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posted May 23, 2019, 1:21 PM by Chuck Raynak   [ updated May 23, 2019, 1:26 PM ]

Desert Foothills Junior High School

3333 W. Banff Lane • Phoenix • Arizona • 85053-4723

http://desertfoothills.wesdschools.org Office: 602-896-5500 Fax: 602-896-5520

Health Office: 602-896-5510 • Attendance Line: 602-896-5521

 Campus Hours                                                                                                                                 

Office Hours       8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Close on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

School Hours    Grades: 7 – 8  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Early Release: 2:30  p.m.

Early Release days: every Wednesday, Parent/Teacher Conferences and the last day of school. Before School Open Gym: 7:45 a.m. 8:45 a.m. (no charge) | School gates open at 8:45 a.m. | No Pickup during the last 15 minutes of the school day.

 Attendance                                                                                            

Responsibility to Report

The legal custodial parent or legal guardian of the child must notify the school of the student's absence prior to the absence or when the absence occurs.

Excused Absences

Absences shall be excused for reasons such as: illness, doctor appointment, bereavement, family emergencies, or observance of major religious holidays of the family's faith. All absences incurred while registered in WESD schools that exceed a total of 18 for the school year will be reported as unexcused despite the reason. Refer to Arizona Dept. of Education http://www.azed.gov/finance/school-finance-external-guidelines/ for details.

 Dress Code                                                                                            

No school uniforms

WESD dress code guidelines can be found in the Parent/Student Handbook and at http://wesdschools.schoolwires.net/page/124.

  Girls' shoulders must be covered no tank tops or low cut tops.     • No hats allowed.     • Purses must be small enough that a textbook won't fit in them.

  Desert Foothills PE uniforms can be purchased at Walk-through Orientation or at the office after school starts.

School ID required

All students are required to wear an ID while on school campus and on buses. To replace a defaced or lost ID the cost is $1. Replacement lanyards, clips and pouches are 50¢ each.

 Transportation                                                                                      

Walk or bus transportation may be provided based on address

Students walk or ride the bus to and from school, based on their home address. Students should never cross major streets such as 35th Ave., Greenway, or Thunderbird.

Bicycles

Bicycles must be secured by a lock inside the bike rack area. The school is not responsible for any loss or damage.

 Nutrition                                                                                               

Breakfast and lunch are provided

There is no cost for school meals. Breakfast is served in the classrooms (8:52 - 9:33 a.m.)

 School Supplies                                                                                    

No backpacks permitted

WESD provides all required supplies. Teachers may offer a "wish list" of optional items. Textbooks are provided in each classroom. Teachers will provide more information through a class syllabus. Zippered notebooks are encouraged. Bicyclists may have a backpack to school but must leave it in the bike rack area.

 Additional Information                                                                       

Extracurricular Activities

Sports: Basketball, volleyball, soccer, girls softball, wrestling (co-ed), track and cross country (all students), cheer (co-ed); Clubs: Friends of Rachel Club, Best Buddies Club; Academic: 21st Century After-school Academy (before and after school)


Desert Foothills Junior High School

3333 W. Banff Lane • Phoenix • Arizona • 85053-4723

http://desertfoothills.wesdschools.org Oficina: 602-896-5500 Fax: 602-896-5520

Oficina de Salud: 602-896-5510 • Línea de Asistencia: 602-896-5521

 Horario de la Propiedad Escolar                                                                                                                              

Horario de Oficina       8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Cerrado los miércoles a las 4:00 p.m.

Horario Escolar    Grados: 7 – 8  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Despido Temprano: 2:30  p.m.

Días de Despido Temprano: cada miércoles, Conferencias de Padres y Maestros, último día de clases. Gimnasio Abierto Antes de las Clases: 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (sin costo) | Los portones escolares abren a las 8:45 a.m. | No pueden recoger a un estudiante los últimos 15 minutos del día escolar.

 Asistencia                                                                                              

Responsabilidad para Reportar

El padre legal custodio o tutor legal del niño(a) debe notificar a la escuela de la ausencia del estudiante antes de la ausencia o cuando la ausencia ocurra.

Ausencias Justificadas

Las ausencias serán justificadas por razones tales como: enfermedad, cita médica, período de duelo u observancia de celebraciones religiosas importantes de la fe de la familia. Todas las ausencias ocurridas que exceden un total de 18 para el año escolar mientras el estudiante esté inscrito en las escuelas del WESD serán reportadas como injustificadas sin importar la razón. Consulte el Departamento de Educación de Arizona http://www.azed.gov/finance/school-finance-external-guidelines/ para más detalles.

