Greetings Desert Sage families and community,
I have two wonderful announcements to share with you.
I am proud to report that Desert Sage has earned a school letter grade of “A” from the Arizona Department of Education. This is the highest letter grade attainable by a school and designates an excellent level of performance for student achievement and learning growth. Our grade is a testament to the dedication, talent, and drive our teachers and staff have every day to ensure your child is a successful, engaged, and an active participant in their educational career. You and your child deserve a pat on the back too. Students work diligently each day, expanding their learning and practicing skills. Families help their children at home with homework, attend school events, and most importantly teach their children the value of school and the importance of attending every day. Data that is used to determine a school’s letter grade include: percentage of proficient students on the AzMerit, students’ learning growth, students’ ability to accelerate beyond elementary school, among other factors. Awesome work Desert Sage!
We have our Mandarin Specials teacher! We have hired Mr. Zachary Graham as our new Mandarin Specials teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade. Mr. Graham comes to us from Gavilan Peak School where he has been substitute teaching in the Mandarin 4/5 immersion classroom and the specials classroom. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker with extensive knowledge about the Mandarin language and culture. Attached to this email is an introduction letter from Mr. Graham. Mr. Graham will be spending the remainder of this week preparing his lesson plans and spending time in the other specials classes to get to know the students.
Students will begin attending the Mandarin Specials class on Monday, October 23rd. This means that library will no longer be a special as students will attend the Mandarin special in its place. The start of this class does not create any change in schedules or rotations. The Mandarin Specials class will be taught as an exposure model to the culture, history, traditions, and language. It will be very similar to a humanities or Social Studies class. Students who have not been part of the immersion grade level classes will not be at a loss, as language acquisition is not the priority or expectation. Lessons will be engaging and interactive through the use of music, games, cooperative learning, and partnership projects with Art.
Engaging learning and quality family events are always happening here at Desert Sage. It has been an outstanding first quarter of the year and I am sure the positive momentum will continue. I am proud to be your principal and am thankful to you for choosing Desert Sage for your child’s education. Desert Sage Elementary School truly is #Extraordinary @DVUSD.
Happy Fall Season. Go Geckos!
Ms. Gill, Principal