic boundaries of the school district – those who are homeless or wards of the state, are attending private schools, or are home schooled. 

Suspected delays may be evidenced in the areas of communication, cognition, behavior, as well as in physical, auditory, visual and sensory development. Free screenings and/or diagnostic evaluations are provided by the Dysart Unified School District to help determine those children who may be eligible for special education services - all of which are free of charge to families. 

If you are the parent of a preschool child (aged 2 years 9 months through 5 years old) or know of a preschool child with suspected developmental delays that resides within the boundaries of the Dysart Unified School District, please call (623) 876-7022 (Select option #2) to schedule a free child find screening. Screenings take place at 13825 W. Desert Cove Drive, Surprise, AZ 85379, and are scheduled for the following dates: August 14, 21, September 11, 25, October 9, 23, December 4, January 15, 29, February 12, 26, March 11, 25, May 6, 13, and June 8.  

For additional information about Child Find for children younger than 2 years 9 months, please contact the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) at 602-532-9960 or 888-352-4558.
15802 North Parkview Place • Surprise, Arizona 85374
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phone: 623.876.7000 • web:
Posted : 7/30 | Direct Link
Dysart Participates in National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Dysart Unified School District will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. As part of this program, Dysart Unified School District will offer healthy meals every school day. Breakfast will cost $1.25; lunch will cost $2.60 for elementary and $2.85 for high school. Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Reduced-price meals cost $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. 

As part of this program, breakfast in the classroom is provided at no cost to students at Thompson Ranch, Riverview School, Surprise Elementary, Dysart Elementary and El Mirage Elementary School.  Additionally, lunch meals served at El Mirage Elementary School are provided at no cost to all students.
Qualifications for children to receive free or reduced price meals include: belonging to a household whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, belonging to a household that receives public assistance, or if the child is homeless, migrant, runaway, foster, or participates in a Head Start or Even Start pre-Kindergarten program. Free or reduced lunch forms are provided by the school during registration.  If you would like an additional form, please visit to complete the online form. 

Household size and income criteria are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits if the household does not receive assistance or the children are not in the other categories mentioned above. Children can get free or reduced-price meals if the household’s gross income falls at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guideline chart.
Federal Eligibility Income Chart for School Year 2019-2020
                                                 FREE                                                                                                                                          REDUCED-PRICE
Household Size              Yearly Income                Monthly Income               Weekly Income               Yearly Income             Monthly Income                 Weekly Income
           1                                   $16,237                             $1,354                                        $313                                  $23,107                          $1,923                                       $445
           2                                   $21,983                             $1,832                                        $423                                  $31,284                          $2,607                                       $602
           3                                   $27,729                             $2,311                                        $534                                  $39,461                          $3,289                                       $759
           4                                   $33,475                             $2,790                                        $644                                  $47,638                          $3,970                                       $917
           5                                   $39,221                             $3,269                                        $755                                  $55,815                          $4,652                                       $1,074
           6                                   $44,967                             $3,748                                        $865                                  $63,992                          $5,333                                       $1,231
           7                                   $50,713                             $4,227                                        $976                                  $72,169                          $6,015                                       $1,388
           8                                   $56,459                             $4,705                                        $1,086                              $80,346                          $6,696                                       $1,546
Each additional person: +$5,746                         +$479                                         +$111                                +$8,177                          +$682                                        +$158
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Posted : 7/23 | Direct Link
Back to School
Hello Luke Families,

Our office is open for registration Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 4:15 pm until July 25th.   Starting  July 29th, we will be back to regular work week days Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Please look on line at for online registration.  

Meet the Teacher is on August 2nd from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  This night is an open house so please feel free to come whenever it is convenient for you!  Kona Ice will be here if you wish to purchase a special treat. 

First day of school is August 6th, gates open at 8:40 am with classes beginning at 9:00 am.  School will be released for dismissal at 3:45 pm.  Can't wait to see you!!  Supply lists for all grade levels can be found on our Luke Elementary School page,

Please log onto your parent portal to complete the Annual Student Update.  This will update the students personal information, emergency contacts and nurse information.  Until this is updated, if your child is seen by the nurse, no over the counter medications will be administered. 

Please call our office 623-876-7300 if you have any questions! 
Posted : 7/17 | Direct Link
Dysart Welcomes New Administrators
The Dysart Unified School District is set to start the new school year with several new administrators. For the 2019-2020 school year, new school principals are as follows:

Angela Allen, Principal, Ashton Ranch Elementary School - Angela Allen has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Washington and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. Allen has worked at Dysart since 2006 as a Teacher, Academic Interventionist and Assistant Principal.

