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Message from Our Superintendent

Superintendent Message

February 2023

Altar Valley Loves Our Community!

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had an enjoyable and safe winter break. With the first month of the year already come and gone, we have our set sites on the rest of the school year and to February, the month of love! Not only are we looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day and Arizona Statehood Day this month, but I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the Altar Valley School District loves our families and community. Be on the lookout for our Altar Valley loves our community banner posted at the schools. This is one of the ways we want to show our appreciation for all you do. I also hope to see you at our Valentine’s Day luncheon at both schools and at our Altar Valley loves our Community Family Fun Night. Altar Valleys loves our families and community!

See below for more information about the great things going on this month:

  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day Luncheon - Valentine’s Day lunch at both schools during your child’s lunchtime. $5.00 Adult meal and $2.00 for child. AVSD loves our families!
  • February 15 - Family Fun Night – Bring the entire family out to enjoy family fun, learning, and a free meal at Robles Elementary 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. The first 150 people receive a free meal.
  • Middle School Sports – Please check our website for our Altar Valley Middle School sports schedule. Go Eagles!

I Heart Altar Valley stickers are available at the front office of your child’s school, district office, or ask your child’s bus driver for an I Heart Altar Valley vehicle sticker. Please show your love for AVSD by placing an I Heart AVSD sticker on your family’s vehicle.

Happy Valentine’s Day & Arizona Statehood Day!

Altar Valley School District Love our Community!

Dr. David Dumon
Superintendent
Altar Valley School District
ddumon@avsd.org
(520) 822-1484

DR. DAVID DUMON COMPLETES AASA NATIONAL SUPERINTENDENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Dr David Dumon

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) selected 30 superintendents from across Arizona to participate in the National Board Certification Program, a 20-month professional experience designed to bolster the effectiveness of superintendents across the nation. The program followed a cohort model and supported leaders with the knowledge, skills, and practices to advance, guide and support superintendents to be future-ready as they enhance learning opportunities for students. The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program provided a real-time focus on key issues that superintendents are facing today. Congratulations, Dr. Dumon!

CONGRATULATIONS, DR. DUMON!

Congratulations to Dr. David Dumon for being selected to receive ASA’s All Arizona Superintendent Award for the Small Size School Districts.

Dr. Dumon is superintendent of the Altar Valley School District in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Dumon and the Governing Board have developed a strong rapport that centers on common goals around students achievement and an understanding that the schools are social and cultural anchors in the small community of Three Points. Within the first year, he and his board created a strategic plan that focused on students achieving both personal and academic excellence. The strategic plan has guided the district toward their goals and is revisited frequently with stakeholders.

Dr. Dumon identified, adopted, and implemented a comprehensive core reading program during the beginning of his tenure. He led the restructuring of the K–8 literacy instruction to include rigorous Tier I instruction and targeted Tier II and Tier III interventions.

He is involved with professional development, instructional coaching, and implementation of DIBELS benchmark screening for teachers and administrators. He believes data should be used to guide teaching, learning, and professional development.

The district is a key partner in the annual Three Points Community Festival where Dr. Dumon serves on the planning committee. At this annual event, the Three Points community, a rural, unincorporated area 25 miles west of Tucson come together. Board members, staff, and community partners come together each Thanksgiving to cook, serve, and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner for families in need. During the pandemic Altar Valley School District partnered with Pima County and provided fresh food boxes to more than 30 families each month.

He is guided by the word of Lewis Carroll, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Dr. Dumon cares deeply about teaching and learning. He appreciates school isn’t easy for everyone (him included) and that each child has a right to quality instruction. He visits classrooms, playgrounds, and attends extra-curricular events and enjoys taking on the role of motivator-in-chief. You may see him as Professor “Dumon”-dore from Harry Potter, reminding Altar Valley School District students that they have the magic within them to succeed, the Last Jedi inspiring students to find the force within themselves to achieve, or putting the “Super” in Superintendent as Altar Valley Man.

Altar Valley School District is a social and cultural anchor in the Three Points community. It serves nearly 600 students, encompassing nearly 700 square miles of high Sonoran Desert and mountains situated between metro Tucson and the Tohono O’odham Nation.