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A MEssage from Our Principal

Welcome back, Eagle all-stars!  

I am incredibly excited to begin my seventh year here at Altar Valley Middle School (AVMS)! This promises to be a year filled with golden opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before. We embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and families, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful, and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and many extracurricular clubs and activities and athletic teams certain to encourage our Eagles to be involved and stay connected!  

I hope you were able to enjoy a restful and wonderful summer. I also hope you were able to relax, recharge, and are ready to start a new school year! I was lucky to be able to take my children (three and five) to see Incredibles 2 this summer! It was awesome! We are going to make amazing things happen at AVMS! So remember Eagles, from Mr. Incredible himself, “You have powers!” I am so delighted that you are part of our wonderful learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy, kindness, and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.  

New Staff and Important Dates

Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We would like to welcome: 

  • Amy Chen (Eighth grade math) 
  • Petro Yakovchuk (Seventh grade math) 
  • Carolyn Bauerelen (Fifth grade math/science) 
  • Desirie Laureta (Fifth grade ELA/social studies) 
  • Kelly Kramer (AVSD counselor)

Important dates coming up:

  • Our first Friday early release day of the year is on August 10.  
  • Labor Day is on September 3, and there is no school.
  • Parent/teacher conferences are on September 6 and 7. These will be early release days.  
  • Picture day is on September 20.

It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

Warmest regards,

Josh Peebles

Josh Peebles, Principal
Altar Valley Middle School

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