ON CAMPUS ASHTON RANCH ELEMENTARY • The West Valley Bowling Tournament was Nov. 4 at Peoria AMF Bowling Lanes. High school and junior high school teams from the West Valley participated. Mr. Pyle’s 5-8th grade class represented Ashton Ranch. Mr. Pyle’s students won the following awards: Gage V. 1st Place; Taylor G. 1st Place. Anthony C. 2nd Place; Joey M. 2nd Place. Tommy T., Andrew O., and Dominique S. 3rd Place. Julio C. and Nickolaus C. 4th Place. CANYON RIDGE ELEMENTARY On Nov. 4 the Canyon Ridge fourth- and fifth-grade choir led by Mr. Winkler and the seventh- and eighth-grade Advanced Band led by Mr. Morey performed to a packed house at the school board meeting. The band performed “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Strange Pursuit” and the Choir sang “Children of the World.” • Congratulations as well to the following Canyon Ridge Band students for being nominated for the Arizona All-State Honor Bands: Sixth grade: Timothy Parker – clarinet. Jessica Skvarek – flute. Kaleb Schroader – euphonium. Seventh grade: Thalia Dinh – flute. Cody Lane – percussion. Eighth grade: Jasmine Brizuela – flute. Reed Farley – flute. Brandon Himes – alto saxophone. Samantha Fultz – bass clarinet. The results of who will actually take place in the Arizona All-State Honor Bands will be released around mid-December. • Congratulations to the students who made the Cougars’ 2009-2010 soccer teams: Girls: Autumn Johnson, Brandi McVey, Jazmine Brizuela, Hannah Cluff, Mackenzie Butler, Megan Henige, Kaitlin Thorpe, Cheyenne Aguirre, Sam Brigham, Iris Saunders, Sierra Bonilla, Kennedy Foley, Audrey Thalman, Kelsea Ferentheil, Jacquelyn Vazquez, Karon Opsahl. Boys: Andrew Lataille, Nick Dunn, Nick Laffoon, Thomas Gorman, Justin Beard, Ben Ha’o, Jesus Garcia, Padraic Farney, Matt Strong, Carlo Valadez, Alex Weidlein, Andrew Attilio, Sam Fox, Glenn Inman, Collin Barnes, Addison Garrett. CIMARRON SPRINGS ELEMENTARY • Seventh grade worked hard for more than a week drafting, revising, editing and perfecting a scary story after having read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The students also shared their work with the class. Many stories gave chills to the listeners, while some were mysterious, and even more were completely bizarre. The students left school with ideas in mind for sequels. COUNTRYSIDE ELEMENTARY • Recently, sixth grade had its 3rd annual solar cooker cook-off contest. It was successful, as the students were extremely creative and resourceful with their ideas. Each homeroom chose a winner. The three winners were Austin Bartram (Mrs. Greenhalgh’s class), DayShawn Piercy (Ms. Tipton’s class), and Mariah Havely (Mrs. Benson’s class). All of the sixth-graders did a wonderful job, which made choosing a winner difficult. DYSART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL • Oct. 30 was the annual Pumpkin Day in Ms. Estes third-grade class. The entire day revolvedaroundpumpkins.Thestudentsworked in pairs to weigh the pumpkins andmeasure the height and circumference of the pumpkins. Then they analyzed the collected data and made predictions on which pumpkins would have the most and least seeds in them. This year, because of Excel Math, the students were able to multiply, so counting the seeds that were grouped in tens was easier and faster than in previous years. The conclusion the students came up with was size does not always matter in seed production. One of the smallest pumpkins had the most seeds, and the largest pumpkin had the second lowest number of seeds. • Dysart Elementary PTO and Parental InvolvementCommitteehaditsannualMasquerade Ball on Oct. 29. Almost 300 family members came together for the fun. The costumes were amazing, and it was hard for the judges to pick the winners. The winners received a Gift Card to Chili’s and two free kid’s meals. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER • Deborah Turner, the front records clerk at the preschool, has just published her second book since working at the preschool. It is entitled “Monday’s Child.” Here is a synopsis. “To everyone who has ever started a diet on Monday only to somehow lose focus and find Monday upon you once more. To those who have ever laid down to zip up, and any woman brave enough to tackle a pair of control top pantyhose. We are all in search of that mysterious place where we can be comfortable within our own body. This book is for all of Monday’s Children, may we all learn that we are beautiful every day!” You can purchase a copy online today. • The Dysart Preschool PTO announces new board members for the 2009-2010 school year. President: Jennifer Watson Vice President: Kelli Lopez Treasurer: Jennifer Bethancourt Secretary: Becky Meyers Member at Large: Christina Counts Meetings are on the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the preschool. KINGSWOOD ELEMENTARY On Oct. 27, Kingswood inducted 19 members into the newly organized chapter of National Junior Honor Society. The induction was attended by many parents, relatives and friends. The following students were inducted into the Kingswood chapter of the NJHS: Matthew Kistler – Vice President, Gramoz Krasniqi, Dalaena Rivera, Jodi Peter, Diana Ortiz, Kiersten Opsahl, Jordyn Garrett – President, Reed Freeman – Treasurer, Kaleigh Sellar – Secretary, Bella Hall, Shellby Lengvary, Jennifer Lake, Jennifer Sharritt, Alexiss Mailloux, Ramee Yacob, Becka Hamm, Anthony Wooten,ThomasCollyer,ColtonHightowerand Lexi Vukoder. MARLEY PARK ELEMENTARY Marley Park celebrated Red Ribbon week Oct. 26-30. The national theme the school adopted this year is “Let’s Show Good Character and Be Drug Free!” Students were encouraged to participate in various spirit days throughout the week. There also was