It is going to be another great year at Mountain Valley School, and I am excited to see students back in the building. I have truly missed all of the kids and the laughter and joy they bring. As we begin 2017-2018 school year, MVS will be focusing on three main goals: relationships, innovation and rejuvenation.
I believe that relationships drive the culture of a school. Not just relationships with students, but relationships with parents, families and the community. It is also critical to foster quality relationships between staff members as we work towards continuous improvement. This year, we will continue to build positive relationships with each and every student, family and the greater community. My hope is that everyone can feel the welcoming atmosphere at Mountain Valley the minute you walk through our doors.
Innovation is also a priority this year. Not just doing something new, but doing something new and better. Teachers and students will be encouraged to take educational risks, experiment, fail, learn and repeat the process. True learning takes place just outside of one's comfort zone. Individualized student capstone projects, technology integration, and staff-driven professional learning are some areas of innovation this year at Mountain Valley. Experts say that human knowledge is doubling every 13 months, and we can no longer afford to do what we have always done. Educational reformist John Dewey said it best when he stated, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of .”
Transportation, technology and facilities are all focuses of rejuvenation this year. Our aging transportation fleet was in desperate need of attention, with most vehicles logging close to 200,000 or more miles. In order to provide safe transportation for our students and staff, Mountain Valley School recently purchased a route bus as well as two activity vehicles. Technology improvements at MVS include quality mesh WIFI throughout the entire school, which has completely solved our past connectivity problems. Additionally, teachers and students now have up-to-date Chromebooks and will be integrating technology throughout the curriculum.
As you have probably heard, Mountain Valley School District has received a twenty-seven million dollar BEST Grant to build a new school and athletic facilities for our students and community. This grant requires a twelve percent match, which will come from a $3.7 million bond to be voted on in November 2017.
I am excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve our school while providing a modern and updated educational facility for our community. Our school is the heart of the community, with numerous events taking place at MVS throughout the year.
In a 2009 site assessment, it was estimated that Mountain Valley School had almost $17 million in needs with a bonding capacity of only $3.7 million. Since that time, our needs have only increased. We currently have countless plumbing, electrical, roofing, HVAC, and security issues, with several components of our facilities well beyond their useful life. Without help from the BEST Grant, we will never be able to improve our situation or sustain our school district facilities in the future.
We will be having a BEST Grant and 2017 bond election community informational meeting at Mountain Valley School on , at . During this meeting, we will celebrate our success in obtaining the BEST Grant, review the proposed plan for the new school, discuss the 2017 bond election, answer questions, and seek community input.
EVERYONE is invited! We welcome and need everyone's input!
I hope to see you at our BEST Grant and 2017 bond election community meeting!
Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 22
by Kathy Hill
Summer vacation has arrived for our families and students at MVS. It was a hectic and eventful end to our fantastic 2016-2017 school year! Our last weeks were filled with field trips, award ceremonies and of course graduation. This year MVS celebrated 7 graduates who will make difference in our world; Jacob Chavez, Alice Cross, Stephanie Gollihugh, Julian Miller, Francisco Perez, Brandon Stewart and Danny Rodriguez. Each has something unique to offer our community and the society as a whole. We are proud of these young graduates! It was also amazing to see how much learning and creating our students did throughout the year. We have Google classrooms that blend new technologies and best practices for student learning. Our teachers are becoming more and more innovative and are learning ways to better serve our 21st century children. We have more movement in the classrooms, better nutrition and snacks, active learning stations, and project based learning strategies that our students will need to be successful learners and productive citizens. Our children are becoming global citizens and participating in activities that will help them become better communicators and be able to work together for the common good. I am so proud of the faculty and staff of Mountain Valley, and I want to thank all the staff for their efforts and willingness to try new challenges and believe in better things for the students of our school. Our staff members are dedicated to learning new strategies and creating and cultivating positive relationships with families. I learned so many new things this year as well. I learned that being able and adjust and change is key to being successful. I learned to juggle a lot of things at once and to realize that being positive and proactive are vital to getting things done. I am excited for the possibility of a new and better school facility being built soon! I feel exuberated that our families and community will have a beautiful new facility to share in the coming years. Saguache is a beautiful community and our children and families deserve a fantastic facility to learn and grow in. I hope and pray all will have a relaxing and rejuvenating summer vacation and that everyone will continue to be learners all summer long. Read much, laugh often, resolve to be a better person, and take care of yourself and your families. Just think, school will be starting again in 12 short weeks!
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