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High School Final Exams

Final Exams (Early Release) 05/22 & 05/23

Dysart High School will give final exams on May 22nd and May 23rd. 

Each day is an early release for students at 10:25 A.M., with sack lunch pickup between 10:25-10:30 A.M.


05/22 Finals will be given for class periods:  1st, 3rd, & 5th 

05/23 Finals will be given for class periods:  2nd, 4th, & 6th

05/20/2024 Direct Link

Early Release Reminder

Early Release on 05/15 @ 10:25 A.M.

Due to high school graduations, school will release at 10:25 A.M. on May 15th, 2024. 

05/14/2024 Direct Link

students walking into graduation

High School Graduation 2024

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

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

05/14/2024 Direct Link

Senior Meeting/Timeline Info

DHS Senior Class & Graduation Information

The Senior Class of 2024 has received important information about the rest of the year and graduation. Please see the links below the information that was shared.

Senior Graduation Letter

Senior Timeline

Senior Meeting Presentation 04/22/2024

Senior Checkout Sheet Example

**Senior Graduation Presentation 05/06/2024


DHS Graduation for Class of 2024 will start at 10:00 A.M. at State Farm Stadium. Seniors should arrive at 9:00 A.M. entering through Gate 1 West (see map) 

** Guests: The doors Open 1-Hour before the ceremony. Please do not arrive more than 1 hour before it.**


State Farm Stadium Info/Prohibited Items

State Farm Stadium Map for Graduation 2024

05/07/2024 Direct Link

Basketball player dunking ball

DHS Basketball Skills Training Camp

The Dysart boys and girls basketball programs will host a skills training camp on April 30th and May 2 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. 

This is a FREE event for 6th-8th graders who want to work on their game. 


Please visit Community Ed to sign up. 


Questions:  Coach Cook-  keegan.cook@dysart.org

04/22/2024 Direct Link

letterpress letters that spell out join us

Drama Demons Present: The Big Bad Musical!

The Dysart Drama Demons present to you, The Big Bad Musical! This howling courtroom comedy follows the story of fairy-tale characters suing the Big Bad Wolf for all of her misdeeds! We need you, the audience, to be our jury and help us decide if this fiendish wolf is guilty or innocent!  


Our shows are April 11th and 12th at 7:00PM. 


Students, staff, families and community members are welcome to attend this event.

Admission: $7 for adults and $5 for students and children: tickets


Get ready for jury duty! 

04/08/2024 Direct Link

Testing button on a keyboard

ACT, AzSci and ASPIRE State Testing

April 9th and 11th will be ASPIRE, ACT, AZSci State testing. E-learning day for 10th & 12th grades


We are almost ready for testing. On April 9th and 10th, we will have school-wide testing for all 9th and 11th grade students. Testing will take place in the morning and there will be a modified schedule in the afternoon where students will attend their classes for a shortened time. School will end at 2:15pm.  Transportation will be provided like a normal school day for those students who take the bus home.  


All 10th and 12th grade students will participate in E-Learning at home for April 9th and 10th. These students will be working on assignments in Schoology. Each of their teachers will provide an assignment for either day.  

04/04/2024 Direct Link

American flag on baseball field

Baseball Hosts 2nd Annual Military Appreciation Game 04/05 @ 5:00 PM

Please join the Dysart Baseball team as they honor our veterans and active duty members at their home game April 5th at 5:00PM. 

This event is to show appreciation to those who have served or currently serving in the greatest military in the world. 

Those who have served or are currently in the military are asked to arrive at 4:30PM. All honorees will lineup on the field before the playing of the national anthem to be recognized as our heroes. 

04/03/2024 Direct Link

trophies

Dysart High School SkillsUSA Named Gold Chapter of Distinction

This weakened wrapped up the SkillsUSA Arizona State Leadership and Skills Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. 


DHS was designated as a Gold Chapter of Distinction, ranking Dysart as one of the highest-scoring schools in the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program. 


Dysart ranked near the top overall and that received a near perfect score. 

The highest-scoring schools are sent to SkillsUSA's national office to be reviewed for Models of Excellence. 

5 students with SkillsUSA award
students at SkillsUSA awards
two Torch Award winners

SkillsUSA Arizona introduced the brand-new Torch Awards. The Torch Awards are given to students who have attended multiple chapter-level and state-level events related to SkillsUSA. Students must meet several requirements for each level to receive the order. 


 For Tier One:  the Ember Award: Jared Wilson and Ma'Laya Jones     


For Tier Two:  the Flare Award: Alexander Perry,  Alexander Pupo, (pictured) and  Angel Garcia

three students who won 2nd place

Dysart had students compete in several competitions at the State Leadership and Skills Conference, including: Extemporaneous Speaking, Audio Radio Production, American Spirit, Chapter Display, Related Technical Math, and Quiz Bowl.  


We had one team of three students win 2nd place for American Spirit: Alexander Perry, Alexander Pupo, and Grace Brennan (pictured).

04/01/2024 Direct Link

Goal post in end zone

DHS Youth Skills Football Camp

Dysart Football will host a skills camp April 8th - May 1st from 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. 

This camp is open to all 4th - 8th graders for a one-time fee of $25.  

Click here to register.


03/27/2024 Direct Link

Red Sheet

FREE Formal Prom Attire for Juniors & Seniors

The Peoria North Rotary Club provides FREE formal prom attire to high school boys and girls throughout Arizona. 

Formal Dresses & Suits, shirts, slacks. All Items FREE OF CHARGE! 


Spring 2024 Dates:

Saturday/Sunday April 6-7 & Saturday/Sunday April 13-14

Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Location: GESD System of Care Campus 7677 W. Bethany Home Road Glendale, AZ 85303

03/25/2024 Direct Link

Sign up Today written on chalkboard

City of Surprise is offering a paid summer internship program

The City of Surprise is offering a paid summer internship program for income-eligible Surprise teens between the ages of 15-19. Applications are being accepted now through March 31.

See flyer for more information.

03/08/2024 Direct Link

Basketball player dunking ball

Boys Basketball Win1st Round of 4A State Tournament

Congratulations to Boys Basketball who made it to Open State Tournament! The Demons fought hard against ALA- Gilbert North, but fell short. Dysart will now host the first round of  the 4A State Tournament 02/21 @ 7pm against ALA- Queen Creek. (No cash at the door, GoFan only as this is an AIA event.)


UPDATE: The Demons pulled out a win against ALA- Queen Creek on 02/21 and will now head to Sahuaro HS in Tucson on 02/23 at 7pm for the 2nd round of playoffs.

02/15/2024 Direct Link

IGNITE YOUR PATH MESSAGE FROM DHS.

What's coming up on the DHS Campus

Join Officer Patterson, Dysart High School SRO, and Officer Montez, Community Resource Officer, El mirage PD, to learn about the effects of Fentanyl in our communities.  Learn important information, Get your questions answered and meet other parents. This event is scheduled to take place February 21, 2024 at 5pm on our DHS campus in Room 4017. 

The Dangers of Fentanyl flyer

02/13/2024 Direct Link

boy kicking a soccer ball

DHS Boys Soccer: 1st Round of 4A State Tournament

Congratulations to Boys Soccer who made it to the 4A State Tournament.  The Demons will play at Greenway High School TONIGHT @ 6pm- Tickets here. (No cash at the door, GoFan only.)

02/13/2024 Direct Link

Medical Personnel in scrubs.

Emergency Medical Service Program

Dysart Schools has partnered with the city of Surprise to offer a high school level Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at Valley Vista High School. This program will be open to all seniors attending any Dysart School. 


This course will be a senior-level course offered through the district's career and technical college education (CTE) program, possible college credit through Maricopa Community Colleges . Certified graduates would have the opportunity for immediate employment as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) through a public or private ambulance service. For more information on this program click here


If interested, We still have available spots, so complete an application today. 

Applications are available in our counseling office with Ms. Warren. 



02/06/2024 Direct Link

DHS Past Graduates

Attention Seniors!

February 14th- During an Elective Class Period, you will have another opportunity to receive FAFSA Assistance. Especially if you haven't received a pass from the counseling office as of yet, You will receive one soon ( if you signed up to attend one of these workshops).  If you are a student that has already had the chance to work on your FAFSA applications in January, please make arrangements to attend one of our FAFSA night events ( parents invited). Click here to view information for our FAFSA Family Night Sessions.


Are you interested in Touring Ottawa College? If so, pick up a permission slip located on Ms. White's desk in the counseling office. Fill it out, and return it by February 20th at 2:15pmOnly 14 spots are available, so don't procrastinate- The students chosen must be on track to graduate and seriously considering Ottawa college after graduation. 


