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Valley Vista Cheer, Pom, and IMPACT poised for national run
Members of Valley Vista's cheer team pose with ribbons.Making history, Valley Vista IMPACT team (the dance company's top 13 dancers) competed their Jazz dance "Breathe of Life" for the 1st time to go to nationals as part of the USA national qualifier at Deer Valley High School. They qualified and will headed into competition in the Varsity Jazz category.

The Pom Line qualified and took 2nd place in a new category this year! The team will be defending their national title on February 23 in the Medium Intermediate Song/Pom category. This category has anywhere from 25 - 30 teams from the nation.

Meanwhile, the cheer team qualified and took 3rd place this year - competing in the Varsity Coed Show Cheer category. Their All Girl Stunt group also qualified and will be headed to nationals in February.
Posted : 21h | Direct Link
DUSD Maintenance Department supports Toys for Tots
DUSD Maintenance Department donates to Surprise Toys for TotsThe Dysart Unified School District Maintenance Department donated over 300 items for the Surprise Police Department Toys for Tots drive.  As part of the annual holiday luncheon, each maintenance staff member donated a toy in addition to generous donations from vendors DL Withers and Wholesale Floors.  With community donations and support, the Surprise Police Department Toys for Tots program provides toys and meals for over 50 Surprise families in need during the holiday season. If you are interested in donating toys to support these efforts, please drop off items to one of the locations below through December 18, 2017.
  • The Surprise Police Department :14250 W. Statler Plaza Suite #103
  • West USA Realty: 15128 W. Bell Road
  • The Sun City Grand Palms Center: 19726 N. Remington Drive
  • The Cimarron Club : 17100 W. Clearview Drive 
  • The Irish Wolfhound Restaurant  :16811 N. Litchfield Road
  • Kimbur Pet Wash: 17031 W. Bell Road
  • Sun Village Community: 17300 N. Sun Village Parkway
  • Sun Village Colonnade: 19116 N. Colonnade Way
  • Vista de la Montana Adult Community: 18510 N. Parkview Place (Between 8 am and 5 pm)
  • Sante of Surprise: 14775 W. Yorkshire Drive
  • Sunflower RV Resort: 16501 N. El Mirage Road
  • Grandview Terrace: 14515 W. Granite Valley Drive
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UPDATE: El Mirage Elementary Evacuation
Today, Wednesday, December 13, a note written in child's handwriting contained a threat of a bomb at El Mirage Elementary School.  Police were called, and out of an abundance of caution, the school was evacuated while bomb sniffing dogs swept the school.  The police completed the sweep of El Mirage Elementary and found no evidence of a bomb.  

During the sweep, students were first evacuated to the playground and then moved to the cafeteria and gym areas once they were cleared.  After the main building was cleared, students returned to their classrooms and will be dismissed as usual.  

School administration will continue their investigation to find the student(s) reasonable and they will be held accountable for this threat and disruption of the school day.  Safety protocols were effectively followed at El Mirage School and students were not in any danger.
Posted : 12/13 | Direct Link
DUSD students and staff honored by VFW Post 10695
Students, parents, teachers, and principals from across the Dysart Unified School joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10695 in Sun City West during the ninth annual VFW Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay writing awards program.  The honored guests joined our Veterans for a pizza party and recognition ceremony to announce the contest winners with certificates of merit and gift card prizes. In all, 54 awards were presented to learners from 18 schools in the Dysart Unified School District.

Canyon Ridge School seventh grade student, Brandon Nevers, was selected as the first place winner overall for the Patriot’s Pen contest. His essay will now advance to the next level of competition and will be considered by the 12 VFW posts in the Phoenix District Three area. Willow Canyon High School student, Robert Cerillo was selected as the overall winner for the Voice of Democracy contest. The event also included the presentation of the 2018 VFW Teacher of the Year Award (K-5) to Mrs. Carla Bennett, a second grade educator at Canyon Ridge School, who was chosen for her outstanding performance for developing and enriching activities for students. The 2018 VFW Teacher of the Year Award (6-8) was presented to Ms. Kristin Cox of Kingswood Elementary School for ongoing dedication to students.

“These student and teacher awards are all about the future,” states VFW Post 10695 Commander and Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame inductee, Dennis Grau, “To demonstrate to children that patriotism is important in their lives and to show appreciation for the teachers who show them the way.”

Below are the top three winners for each school in the two essay categories:

2017 Patriot's Pen Essay First, Second, & Third Place Winners

Ashton Ranch Elementary School
                 Brooke Wilkins
                 Megan Gatz
                 Elizabeth Jensen

Canyon Ridge School
                 Brandon Nevers
                 Parker Sorensen
                 Kohen Hill

Cimarron Springs Elementary School
                 Alyssa Robichaud
                 Kameryn Davis
                 Luciana Bazata

Countryside Elementary School
                  Allison Skinner
                  Isabel Martinez
                 Jasmyn Wilson

Dysart Elementary School 
                 Jaiden Stokes
                 Alexa Lucero
                 Mary LaFay

Kingswood Elementary School  
                  Evan Kolami
                  Jasmine Gulei
                  Jenelle McCoy

Luke Elementary School 
                 Oliver Crosby
                 Mia Gaffney
                 Ryan McHugh-Layou & Vy Truong

Marley Park Elementary School
                Courtney Bird
                Jason Nivens
                Kiersten Baker

Mountain View School 
                 Andrew Hageman
                 Adrianna Williams
                 Analiese Rodriguez

