Desert Canyon Elementary School Home Page
Phone: 480-484-1700
Absent Line: Press 1,3
Fax: 480-484-4601
Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm
School Hours: 8:45am - 3:15pm
Desert Canyon Elementary
10203 E. McDowell Mtn. Ranch Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255   
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Dale Link, Principal
Gary Achziger, Assistant Principal
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District Announcements
SUSD to Host PBIS Film Festival

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



Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's April Letter
This is a busy time of year for all at Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), and it’s hard to believe that we only have eight weeks left in the school year. We still have a lot of work ahead of us. As I write this, we are in the middle of AIMS testing. Our teachers have done a great job and our students are well prepared! During this school year, we have had many student and staff accomplishments of which we are extremely proud. See April Letter
DCES CUB NEWS!

Band and strings will be offered to 5TH grade students at middle school campuses for the 2014-2015 school year.  Band and strings classes will be scheduled during the first hour of the day at all middle schools (the hour before school begins at elementary schools).  Students who enroll in band or strings will attend class at the middle school in their elementary school’s feeder pattern.  Parents will have the option of dropping their child off at the middle school or having them ride the middle school bus to school. At the end of the period DCES students will walk over to the elementary school and proceed with their day. (For other elementary campuses a bus will be provided to transport students from their middle school back to their elementary school)


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 preferred the early release Wednesday to a shortened schedule (9 am- 3:10 pm) 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 to help absorb the reduction of the M & O override.  Next year the early release time will be at 1:00pm. 

 

The K-5 elementary school schedule for 2014-2015 school year protects the integrity of instructional time for Language Arts, math, science, and social studies while at the same time accounting for the impact of lost teacher planning time through the reduction of elementary specials. 


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 liztyndorf@yahoo.com


April 8, 2014--------Desert Canyon Elementary School families,

 

DCES has been a busy place since our last letter. Teachers have been engaging students in rigorous lessons and activities as well as many exciting extra-curricular events. Thank you to our students and teachers for their entusiasm and persevereance in preparing for the AIMS or Stanford 10. Students in grades 2-5 will be finishing their state testing by the end of this week.  Click here to keep reading.



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.



AIMS & Stanford 10 Testing 
        

During the week of April 7-10, students (grade 3-5) at DCES will be taking the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS). On April 8-10, Grade 2 students will be taking the Stanford 10 tests.

DCES WILL BE A CLOSED CAMPUS APRIL 7-10. WE WILL NOT HAVE PARENT VOLUNTEERS ON CAMPUS DURING THE MORNING HOURS OF TESTING.

Here are just a few tips to help your child when it comes to taking tests:

  • Make sure that your child arrives at school on time. Late students will not be allowed to enter a classroom after a test has started.
  • Encourage your child to listen carefully to all test-taking directions given by the teacher and to ask questions about any directions that are unclear.  
  • See that your child gets the proper amount of sleep before the tests and is well-rested. 
  •  Make sure that your child eats a nutritious breakfast on the day of the test. Hunger can detract from a good test performance. Students may bring water bottles to school as well. Thank you for encouraging your child to do his or her best!

April 7 AIMS Writing for Grade 5
April 7 AIMS Science for Grade 4
April 7-10 AIMS Reading and Math for Grades 3-5

April 8-10 Stanford 10 Reading, Math and Language Arts for Grade 2
April 14-18 AIMS Make-up Testing


Fine Arts Festival

DCES Fine Arts Festival 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

5-6:30 pm

 

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
and the
PTO hosted Scholastic Book Fair concludes at 7:00pm.


HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART 

WOW……. What a fabulous job our students and families have done to support our school event and the American Heart Association.  It was such a fun way to help others and we thank our DCES community for the $18,498 that was raised for the American Heart Association.

  

Students: The jump rope for heart prizes have arrived and will be given to you during your PE class.

 

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Young @ tyoung@susd.org




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
480-484-1700
jdevlin@susd.org

 


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