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A MEssage from Our Principal

Happy Holidays, Families!

“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point...Students who embrace growth mindsets - the belief that they can learn more or become smarter if they work hard and persevere - may learn more, learn it more quickly, and view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their learning and skills.” Dweck, 2007

People with a growth mindset derive just as much gratification and happiness from the process as they do from the results. They look for challenges and opportunities to engage with what they are learning, rather than deriving all of their satisfaction from mastery. You will see this in the classrooms as students chart their progress daily and instantly know what their goal is for the next day and discuss this with their peers.

At AVMS we have a growth mindset! We are moving forward and making great growth happen. As you walk through the gates of AVMS, you will see bulletin boards dedicated to celebrating the growth our students make in each and every class. Walking through the halls, you can hear the students discussing their latest Curriculum Based Measures (CBM) results and how they compared to their previous tests.

As you walk through the classroom doors, you are greeted by a teacher who believes in your children's success and your growth both personally and academically. You will see brightly and prominently displayed growth charts in each and every classroom and hallway. The students use the data displayed on the charts to track their own personal growth from one assessment to the next. Students use this data to set new goals and to help their learning and achievement soar higher than it ever has before. By the end of the year students will demonstrate all of their learning on the AzMERIT test and final district and classroom assessments.

Ask any student on our campus and they will tell you how they have grown this year and the goals they are focused on achieving. It is truly remarkable to see the growth that has occurred so far this year and with their dedication, goal setting, and diligent work, I know that our students will continue to soar higher than they imagined.

It’s hard to believe that we are already more than half way through the school year! This is a great time to set new goals and re-energize in order to finish the year strong. With our growth mindset at AVMS, we recognize the importance of effort in academic success, we seek out challenging academic tasks to enhance our learning, and we value critical feedback.

We appreciate the great, hardworking, and dedicated students we have as well as the strong parental support. We have high expectations for our Eagles and love to celebrate their successes. We recently celebrated the grade levels that showed the most growth on the latest CBM at the 2nd quarter Eagles of Excellence Awards Assembly! Math, reading, and attendance trophies were given out to the grade levels that earned the highest percentage of growth! It is with an awesome growth mindset that we continue to see positive changes and growth. Great work, Eagles!

Here is a quick reminder of activities coming up at AVMS:

  • Spring Pictures/ 8th Panoramic Portrait - February 6
  • Rodeo Days - No School February 21-22
  • CBM Testing - March 5-8 (Who will earn the trophies this time?)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - March 14-15
  • Galileo Testing - March 11-15
  • Spring Break - March 18-22
  • 3rd Quarter Eagles of Excellence - March 29 from 12:30-1:30
  • AzMERIT Testing Begins - April 1

Warmest regards,

Josh Peebles

Josh Peebles, Principal
Altar Valley Middle School

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