Marley Park News
AASA and AzSCI State Testing
Marley Park students in 3rd-8th grade will begin Arizona State Testing the week of April 3rd. Please mark your calendar for the following dates. Our Mavericks need to be on time to school, well rested, and ready to do their very best on the test! Each student also needs to bring a pair of wired headphones for testing. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions!
● Wednesday, April 5th - 3rd-8th Grade AASA Writing
● Monday, April 10th - 5th & 8th Grade AzSCI Part 1
● Tuesday, April 11th - 5th & 8th Grade AzSCI Part 2
● Wednesday, April 12th - 5th & 8th Grade AzSCI Part 3
● Wednesday, April 12th - 3rd Grade ONLY AASA Oral Reading Fluency
● Tuesday, April 18th - 3rd-8th Grade AASA ELA Part 1
● Wednesday, April 19th - 3rd-8th Grade AASA ELA Part 2
● Thursday, April 20th - 3rd-8th Grade AASA Math Part 1
● Friday, April 21st - 3rd-8th Grade AASA Math Part 2
For additional information please take time to read through the testing memo that has been shared with families.
Festival of the Arts
Join us on March 25th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Valley Vista High School to celebrate the Arts across the Dysart District. Marley Park will showcase students throughout the day in various forms. Come support the district and our Mavericks!
Marley Park students and staff will be on Spring Break from Monday, March 13th through Friday, March 17th. School resumes Monday, March 20th. Be on time and ready to learn. We have three weeks until AASA State testing begins, and our Mavericks are preparing to do their best!
Spring Family BBQ
It was a great day to have a BBQ at Marley Park! We loved having families on campus as we head into Spring Break!
Summer Learning for Marley Park Students
This year Dysart Unified School District will be offering a free, in-person Summer Learning Opportunity for students in Kinder - 8th grade.
The focus of Summer Learning is to review priority standards in Math and Reading from the current grade level in preparation for success in the next level. We are providing an opportunity for ALL students to attend should you feel your student may benefit from additional support in Math and Reading.
- Summer Learning will be run for 3 weeks June 5th- June 22nd from 8:00-11:00.
- Summer school for Freedom Traditional Academy and Marley Park students will be held at Freedom Traditional Academy.
ALL students who enroll will attend summer learning at Freedom Traditional Academy. Transportation will NOT be provided, parents/ guardians will be responsible for transportation to and from summer learning.
If you would like to have your student attend our free, Summer Learning Opportunity, complete the online form by Thursday, March 9th.
* No late submissions will be accepted*
Once everything is finalized, a letter with more specific information will be sent home prior to the end of the school year.
Students in 3rd-8th grade will complete Benchmark testing this week. These benchmark tests are a great way to check student progress on grade-level standards. Students have been working hard all year, setting goals and striving to grow each time we complete benchmark testing. These tests support our teachers as they make instructional decisions and create plans for ensuring student success. Please ensure that your child is on time, and ready to do their best each day of testing.
8th Grade ELA
3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th Grade ELA
3rd, 4th, 7th Grade Math
5th Grade ELA
5th, 6th and 8th Grade Math
We are looking forward to celebrating student successes and growth as we continue to finish the year strong! Our state test, AASA, will take place in April. Do your best MAVERICKS and show all that you know!
We are excited to offer our Kindergarten Showcase for incoming kindergarten students! Join us on Tuesday, March 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. so that families can learn more about the free, full-day program. The Showcase is a great opportunity for parents and future Kindergartners to tour Marley Park, meet staff, and register their child. Information on before and after-school programs available through Dysart's Community Education Department will be available as well.
Dysart schools are among the top-rated in the state of Arizona and provide a FREE, FULL-DAY Kindergarten program in a safe, caring environment. The Dysart kindergarten program follows Arizona state standards and offers hands-on, real-life activities in the areas of Cognitive, Social, and Physical development. Parents can learn more about Dysart School’s Kindergarten program at Dysart.org/Kindergarten.
Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open for Marley Park. Parents may register their child online at Dysart.org/Registration.
We look forward to seeing all of our future Mavericks at Kindergarten Showcase!
Congratulations to our Girl's Volleyball team on an undefeated season and the North West Valley Athletic Conference championship winners. We are proud of our Maverick athletes, they played hard, represented Marley Park, and brought home the trophy. This is the third year in a row that Marley Park has come out on top! Great job Coach Massey and Coach Burt. Thank you to all the families and fans who supported this season.
Grandparent Breakfast at Marley Park
We loved having grandparents on campus for our annual PTA-sponsored Grandparents Breakfast! Thank you for all of your ongoing support and for all that you do for our Mavericks! Please take a moment to check out all of our photos from the event.
Parent Teacher Conferences- February 6th-10th
We are excited to have parents and families on campus for parent-teacher conferences the week of February 6th. This is a great time to celebrate student achievements, successes and to look at growth opportunities for the upcoming months. This is an excellent opportunity for parents and teachers to collaborate and partner for continued student success! Please make sure that you have signed up for your parent-teacher conference! If you have any questions please reach out directly to your child teacher.
