Gecko Gazette

Desert Sage Elementary Newsletter - February 16, 2021

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2nd Quarter Academic Award Recipients

January Virtual Learning Awards

Virtual Learning Class Award

Congratulations to Mrs. Flores' 3rd grade class! They had the highest participation of all during our two-week virtual learning time in January. These #extraordinary students earned an outdoor pizza and cookie lunch for their achievement.

Grade Level Virtual Learning Individual Winners

During our second week of virtual learning a raffle was held to recognize students with outstanding active participation in their Zoom learning. Daily an actively engaged virtual learning student from each grade level was drawn. Each winner of the Virtual Learning Raffle received a $10 gift certificate from Chick-Fil-A.


  • Kindergarten: Porter H, Caleb M., Arlette K., Oliver B., Autumn M.
  • 1st grade: Gavin G., Conner C., Megan T., Riley P., Graysen M.
  • 2nd grade: Austin S., Alex G., Alexander R., Avery S., Jase H.
  • 3rd grade: Landon M., Madison B., Ami R., Noah H., Espen M.
  • 4th grade: Grace J., Miles P., Ethan H., Amirah J., Erick S.
  • 5th grade: Bryce G., Kira B., Rohit B., Kyle H., Emma K.
  • 6th grade: Leah D., Evergreen T., Diego C., Cristian D., Conner H.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Friday, February 19: Dismissal at 3:30 p.m.
  • February 22-26: Virtual Zoom Parent Teacher Conferences Week
  • Tuesday, February 23: Chipolte @ Happy Valley Fundraiser 4-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 25 & Friday, February 26: Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.
  • Friday, March 19: Last day to order 2020-2021 School Yearbook

AZ School Tax Credit for Desert Sage

Your school tax credit donations can provide Desert Sage students with opportunities to after school and summer programs, field trips, music and athletic programs or any other extracurricular activity.


The Arizona tax credit program (A.R.S. 43-1089.01) allows a tax credit of up to $200 for individuals and up to $400 for married couples, filing jointly, in support of extracurricular activities.


The tax credit reduces your tax burden to the state of Arizona, dollar for dollar.


This year, AZ tax credit dollars can help us purchase needed capital items as well if donated to the general fund.

Desert Sage Elementary

We are an A school in the Deer Valley Unified District. We educate children pre-k through grade 6 & offer Mandarin Language Immersion. We are the home of the geckos. Kristy M. Gill is the proud principal and Dr. Heidi Hopman is the proud assistant principal.