About Desert Sky
Desert Sky Middle School opened in 1981.
Desert Sky Middle School is committed to preparing students for college and real world careers by applying what they are studying in the classroom to real-life situations & experiences. Student achievement increases by continuously improving programs & actively engaging students.
- Colors: Yellow, White
- Mascot: Thunderbolts
Academic Opportunities: Advanced classes are offered in social studies, science, mathematics, and language arts. High school credits can be earned by qualifying for algebra & Spanish 1-2. Woodshop class is available for students to gain knowledge of woodworking, basic drafting and other practical math skills. Career Action Lab class allows students to experience different technical and medical careers
Program Opportunities: Teachers work in PLC content area groups with other schools to enhance student learning. Read 180 and Math 180 are programs that help students develop reading and math skill at grade level. We have a full time instructional coach that assissts teachers and students to maximize the learning efficiency of our students. We also have and RTI Specialist that works with teachers and students to help with academic and behavioral goals.
Technology: Students design web pages, produce videos, use Microsoft applications, improve keyboarding skills and more using ViewSonic Interactive TV's, laptops, chromebooks, clickers, web cams, digital and document cameras.
Top 20 Program: Top 20 is a social emotional learning program which empowers teachers, staff and students to think, learn and communicate effectively. This approach helps move individuals outside their comfort zones, stop the spread of negativity and resolve conflicts effectively by living “above the line.”
Enrichment Opportunities: Students can participate in student council, National Junior Honor Society, annual leadership camp, volleyball, softball, baseball, basketball, wrestling and spirit line. Other activities include a food drive, turkey bowling, talent show, and dances.
Award-Winning Fine Arts: Students are offered choir and band programs. Since 2007, 68 Desert Sky students have been selected to participate in the district honor jazz band and the Arizona Music Educator’s Association all-state band and choir, consisting of the best musicians in Arizona.