Mountain View News
Spring picture day February 16
Mountain View School will be holding spring picture day on Thursday, February 16th. Students will take a class photo with their homeroom and have the opportunity to take individual pictures as well.
Parents can preorder by going to mydorian.com and searching for Mountain View School. Preorders must be placed by 9:00am on the 16th. Only students with an order will be photographed individually.
We look forward to seeing your great smiles!
Mountain View will be closed from Wednesday, December 21st, through Tuesday, December 3rd. The office will reopen at 8am on Wednesday, December 4th, and students all return on Thursday, January 5th.
We hope you all have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday break! We are very proud of what our Mountain Lions have accomplished in the first semester, and look forward to what you will do in the spring!
Thank you to all our Mountain View families who came out to our annual Thanksgiving Lunch! Check out some of the photos below.
We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving Break and we will see you back on Monday, November 28.
Mountain View Thanksgiving Lunch
We are excited that Dysart Nutrition and SFE are providing our students with another amazing Thanksgiving lunch on Friday, November 18th, 2022. We are expecting over 200 guests joining our students for a special lunch!
The menu includes oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, fresh baked rolls, and scratch-made pumpkin cake. The cost for all non-students is $3.50 per person. Student meals cost $2.60, reduced student meals cost $0.40, and students who receive free meals pay nothing.
Cash and checks will be accepted on the day of the event (small bills, please!). There are no pre-sales.
The schedule will be as follows:
10:20-10:40am - Kindergarten
10:45-11:05am - 1st Grade
11:10-11:30am - 6th Grade
11:35-11:55am - 2nd Grade
12:00-12:20pm - 3rd Grade
12:25-12:45 - 4th Grade
12:50-1:10 - 5th Grade
1:15-1:35 - 7th Grade
1:40-2:00 - 8th Grade
Mountain View's Semi-Annual STEAM Night
You are invited to Mountain View's Semi-Annual STEAM Family Night!
Monday, November 7, 2022
*Interactive activities for the whole family
*Grade level STEAM project exhibitions
Our students are excited to show you what they've been learning and how they can utilize the Design Thinking and Engineering Processes to solve problems. Come join us!
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.
Festival of Choirs
Mrs. Featherstone invites you to come support the Mountain View School Elementary and Junior High Choirs at the Dysart Unified School District Festival of Choirs!
The Festival of Choirs will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Vista Center for the Performing Arts.
2:00 pm - Elementary Choral Festival
2:45 pm - Middle/High School Choral Festival
This festival will feature combined choirs from all DUSD schools. The students and staff will come together to create a spectacular day of choral music. Please come and join us!
Coordinator Contact: Danae Marinelli at Danae.Marinelli@dysart.org
Fall Picture orders
Thank you for making picture day yesterday a success!
If you have not already ordered school pictures there is still time. The most efficient and cost-friendly way to order is to visit mydorian.com, search for Mountain View School in Waddell, click the green Order button that corresponds with your school picture day and place your order. This option is available for up to four (4) days after picture day.
Once all of the images have been processed:
Any student that has not ordered will receive an email with a unique access code and instructions to preview their image and place an order. All orders placed using the unique access code will be shipped directly to the student’s home.
Did you miss picture day or want to retake your picture?
Find our school’s retake day date and order information on mydorian.com by searching for your school. Our retake day is November 15th. A student wishing to have their picture retaken should bring their original package back to school and return it to the photographer on retake picture day.
Digital downloads are delivered based on how you ordered.
If you ordered an image download online, you will receive an email with access to your image once it is ready. If you ordered with an envelope, you will receive your download instructions when packages are distributed at the school.
Need More Assistance?
Contact Dorian's Customer Advocate Team by visiting mydorian.com, searching for Mountain View School in Waddell, and clicking on the yellow Help button associated with your picture day.
MVS Fall Picture Day Tuesday, Oct 4
MVS families: fall picture day is Tuesday, October 4th! Order forms will be given directly to the Dorian Studios photographers on Tuesday. You can also order online at dorianstudio.com.
Search for Mountain View School in Waddell, and you can order online. Ordering will be open for 4 days after picture day, and late orders can be placed on the Dorian Studios website as well.
You can contact your child's teacher for their class time slot.
We hope to see lots of smiles!
MVS Updated Arrival/Dismissal Procedures
MVS is working on our drop-off and pick-up routines. The following items will start on Monday.
- For arrival students will enter through the doors located by the iExplore Lab (Library). The gates by the gym will no longer be used. To assist with getting all students to these door please pull all the way forward and then have your child exit your car.
- For Arrival and Dismissal- the area for the Kinder Pickup will be moved further down the drive area. This area will now by located after the 2nd cross walk.
- Please do not park in the pick-up and drop-off lanes at any time. If you are arriving before 3:20 and parking and waiting please find a parking spot instead.
- Please pull all the way forward- this will assist with getting more cars in and out of the school at a faster rate.