To Every Senior who still needs to purchase your Cap and Gown Click Here to order . May 13, 2024 is our cap and gown distribution date to all seniors who order their gear on time. Please don't wait until the last minute to order.  If possible, order Your Cap and Gown TODAY!!

02/05/2024 Direct Link

Bullhorn Yelling " You are Invited"

Attention Class of 2024 and Beyond

College 101 Night

The Dysart Unified School District will host a College 101 Night for parents interested in learning about the college acceptance and financial aid process. The event will take place on Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 5pm-7pm at Valley Vista High School, located at 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise, Arizona


Informational Sessions: 

  • FAFSA 
  • Athletics in College 
  • Honors Colleges 
  • Saving for College 
  • Financial Planning 
  • And More 


Open to parents and students of all ages! Contact your school or counselor for more information! 

This event will feature more than 25 colleges! Click here to view event's flyer





Ottawa University College Tour

Current Seniors,  Our Counseling team has scheduled a college tour to Ottawa University, February 28, 2024 from 9am- 2pm. Transportation and lunch will be provided for the chosen students who attend. Also,  due to the limited amount of spots, only 14 seniors who are on track to graduate will be chosen, on a first come first serve basis. So, if you are interested, come pick up a permission slip  from Ms. White's desk  labeled "DHS Parent Permission Form" in the counseling office and submit it by Friday February 2, 2024 to be considered.  No permission slips submitted after the deadline date (above) will be taken.



Desert Palms Scholarship Program

This is a scholarship provided through the Desert Palms Presbyterian Church of  Sun City West, and offers scholarships to students who would not ordinarily qualify for many existing scholarships. 


Requirements  of prospect Student Recipients include: 

  • Completion of the DPCC Scholarship application 
  • A 2.7 high school GPA, with demonstrated potential for higher education 
  • A class rank in the upper half  of their class, but lower than the top ten percent 
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • An achiever with school and outside activities
  • A U.S. citizen, or a legal  alien  and resident  of Arizona, including DACA status 
  • A desire to attend a community college in Arizona 


Please note that once you submit an application to be considered for this scholarship, all decisions will be in the hands of Desert Palms Church and not Dysart High School. All candidates will be notified of this process by mail. 


If you fit the criteria above, pick up an application from the counseling office labeled " Desert Palms Presbyterian Church Scholarship" 




01/29/2024 Direct Link

 a multicolored "reminder" sign

Senior Pictures , Cap and Gown orders and West Mec Applications.

Hey Seniors, 


  • If you haven't taken a senior picture yet, bring an appropriate outfit tomorrow, Friday January 19th during both lunches. It's a very important day for you.  Even though you are participating in spirit week, bring a portrait appropriate outfit to change into to get your picture taken. Again, this is just for seniors who haven't taken a picture for graduation yet. Two pictures will be taken: 1- general 1-cap and gown (loaner will be provided by Gradsphotography) 


  • If you  need to purchase a cap and gown click here to purchase online 


  • Sophomores and Juniors -You have one more chance to apply to West-MEC. Click here to complete an application


That's all we have for now, but always check in for updates on DHS 

01/18/2024 Direct Link

students working on a laptop.

DHS -Achievement Tutoring Program ( ATP)

We are so excited to announce the DHS Achievement Tutoring Program to our Dysart High School Family.  The sole purpose of ATP, is to improve proficiency within future test  and will not be used to complete homework. The ATP program will provide ACT preparation for students who are registered in advance to attend. 


This support will be given outside of school hours either before, after, or during Saturday school. If you are interested and want your student to be apart of this great opportunity before their big day of testing. Click here to register by QR code or register here


For further questions concerning this programs contact Ms. Arroyo - our family outreach liaison at  (623) 876-7555 of via email at gina.arroyo@dysart.org 


01/16/2024 Direct Link

Dhs students  on campus

Welcome Back Dysart Demons!

We hope everyone had a great winter break and are ultimately excited to return. 

With that being said, please take a look at our upcoming events and more. 


Important Dates

West-Mec Applications for 24-25 School Year  &  {Semester 1} Extension Registration Form submissions due by 2:15pm to Ms. White in counseling office.  Friday , January 12, 2024 



Attention Class of 2024

-FAFSA (day  workshops)  - Click here to sign up to attend.  Students only 

-click  FAFSA Family Nights to learn how to apply for money for college. 

-Schedule to take your senior pictures today!!!  visit gradsphotography.com to choose a date and time.

-Are you interested in ordering just a cap and gown only( without a class of 2024 merch package) - Pick up an order form from the front office or the counseling office at DHS. 

-DEF Now Accepting  Scholarship Applications- for more in email : scholarships@dysarteducationfoundation.org or visit: www.dysarteducationfoundation.org today.  


That's all for now, but stay connected by following us on social media and right here on our school's website. 



01/11/2024 Direct Link

Winter Break written on a chalkboard with a clock and ornaments

Winter Recess Begins

Schools and District Office will be closed December 25, 2023- January 7, 2024. Schools and offices will be open January 8, 2024. 

School resumes for students  on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. 

12/24/2023 Direct Link

A picture of the hotstuff and holiday bulbs.

Best Buddies and Tree Decoration Events

 Our students had a great time at both events and were very tired by the time we left   Our helpers did an amazing job setting up/cleaning up and supporting our kids at our tree decorating.  


Our buddies are just fantastic. They love having fun with the kids and enjoyed a fierce  gingerbread house competition.  Emmanuel, Lily, KK and Nate took 1st place. 


Click here to view photos from both events.


12/22/2023 Direct Link

Note with words Are you ready for exams?

Important Message Re: DHS Final Release Dates and Times

Release times during finals  scheduled on Thursday, December 21 and Friday, December 22 will be at 10:30 a.m. 


Also, for those who have off campus, please reference the " Final Exam"  schedule below and plan your time accordingly: 


Thursday -12/21 

Period 1: 7:25-8:15am 

Period 3: 8:20-9:20am 

Period 5: 9:25-10:25am 


Friday - 12/22

Period 2: 7:25-8:15am 

Period 4: 8:20-9:20am 

Period 6: 9:25-10:25am 


Please make sure to contact our front desk at 623.876.7500 if you have further questions or concerns. 




12/18/2023 Direct Link

Seniors of DHS

College Info, Scholarships and CTE opportunities

Attention Class of 2024.  Be a leader will be partnering with our amazing DHS counseling team December 13th from 2:30pm-5pm in Room 4017 here on the DHS campus.  If you need assistance with finding ways to pay for college- You don't want to miss this event. 


Before you attend, please take a look at the following  important things you and your parent/guardians must complete: 


  • Both parents who will assist student in the FAFSA process will need to have a FAFSA id- Click here 
  • Student who will need  financial assistance need to create a FAFSA account before the event. Click link above to get started 
    •  Students must use personal email and not school email when creating account
    • Students must bring their social security cards or know their social security number as it will assist in creating their fafsa account. 
    • For a detailed step by step assistance, click here for a thorough "how to" document.
  • This event is for  current seniors !!
  • 2024-2025 fafsa application opens on  December 31, 2023

Current Scholarship Opportunities

Class of 2025 , This one is for you:  Click this link to view over 600 scholarships with amounts up to $25,000 each. In addition to the award amount, personalized financial aid counseling, college selection advertising, and other support services are available. 


Ask Benji: is a resource districtwide that assists families with all things FAFSA. Text "Hi Benji" at 6027868171 to get started today. 

Attention WestMec Applicants 

If you are interested in applying  to west-mec and you haven't summited an application yet- please note that the deadline to do so is Friday December 22 , 2023 by 2:15pm to Ms. White in the counseling office.  

Thank you for your cooperation. 


EMS PROGRAM AT Willow Canyon High

This 1 year Emergency Medical Services Program prepares 11th grade students to work in various emergency medical and medical-type industries such as paramedic, firefighting, nursing, etc., while preparing students to get certified and enter into the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and earn the American Heart Association CPR/AED certification. This program is a Senior level block format class which requires travel to complete internship hours. Click this link to learn more about our EMS program and to apply 

12/12/2023 Direct Link

Friendly Reminder Sign

Attendance and Tutoring here at DHS

Attendance Matters here at Dysart High School. Missing a day of school here and there may not seem like much, but absences add up! 


Did you know that when you miss only 2 days a month, that adds up to 20 days a year , 30 hours of math, 60 hours of reading and writing. Ultimately students with this attendance record, will  miss approximately 1 year of school by their  senior  graduation.

It goes without saying that attending school everyday is extremely crucial to the academic success of a student. 


