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Valley Vista Pom Line honored at camp
Valley Vista PomThe 2017-2018 Valley Vista High School Pom Line attended the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Camp this summer and were honored with several recognitions. The team took 1st Place in the Home Routine Competition, received a Superior Trophy,  earned 22 Blue Superior Ribbons for individual routines, and received a 110% trophy for their hard work and positive attitude during the camp.  
UDA was founded in 1980 as Universal Dance Camps to provide high quality educational training for college and high school dancers through summer camps and clinics on college campuses with an emphasis on team growth and improvement. UDA’s goal is to inspire leadership among today’s dance teams to play an instrumental role in raising, leading, and maintaining school spirit in and around their communities.
Posted : 8/14 | Direct Link
New Shadow Ridge traffic pattern starts Monday, August 7th
Map of Shadow Ridge student parking lots.Shadow Ridge has been notified that an additional road change on Perryville Road will take place over the weekend, changing some routes to and from school beginning on Monday, August 7th.

All bus eligible students are encouraged to ride the bus.

The change includes opening the routes on both sides of the median on Perryville Road.  This will limit southbound turning from the student parking lot onto Perryville Road.

While the school cannot change traffic patterns outside of the school, Shadow Ridge has taken steps within the parking lots to smooth out the traffic flow for arrival and dismissal.  If students want to arrive to school on time and are driving, they will need to be in the que to park by 6:45 a.m. and follow the appropriate traffic flow highlighted on our map available on this page.  

There are three areas where students can park and the areas correspond to their assigned parking spot.  Signs will be up to guide student drivers to the appropriate spot.
  • For parking spots numbered 1 through 166, student must park in the the southwest parking lot by the gymnasium.  To access the lot, students should arrive through the southern entrance off of Perryville.
  • For parking spots numbered 167 through 282, student drivers can enter the southwest parking lot by the gymnasium off of Perryville Road or enter through the front of the school on Desert Cove as they make their way to the north end with their corresponding parking spot.
  • For parking spots numbered 316 through 540, student drivers will need to enter the lot via Desert Cove Road and park in the corresponding parking spot by the 5000 and 7000 buildings.

For parents dropping off students, please continue to follow the established pattern of dropping off students either near the gymnasium or auditorium.  There is a change for those dropping off students at the gymnasium however.  There will not be a left turn to head southbound on Perryville Road.  Please follow the appropriate traffic controls and avoid u-turns.  

Finally, Shadow Ridge High School wants to be good neighbors.  Please do not park beyond the parking lots at our school and keep an eye out for construction crews.
Posted : 8/4 | Direct Link
DUSD wins big at Arizona PTA Convention
Roxanne LopezRoxanne Lopez,  teacher at Mountain View Elementary School, was named the Arizona Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Teacher of the Year at the 111th Annual Arizona PTA State Convention. Mrs. Lopez was nominated for her exemplary service to the Mountain View PTA, dedication to creating engaging family and school partnerships, and her creativity in increasing student academic achievement. She received a plaque and a check to support her classroom.

In addition to Mrs Lopez's honor, the following awards were also shared with Dysart Unified School District stakeholders:
  • Kaleigh McDowell, Marley Park student, was presented with the Future Leader Award for her efforts in student leadership at the school and in the community.
  • Ryan Petersen, Marley Park PTA member, was presented with the SuperMAN award for his efforts in father and father figure PTA engagement.
  • Sonoran Heights PTA was named the Arizona PTA Local Unit of the Year.
  • Ashton Ranch PTA, Canyon Ridge PTA, Kingswood PTA, Marley Park PTA, Parkview PTA, Sonoran Heights PTA, Thompson Ranch PTSA, West Point PTSA, and Western Peaks PTSA were all honored for their efforts in membership.
  • Lisa Fowler, Surprise-El Mirage PTA Council President and Marley Park parent, was elected to the position of Northwest Maricopa Region Director.
  • Anne Gabriellini, Ashton Ranch paraprofessional and PTA member, was elected as the Arizona PTA State Vice President.
  • Beth Simek, Mountain View Guest Teacher, was elected as the Arizona PTA State President.
The Arizona PTA was established in 1906 by Emery Keyes and is one of the oldest state PTA Congresses in National PTA history. The Arizona PTA is an active, all-volunteer board which supports and provides the training, resource development, mentorship, and guidance to the local school PTAs around Arizona.
Posted : 8/2 | Direct Link
Student appointed to Governor Ducey's Youth Commission
Stephanie CultumCongratulation to Stephanie Cultum, from Shadow Ridge High School, who was appointed to Governor Doug Ducey’s Youth Commission (GYC) class of 2017 - 2018. Stephanie will play a vital role inspiring Arizona's youth to "take the lead" in their communities. The GYC has chosen to focus on substance abuse, bullying, teen dating violence, distracted driving, and civics education in their respective counties.

Through innovative programs, events, and campaigns, the GYC has served Arizona since 1989. For the third year in a row, the GYC helped the state of Arizona achieve its number one ranking in the world in youth led service projects. Last year the youth in Arizona logged over 70,234 service hours on the website, and hosted 1,200 Arizona youth at Youth Leadership Day.

New commissioners will have the ability to work alongside the Governor Ducey's Office of Youth, Faith and Family to lead service projects, develop initiatives, and lead their peers in solving social challenges facing Arizona youth. The commission inspires and empowers Arizona youth to lead and participate in local volunteer programs and raise community awareness on statewide issues.

