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24/25 School Year Teacher Assignments

Wondering who your child's teacher will be for the upcoming school year? 

Teacher assignments will be posted in the ParentSquare platform/app on July 22, 2024. 

Dysart will send out communication in July with instructions for setting up ParentSquare. Please be watching for that information to come in July.

06/03/2024 Direct Link

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Summer Office Hours

School's out for summer... & our staff are out of the office too!

Our school office is currently closed for the summer. We will re-open to the public on July 10, 2024.

  • May 31st - July 9th ~ School Office Closed
  • July 10th - July 19th ~ School Office Open, Monday - Thursday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM
  • May 31st - July 19th ~ School Office Closed on Fridays

Parents and guardians can complete the necessary registration information online at at any time. 

For in-person enrollment assistance between June 3rd and July 9th, families may visit the District Office Monday through Thursday at 15802 N. Parkview Place in Surprise, Arizona.  

Beginning July 10th, parents/guardians can receive in-person enrollment assistance at the Western Peaks front office. 

05/30/2024 Direct Link

megaphone announcing we're hiring

Western Peaks is Now Hiring for the 24/25 School Year!

We are hiring for the following positions:

  • 5th Grade Teacher   -   Apply here!
  • Music Teacher   -   Apply here!
  • PE Teacher (1/2 Time Position)   -   Apply here!
  • Resource Paraprofessional   -   Apply here & list Western Peaks as your preferred location!
  • Specialized 1:1 Paraprofessional and/or STC Paraprofessional  -   Apply here & list Western Peaks as your preferred location!

05/29/2024 Direct Link

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1st Day of School is August 1st!

Mark you calendars for the first day of school! 

  • 1st Day of School - Thursday, August 1, 2024
  • 9:00 am - 3:45 pm
  • Soft Start begins at 8:40 am

05/29/2024 Direct Link

Teacher and student hugging

Meet the Teacher/Open House Night!

July 30th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm!

Stop through to meet your child's new teacher for the 24/25 school year! Teachers will provide important information for parents about their classroom & what to expect in the new year of learning! We hope to see you there! 

05/29/2024 Direct Link

Western Peaks PTSA 2024-2024-Kindergarten Promotion

Western Peaks PTSA

Western Peaks PTSA sponsored many school events and fundraisers this year..  We are looking forward to more events next school year. A HUGE thanks to Chris Ireland-President, Jessica Pahel-Vice President, Melody Pahel-Treasurer, Secretary-Nicole Bartalos.  See you next school year!

05/20/2024 Direct Link

student's project on bee facts

Innovation Night

Western Peaks highlighted its best projects.  Various galleries of student projects were displayed and students were able to participate in hands on activities.  See various pictures here: Innovation Night      

05/17/2024 Direct Link

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Willow Canyon High School Tutors

For the second year, Western Peaks, has been gifted to have students from Willow Canyon High School spend their afternoons once a week tutoring our students.  High school students like, "Paris," have made a positive impact on our young students' success!  Thank you Willow Canyon student volunteers and best of luck to you in the future!

05/15/2024 Direct Link

students playing Tic Tac Toe

2nd Grade Tic Tac Toe

Second graders are wrapping up their economics unit in social studies. Ms. Roemer's class reviewed the roles of producers and consumers with a friendly game of Tic Tac Toe. Students had to flip a card and then identify a scenario that was an example of either a producer or consumer. 

05/15/2024 Direct Link

student with her Give me S'more subtraction

2nd Grade S'more Math

The second graders have been reviewing addition and subtraction for their end of the year unit test. The students in Ms. Roemer's class worked on their 3-digit subtraction, earning a component of a S'more with each correct answer. Once all six subtraction problems were complete and correct they could enjoy their S'more! These kids were begging for S'more subtraction! 

05/15/2024 Direct Link

students working on activities for "O," is for outside

"O," is for Outside

1st grade continues to celebrate the alphabet by going "O"utside, for the letter, "O!"

05/08/2024 Direct Link

teachers and students at lunch

Channeling ABC's

First graders are continuing to celebrate the end of the school year with the ABC countdown. They celebrated "L" with a fun filled lunch in the cafeteria with all the first grade teachers. Everyone is so excited for the rest of the countdown!

05/06/2024 Direct Link

Western Peak's Mathlete Team

Mathletes 2024 Competition!

Congratulations to our 3rd/4th grade Mathlete Team!  They competed in our district math competition.  They worked hard, were focused, and came together as a team to place 8th out of 21 teams.  We are so proud of them!

05/06/2024 Direct Link

Four students at the Arizona Science Center

2nd Grade Trip to the Arizona Science Center

Our second grade classes went on a field trip to the Arizona Science Center! Students got to explore the science of bubbles, investigate vibrations in sound, participate in the new OceanXperience exhibit, and so much more.  -- 

04/24/2024 Direct Link

End of Testing Celebration!

Third and Fourth Grade Celebration

Western Peak's Student Council bought donuts for the 3rd and 4th grades to celebrate the end of testing.  What a wonderful way to end testing!

04/22/2024 Direct Link

Students playing with bubbles

Bubble Fun

1st Grade classes got to learn about bubbles while at the same time having fun with bubbles!

04/18/2024 Direct Link

To-Do list with reminder to wear red today

Spirit Week April 22-25, 2024

Let's see that Falcon spirit this week!  Join us in celebrating the end of testing!

Monday-Wear all green for earth day!

Tuesday-Tie Dye Tuesday!

Wednesday-School Spirit day!

Thursday-Hawaiian shirt day! Aloha!

Friday-No school

04/16/2024 Direct Link


Bee Educated

Western Peaks Kindergarten and 1st Grade students received a bee education from an real beekeeper!  They learned about the important roll bees play our environment.

04/15/2024 Direct Link

classwork on graphing math scores

AASA Testing

Students in 4th grade have been busy the last couple of months preparing for the AASA tests in reading, writing, and math.  They have set goals for their tests based off of last year's AASA scores and their benchmark scores from this year.  Then they met with Principal Brown and Assistant Principal Ireland to go over their goals and show what a "Smartie" they are!  Prior to the test each morning, students will receive a treat provided by our amazing PTSA to get started off on the right foot!  Good luck to all 4th graders on the AASA test this week!   April 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2024

04/15/2024 Direct Link

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Studying, observing and curiosity

Mrs. Duran's class has been doing some cross curricular learning in Kindergarten this week. In reading their new vocabulary words to know were “study, observe, and curious” we’ve taken those words to our science unit where we have been observing our own alfalfa seeds grow. Students have shown curiosity by predicting what would happen to their plants as the days pass. Today students used a science tool to study the parts of their plant they then recorded their data in a plant journal. 

