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Meet The Teacher 7/30 & Back To School 8/1

Hello, Hawks! We hope you had a great summer! We welcome you to come meet your teacher on Tuesday, July 30th. More details are coming soon! The first day of school is Thursday, August 1st. Just a reminder, school starts promptly at 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM. 

07/05/2024 Direct Link


Happy Independence Day!

SHMS wishes you and yours a very happy and safe 4th of July!

07/03/2024 Direct Link

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Have a safe summer! School resumes, Aug 1st!

Import Dates

  • May 28th - 30th the office is open 7:15AM - 3:45PM.
  • June 3rd - July 9th the office is CLOSED
  • July 10th the office reopens 7:15AM - 3:45PM.
  • The office is closed every Friday through July 19th
  •  You can view the Dysart school district calendars HERE

05/24/2024 Direct Link

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Last day of school 5/23..

Early release at 11:15 AM on May 22nd and 23rd. Our last day of school is also on the 23rd! Don't forget to make arrangements to have your student picked up on time. It's been a wonderful school year!

05/13/2024 Direct Link

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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week May 6th - 10th!

SHMS is so incredibly thankful for all of our hard working and dedicated teachers and staff! Thank you for the difference you make!

05/04/2024 Direct Link

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Shrek The Musical Jr is here! May 1st-3rd @ 7pm!

Shrek Jr will be performing May 1st through the 3rd at 7pm at Sonoran Heights Middle School in the cafe. We look forward to seeing you there! Our students have been working incredibly hard and are so excited to share this play with you!

04/27/2024 Direct Link

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Spring Holiday!

Just a friendly reminder there is no school on Friday, April 26th in observance of a spring holiday. We will see you all back on Monday, April 29th. Enjoy your long weekend!

04/20/2024 Direct Link

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Spring Carnival

Sponsored by SHMS PTA!

Friday, April 19th from 5-8PM

  • Gaming Truck
  • DJ
  • Dunk Tank
  • Food Trucks
  • Vendors

Admission is free, wristband required for all activities

$25/non member and $20/PTA member

Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding this event or if you'd like to volunteer

04/09/2024 Direct Link

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AASA Testing is Here!

  • AASA Writing April 2nd
  • AZ Sci Testing April 9th & 10th
  • AASA ELA & Math April 16th and 18th

03/25/2024 Direct Link

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No School 3/18 - 3/22!

Hawks! There is no school the week of March 18th for spring break. We hope you have a safe and relaxing break! We will see you back on Monday, March 25th at normal school time.

03/12/2024 Direct Link

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STUCO Spirit Week!

  • Monday - Anything but a pack pack day!
  • Tuesday - Pajama day!
  • Wednesday - Pink & white/twin day!
  • Thursday - Western day!
  • Friday - Favorite band/artist t-shirt day!

03/10/2024 Direct Link

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Festival of the Arts!

The Dysart Unified School District, in partnership with Germain Honda of Surprise, will host the Dysart Festival of the Arts on Saturday, March 9, 2024.  The festival will take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Valley Vista High School, 15550 N Parkview Place, Surprise. The festival is free to attend and is open to the public.    

The festival will showcase the visual and performing arts programs from sixteen elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools in the Dysart Unified School District.  The day will be packed with back-to-back performances on multiple stages including various dance performances, theatre troops, choirs, and bands. The elementary, middle school, and high school visual arts programs will host two art showcases including 2D and 3D pieces, as well as a chalk art exhibition along the path of the festival.    

Some of the event highlights include the Arts Experience area that offers multiple hands-on opportunities for attendees to participate in the arts including dance workshops, bucket drumming, keyboard labs, virtual reality arts field trips and hands-on art projects. New this year is the addition of Adaptive Art Experiences, a hands-on immersive arts experience for individuals and families that may need accommodations or a sensory friendly experience.   

This year's festival is proud to host over 60 arts vendors, food trucks and community partners.   These artisans will have their products on display for purchase. Visit for more details or a list of performances, vendors and food trucks.

02/28/2024 Direct Link

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Spring Pictures are Wed, Feb 28th!

Individual spring pictures will take place on the 28th. All ordering will be done online at

Question? Comment? Concern? We are here to help at

Flyers will be going home with your student!

02/23/2024 Direct Link

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Basketball & Soccer Tryouts this week!!

Girls Basketball Tryouts

Feb 20th & 22nd

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Boys Basketball Tryouts

Feb 20th, 21st, 23rd

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Girls Soccer Tryouts

Feb 20th & 21st

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Boys Soccer Tryouts

Feb 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd

3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

02/20/2024 Direct Link

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No School on Monday, Feb 19th, in observance of Presidents' Day!

Just a friendly reminder, there is no school on Monday Feb 19th. School will resume at regular time on Tuesday, Feb 20th.

02/16/2024 Direct Link

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SHMS boys flag football are headed to the CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

Please join us on Friday, 2/16 at Cactus High School at 6:00 pm to cheer on our boys! Bring home that trophy, Hawks!

