Viper Voice

Week 9 Recap

End of 1st Quarter

We had a very busy week on campus again and packed a whole week of learning and innovation into our 4-day week. Today was the last day of 1st quarter, and parent teacher conferences will take place next week. By now you should have received a conference invitation or sign up to join us either in person or via zoom for parent teacher conferences. As a reminder, next Thursday and Friday are true 1/2 days with a 12:05 pm release.


Thanks to all of you who came out to Restaurant night at Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers on Tuesday for dinner. Thanks to your support, our PTSO was able to raise over $1,000 that will be put back to great use at SV! Be sure to see the information from PTSO for Bingo Night two weeks from today on October 14, its the hottest ticked in town and PTSO members get in 30 minutes prior to general admission.

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 this week are Hudson, Joel, Kennedy, Rylie, Mercer, Madelyn, Alexandria, Azule, Donovan, Abigail, Suzanne, Zach, and Molly!
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Scholastic Book Fair Starts Monday

Our Scholastic book fair starts on Monday Oct. 3rd and runs through Oct. 11th. Parents and SV students are welcome each day between 8:10 AM to 4:00 PM. Thursday Oct. 5th we will stay open until at least 5:00 PM. Stop by during Parent Teacher Conferences to pick out a great new book for your student or a teacher. Students will be able to shop during lunch recess and with their class during their book fair visit.


You can set up an eWallet or shop online, just go to our Sierra Verde book fair home page. Parents please add a little extra to cover the tax when setting up an eWallet or sending money to school. You will also be able to use debit and credit cards.

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/sierraverdeschool1


Thank you for supporting our library fund raiser.


Mrs. Olofson

Green Thumb Club is Back

Sierra Verde is pleased to announce the return of Club Green Thumb! This STEAM club is open to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students! If you like to watch things grow, dig in the dirt, and you are in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade, this is the club for you! Check out the flyer below for more details! Email Mrs. Thiebeau if you have any questions or for more information.

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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 dvusd.org/openenrollment. 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 its next general meeting Tuesday October 4th at 6:30 pm in room 514. We hope to see you there!


Thank you to everyone that showed up to Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers this past Tuesday! We raised $1,052 in one night! Funds raised at these events help fund Donors Choose projects, SIPS coffee truck Fridays for staff and so much more.


Bingo Night is only two weeks away! Be sure to save the date 10.14.22. PTSO Members get in at 5:30 and general admission opens at 6:00 pm. You can also preorder your pizza ahead of time to get early entry and guarantee your seat!

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Volunteer of the Week ~Amber Diebell~


Amber is a first time board member this year of the PTSO, helping out as the secretary and enjoys volunteering in her son's classrooms. She has two sons here at Sierra Verde, Jax is in Ms. Perry's second grade class and Cash is in Mrs. Englerth's kindergarten class. Amber is a Realtor with Howe Realty and when she isn't working on helping people find their dream homes, you can find her hiking, paddle boarding or just generally exploring all the beauty that is Arizona with her husband, Jeremy and two boys. Thank you for all of your hard work at SV, Amber!!

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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.

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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.

Calling all Veterans

Sierra Verde is planning our Veterans' Day celebration this year on Thursday, November 10. We are excited honor any Veterans or current active duty military in service to our country. If you have a veteran in your family please fill out this brief survey and send a photograph (headshot preferably) in jpeg format to Steve.Connolly@dvusd.org . We would love to make them apart of our celebration and honor all they have done for this great country. We will also be inviting all of our Veterans to a hero's breakfast and the Veterans Day Assembly on 11/10/22.
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Baseball & Softball Schedule

Monday 10/3 4:30 pm

Baseball Home vs. Stetson Hills

Softball Away @ Stetson Hills


Wednesday 10/5 4:30 pm

Softball Home vs. Sonoran Foothills

Baseball Away @ Sonoran Foothills

Donor's Choose

We have 14 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.

Stock our Store

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:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2YZ9H9VV492G3?ref_=wl_share

Mindfulness Monday Challenge of the Week

"Our words have power. They impact others, but they also impact us." - Michael Hyatt


Do you have a "mantra"? maybe your mantra is "expect nothing, appreciate everything", or "positive mind, positive life". Maybe you remind yourself of your strengths each day by telling saying things like, "I am confident. I am successful. I am powerful. I am strong." Mantras like these have the power to motivate you to act on certain things, help you to concentrate on achieving your goals in life, give you the power to change your negative thinking patterns and replace them with positive thinking patterns. Positive words have the power to change your life. They can recreate your world. When affirmations, or mantras, are repeated over and over again, they begin to take charge of your thoughts, slowly changing your pattern of thinking and ultimately changing your life. This week, notice the words you use to describe yourself. Are they kind? Are they helpful? Do they lift you up?


Challenge of the Week: Come up with 1 positive word that describes you or you wish you were more like. At the end of announcements shout, "I am ...." and your your word every day this week!


Need some ideas? https://blog.gratefulness.me/positive-affirmations-for-students/#:~:text=My%20mind's%20ability%20to%20learn,a%20student%20and%20it%20shows.

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 Thursday and Friday, 10/6 and 10/7 are 1/2 days for conferences with a 12:05 pm release.

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.

Have a Great Weekend!

Sierra Verde STEAM Academy

An A+ School of Excellence

Nationally Accredited STEM Certification

"A" Rated School by Arizona Dept. of Education

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Deer Valley Unified School District