1st Week of School: Messages from the Schools

1st Week of School: Messages from the Schools
Posted on 08/20/2021

We have had an impressive start to the 2021-22 academic year at Farmington Municipal Schools. We are focused on building positive relationships with our students and gain an understanding of unfinished learning from last year. We are celebrating teacher collaboration, welcoming more than 80 first-year teachers, and two 1st year principals who have chosen to make a difference in our schools.


Messages from our Schools

Pamela Schritter and Jessica Doyle, Principal and Assistant Principal of Mesa Verde Elementary: “The Mesa Verde Wildcats are off and running! Teachers are working diligently to provide engagement opportunities that support building relationships as we know this is the bedrock for a successful classroom environment. In addition, students in all grade levels are gaining an understanding of school-wide expectations and working collaboratively with peers and teachers to create input matrices and PAX classroom visions. We are proud of the efforts of all stakeholders: staff, students, and parents alike!”

Mrs. Luanne Davis, Bluffview Elementary Principal: “At Bluffview we have appreciated all our parents waiting patiently to pick up their kiddos on the Southside of the school. We are getting better each day getting that line to move quickly and efficiently. All our families have been helpful by following directions at the end of very busy days. We look forward to our under 10-minute pick-up line - coming soon!”

Peter Deswood, III, Rocinante High School Principal: “We are so happy to have all of our students back in school. Our students are eager to learn and happy to be back with teachers and staff. Teachers are also happy to be instructing face-to-face.”

Dr. Virginia G. Hedges, Esperanza Elementary Principal: “Esperanza had a wonderful start of the year! It’s been inspiring to see students & teachers alike back at school, and hearing the enthusiasm for learning and socializing with peers. This week has been focused on reviewing and practicing expectations & routines and setting the tone for our exciting school year ahead. At Esperanza, our mission is to ensure all students receive a rigorous, high-quality education in a safe and respectful environment. The school year 2021-2022 is sure to be the best year yet!”

Kelly Thur, Piedra Vista High School Principal: “Energy is up at PVHS. Students and staff are excited and beyond glad to be in person. Students are engaged in learning; teachers are engaged in instruction. Students and staff are doing their best, doing what's right, and treating everyone as they wish to be treated. What a GREAT WEEK!”

Seth Martinez, San Juan College High School Principal: “San Juan College High School teachers returned on August 4th and Griffin students started on August 9th. We are currently in our second week of accelerated learning and our third- and fourth-year students will begin their college courses on August 23rd. Our students are eager to learn and teachers are delighted to have our students in the classroom. Our seniors have been participating in our Executive Internship Bootcamp and they are ready to take part in their Work-Based Learning mock interviews soon. Students are eager to start school clubs this week that engage students in everything from rock climbing to book clubs. SJCHS teachers and staff could not be more proud of the start to this school year and we look forward to new adventures throughout the semester! GO GRIFFINS!”

Chris Jones, Heights Middle School Principal: "We would like to celebrate the Heights faculty and staff for welcoming back over 700 hundred students to our campus, and over 125 athletes back into sports. We look forward to a great year."

Tammie Hansen, Tibbetts Middle School Principal: "The first week of school at Tibbetts was filled with energy and excitement. We were so excited to get back to in person for the 21-22 School Year. Many teachers felt brand new preparing for day 1 in person, since we didn't have the chance last year. Students arrived refreshed from the summer break and excited to be in the building, many for the first time. Students adapted quickly to the grab-and-go breakfast plan, and we are so proud of how students are keeping physical distance and wearing their masks to ensure we can continue to provide an excellent education in person."

First week of school at FMS

Special messages from Tibbetts Middle School Students
“The first week of school was exciting because I got to see my friends and I made new friends,” Andrea Tarango.

“All the teachers are nice. It’s been pretty good,” Victor Monge.

“The school looks different from the other schools I've gone to and all my teachers are nice,” Dontae Begay.

“In the first week of school we measured our height and arm spread in science. It was fun because we were able to calculate the height and add the numbers up at the end to get our average height,” Tremayne Yazzie.

“I've witnessed that all the teachers are nice and it’s been exciting since I'm going to do sports for the school this year,” Ziondra Leuppe.

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