Welcome from the Principal
Mr. Bruce Kipper M.Ed
Mr. Bruce Kipper has been the principal at Mountain Pointe since 2008 and he is the schools fourth leader. Previously the registrar at Mountain Pointe and McClintock high schools, Mr. Kipper has had a long association with the school as a math teacher and a counselor. His dedication to the mantra, Purpose. Pride and Performance shows in the schools long list of accomplishments and academic achievements.
He believes that the Rigor, Relevance and Relationship Framework is essential for preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century.
Degrees and Certifications:
Master in Education M.EdDear Students, Parents, and Community Members,The 2016-2017 school year saw our students and staff again recognized for outstanding achievement. Many accolades were earned throughout the year; Mr. Don Meyer was recognized by the staff for his outstanding career earning Mountain Pointe’s nomination for the Tempe Diablos Lifetime Achievement. In addition, Mrs. Jamaica Drowne was a Mountain Pointe’s nomination for the Tempe Diablos Teacher of the Year Award. We also had nine students graduate in 2017 that earned their Associate of Arts degrees from Rio Salado Community College. These students took advantage of the Dual Enrollment Program during high school and got a jump start on their college studies. Micah Stewart earned the prestigious National Merit Scholarship, while Saul Favila, Josh Svatora, and Adam Tejada were honored as National Hispanic Scholars. The class of 2017 saw nearly $10 million of scholarship offers and over 90% of the graduating class is moving on to post-secondary education. In addition we had 76 seniors that fulfilled all of the requirements and graduated from one of Mountain Pointe’s academies. You haven’t heard of our academies???? Contact your guidance counselor for more information. The academies are a great way for students to focus their studies on an area they are passionate about while at the same time making sure they meet all requirements for college entrance. These are just a few of the many accomplishments this year by the Pride.Just as important as the continued high level of academic achievement, is the tradition of giving back and serving the community that our students have established. The class of 2017 immersed themselves in the attitude of helping others. Among the charities benefitting from our students involvement were March of Dimes, St. Vincent de Paul, Susan G. Koman Foundation, Christmas Angels, Phoenix Rescue Mission, United Blood Services, Arizona Humane Society, and the Phoenix Child Crisis Center. All of our clubs and athletic teams are involved in activities that give back to the community. The staff at Mountain Pointe High School is extremely proud of all of our students and their hard work.Now it is time to transition to a new school year. Expectations remain high and we will continue to challenge all of our students with a rigorous and relevant curriculum. For the past three years our staff has been hard at work implementing the new state standards and our students and staff will continue this journey together as the new Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards become the norm. These standards allow all schools to provide a more focused curriculum that all students need to master in order to be College and Career Ready. All sophomores and freshmen in Biology or Honors Biology will continue to take the AIMS Science test. The Arizona Department of Education will continue to administer the AZ Merit test for English Language Arts and Math. Currently students do not have to pass either test for graduation. But it is important that all of our students prepare and do their best on any and all academic endeavors. As we receive more information from the state, we will pass it on to our students and parents.To help all of our students succeed it is important that our parents are fully involved in each of our student’s educational experience. Please become and stay involved. Research is crystal clear on this, the more involved a parent is the higher the student will achieve. Take a few minutes each evening and talk to your son or daughter about what they are doing in school, volunteer at school and check the teacher websites/canvas sites. Anything that shows your interest in your student’s success is beneficial. Most importantly make sure you activate your ParentVUE account. ParentVUE will allow you to monitor grades and attendance in real-time. It does make a difference! Additionally, encourage your son or daughter to take a challenging class, find a club or sport they are interested in, all of this will help students achieve at a higher level.For those who are new to Mountain Pointe High School, I want to welcome you. I look forward to building a positive relationship with all of our students and families. Remember our vision; Purpose, Pride and Performance. These three words serve as a guide to our mission of “Providing a supportive environment that challenges all students to realize their potential.” The pursuit of excellence with honor is an essential attitude taught at Mountain Pointe since its inception. Each day we ask our students to focus on getting the best education possible. This focus has allowed our students to flourish. This is not an easy task but one that, if we work together, can be achieved by all. I challenge each student to dare to dream, to find out what they are capable of achieving, and to make a positive difference to those they come into contact with.Welcome class of 2021! When you enter Mountain Pointe High School you will feel the tradition of greatness. Those that have walked the halls before have set a standard of excellence. It is your responsibility to raise that level even higher. Reach for success, we are here to help you.Please read through the newsletter in its entirety as it contains information to provide for a smooth transition back into the school year. School begins August 7th and learning takes place the first day of class. See you all then. Remember, my door is always open.Bruce KipperPrincipal