The Silverhawk Nest

"Soaring to #Extraordinary Heights Together"

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September Edition

Silverhawk families,

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.



We have a few brave parents who stepped up to serve on our PTO/PTA Board as Officers, but we need a few more. We will be meeting very shortly to start planning activities, so please be on the lookout for emails asking for help with fundraisers and campus events. We are excited to finally start this process in supporting our students and staff.

August Teacher & Staff of the Month

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NEW PBIS Acronym S.O.A.R.

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, tiered framework for supporting students’ behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health. When implemented with fidelity, PBIS improves social emotional competence, academic success, and school climate. It also improves teacher health and wellbeing. It is a way to create positive, predictable, equitable and safe learning environments where everyone thrives. We use ‘students’ to refer to all children and youth in any educational or therapeutic setting (e.g., K-12 school, early childhood program, treatment program, juvenile justice program). Learn more about PBIS in schools, classrooms, early childhood programs and juvenile justice programs on those topic pages.

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

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Student Council Members

Successful Peter Piper Pizza Family Night

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All Things E.Q. Program for all students - A social-emotional program that transforms school culture and prepares students to “show up” positively for themselves and one another to achieve academic success and social-emotional well-being. The first quarter we will be working on the following:

  • 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.

First Semester PLC Dates

  • September 2nd
  • September 16th
  • September 23rd
  • October 14th
  • October 21st
  • October 28th
  • November 4th
  • November 18th
  • December 2nd
  • December 9th
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