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St. Mary’s Mobile Food Pantry

The St. Mary’s Food Bank has partnered with UESD to participate in the Mobile Food Pantry program on half day Wednesday’s one time a month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Read more >>>

Pride Award

Congratulations to Ms. Susan Eddy! She’s the winner of our March 2014 Pride Award and will receive a Peter Piper Pizza Party Pack! Check out the other Pride Award nominees.

Fiscal Year 2014 Proposed Budget is Now Available

In accordance with our district's policy of full disclosure, we invite you to view the adopted budget for fiscal year 2014. Read more >>>

Third Grade Retention Information

We would like to make you aware of some significant changes to the Arizona Revised Statutes regarding the promotion and retention of third grade students. Read more >>>

Annual Financial Report

The Union Elementary School District's expenditures for the year ending June 30, 2013, is now available for your review. Read more >>>


Welcome to Union Elementary

School Tax CreditsWelcome to the Union Elementary School District website! We are located in Tolleson, Arizona, which is situated about 25 miles west of downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Our district consists of two schools: Hurley Ranch Elementary School and Dos Rios Elementary School.

Our district features award-winning staff, students, and programs focused on:

U- Unparalleled excellence
N – New and exciting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) curriculum for middle school students
I – Innovative, academic-based, teaching and learning
O – Opportunities to explore future careers
N – No exceptions, with all children capable of success through Kids at Hope

Superintendent's Message

Dr. Patricia GillespieDear Colleagues, Parents, and Community Members,

Each year in April our Union students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned during the year by taking state assessments developed through the Arizona Department of Education. If it has been a while since you have taken a test, or you want to see what your child is learning, let me give you a sample question from the Grade 6 Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test, to see how you do. You will find the answer at the bottom of the page.

What represents a 2/3 ratio?

  • A. 30%
  • B. 0.33
  • C. 60%
  • D. 0.67

The Arizona Based Assessments, called the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS), are designed to measure student proficiency in the Arizona Curriculum Standards in Writing, Reading, Mathematics, and Science and are required by state and federal law. All students in Arizona, including our Union students in grades 3-8 take the exams during the week of April 7-11 this year.

We are very fortunate that our students are properly prepared and based on our on-going assessments, we believe they will perform well on these tests. Every day of classroom instruction with our highly qualified staff prepares students for these tests. Our teachers base instruction on the standards and have multiple methods of teaching and assessing students learning on a daily basis. You can help by making sure your child comes to school well rested and does not miss school during the week of testing.

According to Ms. Melanie Block, Director of Academic Services for the district, "Data from the assessments will be received in June and will be communicated with teachers and parents to help plan future instruction for our students."

For additional information about the assessments, please visit our website or the Arizona Department of Education for additional sample materials to assist your child. Just in case you need a little help, the answer to the question above is D. 

Thank you for supporting our schools, teachers, and our students.

Most Sincerely,

Dr. Patricia Gillespie

Dr. Patricia Gillespie