04/04/2024 Direct Link

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Academic Awards Assembly

Western Peaks held its quarterly Academic Awards Assembly on March 29, 2024.  This is our opportunity for Western Peaks students and parents to celebrate their academic achievements and the Falcon Flyer awards for being Respectful, Responsible, and Kind.  We are proud of our students!

04/03/2024 Direct Link

Ms Nanoo

Snacks for Testing

That face of happiness from Ms Nanoo comes from her sorting through snacks!  Western Peaks PTSA has supplied Western Peaks students with snacks for testing days.  Western Peaks has the BEST PTSA!  Thank you!

04/03/2024 Direct Link

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Data and Measurement

This week in first grade we are learning about measuring using non standard units. The students have loved measuring and then comparing their data with partners. Their favorite part was measuring their teacher’s foot and then their partner’s. They were very excited!

03/28/2024 Direct Link

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State Testing-April 2024

State Testing takes place this year in April on the following dates:  3rd, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th.  Please mark your calendars for these dates to insure your child gets plenty of rest and is ready to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained this year.

03/11/2024 Direct Link

students participating in Read Across America Night

Read Across America Night

Students and parents enjoyed a night of reading and fun activities for, "Read Across America Night!"  One of the most popular activities is the cake walk!

03/11/2024 Direct Link


Third Quarter Academic Awards Assembly, March 29, 2024

Third Quarter Academic Awards Assembly takes place on Friday, March 29, 2024

9:15 am-2nd and 3rd Grades

10:00 am-Kindergarten and 1st Grade

10:45 am-4th Grade

03/04/2024 Direct Link

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PTSA Red Robin Fundraiser

March 5, 2024 20% of sales will be donated to the school/PTSA.  Mention to your server you are there for the Western Peaks Elementary school fundraiser.  Or, show the flyer that was sent home.

03/04/2024 Direct Link

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Read Across America Night

Come out and enjoy all the fun reading activities planned for the evening of March 7, 2024 to celebrate Read Across America Week.

03/04/2024 Direct Link

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Tax Credit

Donate to our Western Peaks Tax Credit and help support our before/after school extracurricular clubs, fine arts clubs and tutoring!  We will put up a shamrock with your family name for every donation. As us for assistance!  Our school goal is $20 per family.    

03/01/2024 Direct Link

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Read Across America-Spirit Week

Read Across America, Spirit Week, is March 4th thru March 8th

Monday, March 4th - Crazy Sock Day-Wear a pair of wild and crazy socks.

Tuesday, March 5th - Crazy Hat Day-Wear a crazy hat to school.

Wednesday, March 6th - Wacky Wednesday-Wear all your wacky patterns, stripes, and polka dots!

Thursday, March 7th - Oh, the places you'll go!-Dress like what you want to be when you grow up.

Friday,  March 8th - Pajama Day-Wear some comfy, cozy pajamas!

02/27/2024 Direct Link

students working on 4th Grade Math Strategies

4th Grade Math Strategies

Students in 4th grade are currently learning how to multiply 2-, 3-, and 4-digit numbers by 1-digit and 2-by-2-digit numbers using a variety of strategies.  They are learning to use base-10 blocks, repeated addition, area model, partial products, and the standard algorithm to find the product and then ultimately choosing which strategy works best for them.  Students are also being the expert by teaching their classmates how to solve these multiplication problems and finding errors in other students' problems to achieve success!

02/15/2024 Direct Link

students at Musical Instrument Museum

3rd Grade Field Trip-Musical Instrument Museum

Third grade explored the science of sound production and vibration at the Musical Instrument Museum.  Students learned the different categories of instruments that make up an orchestra.  Students participated in an African drumming workshop where they learned how to make different sound and rhythm patterns on the djembe drum.  This field trip was music to our ears!

02/15/2024 Direct Link

students at Donuts with Guardians

Donuts with Guardians

Western Peaks PTSA hosted, "Donuts with Guardians," today as part of their twice annual donut and Scholastic Book Fair.  This was also an opportunity for one of Western Peaks former students to attend this event!  Thank you Western Peaks PTSA!

02/07/2024 Direct Link

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We want your feedback!

                                 Click the following link to access this years survey:  Parent Survey 23-24

02/06/2024 Direct Link

student learning about the sun with a paper gnome

Mrs Roemer's 2nd grade class learns about the sun and shadows

Second grade is observing how the sun's position changes in a twenty-four hour period. Ms. Roemer's class investigated how shadows change as the position of the sun changes. They made paper gnomes and moved the flashlight to match the gnome's shadow to the pattern on the paper. 

02/05/2024 Direct Link

Second grade learning about timelines.

Mrs. Roemer's 2nd Grade learning about timelines

The second graders wrapped up their social studies unit by creating timelines. Students in Ms. Roemer's class learned about the history of Surprise, and created a timeline with their facts.

02/05/2024 Direct Link

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Ms Kelley's 2nd grade class went on a mission of kindness

Ms. Kelley’s class was on a mission to spread kindness, with a, "heart,"  attack. They wrote kind notes and put them on Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Ireland’s doors.

02/05/2024 Direct Link

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Mrs. Flanigan's 3rd Grade Marshmallows and Toothpicks

Mrs. Flanigan's 3rd Grade celebrated the 100th day of school by seeing how high they could build a tower with 100 marshmallows and toothpicks!  You can see more pictures by clicking the following link:  100 Marshmallows and toothpicks 

02/05/2024 Direct Link

students dressed as 100 year old people

Fun with 100!

Mrs. Duran's class had 100's of fun activities celebrating the 100th Day of School on the 23rd.  This is what they believe a 100 year old person looks like!

01/24/2024 Direct Link

100 year old Kindergartners

100 year old Kindergarteners

Mrs. Spindler had fun celebrating the 100th day by using an aging photo progression application.  Looks like some pretty amazing kindergarten centenarians! 

01/24/2024 Direct Link

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One Hundredth Day of School

Western Peaks various classes will be celebrating 100 Days of School on January 23, 2024!  

01/19/2024 Direct Link

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Spring Picture Day-February 1, 2024

Spring picture day is February 1, 2024, don't forget to look your best and wear a smile!

