Hello MVS families!
This last part of the 2019-2020 school year was an unprecedented event! MVS has created an amazing yearbook to commemorate this past school year.
To pre-order your 2019-2020 MVS Yearbook, follow the link below. Use the passcode to create an account and securely pay for your yearbook online!
The deadline to purchase at a reduced rate will be July 17, 2020.
The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is offering free sports physicals to Mountain Valley, Moffat, and Crestone Charter athletes at their Saguache Clinic. Two options are available. If insurance or Medicaid is available, HRRMC encourages scheduling a well-child visit. This is a more comprehensive appointment that will be billed to insurance leaving nothing or a co-pay (if applicable) to pay. The well-child visit can be scheduled at any time at the Saguache clinic. If a physical for sports participation is all that is wanted, two dates are available (Wednesday, July 15th and Wednesday, July 22nd) for free sports physicals.
Please call the Saguache Clinic to schedule an appointment.
405 N. Denver Ave
Saguache, CO 81149
Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 14
by Kathy Hill
First of all, I hope this finds everyone well, safe, and healthy during this unprecedented time in our history. The coronavirus and the recent protests have changed many things, but I firmly believe we will rise from all of this with a more determined attitude to make every day count. I have learned so much during this challenging time and will be able to face new challenges with a renewed spirit and positive mindset!
As you know our school year was abruptly interrupted right after spring break in March. Schools across the state and nation were closed to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 infection. We were forced into recreating ourselves to continue our education process. I am very proud of the teachers and staff at MVS as we had just a few days to plan and prepare for a transition to remote learning. I want to say thank you to all staff as they handled the situation with professionalism and the utmost concern for our students, families and each other.
Our superintendent, Travis Garoutte, provided leadership and guidance at it’s finest. Mr. Garoutte outlined the principles that would keep our school moving forward and his planning and preparation gave all of us the blueprints to navigate this difficult transition. Thank you, Travis, for your sincere care given to all employees and families at Mountain Valley.
Thank you so much to our nutrition services director Julie Leathers and assistant cook Charlene Hammel!. They were able to prepare grab and go meals within two days of returning from spring break. Julie and Charlene planned out a menu to provide 150 nutritious and delicious meals so that families would still be supported as some may have had to leave their jobs. They provided meals for children ages 0-18 regardless if they were a student at MVS. We had two pick up sites; one at MVS and the other at the KV Estate clubhouse. Our five amazing Americorps members, Priscila Lopez, Laura Finley, Taylor Samples, Leslie Sizemore, and Olivia Zerger volunteered and provided much-needed help in the preparation and delivery of meals as well as all-around support with the delivery of student materials each week and any other tasks asked of them. This is the second year for all five of our members and unfortunately, they will be leaving us after July 15th. They have been a wonderful addition to MVS as they have built great relationships and supported many of our students and the entire staff for the past two years. Thank you for all the wonderful things you have done for MVS and thank you for your volunteering spirit. You will be missed, but I know great things are in store for each of you!
Meals and student work/materials were delivered each day as well. Many thanks to transportation director Mark Hammel and drivers Ed Johnson and Lisa Jaminet for being flexible and available to ensure that meals and student schoolwork were delivered to each of our student’s households.
Facilities director Anthony Salaz and custodian Felisha Pino provided needed assistance for computer delivery and well as disinfecting and sanitizing our school building. A safe and clean environment is always a priority to keep all MVS staff and students healthy.
What can I say about school secretary Patty Williams? As one staff member stated, “Patty is gold!” I had to up that comment to “Platinum” as she is so valuable to our district! Patty lined out travel routes for materials drop off, assisted with graduation, and kept the school moving along! I so appreciate Patty keeping me on track and providing gracious assistance this past 11 weeks!
I am truly humbled by the profound professionalism and care that our teaching staff displayed during these last nine weeks. Teachers had one day to plan and prepare class materials to be delivered. They then had to transition to providing instruction through Google classrooms and fully online. Google Meet and Zoom became everyone’s best friend. Everyone from preschool to high school, our school nurse, Amanda Laverdiere and counselor Lisa Powers spent many hours coordinating online meetings and checking with families. They had immense patience as students and families got oriented to doing work online and balancing family life. Every department continued their great work by attending to student needs and being flexible to adjust schedules for their students while balancing their own personal lives. The teaching staff made weekly, sometimes daily phone calls and check-ins to offer assistance to families. Everyone agrees that our technology-savvy has increased and that we will be better able to use our tools in an effective and productive manner. The world is changing and everyone at MVS is learning new things to keep education moving forward!
Graduation this year was a truly grand experience! Thanks to senior class sponsors Crystal Knight and Lisa Powers who put together an amazing and wonderful plan that honored our senior students and brought pride to MVS. Thanks to the community who came out to support our kids and finish this school year with a positive and memorable graduation!
Stay tuned for information about our upcoming school year. As we gather the guidance of the governor and county health departments, we are planning several different scenarios to be ready for the 2020-2021 school year! I wish all of you the best and prayers for your health and safety.
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2020-2021 School Supply List
Congratulations Staff Award Winners!
MVSD Educator of the Year: Yvonne Morfitt
MVSD Employee of the Year: Amanda Laverdiere
I Love Kids: Sam Teti
Awesome Attitude: Amy Garoutte
Continuous Creativity: Shawn Vigil
Above and Beyond: Brooklyn Brewer
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