Phoenix Facts

Don Tyson School of Innovation - August 3, 2020

Ready to Roll

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON. We are so excited to see students in person and virtually in 21 days! This newsletter is filled with information about back to school. Please take the time to review each section and always feel free to reach out if you have additional questions.

The safety of your child and the adults at our school is always at the forefront of our charge as school leaders. It is important that we have teacher, parent, guardian, and student feedback on our reopening plan. I am attaching a survey that outlines the essential components for back to school. Please review the information and provide your feedback by Friday, August 7, 2020. This will help us in finalizing the details of our reopening plan.

Survey Link

You should have received a letter from the district outlining the procedure for updating your student's records in Registration Gateway. Please take a moment to do so by visiting the link below.

It is such a joy to serve as principal at Don Tyson School of Innovation. Our staff is ready to partner with you in making this a great year. We are in this together!

Kelly Boortz

Registration Gateway

Please update your student's demographic and health information. If you are new to the Springdale School District and recently completed enrollment documents you do NOT need to complete this task.

New Student Orientation

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Orientation is for NEW face to face and blended DTSOI students. We will be offering small group tours with no more than 5 student/guardian pairs at a time. These tours will start every 5 minutes. Sign up for a day and time by using the button below.

  • Only 1 parent will be allowed to attend orientation with each student.
  • Please arrive early to complete a Covid-19 questionnaire before beginning your tour.
  • Park in the northeast parking lot and enter the building through our cafeteria.

We look forward to seeing you there!

New Student Orientation Sign Up Form

Sign up for a day and time for your New Student Orientation by clicking here or scanning the QR code above!

VIA Family Orientation Session Info

A variety of Virtual Innovation Academy (VIA) family orientation sessions will be offered the week of August 17, 2020 for all students enrolled in VIA. Additional sessions will be offered the first week of school for follow-up and for those who were unable to attend previously.

Sessions will cover login instructions, how to communicate with teachers, meeting the teachers, curriculum info, etc. The majority of sessions will be on Zoom but some in-person, socially-distanced sessions will be offered in the DTSOI cafeteria as well. An email will be sent out to all enrolled students and their families with sign-up instructions and time and date options the week of August 10.

Please email Dr. Hopper if you have any questions at

Transportation Information

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Transportation Resources

Our Transportation Site can help you find bus route and zoning information for your address. The bus numbers for our shuttles from the junior high schools will be released soon. If your address information fails to pull up, please call the transportation department at 479-750-8830 or feel free to call our office for more assistance.

Parking Permit Request Form

Parking Permit Payment Form

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Line Map

Don Tyson School of Innovation's Counseling Team

A/B Weekly Schedule

Don Tyson School of Innovation is on block scheduling. Mondays and Thursdays are always A days. Tuesdays and Fridays are always B Days. Wednesdays rotate between A and B days.

Administrative Team Assignments for 2020-2021

  • Tom Doppe - Grades 7, 9, & 11
  • Amy Harrison - Grades 10 & 12
  • Shay Hopper - Virtual Innovation Academy Students
  • Aurelian Sennett - Grades 6 & 8

Look for highlights about our administrative team in future newsletters!

Kelly Boortz, Principal

Coming up in next week's newsletter:
  • Our detailed reopening plan (see the survey link above to give input)
  • Directions for the first day of school
  • More detailed transportation information
  • Orientation update