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A message from our Principal

September 1, 2020

Hello, Bobcats!

This time of year is usually filled with excitement as we begin a new school year, exchanging smiles and hugs as students return and reconnect with each other after summer vacation. In our present day, we are excited for the new school year, however, we are faced with new challenges during this pandemic that has changed our world. As educators, we are used to making plans, yet prepare for the unpredictable, staying flexible and making changes to meet the needs, as needs arise.

Here at Robles Elementary School, teachers and support staff are working hard to provide students with the best learning opportunities and support in our new online environment. I am proud to share with you that Robles Bobcats employees continue to overcome obstacles through teamwork, communication with families and parents, and learning new ways to deliver online instruction. Some of the new technology platforms and applications that teachers have learned recently include Google Classroom, Google Meets, Padlet, FlipGrid, ScreenCastify, and BitMoji, to name a few! Although it seems like a slow process with all of this new learning taking place, there is no doubt that we will all be able to look back on this experience and be grateful that we all have gained knowledge and tools in the technology field and beyond. We will be better for it! 

Most of Robles staff are happily returning this year, yet we do have four new Bobcats added to our den that I would like to introduce to you.

  • Jill Allen began working for AVMS as a paraprofessional last school year and is now with Robles Elementary, serving in this same position. She has four children and loves doing all types of activities outdoors, including hunting! Welcome to the home of the Bobcats!
  • Aileen Pedrego serves as one of our new second grade teachers and previously worked at AVMS as secretary to the director of Special Education Services. She has lived in the Three Points area for six years now. Welcome to the teaching field!
  • Laura Amaprano is new to AVSD and serves as one of our paraprofessionals. Her past experience as a certified nursing assistant is valuable in her line of work. She has lived in the Altar Valley area for over seven years and loves horses! Welcome!
  • Ana Smith is returning to Robles Elementary School and is serving as one of our fourth-grade teachers. She comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the teaching field and over 27 years as an educator. She stepped out of her retirement life to serve Altar Valley once again! We are happy to have her back!

We look forward to the day that we all can be together in a safe, normal school setting. We miss all of our Robles Bobcats, volunteers, and community members who help create our family-like climate. Until then, we will continue to meet with students virtually and teach virtually because Robles teachers can do virtually anything!

Go Bobcats!


Lori A. Conner

Lori A. Conner, Principal
Altar Valley School District #51
(520) 822.9418 Ext 2148