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Open Enrollment Information

Any family in Arizona may apply for Open Enrollment into a Dysart school. For this reason, the state is considered among the leaders in the country for educational choice. Open Enrollment applications are accepted throughout the school year and are reviewed as capacity and/or staffing is determined. 


Open enrollment applications are only available online via the Dysart website. In the event you do not have online computer access, you may utilize a computer at any of the Dysart Unified School sites or the front lobby of the Dysart District Office in order to submit your application online.  


At this time, parents/guardians whose student(s) are currently open enrolled at the school of their choice, will not need to reapply for Open Enrollment for a new school year unless wanting to enroll in a new school outside of their residential boundary area.  


For further questions regarding Open Enrollment, contact [email protected] 


 2024-2025 Open Enrollment is currently available

07/08/2024 Direct Link

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Celebrating Independence Day

Join us in commemorating the 4th of July, a day of patriotism, unity, and reflection. As we celebrate our nation's independence, let us honor the values of freedom and democracy that define us. Whether you're enjoying fireworks, parades, or time with family and friends, take a moment to appreciate the sacrifices and efforts that have shaped our country. 


Happy Independence Day from Willow Canyon High School

07/01/2024 Direct Link

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WC 101: Parent Orientation Night (New Families to Willow)!

When you send your child off to high school, parent orientation  is a vital part of helping them start out on the right foot. We understand that attending high school can be exciting  and worrisome for both parents and students. This orientation will celebrate your excitement and calm your  anxiety. The orientation is filled with lots of important information and answers. We look forward to having you  as our guest on campus. 

06/24/2024 Direct Link

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Bell Schedule for the 2024-25 School Year

As the new school year approaches, we are excited to announce an updated bell schedule. This new schedule is designed to optimize learning time and better accommodate our students' needs. Please click the Bell Schedule link below for detailed information. Thank you for your continued support as we strive to enhance the educational experience at our school!

06/17/2024 Direct Link

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Did You Know.....

Did you know the Principal sends out a weekly newsletter to keep you up to date on everything happening at Willow? Stay informed by clicking the link below!

06/10/2024 Direct Link

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WCHS Office hours

Summer Office Hours:

Mon-Thurs, 7:00am - 3:00pm

July 8 - July 25


WCHS front office will be closed beginning Friday, May 31st and reopen on Monday, July 8th.  


For in-person enrollment assistance between May 31st and July 8th, families may visit the District Office, located at 15802 N. Parkview Place in Surprise, Arizona. Please click the link for additional enrollment information:   Dysart.org/enroll 

06/03/2024 Direct Link

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Willow Canyon Best Buddies Club Named Top Overall Chapter

The Willow Canyon High School Best Buddies Club was selected as the 2023-2024 Top Overall School Chapter. 

The Best Buddies program is a national organization that builds one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, offering social interactions while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion. Through their participation, students form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy.

The Best Buddies Club began back in 2015 with support from sponsor Christine Cook who teaches Special Education at Willow Canyon High School.   The chapter at Willow Canyon has 30 members and was chosen as the top chapter for their participation at state-wide events, leadership involvement at chapter training days, fundraising efforts and for going above and beyond to support students at Willow Canyon.

Chapter highlights from the past year include a Holiday ornament fundraiser, Homecoming, Prom, Best Buddies Friendship Ball and the Best Buddies Walk at Kiwanis Park where the club raised $2,000 to support the efforts.  Additionally, Kaydence Kautman who serves as the Best Buddies Secretary, attended the Best Buddies Leadership conference at Indiana University where she was able to learn beneficial leadership skills and built a club toolkit to implement at Willow Canyon in order to support a successful chapter.

“The club successfully held the required monthly activities on their campus and really showed that they put in a great effort to ensure that all the one-to-one friendships that were established were always supported,” shared Nicole Paxton, Best Buddies Director of Programs.  “It is clear to us that the presence of the Willow Canyon Best Buddies club is well supported on their campus.”

Due to their dedication in Arizona, the group was nominated for the Best Buddies International Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award.  The recipient will be selected and honored at the annual conference held in Indiana in July. 

05/30/2024 Direct Link

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Summer Break

Get ready to bask in the sun and enjoy the sweet freedom of summer! It's time to recharge, explore, and make unforgettable memories.  Summer break begins on May 24th. Students will return to campus on August 1st. 


Have a safe and sensational summer, everyone!

05/23/2024 Direct Link

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Final Exams

We will release for finals at 10:30 am on Weds and Thurs, May 22nd and 23rd. Please click the link below for our bell schedule.


05/16/2024 Direct Link

Class of 2024 graduation students

Class of 2024 Graduation

Congratulations to the Class of 2024! We had more than 1,700 graduates walk across the big stage at State Farm Stadium on May 15.  We wish all of our Wildcat graduates best of luck!  Check out the button below for a gallery of photos.  


The district photos taken at graduations are only intended to be a small sampling of the ceremonies, as we have limited staff/equipment availability. We partner with Grads Photography to ensure that each student's special day is captured, and we encourage you to visit their website at https://gradphotonetwork.com/QPPlus/ for additional images that are available. Additionally, our DSB Live program live streams every ceremony, and provides it free of charge on demand at http://vimeo.com/dsblive.

05/15/2024 Direct Link

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Early Dismissal

We're thrilled to announce that our long-awaited High School Graduation Ceremony is finally here! 


We're implementing an early dismissal schedule on Wednesday, May 15th to accommodate graduation. 


Dismissal Time: Students will be dismissed at 10:30. Please note that this dismissal time applies to all students, including those not directly involved in the graduation ceremony. 


Academic Impact: All academic activities, including classes and extracurriculars, will conclude at the designated dismissal time. Make sure to plan accordingly for the pick up of your students.


For further details or inquiries, please don't hesitate to contact the school office at 623-523-8000

Congratulations Class of 2024!!

05/14/2024 Direct Link

2023 Student Graduation photo

Senior Graduation Letter 2024

Attention all 2024 graduates, parents and guardians. Click the link below for essential information regarding this year's graduation ceremony. Don't miss out on important details and updates. 

05/13/2024 Direct Link

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Blood Draw

Join us for our upcoming blood draw event, open to the public, on Wednesday, May 1st, from 7:00 - 11:30 am in our auxiliary gym. Your donation can save lives. Let's come together as a community to make a difference. Mark your calendars and help spread the word

04/29/2024 Direct Link

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Spring Day

There will be no school Friday, April 26th in observance of the spring holiday. 

04/22/2024 Direct Link

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Spring Choir Concert

Join us for an enchanting evening of melody and memories as Willow Canyon Choir proudly presents our end-of-year concert on May 9th & 10th at 7 pm. Let's celebrate the talent of our choir and revel in the harmonious journey of music that has made this year truly unforgettable. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of something truly special!

04/12/2024 Direct Link

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Key Club Brought Home Winning Trophies

Congratulations to the WCHS Key Club and all the students involved on their outstanding achievements at the Southwest District Convention! It's evident that their hard work, dedication, and commitment to serving their communities and school have truly paid off. Winning 1st place in Major Emphasis, Single Service, and Annual Achievement Platinum Division, as well as securing 2nd place in Recruiting Poster and Oratorical Speech, is a testament to their passion and excellence. 


Reaching milestones like accumulating over 100 and 150 volunteer service hours speaks volumes about their selflessness and the impact they've made. They're not only making a difference in their communities but also setting a remarkable example for others to follow. 


Our Key Club members are heading to the International Convention in Atlanta this summer. This is a remarkable accomplishment and a well-deserved recognition of their efforts. Please extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the students involved. Their dedication to serving others is truly inspiring, and they should be incredibly proud of their achievements. 


Wishing them continued success in all their future endeavors!

04/08/2024 Direct Link

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Bringing Home Platinum

We're thrilled to announce that our CNA HOSA students have achieved Platinum Chapter Award status! They will be formally recognized for their outstanding accomplishment in Tucson at the HOSA State Leadership Conference.


Please join us in congratulating them for all their hard work, it has paid off!

04/04/2024 Direct Link

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State Testing 2024

Testing for 9th and 11th grade students will be held April 9 - 10, 2024. 10th and 12th grade students will be off campus (e-learning). Please click below for scheduling times.

04/01/2024 Direct Link

Footloose the musical flyer

WCHS Theatre Presents

Curtains open April 3 - 6 at 7:00 pm  

Tickets can be purchased through willowcanyontheatre.com or scan the QR code

We're still rockin'...80's style!

03/25/2024 Direct Link

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Student Enrollment Available for 23-24 School Year

Any family in Arizona may apply for Open Enrollment into a Dysart school. For this reason, the state is considered among the leaders in the country for educational choice. Open Enrollment applications are accepted throughout the school year and are reviewed as capacity and/or staffing is determined. Applications for the upcoming school year.


Open enrollment applications are only available online via the Dysart website. In the event you do not have online computer access, you may utilize a computer at any of the Dysart Unified School sites or the front lobby of the Dysart District Office in order to submit your application online. 


At this time, parents/guardians whose student(s) are currently open enrolled at the school of their choice, will not need to reapply for Open Enrollment for a new school year unless wanting to enroll in a new school outside of their residential boundary area. 


For additional information, CLICK HERE

03/18/2024 Direct Link

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School Closed for Spring Break

Take a break, recharge, and make memories that last a lifetime! Enjoy every moment of your well-deserved spring break!

03/11/2024 Direct Link

WC Band

Congratulations to the WC Bands

Last Wednesday (February 29) the program took two concert groups to perform in front of a panel of adjudicators at Camelback High School for the Area Concert Band Festival. The Wind Ensemble performed at Division 2 and earned a rating of Excellent and the Symphonic performed at Division 3 and earned a rating of Superior! Both bands will be moving on to the State Concert Festival on April 23rd at Chandler Center of the Arts.   


One of our two Jazz Bands performed at the Area Jazz Band Festival yesterday at Paradise Valley Community College. We’re proud to say that Jazz Cats - Silver earned a rating of Excellent and qualified for the State Jazz Festival for the first time since 2019! Go Cats!

