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Mountain Valley School

Principal’s Corner Number 9

by Kathy Hill


Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope this past winter holiday was filled with laughter and joy with family and friends.   Everyone here at Mountain Valley is excited for this second part of our school year and the new 2018 year.  Can’t believe the year 2020 is just around the corner!


We recently had a staff meeting and honored four members of our Mountain Valley family with our prestigious traveling staff awards.  Each month someone at Mountain Valley is honored by a colleague and presented with one of four awards.  The “Above and Beyond” award was given to Mr. Shawn Vigil for all the great work he does as a paraprofessional. The “I Love Kids” award was presented to Mr. Hunter Good, who works with the elementary as an interventionist, classroom teacher, and is our elementary PE teacher.  Our  “Awesome Attitude” award was passed to our wonderful school secretary Patty Williams, who mans to front lines of the district. And finally, the “Creativity” trophy was awarded to Mrs. Lisa Powers our K-12 school counselor who does an amazing job!  All of our family at Mountain Valley are dedicated to doing the best job for students.  We know that each of us is a vital part of the team and that each has a huge responsibility to keep our students safe, happy, healthy, and engaged in learning. I appreciate ALL employees and members of the Mountain Valley family.  Each of us is a necessary and integral part of our school community.


As we enter these last weeks of January our students are taking the NWEA winter testing battery.  NWEA stands for Northwest Evaluation Association.  These assessments are used in over 7,400 districts and school across the county.  This research-based, computerized assessment program helps educators answer crucial questions about student learning.  Information about every student’s learning allows teachers the opportunity to adjust curriculum and provide lessons to help students grow.  Testing data and assessment are key components to help drive instruction.  If we know a student’s learning level, instruction can be tailored to fit that child’s need.  At Mountain Valley we are dedicated to providing the best overall education for our children, and we use many strategies and methods to increase student learning and help our children have success.  Have a great week!


Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:

  • January 15-18: High school NWEA testing

  • January 16 and 18: Middle school girls basketball

  • Saturday, January 20: High school wrestling @ Trinidad

  • Saturday, January 20: High school basketball (home- Moffat) 2:00pm

  • January 22-25: Elementary school NWEA testing

  • Wednesday, January 24: Youth Vision Focus Presentation ( In coordination with Saguache HEART)  9:00 a.m.

  • Wednesday, January 24: Design Advisory Group 5:00 p.m.

  • Friday, January 25: High school basketball @ LaVeta

  • Saturday, January 26: High school wrestling @ Center

  • Tuesday, January 30: Regional Knowledge Bowl @ Alamosa

  • Thursday, February 1: Science Fair

For more more information check us out or call 655-2578.

Mountain Valley School

Principal’s Corner Number 8

by Kathy Hill


Our first four months of school has flown by.  The end of 2017 was capped off with our annual Winter Holiday music and art celebration.  Mrs. Kristen Hansen, K-12 art teacher displayed many of our student's various and beautiful artistic endeavors and Mrs. Eileen Wilfong led the Pre-K-5th grade students in wonderful renditions of favorite Disney songs.  Students showed off their expert recorder and guitar skills, and the staff had a bit of fun singing as well. Our high school drama class did an outstanding job with their play and many laughs were had by all. Thank you to all involved!  

The holiday Christmas break is here and the kids and staff are ready to celebrate with family and friends. As I write this I hope all of us remember why this season is so important and special and the real reason for celebration.  Please take time to enjoy your families and be thankful for all the great things we have in our lives!  The school family here at MVS wishes everyone a safe and joyous holiday break! We look forward to the year 2018 and the continued excitement our new school will bring.


Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:

  • Thursday, December 21st: Early Dismissal: 2:00 p.m.

  • December 22nd, 2017-January 8th, 2018, : Holiday Break.

  • Monday, January 8th: Teaching Faculty Work Day

  • Tuesday, January 9th: Students return to school.

  • Thursday, January 11th: End of the 1st Semester

  • Saturday, January 13th: High school basketball at Manzanola, High school wrestling at Westcliff.

For more more information check us out or call 655-2578.


Mountain Valley School

Principal’s Corner Number 7

by Kathy Hill


Another December is upon us and the holiday break is fast approaching.  December will be a busy and eventful time for all at Mountain Valley.  Here are a few of our upcoming events and happenings.

High school basketball and wrestling got underway last weekend and teams have tournaments and games coming up.  Middle school boys basketball will play in their final tournament this weekend December 8th and middle school girls basketball practice begins on December 11th.  MVS will host a fall sports banquet on Thursday, December 7th, at 5:30 p.m.  The main dish (ham and scalloped potatoes) will be provided by our wonderful cafeteria staff and all are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share!

