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Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 2
by Kathy Hill
What an amazing start to the fall season! After our surprising early September snowfall, it seems like the weather got back on track to bring us some gorgeous colors and beautiful fall days! It has been a wonderful time to have our students back in school and share the great outdoors with them each day. Teachers are using our spacious and amazing outdoor seating to the fullest extent as we continue to take precautions against this Covid-19 virus. Being outdoors can help decrease the possibility of spreading the virus and the warm sunshine and fresh air help students be more productive and learn! The inside of our new facility also maximizes the healthy natural light and airflow to keep everyone safe! Our state of the art air filters are recommended for coronavirus prevention, we have top quality air flow, and the LED lighting and amazing windows give the feeling of being outdoors. All of this enhances the positive atmosphere in our building and research shows students will learn better! I am hoping this weather trend goes well into the later months of the year!
Our hybrid model will continue for two more weeks until October 19th when we welcome all students back to campus. It will be so good to have everyone back together laughing, sharing, and learning! Please know that we are keeping all safe and following our standard precautions training. I want to thank our amazing custodial staff, Brenda Garcia, Ramos Segura, Monica Chavez, and facilities director Chris Segura, for all the cleaning and disinfection that happens throughout the day. Door handles, furniture, restrooms, and common spaces are thoroughly disinfected many times a day. Each teacher also takes extra care to sanitize and disinfect areas so a different cohort of students can use those spaces safely. My teachers have gone above and beyond to be trained in safety precautions and engage in disinfecting spaces. I am proud to be working with such dedicated people who truly love kids and want everyone to stay healthy and safe.
I know this has been a trying time for many of our MVS families. The virus has interrupted life in so many ways. This is definitely not the way school should be happening for our kids, but parents please know that everyone at MVS cares for your children. We are trying to do all the right things to keep everyone safe and prevent an outbreak in the community of Saguache. We know that even a small outbreak here could be devastating to the town and our school community. This hybrid model has been difficult for many of you as you have not been able to work and online learning and computer work is stressful and disheartening at times. The best place for a child to be is in a classroom with a caring and dedicated teacher! Unfortunately, this virus has turned many lives upside down and created a more chaotic and stressful way of going to school. As we continue to battle through this pandemic and get back to a “normal” way of life, my hope is that our resiliency will out way these difficulties. It is hard to see four and five-year-olds wearing masks as they learn and play. But children are so resilient and pliable. They know that the caring adults around them will make sure they stay safe and will take great care to protect them. I would also like to thank all the parents out there who are being safe by wearing masks in public and protecting their children. Thank you for screening at home and making sure no sick child comes to school. You are always welcome to contact our school nurse, Amanda Laverdiere, with questions or concerns. She can get you the right information and provide suggestions if you are concerned about your children. Thank you for spending so much time directing and guiding your child through their online classwork and much gratitude is expressed by teachers and myself for the flexibility in scheduling online meetings and work times. We will one day look back on this experience as a trial in the ups and downs of life and we’ll realize we are stronger than we thought and can get through just about anything with a positive driven mindset and a resolve to do the best with what we are presented in life. I hope and pray that every MVS family is healthy and continues to stay strong! I’m so looking forward to having all of our students back on campus October 19th!
Finally, I am so glad to see so many community members using our track and field. It is a great place to walk and feel safe. We take great pride in our school and the safety measures we put into place. I would respectfully ask that no community members use the field facilities Monday-Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. when school in session. We want to provide security for our students and staff. Thank you!
Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:
Saturday, 10/10: HS Football (home) vs. Walsh @ 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/15: End of First Quarter
Saturday, 10/16: MS and HS Football (home) vs Cripple Creek. MS @ 11:00 a.m., HS @1:00 p.m
Monday, 10/19: All students return to school! Grades Due.
Tuesday, 10/20: Board of Education Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday 10/20 and 10/21: Parent/Teacher Conference appointments 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Thursday 10/22: No School.
Friday 10/23: MS and HS Football (away) @ Manzanola Time TBA
Friday 10/30:MS and HS Football (away) @ LaVeta Time TBA
Monday - Thursday,11/02-11/05: Free Dental Clinic for any student of MVS
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