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Open House Night
The Sundown Mountain Alternative Education Program Open House Night will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at our new location, 12397 W. Thunderbird Rd. , El Mirage, AZ 85335.  Come meet the teachers and staff, and learn about everything for the new school year!
Posted : 7/25 | 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
Escape the Vape
An informational Vaping Parent Meeting will be held at the Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Parents, students and community members are invited to attend the meeting and learn how to recognize, prevent and have conversations with your children about vaping.

Learn more at:
Posted : 1/17 | Direct Link
Substitute Teacher Job Fair July 10
Dysart Unified School District and ESI Educational Services, Inc. will host a substitute teacher job fair on Tuesday, July 10 from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Library Media Center at Valley Vista High School located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise, Arizona.  The event allows interested candidates to learn about exciting placement opportunities, daily and long term positions, available benefits, flexible schedules, and more.

Candidates interested in additional information can call or text (480) 269-8314 to speak directly to ESI team members focused on placing individuals in rewarding substitute positions throughout Arizona.
Posted : 6/26/2018 | Direct Link
Sundown Mountain students recognized for blood drive efforts
Sundown Blood Drive WinnersSundown Mountain Alternative Education Program Town Hall students were recognized as the Nolan Ryan Division winners and Platinum Award recipients in the United Blood Services (UBS) High School Challenge at Chase Field in Phoenix on May 10. The students were awarded for their success coordinating and facilitating three blood drives during this school year. The students were able to exceed their donor goal at each blood drive.  

The UBS High School Blood Drive Challenge helps Arizona high school students make their mark on the community by emphasizing community service and focusing on lifesaving activities. Students develop leadership skills as they coordinate blood drives at their school. Each school is assigned to one of eight divisions based on the school’s senior class size and geographic location.

Town Hall is a student-led leadership group that fosters the importance of community service on campus at Sundown Mountain.
Posted : 5/16/2017 | Direct Link
Encuesta para padres sobre la seguridad en las escuelas de DUSD 2016-2017

Estimado Padre o Guardian,

El distrito escolar unificado de Dysart considera la seguridad en cada una de sus escuelas una alta prioridad. Como padre o guardian de estudiante(s) en este distrito, le invitamos que participe en esta encuesta que tomara de 5 a 10 minutos para completar. Su opinion es muy importante y se utilizara para informar procesos de seguridad.

Por favor, tenga en cuenta que no se le pide que de su nombre o el nombre de su estudiante en esta encuesta. Ademas, todas las respuestas de esta encuesta seran reportadas solo en forma agregada.

Muchas gracias por su participacion.

Seleccione el link siguiente para empezar la encuesta:

Encuesta para padres sobre la seguridad en las escuelas de DUSD 2016-2017
Posted : 2/13/2017 | Direct Link
2016-2017 DUSD Parent Safety and Security Survey

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The Dysart Unified School District considers the safety and security in each of its schools a high priority.  As a parent or guardian of a student(s) in this district, we invite you to participate in this survey. The survey will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.  Your feedback is very important and will be used to inform district safety processes.

Please note that you will not be asked to provide your name or your students name in the survey. In addition, responses will be reported only in aggregate form.

Thank you very much for your participation.

Select the link below to begin the survey:

2016-2017 DUSD Parent Safety and Security Survey
Posted : 2/13/2017 | Direct Link
Drive Wise, Sundown Mountain!

The Eagle’s are joining City of Surprise in being safe on our neighborhood roads.  We want everyone to get to school safely.  For this reason, we do ask that you follow the rules of the road and talk with your child about your expectations when they walk to school.  Thank you for being a partner in making our community safe.  Drive Wise, Sundown Mountain.
To learn more about the city’s new Drive Wise, Surprise campaign, visit
Posted : 2/8/2017 | Direct Link
Emergency Reminder
Safety continues to be a top priority for our school and the Dysart Unified School District. We practice emergency responses throughout the year which include lockdown, evacuation, and shelter in place. With the New Year, this may be an opportunity to have a conversation with your child about these types of drills and how your family plans for an emergency situation.  For more information on these responses, as well as the parent reunification process in the event of an emergency, please visit the Dysart Safe page at
Posted : 1/13/2017 | Direct Link
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