Thunderbolt Times

October 2020

Welcome back to in-person learning!

The teachers and staff are so excited to have our students back on campus. Seventh grade began on September 29th and eighth grade returned on October 5th. Below you will find links to the bell schedule and campus map. As your students adjust to being back in the classroom and around their peers, please remember to be mindful of the mitigation strategies put in place to keep our community healthy. As you walk the campus you will note many changes made to how we do things. Your cooperation with new guidelines is very much appreciated. Below are photos of some of the changes we have made on our campus.

Nurse's Corner

Just a reminder that if your child is feeling sick, please keep them home. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nurse Patty at Patty.Bowlus@dvusd.org or call the main office at 602-467-6500

Important Dates

October 9th 90 Minute Early Release

October 12-13 Fall Break Days-No School

October 14th Governing Board Meeting 7pm

October 22-23 K-12 Parent/Teacher Conference Days- Half Day 11:35 Release

October 29th School Picture Day

October 30th School Picture Day- 90 Minute Early Release


November 6th 90 Minute Early Release

November 10th Governing Board Meeting 7pm

November 11th Veterans Day-No School

November 20th 90 Minute Early Release

November 23-27 Thanksgiving recess- No School

School Picture Day Is Coming!

School pictures will be done over two days, and will take place while students are in their Social Studies classes. The schedule will be as follows:


Students with SS periods 2,4,6 October 29th

Students with SS periods 1,3,5 October 30th


Watch for communication coming soon regarding how to order

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Did you know Desert Sky participates in the Box Tops for Education Program? There are three ways to submit box tops :


1) Some items have them on the packages that can be cut off and submitted to our Parent Liaison in the front office.


2) Box Tops mobile application. Go to the app store on your phone and search "Box Tops for Education", download the app and follow instructions. Don't forget to choose Desert Sky Middle School in Glendale. This app allows for scanning of your grocery store receipt to search for items that contain box tops.


3) Submit your digital receipt via email. Open up the store app that you shopped online with , locate your digital receipt, and share it to email. Send the email to receipts@boxtops4education.com. They will process your receipt and send an email to you to let you know if you had any qualifying purchases. Be sure to send the email using the email address you signed up with.


Box tops will be credited to your school to help us earn money for much needed supplies. If you would prefer, just send in your grocery store receipts with your students and they can drop them by the front office and our Parent Liaison will scan them in for you. With hundreds of families at Desert Sky, we have the opportunity to earn A LOT of money for our school.


To sign up, click the title above.

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Fry's continues to partner with Desert Sky with their community rewards program.


When you sign up for this program, every time you shop at Fry’s and use your Fry's rewards card or phone number, a portion of the purchase is given back to us on a quarterly basis.


To sign up, click the title above.

Athletics Updates

We are happy to announce that athletics at Desert Sky will resume in January.


What can you do in the meantime to prepare? All athletes need to:


1) Get a Physical

2) Click on the link below to register, and complete all the steps.

3) Keep those grades up or improve them! All of our athletes must maintain passing grades in all classes. Students with grades lower than a D will not be eligible to participate.

4) Complete all of the above and you will be ready to try out and participate for all sports! If you have any athletics related questions, please email our co-coordinators Michael Day and Eric Axelrod at:

Michael.Day@dvusd.org

Eric.Axelrod@dvusd.org

Our food service staff are having a little too much fun getting ready to welcome back students!


In Partnership with the USDA, DVUSD is proud to announce that we will be offering free lunch to all students 18 and under, regardless of enrollment status. This program is up and running, and parents will no longer need to provide the student ID. This program is offered through the end of December. Please keep watch for parent communications, as distribution sites and times may be changing.


In preparation for the free lunch program ending in December, please click on the link provided to apply for free/reduced lunch if you qualify.


To add money to your students lunch account, please click on the link below and create an EZ School Pay account or your student may bring in a check to give to the cashier in the cafeteria.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conference day at Desert Sky is Thursday October 22nd. Conferences will take place virtually this year. Please watch for an email with details on how to sign up.

Bolt Closet

Free gently used clothing, shoes, hoodies, dresses, accessories, and personal care items for youth and adults. Visiting the closet is confidential. This is open to all of the community.

Please call to make an appointment with Shannon Breault, Parent Liaison at 602-467-6508.

Please note, due to campus restrictions put in place, appointments are not available at this time. Please call to express your interest so that we can make a future appointment and chat about your specific needs.

Volunteering at Desert Sky

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at Desert Sky? If so, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Shannon Breault at shannon.breault@dvusd.org or call 602-467-6508. Please visit our website by clicking the button below to view to the volunteer training schedule. This is a one time training that is consistent across all DVUSD schools. Please call the school where the training is being held to sign up.

Community and Business Partnerships

At Desert Sky we work with various community groups and local businesses to create a mutually beneficial partnership. In this newsletter we would like to take a moment to thank some of our partners!


Do you own a business and are interested in partnering with our school? Please contact our Parent Liaison, Shannon Breault at shannon.breault@dvusd.org or call 602-467-6508 to discuss what we can do to showcase your business!

Park City Vacation Rentals

Thank you to owner Jim Bizily for his generous donation for 650 reusable water bottles for our students.

Sedona.org

Jim Biziliy's local vacation rental company

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Thank you for the tasty treats you brought in for our staff! So yummy!

Educator Spotlight

In each issue we spotlight two of our amazing educators or staff members so that you may get to know them a little better.


Ms. Fleckenstein- 8th Grade ELA

I received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the iTeach Program from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. I am certified to teach K-8, and specifically certified to teach Language Arts to grades 6-8. I come from a very tight-knit, large, and loud Sicilian family. When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family, painting, or going on a day trip. I have two dogs, Charlie and Coco.


What is a fun fact about you?

I grew up with all of my 16 cousins and we all lived 1 mile away from one another.


What College or University did you attend?

I attended Arizona State University.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Texas and moved to Arizona when I was 8 years old.


What is a hobby that you have or an activity that you enjoy?

I enjoy exercising and spending time with my family.

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Mr. Flint- 7th Grade Social Studies

I am starting my 17th year at Desert Sky Middle School and so excited to begin this school year with your student. I have taught at Deer Valley High School, Special Education classes, and now Middle School. I love working with this age group- they are so curious and eager to learn new things.

I have a beautiful wife ( Dawn ) and four awesome children- Jerry 30, Darren 29, Blake 22, and Jared 20. We love to vacation on the beach, travel to historic destinations, and love seeing my boy's play baseball- two of them play college ball.

I am a basketball and baseball coach here at Sky.



What is a fun fact about you?

I am one of seven children- #6 - lots of fun & action - bless my parents.


What College or University did you attend?

I Graduated from Ottawa University with my degree in U.S. History, Economics, and Government.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the northeast- Albany , New York- The capital- great place to grow up- suburbs, big yards, and played outside all the time.


What is a hobby that you have or an activity that you enjoy?

My hobbies are spending time on the shore with family & friends, traveling to watch my boy's play college baseball with their teams, golfing by the red rocks, and " of course " love to coach youth baseball at the club level as well coaching here at Desert Sky for 15 plus years now.

Questions?

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us at 602-467-6500

It's a Great Day to Be a Thunderbolt!!!!!