Cougar Connection

August 19, 2020

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Meet our Assistant Principal

My name is Shannon Smith and I am the new assistant principal at Desert Cove! This is my 5th year as an assistant principal in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Growing up I attended PV schools and prior to becoming an assistant principal, I was a 2nd, 5th, and 6th-grade teacher also in PV. I love PVUSD! I am passionate about student's social-emotional well being, digital citizenship, and doing whatever it takes to meet all student's individual needs.

I am ecstatic to be joining the Desert Cove staff. In my short time on the administrative team, I have been impressed with how hard the staff has been working to prepare for the school year and how deeply they care about your child’s success. This is a truly dedicated group of educators.

On a personal note, I have a 2-year-old daughter named Sydney who is keeping me busy during this time, and my husband and I are big AZ sports fans!

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child. Please reach out to me anytime at

From our Music Teacher...

Hi Desert Cove Family! We are excited to announce our 5th/6th Grade Cougar Chorus will begin this year VIRTUALLY, led by our new music teacher Ms. Isely! If you are interested in singing with us, please fill out the following form no later than Tuesday, August 25th. More specifics on rehearsal times to come!

Chorus Interest Form:

Next Tuesday, August 25, will be a half day and school releases at 12p.m. for all students.

Yearly Renewal - Free and Reduced Meals


Students receiving free and reduced lunch are not identified or treated any differently than other students. Students receiving free and reduced lunch select their meal and input their lunch number. The cafeteria worker sees that the lunch has been paid, and the student is on their way. School staff do not have information regarding which students receive free and reduced lunch.

Students qualify based on family income and number of children and adults living in the home.

  1. Apply on-line at WWW.EZMEALAPP.COM

  2. All information on the application must be provided.

Avoid this common mistake that results in a being denied:

Step 1: The application asks you to list all children in the home.

Step 3 B: List all adults in the home, including yourself.

Step 3 C: you are asked for the total number of people that live in the home.

A common reason that applications are denied is that the total number of household members (Step 3C) Does NOT match the number of names listed in Step 1 and Step 3B. (ie: say there are a total of 7 people living in the home, but the names of only 3 children and 1 adult is listed on the application. This application will be processed as having only 4 people in the home (when there are actually 7). Based on the family income, the application could be denied, when if all family members were listed, the student would qualify for free and reduced lunch).

Below are Letters with instructions and Meal Applications for the 2020-2021 School Year:

Friday Material Distribution (read below)

Friday, Aug. 21st, 7:15am-3:30pm

11020 North 28th Street

Phoenix, AZ

Teachers are communicating with families about which day of the week they are distributing instructional materials. It will be either Tuesday or Friday but not both. Please make sure to confirm there will be new materials prior to making the trip to Desert Cove. Material pick up will run from 7:15am to 3:30pm. The office will close each day at 3:30pm.

Curriculum Night

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 5:30-6:30pm

This is an online event.

We will hold our Curriculum Night on September 1st, 2020 in two sessions. The first will be at 5:30pm and the second at 6:00pm. Hope to see you there! Your attendance counts and will earn you a chance to enter the Curriculum Night Cougar card drawing!


The Desert Cove PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Plan is designed to support students and staff in understanding a common set of expectations for our entire campus. The purpose is to positively promote and recognize behaviors that align with our four school-wide expectations (PAWS) both in person and virtually. For more information you can visit these PBIS sites:

Keep Chromebooks Up-to-Date

If you are having computer issues, please try this first! Many computer issues can arise if Google Chrome's operating system is not updated. You can walk your class through the following steps....

  • Open Google Chrome.
  • Near the top right of the screen, click on the three vertical dots.
  • At the bottom of the list, click on "Help"
  • Then click "About Google Chrome"
  • Click "To see if your device is up to date, go to Chrome OS Settings"
  • A pop-up box will appear, click on "Check for updates"
  • ...If it says you're up to date, then you're done....
  • ....If it says it is downloading an update, wait until after it goes through 100% update complete, then click on the blue "Restart your device" button to complete the update.
  • Chromebooks MUST be restarted for the update to be complete

You can also send this out to parents to help them troubleshoot if needed.

Need PV Assist? (this link is nice to send out in your weekly newsletters in case parents need help)

Need to enter a ticket?

Having computer issues? Clear the cache in Chrome.

If your Chromebook is up to date but still giving you trouble, try the following steps next. Make sure that you always re-start the browser once you have made any adjustments.In Chrome

  • Click on the 3 vertical dots in the upper right corner.

  • Click on History.

  • Click on History at top of list.

  • On left side, click on Clear browsing data.

  • Make sure that All Time is selected from pull-down menu and that there is a checkmark in each of the 3 boxes below.

Click on Clear Data.

If have trouble with your hotspot...

Parents can contact us directly at 240-482-4635.

About Us

Desert Cove provides a collaborative culture that supports and celebrates student diversity, lifelong learning, and success in a global community.

Desert Cove students will feel: Safe, Seen, and Celebrated