02/15/2024 Direct Link

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NJHS Spirit Week February, 12-16th!

  • Monday - hat & headbands
  • Tuesday - 5th & 6th grades wear red, 7th & 8th grades wear pink
  • Wednesday - "How many hearts can you wear?"
  • Thursday - Twinning Day
  • Friday - Pajamas (red, pink, hearts)

02/09/2024 Direct Link

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Parent/Teacher conferences are the week of Feb 5th!

Please check your email for more parent/teacher conference information from your teacher. We have early release, as usual, on Monday at 1:00 pm. Be advised, we also have early release on Thursday (2/8) and Friday (2/9) at 1:00 pm.

01/31/2024 Direct Link

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Benchmark, Parent/Teacher Conference & Early Release

  • Benchmark 2 begins on January 30th. Math is on the 30th and ELA is on the 31st. Please ensure your student gets a good nights rest and a healthy breakfast.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences are approaching as well! Conferences will be held the first week in February. More information will be sent home very soon.
  • Early release Thursday and Friday, February 8th and 9th at 1:00 pm - for conferences.

01/19/2024 Direct Link

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SHMS Hawks defeat the undefeated MP Mavericks!!!

Our boys volleyball team played extremely well and pulled out a win over the undefeated Marley Park Mavericks! Great job gentlemen and Coach Hinchcliff!

01/16/2024 Direct Link

Martin Luther King Jr Day with American flag

No school on Monday, Jan 15th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Awards Ceremonies

  • 6th Grade @ 1:10PM, Wed Jan 10th
  • 5th Grade @ 2:10PM, Wed Jan 10th
  • 7th Grade @ 1:10PM, Thurs Jan 11th
  • 8th Grade @ 2:10PM, Thurs Jan 11th

PTA Meeting

  • Thursday, Jan 11th @ 4:30PM

School Newsletter

01/11/2024 Direct Link

Happy New Year and fireworks

Welcome 2024!

SHMS hopes you had a wonderful winter break! We are looking forward to a brand new year! 

01/09/2024 Direct Link

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Don't Forget..

  • We have early release on Thursday, December 21st and Friday the 22nd at 11:15 am. Please make arrangements to have your student picked up on time. 
  • Winter break is also coming up and starts on Monday, December 25th through Monday the 8th. 
  • School will resume on Tuesday, January 9th.

12/14/2023 Direct Link

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No School on Friday, 11/10!

In observance of Veterans Day, there will be no school on Friday, November 10th. School will resume at normal time on Monday the 13th. We hope you have a wonderful three day weekend. Thank you Veterans!

11/09/2023 Direct Link

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Sonoran Heights Middle School

We are so proud to announce that Sonoran Heights Middle School earned an “A” rating from the school accountability labels for the 2022-2023 school year! Sonoran Heights  is one of 18 schools in the district to receive the “A” rating.  

The school accountability labels measure year to year student academic growth, proficiency on English language arts, math and science, the proficiency and academic growth of English language learners, indicators that an elementary student is ready for success in high school and that high school students are ready to succeed in a career or higher education and high school graduation rates.

11/03/2023 Direct Link

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Veterans Breakfast 11/9/23

Vets, please join us for breakfast on Thursday, November 9th at 7:30AM! A traditional breakfast will be served of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, country potatoes, coffee & water. After breakfast please join us in our Parade of Vets through the hallways with our students paying tribute!

10/27/2023 Direct Link

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SHMS is proud to be DRUG FREE!

  • Monday 10/23 - Crazy hair day!
  • Tuesday 10/24 - Favorite team jersey or t-shirt!
  • Wednesday 10/25 - Wear camouflage clothes and/or hats!
  • Thursday 10/26 - Wear your favorite superhero gear!
  • Friday 10/27 - Show your pride and wear your SHMS gear!

10/18/2023 Direct Link

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Thank you, Principal Hamman!

Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success. 

Thank you, Mr. Hamman, for all you do for SHMS!!!

10/04/2023 Direct Link

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Socktober sponsored by NJHS

Socktober is a wonderful annual event that was founded by Kid President in 2013. The event runs throughout the month of October and aims to encourage people to donate socks to those in need. The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of the organizations that sponsor this event. NJHS is a group that recognizes outstanding middle school students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. 

Members of NJHS are required to participate in community service projects, and Socktober is one of the events that they organize. Many people take socks for granted and don't realize how important they are for those who are homeless or living in poverty. Socks can provide warmth, comfort, and protection for people who spend most of their time on their feet. By donating socks to those in need, we can make a huge difference in their lives. 

So, if you want to make a positive impact in your community, consider donating socks to Socktober. You can reach out to your local NJHS chapter here at SHMS (room 136). Remember, even a small donation can go a long way in making someone's day a little bit brighter.

10/03/2023 Direct Link

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Order your yearbook now!