Emily Dean, Principal, Asante Preparatory Academy - Emily Dean has a Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University and a Master of Arts from the University of Phoenix. Dean started with the Dysart Unified School District in 2006 as an Assistant Principal, and became a Principal in 2008. Dean moved to Asante from Ashton Ranch Elementary School. 

Molly Gillett, Principal, Luke Elementary School - Molly Gillett joins the district from the Eugene School District in Oregon, where she previously served as Principal. Gillett holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts from Pacific University.

Ashley Longoria, Principal, Dysart Elementary School - Ashley Longoria has been with Dysart since she started her teaching career in 2010, and is moving to Dysart Elementary from Dysart High School. Longoria is an alumnus of Dysart Elementary and Dysart High, and holds a Bachelor of Arts for Arizona State University, a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Education from Grand Canyon University.

Adam Schwartz, Principal, Willow Canyon High School - Adam Schwartz has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Education from Northern Arizona University. Schwartz began his career as a science teacher, and has been an Assistant Principal in the Agua Fria High School District since 2009.

Connie Wolford, Principal, Freedom Traditional Academy - Connie Wolford has served in Dysart since 2008. She became an Assistant Principal in the district in 2015. Wolford holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education from Central Washington University and a Master of Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Wolford moved to Freedom Traditional Academy from Mountain View School.

In addition to new principals, Dysart also has a new Assistant Superintendent for Human Relations. John Croteau took over this role beginning in July when longtime employee, Patricia Buck, retired after over 30 years in the District. Croteau has a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University and a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix. He began his teaching career in 1995, and has held the positions of Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Executive Director. Most recently, he was the Chief Operations Officer in the Peoria Unified School District. 

Dysart employs more than 2,500 staff members at 25 schools and numerous departments.  With competitive salaries and benefits, Dysart attracts highly qualified staff. This year, the district was pleased to give certified staff 5% raises, and support staff and administrators 3%. According to, Dysart Unified School District tops the list as the “Best Company to Work for in Surprise, AZ”. Additionally, the Phoenix Business Journal named Dysart as a top 20 “Healthiest Employer” in the largest/extra category. Dysart is always hiring highly qualified staff. Interested candidates may view job openings at
Posted : 7/16 | Direct Link
Dysart Schools to Host Meet the Teacher, Freshman Camps and Open Houses
Dysart Unified School District schools are hosting Meet the Teacher events at elementary schools, and Open Houses and Freshman Camps at the high schools. Dates and times are listed below. 

We encourage our students and families to join us for these events to learn more about the campus, see the facilities and meet our staff. Incoming freshman should plan to attend Freshman Camp to get a jump start on high school, familiarize themselves with the campus, meet the teachers and pick up their schedule. We look forward to an extraordinary 2019-2020 school year.

High Schools:
Dysart High School - 
Freshman Camp: July 29, 8:00 - 10:30am
Open House: August 5, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Shadow Ridge High School - 
Freshman Camp: July 29, 8:00am - 12:00pm 
Open House: August 5, 4:00 - 5:30pm 

Valley Vista High School - 
Freshman Camp: July 29, 7:00am - 12:30pm 
Open House: August 5, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Willow Canyon High School - 
iWillow Freshman Camp: July 23, 7:15am - 2:15pm (Register by July 15 at
Willow Canyon 101 (for parents): July 31, 6:00 - 7:00pm 
Open House: August 5, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Elementary Schools:
Asante Preparatory Academy - 
August 2, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Ashton Ranch Elementary - 
August 2, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Canyon Ridge School - 
August 2, 5:00 - 6:30pm 

Cimarron Springs Elementary - 
August 2, 5:00 - 6:30pm 

Countryside Elementary - 
August 2, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Dysart Elementary - 
August 2, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

El Mirage Elementary - 
August 2, 4:30 - 6:00pm 

Freedom Traditional Academy - 
August 2, 5:30 - 6:30pm 

Kingswood Elementary - 
August 2, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Luke Elementary - 
August 2, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Marley Park Elementary - 
August 2, 5:00 - 6:30pm 

Mountain View School - 
August 2, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Rancho Gabriela Elementary - 
August 2, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Riverview School - 
August 2, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Sonoran Heights Elementary - 
August 2, 5:30 - 7:00pm 
Posted : 7/11 | Direct Link
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
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