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A message from our Principal

Dear Altar Valley Community,

Happy New Year and welcome back to the 2nd semester of the 2017-2018 school year! With this letter, I’d like to recap some of our work from the 1st semester and provide you with a look ahead at the rest of the year.

Our staff and students are working diligently to ensure that our students achieve their highest academic potential to be college, career, and community ready as stated in our Altar Valley strategic plan. During the 1st semester, teachers, and administration, in conjunction with the Pima County Reading Coaches, worked on reading diagnostic assessments. The results were used to form small groups to administer explicit reading interventions strategically tailored to each student to build them up to grade level, while continuing to teach the grade level state standards.

In addition to the above, we have developed a TOAT (Tier One Assistance Team). Teachers who find that students are facing challenges with behavior or academics regardless of the efforts and interventions administered in the classroom, bring students to a team who provides guidance to support the teacher. Teachers have been very positive and are thankful to have the resources of the team to help their little bobcats succeed.

On an even more positive note, the Tree of Hope was a great success. I am excited to announce that thanks to our wonderful and generous staff and community, 23 families were able to have better holidays this year.

The month of January, and the beginning of the 2nd semester, marks a time in the academic year when we use benchmark assessment results to measure student learning progress to date. Students took the Galileo Benchmark Assessments in reading, writing, math, and science in December. We will also be taking our curriculum based measures for basic math skills and reading fluency this January. This data helps our teachers tailor and adjust their instruction accordingly.

However, we can’t do it alone. We need your help. Our attendance could be improved. Poor attendance and tardies have a negative effect, not only on student achievement, but in our abilities to provide more programs and interventions for our students’ benefit. When a student is absent or late, the student is missing valuable instruction from a trained certified teacher. The state, funds schools on their average daily attendance, and when your students are not in school and accounted for, we lose the opportunity to offer more programs to our little bobcats, due to the lack of funding. Please help us by bringing your students to school every day and on time. Together we achieve more!

Mark your calendars!

  • January 25: 100 Day of School
  • February 5: CBM Testing
  • February 6: Spring Picture Day
  • February 15-16: Parent Teacher Conference
  • February 22-23: Rodeo Break
  • February 26–March 1: 5th Annual Mini-Marathon Wellness Week

Sincerely,

Rosalinda Rodriguez

Rosalinda Rodriguez, MA, EdS, Principal
Altar Valley School District #51
(520) 822.9418 Ext 2148