SMUSD Shout Out!

District Newsletter - August 2020

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Welcome to our first District newsletter! We hope you will find it informative and useful. If you have thoughts on information you'd like to see in this newsletter, please feel free to share your ideas. We hope to share this newsletter with you regularly to inform you about news and events at Saddle Mountain Unified School District. Send us an email ( and let us know your thoughts!
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Tonopah Valley High School teachers and staff on the brand new football field to kickoff the school year!

A Note From the Superintendent

Dear Saddle Mountain Unified School District Families,

In an effort to enhance our communication to you, we have launched this district newsletter! Thank you for your outstanding flexibility as our teachers and students establish their routines with Remote Learning. We are overwhelmed by the support and grace you have offered us in this crisis. Our teachers and staff are working hard to best meet the needs of students through Remote Learning, with On-Site Support Services. While we firmly believe the best place for students to learn is in our classrooms, in-person, I am very impressed with how well our teachers have adapted.

The health and safety of our staff and students remain our highest priority. Our definite start date for resuming In-Person Learning is not yet determined. We will resume In-Person Learning when state and county health official determine it is safe to do so. The decision is guided by the three measurements (cases, percent positivity, and COVID-like illnesses) that are now being reported weekly by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). Click here to see Maricopa County's most recent progress report. When that date is confirmed, families will be notified by phone, email and social media updates.

As you work to keep your family healthy, we encourage you to click here to order several free masks.

Please enjoy healthy and convenient meals at all of our schools, Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, available to all students, following the National School Lunch Program guidelines. Visit our Food Services webpage for more information ( or call 623-474-5103.

Please visit our website for details and resources related to reopening ( We are humbled by your support. Thank you for choosing Saddle Mountain Unified School District!


Dr. Paul Tighe


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Your vote matters!

This November, SMUSD has a Maintenance and Operations Override initiative on the ballot. If it does not pass, vital funding for school programs, such as Full Day Kindergarten, are at risk. Your vote matters! Please click the link below for more details on the override. Reminder--this is NOT A NEW TAX!

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SMUSD Teachers of the Year

Last year's honorees would normally have been recognized toward the end of the regular school year in May. Please join us in celebrating our deserving and valued Teachers of the Year!

  • Jamie McDonald -Ruth Fisher Middle School- 8th Grade-Science
  • Katherine Webb-Tartesso Elementary- 2nd Grade
  • Jeremy Rubel -Tonopah Valley High School-ELA
  • Anne Clanin-Winters' Well Elementary- 4th/5th SPED Resource

SMUSD In the News!

Efforts to support student learning with Artificial Intelligence was highlighted in a recent issue of the national publicaiton Education News. Click the link below to read the whole story, and a special thank you to SMUSD's own Joel Wisser for his work on this project!
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What We Believe


Educate all students to become responsible, college-and-career-ready community members.


Everyone learns, every day.


SMUSD has a commitment to…

· Accountability

· Being trustworthy

· Caring

· Taking initiative

· Being respectful

· Believing all children are capable of success. No exceptions.