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There's a lot going on in Altar Valley. Our District News page will give you a taste of why we are so proud of our students, our teachers, and our community.

Summer Meal Program
Summer Meal Program flyer

There will be free summer meals for kids and teens. Summer should be a stress-free time full of food, friends, and fun. Free summer meals can help. The meals are free to kids and teens aged 18 and under.

  • Healthy meals based on USDA nutrition guidelines.
  • Help families save money.
  • No application or proof of income needed.

The program runs from June 5 to June 29, 2023, Monday through Thursday, at Altar Valley Middle School, 16350 W Ajo Highway, Tucson, Arizona, 85735. Please see the Summer Food Program flyer for all the information.

May All-Stars of the Month

Congratulations to the following students and staff for being our May All-Stars of the Month! All of you SOAR!

Robles All-Star Student
Elijah B., Preschool

Elijah - May All Star

Elijah has shown tremendous growth this year. At the beginning of the year, Elijah was quiet and reserved, and he has since come out of his shell and has the biggest heart. He is so incredibly helpful to his fellow classmates and his teachers. Elijah has made leaps and bounds academically as well. He started the year only able to recognize a handful of letters, and he is now able to blend letter sounds and read words! Elijah is always excited to learn, and he always gives it his all! Elijah has shown incredible growth academically, socially, and emotionally this year and this is why we nominate him as our pre-K Bobcat of the Month!

Robles All-Star Staff
Annie Montierth, Robles Paraprofessional

Annie Robles - May All Star

Miss Annie is wonderful to work with. Her passion for the kids' education, coupled with her dedication, brings greatness to the classroom every day. It has been a pleasure working with her this year. She took on the R and E class this year, creating a SIPPs class that follows the strong educational routines and focuses on improving students’ reading skills each day. She focuses on the needs of the team, and she has helped cover classes as needed such as art, PE, and even fills in for preschool. She monitors the crosswalk in the mornings and bus gate duty in the afternoon. She has taken on every challenge that has come to her this year and has handled it with the ROAR spirit. 

AVMS All-Star Student
Keren L., 8th Grade

Keren and Desirie - May All Star

Keren is an exemplar of our mission here in the Altar Valley School District. Over the past four years starting here as a 5th grader, Keren has truly grown, flourished, and continues to succeed in everything she does. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, manager for the softball team, knows how to volley, shines bright in drama, and sings heavenly in choir. 

She is committed to serving her community and has attended and led many service projects from Highway Clean-up to the Community Festival. She is always willing to lend a hand. 

Keren knows the right time for work and fun. She can focus on her academics and remain attentive to her tasks no matter the situation. She produces quality work that serves as an example to her peers.  As she moves on to high school, we are sure she will excel! 

Keep SOARing, singing, and shining bright Keren!

AVMS All-Star Staff
Desirie Laureta, 8th Grade ELA Teacher

Keren and Desirie - May All Star

Desirie has been in the district for five years, and all but last year have been at the middle school. She taught 5th grade ELA for her first four years, and this year filled an opening in the 8th grade ELA. Over the years, she has found creative ways to engage her students from ‘being the star’ where students used a pretend microphone to do their presentations to this year providing opportunities for debates. She welcomes opportunities for group work using flexible seating to help students develop their love for learning. During our most recent MAZE assessment for reading comprehension, the 8th grade scored 90% mastery! On top of all her work in the classroom, she works as a 21st Century Tutor and yearbook advisor! She was instrumental in making our recent talent show a great success by preparing and motivating our students and performing other behind-the-scenes roles. Ms. Laureta has always approached learning with a creative mind as she is very artistic herself. She also served as one of the two chaperones on the 8th Grade Northern Arizona Adventure! Desirie is definitely an AVMS All-Star!