Attention Bus Riders: If you ride the bus to DRA, your parents should have received a letter that contains important details about your bus schedule/bus stop. You may also visit the DSUSD Bus Schedule by School. You may also view this link: DRA Bus Routes/Times
News from the Cafeteria:
Lunch meals prices for 2016-2017 have increased by .25 cents.Elementary lunch is $2.75
Middle/High schools are $3.00
Breakfast prices remain the same at $1.75
Job Announcement (posted 7/26/16) DRA is now hiring Noon Yard Supervisors to start the first day of school. Pay rate is $9.49 per hour 1.5 hrs daily or 7.5 hrs a week (if you work 5 days of week). If you are interested, please contact Lucy Lara ph: 760.393.5500 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Home Access Center (HAC) & School Messenger
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 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 Mary.Perry@DesertSands.us
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Last updated: 23 Aug. 2016
Welcome, Mrs. Stacie Tarsitano - Instructional Coachyears with my husband of 23 years, our daughter, currently attending New York University, and our son, who attends California State University, Chico.
I have taught Social Studies for the past 24 years, and had the pleasure of opening La Quinta High School in 1994, helping launch the IB Program teaching the Honors, AP and IB History classes. More recently, I served as the EL Coordinator and Instructional Strategies Coach presenting a variety of trainings on successful strategies for EL students at both the site and district levels, the development of Quadrant D Gold Seal lessons for Common Core, the development and implementation of Professional Learning Communities and presenting at a Model Schools Conference as part of the Successful Practices Network.I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to work with the amazing and talented staffulty of DRA and am looking forward to an amazing year! Go, Dbacks!
Stacie Tarsitano- email@example.com
Welcome, Mr. Angel Santiago - Security Agent
We are sad to announce that Manny has accepted a security agent position at LQMS. We will really miss him. We are grateful for the outstanding service he provided during his 7 years at DRA.
Fret not! We are still in good hand with Marsha and our newest staff member, Angel Santiago. Angel has been with DSUSD for 15 years. We are very fortunate to have him on our team.
Welcome, Mrs. Buompensiero- Assistant Principal
We are excited to announce that Mrs. Buompensiero is our newest Assistant Principal.
Welcome, Mrs. Teunis- School Counselor
About Mrs. Teunis:
My education:I received my B.A in Psychology at Florida State University (GO NOLES!). I got my M.Ed. at University of Nevada Las Vegas in School Counseling. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC.)
I started my counseling career here at Desert Sands in 2015 as an elementary school counselor through the Student Assistance Program. I am excited to join the Desert Ridge Academy family and look forward to working with and getting to know the students here.
In my free time I also teach Pure Barre and love traveling, spending time with my family, working out, watching college football, reading a good book and being outdoors!
Welcome, Mrs. Cummings - ELA Teacher
We are excited to announce that Mrs. Cummings will be joining our language arts team!
As an Air Force brat I grew up all over the
Ever since Mrs. Terry's second grade class I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I absolutely love my career!
I consider Bermuda Dunes my hometown now since I have lived here for over 25 years. My husband, Tim, owns Vicious Fishes, since 1991 he has been building and maintaining aquariums and ponds. We have one daughter, Natalie (15), she is a sophomore at PDHS and keeps busy
I have an open door policy, so feel free to stop by my classroom if you need any assistance.
6th & 7th Grade ELA/Writing
Desert Ridge Academy
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