• Welcome to another exciting year at New River Elementary School. Our dedicated and caring staff has been working hard to prepare for the 2017-18 school year. They are passionate about meeting the needs of each and every student and will do whatever it takes to make sure your child has an enriching experience at New River Elementary School.

    We are proud to be part of the distinguished Deer Valley Unified School District. Our district is focusing on providing students with extraordinary opportunities to grow. Our strategic plan addresses four key priorities:

    1. Excellence in Student Learning
    2. Excellence in Workforce Performance
    3. Excellence in Stakeholder Relationships
    4. Excellence in Organizational Improvement and Accountability


    At New River Elementary School, we are constantly focusing on these key priorities and are continually doing what is in the best interest of our students and families. Our mission and vision statements guide us to be the best we can be.

    Mission Statement

    New River Elementary is dedicated to building a rigorous and challenging academic foundation, in a safe, positive environment, that prepares our students to excel as future citizens of a global society.

    Vision Statement

    New River Elementary School team of staff, students, parents, and community dedicates itself to the education of our children. Our aim is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for learning with an enriched core of basic knowledge. Together we will inspire students to be self-motivated, responsible, life-long learners of the 21st Century.

    Student Achievement

    We are proud to share with you that New River is continually focusing on the academic achievement of your child. Along with our hard-working classroom teachers, we also have staff members that support students with specific needs such as students that are gifted or have learning challenges. Last year we increased the number of students that were on Honor Roll and Principals’ List.

    Safe and Orderly Environment

    A safe and orderly learning environment is paramount at New River Elementary. We have established clear expectations and procedures that are shared with our students on a continual basis to ensure that all students feel safe at our school. If your child ever has any concerns about safety, please encourage them to talk to their teacher or me. We will address any concerns in a timely manner.

    Stakeholder Relationships

    We are dedicated to work with the whole child and will nurture each child so they can reach their full potential. We are a “Kids At Hope” school and believe that: All children are capable of success, No Exceptions!

    In addition, we are implementing a program this year called, “All Things EQ” which focuses on the social-emotional well-being of our students. Parents/Guardians can get weekly emails that highlights the “All Things EQ” philosophy. You can sign up for the emails at:


    Communication is Key

    As we foster stakeholder relationships, we will focus on communication that is ongoing and informative. Here are some of the ways we will communicate with you:

    You will receive monthly newsletters with important information

    We will continue to use our phone system, School Messenger, to send messages to your phone and/or email. Please make sure to let us know if you changed your phone number or email address so you will be able to receive the messages.

    Teachers will be providing you with their email addresses and classroom phone numbers so you will be able to communicate with them. Phone calls to the classroom will go to voice messaging during class time so instruction is not interrupted. Please leave a voice message so the teacher can get back to you.

    Volunteers Needed

    As you know ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ So we would like to encourage you to volunteer at our school. Our Parent Volunteer Coordinator, Anna Sponholz, will be conducting volunteer trainings in the near future. Please look out for the information so you can join us as a volunteer. We love our volunteers!

    Our wonderful PTSA would like to have more parents participate this year. The PTSA is instrumental in providing so many great opportunities for our community including our Fall Round-up, Holiday Shop, Winter Wonderland, Valentine’s Day Shop, and the Wildcat Den. We appreciate any support you can give us.

    We are so glad that you have chosen New River Elementary School to nurture and enrich your child.  We look forward to working with you to make this a successful and productive school year. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or comments.


    Welcome Back Letter 2016 as a pdf