Administration's Message

Parents and Students,


Welcome to Palo Verde Middle School!  My name is James Richardson, Palo Verde Middle School's Principal. As the principal of Palo Verde Middle School, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 2020-2021 school year.  We continue to embark upon a “journey to excellence” as we work to provide the most effective teaching and learning environment to support your students and community.  


Though the start to this new school year will look different as we embrace distance learning online, your support of our school and staff is imperative for us as we continue to build our “PALO VERDE PANTHER PRIDE.”  Our hope is that we will have all students and staff return to campus as soon as it is safe to do so.  We ask that, when it is safe, you plan on attending at least one school function throughout the year in order to be a part of our positive focus of “Great Students, Great Staff, Great School.” 


All rules and expectations at Palo Verde have been put into place to ensure a safe and inviting environment in which all students will learn.  It is our desire that all students feel safe at school and feel empowered to achieve academic excellence.  We ask that you support our efforts to provide the best educational experience for all students at Palo Verde Middle School. 


We are a CHARACTER COUNTS School and we follow the Six Pillars of Character:

Trustworthiness             Respect     

Responsibility                  Fairness          

Caring                                 Citizenship  


We believe in teaching the whole child through a focus on six ethical values. This helps to instill a positive learning environment for students and a “culture of kindness” making school a safe environment for students to learn.  

Thank you,

James J. Richardson