03/08/2024 Direct Link

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Cambridge students receive scholar awards

Three Willow Canyon High School students recently received prestigious awards from Cambridge Assessment International Education, part of the University of Cambridge, in recognition of their outstanding achievements on the June 2023 series of examinations.   

Alexandra Silea is a second year recipient of the Cambridge Scholar Award with Distinction for earning three or more “A”s in Cambridge subjects, as well as the winner of the Top In Country Award for having the highest score in the United States on her American History exams.  Last year she won the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for having the highest score in the country on her World History exams.  Alexandra plans on majoring in Biology before moving on to medical school, with the end goal of working in a pediatric hospital.

Gregory Virga received the Cambridge Scholar Award with Merit for earning three “B”s or higher in Cambridge subjects.  Also an avid swimmer, Gregory will continue his swimming career in college.  After completing four years of undergraduate work, he plans on earning his law degree and is interested in possibly becoming an attorney.

Tucker Potter also received the Cambridge Scholar Award with Merit.  Tucker’s post-graduate plans include serving a two-year mission for his church before attending Brigham Young University (BYU) Hawaii to major in Astrophysics. 

As a global organization with a 160-year history and part of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Assessment International Education partners with schools and districts around the world with a shared goal of making education transformation a reality. This program is part of an internationally benchmarked program that allows students to earn college-level credit in high school. Cambridge International uniquely provides an instructional system across four stages (Primary through Advanced) aligning rigorous curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment for all students in grades K-12.  

03/06/2024 Direct Link

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Festival of the Arts

This year's festival will be held March 9, 2024

This year’s festival promises to be a spectacular celebration of the arts. This event will showcase the visual and performing arts programs from 16 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 4 high schools, and the Growing Minds Preschool in the Dysart Unified School District. 


We expect at least 9,000+ attendees. The Dysart Arts Festival will be a full day featuring performances on multiple stages including various dance troops, 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. 


In addition to the wonderful performances, we will host an Arts Vendor Fair for people to peruse and shop from local artists. Last year was the first year of our “Arts Experience” area, offering multiple hands-on opportunities for attendees to participate in the arts including dance workshops, bucket drumming, keyboard labs, 3D arts field trips and art projects. NEW this year will be the addition of Adaptive Art Experiences for our community and students with disabilities. Lastly, as you work up an appetite, food trucks will be onsite to satisfy your taste buds. This event is open to the public and is free to attend. We look forward to celebrating a day of Arts with our community, families, and students. 


For information or questions on the Festival of the Arts, please contact Danae Marinelli, Director of Arts, at [email protected]

03/04/2024 Direct Link

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Graduation Fundraiser

Are you looking for a gift for your graduate? Look no further! Our Key Club is selling Class of 2024 leis. Leis are delivered to the school within two weeks after order is placed.


Clink on the link below for additional information!


*Leis are NOT approved to be worn during Graduation Ceremony

02/29/2024 Direct Link

Unified Sports Basketball Team

WCHS For The Win!

Please help us congratulate our WCHS Unified Sports Basketball team on their back to back win in the Unified State Basketball Championship game in Prescott on Tuesday, Feb 20th. They defeated Shadow Ridge in the Championship game!

02/27/2024 Direct Link

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Wildcats Win

Last night in an epic battle for a chance to advance to the final four, our WC boys basketball team took home a win against Centennial HS. Final score - WCHS 86 - CEHS 63.


Congratulations on an amazing win. Best of luck tomorrow at Canyon View!

02/22/2024 Direct Link

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School Closed in Honor of Presidents Day

This day serves as a tribute to the individuals who have shouldered the immense responsibility of leading the nation, navigating its complexities, and shaping its destiny. 


May President's Day prompt a collective reflection on the ideals that unite us as a nation and acknowledge the dedication and service of past presidents, recognizing their role in upholding the principles upon which the nation was founded. 

02/12/2024 Direct Link

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Parent Survey

We want to hear from YOU! Dysart Schools is conducting its annual Parent Survey now through Feb 18th. It takes less than 5 minutes to tell us what we're doing well and how we can do even better!

02/09/2024 Direct Link

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WCHS Theatre Presents

Please join us Feb 14-17 for Troup 6901's presentation of The Play That Goes Wrong (High School Edition). 

  • Weds, Feb 14th @ 7pm
  • Thurs, Feb 15th @ 7pm
  • Fri, Feb 16th @ 7pm
  • Sat, Feb 17th @ 2pm

01/30/2024 Direct Link

WCHS DECA Students

WCHS DECA

Yesterday, 48 Wildcats competed in the DECA District 6 competition at Phoenix International Raceway. WCHS DECA walked away with Top 3 overall awards in 1/3 over the 24 different events. We had the largest group of 15 schools and dominated the event. We're pleased to congratulate these students: 


  • Top 10% Test Scores: Aaron Craig, Charles Green, Sydney Fowler 
  • 1st Justin Garr, Ayden Greer Hill / Buying-Merchandising Team
  • 1st Aaron Craig / Entrepreneurship 
  • 1st Gage Savillo, Halston Gaither / Financial Services Team 
  • 1st Brooke Melvin, Veronica Osowiecki / Hospitality Services Team 
  • 1st Keila Soto / Principles of Hospitality & Tourism 
  • 1st Sydney Fowler / Restaurant-Food Service Management 
  • 1st Brody Macklin, Ayden Miguel / Sports & Entertainment Team 
  • 3rd Timothy Smith / Accounting 
  • 3rd Baron Bracking / Principles of Marketing 
  • 4th Alyssa Kim, Samiah Lau / Travel & Tourism Team 
  • 4th Charles Green / Business Finance 
  • 4th Kaydence Kautman / Principles of Hospitality & Tourism 
  • 4th Dresden LeMoine, Sean Taylor / Buying-Merchandising Team 
  • 5th Lorenzo Arguello / Automotive Services 
  • 5th Ethan Dossey / Business Finance 
  • 5th Amy Tran / Travel & Tourism Team (teammate was sick) 
  • 5th Kellen Neal / Principles of Finance 


 DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. To date DECA membership is 252,210 globally. 

01/19/2024 Direct Link

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Blood Drive

Please join us for our semi-annual blood drive. There is currently a blood shortage and donors provide the only supply of life-saving blood for those in need.  Please stop by any time on Weds, Jan 17th, between 7am and 2pm to donate. 


You must be at least 16 yrs, in good health and feeling well, and must weight at least 110 lbs. Please be sure you bring your photo ID.

01/16/2024 Direct Link

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School Closed in Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it is a time for reflection, celebration, and commitment to the ideals that Dr. King tirelessly championed throughout his life. This day serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring struggle for civil rights, equality, and justice.


As we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let's embrace the teachings of this remarkable leader and strive to make his dream of a world free from discrimination and prejudice a reality. 


 Wishing you a meaningful and reflective Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

01/10/2024 Direct Link

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Winter Break

Cheers to a well-deserved holiday break! Wishing our students, parents and the entire community a joyous season filled with warmth, laughter, and cherished moments with loved ones. May this break bring relaxation, celebration, and a renewed sense of togetherness. 


12/18/2023 Direct Link

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WC Choir Presents: Find A Way

Please join us for our Annual WC Winter Choir Concert "Find a Way", Thurs and Fri at 7:00 pm in our auditorium. Skip the line and click on the link below to purchase your tickets - See you tonight!

12/14/2023 Direct Link

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Final Exams

Please see below the Final Exam schedule:

  • Thurs and Friday, Dec 21 & 22
  • 7:15 - 10:30

Both days are 1/2 days and school will release at 10:30

12/11/2023 Direct Link

WCHS Cheer Squad

Coach Yeager Named NFHS Coach of the Year

Felisha Yeager, Head Varsity Cheer Coach at Willow Canyon High School, was named the Arizona Cheer Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

This year’s honorees were selected based upon their coaching performance in the 2022-23 school year, lifetime community involvement, school involvement, and philosophy of coaching. The NFHS relies on its member state associations to recognize those who are leading their sport, shaping their athletes, and contributing in a positive way to their community. Yeager was nominated by the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA).

Yeager is in her 8th season leading the Wildcats Cheer team and has a decorated history of excellence with her students including 19 first place finishes in local, state, and national levels and three State Championships. 

“I believe athletics are the cornerstone of developing our youth into leaders and valuable members of our society. As a coach, I am proud to take part in that process,” shared Yeager.

“Coach Yeager runs a top-tier program and represents the Winning Culture at Willow Canyon,” shared Thom Luedemann, Principal at Willow Canyon High School.

NFHS serves its members by providing leadership for the administration of education-based high school athletics and activities through the writing of playing rules that emphasize health and safety, educational programs that develop leaders, and administrative support to increase opportunities and promote sportsmanship.

The AIA is a voluntary association of public and private high schools which was established by and is responsible to its members. The mission of the AIA is to create and sustain an ethical culture through activities that encourages maximum student participation by providing AIA member schools with an even playing field to ensure fair and equitable competition in interscholastic activities.

12/06/2023 Direct Link

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WCHS Winter Dance Show

Please joins us for the annul WCHS Dance Performance. Show times are Wed, Thurs and Fri from 7pm - 9pm in our auditorium 

12/06/2023 Direct Link

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Graduation Information

Parents and Seniors - please click on the link below for all your Graduation Information

11/22/2023 Direct Link

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Thanksgiving Break

As Thanksgiving approaches, we would like to inform you about our school's Thanksgiving break schedule. 


Thanksgiving Break Dates: 

School will be closed beginning Monday, November 20th, through Friday, November 24th. 

Classes will resume on Monday, November 27th. 


We encourage you to take this time to relax, spend quality moments with your loved ones, and reflect on the things we are thankful for. It's a great opportunity for students to recharge and return to school feeling refreshed and ready to continue their learning journey.


Thank you for your ongoing support, and we wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.


11/15/2023 Direct Link

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Picture Make Up Day

Attention 9th - 11th grade students. Yearbook make-up photos will be on Thursday, Nov 16th all day.


Please see Jessica Schreifels for additional information.

