This week at DRA: 

 Monday, May 23 
  • 11:30 - 3:00 p.m. Helping Hands Field trip (Boomers - Palm Springs)
  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Washington, DC/NYC Parent Information Mtg night (MPR)
Tuesday, May 24
  • 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. School Site Council Mtg (Admin Bldg)
Wednesday, May 25 
  • 9:00 - 11: 00 a.m. Reagan Elementary 5th grade visitors (MPR)
  • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Concert Band Performance (SHHS Perf Arts Cntr)
Thursday, May 26 
  • 9:00 - 11: 00 a.m. Jackson Elementary 5th grade visitors (MPR)
Friday, May 27
  • 8:00 - 6:00 p.m. 8th Grade trip to Museum of Tolerance (Los Angeles)
  • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Club Live - End of Year Awards (Indian Wells CC)
DSUSD CALENDAR FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL  YEAR - First day of school: August 25, 2016. 

Mr. C's Blog - Week 36 - May 23-27

Fasten your seatbelt...

The next three weeks are going to fly by! 

* There is no school on Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day!  Enjoy the three day weekend!!!

* Progress Reports were mailed home last week. 

* Please continue to check your HAC for late and missing work.  The last week of school will be here before we know it!  Please do not wait until the last minute to check on grades!

* Students are NOT allowed to bring water balloons or any type of balloon to school or to the bus stop.  Students will receive disciplinary consequences for breaking this rule.

* In addition, students are not allowed to throw, splash, spray water on one another.  This creates school and classroom disruptions.  Students are receiving disciplinary consequences for this play/negative behavior.

* Students will not be allowed to bring backpacks, large purses, and over-sized bags to school during the final three days of school!

* The last day of school is Friday, June 10th!  Students will be dismissed at 1:38 p.m.

* We will be on a minimum day schedule during the final four days of school (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).  Students will be dismissed at 1:38 p.m.

* Our after school tutoring is now complete for the school year.  This also includes the Tutoring component of ASES.

* However, the ASES after school program operates through the final day of school.  We are not taking applications for next year yet.  You can submit an application during the orientation days prior to the first day of school.

* The library is closed for AR testing and book check out during the school day.  Students and teachers are returning textbooks this week for end-of-year clearance.  Students can still take AR tests before and after school.

* TIME TO RETURN BOOKS!!!!  Please rummage through your closets and under your beds for your textbooks and library books.  The average textbook costs $80 - $100.  It is your responsibility to pay for lost and/or damaged textbooks.  All 8th grade students who are NOT cleared will NOT be allowed to participate in Water Day, Fun Day, and all other 8th grade end-of-year activities.  Please return books as soon as possible!!!

* The Awards Night for sixth and seventh grade students will be on Tuesday, June 7th!  The sixth graders will be recognized from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.  The seventh grade assembly will be from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.  The eighth grade assembly will be from 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  Students will receive an invitation to attend if they are receiving an award.

* It is very important for all eighth grade students and families to understand that the awards night for eighth grade students is NOT a promotion night!  Students are not receiving promotion certificates on this night.  Per school board policy, middle schools are not permitted to have a promotion night for middle school students.  Awards will be presented for attendance, honor roll, staff acknowledgements, and other achievements made during the second semester.

 * The eighth grade trip to Disneyland is on Thursday, June 2nd.  Students can no longer sign up for this trip.  Reservations have already been made.

* Students need to understand that disciplinary consequences that occur on the last week of school or last day of school can carry over to the next school year.  If an 8th grade student gets suspended on the last day(s) of school, the suspension will carry through to high school!  Students could miss the first day(s) of high school and miss the high school orientation days and summer sports programs!!!  Be smart!!!

* Please review previous Blogs for more information.

I hope you have terrific week!!!

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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  

Welcome Incoming 6th Graders - Virtual Tour! 

Welcome Incoming 6th Graders!

New to DRA? FAQ

Do you have questions that are not answered here on the DRA website? If you do, please send questions to Ms. Flaherty, website coordinator:  karen.flaherty@desertsands.us

Wondering about dress code and polo shirts? 

Click here to print flyer/medical history form. Physicians will be available to conduct physicals for only $20.00. Student-athletes must come prepared with Medical History Form completed including the parent/guardian signature.
For more information call: (760) 393-5400 ext.44303

Desert Ridge Academy

Meet Mr. Fisher - DRA's New Principal!

Mr. Fisher - DRA's New Principal

DRA is happy to introduce our new principal, Mr. Fisher! Mr. Fisher graduated from The Ohio State University in 1995 with a degree in Elementary Education. Upon completion, he began his career in education as a long- term middle school substitute and middle school wrestling coach in the Ohio school system. After completing the middle school assignment in Ohio, he decided to make the move west to California where he was hired by Palm Springs Unified School District. During his tenure at PSUSD, he taught fourth and fifth grade and was the head wrestling coach at Cathedral City High and Desert Hot Springs High School.

Mr. Fisher received his Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Cal State San Bernardino in 2006 and at the same time decided to apply at Desert Sands Unified School District where he was hired as the attendance facilitator at LQHS. After serving in this position for one year, he quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to assistant principal, overseeing facilities, athletics, and activities. In 2009 he was promoted to principal at Amelia Earhart Elementary School of International Studies and has served in the current role for the past seven years.

Mr. Fisher has been married to his wife, Mary, for the past 16 years, and they have two sons, Luke and Caleb. He is a lover of animals; he has eight pets: four rescue dogs and four birds.

Welcome, Mr. Fisher!


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