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Students planting a tree.

El Mirage Tree Planting

On February 15 the Arizona Sustainability Alliance in partnership with Microsoft planted 57 trees on our campus. Students received environmental lessons that tied into our science curriculum. The trees will provide shade during the hot months allowing our students to play outside, in line with our Health and Wellness signature program. We were able to replace some trees that have been lost on our campus over the years. These trees are a big improvement to our campus.  Thank you to the Arizona Sustainability Alliance, Microsoft, the El Mirage City Council and El Mirage Fire and Police for volunteering their time. We would also like to thank the ASU Walter Cronkite School for doing interviews and promoting the event and the Dysart Unified School District Cabinet and Governing Board for their support.

Policemen digging a hole.
A man talking to students about seeds.
A class outside planting a tree.

02/16/2024 Direct Link

The cheerleaders and the Harlem Globetrotters

The Great Assist with the Harlem Globetrotters and Jersey Mikes

El Mirage Elementary would like to thank Jersey Mike's and the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters for visiting us on Tuesday, February 6. Jersey Mike's provided 500 sub sandwiches for students and staff. Our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders were treated to an amazing assembly by three of the Harlem Globetrotters. Our very own social worker, Kaitlyn Wagner, received the Great Assist Award in recognition of all she does for the students and staff here at El Mirage Elementary School. Thank you for an amazing day!

students with Jersey Mike's subs
Class with the Harlem Globetrotters
Kaitlyn Wagner with the Globetrotters

02/07/2024 Direct Link

4th grade class holding books

February Happenings

January was great! But we think February will be even better. Check out what's going on at El Mirage Elementary during the month of February.

  • February 2 is Spring Picture Day
  • February 6 the Harlem Globetrotters will be visiting. Tigers will join the Harlem Globetrotters in celebrating the Great Assist brought to you by Jersey Mike's subs as the presenting sponsor of the Harlem Globetrotters 2024 World Tour.
  • February 8 and 9 Early Release for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • February 15 is Valentine Movie Night sponsored by Sundown and Stu Co (space is limited, reservations required)
  • February 19 there is no school for President's Day
  • February 22 is Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • February 23 is Pajama Reading Day
  • February 26 - March 1 is the Scholastic Book Fair.
  • February 27 we will have a BMX Assembly
  • February 29 is Literacy Night from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Harlem Globetrotter's flyer

02/01/2024 Direct Link

Students dressed 100 years old.

100 Days of School Spirit Week

January 23 was the 100th day of school! El Mirage Tigers celebrated with a spirit week. 

  • Monday was Decades Day! We dressed like we lived in the 70's and 80's.
  • On Tuesday we dressed like we were 100 years old.
  • Wednesday we wore our orange and black to show our Tiger Pride.
  • On Thursday we wore 100 items.
  • Friday was pajama day.

Thank you to all of our students and staff who helped us celebrate 100 days of school.

Students wearing orange and black.
Students wearing 100 things.
Students wearing 100 day hats.

01/26/2024 Direct Link

6 students with rewards

Success in the Classroom

3 students with rewards.

Ms. Johannes is so proud of her students' achievements in the classroom. Her 4th grade students have been working so hard to improve their reading and math skills using Achieve 3000 and IXL Math. Both programs are resources that we use to support further learning. Students were recently rewarded for their hard work.

01/19/2024 Direct Link

Balloons in the shape of 100 and confetti

100th Day of School

The 100th Day of School is Tuesday, January 23. Check out other events taking place during the month of January.

  • January 15 - No School - Martin Luther King Day
  • January 22 - January 26 - STUCO Spirit Week
  • January 23 - 100th Day of School
  • January 25 - Peter Piper Pizza Night, 12851 W Bell Rd, Surprise - 4:00pm to 8:00pm 
  • January 26 - Pajama Reading Day
  • January 29 - No Preschool
  • January 31 - Site Council Meeting, El Mirage Elementary Library - 4:00 - 4:30

01/10/2024 Direct Link

Students at Uptown Alley

Students Visit Uptown Alley

The Annual Color Run fundraiser took place at El Mirage Elementary from October 23 to November 7. Our top ten earners were awarded with a trip to Uptown Alley on December 8. Everyone had a great time.

