•  Welcome to 8th Grade!

     8th Grade

    Entering eighth grade is a milestone in your life and we are anticipating a fun and exciting year with you. As you know, Sierra Verde is a STEAM Academy with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  The eighth grade team is looking forward to providing all of your academic needs this year.  Last year, we set the bar high for the eighth grade students and we know that you will outpace their accomplishments.  Our goal is for every eighth grade student to think critically and be prepared for high school.  You have many talents and we look forward to seeing all of your successes.

    Throughout the year, you can find out more information about 8th grade by reading our weekly newsletters.  Our primary goal as educators is to assist you in attaining all your educational goals and aspirations.  We are here to help you in whatever way we can.  Viper students are our #1 priority!


    We look forward to having a successful year with every student and his/her family.  It is an honor and a pleasure to have your trust and partnership, as we welcome your ideas and participation.  Please feel free to contact us if you have an important need. Together we will find success, make good memories, and have fun in the process.



    All 8th grade courses meet the requirements of the Deer Valley Curriculum and the Arizona State Standards. Students will receive information regarding the course outline from each 8th grade teacher the first week of school. You may also view all of the 8th grade curriculum standards and learn more about your classes by visiting each teacher's individual webpage and/or Canvas page.

    Link to DVUSD curriculum, instruction, and assessment information:



    DVUSD Mission Statement:

    Provide extraordinary educational opportunities to every learner.

    Sierra Verde Mission Statement:

    In partnership with the community, Sierra Verde students will engage as leaders in a rigorous academic program emphasizing science, technology, engineering, math, and global responsibility. 

Department Contacts

Teacher Phone Email
Darin Scates (Room 609) 623-376-4874 darin.scates@dvusd.org
Shannon Nuckolls (Room 610) 623-376-4875 shannon.nuckolls@dvusd.org
Kristin Thiel (Room 611) 623-376-4876 kristin.thiel@dvusd.org
Christy Scofield (Room 612) 623-376-4877 christy.scofield@dvusd.org