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Superintendent Top Happenings

September 2014

  1. 21st Century Community Learning Centers awarded $500,000 to Dos Rios Elementary School. The team writing the grant last year was Brittany Benson, Christa Matthews, and Shannon Haley. The process that was undertaken last year was truly a team effort with all team members ensures alignment, accountability, and support. The ladies are to be commended for the work they completed all year towards this process.
  2. Jennifer Morley, language arts teacher, awarded $5,000! Jennifer Morley, a junior high language arts teacher applied for a grant from the Arizona Cardinals Charities, she was awarded $5,000! We are able to use the funds for technology, supplies, health/wellness, and literacy. Congratulations to Dos Rios and Jennifer Morley for this valuable grant.
  3. Hurley Ranch received a check for $700 to seed a STEM club. They will be adding this club to the Soaring Stars classes and the money will assist in getting our kids ready to go to the Olympiads. The Science Foundation of Arizona (SFA) donated the money.
  4. Hurley Ranch has developed a Bully Free committee and set one day a month, that will be their Bully Free day. This day will focus on a 20-minute lesson taught by the teachers in their class. Mrs. Bustos will be teaching 5th and 6th grade students at Hurley Ranch.

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

VFW Visits Dos Rios

Members of the Bobby Diaz Lopez Post 6310 Veterans of Foreign Wars recently visited Dos Rios Elementary School.

This post has a strong commitment to their community through service projects which include supplying backpacks to schools, assisting the elderly, assisting past foreign war veterans, and performing services for past veterans who have lost their lives fighting for our country.

They came to Dos Rios to speak to the leadership group and to instruct them on the proper procedure for raising and lowering the flag. The leadership group will be taking over this procedure daily at Dos Rios.

While the boys raised the flag, Veterans spoke about the flag and what it represents to us as a nation. They allowed the students to ask them questions about their service experience, and they passed out flags to the students.

The VFW members who visited were past Commander Ralph Arvizu, veteran of Vietnam, Retired First Sergeant Pete Rosales, U.S. Army/Vietnam/Desert Storm, Retired Chief Master Sergeant David Ramirez, US Air Force/Vietnam/Desert Storm, and Retired First Sergeant Andres Alcaraz, Vietnam/Desert Storm.









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.

New Carpet for Kindergarten

Mrs. Stephanie Sisson, kindergarten teacher at Dos Rios Elementary, was awarded a beautiful classroom carpet from DonorsChoose. Mrs. Sisson wrote an essay that described how useful an area carpet is in a kindergarten classroom. Her request was approved and posted on their website. Friends, family, anonymous donors, and several foundations including the Bill & Gloria Gates Foundation made financial contributions to purchase the new classroom carpet. Mrs. Sisson and her students are in the process of writing thank you notes to each donor that made this wonderful opportunity possible!

Kindergarten CarpetKindergarten Carpet

Superintendent Page

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Professional Development Day

While students got a day off from school, the Dos Rios and Hurley Ranch teachers spent the day as students and participated in an all-day professional development workshop on Wednesday, September 17. They learned from their colleagues about writing development standards.

Professional Development Day

Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to our teachers of the year! We are very proud of you!

Mrs. Shannon HaleyMrs. Shannon Haley 
Dos Rios Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Haley serves on several teacher committees, is the team leader for the third grade, and a team player for the whole school. This past school year, her students scored exceptionally well on the state AIMS assessment. Eighty five percent of her students met and exceeded in math and eighty percent met and exceeded in reading. She was part of the school team that assisted with writing the 21st century grant that Dos Rios was awarded to provide students with afterschool programs. She is always willing to help out with covering classes and assisting in the front office. She's an amazing teacher who builds relationships with kids, parents, and staff. Dos Rios is very proud to have her on their team.   


Ms. Alyssa FrybackMs. Alyssa Fryback 
Hurley Ranch Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Fryback was chosen as teacher of the year because she is known for opening her room to guests, both teachers and parents alike.  She has given materials and ideas to be used as models for multiple professional developments; she seeks out professional development trainings to attend that will add to her professional tool belt; she has had multiple parent and co-worker compliments and, most importantly, she uses best practices which results in high student engagement. Ms. Fryback is constantly researching new and exciting ways to engage learners and she does all of this with a smile on her face. Hurley Ranch is honored to have her on their team. 




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.