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Megan Peterson
New or Recently Promoted Employees
09/22/2021
Megan Peterson is now a program specialist, student support services.
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Start With Hello Week
09/20/2021
Each year in September, thousands of schools and youth organizations nationwide participate in Start With Hello Week to celebrate the amazing work of educators, students, and community members in building socially inclusive learning environments for all students.
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Bianca Rae Foundation Logo
7th Annual Rae of Hope Retreat
09/16/2021
The 7th Annual Rae of Hope Retreat will be held on October 2nd, 2021 at the Hyatt in Indian Wells.
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IHS Principal as New CASCD Member
09/03/2021
New member of the CASCD board is IHS principal Derrick Lawson!
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Siblings Jackson and Alexandra Kulevich
Disney's Magic Bake-Off
09/02/2021
Siblings Jackson and Alexandra Kulevich, from La Quinta compete at Disney
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The John Glenn Art Collection
09/02/2021
John Glenn art students create beautiful art to showcase
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New/Recently Promoted Employees
08/31/2021
New/recently promoted employee were recognized at the August 31 board meeting.
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SHHS and IHS Principles with Mayor
SHHS vs IHS Rivalry Week
08/22/2021
Three sporting events, one eventful rivalry week!
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New and Recently Promoted Employees
08/18/2021
New and recently promoted employees were recognized at the August 17 board meeting.
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PBIS School Recognitions
08/12/2021
DSUSD schools recognized by PBIS
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Rajah Cadets
158th Battalion “Rajah Cadet”
08/04/2021
IHS Rajah cadets were recognized at the 158th Battalion
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DSUSD Speech Camp
07/21/2021
Speech camp benefits students in many ways, but the main result is the overall level of engagement.
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Riverside Art Spectacular
DRA Art Finalists
07/20/2021
Three DRA students were chosen as art finalists
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DRA Cadet Recognition
07/20/2021
DRA Cadets are recognized as they move on to HS/are promoted
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Mental Health Matters Logo
Mental Health Matters Spirit Week
06/14/2021
DSUSD Students Recognized for Creativity in the Mental Health Matters Spirit Week
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Library Grant for LQMS
05/18/2021
LQMS earned a $5,000 library grant from the Laura Bush Foundation
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CalRTA Honoring Teachers
05/07/2021
CalRTA honors teachers for teacher appreciation week
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Imagine Learning logo
Imagine Español Recognition
05/04/2021
2020–2021 Schools of Excellence, Imagine Español
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2021 Teachers of the Year
2021 Teachers of the Year
04/27/2021
Announcing District Teachers of the Year
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CalRTA 2021 Scholarships
04/26/2021
California Retired Teachers Association Desert Sand's Scholarship Recipients for 2021
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Diversity Books
Indio Rotary Book Project
04/13/2021
The Rotary Club of Indio Providing Books to Elementary School Children
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Martin Receives Empowering Students Award
Martin Receives Empowering Students Award
03/22/2021
OneFuture Coachella Valley’s ‘The Future Is Ours’ Awards Celebration
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Kindness Certified Schools
Kindness Certified Schools
02/10/2021
Recognized by the Kids for Peace organization
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Danica Larson sworn in as student board member
PDHS Student Board Member Larson
01/13/2021
Danica Larson sworn in as student board member
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Technology Project Facilitators recognized by Alludo
Tech Heroes of the Year
12/14/2020
Technology Project Facilitators recognized by Alludo
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Truman Receives Music Grant
12/01/2020
Thanks to Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic!
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LBJ Longhorns tip their caps to say hello
Start With Hello Week School Awards
11/25/2020
Three DSUSD schools selected for a national award
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SueAnn Blach and therapy dog Budders
Blach Recognized by NASP
11/20/2020
SueAnn Blach selected as an Outstanding Possibilities in Action Partner by the National Association of School Psychologists.
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Holly Hinman sworn in as student board member
Horizon's Hinman Sworn In
11/18/2020
Holly Hinman sworn in as student board member
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Fisher named CUE Administrator of the Year
11/17/2020
Principal Brad Fisher of Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School has been named the CUE Administrator of the Year.
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Kennedy Elementary School named Yard of the Month
Schools Celebrated for Conservation Efforts
11/16/2020
Kennedy Elementary and Eisenhower Community Education Center named Yards of the Month
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College Board Scholars
11/13/2020
Congratulations to two Palm Desert High School students identified as College Board National Recognition Program Scholars.
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Palm Desert Rotary presents check to DSUSD
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Indio Elks visits Jackson Elementary
Elks at Earhart & Jackson
10/29/2020
Indio Elks Lodge distributes funds to Earhart and Jackson elementary schools.
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New Hires (Mar-Sep 2020)
10/19/2020
Welcome to all of the DSUSD team members who have joined us in 2020! It has certainly been an interesting and challenging time and thank you for sharing your talents with us.
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School to School Water Project
Monroe Funds Clean Water
10/19/2020
Monroe Mustangs fund third clean water well
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CSEA Chapter 106 Scholarships
10/16/2020
Congratulations to DSUSD graduates who were awarded scholarships for 2020.
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CITE & ACSA Awards
10/13/2020
Kudos to Assistant Superintendent Kelly May-Vollmar, Ed.D., and Amelia Earhart Elementary School Principal Ann Morales for their recent professional recognitions.
