• 05/04/2020 Week 6: Compassion and Empathy

    Hey Thunderbolts!

    Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Champion here. This week's theme is "Compassion and Empathy" but before we get into that we wanted to repeat this message from last week, as it is super important. Please, please, PLEASE look at your grades! Many of you are in danger of failing a class. If you fail a core class, you have to take summer school (and it is NOT free, it's $175 per class!). Do you really want to spend the first part of your summer taking another class online after just having to spend the whole 4th quarter online? Or even worse, do you really want to be back in your same grade next year? Look at your grades, talk to your teachers, get work done! If you are at risk of failing one or more classes, you and your parents should have heard from one of us last week via email. 

     

    As we stated above, the theme this week is "Compassion and Empathy". We have all been isolated at home for about a month and a half now and to say it's been hard would be a major understatement. We are lonley, tensions are high, and we miss our "normal" life. We've been seeing and hearing people say "we're all in this together" and I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty annoying coming from a celebrity in the bowling alley of their mansion. While I don't believe that "we're all in the same boat" it's important to remember that we are all going through SOMETHING. Each of us are experiencing something we've never experinced before. That's where this week's theme comes in. As hard as it is, I know I need to practice compassion and empathy right now. I'm finding I'm more easily agitated by little things. I lash out at my family for things that probably wouldn't have bothered me two months ago. And I feel it the other way too; my family is lashing out at me for seemingly no reason. I know I'm doing the best I can but it is HARD. But, we can do hard things! So, how do you do it? Well for starters, you can try to be conscious of your emotions so you know when you need a break. Watch your words, so you don't end up saying something you'll regret later and then apologize when you do. I've started taking a deep breath before I respond. 

     

    This week's video is on empathy. What we like about it, is that everyone "looks" normal. You don't know what that person is truly going through on the surface. Think about that during this strange time. 

     

    Please Reach Out If You Need To.

    We are available 8am-3pm M-F. We can talk on the phone or video conference. Just shoot us an email to make an appointment.

    (7th graders) Mrs. Anderson's email: christina.anderson@dvusd.org

    (8th graders) Mrs. Champion's email: annmarie.champion@dvusd.org

     

    Some Helpful Tips: 

    Don't forget about the free meals provided by the district. If you can't figure out how to get your meals, reach out and we are happy to help.

    You can't do it all! Take a break and give yourself a little "me" time.

    Don't let the stress get to you. If things are getting to be too much, please reach out. Check out the resources we listed in week one and remember we are here for you! <3 

     

    Counselors, out!

  • Under the Surface - Empathy Film

  • 4/27/2020 Week 5: Stay Safe Online

    Hey Thunderbolts!

    Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Champion here. This week's theme is "Stay Safe Online" but before we get into that we have a couple reminders. Please, please, PLEASE look at your grades! Many of you are in danger of failing a class. If you fail a core class, you have to take summer school (and it is NOT free, it's $175 per class!). Do you really want to spend the first part of your summer taking another class online after just having to spend the whole 4th quarter online? Or even worse, do you really want to be back in your same grade next year? Look at your grades, talk to your teachers, get work done! If you are at risk of failing one or more classes, you will be hearing from one of us this week via email. 

     

    On a happier note, on Friday, Luke Air Force Base will be doing a flyover the whole valley starting at 3:10pm and should last about 50 minutes. We are posting a map below and it looks like many of you might be able to see it from your houses :)

     

    Lastly, our theme this week is "Stay Safe Online". Hopefully you remeber the lesson we shared with you in the first month of school about internet safety. But now that we are spending, pretty much, our whole day online we want to remind you to take some precautions. We found a great article that can be found here, but here are the bulletpoints:

    -Keep your online identity secret.

    -Don't share your username or password.

    -Just because it's been deleted, doesn't mean it's gone..

    -Don't be mean.

    -Don't trust anyone you meet online. 

    -Illegal activity can get you (and your parents) in trouble.

    -Everything can be traced.

    -Your information can be (and is being) sold.

     

     

     

    Please Reach Out If You Need To.

