V o l um e 1 7 , I s s ue 1 Te m p e U n i o n Hi gh S c h o o l Di s t r i c t S e pte m be r /Oc to be r 2 0 1 0 D ESERT V ISTA S TORM R EPORT Desert Vista High School, 16440 South 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85048 Phone Number: 480-706-7900 D E S E R T V I S TA C E L E B R AT E S S T U D E N T ACHIEVEMENT This marks the 16th anniversary of Desert Vista High School. Our AIMS scores, as shown below, reflect our outstanding progress. Phoe- nix Magazine rated Desert Vista High School as the Best College Prep High School in the state. Desert Vista High School ranks with the best schools in the world. The class of 2010 were offered over $19,000,000 in scholarship funds. Thousands of students have grown up here and prepared themselves for the world ahead. We take great pride in serving the Ahwatukee community and will continue our mission of excellence in education. This issue of the Storm Report highlights the achievements of 2010: they speak for themselves in demonstrating the comprehensive nature of our talented students, faculty, and administrators. Thank you for providing the community support needed for such outstanding endeavors. 05 exceed 05 pass 06 exceed 06 pass 07 exceed 07 pass 08 exceed 08 pass 09 exceed 09 pass 10 exceed 10 pass Math 46% 94% 45% 94% 45% 95% 46% 96% 52% 93% 60% 90% Read 23% 94% 26% 95% 23% 95% 23% 97% 26% 94% 31% 94% Write 19% 95% 21% 90% 36% 94% 30% 95% 22% 94% 37% 94% 2010 Desert Vista AIMS Test 100% 94% 94% 90% 90% 96% 97% 95% 95% 94% 94% 95% 93% 94% 94% 95% 94% 95% 94% 80% 90% 05 exceed 70% 60% 05 pass 60% 06 exceed 06 pass 50% 52% 07 exceed 40% 46% 45% 45% 46% 37% 07 pass 31% 08 exceed 30% 36% 08 pass 30% 20% 26% 26% 09 exceed 23% 23% 23% 22% 19% 21% 09 pass 10% 10 exceed 0% 10 pass Math Read Write Page 2 V o l um e 17 , Is s ue 1 2010 AIMS—10TH GRADE High School MP ME RP RE WP WE SP SE 2nd 2nd 6th 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st Chaparral 93 61 96 30 91 23 280 49 22 Catalina Fts 90 56 96 35 94 36 280 43 26 Desert Vista 90 60 94 31 94 37 278 72 43 Desert Mt 89 52 96 21 92 31 277 74 40 Horizon Charter 83 39 98 28 93 48 274 61 24 Horizon 86 54 95 21 91 28 272 63 29 Hamilton 88 50 91 21 93 41 272 60 29 Corona 86 46 94 27 92 36 272 63 36 Highland 86 51 93 23 91 30 270 48 30 Mountain View 88 53 93 24 86 24 267 57 23 Cactus Shadows 82 40 92 22 91 26 265 56 21 Desert Vista Pinnacle 84 42 94 21 86 20 264 68 34 inspires a Mesquite 84 42 91 18 88 21 263 47 4 community of learning by Ironwood Ridge 80 38 91 21 92 28 263 48 20 demonstrating Mountain Ridge 80 43 93 21 89 25 262 53 21 excellence in Perry 82 39 92 21 88 18 262 41 18 academics, arts and Sunrise Mt 83 41 91 21 87 29 261 45 20 extra-curricular Sabino 81 42 90 21 90 22 261 50 13 activities. Basha 78 31 90 17 91 30 259 48 22 Sandra Day O’C. 77 35 91 20 89 30 257 53 21 Red Mt 80 42 89 20 86 16 255 59 26 Liberty 80 42 90 15 85 19 255 51 23 Centennial 79 40 89 17 86 29 254 44 17 CDO 75 36 92 20 85 34 252 52 10 Mt Pointe 75 36 90 19 86 25 251 56 29 Gilbert 78 37 89 18 83 22 250 39 16 Saguaro 73 36 88 15 87 28 248 51 23 Desert Ridge 75 26 88 15 83 18 246 37 14 Arcadia 75 30 87 16 83 17 245 40 14 Sunnyslope 77 45 83 19 85 24 245 63 33 Boulder Creek 74 35 88 12 82 15 244 73 38 Ironwood 73 38 85 19 86 23 244 45 18 TUHSD 73 38 85 19 83 25 241 53 28 Cactus 72 35 85 13 83 18 240 54 30 Thunderbird 72 31 84 12 81 15 237 51 22 Chandler 72 35 83 14 82 19 237 39 14 Dobson 76 32 83 12 77 17 236 43 17 McClintock 75 34 81 13 80 21 236 52 25 Deer Valley 67 26 84 10 75 10 226 37 3 Skyline 68 24 81 10 72 13 221 53 24 Mesa 64 22 78 9 79 9 221 31 11 Marcos 59 28 79 12 75 17 213 46 25 ARIZONA 58 23 77 11 73 14 208 35 14 Westwood 60 24 74 9 61 11 195 26 8 Tempe 51 16 71 8 72 7 194 20 4 Coronado 52 14 73 4 60 8 185 28 8 MP—Math Pass WP—Writing Pass ME—Math Exceeds WE—Writing Exceed RP—Reading Pass RE—Reading Exceeds SP—Science Pass SE—Science Exceeds MP/RP/WP TOTAL—Math Pass/Reading Pass/ Writing Pass Total D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 3 A I M S 2 01 0 W R I T I N G A N D R E A D I N G Parents’ Countdown to Writing and Reading AIMS students will be tested on during October 26 for Fall 2010 through October 28. The countdown has begun for junior and senior If there is a serious concern about your teenager students and their parents. Graduation is just on passing AIMS, ask for a group conference to help the horizon, and unfortunately, some students still you identify or target areas where your teen is need to pass AIMS in order to graduate. The writing struggling. Parents see things teachers don’t know section of AIMS is scheduled for Tuesday, October about a son or daughter, and teachers will see 26; the reading section of AIMS is scheduled for things that parents don’t. Wednesday, October 27; and the math section of AIMS is scheduled for Thursday, October 28. Consider hiring a tutor. Desert Vista is committed to ensuring all students graduate on time, so the following What Parents Should Do September through information is being shared to help parents support October their teenagers in preparing for AIMS testing. If tutoring is needed, make sure that your What Parents Should Do Throughout the Year teenager attends the session(s) with the right attitude. Stay on top of your teenager’s academic progress. Sit with your teenager and watch him or her work through previous year’s questions. Make sure your teenager is handing in homework regularly to stay caught up in class. Have your teenager read newspaper articles and write summaries. He or she can also take practice Have your teenager read, read, and read some tests on multiple-choice headlines. more. Research shows that free voluntary reading improves reading comprehension and bolsters Review your teenager’s English and language vocabulary and writing skills. arts assignments. Build an age-appropriate vocabulary. Go to Have him or her practice grammar and writing www.wordempire.com for a list of sample exercises. This could be as simple as vocabulary words and definitions. capitalizing letters and correcting punctuation or as complex as making the right word choice and re- Help your teenager summarize what he or she writing awkward sentences. has read, identifying significant details, interpreting information from graphics, and identifying The day before the test, send your teenager to persuasive strategies, for instance. bed early. On the morning of the test, have him or her eat a What Parents Should Do in August/September healthy breakfast and get to school on time. Your teenager also needs to drink plenty of water Look at your teenager’s previous AIMS scores. BEFORE taking the test. This will offer an indication of where he or she stands in terms of readiness to graduate. *Information is taken from a 26 November 2003 article in The Arizona Republic and modified for this publication. Get a copy of standards from Arizona Department of Education Web site: www.ade.gov. This will spell out what skills A BO R H O N O R S T U I T I O N WA I V E R At press time, Desert Vista has not received information about this scholarships status. Please check the Arizona Department of Educa- tion website by clicking here for the most recent information. Juniors requesting a Fall test must register in the Counseling Office in person September 1-October 1, 2010. Page 4 V o l um e 17 , Is s ue 1 A I M S T E S T D AT E S The registration window for juniors who would like to sign up to exceed the standards on one or more AIMS test in the fall of 2010 will be September 1 to October 1. Keep in mind that students must exceed the standards on all three AIMS tests by the spring test during their junior year to be eligible for the ABOR tuition waiver scholarship. AIMS test dates for the 2010-11 school year are as follows: FALL TESTING: Juniors and Seniors ONLY Tuesday, October 26—Writing Wednesday, October 27—Reading Thursday, October 28—Mathematics SPRING TESTING: Tuesday, March 1—Writing Wednesday, March 2—Reading Tuesday, April 5—Mathematics Stanford 10 (Freshmen only) Wednesday, April 6—Science (As per A.D.E., every effort will be made to maintain theses dates. However, they are subject to change.) C O L L E G E A P P L I C AT I O N A N D S AT / AC T I N F O R M AT I O N In-State College Applications Seniors planning to apply to ASU, NAU or U of A should submit their applications by the beginning of October. The universities will review applications for admittance and forward scholarship offers starting in October. The application process requires the following documentation: 1. On-line application available at: • www.asu.edu • www.arizona.edu • www.nau.edu 2. High school transcript, sent from the DV Records Office. 