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A Letter of Introduction

Dear Parents/ Guardians:                                                                      

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I introduce myself, 

Tamy Durham, as the newly appointed principal of Desert View Middle School. It is truly an honor to serve a school community with engaged, positive and supportive students, staff and families.  I fully believe that a great education is the result of schools and families working together for the common purpose of seeing our children succeed.

I am a born Yuman and a proud Yuma High Criminal! I earned a Bachelors in Education through NAU and a Masters in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. I have taught in the Yuma Community for over twenty years and have nine years experience as a school administrator and educational leader. My two boys, now 24 and 21, have attended Yuma schools and have become thriving, successful young men that I am quite proud of. 

Through the past two years as the Assistant Principal at Desert View Academy, I have witnessed first hand the impact character education has on a child. Mrs. Hackmann will be returning to DVMS as Assistant Principal!  Together, we plan to build on the amazing things already happening at DVMS, while also prioritizing integrity, grit and character education through the crucial pre adolescent years. 

We will continue to educate our students with knowledge, empower our students with character and equip them for life.  In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.” 

Please feel free to contact me if there is any way I can support you, or to just say hello! I look forward to working together with you and the amazing staff at DVMS!              

Tamy Durham

Desert View Middle School Principal

Estimados padres/tutores:

Es con gran placer y emoción que me presento, 

Tamy Durham, como directora recién nombrada de la escuela secundaria Desert View. Es verdaderamente un honor servir a una comunidad escolar con estudiantes, personal y familias. Creo plenamente que una gran educación es el resultado de escuelas y familias que trabajan juntos con el propósito común de ver triunfar a nuestros hijos.

¡Soy nacida en Yuma y estoy  orgullosa de ser una Yuma High Criminal! Obtuve una Licenciatura en Educación a través de NAU y una Maestría en Administración Educativa de Grand Canyon University. He enseñado en la comunidad de Yuma por más de veinte años y tengo nueve años de experiencia como administradora escolar y líder educativo. Mis dos hijos, ahora de 24 y 21 años, han asistido a escuelas en Yuma y se han convertido en jóvenes prósperos y exitosos de los que estoy muy orgullosa.

Durante los últimos dos años como subdirectora de Desert View Academy, he

presenciado de primera mano el impacto que la educación del carácter tiene en un niño. ¡La Sra. Hackmann ha regresado a DVMS como subdirectora! Juntas, planeamos construir sobre las cosas maravillosas que ya están sucediendo en DVMS, al mismo tiempo priorizando

 la integridad, la determinación y la educación del carácter durante los años cruciales de la preadolescencia.

Continuaremos educando a nuestros estudiantes con conocimiento, empoderando a nuestros estudiantes con carácter y equipándolos para la vida. En las palabras del Dr. Martin Luther King, “Inteligencia más carácter, esa es la meta de la verdadera educación.”

¡No dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo si hay alguna manera en que pueda apoyarlo, o simplemente para saludarle! ¡Estoy lista y deseo pronto trabajar con usted y el increíble personal de DVMS!

Tamy Durham

Directora de Desert View Middle School

Monthly Flights

Once clubs begin, we will be doing fundraisers every month to help our clubs raise money. These fundraisers make it possible for our clubs to do a variety of activities. Our clubs are:

  • Dragon Team
  • STEM
  • NJHS
  • Yearbook
  • Eco Schools

If you have questions about any of our clubs or fundraisers do not hesitate to call.


Dragon Pride

Congratulations to our AWESOME 8th Grade Dragons for a strong showing on our first iCivics Arizona State E- Tournament participation. Keep up the good work!

The Vocabulary Bowl March Madness results have just been released and our Dragons did an excellent job representing  Desert View Middle School earning them the following:

  • DVMS placed 1st for all the schools in Arizona
  • DVMS placed 7th in Division 3 (All schools competing nationwide)

Our Dragons fired it up and came out on top! We are very proud of all of you!

Home of the Dragons

Welcome to Desert View Middle School! We are a tuition-free charter school, educating 6th – 8th-grade students using a proprietary blended learning model of digital curriculum plus high quality, personalized instruction, and high expectations. DVMS provides students and parents with a high-performance option to traditional schools. Along with Desert View Academy and Desert View  Online High School, we are part of the Desert View Schools family. Desert View Schools are student-centric, technology-enhanced schools that meet students where they are and guide them to reach their fullest potential.

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