Congratulations Staff Award Winners!
I Love Kids: Lisa Powers
Awesome Attitude: Pearl Alexander
Above and Beyond: Jessica Phillips
Continuous Creativity: Eileen Wilfong
Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 5
by Kathy Hill
Save the Date: Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday/Wednesday, October 23-24
NO SCHOOL: October 25th
This week marks the end of the first quarter at MVS. Parent-teacher conferences will be held next week, October 23 and 24th, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. each evening. Conferences are a time for parents to discuss your child’s academic progress. Teachers will share grades, NWEA scores, DIBELS reading scores, class work, portfolios, and classroom goals. In addition, all parents who attend conferences will have the opportunity to WIN an Amazon Fire Tablet, which can be used as an educational tool at school and home. The Science Club and National Parks club will have fundraising dinners each evening. Stop by to enjoy a great meal and support these great student clubs!
On October 2, the staff at MVS honored each other with our traveling staff awards. All staff members take a moment to reflect and choose teachers or staff who truly make a difference for kids. This month’s winners include Molly Strain who received the Awesome Attitude award for always staying positive with kids and encouraging them to try new things. Our excellent fourth-grade teacher, Sam Teti, has received the Continuous Creativity award for all the great science, reading and social studies projects the class is doing each day. Mrs. Melissa Boyles in the first grade was the recipient of the I Love Kids Award. Mrs. Boyles had been a paraprofessional in our district before finishing her degree and receiving her teaching license. She provides many differentiated lessons and student-centered activities for the kids. Finally, Mrs. Beth Schroeder received the Above and Beyond award. Beth is our high school volleyball coach and fifth-grade teacher. She also serves on numerous committees including the accountability committee and she serves as our district assessment coordinator.
Our senior class participated in a team building ropes course and ASU last Thursday. The class had to work together and support one another to complete it through the course. Thanks to Mrs. Jody Abeyta for sponsoring and taking the students to Alamosa. Mrs. Abeyta’s research class has been conducting an ongoing project to study the different types of macroinvertebrates and wildlife in the area during different seasons throughout the year. Students are learning research and data collection techniques. Many of our seniors are participating in internships and work programs. We have students helping out with the upcoming election and students earning some extra cash as they work for local businesses. The aquaponics class and teacher Yvonne Morfitt has complete a wonderful addition to our Geodesic Dome. We are excited to use this as a teaching lab for all of our students. Many of our high school students are taking an advanced placement Environmental Science or AP History. Students in these classes follow a rigorous curriculum. These classes offer students a chance to gain advanced knowledge that will prepare them for college.
In the middle school. Mrs. Geneva Mixon will be taking four students to a workshop sponsored by the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project. The students and Mrs. Mixon will be participating in three days of training on collecting water samples and learning the chemistry of Saguache Creek. This will be an ongoing project throughout the year as they monitor the river. This is the best way to experience real-life science.
Our elementary classes are thriving and extremely busy. Classes are gearing up parent/teacher conferences and of course the upcoming Halloween festivities. Each teacher is working diligently to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all our learners. Classes are set up with numerous independent centers
Finally, October is Bullying Prevention Month. At Mountain Valley School we are educating children to identify what bullying really is and how to handle situations in which they may be bullied. We teach children that bullying is an imbalance of power and that bullying is a repeated negative action. We also are dedicated to the social-emotional health of children. Our school counselor, Lisa Powers, and school nurse, Amy Norris, provide classes to all students on issues of bullying, suicide prevention, health and wellness, drug prevention and mental health issues. All staff at MVS work to build close relationships with all children and truly care about guiding them through difficult situations in their lives. We want every child to have a connection with a caring, positive adult.
Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:
Friday, 10/19: High school volleyball (home) vs. Antonito 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, 10/20: High school football vs. Kim/Branson played @ LaVeta
Tuesday and Wednesday, 10/23, 10/24: Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/25: No School.
10/29-11/01: Red Ribbon Week
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.
Parents and Students, Mountain Valley has a new site to check grades please visit the front office to get signed up.
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