No school this Friday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 15 - Presidents Day.
Thursday, Feb. 11 - Second Quarter Renaissance Reward Day 2016
2nd period - 6th grade
3rd period - 7th grade
4th period - 8th grade
Fun activities during 6th & 7th period.
Bus Schedule for 2016 - Click here for schedule. Important change:
Effective January 4, 2016, buses will not longer stop at “Avenue 42 @ Jackson (Indio Muni Golf Course)”. This stop is being replaced by stops at “Avenue 42 @ Shadow Ranch Homes” and “Jackson @ Shadow Hills”.
DRA Clubs - meeting times and locations
Mr. C's Blog - Week 22 -Feb. 8-12
website url: www.dsusd.us/schools/desertridge
SCHOOL COLORS: Royal Blue, Gold, Orange
Mrs. Thompson, Interim Principal
My name is Maureen Thompson and I am very pleased to serve as the interim Principal of Desert Ridge Academy. Mr. Borgen, former principal, has taken a new position within the school district. I will remain at Desert Ridge Academy as the district moves through the process of selecting a new principal.
I am new to Desert Ridge Academy but not new to Desert Sands Unified School District. I was an educator in Desert Sands for 30 plus years prior to my retirement. I served the district as a teacher, principal of three elementary schools and one middle school, and director of Certificated Personnel.
I am looking forward to working with staff, students and parents to maintain the success of the excellent school community of Desert Ridge Academy.
Eye on Desert Ridge with Mrs. Wood - Assistant Principal
Desert Ridge Academy
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Spotlight on DRA Garden!
Desert Sands schools dish farm-to-table lessons
By Mary Perry, Special to The Desert SunAt Desert Ridge Academy in Indio, middle school students have added art and environmental design to their academic day. The science class is taught by 20-year teaching veteran, Alex Londos, who has a degree in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley.
Combined with his teaching degrees and certification, Londos has created a unique world for his students to learn about science, math, nutrition, language arts, and art.
On the day that I visited the classroom, worms were a part of the curriculum. Londos explained the difference between the work of the nightcrawlers and the red worms used for composting. He noted their scientific names and explained how they worked before we took the nightcrawlers out to the extensive on-site gardens. Using a hula hoe, students created trenches in the rows of vegetables and distributed the nightcrawlers who would begin the work of fertilization. Although harvest time recently ended, there are still plants in the gardens looking for the nutrients that will be provided by the nightcrawlers. Londos explained that the crawly critters ingest organic waste and then leave behind their own waste, called castings, which are a compost material that then fertilizes the garden.
Students bragged about the produce that this year’s garden yielded and were quick to point out that a new crop of strawberries will soon be ready for picking. They explained the weird-looking green plastic objects covering the plants and their purpose in protecting the strawberries while providing a tour of the greenhouse where the strawberry plants are bigger than their in-ground neighbors. Students also found a small pumpkin, an eggplant, and radishes still growing in their garden. A side trip to the small orchard also brought with it the color and the smell of the growing tangerines.
While the food grown in the Desert Ridge Academy garden provides many lessons, Londos also incorporates art, specifically ceramics, into the mix. The sign post noting what veggies are in the garden is a stand-alone sculpture. The pressings of leaves into what could be a beautiful holiday gift for use as a candy dish clearly provide a visual understanding of the veins within the plant and the science behind it.
It’s science in a whole new way.