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Hello Canyon Ridge parents

If your child was absent on the last day of school or did not bring home a final report card, we will be holding them in the front office until Thursday, May 30.   After that time, all report cards, certificates, etc., will be mailed home.    Thanks, and we hope you have a wonderful summer break!
Posted : 5/21 | Direct Link
Summer Information for Parents

- Just a reminder as the school year comes to a close that our online Parent Portal allows you to view your child’s grades, attendance records, and more! If you haven’t already, you can sign up for the Parent Portal at or download the Campus Parent app on the iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon app stores.  If you have any additional questions, please contact the front office.

- Dysart will be continuing the Summer Feeding Program with free breakfast and lunch for children 18 and under.  Meals will be available Monday - Thursday at El Mirage Elementary School, Dysart Elementary School, and Dysart High School from June 3-27.  Meal times at each location can be found on the school or district website. Breakfast and lunch are free to children ages 18 and under.  Meals for adults over the age of 18 are $1.75 for breakfast and $3.25 for lunch.
Posted : 5/16 | Direct Link
Summer Office Information
Hello Canyon Ridge families -

Summer office hours for the Canyon Ridge front office are -

Wednesday, May 22 - Thursday, May 30 -
Regular office hours from 7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The office will be closed on Friday, May 24 and May 31 and on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day

Monday, June 3 - Thursday, June 6 -
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, June 7 - Tuesday, July 9 -
Closed for Summer Break

Beginning  Wednesday, July 10 - Thursday, July 26
regular office hours will be 7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The office will be closed on Friday, July 12, July 19 and July 26

Week of July 29, 2019 -
Normal school office hours will resume
Posted : 5/9 | 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
Canyon Ridge students honor veterans in new publication
Canyon Ridge Veterans projectFor the second year in a row, students at Canyon Ridge School worked in conjunction with members of Arizona Sons of the American Revolution (AZ SAR), and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10695 in Sun City West, to promote the remembrance of Veterans in our community.

Seventh and Eighth grade students joined the Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) activity group on campus, formulated questions, wrote articles, and selected photos that told the story of a local American Veteran.  The VHP is an Arizona based organization dedicated to bringing students and Veterans together for the purposes of recording their experiences and expanding their understanding of history. By promoting a better understanding of the sacrifices and accomplishments of those who served, members of the VHP activity group at Canyon Ridge, had the unique opportunity to learn about American history from those who lived through it.

The multiple interviews and article drafts generated by students culminated in final drafts that appeared in the annual VHP publication, Since You Asked. By dedicating their time and skills to the promotion of Veteran’s experiences, the students of Canyon Ridge became published authors and had their work memorialized in print and by the Library of Congress.

Harvey Johnson and David Thompson, of the AZ SAR Saguaro Chapter, and Don Burnett of VFW Post 10695 in Sun City West, offered detailed accounts of their experiences in the Armed Forces and discussed the feelings and reactions related to the impact of combat experiences. In addition to the published articles, the recollections and wisdom of our Veterans, recorded as video interviews, will be immortalized by the national Veterans Oral History Project. “It is important to tell the stories of our Veterans. I want civilians to know what war is really like. We want to make sure that the message is shared for all to see and understand,” said Navy and Coast Guard Veteran Don Burnett.

An undertaking of this magnitude would not have been possible without the generous support of AZ SAR, VFW Post 10695 and the Canyon Ridge PTA. Financial donations, moral support, and all of the valuable input of our Veterans proved instrumental to the success of this patriotic endeavor. The students, teachers and leadership of Canyon Ridge School are looking forward to expanding their VHP efforts in the next academic year to come.
Posted : 4/4 | Direct Link
Community Education Information

Please visit the Community Education Department's website for information on summer camps, sport camps and clinics, drivers education, etc.
Posted : 3/13 | Direct Link
Canyon Ridge presents Heroes of the Progressive Era
Canyon Ridge presents Heroes of the Progressive EraThe Canyon Ridge School seventh grade team presented a special program entitled, Heroes of the Progressive Era. This interactive learning experience offered the community  the opportunity to tour a traveling exhibit, listen to samples of early recorded music, view clips of silent films, and respond to students as they presented technology-based learning stations of their own design.