01/19/2024 Direct Link

Happy Martin Luther King Day with American flag

Martin Luther King Day

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, school will not be in session on Monday, January 15, 2024.  School Resumes on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

01/12/2024 Direct Link

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Academic Awards Assembly 2nd Quarter

Second Quarter Awards Assembly will take place on January 25, 2024 at the following times:

2nd & 3rd Grades-9:15 am

Kindergarten & 1st Grade-10:00 am

4th Grade-10:30 am

If your child is receiving an award you will receive a notification from your child's teacher.

01/08/2024 Direct Link

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Find a Buddy

This past Tuesday was Spirit Day, Buddy Day.  Looks like there were a lot of staff enjoying buddy day!

12/20/2023 Direct Link

Students at Fat Cats

PTSA Fat Cats Night

What is better than a night of fun at Fat Cats and a PTSA Fundraising Activity?  Having your best friends to play with at Fat Cats!

12/20/2023 Direct Link

pinecones and snow

Spirit Week! Week of December 18-22, 2023

Monday-Deck the Halls-Wear holiday colors

Tuesday-Buddy the Elf- Find a buddy and wear matching holiday gear

Wednesday-Fleece Navidad, Joy to the Wool- Wear a holiday sweater & fuzzy socks

Thursday-Heads Up Whoville-Wear your hair like a Who, or wear a holiday hat

Friday-Comfy Cozy-Wear some cozy pajamas-school appropriate.

12/12/2023 Direct Link

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Door Decoration Competition

Our AMAZING PTSA is sponsoring a Holiday Door Decoration Contest.  There are several prizes up for grabs for the staff at Western Peaks.  Go to the Western Peaks PTSA social media pages and vote for your favorite door decoration!

12/12/2023 Direct Link

students with their cards

Kindness in the Community

This week, Mrs. Deffinbaugh's class is reading the story "Kindness in the Community".  We learned that we can help others in our community feel happy by writing them cards.  We wrote cards to our families thanking them for taking care of us.

12/12/2023 Direct Link

Kindergarten class at the Herberger Theater

Herberger Theater-Kindergarten

The Kindergarten classes took a field trip on 12-5-23 to see Childplay's, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, at Herberger Theater.  The students ate their lunch in front of the theater, before the show.  Reports are they enjoyed this picnic as much as the show!  What a fun start to a winter holiday month!

12/06/2023 Direct Link

Gift of Kindness board

The Gift of Kindness

Students in 4th grade are spreading kindness for the month of December!  Each morning a gift reveals a new way students can be kind to one another leading up to Winter Break.  So far, they have monitored the cleanliness of their lunch table, picked up trash on the playground and sat with someone new at lunch.  They can't wait to see what each day brings!

12/05/2023 Direct Link

Presents and Greenery

Winter Break 2023-2024

Don't forget that school will dismiss early at 12:00 pm on Friday, December 22nd.  School will then be closed for Winter Break starting December 25, 2023 and ending on January 8, 2024.  The first day of school after Winter Break is January 9, 2024.

11/30/2023 Direct Link

Crochet Club

Crochet Club

Western Peak's Kindergarten teacher (Mrs. Spindler) started a new club this school in which she taught students basic Crochet stitches.  The students and staff that helped loved learning a new skill!  Maybe there will be blankets made for families this winter!

11/29/2023 Direct Link

Mrs Michels and Mrs. Espinoza Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Backdrop

Our Health Aide, Mrs. Michels and our Data Records Technician, Mrs. Espinoza took time out of their busy schedule to take advantage of our Thanksgiving backdrop during our Thanksgiving Luncheon!

11/29/2023 Direct Link

family at Thanksgiving Luncheon

Thanksgiving Luncheon 2023

Western Peaks had a large turn out for our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on 11-17-23.  Western Peaks is grateful all of our families that come together each year to celebrate reasons to be thankful!

11/28/2023 Direct Link

Disguise a Turkey drawings

Disguise a Turkey

Each Kindergarten class worked hard at disguising a turkey.   There were two winners from teach kindergarten class, and our PTSA donated turkeys and pumpkin pies for the winners.  So many clever disguises!

11/28/2023 Direct Link

students having fun with measurement

Measurement Math

Second grade wrapped up their unit on measurement this week. Ms. Kelley’s class investigated how many inches are in a yard by creating their own yardsticks and using it to measure larger items in class. 

11/27/2023 Direct Link

students learning about weathering and Erosion

Weathering and Erosion

Second grade is studying weathering and erosion. Students investigated where sand at the beach comes from, and why sand may be different colors like the purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach in California.

11/27/2023 Direct Link

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Western Peaks Earns an A!

We are so proud to announce that Western Peaks Elementary School earned an “A” rating from the school accountability labels for the 2022-2023 school year! Western Peaks 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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Thanksgiving Luncheon RSVP

If you plan to attend Western Peaks annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on November 6th, please don't forget to send in your RSVP.   Follow the link with more information and the RSVP.  Thank you!  Thanksgiving Luncheon RSVP PDF

10/31/2023 Direct Link

Pumpkins as different storybook characters

This Year's Pumpkin Storybook Winners 2023-2024!

Congratulations to the following students and parents Storybook Pumpkin Winners!  Carissa Iannessa, Derrick Schultz,  Aaron Leighton, Atticus Groom, and Logan Seckel.  There were many wonderful Storybook Pumpkins the choice's were hard make.  Thanks to all of the participants, we loved seeing all of the talent!

10/30/2023 Direct Link

students with their Helping Robots

Third Grade Helping Robots

Mrs. Keely's gifted students created robots that help their community by reporting bad people to the police.

10/27/2023 Direct Link

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Western Peak's Second Annual Storybook Pumpkin Contest

This is the second year that Western Peaks students decorated pumpkins to resemble their favorite storybook.  Parents are encourage to help, and as you can see from the linked gallery, LOTS of fun went into the decorations. Winners are chosen by teachers and staff voting for their favorite storybook pumpkin.  Families can view the entire display Friday, October 27, 2023 during the Trunk or Treat.  Storybook Pumpkins

10/26/2023 Direct Link

Mrs. Wings 1st Class Scarecrows

Mrs. Wings 1st Grade Class Scarecrows

Fall is in the air and Mrs. Wings class is celebrating by making Scarecrows!  

10/25/2023 Direct Link

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Christmas Shopping?

The PTSA is sponsoring a fundraiser through  A portion of the sales will be donated back to the PTSA/School.   Two wins, shop for Christmas while at the same time supporting your child's school.  Packets with more details were sent home, shop at until 11-9-23!

10/25/2023 Direct Link

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Trunk or Treat

Don't forget this Friday October 27. 2023 is Trunk or Treat in the evening.  Lots of candy, two food trucks and a storybook pumpkin showcase in the library!  See you soon!