 Código de Vestir                                                                                   

No uniformes escolares

Las guías del código de vestir del WESD se pueden encontrar en el Manual de Padres y Estudiante y en http://wesdschools.schoolwires.net/page/124. Los hombros de las niñas deben estar cubiertos - no blusas tipo tank o blusas cortas.                                                                                               • No se permiten sombreros.

  Los bolsas de las niñas deben ser lo suficientemente pequeñas que no les quepa un libro de texto.

  Se requiere que los estudiantes vistan un uniforme de educación física como parte de su calificación. Los uniformes de educación física de la Escuela Desert Foothills se pueden comprar durante el Proceso de Orientación o en la oficina después que comiencen las clases.

Se requiere identificación escolar

Todos los estudiantes están obligados a usar una ID mientras se encuentran en la escuela y en los autobuses. Para reemplazar una ID desfigurada o perdida el costo es de $1. Cordones, sujetadores y bolsitas de reemplazó cuestan 50¢ cada uno.

 Transportación                                                                                     

Basado en la dirección pudiesen caminar o se les pudiese ofrecer transportación

Los estudiantes caminan o viajan en autobús a y de la escuela, basado en la dirección de su casa. Los estudiantes nunca deberán cruzar calles principales tales como la 35, Greenway o Thunderbird.

Bicicletas

Se deben asegurar las bicicletas con un candado dentro del portabicicletas. La escuela no es responsable por niguna pérdida o daños.

 Alimentación                                                                                        

Se proveen desayuno y almuerzo

No hay costo alguno para los alimentos escolares. El desayuno es servido en el salón de clases (8:52 - 9:33 a.m.)

 Abastecimientos Escolares                                                                  

No se permiten mochilas

WESD provee todas los abastecimientos requeridos. Los maestros pudiesen ofrecer una "lista de deseo" de artículos opcionales. Los libros de texto son provistos en cada salón de clase. Los maestros proveerán más información a través de un plan de estudio de la clase. Se anima usar cuadernos con cierre. Los ciclistas pueden tener una mochila y mantenerla en la rejilla para bicicletas.

 Información Adicional                                                                        

Actividades Extracurriculares

Deportes: baloncesto, voleibol, fútbol, Softbol de niñas, lucha libre (Co-Ed), carreras de pista y de larga distancia (para todos los estudiantes), porristas (Co-Ed); Clubes: Friends of Rachel Club, Best Buddies Club; Académico: Academia del siglo 21 (antes y después de la escuela)

2019-2020 Walk-Through Orientation

posted Jul 25, 2017, 2:53 PM by Lorraine Lee   [ updated May 23, 2019, 11:56 AM by Chuck Raynak ]

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Desert Foothills Junior High School!  We are looking forward to a great 2019-2020 school year with you and your child. 

If you have moved over the summer and your child will not be attending Desert Foothills, please notify the school office at 602-896-5500 at your earliest convenience.  Also, please let us know which school they will be attending so records can be forwarded.

Walk-through Orientation                  Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

                        School Begins              -           Monday, August 5, 2019

                        School Hours               -           8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                   PLC Wednesdays         -           Dismissal at 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday

WALK-THROUGH ORIENTATION FOR REGISTERED STUDENTS

Walk-through Orientation gives you and your child the opportunity to pick up their class schedule and tour our beautiful campus to find your student’s classrooms and alleviate the nervousness and uncertainty of where to go on our first day of school, August 5, 2019.  All Desert Foothills students are advised to come to orientation on either one of the days designated prior to the opening of school to receive their class schedule and other important school-opening information.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase P.E. uniforms, the yearbook, DF tee shirts and get information about our parent group, B.E.S.T. and bus transportation.   

Walk-through Orientation will be held in our gym and for your convenience, we have multiple opportunities scheduled for you to attend with your child.  Please see the scheduled times below. 

 

Walk-through Orientation will be held in the gym:

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

*If you are purchasing items with cash on the day of orientation, no bills over $20.00 will be accepted.  Checks are accepted and payable to Desert Foothills Junior High School.

General Information:

Students are not assigned lockers.  Classroom teachers will have textbooks available for students to use in their classes.  Since students do not have books to carry between classes, backpacks are not allowed.  Students should only bring a 3-ring binder to school with dividers or folders, pencils, pens and paper.

Students are not allowed to ride their bike nor walk to school if they live across a major street, i.e. 35th Ave., Greenway Rd., Thunderbird Rd.  Students who live in the Acacia attendance area and ride their bike to Desert Foothills will need to bring their own bike lock to secure their bike in the bike rack.  They may bring their binder in a backpack, but the backpack will need to be locked to their bike during the day.  Only students who ride a bike can bring a backpack to school.  Girls may have a purse that is small enough that a textbook could not fit in it. 

