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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 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
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
Valley Vista Drama Presents THE MUSIC MAN
Valley Vista High School Drama Presents

Meredith Willson's The Music Man

April 11th - April 13th

$5 pre-sale

$10 General Admission
(Tickets sold online only)

Buy Tickets


 The Music Man Flyer April 11-13 @ Valley Vista
Posted : 4/1 | Direct Link
AzMERIT Information
Valley Vista Parents and Guardians,

It is that time of year where we will begin AzMERIT testing.

Over the next 3 weeks, our school will be testing our students in Writing, Reading, and Math.

AzMERIT requires all students in grades 9-11 to take the exam.   Seniors enrolled in grades 9-11 classes will be required to test.   However, seniors that are not enrolled in underclassmen classes will begin school at 11:35a.m. on testing days.

AZ Merit Testing Schedule
Writing Test:    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 
Reading Test:   Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Math Test:         Wednesday, April 17, 2019


AzMERIT TESTING SCHEDULE
7:15am-11:00am       AzMerit Testing Period

11:00am-11:30am    Lunch

11:35am-11:57am    1st Period

12:02pm-12:24pm    2nd Period

12:29pm-12:54pm    3rd Period

12:59pm-1:21pm       4th/5th Period

1:26pm-1:48pm          6th Period

1:53pm-2:15pm          7th Period
Posted : 4/1 | Direct Link
VVHS raises funds for Special Olympics
VVHS raises funds for Special OlympicsThe Minutes that Matter Campaign is a school-based fundraising and awareness effort that benefits the Special Olympics. The 60-second spare change drive allows students to turn in as much change as possible with a suspenseful countdown. The theme of the campaign focuses on making a minute do more.

On Tuesday, March 12, student clubs and teams joined forces to simultaneously invade each classroom as an announcer counted down and elicited excitement throughout the campus. In just 60 seconds, Valley Vista High School staff and students raised more than $2,000 for the Special Olympics.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
Posted : 3/14 | Direct Link
VVHS Prom 2019

Through the Looking Glass

DATE:  April 20, 2019

TIME:  7:00p.m.-11:00p.m.

PLACE:  Hyatt Regency Phoenix

     122 N 2nd St

     Phoenix, AZ 85004

 

  • Students must have all dues/fees paid in bookstore to purchase tickets
 
  • Tickets will be on sale in the bookstore before school, during both lunches and after school until 2:30p.m.
 
  • Ticket Prices increase weekly
 
  • March 11-March 15
    $70 for singles     $120 for couples
 
  • March 25-April 5
    $80 for singles     $130 for couples
     
  • April 8-April 12
    $90 for singles     $140 for couples
 
  • April 15-April 19
    $100 for singles    $150 for couples
Posted : 3/12 | Direct Link
VVHS Proudly Presents MR. Monsoon

12th Annual Mr. Monsoon
 

  • Friday, March 8th @ 6:00pm-8:00pm

 

  • VVHS PAC

 

  • Tickets : $5.00 at the door

*Prom details will be announced and tickets will be sold for $50, the lowest price this year.

Mr. Monsoon flyer



 

Posted : 3/6 | Direct Link
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