Desert Ridge HS

August 29, 2022 Newsletter

Big picture

Principal's Message

Dear Desert Ridge Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already at the 4.5 week grading period and halfway through the first quarter. We have had a great start to the school year and we are excited for the rest of the semester.

Make sure that you are checking your Parent Portal to stay updated on your student's grades and attendance. Sports and activities are happening daily and our students are doing great things. Visit our website to view our calendar for upcoming events.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you and your student to provide the best learning experience that we can. Please reach out to your teachers or Desert Ridge administration with any questions or concerns.

DJ Spetz


Site Council

If you are interested in serving on the site council please click here to nominate yourself as a potential committee member.

The site council is comprised of community representatives. The council meets with the Principal and other school staff 6 times during the school year to discuss a variety of topics, share information and broaden understanding of school related issues. Members work together to:

  • Advance the action steps of Desert Ridge's Continuous Improvement Plan

  • Ensure effective involvement of parents and community to support the partnership between school and community stakeholders.

  • Involve parents and community in an organized and timely manner with the planning, review, and implementation of programs and policies of Desert Ridge and Gilbert Public Schools.

The role of a Site Council Member is to:

  • Attend the Site Council meetings:

  • Meeting dates: 9/20, 11/1, 12/6, 1/31, 2/28 and 4/25

    • Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

  • Provide information to parents and the community regarding school issues

  • Bring questions, concerns, and ideas to the attention of school staff, administration, and other school community stakeholders

  • Provide the Principal with feedback and insight from the parent's perspective on school process, policies and initiatives to ensure that the needs of parents and their families are included as decisions are made in the school.

We welcome any parent or community member to join our site council.

Wednesday, August 31 is 1/2 Day Early Release

Big picture

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month and DRHS is kicking off prevention month with Wellness Week. Desert Ridge has teamed up with Teen Lifeline for the Chains of Hope. During the dates of September 1st-9th, Teen Lifeline is asking for our help to show our fellow students just how important they are. Chains of positivity will be available in the Career Center. Wellness Week begins September 6th, we will also cover topics such as stress management, Mindfulness, and more.

Net Tutor

We are excited to be able to continue to offer NetTutor as a free resource to help students with their schoolwork! Please check out the links below for more information:

Gilbert Schools NetTutor Video

Student Slide Presentation (short intro video at the end of the slide presentation)

Student ID Badges

Gilbert Public Schools now requires all students in grades 7-12 to wear their student ID badges at all times to promote the safety and security of students and staff on campus. Student ID Badges Info

Please continue to remind your students to wear their ID daily to school.

Students have the option of wearing the district provided lanyard or they may wear one of their choice. (School Appropriate)

Students who lose their school issued permanent ID can purchase a new ID from the bookstore for $5.00.

Big picture

Annual Update on Infinite Campus

It is crucial that all GPS families complete the online 'Annual Update' in Infinite Campus. The information provided will be used by the district or your school to directly communicate with you regarding your student, or in the event of an emergency on campus. Please log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and complete the 'Annual Update' today! | Update Here

Free and Reduced Meals for 2022-2023

Families can apply securely online for the Free & Reduced Meals program for the 2022/23 school year. Students who are eligible will also receive additional benefits such as reduced internet fees and waived college testing fees. The Free & Reduced Meals program also ensures your school continues to receive funding for many programs. | Apply Here

You can use that link to add money to meal accounts as well.

Follow Us

Instagram- desertridgehigh

Twitter- @desertridgeHS