100 Days Smarter
This week we celebrated the 100th day of school! All of our Mavericks are 100 days smarter and we are growing each and every day! Thank you all for your ongoing support, we are looking forward to finishing the next 80 days strong, striving to reach our goals and accomplish great things!
Winter Sports Update
Winter Sports are underway at Marley Park. Our Mavericks are competing for top spots within the district to complete at the next level with Deer Valley and Peoria schools. If you have not made it out to a game, we would love to have you out to cheer on our Marley Park Athletes.
Cross Country continues to complete each Saturday, bringing home individual medals each week with runners finishing in the top three in all grade level bands! GO MAVERICKS!
Student of the Month
Each month we celebrate and recognize our STAR Mavericks of the Month. Each classroom teacher nominates one student from their class who has gone above and beyond demonstrating the focused trait of the month. Each of the traits follows our STAR expectations of being safe, targeting success, acting with integrity, and being respectful & responsible. Our AMAZING PTA supports this recognition and celebration each month. Students receive a small bag of prizes and then their picture and teacher's write-up is posted on our STAR wall for additional recognition! We are proud of all our Mavericks and strive to recognize student success in multiple areas across campus!
2023- Welcome Back Mavericks
We are excited to begin the second half of the school year! We are looking forward to many upcoming events and all the learning and growing that will continue to occur through the second semester Please take some time to refresh on our arrival and dismissal procedures. All of these procedures are essential for student safety on campus. We appreciate you following these procedures and modeling the correct behaviors for all those around! Also, check out the Marley Park calendar for upcoming events. Mark your calendars for Parent Teacher Conferences in February(the week of Feb. 6th) as well as state testing that will take place in April for all students in 3rd-8th grade. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to continuing our work towards BEtter Every Day!
Winter Concert at Marley Park
Our annual winter concert at Marley Park was a huge success. Thank you for the great turnout and all of your support as we celebrate our AMAZING arts program at Marley Park.
Arts at Marley Park
Congratulations to Mrs. Laurel Ruff who was recently nominated and received $1,000 to use towards the music program at Marley Park. Mrs. Ruff was recognized for the Fulton Homes School Salute Award in partnership with Big 94.5 Kool FM in Phoenix. A large check was presented to Mrs. Ruff and we are excited for her to use the money to enhance the arts at Marley Park!
Open Enrollment begins on Tuesday, December 6th. Mark your calendars and enroll your child to be a Marley Park Maverick!
Thank You Parents, Families and Community Members
Our Marley Park Fun Run was a success! We reached our goal, and have big plans for school beautification, class field trips, and recess equipment/games for our Mavericks. Thank you for all of your generosity and support.
Marley Park will have Thanksgiving Break the week of November 21st. There will be no school for students and the office will be closed. School will resume on Monday, November 28th. We hope that each of you have a safe and restful week. Thank you for all your continued support!
Thanksgiving Lunch at Marley Park
Our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon was a success at Marley Park,! Our amazing Cafe staff served over 800 meals, the weather was perfect and our staff, students and families took time to celebrate all they are grateful for! Thank you to all of our families who joined our Mavericks. We hope that each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and take time to appreciate the wonderful things in your lives! We are grateful for all that you do to support your children and our Marley Park Staff.
Marley Park Boosterthon Fun Run
We are kicking off our biggest fundraiser of the year! In partnership with PTA, we are raising funds for playground equipment/ball bags/ activities for each grade level, a Gaga Pit for the playground, field trips, and continued school beautification. Our school-wide goal this year is $30,000. Please register today, and encourage your friends and families to donate!
All Marley Park students will participate in the Fun Run on Friday, November 18th. Class run times are as follows!
- 9:05–9:50 | 1st Grade, AM Preschool & Growing Minds
- 9:50–10:40 | 4th Grade & 6th Grade
- 10:50–11:25 | 5th Grade & 7th Grade
- 11:30–12:15 | 8th Grade
- 1:15–2:00 | 2nd Grade & 3rd Grade
- 2:05–2:50 | Kindergarten & PM Preschool
If you would like to come and cheer on your child please check in at the office and bring a government-issued ID.
Marley Park Earns an “A” Rating
Marley Park 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.
Mystery Basket at Marley Park
Our AMAZING nutrition department spent time visiting our preschool Mavericks. During their visit, they read a book and then shared fruits and vegetables from their mystery basket. Students were able to touch and smell the fruits and vegetables guessing which each one was! At the end, the students had green smoothies made with some of the delicious fruit and vegetables.
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.
Marley Park Spelling Bee
We are excited that Kalena will represent our Marley Park Mavericks at the Dysart Unified School District Spelling Bee! Congratulations to all of our grade-level winners, and those who participated in our school event.
We hope that you all had a restful and safe fall break! We can not wait to see our Mavericks back on campus Monday, October 17th. We are excited to hear all about fall break adventures, and begin setting goals for a successful second quarter! Please make sure that your Mavericks are at school and on time! We are looking forward to a successful second quarter. Please remember our arrival and dismissal procedures as we return to campus. These procedures are in place for student safety and we appreciate your following expectations on campus!
