Gecko Gazette

Desert Sage Elementary Newsletter - Celebrations Edition

3rd Quarter Academic Award Recipients

2 DVUSD Teachers of the Year!

Congratulations to Mrs. Candace Garrett, Desert Sage 3rd grade teacher and Mr. Troy Marinelli, Desert Sage 6th grade teacher. They have been awarded the title of DVUSD Teacher of the Year. They are both extraordinarily talented and dedicated educators who works diligently everyday to ensure their students receive the highest level of education while infusing it with engaging, fun activities. Desert Sage is proud to have them as part of our team.

Candace Garrett, 3rd grade Teacher of the Year

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Troy Marinelli, 6th grade Teacher of the Year

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DVUSD Mandarin Speech Competition Winners

Congratulations to the following winning Geckos of the DVUSD Mandarin Speech Competition. Desert Sage students in all grades competed against fellow Mandarin Immersion students from across the district. Our Desert Sage students worked hard honing their Mandarin language skills, their presentation skills, and their nerves. They made us all very proud! #GeckoPride


  • 1st Place: Ching-Kai W.
  • 2nd Place: Layla L.
  • 3rd Place: Lincoln M.

1st grade

  • 1st Place: Jessica C.
  • 3rd Place: Mila M.

2nd grade

  • 1st Place: Jackson B.
  • 3rd Place: Enoch P.

3rd grade:

  • 3rd Place: Piper R.

4th grade:

  • 3rd Place: Olivia F.

5th grade:

  • 2nd Place: Julia M.

Desert Sage Elementary

We are an A school in the Deer Valley Unified District. We educate children pre-k through grade 6 & offer Mandarin Language Immersion. We are the home of the geckos. Kristy M. Gill is the proud principal and Lindsay Race is the proud assistant principal.