Hawk's Eye View - Parent Edition
December 16, 2021
Vision, Mission, Core Values, Collective Committments
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.
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
DVUSD is aware of a troubling post that has been shared widely this week on the social
media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA,
even elementary,” on Friday, December 17. The post appears to be part of a national TikTok
trend and did not originate in our school district. We have heard reports from other districts that
the same post is circulating in their schools. Nothing in the post indicates that any DVUSD
schools are targeted. We have spoken with local law enforcement, who feel the information is
This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that
refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal
of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. We ask our families to monitor their
children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online. If you or your
child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please
notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.
DVUSD Announced Dr. Schwarting as the Principal of the New Elementary #32
It was with a bittersweet feeling that I accepted this new journey, as I have loved every minute of my six years as principal of Desert Mountain. Our community has a very special culture and I'm going to greatly miss our staff, students, and families.
The district is currently in the process of selecting the new principal for Desert Mountain School. Again, I will finish the 21-22 school year here and the new principal will start at the beginning of the new 22-23 school year.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 623-445-3521. Have a wonderful holiday break!
New Quarantine Update
Here is a quick summarization of changes to our quarantine policy starting January 4, 2022:
- K-6/K-8/MS Parent Communication - Parents will be notified when their child(ren) has been identified as a close contact. Parents have the option to have their child quarantine or they can continue sending child(ren) to school provided they have no symptoms.
- Parents of those believed to be close contacts should have no expectation for the exact timing of notification. School notification to families of students who are believed to be close contacts may occur during the school day or after school. Schools may use Blackboard messenger (email and/or robocall/text features) to contact families. DVUSD schools aim to notify students and students' parents/guardians if the student is identified as being a close contact within 24 hours of confirming such information.
DVUSD Offers Covid-19 Testing
Please Help Support our HAWK Store and Cart!
Our second quarter is off to a great start! We are continuing to work on supporting students with positive behavior through our PBIS and All Things EQ. Our “kindness campaign” is very successful and we at Desert Mountain would like to see it continue. Students are able to earn HAWK (Honorable, Accountable, Willing, Kind) bucks for positive behavior. We are asking for donations for our HAWK store. Desert Mountain students love being able to earn HAWK bucks and spend it at the store. Many of our item purchases are from Amazon, Oriental Trading, Dollar store or something similar. If you would like to donate items or money, please contact Patti Atchley at email@example.com or 623-445-3504. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Important COVID-19 District Communication
Please be aware of the following district procedures, information, and updates regarding COVID-19.