Hawk's Eye View - Parent Edition

January 21, 2022

Vision, Mission, Core Values, Collective Committments

Vision: Advancing future-ready students: Adaptive/Motivated/Engaged

Mission: As a community, we will ensure all students achieve academic success and develop social skills needed to care, connect, and collaborate throughout their lives.

Core Values:
Teamwork: We achieve more collectively than individually

Integrity: We are honest and ethical

Growth: We believe that everyone can grow academically and socially through perseverance and focus

Don't Forget!

Tomorrow, Friday, January 21, is an early release day. We will release Kindergarten students at 1:20, and all other students at 1:30 pm. Teachers will be working in collaborative teams to identify learning progressions and success criteria for mastery of essential state standards.


Please do not send your child to school if they have flu, cold, or Covid symptoms. We are working to ensure our staff and students stay healthy during this vulnerable time of the year. Thank you for your consideration!

DVUSD Offers Covid-19 Testing

DVUSD will be holding COVID testing events throughout January. You must be registered in order to receive the required registration code. Please be sure once you have registered to show up only at your registered time. Visit www.dvusd.org/covidtesting to register.

January 21st - District Office - 11:00-2:00

January 24th - Terramar and Village Meadows 4:30-6:00

January 25th - District Office - 11:00-2:00

January 26th - Canyon Springs and Sunrise - 4:30-6:00

January 27th - Desert Sage and Mirage 4:30-6:00

January 28th - District Office - 11:00-2:00

January 31st - Constitution and Sunset Ridge -

Additional testing sites:

Maricopa County Public Health offers testing 7 days a week.
CLICK HERE for MCDPH testing locations.

Blackhawk Sports

  • The girls and boys basketball teams will be playing Tuesday, January 25th at Canyon Springs for the first round of playoff games. Games typically start around 4:30 pm.
  • Baseball tryouts begin on February 7, 2022 - Student athletes must have a physical to tryout and must register at registermyathlete.com
  • Softball tryouts begin on February 8, 2022 - Student athletes must have a physical to tryout and must register at registermyathlete.com

Parking Lot Reminders

  • Please be alert and follow directional signs. We still have families entering the one way exit line.
  • If you have older children, please park in the parking lot or come after 2:55 pm for pick-up. We release our Kindergarten at 2:45-2:50 pm but at times, we have trouble with blocked flow from parents trying to pick up their older children.

Please Help Support our HAWK Store and Cart!

Our second quarter is off to a great start! We are continuing to work on supporting students with positive behavior through our PBIS and All Things EQ. Our “kindness campaign” is very successful and we at Desert Mountain would like to see it continue. Students are able to earn HAWK (Honorable, Accountable, Willing, Kind) bucks for positive behavior. We are asking for donations for our HAWK store. Desert Mountain students love being able to earn HAWK bucks and spend it at the store. Many of our item purchases are from Amazon, Oriental Trading, Dollar store or something similar. If you would like to donate items or money, please contact Patti Atchley at patti.atchley@dvusd.org or 623-445-3504. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Video Announcements

Follow us on Vimeo for daily announcements and parent information videos. You can go to Vimeo.com and search for JoAnn Schwarting. Then choose "follow".

Help Wanted!

Desert Mountain is in dire need of facilities workers and Para Professionals. If you know of anyone who may be interested please have them contact Patti Atchley at 623-445-3504. Thanks!

Important COVID-19 District Communication

Please be aware of the following district procedures, information, and updates regarding COVID-19.

Desert Mountain has gone SOCIAL!

For important just in time information and campus happenings, please follow us on:

Twitter: @DMSblackhawks

Facebook page: @BlackHawkStrong

Vimeo: vimeo.com - Search for JoAnn Schwarting, select "Follow"

You can also visit the Desert Mountain website for important updates and school information.