Staff Award Honorees!
I Love Kids Award: Hunter Good
Above and Beyond Award: Shawn Vigil
Awesome Attitude Award: Patty Williams
Creativity Award: Lisa Powers
New School Site Plan at Mountain Valley
After a month of brainstorming and planning, the Design Advisory Group (DAG) is getting close to finalizing the site layout and floor plan for the future Mountain Valley PreK-12 School. There is only one more DAG meeting left, and everyone is getting excited to move from the design phase to the construction phase, which is expected to begin in late May or early June of 2018.
Starting from the west side of the property, the site plan below shows a regulation 1600 meter track with a field inside. This area will be large enough to accommodate an 80-yard field for 6-man football or a 100-yard field for 8 and 11-man football. A regulation-sized soccer field will also fit inside of the track. The track and field will be utilized for various community activities and sporting events, as well as allow for future expansion of athletic programs at Mountain Valley School.
The PreK-12 School is located just east of the track with educational and community use areas. The wing to the west will be utilized for both school and community activities and events. The two-story north wing will house most of the academic classroom spaces.
This site layout allows for increased security on campus, protection from prevailing winds, and southern sun exposure on all approach sidewalks, parking lots, and playground areas.
The preschool playground will be placed off of the preschool classroom, and the elementary playground will be southeast of the track. Transportation facilities and additional athletic event parking are shown on the west side of the property.
Adequate parking, secure student drop off areas, and separate bus loading and unloading zones will increase safety on campus during the busy morning, lunch, and afternoon hours. School plazas and memorials will be located around the school. The community garden and geodesic dome greenhouse will remain on the south side of the property.
The first floor of the school is shown with elementary, media center, team center, administration, art, and weight room areas throughout the north wing. The west wing houses the gym, auxiliary gym, locker rooms, concessions, cafeteria, home economics, vocational education, performing arts, and storage spaces. Community engagement and access are important at Mountain Valley School. Consequently, the media center and most spaces in the west wing will be available for various community activities and events.
The second-floor layout has the high school and middle school areas separated by the media center. A science deck will look out over the beautiful views from Saguache. The two gymnasiums, performing arts spaces, and a hidden mechanical area will be at a two-story height as well.
If you have any comments or questions regarding the campus layout and new school design, please feel free to contact any DAG member (Amber Johnson, Aubrey Hill, David Hammel, Kathy Hill, Lacy Reed, Lisa Jaminet, Bobbie Baughman, Marilyn Fenton, Mark Hammel, Mona Lovato, Paula Lujan, Peggy Williams, Yvonne Morfitt, Eric Frey, May Engquist, Chuck Tidd, and Travis Garoutte) or stop by Mountain Valley and visit with administration. For even more information on the DAG process, click on the links below to view the minutes and slides from all three of the previous meetings.
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 www.mountainvalleyschool.org or call 655-2578.
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.
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