Diamond Canyon Coyote Chronicle



Coyote Families,

The past 25 student learning days this school year have been INCREDIBLE at Diamond Canyon School. Thank you for trusting us with your child’s education and partnering with us to build relationships. I am amazed at what our students engage in daily across campus. If you’d like to see a sneak peak of what happens at Diamond Canyon, please join us on our social media pages - Facebook (Diamond Canyon School - photo has almost 20 students in big photo and A+ in the small photo) or on Twitter - @DiamondCanyonSchool.

I am ecstatic to share that our school has applied for A+ School of Excellence through the Arizona Education Foundation. At our main entrance you will proudly see A++ School of Excellence with a dash next to it. This is due to having the recognition since 2015, however, it requires a new application every four years to maintain this public school recognition. A team of dedicated Coyotes spent hours writing our 40+ page application. We have a beautiful story to write due to the incredible students, staff, and parents.

With Coyote Pride,

Mrs. LeCount

Please help us Welcome our new Registrar!

Meet Holly Byerly, our previous PTA president for the past two years has joined our team. Holly and her husband live here in the community with their two children, Hannah and Ethan who both attend Diamond Canyon. Holly has been a stay at home mom and part-time Realtor since 2011. In her free time, she loves riding her Peloton and hanging with her dogs. Being at DC while PTA president, Holly came to love DC and the office staff so much and was excited when asked to become a Coyote!

Mark your Calendars

Monday, September 4: NO SCHOOL~ Labor Day

Friday, September 8: Full Day of School

Tuesday, September 12: PTA General Meeting 9:00 am

Tuesday, September 19: Mini-Coyotes Baseball/Softball Camps 3:30-5:30

Monday, September 25: NO SCHOOL- Fall Break Day

Monday. September 28- Wed. October 4: Boosterthon

Friday, September 29: Full Day of School, Youth Choir sings @ D-Back Game

Thursday, October 5: Boosterthon Fun Run

1st Semester PLC Dates

September 1 September 15 September 22

October 6 October 20 October 27

November 3 November 17

December 1 December 8

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Gifted & Talented Corner

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! We are so excited to be working with so many gifted and talented students. We are looking forward to an exciting and adventure-filled year of exploration!

What’s Coming Up?

We are hoping that many of you were able to attend the first ‘Parent Seminar’ of the year titled, “MY CHILD IS GIFTED…NOW WHAT?” that took place on August 24th at Las Brisas Elementary. Parent seminars are a unique opportunity offered by Deer Valley Gifted Services. The next ‘Parent Seminar’ titled “MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE GIFTED LEARNER” will be presented by Dr. Laura Wingers, Founder of CENTER Psychology and Consulting. She will be addressing the following question: Do you know a gifted learner with anxiety, trouble focusing, and/or executive function challenges? If so, please plan to join us on September 12, 2023 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.) at the Deer Valley Innovation Center located behind the DVUSD district office at 20402 N. 15th Ave. in Phoenix.

Thank you,

Anna Kramer & Sherri Shereshovech

Gifted Specialists

K-5 Math Adoption

Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) is currently in the process of reviewing materials for a Math Curriculum Materials Adoption for grades K-5. The curriculum adoption team has selected potential resources for our K-5 Math students and teachers. Materials are now available for public review and will remain available until September 29, 2023. Please visit https://www.dvusd.org/Mathk5 for additional information and to provide feedback.
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Coyote Code Winners

Students are given purple Coyote Code tickets when they are caught following our Coyote Code (Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be A Learner). Check out our awesome Coyotes that have been recognized the past few weeks.

Policies regarding absences and tardiness

School attendance is not only a good habit, state law requires it. Arizona State Law (15-802.E, 15-803.) requires every person who has custody of a child between the ages of six and sixteen years shall make sure the child attends school for the full time school is in session unless unable to attend due to illness or another legitimate reason.

To encourage and improve school attendance, Diamond Canyon School has implemented a truancy service in partnership with Maricopa County Juvenile Court. This truancy service is called C.U.T.S. (Court Unified Truancy Suppression). We will be tracking attendance very closely. Your child is expected to be at school every day, unless there is an excused reason not to be. An absence is defined as a minimum of one missed class period per day. An unexcused absence will count as a truant day as defined by law. A student is “habitually truant” if he/she has five or more unexcused absences from school. A student that is absent more than ten percent (18 days) of the required number of school days per year is considered to have “excessive absences” whether the absence is excused or unexcused.

