Diamond Canyon Coyote Chronicle

Volume 1: Communication for our wonderful Coyote Families

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NO SCHOOL Sept 6th or 7th, Labor Day Break

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Professional Learning Communities (PLC's):

Most Fridays, students will be released early so that our teachers are able to participate in PLC work. This work is directly related to the planning, instruction and interventions we implement in classrooms to ensure that students master grade level standards.

Role of PLC

A professional learning community is a group of educators that meet regularly and work collaboratively to improve teaching practices and the achievement of students. The questions that drive the work of PLC’s are:

● What do we want all students to know and be able to do?

● How will we know if they learn it?

● How will we respond if some students do not learn?

● How will we extend the learning for students who are already proficient?

PLC Teams are responsible for collaborating to establish general consistency among the following:

● Assignments, presentations, products, observations and assessments used to determine a student's level of performance in relation to grade-level standards.

● The method and schedule for additional learning opportunities.

● Due dates, deadlines, and procedures for reassessment.

● Create opportunities for common scoring of assessments.

1st Semester PLC dates, Early Release 2:00pm

September 3 September 17

September 24 October 1

October 8 October 29

November 5 November 19
December 3 December 10

Constitution Day Celebration

DC will have our Constitution Day Celebration LIVE on our DC Facebook page on Friday, September 17th. We will begin at 9:00am, it will last approximately 20 minutes. DC 7/8 grade choir and 2nd graders will be performing! Be sure you are on the Diamond Canyon School Facebook page and not the DC PTA or DC Parents page.
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Cafeteria News

In addition to free meals being provided for the 21-22 school year, students may purchase snacks, drinks and/or a second entrée. We have baked chips, whole grain assorted cookies and crackers, fruit snacks, milk, water bottles, juice boxes and more. The prices range from $.40 to $2.50. We accept cash or check in the cafeteria or you can pay in advance online @ www.EZSchoolPay.com. They offer a useful feature to advise you when your child’s balance is low and there is no charge to sign up. There is however a $2.00 fee when adding money to your child’s account.

Parents you now have the option of ordering a Birthday Party Bucket from the cafeteria!

In an effort to make celebrating your child's birthday at school easier, our cafeteria now offers a Birthday Party Bucket. The Birthday Party Bucket provides healthier snacks for students and simplifies the process of birthdays!

The box will be delivered to your student's class at a designated time making it super convenient for your child's teacher and you.

All items are Smart Snack compliant. No substitutions at this time.

Birthday Buckets do require at least two weeks lead time.

Click here for further details. Contact Cafeteria Manager Terri.Jones@dvusd.org or at 623-445-8014 for questions and availability.

Forgotten Item Policy

In an effort to reduce interruptions to instructional time, as well as promote responsibility and accountability, Diamond Canyon will only allow glasses, medically required items, water bottles and lunches to be dropped off for students.

Forgotten homework assignments, backpacks, PE uniforms, projects, and musical instruments will not be accepted or held for students.

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

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K-6 5-Day Specials Schedule

This year we are using a 5-Day specials schedule to ensure our students do not miss out on certain specials classes due to the way Holidays fall during the year. Below is the color coded calendar.
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Middle School Athletics


Volleyball HOME games:

Tuesday, Aug 24- NC @DC

Tuesday, Aug 31- GP @ DC

Tuesday, Sept 14- SR @ DC

Thursday, Sept 16- WW @ DC

Thursday, Sept 30- SH @ DC

Tuesday, Oct 5- SF @ DC

Volleyball AWAY games:

Thursday, Sept 2- @ Stetson Hills

Thursday, Sept 9- @ Sonoran Foothills

Tuesday, Sept 21- @ Norterra Canyon

Tuesday, Sept 28- @ Gavilan Peak

Thursday, Oct 7- @ Sunset Ridge

Thursday, Oct 14- @ West Wing

Cross Country 5-8 grades

Thursday, Sept 2- @ BCHS

Wednesday, Sept 15- @ Anthem Park

Wednesday, Sept 22- @ Gavilan Peak

Wednesday, Sept 29- @ Stetson Hills

Wednesday, Oct 6 @ Diamond Canyon

Saturday, Oct 30- Championships @BCHS

Good Luck To Our Athletes

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All Things EQ

"All Things EQ teaches practical ways to create a learning community where everyone is actively engaged in respecting and supporting one another, so that as human beings, everyone feels valued."

Weekly Mottos for quarter 1:

Week 1: Motto - My day depends on me!

Week 2: Motto - Are my thoughts helping or hurting me?

Week 3: Motto - I am always communicating through my body language!

Week 4: Motto - I show up positively for myself and the people around me.

Week 5: Motto – I’m kind to the people I’m with right now!

Week 6: Motto - I am willing to introduce myself and get to know new people.

Week 7: Motto – I don’t trade what I want most for what I want now.

Week 8: Motto - I am a productive team member.

Week 9: Motto – I don’t brag because I am happy with myself.

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Device Protection Plan

DVUSD will be offering an Optional Device Protection Plan for families of 4th-8th graders utilizing take-home devices. Enrollment in the plan is optional with the understanding that if students/parents do not enroll in the protection plan they may carry full liability for the student device (iPad or Chromebook) in the same way they do for other damaged or lost school property, such as textbooks.

The fee for this protection is $25 per child/per school year.

Parents can purchase the protection plan online at https://url.dvusd.org/PaymentPortal. Instructions for using the payment portal can be found here. .

For students who damage or lose their district technology device, the deductible can be debited to the student's account in In-Touch and the parent can pay the fee online.

Credit Card Payments

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