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Cimarron Springs celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Cimarron Springs celebrates Hispanic History MonthStudents, parents, teachers, and community members came together to gather artifacts to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Cimarron Springs Middle School for Mrs. Trujillo’s Spanish class. Items included a variety of food, clothing, and kitchen items with historical value from different Spanish-speaking countries. Students will be researching a figure from Hispanic history and presenting a small biography on them over the next four weeks. On September 24th, students had the opportunity to view and learn about customs and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries through artifacts brought in by Mrs. Trujillo and Lidia Goodman, a former Cimarron teacher and current district volunteer and substitute.  Mrs. Goodman shared several artifacts from her upbringing in Sonora, Mexico.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

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Share your good news and celebrations!
Good News and CelebrationsThe Dysart Unified School District would like to celebrate students, staff and community members who are contributing to the greater good during this unprecedented time. Do you have a teacher or staff member who is going above and beyond in assisting a student in remote learning?  Is your student/club working on a community service project or spreading cheer through a positive action? Did a community group or organization donate time or goods to your school? We want to hear from you. Please fill out the form below with the information and share a photo of the kind act so we can share these #DysartExtraordinary actions with our community.

Good News and Celebrations Form
Posted : 4/14/2020 | Direct Link
Problems to Solve: Survey (Sustainable Engineering Program)
Take this survey to support our students in problem solving with a Sustainable Engineering Focus.
Posted : 9/3/2019 | Direct Link
Site Council Parent Members Needed!
The school site council is a group of teachers, parents, classified employees, that works with the principal to develop,
review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets.

We are in need of three parent volunteers to serve on our schools site council. 

If interested in serving please e-mail Principal Richards at [email protected].

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!
Posted : 8/16/2019 | Direct Link
Drive Wise Surprise - Back to School Tips
The start of another school year is right around the corner! YOUR Surprise Police Department would like to share some basic back-to-school safety tips for drivers and for students. 
Next week, school will begin and school buses, young pedestrians and some young bicyclists will soon be making the early morning commute to school throughout Surprise. To ensure the children make it to their destination safely, please be on the lookout for the students. 
For parents, or those students that are driving, please pay attention to all traffic signs as well as signs that prohibit or restrict parking. As a reminder, if a sign says that “stopping, standing, and parking” is prohibited, you cannot wait there.
Additionally, as parents, please talk to your children about some of the dangers of the roadway. Remind them to stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming before they cross the street.
As the start of the school year is a busy time for everyone, we recommend you leave a little earlier than you may normally need to. The extra time you gain by leaving early can help to reduce the stress level.
Starting August 1st, 2019, officers from YOUR Surprise Police Department will be enhancing our enforcement efforts around local schools. The school zone enforcement will primarily be focused on the following issues:
• Speeding in school zones
• Speeding near crosswalks
• Passing in school zones
• Not stopping when people are in the crosswalks
Remember, we all share the streets, so please, Drive Wise, Surprise!
Posted : 8/1/2019 | Direct Link
Community Letter
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Dear Amazing Stallion Community!