3. SAT/ACT scores sent directly from the testing source. Students choose which schools to send the scores to at the time of registration for the test, otherwise they will need to contact College Board or ACT to request that the scores be sent. D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 5 AC T T E S T D AT E S 2 010 - 1 1 Test Date Regular Registration Late Registration Period Postmark Deadline (regular fee plus late fee) (regular fee) September 11, 2010 August 6, 2010 August 7—20, 2010 October 23, 2010 September 17, 2010 September 18—October 1, 2010 December 11, 2010 November 5, 2010 November 6—19, 2010 February 12, 2011 January 7, 2011 January 8—21, 2011 April 9, 2011 March 4, 2011 March 5—18, 2011 June 11, 2011 May 6, 2011 May 7—20, 2011 S AT A N D SAT S U B J E C T T E S T D AT E S 2 0 10 - 20 1 1 Test Date Test October 9, 2010 SAT and SAT Subject Tests November 6, 2010 SAT and SAT Subject Tests December 4, 2010 SAT and SAT Subject Tests January 22, 2011 SAT and SAT Subject Tests March 12, 2011 SAT Test only May 7, 2011 SAT and SAT Subject Tests June 4, 2011 SAT and SAT Subject Tests Page 6 V o l um e 17 , Is s ue 1 Junior Registration: 9/1/10-10/1/10 Pay $22 to the Bookstore. 300 Free PSAT tests* are available for sophomores and freshmen. *Students must register in person to receive a free PSAT test. Sophomores – 200 free tests are available, register 9/7/10-10/1/10. After the first 200 tests are gone, the $22 fee applies. Freshmen – 100 free tests are available, register 9/13/10-10/1/10. After the first 100 tests are gone, the $22 fee applies. The PSAT (non-qualifying) is October 16 starting at 7:45 am. Bring your receipt and a picture ID! D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 7 P E S T C O N T R O L I N F O R M AT I O N Desert Vista has regularly scheduled PEST CONTROL services on the second Monday of each month. Please note this date on your calendar if your student(s) have sensitivity to the chemicals. STUDENT DROP -OFF AND PICK -UP As more and more students are being dropped off and picked up, we have extended the drop off and pick up area in the student parking lot for your convenience. Please pull forward as far as you can to allow more vehicles to be accommodated. We realize that the student parking lot is congested from 3:10 to 3:30 due to the students exiting. We are suggesting if you’re not in a hurry that you make ar- rangements with your son or daughter to pick them up around 3:30 in the student parking lot when traffic is considerably less congested. L I B R A RY / M E D I A C E N T E R H O U R S The library will be open from during their lunch periods resources and would like to 7:15 am to 3:45 pm for without a pass. Usage during remind students that no food or student use. Students are school hours will require a drink, with the exception of welcome to come into the teacher-signed pass. We water, is permitted in the library to use all resources encourage all students to take library. before and after school and advantage of the library’s vast H O S P I TA L I T Y C O M M I T T E E Approximately four times a year Your generosity is very much through e-mail. If you are the teachers and staff are appreciated. Our first date is interested in helping please con- treated to desserts prior to their September 20 and we would love tact Cindy Collins at meetings. The Hospitality Com- to have more volunteers. email@example.com mittee would like to thank the DV Items that will be needed or Tina Oliveira at families and friends who have include snacks, drinks and door firstname.lastname@example.org. been involved in this in the past. prizes; we will contact you E V I T T O U R 20 1 0 - 11 Considering taking an EVIT course next year? The Guidance Office has set up a tour for those students interested in EVIT for next year on Wednesday, November 17 th from 8:15 – 11:30. Desert Vista is proud to If your student is interested, please have them sign up in the special events binder in the partner with the East Valley Guidance Office. A permission slip is required, so plan ahead and sign up before Institute of November 15th. Technology. Page 8 V o l um e 17 , Is s ue 1 CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION and ASSESSMENT DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR: DEREK HOFFLAND June 30, 2010 Dear Parent/Guardian: If your student was registered in one of our schools prior to July 1, 2010 (including all pre-registered freshmen), the State of Arizona required that you indicate your student’s Ethnicity as either Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, In- dian American/Alaskan Native, or White. Beginning July 1, 2010, due to U.S. Department of Education guidelines, all students enrolled in a public school system are required to report Ethnicity and Race. This is similar to the reporting that was done on the recent 2010 Census form. The following are the new ethnicity and race designations as required by the U.S Department of Education: Ethnicity (choose Yes or No) Race (Choose all that apply) Hispanic or Latino American Indian or Alaskan Native Asian Black or African American Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander White To comply with this requirement for students who are currently enrolled, including all pre-registered freshmen and have ethnicity recorded prior to July 1, 2010, Tempe Union High School District has performed the following conversions: If student originally listed Then student will be listed And the student will be Ethnicity as: with an Ethnicity of: listed with Race: Asian/Pacific Islander NOT Hispanic and Latino Asian Black NOT Hispanic and Latino Black or African American Hispanic Hispanic and Latino White Indian American/Alaskan Na- NOT Hispanic and Latino American Indian/Alaskan Na- tive tive White NOT Hispanic and Latino White If you believe your student’s designations will be misrepresented with the above conversions, we invite you to complete the following form. Your student should submit the form to the school’s Registration Office. Submitted requests will re- sult in revised student records in the TUHSD student information system so that your student is identified under the cor- rect ethnic and racial designation. Students who register after July 1, 2010 will complete revised registration paperwork that will properly identify them under the new requirements. You may contact my office if you have any questions. Sincerely, Derek Hoffland TUHSD Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 480-345-3723 email@example.com D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 9 Please complete the information below and return this signed form to your school’s Registration Office. Please note that this form requires both the signature of the parent and the student. Student Name______________________________________ Student Number________________ Parent/Guardian Name__________________________________________ Student Grade_______ Please indicate the proper ethnicity and race designations: ETHNICITY (please mark only one): □ Hispanic or Latino □ NOT Hispanic or Latino RACE (Please mark ALL that apply): □ American Indian or Alaskan Native □ Asian □ Black or African American □ Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander □ White Student Signature _________________________________________Date_____________________ Parent/Guardian Signature __________________________________Date_____________________ Office Use Received in school office by: ___________________________ Received Date: _____________________ Entered in SIS by: ____________________________________ SIS Updated on (date):_______________ Page 10 V o l um e 17 , Is s ue 1 2009 FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE Wednesday, December 15 Thursday, December 16 Zero Hour 7:00 am to 8:15 am Period 4/5 8:20 am to 9:35 am Period 1 8:20 am to 9:35 am Period 6 9:45 am to 11:00 am Period 2 9:45 am to 11:00 am Period 7 11:10 am to 12:25 pm Period 3 11:10 am to 12:25 pm E A R LY O U T D AT E S , 2: 1 2 P M Students will be released at 2:12 pm on the following dates; lunch will be served on these days: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Wednesday, December 1, 2010 Monday, August 23, 2010 Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Wednesday, September 1, 2010 Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Wednesday, September 29, 2010 Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Wednesday, May 4, 2011 H A L F D AY S , 1 2 :1 5 P M There will be two half days for Professional Development, on September 20, 2010 and February 7, 2011. Lunch will not be served on those two half days. S E M E S T E R O N E S C H O O L C A L E N DA R August 6 Friday First day of school for freshmen August 9 Monday First day of school for all other students September 6 Monday Labor Day Holiday October 8 Friday End of first quarter October 11-15 Monday-Friday Fall Break October 18 Monday Start of second quarter October 26-28 Tuesday-Thursday State AIMS testing November 11 Thursday Veterans’ Day Holiday November 25-26 Thursday-Friday Thanksgiving Holiday December 15-16 Wednesday-Thursday First Semester Exams December 17 Friday Staff Only Workday, No Classes December 20 Monday Beginning of Winter Holiday D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 11 COUNSELING OFFICE— I M P O R TA N T I N F O R M AT I O N Mrs. Kari Fischer (ext. 2156) Mrs. Karen Hinds (ext. 2155) Mrs. Amie Hickel (ext. 2157) Class of 2013 Counselor Educational Services Classes of 2011/2013 Gifted Department Website Counselor Counselor Maintenance Native American Student Freshmen First Day Coordin- Department Technology Liaison Liaison ator S.S.D. Coordinator AP Test Coordinator Mrs. Josephine Levy (ext.2195) Homeless Student Liaison *PSAT/SAT/ACT Testing Class of 2014 Counselor AIMS Coordinator Co-Coordinator Crisis Counselor Career/ECAP Counselor Students: If you are Freshmen First Day Coordinator *Special Olympics Coach Mrs. Beth Lyon (ext. 7944) Counseling Department having a difficult time Mrs. Chris Jones (ext. 2145) Mr. Mark Kulik (ext. 7940) Assistant deciding which college to Class of 2011 Counselor Department Chair Group Counseling Coordinator Classes of 2012/2014 Gifted Mrs. Diana Brown (ext. 2146) attend or what career to EVIT Liaison Counselor Career/ECAP Technician pursue, or would just Scholarship/Financial Aid *Tech Prep Liaison Mr. John Matthews (ext. 2154) Coordinator like more information Class of 2012 Counselor Pre-College Program Coordinator Mrs. Helen Hale (ext. 2196) on the college or career NCAA Clearinghouse Tempe Social Services Military Liaison College Visitation Coordinator Counselor of your choice, you can *Wrestling Coach *District Scholarship Support Group Facilitator attend presentations *PSAT/SAT/ACT Coordinator Tuesdays 9:30 to 3:15 Testing Co-Coordinator provided by college and *Additional Assignment career representatives. If calling from outside DV, dial 9 then the extension To attend an event of For more information visit the Counseling Department website at : interest to you, sign up http://www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/dvh/Academics/guidance/Home_Page.html in the Special Events Binder on the front counter in the Counseling Office at C O U N S E L I N G D E PA R T M E N T least two school days SCHEDULE prior to the event. The Counseling Department's their counselors first and then closes from 12:00-12:40 each Be sure to check the schedule makes sure every go eat lunch. If they need help day. student can work with his/her during 5th period, they should Counseling Department own counselor during lunch. If eat first and see their As always, counselors are web site as new oppor- students need help during 4th counselors the second half of available every day before and period lunch, they should see the period. The department after school. tunities are continually added. S C H O L A R S H I P I N F O R M AT I O N Scholarship information and applications can Every scholarship opportunity Desert Vista be found on the Desert Vista Counseling receives is posted on this site. This site is Department website at: updated regularly. Seniors should check the site http://www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/dvh/Academics/ weekly; juniors, sophomores and freshmen guidance/Financial_Aid_Scholarships.html should check every two weeks. Page 12 V o l um e 17 , Is s ue 1 2 4 - H O U R A T T E N DA N C E L I N E 4 8 0 - 7 06 - 7 90 6 Only parents or legal guardians may call the attendance line. Please call the Attendance Line and choose one of three options: Option 1 If the student needs to leave campus early and receive an off campus pass, please DV Records leave the following information: the student’s name and student ID number, spell- Department ing the last name clearly; your name and relationship to the student; and the time and reason the student will be leaving campus. It is imperative you state that the Hours for the Desert student is allowed to drive or walk off campus, or who will be picking them up. Stu- dents are to sign out through the front office before leaving campus. Vista Records Option 2 To report an absence or late arrival for a freshman or sophomore student please leave the following information: the student’s name and ID number, spelling the last Department name clearly; the date(s) and reason for the absence; your name and relationship are to the student; and a daytime phone number. 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Option 3 To report an absence or late arrival for a junior or senior student please leave the Please contact Sheila following information: the student’s name and ID number, spelling the last name clearly; the date(s) and reason for the absence; your name and relationship to the Thomas for assistance student; and a daytime phone number. in obtaining If you have questions regarding an attendance matter press 0. transcript information *Excessive absences, (11 or more) excused or unexcused, may result in a loss of credit per class, per during those hours. semester. Eleven absences in four or more classes may result in the student being withdrawn from school. Desert Vista has implemented an automated calling system. If your child is marked absent in one or more classes, you will receive an automated phone call. If your child was absent, please call the appro- priate attendance line option. If you think your child was marked absent in error, please have the stu- dent check with his/her teacher the following day. Desert Vista is a closed campus. Do not call to request off campus passes for your children to leave for lunch. Students will not be released during their lunch hour unless picked up by parents or legal guardians. Please come in and sign the student out. Students are not to be picked up curbside. Parents going out-of-town and leaving students in the care of a designated adult must provide the attendance office with a notarized statement with the caretaker’s name and telephone numbers. In our attempt to keep classroom interruptions to a minimum and student learning to maximum, instruction time will not be interrupted except in emergency situations. The front office staff will not be able to hold, take or deliver student items. However, we do understand that a student may forget some items, therefore a parent/guardian may wait in the front office until passing period whereby the front office staff will page the student. The parent will then be able to hand the items to his or her child. CHANGE OF ADDRESS? The Post Office will not forward school or district mail, so if you move, you need to provide the Atten- dance Department with your current SRP statement reflecting your new address. Thank you! D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 13 D E S E R T V I S TA D R E S S C O D E 20 1 0 - 1 1 A dress code at Desert