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Message from Our Superintendent

Superintendent Message

April 1, 2023

Dear Altar Valley Families, 

I hope everyone had a great Spring Break and are ready to have an amazing last two months of school! Please be sure to check our website, Facebook, and ClassDojo to stay up to date. 

Thank you to all of the Altar Valley Families who completed our schools’ family surveys. Your input is important to us and we plan to use your feedback to continue to build, grow, flourish, and succeed.

Below are a few important dates for the month of April.

Spring Holiday: No School April 7 & 10

Math Textbook Adoption: Please visit our website at to review our Math textbook adoption materials and share your thoughts. 

Arizona’s Academic Standards Assessment (AASA): The AASA is the statewide achievement test for Arizona students in Grades 3-8. We will begin testing April 4. Please check with your child’s teachers for more information. 

Family Fun Night: At AVSD we Build, Grow, Flourish, & Succeed! Join us at Altar Valley Middle School Wednesday April 19, 5:30–7:00 pm for our last Family Fun Night. Free Meals for the first 150 people.

Registration: Registration is open for all new and returning students including Open Enrollment Students in grades PK-8.  

Happy Spring!

Dr. Dave Dumon
Altar Valley School District
(520) 822-1484


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. 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.