DS Half Day Dismissal

Dear Desert Sky Families,

Good afternoon! I hope your week is off to a great start!

I am writing to notify you of a change in our half day dismissal time. Due to conflicts with our K-8 and high school transportation routes, our new dismissal time on half days will be 11:30 a.m. This Thursday, October 1st is a half day with dismissal now at 11:30 a.m. Please make pick-up arrangements accordingly. Also, Friday, October 2nd is also a scheduled asynchronous half day. Students will be taking their Writing Benchmark asynchronously at home on Friday.

Please feel free to call our office at 879-2702 if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful day!

Katie Dabney

Welcome 5th Graders to DSMS!


Dear Future Desert Sky Parents,

Good Afternoon!
This information is for families that have a 5th grader that will be attending DSMS for middle school (students that live in the DSMS attendance boundaries and/or 5th grade students that have been accepted at DSMS under open enrollment for the 20-21 school year).
Please see the links below for our 5th Grade Welcome Video (in lieu of our 5th Grade Parent Night) and our Campus Tour Video (in lieu of our 5th Grade Student Visitation).
Welcome Video:
Campus Tour Video:
I hope you enjoy and we’ll see you soon!
Thank you,
Katie Dabney

Check-in and 20/21 Team Requests


Dear Desert Sky Families,

I hope you are all safe and healthy. We sure miss our middle schoolers and all of you!

I want to thank you all for your incredible support. The kindness and grace you have shown our teachers as we navigate the school closure has been incredible.

We are currently in the end of the fifth week of our new normal, and I hope you have had time to create a routine or sense normalcy in your home. We will continue to post Schoology activities each Monday as part of our new norm, and teachers/school staff will continue to find ways to connect with students. We will also continue to enter assignments into Powerschool so you can see the different assignments your child has completed.

I also want to acknowledge that as parents, right now many of you are working, parenting, and teaching. In a recent meeting we discussed this quote from Dr. Emily King: “Working, parenting, and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time. It’s not hard because you are doing it wrong. It’s hard because it’s too much. Do the best you can. When you have to pick, because at some point you will, choose connection.

I believe this quote speaks to what many of us are feeling…. it sure spoke to me. I encourage you, as parents, to do what you need to do to take care of yourselves as well. You are all doing a really fantastic job…and as a mom, I know that it is not easy right now. Many of our families are in different places and facing very different things. We understand, and if we can help, your child’s teachers are only an email or Zoom away.

I also know that many of you have been wondering about team requests. Please see the attached letter for how to submit a Team Request for next year. This year will be a tad different. Instead of sending an email to Mrs. Marsh, please use the link below to submit your request.


Again, I hope you and your family are doing well.


Katie Dabney

Team Request parent letter 2020:21