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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.

2022–2023 Registration

Students returning to AVMS or Robles can now register for the 2022–2023 school year. Access your ParentVue to update your students' information. Additional information is available on the Registration page. If you have any questions, please call (520) 822-1484.

Summer Food
Free Summer Meals flyer

Summer should be a stress-free time full of food, friends, and fun. Free summer meals can help. Kids and teens can receive free breakfast and lunch Monday through Thursday at Altar Valley Middle School. The program will run from June 6, 2022, through June 30, 2022. 

  • Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Dr. David Dumon Completes AASA National Superintendent Certificate Program
Dr David Dumon

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) selected 30 superintendents from across Arizona to participate in the National Board Certification Program, a 20-month professional experience designed to bolster the effectiveness of superintendents across the nation. The program followed a cohort model and supported leaders with the knowledge, skills, and practices to advance, guide and support superintendents to be future-ready as they enhance learning opportunities for students. The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program provided a real-time focus on key issues that superintendents are facing today. Congratulations, Dr. Dumo

Jim Summerkamp Selected as the New Director of Operations
Jim Summerkamp

The AVSD Governing Board members voted during their April 13 meeting in favor of hiring Mr. Jim Summerkamp as the new Director of Operations for the Altar Valley School District. He will assume the position effective July 1, 2022 overseeing our transportation, maintenance, and facilities.

Mr. Summerkamp has worked in the Altar Valley School District since 2013 as our lead maintenance technician and has lived in Three Points since attending 8th Grade at Mary E. Dill. Please help me in welcoming Jim Summerkamp!

Dustie Gunn-Ader Selected Principal of Robles Elementary
Principal Dustie Gunn-Ader

The AVSD Governing Board members voted during their April 13 meeting in favor of hiring Ms. Dustie Gunn-Ader for to be the new principal of Robles Elementary. She will assume the position as principal effective July 1, 2022. 

Ms. Gunn-Ader has worked in the Altar Valley School District since 2018, starting as a Kindergarten teacher at Robles Elementary. She is currently an Exceptional Services teacher at Altar Valley Middle School, where she also serves as the site coordinator for the 21st Century program. Prior to joining the Altar Valley School District, Ms. Gunn-Ader worked as the Executive Director / Principal of a local charter school. She grew up in the area and has lived in Three Points for the past 12 years. 

Please help me in welcoming Ms. Gunn-Ader!

Discovery STEM Camp

Current AVSD students, including kindergarten through seventh grades and incoming kindergarten students, have the opportunity to level up for next school year with our free summer program. Students in the Discovery STEM Camp at Altar Valley Middle School June 6 through June 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. will increase their academic skills through fun and challenging STEM projects. Space is limited. For questions, email Mrs. Ader or call (520) 822-9343 ext. 3015.

Congratulations, Dr. Dumon!

Congratulations to Dr. David Dumon for being selected to receive ASA’s All Arizona Superintendent Award for the Small Size School Districts.

Dr. Dumon is superintendent of the Altar Valley School District in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Dumon and the Governing Board have developed a strong rapport that centers on common goals around students achievement and an understanding that the schools are social and cultural anchors in the small community of Three Points. Within the first year, he and his board created a strategic plan that focused on students achieving both personal and academic excellence. The strategic plan has guided the district toward their goals and is revisited frequently with stakeholders.

Dr. Dumon identified, adopted, and implemented a comprehensive core reading program during the beginning of his tenure. He led the restructuring of the K–8 literacy instruction to include rigorous Tier I instruction and targeted Tier II and Tier III interventions.

He is involved with professional development, instructional coaching, and implementation of DIBELS benchmark screening for teachers and administrators. He believes data should be used to guide teaching, learning, and professional development.

The district is a key partner in the annual Three Points Community Festival where Dr. Dumon serves on the planning committee. At this annual event, the Three Points community, a rural, unincorporated area 25 miles west of Tucson come together. Board members, staff, and community partners come together each Thanksgiving to cook, serve, and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner for families in need. During the pandemic Altar Valley School District partnered with Pima County and provided fresh food boxes to more than 30 families each month.

He is guided by the word of Lewis Carroll, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Dr. Dumon cares deeply about teaching and learning. He appreciates school isn’t easy for everyone (him included) and that each child has a right to quality instruction. He visits classrooms, playgrounds, and attends extra-curricular events and enjoys taking on the role of motivator-in-chief. You may see him as Professor “Dumon”-dore from Harry Potter, reminding Altar Valley School District students that they have the magic within them to succeed, the Last Jedi inspiring students to find the force within themselves to achieve, or putting the “Super” in Superintendent as Altar Valley Man.

Altar Valley School District is a social and cultural anchor in the Three Points community. It serves nearly 600 students, encompassing nearly 700 square miles of high Sonoran Desert and mountains situated between metro Tucson and the Tohono O’odham Nation.