Thunderbolt Times

January 2021

Welcome to Second Semester!

We hope that you had a safe and joyful holiday season, and wish you a Happy New Year with wonderful things to come. As you know, we are currently on "short term virtual for all" and look forward to the return of our students on Tuesday, January 19th. As a reminder, please be sure your student comes prepared for a successful school day by remembering to bring a fully charged Chromebook every day, a mask (and an extra in the backpack), refillable bottle for water, and any other needed supplies. We would like to thank parents, guardians, and students for their continued cooperation with our mitigation strategies on campus. Please click here for the most current parent update sent by the district.

Tech Assistance

If your student is having issues with Canvas, Zoom or any other tech related problem, you may call the front office so that we may help you troubleshoot. If it is determined that the only way to solve an issue is to "submit a ticket" , office staff will let you know. Click on this link to access the google form, "ticket" to alert our IT department of an issue that you need assistance with. Please be sure to fill out the form completely, and provide as much detail as possible so that they may fully understand the problem. The IT department may reach out to you, but if they do not email you back, please check back intermittently to see if the problem has been resolved. We ask for your patience, as the IT department receives many tickets and works as quickly as possible. The most important thing you can do after submitting this ticket, is to communicate with the teacher to let them know what is happening.


Canvas is the program used while virtual and in person at our school. Teachers regularly post updates, zoom links, and daily assignments for students to complete. If you would like access to see these assignments, you will need to become an "observer". Please click here for detailed instructions on how to do this.

Power School

Power School is the program parents, students, teachers and staff use to access student schedules, grades, attendance, and emergency contacts. It is also an easy way to email teachers. If you haven't done so, we highly encourage our parents to create a "Parent account" for easy access to these features. For assistance in creating an account, either stop by the office (with your ID) or call us at 602-467-6500 and we will walk you through how to set up your account.

Upcoming Events

Chipotle Fundraising Night

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 4-8pm

3009 West Agua Fria Freeway

Phoenix, AZ

Roll on up to Chipotle to grab a tasty dinner while supporting Desert Sky! We need at least $150.00 worth of sales to be able to benefit from this event, so show some love and RSVP to let us know you plan on coming to support us! You must mention that you are with Desert Sky when ordering. Please see below for the online ordering code if you wish to place a mobile order.

*RSVP is not mandatory*

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Important Dates

January 8- 90 min early release (1:30 pm)

January 12- DVUSD Governing Board Meeting (7 pm)

January 15- 90 min early release (1:30 pm)

January 18- Martin Luther King Day- No school

January 19- Return to in Person Learning & Volleyball and Spirit Line begin

January 21-Volunteer training (virtual-must sign up)

January 26- DVUSD Governing Board Meeting (7 pm)

January 27- Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8 pm

January 29- 90 min early release (1:30 pm)

February 5- 90 min early release (1:30 pm)

February 9- DVUSD Governing Board Meeting (7 pm)

February 12- 90 min early release (1:30 pm)

February 15- President's Day- No school

February 23- DVUSD Governing Board Meeting (7 pm)

February 25- Parent Teacher Conferences (virtual) & half day release (11:35 am)

February 26- Half day release (11:35 am)

**All DVUSD Governing Board Meetings begin at 7 pm and are being held virtually.

Please click here for the link to the Governing Board web page to view agendas, past meetings, and to view the live stream.

Volunteering at Desert Sky

All volunteering on campus is currently on hold, however we are still holding the mandatory volunteer training in a virtual format. The training is conducted via zoom, and led by our Parent Liaison/Volunteer Coordinator, Shannon Breault. Please click here for a link to her webpage. In order for a training to take place virtually, we ask to have at least three people in attendance. The next training has been moved from Wednesday, January 20th to Thursday , January 21st at 11:00. Please sign up no later than noon on January 19th.

Athletics Updates

Volleyball and Spirit Line begins on Tuesday, January 19th. For more information and details, please check out our Athletics home page.

Nurse's Corner

We are so grateful for our amazing Nurse Patty! She has been working tirelessly to help keep our students healthy and safe.

A few reminders:

  • Please keep your child home if they are sick. Click here for symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Please read the DVUSD COVID -19 reporting procedures. and testing sites.
  • DVUSD tracks all cases of reported COVID-19. Visit the dashboard to view the most recent numbers.
  • Please call our nurse if your child has had a COVID test and is waiting on results, the child or someone else in the household tests positive for COVID, or the child has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID.
  • Please pack an extra mask in your child's back pack in the event they forget to wear one to school, or it gets soiled or damaged.

Student Council

The last day to order a yearbook is April 1st. The cost is $30.00 and order forms can be found in the front office. Cash or check is accepted, we currently do not have an online order form.

Food and Nutrition Updates

We are excited to announce that free meals will continue for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. Please click here for the most recent curbside pickup schedule and the bus stop meal distribution locations and times.

Grads Photography

If your student missed school pictures this year, or is a student of DVOA with Desert Sky as their home school, there is one last opportunity to get their photo taken .Please click here to visit the Grads Photography website and choose K-11th grade school portraits for online students.

Thank you!

We would like to offer many thanks to following Business Partners, Parents, and Community Members for offering their services, donations, and new partnerships! Click on each photo for a link to their site.
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Mrs. Ann-Marie Champion- MSEd.- Guidance Department

I have worked in DVUSD for over two decades and love my job. I am a middle schooler at heart, so this grade level is my favorite. When I am not at work I am often outdoors working on my backyard farm. I look forward to the upcoming school year and getting to know my students and families better.

What is a fun fact about you?

I was in the first graduating class of students at DVHS.

What College or University did you attend?

I attended Prescott College and Phoenix College (after attending GCC).

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Cleveland Ohio and moved to Phoenix in 1979.

What hobby or activity do you enjoy?

I LOVE to garden. I am building a sustainable food forest in my backyard.

Ms. Mary Kaczmarowski- Social Studies Educator/ BS in Education

I am an Arizona native and have lived in the northwest valley all my life. I have seen so many changes come to this state is still amazes me that we are still growing, and growing, and growing.

Teaching is a second career for me as I spent the better part of 20 years in medical support services. It seems like yesterday but I have been with Deer Valley 17 years. I enjoy learning about our past. We need to know where we are coming from so that we can guide our own and make informed decisions.

Throughout my life I have felt the importance of those great 'memorable' teachers and how they shaped my life. I know the importance of a teacher to help students grow emotionally and academically. I have worked at Anthem Elementary with both 7th and 8th graders. I enjoy the continuation of my work here at Desert Sky.

What is a fun fact about you?

I have been to 37 states and I have 4 brothers and a sister. I guess that is fun? :-)

What College or University did you attend?

I went to University of Central Florida in Orlando, class of 2003. Moon Valley High School class of 1985.

Where did you grow up?

I was born at St. Joe's here in Phoenix in the late 60s when Phoenix was tiny. I currently live 1.2 miles from where I was born and grew up.

What hobby or activity do you enjoy?

I enjoy reading, being outdoors and going to the beach.

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact the front office at 602-467-6500.

It's A Great Day To Be A Thunderbolt!!