Inspiration Mountain School - Events & Information
Early Release Days
- March 24 1:15 Release for PLC
- March 31 1:15 Release for PLC
- No Early Release Days during State Testing
- April 28 1:15 Release for PLC
PLC (Professional Learning Community) 90 minute early release days support planning for student learning, interventions, and targeted support. This time is invaluable to our teachers, and our students, as it gives critical time to our teacher teams to design skill based instruction and assessments, review student progress data, and design supports and interventions.
Front Office will be closed to the public:
2:00 pm - 90 minute Early Release Days
12:00 pm - Half Days
A Knight Under the Stars
PERFORMANCES & ACTIVITIES
5:00 Gates Open
5:15 Choir Performance - Outdoor Learning Environment
5:30 5th Grade Band Performance - Quad
5:50 6th Grade Band Performance - Quad
6:30 Drama Performance - Stage
6:50 Raffle Drawing - Quad
5:00 - 6:45 Open to Visit:
- Book Fair (Library)
- Art Room
StuCo & NEHS Youth Shoe Drive (New & Gently Used)
Basket Raffle Tickets - Cash Only
Look for more information coming home soon from you child's teacher.
For AASA information and IM testing dates and times : https://www.dvusd.org/domain/12824
The path to being #Extraordinary begins with an education from Deer Valley Unified School District! Register your child at Inspiration Mountain School for the 2023-2024 school year. To learn more Kindergarten information and readiness check out Ready or Not... Kinder Here We Come
Our Maker Space is aligned to our STEAM focus. It is an area students use for technology exploration, problem-based learning, and passion projects. Students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and explore. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a product or presentation to actively learn and work independently and collaboratively in an inquiry-based learning environment that encourages finding creative solutions to real world problems or engaging in the exploration of a new skill. Our partnership with families and the community provides a supportive environment with high academic standards dedicated to maximizing critical thinking, innovation, productive struggle and collaboration to drive learning and problem solving.
If you would like to share your expertise with our students, please click Maker Space Experts
To support our Maker Space, please follow the link to our Amazon Wish List Maker Space Amazon Wish List
Message from our PTSO
We are excited to share our newsletter link with you! Our Communications Team: Kimberly Twardoski & Stephanie Stetz having been working non-stop to keep you up to date on all things Inspiration Mountain PTSO. So far we have been communicating via Social Media, Flyers, and our newsletter. Please note if you are feeling like you have too many emails, websites, and too much social media, please check out the EASY BUTTON in our newsletter.
We are so grateful for this amazing community and appreciate your continued patience and support.
Message from the School Nurse
Dear Inspiration Mountain Families,
We are entering the dreaded cold and flu season. In order to keep our students and staff healthy, we need children who are ill to stay home. A student who is ill will not perform well at school and can spread their illness to others. Please keep your students home when they present with illness-like symptoms.
School is no place for a sick child. Please do not send your children to school if:
They have a fever (District policy defines a temperature as 100.0)
Have vomited within the last 24 hours
Have any diarrhea in the last 24 hours
As well as any of the symptoms listed below. Children should be free of fever for 24 hours, without the use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen, before returning to school, regardless of how they feel. If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease such as strep throat or pink eye, they must have been on antibiotic treatment (and free of fever) for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Also, always notify the school nurse of any diagnosed communicable disease.
Signs/Symptoms of Illness:
Fever (oral temp of 100.0 or more)
Red, watery eyes, pus in corners
Diarrhea, any loose stools
Constant deep cough
Constant runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Swelling of the neck or face
Flushed face or paleness
Very sore throat
PLEASE DO NOT send a sick child to school for the school nurse to decide whether they should be in school. If in doubt, call your family physician. School nurses can assess and refer, but we do not diagnose, and will always refer to your physician.
Thank you for helping us keep everyone healthy. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by phone: 623-376-5410 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Laird, RN-BSN
Inspiration Mountain School Nurse
Message from Dr. Schwarting
Important School Traffic Updates and Reminders
Good news! The city of Phoenix has finished installing the school crosswalk across Stetson Valley Parkway. We are in desperate need of crossing guards, as this crosswalk requires two crossing guards. If you are interested, please complete an application on line at careers.dvusd.org and then call Julie Zalewski at 623-376-5400.
Just a reminder, we are asking all parents using the south parking lot to exit the south entrance/exit. Please do not use the north entrance exit by the crosswalk.
Finally, when you approach a white crosswalk please make sure you stop at the first white line. We are having problems with people blocking the crosswalk and students unable to cross.
A few reminders:
- Please do not cue up early in the afternoon. We release students at 2:45 pm. If parents cue up early, it causes traffic congestion on Inspiration Mountain Parkway. Kindergarten parents may pick up at 2:35 pm. If you have older students and a Kinder student, you may pick up in the Kinder lane.
Please be sure your student is exiting on the right side of the car during drop-off, and entering the right side of the car during pick-up. We are having some issues in which students are exiting from the left side of the car, causing a major safety concerns. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Gifted vs. Renaissance
Gifted Students at Inspiration Mountain will be grouped with a gifted cluster teacher who understands and values the unique academic and emotional needs of gifted students, and will develop a classroom environment that challenges these students in every content area. Mrs. Kujan, Gifted Specialist, will support these teachers as well as push into the classroom and work with small groups to support student needs. Grades 3rd and up will participate in walk up to math where gifted math students will walk up to the next grade level's gifted cluster math class. Gifted clusters allow students to mix and interact with peers in their grade level as opposed to being in a self-contained Renaissance setting. All students will have the opportunity to use our Maker Space to create STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) projects through PBL (project based learning).
Renaissance students who qualify for the program will participate in an all-day self-contained learning experience addressing the individual needs of gifted students. Students acquire a solid foundation in the content areas of mathematics, language and communication arts, social studies, science, and technology literacy. Students work at advanced levels within these content areas at an accelerated pace.
Question: What would gifted instruction look like in the classroom?
Answer: As educators our primary goal is to meet each student where their individual need is. Our gifted students will receive instruction that enhances their critical thinking skills while adhering to the grade level standards. For example, if the math standard requires all students to solve word problems then the gifted students would learn to analyze word problems in order to create their own for their peers to solve. In reading, the gifted students would be asked open ended questions to enhance their train if thought. After reading a story, rather than asking 'who were the main characters' they would instead be asked to think more critically and think about questions such as “What would happen if this part of the story did not happen? Do you agree with the main character's actions? What would you do if you were the character?"
If you would like more information on Inspiration Mountain Schools Gifted Program, please email our Gifted Specialist email@example.com
Social Media & Contact Information
Location: 5757 W Inspiration Mountain Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ, USA