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A MEssage from Our Principal

Dear Altar Valley Middle School Community,

Spring is in the air at Altar Valley Middle School, and along with it comes a flurry of activity as students gear up for the AASA State Testing. Below are pictures of students and staff setting goals for the fourth quarter and beyond!

    Flowers on the wall with student goals

    As flowers bloom and temperatures rise, students find themselves not only setting goals and making plans but also confronting the looming challenge of standardized testing. For many, this brings forth a wave of stress and anxiety, but here at Altar Valley Middle School, students are not facing this challenge alone.

    Teachers and staff have been working tirelessly to ensure that students are prepared for the upcoming state tests in a manner that is both comprehensive and meaningful. In addition to covering state standards in their regular curriculum, teachers have been dedicating time to review past standards, provide instruction on effective test-taking strategies, and familiarize students with the electronic tools available to them on the online testing platform.

    Below are some quotes from our students reflecting on the upcoming AASA testing:

    • “Having teachers communicate with us (students) what we can do to improve over the weekend is beneficial” Matthew W. - Student
    • “We have a lot of time so you don’t need to rush!” Nico B. - Student
    • “It is a big test and can be stressful but remember what you have learned and breathe.” Hailey N. - Student
    • “Parents need to help us go to bed early so we get enough sleep.” James P. - Student
    • “Teachers, remember to relax on the day(s) of the test(s). You have taught us what we need.” Caidyn B. & “Motivate us…cheer us on!” Robert R. - both students

    Recognizing the importance of holistic well-being in achieving academic success, the school has also been emphasizing the need for proper nutrition and sufficient sleep among students. Teachers have been encouraging students to prioritize self-care and balance in their lives, knowing that a healthy body and mind are essential for optimal performance.

    Altar Valley Middle School has been fostering a culture of literacy and family engagement, with teachers urging students to read with their families and engage in discussions about their reading materials. This not only enriches students' learning experiences but also strengthens family bonds and support networks.

    In recognition of the stress and anxiety that standardized testing can evoke, teachers have been providing students with strategies to manage and reduce these feelings. From mindfulness exercises to relaxation techniques, students are equipped with the tools they need to navigate the testing period with resilience and confidence.

    • “Stress is a big thing so parents talk about it with us.” Edwardo G. - Student
    • “(Parents) Review with me and help me study.” Alexandra B. - Student
    • “Relieve stress and anxiety by drinking water, taking a short walk, and using breathing techniques like counting on your fingers.” Leylony P. - Student
    • “We (teachers) need to provide a conducive environment for testing.” Mrs. Yap - Teacher

    As an additional support, teachers will provide snacks to ensure that students are fueled and energized for their testing sessions. By addressing the physical, emotional, and academic needs of students, Altar Valley Middle School is working to create an environment where every student can thrive.

    • “When teachers provide snacks and drinks it helps me to refocus during a long test” Martin S. - Student

    As Altar Valley Middle School gears up for the AASA State Testing, the school is extending an invitation to the community to join hands in supporting students and staff through our testing season.

    The school is welcoming notes of encouragement from community members. These messages of support will be shared with students, providing them with a boost of motivation and positivity as they navigate through the testing period.

    By rallying together as a community, Altar Valley Middle School aims to create an environment of support and encouragement, empowering students to excel. With spring in full swing and the AASA State Testing on the horizon, Altar Valley Middle School is not just preparing students for a test; they are nurturing their growth, resilience, and well-being every step of the way.


    Shelly Camp

    Shelly Camp
    (520) 822-9343