With that being said, for those DHS families who need to report an absence or a tardy, please contact our front office at 623-876-7500 


Afterschool Tutoring is available at DHS

If you are a student and need the extra help, or a parent who may have questions regarding tutoring at Dysart high school.  Please click here for DHS schedule and bus routes. 


Additional Information DHS Families should know: 

  • Students must make a appointments with teachers before they stay afterschool during tutoring hours. 
  • Students must receive a tutoring bus pass from teacher facilitating afterschool help in order to ride the afterschool bus.



Have questions about our Attendance Policy or Tutoring? Please contact our front office at 623-876-7500 

12/08/2023 Direct Link

Easton Carleton throwing a ball

DHS Student Named Heisman High School Scholarship Recipient

Easton Carleton, a senior from Dysart High School, was named a recipient for the Heisman High School Scholarship.  

The Heisman High School Scholarship honors the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities. These remarkable young leaders set an example and make a game-changing difference every day, paving the way to greatness for everyone around them.

Easton is a multi-sport athlete who participates in Varsity Basketball, Varsity Baseball, and the Best Buddies program at Dysart High School.  The Best Buddies program operates as a student-run friendship club, which creates buddy pairs between students with and without disabilities. Best Buddies helps to create an inclusive school climate for students and a community culture of acceptance.  Additionally, Easton participates in the AVID program at Dysart High School and attends the Physical Therapy program at West-Mec.  He’s been accepted to many schools around the country but is currently looking to attend Houghton University in New York to pursue an Exercise Science or Physical Therapy degree, and continue his athletic career and play baseball. 

More than 4,878 students have earned the honor of becoming School Winners in the Heisman High School Scholarship competition awarded by The Heisman Trophy Trust. One hundred of these School Winners will become State Winners with the opportunity to become part of 12 National Finalists and ultimately be named National Winners and earn lucrative scholarships.

12/05/2023 Direct Link

DHS graduation picture.

Cap and Gown Orders Due!!

Wednesday, November 30th will be the last day for Seniors to submit graduation orders. So, if you haven't ordered your cap and gown, or any additional graduation items this is the time to do so. Our Josten Rep will be on campus to assist students during both lunches. 


Parents, please feel free to contact our front office  with any graduation questions or concerns regarding this event, although during this time parents or guardians will not have access to the campus. Thank you for your cooperation. 

11/29/2023 Direct Link

the words Join us in colors

Ottawa University at Dysart High School

Interested in attending college  once you graduate class of 2024?  Great! Stop by the Ottawa University Table  during lunch Tuesday  November 29th to get information all about Ottawa University. 


 


11/28/2023 Direct Link

Happy Thanksgiving  message with pumpkins and pinecones

Upcoming Events & More

Happy Friday Dysart Families, 

Today will conclude another amazing week at DHS and before we break for Thanksgiving Recess (November 20-24) 

Please take a look at all the things that are coming up! 



Attention Class of 2024

Senior Portraits Submission Deadline:  November 22 

Asvab Interpretation Day: November 27, 8:45am-9:45am - Seniors will join the DHS counselors  in the Auditorium to learn all about the Asvab test. Also, if you are a senior and you are awaiting your scores, you don't to miss this meeting. 

Senior Timeline

In case you didn't receive a copy of this year's senior timeline, click here to keep up with all the things to come. 

Senior Cap and Gown Deadline- November 30- If you still need to order any graduation item, please finalize your purchase by the given date. 

Have a Great Thanksgiving Everyone! 





11/17/2023 Direct Link

future freshman parents in DHS Gym.

Future Freshman Night

Will DHS be your future high school next school year? If  the answer is yes, we have a very important event planned just for you! 


Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 5:30pm-7:00pm, Dysart High School is scheduled to host Future Freshman Night. All current 8th graders are invited to attend for this evening event to gain knowledge about the following: 

  • High School Classes 
  • AP/Dual Enrollment Classes 
  • Tour CTE and Arts Classrooms 
  • Meet DHS Core Teachers 

Future Freshman

11/06/2023 Direct Link

DHS A image

Dysart High School Earns an A!

We are so proud to announce that Dysart High School earned an “A” rating from the school accountability labels for the 2022-2023 school year! Dysart is one of 18 schools in the district to receive the “A” rating. 

The school accountability labels 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.

11/03/2023 Direct Link

Hot Stuff

Demon Edu- Expo Sessions and More!

Dear Dysart Families,

 

Please take a look at what you may have missed, this past Wednesday evening during our Demon Edu Expo event. 

Below you will find links to each session our amazing staff went over with 

FAFSA and More 

Family Outreach 

Dual Enrollment 

WestMec 


If you are a senior and still need to book your senior portrait or purchase graduation merchandise information is provided below.  


Grads Photography

Senior photo deadline: November 22, 2023

To schedule with Grads Photography, please scan the QR code below or visit Grads Photography Senior Portraits.

Senior Photo flyer with QR code

Jostens

To order your graduation supplies, scan the QR code below or visit Jostens.

Jostens Graduation Qrcode

10/30/2023 Direct Link

A scantron sheet, an eraser and a pencil.

Senior ASVAB Retake Day

Attention Seniors, 


Tuesday October 24, 2023 .This test will be at  7:15am in the auditorium. Please note that everyone who will test on this date will receive a "Blue" pass either Friday October 20, 2023 or Monday 0ctober 23, 2023.


ASVAB retake flyer with a chalkboard background

10/23/2023 Direct Link

Band performance.

DHS Band Performance Night

Middle School Band Students will be able to perform with our DHS Band to provide a full Dysart Marching band experience! 


This is a great opportunity for prospective band members to see what it's like to perform at a game, meet our current DHS band members, and build community amongst our feeder programs. 


Students participating must arrive by: 4:45pm the Performance begins at: 7:30pm 


Band Performance flyer

10/20/2023 Direct Link

Colorful learning brain.

Join us for Senior Scholarship Night

The Gear Up representatives will be on our DHS campus to present all current and upcoming scholarship opportunities to current seniors and their families.  SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT EVENT


Seniors don't forget to bring the following: Senior Launch Guide, Fully charged Chromebook and a notebook and writing utensil. 

*Parents and Guardians are encouraged to attend. 


 

10/18/2023 Direct Link

Three Chairs in a row the two corner chairs say "Join Us"

Just a Friendly Reminder

The following event will be taking place Wednesday of next week and we wanted to send a quick reminder to all Dysart families. 

We hope to see you there! 


Demon Edu Expo flyer



10/16/2023 Direct Link

CTE Rep Speaking to families about  Career and College Education.

Join us for the annual Career College Expo

The career and college expo is the annual , premiere event for students and their families to explore different career pathways. This event is recommended for all 5-11th grade students and their families. If you are a student and would like to hear about CTE programs from current high school students from our district choose from the student videos below: 


EMS Program/Lab Assisting Program/JROTC Program/Fire Science Program/Film & TV Program


See you there! 

10/10/2023 Direct Link

leaves

Fall Break- No School

Dysart High School will reopen Monday, October 16, 2023 


But while your here,  take a look at the events planned  for the month of October:


  • 10.13- WestMec Applications are open (click here to get started) 
*please note that applications are only provided online on the WestMec website and not with your counselor. 


  • 10.16-  Dysart College Fair ( Attention Class of 2024 ) from 10:30am- 11:30 am in the Old Gym


  • 10.19- Career and College Expo from 5:30pm - 7:30pm  at  our District Office 


  • 10.25- Demon Edu Expo from 5:30pm-7:30pm on our DHS campus 


  • 10.27- Senior Portraits are Due!  

If you are a senior or the parent of a current a senior and you still need to schedule an appointment to meet this deadline click here


If you have a question or a concern during the week of our fall break, feel free to email and/or leave a voice message and we will get back to you right after the break.   


Thank you.

10/08/2023 Direct Link

A clock and a "don't forget" post it

Save the following dates

Hey Dysart Class of 2024!  


9/28 - Thursday during both lunches, our Jostens rep will be on campus during both lunches in the cafeteria to help all seniors interested in purchasing graduation supplies. Click here for online orders. ( Graduation Order Deadline -11.30.23)


* any senior who missed Monday September 25th presentation by Jostens, you can visit the Jostens table during your lunch period at this time. 


9/29 - Jennifer Flores from GCU will be visiting with our government and economic classes this upcoming Friday.  For more information click here 


Senior Portraits Deadline - October 27, 2023

Seniors , remember you are responsible for scheduling  your senior portraits with gradsphotography! 

Book now and complete the steps. 

