Mountain Valley School District RE 1 

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Saguache, CO 81149

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Welcome to Mountain Valley School District RE-1

Mountain Valley School Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony Saturday May 16th at 10 00 am

Mountain Valley School would like to invite the entire community to come out and support the graduating class of 2020! Please join us on Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 am for the Mountain Valley School Parade of Graduates, which will take place down 4th Street in Saguache. The parade route will start at the school heading west onto Pitkin Avenue, north onto 4th Street, west onto Denver Avenue, south onto 5th Street, and east onto Pitkin Avenue returning to the school. Parade viewers are encouraged to park along the parade route while supporting the graduating class of 2020 by honking, waving, and cheering from their vehicles. Please remember to follow all social distancing guidelines while making this a memorable event for our graduates. Thank you in advance for your support during the Mountain Valley School Parade of Graduates!

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Governor Polis has extended his Executive Order suspending in-person instruction for ALL Colorado schools throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Students will not be returning to school this year. During this time, Mountain Valley School will continue to provide remote learning opportunities as well as meal distribution for our students.

Mountain Valley School District is dedicated to serving our students, families, and community. If you need anything during this difficult time, please give us a call at 719-655-2578. We will help out in any way possible.

Take care of each other, stay connected, and stay healthy.

United We Stand

United We Stand

At Mountain Valley School, our mission is to provide a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community while building relationships and supporting lifelong learning. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and beginning on the day Mountain Valley School closed its doors to in-person learning, we have followed six principles, along with our mission, to guide every decision we make.

Mountain Valley School Guiding Principles:

  • We will continue to support each other as well as our students, families, and community.

  • We will continue to provide free and equitable learning opportunities for our students and families.

  • We will continue to provide nutritious breakfasts and lunches for our families.

  • We will continue to provide opportunities for our certified and classified staff to participate in meaningful work that supports learning in our community.

  • As a school community, we will provide positive and loyal leadership through our teamwork, communication, flexibility, and problem-solving capabilities. Our actions will be seen by our parents, students, and community members. As educators, we are all community leaders, and we will make a difference in the culture of our community during this time. The expectation is that our leadership and the difference that we make will be positive and uplifting to our community.

  • We will be flexible, kind, and solution-oriented as we navigate these unchartered waters. 


Stress can bring out the worst in people; however, it can also bring out the best in people. I have seen firsthand how the COVID-19 crisis has brought out the greatness of our school and community. I am proud of Mountain Valley School, and I am proud of our Saguache community.

I have been extremely impressed with how quickly and positively our staff at Mountain Valley School responded to the needs of our students and families. With less than a day’s preparation, every staff member jumped right in and found a way to provide remote learning opportunities as well as grab-and-go meals for our students.

School secretary Patty Williams serves her community with a smile.


Mountain Valley Teachers quickly tackled a steep learning curve and adapted lessons for remote learning during the school closure. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are certainly important; however, during the COVID-19 school closure and stay at home orders, connections and relationships are essential. As humans, we are hard-wired for connection and thrive when safe relationships and a sense of belonging are present. Mountain Valley staff has prioritized relationships before rigor and love before lessons. In an attempt to stay connected to our students, our staff has already logged over 1,000 calls and video conferences with students since the school closure.

AmeriCorps member Taylor Samples and kindergarten teacher Paula Christine prepare Easter goodie bags for students.


Providing nutritious and healthy meals for our students during the school closure is also a priority at Mountain Valley. No child should ever go hungry. Our foodservice department had worked diligently to ensure that all kids ages 0-18 have wholesome breakfasts and lunches. Currently, we have two grab-and-go locations, Monday through Thursday from 10-11 am, one at Mountain Valley School and one at the KV Clubhouse. We also offer home meal delivery options for our families.

Charlene Hammel, Olivia Zerger, Priscilla Lopez, Taylor Samples and foodservice director Julie Leathers ensure that our students have nutritious meals during the school closure.


