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Dysart High School student earns scholarship in Veteran essay competition
Dysart High student earns scholarshipDysart High School student, Megan Carey won 3rd place in the City of El Mirage Veteran’s Memorial Plaza Essay contest.  Megan will receive a $1,000 scholarship to go towards tuition costs.  This scholarship opportunity was made possible by the Tohono O’odham Nation.  Ms. Carey’s compelling essay honored veteran, Lori Piestewa. Megan was recognized on Thursday, January 19, 2017 by City of El Mirage Mayor, Lana Mook, at the El Mirage City Hall Grand Opening during the Veteran’s Memorial unveiling.  
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El Mirage Elementary School hosts Farmer's Market
El Mirage Farmer's MarketEl Mirage Elementary School students and staff celebrated the 100th Day of School with a Farmer's Market provided by Dysart Nutrition Services.  Students tried farm fresh vegetables including rainbow carrots, snap peas, strawberries, and cabbage to encourage students to make healthy choices.  The goal of the market is to expose students to many diverse fruits and vegetables they may have not tried before. This fun and exciting event is one of the many ways Dysart incorporates nutrition as an essential part of the total educational program.
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Monsoon are Spirit Champs
Photo of Valley Vista Spiritline
The Valley Vista Monsoon Spiritline are, once again, champions.  Dysart high schools all competed in the AIA State Competition on January 14th and Valley Vista made their mark by winning the AIA Coed Division I Overall State Spiritline Championship and the Pom line won their second consecutive Coed Division I State Championship.  Additionally, the cheer team placed 3rd in Partner Stunt and 6th in Show Cheer.

For other Dysart schools, Dysart High brought back a 3rd place finish in Partner Stunt, Show Cheer earned a 4th place finish and Pom took 6th place.  Shadow Ridge finished 5th in Girl Stunt and 9th in All Girl Show Cheer.  Willow Canyon placed 2nd in Pom and 9th in Cheer.
Posted : 1/20 | Direct Link
Canyon Ridge Honor Societies give back on MLK Day
NJHS and NEHS students from Canyon Ridge Elementary SchoolCanyon students volunteer at MLK Day event participated in the City of Surprise Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Celebration/Event. These students assembled picnic tables and garden planters for an local special needs adult day program.  These volunteers also made inspirational cards for the staff and clients at this program. 
Posted : 1/17 | Direct Link
Canyon Ridge Honor Societies give back on MLK Day
NJHS and NEHS students from Canyon Ridge Elementary School participated in the City ofCanyon students volunteer at MLK Day event Surprise Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Celebration/Event. These students assembled picnic tables and garden planters for an local special needs adult day program.  These volunteers also made inspirational cards for the staff and clients at this program. 
Posted : 1/17 | Direct Link
Shadow Architecture program leaves mark with Home Builders
Photo of Shadow Architecture students at the National Association of Home Builders Conference.
Shadow Ridge High School’s Architecture Signature Program made their mark at the 2017 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition in Orlando, Florida.  Ms. Elizabeth Dowland, the President of the Shadow Ridge NAHB Student Chapter was one of four high school students nationwide to receive the 2017 NAHB "Outstanding Student Award". The other 24 participants that were recognized were all college students.

In team competition, Shadow Ridge’s Team 1 was awarded the 2017 Rookie Team of the Year and placed 3rd in the overall Residential Construction Management Competition.  Team 2 placed 6th with only one point separating 4th, 5th, and 6th places.  In 2018, Team 2 will return to the competition.
Posted : 1/17 | Direct Link
Kingswood teacher honored as Teacher of the Year by VFW Post 10695
Kingwood teacher honored by VFWCongratulations to Sherri Deissler, second grade teacher at Kingswood Elementary School for being recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Sun City West Post 10695 Teacher of the Year.   The VFW recognizes teachers that instill a sense of national pride within their students and community through teaching about citizenship.  Ms. Deissler has taught second grade at Kingswood Elementary school for the past 18 years.   Ms. Deissler is a leader with the #WeAreKingswood movement and coined the phrase “The Knight’s Code”  to teach school-wide character expectations to students.  She led a summer professional development session with her fellow teachers to model the expectations of the movement on building a sense of pride in the school and community with a primary goal to develop character.

Ms. Deissler cares deeply about the Kingswood community and is dedicated to impacting student achievement through providing opportunities for all students, staff, and community members to be fully involved in the school.   She serves as the Teacher Liaison in the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and helped with initiatives to purchase #WeAreKingswood shirts for all students, staff, and community members free of charge.  Ms. Deissler will represent the Elementary Level Nominee and has the opportunity to move on to the District 3 and State Level recognition. 
Posted : 1/11 | Direct Link
Cambridge Academy aims for citizenship in Surprise
Cambridge Student ProjectThe Countryside Cambridge Academy culminated its first semester project with a mock election on December 22nd, at which time voters could voice their opinions as to which improvement projects should be recommended as additions to the City of Surprise.

"Citizenship in Surprise," as the project was known, involved students assessing Surprise's current strengths as a city, as well as aspects of Surprise that could be improved upon. Each student generated an improvement idea to pursue. Among the ideas chosen were recreational centers, shopping malls, cancer treatment facilities, animal shelter and training facilities, rehabilitation centers, parks designed for folks with disabilities, colleges, and much more. Students conducted a cost analysis of their project, as well as a tax plan to generate the needed funds from voters. They wrote editorials to convince citizens of the needs and benefits of their project, and used digital modeling computer programs to create professional floor plans that highlighted their project's main features. They designed safety protocols for their facilities, including fire evacuation plans, and built physical models to display at the public viewing.

In the spirit of the holidays, each cross-grade level team of five students, grades 6-8, expressed their creativity in the form of a ginger bread house welcome center for their five proposed facilities that incorporated each of their projects' themes into the overall design of the welcome center. Fifth and 6th grade Countryside students, along with teachers, administrators and Cambridge Academy parents participated in the event, which included a silent auction, as well as the guests casting their ballots to determine the overall project winners. Silent auction proceeds will be used to award the top teams for their success.

The Cambridge Academy at Countryside is a program suited for academically advanced and motivated students who thrive on a faster pace to their learning, along with unique experiences such as this to enhance their overall educational experience, technology, collaboration and presentation skills
Posted : 12/22/2016 | Direct Link
Willow Canyon tops Cambridge results
Cambridge students pose with announcement letters.

Every year, students in the Cambridge International programs take international exams to demonstrate their knowledge in particular subjects.  For 2016, Willow Canyon had the top students in the United States for both History in Literature.  Zoey Plytas was the top student in the U.S. for History and Angelina Ramirez is the top student in the U.S. for Literature.  Additionally, 4 students placed in the top 2 percent and were named as Scholars of Distinction while 5 more students placed in the top 5 percent and received the Scholar Award with Merit.
Posted : 12/16/2016 | Direct Link
Willow Canyon High School Wind Ensemble wins award
Willow Canyon Wind EnsembleThe Willow Canyon High School Wind Ensemble received a “Superior with Distinction” award at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) Festival on December 3, 2016. The ABODA festival scores each school on their ability to perform in a formal setting before their peers and a panel of expert judges.  

ABODA provides educationally assessed instrumental musical activities for elementary, secondary, and college-age students and is dedicated to meeting the growing and dynamic needs of students in the state of Arizona.  
Posted : 12/9/2016 | Direct Link
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