Dear Atkinson Middle School & Gifted Academy community,
I am excited to join the Cartwright family as the new principal of Marc T. Atkinson Middle School!
An Oregon native, I come to Arizona with educational experience from kindergarten through adult education. I have an unwavering belief that EVERY student can succeed at Atkinson and have a trajectory for post-high school success! Middle school years are exciting and formative. To achieve success we will focus on systems and events to accelerate student learning, promote positive school culture and increase parent involvement.
All of our decisions are made in the best interest of our students. In order to ensure academic success, we focus on First Best Instruction. To tend to our student's personal and social development, we are utilizing the programs Character Development and Leadership and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
It is more important than ever that we have a strong school-home partnership. I look forward to hearing from parents as well as students on school decisions. Please contact our office with ideas, questions, or wonders that you may have.
I look forward to an exciting year ahead!
Jodi Smith, Principal