At Desert Shadows Middle School (DSMS), teachers challenge our students cognitively and at a high level. At times during the school year our students should experience a healthy volume of academic pressure, coupled with opportunities to work, learn, and grow. To facilitate the demands of a challenging curriculum, DSMS has instituted Student Teacher Assistance Time (STAT). STAT is an opportunity for students to receive additional time and support from teachers with academically rigorous curriculum.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the regular bell schedule is modified to carve out 25 minutes for STAT. The STAT period takes place just before 4th period, from 10:30 am to 10:55 am.

During STAT, students have time and opportunities to meet academic needs with the support of classroom teachers during the school day. Students are encouraged to request a pass to meet with a teacher where a specific challenge exists. Students utilizing STAT will be able to conference with teachers for additional help, opportunity to make up work or retake a test. If students do not visit a teacher during this time, they will remain in their 4th period room as a study period. STAT is also the period in which student led video announcements are displayed in classrooms.

Bell Schedule (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

PERIOD 1: 8:00-8:48 a.m.

PERIOD 2: 8:52-9:37 a.m.

PERIOD 3: 9:41-10:26 a.m.

PERIOD 4: 10:30-11:42 a.m.

(27 minutes STAT/45 minutes Class)

PERIOD 5: 11:44 a.m.-12:14 p.m. (7TH LUNCH)

PERIOD 6: 12:17-1:02 p.m. (7TH CLASS)

PERIOD 5: 11:46 a.m.-12:31 p.m. (8TH CLASS)    

PERIOD 6: 12:33-1:03 p.m. (8TH LUNCH)

PERIOD 7: 1:06-1:51 p.m.

PERIOD 8: 1:55-2:40 p.m.

Bell Schedule (Monday and Friday)

PERIOD 1: 8:00-8:51 a.m.

PERIOD 2: 8:55-9:43 a.m.

PERIOD 3: 9:47-10:35 a.m.

PERIOD 4: 10:39-11:33 a.m.

PERIOD 5: 11:33 a.m.-12:03 p.m. (7TH LUNCH)

PERIOD 6: 12:07-12:55 p.m. (7th CLASS)

PERIOD 5: 11:37 a.m.-12:25 p.m. (8TH CLASS)

PERIOD 6: 12:25-12:55 p.m. (8TH LUNCH)

PERIOD 7: 12:59-1:47 p.m.

PERIOD 8: 1:51-2:40 p.m.

Bell Schedule (Early Release)

PERIOD 1: 8:00-8:31 a.m.

PERIOD 2: 8:35-9:06 a.m.

PERIOD 3: 9:10-9:41 a.m.

PERIOD 4: 9:45-10:16 a.m.

PERIOD 6: 10:20-10:51 a.m.

PERIOD 7: 10:55-11:26 a.m.

PERIOD 8: 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.