Principals Message



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Principals Message

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students of Desert Spirit Elementary,


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  As your principal, it is my pleasure to work with our dedicated staff and community to provide a positive educational experience for our students.  The theme for our Desert Spirit community is “Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Kind”. The definition of kindness is the quality of being gentle, caring and helpful and these are the qualities are what we want to instill in our students as well as a quality education.

This year we are very excited to begin a new PTO, new paint on both the inside and outside of school and soon a digital marquee for announcements.  We welcome new staff members: Mr. Campbell in 4th grade, Mrs. Hallum in 6th grade, Ms. Helman in 7th grade and Ms. Ottens as our Math Achievement Advisor.  

The staff at Desert Spirit is passionate about learning; collaboratively with one other and dedicated towards continuous improved student achievement. We are life-long learners who are firmly committed to a Professional Learning Community that is focused on using student achievement data in order to improve individual student achievement. As a staff, we will continue to motivate our diverse population to achieve in both academics and in their social skills in order to meet the challenges of both today and tomorrow! Finally, our Desert Spirit staff will always model Respect, Responsibility and Readiness in order to show a good example for our student learners.

I wish you all a wonderful school year.  If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me and know my door is always open.  I can be reached at 623-237-5603.  


MaryBeth McKim