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Valley students win gaming competition
Valley Vista students Alberto Navarro, Shawn Deason, and Alexander Hollar recently won accoladesStudents pose with Spark App League Award for their efforts in the 2017 SPARK App League Game Jam Contest at ASU Polytechnic Campus.  The two day competition has teams of 2 to 3 students build games that can run on PC, Mac, or mobile devices.  With a little over 24 hours to plan out, wireframe, and create the game, Valley Vista students won the Best Technical Game.

SPARK App League is a mobile development contest created for high school students. Created by Gilbert, Arizona in 2012, the non-profit program is hosted in partnership with Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
Posted : yesterday | Direct Link
Valley Student Wins State Culinary Arts Competition
Valley Vista Culinary Arts student Tyler WyliePhoto of Valley Vista High School Student Tyler Whiley. recently won first place at the Arizona Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) in the "Front of the House' Culinary Arts competition.  In addition, Wylie also won a $1,000 scholarship to Johnson & Wales University which focuses on culinary arts.

Additionally, Stephen Goodman won gold (and an invite to Nationals) in Job Interview competition.  Valley Vista High Schools had four participants in this year's event with all four placing in their respective competitions.

FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.  Dysart CTE programs like Culinary Arts utilize FCCLA to ensure opportunities for students to highlight their skills statewide and nationally.
Posted : 4/17 | Direct Link
NAU brings seismic activity to Canyon Ridge
As a culminating activity in their STEM volcano unit, Canyon Ridge School’s seventh-grade team hosted Greg VaughanMr. Vaughn talks with students about volcanos.; a volcanologist from Northern Arizona University.  This guest speaker shared how volcanoes are formed and the impact these natural wonders have on the environment. Students generated Cornell notes and were able to ask specific questions, based on primary documents, to enhance their learning in earth science.

Mr. Vaughan displayed pictures of volcanoes that he took from all over the world and discussed the hazards related to eruptions and lava flows. He also discussed the volcanic nature of the San Francisco Field; more specifically Arizona’s Sunset Crater. He shared samples of ash from two volcanoes and learners were able to examine a hardened lava bomb and pumice.
Posted : 4/10 | Direct Link
Anna Flores named Key Club Advisor of the Year
At the 2016-2017 SWD Key Club District Convention in El Paso, TX, Willow Canyon Key Club Advisor Anna Flores received the Susan B. Poland Key Club Advisor of the Year Award. The award is based on her Key Club members recommendations, as well as the recommendations of the her sponsoring Kiwanis Club and judged by the Southwest  District Key Club and Kiwanis Administrators. This years award was presented by Bob Kitchen, long time Dysart employee and co-sponsor of the Dysart High Key Club, who received the award last year.

The award was renamed after the late Dysart High School Physics teacher and Key Club Advisor, Susan Poland, who dedicated over 30 years to Kiwanis, Key Club and her Dysart High Key Club.

The Willow Canyon Key Club also placed first in the non-digital poster award competition that was created by Patricia Florez.   The Wildcats also submitted their annual achievement report for this year and received first place for the club's service work this school year and was named a distinguished club by the Southwest Key Club District.
Posted : 4/7 | Direct Link
West Point Band ranked Excellent
On Saturday, April 1, the West Point Advanced Band traveled to North Canyon High School inPhoto of West Point Advanced Band at North Canyon High School. Phoenix to participate in the 52nd Annual Arizona Pageant of Bands. This event involved performing in front of three professional music judges, who then each assigned a rating of the performance. There were seven other bands from around the state and the West Point Advanced Band is proud to have been unanimously rated "Excellent", which is the second-highest rating awarded.
Posted : 4/6 | Direct Link
WCHS Media Club works with Sun Village for live entertainment
Over the past 2 months, Willow Canyon's Media Club has Willow Canyon Media Club students pose with actors from recent performance.been working closely with Sun Village's Community Center and TAD Management to give students an opportunity to work live production. On April 5th, Isaac Barrio and Sophia Herrera operated lighting for "The Piano Men"(pictured with Isaac and Sophia) at Sun Village, as well as learned proper tear-down of a professional sound system. The room was filled to capacity, with an estimated attendance of around 250 people.

Students operated spotlights, video production and other responsibilities related to live entertainment, as well as helped to setup and tear-down sound monitors and speaker systems. Media Club and Willow Canyon continues to place students in the workplace to help their future careers. 
Posted : 4/6 | Direct Link
Valley Vista Pom Team wins National Championship
Valley Vista Pom team cheers on basketball sideline.The back to back AIA State Champions are now national champions. The Valley Vista Pom Line, competed in the USA National Championship this past weekend where they placed 1st in finals in the Intermediate Large Song/Pom category, making history and bringing home the first national championship for Valley Vista.

