Thunderbolt Times

August 2021

Welcome to Desert Sky!

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome incoming 7th graders and returning 8th graders. We hope that both parents, and students have begun to settle into a new routine and new school year. It has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm of students and staff on campus, as we continue learning, growing and experiencing new things. We enjoyed meeting all of our families on our annual "Meet the Teacher" night, and hope that you felt at home as part of the Thunderbolt family. This newsletter will be emailed to parents/guardians on a quarterly basis, and will include important information on upcoming events, dates, and campus activities.

Review of important school rules and procedures

This information may serve as a review for our 8th grade families, and an introduction for our new students. You may review the complete student handbook here.

Deliveries for Students: Items for students such as lunch money, lunches, homework, P.E. clothes, band instruments, notebooks and sports items may be dropped off at the front office. Students will be notified that a delivery is waiting for them in the front office and that they can pick the item up during passing periods only. In an effort to minimize disruptions and keep the students focused on learning, we do not allow large student celebration gifts, such as balloons, large stuffed animals, flowers, or food, to be on or delivered to the school campus.

Electronic Devices: Many students want to have the privilege of carrying electronic devices on campus. With that privilege comes the responsibility of ensuring that those items are not used inappropriately or at inappropriate times on campus or on a bus. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed to be used on campus, unless explicitly directed by a teacher during the course of instruction. All cell phones should remain off and put away at all times when on campus. Student use of cell phones or electronic devices will result in confiscation, and the student may pick up the device during dismissal at the end of the day for the first three violations. Upon the fourth violation, parents/guardians are required to pick up the phone from school. Continuous violations for this expectation may result in discipline in accordance with DVUSD standards. Earbuds or Bluetooth music devices may not be used in class or transition periods for any reason unless asked or directed to by a teacher. To maintain an orderly campus and reduce disruptions, students are not to contact their parents directly via cell phone regarding illness unless prior arrangements have been made with the nurse. Students may not take pictures or videos on campus at any time. Students may not play music aloud while on campus property. Students should understand that if they bring an electronic device on campus it is done at their own risk. Neither DSMS nor DVUSD assume any liability for the loss, theft, or damage of any personally owned electronic device on campus. Any such interference will be considered a disruptive activity and may result in disciplinary action.

School Messenger System

Are you not receiving emails from DVUSD or Desert Sky? Check out this webpage for directions on how to opt in to receiving messages and trouble shooting tips if you are not receiving emails.

Picture Day!

We are quickly approaching picture day. Please continue to check your email and our website for more information regarding how to order.

Did you know?

Desert Sky has our very own Facebook and Instagram page? Please like and follow us for important reminders, information and updates.

Student Council

Desert Sky has a very active Student Council, and the members are always hard at work planning fun events for Desert Sky students. If your student is interested in learning more about it or has questions, feel free to email


Desert Sky has a very active athletics department, and is pleased to offer the following sports to our students:

Fall Sports (August-October)

Boys & Girls Volleyball

Cross Country

Winter Sports (November-January)

Boys & Girls Basketball


Spirit Line (TBD)

Spring Sports (February-May)

Boys Basketball

Girls Softball

Track and Field

No cut sports: Cross Country, Wrestling, Track and Field

For more information regarding athletics and the requirements needing to be met prior to try outs , please visit our website.

It is important to note that you must complete all sections on the "Register My Athlete" site prior to the first day of tryouts for cut sports, and prior to the first practice for no cut sports.

If you have questions regarding athletics, please feel free to reach out to our Athletic Directors or

Nurse's Corner

A couple of important reminders from our amazing Nurse Patty.

**Please remember, keep your child home if they are sick.

**If you are awaiting a Covid-19 test result, please keep your child home and call the nurse. **Check your email to be sure not to miss any important updates by the district office.

** Please update your emergency contact list in the event your child becomes ill or has an emergency while at school. Lists can be updated through your parent Power School account. If you haven't set up your account and need assistance, please contact the front office at 602-467-6500

Check out our Health Office website for more valuable information.

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Nutrition News

Free breakfast and lunch will continue to be offered to all students through the end of the year.

For information , please visit the the Food & Nutrition website.

Bolt Closet

The Bolt Closet is our community clothing closet that is available to all students and their families. We have gently used clothing and personal care items. All families and students utilizing the closet will remain anonymous. Currently the District is not allowing visitors on campus, however; please feel free to contact our Parent Liaison, Shannon Breault, at or call 602-467-6508 to inform her of your needs, and she will gather items for you to be picked up in the front office. Please note, Shannon's hours are 8:30am-12:30pm Monday through Friday.