All students have been busy working towards greater student achievement and advancing their knowledge and skills.  Grades 3, 4, and 5 and middle school students will be visiting the Orient Land Trust and Hot Springs this week to learn about geothermal energy and sustainability techniques.   The knowledge bowl team will compete at another exciting meet this week. Science fair is right around the corner as well and classes have been busy preparing and refining projects.  The 6th grade math class is busy creating holiday projects to sell at various times and places in the community.  Each student had to come up with a business plan and initial monies to create a product.  They will then market and sell to learn about sales and profit margins.  

All high school students attended the Adams State University career fair a few weeks ago.  This was a great trip and many students got a chance to visit with potential schools and programs to enhance their career readiness after high school.  The high school classes will attend a presentation of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in conjunction with their English classes.  Students will practice theater etiquette and have the opportunity to dive into the world of Shakespeare and theater.

We recently had our first community meeting about the design and creation of our new school!  This was a very successful event with about 60 people in attendance listening to the architects and offering ideas and opinions about our new safe and innovative facility.  More meetings will be coming up!  

December 14th marks the date for our annual Winter Holiday Celebration.  Mrs. Eileen Wilfong has been busy preparing K-5 students to share the “Disney” themed celebration.  The high school drama class will present “13 Ways to Mess Up Your College Interview” and then our PreK class will start our musical celebration. Cookies, coffee and punch will round out the evening with a visit from a jolly fellow from the North Pole.  Please join us for this fun and festive evening!

Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:

  • Thursday, December 7th: Knowledge Bowl in Alamosa and Fall Sports Banquet at MVS 5:30 p.m. Potluck: Bring a dish to share!

  • December 8th and 9th: High school basketball tournament in Cotopaxi and high school wrestling in Salida

  • Thursday, December 14th: Winter Concert Celebration!  6:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 21st: Early dismissal: 2:00 p.m. Holiday Break.

For more more information check us out or call 655-2578.


Mountain Valley School

Principal’s Corner Number 6

by Kathy Hill


We are entering the 12th week of school and everyone is continuing to work diligently and aiming for the best for all of our students and families at MVS.  Lots of activities and happenings have occurred this past two months of school.  This last week we celebrated Red Ribbon week. Health professional Amy Norris and counselor Lisa Powers brought in speakers and provided activities to teach students and staff preventative and healthy choices about alcohol and drugs. Students had the opportunity to enter poster and coloring contests and made pledges to be drug and alcohol free.  Mountain Valley School believes in the well being of the whole child and that all are treated equally and fairly.  I look at a child; not color, size, shape, race, or gender.  Every child deserves the best education and everyone deserves a safe place to learn and thrive.  We also hold everyone accountable for their choices and serve to educate and teach about understanding and respect.  Is it always wonderful and without problems? No. But at Mountain Valley we teach to solve problems, not just complain and do nothing. “Action creates change. Not discussing action.” by George Curous, is a quote I refer to often.  Change doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes time, diligence and effort to create something better and repair what seems broken. I take pride in knowing that the staff of MVS are all here to serve the best interests of our students and community.  We are working hard to make things better every day!

Last week we celebrated our Students of the Quarter at an all school assembly.  Students were recognized with a certificate and $10 Wal-Mart gift card.  

Honorees are: Kindergarten-Hadley Livings, 1st/2nd grade- Madilynn McGee, 3rd grade- Anna Freek and Wyatt Beohm,  4th grade- Ian Volkman,  5th grade- Cara Poland and Cyrus VanEgmond,  6th grade- Honey Sandoval,  7th grade-  Hali Lawson,  8th grade- Mercedes Sandoval,  9th grade- Laura Morfitt,  10th grade- Alyssa Hammel,  11th grade- Summer Quintana,  12th grade- Marian Glenn-Shipley.  Congratulations to these fine young men and women and keep up the awesome work!

Staff also had a celebration to honor each other this past week.   The Above and Beyond Award went to Amber Johnson for her tireless effort to help with our intervention process.  The Creativity honor was passed to Eileen Wilfong for her great efforts to continue our wonderful music program! Kristen Hansen has been honored for the Awesome Attitude she has for each and everyday. Finally, our I Love Kids Award was forwarded to Preschool director Lacy Reed for her efforts to provide a safe and nurturing classroom environment that provides our youngest children with a great start to their education.


Finally, a drawing was held for three Amazon Fire Tablets for parents and guardians attending parent/teacher conferences.  Congratulations to these students and their families: Elementary: Anna Freek,  Mercedes Sandoval, and Suzannah Saeugling.

Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:

  • Tuesday and Thursday’s: Middle School Boys Basketball (games in Moffat)

  • Wednesday, November 8th: Envirothon in Alamosa

  • Friday, November 10th: All Valley PLC for Teachers

  • Monday, November 13th: High school basketball practice begins(Moffat)

  • Wednesday, November 15th: High school students to attend a Career Fair-Adams State University

  • November 16th: Prevention Bingo and Free Community Dinner!   Lots of prizes to be given away. Watch for fliers out soon!

  • November 20-23rd Thanksgiving Break.  No School!

For more more information check us out or call 655-2578.


Mountain Valley School

Principal’s Corner Number 5

by Kathy Hill

It is amazing that students have finished one quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.  Time passes quickly so we need to take advantage of every moment and make all experiences great learning experiences.   

As we approach the upcoming bond election in November, my hope is that all voters will get the facts about our failing and aging buildings and the safety and health risks that prevail.  I think often of the wonderful things our faculty and students do here at Mountain Valley.  We have motivated, capable students who need and deserve the best education has to offer.  That includes a facility that provides safety, proper lighting, comfortable temperatures, healthy airflow, clean modern spaces, 21st century learning spaces, and classrooms where learning and creating are priorities. I have visited all the new schools in the San Luis Valley over the past few years. Each time I return to MVS  hoping that soon our students will have such great learning spaces where families and the community can come together and grow together.   The current buildings at MVS have outlived their lifespan and many problems persist and will continue to get worse.  As a teacher for over thirty years and now principal for the past two years, I have seen problems in the building continue to unfold.  As I worked on my principal licensure this past year, safety and protection for everyone is a top priority in my classes.  Our building needs to be modernized to provide that protection for your kids and the community who use these facilities.  It is difficult to see those problems unless you are in the classrooms everyday.  I am proud of the faculty and staff as they continue to strive for the best even though current buildings make optimal learning sometimes difficult.  We have an awesome gift from the state of Colorado that will not come around again.  Just as we tell our students to learn as much as they can, I hope all voters will do the same and be informed as you cast your ballot this November. Get answers at or or make an appointment to visit with Superintendent Travis Garoutte and get your questions answered.  

Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:

  • Thursday, October 26th: NO SCHOOL

  • October 30th-November 1st: Red Ribbon Week!  Prevention Strategies for Healthy Youth

  • October 31st: Middle School Boys Basketball: @ Centauri

  • Wednesday, November 1st: Student of the Quarter Assembly

  • Thursday, November 2nd: Knowledge Bowl-Alamosa

  • Saturday, November 4th:  Alpine Achievers Initiative Field Trip to Denver Art Museum

  • Wednesday, November 8th: Envirothon in Alamosa

For more more information check us out or call 655-2578.

Mountain Valley School

Principal’s Corner Number 4

by Kathy Hill

Mountain Valley School

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Amazon Fire Tablet Drawing!

Win ! Win! Win!

The Mountain Valley School parent/teacher conferences are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, October 24th and 25th. Please plan on visiting with your child’s teacher(s) from 4:00- 7:00 p.m. each night or schedule an appointment. Teachers are excited to share data assessments, grade reports, portfolios, and information about your child. 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.  Also, the Science Club will be having a fundraising dinner on Tuesday, October 24th, and Mr. Virdin’s Capstone class has a dinner planned for Wednesday, October 25th.

Our 2017 homecoming week was a huge success!  The traditional parade down main street was a great start to the day and high school sports teams did an amazing job!  High school football had a great win leading into the annual bonfire and homecoming dance.  Thanks to all who participated and celebrated our students at MVS!  