SHMS is selling yearbooks for the 23/24 school year! Yearbooks can be ordered ONLINE ONLY. You may order them HERE!

08/30/2023 Direct Link

Early Dismissal written on a notebook

*Early Release Dates Below*

Monday, May 22nd at 1:00 PM

Tuesday, May 23rd at 11:15 AM

Wednesday, May 24th at 11:15 AM

Have a great summer!

05/15/2023 Direct Link

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Dysart Festival of Arts

It’s Festival Month!!!!!  Dysart Festival of Arts is March 25th, 2023 from 10am-3pm!

02/27/2023 Direct Link

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Recognize a staff member at Sonoran Heights Middle School!

Click HERE to recognize someone! We believe it is important to celebrate the amazing work our staff does and want to invite students, parents and community members to have an opportunity to celebrate with us! 

11/15/2022 Direct Link

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Volunteer Opportunities

Dysart Schools have many opportunities for the community to assist schools in providing an amazing educational experience to each and every student. Volunteers help to enrich children’s learning opportunities, provide individual attention to children who need one-on-one assistance, promote a school-home-community partnership for quality education, provide staff members with more time to work with students, and assist staff members and support personnel with non-instructional tasks.

Where is Help Needed?

  • Classroom and teacher support 
  • One-on-one student assistance 
  • Event help (preparations, setup, operations, tear-down)  
  • Guest speakers (experts or retirees in various fields) 
  • Front office assistance

How to Become a Volunteer:

  1. Review the volunteer handbook and complete the volunteer application at 
  2. Make an appointment for your volunteer orientation 
  3. Coordinate your schedule through the school office 
  4. Put on your volunteer badge and have fun!

Who Should Apply to Volunteer?

Anyone who cares about children and education is a potential volunteer. Parents, grandparents and community members 18 years of age or older who want to make a difference in the lives of children and support educators are encouraged to apply to become a volunteer with Dysart Unified School District. Volunteers are welcome in all of our schools and prior teaching experience is not necessary.

Learn more or apply here.

06/02/2022 Direct Link

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School Breakfast and Lunch

Dysart Nutrition Services ensures that students at all schools have fresh, wholesome and nutritious breakfast and lunch options to support their education and focus in class. Learn more about Nutrition Services at Menus and nutritional information may be viewed at

Apply for Free and Reduced Meals

Beginning July 1, 2022 the USDA is returning to income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced meals. All families should complete a Free and Reduced Lunch Application at to help maintain school funding and make sure that qualified families receive this and other benefits. Only one application is required per family, and may be completed at

How to Add Meal Funds to an Account

Cash and checks are accepted for meal purchases, or families may utilize to prepay for meals online, view their balances, or place restrictions on purchases. Online payments take 24 hours to post to student accounts.  

Meal Prices 

  • Elementary Lunch $2.60, Reduced $.40, Adult $3.50  
  • Elementary Breakfast $1.25, Reduced $.30, Adult $1.75  High School Lunch $2.85, Reduced $.40, Adult $3.50  
  • High School Breakfast $1.25, Reduced $.30, Adult $1.75 

A la carte and snack items are available for purchase on each campus, and additional meals are available for an added charge. Parents are always welcome to dine with their child, but please be sure to call in advance and check-in at the school office. Adult meals may be purchased for $1.75 for breakfast or $3.50 for lunch. 

06/02/2022 Direct Link

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Employment Opportunities in Dysart

Dysart is the largest employer in both the cities of Surprise and El Mirage with over 2,700 employees. Dysart Schools offer highly competitive salaries, full benefits and an inviting school-year calendar with holidays and weekends off for most positions. 

With a wide-variety of positions ranging from groundskeeper, to mechanic, to office staff, and teachers, we’re always looking for great people to join our Dysart team!

Current High Need Areas: 

  •  Bus Drivers and Aides
  •  Childcare and Preschool Aides
  •  Paraprofessionals
  •  Behavioral Technicians 
  •  Speech and Language Pathologists 
  •  Special Education Teachers 
  •  Math Teachers 
  •  Science Teachers 
  •  ASL Teachers 
  •  Health Services Assistants 
  •  Crossing Guards 
  •  Maintenance Workers and Plant Managers 
  •  Social Workers

Check out our current openings at and apply today!

06/02/2022 Direct Link

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Stay Informed on the Parent Portal

The Parent Portal is a great tool to stay informed 24/7 about your child’s academic progress. Grades, attendance, assignments and more are viewable in real time online or via the app, Campus Parent. A single login allows parents with multiple students to access information for all of their children in one place. Learn more at

Update Your Communication Preferences and Contact Info

To make sure that we can keep you informed in emergency situations, please ensure that your contact information is current in the Parent Portal. You are also able to adjust your communication preferences (phone, text, and/or email) at or on the Campus Parent app to ensure you are getting the various message types in the way that you would like. Remember that if you select more than one type of communication per category, you will receive the message multiple times via each of those avenues.

06/02/2022 Direct Link