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Bell Schedule Friday, 4/16, Prom Assembly

Please see below the bell schedule for Friday, Apr 16:
  • 1 - 7:15-8:00
  • 2 - 8:05-8:50
  • 3 - 8:55-9:45
  • Assembly - 9:50-10:45 (Football FIeld)
  • Lunch - 10:45-11:45 (Schoolwide)
  • 4 - 11:50-12:35
  • 5 - 12:40-1:25
  • 6 - 1:30-2:15

Posted : 4/15 | Direct Link
AZMerit Testing
For the next three Wednesdays, we will be conducting AZMerit testing.  This will create a late start for all non-testing grades. Please see the below schedule:

  • Weds, April 14: Writing Test- 10TH Grade Only
  • Weds, April 21: Reading Test- 10TH Grade Only
                                   Science Test - 11TH Grade Only
  • Weds, April 28: Math Test - 10TH Grade Only

7:15 - 10:45 - AZMerit Testing
10:45 - 11:10 Lunch

** All Grades on Campus**
11:15 - 11:40 - 1ST Hour
11:45 - 12:10 - 2ND Hour
12:15 - 12:45 - 3RD Hour
12:50 - 1:15 - 4TH Hour
1:20 - 1:45 - 5TH Hour
1:50 - 2:15 - 6TH Hour
Posted : 4/8 | Direct Link
Willow Canyon student selected as prestigious University of Arizona KEYS Intern
Lauren NolinLauren Nolin, a senior from Willow Canyon High School, was chosen to be a part of the University of Arizona KEYS Research Internship program. The KEYS program is a unique summer opportunity where 52 motivated Arizona high school students with a strong interest in bioscience, engineering, environmental health, data science, and biostatistics will work with the top University of Arizona faculty on professional research projects that address the world's greatest challenges. This seven week program allows students to network with established researchers and use state of the art research equipment. 
The application process included an essay demonstrating Lauren’s passion and experience with science and a thirty minute interview with the program donors to further specify her research interests. 
For the next two months, students will be matched with research laboratories based on their interests. Lauren is hoping to study neurogenetic research pertaining to the drug development in abnormal psychological disorder medications. 
Prior to engaging in research, KEYS interns are immersed in a one-week crash-course in a variety of bioscience and data science techniques, as well as the foundations of science literacy to ensure they have the base knowledge necessary to begin their assigned projects. KEYS interns are paired with leading University of Arizona researchers spearheading innovative projects that span multiple disciplines. Faculty, university students and other lab personnel mentor the students to provide an invaluable opportunity to these budding scholars. At the close of the program, KEYS interns present what they’ve learned and experienced to friends, family, and the academic community at a research showcase.

"Being accepted into this program has meant a great deal to me. It has taken me two years of hard work to get to this point. I had to take the reins of my own education to uncover my passion for research,” said Lauren.

“I hope to learn valuable skills that will assist me in my future career. I also hope to attain an accurate glimpse into how professional research is conducted. I can't wait to see where this journey will take me!".

The KEYS program is led by the BIO5 Institute and funded by BIO5 and generous supporters including individuals, families, companies, foundations and various UArizona faculty, colleges and departments. The Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF) that helped launch BIO5 almost 20 years ago continues to be a catalyst in enabling effective, cross-disciplinary bioscience research, innovation and impact at the University
Posted : 3/31 | Direct Link
Film Commissioner Matthew Earl Jones Visits Willow Studio

Alyson Titkemeyer (WCHS TV Production Teacher) - Film Commissioner Matthew Earl Jones visited Willow Canyon High School last month. The Commissioner, who oversees films shooting in Arizona, came to visit the Willow Canyon Studio and discuss the future of filmmaking in Arizona with students. 
Matthew Earl Jones
Lolo Crowell (‘23), Sam Harris(‘23) and Nahrain Masihanbi (‘24) had the opportunity to interview Mr. Jones about the many opportunities Arizona affords young people who are looking to break out into the film and television industry. 

Below is a link to the video the students produced. 

If you are interested in finding out more about filmmaking opportunities in Arizona check out 

If you are interested in finding out more about taking film and television classes at Willow contact [email protected] 

Interview with Film Commissioner  
Posted : 3/26 | Direct Link
Willow Canyon student aces ACT
Caitlyn Daly earns high marks on ACTCongratulations to Caitlin Daly from Willow Canyon High School for earning high marks on the American College Test (ACT).  Caitlin received a composite score of 34 on the ACT, including a perfect score of 36 on the individual Science and English portions of the exam.  Caitlin’s total score ranks in the 99th percentile at both state and national levels.
Caitlin has been in advanced classes in all four years of high school and is active in several clubs throughout the school. During her freshman and sophomore year, Caitlin took Cambridge classes and earned a Certificate of Merit on the test from Cambridge International in her first year at Willow Canyon. She is in several International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) classes and earned high marks for the U.S. Politics and Government AP exam. Caitlin is a member of the SkillsUSA Career and Technical Support Organization (CTSO), serves as president of the Anime and Table-Top Gaming Club and participated in photography, literature and National Honor Society, previously.  
Caitlin has been accepted to the Northern Arizona University Honors College and will be applying to other universities, including Stanford.  She is heavily considering Linguistics as a major. 
The ACT assessment is a curriculum and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses junior and senior students' academic readiness for college. The assessment serves as an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.The ACT was made available to all Dysart Unified School District junior and senior high school students free of charge by a grant provided by the Arizona Governor’s Office. 
Posted : 12/16/2020 | Direct Link
Willow Canyon student named scholarship semifinalist
Michaela Melara selected as semi-finalist for scholarshipMichaela Melara from Willow Canyon High School was selected as a semi-finalist for the $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship.  Michaela is one of 1,609 semi-finalists chosen among 99,403 applicants this year for their outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to their community.  She is the only student from the West Valley to be selected as a semi-finalist.

