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Welcome to the online home of Union Elementary School District # 62. We are here to make sure every child receives the best education possible. Your child’s education is our #1 priority. Our teachers are excellent, and they have the expertise needed to challenge your child while making sure that each student has the necessary tools and materials to reach his or her academic goals.

Feel free to browse around and see what Union Elementary School District #62 has to offer. We are sure you will like what you see.

Superintendent Top Happenings

October 2014

1)    October 4, 2014, a group of 30 employees and community members joined us in our Walk, Knock, and Talk. We talked to voters in our community about the override and the programs it supports. Visit our override page for more information.

2)    Union is excited to announce the implementation of our ParentVue portal. Union families will now have access to their student’s grades, attendance, and grade book status through the district parent academic information link located on the district office website. October Top HappeningsParents will be getting their username and password from your student’s teacher at parent-teacher conferences. 

3)    The West Valley View visited the Dos Rios campus on Tuesday to do a feature on the 21st Century grant that was awarded to Dos Rios this year. The 21st Century grant is a $500,000 grant to promote after school activities and tutoring for students.

4)    Ms. Matthews, Ms. Benson, and Mr. Collins spent a day at Chase Field networking with other districts who also received the 21st Century Grant. 

To see the full list, please visit our Superintendent Top Happenings page.

Union District Schools Receive Grants

Hurley Ranch and Dos Rios elementary schools were awarded $1M in funding for after-school programs. Check out this West Valley View article for more information.

Dos Rios Red Ribbon Week

Ms. Emily Killeen from the Maricopa county attorney's office visited Dos Rios on October 23 and 24 to kick off our Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Week. She spoke to the 7th and 8th graders about the dangers of drug use along with cigarettes, inhalants, and prescription drugs.

She also related the consequences for drug use and shared some of the information below:

  • Cigarettes have over 7,000 chemicals in them.
  • Electronic cigarettes are dangerous as well.
  • Drug use can interfere with joining the military or being a police officer.
  • Abusing inhalants can cause you to lose your sense of taste and smell.
  • More people die from prescription drug use (overdose) than car accidents.
  • Drug use is responsible for 95% of crimes.
  • A person cannot have a career in law enforcement or military if they have a history of drug use.

Ms. Emily played some interactive games with the students, and she held a question and answer session at the end of her talk.

Principal's List Breakfast

Hurley Ranch held a Principal's List breakfast to recognize students who received straight A's on their report card for the quarter. We like to acknowledge that by honoring them and their supportive parents with a breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and eggs. Students are also given a certificate and a pencil that says “My Principal is Proud of Me”.

Principal's List Breakfast

Teacher Professional Development

On Wednesday, October 22 teachers participated in a half day professional development day. Teachers in grades K - 8 met with Mrs. Charity Nightingale, literacy coach, to establish the artifacts required quarterly to demonstrate student performance of the writing process and the four genres of writing. Each teacher made a portfolio that has these for components: pre-write, rough draft with revisions and editing marks, and a published copy. Teachers also met in grade level district wide teams to review the instructional practices that went well, needs work, and further support required. The feedback from teachers will be utilized to monitor and adjust the development program in the Union school district. 


Hurley Ranch Soaring Stars Program

The Hurley Ranch Soaring Stars afterschool program is running smoothly and serving 271 students. Students enjoy activities like:

  • No bake cooking class
  • Scrapbooking class
  • STEAM art class

These afterschool learning programs are funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant awarded to Hurley Ranch seven years ago. This federally funded program supports afterschool enrichment activities that complement our student’s regular school day programs.

Playing with Legos Art Work No Bake Cooking


Penny War Challenge

Over the past two weeks, students have collected coins and put them in their classroom jar in hopes of winning the Penny War Challenge sponsored by the Dos Rios PTA. On Friday, October 10, MidFirst Bank came for an assembly and students had the opportunity to have their classroom coins counted by the MidFirst Mobile Coin Counter.

Penny ChallengePenny Challenge

Budget Override Information

Do you have questions on the budget override election coming up on November 4, 2014? We invite you to visit our Budget Override page to learn more about the importance of this election and the impact it has on our district, our students, and our community.

Superintendent Page

Please visit our new Superintendent page to get the latest information from Dr. Rice. Read more>>>

Fiscal Year 2015 Proposed Budget is Now Available

In accordance with our district's policy of full disclosure, we invite you to view the following information.