Congratulations Staff Award Winners!
I Love Kids: Wanetta Tipsword
Awesome Attitude: Fred Maez
Celebrate Creativity: Kristen Hansen
Always Above and Beyond: Amy Norris
Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 13
This week marks the end of the third quarter of school. Spring break is March 19-22 and then we have nine short weeks until the end of the 2017-2018 school year!
The staff honored four more members with the traveling staff awards given at the beginning of this month. This month’s honorees are: Awesome Attitude: Fred Maez, I Love Kids Award: Wanetta Tipsword, Continuous Creativity Award: Kristen Hansen, and the Above and Beyond Award goes to school nurse Amy Norris. All staff members work diligently each day to provide our students with a safe and stable learning environment.
It has been hectic but extremely productive these last seven months at MVS. Each day I visit classrooms and encounter great learning experiences. I am always amazed to see the and growth and transformations that take place throughout the school year. We have kindergarten students now reading and writing and third grade students learning multiplication . Fifth grade students are becoming proficient keyboarders and 8th graders are engaged in pre-algebra. High school teachers are incorporating interdisciplinary lessons across all content areas and engaging students in thoughtful, respectful, and expressive conversations. We pride ourselves at MVS for allowing and encouraging movement in the classroom. Research has shown that everyone learns better when allowed to take breaks, move and incorporate brain breaks into the day.
The new school main building design is nearing completion. All staff had the opportunity to provide input into the design of classrooms and shared spaces. The new school classrooms will have up-to-date technology and the ability to change and grow as needed. The school will have great security, healthy air flow, flexible learning spaces, and the ability to adapt to our ever changing 21st century children’s needs.
Finally I would like to invite anyone who would be willing to volunteer as a mentor or would be willing to serve as a PTO (parent/teacher organization) member to contact our school. Our goal is to bring our community and school together in a partnership that will best serve our young people. Working for the betterment of the community is a goal for all of us. The more kids know that adults are truly invested in them the more those children will want to do great things and be productive in this community. We need everyone to give guidance, support, and encouragement to help our children succeed. Volunteering can simply mean laminating papers, listening to children read or calling families for upcoming events. Please call 655-2578 for more information. Have a great Spring Break!
Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:
Thursday, March 15th: FREE Community Dinner and STEM Night!
Friday, March 16th: High school track @ Center
Friday, March 16th: High school Sadie Hawkins dance.
March 19th-23rd- Spring Break-No School
Wednesday, March 28th:Envirothon @Alamosa
Wednesday, March 28th: Adult Education sponsored by Aventa Credit Union
Thursday, March 29th: Grades K-2 field trip to Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience
April 9-26th: Required state testing
For more more information check us out www.mountainvalleyschool.org or call 655-2578.
All Change is Hard at First
“All change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” This quote by author Robin Sharma defines the struggle of change, a struggle that we all encounter at one time or another in our lives, a struggle that is real. During my life, I have faced unexpected change and adversity many times. In retrospect, I have a better understanding of my life’s challenges. Despite the struggle, they have all made me stronger or my life better in one way or another. I have found that change always has its purpose.
As we move forward with the building of a new school in our community, change can be uncomfortable and downright hard for some people. Things will no longer be as they have been for over fifty years at Mountain Valley School. We will have a state-of-the-art building for our students, staff, families, and community; however, our campus layout will physically change. The new school will be built on the east end of our property and the athletic track and field will be on the west side. This arrangement will allow students to attend school in their current location while the new school is built, eliminating the need for displacement during construction.
Architectural rendering of the new Mountain Valley School as seen from the intersection of Pitkin Avenue and Third Street.
My goal as superintendent of Mountain Valley School District has always been transparency while doing what is best for kids and our community. Over the past year and a half, numerous community meetings have been held in various locations, all with the intent of disseminating and gathering information regarding the new school at Mountain Valley.
A team of around 18 volunteer community members, known as the Design Advisory Group, has worked hard to design a site and school that will meet the needs of our students, families, and community for many years to come. Every decision has been made focusing on what is best for all stakeholders. In the end, we will not only have a new school to adequately prepare our kids for the future, we will have a welcoming community space for people of all ages.
The latest floor plan of the new Mountain Valley School.
Mountain Valley School District, through a competitive and transparent bidding process, has assembled the best possible team of professionals, including architects, engineers, surveyors, and contractors. I am confident that our team will build an amazing school for our students while addressing the needs of the community.
Lately, the discomfort of change has led to a lot of misinformation in our community. If you have questions or concerns regarding Mountain Valley School, please don’t hesitate to visit with me personally. I will provide honest and accurate information. Remember, all change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end. I am sure that the struggle of change will produce beautiful results when our new school opens during the fall of 2019!
Please feel free to download the architectural rendering and floor plan below.
Have a great week!
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