10/25/2023 Direct Link

Mrs. Spiegel with award

Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to our very own teacher of the month, Mrs. Spiegel who was chosen as our teacher of the month!  Our community partner Remax awards prizes each month to one of Western Peak's teachers!  Congratulations!

10/25/2023 Direct Link

Three students who won September's Falcon Wings

Falcon Wing Winners for the month of September

As part of the PBIS program on the Western Peaks campus Stacie Brown the principal of Western Peaks draws (10) student names from Falcon Wings and those students get to enjoy a treat from the principal. Plus, they receive a certificate and their picture is posted on a bulletin board for the month.  The students enjoy seeing this Hall of Fame!

10/18/2023 Direct Link


First Quarter Academic Awards Assembly

Western Peaks first Academic Awards Assembly will take place on Friday, October 27, 2023. The times are as follows:

2nd and 3rd grades:  9:15 am to 9:40 am

Kindergarten and 1st grade:  9:50 am to 10:15 am

4th grade:  10:20 am to 10:45 am

10/03/2023 Direct Link

student learning about apples

Kindergarten Johnny Appleseed

Mrs. Spindler's kindergarten class had fun this week learning about apples.  They measured and tested them to see apples sink or float, plus, used their senses to describe apples.  Best of all they got to eat the apples as they learned.

09/29/2023 Direct Link

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Attendance Spirit Week October 2-6th, 2023

  • Monday-Neon Day, (Wear your favorite bright colors!)
  • Tuesday-Wacky Tacky, (Wear mismatched outfit.)
  • Wednesday-Wild Wednesday, (Wear wild hair style.)
  • Thursday-Hat Day, (Wear your favorite hat!)
  • Friday-Pajama Day, (Wear your favorite PJ's, within school dress code.) 

09/28/2023 Direct Link


Parent Teacher Conferences

The week of October 2-6, is parent/teacher conference week.  If you haven't already done so, don't forget to schedule an appointment with your child's teacher to meet with them!

09/28/2023 Direct Link


3rd Grade Math Collaboration

Third graders at Western Peaks are exploring math concepts using hands-on learning experiences and collaborating with their peers.  They used items to create arrays and worked together to solve problems.  Awesome focus, mathematicians!

09/20/2023 Direct Link

teachers at Educate to Innovate

Educate to Innovate

 Mrs. Clemens and other Dysart District iExplore Teachers dived into Innovation at the Arizona Science Center's "Educate to Innovate" Conference! The iExplore team explored new frontiers in education, leveraging the latest advances in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to provide our students with an unparalleled learning experience.  

09/20/2023 Direct Link

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PTSA Panda Express Fundraiser 9-20-23

Don't forget that today and tonight is the PTSA Fundraiser at Panda Express.  Don't cook tonight, order dinner from Panda Express.  A portion of the sales will be donated Western Peaks/PTSA

09/20/2023 Direct Link

Mrs. Dominguez 1st Grade Class-Conversations

Mrs. Dominguez 1st Grade Conversations

Students in Mrs. Dominguez's class have been working on academic conversations. Students have been working on listening to their partners and explaining their thinking to their peers. 

09/12/2023 Direct Link

States of Matter

States of Matter

Second graders are learning about different states of matter. After researching liquids, Ms. Roemer's class took a virtual tour of the Hoover Dam and put their engineer hats on to design their own dam. Students had a goal to redirect the water for a city who needs to use the water to produce electricity. 

09/12/2023 Direct Link

Fall Picture Day

Fall Picture Day-September 19, 2023

Grads Photography will be at Western Peaks Elementary School on September 19, 2023.  You can preorder your pictures by clicking here:  Grads Photography

09/12/2023 Direct Link

students dressed as their favorite Storybook Characters

Storybook Characters

Mrs. Lunceford’s kindergarten class celebrated their learning about characters, settings and main events in fiction with character day. Students shared some of their favorite books and dressed as the main characters from those books. 

09/01/2023 Direct Link

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Creating Patterns

Mrs. Spindler's Kindergarten class collaborated to create pattern blocks.

08/31/2023 Direct Link

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Western Peaks Read-a-Thon

Help us fundraise for our school! Please donate today by clicking the button below or scanning the QR code! Our fundraiser is from August 28th - September 8th.

08/31/2023 Direct Link

Preschool students creating a building

Pre-school building......

Preschool students are working together and building collaboratively.  What an awesome building!

08/29/2023 Direct Link

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Kindergarten Math Talks

Mrs. Duran's Kindergarten students are learning how to have math talks with their peers.  In pairs, students had to recognize and name small groups of objects and images without counting.  

08/17/2023 Direct Link

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Follow Us!

Please follow us on social media! Follow @WPESFalcons on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter! 

08/15/2023 Direct Link

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PTSA Bingo Night-August 25, 2023

Have some family fun at Western Peaks!  The PTSA is sponsoring a BINGO Night on August 25, 2023 from 6 to 8 pm.  They will have available for purchase pizza $3, drinks $1, candy $1, a meal of pizza, drink & candy for $5.

08/14/2023 Direct Link

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Preschool First Day of School

First Day for Preschool students is August 7, 2023. 

Meet the teacher night is August 1, 2023

08/11/2023 Direct Link

Move on When Reading-Kindergarten thru 3rd Grade

Move on When Reading-Kindergarten thru 3rd Grade

A letter went home yesterday to each Kindergarten thru 3rd grade student regarding, Move on When Reading, this link is a copy of the letter that went home on 8-8-23.  Move on When Reading-Kindergarten thru 3rd grade

08/08/2023 Direct Link

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Welcome Back!

Teachers and staff have been excitedly preparing to welcome back returning students and getting to know new students to Western Peaks!  

08/01/2023 Direct Link

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Back to School Information Packet

Please click link to access Western Peak's back to school information packet:   Back to School Information Packet.pdf

07/18/2023 Direct Link

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Western Peaks PTSA Information

Please welcome Western Peak's new PTSA Board:

President - Chris Ireland

Vice President - Jessica Pahel

Treasurer - Melody Pahel

Secretary - Nicole Bartalos.  

You may contact the PTSA at  

Please click the following link to become a member or order a T-Shirt:   Membership and T-Shirt orders 

07/18/2023 Direct Link

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Open House

Please join us for our open house on August 1, 2023 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm 

06/17/2023 Direct Link

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Back to School Optional Supply List

The optional back to school supply list is posted under Essential Resources:  Back to School Optional Supply List 2023-2024

06/01/2023 Direct Link

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Summer Information 2023-2024

School Office Closed 6-2-23 to 7-7-23

Office Reopens 7-10-23

Hours:  8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Closed Fridays until 7-28-23

Registration online 24/7 Enroll now!

