Gecko Gazette

Desert Sage Elementary Newsletter - March 31, 2022

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五百次訪問! 祝賀! Congratulations! 500th visit!

AASA & AzSci Testing & Closed Campus Dates

Each year much time and vigilant planning is done when scheduling the AASA (Arizona’s Academic Standards Assessment) and the AzSCI (5th grade Science test) testing dates within the allotted assessment windows. We work diligently here at Desert Sage to ensure each student is fully prepared to be successful on all assessments. We value as much instructional time prior to testing as is possible. For the testing dates for AASA and AzSCI for each grade level click here.

Testing attendance matters, and we ask for your support. On-time attendance on the dates listed for your child’s grade level is imperative. Children assess with greater focus and less stress when surrounded by the comfort of their classmates and teacher. Please do not schedule any appointments or trips that will cause your child to be tardy or absent on their scheduled testing dates.

If you would like more information regarding AASA and AzSCI, you can visit This website will provide general resources and sample testing practice opportunities for your child.

Field Day was a hit!

Be prepared to show your I.D.

This is a friendly reminder that individuals visiting our office with the intent to pick-up a student are required to show photo identification. Without photo identification, students will not be released to the requesting adult. This procedure is in place to ensure the safety of our students. Please do not rely on the office staff "knowing" who you are and being able to vouch for your identity.

Thank you for your understanding and following of this safety procedure.

We are hiring!

Join the Gecko family as a staff member! Positions currently available:

Crossing Guards (2 hours/day)

Playground Monitor (2-2.5 hours/day)

Night Custodian (4 hours/day)

If you are interested in applying to join our team call the Desert Sage Secretary at 623-445-4704 or email at


Grade level teams are gearing up for end of the year assessments. This means targeted review and intervention instruction in reading, writing and math standards. Students receive this PLC planned small-group instruction during multiple opportunities throughout the day. Teachers are also working to determine the best lesson planning options for instruction in the remaining "new" learning for the year and reciprocal review to keep students' skills strong.

If you would like more information about PLCs, please visit our DVUSD PLC website.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Friday, 4/1: Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
  • 4/4-4/8: National Assistant Principal Week
  • Tuesday, 4/5: Student Council Meeting at 3:35 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 4/5: PTO Zoom meeting at 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 4/8: Dismissal at 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 4/15: No school, Spring Break Day

AZ School Tax Credit for Desert Sage

Your school tax credit donations can provide Desert Sage students with opportunities to after school and summer programs, field trips, music and athletic programs or any other extracurricular activity.

  • The Arizona tax credit program (A.R.S. 43-1089.01) allows a tax credit of up to $200 for individuals and up to $400 for married couples, filing jointly, in support of extracurricular activities.
  • The tax credit reduces your tax burden to the state of Arizona, dollar for dollar.
  • This year, AZ tax credit dollars can help us purchase needed capital items as well if donated to the general fund.

Desert Sage Elementary

We are an A school in the Deer Valley Unified District. We educate children pre-k through grade 6 & offer Mandarin Language Immersion. We are the home of the geckos. Kristy M. Gill is the proud principal and Dr. Heidi Hopman is the proud assistant principal.