AmeriCorps member Talyor Samples delivers meals with a smile.


The Mountain Valley School transportation department has been busy during the school closure ensuring that all students have access to learning materials, nutritious meals, and adequate technology resources. Although our transportation team is no longer transporting students, they are making a huge difference by providing equitable access to academic and nutritional services. Meals are delivered daily while educational content, computers, and supplies are delivered weekly.

Bus driver Ed Johnson prepares to deliver meals, learning materials, and supplies to Mountain Valley students.


The Ciello division of San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative has partnered with Mountain Valley School to ensure that all students have equitable access to the internet and remote learning opportunities. During the COVID-19 epidemic, Ciello has waived installation fees, equipment fees, and contract length obligations for our families without connectivity. Mountain Valley School is matching this contribution by paying for internet service through the remainder of the school year. To date, we have been able to provide internet access for 15 families in our district who previously lacked adequate internet connectivity.

Ciello installing the internet for one of our Mountain Valley families.

During the past few weeks, I have been amazed at the resilience, compassion, and kindness of our staff, students, and the Saguache community. In a time when it would be easy for our worst to come out, the greatness of our community is shining brightly. I have never been more thankful or proud to call Saguache my home.

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After spring break, Mountain Valley School students will continue to have access to free breakfast and lunch services with drive-thru pick-up meals available at MVS and the KV Clubhouse.

Beginning Tuesday, March 24th through at least Thursday, April 16th, Mountain Valley School Nutrition Services will be distributing meals to all children ages 0-18 at two drive-thru locations:

Mountain Valley School District, 403 Pitkin Avenue, Saguache, Colorado

KV Clubhouse, 26415 Woodard Avenue, Moffat, Colorado.

Meals will be distributed Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Each meal will contain one breakfast and one lunch.

To pick up a meal, parents are asked to drive through the parking area at their chosen location. This will allow for efficient and safe distribution of meals. Mountain Valley School staff will be on hand to distribute the meals.

In the event of an extended closure beyond April 16th, plans for additional breakfast and lunch services will be communicated to parents.

The operation of this emergency feeding program is made possible through the Summer Food Service Program of the USDA.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact superintendent Travis Garoutte at or (719) 655-0267.


March 18, 2020 - The Governor signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23 to April 17.




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2019-2020 School Supply List

2019-2020 School Calendar

2019-2020 Student-Parent Handbook


Congratulations Staff Award Winners!

MVSD Educator of the Year: Yvonne Morfitt

I Love Kids: Sam Teti

Awesome Attitude: Amy Garoutte

Continuous Creativity: Shawn Vigil

Above and Beyond: Brooklyn Brewer


Mountain Valley School Educator of the Year


Congratulations to Mrs.  Yvonne Morfitt for being selected by the staff at MVS as the 2019-2020 Educator of the Year. Yvonne brings energy, enthusiasm, and professionalism to our school community. Mrs. Morfitt works with students, staff, and families to build supportive relationships that encompass the whole child.  Yvonne wears many hats within the district and with each new assignment she puts forth her best efforts to improve and guide students to become successful. She strives to meet the needs of all members of our school community, and she puts in many extra hours of time outside of the normal school day to enhance her skills and support our school.  Mrs. Morfitt serves as the grant writer at MVS and has garnered over a million dollars in funds to support our full-time nurse, the Americorps volunteers, social and emotional learning programs, bullying prevention efforts, health and wellness, and community outreach! She is truly deserving of this honor, and we appreciate all the great things Yvonne does for MVS every day!  She will be honored at the 2020 BOCES Educator of the Year banquet at the end of April.


  CEP 2019-2020

  School Vision

Mountain Valley School strives to create a welcome, safe and healthy environment that inspires lifelong learners who are Positive, Ethical, Accountable and Kind.

School Mission

Mountain Valley School strives to provide a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community while building relationships and supporting lifelong learning.

2019-2020 School Calendar


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