New School Year, New Room!

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Desert Vista is excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year! I am looking forward to meeting my “school family” and begin building lasting memories. This year I am teaching second grade and moved into a new room to go along with the new grade level. Take a look!

What is your favorite part of the room?


Fairytale Festival

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We had a great time performing for our family and friends at the Fairy Tale Festival and Carriage Expo.  This was a great way to learn about stories, poetry, and dramas, as well as incorporate descriptive writing.  Take a look.

If you had a carriage to take you anywhere you wanted,

where would it be?


Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales, Read Them Everyday!

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We all know and love fairy tales.  Take some time to complete our survey to let us know what your favorites are.

Albert Einstein once said that to be intelligent you should read fairy tales, and if you want to be more intelligent you need to read more fairy tales!

 Why do you think he said this?


Welcome to a New Year!

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Desert Vista Elementary, home of the Mustangs!

Desert Vista Elementary, home of the Mustangs!

A new year is about to begin and excitement is in the air!  The teachers have been working hard all summer to make the new school year a special one for you!  Our theme this year is all about super heroes!  

Did you know that anyone can be a hero?  You don’t have to have a cape and have special powers to be a super hero.  If you help pick up something that a person dropped, you are a hero to them!  Watch Kid President

This year will be filled with moments that will allow you to be a super hero in someone’s life!  

What are some things you can do to be a hero to someone special in your life?


American History Film Project…Begins!

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All year two very dedicated students have been working on the American History Film Project to bring local history to their community.  These girls published newspaper articles and then wrote a script to be filmed later in the year.  Well, later in the year has arrived!  We are excited and so thankful to be able to work with Superstition Mountain Museum and film students led by Russ Young at our high school, AJHS.  The museum allowed us to film on location using the artifacts and buildings.  This helped bring our movies authenticity!  The film students under the teaching of Russ Young will create a quality product.  Thanks to both of these groups for volunteering your time.


Filming Our Local History – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires 

We are eagerly awaiting the final cut.  Stay tuned for more.

Have you ever been part of a play?  

What was your favorite part of it?


Jacob Waltz: The Lost Dutchman

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There are many tales about the Superstition Mountains.  These mountains are the setting of legends based on some facts and some exaggeration. Some of these stories make people chuckle and others tell of mysteries not yet solved.  Hi, my name is Campbell, and I will tell you about one of the most famous tales-Jacob Waltz and the Legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine.  

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First, let me tell you some facts about the Superstition Mountains and Jacob Waltz.  The Superstition Mountains are 1,708 square miles.  People mine in the Superstition Mountains because they think there is a lot of gold.  It is believed that Jacob Waltz is one of those people.  Jacob Waltz was born in Germany around 1810.  He  came to America from Germany around 1839 and to the area that is now Apache Junction around 1872.  There is very little factual information about when he was young. Today, we know facts about Jacob Waltz because of papers found with his name on it.  Waltz was great at spreading false information and this caused some of the legends. The reason why he spread information is because he didn’t want anybody finding his gold mine.  

A picture of the Superstition Mountain from our school.  They usually don't have snow on them!

A picture of the Superstition Mountain from our school. They usually don’t have snow on them!

According to Jim Swanson, a local historian, “Many people tried to follow the old prospector to his mine in the Superstitions, which is known as the Lost Dutchman Mine, but Jacob managed to escape them all,” said Mr. Swanson.  People today don’t know the exact locations of where Jacob Waltz found his gold (due to his stories),  but there are a lot of theories and stories going around.  

What stories could you make up if you had a treasure of gold to hide?


Veterans Are Special!

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Each year our school honors the courage and bravery of the veterans in our community.  Community members who are veterans, as well as school family members, are invited to attend a ceremony the day before Veteran’s Day.  We have the Apache Junction NJROTC Drill Team perform, a special speaker to talk to students, and a skit.  Many of our students have family members who were in one of the five branches of the military so making sure we make it a special day is important.

Take a look!

Do you have a family member or friend who is or was in one of the branches of military?  

Go ARMY!

Go ARMY!

Tell us something about what they did.


The Superstitions: Home to Many

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Did you know our community once was the home of several Native American tribes?  My name is Peta, and I would like to tell you some information about some Native Americans that lived in our area of Apache Junction.

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Some of these tribes were the Apache tribe, the Hohokam tribe, the Salado tribe, and the Pima tribe.  These tribes all lived in our area.  The Apache and Pima are still in our area, but the Salado and the Hohokam are not because they are ancient tribes.  We know they lived in our area because people have found pieces of jewelry, hunting tools, petroglyphs, and pottery.  “The petroglyphs are figures of people and animals,” said Jim Swanson, a local historian who volunteers at Superstition Mountain Museum.  Jim Swanson allowed me to interview him about the history of the Native Americans in our area.  He also said that the Native Americans used petroglyphs to tell stories and remember historical events.  

The Native Americans used petroglyphs to tell their stories.  

Today, what do we use to tell our stories?

 


Taking a Look Back…Field Trip Time!

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When school memories come to mind one of the best memories is the school field trip.  Take a trip down memory lane with the third graders in our class and see what we learned at the Superstition Mountain Museum.

Third Grade Field Trip – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Do you remember a field trip you have been on?

What would be the best field trip you could ever be part of?