Phoenix Facts

Don Tyson School of Innovation - September 1, 2020

Phoenix Fly First Week Back!

The unconventional school year of 2020-21 began last week and was a demonstration of the resiliency of our Phoenix Family. DTSOI Phoenix flew through the first week adhering to COVID-19 safety practices like pros--we are so proud of everyone's combined effort and cooperation to keep our campus a safe place to learn!

The first few days focused on instruction for the new procedures needed for this school year. All students participated in lessons and activities learning about proper mask etiquette, procedures for cafeterias, restrooms, hallways, and zones to promote social distancing. Student IDs, Chromebooks, and masks purchased by the District were distributed.

We are also arming our students with the tools they need if for some reason they must learn from home. Students learned about expectations for students, as well as teachers, and given a mainstay of tools that would be used if, at any time, off campus learning is required.

By all of us working together, we will have the safest, most accessible, engaging learning opportunities possible at Don Tyson School of Innovation!

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Virtual Innovation Academy

The Virtual Innovation Academy (VIA) at Don Tyson School of Innovation now has a direct phone line. See below for contact information and a direct link to the VIA website.

All Things Virtual

Our kindergarten through fifth-grade students are working on lessons through Seesaw and Google Classroom with the support of their amazing teachers. Sixth through twelfth-grade students should have their courses through Edgenuity and Schoology.

Kindergarten through fifth grade Meet the Teacher and Take Flight Bag pickup will be the week of September 21st, see details below. We will post times and locations next week and teachers will email the learning coaches as well. We can wait to see all of our students!

Thank you for being patient as we get this year rolling for our virtual students. We are looking forward to a great year.

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Helpful Information

Shuttle Busses & Class Schedule

All car rider drop-off/pick-up: Take the newly open far south entrance and follow the drive around the school.
  • 9th-12th grades drop-off/pick-up at the front EAST entrance doors.
  • 6th-8th drive further and take the left fork to drop-off/pick-up in front of the cafeteria.
  • **Note: If you have a 6th-8th grader and an older student, your older student should walk to the 6th-8th grade pick up area to join the younger student.
Early Checkouts/Late Arrivals:

  • 6th-8th grades use the WEST side office facing Hylton Rd.
  • 9th-12th use the EAST (NEW) building office.
  • If you have students across both grade bands, you may drop/check out at either office.

Doors open at 7:30AM.

  • Students go to their designated cafeteria, designated common areas, or first block class.

Covid-19 Response Update

In an effort to be very transparent, timely, and accurate with our staff and community, the Springdale School District has a Covid-19 Response website dedicated to keeping families and the community informed. The website is The website has information and links for reporting.

  • Family Self-Reporting

  • Process of Notification

  • Covid-19 Q&A

  • Daily Covid-19 case numbers for the district

Don Tyson School of Innovation will always notify you by email if we have positive cases in our building.

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Schoology Parent Codes will be sent home with Face-to-Face and Blended students this week during CCR classes. Be sure to ask your student for these so that you can sign up for a parent account. This allows you to receive school updates, check on your student's grades, and see all that is going on in their courses.

Social Studies Tolerance Boot Camp

Our 6-12th grade students will be participating in Tolerance Boot Camp the first few weeks of school. This program was designed by the DTSOI social studies team to teach students to deal with the sensitive issues surrounding all of humankind. It is meant to teach students HOW to think, NOT what to think or persuade or influence beliefs in any way. The lessons are to provide students the tools to handle difficult situations with respect and empathy for others, even when opinions differ.

Congratulations to our Award Winning Teachers!

Dr. Marian Hendrickson, Social Studies

Arkansas Daughters of the American Revolution Teacher of the Year

Lori Hanlon, new Assistant Choir Director

Ozark Junior High Teacher of the Year

John Vinzant, new Assistant Band Director

2020 Recipient of the Ray & Ruth Brandon Memorial Scholarship

We are PROUD you are part of our #PhoenixFam!

Administrative Team Assignments for 2020-2021