Cougar Connection

May 14, 2021

Happenings in May

May 18 - Combined Orchestra Concert at Desert Ridge 4:30PM

May 19th - 1/2 Day

May 20th - 1/2 Day and Last Day of School - 6th Grade Clap Out(see below)

Yearbook/End of Year Message

Dear Desert Cove Families,

Each year I write a message that shares the highlights of our year and offers some encouraging words to our sixth graders that will be leaving for middle school. This year is a little different due to the life-changing circumstances that took over our world and way of life.

This is a year that you will be able to recall in your memory for the rest of your life. This is the year that it seems the world shut down and we took a completely different approach to how we handle daily life. In-person school was not allowed for a period of time. When we returned to school, the classrooms looked different. People were asked to practice social distancing and wear masks. There were no field trips. Some chose to continue learning on-line. The list goes on and on. This is all a result of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020.

Here is what I hope you remember about this time in history. Your teachers found a way to connect with you through google meet and classroom. They worked tirelessly to provide you with the tools you needed to keep on learning and growing academically and emotionally. You have a better understanding of the world around you and a deeper appreciation for those things we used to take for granted, like spending time with your friends, going to a movie or a restaurant, birthday parties, and family vacations. I hope you've been reminded that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted. Remember to hug your family members and “air hug” your friends. Always make an effort to show others kindness and compassion along your lifelong journey.

To my outstanding group of sixth-graders, you are an amazing group of children growing into what I believe an amazing group of adults. I know this year was difficult, but you persevered and most of all, I know you are headed for great things! I am proud of you.


Stacey Orest

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Student Computers and Library Books

All PVConnect and school issued computers must be returned to Desert Cove by Friday, May 21st at 3PM.

Library books should also be turned in prior to the close of the school year.

6th Grade Clap Out

All 6th grade parents are invited to attend the 6th grade clap out at the end of the day Thursday, May 20th. We will open the field for parents, guardians, etc., so you can celebrate and cheer as your 6th grade graduate enters the field!! Please be on the field no later than 11:35AM. The clap out will start for the 6th graders at 11:40AM sharp!

Combined Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, May 18th, 4:30pm

21001 North Tatum Boulevard

Phoenix, AZ

Boulder Creek, Campo Bello, Desert Cove & Sunset Canyon

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Message from Mr. Lawrence, Principal at Shea Middle

Phoenix Fine Arts Fest

The Phx Fine Arts Fest, planned by 4 NVAA seniors, begins today. Visit our website and IG account to check out all the virtual events and students submissions. Students from SMHS, Shea, and DCES have submitted some amazing work. Audience voting opens tomorrow on IG. Submissions with the most likes win audience favorite awards!

Check out each day's virtual live streaming event! Today is The Shea & Shadow Mountain Band Concert @ 6:30pm. Live streaming link in IG bio.

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Desert Cove's Mission

Mission statement: Desert Cove provides a collaborative culture that supports and celebrates student diversity, lifelong learning, and engagement in a global community.

Vision: To prepare and motivate students to achieve their personal best, to embrace learning, and build their emotional, social and physical well-being, enabling students to flourish as contributing and healthy citizens in our community.

Beliefs: Safe, Seen, Celebrated