I am honored to start my third year as principal and look forward to working with you again to ensure our students receive an unstoppable education!
At Cimarron, we are dedicated to inspiring our students to be lifelong learners, well equipped with the skills they need to continue their education and jump into and be successful at whatever comes next!  Working together, we will ensure each and every Stallion is prepared and excited to make an impact on our community and the world!
Below are a few informational items to ease your transition back to school.
First and Foremost:  There will be a Student Handbook coming home on the first day of school; please tear out the Technology Agreement and sign BOTH sides and return to homeroom teachers ASAP, as students will be unable to use computers/school technology after AUGUST 20TH if we do not have a signed copy.  
  1. During the school year, we will continue to communicate with you in a variety of ways.  Typically, we communicate through the school website by keeping our NEWS and CALENDAR up to date on upcoming events. If you have a question about an upcoming event, we encourage you to look at our calendar and click on the event for details.   
  2. We also have Twitter @CSESStallions,/ Facebook: Cimarron Springs Elementary School,/ and Instagram: @csesstallions.
  3. We also will, occasionally, send an AutoDialer phone message and important information via paper in students’ backpacks.  
  4. Teachers send weekly email blasts and some communicate with you via Teacher/Parent communication notebooks home.
NEW Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures:  click for information!
Faculty and Staff:  Our front office remains the same;  We have only a few new teachers joining us this year so please click on Faculty and Staff to see the list of teachers.  
Office Hours:  Our office is open from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday beginning July 29th.  Our experienced staff are here to answer your questions and offer assistance.  The office phone number is 623.523.8600. 
Homeroom Assignments:  Your student’s homeroom teacher will be located on the Parent Portal as of August 2nd.  Find directions to access the Parent Portal Here.
Meet the Teacher Night/Curriculum Night:  This night will be held tomorrow, Friday, August 2nd.  
Both times will be the same presentation.  We are splitting the times for convenience in attendance.  Please choose ONE time to attend.  
First Session:  5:00 - 5:45 PM 
Second Session:  5:45 - 6:30 PM  
Please Remember to Check the Parent Portal for Your Student's Teacher.
Bus Transportation:  Please click this link for information.  
First Day of School:  Students are scheduled to return on Tuesday, August 6th.  School hours will be 9:00 to 3:45. On the first day of school, parents may walk their students to class, but need to leave the building no later than 9:00 a.m.
School Hours:  
  • Tuesday - Friday:  9:00 - 3:45. 
  • Mondays are early release days: 9:00 - 1:45.  
Gates will open at 8:40 a.m. Please ensure your student does NOT arrive before this time as there is no supervision until 8:40.   Students will either go directly to class or to the cafeteria for breakfast.  Instruction starts promptly at 9:00. 
PreSchool:  Tuesday - Friday                         Monday Early Release
  • A.M. - 9:00  - 11:45am               9:00 - 10:45
  • P.M. - 1:00 - 3:45                           12:00 - 1:45
Parent Teacher Association (PTA):  Please be sure to join our PTA this year! They are amazing and the impact they make for your students and CSES teachers is incredible!  The fee is small, but the impact is huge!  Please click the above link for more information!
7th/8th Grade Softball/Baseball Tryouts:  Begins August 12th.  First game is August 26.  Playoffs Sept 27 - Oct. 9th..
Posted : 8/1/2019 | Direct Link
**NEW** Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures
NEW Cimarron Springs Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures
Cimarron Springs prides itself on being a true community school. We have over 850 students who walk, ride bikes, or are dropped off and picked up each day for school! With that in mind, we have established specific morning and afternoon routines for our busy arrival and dismissal times.

Student safety continues to be a priority, and in an effort to plan for the most effective supervision of our students, we ask that all parents and students follow our New drop-off and pick-up procedures.  Our school start time is 9:00 am with gates opening at 8:40 am.

Students are to report directly to class or head to the cafeteria where breakfast is served from 8:40 - 8:55 am. Please remember, students are not permitted to arrive at school prior to 8:40 am as there is no supervision before that time. Our school end time is 3:45 pm Tuesday - Friday and 1:45 pm on Mondays.

Arrival Procedures:   **Please follow posted signs!   
There will now be two lanes: One to pick up (right side of cones) and a continuously moving lane (left side of cones)

Preschool: Park in the school parking lot. Do not park in the front drive at any time.  Enter through the gate across from the parking lot crosswalk (next to the Library, second crosswalk) and walk your child to the classroom. Per state regulations, pre-school parents are required to sign-in their child, in the classroom,  with proper identification.

Kindergarten: Kindergarten students will enter through the Kinder gate at the farthest point in the drive through at the West Gate (facing Cotton Lane). Please pull up as far as possible before letting your student out of the car.  If you park in the parking lot, you must cross the crosswalk and escort your student to the West Gate. Students will not be allowed to cross the crosswalk without an adult escort. If using the front drive to drop students off, pull as far forward as possible, have students exit out the passenger side of the vehicle. Drivers are to remain in their vehicles at all times.  Do not park in the drive at any time.

