Welcome to the Home of the Tigers

Welcome to the Tartesso Elementary School website. We are located in Buckeye, Arizona, and enjoy the benefits of an active and supportive community. As a part of Saddle Mountain USD, we foster a culture of high academic achievement. Our students thrive and excel in a variety of programs carried out in partnership with our caring, collaborative community. Whether you are a student, parent, prospective family, or community member, we have what you are looking for.

A Message from our Principal

Parents, Guardians, Students, and Alumni:

Welcome to Tartesso Elementary School, home of the Tigers. We are a k–5 school in the Saddle Mountain Unified School District in Buckeye, Arizona. We currently have over 800 students enrolled, and we anticipate continuous growth throughout the school year. We anticipate the new school being built in Tartesso to open for operation in 2022–2023. Our four-day school week is in session Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and we offer free breakfast in the classroom to all students daily starting at 6:30 a.m. and will be able to continue offering free lunch all year as well. On early release days, we dismiss at 11:15 a.m.

Through our vision statement, “Everyone learns every day,” our teachers and staff will significantly touch the lives of your children. We are a school of strong tradition, values, and excellence. Together with our community members, we will reflect on the past and build our future. All k–5 students will be working with Chromebooks in their classrooms, our 5th grade classes have the opportunity to learn coding during our reteach and enrich portion of the day if they have mastered their core content, and all students in grades 3rd–5th will rotate between technology, art, and P.E. each quarter.

Students are becoming more and more familiar with technology, and we are confident that they are acquiring the skills necessary to be prepared and compete in the 21st century. We have a variety of after school programs offered at Tartesso again this year. These classes are facilitated by teachers, parents, and community members. All k–2 students will have a rotating special area schedule including technology, music, and physical education. Fifth grade students also have the ability to apply to be part of the Tartesso News Network. They write news segments and conduct interviews that are videotaped weekly to broadcast to the entire student body every Tuesday. Big Brothers Big Sisters, KONA Ice, and Cake Pops by Amber have partnered with us by providing fundraising opportunities for our school the last few years. BBBS has a clothing bin in our parking lot in which community members can drop off used items at any time. We receive 10% of the total amount raised.

Students that make the honor roll and/or have perfect attendance are recognized in their classrooms each quarter, and we also select a student of the month from each homeroom class. Our Facebook page, Tartesso Elementary School, is a great platform to find important reminders and events! We also use the Remind App and Alert messages that notify parents of important information through phone calls and emails.

We plan to continue our amazing Watch D.O.G.’s program this year, and fathers can sign up to volunteer in classrooms starting in September. There will also be a continued focus on our Kids at Hope belief system. Every staff member in our district receives training, and we believe that all children are capable of success, no exceptions! We look forward to getting to know each and every one of you! If I can be of service in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Sincerely, 

Liz Giacovelli

Liz Giacovelli
(623) 474.5408