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

School Closure Update – John Carruth

Dear Vail Parents,

We have been spending considerable time crafting plans to offer support to you and your children while our schools are closed as part of the state’s plan to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We are preparing to return to school on March 30th, while simultaneously preparing for the reality that school closures could be extended.

You will be receiving notice from your child’s principal soon regarding the specifics of those plans over the course of the remainder of the closures. Should the closures be extended, we will continue to communicate with you regarding the implications and our plans to move forward.

If you have specific questions regarding plans or the impact of the closures on certain events, please consult with your child’s principal or with me. Events around COVID-19 are changing rapidly. We will do our best to answer your questions with the information that we have at that time.

Our community is a very special place. Our children are our most precious gift. While we plan and adjust to this unprecedented time, we lean on time tested “Vail values” to guide us:

We are a place where education is a community effort.
We are reminded how to ACT.
And as a staff, we seek to provide you, parents, with a safe place where your children can obtain a quality education.

These values don’t prevent us from making mistakes, but they do call us all to work together, to extend grace to each other when we stumble, and simply, to do the best we can while educating our children and serving our community- regardless of the circumstances.


John Carruth