Welcome to Desert Mountain School!
Be sure to notice our new Saguaro Cactus at our building entrance. This was the result of student and classroom fundraising this year. Our building is closed for the summer. If you want to register, please check the Deer Valley Unified site for times and locations. Our office will open July 29th. Our school’s open house, which we call Twilight Tours, will be August 8h, 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM.
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.
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. The teachers met over the summer and revised and improved their units. We have a Habitat, Cactus Garden, Nature Walk and Reptile Habitat. Third grade has made a rock garden. PTO bought tables for the area behind the sixth grade to make an outdoor classroom. The fourth grade received a grant and is operating a new weather station. 2nd grade has created a Sonoran Studies Museum. We received a Heritage Grant for over $6000 from Arizona Fish and Game that brings wildlife presentations to our campus.
Our accomplishments this year included
· Spiritline - 1st in district, 3rd in state, 3rd at Nationals
· Girls’ Basketball - 1st in B Tournament for district
· 2 teachers named Deer Valley Teachers of the Year (Mrs. Deb Carey and Ms. Heather Henry)
Please fill free to contact me by email at Lynda.Johnson@dvusd.org during the summer.
Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board members voted YES to bring back FREE full day kindergarten during the November 26 Governing Board meeting.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Governing Board Meeting