12/19/2023 Direct Link

Cheerleaders at the Christmas Parade.

Tiger Cheerleaders Participate in El Mirage Parade

Our Tiger Cheerleaders marched in the El Mirage Christmas Parade on December 8. They looked great and made us proud. Thank you to the coaches Ms. Kronstedt and Ms. Serafin.

12/13/2023 Direct Link

Student with medals and Mr. Haney and Ms. Crow.

Top Benchmark Performers

Principal Rick Haney and Assistant Principal Amy Crow recognized top Benchmark performers last week. Students were given some awesome medals and some cool Tiger swag as a reward. We appreciate all of our Tigers working hard in the classroom and on their Benchmark tests.

Students with Tiger bags
Mrs. Serafin's class with Tiger bags.
Student with medals.

12/06/2023 Direct Link

Family at the tree lighting ceremony.

El Mirage City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

El Mirage Elementary School was invited along with other El Mirage schools to the City's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall. Community members were able to see some of our amazing student's art work on display. Thank you to our art teacher, Mrs. Johnson, and all of our wonderful Tiger artists.

Student art work - pumpkins
Student art work

11/29/2023 Direct Link

Mother and daughter having Thanksgiving lunch.

Thanksgiving Lunch 2023

On Tuesday, November 14, El Mirage Elementary had our annual Thanksgiving lunch. It was so good to see families on campus again. We appreciate everyone who came out to enjoy lunch with us. Thank you to our amazing cafeteria staff and Dysart Nutrition Services for preparing and serving the meal. It was a big success!

Families enjoying Thanksgiving lunch.
Families enjoying Thanksgiving lunch.

11/16/2023 Direct Link

Class together after the Color Run

El Mirage Color Run

Our school Fun Run Fundraiser ended on November 7, 2023. We were able to raise $12,402. Of that amount our school will be earning $6,321 to use towards school improvement projects. Our top grade level was Kindergarten followed closely by Preschool. Our top 10 student earners will be going to Uptown Alley with our administrators as their incentive!

11/09/2023 Direct Link

Cross Country team members

Cross Country

The Tiger Cross Country Team is off to a great start. Coach Vickie Nolasco Lozano said the runners are pushing themselves to do their very best. At the meet on October 20, Ezekiel Torres won a 1st place medal. Congratulations to Ezekiel, Coach Vickie, and all of our Tiger runners!

10/30/2023 Direct Link

Students in the cafeteria while the Sun City Elks are talking.

Sun City Elks Bring Dictionaries

The Sun City Elks came out on October 19 to deliver the gift of literacy to all of our 3rd graders. These dictionaries are personalized for each student. We practiced using them by discussing the word Benevolent, which is the key word for the Sun City Order of the Elks. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE; also often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks.)

10/24/2023 Direct Link

El Mirage PD and students walking

Safe Routes Walk to School Day

It was such an amazing morning on October 19! City of El Mirage Mayor Hermosillo, El Mirage Police Department, El Mirage Fire Department, and El Mirage City Court joined us on a walk to El Mirage Elementary School for the Safe Routes Walk to School Day. A huge thank you to all who joined us in promoting safety for our students and families. 

10/19/2023 Direct Link

words Join Us on puzzle pieces

The Kindness Crew

Mrs. Barber and Mrs. Rosas are inviting students to join the Kindness Crew. The Kindness Crew will spread acts of kindness around our school and our community. Students can talk to their teachers to get more information about how to join the Kindness Crew.

10/17/2023 Direct Link

Mrs. Reagan's class with Spirit.

Fiesta Bowl Visits El Mirage Classroom

The Fiesta Bowl team along with their mascot Spirit paid a visit to Mrs. Reagan's classroom. They were promoting their new book Shine Bright Spirit and wrapping up their Wishes For Teachers campaign. The team brought activities to play with the students.

10/03/2023 Direct Link

Class wearing orange and black.

