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VVHS dance teacher selected for national assessment 
VVHS dance teacher selected for national assessment Valley Vista High School dance teacher, Amy Crow has recently been selected by the Arizona Department of Education to participate in the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessment. The state of Arizona is one of only three states selected to participate in this program. 

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is a national coalition seeking to develop new model cornerstone assessments in music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. Ms. Crow will have the opportunity to work on and cultivate new arts standards for high school dance education, and contribute to the growth of arts education in the United States. In addition to developing a new model cornerstone assessment, Ms. Crow will be required to meet regularly with a cohort specific to dance education, and will be responsible for leading students in the assessment, as well as reflecting and reporting on the outcomes and student progress. 

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is a partnership of organizations and states leading the development of new core arts standards in the United States. The standards developed demonstrate what students should know and be able to do as a result of a quality curricular arts education program. 

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Posted : 9/12 | Direct Link
Valley Vista student earns dance mentorship
Ashtyn FryeAshtyn Frye, Valley Vista High School Pom Line and Dance Company member was selected to participate in the guiDANCE mentorship program. The guiDANCE opportunity is an inspiring mentorship program created and directed by Mary Anne Fernandez Herding, which connects young artists with working dance professionals.

The guiDANCE mentorship program offers a unique opportunity for dance students in their junior or senior year, that are considering a career in dance to connect with a dance mentor. Ashtyn will be able to ask questions one-on-one with a professional dancer, experience a master class, attend a performance, and build a relationship with the dance community. “We are excited to propel her love of dance into the future where she can begin to think about a career or college experience in dance,” said Amy Crow, Valley Vista Dance Teacher.

For the 2019-2020 season, Ashtyn’s mentor will be Jessica Starr, creative director of MusEFFECT, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising social awareness through performance art.  Valley Vista High School participates in the National Dance Education Organization and the state affiliate, Arizona Dance Education Organization(AzDEO). AzDEO partners with Movement Source Dance Company to bring the mentorship program to high school students.
Posted : 8/22 | Direct Link
PSAT Registration - August Deadline
Take the first step on the road to college. This Fall, do not miss the PSAT.

The PSAT prepares you for the SAT and is the perfect way to take the next step to college. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is an assessment administered to 10th and 11th grade students that helps prepare them for the SAT, college, and careers. Historically, students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score higher on the SAT, on average, than those who do not take the test.

Three things the PSAT helps you do to get ready for college.

*Access scholarships-The College Board’s scholarship partners use the PSAT to help find qualified students. Be sure to say “yes” to Student Search service on the day of the test to make it easy for them to find you.
*Prep for the SAT for free-Taking the PSAT is great practice for the SAT and for college. Get familiar with the test format and access free, personalized SAT practice from Khan Academy.
*Connect to AP courses-Your score report will show AP courses that are a great match for you. AP can give you an edge in the admission process, and an opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, allowing you to save money, study abroad, or take on a second major.

Test Date:  October 30, 2019

Test Site: Valley Vista High School

How Do I Register?

Step 1: Use the registration link below.
Step 2: Pay $17 in the VVHS bookstore by Friday, August 30, 2019. Student registration is not complete until the $17 exam fee is paid. A test will not be ordered until the fee is paid.

Registration Link
Posted : 8/15 | Direct Link
NEW for 2019-2020 - Online Annual Student Update

Online Annual Student Update
(information/paperwork was previously mailed out during the summer)

  • Required for all DUSD students

Log into your Parent Portal Account to update demographic/health information.

Posted : 7/17 | Direct Link
Class of 2023 Freshman Orientation
The staff and students of Valley Vista High School
Invite the class of 2023 to
Freshman Orientation
Sponsored by Link Crew

Monday, July 29, 2019
7:30am - 12:30pm

The purpose of this orientation is to make the transition
from middle school to high school a positive one.  Seniors
and juniors will be serving as leaders and mentors to the
  • FREE
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Bring some water to drink

Parents:  Please drop off your student at the gym at
7:30am and pick your student up at the gym at 12:30pm.
Posted : 7/10 | Direct Link
Valley Vista student doodles with Google
Valley Vista student doodles with GoogleElla Kinnersley, 9th grade student at Valley Vista High School, was recently selected as a State and Territory winner for Google’s annual Doodle for Google contest. This contest encourages students from across the country to redesign the Google logo based on what inspires them. This years’ theme was “When I grow up, I hope…” and Ella was selected as the State of Arizona Winner with her doodle titled, “Sloths are Neato”. Ella’s doodle was inspired by her love for sloths, and her passion to one day own a sloth sanctuary. “Since sloths are now classified as an endangered species, I would like to see a world where their habitats aren’t being destroyed,” said Ella.

On June 3rd, Ella was honored with a celebration from Google to congratulate her on being selected as a State Winner. She was then invited to the Phoenix Zoo to meet Arizona’s own, Fernando the Sloth.

The State and Territory Winners were selected by guest judges including Kermit the Frog and Jimmy Fallon, both of which voted for Ella’s doodle. After the State and Territory winners were selected, the public was then invited to vote for their favorites. These votes will determine the five national finalists, one of which will be selected by Google as the National Winner, and have their doodle featured on the Google homepage. The five national finalists will be announced on June 28th.

Ella is an avid artist who hopes to continue her artistic talents through high school and study to become a Graphic Designer in college.
Posted : 6/12 | Direct Link
Final Exam Schedule
Finals will be held on Monday, May 20th  and Tuesday, May 21, 2019.  
Students will be released at 10:30a.m. both days.

Please see the schedule below  :

Monday, May 20, 2019:
7:15 - 8:15   Period 1 Final
8:20 - 9:20   Period 3 Final
9:30 - 10:30 Period 7 Final

Tuesday, May 21, 2019:
7:15 - 8:15   Period 2 Final
8:20 - 9:20   Period 4/5 Final
9:30 - 10:30 Period 6 Final
Posted : 5/8 | 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
VVHS counselor recognized with Career Guidance Award
 Valley Vista counselor recognized with Career Guidance AwardLori Luzier, counselor at Valley Vista High School, was recently awarded the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region Five Career Guidance Award. This award recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who have demonstrated commitment to connecting students with opportunities for success, shown innovation in career exploration and development, and have advocated for CTE as a viable option for all students.

ACTE Region Five is comprised of 17 states and five territories, and recognizes educational professionals in eight different categories. With the regional recognition, Ms. Luzier is now eligible for the national level award.

ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance, and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities, in an effort to provide all students with high quality CTE programs that position them for career success.
Posted : 4/16 | Direct Link
Valley Vista dance student honored with prestigious award
Valley Vista dance student honored with prestigious awardAshley Reafleng, a senior from Valley Vista High School, was recently awarded the Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award.

Arizona’s affiliate, AzDEO, and its committee of adjudicators, selected Ashley based on her score in the top 15%, as well as her dedication to the dance program, individual achievements, and the quality of the Valley Vista dance program as a whole.

This prestigious award is open to applicants who have been inducted into the National Honor Society of Dance Arts, and are members of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). Applicants go through a rigorous application process in which they are judged based on their strengths in the categories of technical and artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement.

The Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award is one of the highest dance honors in the nation, and is awarded to those who show exceptional excellence in their dance and educational journey. For consideration of this award, students must submit a video of a self-choreographed dance, essay responses, a resume, a recommendation letter, and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The top two applicants from each state are then eligible for the national level award.  

AzDEO is dedicated to supporting and advancing dance education centered in the arts, as well as promoting the achievements of individual dancers across Arizona.
Posted : 4/11 | Direct Link
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