• Principal’s Message

    Fall 2022

    Dear Nighthawk Families,

    Our academic success has been recognized far and wide! It was an incredible honor for me to travel to Washington, DC in June to receive the National Schools to Watch award on behalf of our staff, our students, and YOU, our school community! We were named a “Best Middle School” by US News & World Report, and both a “California Pivotal Practices School” and a Green Ribbon School by the California Department of Education. We’ve been named AV’s Best Public School for five years by the AV Press. This is all a testament to the hard work of our students, our teachers, our staff, and our community. So congratulations to YOU!


    But in the end, it’s not about accolades. It’s about instilling in students a love for learning. This year’s theme is: Do Hard Things! Our former makerspace wizard, Mr. Rafael, is setting that example for all of us by taking on a lifelong dream of hiking all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada. He wants you to know that you can challenge yourself and live out your dreams. I would encourage you to follow his Instagram account @followinglifesblazes to live vicariously through his adventures. And we want you also to create your own. What is your hard thing? 


    Our core values are: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. So let’s also think about how, as we work hard, we can uplift and support others. Service might be a kind word said at the right time, a simple act of kindness, or it might be something HUGE. Let’s serve one another this year. And great things will happen as we do.

    All the best,

    Dr. GlatfelterF117

    I suppose a little biographical background might be interesting to share:

    Mission Viejo High School, IB full diploma.

    B.A., The Master’s University.  Biblical Studies major with an emphasis in Missions and Biblical Languages.

    M.A., CSU Bakersfield. Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, core emphasis in educational technology.

    Ed.D., UCLA. Doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

    Certificate in School Management and Leadership, Harvard University. 


    Antelope Valley Christian School. 5th Grade. 1999-2000.

    Desert View Elementary. 4th Grade. 2000-2006.

    Assistant Principal. Piute Middle School. 2006-2009.

    Principal. Piute Middle School. 2009-2011.

    Principal. Discovery School. 2011-2016. First principal.

    Principal. Fulton & Alsbury Academy. 2016-present. First principal.

    I'm a lecturer for California State University, Bakersfield in the Advanced Educational Studies department. 

    Other interesting things:

    I ran five marathons in 2021. Although I'm not a runner, I had a lot of fun testing my limits. 

    I’ve climbed Mt. Whitney three times, once with my brother-in-law, once with my wife, and once with the Piute staff. 

    I was an honorary commander at Edwards AFB for two years, assigned to the Electronic Warfare Group.

    I rode my bicycle for 138 miles, from Seaport Village in San Diego to the Santa Monica Pier, in a day.  I have a goal to ride from Death Valley to the Whitney Portal, which would be 135 miles and an elevation gain of over 14,000 feet.

    My mother’s cousin’s husband’s great-uncle is Ernest Hemmingway.  True story.

    I moved the "Immovable Ladder" at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in 1997. A video that includes my prank has over 7 million views on YouTube. 

    I once had a conversation with Yo-Yo Ma, the greatest living cellist. I said, "Hello, Mr. Ma." and he said, "Hi."

    I’m known to run outside when I hear the rumble of unusual aircraft. 

    And I’ve never been to Boston in the fall.