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Desert Mountain School
35959 N. 7th Avenue
Desert Hills, AZ  85086
Ms. Sienna Shively
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Mr. Tim Yates
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7th and 8th Grade Space Camp Opportunity!
The Deer Valley Education Foundation Space Academy Program will provide winning DVUSD 7th or 8th grade students with tuition and travel expenses to attend Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama during the summer of 2015.  Runners-up will each be awarded a Barnes & Noble gift card. This information will also be posted on the DVEF website at www.dvef.org.
Applications must be completed and submitted to DVEF (at the D.O.) by April 22nd, 2015.  
2015 Deer Valley University

Have you ever wondered how your district works? Deer Valley University can answer that question and many more. DVU is a series of free workshops for parents, community members, and staff in the Deer Valley Unified School District that will provide participants with a basic understanding of how the school district is managed and decisions are made.  Learn how the Governing Board works … decipher and decode a school budget … crack the code on education acronyms … sample goodies from our food services … You will learn about your district from boundaries to budget and more!

This class will meet in the Governing Board Room at the District Office from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for five consecutive Thursdays: April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30 and May 7, 2015. You may register by calling Carrie Finch at (623) 445-5003 or carrie.finch@dvusd.org.

Open Enrollment                            Open Enrollment Information
Any student that wants to be considered for Open Enrollment at our school for the next school year must review the information found on the Open Enrollment section of the district website and complete the Electronic Open Enrollment application.  Applications are available only online.  The link will be available at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, 11/3/2014.  For parents to have the best opportunity to be accepted to the school of their choice, they will want to complete the application on or before December 17, 2014.

For those of you beginning your journey with DVUSD, Free full day Kindergarten registration opens November 17. Stay tuned to DVUSD for more details. If you have any questions regarding open enrollment or full day Kindergarten, please contact our school registrar.

 Art Contests Congratulations to Our Art Students
We have four top 12 WINNERS from the Valley Metro Transit Calendar Contest.  Each winner will have their artwork displayed in the calendar for one of the months of 2015. 
This contest was open to 3rd graders in Maricopa County.  There were over 335 entries this year.
Let's congratulate our winners.......
Katherine Senina - Mrs. Gartman's Class
Cannon Phalen - Mrs. Gartman's Class
Brooke Walton - Mrs. Morgan's Class
Kylie Akey - Mrs. Krause's Class
Congratulations to all winners!

hours   Office Hour Reminder
Desert Mountain's front office opens at 8:00 am. For the safety of our students, please do not drop off students before 8:00 am. Parents may enter campus after checking in and getting a visitor's badge, but students must remain with their parents until the 8:00 am bell rings. We thank you for your cooperation!
New Communication Policy
*In order to have the best use of all educational time in the classroom, we will be calling into the classrooms only two times a day for messages or interruptions. Unless it is an emergency, we will call at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. We will not be able to contact a student after 2:45 p.m. Parents, please plan accordingly.
Parking Lot Safety
*The small parking lot by the administration building is for parking and walking students on to campus. No Dropping Off.
This parking lot is for parking and walking student on to campus. Please note: the Handicapped Parking spaces are to be used only by vehicles with the proper handicapped disabled sign-age or plate.
*Student Drop off and Pick up is in the large parking lot to the north. Thank you for helping us to keep everyone safe.
*Parents you will be required to sign in at the office and show ID when coming onto campus.
preschool Developmental Preschool Is Seeking Peers!

*Children who are 4 years old are eligible for tuition-based enrollment in the Desert Mountain Developmental Preschool Classroom as a peer role model. We are seeking peers who display excellent language and behavior skills to attend our classes.
*Peers are included in our preschool program to provide role models for the students who have special needs. Our hope is that each group of children will learn from the other.
*The parents of preschool peers pay tuition. Tuition is $145 per month. It is due the first school day of each month.
*Peers attend preschool four days per week, Monday through Thursdays. Morning session runs from 8:45-11:15 and the afternoon session runs 12:30-3:00. If you are interested in your child attending as a peer please contact the teachers by email.
*Ellen.foreman@dvusd.org or Nancie.schauder@dvusd.org


Welcome to Desert Mountain School! 

Welcome to our Desert Mountain website. Desert Mountain School is the proud home to Preschool through Eighth Grade. Our Sonoran Desert Studies Academy is thriving at Desert Mountain.   Each grade level will complete a unit of studies related to the Sonoran Desert.  These units are project - based and integrate the different content areas.  We have a Habitat, Cactus Garden, Nature Walk, Outdoor Classroom, Outdoor Reading Area, and Reptile Habitat. Third grade has made a rock garden.  The fourth grade operates our weather station. 

This year, we are excited to offer SAGE classes for Gifted and Talented and Advanced Classes in all content areas for 7th and 8th grades. We have an excellent Band and 3 Chorus groups.

At Desert Mountain we are proud of our HAWK program.  This is our school wide positive behavior program.  HAWK stands for Honorable, Accountable, Willing Attitude and Kind.  Children get HAWK cards for demonstrating they are meeting a school expectation in any one of these areas.  For every 5 HAWK cards, they get a HAWK.  They go in to drawings for incentives. As part of our program, we focus on the anti-bullying component.  Your students may talk about Stop, Walk, and Talk.



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