Congratulations Staff Award Winners!
I Love Kids: Beth Schroeder
Awesome Attitude: Peggy Williams
Celebrate Creativity: Geneva Mixon
Always Above and Beyond: Amy Garoutte
Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 11
“Education is not the filling of pail but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats.
That quote is one that sticks with me every day as I do my job as Mountain Valley School principal. As an educator for 32 years, I have seen more changes in the last five years than ever before. Our 21st-century classrooms need to be bustling, productive spaces where students are thinking, creating and developing skills for an unseen future. Today’s student can access billions of bits of information in an instant. Want to know the size of Australia? Google it. Want to know how to solve a quadratic equation? Youtube it. These millennial kids (born in the year 2000 or after) are so different from you and I. They are bombarded with technology, social media, instantaneous gratification and ease of access to knowledge. It is vital that schools change their ways of providing information to kids. No longer is the teacher a simple fountain of knowledge that provides notes and lectures and expects students to mimic and copy and provide the same information back. Our teachers must be facilitators of thinking, creating, and challenging students to grow and give back to community and humanity. Application and utilization of knowledge is the key. Mountain Valley is dedicated to finding solutions and being the purveyors of change to guide our children and community into the 21st century. These changes are not always easy but without change, nothing moves forward. Our graduates must be academic and career ready. They must be able to “show” progress and growth not just with passing grades but with a product such as a portfolio or a career-ready certificate. MVS is rising to the challenge by changing the way traditional classes are offered and including technology and career readiness skills. It is exciting to me to see our school of the future as a place where teams of students and adults work together to solve problems and design new or better options. I look forward to “lighting fires” within our school so that our students continue to change the world for the better.
Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:
Thursday and Monday, February 15th and 19th: NO SCHOOL Presidents Day
Friday/Saturday, February 16th, 17th: State wrestling tournament
Friday/Saturday, February 16th, 17th: High school basketball games (Homecoming)
Wednesday, February 21st: Envirothon Team @ Alamosa
Thursday, February 22nd: Knowledge Bowl @ Alamosa
Saturday, February 24th: Middle school wrestling tournament
Monday, February 26th: Brain-Based Learning seminar
Monday, February 26th: Pennies For Patients Fundraiser Begins (2 weeks)
Monday, February 26th: High school track practice in Moffat
Thursday, March 1st: Regional Science Fair @ Alamosa
For more more information check us out www.mountainvalleyschool.org or call 655-2578.
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