Principal'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 2023-2024 school year.  We will continue upon our “journey to excellence” as we work to provide the most effective teaching and learning environment to support our students and our community.  

     All expectations and procedures 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.  

     Our hope and goal is that we will have multiple opportunities for our students, families, and community to participate in our afterschool activities, athletics, student clubs, and community events here on campus.  We invite you all to join us for 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.” 

    Thank you,

    James J. Richardson