11/13/2023 Direct Link

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Future Freshman Night

Please join us on Tuesday, Nov 14th for Future Freshman Night in our Auditorium from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. All incoming Freshman and families are welcome

11/11/2023 Direct Link

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Veterans Day Friday, November 10

On Veteran's Day, we honor and salute the brave men and women who have selflessly served in the United States Armed Forces. Their unwavering dedication, sacrifices, and courage have protected our freedom and upheld the values that make our nation great. We are forever grateful for their service and commitment to safeguarding our liberties. Thank you, American veterans, for your patriotism and sacrifice.

11/09/2023 Direct Link

Ryley Clark poses at the school with her state championship medals.

Willow Canyon Swimmer Wins State Championship

Ryley Clark, a senior at Willow Canyon High School, was crowned the state champion in the 100 meter backstroke this past weekend at the AIA Division II State Championship Swim Meet.  She also added a silver medal to her collection by finishing second in the 200 meter individual medley with a time of 2:06.72.  

For both events, she entered ranked second with high hopes of earning a medal.  

“For backstroke, I wasn’t really lined up to win, but I pulled it out in the end,” she shared.  “I could see the girl next to me, in my peripheral.  She was just a little ahead of me.  I know I have a really good stroke, so I just really had to hone in on my last 25 and just try and get to the wall first.  I was really excited because you could just hear my team scream when I won.”    

Ryley finished the backstroke race with a winning time of 56.48, just a tenth of a second off her personal record. 

“I’m happy about it, but I see so much more on my horizon,” Ryley shared with a smirk on her face.  “I feel like this was just more of a stepping stone to lead up to bigger things.”  

Those bigger things start with signing her Division I letter of intent to swim collegiately at Fresno State University.  She will major in Nutrition Sciences with an alternate of psychology.  

“The coach has been watching me for about a year and a half,” she said.  “I was her top recruit.  She was really looking to coach me and I felt a good connection with her.”  

Going into college, Ryley has the ultimate goal in mind of making the Olympics in 2028.

“There’s a lot more to go, and I’m excited,” she said.

The one thing Ryley is taking away from this year’s state championship experience is not giving up on herself and knowing just how far she can go with swimming.

“I don’t think I have had the best high school state experience,” Ryley shared.  “Not saying that I did badly, but I didn’t swim as well as I wanted to for the past couple of years.  Building up that confidence again and standing on the podium in first place, reminds me I can do it.”  

11/07/2023 Direct Link

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Parent Portal

Students and parents are encouraged to monitor attendance and grades via the Infinite Campus parent portal. Staying informed is key to academic success. If you need help setting up your account, please reach out to the registrar at Willow Canyon for prompt assistance. Your involvement makes a difference!

11/04/2023 Direct Link

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Willow Canyon Earns an A!

We are so proud to announce that Willow Canyon High School earned an “A” rating from the school accountability labels for the 2022-2023 school year! Willow Canyon 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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Girls WCHS XC team

Come out and support our girls Cross Country team as they compete for the State Title on Saturday, Nov 4th at Cave Creek Golf Course

10/31/2023 Direct Link

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Willow Canyon Theatre Presents Big Fish

Big Fish, the Musical, will be present by Troupe 6901 Nov 1-4 at 7PM. Please click on the link below to purchase tickets

10/29/2023 Direct Link

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Homecoming Dance

Join us Sat, Oct 28th for the homecoming dance to be held in our school gym. Tickets are on sale until Fri, Oct 27 in the bookstore.

10/25/2023 Direct Link

Thom Luedemann, Principal

National Principals Month

In honor of National Principals Month, we'd like to share some insight about our Principal, Thom Luedemann:


  • Where did you grow up? Los Alamos, New Mexico
  • Where did you attend college? New Mexico State University
  • Year in Education? 20
  • Favorite Treat? Prime Rib
  • What are you hobbies? Hunting, Motorcycles, Camping and Beach Days
  • What is your FAVORITE thing about being a Principal? Being able to influence students in a positive way, see them discover who they are and cultivate themselves into who they want to be


Mr. Luedemann is passionate about education and has a deep commitment to the students and staff. We are fortunate to have him at the helm, leading by example and encouraging our students to achieve beyond their own expectations.


10/20/2023 Direct Link

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Wrestling Under the Lights

Wrestling outside on the football field under the stadium lights on Willow Canyon's artificial turf football field - what an AMAZING experience!


With safety being a top priority, it is important to note that with the artificial turf no moisture will be transferred from the organic grass onto the wrestling mats, causing them to become wet and slippery. 


This is going to be an extremely competitive tournament bringing in athletes from all over the Southwest.  


  1. One day Saturday tournament
  2. Registration price: $40 
  3. Coaches’ passes: $25 
  4. General Admission: $15


To additional information or to register for this event, please click on the link below.

10/18/2023 Direct Link

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Homecoming Tickets On Sale Now

Homecoming tickets are available in the bookstore for $35. The dance will be Sat, Oct 28th from 7-10PM in the school GYM.  All current fees on students' accounts must be paid in full prior to the purchase of a homecoming ticket.

10/11/2023 Direct Link

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College and Career Day for Seniors

College and Career Day for seniors will be on October 17th. This fair will be from 8:30am to 9:3am. Students will have the option of being in the gym to visit with approx 14 colleges, the cafeteria to meet with military recruiters or the auditorium for a trade school presentation for West-MEC and UTI. 

10/07/2023 Direct Link

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Fall Break

Fall break is from Oct. 9-13. There will be no school or games. In season sports teams will practice, but students have the week off.

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful Fall Break

09/30/2023 Direct Link

WCHS boys and girls track team

WCHS Cross Country

Congratulations to our boys and girls on bring home some "jewlery" on 09/15 at the Ojo Rojo XC meet.  Everyone did really well! 


Boys Open:

Dyllan Farnsworth 1st place 

Jason Pohl 3rd place 


Girls Open: 

Gracey Yancy 4th place 

Maya Delgado 23rd Place 

Alyssa Pena 24th place

09/25/2023 Direct Link

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Penny Wars are Back!

The annual penny wars donation drive is upon us! Starting September 18th, each teacher will have a bucket in their classroom to collect pennies to support our chosen charity - Erika's Lighthouse (an organization focused on helping teens face depression).  All silver coin and dollar bills are counted as negative points and pennies are counted as a positive. Winning teachers will pie our Admin staff and the losing teachers are pied by students. Please help us support our charity by donating.

09/18/2023 Direct Link

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WCHS Blood Draw

Right here in the Valley, we are in desperate need of blood of all types. If you are at least 16 years old (donors 16 and 17 years old need guardian permission), BE A HERO and donate Wednesday, September 13th here at Willow Canyon in the small gym. Every donation has the ability to save 3 lives. Walk-ins are welcome!

09/11/2023 Direct Link

Willow Canyon High School turf field

New Turf Field Dedication Planned for Willow Canyon High School

Willow Canyon High School will host a dedication ceremony for their new turf field prior to their first home varsity football game of the 2023-2024 season on September 8. The ceremony will include city officials, as well as district and school leaders speaking on the field followed by a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The field features a beautiful, yet durable, new turf playing field that highlights school colors and the mascot. The dedication ceremony will begin at 6:40pm with the game beginning at 7:00pm. The Wildcats are hosting Horizon High School. Willow Canyon High School is located at 17901 W. Lundberg Street, Surprise, AZ 85388. 

Tickets are required and can be purchased in advance on GoFan

Admission prices:      

Students with ID’s = $4

Students w/o ID’s = $5       

Adults = $5       

Senior Citizens = $4 (55 or older)

Members of the Military = $4 (with ID)      

Children 5 and under = Free

08/31/2023 Direct Link

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Annual Student Update

Important Reminder - The Annual Student Update must be completed no later than Sept 1, 2023. Please click the link below for instructions on how to update complete the update

08/28/2023 Direct Link

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Annual Student Update

Important Reminder - The Annual Student Update must be completed no later than Sept 1, 2023. Please click the link below for instructions on how to update complete the update

08/21/2023 Direct Link

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Willow Canyon Online Store

Please clink the link below for all your Willow Canyon Merchandise!


WCHS ONLINE STORE

08/15/2023 Direct Link

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Benchmark Testing

Tuesday, Aug 15, we be Benchmark testing for 9th - 11th grades.  Seniors will go to the Media Center for Study Hall during the testing period

08/14/2023 Direct Link

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Willow Canyon Key Club Honored at Internationals

Willow Canyon High School Key Club attended the Key Club International Convention in Anaheim, California this summer. 

Willow Canyon Key Club won first place in the Platinum Division for their Signature Project for the Packages From Home, Hope, and K9 initiative.  Additionally, they earned the Distinguished Club Diamond award. This accolade is given for Key Clubs that exhibit a dedication to their community and efforts year over year.  Willow Canyon was honored for their extensive service hours, projects and participation of the 89 Key Club members

During the conference, students heard from inspiring keynote speakers, served as delegates and held caucuses, attended leadership sessions, completed a service project, and collaborated with other Key Clubs from all over the world.   

The Signature Project award recognizes clubs who participate in a recurring activity for at least the past three years.  The Packages From Home, Hope and K9 Project has been an ongoing service project at Willow Canyon for the past five years that provides donated items and letters of gratitude for military personnel and families of those who have served in the military.  

“Our kids have worked so hard this past year,” shared Kimberly Maust, Key Club Advisor.  “Winning at the International level is such an amazing accomplishment!”

During the conference, the group joined other Key Club students from around the country and completed a service project to create bookmarks to go along with donated books for children in need.  

Mrs. Maust has been the Key Club advisor for five years and her son, Mr. Warnas has been the co-advisor for the past two years. 

“It's an awesome thing working with your son at the same school and guiding students together to become the best they can be,” shared Maust.

Key Club is a student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. The Willow Canyon Key Club is part of the Estrella Division which aims to cooperate with administrators and teachers to provide high school students with invaluable experience in living and working together and to prepare them for useful citizenship.  Members develop initiative and leadership skills by serving their schools and communities.

08/07/2023 Direct Link

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Annual Student Update

Important Reminder - The Annual Student Update must be completed no later than Sept 1, 2023. Please click the link below for instructions on how to update complete the update


07/31/2023 Direct Link

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Freshman Orientation

Attention Freshman - This is a friendly reminder that Freshman Orientation will be held Weds, Aug 2nd, from 7:15am - 12:15pm. We will be sharing lots of useful information - Looking forward to seeing you all!