Spirit Week

The week of September 25 to September 29 we are celebrating National School Attendance Month with a Spirit Week. We will be competing against Countryside Elementary this week to see which school has the best attendance. Today was Tiger Pride Day. Students and staff wore orange and black to show their Tiger Pride. When you miss school, you miss out!

  • Monday is Tiger Pride Day
  • Tuesday is Neon Day. Wear bright colors
  • Wednesday is Wacky Tacky Day. Wear mismatched clothing.
  • Thursday is Crazy Hair. Wear your hair in a crazy way.
  • Friday is PJ Day. Wear your pajamas.

09/25/2023 Direct Link

The judges with a 4th grade class.

Constitution Day

Judge Parascandola from El Mirage and his brother Judge Parascandola from Phoenix came out to celebrate Constitution Day with an assembly for our 4th graders. They did a presentation about our judicial system.

Student wearing the judges robe and holding the gavel.
Students listening to the presentation.

09/18/2023 Direct Link

Students and parents playing math games at tables.

Math Game Night

Thank you to all of our Tiger families who came out for Math Game Night on September 9. Students and their families had a great time learning and playing games with math. Our teachers worked hard to provide fun opportunities for our Tigers to use the math skills that they have learned in school. Math is Fun!

Teacher explaining a game to students.

09/13/2023 Direct Link

Mrs. Cherwinski's class.

Attendance Matters

Congratulations to Mrs. Cherwinski's 2nd grade class and Mrs. Partridge's kindergarten class for winning the attendance competition at El Mirage for the month August. 

September is National School Attendance Month, and we're asking you to partner with us to prioritize daily school attendance for your students this month and throughout the school year. Academic achievement begins with attendance, so students need to be in class, on time, on task and ready to learn every day!

Tigers who exhibit great character and attendance can earn a family 4 pack to an upcoming ASU football game on September 16.

When you miss school, you miss out!

09/06/2023 Direct Link

Amy Crow

Welcome, Amy Crow

El Mirage has had some big changes this year. Mr. Rick Haney has moved into the position of Interim Principal. We would like to welcome Amy Crow as our Teacher on Special Assignment who will be acting as our Interim Assistant Principal. Please watch the attached video to learn a little more about Ms. Crow.

08/28/2023 Direct Link

Two students practicing their math skills.

Fun with Math

Teachers at El Mirage are always coming up with creative ways to help our Tigers learn their math facts. Check out these pictures of Tigers having fun with math. Please join us for Math Game Night on Thursday, September 7, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

08/21/2023 Direct Link

Ms. Davis with the Kindergarten teachers.

Once a Tiger Always a Tiger

On August 10, we said goodbye to our principal, Stephanie Davis. She led us for 6 years, and in that time we accomplished great things. We are grateful for her commitment to our community, students, and staff. We celebrated her by having the whole school walk by her office. Many hugs, high fives, posters, and cards were given. Thank you, Ms. Davis, for all you have done. We look forward to seeing what your what you will accomplish in your next adventure. Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger.

08/14/2023 Direct Link

Two students on the first day of school.

First Day of School

We have had a great start to the 2023/2024 school year. It's great to see all of our Tiger's smiling facing back on campus. We are looking forward to another amazing school year.

08/08/2023 Direct Link

Students and parents looking at books

Meet the Teacher Night

Thank you to all of the parents and students who attended Meet the Teacher Night on August 1, 2023. It was a big success. Students received school supplies and were able to visit their classrooms and meet their teachers.

08/02/2023 Direct Link

Teacher setting up classroom

Prepping for the School Year

Our teachers are busy preparing their classrooms and schools for the first day on August 3. We just love all of the decorations our teachers use to create an inviting atmosphere for our students. Ms. Martinez, a new El Mirage Elementary School teacher and a Dysart alum, chose a space theme for her classroom. Ms. Carpenter has a wall of fame in her classroom, displaying all of the creative artwork, handwritten notes, and crafts she's received from her students over the past years. We can't wait to see our classrooms filled with students on August 3rd.

08/01/2023 Direct Link

Kindergarteners sitting on the rug listening to the teacher.

