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:

Greetings and welcome to Tartesso Elementary School! It is with great pleasure that I offer communication regarding the 2015-2016 school year.  Many exciting things will be happening this year! Our four-day school week will be in session from Tuesday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saddle Mountain Unified School District is pleased to announce we completed our digital conversion and can now boast a 1 to 1 student to computer ratio for all students this year. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be utilizing Samsung tablets, while 2nd through 8th grade students will be working with chrome books. All classrooms will be using technology daily for assignments and/or assessments. Students will be able to access these assignments on at-home devices, as well.

Last year, we offered 18 after-school clubs. This year, we plan to continue offering many of these programs and also provide several new enrichment opportunities for students. We will offer some of these opportunities during the school day and several will be after-school clubs.  Most programs will start the week of September 8.  K-3rd will have several opportunities to choose from during the school day from 1:50 to 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays. 3rd-8th grade students will have the option to stay after school from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. to participate in a variety of activities. Registration forms are available in the front office.  Please follow us on our Facebook page “Tartesso Elementary School” we created to keep parents informed about important events and announcements!

We will continue to offer sports to our 6th-8th grade students this year. I am thrilled to announce that we will have a Tartesso team for girls volleyball and boys basketball again this year. Students will still have the opportunity to join teams at Ruth Fisher, our K-8 sister school in Tonopah, for the following sports: girls basketball, tackle football, boys baseball, and girls softball.

Through our mission statement, “Everyone learns every day,” the teachers and staff at Tartesso Elementary School 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 our past and build our future. The future looks bright! I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you! If I can be of service in any way, please contact me.

Go Tigers! 


Liz Burton

Liz Burton
(623) 474-5408



Tartesso was designated an A school by the Arizona Department of Education!

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