07/24/2023 Direct Link

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Back to School

We're excited for the upcoming school year and looking forward to seeing everyone Aug 3rd! Please click the link below for the most recent back to school information


Back To School


07/17/2023 Direct Link

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Back to School

We're busy getting prepared for the upcoming school year. Please review all the important Back to School details. 

Enjoy your summer and we'll see you on August!

07/10/2023 Direct Link

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Happy 4th of July

We wish our Wildcat families a safe and joyous Holiday


“We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.” – Lech Walesa

07/03/2023 Direct Link

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Summer School

June 5th - June 22nd (Monday-Thursday) - No School Fridays

AM: 8:00 - 11:00    

PM: 12:00 - 3:00 


For additional information click HERE

06/02/2023 Direct Link

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Summer Break

Thank you for another amazing and successful school year. Enjoy the summer break and we will see you in August.

05/25/2023 Direct Link

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Congrats Class of 2023

Congratulations to the Willow Canyon High School Class of 2023!  We couldn't be more proud of all your accomplishments, and can't wait to see what you achieve in the future!  Check out the photo gallery and rewatch the ceremony below.

05/23/2023 Direct Link

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A+ School of Excellence Celebration

In honor of their A+ Schools of Excellence recognition, Willow Canyon High School held their Meet at the Willow event to celebrate this fantastic accomplishment! Principal Schwartz and Kim Graham from the Arizona Educational Foundation presented the award, the band and spirit line performed, and the student council hosted fun activities throughout the morning. The A+ program is a comprehensive school assessment that celebrates outstanding schools and recognizes educational excellence in PreK-12th grade schools throughout Arizona.

05/08/2023 Direct Link

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Are You Ready To Experience Dysart

Thanks for choosing to enroll your student(s) in the Dysart Unified School District! There are a variety of options for enrollment, depending on your current status and desires. As a convenience, parents/guardians can complete the majority of the enrollment process online. In order to finalize enrollment the following documents will be required: a government issued photo identification; birth certificate; proof of residency; and immunization records. Please note that currently enrolled Dysart 8th grade students do NOT need to complete student enrollment for high school, but will need to make Open Enrollment choices if not wanting to attend their assigned boundary high school. To determine your child’s boundary school, please refer to the boundary map.


Click HERE for more information about enrolling

04/24/2023 Direct Link

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Pyramid of Success

By Clay Bewley M.Ed. & CSCS, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Willow Canyon High School

Long lasting athletic success, much like a long-lasting structure, must be built in the correct order in order to stand the test of time.  The following four aspects of success; discipline, effort, consistency, and fun must be layered on top of one another in order to sustain each other.  This pyramid is designed to aid a young athlete and his/her parents on how to build for long lasting success.  This is known as the High School Athletic Development Pyramid of Success.  Much like the famous John Wooden Pyramid of Success, this is designed to be easy to understand and act as a building block for future success.

 Discipline is the foundation of any and all sustained success.  This is often times what separates the good from the average and the great from the good.  In any aspect of athletic development, the intended skill must be performed the correct way.  If the drill is being done incorrectly, all you are doing is perfecting an incorrect skill.  If you are constantly pulling up before the finish line during practice then you will pull up when it is time to race.  The old idiom of practice makes perfect is only a half truth.  Practice makes perfect only when practiced perfectly.  Without this aspect of discipline acting as a foundation for success there is little sustainability.  

Coach Clay's Pyramid of Success

Coach Clay's Pyramid of Success

Once the drill, lift, or skill is being performed correctly in a disciplined matter it is time to put forth greater effort into that drill.  Our bodies are designed to live and operate in a comfort zone (homeostatic range).  In order for the body to compensate and grow that comfort zone must be stressed.  If there is no stress put onto the body there is no response to rebuild and repair the intercellular structure of the skeletal muscle tissue.  The effort put into the drill, lift, or skill will determine the return on investment of that drill.  If little effort is put in there will be little stress, there will be little repair, and there will be little improvement.  Put your full effort into what you are doing in that moment to get the desired outcome.   If you attend a practice or perform a great training session with effort and discipline… that is great!  You got the most out of that day but that is one day.  One great day out of the week will not lead you where you need to go.  Part time consistency yields part time results while full time consistency yields full time results.  Keep showing up to your assigned practices, training session, and skill sessions over and over and over again.  Discipline and effort recycled again and again over the course of weeks, months, and years is what allows for development to occur.  This is how people change their bodies through training.  This is how skills are perfected and mastered.  Life happens and you might miss a day or two from time to time.  But those who are consistent are the ones who see lasting success.  

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.  Mental and emotional burnout is a real thing and has claimed the careers of countless athletes.  Not every practice will be fun and not every training session will be a walk in the park.  Ups and downs during a season will happen.  So, when success does occur in play or in training, take a small moment, smile, and celebrate that success.  Celebrate a new personal record set in training.  Find times to laugh during a good practice.  Cherish the moment when you made the play during the game.  Finding joy fuels, one’s competitive fire and can help lead to further success.  If this joy is not cultivated and protected, this is when burnout occurs.  Also, when the time is right taking some time away from the field of competition so when you arrive at practice or training you arrive with a smile on your face and not dread in your heart.  We play our best when we are having fun… don’t forget the main reason why you fell in love with your sport in the first place.  It was fun.

Clay Bewley M.Ed. & CSCS, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Willow Canyon High School

04/18/2023 Direct Link

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Cambridge Students Excel in National Exams

Students from Willow Canyon High School recently received prestigious awards from Cambridge Assessment International Education, part of the University of Cambridge, in recognition of their outstanding achievements on the June 2022 series of examinations. 

Eight students total received recognition for their achievements. Alexandra Silea received the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for receiving the highest score in the United States for History. Alexandra also received the Cambridge Scholar Award with Distinction for receiving an “A” in three or more Cambridge Subjects. Chase Steinmetz, Emilia Escobar, Hannah Schmid, Jonathan Stein, Makenzie Henige, Sofiya (Aspen) Galanyuk, and Sydney Voorhees each received the Cambridge Scholar Award with Merit for receiving at least a “B” or higher in three or more Cambridge Subjects.

As a global organization with a 160-year history and part of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Assessment International Education partners with schools and districts around the world with a shared goal of making education transformation a reality. This program is part of an internationally benchmarked program that allows students to earn college-level credit in high school. Cambridge International uniquely provides an instructional system across four stages (Primary through Advanced) aligning rigorous curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment for all students in grades K-12.  

04/17/2023 Direct Link

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Willow Canyon Troupe 6901 Presents Anastasia

WCHS Theatre presents Anastasia April 12-15

Click HERE to purchase your tickets today!

04/10/2023 Direct Link

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Spring Holiday

Our school will be closed Friday, April 7,  and we will reopen on Monday, April 10 at 7:00am

04/05/2023 Direct Link

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AZ State Testing

Tues, Apr 4th and Weds, Apr 5th have been designated for AZ State testing.


Please view our modified bell schedule

04/03/2023 Direct Link

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College 101

College 101 will be held on Friday, March 31st,  at Valley Vista High School from 5:30p to 7:30p. 

03/27/2023 Direct Link

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Dysart Festival of Arts

This year’s festival promises to be a spectacular celebration of the arts. This event will showcase the visual and performing arts programs from 16 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 4 high schools, and the Growing Minds Preschool in the Dysart Unified School District.  


The Dysart Arts Festival will be a full day featuring performances on multiple stages including various dance troops, 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. In addition to the wonderful performances, we will host an Arts Vendor Fair for people to peruse and shop from local artists.


NEW!!!! This year we will include an “Arts Experience” area, offering multiple hands-on opportunities for attendees to participate in the arts. Examples include 30-minute workshops on dance, bucket drumming, piano, ukulele, and art projects. Lastly, as you work up an appetite, food trucks will be onsite to satisfy your taste buds. This event is open to the public and is free to attend. We look forward to celebrating a day of Arts with our community, families, and students.  


Learn more at www.dysart.org/artsfest.

03/22/2023 Direct Link

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Spring Break Mar 13 - 17

Our school will be closed Mar 13-17 for Spring Break. We will resume on Monday, Mar 20. Have a safe and wonderful break

03/07/2023 Direct Link

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Willow Canyon Named A+ School of Excellence

Willow Canyon High School along with two other Dysart Schools have been named A+ Schools of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF).  The A+ School of Excellence is a comprehensive school assessment program that celebrates outstanding schools and helps to identify, celebrate, and recognize educational excellence in PreK-12th grade schools throughout Arizona. AEF named thirty-six Arizona schools as 2022-2023 A+ Schools of Excellence. 

“In Dysart we strive to compete at the highest level, and I could not be more proud of these schools for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Dean.  “Canyon Ridge, El Mirage Elementary, and Willow Canyon are clearly doing great things, which is reflective of the hard work that our staff does each and every day.”  

“The A+ School of Excellence Award is significant as it sends a message throughout communities that the local neighborhood public school down the street is an exceptional choice, brimming with opportunities for students to learn and grow, and for faculty and staff to thrive,” stated Kim Graham, AEF® Executive Director. “AEF was established to shine a spotlight on the great work of public schools and the hardworking educators and employees who devote themselves to serving students and families. The A+ School of Excellence Award is our way of honoring that incredible dedication.” 

A+ School of Excellence recipients are evaluated on many areas, including student focus and support, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement and assessment data. Selected schools must demonstrate high student academic achievement or growth over time, participate in site visits by state education leaders, and document in detail the school’s leadership and commitment to excellence, equity, and service. The application process is collaborative, and involves all stakeholders - students, staff, and the community. Winning schools receive $500 and a banner designating them as an A+ School of Excellence winner.

02/22/2023 Direct Link

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Wildcat Kulture Club Car Show

You are invited! Come show off your classic or cool car and mingle with other car enthusiasts on Friday, Feb 24th, from 4:00pm- 9:00pm. This event will be held in the parking lot on the west side of the football stadium. All ages welcome!

02/21/2023 Direct Link

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Dysart to Host Festival of the Arts on March 25

The Dysart Unified School District will host the Dysart Festival of the Arts on Saturday, March 25, 2023.  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. 