Kindergarten Experience

Kindergarten Experience took place July 17 through July 20. Our incoming kindergarteners explored reading and math while learning routines, procedures and expectations. This will help with their transition into school and ease their anxiety as they begin the new school year. Best of all they were able to meet their teachers and make new friends. Thank you to all of our students and teachers who participated.

07/26/2023 Direct Link

A clock and a calendar.

Summer Office Hours

  • From June 5 through June 29 the office will be open from 8:00am to 12:00pm for Summer School.
  • The office will be closed from June 30 through July 9.
  • From July 10 through August 2 the office  will be open from 8:00am to 4:30 pm.
  • The office will be closed on Fridays from June 2 through July 21.
  • To register your student during summer break please go to Call 623-876-7151 for assistance.

06/05/2023 Direct Link

School Supplies

2023/2024 School Supply Lists

The new school year will be here before you know it. Click the link below to see the school supply lists for the 2023/2024 school year.

05/30/2023 Direct Link

Kindergarteners with their teachers.

Kindergarten Experience

Please join us for Kindergarten Experience at El Mirage Elementary School. Your child will explore reading and math instruction while learning routines, procedures, and expectations needed for making friends and having a successful school experience. This will help with their transition into school and ease their anxiety as they begin a new school year. Kindergarten Experience will be July 17 through July 20, 2023 from 8am to 11am. The program will begin promptly at 8:00am. Please provide a snack and a water bottle for your child. Call 623-876-7220 or stop by the El Mirage Elementary School office to register if you have not already done so. Enrollment will not be accepted after July 13. We look forward to seeing your kindergartener there.

05/30/2023 Direct Link

Teacher shaking hands with student.

Meet the Teacher Night

Please join us for Meet the Teacher Night at El Mirage Elementary School on Tuesday, August 1. This is great opportunity for students and parents to meet their teachers and see their new classrooms. We look forward to seeing you there!

05/30/2023 Direct Link

Back to School sign with school supplies

Back to School

The first day of school will be August 3, 2023. We can't wait to see all of our Tigers back on campus!

05/30/2023 Direct Link

Students holding certificates at the Tiger Pride Assembly.

Tiger Pride Fourth Quarter Assembly

On Monday, May 22, our Tigers celebrated the end of a great school year during the final Tiger Pride Assembly. Thank you to all of our Tigers for making this an amazing year! We are proud of all of their accomplishments!

05/25/2023 Direct Link

Students holding diplomas.

Kindergarten Celebration

Congratulations to our Tiger Kindergarteners! They will be moving up to First Grade next year. On May18 and 19, they celebrated all of the amazing things they accomplished this year. Parents and family members enjoyed a slideshow and songs performed by the students. Thank you to the Kindergarten teachers for all of your hard work this year.

05/19/2023 Direct Link

Ms. Davis and Mr. Haney with the A+ banner.

El Mirage Elementary Receives A+ Banner

El Mirage Elementary School has been named an A+ School 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.

05/12/2023 Direct Link

Students at Uptown Alley with bowling balls.

4th Grade Field Trip to Uptown Alley

Our "Early Risers" in fourth grade came to school early for several weeks to put in extra work before state testing. As a reward, they went to Uptown Alley. They all had a blast!

05/09/2023 Direct Link

Math Challenge team

Math Challenge Team Takes First Place

Congratulations to our Math Challenge Team! They won first place in the 3rd and 4th grade division at the District Math Challenge. Team member participated in a speed round, and two rounds that were focused on problem solving. The purpose of the event was to entice, engage and challenge students to solve math problems. Teams had to work together to strategize and complete the problems to the best of their ability. We are so proud of our Tigers!

05/04/2023 Direct Link

Mr. Maddox, Ms. Davis and Mrs. Partridge's class with books.

Special Delivery

Mark Maddox, the founder and executive director of He1p Foundation and former NFL player, donated 300 books to our second grade students. Every second grader received 2 books. They were so excited! Thank you Mr. Maddox!

05/01/2023 Direct Link

Students playing guitars

Third Grade Visit to the Musical Instrument Museum

On April 19, our third graders visited the Musical Instrument Museum. The MIM is the largest museum of its type in the world. They have a collection of over 15,000 musical instruments.

