Congratulations Staff Award Winners!
I Love Kids: Autumn Rice
Awesome Attitude: Jody Abeyta
Continuous Creativity: Lisa Powers
Above and Beyond: Felisha Pino
Buzzing with Excitement at MVS!
It is hard to believe that the new school at Mountain Valley has been up and running for over three months now, and what a great three months it has been! The new school is filled with natural light and the surrounding beauty of Saguache. Additionally, fresh air is constantly circulated throughout the building. These simple changes make a huge difference in the school and working environment for both students and staff. In the mornings, students are excited to come to school as they are greeted and welcomed by the staff. It is great to see the students arriving at school with smiles on their faces as they enter their state-of-the-art learning facility. Every morning, the commons area is buzzing with excitement for the new day, and it is priceless to see everyone building positive relationships in such a welcoming and nurturing environment. I am proud of our students. I am proud of our staff, and I am proud of our new school.
Construction, abatement, and demolition are ongoing as we prepare for our new track and field that will be completed in late spring or early summer. The new transportation and maintenance building is complete and tucked away in the southwest corner of school property, safely creating a separation between school vehicles and students. The old middle school has been dismantled and repurposed, leaving amazing views of Mt. Blanca for our neighbors to the west. Asbestos abatement in the old high school and elementary has been ongoing since mid-October, with an expected completion date of February 6, 2020. Once abatement is complete, the old school will be demolished to make way for the new 6-lane double-bend cinder track, which will surround a field that will be used for PE, football, pee-wee sports, and other school/community activities. Twenty fitness stations will be located around the track, as well as an intergenerational playground, inviting students, staff, and our community to stay active and healthy.
Without a doubt, the opportunity provided by the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant is changing lives in Saguache and our greater community. I would like to give a big THANK YOU to the Colorado Department of Education’s Capital Construction Board as well as our community. None of this would have been possible without the support of our local citizens. I am honored to be part of a community that values education and prioritizes our future-our students of today and leaders of tomorrow.
Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 11
by Kathy Hill
I want to take a moment to thank Dean for printing my principal’s corner and for sharing articles and events that are occurring at MVS. We know that communication is vital and that many of you enjoy reading about the happenings at Mountain Valley. We appreciate being featured in our Saguache Crescent and want to say a heartfelt thank you, Dean, for working articles into the paper for us.
Events at MVS are well underway with students and staff getting back into the swing of things after our holiday break. We have several STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) Fridays where staff work with students and families to learn new skills and incorporate STEM skills. We have three activities this Friday, January 24th. First, students are invited to attend a Science Palooza sponsored by Jody Abeyta and Crystal Knight. They will have fun with activities like an egg drop, tye-dye, and making and learning about slime! The second activity is a family fun baking day with district assistant Julie Brown. Families can join us to learn about the Keto diet and baking the Keto way. Lastly, paraprofessional Brooklyn Brewer is sponsoring a “Drum Fit” class. It’s a great workout program that concentrates on specific areas of the body and muscle groups. Community members are welcome to join us! Call the school for specific times and sign up for our fun STEM activities. All of these STEM Fridays are to support lifelong learning for all!
The Mountain Valley School staff honored each other by passing our staff awards to another deserving staff member. This month’s recipients were: I Love Kids Award: Nutrition Services Cook Autumn Rice. Autumn always has a smile and a kind word for everyone eating breakfast and lunch at MVS.. The Above and Beyond award was passed to custodian Felisha Pino. Felisha just joined the MVS family and has been a great addition as she works diligently to keep our facility looking brand new and she does her work with a smile. Our Continuous Creativity goes to our awesome school counselor Lisa Powers. Lisa has a genuine caring heart for all at MVS! Lastly, our Awesome Attitude award was passed to high school science teacher Jody Abeyta. Jody always strives to make the best of things and encourages all of our students to do their best! I am very proud of the staff at MVS as we each do the best we can every day to build relationships support a love of learning.
Upcoming events at MVS:
Friday, 01/24: HS BB (home in Moffat) 5:00 p.m. vs Sierra Grande
Friday, 01/24: STEM Friday 9:00-3:00
Saturday, 01/25: HS wrestling @ Custer County, HS BB @ Primero 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 01/28: Knowledge Bowl @ ASU, MS Girls BB @ Monte Vista
Wednesday, 01/29: Student of the Quarter Assembly 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, 01/30: Grades 3-5 Science Fair, HS BB (home in Moffat) vs Cotopaxi
Friday, 01/31: Drum Fit Class 9:15 a.m., HS wrestling Valley Tournament
Tuesday, 02/04: FBLA District Competition @ ASU, MS girls BB ( home in Moffat)
Thursday, 02/06: FREE Community Dinner and Bully Prevention Seminar 4:30 p.m.
February 11th and 12th: Parent/Teacher conferences
Thursday, 02/13 and Monday 02/17 No School President’s Weekend
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