06/01/2023 Direct Link

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First Day of School 2023-2024 August 3, 2023

First day of school August 3, 2023

Last bell for students to be seated:  9:00 am

Welcome back! 

Watch your email and snail mail for more information!

06/01/2023 Direct Link

Student working with blocks at innovation night

Innovation Showcase Night

Western Peaks Elementary School held their Innovation Showcase Night on May 10, highlighting the best of Western Peak's student efforts.  Parents and the community got to walk through galleries of student projects, participate in hands-on activities, play educational games, get involved in interactive learning experiences, and have a bite to eat while celebrating our student's hard work!  Thanks to everyone for making it such a great evening!

05/11/2023 Direct Link

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Recycle, Reuse, and Renew

The past few weeks in ESS they have prepared for the Innovation Showcase! In Ms. Obregon's class they learned about recycling, reusing and renewing. Then they used all the skills they learned to plant grass in reused plastic bottles. They have had so much fun and their grass has grown so tall!

05/08/2023 Direct Link

Save The Date painted on a wall

Kindergarten End of Year Celebration

Kindergarten End of Year Celebration.  Parents will be treated to a special program put on by the Kindergarten End of Year Celebration from 9:30 to 10:30 am, on May 19, 2023 in the school cafeteria.

05/02/2023 Direct Link

Mathlete Competition

Western Peaks Mathlete Competition

Congratulations to our 3rd and 4th grade student Mathletes!  They placed 8th out of 22 teams.  They were focused, put in tons of effort, and worked so well together as a team.  I am so proud of them!  

05/01/2023 Direct Link

Third Grade students with their earth pictures

Earth Day

Ms Flanigan's 3rd grade class learned that Earth is our home, and it's important that we take care of it. It is important that we continue to learn and protect planet Earth. They discussed several things we can do to help! They can spend the day picking up trash, cleaning parks, planting trees, and even educating others about how important it is to care for our planet.  They also learned that the ocean covers 71% of the Earth and makes up 99% of the living space on this planet, and only 1% of all this water is fresh!

04/26/2023 Direct Link

students holding earthworms.

Kindergarten learns about earthworms.

Kindergarten students are learning about living things above and below the soil. Our big book Earthworms came alive as we got to hold some worms and feel them wiggle!

04/18/2023 Direct Link

Teacher's Day written on a post it with school supplies

Teacher Appreciation Week

In celebration/recognition of Western Peaks teachers, the PTSA is asking for donated items, (examples: snakes and school supplies) to be dropped off at Western Peaks the week of May 1-5, 2023.

04/18/2023 Direct Link


PTSA Board Meeting

If you are interested in joining or helping the PTSA next year please attend this meeting on May 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm  Question?  Contact the PTSA at

04/18/2023 Direct Link

student holding a picture of a lion

Animal Traits-1st Grade

In Mrs. Akin’s first grade class they are learning about how animal traits are passed down from parents to their babies. They played a game with animal pictures and trait descriptions. One partner held a picture up to their forehead while the other student named traits of the animal. The student then had to guess the animal. The class had so much fun guessing the animals based on the different traits.

04/10/2023 Direct Link

two students with a plant

Kindergarten Seed Lifecycle

Kindergarten learned about the lifecycle of a seed as they planted their own seeds.  We learned about the things plants need to survive, as well as the parts of plants.

04/06/2023 Direct Link

Preschool class working together to "build"

Preschool Team Building

The Preschool team working together with all related service providers. We read a story and did a workshop to go along with the story "Build it." We worked on all areas of development. 

03/28/2023 Direct Link

banner that says dance

PTSA Dance-May 5, 2023

PTSA will be sponsoring a dance on May 5, 2023, 6 to 8 pm.

03/27/2023 Direct Link

Mayor Skip Hall, assistant Gina Neria, and Mrs. Wilson's 3rd grade class

City of Surprise-Mayor's Office

Thank you to the City of Surprise, Mayor Skip Hall and assistant Gina Neria, who brought pizza to Mrs. Wilson's 3rd grade class to celebrate winning the City of Surprise Reading Challenge! Congratulations to Mrs. Wilson's 3rd grade class!

03/27/2023 Direct Link

students playing music with xylophones

Music with Xylophones

In Music class, 2nd grade students compose their own music on their Chromebook and then play their music on Xylophones. Musicians in the making!

03/27/2023 Direct Link

Bianca Reynolds with Dysart Hero Award

Western Peaks Hero of the Year!

A HUGE congratulations to Bianca Reynolds who was nominated and won the Dysart Hero Award for excellence in volunteering at Western Peaks Elementary.  Bianca has been serving Western Peaks as a PTSA member for many years.  Our students and staff appreciate and love the service both Bianca Reynolds, our PTSA and other volunteers donate to our school!  Well deserved Bianca!

03/09/2023 Direct Link

students Seed Grasping

Seed Grasping Investigation

Fourth graders are busy learning all about animal adaptations. They completed a Seed Grasping Investigation which allowed them to mimic different bird beaks using tweezers/tongs and attempt to pick up a variety of seeds. They collaborated to determine which "bird beak" was best adapted for each seed. 

03/02/2023 Direct Link

Coach supporting his peer

Rally Coach 3rd Grade

Together, we can do so much!  Students in third grade have been trying out a strategy called Rally Coach.  Students are getting to coach their peers to give feedback and be their biggest supporter.  Go team!

02/23/2023 Direct Link

Spirit Week

Read Across America Week-Spirit Week

Monday, 2-27-23:  Crazy Sock Day, wear a wild and crazy pair of socks.

Tuesday, 2-28-23:  Crazy Hat Day, wear a crazy hat to school today.

Wednesday, 3-1-23:  Wear all your wacky patterns, stripes, and polka dots.

Thursday, 3-2-23:  Dress what you want to be when you grow up.

Friday, 3-3-23:  Wear some comfy cozy pajamas.

02/23/2023 Direct Link

Read Across America Night

Read Across America Night

Western Peaks is hosting Read Across American Night on March 2, 2023 from 5 to 6:30 pm.  Come join the fun!

02/21/2023 Direct Link

Valentine Buddies

Valentine's Day Fun with Willow Canyon Basketball Team

On Valentines Willow Canyon's basketball team along with Coach Colletti assisted Mrs. Spindler's kindergarten class in making Valentine Day crafts.  We love our volunteers!