Visit www.Dysart.org/ArtsFest for more details

02/21/2023 Direct Link

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Presidents' Day

Our school will be closed Monday, February 20th in honor of President's Day

02/09/2023 Direct Link

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National Signing Day

Congratulations to all the students that signed their college acceptance letters today. We wish you much success!

02/01/2023 Direct Link

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Willow Canyon Theatre Presents:

WCHS Theatre Troupe will be presenting The Odd Couple (the Female Version) on Jan 26-28. Please click the link below to purchase tickets:

Buy Tickets Here

01/19/2023 Direct Link

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our school will be closed Monday Jan 16. We will return Tuesday, Jan 17th

01/10/2023 Direct Link

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WCHS Winter Sports

WCHS Athletics' Winter season is jammed packed with events in January. Click on the link below for the full winter sports schedule

WCHS Althetics

01/05/2023 Direct Link

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Our School will be closed starting Weds, Dec 21st through Jan 5th, with students retuning to school on Thursday. 

We wish you a sage and wonderful Holiday!

12/21/2022 Direct Link

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Final Exam Bell Schedule

Please see below the Final Exam Bell Schedule for Mon and Tues, Dec 19-20


Mon, Dec 19: 

Period 1:   7:15-8:15 

Period 2:   8:20-9:20 

Period 3:   9:30-10:30    


Tues, Dec 20:

Period 4:  7:15-8:15 

Period 5:  8:20-9:20 

Period 6:  9:30-10:30


12/12/2022 Direct Link

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Yearbooks on sale

Get your yearbook today! Yearbooks prices start at $75.00. Visit Yearbook Order Center and enter our school code: 16273. If you have questions, contact Amy McTague at [email protected]

12/08/2022 Direct Link

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Future Freshman Night

Please join us on Monday, Dec 5, at 5:00pm for Future Freshman Night to learn about high school expectations, unique programs, and the process for registration and class selection. These meetings are designed to provide incoming freshmen with an overview of the academic programs available at Willow Canyon High School.  

11/28/2022 Direct Link

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Happy Thanksgiving

Willow Canyon will be closed Monday, Nov 21 through Friday, Nov 25, 2022 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving

11/14/2022 Direct Link

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Vetaran's Day

On this day, we reflect and remember those who are currently serving, those that have served and everyone that sacrificed for our freedom. 

“Their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.” Daniel Webster

11/07/2022 Direct Link

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Willow Canyon Earns an “A” Rating

Willow Canyon High School is excited to announce that we have received an A-rating from the newly-released 2022 State of Arizona accountability labels. This letter grade provides us a glimpse into many areas of proficiency and growth for our school, including information about student achievement, college and career readiness, student growth, and other key areas of interest. We appreciate our hardworking students, staff and parents for their contributions in making our school an A-rated school! 

Willow Canyon was also ranked among the Top 20 public comprehensive high schools in the state of Arizona!

This is the first time the state has issued new labels since 2018-2019, due to House Bill’s 2910 and 2402, which temporarily paused the issuing of A-F letter grades.

About School Letter Grades: Arizona Revised Statutes § 15-241 requires the Arizona Department of Education, subject to final adoption by the State Board of Education, to develop an annual achievement profile for every public school in the state based on an A through F scale. The system measures 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. 

11/01/2022 Direct Link

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Career and College Expo

 Dysart Unified School District invites parents and students to a Career and College Expo on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Dysart District Office, located at 15802 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.  

The expo showcases Dysart's Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, West-MEC, colleges and universities, and military representatives so families can explore opportunities to pursue in and after high school. This is a great way for 5th through 11th grade students and their parents to get hands-on with all of the career pathway classes and programs offered at Dysart Schools. The event is free and open to the public. Details can be found at www.dysart.org/CTEexpo

Dysart Schools currently offer 17 CTE programs at four high schools (Dysart High School, Shadow Ridge High School, Valley Vista High School, and Willow Canyon High School.) Program options include Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Digital Animation, Digital Photography, Education Professions, Engineering, Film and TV Production, Fire Science, Graphic Design, Laboratory Assisting, Law and Public Safety, Marketing, Nursing Services, Software and App Design, Sports Medicine, Stagecraft Design and Production and Technology Device Maintenance. Learn more at www.dysart.org/CTE

10/25/2022 Direct Link

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Cross Country District Cup

Willow Canyon did well at the District Cup yesterday afternoon.  Two of our athletes placed top 10. Iris Baker: 8th Girls Varsity Dyllan Farnsworth: 8th Boys Varsity

10/25/2022 Direct Link

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Girls Golf District Champs

Congratulations to the Lady Wildcats who took back the District cup from Valley to cap off an excellent year. We have 12 dedicated young women on the team, each one contributed to this season's success. 

10/17/2022 Direct Link

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Fall Break

Fall Break Oct 10 - 14, 2022. Classes will resume on Monday, Oct 17th. Have a safe and wonderful break

10/03/2022 Direct Link

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WCHS Band

The WCHS Band will be competing at the Verrado Invitational on Sat, Oct 01st, with a performance time of 6:30pm at Verrado High School, 20050 W Indian School Rd, Buckeye. Come out and support the band!

09/27/2022 Direct Link

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WILLOW CANYON BADMINTON CHAMPS!

WCHS Badminton team played in the DUSD tournament last Friday. Singles, Veronica Eddy and Mya Welling, did very well in the first round, but lost in round 2 against some tough opponents. Doubles teams, McKenna Lee/Savannah Herzog and Sydney Hrabak/Sophia Bell swept the competition. McKenna and Savannah came out victorious and are reining doubles champs for the 2nd year in a row!

09/19/2022 Direct Link

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Homecoming Dance

Homecoming tickets are on sale until Friday, Sept 16 in the bookstore. Tickets are $25.00

09/14/2022 Direct Link

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WC Varsity Football Game

Willow Canyon Varsity football team has a home game vs. Desert View (Tucson, AZ) on Friday, September 9 @ 7pm


Click here to watch the Live Broadcast

09/06/2022 Direct Link

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Sept 5th - Labor Day

There is no school in observance of Labor Day

08/30/2022 Direct Link

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Principal's Weekly Newsletters

Every week, Dr. Schwartz emails his WCHS Newsletter to parents and students. They contain important information and upcoming events. You can also access current and past newsletters by clicking the link below

WCHS Newsletters

08/26/2022 Direct Link

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Upcoming Events Week of Aug 22-28

Tuesday, 8/23 

Boys Golf @ Peoria Pines Golf Course @ 3pm 

Badminton vs. Verrado @ 4pm


Wednesday, 8/24 

Girls Golf @ Az Traditions Golf Course @ 3pm

Volleyball Scrimmage @3:30pm


Thursday, 8/25 

Badminton @ Independence @ 4pm

Varsity Football Scrimmage vs. St. Mary's @ 6:30pm

08/24/2022 Direct Link

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Testing Bell Schedule - Tuesday 8/23

On Tuesday, 8/23 Grades 9-11 will be testing between 7:15am and 10:45am. During testing, any seniors on campus will be in the media center for study hall. We understand that this bell schedule may conflict with West-MEC or other off campus responsibilities. If you are unable to attend any classes, please call our attendance line at 623-523-8000 and make sure that your absence is verified. Please click the link below to view testing schedule.


Testing Bell Schedule Tuesday 8/23 


08/17/2022 Direct Link

Senior Portraits

Senior Graduation Portraits

Attention Seniors:  

Grads Photography is our official yearbook Senior Portrait Photographer. Please click the link below to make an Appointment ASAP. Deadline for Senior Portraits is Tuesday, Oct 17, 2022


GRADS PHOTOGRAPHY


08/08/2022 Direct Link

WCHS Staff Recognition

WCHS Staff Recognition

The faculty and staff at Willow Canyon do amazing things every day.  We want your help in recognizing some of the extraordinary experiences you have with them.  We invite parents, students and community members to recognize any staff member using this form.  We will present certificates to our staff members on a weekly basis.

WCHS Staff Recognition


08/05/2022 Direct Link

Fall Photo Day

Fall Photos Aug 5th (9th-11th only)

Grads Photography will be on site to take Fall Photos for Grades 9-11 on Friday, August 5th. Dress Code will be enforced. This will also be ID's for all grades. Seniors must make an appointment with Grads Photography for Senior Portraits 623-566-1082 or on-line GRADS PHOTOGRAPHY

08/04/2022 Direct Link

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Important Back To School Information

Willow Canyon staff is so excited for the first week of school!  


For all your 2022-2023 Back to School Information click here. Pages three and four contain important information. The mandatory "Annual Student Update '' MUST be completed each year by logging into your Parent Portal. If you do not have a Parent Portal account click here to create one. 


We look forward to seeing you: 

9th graders - Tuesday, August 2nd Freshman Day, 7:15 - 12:15

All Students - 1st day of school Wednesday, August 3rd.

07/26/2022 Direct Link

Back To School

Willow Canyon 101

WCHS 101 - Thursday, July 28, 5:30-6:30pm:  This is a presentation geared for new Willow Canyon Parents.  Administration will share information about WCHS and what you need to know as a parent.  This event is held in the WCHS Auditorium.

07/13/2022 Direct Link

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Welcome Back!

We can't wait to see everyone back for the first day of school on August 3! Make sure you mark your calendars for event and activity dates and keep an eye on our new website for important information as the start of school approaches. 


Our Open House will be on August 2 from 5:30-7:00pm. Freshman Orientation will be August 2 beginning at 7:15am. Please join us to see the campus, meet your child's teachers, and get information on what to expect this year.  


Still need to enroll? There's still time to get your children enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year! Parents and guardians can complete the necessary registration information online at Dysart.org/enroll at any time.  Please note that in order to finalize registration the following documents will be required: government issued photo identification; birth certificate; proof of residency; and immunization records. For additional assistance with student registration, families are welcome to contact our front office. 


Don't forget to make sure you have access to the Parent Portal to keep up with your child’s academic progress throughout the year! Sign up or access the site online at Dysart.org/parentportal or via the Campus Parent app. 

06/29/2022 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 Dysart.org/Nutrition. Menus and nutritional information may be viewed at Dysart.Nutrislice.com.