04/24/2023 Direct Link

Students dancing and playing music.

Tiger Music Class

Second graders at El Mirage Elementary learned a dance called "Los Machetes". Music teacher, Emily Wilson, said It is a popular folk dance from the Jalisco region of Mexico. The dance tells the story of cutting down sugar cane during the harvest. It was created by Mexican farm workers who spent a great amount of time perfecting the use of the machete for harvesting. This song is a way for students to explore, discover and have awareness for various uses of music in their daily life, as well as explore different cultures and their traditions. In addition, students were learning how to interpret different challenges of the music, rehearse and perform.

04/18/2023 Direct Link

El Mirage staff and board members

El Mirage Elementary Recognized by the Governing Board

El Mirage Elementary was congratulated for being recognized as a "Model School" and an "A+ School" at the Dysart Unified School District Governing Board on March 30th.

04/12/2023 Direct Link

Students with certificates

Tiger Pride Assembly

On Monday, March 27, we had our Tiger Pride Assembly for the third quarter. Congratulations to all of our Tigers for working hard!

03/29/2023 Direct Link

Stephanie Davis and Ben Bojorquez

Dysart Heroes

Congratulations to our 2023 Dysart Heroes Stephanie Davis, Ben Bojorquez and Marissa Barber! Thank you for all you do for our students. We are proud of you!

03/22/2023 Direct Link

City of El Mirage and Surprise Essay Winners

City of Surprise and El Mirage Award Student Essay Winners

In partnership with the City of Surprise and the City of El Mirage, students across the Dysart Unified School District were invited to participate in the My El Mirage and My Surprise Essay Contests in November of 2022.  Prompts were developed in partnership with each city to elicit responses that spoke about each city’s mission or vision.  

More than 200 students in grades 3-12 submitted their essays with schools choosing the top 128 district-wide.  The writings were evaluated based on understanding of city services/amenities, creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought, and proper grammar.

Winners from Surprise were selected in specific grade bands and were honored March 7 at the Surprise City Council meeting including: Cadence Fumia and Rose Vasquez from Countryside Elementary in the grade 3-4 division, Tatianna Pellegrino from Freedom Traditional School for 5-8th grade and Kaleb Delgado from Shadow Ridge High School who won for the high school division.  

Excerpts included below.

Cadence Fumia encourages people to live in Surprise: “My name is Cadence and I live in Surprise, Arizona. If you don’t, what the heck are you waiting for?”

Rose Vasquez expresses how she feels living in Surprise: “I am really happy I moved here because I have my family, a great school that I really like. I have some new friends, and it’s really clean, safe, and friendly.”

Tatianna Pellegrino shares this insight about Surprise: “Danish architect and urban design consultant, Jan Gehl once said, ‘A good city is like a good party–you stay for longer than you plan.’ Surprise isn’t just a good party; it's a great party.”  

Kaleb Delgado says: “[Surprise] carries nothing by surprises, and as a resident here, I am proud to be in such a beautiful community.” 

The City of El Mirage structured their essay winners a bit differently and awarded the top three students in grade 3-8: Esmeralda Olvera Martinez; 1st place, Lejla Tvrtkovic; 2nd place, and Kaleb Rodriquez; third place all from El Mirage Elementary School. High school recognitions include Nathaniel Cosio, and Andre Mena, both 11th grade students at Valley Vista High School.

The five students and their families were invited to attend the City of El Mirage Council meeting on March 7.  The students were recognized and received ribbons and certificates.

Esmeralda Olvera Martinez shares her reasons for loving her city: “So, do you want to know why El Mirage is special? Well, I’ll tell you. You’re going to love it.” She goes on to describe the schools, library, and festivals in El Mirage. 

Nathaniel Cosio shares the value of community: “In the El Mirage community, I feel like everyone knows each other and have fun just getting to live in the city.”

Student winners from both categories were recognized at the Dysart Unified School District Governing Board meeting on March 9th, 2023.

Danielle Edgerton coordinated the dual city essay contest with support from teachers, administrators, and city leaders.