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Eliana Lopez
2020 Golden Quill Award
10/08/2020
DSUSD nominee wins Golden Quill Award
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Drug Free Calendar Winners
Drug Free Calendar
10/07/2020
Two DSUSD students win drug prevention poster contest
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Budder popcorn
Budder Popcorn
10/05/2020
Budders at Horizon/Summit High School
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LQHS senior coordinates school supply drive
School Supply Drive
09/28/2020
LQHS senior coordinates school supply drive
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Monroe Elementary National Blue Ribbon School
09/25/2020
U.S. Secretary of Education recognized James Monroe Elementary School as the only school in the Coachella Valley to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020.
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CVREP Writing Competition
09/24/2020
CVREP, a local repertory theatre, held a writing contest this summer and multiple DSUSD students won.
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Dionne Elvira, Ed.D.
Congratulations, Dr. Elvira!
09/17/2020
Dionne Elvira, Ed.D. earned her Doctorate from CSUSB.
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Proclamation presented for Deaf Awareness Month
September - Deaf Awareness Month
09/16/2020
La Quinta City Council presents proclamation for September as Deaf Awareness Month
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RCOE Superintendent Message
08/21/2020
Distance Learning: A Message From Dr. Judy D. White
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Bank of America Student Leader Lizbeth Luevano
Bank of America Student Leader
07/27/2020
La Quinta High graduate Lizbeth Luevano selected for Bank of America's Student Leaders program
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McCallum Theatre's Open Call 2020
Open Call 2020
07/23/2020
McCallum Theatre's Open Call 2020 features DSUSD students
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Serina Strange, Ed.D.
Congratulations, Dr. Serina Strange!
07/21/2020
Serina Strange, Ed.D. successfully defended her dissertation.
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Principal Derrick Lawson
Principal Lawson Award
06/22/2020
Principal Derrick Lawson to Receive Distinguished Service Award from NASSP
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IHS Student Recreates American Gothic painting
IHS Student Recreates American Gothic
06/17/2020
The Getty Museum put out a challenge to students. Recreate a piece of classic art.
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Kathryn Fisher, 2020 County Academic Scholar
2020 County Academic Scholar
06/11/2020
Kathryn Fisher, La Quinta High School selected as County Academic Scholar
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Literature Live participants
Literature Live Anyway!
06/05/2020
This year, La Quinta High School’s IB English seniors have reenvisioned this end of year event.
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Congratulations Ashley Hayball
Hayball Receives HERO Award
06/01/2020
Teacher Ashley Hayball recognized as HERO Award recipient.
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Jose Ramirez, Ed.D.
Congratulations, Dr. Ramirez!
05/27/2020
Jose Ramirez, Ed.D. earned his Doctorate from University of LaVerne.
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Volunteers distributing books and bags
Book & Bag Giveaway
05/20/2020
The United Way of the Desert joined The Hope Collaborative for a book and bag giveaway.
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CalRTA 2020 Scholarships
Students Receive CalRTA Scholarships
05/15/2020
CalRTA Division 43 (California Retired Teachers Association) awards seven scholarships to Desert Sands students
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Tobacco Use Prevention Education Billboard 2020
Tobacco Use Prevention Education Billboard
05/14/2020
Palm Desert Charter Middle School student wins 2020 billboard contest.
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Golden State Merit Seal
Seniors Earn Golden State Merit Seal Diplomas
05/06/2020
Congratulations to this year's seniors who qualified for the Golden State Merit Seal Diploma!
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Bridging the Digital Divide
05/04/2020
Desert Sands USD is proud of its 2019 CSBA Golden Bell recognition and its legacy of innovation. Read this article on DSUSD addressing the digital divide.
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LaTanya Strange, Ed.D.
Congratulations, Dr. Strange!
05/02/2020
LaTanya Strange, Ed.D. successfully defended her dissertation.
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Budders works from home
Budders misses DSUSD
05/01/2020
Budders (AKA Butterscotch) wanted to share some messages of hope and connection. She is also ready for May Mental Health Awareness Month.
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LQMS Band Instrument Selfie
LQMS Band - Instrument Selfies
05/01/2020
Mrs. Gubler asks her students, "What does your instrument do to relax?"
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Students Win Rotary Speech Competition
04/14/2020
Palm Desert High School-Rotary 4-Way Test Speech Contest: Triumph over Coronavirus Limitations
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Indio Ambassadors Mia Puga and Pedro Ledzama-Garcia
Students Participate in Desert Town Hall
02/21/2020
Desert Town Hall is a renowned speaker series presented in Indian Wells. Valley students are invited to attend.
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Indio Middle School
DSUSD Supports, Fields Esports Teams
01/17/2020
Students learn to persevere, think strategically, and to set goals.
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Bookmobile
DSUSD Provides Students With Ebooks, Audiobooks
11/22/2019
The Digital Bookmobile is traveling to libraries and schools around North America.
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Desert Sands Leadership Academy Graduates 26
10/11/2019
Graduation isn’t just for the students at Desert Sands Unified School District.
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The Beacon Goes Live
09/02/2019
In this world of instant electronic communication we are going LIVE with our e-magazine The Beacon. Beginning now, stories will be submitted by YOU!
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