Hawk's Eye View - Parent Edition

May 5, 2020

Vision, Mission, Core Values, Collective Committments

Vision: Advancing future-ready students: Adaptive/Motivated/Engaged

Mission: As a community, we will ensure all students achieve academic success and develop social skills needed to care, connect, and collaborate throughout their lives.

Core Values:
Teamwork: We achieve more collectively than individually

Integrity: We are honest and ethical

Growth: We believe that everyone can grow academically and socially through perseverance and focus

Student Registration

Just a reminder, we are accepting new student registrations for all grade levels during the school closure. Please visit the Register for School page under the School Information tab, on the District website.

Personal Item Update Coming

Many families are asking when they can retrieve their child's personal items from school and drop of library books. The district is currently working on developing a safe process. I will let you know as soon as this is communicated to the administrators. Thank you for your patience!

8th Grade Promotion

As you may have heard from the weekly district communication, a traditional in-person 8th grade promotion ceremony for Desert Mountain students will not be possible. Although our 8th grade promotion ceremony may not be the same as in year’s past, we are committed to making it meaningful, appropriate, and memorable. To commemorate the event, we will be recording a special video to honor our 8th graders and celebrate their transition to high school. Each student will receive a link to the video presentation which can be shared with friends and family. In addition, 8th grade students will receive their program and personalized promotion certificate at a future date.

The Andy Hull Award

Last year, Desert Mountain established the Andy Hull Award, named after student athlete, Andy Hull. While Andy attended Desert Mountain, he played two years for our school's baseball team. After leaving Desert Mountain, he continued to play baseball at Sandra Day O’Connor where he was their star pitcher. Andy was a fantastic and memorable human being. His nickname was Sunshine because he always seemed to brighten everyone’s day. Unfortunately, we lost Andy much too soon; he is missed! Andy had a big impact on everyone he met. To honor his memory, we recognize the athletic team with the highest G.P.A during their season.

We are so proud to announce that this year all middle school athletic teams had at least a 3.27 G.P.A. Congratulations, student athletes. Although all teams did incredibly well, this year’s recipients are Girls’ Volleyball. They had an average G.P.A of 3.90, with ten of them having a 4.0. This is an amazing accomplishment. The Girls’ Vollleyball Team were also the Division 1A Runner-Ups. Congratulations to the following female volleyball players: Sydney Poston, Emilee Thomas Baker, Ava Harding, Alexis Brown, Kylie Akey, Sierra Mailo, Jazzmyn Stacy, Angelica Kramer, Elizabeth Cunningham, Kyleigha Ongstad, Victoria Broderick and Addison France. Also, congratulations to Coaches LaPorte and Booth.

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Thank You, 8th Grade Athletes! - A word from Coach Booth

Although all of our athletes have had an outstanding year, we would like to give a special thank you to our 8th grade athletes for everything you have done to represent Desert Mountain. You led by example and demonstrated excellence on the court and field as well as in the classroom. This year’s promoting class has done an outstanding job throughout middle school, earning banners in Softball and Girls’ Volleyball, while continuing to excel in the classroom. You have represented Desert Mountain with class. I have no doubt you will continue your success throughout your high school career in both athletics and academics.

To our spring sport athletes, although your season ended all too soon, you handled it with maturity and grace. I’m proud of how you have navigated this difficult situation. You deserve recognition for your hard work and sportsman-like attitude.

Please enjoy this slide show recognizing and honoring our 8th grade baseball and softball athletes. All of you have made me proud to be a part of your journey as Athletic Coordinator at Desert Mountain.

Good Luck in high school!!

DVUSD Presents Supports for Parenting in the Pandemic

Deer Valley Unified School District is offering several social-emotional webinars that address parenting in the pandemic. Click on the SCHEDULE link for more information. Some of the topics include:

Raising Successful People - May 5, 2020 7 p.m.

Under Pressure: The Care and Keeping of Your Family During COVID-19 And Beyond - May 7, 2020 7 p.m.

Coping with Covid: Positive Parenting Practices for Managing Screen Time and Remote Learning Challenges for Middle School Students (Grades 6-8) May 21, 2020 7 p.m.

Coping with Covid: Positive Parenting Practices for Managing Screen Time and Remote Learning Challenges for High Schools Students (Grades 9-12) - May 14, 2020 7 p.m.

Raising Resilient Kids Date TBD 7 p.m.


Morning Announcements

Don't forget to visit the Desert Mountain website for Tuesday and Thursday morning announcements. You can find the link in the Blackhawk News section.

Daily Digital Story Time

Don't forget to visit the Desert Mountain School Website for daily digital story time with a Blackhawk staff guest reader. The link to the video will be updated daily and can be located in the "From Our Principal" Section.

Nurse Support

Please email Nurse Lisa at lisa.martin@dvusd.org to schedule individual virtual appointments between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

All Things E.Q.

Desert Mountain School partners with All Things E.Q. to help offer social emotional learning and support. Dr. Schwarting and Dr. Craig will be visiting our All Things E.Q. Motto during the morning announcements. You can also sign up to receive the Parent emails that contain videos and resources, as well as a discussion regarding the weekly motto.

To sign up, simply follow the link below:


Meal Distribution

Due to the school shutdown for Coronavirus (COVID-19), Deer Valley Unified School District will provide meals to ALL children 18 and under at various locations in our district even though schools are closed.- Click Here or visit www.dvusd.org/food