“It has been such a rewarding experience to partner with both the City of Surprise and the City of El Mirage to honor our scholars and writers,” shared Edgerton. “The essays submitted by all of the students were sincere celebrations of their schools and communities.”

03/10/2023 Direct Link

Guest reader and students

Read Across America Week at El Mirage

February 27 through March 3 was Read Across America week. At El Mirage Elementary we celebrated with spirit days, guest readers, and Family Literacy Night. Thank you to all of the special guests that came out and read to our Tigers!

03/07/2023 Direct Link

Dr. Croteau and student.

Special Visitors to El Mirage

Assistant Superintendents, Dr. Isiai and Dr. Croteau, visited a kindergarten math class on February 27.

03/01/2023 Direct Link

Students holding "A" to celebrate

El Mirage Named A+ School of Excellence

El Mirage Elementary School is one of three Dysart schools that has 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

Teacher cadet helping El Mirage students at a table.

Teacher Cadets

The Student Council at Sundown Mountain Alternative Program started a mentorship program with El Mirage Elementary School. This program provides the opportunity for Sundown Mountain students to develop their leadership skills, all while building positive relationships, encouraging, and bonding with EMES students.

02/17/2023 Direct Link

4 students holding certificates

PBIS/Health and Wellness Assembly for Quarter 2

On January 23 our Tigers were rewarded for all of there hard work at the PBIS/ Health and Wellness assembly. Congratulations to everyone! Way to go, Tigers!

02/06/2023 Direct Link

El Mirage Elementary School

Tiger Pride

El Mirage Elementary principal, Stephanie Davis, is applying to speak at the annual Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Florida. She is proud to be a Tiger and would like to share some of the many strategies that El Mirage has used with other instructional leaders.  

01/30/2023 Direct Link

Students dressed as 100 year olds

100th Day of School

Monday January 23 was the 100th Day of School! Students and staff celebrated by dressing up as 100 year olds. They also participated in all kinds of math activities dealing with the number 100.

01/25/2023 Direct Link

Students in a classroom

Attendance Matters

El Mirage Elementary School will be  participating in The Arizona Diamondback "Attendance Matters" rewards for  students program. Tigers who have 95% or better attendance for the months of February and March will earn a complimentary ticket to a variety of games from April to July! When you miss school you miss out!

01/20/2023 Direct Link

3 students on the cross country team.

Cross Country Season Continues

The El Mirage Cross Country Team continues to improve every meet. Our Tiger runners are having a great season thanks to Coach Victoria Nolasco Lozano!

01/09/2023 Direct Link

Santa with students and staff.

Special Visitor at El Mirage Elementary

Some of our Tigers were treated with an extra special visit from Santa Claus today. They were so excited to see him. Thank you to Santa and his helpers!

12/16/2022 Direct Link

Four students with 2 firefighters at Target.

Aisles of Smiles

The Surprise Firefighters Charities held their annual Aisles of Smiles event. Some of our El Mirage Tigers were chosen to go shopping with a firefighter. Thank you to the Surprise Fire-Medical Department for their generosity and support of our students and community this holiday season.

12/13/2022 Direct Link

Three cross country runners with medals.

Cross Country Meet

El Mirage Tigers participated in their first Cross Country meet on Saturday, December 3. Congratulations to 4th grader Yamileth Espinosa who received a medal for second place! The whole team and Coach Vickie Nolasco-Lozano did a great job. Way to go, Tigers!

12/06/2022 Direct Link

Student dressed like a business man.

Future Career Day

Tuesday, November 29 was "Dress Like Your Future Career Day". We had future firemen, policemen, teachers, businessmen and women, and many more.

12/02/2022 Direct Link

Vice Principal and Veterans speaking to students

Veterans Day Assembly

On November 10 two Army nurses and a Marine talked to our fourth grade Tigers about different jobs you can have in the military and about their own experiences in the military. We want to thank them for their service and for taking the time to share with our students.

11/17/2022 Direct Link

First grade class with fire fighters.