02/21/2023 Direct Link

Plant lifecycle

Growing popcorn

Students in Mrs. Dominguez's 1st grade class has been learning about a plants life cycle. They have planted popcorn kernels and are observing the growth of the plant.

02/06/2023 Direct Link

PTSA Book Fair

PTSA Book Fair 2-6-23 to 2-9-23

If parents want to set up an e-wallet for their student/child/ren book fair you can set up one up on the Scholastic website. This is a safe way to allow students to purchase books and more. You can put any amount on the Scholastic electronic wallet, students can then use e-wallet and parents don’t have to worry about them losing their money.  Link to Create a Scholastic Wallet   Late hours for parents to view and purchase from the book fair is Thursday, Feb 9,  2023 until 6 pm.

02/06/2023 Direct Link

100th day of school

100th Day of School

The students at Western Peaks Elementary School had a blast on the 100th Day of School on January 23. The Kinder classrooms had a ton of fun and dressed the part of Centenarians! The day featured learning activities involving the number 100. They stacked 100 cups, counted 100 fruit loops, built a masterpiece journal, stamped to 100, and answered this question during an ELA writing exercise - What would you be doing at 100 years old?

01/23/2023 Direct Link


Color Run Schedule

The Color Run will be held on the field behind the Gym-Basketball Courts on 1-27-23

1:15-1:45 pm-(am&pm) & Kindergarten

2:00 - 2:30 pm-3rd & 4th Grades

2:45 - 3:15 pm-1st & 2nd Grades

01/19/2023 Direct Link


Don't forget to purchase a yearbook!

Don't forget to pre-order a yearbook today!  The cost to purchase a basic Western Peaks yearbook starts at $30.00.  

Purchase online:  

  • step #1  go to, 
  • step #2 SELECT SHOP ONLINE, (select location, "Surprise")  and school (WesternPeaks) 
  • step #3 Follow the online instructions.  (*Yearbooks can be personalized at an additional cost, see the online instructions.)

01/19/2023 Direct Link

Western Peaks Celebrates A Rating

Celebrating "A," Rating

Western Peak's staff was treated to a scrumptious breakfast celebrating an "A," rating from the Arizona State Board of Education.  To view pictures click the following link: A rating celebration

01/11/2023 Direct Link


Color Fun Run 2023

January 17th is the kick off day of Western Peak's goal  of raising $20,000 to go towards shading, playground equipment, and wall wraps. If we meet our goal, students will get to try to dunk Principal Brown & Assistant Principal Ireland in a dunk tank! 

The actual run will take place on January 27, 2023. Parents are welcome to watch and/or volunteer to run with your child/ren. 

Donate now!

January 27th Color Run Schedule ~

  • 1:15 - 1:45 pm ~ Preschool (am & pm) & Kindergarten 
  •  2:00 - 2:30 pm ~ 3rd & 4th Grade 
  •  2:45 - 3:15 pm ~ 1st & 2nd Grade

01/10/2023 Direct Link

clock and note with words, don't forget

School Resumes on Thursday, January 5, 2023

Winter Breaks starts on 12-21-22, school resumes on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

12/20/2022 Direct Link


Second Quarter Awards Assembly

Second Quarter Awards Assembly takes place on January 13, 2023

K-2nd Grades:  3:00 pm

3rd & 4th Grades:  2:00 pm

12/20/2022 Direct Link

3rd grade students working on Turkey Traps

Turkey Traps-3rd Grade

Third grade students used collaboration, ingenuity, and STEAM skills to create and build turkey traps!  They had to be sure their trap was sturdy enough so that it could be raised and lowered with a pulley system to trap a turkey! 

12/15/2022 Direct Link

Fourth Grade students Coding

Fourth Grade Coding

Fourth grade participated in Computer Science Education Week last week. The students joined the rest of the world in "The Hour of Code," where they were able to pick a self-guided activity (or multiple) to complete and learn more about coding.

12/15/2022 Direct Link

Spirt Week-Buddy Elf Day

Buddy Elf Day-3rd Grade Teachers

In the spirit of the holidays our 3rd grade teachers showed the spirit of Buddy Elf Day by twining times five!

12/15/2022 Direct Link


Holiday Spirit Week 2022

Monday, 12-12-22-Deck the Halls (Wear holiday colors)

Tuesday, 12-13-22-Buddy Elf Day (Find a buddy & wear matching holiday gear)

Wednesday, 12-14-22-Fleece Navidad, Joy to the Wool (Wear a holiday sweater & fuzzy socks)

Thursday, 12-15-22-Heads up Whoville (Wear your hair like a Who, or wear a holiday hat)

Friday, 12-16-22-Comfy & Cozy (Wear some cozy pajamas.)

Monday, 12-19-22-Bah Humbug (Wear your Grinchiest outfit.)

12/13/2022 Direct Link

Students with their butterflies

Butterfly Life Cycle

Mrs. Akin’s first grade class were learning about how animals grow and change. They started discussing the different life cycles of animals. One of their favorites was learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. They are excited to learn more!

12/01/2022 Direct Link

The five branches of the United States Military

In honor of Veterans Day

In honor of Veteran's Day, Mrs. Spindler's class learned about the five branches of the United States Military.  They then wrote letters to military members thanking them for their service.

11/15/2022 Direct Link


PTSA Panda Express Fundraiser Night

The PTSA is hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, 11-15-22 at Panda Express, located at 16760 W. Waddell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85388  A portion of the sales will be donated to Western Peaks Elementary School.  Show the flier when ordering, or if ordering online use the code 339964.  You can visit or order online starting at 9:30 am and ending at 9:30 pm on 11-15-22.  

11/08/2022 Direct Link

dog in a wig

Fall Spirit Week 11-14-22 to 11-18-22

Monday-"Merica Monday:  Wear red, white, and blue!

Tuesday-Twinning Tuesday:  Grab a friend, or two and dress alike!

Wednesday-Wake me up Wednesday:  Wear pajamas today!

Thursday-Tye Dye Thursday:  Wear tye dye clothing today.

Friday-Falcon Family Friday:  Wear your Western Peaks spirit wear or black, silver/gray, and yellow.