- To assist with getting in and out of the car please have your child's items ready for them and have them seated on the curb side of the car ready to exit safely.
- Please only park in areas that are parking areas. The Maricopa County Sheriff will be enforcing all no parking signage.
Thank you for your support!!!
MVS National Junior Honor Society accepting applications!
Mountain View School's National Junior Honor Society is now accepting applications for students in 7th and 8th grade. NJHS is both an honor, recognizing students who excel academically, and a privilege, giving students the opportunity to be student leaders on our campus and in our community. Applications are due September 23, 2022, to Ms. Allen, the NJHS Advisor.
Move On When Reading K-3
Dear K-3 Parents & Guardians,
In the Dysart District, our focus is on providing the best high-quality reading instruction to all students each day. Through a process called Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), all kindergarten through third grade students are screened for reading difficulties in the fall, winter, and spring using the Acadience/DIBELS Next Benchmarks. This literacy universal screening process is a brief assessment administered to all K-3 students to inform teachers of students who are on track and students who may need more targeted intervention. This assessment also includes a dyslexia screener for all students in Kindergarten and first grade to help identify characteristics consistent with dyslexia, but does not diagnose for reading disabilities, nor dyslexia.
Per the universal screener, students who are not on benchmark are administered a deeper diagnostic assessment. This diagnostic information provides teachers and specialists with the specific skills needed to target in intervention and those interventions are started immediately, working to close the gaps. This diagnostic assessment does not diagnose for reading disabilities, nor dyslexia. A change in intervention curriculum, group size, level of intensity, frequency, and/or duration may be needed. More intensive time, duration, and frequency in intervention may be needed and can take place with the classroom teacher or a specialist, such as a reading interventionist. This is considered intensive Tier 3 intervention. The progress of all students receiving intervention is closely and frequently checked. Parents are essential to this entire process. Following the Universal Literacy and Dyslexia Screener, and diagnostic assessments, you will be notified if your child is not at grade level.
Arizona’s Move On When Reading (MOWR) legislation places great importance on this process beginning in kindergarten. This ensure all students remain on track to be reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Arizona Revised Statute §15-701 states that if a student scores below the cut score on the reading portion of the 3rd grade statewide exam, he/she will not be promoted to 4th grade until the student makes sufficient progress in reading proficiency. It is understood that each child is unique, therefore exemptions have been established for students to be promoted to 4th grade. Those exemptions are available at www.azed.gov/mowr.
A variety of factors, in and outside of school, can influence a child’s educational path and progress. It is important for parents to share in the educational journey, through constant communication and involvement. We encourage you to continue to highlight and celebrate your child’s strengths and share difficulties if they occur. Please reach out to us if you have any questions. We look forward to a successful school year.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment Pre-K-8th
MVS Calendar of Events
Hello, Mountain Lions!
We want to make sure that our families know about our upcoming events. We have created a two-page calendar that includes all of our known events, as well as PTA events, parent-teacher conferences, and school breaks. You can also find this information on our website calendar. Please feel free to print the calendar using the button below.
Please note: Our Fall STEAM Night changed dates! Due to November 8th being Election Day, STEAM night will now be on Thursday, November 17th. The calendar below has been updated!
Thank you for helping us to #LevelUp at MVS!
Mountain View had a successful first day of school! We were so excited to welcome back our students and families for another great year. Please continue to check our website and social media to learn more about all the great activities and events planned, as well as updates on our academic progress! We hope you have a great year, and please reach out if you need anything to help make your student successful!
Check out the photo gallery from the first day below!
Join Us!! For MVS Site Council
MVS Mountain Lion Families and Community- we need you!
We are looking for four amazing Mountain View parents or community members who would like to serve on our Site Council for the 22-23 school year! Site Council is a collaborative committee comprised of administrators, faculty, parents, and community members that decides how best to utilize MVS Tax Credit Funds.
Please complete the interest form:
Mountain View teacher attends Supreme Court Summer Institute
This summer, Emily Allen, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Mountain View School, was invited to attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute (SCSI) in Washington DC by Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society.
SCSI provides student centered learning strategies to teach both landmark and current court cases. Sixty teachers were selected nationwide from a competitive application process focused on teaching philosophy and implementation in the classroom.
As an attendee, Emily increased her understanding of the Supreme Court, met resource experts (including clerks, lawyers who participated in famous cases, and the Solicitor General), and added engaging strategies to her educator toolbelt.
“My favorite takeaways were a conflict deliberation structure and breakdown of different aspects of Supreme Court cases in various activities,” shared Allen. “These strategies will put students at the center of the classroom as they discuss, evaluate, and create arguments about the rights of citizens and the actions of the government.”
Street Law's mission is to advance civic and law related education to empower all people to positively transform their world. Since 1995, over 1,500 social studies educators from across the country have come together for the Institute.