First Grade Field Trip

On October 27 our first grade Tigers took a field trip across the street to the El Mirage Fire Station and the El Mirage Library. Thank you to the Firefighters and Librarians for letting us visit.

11/08/2022 Direct Link

star with abstract background

El Mirage Earns an “A” Rating

El Mirage Elementary 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! 

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. It is important to note that this year the state used the same cut marks as they did in 2019 for K-8 schools, the last year they issued letter grades. However, this year's K-8 growth score is only based on growth percentile and does not include growth-to-target.

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

First and second grade students at the assembly.

PBIS/Health and Wellness Assembly for Quarter 1

On October 24, El Mirage Tigers celebrated all of their achievements in our first PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) assembly of the year.

10/27/2022 Direct Link

Student with binoculars looking at different career fields

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

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

10/25/2022 Direct Link

Students with Sparky the fire dog.

Fire Safety Assembly

The City of El Mirage Fire Department visited classrooms and conducted a fire safety assembly for all our Tigers. Please take a look. 

10/19/2022 Direct Link

Students at the Color Run

El Mirage Color Fun Run

As part of our Health and Wellness Signature program, EMES participated in the Color Fun Run - Fundraiser. Our students and staff got tons of great exercise, and had a fantastic experience! Plus this was the most successful fundraiser thus far. Here are some of the amazing prizes our students earned: 

  • If we reach our goal we will have a school-wide ice cream party!!!! 
  • The top earners will get to water balloon the Principal and Assistant Principal!
  • Mon-star" Wristband & Drawing Entry for Cool Prize!
  • Monster Collectible Keychain!
  • Fidget Mystery Box!
  • 2 More Monster Keychains!
  • Plush Monster Hat!
  •  Monster Slap Cart Fidget Toy!
  • Official Monster Lanyard!

10/06/2022 Direct Link

A student choosing fruits and vegetables.

Farmer's Market

The Dysart Farmer's Market came to our school on September 23. We were able to sample some fresh fruits and veggies like rainbow carrots, kiwi, watermelon radish, snap peas, and cantaloupe.

09/28/2022 Direct Link

Mrs. Dayrit's class.

Attendance Reward

Mrs. Dayrit's third grade class won the attendance reward for August. They were rewarded with an ice cream party, and they got to throw water balloons at Assistant Principal, Mr. Haney.

09/23/2022 Direct Link

I am a water watcher with goggles.

YMCA Water Safety Assembly

The Valley of the Sun YMCA provided a Water Safety Assembly to all of our Tigers on September 13. They learned how to keep themselves and others safe around water. Thank you YMCA!

#SafetyAroundWater #WaterWatcher.

09/22/2022 Direct Link

Mrs. Reagan with the Fiesta Bowl mascot.

Wishes for Teachers

Melissa Reagan from El Mirage Elementary had an exciting morning with the help of 3TV, Fiesta Bowl Charities, and Spirit the mascot. She was honored as a Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers grant recipient and received $2500 for her classroom.

09/06/2022 Direct Link

Mrs. Rico's class.

Six El Mirage Elementary Teachers Earn $500 Grant

Big shout out to Subaru Superstore of Surprise for your @adoptaclassroom donation to our school to help our students succed! #subaruloveslearning #tigerpride.

Subaru of Surprise believes that all students deserve an equal and fair opportunity at a quality education. Through our partnership with, Subaru and its retailers will have supported more that 300,000 students nationwide and are proud to be their largest corporate supporter.

08/31/2022 Direct Link

I love music spelled out.

Fun with Kindermusik

Our Kindergarteners love it when Mrs. Davis teaches a Kindermusik lesson.  

08/24/2022 Direct Link

Assistant Principal throwing water balloons with 3rd grade class.

El Mirage in a Minute

Here's what's happening at El Mirage Elementary School.

08/17/2022 Direct Link

Dr. Dean with class

Special Visitors at El Mirage Elementary

El Mirage was excited to host four special visitors to our school on August 5: Governing Board President Christine Pritchard, Governing Board Member Traci Sawyer-Sinkbell, Dr. Jim Dean, and Dr. Shelley Isai. Thank you for visiting our classes!

