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Phone: 480-484-4600
Fax: 480-484-4601
Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:00pm
School Hours: 7:45am - 2:20pm

Desert Canyon Middle School
10203 E. McDowell Mtn. Ranch Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255      
Dale Link, Principal
Marilyn Engle, Assistant Principal

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District Announcements
DMHS Hosts Informational IB Program Informational Night

On Tuesday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m., Desert Mountain High School will host an informational night for all 8th graders and their families who are interested in learning more about the IB program and the pre-diploma program.  Families will learn about the application process, shadowing program and entrance requirements.  They can also ask questions of administrators, teachers, students and parents involved in IB.  It will be held in the auditorium, and families should park in the lot between Desert Mountain High School and Mountainside Middle School.  Informational fliers and shadowing forms will be sent home through all SUSD 8th grade English classes after fall break.  For questions, please contact Laura Kamka, IB Coordinator, at

Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's October Letter

Dear Scottsdale Unified School District Family,

Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is truly fortunate to have outstanding students, teachers and support staff as well as specialized programs that make us stand out across Arizona and the nation. It is only the end of the first quarter, and our students and teachers have already accomplished so much! See the October Letter.

ADE Releases New Achievement Profiles

ADE Label
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has released its new A-F Achievement Profiles for the 2013-14 school year. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) did well; the District received an A for a fourth consecutive year with a score of 144, our highest score ever. Nineteen schools received the highest grade of A, seven schools received B, three schools received C and one school received a D. See Grades
Home of the Mighty Mountain Lions!

Spirit Harvest Festival 5-9 p.m. Friday October 24th
Tickets go on sale September 29th.
Go to "Store" tab on the PTO website to order online.
Contact Debbie Blum or
Jennifer Ackels for more information.

Eldorado Park Track Meet
  Additional Cross Country Meet:
  • Wednesday, October 22, following the high school city championships.
  • Start time: 5:15 p.m.  All boys and girls will compete at the same time.
  • Location: Eldorado Park, Miller Road and Oak Street.  Starting line is on the west side of the park between the Boys & Girls Club and the pool.  Finish line is on the east side of the park, next to the basketball park (approximately even with Oak Street).
  • Distance: 1.75 miles.  Course map of the high school course is attached.  Middle school will run one large loop (not two) and then the small "horseshoe" to the finish line.
  • Parking:  DO NOT park in the pool parking lot at Miller & Oak, and DO NOT park in the softball field parking lot further south on Miller.  Instead, park on the east side of the course (easiest to approach from Hayden Road and Oak Street).  Please bear in mind that the high school races will be going on prior to the middle school race, so spectators need to watch the race course.
  • Team camps:  Ramadas will be taken by the high school teams, so bring pop-up tents.  Teams will not be allowed to set up on the softball fields, the football field, or on the race course.
  • Entries:  Due by Monday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.  If an athlete is not entered, he/she will NOT be added later.  This meet is being administered by the high school coaches, who will be busy with their own teams on race day.
Four SUSD Students Win the Mayor's Constitution Day Contest

To commemorate Constitution Day, The Honorable W. J. “Jim” Lane hosted a Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest. The City of Scottsdale received 132 entries for the contest. The contest was divided into three categories. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) had four grand prize winners and several finalists. The grand prize winners are: Gabe Ozaki, a student at Desert Canyon Middle School, 6th-8th grade essay winner, Camryn Sliger, a student at Desert Canyon Middle School, 6th-8th grade art winner, Steven Adelberg, a student at Desert Mountain High School, high school essay winner, and Julia Mionis, a student at Chaparral High School, high school art winner.
The following SUSD students were finalists:
  • Pueblo: Donovan Davis (essay)
  • Mohave: Andrea Mitrovic (art), Benjamin Yee (art), Daniel Hutton (essay) and Julia Greteman (essay)
  • Chaparral – all art:  Brooke Martin, Maia Nagle, Grace Lieberman and Spencer Scher
  • Desert Canyon Middle: Tyler Crum (art) Elise Short (art), Brenden Weinberg (art), Ellie Fern (essay), Samantha Hirsch (essay) and Eli Tebeau (essay)
  • Coronado: Natalee Esposito (essay)
  • Desert Mountain: Christine Curran (essay)
Mr. Link's Letter
Middle school Athletics
  SUSD offers after school sports for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
 One Athletic packet per school year must be completed, as follows:
 Prior to participation, students must present parent permission, a physical, proof of insurance, and their fee. They will receive a “Go Pass” to give to their coach to begin practice.
  Winter I - Quarter 2 Sports: Girls Softball, Girls Soccer, Boys Basketball, Boys Soccer, and Spirit Line
  Meet Coaches October 21st @2:30pm in the Gym and get the Practice Schedule and Team information.
  Winter II - Quarter 3 Sports: Girls Basketball, Boys Passing League Flag Football, and SpiritLine.
  Meet the Coaches January 6th in the Gym at 2:30 for Team Information & Practice Schedule.
  Spring - Quarter 4 Sport: Girls and Boys Track – Tier 1 ONLY for the final season.
  Meet the Coaches March 17th in the Gym at 2:30 for Practice Schedule & Team Information.
** Pick up a complete Athletic Packet in the Office.
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