Vista has been established to promote a positive school envi- ronment. We want to provide the freedom for students to express themselves within the set of parameters listed below. Attire or accessories, which advertise, display and/or promote any drug, alcohol or tobacco; sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry towards any group or person are not allowed. Dress, jewelry and other accessories that present risk to the health, safety, and general welfare of the students, or which express obscenities, immodestly expose the chest, abdomen, legs or buttocks are prohibited. (No BBBB’s (breasts, bellies, butts, backs). Spaghetti straps, tube tops, halter tops, razor back or dresses without over-the-shoulder straps are not acceptable forms of attire. Low cut or see-through shirts, underwear worn as outerwear, tube tops, halter tops, tops that are low-cut, pants must pulled to hip level and secured tightly to ensure that undergarments are not exposed and that pants are not dragging on the ground, cut-offs, muscle tee’s, spiked jewelry and/or wallet chains are examples of clothing which are not permitted to be worn at school. Shoes must be worn. House slippers or shoes with soles similar are deemed unsafe and not school appropriate. Sunglasses and hats may not be worn in the classroom. Pajamas are prohibited. No bandanas or doo rags are allowed at school or school activities. On campus, the faculty, staff and administration have the responsibility to interpret and enforce this policy. The administration retains the final discretion to determine that the garment or accessory meets the dress code. Dress code policies will be dis- played on and around campus. Any student violating this policy is subject to disciplinary action including, but not lim- ited to, warning, parent conference, in-school suspension, short-term suspension or long-term suspension. In addition, the student will remove the garment or accessory and replace it with an appropriate alternative provided by the school, the student, or the parent, depending upon the circumstances. N O T E S F RO M T H E DV B O O K S T O R E If you purchased an athletic pass from the Bookstore and have not picked it up, stop by the Bookstore to get it. If you still have outstanding debt or books, please take care of this as soon as possible. The Bookstore staff can help you determine what remains outstanding on your record. If you have books that you no longer need because of schedule changes, please return them as soon as possible as we may have other students who need those textbooks. Senior Parents and Seniors. Remember that your student will not receive a diploma at graduation if they still have out- standing debt or books. Start early and keep up with this as the year progresses, so there are no surprises at the end of the school year. Have a wonderful school year and please let us know if we may assist you in any way. Becky Salazar, Bookstore Manager Page 14 V o l um e 17 , Is s ue 1 SENIOR PHOTOS AND YEARBOOK RECOGNITIONS Be sure to turn in your Photography is the official Senior Recognition Ads to the yearbook photographer for the Storm Yearbook staff. Sizes 2010-2011 year. The studio include 1/8 page ($85), ¼ will photograph all seniors at ($150), ½ ($250) and Full the studio, and all underclass- ($425) page ads. The deadline men at DV. There is no sitting for reserving an ad is Nov. 30, fee for the yearbook portrait. 2010. Please pick up an order Photographs will not be form in the bookstore or front accepted for the portraits office. Contact the Storm Year- section of the yearbook from book staff at other photographers. http:staff.tuhsd.k12.az.us/ Contact the photography dvpublications for studio at 480-830-5667 for additional details. questions and deadlines. Lou Coopey’s All Pro School ATTENTION SENIORS! Desert Vista, Mountain Pointe offer information and answer Registration is not necessary. and the Arizona High School/ questions about their programs. Don't miss this opportunity to College Relations Council This event will take place at learn more about the colleges present In-State College Night. Desert Vista in the Dr. Joe and universities of your choice! Representatives from McDonald Auditorium at 6:30 approximately 25 colleges and pm on Monday, October 4, universities will be present to 2010. C E L L P H O N E A N D O T H E R D I G I TA L DEVICES POLICY In order to meet our goals, we have modified our school cell phone usage policy. We must mini- mize distractions if we are to maintain academic excellence. Cell phones will be prohibited during instruction time and between passing periods. Phones may be used before school, during lunch, and after school only. Students caught using their phones during those unauthorized periods will result in the phone being confiscated by staff or security personnel. Phone will be available for parent pickup only. If students do not follow school policies, they will be considered to be insubor- dinate and appropriate discipline will result. Students are encouraged not to bring iPods, paging devices, mp3 players, laser pointers, portable DVD players, headsets, cameras or video recorders, any game playing device, CD players, or any personal electronic or digital music devices on cam- pus. Lost or stolen cell phones or devices are the responsibility of the student. Bringing the item to school is at the students’ own risk for loss/theft. Desert Vista is not responsible for stolen or missing equipment and it is strongly encouraged that they not be brought to campus. D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 15 News Flash!!! Coming, Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 Get ready for a PINK OUT!!! Come see our exciting girls volleyball teams as they take on cross town rivals Mt. Pointe High School in a Community Volleyball Match… it’s the Third Annual Dig Pink in Tukee Desert Vista High School Gymnasium Freshman 4:00 • Junior Varsity 5:00 • Varsity 6:00 Come watch competitive Girls’ Volleyball as the Desert Vista Thunder takes on the Mountain Pointe Pride. All teams will play for the win and the fight against Breast Cancer. The two school teams will make a donation to the Side-Out Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. Students and Parents: here’s how you can get involved in this worthy cause: Come to the match and WEAR PINK Purchase Raffle Tickets & Win some Great Prizes! (We are looking for donations of sports memorabilia, travel opportunities, gift cards, gift baskets and more…) Become an Event Sponsor (Sponsorship Opportunities starting at $50.00) Make a Donation at http://www.side-out.org/application/teams/team_page/1249 The Side-Out Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, #20-251-0044 Questions: contact Bob Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-213-6631 Visit: www.thundervolleyball.com for this seasons’ Girl’s Thunder Volleyball Schedule! Page 16 V o l um e 1 7 , I s s ue 1 FROM THE S CHOOL NURSE As we approach the cooler months of flu season-remember that the seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines are available at many local pharmacies, so you can immunize before it gets you and your family down. Also, it is important that you remember that you SHOULD NOT send your child to school with tempera- ture of 100.0 or higher. Keep your kids home when they are sick. Please emphasize good hygiene. This means teaching them to cough/sneeze into their elbows, good hand washing habits and to keep their hands away from their faces. The school has hand sanitizer placed in many locations around the campus. If you would like to do- nate bottles of sanitizer (or boxes of tissues) for the school’s common areas or classrooms, please send them in to school with your students. We are grateful for all you do to help us keep Desert Vista a healthy campus! If you have any questions please contact our school nurse, Jean Kennedy. MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS I N F O R M AT I O N If due to loss of housing and/or economic hardship, you must live in a shelter, motel, vehicle or camp- KNOW THE ground, on the street, in abandoned buildings or trailers or other inadequate accommodations, or doubled up with relatives or friends because you cannot find or afford housing, then according to the NINE McKinney-Vento Act, you may be considered homeless. RIGHTS Your children have the right to: FOR Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there. You must be given ac- cess to the same public education provided to other students. HOMELESS Continue in the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school they last at- STUDENTS tended, if that is your choice and is feasible. The school district's local liaison for homeless education must assist them, if needed, and offer them the right to appeal a decision regarding their choice of school if it goes against their wishes. Receive transportation to the school they attended before they became homeless or the school they last attended, if they request such transportation. Attend a school and participate in school programs with students who are not homeless. Stu- dents cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless. Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment. Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment. Enroll and attend classes in the school of their choice even while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrollment. Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs. Receive transportation to school and to school programs. D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 17 T H E AT E R P E R F O R M A N C E S Enjoy an evening at the theater! The Desert Vista Theater Troupe will be presenting: Did you know… September 22nd—24th, ―The Doctor In Spite of Himself‖ Desert Vista’s daily October 6th—8th, ―Short Plays for Long Living‖ announcements can be December 1st—3rd, ―Harvey‖ February 2nd—4th, ―Senior One-Acts‖ accessed on the home page February 15th—17th, ―Little Foxes‖ on the school’s web site at April 27th—29th, ―Fiddler on the Roof‖ (in the Dr. Joe McDonald Auditorium) http:// May 10th—11th, Production and Performance Play www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/ All performances other than the musical will be in the Black Box Theatre. On dvh/Announcements/ Wednesdays and Thursdays the performances will be at 7:00 pm. All Friday index.html performances will be at 4:00 pm. DV H S B A N D S C H E D U L E Mandatory Marching Band Parent Meeting — September 21, 7:00 pm (Dr. Joe McDonald Audito- rium) PAS (Percussion) — September 25 in the morning at Higley HS Stadium Corona del Sol Invitational — Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 pm, Corona del Sol Stadium Fall Band Concert — October 7, 7:00 pm, free admission (Dr. Joe McDonald Auditorium) ASU Band Day — October 23 in the evening — Sun Devil Stadium U P C O M I N G DV C H O I R C O N C E R T Desert Vista’s choir program will host its first concert on Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 pm in the Dr. Joe McDonald Auditorium. Please come out and enjoy the musical gifts of our choir students. ORCHESTRA NEWS Idyllwild and Brevard Music Camps are two prestigious music camps in the United States. Top stu- dents are selected from across America and around the world to participate. Junior Anes Sung re- ceived an invitation to Brevard in North Carolina, while both Freshmen JoAnn Nam and Junior Jay Min received invitations to Idyllwild in California. The Phoenix Symphony Orchestra has a youth training orchestra for top selected students AZ. The Youth Orchestra is specifically designed to give the most talented young people in Arizona an opportu- nity to practice weekly and perform extremely difficult music. Throughout the school year these stu- dents are given the opportunity to sit and perform side-by-side with the Phoenix Symphony Orches- tra. Representing DV in the 2010-11 Phoenix Youth Symphony are Juniors Anes Sung (who is also the Concertmaster and 1st chair player for this group) and Jay Min; Sophomores Connor Thunshelle and Amit Sen; and Freshmen Gina Han and Helen Suing. Representing Desert Vista in the Symphonette Orchestra is Freshman - Paula Li. Congratulations one and all! The first Orchestra Concert is Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium. Page 18 V o l um e 17 , Is s ue 1 SITE-BASED COUNCIL The Site-Based Council is an community, determine the Pam Barnes-Palty – Parent elected council that meets at most pressing needs, and set Tammie Connell – Parent 7:00 pm on the second priorities for action. While Jackie Karras – Altadena Monday of each month in the voting membership is by Liaison Administrative Conference appointment only, Marcee Hultsman – Teacher Room. attendance is open to all. Patti Benster – Community Member We work closely with the Mel Hannah – Community school administrators 2009-2010 Council Member providing guidance and input Jason Smith – Student on issues vital to the success Deb Benedict – Teacher and Sami Saunders – Student of the school. We assess the Chairperson Body President needs of the school and Anna Battle – Principal Please keep in mind latex balloons A WA R D W I N N E R S will not be allowed on campus or at public Each quarter the Site-Based events. We have Council accepts nominations students on campus to recognize the outstanding contributions of a teacher, a allergic to latex. Mylar classified staff member, a balloons are fine. student and a parent or mem- ber of the community. In the fourth quarter of the 2009-10 school year, award recipients included: Bernie O’Keefe and Dabney Leinberger (teachers), Rosie Navarro (staff), Aaron Whiteley (student) and Monica Serie (parent). Pictured above are Christine Barela, Monica Serie, Deb Benedict and Aaron Whitely. Ms. Leinberger and Mr. O’Keefe were unavailable for the photograph. A DVA N C ED T E A M The AdvancED Team is made up demonstrating excellence in members will provide training of Desert Vista staff volunteers academics, arts, and and support for the staff as they working to ensure Desert Vista’s extra-curricular activities. offer workshops and measure continued accreditation and improvements in the new target continuous improvement. Last Vision: We strive for excellence areas. year, the team led the DV Staff by engaging our community, through the creation and promoting accountability, The AdvancED Team is led by adoption of new Mission and fostering responsibility, and English Department Chair Deb Vision statements as well as the encouraging life-long learning. Benedict and includes Maggie implementation of four new Fountain, Katrina Montoya, target areas for the staff to fo-The target areas were Shawna Thue, cus on in the coming years. The chosen based on staff input, Michelle Lucas, Cassie Cline, mission and vision statements data collection and analysis Jeanne Scanlan, Annette are posted in each classroom over the last year. The four Haynes, Mark Honaker, and and appear below: Target Areas are Technology, Karen Calianno. Writing (incorporating spelling), Mission: Desert Vista inspires a Spirit, and Critical Thinking. community of learning by This year, the AdvancED Team D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 19 SCHOOL DANCES The first dance of the year gym regardless of the indirect They also may lose their privi- was Sadie Hawkins, which lighting provided by the DJ. No leges to attend future school was held on Saturday, August suggestive or lewd dancing dances. We want school 21. The administration staff will be allowed. We will not dances to be fun and memora- would like to share with par- allow behavior at dances that ble; a positive experience for all ents and students some should be embarrassing to students. Dances start at 8:00 guidelines for dances at the students and their families. pm and end promptly at 11:00 school. Students must show a No lap dancing will be toler- pm If you are picking up your current Desert Vista identifi- ated. Any students dancing son or daughter, please pick cation card to be permitted inappropriately will be asked them up at 11:00 pm. into a dance. Students are not to leave and will be banned Upcoming Dance Schedule: allowed to leave and re-enter from future dances. Purses, a dance under any circum- bags, clothing and vehicles October 2—Homecoming stances. Guests