Red Ribbon Week - Friday is Sports Day! Wear your favorite sport's jersey. 

No school on Friday, Nov. 11 - National Veterans Day.

The Beacon:  Read the Oct. 17, 2016  edition of The Beacon, a publication of DSUSD

* Friday, October 28th is the FINAL day of the first quarter!!!Please check your Home Access Center (HAC) account today to see where your child is scoring in each class. Waiting too late is.... Too late!

*See Mrs. Buompensiero's Blog below for information about Halloween costumes. 

*Sharpies and permanent markers are NOT allowed on school grounds or on buses. 

* Does your child have a Facebook page, Instagram, Snapchat, or any other social network? Have you seen it lately? You should! You are legally responsible for what your child is posting on the internet. I would like to recommend the Rethink app. "Research shows that when adolescents are alerted to ReThink their decision, they change their minds 93% of the time. In this internationally acclaimed study, using ReThink, the overall willingness of the average adolescent to post an offensive message reduced from 71% to 4%."

* Students are NOT allowed to wear leggings, jeggings, tights, soccer pants, sweatpants, sports pants, or sports shorts to school! In addition, we are still getting many dress code violations for finger tips violations. Students must get in the habit of checking their shorts, skorts, and skirts. We are no longer giving warnings. Parents are being called to bring in a change of clothes and violations are given.

* Be an ally at DRA! Please report any type of bullying and/or harassing behavior that is being done to you or someone else. We cannot help if we are not aware! You can also make an anonymous report on our district's anti-bullying website, .

*Buy your Yearbook now with Mrs. Amidei in room 401!

Mrs. Buompensiero Blog

Halloween is coming up, and students may wear their costumes to school on the 31st if they choose to. Costumes must be age appropriate, and school appropriate, and must be within our school dress code. 
  •  Students may not wear face paint, or masks.
  •  This year we will not be allowing any clown costumes due to the recent scary clown rumors. 
  • If students do not wish to wear their costume, they may also choose to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness if they would like.  
  • The day after Halloween, we ask that students do not bring their candy with them to school, and save that to enjoy at home.
  • As a reminder, we do not allow gum at school.  
Also in "Socktober" Yearbook students are collecting socks for those who need them for the entire month.

As a reminder, student drop off and pick up is located in the front of the DRA office by the fields. The side of the school near the 300 building and the library is where the bus lanes are located, and is reserved for buses only.

Report an Absence

To report an absence:

You may report an absence by sending an email to 
The email must come from parent's email account. No emails from student email accounts will be accepted 

Subject Line:  Student's name
  • Include Student's first and last name - (optional ID)
  • Date of absence
  • Reason for absence
Or you may call:   
         760-393-5500 -
         Press 1 to report absence
Volunteer applications expire yearly. If you are planning to volunteer at DRA during the 2016/17 school year, please fill out your 
online application. If you need assistance, feel free to contact Lucy Lara or Reina Gonzalez at 760.393.5500. We greatly appreciate your service to our DRA community! Thank you!    Volunteer Application: Click here

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Last updated: 25Oct. 2016 

School Information

Office Hours:  8:20 - 3:40 - Monday - Friday

Dress Code:  School Uniform: Polo tops in school colors only. Bottoms any color, no gym shorts allowed. Students wear lanyard/ID at all times while at DRA or on school bus.

SCHOOL COLORS: Royal Blue, Gold, Orange

MASCOT: Diamondbacks  

Happy 50th Anniversary, DSUSD!

It's time to celebrate! 

Mark you calendars: 

More information and flyers to come: 

Tickets will soon be available for the Thursday, November 17 party at Coachella Valley Historical Museum. The event will begin at 5:30 pm and will be an evening celebration of the 50 year milestone. Refreshments are being created and served by LQHS culinary arts and entertainment provided by Palm Desert Charter Middle School Jazz Band. There will be much more!  Mark you calendars! 
Sunday, November 20 will be a FREE Community Day at the Coachella Valley Historical Museum. It will be all about education and the history of DSUSD.  The event will run from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Announcement: The Celebration Committee needs your help:  If you have  photos of your time in a Desert Sands school from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s,  please email photos to 

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