Viper Voice

Week 10 Recap

Bingo Night Next Week!

It was great to have so many of you on campus this week for conferences. We had a great start to second quarter and are enjoying the cooler temperatures of Arizona in October. We are excited to have our annual Bingo Night next week on Friday as its typically are biggest community event of the 1st semester. Be sure to see the details below and make sure to preorder your pizza in order to get a reserved spot. Our MPR will be packed full of parents, students, grandparents, and staff as we roll through 10 rounds of Bingo with our final round prize of an XBOX Series X Console donated by Neal Stafford!


As we head into another 3 day weekend, we want to remind everyone that all of DVUSD is on Fall Break Monday, and next Friday is an early release of 2:00 pm.

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 Raelynne, Kileigh, Siheon, Olivia, Elsa, Grant, Luke, Eden, Makenzie,

Cody, Amelia, Michelle, Parthiv, Parker, Hudson, and Becca.

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Scholastic Book Fair Ends on Tuesday

Our Scholastic book fair continues through Tuesday, Oct. 11th. Parents and SV students are welcome each day between 8:10 AM to 4:00 PM. 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

PTSO Update

Thanks for a great turnout at our General Meeting on Tuesday. As a reminder, our PTSO meetings are open to the public


Bingo Night is next week! Be sure to preorder your pizza and get in at 5:30 to get a seat before general admission opens at 6:00 pm. You can preorder your pizza on our website and we will have it ready for you upon arrival.

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Volunteer of the Week ~Timeri McCloud~

Timeri has been volunteering at Sierra Verde since 2017. She has helped out in the classrooms for both of her boys since then- she has Keaton in 5th grade and Sutter in 3rd grade. Timeri has volunteered at multiple book fairs and has been a homeroom parent several times. Not only is Timeri a volunteer at the school but she works at SV too in the cafeteria. When she is not at SV, Timeri enjoys music, reading, hiking, biking and puzzles. She loves to travel with her family too. Thank you for all that you do at SV, Timeri! We appreciate you!

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Donor's Choose

Thanks to your support, the PTSO was able to fund all Donors Choose projects on Tuesday- that’s $6,868 worth of teachers projects! We are so excited to see all of the equipment in their classrooms helping out our students! Remember- attending restaurant nights, BINGO and becoming a PTSO member all help raise these funds that go back to our teachers and students.


Below you will see the learning locks for kindergarten literacy stations that were funding thanks to Donor's Choose. Thanks to PTSO and all our parents for helping provide these resources for our Vipers!

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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.

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

Tuesday 10/11 4:30 pm

Baseball Home vs. Terramar

Softball Away @ Terramar


Wednesday 10/13 4:30 pm

Baseball Home vs. Diamond Canyon

Softball Away @ Diamond Canyon

Yearbook Cover Contest

Ms. Mayfield has launched our annual SV Student Cover Contest to design the front and back of our 22-23 yearbook. Check out the details below.
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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 (Tuesday) Challenge of the Week

Good manners cost nothing. But while these gifts are free to give, the simple offerings of being polite and kind - like saying please and thank you, listening carefully, and making eye contact with people - can bring huge benefits to ourselves and those around us. They can help us appear more confident, maintain more fulfilling personal relationships, and generally enjoying happier and healthier lives. By practicing good manners, we are showing those around us that we respect them and are considerate to their feelings. This makes them feel better, and us too.


Challenge of the Week: Be mindful this week of the things that other people do for you throughout each day, both at school and home, and make an effort to say "please" and "thank you".

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
  • Monday is Fall Break, No School on 10/10
  • Tuesday 10/11 is the last day to order books at the Book Fair
  • Picture Retakes (or those new to SV since September) are next Friday 10/14
  • Friday is Bingo Night in the MPR!

Update from the City of Glendale

Currently scheduled to take place beginning Monday, Oct. 10, for approximately 1-2 weeks, crews will remove the discharge pipe, used for well testing, which is currently in place from the well running along Rose Garden Lane to a nearby manhole in the 75th Ave. and Rose Garden Ln. intersection. During the removal process, the 75th Ave./Rose Garden Ln. intersection will remain open for travel; however, traffic restrictions will be in place during daytime hours to shift traffic away from the work zone.

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 3 Day Weekend!

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