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Message from Our Superintendent

August 2017

Dear Altar Valley Families,

I am excited to welcome back our Altar Valley All-Star families for the 2017-2018 school year. I hope your summer has been restful, relaxing, and filled with fun. We are excited to start school, and because we take the responsibility of educating your child very seriously, I would like to share our goals for the 2017-2018 school year with you. Our focus at Altar Valley is to continue to ensure that all our students succeed! We plan to accomplish this through the implementation of our strategic plan represented in the graphic in my full August 2017 letter. The star represents our belief that we are all Altar Valley All-Stars and that all our students will succeed. Each point of the star represents one of our five goals.

  • Goal 1: The Altar Valley School District will ensure that all students are high school, college, career, and community ready.
  • Goal 2: The AVSD will promote positive change and growth in the district culture by implementing a “We are Altar Valley All-Stars” culture defined by high expectations, collaboration, and shared leadership.
  • Goal 3: The district will outperform state and national averages on all standardized assessments. 
  • Goal 4: The district will continuously assess our financial health and allocate resources to support the highest quality teaching and learning while maximizing current resources. 
  • Goal 5: All schools/departments will be accountable for the implementation of district programs.

Here are a few examples of the all-star programs offered in the Altar Valley School District: 

  • Paxton Paterson Lab/career exploration 
  • Computer science/coding instruction for all K-8 students
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant
  • Wright flight
  • Lego robotics
  • Middle school sports
  • 4th grade Mount Lemmon trip
  • 6th grade San Diego trip
  • 8th grade Washington DC trip
  • Discovery STEM camp
  • Pima County Arizona Small Rural Association Teacher of the year – Katie Nicholas

Altar Valley is known as kind and caring community, and this year you will see Be Kind being implemented throughout the district. Our mission this year will be to inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness. Research demonstrates that kindness benefits our physical and mental health and that recognizing kindness in others increases a person's happiness and satisfaction. Be kind! 

If you would like more information about the implementation of the Altar Valley strategic plan or find out ways you can support us, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of our all-star staff members at either school. 

Together we will ensure that all Altar Valley students succeed. I am looking forward to another great school year!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. David Dumon

    Dr. David Dumon
    Superintendent
    Altar Valley School District