Principal's Message

  • Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!

    I am honored to continue to serve as principal at Sweetwater Elementary School. It is an exceptional school filled with amazing students, parents and staff. This is my 34th year in WESD with the privilege of teaching 7th and 8th grade at Royal Palm Middle School, 4th grade at Sunburst Elementary and serving in administration at Desert Foothills Junior High School before Sweetwater. I look so forward to a wonderful school year serving the Sweetwater Community.

    Sweetwater Elementary is a Leader in Me school that provides a high quality kindergarten through eighth grade learning experience, emphasizing the development of character and leadership qualities at the core of each child's education. We embrace a philosophy of high expectations for all of our students, ranging from gifted to the special needs children in our center-based program. Sweetwater is a small, family oriented school, where staff members model and teach the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We invite you to visit this welcoming community of learners.

    Our school mission and vision are, "Everyone accepting challenges with high expectations, creating leaders of today and tomorrow." The idea is not only being successful for today but for our students’ future success as we support them as a team. I believe this difference is made in our community and in partnership with our families. I encourage students, families, and community members to get involved at Sweetwater. Together, we can be the difference as we partner in creating the leaders of today and tomorrow.

    Please know my door is open for us to communicate and partner for your child’s success. You are always welcome to call, email or come to the office. The Sweetwater staff and I welcome you to our school and look forward to a wonderful school year. Go Mustangs!

    Susie Smith