are permitted can be searched for items you (Senior Class sponsored) with proper paperwork and may not bring into a prior approval from the Activi- dance. Items such as drink February 4—Hoopcoming (after ties Office. Guests must have containers, water bottles, or the basketball game until a guest pass and picture iden- any item that may contain an tification card to enter the illegal substance will not be 11:00 pm) dance. Guests cannot be in allowed inside the gate. Stu- Middle School/Junior High dents who arrive under the April 2—MORP (Freshmen Class School and must be under the influence will be referred to sponsored ) age of 21. Students are lim- the on-duty officer, parents ited to one guest. Lighting in will be notified, and they will May 7—Prom (Junior Class the gym will include the secu- be subject to a minimum ten- sponsored)—Location to be rity lights at both ends of the day off-campus suspension. announced at a later date R E N A I S S A N C E F A S T F AC T S 2 0 1 0 - 20 1 1 S C H O O L Y E A R Q: What is Renaissance? Gold:GPA of 3.833-4. Q: Didn’t get a card and think A: It is a program that Silver:GPA between 3.677 to you should have? recognizes academic excel- 3.833 A: Check your second lence. semester, report card under Q: Based on semester or MARKING PERIOD 2. If there Q: How? quarter grades? has been an error, see Ms. A: Students who are eligible will A: Quarter grades. We are Wade in the Math Office, or receive a gold or silver card using 4th quarter of second Ms. Cheviron or Ms. Elliott in (based upon GPA). These cards semester of the previous school the Library. can be used for: year GPA, not semester, based · Discounts on student park- on enrollment in six credit- and ing (Gold only) grade-bearing classes. · Discounts on selected stu- dent activities Q: I am a brand new student · Discounts at local malls to Desert Vista. Why didn’t I get · Student give-aways a card? · One final exam exemption A: You must be a full time (Gold only) Desert Vista student for one · Reduced admission to semester before you are eligi- sponsor-selected, admini- ble for a card. stration approved activities Q: When are cards distributed? A: In September based on the Q: What are the qualifications previous 4th quarter grades, to receive a card? and in January, based upon A: Must be a full-time Desert 2nd quarter grades. Vista student for at least one semester. Refer to AIAONLINE.ORG for directions and venues, as well as game date and time changes Varsity/JV Volleyball 5:00 PM/6:00 PM 8/26 @ Scrimmage@ Basha 9/2 H Westwood 9/7 @ Salpointe 9/10-11 @ Westwood-Var Tourney of Champs Varsity Football 9/14 @ Chapperal 9/15 H Centennial 7:00 PM Golf-Girls Badminton 9/16 H Red Mountain Home @ Club West 3:30 PM 9/22 @ Deer Valley 8/18 @ Ironwood Rdg-Scrm 9/23 @ Corona del Sol 8/30 @ Dobson, Marcos 8/30 @ Mesquite 9/28 H Hamilton 8/27 H Tucson 9/1 H Red Mtn, Chavez 9/3 Bye 8/31 @ Basha 9/30 @ Mesa 9/4 @ Tempe Invitational 9/3 H Mtn View 10/5 @ Chandler 9/10 @ Pinnacle 9/8 H Hamilton 9/16 @ Mtn Pointe 9/7 H Xavier 10/7 H Xavier 9/10,11 @ Antigua Invite (Duke) 9/8 @ South 10/9-10 @ Goldwater Tourn 9/24 @ Hamilton 9/13-16 Tempe City Tournament 10/1 H St. Mary”s 9/13 H Perry 10/12 @ Hamilton 9/20 @ Chandler 9/14 H Gilbert 10/19 @ Red Mountain 10/8 H Mesa 9/22 @ Mesa 10/15 @ Corona 9/16 @ Highland 10/20 H Mountain Pointe 9/24 @ Aguila Invitational 9/21 H Millennium 10/21-24 @ Nike Tourney 10/22 H Chandler 9/27 @ Xavier 10/29 @ Brophy 9/23 H Cesar Chavez of Champions 9/29 @ Perry, Westwood 9/28 @ Carl Hayden 10/26 H Mesa 11/5 H Red Mointain 10/6 @ Casa Grande 11/12 State Playoffs Start 9/30 H Trevor Browne 10/27 @ Xavier 10/5 H Corona 10/28 H Chandler 10/7 @ Mountain Pointe JV Football 6:00 PM 9/2 H Mesquite 9/8 @ Marcos de Niza 9/15 H Mnt Pointe 9/23 H Hamilton 9/30 @ Basha 10/7 @ Mesa 10/14 H Corona del Sol Girls Cross Country 10/21 @ Chandler 10/28 H Brophy 8/28 H B & G Intrasquad/Alumni (B & G) 9/11 @ Chandler Inv @ Tumbleweed Pk 9/25 @ Ojo Rojo Invit @ Tumbleweed Pk 9/26 @ Danner Nike (Var) Freshman Football 9/29 H Hamilton, Basha, Westwood 10/1 @ Desert Twlt CC Fest@ Tokasticks 6:00 PM 10/6 @ Mesquite, Skyline (B Squad Sat @ 9 AM) 10/9 @ Connoly 9/1 @ Mesquite 10/20 @ ALL CITY (Kiwanis) 9/4 H B Squad-Perry TBD @ Fiesta Reg (var)Freestone Pk 9/7 H Marcos de Niza 11/6 @ 5A 1 State Meet (Var) 9/11 H B Squad-Mnt Pnte Freshman Volleyball 11/20 @ Nike Invite @ Kiwanis 9/14 @ Mnt Pointe 4:00 PM 9/22 @ Hamilton 9/29 H Basha 9/2 H Westwood 10/2 H B Squad-Skyline Boys Cross Country 9/7 @ Salpointe 10/5 H B Squad-Brophy(6pm) 9/14 @ Chapperal Golf-Boys 10/6 H Casa Grande Home @ Club West 9/15 H Centennial 8/28 H B & G Intrasquad/Alumni (B & G) 10/13 @ Corona del Sol 9/16 H ??? 9/4 @ Sole Sports CC Fest@(Silverado) 10/20 H Chandler 9/22 @ Deer Valley 8/30 @ Ahwatukee Cup at 9/11 @ Chandler Inv @ Tumbleweed Pk 10/27 @ Brophy 9/23 @ Corona del Sol Foothills Golf Course 9/18 @ Woodbridge Invite @ Irvine, CA 9/28 H Hamilton 8/31 @ Ahwatukee Cup at 9/25 @ Mountain View Inv@ M. V. Park 9/30 @ Mesa Ahwatukee CC 9/29 H Hamilton, Basha, Westwood 10/5 @ Chandler 9/1 H Ahwatukee CC at 10/1 @ Desert Twlt CC Fest@ Tokasticks Swimming 10/7 H Xavier Foothills Club West 10/6 @ Mesquite, Skyline 9/3-4 @ Brophy Invite@Grayhwk 4:00 PM 10/12 @ Hamilton 10/20 @ ALL CITY (Kiwanis) 10/19 @ Shepard 9/7 @ Mtn. Pointe, Desert Rdg W. Chandler (Kyrene) Pool TBD @ Fiesta Reg (var)Freestone Pk ? 10/20 H Mountain Pointe 9/16 H Chandler, Brophy 11/6 @ 5A 1 State Meet (Var) 10/26 H Mesa 9/17,18 @ Bart Granger Memorial 9/2 @ Highland 11/20 @ Nike Invite @ Kiwanis 10/27 @ Xavier 9/21 @ Red Mtn, Brophy 9/7 H Marcos de Niza 9/23 @ Basha, Casa Grande 9/16 @ Corona del Sol 10/28 H Chandler 9/28 @ Chandler, Red Mtn 9/23 H Mtn Pointe 10/5 H Dobson, Arcadia 9/25 @ Brophy/Xavier Invite 10/7 @ Notre Dame, McClintock 9/30 @ Chandler 10/21 @ Gilbert, North, 10/2 @ Speedo Invite(Tucson) Desert Ridge 10/7 @ Red Mountain Tempe Invite?? 10/19 @ Xavier/Brophy 10/30 @ City 11/4, 6 @ State Home @ West Chandler Pool Updated 8/25/10 D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 21 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R A C T I V I T I E S C A L E N DA R Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday September 1 2 3 4 School Pictures; School Pictures; NHS meeting Bye for Football Early Out, 2:12 before and after pm school 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Labor Day, No Fall Spirit ACT Test School Assembly; Rosh Hashanah FB at Pinnacle, 7 pm 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 7 pm Site-Based Council Meeting Early Out, 2:12 FB at. Mt. Pointe, Yom Kippur pm 7 pm Pest Control 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Early Release—out Key Club Blood 7 pm Play: ―The 7 pm Play: ―The 4 pm Play: ―The Football Cheer at 12:15 pm Drive Doctor In Spite of Doctor In Spite of Doctor In Spite of Clinic 1:00 to Himself‖, Black Himself‖, Black Himself‖, Black 3:30 pm Box Box Box; FB at Hamilton, 7pm 26 27 28 29 30 October 1 2 Early Out, 2:12 5-7 pm, Fall Carni- pm val in courtyard; Homecoming Homecoming 7pm Choir Con- Game vs. St. Dance, 8:00— cert, Aud. Mary’s, 7 pm 11:00 pm, large gym 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 In-State College 7:00 pm NHS meeting End of First SAT Test Night 6:30 pm at Orchestra and before and after Quarter; DV Auditorium Guitar school; 4 pm Play, ―Short Concert, Aud. Picture Retakes— Plays for Long all day; Living‖, Black Box Band Concert, 7 7 pm Play, ―Short pm Aud.; FB home vs. Mesa Plays for Long 7 pm Play, ―Short High, 7 pm Living‖, Black Plays for Long Box Living‖, Black Box 10 11 12 13 14 15 FALL BREAK 16 FALL BREAK FALL BREAK FALL BREAK FALL BREAK NO SCHOOL PSAT Test NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL FB at Pest Control Corona, 7:00 pm 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Start of Second Early Out, 2:12 FB home vs. ACT Test Quarter; pm; ―Dig Pink‖ Chandler High, 7 pm Site-Based Girls Volleyball at 7 pm Council Meeting DV Gym 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 AIMS Writing AIMS Reading AIMS Math Football at Brophy 7 pm Page 22 V o l um e 17 , Is s ue 1 SCIENCE NEWS DV HOSA