09/27/2023 Direct Link

balloons and confetti

4 APS 'Supply my classroom' Grants were awarded at Dysart High!

Congratulations to Ms. Bridgeo, Ms. Mooney, Ms. LaRusso and Ms. Koenig for being awarded the APS 'Supply my classroom grant'. This grant is an award of $500 for use in the classroom. 


DHS Teachers with awards

09/22/2023 Direct Link

Homecoming 10/06/2023 7pm

No Place Like HOMECOMING Week

Here is a compiled list of everything  for Homecoming 2023!    

Theme: There’s No Place Like Homecoming

Our spirit week runs from October 2nd through October 6th.

SPIRIT WEEK:

10.2 Monday - Midwest Monday (dress like a cowboy/girl) 

10.3 Tuesday - Twister Tuesday (dress like there was a twister in your closet) 

10.4 Wednesday - Which Witch is Which? (dress like a friend) 

10.5 Thursday - Oz the Great and Powerful (dress in green and bling) 

10.6 Friday - Demons Come Home: 9th wear white, 10th wear gray, 11th wear black, 12th wear red



October 6th 

Tailgate Event: 2pm-4pm on the DHS Practice Field

Dysart High School's Student Council will be hosting a Homecoming Tailgate Event on October 6th, from 4pm-6pm on the DHS practice field, on the south side of the school.  The Tailgate Event will showcase Dysart clubs with booths for games and food trucks! Admission is free. The Homecoming Tailgate Event is open to students, families and the community.


HOMECOMING GAME: 7pm DHS Football Stadium

The gate opens at 6:00 pm and admission prices are: $5 for adults and $4 per ticket for students with their ID's/Military with ID's/Senior Citizens. GoFan is available for pre-sale and online tickets and cash payment at the gate will be accepted as well. 

The Homecoming game is open to students, families and the community. 

A reminder that there is no re-entry.


Come on out and support your Demons!!! 

09/20/2023 Direct Link

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Important Upcoming Events

Picture Retakes 

Grads photography will be here during both lunches to retake photos and also to capture students who have not yet had their photos taken.  Please set aside time during your lunch to come over to the auditorium to have your picture taken. More questions, See Ms. Eckhardt in the front office. 


Senior Graduation Presentation 

Attention Class of 2024, Jostens will be on campus giving a presentation and answering questions about Cap and Gowns and other Senior Class Merchandise during 3rd hour in the auditorium.  * Senior Timelines will also be handed out at this time.

More questions,  See Ms. White in the the counseling office. 


09/19/2023 Direct Link

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Dysart Schools to Host “Vaping 101” Event for Parents

Dysart Schools to Host “Vaping 101” Event for Parents Hello Dysart Parents and Guardians, Dysart Schools invites you to join us for a Vaping 101 presentation on Wednesday, September 27 from 6:00-7:30pm at The Vista Center for the Arts (15660 N. Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ 85374).  


Vaping is one of the largest behavioral issues we see in our schools today, especially among middle and high school students. This event will explore current facts and myths around vaping, and you’ll leave with effective solutions in protecting your student(s).  


Anyone in the community is welcome to attend, and the presentation is appropriate for all ages, so parents can bring their school-aged children along to hear about vaping directly if they choose.  

See Vaping 101 Flyer for more information. We hope you can join us for this informational presentation.

09/14/2023 Direct Link

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Demon P.R.I.D.E.

Here at DHS we are focusing on taking a school-wide approach to teaching appropriate behavior to all of our students.  We have defined the following procedures to accomplish this:  


To view our P.R.I.D.E. mantra Click here


Each month we will feature one of our P.R.I.D.E. mantra points.  During the month of September we will be focusing on "R" for Respect others and self.  


09/05/2023 Direct Link

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Labor Day, No School

Dysart High School and the District Office will be closed Monday  September 4th in observance of Labor Day. 

09/01/2023 Direct Link

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National Recognition of the College Board Celebrates the following DHS Scholars

Please help us congratulate the following DHS students who have been awarded National Recognition from the College Board Nahum Cabrera Both gentlemen earned this academic honor because of their GPA of 3.5 or higher and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and/or AP® Exams. They can now list this honor on applications to stand out to colleges.


Adrian Ramirez Machaen and Nahum Cabrera


WAY TO GO :  Adrian Ramirez Machaen and Nahum Cabrera 

08/29/2023 Direct Link

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Annual Student Update Please Complete by September 1st

Attention Dysart Parents!  Please complete the Annual Student Update and Handbook Acknowledgement.  Complete this process through the Parent Portal to complete this important step.  Deadline for completion is September 1st or internet access will be turned off for your child.  Thank you for your support.  


DHS Parents, Please make sure to access the Parent Portal to keep up with your child's academic progress throughout the year!  Sign up or access the site by clicking the following link:  dysart.org/parentportal



08/28/2023 Direct Link

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DHS Student Completes Virtual Internship

Written by: Chloe Ranshaw – Manager, Marketing & Communications, Center for the Future of Arizona

Trystan Wright, a 17-year-old senior at Dysart High School in El Mirage, Ariz., is an outstanding student with a laundry list of extracurriculars. He loves to volunteer, played basketball at Dysart until suffering an injury then joined DECA, a club preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers. He traveled across the country with DECA, ranking top three in a national competition, and is now the 2023-2024 President. 

Despite these accomplishments, Wright struggled to land his first job. “I’ve applied to six jobs and had three interviews but didn’t get any so that’s a little bit frustrating,” he laments. Until, his Dysart HS Business and Marketing teacher, Leslie Palombo, recommended a virtual internship offered through Center for the Future of Arizona’s (CFA) Arizona Pathways to Prosperity (APTP) in partnership with Work Based Learning Alliance (WBLA). The virtual paid internship connects high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with Arizona-based companies. The students work in teams guided by mentors and WBLA’s Practera to complete projects solving real-life problems.  

The Spring 2023 cohort included 27 students, including Wright, and six employers from healthcare, economic development, energy, and more. Wright interned at Tucson Electric Power (TEP) under Joanne Kingman, Training Supervisor for Transmission and Distribution Operations. He describes the opportunity as “an easy yes.” Throughout the six-week internship, Wright and his fellow team members developed an updated retention and training program for TEP. They utilized artificial intelligence to formulate life-like scenarios and simulators, a highlight for Wright, to digitize on the job tasks. 

Wright’s team stretched across the state with some students in Tucson and Tempe. Teamwork is an advantage of the virtual setting and Wright’s favorite lesson. He says, “Not just in college but in the real world or any kind of job, it’s important to know how to work with different people.” Virtual also eliminates other barriers to entry. For example, an employer might not be able to house five interns in-person and students in rural areas might not be able to travel.  

Beyond these benefits, for young people, the internships foster necessary skill attainment including independence, confidence, problem-solving, critical thinking, time management, and more. For employers, the program gives companies a voice in workforce development, eliminates paperwork, expands bandwidth, and creates a low-risk environment for trial and error.  

According to the Arizona Progress Meters, 48% of Arizona residents ages 25-64 have completed a two or four year degree or have an active professional certificate or license. Yet, as of 2020, nearly 65% of all jobs in Arizona require more education after high school. Programs like APTP’s virtual internships move the needle towards Arizona’s 60% attainment goal aimed at building a stronger workforce. And, Arizonans support these efforts. According to a 2020 Gallup Arizona Survey, 84% of Arizonans agree a highly educated and skilled population is good for Arizona’s economy. “Young people need to have an awareness of an education plan leading to careers in high-demand sectors with livable wages. Those jobs are usually aligned with high-demand sectors in regions that spur economic development in those regions and across the state,” says Aaron Ball, CFA College & Career Pathways Director. 

As for Wright, he feels relieved to complete the internship with high remarks from TEP, “It was definitely an eyeopener since I had never worked before.” And, he also feels armed with necessary skills to continue on his career pathway by graduating high school and pursuing a business major in hospitability and tourism potentially at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  

Arizona Pathways to Prosperity plans to host additional cohorts and hopes to reach more students and employers, 105 students and 15 employers have participated to date, by collaborating with regional partners to take ownership and dedicate funding to support a defined number of students yearly.

Overall, APTP enables more young people to earn degrees and credentials for high-demand jobs, making it easier for them to enter the workforce and propel innovation and economic growth in the state. The initiative has impacted over 50,000 students in early college pathways at more than 40 middle and high school partners across Arizona. Learn more about strengthening pathways of education to training and careers at https://www.arizonafuture.org/programs/workforce-programs/

08/24/2023 Direct Link

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Important events and dates to remember

Here at Dysart High School, We take pride in making sure that our families are in the know of what's happening within our school and the opportunities aboard. 