    We are available 8am-3pm M-F. We can talk on the phone or video conference. Just shoot us an email to make an appointment.

    (7th graders) Mrs. Anderson's email: christina.anderson@dvusd.org

    (8th graders) Mrs. Champion's email: annmarie.champion@dvusd.org

     

    Some Helpful Tips: 

    Don't forget about the free meals provided by the district. If you can't figure out how to get your meals, reach out and we are happy to help.

    You can't do it all! Take a break and give yourself a little "me" time.

    Don't let the stress get to you. If things are getting to be too much, please reach out. Check out the resources we listed in week one and remember we are here for you! <3 

     

    Counselors, out!

  • Luke AFB 05/01 Flyover Map

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  • Internet Safety Tips for Teens with Josh Shipp

  • 4/20/2020 Week 4: Have A Little Fun

    Hey Thunderbolts!

    Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Champion here. This week's theme is "Have A Little Fun". We hope that the tips last week about self-care have been helpful, and having a little fun has a lot to do with self-care. Times are strange and stressful, yes, but it's okay to relax and let go and have fun! With that in mind, we also want to mention that "new" learning starts this week. Make sure you are checking into and doing work for each of your classes. We don't want you to get too far behind but we also don't want you to feel overwhelmed. A balance can be found, you just have to figure out yours. PLEASE reach out to your teacher(s) or us if you are struggling to find that balance. Check out the video posted below for 100 ideas you can do when you're bored. Here are some of our tips to have a little fun. 

    -Attempt a silly (but safe!) TikTok challenge, try to get other family members involved.

    -Watch something funny (or your favorite movie).

    -Go outside and play in the dirt/grass (just like when you were a little kid).

    -Play a board game or card game with a family member (you could even challenge yourself to learn a new card game and then teach it to your family).

    -Read a book. Choose something that you are interested in! 

    -"Virtually" hang out with your friends or family members on Zoom, GoogleMeets, or FaceTime.

     

    Speaking of reading....here are some great options for digital books that you can access online, safely FOR FREE.

    https://www.mackinvia.com/enter?noauto=True use the information below to access.

    School Name: Desert Sky Middle School

    Username: DesertSky

    Password: Thunderbolts

    Destiny (DVUSD Libraries online catalogs): Login using your DVUSD username and password to access your campus ebooks. https://destiny.dvusd.org/

    Phoenix Public Library (eLibrary):You can apply for an eLibrary card online https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/browse/eLibrary

    Maricopa County Library: If you already have a Library card, you can access a multitude of eResources using your library card number. https://mcldaz.org/locations/northvalley/

     

    Please Reach Out If You Need To.

    We are available 8am-3pm M-F. We can talk on the phone or video conference. Just shoot us an email to make an appointment.

    (7th graders) Mrs. Anderson's email: christina.anderson@dvusd.org

    (8th graders) Mrs. Champion's email: annmarie.champion@dvusd.org

     

    Some Helpful Tips: 

    Don't forget about the free meals provided by the district. The pickup times and locations have changed, so we changed the link from Week 1. If you can't figure out how to get your meals, reach out and we are happy to help.

    Don't let the stress get to you. If things are getting to be too much, please reach out. Check out the resources we listed in week one and remember we are here for you! <3 

     

    Counselors, out!

  • 100 Things To Do When You're Bored

  • 4/13/2020 Week 3: Self-Care 101

    Hey Thunderbolts!

    Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Champion here. This week's theme is "Self-Care 101". We chose this theme for this week because we have been "stuck at" home for about a month now. This new normal has presented many challenges that we have not had to deal with before and man, is it challenging. So, this week, we are sharing some self-care tips as well as a few videos that we thought might be helpful. 

    We hope that the tips last week about setting a schedule have been helpful, this week we are sharing some insight on taking care of yourself. We recognize that, for some of you, it may be near impossible to take care of yourself; but in times like this, it's even more important. Here are some self-care ideas that we thought might work for you:

    -Take a shower/bath.

    -Nap.

    -Make yourself a meal (that doesn't come from a box).

