Located at the end of Avenida Coatimundi and nestled away into the Patagonia Mountains, the Spanish Colonial style architecture of Coatimundi Middle School creates a welcoming impression of culture and community. Our school is located in the town of Rio Rico, Arizona, approximately 15 miles north of the Mexican border town of Nogales and is part of the Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District. Our school population is primarily of Hispanic heritage with a cultural capital centered on family and community.
The adage “it takes a village to raise a child” in the context of education can be translated to, “It takes a professional learning community to effectively educate our students.” Here at Coatimundi Middle School we are always striving to be an effective professional learning community. We were rewarded for our efforts by the Arizona Educational Foundation with an A+ Status in 2011. The Arizona Educational Foundation created the A+ Schools of Excellence Program as a comprehensive school assessment tool to identify, celebrate, and recognize overall educational excellence in schools throughout Arizona.
Our mission and vision statements are our school’s guiding forces. You might notice that present in both the mission and vision statement is the word “everyone.” All stakeholders must be involved in the learning process in order to be successful; we must act in rhythm to achieve a true professional learning community.
Dear Parents and Students,
I hope you have had an enjoyable summer break with your family. My name is Rebekah Cabrera, and I am the new principal of Coatimundi Middle School (CtMS). I am very excited and honored to be the principal here at CtMS and can’t wait to meet all of you! I know this year is going to be fantastic! I have an open door policy and welcome each of you to stop by. I am eager to get to know each of you and look forward to creating a successful and enjoyable middle school experience. As a team, we have been diligently preparing for the upcoming school year and getting everything in place to serve the needs of our Coatimundi students and community.
As you know, the staff at Coatimundi is dedicated to the continued success of each of our students. We are pleased with the academic achievement of our students, and we want to strive to make these achievements even higher! This year, one of our key areas of focus for our teachers will be working on maximizing the impact on student learning. This key area of focus will allow us to increase student motivation, enhance curriculum, implement an even higher level of knowledge, increase positive behavior, implement and enhance effective teaching strategies, and much more. This will create a culture where every student is guaranteed a rigorous and relevant learning experience. At CtMS, we are committed to the learning of all members of the school community… students, staff, teachers, and administrators!
I hope that you will involve yourself as much as your schedule will allow with our school and activities. Please make sure to check out our website and Facebook page to learn about the opportunities available. We would also love to have all of our parents participate in our school site council, our booster club, and/or volunteering at our school. Remember, we are in a partnership with you in providing your child a world class education.
In closing, we assure you that we are well prepared for your child, and we will create an environment that will allow them to thrive during their middle school years. We will take care of your child, provide them with a safe and loving environment, and provide them with an exceptional educational experience!
On behalf of the faculty and staff of CtMS, I would like to officially welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year and as part of the Cavalier family!
Your partner in education,
Rebekah Cabrera, Principal