Summer Office Hours
During the month of July, the Mountain View office is open as follows:
July 11th-22nd - the office is open Monday through Thursday, 8am-4:30pm. The office is closed on Fridays.
July 25th - the office resumes normal office hours, and will be open Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30 p.m.
Please feel free to stop by if you have questions about enrollment, need to turn in enrollment documents, or have questions about the school year. We are happy to help!
Cookies with Cruz and Meet the MVS Admin Team!
Join us on August 1st at 3:30pm at Mountain View Campus Cafeteria to meet the Admin Team. We are excited to introduce Mrs. Cruz our new Principal and celebrating Mrs. Sartor our Assistant Principal for the 2022-2023 School year.
Please join us!!!!
Meet the Teacher to Follow:
Session 1: 4:15-5:00pm
Session 2: 5:15-6:00pm
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 4:15-6:00pm. Please join us to see the campus, meet your child's teachers, and get information on what to expect this year.
Still need to enroll? There's still time to get your children enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year! Parents and guardians can complete the necessary registration information online at 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.
Mountain View School Science Olympiad earns accolades
The Mountain View Science Olympiad team had a banner year for the 2021-2022 competition season.
The team participated in the virtual Arizona Science Olympiad Winter Invitational on December 4th, 2021. A team of eight students competed in different events in pairs. Events range from application of knowledge on lab stations or a test to testing student-designed and created devices in a competitive environment. The team earned recognition in the following events: Anatomy & Physiology, 3rd; Dynamic Planet, 3rd; Food Science, 3rd, and Solar System, 1st. The Anatomy and Physiology event focused on human body systems. Dynamic Planet is about Earth and space science, specifically Earth’s fresh water systems. Food Science had students closely examining the make-up of sugars in our food, including being able to accurately measure the sugar content in food utilizing a student-made hydrometer. The Solar System event took students on a journey through space objects and space missions, allowing them to showcase their knowledge.
The team also competed in the North Central Regional Tournament on February 19, 2022, in a satellite competition which took place virtually from the Mountain View School campus. The team of eight students competed in different events in pairs. Events ranged from application of knowledge on lab stations or a test to testing student-designed and created devices in a competitive environment, with various different goals and objectives depending on the event. Awards included a fourth place overall team trophy, and awards for the following events: Chiropterology, 2nd; Crimebusters, 2nd; Green Generation, 2nd; Meteorology, 1st; and Sounds of Music, 1st. Chiropterology gave students an opportunity to identify bat species from across North America, utilizing their knowledge of habitats and survival mechanisms. Crimebusters gave students a scenario where they analyzed forensic evidence to solve a crime. The Green Generation event allowed students to demonstrate their understanding of ecological principles, the human impact on our environment, and how we can come up with solutions to reverse trends and sustainability concepts. Participants in the Meteorology event used scientific process skills to understand how factors influence world climate and climate change. During the Sounds of Music event, students played an instrument that they designed and built as well as took a test on the physics of sound and music concepts. The Mountain View School Science Olympiad Team qualified for the state tournament after competing at the North Central Regional Competition.
In the culminating event for the competition season, the Arizona Science Olympiad State Tournament was held at the Arizona State University on April 2, 2022. Mountain View placed first in the Crimebusters and Write It, Do It events and earned second place in Ornithology. unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.
Science Olympiad is a National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program that allows students to apply what they know in a competitive setting. Students gain in-depth scientific knowledge that can be used in college and future careers. Science Olympiad functions much like a soccer or football team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching, and practice throughout the year. It allows students to meet new people and showcase their love of all things STEM by competing against other middle school students from across the state. Mountain View School has participated and competed in Science Olympiad for the past 14 years, coached by Cassie Strahota.
Mountain View teacher honored with distinguished award
Christina Brown, first grade teacher at Mountain View School, was recently selected as a recipient of the Spirit of Education Award by the National Safe Schools Convening. The Spirit of Education award recognizes and celebrates educators for their contributions in developing a positive learning culture for their students and colleagues. Ms. Brown received her award at the Phoenix School Climate and Culture Symposium held on Monday, October 28th, 2019.
The National Safe Schools Convening is comprised of a diverse range of educational organizations and leaders, that seek to discuss research-based practices for improving school culture and climate. The Phoenix School Climate and Culture Symposium is an annual conference hosted by the National Safe Schools Convening, and is designed to help educators improve school climate and culture through professional development, skill building, and application of best practices and research. Through this conference, local educators are able to engage with leading experts, and gain knowledge on how a positive school climate and culture is key to student, school, and district improvements.
Ms. Brown was nominated by fellow colleagues, and was selected as a recipient of the award for her positive interactions with students and her efforts to create the next generation of leaders, friends, and problem-solvers. Ms. Brown, along with fellow Mountain View staff, were present at the symposium where she was also asked to share her inspiring story, and strategies to support a positive classroom and school culture.