Fry's Community Rewards

Did you know that Fry's Food stores offers a community rewards program designed to give back to local organizations and educational establishments? It's easy to sign up, just visit Fry's website to enroll (be sure to choose Desert Sky in Glendale), and every time you use your rewards phone number or card, we earn money. Last quarter we had a total of 84 families enrolled, and earned $293.99 for our school. Just imagine the financial impact if we could double the amount of families enrolled! Our goal is to add an additional 25 families this quarter, so please consider sharing this link with friends and family. We will continue to post our quarterly earnings summary throughout the year.

Important Dates

August 24th- Picture Day

August 27th- 1:30 Release- Vaccination clinic (see flyer above)

September 3rd- 1:30 Release

September 6th - No School- Labor Day Recess

September 7th- No School- Labor Day Recess

September 14th- DVUSD Board Meeting- 7pm

September 17th- 1:30 Release

September 24th- 1:30 Release

September 28th- DVUSD Board Meeting- 7pm

October 1st- 1:30 Release

October 8th- 1:30 Release

October 11th- No School Fall Break

October 12th- No School Fall Break

October 13th- DVUSD Board Meeting- 7pm

October 21st- 11:35 Half Day Release- Parent Teacher Conferences

October 22nd- 11:35 Half Day Release

October 25th-29th Spirit Week

October 29th - 1:30 Early Release/ Halloween Dance 6-8pm

November 5th- 1:30 Early Release Day

November 9th- DVUSD Board Meeting- 7pm

November 11th- No School - Veterans Day

November 19th- 1:30 Release

November 22nd-29th- No School- Thanksgiving Break

*Regular Board meetings are held at: DVUSD Governing Board Room 20402 N 15th Ave.

Meetings are also streamed on Livestream.

For more information on DVUSD Governing Board, visit our site.

Thank You!

Mission Bell Church

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Marshall Millitano and the entire congregation of Mission Bell Church for their generous donation of water bottles, items for our Bolt Closet , and disinfecting wipes. We are so grateful for our continued partnership.

Cafe Rio

Thank you to Café Rio for providing outstanding staff and student gift certificates.

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Kimberly Hahn- Physical Education

1) What is a fun fact about you?

I was a track girl! I began running Track in junior high and into my college years. I still hold the 200m Dash record at my High School in Tomahawk, WI. My time was 26.6 seconds.

2) What College or University did you attend?

I attended college in La Crosse, Wisconsin. UW-Lacrosse! Go Eagles! This is where our high school state track meets were held :)

3) Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a little town called Tomahawk. In high school, we were the Tomahawk Hatchets! My Dad grew up in this town. It has a population around 3,300 people.

4) What is a hobby that you have, or activity that you enjoy?

I absolutely love hiking, water-skiing, and Crossfit! I need to keep myself in shape to keep up with all my Middle Schoolers! Also, my dog is a Sharpei and his name is Harley! I love taking him on his walks and he loves it too :)

Kevin Flint- Social Studies

1) What is a fun fact about you?

I am one of seven children- #6 - lots of fun & action - bless my parents.

2) What College or University did you attend?

I Graduated from Ottawa University with my degree in U.S. History, Economics, and Government.

3) Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the northeast- Albany , New York- The capital- great place to grow up- suburbs, big yards, and played outside all the time.

4) What is a hobby that you have, or activity that you enjoy?

My hobbies are spending time on the shore with family & friends, traveling to watch my boy's play college baseball with their teams, golfing by the red rocks, and " of course " love to coach youth baseball at the club level as well coaching here at Desert Sky for 15 plus years now.

Andrea Koehnke- Guidance/504 Coordinator

1) What is a fun fact about you?

I worked for Starbucks for 5 years and I can recreate any of their drinks at home using my Nespresso machine.

2) What College or University did you attend?

I got my Bachelors degree at Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts

I got my first Masters degree from Grand Canyon University

I got my second Masters degree from Ottawa University adult campus in Arizona.

3) Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Arizona! I lived the first 21 years of my life in Tucson. It horrifies me that I am surrounded by Sun Devil fans as a loyal Wildcat. I went to Tucson high, a block away from the U of A.

4) What is a hobby that you have or activity that you enjoy?

I crochet in my free time, and I love making baby blankets. I also love to read and I am a rabid Harry Potter fan.

I included some photos of a couple of blankets I have made.

Questions or Concerns?

Please call the front office at 602-467-6500

It's A Great Day To Be A Thunderbolt!!!