Message from the Principal

Bob Quinones, Principal A Message from the Principal ...

October is here and fall is upon us. It is a wonderful time of year as the temperature begins to drop and the joys of living in Arizona become even more evident. I also love this time of year because the newness of the school year has faded and the students are demonstrating through their learning and actions that they are ready for so much more.

Throughout the month, we will be starting several new activities and enjoying a well-deserved break. In addition, we will be adjusting to the next of our 7 Mindsets. We are moving from “Everything is Possible” to “100% Accountable.” This means that students will be participating in lessons, activities, and assemblies that will focus on eliminating limiting beliefs and owning the decisions they make in their lives so they can feel responsible for their own success and happiness.

Among our many important events, perhaps the most important are Parent/Teacher Conferences. This is an excellent opportunity for us to connect with one another and discuss the tremendous growth and progress that we have already been able to see. You will be able to talk with teachers to address any concerns or share any celebrations that you might have as parents. Being a part of your child’s education is extremely important and attendance at conferences only demonstrates to your child that you feel the same way. It shows them that we are working together and we are holding one another accountable for their success. Don’t forget to reserve some time in your calendar on October 19 & 20, so that you can spend time with us at McCartney Ranch for conferences. Schedules and other relevant information will be sent home by each teacher.

Don’t forget that Fall Break is also in October. Students will not have classes October 23 – 27. While this is time for your children to relax and recharge after working hard throughout the first quarter, I would also suggest that you find time as a family to practice and incorporate any newly learned skills into your daily activities. Students should begin making connections to the things they have been learning in their classrooms. As parents, you can support our mission to show students how important it is to apply classroom learning to “real world” concepts and problems.

While we focus on connections, one way you can connect with us is through our PTO. We are always interested in having additional input and support. Please join us in the media center to discuss school events and how you can get involved. Remember, this is also a Brown Bag Lunch Day, so it will be busy at McCartney Ranch!

Another way that you can connect with the school or offer support is to help us identify Leaders and Role Models within the community that might be willing to join me and our students for a monthly Leader Lunch. These lunches are hosted each month in the cafeteria for students that exhibit outstanding leadership traits within their classrooms. I would like to celebrate their efforts even more by providing our students the opportunity to connect with positive people that they might not otherwise meet. We are not limited to certain groups of individuals, but some ideas include: police officers, doctors, politicians, athletes, and active or veteran military. If you know someone that might be interested in joining me, please contact our school office.


Please continue reading through this newsletter so that you may be informed about all the wonderful things happening at each grade level. We also have other information about the happenings throughout the school. This is a great way for us to get connected to you. I would also like to encourage you to connect with us. While I know it can be a challenge, I would encourage each parent to contact your child’s teacher to discuss how you might get involved. We would love to see each of you volunteering on our campus.



Bob Quinones, Principal        
​October, 2017

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