Our PTO, B.E.S.T. (Boosters of Education, Students and Teachers), will be selling Activity Cards to students for $10.00.  For two students in the same family, the cost is $18.00, and for three students in the same family, the cost is $26.00.  This card provides admission to all regular season sporting events as well as to two BEST-sponsored dances at school.  The Student Council/Leadership also sponsors other dances during the year.  There is a $5.00 charge for Student Council dances, but no Activity Card is needed.  There is a $2.00 replacement fee if a student’s Activity Card is lost or destroyed.

Listed below is an approximate breakdown of the value of the Activity Card:

            Home Games                          $ 1.00 per game (20)                                       $ 20.00

            Away Games                              1.00 per game (20)                                          20.00

            B.E.S.T. Dance                          5.00 per dance (2)                                           10.00

            B.E.S.T. Membership                 4.00 per family                                                  4.00

                                                                                                                                    $ 54.00

The Activity Card is the B.E.S.T./PTO’s major fund-raiser for the year and is offered in place of many candy, cheese and gift fundraisers that would otherwise be necessary.  The money raised helps to fund a variety of after-school activities for all students, and also helps to purchase much needed supplies and equipment to benefit our students and the school as a whole.  Please help to support the PTO with your purchase of the Activity Card.  Forms to purchase an Activity Card will be available at the walk-through orientation. Please make checks payable to BEST.  We are also in need of volunteers to work with the school during the year and at Walk-through Orientation.  If you have an interest in helping out, please call the office at 602-896-5500, or fill out a volunteer form and leave it at the PTO table.  We love parent volunteers! 

Students enrolled in P.E. are required to wear t-shirts, athletic shorts and shoes during P.E. class.  Desert Foothills P.E. t-shirts can be purchased for $10.00 and P.E. shorts can be purchased for $12.00.  PE Uniforms are optional.  If preferred, students can furnish their own plain white or grey t-shirts and athletic shorts instead of purchasing them through the school.

Students can also pre-order a yearbook if they choose.  The cost for the yearbook is $25.00. 

Free Meals – Breakfast and Lunch at Desert Foothills!  Desert Foothills is a recipient of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) through USDA to provide free meals, breakfast and lunch, to all students for the 2019-2020 school year.  We will no longer be requiring meal applications to be completed by the families.  Students will still be required to use their ID cards in the cafeteria line.  If for some reason they do not have their ID, they will be asked to go to the end of the line, and we will count them manually at that time.

Student Pickup Procedures for WESD

Parents must call the front office or write a note giving permission for anyone other than the parent to pick up a student from school during the school day.  Please note this includes the people indicated on your child’s emergency contact information.

 

When you are shopping for school clothes this summer, please be aware of our dress code.

Dress Code

Students at DF should dress in a way that reflects pride in themselves and their school. The dress code is based on Washington School Board Policy.

  • Students are expected to have their student IDs at all times for safety purposes. Replacement IDs must be purchased from the office for $5.  All students will be issued a WESD sticker to be applied to their ID as a bus pass to be worn with their student ID card. 

  • Shirts/blouses must have sleeves that cover the entire shoulder.  No cleavage may be exposed. Sheer fabric and/ or lace may not be worn.

  • Extra shirts may not be worn around the neck or draped over a shoulder.

  • Pajamas, sleepwear, loungewear and slippers are not allowed.

  • Clothing may not contain profane symbols or vulgar language or contain language or symbols relating to sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, weapons or violent behavior in English or Spanish. The language or pictures cannot interfere with the normal educational process, create disorder, or disrupt the educational program. Whether the condition exists shall be left up to the reasonable discretion of the administration

  • Jewelry/accessories may not display profanity, provocative or suggestive statements, obscenities, advertising for drugs, alcohol, gang identifications, or weapons. Pierced jewelry must not be spikes and must conform to District guidelines.

  • Sunglasses may only be worn outside of buildings.

  • Belts may not hang down from the waist.

  • Shoes must be worn at all times.

  • Hats and head coverings are not allowed anywhere on campus unless for religious or medical purposes.

 

 

SchoolMessenger

The Washington Elementary School District has implemented a parent notification system called SchoolMessenger.  This program allows us to communicate with parents via phone message, e-mail and text – all in a matter minutes!  The SchoolMessenger system is designed to automatically notify parents regarding issues that impact the safety and academic performance of students.  SchoolMessenger will extend the District and school’s existing community outreach efforts and emergency preparedness procedures, as well as inform parents of upcoming school events such as statewide testing and parent meetings. 

We look forward to a wonderful school year with you and your child. 

Sincerely,  

 

Susie Smith                                   Steve Whynott

Principal                                        Assistant Principal

 

School Budget 101 in 5 Minutes!

posted Aug 10, 2016, 2:06 PM by Pam Horton

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