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Hello Families, Students and Community Members!  
First and foremost, thank you for trusting Utterback Middle School as your child's learning institution! We have been working diligently this summer to ensure this school year will be a huge success!  We are, more than excited to welcome your scholar back to school.  
I am proud to say, despite the vast teacher shortage that has severely affected the State of Arizona, we are fully staffed with incredible professionals ready to teach and support your middle school learner.  
Utterback Middle School is an incredible, exciting campus that provides many offerings to our students and the community.  We have worked very hard to preserve the rich history of the fine arts on our campus.  We have an array of dedicated teachers in every department that are passionate educators that desire to inspire your student. 
This year we will be very intentional about personalizing learning and supporting every student on campus.  We have many new systems to support every scholar on our campus! We are so proud to be a new Verizon Wireless Innovation School (VILS) partner.  Meaning every student will receive a brand-new iPad for the school year.  iPad's will be arriving to campus the week of August 15th!  We are planning an iPad Rollout/Open House event on Thursday, August 18th from 5 to 7 PM!  Please save the date.  Parents will need to attend this event to receive their scholar's device.  These devices will be essential to their learning.  We will not issue 1 to 1 devices until the Open House/VILS Rollout on August 17, 2022.  
As the very proud principal of Utterback Middle School, I am very intentional in partnering with community organizations to provide a holistic learning environment for our students.  Through these partnerships we are able to provide these services to eradicate barriers for our students so they can focus on learning.

Sincerely,  Taranika Sanders
Principal-Utterback Middle School