Superintendent's Welcome


  • Dear Parents and Caregivers,

    Welcome to our 2021-22 school year! Avondale has a long tradition of excellence and achievement and we couldn't make that happen without our incredible families who have chosen Avondale Elementary School District (AESD) as their District of Choice!

    The mission and vision of AESD is the foundation for all we do! We recognize that each site is unique and, at the same time, are connected through our collective responsibility to ensure every child grows as a thinker, problem solver and communicator to pursue their further without limits! Our children deserve that! To that end, the framework for everything we do is Kids at Hope:

    We believe… all children are capable of success, NO EXCEPTIONS.

    We connect… all children to caring adults to reveal and grow the possibilities

    We time travel… we prepare students for their future by time traveling to allow children to see their potential in four destinations and to plan for it today.

    I would be remiss if I didn't thank each of you for your support and ongoing communication about the COVID situation in Arizona and specifically our approach in AESD. As you are all aware, we are under a no mask legislation in the state. We are prohibited from mandating masks for staff and students in our facilities during school hours, however, strongly encourage mask wearing while indoors and especially when social distancing cannot be maintained.  As you also know, we are following the guidelines of Maricopa County Department of Public Health for quarantining close contacts and if someone is symptomatic. We recognize that quarantining is challenging; however, maintaining safe learning and working environments is critical. To support families, we have secured rapid COVID testing for students on-site and take home tests for families, if they prefer.

    We are honored to work with you and your family.  We encourage our students to fully participate in their learning and invite all caregivers to be a part as well. We have leadership opportunities through PTSA/PTO, volunteering opportunities as well as school and community site Councils. None of our successes could be possible without a strong parent/school relationship. We encourage you to become active participants in our schools, classrooms and within our district. Avondale Elementary School District is our community for our kids.

    If I can be of service, please contact me.


    Dr. Betsy Hargrove