Welcome to Mustang country and to the 2020-2021 school year! My name is Patricia Smith and this is my 10th year as Principal at Desert Vista Elementary School. Every year I reflect on how wonderful it is to be a part of such a dynamic learning community and to work with such wonderful families, students, teachers and staff. "The Power of Together" is our theme this year which was actually selected in January; little did I know how fitting it would be for where we are today in our world. The Power of Together resonates deeply more at this moment than it ever has in the past. Even with the new approach of distance learning for students to start the new school year, we embark on our journey of learning together. Education is truly a partnership between the school, students, parents/guardians, and community. Children are more successful when we work as a team to inspire them to set goals and work hard each day to get a little closer to achieving them. Through this partnership, we will help to turn goals, dreams, and words into action with results together.
My journey to be an educator began many years ago when I was a volunteer, youth coach, and an academic advisor for Chapman University. I decided that teaching was my passion and chose to pursue education as my career path. I have been in education for over 23 years and have served in our district as a teacher, Math Specialist, and Academic Coach at Peralta Trail and Gold Canyon Elementary Schools.
My philosophy on education is one that believes in working together to provide excellence inside and outside of the classroom. I am often asked why I wanted to become a principal and for me it’s quite simple, I love bringing out the best in others. There is no other motivation greater to me than being a part of a strong learning community that values the partnership of educating children. My favorite quote is by Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” By building a strong partnership together, we are investing in each child who attends Desert Vista Elementary and preparing them for opportunities for year 13. The greatest payoff from our investment will be excellence demonstrated inside and outside of the classroom and reaching our goals where there are no limits to what can be accomplished. EVERY child is important and deserves to have a safe, nurturing, and positive learning environment; it begins with us working together.
DVES is a BE KIND school, as well as demonstrating our Mustang PRIDE each and every day.
P: PRACTICE SELF CONTROL
R: RESPECT YOURSELF, OTHERS, & PROPERTY
I: IDENTIFY SAFE CHOICES
D: DEMONSTRATE RESPONSIBILITY
E: EXCEL IN ALL YOU DO
I believe that when we establish expectations for academic achievement and the promotion of character inside and outside of the classroom, we create a learning environment in which EVERY student is capable of succeeding.
There are several ways you can help your child succeed:
I look forward to a great year!
- Ask your child what their favorite part of their school day was
- Encourage your child to become organized with their school materials
- Establish a quiet homework area
- Read with your child and discuss their favorite books
- Keep in contact with your child’s teacher(s) and monitor their grades on ParentVue
- Come to school activities
- Participate in the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
- Participate in the AZ State Tax Credit program by redirecting your state taxes directly to DVES
- Volunteer! Teachers and the school always need your help!