Open House- August 15, 2023 at 5:30pm-7:00pm. Parents will have the chance to visit their students' classroom, learn about DHS culture and curriculum, and meet teachers and staff. Hope to see you there.  Open House flyer


Picture Day- August 16, 2023 , During School Day. Students, these pictures will be showcased on your student ID. So please remember to dress appropriately. Parents, please note  that there is not initial charge for school ID's, although  there  will be a $5.00 charge for replacements. 

ATTENTION SENIORS  

Senior portraits are different from the picture that you will take on picture day. These portraits will be taken in a cap and gown, and used during senior awards and your 2024 graduation ceremony. ( a loaner cap and gown will be provided during your photoshoot  with grads) 

 Seniors please note, that you are responsible for scheduling your own senior portrait directly with gradsphotography


Senior Portrait Submission Deadline is Oct 31,2023

08/14/2023 Direct Link

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DHS Tardy Procedures for 2nd Semester 2024

Attendance is critical for student success at Dysart High. We need students on time for class at the beginning of school and each period throughout the day. Below are our tardy procedures for this school year.  

First period tardies are counted separately from tardies that occur for 2nd-6th periods. 

Late to school? To excuse a tardy to school, parents must sign-in the student in the front office. 

Tardies for Period 1


1st-3rd Tardies             

     •Student is marked tardy in IC by OCR monitor  

     •Office will send an Auto Dialer to Parent/Guardian on the 3rd tardy  

     •Students will be sent back to class with pass


4th-6th Tardies            

     •Student is marked tardy in IC by OCR monitor  

     •Parent Contact by OCR monitor/Interventionist 

     •Referral for Tardy and assigned After School Detention 

     •Students will be sent back to class with pass


7th and 8th Tardies 

     •Student is marked tardy in IC by OCR monitor 

     •Student and Parent Contact by Administration 

     •Referral for Tardy and OCR assigned for a full day


9th and higher Tardies

     •Student is marked tardy in IC by OCR monitor 

     •Student and Parent Contact by Administration 

     •One day of out of school suspension


Tardies for Periods 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

(Total # of Tardies throughout the day excluding 1st hour)


1st-3rd  Tardies

     •Student is marked tardy in IC by OCR monitor 

     •Office will send an Auto Dialer to Parent/Guardian on the 3rd tardy   

     •Students will be sent back to class with pass


4th-6th  Tardies

     •Student is marked tardy in IC by OCR monitor  

     •Parent Contact by monitor/Interventionist 

     •Referral for Tardy and assigned After School Detention  

    •Students will be sent back to class with pass


7th and 8th Tardies

     •Student is marked tardy in IC by OCR monitor 

     •Student and Parent Contact by Administration 

     •Referral for Tardy and OCR assigned for a full day


9th and higher Tardies

     •Student is marked tardy in IC by OCR monitor 

     •Student and Parent Contact by Administration 

     •One day of out of school suspension

08/12/2023 Direct Link

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Dysart High School New Turf Field Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Dysart High School will host a dedication ceremony for their new turf field prior to the first varsity football game of the 2023-2024 season on August 18. The ceremony will include local dignitaries, district and school leaders speaking on the field and a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The field showcases beautiful new turf, which boldly displays school spirit, and will provide students with a great surface to play, run, march and participate in activities on. The turf field comes as Dysart High School celebrates its 60th Anniversary, after officially opening for the 1963-1964 school year.  The Demons are hosting San Tan Valley High School for the football season opener.  The dedication ceremony will begin at 6:40pm with the game following at 7:00pm. Dysart High School is located at 11425 N Dysart Rd, El Mirage, AZ 85335.


Tickets are required and can be purchased in advance on GoFan. Cash is always welcome at the gate as well. 


Admission prices:

     Students with ID’s = $4; Students w/o ID’s = $5 

     Adults = $5 

     Senior Citizens = $4 (55 or older); Members of the Military = $4 (with ID) 

     Children 5 and under = Free


08/11/2023 Direct Link

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Fall Sports Tryouts Start Aug. 7th

Tryouts for fall sports start the week of August 7th. Student-athletes must be cleared before attending tryouts or practice. 


Sports will hold informational meetings as follows: 

   Badminton: Friday, Aug 4th @2:20pm in 3206 

   Cheer: Monday Aug, 14th @ 6 PM in Old Gym

   Boys' & Girls' Cross Country: Meet & 1st Practice August 8th, 2:30 pm in Room 3218    

   Boys' & Girls' Golf: Aug. 8th at 2:30pm in room 3114.    

   Swim & Dive: Tuesday, Aug 8th @ 2:30pm in room 4006


08/03/2023 Direct Link

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9th Grade Orientation

Attention Freshman - This is a friendly reminder that our  9th grade  orientation will be held Weds, Aug 2nd, from 7:15am - 12:15pm. 9th graders  can look forward to learning more about school clubs, seasonal  sports and most importantly their 23-24 class schedules.   

       

  Want DHS Spirit Gear?? 

Click here to view a list of items , that will be available on campus  for purchase.


07/31/2023 Direct Link

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Just a Quick Reminder!

 Attention  DHS Parents  and Students. Below, we have provided a few important dates and valuable gems list of important dates you don't want to miss. 


  • Wednesday , August 2, 2023  - 9th Grade Orientation Day!! Click here for more information.

  • Thursday, August 3, 2023-  First Day of School! Bus routes will officially be posted on our website August 31st 

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2023- DHS Open House 5:30pm-7pm. Join us  on campus for a chance to meet your child's teachers, learn about sports and school clubs and to ultimately receive detailed information on what to expect this year. 

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023- Picture Day!!  Students will receive school ID's as well. 

 


 

Still need to enroll?  visit Dysart.org/enroll - Please note that in order to finalize registration, the following documents will need to be required: government issued photo identification; birth certificate; proof of residency; and immunization records. For additional assistance with student registration, families are welcome to come in office for help from our amazing registrar team. 


All Returning Students are required by district to  to complete the  Annual Student Update and *Parent/Student Handbook signature, no later than August 25, 2023 .  


*If students don't have a signed  parent/student handbook on file by the above date, they will unfortunately lose all  access to digital  platforms used on campus. So please adhere to our deadlines to avoid possible electronic interruption. Thank you for your cooperation. 

PARENT PORTAL

DHS Parents, please 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 by clicking  the following link dysart.org/parentportal

07/24/2023 Direct Link

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Demon P.R.I.D.E.

Here at DHS we are focusing on taking a school-wide approach to teaching appropriate behavior to all of our students.  We have defined the following procedures to accomplish this: 


To view our P.R.I.D.E. mantra click here 


Each month we will feature one of our P.R.I.D.E. mantra points.  

During the month of July we will be focusing on the Preparing to Learn.


Prepared to learn:  


Being prepared to learn means students will need to bring necessary materials with them to class, so the students can be active participants.  They will need to take the most direct route to class, to arrive on time. Students will us the restrooms at the appropriate times. Eating a healthy breakfast in the moring and getting enough sleep is important so that students are ready to learn. 


Demon pride runs campus wide!  Once a Demon always a Demon!












07/17/2023 Direct Link

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Back to School Info

The 2023-2024 school year will begin on August 3rd! 


We have recently mailed back to school information, along with our welcome letter to our DHS families for the upcoming school year.

Electronic copies of the mailings are available below and paper copies are available in the school office. 


Bookstore Information

The school bookstore will be open on July 17th to accept cash, check or credit card payments for school fees and student parking permits. Parents can also pay online as well. 

Enrollment Information

Still need to enroll? There's still time to get your children enrolled for the 2023-2024 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.  

Morning Drop off Information

Parent Portal Information

 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. 

Sports Information

Football practice begins on July 24th. All other fall sports tryouts begin the week of August 7th. 

Students must be cleared to participate in practice/tryouts. 


See below for more information on athletic clearance process: 

New to DHS Athletic Requirements 

Returning Athlete Requirements 

RegisterMyAthlete- Aktivate Instructions-New Parents 

RegisterMyAthlete- Aktivate Instructions-Returning Parents 

AIA Physical Forms- all athletes must get a new physical dated after March 1, 2023


Dysart HS Sports Schedules


07/11/2023 Direct Link

Summer Conditioning 2023

Athletic Information for Summer

Dysart Athletics is offering summer conditioning for DHS students from May 30th - July 27th. 

Athletes must be cleared through the athletic office, including a 203-24 sports physical before attending workouts. 

The athletic office is open Monday - Thursday June 6th - June 29th 8am-12pm. Contact the athletic department with any questions on clearance and specific sports summer schedule: 623-876-7537.