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 SchoolCafe.com 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 SchoolCafe.com.

How to Add Meal Funds to an Account

Cash and checks are accepted for meal purchases, or families may utilize SchoolCafe.com 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 Dysart.org/Careers 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 Dysart.org/ParentPortal.

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 Dysart.org/ParentPortal 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

Valley Vista High School students pose with their awards at a recent FBLA competition

CTE students earn honors at state and international competitions

It was a busy season for Career and Technical Education (CTE)  students throughout the district who competed at state and international level in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and SkillsUSA state conferences, and the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) International Career Development Conference.

The FCCLA State Leadership Conference was held on March 28-30, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona.  The competition allows students to compete in over 30 different events, meet the current State Executive Council and State Officer Candidates, qualify for the National Leadership Conference in San Diego, and network with members across Arizona.  

Valley Vista High School students received the following recognitions: Olivia Black earned a gold medal and a perfect score in Chicken Fabrication, Megan Gatz and Sierra Painter both won silver in Culinary Arts, and Joselyn Villegas won bronze in Food Innovations.

FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life - planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication - all necessary within the home and workplace. FCCLA is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members.

The FBLA State Leadership conference was held on April 4-6 in Tucson, Arizona. The event gives students the opportunity to advance to the national conference, compete in a variety of competitions, participate in workshops, and run for state office for FBLA. 

Dysart High School students Jared Wilson, Ryan Maisano, Bryan Naiuli, Damien Cordero, and Devonte Reed placed in the top five for Parliamentary Procedures. Valley High School students Lilly Smith and Raven Cardosi placed second in 3D Animation.

FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.

Students from all four district high schools competed in the SkillsUSA State Competition hosted April 19-20, 2022 in Phoenix.  This event is the premier showcase for Arizona’s trade, technology and service high school and college students. This annual championship features over 75 skills and leadership competitions that determine who will represent Arizona at the national SkillsUSA Championships.  

Gage Fuentes from Dysart High School earned the Silver medal in Auto Tech Basic.  Several students from Shadow Ridge High School earned medals including Jordyn Jones who earned a gold medal in T-Shirt Design and a Silver medal in Advertising Design.  Alysa Horton received a gold medal for Stage Coach Interview Skills.  Zachary Hampton and  Joseph Holm earned second Place Web Development & Design.  Jacob Bacome and Brian Bucsi won gold in 3D Visualization, and Tyler Winter and Tyler Cain won a bronze medal in Additive Manufacturing.  Willow Canyon High School students Allison Kotzbauer, Eli Hernandez, and Morgan West won gold in Career Pathways Showcase: Arts and Communication and the club was named a gold Chapter of Excellence.

SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Education partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development by building and reinforcing self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service (including health) occupations.

Students from Dysart High School, Shadow Ridge High School, and Willow Canyon High School competed in the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) on April 23-26 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The event allows students to compete with more than 10,000 DECA students from across the country.  Students participated in the Emerging Leaders Series in order to attain 21st Century Skills in the areas of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.  Students also network with hundreds of representatives in the college and career exhibits as they plan for their future.

Shadow Ridge High School student Jamie Springer was a top ten finalist in Project Management Community Awareness event, and Noah Axelson, Lily McDaniel, Kloey Garcia earned 6th place in the Virtual Business Restaurant. 

Irene Silva, Bethanie Lopez-Draeger and Servando Lopez from Dysart High School won a gold medal in the Small Business Enterprise Food Operations Competition.  Dysart High students Lorenzo Roman and Dawn Jones took fourth place in the Business Law and Ethics Competition. 

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.  DECA is one of the many Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities offered to prepare students for the academic and vocational skills necessary to successfully enter the workforce. Learn more at dysart.org/cte.

05/19/2022 Direct Link

HOSA students from all four district high school pose for a photo at the state conference.

HOSA students compete at State Conference

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) students from Dysart High School, Willow Canyon High School, and Shadow Ridge High School competed in the HOSA State Leadership Conference held in Tucson March 30 - April 1. 

HOSA is a student-led organization that seeks to empower students to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience. The HOSA State Leadership conference provides students the opportunity to use the skills they have learned in their Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses and apply them to a competitive events program. 

Students had the opportunity to compete in multiple different events, participate in workshops, and network with current healthcare professionals as well as other students from across the state. 

Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in their respective events. 

Willow Canyon student Alyssa Morris placed second in Medical Terminology, Tyrah Davis placed fifth in Prepared Speaking, Kenna Moore placed fifth in Medical Law & Ethics, Hailey Amos placed fourth in Nursing Assisting, Kristin Anderson placed third in Human Growth & Development, and Melody Holland, Kenna Moore, Lauren Buseman, Elizabeth Wood and McKenna Moreno placed top eight in the Anatomage Competition. In addition, Kennedy Wilson and Isabella Buoscio qualified for the International Leadership Conference for their performance in the Healthcare Issues event. 

Dysart High School student Lindy Pottle placed first in Medical Reading, Maeve Shapera, Charity Sumner, Amaya Menjivar, Denice Calderon, Alyssa Blandford, and Alicia Parra placed first in MRC Partnership, Eden Mussleman, Sarah Weller, Victoria Mather, and Dora Mazariego placed third in Medical Innovations, Shayne Vasquez and Makenzie Maloof placed fourth in Medical Innovations, Abbigail Kizer and Ruben Jimenez placed fifth in Health Education, and Lane Vazquez Luna placed fifth in Epidemiology. Additionally, Marisol Trejo, Alejandro Arevalo and Briana Torres received the Barbara James Service Award, and Lane Vazquez Luna and Lindy Pottle were the recipients of HOSA scholarships in the amounts of $500 and $2,000. Overall, Dysart High School had 17 students qualify to compete in the International Conference.

The HOSA International Leadership Conference will take place on June 22-25, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

HOSA is a student-led Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) specifically for students enrolled in CTE programs. The mission of HOSA is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary and collegiate students interested in a career in health care. 

04/29/2022 Direct Link

Willow Canyon key club students pose with their trophies and certificates.

Willow Canyon Key Club honored for service

Congratulations to the Willow Canyon High School Key Club students who were honored at the Southwest District Convention for Kiwanis/Key Club. 

The Key Club earned first place Platinum in the Single Service Project category this year for their Veterans Project entered by Mairin McCormack. 

The Veterans Project was a group-wide effort of more than 90 Key Club members.  Students collected non-perishable food items, personal care items, toys, magazines, board games, blankets, clothing, and dog food for active military serving overseas, homeless Veterans, Veterans in transition, and K9 Veterans.  In addition, more than 1,700 letters of encouragement and support were written by the Willow Canyon student body to accompany the donated items to the service men and women.

The Key Club also earned two second place recognitions for the Platinum Club Achievement Award entered by Savannah Bowen and the Traditional Scrapbook Award entered by Sydney Lunzer.

Additionally, students earned special recognition for completing hours of service. Savannah Bowen, Sydney Lunzer, Matthew Guardion, and Kaitlyn Shiffer were honored for clocking in 150 hours this year. Mairin McCormack, Cheyenne Shiffer, Regan Wasmund, and Madison Wood volunteered more than 100 hours of service this school year.

“I am beyond proud of all the hard work and dedication our 99 club members achieved this year with helping our school, district, and Surprise community,” shared Willow Canyon Key Club Sponsor Kimberly Warnas-Maust.

The first and second place honors qualifies the Willow Canyon Key Club to attend the Key Club International Convention hosted in Washington, D.C. in July to compete against other clubs from all over the world.

Key Club is a student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. The Willow Canyon Key Club is part of the Estrella Division which aims to cooperate with administrators and teachers to provide high school students with invaluable experience in living and working together and to prepare them for useful citizenship.  Members develop initiative and leadership skills by serving their schools and communities.

04/12/2022 Direct Link

Logan MacDonald, Choir Director at Willow Canyon High School, poses with students in his classroom.

Willow Canyon Teacher named Educator of Distinction

Logan MacDonald, Choir Director at Willow Canyon High School, was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).  This honor recognizes exemplary educators whose passion and devotion inspire their students to grow and develop as scholars, leaders and citizens.

Each year student members of the NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award. 

MacDonald was nominated by Alexa Felix, a Willow Canyon High School senior and NSHSS member who has been in his choir class for all four years of high school. “Mr. Mac has taught me to be confident in who I am and to push forward through anything that comes my way,” said Alexa. “He always shows me that I can break down any limits I place on myself. He has also created a family in our choir program that has made me excited to go to school and grow with everyone around me.”

Mr. MacDonald is in his seventh year teaching and serving as the Choir Director at Willow Canyon. The choir groups have won several accolades under his leadership including Excellent and Superior ratings for concert choir, and top five honors for show choir in competitions throughout the southwest. "I am so lucky to be able to work with such amazing students every single day,” said MacDonald.  “Any recognition really belongs to the kids and the effort they give to make Willow Canyon Choir such an incredible experience!”

The National Society of High School Scholars seeks to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving students through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international studies and peer networks.  For more information, visit www.nshss.org.

10/15/2021 Direct Link

Steve Wallgren, Willow Canyon High School Theatre Teacher, speaks with students in the performing arts center.

Willow Canyon Teacher Nominated for Arts Award

Mr. Steve Wallgren, Willow Canyon High School Theatre Teacher, was named one of five finalists for the 2021 Inaugural Tancer Arts in Education Award by Act One.  The Tancer award recognizes Arizona teachers dedicated to sharing a love of the arts with their students.

Wallgren has been a teacher and educator for 18 years, including eight years teaching students in Dysart Schools, and four as the theatre teacher at Willow Canyon.  He has produced nine shows including Noises Off, Shrek, Sister Act, and the latest production, Mary Poppins.  Tickets available at https://www.onthestage.tickets/willow-canyon-theatre. Wallgren was also a finalist for the Governor’s Arts Award last year. 

The award received its name in memory of Robert "Bob" Tancer, local art advocate extraordinaire, who passed away in March 2020. Bob was an active member of the Act One board, believing in the organization's mission and working on the committee to expand the educational depth of the field trip experience.  Bob saw the tremendous role the teacher played in making the experience rich and educationally rewarding.

