Desert Mountain Hawk's Eye View

Dec '22: Communication for our wonderful Blackhawk families

❄⛄🎄Happy Holidays Blackhawk Families 🎄⛄❄

Desert Mountain School Earns an 'A' School Rating, Again!

The Arizona Department of Education has release the school ratings for the 2021-22 school year and Desert Mountain students have earned our school an A letter grade by excelling in academics and exceeding growth targets. A HUGE shout out to the teachers and families who supported these amazing students on their educational journey. Well done everyone!
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Congratulations to our First Quarter Award Recipients!

On Nov. 30th we celebrated achievement in the arts, academics, athletics and citizenship with a schoolwide recognition assembly. Students in K-8 were recognized in the area of citizenship through our PBIS acronym, H.A.W.K. (Honorable, Accountable, Willing and Kind). Students in grades 3-8 received the new Academic Excellence Award for achieving proficiency on standards taught during the first quarter. Our next recognition assembly will be on Jan. 20th and we will be inviting families to attend. We will be recognizing students in the following areas:

Academic Excellence, Winter Athletics, Music, Band and the Arts, HAWK Character, A Soaring Reader and Mathematician, Growth from Q1-Q2, and our Desert Mountain High Flyers.


December Student Council SPIRIT WEEK is Coming!

Monday, Dec. 12th: Merry Monday Morning - Wear your comfy PJs

Tuesday, Dec. 13th: Baby, it's Cold Outside - Wear your winter gear

Wednesday, Dec. 14th: Dress like a Candy Cane - Wear red and white

Thursday, Dec. 15th: Lumberjack Day - Wear your favorite flannel

Friday, Dec. 16th: Ugly Holiday Sweater - Wear your favorite holiday sweater

Student Council Fundraiser: Holiday Grams $1.00

Our amazing Student Council will be raising funds in December with a Holiday Gram fundraiser. Students may purchase holiday grams during lunch.


Celebrate the Season with a Holiday Sing-a-long on Dec 16th

Families, please join our staff and students as we come together for a schoolwide Holiday Sing-a-long assembly to start our last day of 2022. Students and staff will be dressed in their favorite holiday spirit sweaters to conclude our spirit week. If you'd like to get a jump start on learning the songs, here's our playlist:

Jingle Bells, O Tannenbaum, Frosty the Snowman, Up on the Housetop, O Hanukkah, Winter Wonderland, Kwanzaa Celebration Song


STEM Lab Coming to Desert Mountain

In partnership with our fantastic Gifted Specialist, Mrs. Tiffaney Ellis, Desert Mountain will be opening a Maker Space classroom for student use. By using funds from the ADE 100 Day Grant, we will be purchasing Science Technology Engineering and Math supplies to provide extension activities for all students. The classroom will be available to all staff for use and we hope to offer before and after school opportunities in the space starting in the spring.


Veterans and Their Families Attend DM Appreciation Assembly

Thank you to our families and Veterans who attended our Veterans Day assembly in November. Over 35 veterans from our community were able to attend and be recognized for their service to our country. What a special way to spend the morning.

DVUSD FY24 Budget Committee Survey

The Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board is seeking community input for how we should allocate resources for the upcoming school year (2023-2024 school year). Please take a moment to complete this brief survey.

Narrative Budget Input Survey

📆Mark Your Calendars📅

Dec 1: Kona Ice K, 3, 5, 8

Dec 2: Early Release

Dec 9: Early Release

Dec 12-16: Spirit Week

Dec 13: Kona Ice 1, 2, 4, 6, 7

Dec 14: Choir and Band Concert 6pm

Dec 15: K, 3, 5, 8

Dec 16: Half Day, Holiday Sing-Along

Dec 19-30: Winter Break

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Middle School Athletics

PTO Needs your help!

Desert Mountain is inviting all parents to join our PTO for the 2022-23 school year. We have several family friendly events planned and need your support to make them happen. Meetings are once a month and time commitments vary by event. Please see Mrs. Patti Atchley for more information. We hope you join us in making this school year the most amazing yet!

Next PTO Meeting:

  • December 7th @ 4:00pm in the library

Upcoming events:

  • January 18th - BINGO
  • February 3rd - K-6 Family Dance

PTO Holiday Staff Appreciation Dec.13th

PTO is looking for donations of sweet and salty treats for the DM staff. As part of the "12 Days until Winter Break" countdown, staff will be appreciated each day with a different treats or surprises from Administration and PTO. We'd love donations of salty and sweet treats to spoil our staff on the Naughty or Nice: Sweet Treats Day. Please bring all store bought items to the front office by December 12th. Thank you for your generosity!

DM Volunteer Training Dates

Tuesday, January 24th @ 9:00am

The above training will be held in the DM Media Center. Additional Trainings are available around the district

Call Out A Hawk!

Has a Desert Mountain staff member gone above and beyond to support your child? Let them know with a Hawk Call! A Hawk Call Out is an unsolicited special recognition that acknowledges a Desert Mountain staff member who has demonstrated a special effort, an outstanding job, a caring and sensitive attitude, or someone going the extra mile. Students and parents may now share their appreciation by “Calling out a Hawk”. Just have your student log into their DVUSD account and click the link here to share your appreciation. Each week, shout outs are shared with the staff in the weekly staff newsletter.

Please Review Us

We want every family to have an extraordinary experience at Desert Mountain.

Please take a moment to write a Review of Desert Mountain. If your experience has been anything less than what you expected, please contact the front office at 623-445-3500 and we’d be happy to assist you. #BlackHawkSTRONG