Happy Fall Break! Marley Part students and staff will have the week of October 10th off. Please stay safe and enjoy fall break! School will resume on Monday, October 17th. Make sure you are on time as we continue second quarter strong working to BEtter Every Day!
Spirit Week at Marley Park
Student Council will be hosting our first Spirit Week of the school year! Join in the fun as we celebrate the end of the first quarter and begin second quarter BEtter Every Day!
Monday, 10/3: Mismatch Monday
Tuesday, 10/4: Twinning Tuesday
Wednesday, 10/5: Wacky Wednesday
Thursday, 10/6: Throwback Thursday (dress like your favorite decade)
Friday, 10/7: Future Friday- Dress like your future self
Students in 3rd-8th grade will complete our first benchmark testing the week of September 26th. On Tuesday, September 27th all 3rd-8th grade students will complete their ELA benchmark, testing grade level reading and writing standards. On Thursday students will complete their math benchmark. Each of these exams will take place in the morning, proceeded by the child's normal school day. Please ensure that your child is on time for school and well rested to show all that they know. Our teachers use benchmark testing results to celebrate student success and plan for upcoming lessons and units. Teachers will be sharing your child's progress and academic updates at Fall Parent Teacher Conferences.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Mark your calendars, parent-teacher conferences are around the corner at Marley Park. Conferences will take place the week of October 3rd. Please be on the lookout for an email from your child's teacher to schedule a time for your conference. We are excited to share celebrations and set goals as we wrap up quarter one and look toward the months to come at Marley Park. We appreciate all of your continued support and the time that you take to partner with us in your child's success.
Annual Student Update
Please remember to complete the Annual Student Update through your parent portal. This update is important to ensure that we have up-to-date medical and contact information for your child in the event of an emergency. You are also able to adjust your communication preferences (phone, text, and/or email) to ensure you are getting the various message types in the way that you would like. To complete this update please visit Dysart.org/ParentPortal or use the Campus Parent app.
Baseball & Softball at Marley Park
Our sports season at Marley Park kicks off with our first games the week of September 12th. Come out and support our Mavericks as they complete at the highest level through the Northwest Valley Athletic Conference (NWVAC) Division. For a full schedule and more information on middle level athletics visit the link below.
Join us for our Kindergarten through 8th grade Marley Park Curriculum Night on Wednesday, August 31st from 4:30- 5:30 PM. Each grade level will host two sessions, please consider attending one. The sessions will be repeat sessions so you are able to attend multiple sessions if you have multiple children at Marley Park. Kindergarten through 3rd-grade teachers will focus on our 95% Phonics Curriculum and 4th grade through 8th grade will share curriculum routines that are aligned to our new Illustrative Math Curriculum.
8th Grade Algebra meeting will take place from 5:00-5:30 for all students who are enrolled in Algebra for High School Credit.
2022-2023 Move On When Reading Information Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Each year the Dysart School District and Marley Park provide important information pertaining to Move on When Reading. This letter is posted below and will be sent home with all students in Kindergarten through Third Grade. Teachers will share more information with families at curriculum night on August 31st from 4:30-5:30 pm.
2022-2023 MOWR Letter- English
Marley Park General PTA Meeting
Our first PTA meeting of the year will take place on Tuesday, August 16th at 6:00 PM in the school cafeteria. Our AMAZING team has many fun and exciting events planned for the year. Join the PTA and support as they continue to plan for event and support our students and school community.
This week we welcomed back over 1,050 students to our Marley Park campus! We are so excited for the year to come, the energy is high and our Mavericks are excited to be back at school. We appreciate the support of our families and community and look forward to our continued partnerships as we strive to BEtter Every Day focusing on academic excellence for ALL. Stay informed and up to date by following us on social media and making sure that your contact information is up to date in your parent portal!
Back to School Updates and Reminders
We can not believe that in less than two weeks we will be welcoming our Mavericks back onto campus. Please take time to check your email for Marley Park beginning-of-the-year updates and reminders. Page two contains our 2022-2023 school-wide goals followed by a monthly calendar on page three. We can not wait to see all of our returning Mavericks and to meet our new families!
2022-2023 Optional School Supplies
If you are planning on back-to-school shopping, please take time to look over the optional school supplies for your child's grade level!
Meet the Teacher Night
Please join us for Meet the Teacher at Marley Park on Monday, August 1st from 5:30-7:00pm.
We look forward to seeing all of our Mavericks and families!
- Class lists will be posted in the courtyard beginning at 5:30pm
- Dens Club will be onsite for information regarding before and after school care
- Please stop by the library to join our PTA and purchase 2022-2023 Maverick spirit shirts
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 5:30-7:00pm. 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 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.
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:
- Review the volunteer handbook and complete the volunteer application at Dysart.org/Volunteer
- Make an appointment for your volunteer orientation
- Coordinate your schedule through the school office
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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
- 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!
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.