DSMS – Promotion Video


Dear Parents,

DSMS is pleased to provide video streaming of the 8th Grade Promotion on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:30 A.M.  The url for the video is https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dsms+videos or you can simply go into YouTube and search on DSMS Videos.  Finally, this video can be replayed at a later time or date using the same addresses listed above.  Please pass this information along especially to out-of-town family and friends.

Also, as a reminder, the video will be streamed in our MPR on a large screen for those wanting to be at the event but don’t have a ticket.  You must have a ticket for entrance into the gym for the ceremony.  This includes small children.

We hope you enjoy the 2019 8th Grade Promotion!


David B. Jones

DSMS Technology Coordinator

Team Requests – Important Information

Dear Desert Sky Families,

This is the time of year that teaching placements for the 2019-2020 school year are tentatively assigned. I am very pleased with the tentative teacher list and feel confident that all of our teacher teams will provide quality instruction in the classroom. The tentative 2019/2020 teacher list is attached to this email.

We strongly believe that classrooms should be balanced, not only with boys and girls, but also with academic abilities. We also respect the fact that parents may have specific requests for a teaching team whom they believe may be a good match for their child. Please read our request procedures carefully. Teacher requests must be written and emailed to Mrs. Marsh at marshr@vailschooldistrict.org or brought to the office between April 29th – May 3rd. Only written requests submitted during this time frame will be accepted. Thirty (30) requests will be accepted for 6th grade teaching teams, which consist of 2 teachers. Sixty (60) requests will be accepted for 7th and 8th grade teaching teams, which consist of 4 teachers. For teams that receive more requests then the capped amount (60 requests for four teacher teams or 30 requests for two teacher teams), we will randomly select students until the cap is reached. Please know that we work hard to honor requests and most requests are accommodated. Per Governing Board policy, administration makes the final decisions regarding class assignments. Conversations about specific teams at a grade level should be directed to administration. Also, please keep in mind that the teacher list is tentative and not guaranteed. Teachers might move or take other positions prior to the start of school.

It is important to have a conversation with your child explaining that a team request is not a guarantee.

It is also important to note that due to Advanced Math, your child may not receive his/her math instruction from the math teacher on the team you have requested.

Thank you,
Katie Dabney

Important 8th Grade Promotion Information

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

Please see the important information regarding 8th Grade Promotion below:

On Wednesday, April 24th, four Promotion tickets per 8th grade student will be mailed home to the address listed in Powerschool. Please be sure that we have your child’s current and updated address. If you need to verify that we have your correct address, please call our office at 879-2702. Remember to attend the Promotion Ceremony, a ticket is required for each individual in attendance. We are hoping to have an alternative live stream viewing area for anyone without a ticket.

Also, if your family will not need all four tickets, please consider turning in your extra tickets to the office. We will collect the extra tickets for those families requesting extras. If you would like to request an extra ticket, please call our office at 879-2702 and we will add your name to our list. We will place the extra tickets in a lottery for those requesting additional tickets.

More information regarding 8th Grade Promotion and 8th grade end of the year activities will be mailed home on April 24th .

If you have any questions regarding 8th Grade Promotion, please feel free to contact our office.

Thank you,

Katie Dabney

PTA Fundraiser

Dear Parents,

Today your child will be given packets for an awesome PTA fundraiser. A HUGE portion of proceeds from this fundraiser will be returned to Desert Sky!

Please click here to view the more information on this fundraiser.