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

Checklist for your back-to-school shopping!  See you soon!  :) 

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:

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

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 

     Welcome Incoming 6th Graders - Virtual Tour! 

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Last updated: 23 Aug. 2016 

Welcome, Mrs. Stacie Tarsitano - Instructional Coach
Originally from Carmel-by-­the-­Sea, I have lived in the Coachella Valley for the past 25 
years 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- 

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, Angel! 

Welcome, Mrs. Buompensiero- Assistant Principal 
We are excited to announce that Mrs. Buompensiero is our newest Assistant Principal. 
I am delighted to join the Desert Ridge Academy team as an Assistant Principal. I have worked in secondary education since 2001, and nothing brings me more joy than encouraging students to set goals, and helping them to achieve them. I look forward to meeting staff, students, and families as we work together to create an environment of excellence! As you see me around campus, please come and introduce yourself to me; I have many new faces to learn!

Welcome, Mrs. Teunis- School Counselor
We are excited to announce that Mrs. Teunis will be joining Mr. Cain in our new counseling center in room 301. 
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
U.S. and Germany. When my dad retired from the military he accepted a position with the city of Palm Desert, I finished my last years of school at Palm Desert High School. 

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
with the varsity and competition cheer squads.

I have an open door policy, so feel free to stop by my classroom if you need any assistance.

Mrs. Cummings
6th & 7th Grade ELA/Writing

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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