“Back to school season is an exciting and important time for all Arizona families, because it really sets the tone for the rest of the year,” said Governor Ducey. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to visit some of Arizona’s schools, thank our teachers for the excellent work they do and encourage our children to be the best students they can be. I wish all Arizona kids and their families a successful school year.”
Alta Vista established the Post Secondary Education Initiative (PSEI) in 2007. The focus of the PSEI initiative is to guide and prepare students for their post-secondary plans beyond high school graduation. Students leave Alta Vista with all of the tools to succeed, but one missing piece in the post-secondary process has been securing financial resources to pay for the expenses associated with college/post-secondary application fees, SAT testing fees, CLEP exam fees and college summer program fees. We never want something like finances to be an obstacle that stands in the way of our students reaching their full potential, and so as part of our PSEI initiative, we will be raising money to help underwrite students in their postsecondary endeavors.
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This past year, AVHS school leader Alicia Alvarez was nominated and selected as a 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal. According to the Rodel Foundation of Arizona President and CEO Jackie Norton, “A great principal builds and supports a school culture where students, staff, teachers and community members can work together to provide the best education and opportunities for all students. We’re proud to recognize the leadership qualities exhibited by these outstanding principals, and look forward to working with them as they mentor and inspire the school leaders of tomorrow.”
In addition to this, Ms. Alvarez was asked to join the Governor's Classrooms First Initiative Council as one of only 11 and the only high school principal. Governor’s Principles to Reform the K-12 Funding Model:
- Focus on excellence and outcomes, rather than attendance and seat time.
- Make changes to the formula in the context of what is best for our children.
- Repurpose administrative resources for instruction and classroom support. Reward efficiency with flexibility.
- Funding should follow students consistently and completely. The real costs of educating special education and at-risk students need to be addressed. Give parents transparency on how schools are spending their money.
- Leverage the funding model to attract high-quality principals.