See below for more information on athletic clearance process:

Strength and Conditioning is offered Monday - Thursday at 3pm and 4pm in the weight room. 


*Girls Golf Camp: July 25 thru July 27th, 8am to 10am at Pueblo El Mirage Golf Course.

06/19/2023 Direct Link

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DHS Summer School - Monday, June 5th- Thursday, June 22nd

Attention Students and Parents,


All available summer school spots have been filled, and all  students  attending summer school were contacted by their DHS counselor. Even those who were placed on a waitlist. 


Click here for everything you need to know about summer school!  


 


 

05/26/2023 Direct Link

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Congrats Class of 2023

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

05/23/2023 Direct Link

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DHS Graduation Information

Class of 2023 Graduation will be on Monday, May 22, 2023 at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ. Please click HERE for all your up to date graduation information.

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Need  a copy of your transcripts?? 


Also, need a transcript for employment? or Applying for college and now you need your school transcript?  

Follow directions below : 

-Go to Parchment.com and click on the sign up button in the header

-Enter student information. (Name, Gender, Birthdate, etc.) 

-Enter Parchment Information. ( Email Address, Password, Username) 

-Enter Secret Questions for username and password information. 

-Select Opt-In Preferences

-Click save and continue

-Click on My Transcripts to start requesting transcripts 

-Issues accessing your account or creating your profile? click on the contact us 

link on the website provided above. 


(Did you know you can make your transcript request online without ever having to visit the school office or even calling the school) 



05/18/2023 Direct Link

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Attention DHS Demons

If you paid in advance for a yearbook or even if you want to purchase one, stop by the tables that will be located in the cafeteria on the following dates: May 10th-12th during both lunches


For students who paid in advance

 You will receive a sheet from Mrs White between May 8th-9th during school 

(DO NOT LOSE THIS SHEET) you will need it to verify your purchase. 



For those who would like to purchase a yearbook, supplies are limited - We currently have 38 yearbooks left!!!!

Accepted Payments are as follows: Cash or Check 

please make checks out to: Dysart High School 

in memo: (YEARBOOKCLUB) 



05/08/2023 Direct Link

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Future Demon Athletes Night for Incoming Freshmen

Dysart High School is hosting a Future Demon Athletes Night on April 26th, at 6:00 PM in the DHS Auditorium. 

Incoming freshmen students and their parents will meet the DHS Athletic Director, athletic staff, and coaches. Information will be provided about the athletic clearance process and summer conditioning.

04/21/2023 Direct Link

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Month of the Military Child

While Military members serve around the world, we often forget the challenges faced by their children. Military families move on average every two to three years, impacting military children through changing schools and support networks. 


April is the Month of the Military Child!!! Help us support military families - wear your purple April 21st 

#SUPPORTMILITARYKIDS 

04/19/2023 Direct Link

AIA Officials

AIA Officials Appreciation Week for Spring Sports

Dysart Baseball and Boys Volleyball teams took a moment to thanks officials before their games on April 11th with a certificate of appreciation and a snack treat. Athletic Director Jason Wilke, coaches and players recognize the officials for their dedication to high school sports. 

04/12/2023 Direct Link

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GEORGE C. Wheeler Scholarship Opportunity

Rotary Club of Surprise 

Scholarship Name:  George C Wheeler Scholarship Application 

Award Amount: $1000  for the 23-24 Academic Year ( Cost will cover: tuition , fees, books, and supplies) 

Submission Deadline: April 14, 2023 


Purpose : To provide monetary assistance to deserving students to attend a school of higher education in order to have a successful future. 


Further information you need to know:

-3 scholarships to graduating seniors in Imagine Prep, Dysart School District and Paradise Honors High School. 

-Major Requirement: NONE 

-Criteria: A brief autobiography, consisting of school activities and community activities, goals in life, reasons for applying for the scholarship. Copy of High School grades. Recommendations from three adults ( non family ). 

- Minimum GPA : 2.0 

Credit hours required: NONE 

Residency Requirement: NONE 

College/Campus requirements: Certified intuition, school or college 


Return application and materials to: Jim Rumpeltes: rumpeltes@hotmail.com

Interviews anticipated the last week in April . 


To submit scholarship form click link to complete application. 

04/11/2023 Direct Link

DHS New Gym Court

Grand Reopening for New Gym

DHS is excited to announce that the refinishing of the new gym court is complete! 

We will host our grand opening with boys volleyball games on April 6th, against Prescott High School. 

Come on out and support the Demons! 

04/05/2023 Direct Link

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Final FAFSA Night

Please Join us for our Final FAFSA night at Dysart High School.


What: FAFSA ( Free Application for federal student Aid)  

Who: All Seniors and Families

When: Wednesday April 5th, 2:30pm - 6pm 

Where: DHS- Rm 4017  

DHS Counselors, Be a leader foundation, Gear Up will be available to assist  you. 


 ** don't forget your chrome books and chargers seniors. 

04/04/2023 Direct Link

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Your future begins here!!

GCC has more than 100 degrees and certificate programs to prepare you for the workforce or for transfer to a university. Our career and technical programs offer hands-on training by industry professionals giving you the skills you need for rewarding career opportunities. 


Find out how you can make your career and educational  goals a reality. 

-Tour our campus and see our state-of-the-art facilities

-Meet with program directors, instructors, and advisors to learn about career paths

-Talk to financial aid specialists

-Learn about campus activities  and clubs 

-Find out how GCC can help with internships and jobs

-Register to win a free class! 


Please Register for this event  by clicking here Open House  


03/21/2023 Direct Link

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DHS PTO Scholarship Opportunity!!!

Our PTO Committee has an amazing opportunity for YOU!!! Everything you need to know is provided below: 


Eligibility: Scholarship is for DHS seniors who plan on pursuing a secondary education ( a high school teacher) or attend a technical school. 


Assignment: In your own words, write a 500 word essay providing details about your time spent at DHS, showing your school spirit and support for Dysart High School. Explain in detail  why you believe you deserve this scholarship. Please have your essay endorsed by at least one teacher or coach. Any essay missing endorsements will be disqualified. Attach an extra page if needed. Your essay may be hand written or typed. Your job is to convince the PTO board to award the Cash scholarship to you. 


Deadline to submit application: April 15th, 2023 ( Turn your scholarship application in to the front office  Attn: PTO Scholarship)


Amount: $1000.00- to be awarded to 1st place 

$500.00 to be awarded to 2nd place

$250.00 to be awarded to 3rd place   

  

Number of Scholarships Available: 3 for 2023 applications 


Good Luck Dysart Demons!!! 

03/20/2023 Direct Link

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Save The Date: March 31, 2023

Attention DHS Families,


        Valley Vista high school will be hosting Dysart School's annual college 101 night on Friday, March 31 at 5:30pm-7:30pm


Topics of discussion will be as follows: 

-Financial Aid & Scholarships

-Paying for college 

-NCAA college athletic eligibility

-Attending all women's/men's colleges

-How to apply to a highly selective school 

-Attending an honors college 

-Service Academies and more 


This event is open to all Dysart District Students and their families!! 

Hope to see there. 


03/01/2023 Direct Link

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High School Dual Enrollment Available through Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is offering the option for high school students across the country to earn college credits online anytime, any where!!! 


With this opportunity, our students  can graduate and enter the workforce sooner- Saving time and money as a college student.  

For more information click here to access flyer


02/22/2023 Direct Link

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President Day, No school

There is no school on Monday, February 20, 2023. Schools and the district office will be closed in observance of President's Day. 

02/17/2023 Direct Link

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Demon Nation Parent 101

March 1, 2023, at 5:30 pm Room 4017

 Refreshment will  be served 

 Join Officer Hunter, Dysart High School SRO, to talk about the dangers of vaping and how it is affecting our community. 


The danger of vaping

02/15/2023 Direct Link

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Hey Seniors! Interested in attending a GCU College Tour?

Thursday, February 23rd from  7:30am -1:30pm 

All 12th graders  who have signed up and are passing all of their classes,  will have the opportunity to join their peers and our DHS staff at  GCU for a  college tour-Transportation and Lunch will be provided. 


If interested, Stop by our  counseling office to  pick up a field trip slip- submission deadline will be Friday, February 10th by 2pm 


For any further questions concerning the tour,  Ask for  Mrs. Whetstone ,our DHS Counselor in charge of this off campus event. 

 

02/07/2023 Direct Link

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Calling All Graduating Class of 2023!

Graduation Day will be here in no time and the most important thing all seniors need at this time is communication on what to expect as their very important day approaches. 


For more information on what seniors and their families need to know, leading up to graduation day. 