Club Wins Accolades in events at the State confer- Medical Reading Team -- 10th Orlando! ence! Our top competitors place in the nation -- Anna HOSA, the Health Occupations were able to join over 5000 Quian, Micah Musheno, Tiffany Students of America, is a stu- other HOSA members from Wong dent organization whose mission across the nation at Walt Biotechnology -- Top 20 in the is to promote career opportuni- Disney World in Orlando, Flor- nation -- Jon Yamaguchi ties in health care and to en- ida for five days in June. This Creative Problem Solving Team hance the delivery of quality was our third year to compete -- Top Twenty in the nation -- health care to all people. at the very challenging na- Ashley Bennett, Grace Ma, AzHOSA currently operates 197 tional level, and this year we Sonia Sen, Jon Yamaguchi chapters in 120 high schools in were able to send eleven Kaiser Permanente Health Care Arizona with a membership of students thanks to the sup- Issues Exam -- top 10% in the over 3700. Desert Vista's HOSA port of a generous grant from nation -- Jared Naimark chapter was a charter member the Greater Valley Area Health Medical Math -- qualified and of the Arizona HOSA organiza- Education Center (GVAHEC). competed at Nationals as a tion, and our club is very popular We are pleased to congratu- Freshman! -- Annie Dai with students interested in all late the following Desert Vista We wish our graduated seniors kinds of medical careers. students for their outstanding good luck as they start college HOSA club members have the performance in Orlando: this fall, and are excited to wel- option of competing in dozens of Medical Spelling -- 4th place different events at the state and in the nation -- Saumya Bol- come new members to our national level. At the end of last lam club, which meets on alternate school year, twenty DV HOSA Researched Persuasive Tuesdays after school in Mrs. members qualified to compete Speaking -- 9th place in the Musheno's room, C170. at Nationals by winning gold, nation -- Sooyeon (Tammy) silver or bronze medals in their Kim Birgit Musheno (club advisor), Micah Musheno, Grace Ma, Jon Yamaguchi, Sonia Sen, Jared Naimark, Sooyeon Kim, Saumya Bollam, Annie Dai, Ashley Bennett, Tiffany Wong, and Anna Quian. D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 23 L AT I N N E W S Salvete! Kelsey Pearson (Latin 5-6) etry; 21st-Greek History; 23rd- Six Desert Vista Latin stu- 1st -Open Certamen Adv.; Latin Literature; 23rd-Roman dents had the wonderful op- 9th-slogan; 10th-sight Latin History; 25th-Latin Grammar; portunity of attending the 57th poetry; 7th-Greeting Cards; 9th- 28th-Academic Heptathlon; 28th Dolls; 19th-Reading Compre- -Latin Derivatives; and 29th- National Latin Convention in hension Poetry; 21st-Roman Greek Derivatives. Fargo, North Dakota. These History; 29th -Academic Hep- David Kaptur (Latin 5-6) amazing students spent the tathlon; 29th-Latin Derivatives 5th-Modern Myth; 6th-Slogan; week engaging in vigorous and 29th -Latin Literature. 16th-Greek Derivatives; 16th- academic and creative com- Olivia Reeves (Latin 5-6) Reading Comprehension Po- petitions against 1500 Latin 10th-Modern Myth; 1st- etry; 17th-Latin Literature; 19th- Sculpture; 2nd -state scrap- Latin Derivatives; 21st-Roman students from across the book; 4th-mosaics; 9th-Sight History; 25th-Ancient Geography country. Besides participating Latin Poetry; 19th -Greek His- 26th-Roman Life; 27th-Academic in challenging tests that ex- tory; 20th-Readi ng Compre- Heptathlon; 27th-Greek Life and amined a student’s knowl- hension Prose; 22nd-Latin Literature; 28th-Mottoes and edge of the ancient language, Literature; 25th-Latin Gram- Quotes; and 29th-Latin Gram- life, and culture, they also mar Advanced; and mar Advanced. attended a number of semi- 26th -Roman History. Ian Merrill (Latin 7-8) Allison Benz (Latin 3-4) 6th-Classical Art; 6th-Reading nars taught by local university 5th-Illustrated quotes; 6th- Comprehension Poetry; 7th- professors. As a state, these constructed charts; 21st- Sight Latin Poetry Boys; 8th- students won the spirit com- Ancient Geography;28th-Latin Ancient Geography; 10th-Roman petition for small state, 4th Derivatives; and 28th- Life; 12th-Academic Heptathlon place with most creative state Mythology. 13th-Greek Derivatives; 13th- Latin shirt, and their school Sara Herman (Latin 5-6) Latin Grammar Advanced; 16th- scrapbook achieved 2nd 8th-Sight Latin Poetry; 2nd - Roman History; 17th-Latin Lit- state scrapbook; 3rd-Drawing, erature; 17th-Latin Vocabulary; place. The following students Black Ink; 7th-sculpture 18th-Mottoes and Quotes; 20th- achieved the following results: 10th-black pencil; 17th- Latin Derivatives; and Reading Comprehension Po- 26th-Mythology. D E S E R T V I S TA S P E E C H & D E BAT E October 2 – Apache Junction Speech Invitational – Apache Junction High School October 15-16 – Desert Sun Invitational – Desert Vista High School November 12-13 – Dobson Invitational – Dobson High School November 19-20 – Lost Dutchman Invitational – Red Mountain High School December 3-4 – Forensic League of Arizona Winter Trophy Tournament January 6-8 – Southwest Championship –Arizona State University January 21-22 – Mountain View Toro Country Classic – Mountain View High School February 4-5 – 12th Annual Bobcat Bonanza Invitational – Central High School March 3-5 – National Forensic League Qualifier Tournament – Site TBA March 18-19 – AIA State Speech and Debate Tournaments Please contact Mr. Vic Silva S PE E CH AN D D E BATE NE WS for further information on Desert Vista received its third consecutive national School of Excellence in Debate award at the 2010 National Forensics League Tournament in Kansas City, MO in June. More than 3,200 stu- Desert Vista’s dents participated in the NFL National Tournament, one of the world’s largest academic contests. award-winning DV Students who competed in the contest were Megan MC Hugh, Brittany Stanchik, Greg Hietala, Brendan Porter, Dillon Olmanson, Holly Nordquist, Casey Cantor, Priyanka Atreya, Joseph Kim, team. Sammi Saunders and Mike Mazzella. Desert Vista’s Speech and Debate students are coached by Erik Dominguez, Vic Silva, Matt Bennett, Michelle Kelsey, Ben Kearl, Joe Guffey and Chase Williams. Congratulations for achieving this high honor once again. Page 24 V o l um e 17 , Is s ue 1 U R BA N P L A N UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging, and academically challenging classroom-based, web-supported program in which high school students learn the roles, issues, trade-offs, and economics involved in urban development. It provides our future voters, neighbors, community lead- ers, public officials, and land use professionals with a hands-on experience in developing realistic land use solutions to vexing urban growth challenges. DV's senior Honors Economics classes are getting ready to participate in the annual Urban Planning simulation/competition, which should be very interesting and educational. We will report the results of the competition in an upcoming issue of the Storm Report. “ G O G R E E N ” P RO J E C T AT DV Desert Vista is excited about a great new "Go Green" project.. Through grant funds from the Salt River Project, a partnership between SRP and Tempe Union High School District will create a unique educational opportunity for students at Desert Vista High School. With the ever-increasing costs and environmental impacts of power generation, alternative sources must be developed, and the technology of the sources needs to be utilized and experienced by our students. One of these power sources that shows great promise is Solar Energy. With the assistance of SRP, students at Desert Vista will be provided the opportunity to utilize a Photovoltaic array to gain invaluable hands- on experiences in solar generation and utilization. Students will experience firsthand the environ- mental benefits of the Photovoltaic array as well as the associated energy costs. Students in Dan Zavaleta's Engineering and Technology program, in a partnership with ASU, will develop visual presentations and written informational materials to assist in educating other students and the local community. ENGLISH