Principal Message

Hello September!!

August started off with some pretty hot weather and our campus will continue to be on fire in terms of establishing a culture of excellence. Our theme this year is "Mambas Rise" and we are focused on our R.I.S.E at AMSSM. Last month our scholars completed testing, we held our first pep rallies and we began our quarter one sports and clubs. What a way to start the school year!! We have no intentions of slowing down either. Check out the rest of the newsletter with highlights and important information as we plan to have a Super September!!  

-Principal Hewson


At the end of August, AMSSM scholars took their first iReady Diagnostic test for Reading and Math. This test provides us with beginning of the year academic data for each scholar. Because it is schedule for the beginning of the year, it is not uncommon for scholars to not attain scores that are equivalent to their respected grade level.

The data is used by all educators on our campus to determine the best ways to get all scholars caught up. iReady also has a personalized academic path for each scholar, based on their results. During our G.A.M.E (Goals Are My Everything) intervention period, scholars will get opportunities to work on assignments on their “Path” and to work in small groups with their teacher or interventionist. As the 2nd and 3rd iReady Diagnostics come along, we start seeing growth in all scholars. 

Together, parents and educators can make a difference. I can’t wait to share the scores for iReady Diagnostic #2. 

Lastly, 3rd – 8th graders will soon be taking their first Benchmark Assessment. The testing window for this assessment starts on September 25 through the 4th of October. This Assessment prepares our students for the Spring AASA assessment.

Progress Towards School Wide Goals

In an effort to be transparent about our school's priorities, we are posting the following data to ensure that our Mamba families are aware of the state of affairs at South Mountain. You can find this data in our front lobby, as well as in our monthly newsletters.

Student Enrollment: How many scholars are currently enrolled at South Mountain.

Average Daily Attendance: The average percentage of scholars who attend school on a daily basis.

Staff Retention: The percentage of teachers and staff who have stayed with South Mountain since the beginning of the school year.

i-Ready Data: The average annual growth for a scholar at this grade and baseline placement level.

Here is AMS South Mountain's up-to-date data.

Scholar Enrollment

946 scholars

Average Daily Attendance


Scholar Enrollment to Capacity


Staff Retention


Diagnostic Reading Placement

16% of students are on or above grade level

40% of students are one grade level below

44% of students are two or more grade levels below

Diagnostic Math Placement

8% of students are on or above grade level

49% of students are one grade level below

43% of students are two or more grade levels below

Staff Member of the Month

Kelby Hollowell

PE Teacher and Athletic Director

Mr. Hollowell consistently demonstrates unwavering honor and integrity in his work. His is strongly committed to upholding high expectations for all scholars and treating everyone with respect. He works tirelessly to build a strong and vibrant community through our sports and clubs programs and family engagement initiatives. His efforts bring people together and create lasting bonds within our Mamba community.

Staff Member of the Month

Cynthia Tapia


Ms. Tapia truly embodies the 'Do Whatever it Takes' spirit for our scholars, teachers, and administrators. Always offering her help where she can, addressing each and every person with a smile, and often putting in the extra hours to ensure that we are providing all of our scholars with the best education possible.  

Come cheer on our Mambas at their games. All games begin at 4:30pm. Let's Go Mambas!

Home Soccer Games

  • September 12th
  • September 19th

Home Volleyball Games

  • September 11th
  • September 18th
  • September 21st
  • September 25th

Away Soccer Games

  • September 15th-NFL YET Prep Academy
  • September 21st-Imagine Desert West
  • September 26th-AMS Camelback

Away Volleyball Games

  • September 14th-Adams Traditional Academy


Family Bingo Night

September 12th from 5PM-7PM

Coffee with Principal Hewson

September 22nd from 8:30AM-9:30AM

Uptown Jungle Fundraiser

September 27th from 2PM-7PM

Scholastic Book fair

October 2nd-9th

PAC Meeting

October 3rd from 6PM-7PM

Parent Teacher Conferences

October 5th-6th

More details coming soon!

Before Care scholar's may be dropped off at 6:30am.

Aftercare scholar's must be picked up by 6pm.

Students not picked up by 6:00 PM will be charged a late pick-up fee of $1 per minute.

*Please have photo identification when picking up your scholar from Extended Care

  • As a safety precaution, please be ready to present a form of identification when checking your student out. 
  • Please keep you contact information updated.
  • Add [email protected] to your email address book, so you don't miss out on important information.
  •  Student Sign Outs will not be permitted after 2:45pm.
  • Create your e-funds account to make payments.
  • Attendance calls need to be made by 9am, before the automated call goes out.
  • Sign your scholar in for tardies or they will be unexcused.

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