Click Here For Senior Timeline

02/02/2023 Direct Link

Basketball

Congratulations Boys & Girls Basketball

Dysart is proud to congratulate the boys and girls basketball teams on winning the Black Canyon Region.

Go Demons! 

 Varsity Boys Basketball TeamVarsity Girls Basketball Team




02/02/2023 Direct Link

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DHS Hoopcoming Events 2023

Dysart is hosting Hoopcoming on January 27th with both varsity teams playing at home. 

Come out and support our JV Girls at 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Girls at 5:30 p.m.; Varsity Boys Basketball at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available on GoFan or cash at the gate. 



Student Council will host the Hoopcoming Dance on January 28th in the old gym from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are available to be purchased at the basketball games on Jan. 27th, but will not be sold at the door.

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Sign up Today!!!

If you are interested in testing out of Spanish 1-2 or 3-4 and you haven't tested out before, you are encouraged to sign up with Mrs. White in the counseling office.   For dates, times and locations view flyer below. 

Spanish Test Out Flyer

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DECA Students honored at competition

Students from Dysart High School and Shadow Ridge High School were recently honored at the DECA Western Region Leadership Conference hosted in Anaheim, California. The competition allows students to compete in various business and marketing events.

Trystan Wright from Dysart High School received 3rd place overall in his section for Marketing Communications in the Western Region.

The Shadow Ridge High School recognitions include: 


  • Ellen-Marie MacKellar and Chloe Nowling- 1st Place Role Play 
  • Elisa Gongaware and Lily McDaniel- 2nd Place Role Play
  • Gavin Williams and Varish Yadav- 3rd Place Role Play 
  • Stephen MacKellar and Cohen Peters- 3rd Place Test 
  • Brooke Tantillo and Rebekah Vanzile- 4th Place DECA Garage

DECA conferences are targeted, highly-focused learning experiences for students and advisors that support National Curriculum Standards and the development of 21st Century Skills. DECA conferences bring members into the larger DECA community while providing unique opportunities to extend classroom learning. Each of DECA’s conferences connects with corporate professionals to engage students in learning industry-related trends and content.

DECA is a Career and Technical Student Organization specifically for students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. To learn more about CTE programs in the district, visit dysart.org/CTE.

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Welcome to the End of First Semester 2022

The end of first semester of 2022 will be December 20, 2022. 

Final exam schedules are listed below and school is released at 10:30 A.M. each day.

December 19th

Final Exam Schedule Day 1 

 Period 1  7:15 A.M. - 8:15 A.M. 

 Period 3  8:20 A.M. - 9:20 A.M. 

 Period 5  9:25 A.M. - 10:25 A.M.

 

Sack Lunch Pickup 10:25 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. 

 Students may pick up a sack lunch at the end of the day from the cafeteria and then leave to go home as they normally would.

December 20th

Final Exam Schedule Day 2 

 Period 2  7:15 A.M. - 8:15 A.M. 

 Period 4  8:20 A.M. - 9:20 A.M. 

 Period 6  9:25 A.M. - 10:25 A.M.


Sack Lunch Pickup 10:25 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.  

 Students may pick up a sack lunch at the end of the day from the cafeteria and then leave to go home as they normally would.

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What's Happening @ DHS

Checkout our November newsletter which includes:

  • Principal/Assistant Principal's Messages
  • Important Dates
  • Classroom News
  • Athletics News
  • Events


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Do you have questions about college?

Click here to learn about an upcoming event you don't want to miss.

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The Battle of the 303 Soccer Tournament

We had 12 teams participate in this inaugural "The Battle of the 303 Soccer Tournament'. 

This tournament concludes Friday, December 2nd. The semifinals are hosted at Shadow Ridge HS and the finals are hosted at Dysart HS. 


Semi-final schedule @ SRHS: 

11 AM Shadow (home) vs Dysart (away) 

 12:45 PM Verrado (home) vs Youngker (away) 


 Finals schedule @ DHS: 

 5 PM 3rd Place game 

 6:45 PM Championship game


Tickets are available here: GoFan.

Come out and support your varsity boys soccer team! Go Demons!! 

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Future Freshman Night December 5

Students entering high school in the 2023-2024 academic year, and their parents, are invited to attend an incoming freshman meeting on Monday, December 5 to learn about high school expectations, unique programs, and the process for registration and class selection. These meetings are designed to provide incoming freshmen with an overview of the academic programs available at Dysart Unified School District’s four high schools and explain the process of registering for ninth-grade classes.   


Future Freshman Nights are scheduled as follows on Monday, December 5:   


Dysart High School - 5:30 PM at 11425 N. Dysart Road, El Mirage  

Shadow Ridge High School - 6:00 PM at 10909 N. Perryville Road, Surprise 

Valley Vista High School - 5:30 PM at 15550 N. Parkview Place, Surprise  

Willow Canyon High School - 5:00 PM at 17901 W. Lundberg Street, Surprise  


Students and parents will learn about high school classes, course selection, unique and career-related programs, core curriculum, and graduation requirements. Attending Future Freshman Night motivates eighth graders to remain focused on their true academic goal – completing high school and beyond.     


Dysart offers four top-rated high schools to the community and is home to two top 50 high schools in Arizona. Three of our four high schools are “A” rated, and two out-rank all local counterparts. Visit Dysart.org to learn more about our high schools academics, arts and athletics. To view school locations and residential attendance boundaries, visit Dysart.org/Boundaries

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Thanksgiving Break, No School

School Schools and District office will be closed November 21-25 In observance of Thanksgiving break.

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Class of 2023 order cap and gown today!!

Order Now to Start Celebrating Your Senior Year

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Future Freshman Night

Dysart High School is hosting Future Freshman Night on December 5th, from 5:30pm to 7pm. All incoming freshman for the 2023-24 school year are welcome to attend with their parents. Opportunities to visit our CTE, Fine Arts, JROTC classrooms to learn more about these programs. The cafeteria will host our core area and world language teachers, as well as information on our each of our clubs and sports offered at DHS.

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Interested in a Technical Career after High School?

BE A CTE COMPLETER

Stop by the counseling office during lunch to schedule an appointment with your counselor to get started. 

11/16/2022 Direct Link

Want to learn about ACT testing?

Want to gain a better understanding of what the ACT is all about ??

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Winter Sports Parent Meeting

Winter Sports Parent Meeting

The DHS Athletic Department will host the winter sports parent meeting on November 14, at 6 P.M., in the auditorium. 

Winter programs will then have a sport specific parent meeting with coaches in separate locations.

Athletic Director: Mr. J. Wilke

Boys Basketball: Coach K. Cook

Girls Basketball: Coach E. Ganados

Boys Soccer: Coach P. Partida

Girls Soccer: Coach F. Urbina

Boys Wrestling: Coach B. Bloom

Girls Wrestling: Coach I. Carson


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Checkout What's Happening

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Yearbook Discount

Want to order your yearbook at a great price? You have 14 Days until November Discount offers are gone!! 

Get started at Jostens


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Veterans Day 11/11/2022

To the veterans of the armed serves:

DHS would like to thank our veterans in the community for their service and sacrifice. 

Reminder, there is no school on November 11th, in observation of Veterans Day. 

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Career and College Expo

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

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

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

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DHS Demon Edu-Expo

The DHS Counseling department will host the Demon Education/Expo in the Commons and Rooms 4017, 5104, 5106, & 5107. This event is on October 19th from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This event is to educate our students and families about our community partnerships and resources including: 

  • Family Outreach Program 4017
  • Financial Aid, Scholarships & College Application 5104 
  • WEST-Mec 5106
  • AP & Duel Enrollment  5107

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Get Help with FAFSA

The DHS Counseling department will host a FAFSA Night on November 9th, from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., in Room 4017. This event is for seniors and their parents. Counselors, Be a Leader Foundation and Gear Up will be available to assist in the process. 

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DHS JROTC Raiders

Saturday, September 10, the Dysart Demons JROTC Raider team competed at Red Mountain HS for the 2022 Fitness Challenge. Ten teams competed in a grueling 20 event course that tested their mental and physical toughness. There was one start time, and the clock continued to run until they crossed the finish line. Events included litter carry, tires, 1-rope bridge, low crawl, crab walk, flutter kicks, push-ups, sit-ups, tire drag, tire flips, telephone pole run, 5 gallon water can carry, ammo can 30-50lbs carry, and  many more. The Demons were prepared and ready for the challenge, led by their team captain Janessa Tovar. 

After the dust settled Dysart had a time of 32:02, and secured a 1st place victory. 