Act One is a nonprofit founded in 2011 to provide children in Title 1 schools in Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties with the opportunity to experience arts performances and exhibitions through field trips to professional theaters and museums. Act One provides meaningful arts experiences that enhance the academic and creative potential of children and families in Arizona. For more information on Act One, visit www.act1az.org.

09/17/2021 Direct Link

Trevor Tuttle from Willow Canyon poses at his house.

Willow Canyon student shares IB experience

Trevor Tuttle graduated in 2019 from Willow Canyon High School with a standard high school diploma and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The IB Diploma is a rigorous two-year diploma where students are required to test in six different classes, write an extended essay, complete a course in Theory of Knowledge, and complete 150 hours in creativity, action and service. “Trevor is the typical IB Diploma candidate,” says IB Coordinator, Dr. Jason Ward. “He is the rule, not the exception. Most of our IB Diploma earners enter the university of their choice with plenty of public and private scholarships packaged with up to 24 credits that save students and their parents considerably in tuition dollars.” Dr. Ward took the time during the 2021 graduation week to sit down with Trevor and interview him as to his perceptions of the IB education he received. This interview comes two years after he graduated from high school allowing him to give an accurate and thoughtful reflection of what the IB Diploma really meant to him. 

What is your greatest memory from your International Baccalaureate education at Willow Canyon High School?

In studying for our exams, some of our teachers would hold a group study during class or outside of school. In the event where they did not, students would instead hold something together in order to study. While we were studying, we also realized that we were a little stressed and so we would joke around and try our best to enjoy that time together. The IB Program is small so most everyone is pretty close and everyone knows each other, and this even applies a bit to the relationships with teachers.

What was your favorite aspect of the IB Program? 

Looking back, I believe that the college level courses were the greatest part of the program. I learned high level material that was almost repeated to me in some of my college courses, but I also got experience in writing and taking exams at a college level. For example, the Extended Essay seemed like a huge undertaking but all of my extensive research papers that I have had to write while in college used those same skills, and since I had the experience, this was something that I did with ease. I think the CAS project was also a great aspect because it makes some of the active and social things that students want to do something that they need to do. While it is not on the same scale as a Capstone Project, it also prepares students for the Capstone Project that they will need to complete. A Capstone is a project that students complete in their junior or senior year which takes everything that they have learned in their courses, and they must apply it. For my Honors Capstone, I am in the middle of shooting a feature length documentary film using state-of-the-art equipment provided to me by the school.

What other activities did you participate in while in the IB Program?

While in the IB Program, I also participated in the National Honors Society, Willow Canyon’s Media Club, and the SkillsUSA chapter. In two of those clubs, I held an officer role. I also was involved in sports broadcasting for football and basketball.

Some may think that to participate in a program like IB, you have to give up everything else. How was your social life impacted as a result of your IB education?

IB feels like a lot of work and can be a little daunting, but while I was in the IB program, I was actually more social than before. I am not a social person but during this time, I hung out with friends a few times throughout the year, I attended both homecoming and prom, and many of the sports games. I had plenty of time to attend all the clubs I went to, and a lot of time to spend playing video games with my closest friends online after school. Currently, I created and I am running the first SkillsUSA chapter at NAU, working for the NAU Engineering College in Marketing,  all while taking 19-23 credits a semester. I have had plenty of time to go out and hang out with friends or spend time alone playing video games. Through IB, I learned how to manage my own time and workload in high school. 

My grandmother used to say “proof is in the pudding.” How did the IB diploma impact you (whether positively or negative)? In other words, was it worth it? If so, how? If not, how not? 

The IB diploma was worth it both for the credits that you can receive from taking the tests, but also for the ability to do a lot of rigorous coursework. Going into college, I received 19 transfer credits. I received two credits for English, six credits for two film classes that I did not have to take later in college, three credits for psychology, and eight credits for Spanish. As a film student with a minor in psychology, this definitely helped speed up my college career, but I also received plenty of credit for transfer classes. For example, while many people may not be studying a foreign language in college, some colleges require you to take a certain amount of foreign language. In the NAU Honors College, you are required to take two foreign language courses, something that was fulfilled by my IB credit. Another way in which IB impacted me was in regard to how much I could handle in my coursework. I know at the time, many of us were a little stressed in high school with IB, but once I got into college, my advisor told me that I was going to be taking 6 classes a week for a total of 16 credits. I told my advisor that I wanted to take 19 credits because after being in IB, taking less classes felt like I was getting it too easy. As of now, I have taken 18-19 credits a semester with ease and a 4.0 GPA in Honors. This last spring semester, I took a total of 21 credits, and this fall I will be ending my undergraduate career by taking 23 credits. Through my time in the IB Program, I learned how to manage my time, how to study effectively, and how to deal with stress, letting me take more credits than other college students around me. At NAU, I did receive the Lumberjack Scholars Award, meaning that my tuition was paid for. However, I still had to pay for housing which costs about $3600 a semester, around $1,000 in fees, plus expenses like food and school supplies. I will be graduating a year and a half earlier than my expected graduation, meaning I am saving at least $14, 000. With that being said, I do not use the meal plans on campus, saving some of the cost as well. NAU offers an IB Scholarship, but since it only covers tuition, I was not eligible since I received the Lumberjack Scholars Award. Overall, it was extremely worth it. Not only did I feel prepared for college level courses once I began my college classes, I also was told that my writing and other academic skills were a higher level than the level of classes I have taken so far. While writing research papers, I have been told that my writing reflects the 400 level or graduate level writing rather than the writing of a junior. I have also received an Honors Best Paper Award from the NAU Honors College for an essay that I had written in one of my Honors classes. In my film classes, I was with students who were touching cameras for the first time in their lives, while I was able to do everything the professor wanted without listening to the lecture. I was able to pick up important life and academic skills, skills related to specific courses like English and Film, and I was able to save thousands in the cost for my college education.

All things considered, would you do it again? Explain.

There is absolutely no part of me that could say no to this question. Knowing what I know now, I never would have doubted being in the IB Program. For a brief time, I figured that it was not going to help me as much as others talked about, but after entering college, I realized that I was instead helped more than I think most others expected. I do not think that I would have the grades, the social life, the work life, or the academic career that I currently have without that experience and time that I have spent in the IB Program.

What advice do you have for parents and students considering the IB program? 

IB feels like a lot of work and that the end-goal is hard to see at the moment, but it is worth it. You should definitely look at colleges and determine what credits you will get for passing the tests, as well as some of the liberal arts and elective courses that they may also require from students. IB prepares you for college classes in a way that puts you so ahead of the game that it is truly unbelievable. All of my teachers were extremely helpful and people who I respected and got to know a little more on a personal level. The cost can be a little intimidating but nothing compared to the cost of one semester in college. IB was definitely the greatest decision I probably made in high school and is one that has paid off so unbelievably for me.

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) courses are offered exclusively at Willow Canyon High School and challenges academically talented students to reach high levels of achievement in a broad range of subjects and allow two different participation tracks: IB diploma and IB certificate. The International Baccalaureate Organizations Diploma Program is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to examinations. IB schools have earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world's leading universities. Students can apply for the IB program for their junior and senior years.  If any parent or student has questions regarding the IB Diploma, please reach out to Dr. Ward directly by emailing him at [email protected].

07/19/2021 Direct Link

Willow Canyon student Lauren Nolin poses for a photo.

Willow Canyon student selected as prestigious University of Arizona KEYS Intern

Lauren Nolin, a senior from Willow Canyon High School, was chosen to be a part of the University of Arizona KEYS Research Internship program. The KEYS program is a unique summer opportunity where 52 motivated Arizona high school students with a strong interest in bioscience, engineering, environmental health, data science, and biostatistics will work with the top University of Arizona faculty on professional research projects that address the world's greatest challenges. This seven week program allows students to network with established researchers and use state of the art research equipment. 

The application process included an essay demonstrating Lauren’s passion and experience with science and a thirty minute interview with the program donors to further specify her research interests. 

For the next two months, students will be matched with research laboratories based on their interests. Lauren is hoping to study neurogenetic research pertaining to the drug development in abnormal psychological disorder medications. 

Prior to engaging in research, KEYS interns are immersed in a one-week crash-course in a variety of bioscience and data science techniques, as well as the foundations of science literacy to ensure they have the base knowledge necessary to begin their assigned projects. KEYS interns are paired with leading University of Arizona researchers spearheading innovative projects that span multiple disciplines. Faculty, university students and other lab personnel mentor the students to provide an invaluable opportunity to these budding scholars. At the close of the program, KEYS interns present what they’ve learned and experienced to friends, family, and the academic community at a research showcase.

"Being accepted into this program has meant a great deal to me. It has taken me two years of hard work to get to this point. I had to take the reins of my own education to uncover my passion for research,” said Lauren.

“I hope to learn valuable skills that will assist me in my future career. I also hope to attain an accurate glimpse into how professional research is conducted. I can't wait to see where this journey will take me!".

The KEYS program is led by the BIO5 Institute and funded by BIO5 and generous supporters including individuals, families, companies, foundations and various UArizona faculty, colleges and departments. The Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF) that helped launch BIO5 almost 20 years ago continues to be a catalyst in enabling effective, cross-disciplinary bioscience research, innovation and impact at the University

03/31/2021 Direct Link

Willow Canyon students pose with their Cambridge exam certificates.

Students excel on Cambridge exams

Willow Canyon High School recently held a ceremony to recognize students in the Cambridge Program for their outstanding performance on the June 2020 international examinations.

Jenelle McCoy, Emelie McFeely, Emily Poling, Andrea Popescu, Paul Baquilod, Laurel Chapman, Karim Jayyusi, Allison Kotzbauer, Chloe Lobmeyer, and Isabel Martinez demonstrated college readiness by excelling in all core subject areas of the examinations. Their extraordinary performance has earned them the opportunity to pursue the Grand Canyon Diploma, which allows students early entry into college courses and can be used for admission to select colleges and universities. 

Emily Poling received the Certificate of Distinction, which recognizes students' extraordinary performance by earning an “A” or higher in at least three courses during the examination series. 

In addition, 14 students received the Certificate of Merit by earning a “B” or higher in at least three courses; 37 students received the Cambridge Scholar Award for receiving a “C” or higher in at least three courses; and 24 students received recognition for demonstrating college and career readiness in at least one subject area. 