When a student has five or more unexcused absences or 19 excessive absences (excused OR unexcused), the student can be cited and will have to attend a hearing through the Juvenile Court. A parent or legal guardian must be present with the student at the time of the hearing. Consequences at the hearing may include the following: required attendance of the parent and the child at an education class, community service hours assigned to the child, counseling, etc. The parent will be assessed a $50 Diversion fee. Failure to complete these consequences may result in suspension of your child’s driver’s license, or inability to get a driver’s license until their 18th birthday. It is the parent /guardian’s responsibility to ensure their child’s attendance in an approved academic setting. If you fail to take the necessary steps to provide your child with appropriate education you may receive a citation. If convicted, it is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by jail time and/or fine.

The education of your child is extremely important to us. This service is another way that Diamond Canyon is working with the community to ensure a quality education for all students. Please note that the school also reserves the right to have a CUTS Officer speak at Orientations and Assemblies, as well as to individual groups of students regarding the importance of school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Diamond Canyon at 623-445-8000.

Automated Attendance Line

This is a great time to save our attendance line to your phone! The number is 623-445-8090, this line is accessible 24/7. Please leave the following information in your message:

  • students name
  • your name and relationship to student
  • teacher name or grade level
  • date of the absence
  • reason for the absence

Please do not leave attendance messages on the main school number. Thank you!

Dismissal before the end of the school day

Diamond Canyon does not call students out of class for pick up between 3:10 & 3:30 on regular release days or from 1:40 to 2:00 on early release days to reduce end of day interruptions as class is closing up. Please plan accordingly.

Forgotten Item policy

In an effort to reduce interruptions to instructional time, as well as promote responsibility and accountability, Diamond Canyon will only allow chromebooks, glasses, medically required items, water bottles and lunches to be dropped off for students.

Forgotten homework assignments, backpacks, PE uniforms, projects, and musical instruments will not be accepted or held for students.

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

Middle School Athletics

Good Luck To Our Athletes

coyote camp celebration with Mrs. Colangelo

Shout out to Arizona Select Distribution for the donation of popsicles for our students!

Device Protection Plan

DVUSD will be offering an Optional Device Protection Plan for families of 4th-8th graders utilizing take-home devices. Enrollment in the plan is optional with the understanding that if students/parents do not enroll in the protection plan they may carry full liability for the student device (iPad or Chromebook) in the same way they do for other damaged or lost school property, such as textbooks.

The fee for this protection is $25 per child/per school year.

Parents can purchase the protection plan online at https://url.dvusd.org/PaymentPortal. Instructions for using the payment portal can be found here. .

For students who damage or lose their district technology device, the deductible can be debited to the student's account in In-Touch and the parent can pay the fee online.


PTA is off to a great start this year! What is PTA?!? It is a group of parents and teachers that work together to support DC. We volunteer on campus, host events like the Daddy Daughter Dance and Bingo nights, and raise money for improvements around campus like new turf, sports equipment, AV needs for the musical and much much more.

The PTA wants to encourage ALL parents and teachers to join! So August 28-September 1st will be PTA membership drive. The grade level with the highest percentage of of students’ parents signed up by Friday, September 1st will win a pizza party from Rosati's of Anthem!!! In the cafeteria throughout the week will be a visual where each class is making a pizza— the pizza will grow as their grade level's signs ups do. Sign up now!

For those of you that have already signed up and have volunteered to be on a team, keep an eye on your inbox! You will be hearing from your PTA lead very soon, if you haven’t already! Thanks for support DC in big and small ways!!!

PTA Staff Luncheon news

Every month the PTA hosts a luncheon for the DC staff— it is one of the highlights of the month for our teachers! In the past, these luncheons were entirely provided by contributions from DC families… casseroles, homemade brownies, etc. This year we are continuing to do that, but mixing it up a bit. Every other month we are going to cater the meal through a local restaurant and look for business sponsors to help fund that. This way we are still able to express our appreciation to the DC staff without having parents provide all the food. It is off to a great start! September’s meal will be generously sponsored by Better Vision Eyecare, then in October families will be able to bring food to share.

Thank you for your continued support!


shoutout to better vision eye care!!

Thank you to Dr. Yath and the team at Better Vision Eye Care for providing yummy food from Tennessee Grill for our September PTA Staff Luncheon!
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2023-2023 PTA Volunteer Room moms!!

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