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Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 12
by Kathy Hill
Each quarter at MVS staff honors students who have exceeded expectations for academic growth or for overall improvement and effort. Our “Students of the Quarter” are honored and recognized during a school-wide assembly. Each recipient receives a gift card and certificate for their outstanding efforts! This quarter’s honorees include Kindergarten: Keenan Cano and Hailey Ross, 1st grade: Amira Contreras and Marlowe Laverdiere, 2nd grade: Lane Collins and Mikrae Knight, 3rd grade: Melody Rice, 4th grade: Natalia Brown, 5th grade: Lillyann Van Egmond, 6th grade: Julian Fernandez, 7th grade: Cyrus Van Egmond, 8th grade: Nova McConnaughhay, 9th grade Keladrae Brooks, 10th grade: Jase Leyba, 11th grade: Sal Vigil and 12th grade: Jake Archuleta. Congratulations to these students and keep up the great work!
We are approaching the middle of the third quarter of school and parent/teacher conferences are just around the corner. Our conference dates are Tuesday, February 11th and Wednesday, February 12th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. each evening. Teachers will reach out to parents and make an appointment or families are encouraged to stop by the school during those hours. Conferences are always an important event no matter the age of the child. I encourage every parent to make contact with teachers and discuss student growth or needs. It is vital for parents and teachers to communicate and put a plan in place to support children. Everyone has the best interest of the child and working together will ensure success! In addition, there will be a fundraising dinner provided each night from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
I hope those of you reading my principal’s corner each week are aware of all the events that happen at MVS. We have an MVS Facebook page and many teachers have closed group Facebook pages to communicate about the happenings in classes and at school. With the help of math coach and certified Google educator, Amy Garoutte, we are now adding one more way to help keep everyone informed about events at Mountain Valley. If you would like to receive an email about monthly events please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org Each month you will receive a calendar with upcoming special events, free community dinners, sports schedules, and student presentations.
Upcoming events at MVS:
Thursday, 02/06: FREE Community Dinner and Bully Prevention Seminar 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 02/07: HS BB @ Manzanola
Saturday, 02/08: HS BB (home in Moffat) vs San Luis (Parent appreciation night), HS wrestling @ Crowley County
February 11th and 12th: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday, 02/13 and Monday 02/17 NO SCHOOL Presidents Day
Friday, 02/14: HS BB (home in Moffat) vs Creede 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 02/15: HS BB @ La Veta, HS wrestling regional tournament
Tuesday, 02/18: Board of Education meeting 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 02/21: Ski Trip to Wolf Creek, HS BB (home in Moffat) vs Lake city 5:00 p.m.
Buzzing with Excitement at MVS!
It is hard to believe that the new school at Mountain Valley has been up and running for over three months now, and what a great three months it has been! The new school is filled with natural light and the surrounding beauty of Saguache. Additionally, fresh air is constantly circulated throughout the building. These simple changes make a huge difference in the school and working environment for both students and staff. In the mornings, students are excited to come to school as they are greeted and welcomed by the staff. It is great to see the students arriving at school with smiles on their faces as they enter their state-of-the-art learning facility. Every morning, the commons area is buzzing with excitement for the new day, and it is priceless to see everyone building positive relationships in such a welcoming and nurturing environment. I am proud of our students. I am proud of our staff, and I am proud of our new school.
Construction, abatement, and demolition are ongoing as we prepare for our new track and field that will be completed in late spring or early summer. The new transportation and maintenance building is complete and tucked away in the southwest corner of school property, safely creating a separation between school vehicles and students. The old middle school has been dismantled and repurposed, leaving amazing views of Mt. Blanca for our neighbors to the west. Asbestos abatement in the old high school and elementary has been ongoing since mid-October, with an expected completion date of February 6, 2020. Once abatement is complete, the old school will be demolished to make way for the new 6-lane double-bend cinder track, which will surround a field that will be used for PE, football, pee-wee sports, and other school/community activities. Twenty fitness stations will be located around the track, as well as an intergenerational playground, inviting students, staff, and our community to stay active and healthy.
Without a doubt, the opportunity provided by the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant is changing lives in Saguache and our greater community. I would like to give a big THANK YOU to the Colorado Department of Education’s Capital Construction Board as well as our community. None of this would have been possible without the support of our local citizens. I am honored to be part of a community that values education and prioritizes our future-our students of today and leaders of tomorrow.
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