We are now in our 8th week of school and classes are moving along at great speed!  Mountain Valley’s preschool program continues to remain top notch in providing early childhood preparation and whole child development for the transition to kindergarten.  Grades K-2 have small group and individualized instruction to help advance students to the next level.  In addition K-2 students have art, PE, music and social studies/science everyday.  They recently took a field trip to North Crestone trail and enjoyed a spectacular day of hiking, exploring nature and learning about our beautiful area and great outdoors. The students journaled about the experience and shared their exciting stories of seeing caves and the spectacular fall colors. Grades 3-5 are departmentalized again this year allowing teachers to analyze growth from year to year in a more productive manner and make needed changes to improve instruction.  Our 3-5 grades will be spending a great day at the Homestead Ranch coming up next week.  Students will learn about the history of the area and experience  what life was like for the pioneers of 150 years ago.  Middle school students have a full schedule and are finishing up football and volleyball seasons.  They are understanding their learning modalities and teachers are incorporating a growth mindset of effort and perseverance into all lessons..  Our high school students amaze me everyday!  We have students taking advanced online college courses and each student's unique needs are being met through credit recovery opportunities or differentiated instruction.  Student projects from our Capstone hour are truly incredible.  Selene Hart is reaching out to cancer patients by setting up visits to hospitals and donating items. Caleb Slater is forming a creativity club where anyone can join and share their love of music, art, dance, in a safe space without being judged.  Fallon Curry will be planning a career night so middle school and high school students can visit with professionals and plan their career paths.  Sarri DeHerrera is building a new school website and incorporating visual aesthetics and design elements.  Alyssa Hammel is planning  a free mini basketball camp for younger students to have fun, learn new skills, and build team spirit.  These are just of few of the fantastic passion projects and creative ways our students are in incorporating 21st century learning into their school experience. I am proud of the work we do at MVS!  Student success and meeting the needs of the whole child are our top priorities!



Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:

  • Thursday, October 19th: End of First Quarter

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, October 24th and 25th: Parent/Teacher Conferences: Fundraising dinners provided each evening

  • Thursday, October 26th: No School

For more more information check us out @MVSkids or call 655-2578


Mountain Valley School

Principal’s Corner Number 3

by Kathy Hill


Homecoming 2017: Friday, September 29th-School in Session

Parade 9:00 a.m. / HS Volleyball 12:00 noon / HS Football 1:30 p.m. / Bonfire 7:15 p.m.


Every new school brings promise and new beginnings.  This year is no exception. I am excited for this upcoming school year and the possibility of a new safe school. We have wonderful, hard working, dedicated staff members who know that they can make a difference in children’s lives.  I have a new goal this year to form a Parent/Teacher Organization with the hope of creating community/family/school partnerships and a joint effort to make education better!  I envision MVS as a true community school that works for the benefit is all.

Mountain Valley students have new technology and new classes to begin this 2017 school year.  We were fortunate  to purchase affordable but up to date Chromebooks for each class.  Students are now more than ever able to be world connected and are reaching outside the the school walls and outside their comfort zones.  The middle and high schools have a “Capstone” hour in which they are exploring a passion project and creating something new for themselves.  They must collaborate and think critically about the projects and community they want to create and reach.  We have students striving to form a soccer team, have sports camps, build websites and offer their services to the community.  They are exploring their love of art and passions for helping others.  I have been extremely impressed by their organization and ability to think outside the box. The students are learning to take steps outside their comfort zones and learning to be proactive with their efforts.  Some are seeking mentors and community members who will help guide their passions and teach them new skills.  

The MVS middle school spent two days at Camp Jackson outside Pueblo.  Students climbed high wire ropes courses, learned communication skills, and formed a new understanding and appreciation for each other.  They are creating a review which will be presented at the October board meeting. Our counselor, Lisa Powers, took six seniors to a college fair at ASU this past week.  They also toured Trinidad State Junior College.  Students came back with great ideas and a new drive to explore the possibilities of college and community colleges.  MVS is hoping to forge new connections with Trinidad State in hopes of allowing our students opportunities to learn a trade and earn certificates to be career ready.  

Mountain Valley is the proud recipient of the school health professionals grant which will afford us the ability to have a full time nurse for the next three years.  We welcome Mrs. Amy Norris who will be joining our staff and helping to implement health, wellness, and prevention strategies for our students and families.  Amy will work alongside Mrs. Holly Kauffman who has already established health opportunities for our children.

If you would like to help our school by being a mentor, assisting with tutoring or being a classroom aid, please contact me at 655-2578.  We welcome your input and appreciate your efforts to make our community stronger!


Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:

  • Friday, September 29th: School Day and Homecoming!  Parade at 9:00 a.m.

  • Saturday, October 7th: Middle and high school volleyball and football

  • Wednesday, October 11th: Envirothon Team Competition-Alamosa

  • Thursday, October 12th: Knowledge Bowl Team-Alamosa

FREE Community Dinner sponsored by Capstone Class

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, October 24th and 25th: Parent/Teacher Conferences

For more more information check us out @MVSkids or call 655-2578


Mountain Valley School

Principal’s Corner Number 2

by Kathy Hill

Save the Date: Homecoming 2017: Friday, September 29th

More details and information about the parade and games will be coming soon!

