New River Community,

    This year we will be celebrating New River Elementary’s 89th year by noticing and recognizing  all the amazing reasons why “It’s a great day to be a Wildcat!” I am happy to continue to serve as the principal for my fourth year at New River and 29th year in the Deer Valley Unified School District. Recently, I was awarded the Arizona School Administrators Rookie Principal of the Year. The award is a result of all the work we have done together as a community to support student learning.


    We will continue to focus on a growth mindset, setting goals and celebrating each small step towards those goals while viewing mistakes as opportunities to learn.These skills will be present in our academic instruction and STEAM activities. In addition to academic growth, we will continue to support the social emotional needs of students through our positive behavior interventions using CATS and All Things EQ.


    As we move through the year, we will continue to ensure all students achieve high levels of learning through our multi-tiered process which includes solid instruction for all students, reteaching to those who need it and additional interventions to fill in learning gaps. 


    Our teachers will continue to receive additional support this year through Project Momentum. This is a grant that brings professional development on our early release days and provides funding for teachers to have release time to collaborate together in professional learning communities (PLC) to sharpen their instructional knowledge of the content and instructional practices. 


    As the principal I will continue to support teachers using strategies in Breakthrough Coaching. There will be coaching days that I will be in classrooms all day. On these days I will not be available in the office and may not return parent phone calls until the next day. I appreciate your understanding as these practices have shown to improve student achievement.  


    New River Elementary has remarkable students, the best staff, supportive families and strong business partnerships which can only lead to a thriving outcome. I look forward to  our continued partnership as we work together to prepare our kids for the future- “Today’s learners, tomorrow’s leaders!”



    Dr. Tina Marone

    Principal, New River Elementary School