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FAQ's

What subdivisions are within the boundaries for Desert Wind Middle School?

  • Anderson Farms
  • Cobblestone
  • Desert Passage
  • Glennwilde
  • Homestead
  • Lakes at El Dorado
  • Rancho El Dorado
  • Rancho Mirage
  • Senita 3 & 4
  • Seven Ranches
  • Sorrento
  • Tortosa
  • U of A Farms

What are the school hours?
School starts at 9:10 am and ends at 4:10 pm. Every Wednesday is an early release schedule and the school day ends at 3:10pm.

What time does campus open in the morning?
Our front campus gates for students to enter the courtyard open at 8:30 am each morning. The back gates are also opened at that time for students to drop off their bikes and enter the campus.

What is the schedule of classes and lunch?
Each grade has a different lunch hour and a different schedule. Refer to our bell schedule for details.

What should I do if my student is absent?
When at all possible, please notify us when your child is absent by calling the Attendance Clerk in the front office at 520-568-7110 x3101. If we don't hear from you by early morning, you're likely to get a phone call and/or text from us. Students that have been absent should return with a note explaining the reason they were gone. If the absence was due to a doctor appt, dentist appt, court date, or funderal, a note or funeral notice/program needs to be turned in within 24 hours for it to be excused. 

What is the pick-up and drop off routine?
Before and after school students can be dropped off and picked up in front of the school. Please keep to the left side of the driveway and do not park in the designated fire lane. If a student is going to be signed out of school early or picked up from school the parent or guardian must come in the school, present a picture ID, and sign their student out before a student will be released.

How does bussing work?
All students are assigned a bus route based on their home address. Students will not be permitted to ride a different bus. Students will be issued a school ID which also serves as their bus pass. Students MUST have their bus pass to ride the bus each day. 

Is there a cost for a school ID card?
Each student will receive their first ID card free of charge.  Student MUST wear their ID at all times while on campus. The students use their ID card to eat in the cafeteria, check out books in the library, and ride the bus. If your student needs a replacement ID card, the cost is $5 and can be purchased in the library.

Who is allowed to pick up my child?
Only those people listed on your emergency contact form can sign out your student. The person picking up your student must be 18 years of age and must present a picture ID. To ensure child safety we will not honor verbal requests for anyone other than those listed on your form. You are however, encouraged to update your form as needed.

Does Desert Wind Allow Visitors in the classrooms?
Yes. Visitors must call ahead and make an appointment to visit classrooms. We need to make sure that classes aren't interrupted during important times like tests. When you arrive at school, please check in with the front office with your Photo ID to receive your Visitor Badge.

How is lunch handled? Can I pay online?
We have 3 lunch periods - with each grade having a separate lunch period. Lunch lasts approximately 30 minutes. Students must show their ID card to purchase lunch. For the first week of school students are able to present their schedule and enter in their student ID number. We do this because it takes about one week for all teachers to escort their students to the library to obtain ID's. Parents can put money into a student lunch account by paying online through myschoolbucks.com or by bringing money to the school to be added into the students account. Forms to apply for Free or Reduced Lunch are available at any time during the school year. They can be picked up from the cafeteria, front office or on the MUSD website.
**Breakfast is also served daily from 8:30 - 9:05 and is free for all students.

What is the dress code? How are rules enforced?
More information about the dress code can be found HERE.  School rules and school discipline is explained in detail in the MUSD secondary handbook which is available here on this website. Disciplinary actions that are reported to the office through the referral process are handled by the Dean of Students and School Principal. Criminal offenses and truancy are addressed by our School Resource Officer (SRO).

How is safety on campus handled?
Throughout the year we conduct monthly fire and lockdown drills to ensure all staff and students know how to respond in a crisis situation. We also have a School Resource Officer to educate and support a safe school environment and student safety.

How is bullying handled?
Desert Wind follows all district policies regarding reports of bullying. All cases are investigated and addressed when reported to the administration.

How do I update my contact information?
All changes need to be done in writing. There is a form in our front office to update your address, phone number, or emergency contacts.

How do I see my student's grades?
ParentVue gives parents access to: Attendance, Calendar, Class Schedule, Fees, Gradebook, Report Card, and Student Info. If you have current access to ParentVue through an elementary school in our district, your ParentVue account will remain the same. If you do not have access to ParentVue, please contact our counselor or front office for an activation code.

What sports are offered and when are the seasons?
We currently offer: Baseball, Softball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Cross Country, Football, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Track, and Wrestling. Sports offered may change depending on enrollment, interest, and coach availability.

What is required to play sports?
All students must have a completed athletic packet, including a physical, before they will be permitted to attend tryouts. If your student plays multiple sports, only one athletic packet per school year is needed. Each sport requires a $50 Pay-2-Play fee that must be paid before the first game. Pay-2-Play fees can be paid by cash or check to our bookstore. Students are also required to maintain passing grades in all of their classes to remain eligible to participate.

Are there lockers for P.E.?
Yes, each student needs a lock to secure their belongings in the locker room. Students are expected to bring a change of clothes and dress out for PE each day. Locks can also be purchased in the school bookstore.

Do we need to purchase uniforms for P.E.?
No, we do not have uniforms for P.E.  Students are required to dress out in athletic clothing and shoes of their choice.

What is the Blended Learning Program?
The Blended Learning Program provides an alternative setting for project based, S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education. Blended Learning utilizes personalized education, succinct technology integration, and project based instruction into the regular 6th, 7th and 8th grade curriculum. Blended Learning students are highly motivated, very organized, work well in groups and are self-starters. The Blended Learning classroom provides more freedom and creativity while holding high expectations for all students.

 

**A Note about Communication from Desert Wind**
There is frequent communication sent out from our teachers and principal. This includes emails, mailings, and phone calls. In order to ensure that every parent is receiving these communications, PLEASE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION UPDATED WITH OUR OFFICE. We have an update form that must be filled out yearly and the form is also available all year long on the front office.

 

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