Viper Voice

Week 8 Recap

3 Day Weekend

It's hard to believe, but next week is the close of 1st quarter on September 30. If you haven't received information yet, teachers will soon be reaching out for Fall parent teacher conferences which begin the in two weeks. October 6 & 7 are true half days with a 12:05 pm release. Links will be sent out in the coming week to sign up for conferences and this year we are offering both in person and zoom appointments. As a reminder, we have no school on Monday 9/26, it is a holiday for all DVUSD schools.

Next Tuesday is PTSO Restaurant Night at Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers on 67th Ave, & Deer Valley. Be sure to to mention SV or show our flyer and our PTSO gets 15% percent of all sales.

Check out our latest PTSO Newsletter for all that is going on this Fall. We need your help and involvement to continue making it a great year!

Positive Office Referrals for the Week

Congratulations to these Vipers who were all chosen by their teachers as this week's positive referrals to the office. Thank you for Leading with Kindness and setting the example at SV! Our winners from last week were Liyana, Beau, Oliver, Lucas, Natalie, Kannan, Benson, Emily, Jansen, Ava, Mia, Yahia, and Yasin!

Our winners for this week are: Liam, Aria, Layla, Camille, Rasme, Joonbean, Wyatt, Tyler, Anisha, Lola, Emery, Kaitlyn, Zitong, Julianna, and Enzo!

Great work to all these amazing students!

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Welcome to SV Mrs. Anderson


I’m Cindy Anderson. I am an ASL interpreter and have been working for the district for almost 5 years. I grew up in Tucson and I have a Bachelors in Special Education from the University of Arizona. I love working with kids and love that I work at the same district that my children attend. I have been married for 21 years and I have 3 children; 18, 17 and 12. I love playing games, watching movies, fantasy, traveling, cooking and gardening.

Cindy Anderson

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Priority Open Enrollment 23-24

Open Enrollment is underway for the 2023– 2024 school year. Through Open Enrollment, your child has the opportunity to attend any school of their choice, if capacity permits. If you currently have an 8th grader that will be attending Mountain Ridge High School next year and Mountain Ridge is not your home school, you need to apply for open enrollment by December 05, 2022 for priority consideration. If you have another student starting school next year in any grade and your current student is on open enrollment, you should also apply by December 2022. Priority will be given to siblings of currently enrolled students if grade level capacity permits. You must apply online at It is not necessary to reapply for Open Enrollment for currently enrolled students at Sierra Verde, only new students wishing to attend.

For those of you with family, friends, or neighbors looking to attend SV next year, it is essential that you get an application ASAP and prior to the the closing of our priority window. In most grades, we typically have to waitlist most students if they apply after December.

Families will be notified if the application has been approved or denied via email in January 2023. Upon notification, a registration must be completed online, no later than 10 days after notification of the decision, or the student potentially forfeits the approved Open Enrollment and may need to reapply.

If you have any questions, please contact the front office at 623-376-4800.

PTSO Update

PTSO is having our next general meeting Tuesday-October 4th at 6:30 pm at the Media Center. We hope to see you there!

Restaurant Night- Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers

Tuesday, September 27th is our next restaurant night at Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers. Sierra Verde will earn 15% of all sales made between 4pm-10pm. Come out and support the school!

Check out our latest PTSO Newsletter for all that is going on at PTSO this quarter.

Donors Choose

There are currently 14 Sierra Verde projects posted to Donors Choose. Visit our school’s page here to donate.

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Volunteer of the Week ~Bridget Osborne~

Bridget is new to the Sierra Verde family- her daughter Mackenzie is in Ms. Puentes Kindergarten class. She has hit the ground running helping the PTSO obtain almost $600 in items for Bingo Night and our Silent Auction and has been to over 40 businesses trying to get donations. When Bridget isn’t volunteering at SV she also volunteers at the children’s center at her church and spends time with her daughter cooking, exploring outside and finding sticks for their fire pit. We are so excited to have you at SV, Bridget and thank you for your help!

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SV New Era Hats Available

We have a new batch of new era hats available for Order on our website. The hats are available in 3 sizes 1. Small/Medium 2. Medium/Large 3. Large/XL . The caps are flex fit which allows them to fit a range of sizes.vThe size guide can be found here, and this is the 39thirty model

There will also be a one size child/youth all black cap available for purchase as well that will fit our youngest Vipers better than the adult 39thirty. Please be sure to order the correct size on our website as we will not have extra hats on hand to exchange sizes.