Dedicated to the great inventors and social reformers of turn-of-the-century America, the program offered presentations that highlighted the accomplishments of a wide range of important historical figures including: Thomas Edison, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, George Washington Carver, Theodore Roosevelt, Nikola Tesla, W.E.B. Dubois, and the Wright Brothers. Biographical information was combined with graphics, photos, and diagrams that described the contributions of each luminary of the Progressive Era.

The student learning stations were supported with additional visual and written historical details displayed on a twelve-foot long traveling exhibit created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI).

In the days leading up to the program, seventh grade classes presented their learning stations and served as tour guides for the exhibit to younger learners in multiple grades.  Primary level students asked detailed questions and recorded pertinent information on graphic organizers and interactive notebooks. More than 400 students participated in the tours and obtained many historical facts to bring back to their classes for further discussion and learning. Greater emphasis was placed on connecting the accomplishments of the early twentieth century with the technology and conveniences of modern America.

The Progressive Era event was attended by parents, students, teachers, district leaders, and a variety of community service based organizations. Volunteer groups and  valued partners including the Arizona Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10695 in Sun City West, and the American Association of University Women, have been instrumental by providing the expertise and resources needed for expanding the scope of real world applications of social studies at Canyon Ridge School.

GLI is a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of history education in America’s schools. Their collection of primary resources is offered online for educators and a series of traveling America history exhibits are provided to public organizations across the nation. Canyon Ridge is the only school in the state to present the exhibit this year. Gilder Lehrman also sponsors various student essay contests and teacher recognition programs.

Posted : 1/25 | Direct Link
History Teacher of the Year
Mr. Raso honored with History Teacher of the Year awardChristopher Raso, a 7th grade social studies teacher at Canyon Ridge School, was named Arizona History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  Raso was honored for his demonstrated commitment to teaching American history (including state and local history), creativity and imagination in the classroom, and effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary sources to engage students with American history.

“Mr. Raso is so worthy of being recognized as Arizona's History Teacher of the Year,” said Jill Hoppe, principal at Canyon Ridge.  “He brings history to life on a daily basis for his students. He is an expert storyteller, and he leverages his many community partnerships to bring outside presenters into his classroom.  We are so proud of Mr. Raso and feel honored to work alongside such an extraordinary educator.”

As part of the recognition, Raso received a certificate from Diane Douglas, Arizona State Superintendent for Public Instruction, at the school’s recent Veterans Day commemoration.  Additionally, Raso will receive a $1,000 award, a collection of classroom resources to be presented in his name to the school library, and an invitation to participate in a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar.

Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US Territories.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. whose mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.
Posted : 11/14/2018 | Direct Link
Meet the Founders at Canyon Ridge
Meet the founders at Canyon Ridge SchoolExploring the meaning and importance of the United States Constitution, seventh grade students at Canyon Ridge School shared their knowledge of the American Revolution by recreating historical figures for their schoolmates.   The event, “Meeting the Founders,” reflected the work of the students in developing an understanding of colonial and constitutional vocabulary and researching historical figures.

This year, there were more than fifteen historical figures ranging from General George Washington to Betsy Ross and more. The seventh grade team greeted and conversed with more than six hundred learners while in character as the founders - promoting a spirit of patriotism and creativity while evaluating the importance of those who sacrificed much in pursuit of American liberty.

To enhance the modern relevance of the founders, students were able to view actual letters and documents written by the patriots who had signed the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The display was provided by supporters at Charles Parkhurst Fine Books, Inc. Each item was accompanied by a biographical summary of the original writer and the year each colonial document was produced.

Students were joined by adult performers from various chapters of the Arizona Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). This patriotic male lineage society consists of modern descendants of actual Americans that fought in the War for Independence.  Arizona SAR Saguaro Chapter presented the Colors, led students in the Pledge of Allegiance, and interacted with guests of all ages. Students from other grade levels were invited to attend and asked questions, took notes, and discussed ideas regarding the nation’s most important document. Parents, teachers, community members, and local elected officials, including Councilman Roland F. Winters, Jr. of District One in Surprise, participated in discussions with middle level colonial leaders.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10695 in Sun City West, Mr. Dennis and Harriett Grau, judged a costume contest for the performers and presented gift cards to the best dressed founding father and founding mother. Students Kathleen Butler and Josiah Chang were chosen for their overall appearance and the outstanding nature of their presentations.

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Posted : 9/19/2018 | Direct Link
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