Principal's Message    Vicki Hester

Dear Parent/Guardian and Students:

Welcome to Salk Elementary, Home of the Scorpions! We are excited that you are joining our Salk community. We have a dedicated and passionate staff, supportive parents and creative, talented students. We are going to do great things this year and are excited about the journey we will take together.

We are deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure they are met. My priority is to ensure that all students at Salk receive a high quality education in a caring environment. I maintain an open door policy in which I welcome everyone to call or drop by and visit at any time. If I’m not available at that moment, Pam Bloomer, my administrative assistant, will be happy to make an appointment for you to see or talk to me.

What makes Salk Elementary a unique and special place for children to learn and grow…..Where do I begin?

  •  A staff of dedicated, caring, and highly trained professionals
  • A+ School of Excellence, 2011 Arizona Education Foundation

  • 2015 Bronze National Healthy Schools Award Winner, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

  • AVID strategies taught in every classroom

  • High quality PE program for students K-6; Jump Rope for Heart; Walking Club; Turkey Trot; Jingle Jog

  • General Music for students K-6; Orchestra for students in grades 4-6; Band for students in grades 5-6

  • Monthly Flag Raising Ceremonies to celebrate students of character

  • School-wide SOAR Program – Be Safe, Take Ownership, Be Accepting and Be Ready

  • Supportive PTO – Sponsor of our Fall Festival, Movie Night, Family Restaurant Nights, Jamba Juice fundraisers, field trip sponsor, student programs and much more.

  • Partnership with Red Mountain High School including high school student reading tutors, student interns, and the Red Mountain High JROTC.

  • Partnership with the City of Mesa offering free afterschool physical education programs at Salk

  • Title I School that helps fund support for our struggling students, professional development for teachers and staff, summer school, and a family support specialist to assist our families

  • School Counselor

  • Hands-on Science Program for K-6 including STEM units

  • Junior Achievement Programs

  • Student service projects including the annual food drive, clothing drive for PE equipment funds, Earth Day projects and more

  • Field trips for K-6


These are just some of the many reasons Salk is a special place for children. We are excited about the upcoming year and we look forward to working with you and your children.


With warm regards,

Vicki Hester, Principal