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WCHS shares 'Poetry Out Loud'
Willow Canyon's Tillie Jones is one of the top three Photo of Poetry Out Loud participantsPoetry Out Loud performers for the Arizona Central Region and will perform at state on March 11.  Winners at the state level will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete for a $20,000 scholarship at the George Washington University April 25th and 26th.

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.
Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 school in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Posted : 2/22 | Direct Link
February Student Athletes of the Month
Congratulations to the February Student Athletes of the Month.February 2017 Student Athletes of the Month with their trophy.
  • Matthew Salazar (Shadow Ridge)
  • Jordan Lafferty (Shadow Ridge)
  • Juan Valles Romero (Dysart)
  • Callista Garcia (Dysart)
  • DeAnna Simmons (Willow Canyon)
  • Michael Elosegui (Willow Canyon)
  • Drew Theobald (Valley Vista)
  • Gabriel Vigilant (Valley Vista)
Posted : 2/15 | Direct Link
WCHS Latham elected Key Club Lt. Governor
Willow Canyon student Mackenzie Latham has been elected the Lieutenant Governor for the Estrella Division of Key Club.  Latham will be Mackenzie Lathamresponsible for overseeing the success and needs of 11 clubs, supporting their executive boards and club sponsors, and handling communications between the Southwest District Executive Board and the Estrella Division.  Additionally she will  hosting  monthly leadership council meetings, an annual  division  rally, and promoting inter-club service  projects.

Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.
Posted : 2/15 | Direct Link
VFW Post 10695 honors Canyon Ridge School students
Canyon Ridge School Patriots' Pen recipientsAs part of an ongoing collaboration with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10695 in Sun City West, the seventh grade team at Canyon Ridge School participated in an honors assembly with post commander, Dennis Grau, and his wife,  Arizona Association of University Women (AAUW) member, Harriett Grau. These community partners were on hand to deliver prizes and honorable mention certificates for student participants in the recent VFW Patriots Pen Essay Contest.

“Canyon Ridge had 144 essays in the contest and that is more than any other school in Dysart,” stated Mr. Grau, “We are very proud of the students here for their display of patriotism.”  Computers were awarded as prizes for second and third place winners, Jorge Lucero and Mikinzi Strykul, respectively. Thirty five learners, ranging from grades 6 through 8, received honorable mention certificates for their outstanding essay entries.

Mr. Grau will be returning the Canyon Ridge on February 22, 2017,  as part of the VFW Veterans in the Classroom program. He will share  his experiences from the Vietnam War and field questions from learners and their families. His annual presentation will focus on the importance of patriotism, service, and peace.
Posted : 2/14 | Direct Link
Dysart district high school DECA chapters win big at conference
Willow Canyon High School students with DECA awardsOn Tuesday, January 24, 2017,The Distributive Education Clubs of America, or DECA, chapters from Dysart district high schools competed in the District Eight Competition at Estrella Mountain Community College. The conference allowed students to practice for the annual state competition with individual and team scenarios.  

Willow Canyon High School received a total of 17 medals including: three 1st place overall medals, four 1st place section medals, five 2nd place overall, and four 3rd place overall medals.  Two students placed in the top 10% of the writing competition.  

Dysart High School received six medals including: two 1st place overall winners.  Section awards included two 1st place, and one each, 2nd and 3rd winners.

Shadow Ridge High School brought home 15 medals including four 1st place, three 2nd place, and two third place medals

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.  

One of many Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities, DECA offers students the opportunity to prepare necessary academic and vocational skills to successfully enter the workforce.  
Posted : 2/8 | Direct Link
Valley Vista Theatre students earn Superior
Photo of students with awardsThe Valley Vista High School made their mark at the Annual Northern Arizona Festival for Theatre on Saturday, January 28th, with 13 students earning Superior recognition.  As a result, the following students have now qualified for Nationals:
  • Solo Musical - Allison Belsan
  • Contrasting Monologues - Patrick Garcia
  • Contrasting Monologues - Emma Popalardo
  • Duo Acting - Devin Arias & JaNaiya Mallard 
  • Duo Acting - Lindsay Gagnon & Nathan Gagan
  • Duet Musical - Sean McIntyre & KJ Kluge
  • Duet Musical - Brecka Watson & Gavynn Percy
  • Duet Musical - Allison Belsan & Kailyn Kluge
Posted : 2/2 | Direct Link
Dysart High School Counselor, Katie Rasset, named “Rising Star Counselor of the Year”
DHS Counselor named rising starCongratulations to Dysart High School’s own Katie Rasset.  Ms. Rasset was recognized as the 2017 “Rising Star Counselor of the Year” by the Arizona School Counselors Association (AzSCA).  Rasset is committed to working collaboratively with fellow educators, community members, and families at Dysart High School.  The Rising Star award recognizes individuals who run top-notch comprehensive school counseling programs and who have been in the profession five years and under.  She has shown tremendous growth in her two years as counselor and was appointed the department lead this school year.  

The AzSCA in a non-profit organization who represents and empowers Arizona school counselors through professional development, resources, and advocacy.  
Posted : 2/1 | Direct Link
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.  
Posted : 1/23 | Direct Link
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.
Posted : 1/23 | Direct Link
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
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