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On April 11, 2014 the Governing Board voted unanimously to adopt a modified schedule for K-5 elementary schools that includes a Wednesday early release. This decision was made after the following data was provided to the Board:
- 15 out of 19 elementary school principals prefer the early release Wednesday to a shortened schedule (9 a.m.- 3:10 p.m.) every day.
- With a 60% response rate of all elementary teachers in K-5 schools, 71% (263) of teachers prefer the early release Wednesday option.
- Of the 74 parent group leaders who responded, 44% prefer the early release Wednesday option while 56% prefer the shortened day option.
This decision is to accommodate the loss of half of the specials (art, music, PE) in elementary schools due to the reduction of the M & O override. Next year, the early release time will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Read Full Update
The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will host a Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) Film Festival from 5-7 p.m. on April 30 at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave. Scottsdale 85257. See PBIS Film Festival
SUSD will continue to offer exceptional, outstanding and FREE ALL DAY Kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year. If you or someone you know will be enrolling a new student (K-5) for next year, please visit SUSD Centralized Enrollment
We look forward to welcoming our new DCES students this August.
NOT RETURNING TO DCES?
As the year comes to a close, we will be losing some of our DCES families. If you are certain your child(ren) WILL NOT be returning to DCES for the 2014-15 school year, or if your 5th grader WILL NOT be going on to Desert Canyon MIDDLE School in the 2014-15 year, please contact Catherine Langston at 480.484.1703.
Scottsdale Charros and SUSD Announce the 2014 Outstanding Students and Educators.
Way to go Mrs. Suderman on your selection of DCES Charros Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to all Charros Teachers in the Scottsdale Unified School District as well as the DCES Charros teachers nominated throughout the years.
Past DCES Charros Teachers of the Year:
|1999||Jeanne Rotner||2007||Holly Hooley|
|2000||Lisa Armstrong||2008||Terri Young|
|2001||Tammy Wilkening||2009||Diane Knudsen|
|2002||Jean Spanko||2010||Jenni Torres|
|2003||Sarah Buaer||2011||Becky Ruelas|
|2004||Tammy Andreas||2012||Callie Matas|
|2005||Heather Robinson||2013||Laura Victor|
|2006||Cathy Rakers||2014||Rene Suderman|
This program was established to provide a healthy alternative to celebrate your child’s birthday at DCES and add books to our school library.
Download the BBC form and your child will participate on their designated celebration date. When you have completed the form, return it with your donation to your child’s teacher. Checks should be made out to Desert Canyon PTO with the memo noted to Birthday Book Club (BBC).
May, June and July birthdays - MAY 2
If you have any questions about the BBC or are interested in volunteering, please contact Liz Tyndorf at firstname.lastname@example.org
DCES Fine Arts Festival
Thursday, May 1, 2014
After months of classroom learning centered on the arts please join DCES students as we celebrate their many visual and musical achievements at this year’s Festival of the Arts.
Please join Mrs. Allende in the elementary cafeteria from 5:00-6:30 pm and view the beautiful pieces of art created by each and every one of our DCES students.
Mrs. Gnagi, Mrs. Suderman and Dr. Wevursky will showcase the musical talent of DCES students with performances by
4th & 5th Grade Band - 5:00 - 5:30 pm - Elementary Amphitheater
4th & 5th Grade Strings - 5:30 - 6:00 pm - Middle School Stage
5th Grade Choir - 6:00 - 6:30 pm - West of the J building
The Fine Arts Festival will conclude at 6:30 pm
PTO hosted Scholastic Book Fair concludes at 7:00pm.
If your child will be absent for any reason, please call the Desert Canyon Attendance Line (480-484-1700 press 3) before 9:30 am. Your call will be recorded. Please give your child's name, the name of the child's teacher, and the reason for the absence (i.e. illness or personal). To ensure each child's safety, if we do not hear from you, we will call to check on absences.
DCES campus tours are available, by appointment, Wednesday's at 9:45 am. Please call or email to confirm your tour with
Janet Devlin at