11/08/2022 Direct Link

Pre-School class with Tye Dye shirts

Preschool Class-Tye Dye Spirit Class

All three Preschool classrooms worked to create a Preschool spirt shirt.  They all had a blast creating them from preparing to picking the colors.  Preschool spirit is strong at Western Peaks!  #Falconfamily

11/07/2022 Direct Link


Western Peaks Holiday Toy Drive

Western Peaks Student Council is working in conjunction with Western and Northern Maricopa County Foster Care to collect toys for children in the foster care system.  They will be collecting new unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages from newborn to sixteen, from November 7, 2022 to December 7, 2022.  The toys will be picked up on December 8, 2022.  If you have questions please contact or 

11/07/2022 Direct Link

mugs and donuts

Western Peaks PTSA Board Meeting

Come out and support Western Peak's fantastic PTSA, by attending their  Board Meeting, Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 3:50 pm.  

11/07/2022 Direct Link

students at Tolmachoff Farms

Second Grade Field Trip to Tolmachoff Farms

All of the Second Grade classes went on a field trip to Tolmachoff Farms and learned about the lifecycle of plants. They were excited to bring home the fruits of the lifecycle at the end of the day.

11/04/2022 Direct Link

Love Our Schools volunteers

Love Our Schools Day

Principal Brown and Assistant Principal Ireland worked with volunteers on Saturday morning to beautify Western Peaks courtyard.  We are thankful to our volunteers Leigh Johnson, Carmen Johnson, Nancy Palmer and her parents, as well as Zeta Amicae of Surprise.  #LoveOurSchoolsDay!

11/03/2022 Direct Link

Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to our school level Spelling Bee winners!  Chase Horton is our first place winner, and David Smith is the runner up.  Chase Horton will go on to represent our school in the Dysart District competition.  In the event that Chase Horton is unable to attend, David Smith will represent the school.  Way to go Chase and David, we are proud of you!

11/03/2022 Direct Link

Cadence and her father Matt Sleyzak with the table of kindness

Table of Kindness

In recognition of November, a month of thankfulness, Western Peaks is thankful for the support of our parents.  Speaking of thankfulness, this picture is of a beautiful table made and donated to Western Peaks by Cadence's father, Matt Sleyzak.  Thank you so much!

11/03/2022 Direct Link

students playing golf

Mrs. Akin's 1st Grade Class

Mrs. Akin's 1st grade class finished their Science unit on force & motion by doing a Science investigation with mini golf.  Students created a golf course & then played golf.  Learning and play is a good combination!

11/03/2022 Direct Link

Star and western peaks logo on background

Western Peaks Elementary "A" Label

Western Peaks 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

Storybook Pumpkin

Storybook Pumpkins

Lots of imaginations at work  decorating pumpkins this week to go along with the coming holiday!  Click the link to see some of the storybook pumpkins students decorated  Storybook pumpkins

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

Kindergarten learning about shapes.

Kindergarten learning about shapes

Western Peak's Kindergarten class learned all about shapes by making a pizza with all sorts of shapes!

10/25/2022 Direct Link

students with their 1st Quarter Awards

1st Quarter Awards Assembly 2022

Families were invited to attend Western Peaks 1st Quarter Awards Assembly.  Students had the opportunities to win awards all of 1st quarter which cumulates into an all campus celebration at the end of the quarter.  Western Peaks had a wonderful turn out with families coming out to honor the students!  We are proud of all of our students and their hard work!

10/25/2022 Direct Link

New Plant Manager, Tony Cox

Welcome to our new Plant Manager

Please join us in welcoming our newest Falcon Family member Tony Cox.  If you see him out and about on our campus please give him a warm welcome!

10/25/2022 Direct Link

School Aide/Crossing Guard, Becky LaBrie

School Aide-Crossing Guard

Western Peaks is happy to add an additional School Aide-Crossing Guard, Becky LaBrie.  Becky will be helping Western Peaks students in the cafeteria as well as crossing students in the morning and afternoon.  We are happy to welcome Becky to the Falcon Family!

10/25/2022 Direct Link

Crossing Guard, Jill Brown

New Crossing Guard, Jill Brown

Western Peaks welcomes its newest Crossing Guard, Jill Brown.  Please join us in welcoming our newest Falcon Family member!

10/25/2022 Direct Link

Thanksgiving Luncheon 11-18-22

You're Invited!

Western Peaks Elementary will be hosting a Thanksgiving Luncheon on 11-18-22.  The Thanksgiving menu includes the following:  Oven-Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Stuffing, Green Beans and Fresh-Baked Rolls, as well as Scratch-made Pumpkin Cake.  Cost per person is at follows:  Free student price-$0, Reduced student price-$.40, Full paid student-$2.60, District staff and non-student-$3.50.  Only cash or checks will be accepted, small bills please!  Credit/Debit cards are not accepted.  Lunch times are as follows:  Kindergarten...10:30 to 11:00 am, 1st Grade....11:10 to 11:40 am, 2nd Grade....11:40 am-12:10 pm, 4th Grade....12:20-12:50 pm, 3rd Grade....1:00 pm-1:30 pm  **Students will go to recess after their lunch time. Visitors will exit through the courtyard, as visitors are not permitted on the playgrounds during the school day.  Paper invites was sent home through your students and is posted here.  If you plan to attend please fill out the RSVP NO LATER THAN November 4th, with the number of non-student guests and return to the school.  Thank you!

Thanksgiving Luncheon 2022 Invite-RSVP

10/18/2022 Direct Link


Mrs. Garon's Electromagnetic Investigation

Mrs. Garon's 4th grade scientists created an electromagnet in class.  Students were able to build their own electromagnet and explain how a electromagnet works.  Students used academic vocabulary terms like attract, repel, circuit, and electromagnetic properties. 

10/10/2022 Direct Link

Fun Multiplied

Mrs. Yandell's 3rd grade class

Third grade students were able to show their multiplication equations using multiple strategies such as repeated addition and equal groups.  Look at those cereal arrays! Which strategy would you choose?

10/10/2022 Direct Link

students attending AASA Celebration

AASA Celebration

Western Peaks 4th grade students celebrated doing well on the AASA tests, from last year when they were in the 3rd grade.  Part of their celebration included eating cookies with Principal Brown and Assistant Principal Ireland

10/04/2022 Direct Link

Donuts with Mom

PTSA Donuts With Mom

Western Peaks has the best PTSA members!  They along with Western Peaks staff helped hand out over 350 donuts, for their annual bookfair and donut morning!  Thanks to every Western Peaks family members for making this a success! 

10/04/2022 Direct Link


Mrs. Cline's 2nd Grade Class

Mrs. Cline's 2nd grade class explored the different properties of materials used for clothing, such as texture, flexibility, and absorbency. Students then used this information to design and build a hat that protects them from the Sun.

10/03/2022 Direct Link

wooden letters that spell out yearbook

Yearbook Sales!