Cambridge courses are offered in over 100 countries and recognized by higher education institutions worldwide. The program encourages student-centered learning and hands-on application of skills. The Cambridge Program is currently offered at Willow Canyon High School and Dysart High School. 

For those interested in learning more about the Cambridge Program, Willow Canyon will be holding a Virtual Information Night on January 28, 2021 at 6pm via Zoom. Anyone interested can access the meeting through the link below during the scheduled time of the event. 

01/19/2021 Direct Link

portrait of Caitlin daly from willow canyon high school.

Willow Canyon student aces ACT

Congratulations to Caitlin Daly from Willow Canyon High School for earning high marks on the American College Test (ACT).  Caitlin received a composite score of 34 on the ACT, including a perfect score of 36 on the individual Science and English portions of the exam.  Caitlin’s total score ranks in the 99th percentile at both state and national levels.

Caitlin has been in advanced classes in all four years of high school and is active in several clubs throughout the school. During her freshman and sophomore year, Caitlin took Cambridge classes and earned a Certificate of Merit on the test from Cambridge International in her first year at Willow Canyon. She is in several International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) classes and earned high marks for the U.S. Politics and Government AP exam. Caitlin is a member of the SkillsUSA Career and Technical Support Organization (CTSO), serves as president of the Anime and Table-Top Gaming Club and participated in photography, literature and National Honor Society, previously.  

Caitlin has been accepted to the Northern Arizona University Honors College and will be applying to other universities, including Stanford.  She is heavily considering Linguistics as a major. 

The ACT assessment is a curriculum and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses junior and senior students' academic readiness for college. The assessment serves as an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.The ACT was made available to all Dysart Unified School District junior and senior high school students free of charge by a grant provided by the Arizona Governor’s Office. 

12/16/2020 Direct Link

Michaela Melara from Willow Canyon High School was selected as a semi-finalist for the $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship.

Willow Canyon student named scholarship semifinalist

Michaela Melara from Willow Canyon High School was selected as a semi-finalist for the $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship.  Michaela is one of 1,609 semi-finalists chosen among 99,403 applicants this year for their outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to their community.  She is the only student from the West Valley to be selected as a semi-finalist.

Michaela is in the top one percent of her class and will be attending Northern Arizona University to study Pre-Medicine as a Biology major in the fall of 2021. She is in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program at Willow Canyon. Michaela also serves as the president of Key Club, secretary of the National Honor Society, and serves as a member of both the International Baccalaureate Club and Health Occupations Students of America Club (HOSA). She volunteers her time with organizations throughout Surprise and has been on the nationally and state recognized spiritline team for four years.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 32nd class in 2020, the Foundation has provided over 6,300 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $72 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

12/10/2020 Direct Link

Jordyn Kellick, a volleyball player at Willow Canyon High School, poses for a photograph on the volleyball court.

Athlete Spotlight - Jordyn Kellick

Meet Jordyn Kellick, a senior at Willow Canyon High School, and a stand out volleyball player. Like many of her teammates, Jordyn is awaiting the opportunity to compete this season. She helped lead the Wildcats last season as one of the team captains, and is hoping for the opportunity to continue in that role this season. With many unknowns still in the air, one thing is certain, Jordyn is excited and optimistic for the chance to connect with her teammates again, whether on or off the court. 

“I’m just looking forward to spending time with everyone,” said Kellick. “We can’t really go and hang out with people like we used to. This team is like family, so I’m just looking forward to being able to spend as much time with them as I can.”

From a young age, Jordyn has always loved playing a variety of sports. However, she didn’t realize her full appreciation for them until the sudden loss of her father when she was in the 6th grade. Her father was always a crucial source of inspiration for her, and after his passing, instead of losing the motivation to play, she was able to gain new confidence in knowing that her father would want her to keep pushing and chasing her dreams. Rather than turning to more adverse means of coping, Jordyn wanted to make her father proud, and decided to keep playing and progressing in her sport. 

“Volleyball was a light in the darkness, and has helped me through a lot and helped me stay the course,” she said.

Looking back over the years, one thing Jordyn can be proud of is her resiliency and perseverance to keep going. No matter the setback, she has kept the focus and determination to continue pushing forward. Much of that she credits to the support of her family, friends, coaches, and teammates along the way. 

“I have come a long way since freshman year, and have gained the mental toughness I didn’t know I had,” she said. “I appreciate everyone who has supported me and helped me through.” 

Jordyn is looking forward with expectancy for what lies ahead. After graduating, she hopes to play collegiate volleyball while studying to become an athletic trainer. “It has always been a dream to play in college. This is my passion, and playing would be a plus to the goals I have set for myself,” she said. After college, Jordyn hopes to become an athletic trainer for a professional sports team. 

As for now, she is focused on finishing out her senior year strong, and believes in what her team can accomplish. The team came close to the postseason last year, but fell just short of a playoff spot. This year, however, Jordyn is motivated to lead her team to win the region and make it to the championships. 

“I want this to be a comeback year,” she states. “Being one of only two seniors on the team, I want to go out with a bang, and I think we can do that. Especially with the talent we have.” 

08/28/2020 Direct Link

Dion Hafner poses for a photograph at sunset.

Athlete Spotlight - Dion Hafner

What happens when you have an offseason affected by a pandemic?  For Dion Hafner, a senior three-sport athlete at Willow Canyon High School, you organize 5:00 a.m. workouts with your teammates to get ready for the seasons.  Dion competes in football, basketball, and track and field, and is known as a leader in all three.  

“He works hard in football and track,” said coach Justin Stangler.  “He earned a starting position as a cornerback his first year in football and is one of our strongest 400m runners in track and field.  He leads by example in both sports.”

“He’s a great kid,” said Joseph Colletti, Hafner’s basketball coach.  “It’s been a pleasure getting to know him and see him grow the last few years.”

Coming into his senior year, Hafner has some lofty goals for his track and field season.  His junior year was canceled because of COVID-19 and he’s itching for a chance to prove himself.

“One of my goals this year is definitely going to state for track,” said Hafner.  “Last year I wasn’t able to get there because of COVID, but I was pretty close my sophomore year.”

As for football, Hafner only has one goal for this season - to prove everyone wrong.

“My only intention this year in football is to win,”  he said.

One of the main reasons his coaches value his presence on the court and field is his leadership and the example he sets for others.  

“I feel like it is a passion of mine to lead people, and help them out on the field,” said Hafner.

Not only does Hafner lead his teammates, but the community as well.  He volunteers at Christ Church of the Valley in his spare time and coaches junior high kids, letting them know they can make a difference on and off the field.  

He hopes to be able to run track or play football in college as he pursues a degree in Biblical Studies and one day fulfills his dream of being a pastor.  For right now though, he’s focused on what’s in front of him, no matter how the pandemic affects it.  

“I’m just glad we get a season right now,” said Hafner.  “Whether it’s five games, three games, a full season, I just want to play.”

08/24/2020 Direct Link

Willow Canyon High School students pose with their Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards.

WCHS students excel on Cambridge exams

Four students from Willow Canyon High School received Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards from the Cambridge Program for their performance on the exams. Orion Evans earned the Top in Country award for earning the highest score in the United States for Literature. Tristan Alvarado, Orion Evans, Augusto Palo, and Emily Poling received the Cambridge Scholar Award with Merit for earning high marks on exams from June 2019.  The Merit award recognizes the extraordinary performance of students who excelled on the international examinations by earning a “B” or higher in at least three separate subjects. 

The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards are a group of awards issued by Cambridge Assessment International Education who recognize exceptional learner achievement in Cambridge examinations around the world. “These awards also recognize the exceptional commitment your larger school community and parents place on quality education,” said Mark Cavone, North America Regional Director at Cambridge Assessment International. 

“We are very proud of the hard work that our students and our teachers have put forth to earn such recognition,” said Dr. Adam Schwartz, principal at Willow Canyon High School.

The Cambridge program encourages student-centered learning and hands-on application of skills. Students who complete the lower division, 9th-10th grade, Cambridge Curriculum are set for success in a dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Career and Technical Education pathways for college and career advancements. 

By passing the Cambridge Board Examinations, students are eligible for the Grand Canyon Diploma that allows students early entry into college courses and can be used for admission to select colleges and universities. The Cambridge program is offered at Dysart and Willow Canyon High Schools and at Marley Park Elementary School

12/18/2019 Direct Link

Willow Canyon students poses for a picture in Washington D.C. as part of their SkillsUSA Leadership Training.

Willow Canyon students attend leadership training

Six students from Willow Canyon High School traveled to Washington, D.C. for the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute.  The Wildcats joined more than 500 students to learn about leadership and talk to Congress about the benefits of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and show how the SkillsUSA journeys have prepared them to be college- and career-ready.

Arianna Peterson, Malachi Delgado, Brandon Smithey, Ekemini MbekAnako, Jaxon Magee and Zydes Diggs were chosen to attend the event as part of the Willow Canyon High School SkillsUSA Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). Students spent the beginning part of the week preparing for their congressional visit, learning leadership skills, and visiting museums. 

The four-day conference, held annually by SkillsUSA, provides students an opportunity to grow in their professionalism, communication, and leadership skills, which they applied during their legislative visits. The group spoke with Representative Paul Gosar and shared how their CTE Programs transformed their high school experience. Rep. Gosar was very generous with his time and encouraged the students to get involved in local politics and find answers to national issues. 

As part of the event, students were given the opportunity to earn their National Statesman Award. The Statesman is a SkillsUSA honor given to students who demonstrate SkillsUSA knowledge and civic awareness, along with an understanding of the SkillsUSA framework and how to articulate their personal experiences in CTE. All six Willow students competed and earned this recognition. 

“Students were thankful for the amazing opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills while helping to encourage funding for their programs, Alyson Titkemeyer, Willow Canyon teacher and CTE advisor. 

Willow Canyon High School currently offers CTE Television Production, CTE Graphic Design and CTE Coding classes. Students can also get involved with SkillsUSA, a CTSO that helps develop students leadership and career and technical experience.

11/08/2019 Direct Link

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