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Football

Dysart High School Football battled and fell to Fountain Hills on Friday night at home, 22-14.  It was their second game of the season in 3A action as Dysart moves to 1-1 on the season.  The Demons jumped out to quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter after a touchdown from Kye Brown to Senior Dillon Grant.  Quarterback Kye Brown followed it up in the second quarter with a touchdown pass to Senior, Taesean Allen to increase the lead to 14-0.  


Fountain Hills responded with two touchdowns near the end of the second quarter to tie the game going into halftime.  


After a scoreless third quarter, Fountain Hills took the lead with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 8 minutes left in the game.  That ended up being the last score of the game as the Demons came up short trying to tie it up.


The Demons are home again this week again Cortez at 7pm on Friday September 2, 2022.

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DHS School Picture Day- Wednesday, August 17th

Look your best Demons! 9-11th grade students, will have their yearbook and ID pictures taken. 12th grade students will have their ID picture taken. Attention Seniors- Grads Photography is taking appointments for your yearbook photo. Deadline for your Senior yearbook picture is October 31st!

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Fall Sports Tryouts Start Aug. 8th

Tryouts for fall sports start the week of August 8th. Student must be cleared through the athletic office to tryout. 

For specific tryout information, such as dates and times, please contact the coach directly.  


Badminton: CoachAnderson: michael.anderson@dysart.org 

Cross Country Boys: Coach Carson:  ivory.carson@dysart.org;   

Cross Country Girls: Coach Partida jose.partida@dysart.org

Golf Boys: Coach Vesey: thomas.vesey@dysart.org 

Golf Girls: Coach Schlinger: kenneth.schlinger@dysart.org 

Football: Coach Ganados: john.ganados@dysart.org 

Spiritline: Cheer: Coach Bowen:hannah.bowen@dysart.org 

                   Pom: Coach Welsh:maleigha.welsh@dysart.org 

Swim/Dive Boys: CoachFox: alora.fox@dysart.org 

Swim/Dive Girls: Coach Carleton: jennifer.carleton@dysart.org 

Volleyball: Coach Shaw: larissa.diaz@dysart.org


Please visit our athletic page for more information.

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DHS Welcomes the Class of 2026

The Demons welcomed the Freshman class on August 1 during orientation.  The students got a welcome from administration, toured the school and walked their schedule in order to prepare for the school year.  Check out the photo gallery from the event below. 

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Open House

August 2, 2022 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. We look forward to seeing all our students and families. Follow us on Facebook - Dysart High School (OFFICIAL) #onceademonalwaysademon

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Open House

August 2, 2022 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. We look forward to seeing all our students and families. Follow us on Facebook - Dysart High School (OFFICIAL) #onceademonalwaysademon

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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 Dysart.org/Volunteer 
  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.




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School Breakfast and Lunch

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

Apply for Free and Reduced Meals

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

How to Add Meal Funds to an Account

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

Meal Prices 

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

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

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Employment Opportunities in Dysart

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

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

Current High Need Areas: 

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

Check out our current openings at Dysart.org/Careers and apply today!

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Stay Informed on the Parent Portal

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

Update Your Communication Preferences and Contact Info

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

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CTE students earn honors at state and international competitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DECA is a premier student organization that supports the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration, and entrepreneurship.  DECA is one of the many Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities offered to prepare students for the academic and vocational skills necessary to successfully enter the workforce. Learn more at dysart.org/cte.

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HOSA students compete at State Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DHS AVID Seniors Shatter Scholarship Goals

Congratulations to Robert Blanco, Jennifer Olague Carranza and Jesus Izaguirre from the Dysart High School Class of 2021 who were named members of the Million Dollar Club for earning scholarships through the support of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.  

Each year, the AVID cohorts are challenged to earn a certain amount of scholarship and grant money.  In order to do this, they must apply to different colleges and universities as well as complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Their original goal was to earn 4.5 million dollars in scholarships and so far, the cohort led by Mr. Keegan Cook, has earned 6.2 million in scholarships. 

The AVID students have made Demon history this year by earning this high honor and each have decided on a major. Robert is planning to become a Physical Therapist (M.D), Jesus strives to become a Civil Engineer, and Jenny plans to become a Biomedical Engineer. Last year, Ren Dickson from the class of 2020, was the first AVID student at Dysart High School to earn over a million dollars in scholarship offers. 

The Dysart High School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program has been a fixture at DHS since 2008 when it was first introduced to the district. AVID is a program that supports students in the academic middle who are motivated to attend post secondary education, but may not have all of the tools they need in order to be as successful as they can be in a college setting. A typical AVID student is one who has some motivation to be successful, is in the academic middle (2.5-3.5 GPA), possibly the first generation in the family to attend college, or has some other potential barrier to reaching post secondary education. Through the four year program, students are taught note taking skills, time management, test taking skills, collaboration and critical reading skills, and are supported as they tackle rigorous curriculum. 

“We are so proud of our AVID students and can’t wait to see what path they choose to pursue next year,” said Alesha Wisbey, Dysart High School AVID Teacher and Site Coordinator.  

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Athlete Spotlight: Isabel Quintero-Soria

Many teenagers would balk at a 4:00 a.m. wake up time, but Isabel Quintero Soria, cross country athlete at Dysart High School, laced up early to beat the heat each day and was committed to staying in shape and focused on the sport during the closures. 

 “It was difficult because of everything going on, but I made it my goal to run early everyday as the sun rose to make sure I did not lose focus,” said Quintero-Soria.

Isabel has been a member of the varsity cross country team since her freshman year.  She started her journey with the team when Ivory Carson, Math teacher and cross country coach,  encouraged her to try out.

“Coach told me about the team, and I tried out and was surprised at how fast I was and how much I enjoyed it,” said Quintero-Soria.

Coach Carson recognized her natural talent right away. 

“At the Sectional Meet in 2017, Isabel told me the time she would run before the race, which was well beyond her personal best. She ran faster than the time she quoted,” stated Carson. “That day verified something I felt. Isabel is that quiet leader who does what she says and says what she does.”

Isabel has grown as an athlete and member of the team. She was chosen as senior captain this year to lead her close-knit team. 

“My team is a family to me,” she said.  “I have a different mindset when I am with them.  We motivate one another and we just really just love to run together.”

Isabel not only looks to her team for strength but also her coach. 

“Coach Carson is a father figure, he keeps us on track not only in sports but also in class he helps everyone out,'' she said.  “He’s definitely the one to go if you need motivation or just someone to talk about life.”

Speaking of family, Isabel is the youngest of nine children and has a ton of support from her large household and her own personal cheering section at competitions. 

“It’s crazy. I have five brothers and three sisters.  It is awesome to hear them encouraging me from the sidelines during meets.”

Isabel competed in the AIA Division II State Cross Country Meet for the past three years and  established herself as the number seven cross country runner all-time at Dysart High School.  Her desire for her senior season is to move up the all-time list breaking the school record of 19:53.2 held by Gabriel Gomez. With a successful senior season, she will be inducted into the prestigious 100 mile club, an honor bestowed upon four year letter winners in cross country at Dysart High School.

“She inspires others to excellence,” said Carson.

In addition to cross country, Isabel ran track for the first time last season but it was cut short because of COVID-19. Even in the brief season she established herself as the two-mile specialist on the team placing sixth at the Richard Thompson South Mountain Invitational and earning fourth place running the lead-off leg in the 4x800 relay.

Isabel is working arduously to attain a cross country scholarship at an in-state college to major in Criminal Justice with the hope of becoming a lawyer or a detective. 

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Dysart High School student, Andrea Soliz, poses at her school.

DHS student selected as National Officer

Dysart High School student, Andrea Soliz, was recently named to the SkillsUSA National Officer Team as the Region 5 Vice President. Previously, Andrea served as the SkillsUSA Region 5 President for the State of Arizona. As a National Officer, Andrea is provided the opportunity to represent SkillsUSA and its members. National Officers serve as communicators, advocates and facilitators in a variety of leadership roles, helping instill skills and career-readiness to fellow members.

The newly elected officers were announced at a virtual recognition ceremony on June 26, 2020.  Before being selected, candidates went through a rigorous application process including written exams, essays, interviews, and a speech. Andrea is one of ten high school students from across the country selected to serve on the 2020-21 SkillsUSA National Officer Team. Being a national officer is one of the highest honors a student can achieve within the SkillsUSA organization.

Andrea is entering her senior year at Dysart High School, and is a dedicated leader on campus. She has worked tirelessly to be an advocate, role model, and mentor to fellow classmates, as well as the community. Through SkillsUSA, she has been provided with many opportunities and experiences that continue to prepare her for her future.  

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

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