a door-decorating contest judged on originality, creativity and overall effort. The winners are: K-2 - Mrs. Hemsley’s second-grade class for “Drug Free is the way to be—no bones about it.” 3-5 — Ms. Weiler’s fourth-grade class “Drugs and jail, drugs aren’t worth the punishment.” Overall award was given to first grade because “1st graders do not monkey around with drugs!” An honorable mention was given to Mrs. Smith’s reading students for “Don’t get wrapped up in drugs.” • During the last week in October, Marley Park recognized K—3 students who showed Most Improvement, had Perfect Attendance and exhibited the six pillars of Character. For studentsin4th—8thgrade,awardswerehanded out for the three categories listed above plus two additional categories — Honor Roll and Principal’s Honor Roll. PARKVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL • Ms. Quarles’ eighth-grade students are working on crocheting blankets to donate to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. • Parkview has a school store called the Python Store. Each student works hard to earn Python Dollars for showing responsibility and good character in class, in the halls and at lunch. Once per month, students get to visit the school store to purchase fun items. PTA President Teresa Diaz and School Monitor Sonia Monteverde manage the store. SUNSET HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL • The first-graders at Sunset Hills have been busy learning a lot these past couple of weeks. They enjoyedpicking pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch at school, and then weighed, measured and described pumpkins. • In honor of Veterans Day, the first-graders invited members of the military (who also happen to be parents) to speak about how they are heroes, how they protect us and the importance of reading. SURPRISE ELEMENTARY • During Red Ribbon Week, Surprise Elementary had a door decorating contest. This contest was put on by the students on the character counts committee. The committee used a rubric to judge the doors on creativity, color and use of theme. Congratulations to: Jessica Hein’s 5th Grade – 1st place; Ronni Fredrickson’s Kindergarten – 2nd place; and April Beck’s 2nd grade – 3rd place. The winners enjoyed a popcorn party and received red ribbons to take home. • Surprise Elementary put on a cookie dough fund-raiser during October. This was to raise money for the Cub Olympics Field Day in April. Students sold cookie dough and items from a catalog. The sale was a huge success. Congratulations to Braedon Reabold in Miss Fredrickson’s kindergarten class for being the top seller He sold more than $930 in cookie dough and will receive a Nintendo DS for his efforts. • Congratulations to Mrs. Maria Jiron-Cano for being chosen Staff Member of the Month for November. November’s character trait is Citizenship, and Mrs. Cano exemplifies this trait daily. THOMPSON RANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL • The kindergarten students at Thompson Ranch were visited by the Elks Lodge and were given coloring books, bookmarks and trick or treat bags by Elroy the Elk. The Elks Lodge discussed Halloween safety with all of the kindergartners. • Fourth grade has been sponsored by the Kiwanis of Surprise for the Reading is FUNdamental program. This is the third year the Kiwanis has purchased books for all fourth- grade students. They make sure to purchase enough books so that each child has a variety of choices when picking their own book. The goal is to give each student the opportunity to select a high interest book to begin their own library and encourage a lifelong love of reading. Mr. Filmore Bender has been our coordinator. • Thompson Ranch received a special performance by a group of BMX bike riders in the parking lot Nov. 4. This performance was given to the school as a reward for achieving high sales on their fall PTA fundraiser. The schools reached their anticipated goal and were dazzled by the talented riders and the show. The riders also made sure tomention to the students at Thompson Ranch that they wouldn’t have made it as far as they have without staying away from drugs, staying safe while practicing and doing well in school. WESTERN PEAKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Mrs. Mortemore’s 5th grade class has been working on a unit with Native Americans and Language Arts. The students had an assignment to create a Totem Pole to represent a story. Students were given the chance to look at and read about different Totem Poles that were originally done by Native American tribes. The students had a great time creating these. • For all of their hard work, students from each grade level were celebrated at a Quarterly Award Celebration the week of Oct. 26-30. Students were selected for being great citizens and for academic achievements in both the regular classrooms and in the special classroom. • Falcon Ace Award Winners for the week of Nov. 6: Kindergarten - Cuylar Moran. 1st Grade - Jacob Cerna. 2nd Grade - Rashelle Suarez. 3rd Grade - Hannah Frank. 4th Grade - Savannah Hayes. 5th Grade - Devynn Marshall. 6th Grade - Erin Corbo. 7th Grade - Daniel Nunez. 8th Grade - Tiana Marshall. Awards are given out to students who have shown great citizenship. DYSART HIGH SCHOOL • On Nov. 7, the Dysart High School Spiritline competed in four divisions of theUnitedSpiritAssociation’sregional qualifier cheer competition. In the Group Stunt division, the group of five girls received a bid to the National competition, which will be in Anaheim Calif. at the end of March. In the Co-ed Show Cheer division, the Demons brought home a first- place plaque and also secured a bid to nationals.
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