The Silverhawk Nest
"Soaring to #Extraordinary Heights Together"
I am very humbled and honored to introduce myself as the new principal of The Traditional Academy at Bellair and to join this excellent school community. I can assure you that I share in this school community's dedication to caring for our students every day while providing them with a meaningful, safe learning environment.
Although I am an educator, I am also a wife and mother. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 28 years and have three amazing children. My husband's name is Rodney and has been working in the Private Education sector for the last 18 years. My oldest daughter's name is Courtney (27) and is going to Glendale Community to earn her degree in Fine Arts. My second daughter's name is Jennifer (23) and is going to Glendale Community College and ASU to earn her degree in Nursing. My one and only son is Joseph (22) and is going to A$U to finish his degree in Business & Accounting.
The 2022-23 school year will mark my 20th year in education. I have served as a 6th grade teacher in the Marana Unified School District for 9 years where I served on teacher evaluation committees, was a grade level lead, was the Student Council Sponsor and coached middle school basketball. I then moved on to the charter world where I helped open Legacy Traditional School NW Tucson as Assistant Principal. After one year of AP I was moved into the Principal position where I helped establish the campus and successfully helped to maintain our "A" letter grade from the state. I then moved to Las Vegas to help establish a sister campus for 2 years and moved back to Arizona. I finished up my charter experience at Academy of Math and Science Peoria Advanced, where I have been for the past few years.
I am honored to become a part of the Deer Valley Family. It truly feels like I am coming home! Please know that my door is always open to you. I sincerely welcome your conversation and input during this school year. Let us keep our students the primary focus of our work. I can't wait to celebrate our collective successes during the 2022-2023 school year.
Christine Fitzsimmons, M.Ed.
Students are writing down goals for themselves during the 1st day of school.
Kinders are already walking in straight lines the first week of school!!
Leaders on Campus
6th graders started reading Morning Announcements on the 2nd day of school.
August Teacher & Staff of the Month
NEW PBIS Acronym S.O.A.R.
What is PBIS?
Our new PBIS Acronym is S.O.A.R. Silverhawks show Safety, Ownership, Achievement and Respect. Please help us to instill these behaviors at home, so we can all "S.O.A.R. to #Extraordinary Heights Together!"
Students Showing Safety, Ownership, Achievement and Respect in August
Student Council Members
Successful Peter Piper Pizza Family Night
- Week 1 - My day depends on me!
- Week 2 - Are my thoughts helping or hurting me?
- Week 3 - I am always communicating through my body language
- Week 4 - I show up positively for myself and the people around me.
- Week 5 - I am kind to the people I am with right now!
- Week 6 - I am willing to introduce myself and get to know new people.
- Week 7 - I don't trade what I want for what I want now.
- Week 8 - I am a productive team player.
- Week 9 - I don't brag because I am happy with myself.
E.Q. in Action #1
Student looks at Welcome greetings.
E.Q. in Action #2
Student chooses which greeting to make.
E.Q. in Action #3
Teacher and student greet one another!!