Michaela is in the top one percent of her class and will be attending Northern Arizona University to study Pre-Medicine as a Biology major in the fall of 2021. She is in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program at Willow Canyon. Michaela also serves as the president of Key Club, secretary of the National Honor Society, and serves as a member of both the International Baccalaureate Club and Health Occupations Students of America Club (HOSA). She volunteers her time with organizations throughout Surprise and has been on the nationally and state recognized spiritline team for four years.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 32nd class in 2020, the Foundation has provided over 6,300 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $72 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.
Posted : 12/10/2020 | Direct Link
Reminder: Yearbook Picture Make-Up Dec 4th
Pictures for campus students who missed picture day:
Date: Dec 4th, 2020
Times:  10:30am - 12:05pm (during both lunches) any time
Location:  Auditorium Lobby

Pictures for iSchool students who missed picture day:
Date: Dec 4th, 2020
Times:  12:30pm - 3pm by appointment only
Location:  Auditorium Lobby
Sign up here to set up your appointment

Last chance to save at pre-order prices.  Even if your student has taken a picture, you can still use the link to order at the pre-order prices for a limited time. Under the current limited contact conditions, online is the ONLY method of ordering.  It is easy, secure and safe.   If you have any questions, please call Grads Photography at 623.580.4723.

Pre-order your pictures here
Posted : 11/30/2020 | Direct Link
Important Message from the Principal
Hello Willow Canyon Family,

It is important to us to keep you posted on situations that impact the health and safety of our campus. We want you to know that there are currently 2 active COVID cases among the 1,694 students and staff on campus that meet the criteria for school-wide communication according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Criteria includes that there are two or more lab-confirmed COVID cases among students or staff within a 14-day period that were direct contacts on campus, but not direct contacts of each other in another setting and do not live in the same household. Any students or staff who may have had direct contact have been notified and asked to quarantine, and anyone with indirect contact has been notified and reminded to monitor for symptoms. These cases have been reported to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH).

We appreciate the partnership of parents and students in wearing face coverings, following health, safety and cleaning protocols, and keeping children home when they are sick.  We are working closely with Maricopa County Department of Public Health to maintain a clean and healthy environment and stop the spread. We have numerous health and safety procedures in place, including daily temperature checks, increased cleaning protocols, and asking families to monitor for symptoms and to stay home when sick. 
We have put together some frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me at [email protected], or the Dysart Lead Nurse, Jacqueline Hoeffler at [email protected], for more information. MCDPH also has a dedicated email to receive public health inquiries from parents/guardians of students, if needed: [email protected] and additional information also can be found at
Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the health and safety of students and our campus.

Adam Schwartz, Principal

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a virus that had not been previously identified. People with COVID-19 can have a range of symptoms from a mild cold-illness to severe pneumonia. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, muscle/body aches, and/or a new loss of taste or smell.

How is it spread?
COVID-19 spreads most commonly in the same way as the common cold or flu — through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes. We do not think that COVID-19 spreads through the air across the room, and it is easily cleaned off of surfaces using routine disinfectants.

Am I at risk?
People who are most at risk are those who have been in close contact (being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period OR had physical contact with a person.) with someone who has the infection. Individuals 65 years and older, and those with chronic medical conditions, are at higher risk of complications from the illness.

What do I do next? Can I get tested for COVID-19?
If you’re experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms consistent with COVID-19, believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or think you should be tested for COVID-19, you can work with your healthcare provider to get tested or look for an independent testing site. You can visit or call the Arizona COVID-19 hotline at 844-542-8201 for more information about testing options and availability in your area.

Posted : 11/13/2020 | Direct Link
Live Broadcast Girls Volleyball Oct 21
There will be a live broadcast of the girls volleyball game tonight at 6:00 PM
Posted : 10/21/2020 | Direct Link
Senoirs: ACT testing - Tuesday, Oct 20th

Seniors will be taking the ACT on Tuesday, 10/20.  Testing begins at 715 am.  Late students will not be admitted.


7:15 - 7:30 -  Instructions will be given
7:30 - 10:45 Testing Begins

10:30 - 11:10 -  9th - 11th grade students start arriving on campus

10:50 -11:10 -   LUNCH
11:15 -11:40 -  1st Period
11:45 - 12:10 - 2nd Period
12:15 - 12:45 - 3rd Period
12:50 - 1:15   -  4th Period
1:20    - 1:45   -  5th Period
1:50    - 2:15   -  6th Period

Thank you!
Posted : 10/19/2020 | Direct Link
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