About Desert Shadows

The great challenge for any school is to find a way to meet the needs of students who walk through the doors each day with a very wide spectrum of skills. The challenge is even greater at the middle level, a time when students experience incredible emotional, intellectual, social, and physical growth in a very limited amount of time. At Desert Shadows Middle School, we are committed to meeting that challenge to create a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all students.

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Tour and Enroll Now!

Middle school is an exciting time for teens to explore interests through Signature Programs and electives. Incoming seventh-graders and their parents have the opportunity to learn about middle school offerings, including academics, electives, clubs, and intramural sports.

Click here to schedule an In-Person School Tour    

Click here for more information and to take a Virtual Tour

Sidewinder Camp

Incoming 7th grade and new 8th grade students

At DSMS we want all incoming 7th grade and new 8th grade students to be comfortable and confident in starting off their first days in middle school. For many, Sidewinder Camp has been a successful way to be ready for their new school.  

Sidewinder Camp will be held at DSMS on Friday, July 29, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here for more information and to register.

Open Enrollment

Continue your child's journey of excellence by open enrolling. Open Enrollment is a process allowing parents or guardians to apply for admission to any public school, as long as there is classroom space available. Parents and guardians often choose to open enroll their children in PVSchools for various reasons, including the unique and innovative award-winning programs, teaching philosophy, extracurricular activities, and more.

For more information on the open enrollment process, to include early bird open enrollment information, visit the PVSchools Open Enrollment webpage.

2021-22 School Year

Grade Level Capacity Open Enrollment 
07 423 Closed
08 410 Closed
SPED Resource 100 Closed
LFI/SC 25 Closed

2022-23 School Year

Grade Level Capacity Open Enrollment 
07 323 Closed
08 431 Closed
SPED Resource 100 Closed
LFI/SC 30 Closed

*The second chart above reflects the capacity for the upcoming school year. For the following school year, all grade levels are accepting open enrollment applications unless otherwise stated.  
**A specialized program that is designated closed for the current school year will remain closed for the following school year unless otherwise stated. Students interested in being put on the waitlist should complete an Open Enrollment application.

Drug Prevention Presentation

Drug Prevention Parent Presentation by Stephanie Siete
March 30, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Desert Shadows Middle School Cafeteria

Stephanie Siete is a drug prevention specialist and passionate speaker about the impact of drugs on youth and society today. 

This presentation will cover relevant facts, trends, and safety precautions for substance use among our teens.

Click Here for More Information

Homework Club

Homework Club is after school from 2:50 to 3:55 in the Media Center.  Students are supervised by a certified staff member.  The cost is $100 per semester.  Registration ended on September 10, 2021.

Click Here for Homework Club Information and Registration Form

Care and Concern Team Support for DSMS Students

Care and Concern Team support is available to all students in need of help.

Please use the request form below.

Request Form for Care and Concern Team Support

Desert Shadows Middle School Spotlight

DSMS Bell Schedule

2:40 p.m. Dismissal Schedule
Period Times
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 (Grade 8)  11:37 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. 
Period 5 (Grade 7 Lunch) 11:33 a.m. - 12:03 p.m.
Period 6 (Grade 8 Lunch)  12:25 - 12:55 p.m.
Period 6 (Grade 7) 12:07 - 12:55 p.m.
Period 7 12:59 - 1:47 p.m.
Period 8 1:51 - 2:40 p.m. 
Early Release Bell Schedule
Period Times
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 5 / 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. 


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