08/11/2022 Direct Link

Cauliflower variety

Please Complete a Free/Reduced Lunch Application

Just a reminder that the universal free meal program that schools have been able to offer the last few years has ended. We ask that all families complete a Free and Reduced Lunch Application for this school year, which helps maintain school funding and ensures that qualified families will continue to receive free or reduced priced meals. It is critical that all families complete the application at  Meals are always available for purchase. Parents can prepay for meals, a la carte or snack items, view their balances, or place restrictions on purchases to their child’s meal account at When students go through the meal line they simply need to provide their student ID at the register to process the transaction. Additional information on meal services can always be found at

08/05/2022 Direct Link

Kindergarteners with their teachers.

Kindergarten Experience

Our brand new kindergarteners had a blast at Kindergarten Experience July 11-July 13. They were able to see their classrooms, meet some of the teachers, and do a lot of fun activities. We are so excited to see them on August 3.

Remember our Meet the Teacher Night is Monday, August 1 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

07/18/2022 Direct Link

Back to school on chalkboard with school supplies.

Meet the Teacher Night

Meet the Teacher Night is on August 1 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at El Mirage Elementary School. We look forward to seeing you there.

07/13/2022 Direct Link

Students on the playground

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 Meet the Teacher night will be on August 1 from 4:00-6:00pm. 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 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 or via the Campus Parent app. 

06/29/2022 Direct Link

Volunteer assisting in the classroom

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Where is Help Needed?

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

How to Become a Volunteer:

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

Who Should Apply to Volunteer?

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

Learn more or apply here.

06/02/2022 Direct Link

School lunch

School Breakfast and Lunch

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

Apply for Free and Reduced Meals

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

How to Add Meal Funds to an Account

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

Meal Prices 

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

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

06/02/2022 Direct Link

teacher working with students in a classroom

Employment Opportunities in Dysart

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

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

Current High Need Areas: 

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

Check out our current openings at and apply today!

06/02/2022 Direct Link

adult on laptop

Stay Informed on the Parent Portal

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

Update Your Communication Preferences and Contact Info

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

06/02/2022 Direct Link

Big Red from the Arizona Cardinals speaks with children at El Mirage Elementary School.

AZ Cardinals read to El Mirage students

The students at El Mirage Elementary School got a very special visit from the Arizona Cardinals Milk and Cookies Program this week. Big Red, the mascot, got the students energized and ready for reading. Big Red was joined by Cardinals alumni Mark Maddox and cheerleaders Emily and Zaryn who read a selection of books to students.  The students were awarded the special assembly for perfect attendance and leadership skills.  After the reading, students enjoyed a yummy snack of milk and cookies, an Arizona Cardinals backpack, and mini football.

The Cardinals, SRP, and Albertsons-Safeway have teamed up for 19 years on the Milk and Cookies program, which supports and promotes literacy throughout Valley elementary schools.

10/07/2021 Direct Link

Phoenix Rising soccer players pose with El Mirage students.

El Mirage kicks wellness into high gear with Phoenix Rising

El Mirage Elementary School hosted athletes from Phoenix Rising soccer for an assembly to kick off their Health and Wellness signature program.

The Tigers welcomed the Phoenix Rising with a roaring clap-out through the halls of the school led by student ambassadors and the El Mirage mascot. Players, Joey Calistri and Ben Spencer and business representative, Kendall Barnes spoke to students about what it takes to be successful in professional sports, setting career goals, and the importance of having a growth mindset.  The athletes participated in a scrimmage game against boys and girls middle school players and demonstrated techniques during a penalty kick contest with students and staff. Students displayed their athletic talents and Principal, Stephanie Scott made an impressive goal.  

This presentation is the first of many opportunities provided through the Health and Wellness signature program. Through health and wellness experiences, college preparation, and physical fitness, students will achieve their full potential and learn life-long skills for success.  The purpose is to teach students about healthy habits, and to help them become well-rounded individuals, with healthy minds and bodies. Students are encouraged to increase physical activity by getting outside and playing, to eat healthy, be confident in their abilities, and not be afraid to fail and try again.

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