Principal's Message

To All Students, Parents and Community of Palo Verde Middle School:


As the new principal for Palo Verde Middle School, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the coming school year. I come to Palo Verde with many years of experience as both a middle school and high school principal, and I actually began my teaching career at Palo Verde many years ago. We are embarking upon a “journey to excellence” as we work to provide the most effective teaching and learning environment to support your students and community.

You will hear us talking about high learning expectations for your child with a focus to be college bound, career and citizenship ready for their future. To help accomplish this, we will need your support at home. This support can come in the form of encouragement for your child to work hard, stay focused on learning in the classroom, check for homework and monitor that they complete it, stay in touch with teachers regarding progress, talk about what your child wants to do as a career, come to school activities, and let your child know that you believe education is important for his or her success. It will take all of us working together as a team and as partners to support and model higher expectations.

We have been very busy focusing on areas that will continue to support the Palo Verde community as we strive for educational excellence for our students.  In discussions with staff, parents, community and students, we have identified some specific needs and goals in various areas, and we will be providing you with various pieces of communication to be sure you are an integral part of our school community.

Communication will be important in this endeavor, and we will be using our call-out system, mailing information, and sending home newsletters to you monthly. This initiates one of our strategies to provide you with important information to help you be involved in your son or daughter’s education. Please take the time to read what comes home for you, because it will provide valuable information for you to be an integral part of our Palo Verde community.

Your support for our students and staff is very valuable for us to continue to build our “PALO VERDE PANTHER PRIDE.”  Please 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.”



Mrs. Carol Patterson, Proud Principal