As we enter the fourth week of school, I am amazed to see how much progress and learning is happening at MVS.  We have such a wonderful school community and everyone is being empowered to learn and grow.  This generation of children is entering a new era in education; an era of 21st century learning skills.  We promote the four C’s of 21st century skills: Collaboration. Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity. Teachers are creating learning environments which allow for students to interact and create new things while sharing and teaching others.  They work in small groups or teams and classroom environments allow for movement and non-traditional thinking spaces.  We have standing desks, walls of whiteboard, and table spaces to share and communicate.  No longer do we have students sitting isolated and just copying or repeating information in rows and desks.  Students are invited and encouraged to think about new ways to solve problems and making  mistakes is all part of learning.  We are inspiring our students to take risks, overcome barriers, and not give up simply because something is hard.  It’s been said, “We only fail when we stop trying.”  We are committed to helping students achieve and making things better for our students, families and community.  Our entire school is striving to perpetuate a growth mindset that encourages exploration and a never give up attitude.  It truly takes a village and all of us are part of this village of learners.

This last week our staff continued with our tradition of honoring their colleagues.  This month’s honorees are Mimi Dolan for the “I love kids” award.  Mimi is our middle school math and science teacher and is committed to empowering kids to make good choices and take responsibility for themselves.  Our “Creativity” award went to Hunter Good, our elementary interventionist and PE teacher.  Hunter is organizing the schedule for our Americorp volunteers as providing literacy and math support in elementary classes.  Our “Awesome Attitude” was awarded to Melissa Boyles our extraordinary paraprofessional. Melissa has been serving and providing support for MVS kids for the past 14 years. She is working on finishing her teaching degree and is managing our special services department. Finally,  Yvonne Morfitt was honored with the “Above and Beyond” award.  Yvonne works tirelessly writing and applying for grants that support our students and families.  Congratulations to all of our outstanding staff members of MVS.

Finally, I want to extend a great big THANK YOU to all who donated school supplies. Thanks to Michael and Juliett Briley, Frank Curtis, the Abiding in Him Fellowship, and Aventa Credit Union.  All the supplies will be put to great use, and we are thankful to have such wonderful neighbors and friends supporting the families and children of Mountain Valley School.

Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:

  • Pee Wee football and volleyball. Please contact the school for more information

  • Friday, September 15th: Middle and High school football and volleyball at Antonito

  • Saturday, September 16th: Fall Festival Otto Mears Park

  • Saturday, September 16th: High school volleyball home at 12:00 noon

  • Wednesday, September 20th: Picture Day!

  • Thursday, September 21st: Middle school volleyball home at 4:30

  • September 19th and 23rd: Cross Country meets

  • Friday, September 29th: School Day and Homecoming!  Parade at 9:00 a.m.

For more more information check us out @MVSkids or call 655-2578


Mountain Valley School

Principal’s Corner Number 1

by Kathy Hill


Back to School Night! Thursday, August 31st.

Everyone is invited to join us a MVS for back to school night. Join us for food, fun, and information.  Teachers and students are eager to show off their classrooms and share all the great things they do at MVS!

Our first week is complete, and I am truly amazed at how quickly it flew by.  Our students are getting settled in and already working diligently to achieve and learn new things!  Our mission at MVS is “Empower and Prepare Every Student for Lifelong Academic Success and Personal Growth.”   We take our mission seriously and want to include everyone.  This include families, staff, and our community.  Our school is the heart of the community, and we need to embrace and nurture the families therein.    We all have a part in the education of our children.  I don’t personally have kids, but I take seriously my job of helping to “raise” our community’s children.  Not just because I’m a teacher and now principal, but because it matters! Mountain Valley is dedicated to empowering students and staff to learn and grow in every way.    We know that 21st century learning is upon us and that kids learn differently today.  They have knowledge and the world at their fingertips, and  our faculty is no longer just providing facts and figures. We are guiding children to create and think critically about their futures and about this world around them.  Education is about everyone, and at MVS we want everyone to be a learner.  Our faculty and staff are always encouraged to take classes or workshops and learn as much as they possibly can about their jobs and careers. The faculty is engaged in individualized professional development.  They are learning new things and better ways to teach and applying them everyday to their classrooms.  I am proud of our school and the entire community of Saguache!  We do wonderful things for each other and for our kids!  

Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:

Thursday, August 31st: Back To School Night!  5:30 p.m  -Dinner will be provided!

Friday, September 1st: Middle and High School football and volleyball at Cotopaxi

Monday, September 4th: NO SCHOOL.  Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 5th: AAI after school programming begins.

Tuesday, September 5th-14th: NWEA testing window

Saturday, September 9th: Home Football and Volleyball games

For more more info check us out @MVSkids or call 655-2578