Charter School

Desert Heights Charter School (“DHCS”) is a small K-4 charter elementary school which also has a preschool program.  Our leadership and staff believe strongly in working collaboratively with parents to promote a positive educational experience for each and every child.  Consequently, Desert Heights has become known in the educational community as a school that “feels like family”.

One of our many assets as a small charter school is our ability to create an environment that is safe, community oriented, and family friendly. We are always hosting special events to acknowledge our families and we highly encourage parent participation in a variety of ways including asking parents to volunteer within the community. Our campus is always open to parents and this inviting atmosphere continues on at our Preparatory Campus for 5th through 12th grade students.

Below you will find a few of the activities we sponsor throughout the year as a small way of fostering a sense of community for our families:

*Kindergarten Tea for Mother’s Day*Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
*Goodies for Grandparents*Annual Fall Festival
*Community Movie Night*Family Field Day
*Read Across America*Red Ribbon Week
*Musical Performances*Ice Cream Socials
*Family Restaurant Nights*Monthly Flag Raising Ceremonies
*Quarterly Award Ceremonies*Art Show
*Book Fair*Daddy/Daughter Dance

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. We truly believe that once you visit our campus and get to know our faculty, we think you will agree that we hire the best. Come by and visit with the Principal, or observe our teachers and students in action.  If you would like to get involved, or if you just want to learn more about our comprehensive educational philosophy that emphasizes quality instruction by qualified teachers, a safe, orderly learning environment and a very challenging curriculum, please contact us today!

Our HOWL Program promotes positive behavior and character and is implemented campus wide. Students strive to be a “HOWLER” everyday both inside and outside the classroom! Our mascot Yoti the Coyote stops by occasionally to encourage our students to be the best they can be!

Helpful/Honest
Organized
Winning Attitude
Leadership

K-4 Dress Code Policy: Girls Daily Uniform

ItemColor/Details
Collared Polo ShirtBlack, White, or Burgundy
Pants/CaprisKhaki or Black (Cargo pockets acceptable)
Shorts Khaki or Black (Cargo pockets acceptable. Hem must be no more than 3 inches above the knee.)
JumperKhaki or Black (Hem must be no more than 3 inches above the knee.)
Skirt/Scooter/SkortSkirt/Scooter/Skort
Socks/Tights/StockingsWhite, Black, Tan, Burgundy or Brown
ShoesAny color. All shoes must be closed toed and closed heeled, but may tie, velcro, snap, buckle or zip. Appropriate shoes for P.E. are required. No Heelys or wheeled shoes allowed.
Hair AccessoriesNon-Distracting, solid bold colors
JewelryUp to two stud earrings per ear. Bracelets, necklaces, and rings may be worn, but must not cause classroom distraction.
Outer GarmentsWhen temperatures are below 75 degrees students may wear plain black, burgundy, brown or white sweaters or sweatshirts over their uniform shirt. Only the school logo is permitted. Winter coats and jackets worn for outside activities only must be free of offensive slogans or insignias.

K-4 Dress Code Policy: Boys Daily Uniform

ItemColor/Details
Collared Polo ShirtBlack, White, or Burgundy
PantsKhaki or Black (Cargo pockets acceptable)
Shorts Khaki or Black (Cargo pockets acceptable. Hem must be no more than 3 inches above the knee.)
BeltAny (Optional for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Mandatory for third and fourth.)
Socks/Tights/StockingsWhite, Black, Tan, Brown or Burgundy
ShoesAny color. All shoes must be closed toed and closed heeled, but may tie, velcro, snap, buckle or zip. Appropriate shoes for P.E. are required. No Heelys or wheeled shoes allowed.
JewelryUp to two stud earrings per ear. Chains and rings may be worn but must not cause classroom distraction.
Outer GarmentsWhen temperatures are below 75 degrees students may wear plain black, burgundy, brown, or white sweaters or sweatshirts over their uniform shirt. Only the school logo is permitted. Winter coats and jackets worn for outside activities only must be free of offensive slogans or insignias.

The following items are never allowed for boys or girls:

  • Body piercings (includes nose, eyebrows, lip, chin, etc.)
  • Hoop earrings
  • Unnatural hair color
  • Make-up (at teacher discretion)
  • Visible tattoos
  • Pants that are rolled up
  • Painter pants

DRESS DOWN DRESS CODE

On occasion, students are awarded with dress down passes to be utilized on designated dress down days. On dress down days students must wear apparel according the following guidelines.

  • Dress down clothes must be in good condition and without holes, rips, tears, etc.
  • Shoes must be closed toed and closed heeled. No slippers allowed.
  • Tops must not produce bare shoulders. Tank tops are permitted, but must have a minimum of three (3) finger-width straps. No spaghetti straps allowed.
  • Bottoms must be worn in a manner to not expose undergarments and must be a minimum of finger-tip length.
  • All apparel must be free of offensive language or images.