Parkview Elementary School 
                 Mathews Esrra
                 Amber Baird
                 Vladimir Wade

Rancho Gabriela Elementary School 
                  Hannah Gulczynski
                  Janae Lopez
                  Danielle Lemoine

Sunset Hills Elementary School 
                 Maia Whitt
                 Kaitlynn Bowman
                 Abigail Tremblay

Surprise Elementary School 
                 Nicole Napolitano
                 James Buffington
                 Lyrica Mann

Thompson Ranch Elementary School
                 Azuriah Irby
                 Christian Ramos
                 Delilah Aguero

Patriot's Pen Essay Overall Winners

Brandon Nevers,  Canyon Ridge School
Nicole Napolitano, Surprise Elementary School
Jaiden Stokes, Dysart Elementary School

2017 Voice of Democracy Essay First, Second, & Third Place Winners

Dysart  High School

                 Taylor McCormick
                 Ren Dickson
                 Maria Parra

Willow Canyon High School
                 Roberto Cerrillo
                 Abigail Nevers
                 Kai Sanford
Voice of Democracy Essay Overall Winners

              Roberto Cerrillo, Willow Canyon High School
              Abigail Nevers, Willow Canyon High School
              Kai Sanford, Willow Canyon High School

Posted : 12/11 | Direct Link
WCHS Key Club spreads holiday cheer
WCHS Key Club students volunteer for the holidaysOver the course of two days, Willow Canyon High School Key Club students visited the Grandview Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center Sun City West.  The students rang in the holiday season and decorated the lobby, wrapped presents, and chatted with residents about their interests. The residents were very thankful and happy to have the energetic students stop in for a visit.  

Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership.
Posted : 12/8 | Direct Link
DHS Principal Hartjen honored with Patriot Award
Dysart High Principal Amy Hartjen recieves Patriot Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve representative.On Monday, Dysart High School Principal Amy Hartjen was awarded the Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for her support of staff who also serve in the National Guard and Reserves.  Nominated by DHS Chemistry teacher and Air Force Reserve Technical Sergeant Tapia Perla, the recognition noted that Hartjen went out of her way to support Guard and Reserve employees at Dysart High School.  Honorees are nominated by current Guard and Reserve members for their efforts to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Posted : 11/30 | Direct Link
Dysart Unified student council groups raise over 10K for the Red Cross
Dysart Unified student council groups host "Hats for Hurricanes"In a call to action to respond to the devastation recent hurricanes caused in the areas of southeastern Texas and parts of Florida, 21 student council groups from the Dysart Unified School District elementary and high schools hosted “Hats for Hurricanes” drives to raise funds for the recovery efforts by the American Red Cross.

Over the course of the month of September, the various student council clubs chose a day to host “Hats for Hurricanes”.  Students, staff, and community groups donated $1 each or more to wear a hat on the specified day. Our students raised an astonishing $10,830.77 during the events around their campuses. Students mobilized their fundraising efforts by sending out emails, posting on social media, and creating posters on campus.  
Posted : 11/28 | Direct Link
Canyon Ridge School donates to Veterans
Canyon Ridge School donates to VeteransThe students at Canyon Ridge School recently teamed up with Kids4Vets.Az to perform a veterans donation drive.  The donated items will benefit the Arizona State Veterans Homes in Phoenix and Tucson. Second and seventh grade social studies classes joined together and collected sunglasses, clothing, snacks, and beverages. The Arizona Sons of the American Revolution-Saguaro Chapter and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10695 in Sun City West assisted the student efforts and provided a donation of $100 each for the purchase of additional supplies.. With the help of students, staff, and valued community partners, Canyon Ridge School donated 700 items to assist the both Veterans homes.  

Kids4VetsAZ is a non profit charitable organization that sponsors donation drives and letter writing campaigns for Veterans in our community. They partner with over 50 schools in the Phoenix metro area and provide needed supplies and comfort items to the residents of the Arizona State Veterans Homes in Phoenix and Tucson.
Posted : 11/28 | Direct Link
Monsoon Theatre honored at State Thespian Festival
Valley Vista Theatre honored at state festivalThe Valley Vista High School Theatre students were honored at the Arizona Thespian Festival at the Phoenix Convention Center on November 17-18, 2017.

The talented Monsoon actors received the Gold Honor Thespian Troupe Award for the second year in a row in addition to the Superior Troupe distinction which honors only seven schools in Arizona. Senior, Nate Gayan, competed in the Ellis Jordan Monologue Competition and received a $1,500 scholarship and interest from 13 post-secondary education institutions.

The Arizona Thespians are a group of teachers, students, and professionals who are dedicated to promoting theatre education in our schools and community whose mission is to create the leaders of tomorrow through educational and theatrical experiences.  
Posted : 11/22 | Direct Link
District Pom and Cheer teams participate in AIA State Qualifier
Willow Canyon Wildcats win big.Congratulations to the Dysart High, Shadow Ridge, Valley Vista and Willow Canyon high school cheer, pom, and stunt teams who competed at the AIA Regional State Qualifier Competition and earned high marks in their respective categories.  All of the teams will have representation at the state championships.

The Dysart High Cheer team placed first in their region while their Group Stunt and Pom teams placed second and will advance to state.

The Willow Canyon Cheer team are now Regional Winners for their participation in the Advanced Varsity Show. The Wildcat Pom and Cheer teams were also named state qualifiers and will advance to state.

Valley Vista and Shadow Ridge's coed cheer and pom teams advanced to state as well.
Posted : 11/21 | Direct Link
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