The Governor's Youth Commission (GYC) was established in 1989 to help solve the greatest challenges facing youth in Arizona. The GYC is a diverse body of Arizona's high school students and is composed of members from all fifteen counties.
Posted : 8/1 | Direct Link
Valley Vista High School student elected as National FCCLA Officer

Stephen Goodman Stephen Goodman, a senior at Valley Vista High School, has been elected the 2017-2018 National Vice President of Membership of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Stephen was one of ten officers elected during the 2017 FCCLA National Leadership Conference, held July 2nd-6th in Nashville.

The election took place during a five day leadership event centered on the theme, “Unlimited Possibilities.” During the week, more than 7,000 FCCLA members, advisers, alumni, and guests attended workshops and sessions on relevant youth issues such as career preparation, financial literacy, environmental education, traffic safety, community service, and leadership development.

Along with nine other members of the National Executive Council, Stephen will travel to FCCLA national headquarters in Virginia during the year to attend training and program planning sessions. He will also help set policies, develop future goals, and will represent the organization by leading workshops and giving speeches locally and nationally for the organization as a committee member of the FCCLA National Board of Directors.

FCCLA is a Career and Technical Student Organizations specifically for students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs within the Dysart Unified School District. These organizations engage students through focus on CTE application activities such as developing and practicing leadership roles and applying specific occupational and academic content knowledge as an integral part of the instructional program.

FCCLA helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 160,000 members and more than 5,400 chapters.

Posted : 7/18 | Direct Link
WCHS Teacher presents at college and career readiness workshop
Maren WenzMaren Wenz, Advanced Placement (AP) English educator at Willow Canyon High School, attended the Rhetoric and Research College and Career Readiness Transitional Course Workshop last summer and was invited back this summer to present a reflection of how she implemented knowledge garnered from the past workshop into lessons with her students.The workshop was made possible by the Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program for Arizona educators in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Education, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University.

Mrs. Wenz attended the conference with AP English educator, Yvonne Flosman from Shadow Ridge High School. Maren plans to share her knowledge from the summer workshop to all English educators in the Dysart Unified School District at the Dysart Learning Summit - a professional learning opportunity for district staff with over 100 breakout sessions facilitated by and for Dysart employees.
Posted : 7/17 | Direct Link
WCHS and DHS students earn high marks on HOSA Exam
HOSA studentsCongratulations to Jacob Masny, Willow Canyon High School student and Mohammed Karimi, from Dysart High School who earned high marks on the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Health Care Issues Exam at the HOSA International Leadership Conference June 23, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Both Jacob and Mohammed achieved the mastery level on the exam and were recognized on stage in front of more than 10,000 HOSA members.

HOSA is a Career and Technical Student Organizations specifically for students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs within the Dysart Unified School District. These organizations engage students through focus on CTE application activities such as developing and practicing leadership roles and applying specific occupational and academic content knowledge as an integral part of the instructional program.

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality healthcare by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the healthcare community. The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.
Posted : 7/13 | Direct Link
WCHS teacher named VFW AZ Teacher of the Year
VFW AZ Teacher of the YearWendy Goetschius,  a Willow Canyon High School teacher, has been named the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)  Arizona Teacher of the Year. She received this honor based on her outstanding secondary social studies instruction in the Cambridge program and her dedication to numerous VFW activities in our district. Ms. Goetschius is the first Dysart Unified School District educator to receive the state prize. Wendy will now be considered for the National VFW Teacher of the Year.

The Cambridge program encourages student-centered learning and hands-on application of skills.

The mission of the Arizona VFW is to to serve and advocate for veterans, the military, and the community
Posted : 7/11 | Direct Link
Western Peaks teacher honored for Cross Curricular Lesson
Tracee Keough wins ISTE awardCongratulations to Tracee Keough, a Western Peaks Elementary School Innovation Academy teacher.  Tracee earned second place in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Technology in Action project for her lesson titled “Innovation Academy Cross-Curricular Lesson.” 

The cross-curricular project was a multi-layered lesson that required students to research, create scripts, podcasts, and journal entries about WWI as if they were living in the time period.

The ISTE Technology in Action Award, sponsored by the Teacher Education Network, honors outstanding technology-using PreK-12 teachers. These videos will be used as models and examples for inservice and preservice teachers around the world in order to build a database of videos that can showcase how ISTE teachers use and integrate technology into a wide range of subject areas and grade levels.

ISTE is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in better use of technology in education and serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world through individual and organizational membership and support services.

The Teacher Education Network recognizes the importance of providing teacher educators and coaches with examples of effective uses of educational technology to show to preservice and in-service teachers.

Posted : 6/27 | Direct Link
Outgoing principal recognized for STEM efforts
STEM AwardCanyon Ridge School principal, Dr. Shelley Isai, was recently recognized as the Grand Canyon University (GCU) Strategic Educational Alliances Outstanding Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Principal of the Month for May 2017.  
Dr. Isai was chosen for her commitment and dedication in preparing the approximately 940 students for the 21st century through structured inquiry and real world problem solving.  She worked tirelessly to establish valuable partnerships and provide unique STEM opportunities for students and staff.
Dr. Isai spent six years as the principal at Canyon Ridge and will continue her dedication to STEM as the Dysart Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Administrator for the district’s four high schools.  
As part of the award, Canyon Ridge received a $500 grant, sponsored by suoLL Architects to go towards future STEM efforts.  
The GCU Strategic Educational Alliances (SEA) provides educational programs, events and grants to help foster a college-ready culture by supporting K-12 students and educators through organized efforts across schools, communities, and organizations.  
Posted : 6/20 | Direct Link
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