Diamond Canyon Coyote Chronicle

Volume 1: Communication for our wonderful Coyote Families

Please join us for our annual “Meet the Teacher Ice Cream Social", Monday August 1st from 4:00-5:30 pm. This is an open house event, you may stop by at any time between these hours. Ice cream and water will be available for purchase. Schedules and teacher names will be available in the multi-purpose room on the stage. If you are interested in finding out your students teacher(s) prior to this you may do so by logging in to PowerSchool after July 25.

We will also be having our first Volunteer Training on this night at 5:30 pm in the media center. If you are planning on volunteering any time during your students DVUSD educational career, this is the time to do it! You will only need to attend this training one time, but must fill out a volunteer agreement and emergency information each year. Paperwork will be available in the media center. If you are unable to attend this training do not worry, there will be additional trainings throughout the year at DC as well as at different schools around the district.

Additional important dates:

Wednesday, August 3 - First Day of School

Friday, August 5 – PLC Early Release 2:00 pm

Friday, August 12 – PLC Early Release 2:00 pm

Wednesday, August 17- PTA General Meeting 6:00 pm

Friday, August 19 – PLC Early Release 2:00 pm

Wednesday, August 24 - Kinder-4th grade Curriculum Night 5:30 pm

Thursday, August 25 - 5th-8th grade Curriculum Night 5:30 pm

Friday, August 26 – PLC Early Release 2:00 pm

1st Semester PLC dates

Early Release 2:00 pm

August 5 August 12 August 19

August 26 September 2 September 16

September 23 October 14 October 21

October 28 November 4 November 18

December 2 December 9

Receiving school communication

DVUSD uses Blackboard for mass communication to students and families. In order to be sure you are receiving e-mails, texts and phone messages from us, please be sure you have not opted out of our communications. If you believe you have opted out, please go to https://www.dvusd.org/notify for steps to re-enroll.

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 your students name, their teacher or grade level, your name and relationship to them and the reason for the absence in your message. Please do not leave attendance messages on the main school number.

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Forgotten Item Policy

In an effort to reduce interruptions to instructional time, as well as promote responsibility and accountability, Diamond Canyon will only allow 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.

K-6 6-Day Specials Schedule

This year we are using a 6-Day specials schedule to ensure our students do not miss out on certain specials classes due to the way Holidays fall during the year. Below is the color coded calendar.
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Middle School Athletics

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School year! I am eager to get started with our Diamond Canyon athletics program and get to know our new and returning athletes!

This year we will be focusing on growing our athlete’s GRIT. The definition of GRIT is as follows: Grit: (noun) Courage and resolve; strength of character. Our DVUSD athletics program is built upon the 6 pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Through our athletics program, our student athletes will be learning how to develop each pillar in order to strengthen their character both on and off the court/field.

We are also excited to announce a change to our seasons! We will be aligning with the Peoria and Dysart School Districts middle school athletics seasons. The seasons will be as follows:

FALL: 7/8 Grade Baseball and 7/8 Grade Softball

WINTER: 5-8 Grade Cross Country and 7/8 Grade Volleyball

SPRING: 7/8 Grade Basketball and 7/8 Grade Spiritline

All athletes must be cleared by me through the Register My Athlete site in order to TRY OUT for their sport. Baseball and Softball tryouts begin Tuesday 8/16, so be sure you’ve updated physicals with your child’s doctor and uploaded them to Register My Athlete before that date. Please refer to our DC Athletics website with info on how to start your RMA account and all forms needed. https://www.dvusd.org/domain/1495

Please reach out to me with any questions. It’s going to be an awesome year; let’s go COYOTES!

Megan Schmidt

DC Athletic Coordinator


Softball & Baseball Tryouts begin Aug 16th

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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.

Diamond Canyon parking lot safety procedures

The safety of Diamond Canyon students and staff is a top priority!

Please take a moment to review our parking lot procedures below.

· Only park in parking spaces – do not turn off car or leave it unattended unless your vehicle is in a marked parking space.

· Turn off cell phones before pulling into the drop off lane so your full attention is on students.

· Always escort your children when walking in the parking lot.

· We have a tobacco free campus – therefore, do not smoke in your cars.

· Remember children observe the behaviors of adults around them, please be good role models.

· Handicapped parking spaces should only be used if you have a handicapped license plate or placard. Unauthorized vehicles are subject to ticketing and/or towing.

· Please only drop off and pick up your students along the curb between the main crosswalk / gate and the kindergarten crosswalk / gate.

· When in the drop off and pick up lane, pull your vehicle as far forward as possible to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

· If you are parking in the splash pad parking lot, please be sure to cross with our crossing guards along Liberty Bell Way and not through the DC parking lot.


Our 1st PTA General Meeting of the year is at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 17th in the DC Library. Join our awesome PTA and help build our school community!! Sign up forms will be available at the PTA table on Meet the Teacher Night and also at the meeting. Email diamondcanyonpta@gmail.com with any questions.


In lieu of our monthly staff luncheon we will be serving a breakfast on Tuesday morning, Aug 2nd. We are including all grade levels each month to give everyone the opportunity to sign up with their favorite dish to support the theme. Please click on the attached link to sign up to bring something for our staff to enjoy. This is our teacher's favorite day of the month!

Thank you so much for all of your support!



Positions available at DC

Paraprofessional position

The hours for this 9 month position are 8:30 am - 3:45 pm. It includes full medical/dental benefits, Arizona State Retirement benefits, paid holidays & sick time. If you are interested, please apply at https://careers.dvusd.org/ ,or call the front office at 623-445-8000.

Custodian position

The hours for this 12 month position are 6:00 am-2:30 pm. It includes full medical/dental benefits, Arizona State Retirement benefits, paid holidays, sick time and vacation. If you are interested, please apply at https://careers.dvusd.org/, or call the front office at 623-445-8000.

Spiritline Coach

Spiritline season has changed starting this school year. Please email Megan.Schmidt@dvusd.org if you are interested in applying or for more detailed information.
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