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No Place for Hate
At Mountain Valley School, creating a positive culture and climate is at the forefront of our work. This year, staff members have been focusing on self-care while building positive relationships with each other as well as every student at our school. The adults in the building set the culture of a school, and I couldn’t be more proud of Mountain Valley staff. They are kind, caring, and compassionate while holding each other accountable for doing what is best for kids.
In today’s society, public displays of hate are on the rise. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that students learn the expectations of positive behavior as they become productive citizens of our community. Students, educators, and family members all have a role to play in combating bias, bullying and the escalation of hate. Through cooperation and education, we can make our world a better place.
I am pleased to announce that Mountain Valley School has been officially designated a No Place for Hate school. No Place for Hate is a school climate initiative designed to combat bias, bullying, and hatred, leading to the creation and maintenance of positive school culture. Mountain Valley received its No Place for Hate designation by working hard towards building inclusive and safe communities where all students can thrive. With respect as a goal, we strive to empower students, staff, administration, families, and community members to take a stand against hate and bullying. Mountain Valley is sending a clear, unified message that all students have a place to belong.
Our school counselor Lisa Powers is taking it one step further by training Mountain Valley staff and community in QPR. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer-the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Last week was a proud moment as I watched over 40 community members attend Lisa’s training and learn how to save a life through the key components of QPR, which include:
How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
How to get help for yourself or others
The common causes of suicidal behavior
The warning signs of suicide
How to get help for someone in crisis
Training our staff and community in QPR is urgent and important work. According to the Colorado Health Institute, Colorado suffered 1,175 deaths in 2017 due to suicide. This is the highest number in the state’s history, and suicide continues to increase at alarming rates. In 2017, Colorado lost 20.2 people per 100,000 residents to suicide, which is up from 14.1 per 100,000 in 2000. While suicide is the nation’s tenth leading cause of death, suicide ranks even higher at seventh in Colorado.
If you are interested in learning more about Mountain Valley School’s QPR training and how you can help save a life, please contact Lisa Powers at email@example.com or 719-655-2578. Together, we can make a difference.
Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 15
by Kathy Hill
As we finish up our last six weeks of this school year, the MVS faculty have been working diligently planning for our next school year. We are looking to implement new and innovative ideas across our PreK-12 school. Teachers are currently working collaboratively across content areas so that all student needs will be met. Advanced placement tests in environmental sciences, world history, and American history will be taking place soon. These students have worked at an advanced pace for this school year and will have the opportunity to gain college credit. Teachers are updating and reviewing curriculum to implement in their classes and K-12 math teachers have been engaged in professional development provided by former math teacher Amy Garoutte. Mrs. Garoutte has attended numerous math conferences and has garnered many techniques to share with teachers. She is volunteering her time to provide ideas and guidance on how to best approach teaching math. This summer three teachers will be offering a summer school program to help students needing improvement in math or reading skills. It will be a four-week focused time for students to hone their skills. More information will be out soon about this exciting opportunity! We will have a few staff changes next year as well as we place teachers in the best possible position to make a difference for kids. We are looking to hire a full-time interventionist and part-time music teacher as Eileen Wilfong will be retiring this year. Mountain Valley is always looking for ways to become innovative and proactive with the education it provides.
We have begun implementing revised graduation requirements that the class of 2021 and future classes will need to fulfill. MVS will be incorporating ICAP (Individual Academic and Career Plans) into regular classes beginning next year. Students begin in sixth grade by starting to explore careers and jobs that are of interest to them. We have a great program called Virtual Job Shadow in which students learn about careers from actual people in the field. HEART (The Health Equity Action Resident Team) is supporting MVS through grant funds to pay for this awesome program. Students continue the process throughout middle and high school so that by the time they are seniors they can demonstrate career and technical competencies, workforce readiness skills, and college readiness skills. Next year’s juniors will begin working on their career plans and MVS desires to partner with local businesses and members of the community that would be willing to teach students their trade, craft or business. Any community member with a talent for art, small business, or specific job skill that would like to volunteer one or more hours a day for a four, six or nine week period (or any length of time) even one hour a week, please contact me at 719.655.2578 or drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mountain Valley is also seeking opportunities for our students to gain valuable work skills by participating in an internship or mentorship with community or individual businesses. Next year’s senior class will be seeking these positions in conjunction with their senior classes. With the support of adults, students develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills to create their own meaningful and powerful pathways to be career and college ready. We need our community to share and support a variety of talents and skills with our students at MVS.
If you would like more information about activities at MVS, follow us on Twitter #MVSkids, @MVSkids, visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/MountianValleySchoolSaguacheCO. or our website www.mountainvalleyschool.org.
Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:
04/14-04/18: Colorado Measures of Academic Sucess testing
Thursday, 04/18: Preschool to Royal Gorge train trip
Thursday, 04/18: FREE community dinner and QPR training for community/staff @ 5 p.m.
Friday, 04/19: AP Exam review day
Friday and Saturday, 04/19-04/20: Alumni Basketball Tournament
04/22-04/24; Envirothon competition @ Denver
04/22--4/24: FBLA competition @ Denver
Saturday, 04/27: PROM- Here at MVS!
04/29-05/02: Middle and high school NWEA testing
05/06-05/09: Elementary NWEA testing
Thursday, 05/09: Spring concert
Mountain Valley School strives to create a welcome, safe and healthy environment that inspires lifelong learners who are Positive, Ethical, Accountable and Kind.
Empower and prepare every student for lifelong academic success and personal growth.
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