1st-8th Grade: Students will enter through the courtyard gates and either proceed immediately to their classroom or to the cafeteria for breakfast. When using  the drive to drop students off, pull as far forward as possible, (even if you pass the gate and your student needs to walk “back” towards the gate”) as staff is present for supervision to the gate. Students will exit the vehicle on the passenger side of the vehicle, as there will now be a continuously moving lane on the left.  Drivers are to remain in their vehicles at all times. There will be staff to help children out of the car.  Do not park in the drive.

If additional time is needed to say goodbye, park in the front lot and escort your child across the crosswalk. Students may only use the crosswalk with an adult escort. Bike, skateboard and scooter riders will use the bike rack to lock their rides. No bikes, skateboards or scooters are allowed in the building. All bikes, skateboards and scooters  must be walked at all times on school  grounds.

Dismissal Procedures:   **Please follow posted signs!    
Preschool: Park in an actual parking spot at the west side of the parking lot. Do  not park in the front drive at any time. Walk through the PreSchool Labeled gate next to the Library at the second crosswalk to the classroom to sign out your child. (please contact your pre-school teacher for release times).
Kindergarten: We will begin to release Kinder students 10 minutes before the designated release time. Teachers will have students organized according to how they will be picked up. Students will be released through the new Kinder gate at the West Side of the school (facing Cotton Lane). If you are walking to the gate to pick up your child, please park in an actual parking spot in the lot. If you are driving through to pick up, do not park in the front drive, pull all the way to the West Gate as far as possible. Students will be entering the vehicle on the passenger side.
1st-8th Grade:  There will be designated areas in the front of the school for 1st through 5th  grade, identified by signs.  Sixth, 7th and 8th grade do not have designated space but will be in the front of the school. Teachers will be supervising the students by each sign. Students are expected to be listening for their name to be called and watching for their vehicle in the front drive.  Staff members will be stationed along the drive. Drivers are to remain in their vehicles at all times. Do Not park and leave your vehicle at any time. You will be directed to pull up as far as possible,in a single file line, as the line moves forward even if you “pass” your student . Students will be entering the vehicle on the passenger side.

There will now be two lanes: One to park to pick up (right side of cones) and a continuously moving lane (left side of cones)

Important reminders:
  • Refrain from using cell phones while in the front drive/lot.
  • Respectfully follow all directions of school staff.
  • Students must exit/enter passenger side of the vehicle.
  • Staff will wave you forward when it is safe to do so.
  • Siblings can gather at the youngest siblings' cone for easy pick up.
  • Do not block crosswalks.
  • Use only manned crosswalks.
  • Never leave vehicle unattended in the drive.
  • Handicapped spots are reserved for identified vehicles only.
  • Be patient and safe for our students.

Taking the appropriate measures to ensure everyone's safety is worth the effort to follow these guidelines. We appreciate your continued support and assistance to ensure our students arrive and depart Cimarron Springs safely each day. This truly is a combined effort to maintain safety, and we value your partnership and patience as we continually improve this process.

*****A special Thank you goes to The City of Surprise for their year long study of movement around our school, Kevin Shipman (planning administrator, DO), community and staff input that helped to support and plan this new procedure.  Please note that this is always a work in progress and refinements may be made at any time. Appropriate notice to the community will precede any and all changes.  
Posted : 7/25/2019 | 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 : 4/17/2019 | Direct Link
Start/Release Updates for the 2019-2020 School Year
This is an important notice for parents that will have students at Cimarron Springs Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year.

In order to meet the needs of our growing community, and to best utilize our transportation resources, schedule adjustments are sometimes required so that we can better serve our students. Beginning August 6, 2019, the Cimarron Springs Elementary School start time will be adjusted to 9:00 a.m. and school will release at 3:45 p.m.

Many factors were considered before making this decision, and we appreciate your understanding as we adjust to this change together. Thank you.
Posted : 2/4/2019 | Direct Link
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