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

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We just finished our third quarter benchmark assessments here at Tartesso Elementary School. The results from these assessments give us a good indication of how well our students will perform on the AIMS test next month. Our 2nd grade students will be taking the Standford10 test, and our 3rd-8th grade students will take the AIMS test the week of April 7-11. Please make sure your children get a good night sleep, eat a health breakfast (Free breakfast for ALL STUDENTS in the cafeteria during AIMS week), are here on time, and don’t have to be checked out early for appointments that week! Attendance will be mandatory for students that would like to participate in our field day on Friday, April 25! They won’t want to miss out. We have many fun and exciting activities planned for our students that day!

On March 8, our Odyssey of the Mind teams competed in the regional tournament at Scottsdale Community College. Two of our teams won 5th Place ribbons: Stackable Structure and The Haunted House. These teams were comprised of seven (3rd-5th grade) students. Mrs. Shipley did a fantastic job coaching all three teams, and the students did an excellent job working cooperatively to build their projects and perform on stage. A huge thank-you goes out to Grand Canyon University for choosing Tartesso Elementary School as the recipient of a $4,376 mini-grant that funded the Odyssey of the Mind after-school program. In addition, we had several parent helpers that volunteered their time to ensure our students were able to compete. Amy Waid, Jeff Maiville, and Crissy Maiville were our three judges, and our three volunteers were Nikki Hill, Tracy Wolfe-Hodges, and Jana Weston. All of these parents have been extremely supportive this year and are very much appreciated! We had many parents that came to support their children and watch all performances. Thank you for showing your dedication to the Tartesso Community!

We have many upcoming events:

  • March 27  -  AZ Family Science Night from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • April 1  -  PTO Meeting at 2:45 p.m. in the library
  • April 3  -  Talent Show - Tryouts from 2:45-4:00 p.m.
  • April 4  -  Early Release at 11:30 a.m.
  • April 4  -  Kinder Registration from noon-3:00 p.m.
  • April 4  -  PTO Bingo Night from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • April 7-11  -  AIMS/SAT 10 Testing (Grades 2-8)
  • April 11  -  Art Walk - Fundraiser for Art Club from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • April 14  -  SMUSD Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the district office
  • April 18  -  No School
  • April 21-25  -  Crazy Spirit Week
  • April 23  -  Science Fair/Student Showcase from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • April 25  -  Field Day
  • April 26  -  Chess Tournament at Miller School at 10:00 a.m.


Liz Burton

What's New
Science Fair/Student Showcase

The Tartesso Science Fair/Student Showcase will be on Wednesday, April 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please join us!


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