Desert Sky Middle School's mission is to provide:

  • a safe and positive learning environment
  • high standards for academic and behavioral excellence
  • trusting and respectful relationships
  • varied learning opportunities

9850 E Rankin Loop - Tucson, AZ 85747

School Hours: 8:00-2:55

Office Hours: 7:30-3:30

Phone: (520) 879-2700

Fax: (520) 879-2701

Safe Schools Hotline: (520) 879-1111


Congratulations to Mrs. Hernandez, Inclusion Specialist and Mrs. Wactor (“Miss Denise”) one of our outstanding campus monitors.  Mrs. Hernandez was voted Teacher of the Year and “Miss Denise” won Support Staff of the Year!  We are very lucky to have these individuals working here at Desert Sky!  Make sure to give them your congratulations!

Our volunteers enjoyed the Vail Pride Day Volunteer Luncheon at the fairgrounds where we proudly presented the Volunteer Ambassador of the Year for Desert Sky to Aimee Hill. If you see her on campus or elsewhere, be sure and tell her congrats!

Andrada and Vail High School’s Freshman Lottery

Andrada High School will be holding their lottery for incoming freshmen tomorrow (2/17) @ 5:30pm.  Anyone is welcome to attend to see the results.

Additionally, Vail Academy and High School will be holding their lottery for incoming students tomorrow (2/17) @ 4:00pm.

Please contact both schools directly for additional information.


5th Annual Klimb 4 Kim

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Saturday, March 7th marks the 5th Annual Klimb for Kim Fundraiser benefiting the Kim Conca Foundation.  Kim did so much in our community – no matter how busy or tired she was, she dug deep and found the energy…the sparkle in her eye, smile on her face and the endless encouraging words for those around her.

Over the years, Kim’s foundation has been able to assist many families with loved ones sick or dying in the hospital.  Through the generosity of our community, the foundation has  been able to help out with the new chapel at St. Joseph’s Hospital ($10,000), new diagnostic machines ($6,000) new, industrial strength recliners for ICU ($16,000) and approximately $6,000 in grants to individual families.

As in previous years, the group will meet at 8:00am in the parking lot of St Mary’s Medical Plaza located just west of St. Mary’s Hospital at 1702 W Anklam Rd.  They are asking for a $25 donation to Kim’s fund, or whatever you care to give. There are no registration forms, etc., just bring your donation that morning and give to Dave Conca or mail it to:

Carondelet Foundation
2202 N Forbes Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85745

(Please make checks payable to Kimberly Conca Fund)


Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences are scheduled to be held on February 12th & 13th. Students will be released at 12:00 pm on these days. The conference schedule is as follows:

Thursday, 2/12          12:30 – 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, 2/13                12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Sixth grade teachers will schedule individual conferences with parents. Forms to sign up will be coming home soon with 6th graders.

7th and 8th grade core teachers, as well as Art, Band, Music/Choir, P.E., Technology, ELP and Special Education teachers will be available on a walk-in basis.

We look forward to meeting with you during conference times. Parent-Teacher conferences are extremely important as they provide the opportunity for you, your child, and your child’s teachers to meet to review your student’s progress.

Our goal is to meet with one-hundred percent of parents. If you are unable to attend conferences during these times, please contact your child’s teacher via e-mail or phone to arrange for another opportunity.

A Message From Our PTA

On February 10th, the DSMS PTA will have a meeting to vote on the dissolution of the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and switch to a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization).  We will start around 4:00, right after the PTA meeting in the library.

We will discuss the differences between the PTA and PTO, why breaking off from Arizona PTA is an important step, what it means for our school and elect our governing board.  Please feel free to come and bring your questions, comments and concerns.