Hawk's Eye View - Parent Edition

November 5, 2021

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

Enjoy some pictures from Spirit Week!

Recently approved Covid-19 Vaccine for students aged 5-11 - Vaccine Opportunities

As you may have heard, the CDC recently approved the Covid-19 Vaccine for children aged 5-11. If you are interested, Deer Valley Unified is opening 3 of their campuses for vaccine opportunities on Wednesday November 10, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:30. Preregistration is required. The vaccine opportunities are open to all DVUSD students. Please see attached letter for registration information and campus locations.

Coming Soon!!

We are proud to announce we will be hosting a Winter Festival this year on Friday December 3, 2021! We will have booths for games, food trucks, and music from our band and choir. If you have any thoughts about how we can make this an extra special night for our community, please email Patti Atchley at patti.atchley@dvusd.org or Charla Hostetler at charla.hostetler@dvusd.org. More information will follow soon!
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Parent Pick-up and Drop off Reminders

The road on the north side of the parking lot is a west bound one way street. Please do not use that road to access the parking lot.

Additionally, you may not use the bus land access off Cloud Road for drop off. That is for buses only.

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!


DVUSD 90 Minute Early Release Friday's for Teacher Collaboration

We are currently in the 3rd year of our Early Release Friday calendar at DVUSD. The reason behind this early release schedule is to allow job embedded time for our teachers to collaborate, analyze data, and identify standards, skills, and students who are in need of reteaching, enrichment, or an adjustment in pacing. Our Kindergarten through 4th grade teams meet together and our 5th through 8th grade teams work collaboratively with teachers from Anthem, Gavilan Peak, Paseo Hills, New River, and Sunset Ridge.


This relapse time is critical for our teachers to plan, adjust, and prepare for upcoming lessons in order to meet the needs of all our students. DVUSD was recently named one of only a very select few Model PLC Districts in the nation, and we continue to use this time for student growth.


For your quick reference, the 90 minute early release days, with a release time of 1:30 pm, for the 2021-2022 school year are as follows:

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Desert Mountain PTO Fundraiser!

Thank you to all who participated in our fundraiser! We raised over $11,000 for our social emotional programs and PBIS Blackhawk store!

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.