Yearbooks are now on sale!  This the perfect gift for a birthday or Christmas.  Purchase a yearbook before the price rises on January , 2023. Select (Surprise) as your location, and your school, (Western Peaks) from the drop down list.  Continue to follow the instructions.  Price is $28.00 until January 1, 2023 

09/29/2022 Direct Link

student working on math

Second Grade Math

Second graders are working on subtracting two digit numbers using different strategies, one being an open number line, taking away tens and ones.

09/26/2022 Direct Link

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Parent-Student-Teacher Conference Time

Parent, teacher, student conferences take place the week of October 3rd thru the 6th.  Make an appointment with your child's, teacher.  October 3rd, 6th and 7th are early release days, school lets out at 1:45 pm.

09/26/2022 Direct Link

Fragile Planet Wildlife

Fragile Planet Wildlife

Western Peaks students enjoyed an in-house field trip!  Fragile Planet Wildlife visited us from Texas.  Students learned about the Mexican morelet crocodile, the tortoise, parrots & silkie chicken!

09/23/2022 Direct Link

Mrs. Akin's First Grade Class-Source of Sound

Mrs. Akin's First Grade Source of Sound

Mrs. Akin’s first graders are discovering new things about sound. This week they created kazoos to see what happens when objects vibrate. They were working to answer the question “How can objects vibrate to make sounds of a different pitch?”.They had so much fun making new sounds in the classroom! They also discussed “Why can’t we always see vibrations?”. They then took their kazoos home to share with families.

09/20/2022 Direct Link


Five Senses

Students are finishing the unit on the “Five Senses” in Science class. They made paint from Kool-Aid, water, and glue. They then used their sense of smell to guess which flavor of Kool-Aid they were using to paint their picture.

09/14/2022 Direct Link

Calendar September 21, 2022 Fall Picture Day

Fall Picture Day

Grads Photography will be at Western Peaks Elementary on September 21, 2022 for Fall Picture Day.  You may pre-order by clicking here.  **Your student will receive a specific QR code on picture day to order their Fall pictures. Please note that school dress code will be in effect.  Direct questions for the photographer to Grads Photography at 623-580-4723.  

09/14/2022 Direct Link

Words with read-a-thon total

Read-a-Thon Fundraiser at Western Peaks

The results of our Read-a-Thon fundraiser are in! We raised $28,197!! We almost made our goal of $30,000. Thank you to our families and community for your generous support! We will be using these funds to add equipment to our playgrounds. 

09/13/2022 Direct Link

Pre-school students learning with bubbles

Pre-school learning with Bubbles

Play is simple and complex. There are many types of play: symbolic, socio-dramatic, functional, and games with rules-–to name just a few. Researchers study play’s many aspects: how children learn through play, how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, to the need for recess in the school day.

09/08/2022 Direct Link

PTSA Board Meeting-September 15, 2022

PTSA Board Meeting

The PTSA Board Meeting takes place on September 15, 2022.  The PTSA invites the Western Peaks family to be a part of the PTSA. 

09/08/2022 Direct Link

PTSA Move night, save the date!

Movie Night!

Join us for a free family event, the PTSA will be selling concessions, September 23, 2022.  Bring chairs or blankets to sit and watch, "Lightyear!"

09/08/2022 Direct Link

Book with drawing

PTSA Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the school library.  Books, pens, pencils, erasers, and more.  More information to follow.  Please note that prices do not include tax. 

09/08/2022 Direct Link

Bingo sign with bingo balls

Welcome Back Bingo Night ~ August 19th from 6-8 pm

We hope your family will join us this Friday, August 19th from 6-8 pm for Welcome Back Bingo Night, hosted by the PTSA! Food will be available for purchase.  Hot Dogs - $3, Chips - $1, Drinks - $1, Candy - $1, Meal - $5

08/17/2022 Direct Link

Children playing xylophones

The Making of Musicians!

Students in Mr. Bedolla's 1st grade classes have been learning the names of the musical notes on the staff, and learning how to read and play music from sheet music on their xylophones! 

08/17/2022 Direct Link

Many different hats

Friday Hat Days!

Every Friday students can pay $1 to wear a hat all day at school! 

08/10/2022 Direct Link

Back to school ABC and supplies

Meet The Teacher Night!

We can't wait to see everyone for Meet the Teacher and Curriculum Night!

  • August 1, 2022
  • 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Parking is limited

07/13/2022 Direct Link

Elementary age students

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 4:30-6:30pm. 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

Huda Clemens from Western Peaks Elementary School poses at a recent Diamondbacks game

Three Educators honored by the Arizona Diamondbacks

Three Dysart Schools teachers were recently named D-backs Most Valuable Teachers in STEM by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Huda Clemens from Western Peaks Elementary School received the honor along with Canyon Ridge School teachers Stefanie Lump and Lacey Merritt.

This recognition supports ten outstanding educators monthly from April through August and provides an opportunity to showcase the state's teachers and acknowledge their commitment to students for going above and beyond.  

Below are excerpts from each nomination letter.

Huda Clemons was nominated by Lisa Garon. “She certainly deserves to be recognized for all her extra time, patience and desire to help students become better in the area of STEM,” shared Garon. 

 “Mrs. Clemens is our iExplore teacher and also runs an after-school Robotics Club.  Since she designs and records the morning announcements for our building, she engages our students in those so they can be a part of the process.” 

Stefanie Lump was nominated by Justean Palmer. “Mrs. Lump inspires students on a daily basis as she teaches STEM to her 5th graders,” said Palmer.

 “She supports all the teachers at Canyon Ridge with their Scientific Process, giving them ideas for STEM buckets with kindergarten classrooms and unique STEM projects with the upper grade levels. Her students build STEM projects monthly and she is our main contact for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE): A World in Motion program where retired engineers from General Motors provide valuable presentations to our students.

Lacey Merritt was nominated by Justean Palmer. “Lacey Merritt is a remarkable STEM educator and leader,” shared Palmer.  

“Being the Instructional Coach on campus, I see the dedication she has put into building our STEM program from attending workshops to teaching what STEM truly means, supporting teachers in the Engineering Design Process and challenging the students' thinking at Canyon Ridge. Her students thrive through her hands-on STEM projects that push their understanding of the human body to building structures that withstand a hurricane, all while being able to utilize the design and redesign process.”

The educators received a $1,000 classroom grant courtesy of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Honeywell.  Additionally, the educators received tickets to a recent Diamondbacks game and on-field recognition.  They will be considered for the Most Valuable Teacher of the Year, which includes a $5,000 classroom grant and on-field recognition. 

05/25/2022 Direct Link