    -Go for a walk/bike ride/skateboard.

    -Watch something funny (or your favorite movie).

    -Start a journal/diary.

    -Go outside and play in the dirt/grass (just like when you were a little kid).

    -Draw on the sidewalk with chalk or an ice cube.

    -Play a board game or card game with a family member.

    -Listen to music.

    -Read.

     Please Reach Out If You Need To.

    (7th graders) Mrs. Anderson's email: christina.anderson@dvusd.org

    (8th graders) Mrs. Champion's email: annmarie.champion@dvusd.org

    Some Helpful Tips: 

    Take the time for you....even if it's only a few minutes a few times a week.

    Don't forget about the free meals provided by the district. The pickup times and locations have changed, so we changed the link from Week 1. If you can't figure out how to get your meals, reach out and we are happy to help.

    Remember we are here for you! <3 

     

    Counselors, out!

  • The Power of Grit

  • The Secret to Creativity

  • How to Cope With Anxiety and Self-Isolation

  • Trekkers Climb Height of Everest at Home

  • 4/06/2020 Week 2: The New Normal

    Hey Thunderbolts!

    Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Champion here. This week's theme is "The New Normal" because this weird time has turned into our new normal, for now. Most of us aren't getting up to the alarm clock any more and spending 15 minutes trying to decide what to wear. Instead, many of us are rolling out of bed and staying in our pjs until lunch (or longer!). We shouldn't feel weird about this, right? We have time like this every summer but, this isn't summer. We SHOULD be in school today but, we're not. We all have work to do and being home doesn't make it any easier. There are a lot of distractions: TV, phones, pets, siblings, household chores, nice weather, the list goes on and on. 

    In this week's post you will see a video with helpful tips from a girl that homeschools all the time as well as the schedule that the district is following. This is the schedule the school will follow. When you are thinking about/creating a schedule for your day/week, please take this into consideration. 

    Please Reach Out If You Need To.

    (7th graders) Mrs. Anderson's email: christina.anderson@dvusd.org

    (8th graders) Mrs. Champion's email: annmarie.champion@dvusd.org

    Some Helpful Tips: 

    People need structure. Make a schedule that works for you and your family and do your best to stick to it.

    Don't overdo it. Give yourself a break if you don't get to everything. 

    Show empathy and be quick to forgive. Everyone is stressed right now and we are all trying to figure this out. We are all going to make mistakes.

    Don't forget about the free meals provided by the district. The pickup times and locations have changed, so we changed the link from Week 1. If you can't figure out how to get your meals, reach out and we are happy to help.

    Remember we are here for you! <3 

     

    Counselors, out!

     

  • DVUSD Student Schedule 4/06 - 4/10

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  • Homeschool Advice w/Ally Alvarez

  • 3/30/2020 Week 1: What's Going On?

    Hey Thunderbolts!

    Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Champion here... We want you to know that we really miss you all and that we are going to do our best to help you through this strange and difficult time. To achieve this goal, we will be popping up on morning announcements, individually reaching out to a few of you each week, providing links to community and social-emotional resources, and updating this page with information that aligns with a weekly theme.

    How to reach Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Champion

    We will be reaching out and checking in with a few of you each week. If you need to get ahold of us, as of now, email is best!

    (7th graders) Mrs. Anderson's email: christina.anderson@dvusd.org

    (8th graders) Mrs. Champion's email: annmarie.champion@dvusd.org

    Some helpful tips: 

    Top 20 works at home too. Don't allow yourself to tornado, use those submarines and trampolines!

    Reach out if you need to. 

    Don't try to do it all at once. Give yourself some grace :)

    Take advantage of the free meals offered by the district; check out the document below for pick-up locations and times. 

    If you've been getting your "news" from social media and/or your friends, watch the YouTube Video below for some information about COVID-19.

    Remember we are here for you! <3 

     

    Counselors, out!

     

Quail Run Info.
  • DVUSD Meal Pick-Up Information

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  • Mythbusting Coronavirus w/Lilly Singh and Dr. Fauci