The National Junior Honor Society

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NJHS in 1929. The main purpose of our DSMS NJHS is: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) elevates our school’s commitment to the five main pillars of NJHS values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

Eighth-grade students who have achieved a G.P.A. of 3.8 (we do not round) or higher in seventh grade are eligible for application to membership in the fall of their 8th-grade year. DSMS offers two types of membership:

  • Active membership enables students to attend monthly meetings, as well as our California Field trip.
  • Honorary Membership offers the certificate of accomplishment with no active ties to or participation in the club.

Our formal candlelight Induction ceremony takes place in the middle of September.

Students are asked to maintain their high scholastic average in order to attend monthly meetings and field trips.

Since NJHS is all about service to our school and our community, students are asked to volunteer at various school activities, such as being student guides for 6th-grade students, tutoring fellow students during stat, and visiting the residents of Phoenix Mountain Nursing Home.

In the last part of April, we offer a three-day trip to California for active members. During our trip, we visit the Pirates Dinner Show, take a cruise with Dana Point Marine Institute and participate in one of their many labs, and finally visit the happiest place on earth: Disneyland and California Adventure…the happiest place after DSMS, that is.  

Our meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows:

October 16, November 20, December 11, January 15, February 5,  March 25, and April 8                   

Our California Trip is April 23-26, 2020.

NJHS Sponsors: Ms. Barbara Hull-Ottino and Mr. Peter Zepeda


Desert Shadows Student Council

The School Council at Desert Shadows is made up of certified staff, classified staff, parent members and community members.

Our school council’s mission is to represent the interests of the student body in student government affairs. We work with the administration, faculty, staff and school committee to ensure the student body feels free to express their ideas and suggestions. Student Council promotes a positive relationship between the student body and the administration, faculty, staff and school committee.

Student Council Sponsor: Mrs. Julie Erwin


Desert Shadows Clubs

*Club applications are available at the front office.

You can click on any club name to view a flyer and/or registration form:

Clay Club meets in room D-8 and the cost is $40 per semester. Sponsor: Mr. Medhus

Garden to Table meets in room E-27 with a cost of $50 per semester. Sponsor: Mrs. Hess

Homework Club meets in the Media Center and the cost is $100 per semester. Sponsors: Ms. Reese and Mrs. Green

Gaming Club meets in room A-5 and the cost is $25 per semester. Sponsor: Mrs. Glinka    

Design and DIY Club meets in room A-3. Sponsor: Mrs. Saeli

Drumline meets in room C-4. Sponsor: Mrs. Clark

Drumline Picture
Drumline