Other Dysart Unified teams also performed well at the USA National Championships.  
  • Shadow Ridge placed 6th in Large Varsity Cheer Intermediate
  • Valley Cheer placed 6th in Co-ed Varsity Show Cheer Intermediate
  • Willow Cheer placed 2nd in Small Co-Ed Varsity Show Cheer
  • Willow Pom placed 3rd in Medium Varsity Pom Intermediate
  • Willow Stunt team placed 10th
  • Willow Jazz team placed 7th
Posted : 3/28 | Direct Link
Canyon Ridge places in history competition
Members of the 7th Grade team at Canyon Ridge School, won big in the Arizona Sons of the American Revolution Middle Canyon Ridge students pose with certificatesSchool Brochure Contest.  SAR Saguaro Chapter winners were: Gabby Sublasky (first place), Maliyah Spencer (second place) and Abbey Gjovik (honorable mention). SAR Prescott Chapter winners were: Bria Waits (first place), Addy Ofalia (second place) and Laurel Chapman (honorable mention). SAR Barry M. Goldwater Chapter winners were: Aubrey Sims, Ashlynn Luzier and James Garritano.

Designed to promote patriotism and historical awareness in our schools, the contest is part of the SAR Americanism Program for community education.  Entries required students to perform research and create a colorful handcrafted brochure of important facts and illustrations. A selection of historical topics were provided and ranged from: Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers.  In all, Canyon Ridge students submitted nearly seventy brochures for the contest and three Arizona SAR Chapters selected three winners each to represent their branch. Our students received Certificates of Merit and cash awards for their outstanding effort. The first place winners will advance to the state level of competition in late April 2017.

Congratulations to all of the Canyon Ridge 7th grade students for representing the school and district in this important annual contest.
Posted : 3/27 | Direct Link
Valley Vista raises funds for the Special Olympics
Valley Vista High School raised over $2,100 for the Special Olympics during the Minutes that Matter Campaign on Thursday, March 2.

The 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 turn in as much change as possible with a suspenseful countdown. The theme of the campaign focuses on making a minute do more.

Beginning at 9:20 a.m., 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 staff and students raised over $2,100 for the Special Olympics.

The mission of the 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 : 3/21 | Direct Link
DECA students win big at state competition
Dysart High School DECA StateThe Distributive Education Clubs of America, or DECA, Chapters from Dysart district high schools competed in the Arizona Career Development Conference in Tucson on February 26-28, 2017.  The competition allows students to compete in various business and marketing events.

Dysart High School received six medals.  The following students were recognized for their achievements:

Adriana Arevalo, Rebecca Carrion, Harninder Dosanjh, Skyla Eichenberg, Andrea Esteves, Melanie Garcia, Caitlin Gilmoon, Angelica Guerroro, Brandon Khamphady, Nicklaus Lewis, Xochitl Lopez, Vanessa Lozano, Rebecca Marsh, Esmeralda Martinez, Azucena Nunez, Aliyah Rivera, Heidi Sanchez, Yuritzy Sarmiento, Brianna Soto, Jada Thurston, and Jose Valero received the Chapter Activity Program Award, Gold Award, and Diamond Club Platinum Award.  
Heidi Sanchez, Brianna Soto, and Melanie Garcia (pictured) won the 5th Place Medal and Overall in the state for their Community Service Project Team Event.
Nicklaus Lewis received 1st Place Hotel/ Lodging Management, and 2nd Place Overall for the State in Hotel/Lodging Management.
Heidi, Brianna, Rebecca, Melanie, and Nicklaus will be representing the Dysart Demons at the 2017 International Career Development Conference in April.

Shadow Ridge High School brought home 18 medals.  The following students were recognized for their achievements:

Jacob Bove, 1st Place Overall Financial Consulting
Nicholas Perez, 1st Place Overall Virtual Business Restaurant
Nathan Lundy,    1st Place Overall Virtual Business Restaurant
Martin Olloren, 1st Place Overall Virtual Business Restaurant
Faith Craig, Arizona State Officer, 3rd Place Overall Business Law & Ethics, Top 10% Business Management Test Medal, Top Ten Finalist Medal Business Law/Ethics, and Executive Level Elite Member Award
Zoe Taylor received 3rd Place Overall Business Law & Ethics,Top Ten Finalist Medal Business Law/Ethics, and Executive Level Elite Member Award
Karolina Gierlach, Top Ten Finalist Medal Business Law/Ethics
Skylar Edwards-Ickes, Top Ten Finalist Medal Business Law/Ethics
Aubrey Welch, Top Ten Finalist Medal Hospitality Sales
Kiara Nelson, Top 10% Business Administration Test Medal
Jacob, Nicholas, Nathan, Martin, Faith, and Zoe will be representing the Shadow Ridge Stallions at the 2017 International Career Development Conference in April.

Willow Canyon High School received a total of six medals.  The following students were recognized for their achievements:

Amra Mostarlic,  1st Place Overall Human Resources Management
Edith Micu, 3rd Place Overall Apparel/Accessories Marketing
Haley Pope, 5th Place Overall Advertising Campaign
Alex Ferraro and Christian Whetsel, Top 10 Travel/Tourism Team Decision Making
Megan Barela, Kirsten Whigham, and Maira Zapata, Top 10 Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
Amra, Edith, and Haley will be representing the Willow Canyon Wildcats at the 2017 International Career Development Conference in April.

DECA is a premier student organization that supports the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration, and entrepreneurship.  DECA is one of the many Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities offered at the Dysart Unified School District to prepare students for the academic and vocational skills necessary to successfully enter the workforce.  Learn more at
Posted : 3/20 | Direct Link
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