Principal's Message

Welcome home to the land of the A.J.Mitchell Hawks! We are a K-5 elementary school, serving students in Nogales, Arizona. We are proud to be a part of Nogales Unified School District, a large and dynamic school system. You’ll find us west of Grand Avenue on Bautista Street.

Here at A.J.Mitchell we firmly believe in success for all students, and our teachers are dedicated to providing an exciting and challenging curriculum. We strive to nurture the whole child and know that by working with our supportive community, our students can achieve great things!

Take some time to browse our site. We’ve packed it full of helpful information you may need to know about our school. If at any time you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Bienvenidos!


Dear Parents and Community Members,

Thanks for a wonderful, SOARING school year.  Our AJ Mitchell Hawks learned incredible amounts of information and grew personally.  The staff is proud of what we achieved by working together as a team with our families.  Among the successes that we have taken part in include:

  • Selected the instructional focus of improving ALL students’ reading comprehension and agreeing to four teaching strategies every teacher will use, every day
    • Common vocabulary teaching routine
    • Providing specific feedback to students
    • Providing opportunities for students to collaborate and work together every day
    • Focus on the high impact reading comprehension strategies of summarizing and making inferences
  • Created academic goals for every student to improve their skills and reach grade level proficiency
  • Celebrated the academic growth of our students twice in the school year
  • Held Principal Chats with parents every month to discuss what is happening around school and give parents time to ask questions
  • Met with parents to discuss improvements to our school safety, resulting in changes to our procedures for morning drop off and after school pickup
  • Successful completion of the Arizona Department of Education’s state assessment (AzMERIT), results to be released in Fall 2018
  • Successful completion of the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA), with increases in our Hawks’ English proficiency at all grade levels
  •  Successfully utilized our Galileo assessment data to target teaching to what students need, in the classroom, intervention groups and tutoring

We will continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of student achievement, because every one of Hawks can SOAR!

The office will be closed from June 25-July 6.  The office re-opens on July 9, 8am-3pm daily.  Information letters about the upcoming school year will be mailed on July 9, when our office re-opens.  Our “Meet the Teacher” day will be August 7, 1pm-2:30pm.  The first day of school will be August 8. 

I hope all of our Hawk families take time to enjoy this precious time together.  

Por favor, lea esta carta en Español.


Michelle Shuman

Michelle Shuman

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