Thunderbolt Times

February 2021

Happy February Thunderbolts!

We are so excited to have our students back on campus. Just a few reminders, please make sure your student comes prepared for school wearing a mask and carrying a fully charged Chromebook. Please also pack an extra mask in their backpack in case they lose or soil the one they are wearing. We continue to be thankful for the cooperation of our families and students with distancing and masking requirements.

As we continue to implement mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we would like to remind parents and students that Valentine's Day treats, flowers, gifts and balloons are prohibited on campus

There is an Important schedule change for February 5th. On our school calendar this is listed as a 90 minute early release day (1:30pm) however, this has been changed to a half day release (11:35am) to allow for our staff to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.

Parent Teacher conferences and AZ Merit testing are coming up, please stay tuned for more information. Click here for a link to our website.

Covid-19 Information

DVUSD continues to record and compile current COVID-19 cases, which can be viewed on our COVID-19 Dashboard.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, or has come into contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, please read about the COVID-19 Reporting Procedures on our website at and make a report as soon as possible at this link: Please be sure to upload proof of a positive test in the tool, as it could shorten your child’s future quarantine requirements during contact tracing. We are not accepting COVID-19 home test results at this time.

Next, parents can visit for a user friendly visual to better understand the early release provision to the revised quarantine rules from Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Remember that this provision is only for those who are in quarantine due to being a close contact, it does not shorten the isolation period for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

DVUSD continues to support COVID-19 Testing, including every Wednesday afternoon in February at our District Office. More information on that and other testing events in our area can be found on the website at

Chipotle Fundraiser

We are extremely grateful to all of our families and staff who were able to come and show some love at our Chipotle fundraiser. We are so very happy to report that were able to raise $576.41, which is 33% of sales brought in that night. Keep watch for more information on the location of our next fundraising event.

Congratulations to Our 2020-2021 DSMS Student Council Board

President: Kyndra Tipton

Vice President: Jared Buckley

Secretary: Jessica Eason

Treasurer: Tim Spruill

Historian: Erin Steele

Spirit Directors: Megan Blatecky & Johanne Relampagos

Sgt. at Arms: Patrick Lester

Yearbook Sales

The deadline to purchase a yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year is April 1st.

The cost is $30.00 and accepted payments are cash and check payable to Desert Sky Middle School. We currently do not have online ordering available.

Art at DSMS

Check out some of the artwork created last semester by our very own artists at DSMS!

Thank you to Ms. K for guiding our students to find their own creative voice.

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Important Dates

February 5- Half day release (11:35 am)***

February 9- DVUSD Governing Board Meeting (7 pm)

February 12- 90 min early release (1:30 pm)

February 15- President's Day- No school

February 23- DVUSD Governing Board Meeting (7 pm)

February 23 & 24 - Spring Pictures during Social Studies classes (see below *)

February 25- Parent Teacher Conferences (virtual) & half day release (11:35 am)

February 26- Half day release (11:35 am)

March 2- DVUSD Governing Board Meeting (7pm)

March 5- 90 min early release (1:30 pm)

March 12- 90 min early release (1:30 pm)

March 15-19- Spring Break- No school

March 23- DVUSD Governing Board Meeting (7pm)

March 26- 90 min early release (1:30 pm)

April - AZ Merit testing this month

April 2- Spring Break Day- No School

April 13- DVUSD Governing Board Meeting (7pm)

April 27- DVUSD Governing Board Meeting (7pm)

April 30- 90 min early release (1:30 pm)

*If your student is currently in DVOA and would like to be photographed, please click here to complete the Google form.

**All DVUSD Governing Board Meetings begin at 7 pm and are being held virtually.

Please click here for the link to the Governing Board web page to view agendas, past meetings, and to view the live stream.

Community and Business Partners

Mission Bell Food Assistance

"out on a mission"

4645 W. Bell Rd. Glendale 85308]


Every Saturday from 9am until 11am

Entrance is on the west side of the campus

FREE fruit-vegetables-bread-sweets-other goodies


First and Third Sunday from 8am until 9:30am

Entrance is on the east side of the campus

FREE non-perishable food items

The Heart of Mission Bell Methodist Church is to serve the community.

Pease wear a mask and social distancing is observed

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Mrs. Bondurant- Spanish 1-2

What is a fun fact about you?

I earned a State Explorer Post silver medal in wrestling 105 lb. weight class in 1975.

What college or university did you attend?

I graduated from Ball State University.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Indiana.

What hobby or activity do you enjoy?

I play bridge in 2 card groups for fun.

Mr. Reilly- Physical Education

I am starting my 39th year of Teaching, and all of those years have been here at Desert Sky.

I began teaching Biology at “Sky” back in 1983, and then in 1995 I made the switch to Physical Education. I have coached Soccer, Wrestling, Cross Country and Track. In Cross Country, we were the boy’s and/or girl’s conference champions for 18 years in a row. In track not only were we the boy’s and/or girl’s conference champions for 18 years in a row we also won the State Championship in 1997 (Girl’s) and 1999 (Boy’s) and finished 2nd in 1997 (Boy’s) and 2000 (Boy’s) and had a 3rd place finish in 1990 (Girl’s)

I hail from Kentucky and graduated from the best college in Arizona…that would be “THE Northern Arizona University!”

I look forward to communicating with you to ensure a successful school year for all of our Thunderbolt students.

What is a fun fact about you?

I Went to 11 different schools (1st through 6th grades.) Teaching at Desert Sky since 1983. I taught Biology from 1983-1995, then switched over to PE.

What college or university did you attend?

"THE" Northern Arizona University.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in the Great Commonwealth of Kentucky, but grew up in many different states as I moved around A LOT!

What hobby of activity do you enjoy?

Riding motorcycles and RV "Glamping" with wife and dogs.

Mrs. Murphy, M.Ed- Language Arts

Hello! My name is Penny Murphy and I teach seventh grade Language Arts and co-teach in the general education Language Arts classrooms. I graduated from Arizona State University in 1999 with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. In 2014, I graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Reading. Before I was a Bolt, I served as a Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center for three years. I also taught Special Education classes at Western Sky Middle School in Litchfield for five years. I have been at Desert Sky since 2008. Go Bolts!

On a personal note, I am married and have two beautiful daughters. Sydney is entering 12th grade and Mackenzie will be in 9th grade. In my spare time, I can be found cheering for my girls at their school and club basketball games, playing with our two dogs, Bailey and Belle, or enjoying the outdoors.

What is a fun fact about you?

I can be recognized at a distance by my curly hair and laugh.

What college or university did you attend?

Arizona State University for my Bachelors and Grand Canyon University for Masters degree.

Where did you grow up?

Arizona native!

What hobby or activity do you enjoy?

Kayaking at Lake Pleasant with Miss LaForest, camping, and I'm a beginning gardener.

Questions or concerns?

Please contact the front office at 602-467-6500 or visit our website.

It's A Great Day To Be A Thunderbolt!!!