Standards Based Mindset at Sierra Verde

Sierra Verde is aligned to the DVUSD Standards-based mindset, which helps guide our staff in tracking and reporting academic performance related to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

Students are expected to complete daily practice assignments/homework to reinforce skills and concepts learned in class. In-process learning assignments will be factored into a student’s final grade, but will only count for 1% of the entire grade. Daily assignments are essential in developing the skills and knowledge in order to excel on the summative assessments. Assessments will be 99% of a student’s final grade. There will be no opportunities for extra credit. Grades take into consideration mastery of standards and skill development. All grades are supported by appropriate documentation (e.g., anecdotal notes, work samples, checklists, portfolios, rubrics, projects, tests, performance assessments, etc.). The grade a student receives on any assignment will reflect an accurate assessment of the student’s performance on the assessment. No individual test, performance assessment, assignment, or project should be more than 25% of the total grade.

It is absolutely imperative that students keep up with classwork, daily assignments and discussions in order to fully comprehend and grasp the material. These in-process learning assignments directly impact student performance on assessments. A standards-based mindset also embraces allowing students opportunities to show learning through reassessment when appropriate.

We will continue to provide updates and clarification throughout the year regarding these best-practices for grading and reporting on student learning. We are proud of the work our students, staff, and administration are doing to align definitions of mastery and essential standards across our district, leading the state in proficiency and growth for all students in DVUSD.

Donor's Choose

We have 15 current Donor's Choose projects at Sierra Verde. We would love any support and to share the need on your social media to friends and family who are looking to support our students and classrooms.

Baseball & Softball Schedule

Thursday 9/29 4:30 pm

Baseball Home vs. West Wing

Softball Away @ West Wing

105,000 PBIS Rewards Points!

So far, our Vipers have earned over 105,000 PBIS Rewards points this year!!!! Hopefully your students have come home excited about their points and prizes they have ordered. We would also like to shout out all our amazing volunteer parents for helping us fulfill prizes each week! We have hundreds of prize bags delivered each Friday.

Help stock the PBIS Store Rewards Store by purchasing Rewards directly on Amazon. If you purchase from our PBIS Rewards wishlist it will ship directly to campus and our kids can purchase immediately. Stock our store here:

Mindfulness Monday (Tuesday) Challenge of the Week

Mindful Movement

Riding a bike, lifting weights, sweating it out on the treadmill – each can be a mindfulness practice. Whatever the physical activity, instead of simply working out to master a skill or improve your condition, you can move and breathe in a way that shifts you from feeling busy and distracted to feeling strong and capable. Mindful movement allows us to check in with our bodies and get moving in a way that can help us lower stress, release stagnant energy, and strengthen our mind-body connection. It’s a great way to practice self-care by incorporating both mental and physical well-being. Take time through the week to notice how you move around. Do you move sluggish? Do you move with energy? Do you move when you get home from school? When and where during the day do you move the most?

Challenge of the week: Move in a new/different way on the playground each day this week. Try basketball, try taking a walk with your friends around the playground, try the monkey bars.

Try out this exercise/stretch (6 minutes):

5-minute desk workout:

Join Team SV

Sierra Verde currently has openings for a full time school nurse, and 2 openings for full time paraprofessionals. Both of these positions include benefits and are available for an immediate start. We are also in need of an additional crossing guard for mornings and afternoons. If you are interested in any position or would like further information please contact Mrs. Jennifer Morales, or stop by the office.

Due to our nursing vacancy there are some days when we do not have a nurse on site, and for any illness or medical issue, we will need to contact parents for pick up if your son or daughter is ill. We appreciate your cooperation as we will be running short-handed until our nursing vacancy is filled.

Yearbook Sales Are Open

Our Sierra Verde Yearbook sales are officially open for 22-23! We currently are taking early bird pre-order sales at $35 per yearbook and the price will rise to $50 in January. We do not order any extra copies to sell on hand at the end of the year, so make sure you preorder at our discounted rate.
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Office Updates

  • The cut off to sign students out is 15 minutes before dismissal, 3:15 for full days, 1:45 for early release and 11:50 for half days.
  • If you bring your student's lunch to the front office, we have a late lunch table in the cafeteria that all student's will be able to check. Just put their name on their lunch bag and it will be delivered to the cafeteria.
  • If you are calling in your student as absent, please call the attendance line directly so you can leave a message. Our absence line is 623-376-4890
  • Next Friday, 9/30 is a Full Day of School with a 3:30 release. It is also the last day of 1st Quarter

Social Studies and Music Curriculum Adoptions

DVUSD is beginning the process of adopting new curriculum this year. If you would like to be a part of the review team or learn more about this process check out the flyers below for more detail.

Hillcrest Colorguard Clinic

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Mountain Ridge Little Lions Pom Camp

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Have a Great 3 day Weekend!

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