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Dear Parents,

The 16/17 school year has been a great success! As the school year comes to a close and summer vacation plans and preparations begin, it is important to look back and reflect on the year that we’ve had.   Desert Sky Middle School has continued our commitment to strong Academic achievement, as our Benchmarks scores have consistently been the highest in the Vail School District amongst Middle Schools. Teachers continue to utilize instructional practices that ensure the success of every student. High expectations and standards have created a climate of excellence. Our sports teams have already brought home 7 Desert Valley League Championships (with several more possible this quarter)! Go A+ Desert Sky!

As you already know, the ending of the school year is just as busy as its beginning in July. Students, teachers, and staff are working hard to complete learning activities and projects, meet IEP goals, and finish projects and benchmark/State testing.

This is also the time of year that teaching placements for the 2017-2018 school year are tentatively assigned. I am very pleased with the tentative teacher list and feel confident that all of our teachers will provide quality instruction in the classroom.

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 who 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 May 1st – May 5th. . 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. Forty five (45) requests will be accepted for 6th grade teaching teams consisting of 3 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, 45 for three 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. The tentative teacher list is included in this newsletter.

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

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.

              Be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming dates. WEB Orientation for all incoming 6th graders will be on July 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Advisory Teacher lists/Team assignments will be posted outside of the Desert Sky office at noon on Friday, July 14th. Stop by after noon to be notified of your child’s advisory teacher and feel free to drop by classrooms to informally meet your child’s teachers. Teachers will be available until 4:00 p.m. that day. The first day of school is Monday, July 17th. We look forward to getting to know your child and working with you as partners. Go Desert Sky Cougars!!! All necessary paperwork for the 2017-2018 school year (emergency cards, updated contact information, etc.) will be sent home with students during the first week of school.

We have had a very successful year at Desert Sky Middle School and we could not have had done it without your partnership. Thank you for your continued involvement and support as we finish another successful year!

Sincerely,

Katie Dabney