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On September 4th, 2012 Desert Academy moved into its new home, a 26-acre campus on Old Santa Fe Trail, opening with a recording-breaking enrollment of 176 students. Headmaster Terry Passalacqua cited the generosity of the many donors to the school’s capital campaign and the growth in enrollment as the driving factors in the move’s success. “Unlike many schools locally and around the country, we’ve been fortunate to see increasing interest from parents and students. Our new campus, combined with our ability to offer the highly prestigious International Baccalaureate Program in all our grades, sets the stage for an incredibly bright future.”
The finishing touches are now being put on the new 14 classroom academic wing, as well as the remodeling of the existing main building and of a module to house classes in the visual and performing arts. Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit the school and meet faculty members at the upcoming admissions open houses, scheduled for Thursday, October 18 and Saturday, October 20, 2012. For open house information, contact Isabelle Thiebaut, Director of Admissions, at 992-8284, ext. 14.
Final report cards will be mailed home after June 6th. Senior transcripts will be sent directly to their colleges at this time as well. If you have any special requests, please contact Tamara at firstname.lastname@example.org for grades or Jennifer at email@example.com regarding college transcripts.
Textbook Return Procedures:
Students need to bring their textbook to the final exam for that class. They must hand the textbook directly to the proctor for their exam. If a student forgets his textbook on the day of the exam, he/she must bring the textbook directly to their teacher—NO EXCEPTIONS. Students may not leave a textbook with Patty or with any other school employee other than that actual teacher of that course. Please be aware that students will not receive their final report card if textbooks are not turned in. If a textbook is lost, the book must be paid for before the final report card will be mailed.
PROM 2012 — CIRQUE DU SOLEIL!
The Desert Academy Prom will be held on Saturday, May 12th, 2012, from 8:00 pm to midnight, at The Lodge at Santa Fe (750 N. St. Francis Drive), in the Maria Benitez Theatre. The theme is Cirque du Soleil!
Dessert and beverages will be served. There will be fanciful favors, mysterious masks, enchanting entertainers, magical music, and a fantastic photographer (all photographs on your very own CD-Rom are included in the price of admission!). Prom Court will be crowned at 11:00 PM.
DA students in 10th – 12th grades are welcome to bring a date from another school. 9th grade students may attend by invitation from a 10 – 12 grade DA student only. Only one guest/date per student is permitted. Outside guests: If bringing a date from another school, you must fill out an Outside Guest Form (attached below). This form must be turned in to Mr. Mehling no later than Thursday, May 10th.
Ticket prices are $40 per single, $70 per couple. Tickets may be purchased now through Sra. Cavalli.
Come to New Orleans! Well, at least you’ll feel like you are there. Great Cajun food and drinks; wonderful company to celebrate and support the new campus! Your invitation was in the mail this week (Think: Purple) so that’s where you’ll find the details or attached here. Show your support for Desert and have fun doing it! Timed perfectly so that your middle schooler can attend movie night while you are “in New Orleans!” RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kay Rice at 992-8284 ext 23.
FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE:
Just a reminder that both middle & high school finals will take place May 21-23 (NOT May 16-18, AND 21-23 as previously listed in the school calendar). Please see the exam schedule link below for detailed information.
LEOS LOVE ASPEN SUPPLY DRIVE (THROUGH MAY 2012)
The Desert Academy Leos are hosting a school supply drive for the United Way After School Program at Aspen Community Magnet School, where the Leos have been tutoring elementary students for two years. Please help the Leos by donating your new or gently-used school and art supplies (markers, crayons, glue scissors, paper, etc.) to the children in this program. Supplies can be left in bins labeled “Leos school supply drive” in the Big Room or sent to advisors. Thank you so much for your support in making a difference in the lives of these elementary school students!
LEOS APRIL OUTREACH– “TURN AWAY” TRAVELPACKS (THROUGH APRIL 2012)
Leo Marisa Gomez (12th) has been doing community service at homeless shelters and food kitchens in Santa Fe with her mother all year. She is spearheading the Leo club’s April outreach project with her idea for “turn-away” packs for distribution at shelters that are unable to provide services/shelter when they reach capacity and/or run out of supplies.
The Leos begin their drive on April 1 for donations of gently-used backpacks, boxes of Ziploc bags (all sizes), non-perishable foods and supplies for homeless people who are turned away from shelters and may find themselves unable to access services for a couple of days. Specifically, the club is asking for donations of non-perishable foods, first aid/hygiene supplies, and outdoor supplies.
Leos will sort, package and distribute these Travelpacks to one or more shelters at the end of April. Donations can be dropped off at Desert Academy for the Desert Leos. Financial support in any amount is also welcome for the purchase of supplies.
Please see the attached document for a complete list of requested donations! Any donation, no matter how small, is hugely helpful and hugely appreciated!!