NOTE: The administration reserves the right to use their discretion in deciding what is unacceptable dress standards on campus

There are many benefits to enrolling your child in our before and aftercare program. Students Kindergarten-4th Grade are eligible to enroll in our before and aftercare. Children will have plenty of time to make new friends, sing, play, explore, learn, and laugh–all under the supervision of our fun, skillful, educated staff. It is a peace of mind for our parents and a wonderful experience for your children.

Play is one aspect of our before and aftercare program the other is the most important…learning. Desert Heights Preschool provides an academic aftercare program for your child. Our teachers assure our students are receiving social development, emotional development and Academic learning. It is our goal to guide your child through making positive choices, developing new friendships, and learning how to work alongside others.

A glimpse into our program:

Before Care: Hours 6:00am – 7:45am Monday thru FridayClosure dates are listed on school year calendar.

Students enjoy their morning with our trained staff playing games with friends, enjoying time outside on our playground, and are given time to work on unfinished homework. Students are escorted across the parking lot to the Charter School at 7:45am to enjoy time with their peers prior to the start of school.

After Care: Hours 3:00am – 6:00pm Monday thru Friday.  Closure dates are listed on school year calendar.

In the afternoon our trained staff meet students at their designated area and are escorted to the cafeteria to enjoy a healthy snack (menus available at the preschool). They are allowed time for homework, recess, and teacher led activities. (Please view Homework Memo)

To enroll in our growing program please inquire at the Desert Heights Preschool Office. Space is limited.

Core Curriculum

Kindergarten-4th grade students receive the following core curriculum on a daily basis.

Specialty Curriculum

In addition to the core curriculum, Kindergarten-4th grade students will also participate in the following specialty classes.  These courses will not be attended daily, but instead on a weekly rotating schedule.  Click here to access the schedule.

  • Art
  • Library
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Technology

*Desert Heights Charter Schools’ curriculum adoption, review, and revision cycles are available upon request to the site Principal.

DHCS offers a variety of grade level appropriate clubs and sports to our students.  Clubs details and registration will be available in the fall and clubs generally run in 5 week sessions unless otherwise noted.

The average fee for each Afterschool Club is $15.00/session unless otherwise specified. Fee costs are covered for those families that have made the 2017 Tax Credit donation.

School Administration

Loadholt

Ciara Loadholt, MA Ed.
Dean of Students
Preschool Principal

Administrative Support Staff

1024

Gloria Aparicio
Health Assistant

698636

Darlene Darney
Food Service Director

1021

Debbie Hamza
Office Manager
Transportation Coordinator

1022

Nancy Parra
Human Resources
Controller

98604

Alexis Santos
Registrar

698644

Samantha Varga
Office Assistant

6002

Cynthia Jordan
State Reporting

6045

Krissi Elliott
Director of Technology

698689

Shaun Toomey
Network/Systems
Administrator

698645

Peter Hart
Help Desk Technician

698694

Leanne Scott
Paraprofessional

Maintenance/Transportation

698668

Carlos Garcia
Maintenance

6033

Jay Jiles
Transportation
Maintenance

698700

John Loadholt
Maintenance

698674

Angelina Jacobs
Bus Driver

98613

Edward Oracz
Bus Driver

Kindergarten Staff

98570

Emily Budewitz
Teacher

98589

Micaela Fuller
Teacher

698638

Amy Flores
Teacher

698652

Gwen Keller
Teacher

First Grade Staff

698655

Alyssa Carey
Teacher

698691

Lynda Brunner
Teacher

698693

Candyce Hyslip
Teacher

698675

Ashley Simonds
Paraprofessional

Second Grade Staff

Third Grade Staff

589

Shannon Baxter
Teacher

98546

Sarah Davis
Teacher

6048

Regina Smith
Teacher

Fourth Grade Staff

698692

Elliot Cohn
Teacher

5895

Maritza Delgado
Teacher

698690

Amy Ross
Teacher

Specialty Team

1029

David Blackburn
Physical Education

1040

Helen Nolan
Library

698659

Phoebe Mortensen
Art & Technology

Exceptional/Supplemental Student Services

1018

Carol Crawford
Math Specialist

1039

Beth Gue
Federal Programs Director
Speech & Language Pathologist

98554

Liane Kilmain
Special Education Teacher

1015

Sue Otto
Reading Specialist
ELL Coordinator
Accelerated Learning Coordinator

98548

Ashley Zimbelman
Title I Reading Assistant

698699

Andrea Satchfield
Paraprofessional

Lewis

Nicole Lewis
Special Education Coordinator

Blome

Rachel Blome
Paraprofessional

98565

Brynn Woodworth
Special Education Teacher

698695

Peggy Parker
Title I Reading Specialist