At Mountain Valley School, our mission for the past four years has been to empower and prepare every student for lifelong academic success and personal growth. As I have grown and matured as an educator, I have realized that education in a small rural community has a bigger meaning, a larger and broader scope. Students need to be empowered and prepared, but what about our staff, families, and community? How can we empower and prepare everyone? We all know that it truly takes a village to raise a child.
Relationships. Our number one goal at Mountain Valley School is building positive and caring relationships, not only with students, but with each other as a staff, with parents and families, and with the greater Saguache community. Quality relationships drive the culture of a school. School culture can be felt the minute you walk through the front doors and can make or break an organization. We are continually striving for a welcoming environment where everyone feels safe, valued, and appreciated.
Innovation. Innovation is all about doing something new and better. At Mountain Valley, we want to avoid embracing the status quo and doing things the way they have always been done. The world of education is changing too fast to cling to the past. Students and staff are encouraged to take risks and step outside of their comfort zones while personalizing their learning. My hope is that Mountain Valley will become a learning center for our community. Can you imagine an environment where a school is as much about adult learning as it is about student learning, a gathering place for a community of lifelong learners?
Rejuvenation. After years of deferred maintenance, Mountain Valley School is focusing on rejuvenating outdated systems and facilities. Updated mesh WIFI at our school now allows students and staff the connectivity required to be successful in the 21st century. New Chromebooks have also been purchased for students and faculty. The resulting engagement, creativity, and critical thinking can be seen on a daily basis as personalized learning takes place in classes and during capstone projects. Our aging transportation fleet has been updated with a recently purchased route bus and two new activity vehicles. When our students are on the road, it is comforting to know that they are traveling in safe and reliable vehicles. Finally, Mountain Valley School has been awarded a $27 million Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant to build a new PreK-12 school for our students, staff, and community. If school district voters approve the required $3.7 million matching bond this November, we will have a safe, secure, and state-of-the-art learning facility at Mountain Valley.
Mountain Valley School is dedicated to achieving our relationship, innovation, and rejuvenation goals. We have made great progress in a short amount of time, and we are well on our way to empowering and preparing our community of lifelong learners!
Please share your thoughts on how Mountain Valley School can empower and prepare all stakeholders as we travel together on the path of continuous personal growth and improvement.