Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 6
by Kathy Hill
It is amazing that students have finished one quarter of the 2016-2017 school year. Time passes quickly so we need to take advantage of every moment and make all experiences great learning experiences. But how do we do that? Our school provides a safe environment conducive for learning and meeting the needs of the whole child. Teachers do their best to create engaging, eventful, and purposeful lessons. Parents make sure their children are ready for school by providing safe comfortable homes and by emphasizing the importance of school attendance and participation. We also know that to learn new things and get better at something takes effort and the development of strategies for learning. We have tons of research that shows that the brain is malleable and changeable. Brains can grow and learn new things all of our lives. But it takes a “growth mindset.” A growth mindset is the ability to believe that intelligence can be developed. Students can use many strategies and programs to “grow their brains.” We as a school and parents and families can perpetuate that growth mindset by praising not only efforts of children, but by praising the dedication and motivation that drives a child to learn. We give children the tools to learn and grow. We must allow them to use those tools and find the strategies that best help them learn. Sometimes it means failing at a task but being sure to know that even that failure leads to learning. All of us have a vital and important role in a child’s development and growth. Guide them through difficult tasks, praise their dedication to a task, allow children to make mistakes, and take all experiences as learning and growing experiences.
On that note, I want to take a moment and apologize for leaving out of my last article some key players that provided information and presentations at the last free School/Community dinner. My apologizes, and I realize my brain is still growing and changing and I need to be better at informing the public. Presenting that night was Mrs. Geneva Mixon, our middle school English teacher. She shared many reading strategies and techniques to help parents boost reading fluency and comprehension at home. The Alpine Achievers Initiative provided information about out of school programming. You can sign up your child anytime for this helpful and enjoyable program. Amanda Burgess, school counselor, was available to sign up parents for the school grading system called Powerschool. You can still sign up to log in and check your child’s grades. Finally, Mountain Valley Activities and Booster Club provided information about upcoming events and activities. Be a part of your school community and join the Booster Club!
Be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, November 10th. This is the date of our next FREE School/Community Dinner.
Here’s what’s happening this upcoming week at Mountain Valley:
Los Dias De Los Muertos, an art show by Mountain Valley art classes, will have a special showing on the 28th of October from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Mrs. Belinda Garcia’s art classes will be showcasing their works at the The Range gallery at 307 4th Street. Middle school boys basketball beings their season on Tuesday, November 1st, and high school basketball practice begins the second week of November. All basketball practices and home games will now be played in Moffat. Pee Wee basketball is in full swing. Stop by the school or contact Amber Johnson for practice and game schedules. Finally, please remember to notify the main office at 655-2578 when your child is absent from school. Remember school starts promptly at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Please don’t hesitate to call the school or check out our web page at mountainvalleyschool.org for information about events and happenings at Mountain Valley. Have a great 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 come see Mr. Weis to get signed up.
Please save Box Tops for Education.