Mountain Valley School
Principal’s Corner Number 1
by Kathy Hill
Welcome to another exciting and eventful school year! Our 2018-2019 school year is upon us, and we at Mountain Valley are truly thrilled about getting started on another adventurous year. Teachers and staff have been working diligently planning, preparing, collaborating and setting the stage for a successful upcoming year.
This will be the last year in our current school building as many of you have probably seen the work being done on our new facility. The old cafeteria, shop, and bus barn are now gone making way for the new 21st facility to house the future generations of students and families of Saguache County. This will be a history-making year as students will be able to observe the process as this new updated and amazing facility is brought to life.
A special thank you goes to the summer custodial staff at MVS. Thanks to Lucille Gomez, Tina Archuleta, Anthony Salaz, and student summer helper Sal Vigil. This school and grounds are clean and ready for business.
We also have several new staff members to welcome to MVS. First, Megan McAteer will be the new kindergarten teacher. Megan has moved here from New Jersey with her husband. She is excited to get started in her new class and embark on this journey with kindergarteners. Megan has early childhood experience and is ready to make he kindergarten class her own. Samantha Teti is our new fourth grade teacher, and she is working towards her alternative licensure. Samantha lives outside Alamosa and has a degree in wildlife biology. She worked in Pennsylvania for time at a wildlife conservation center. Samantha is used to working with kids and adults and providing great hands-on science experiences. She also has two family members who are teachers. We are welcoming Pearl Alexander back to MVS as the new high school English teacher. Pearl was our school counselor five years ago and is pursuing an endorsement in secondary English. We are excited about her return and know she has great things to offer our students. We have three new paraprofessionals joining us this year. Crystal Knight, Brooklyn Brewer and Jessica Phillips will be working with our special education director Amber Johnson. All of our special education partners are dedicated to meeting the unique needs of every child and these paraprofessionals will provide great support to our young learners. Larry Hunt is the new athletic director for Mountain Valley. Larry has many years as a high school coach and athletic director and was athletic director for Adams State College. He brings an enthusiastic and positive mindset to our athletic program and has great ideas to support our student athletes. And finally we have some new, yet not really new, teachers on board this year. Melissa Boyles has been a paraprofessional for over 10 years in our district and this past May she completed her teacher education program to receive her college degree and has endorsements in elementary and special education. Congratulations, Melissa! Mrs. Boyles will be our first grade teacher and she brings a wealth of knowledge and ideas to her classroom. Finally, Mr. Shawn Vigil, also a paraprofessional for two years, is entering the alternative licensure program to receive in mathematics endorsement. Shawn is a graduate of Mountain Valley and has a degree in biochemistry. He has a wealth of experiences being a past graduate, and he is extremely knowledgeable. He will be teaching high school math this year. I am very excited for these new and returning staff members to join our team. Welcome to your new adventures at MVS!
So many good things will be happening for the students and families of Mountain Valley. EVERYONE is welcome to join us this Thursday, August 16th, for our registration and open house. Students and families can stop by the school from 8:00-4:00 p.m. to complete registration, get class schedules, have a hamburger or hot dog, and visit with friends and teachers.
Please visit www.mountianvalleyschool.org for a school calendar, supply lists and updates or call 655-2578 for more information.
Here’s What’s Happening at MVS:
Monday, August 13th: New staff report
Tuesday, August 14th: All Staff Inservice
Wednesday, August 15th; All Teaching Faculty will be attending the Valley Wide PLC
Thursday, August 16th: Open House/Registration, MVS, 8:00-4:00, NO BUSES (BBQ LUNCH 11:00-2:00)
Monday, August 20th : First full day of classes. Buses will run.
Remember: School begins promptly at 7:50 a.m. FREE breakfast and lunch for all students!
Congratulations Staff Award Winners!
Mountain Valley School Teacher of the Year: Andrew Virdin
Mountain Valley School Employee of the Year: Patty Williams
I Love Kids Award: Peggy Williams
Above and Beyond Award: Renee Hazard
Continuous Creativity Award: Mimi Dolan
Awesome Attitude Award: Eileen Wilfong
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.
Please save Box Tops for Education.