DEPTARTMENT N OV E L C H E C K - O U T P R O C E D U R E S The English Department has over 20,000 copies of novels that students at every grade level check out for reading and study during their novel units. English teachers bring their classes to the library to check novels in and out, resulting in automatic tracking of late or lost books, making the whole process easier on the teachers! Students must return their previously-used novels in order to get the next one. Please help your students remember to turn in their completed novels so they can obtain the next one without delay. T A X C R E D I T D O N AT I O N viduals and couples filing Desert Vista Bookstore where State law allows Arizonans to jointly may take advantage of a receipt will be provided, or contribute up to $400 to this tax credit. A maximum of you may visit the TUHS District public schools for extra $200 can be deducted per Web Site (http:// curricular activities, and then individual tax return, or www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/ deduct that amount directly couples filing a joint return District_office/taxform.htm) to from their state income taxes may deduct a maximum of print a copy of the form. Or through a tax credit. $400. mail the form below, along with Contributions must be post- You must have a receipt from your check, to the Desert Vista marked by December 31 of your school to submit with Bookstore and a receipt will be the year to which you want to your taxes. You may visit the mailed to you. apply your tax credit. Indi- D e s e r t V i s ta S to r m R e p o r t Page 25 S TA F F D I R E C T O RY The Desert Vista Staff Directory is available on the school’s Web Site. CLICK HERE or on the phone symbol to access that information. D UA L E N RO L L M E N T A N D A P I N F O . Desert Vista provides two different programs that allow students to either earn college or waive uni- versity coursework. Please use the following websites, also found on the Counseling Department's website, to determine how colleges and universities treat these classes: Dual Enrollment-- https://az.transfer.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Admin_CEG.woa/8/wo/ bMR55Ep2lJkVLzf4vmTn50/2.3 AP Credit Policy-- http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp SCIENCE STUDENTS DO LAB WORK While many students spent high school students in the spent the summer working on their summers enjoying tradi- state to earn acceptance into high-tech insect control meth- tional vacation activities sev- the ASU BioDesign Institute ods in the Hagler lab, which eral DV students took advan- Summer Internship program, resulted in a trip to the largest tage of opportunities to work where she spent most of the organic strawberry farm in the in science research labs over summer assisting in research state of California! Dr. Hagler’s the summer. Rudy Chen that will hopefully lead to the lab focuses on the impact of worked with graduate stu- development of cancer vac- arthropod predation on pests dents in the Materials Sci- cines. Jared Naimark (2010 using molecular gut content ence & Engineering Depart- graduate attending ) spent the assays (ELISA and PCR), and ment and the Bioengineering summer working at the National on developing immunoassays Department at the University Institute of Diabetes and Diges- for studying insect dispersal of Washington (in Seattle), tive and Kidney Diseases patterns. Joe Beck worked on studying cancer drug delivery (NIDDK), a National Institutes of insect biology in the Brent lab, via micelles through the Health (NIH) lab in Phoenix, examining the behavioral, hor- bloodstream. Tyler Miyasaki where he sequenced DNA from monal and physiological was accepted into the very almost 400 people as he changes in insects as they competitive Helios Scholar searched for rare genetic mature. 2010 graduate Ben program at TGen Transla- changes associated with obe- Kesler worked for the Fabrik tional Genomics), and spent sity. lab, where the research team his summer working in their The DV Biotechnology program investigates molecular, bio- biotechnology labs in down- is very excited that our biotech- chemical and physiological town Phoenix. Also at TGen, nology partnership with the functions in insects. 2009 graduate Brian Djaja United States Department of 2009 alumni from the DV bio- (currently at MIT) spent his Agriculture’s Agricultural Re- tech program had a strong summer developing software search Station in Maricopa led presence at the Maricopa lab applications designed to help to several internship opportuni- as well:Chris Fanger worked in researchers analyze huge ties for current and former DV the Salvucci lab, which studies amounts of data as they Biotechnology students over the the regulation of photosynthe- search for patterns that could summer. Three students were sis and carbohydrate metabo- indicate genetic markers for involved in a project to find ecol- lism in plants. disease. ogically sound pest manage- Carrie Lin was one of only ten ment strategies for Western cotton crops: Gabe D’Luzansky F O O T BA L L C H E E R C L I N I C Learn cheers, chants, jumps and dance from the DV Spiritline! All participants will be invited to perform at the half-time of a DV Varsity Football game. Who: All students in grades Pre-K through 8. When: Saturday, September 25 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Registration begins at 12:30 pm. Performances will be on Friday, October 22nd during half-time of the varsity football game. Where: DVHS. Cost: $35. Fee includes instruction, cheer clinic t-shirt, poms, souvenir photo, refreshments, and admission for one adult to attend the football game performance. Forms may be turned in by the cheer- leader, turned in to Desert Vista or mailed to S. Batlle at 2903 E. Verbena Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85048. Checks should be made out to De- sert Vista Spiritline. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Mailed forms should be postmarked by September 20, 2010 to be eligible for pre-registration or turned in no later than September 23, 2010. Anything after this date will be welcomed as walk-in registration. Any questions? Please feel free to contact Sonja Batlle at 480-751-8784 or email@example.com, or Karen Calianno at 480-225-0650 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration Form Payment: cash____/Ck.#________ DV Cheerleader Name_____________________ Participant’s Name_______________________________________________________ School:______________________________________ Grade_____________________ Parent/Guardian Name(s):_________________________________________________ Address:_______________________________________________________________ City:______________________________ Home Phone:_________________________ Zip:______ E-mail:__________________________ Cell Phone:___________________ Any medical difficulties/limitations that we should be aware of:____________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Any allergies:____________________________________________________________ Emergency Contact Name:_________________________ Phone___________________ Medical Information Physician’s Name: ___________________________________Phone:_______________ Hospital Preference:______________________________________________________ Cheer Clinic t-shirt size: Youth XS___ Youth S___ Youth M___ Youth L___ Adult XS___ Adult S___ Adult M___ Adult L___ H O M E C O M I N G C A R N I VA L , S E P T E M B E R 30 , 20 1 0 We are holding our third annual Homecoming Carnival at Desert Vista High School. It will be a family-friendly event held on Thursday, September 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 in the courtyard. It will be open to the community and we hope to have a large turnout. We plan to have rides, carnival games, food, and performances on the stage. It only costs the public two cans of food to get in, and then visitors pay to play the games or for food. The Senior class will sell tickets for rides and food for 50¢. Some of the events we plan to have include buddy pictures, bounce houses, pie-in-the-face, fishing game, ping pong toss, cake walk, and a dunk tank.