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Posted by WVSD  On Feb 16, 2017 at 12:20 PM
Posted by WVSD  On Feb 16, 2017 at 12:19 PM
Posted by WVSD  On Feb 16, 2017 at 12:19 PM

Dear West Valley Community,

The Bond Issue to replace Apple Valley and Summitview Elementary schools, as well as modernize West Valley Junior High School, fell short of the required 60% super majority required for bond issues. As of last night, we were at 54% Yes with ballots still to be counted. While we are disappointed, our desire to continue to serve the kids in the district is unwavering. We will continue to look for ways to improve and meet the needs of each and every student. 

Thank you so much for your support and for giving us the opportunity to educate your children, our future.


Mike Brophy

Posted by WVSD  On Feb 15, 2017 at 11:31 AM
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Posted by WVSD  On Feb 15, 2017 at 11:29 AM

On February 13th, our own Mike Brophy had the opportunity to speak as a guest superintendent on Education Talk Radio to share the work we are doing here in West Valley with a national audience.   

This regular internet radio show hosts school superintendents as they explore some of the topics most important to their work. Mike is very passionate about the positive impacts digital resources are having on teaching and learning here in West Valley.  He speaks of our Engage – Blended Learning Initiative and the critical role of technology in students’ lives, the importance of professional development for staff, the value of community engagement, and the goal of continual improvement. 

The program is broadcast live and then made available for others to hear. Listen to Mike discuss these important issues on this fun, conversational, radio hour by clicking here.

Posted by WVSD  On Feb 15, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Susan Braun, West Valley School District’s own health and physical education teacher at Cottonwood Elementary School, is receiving one of only 10 national Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart (JRFH/HFH) grants from SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators. Congratulations, Susan! She will be recognized for her passion and commitment for physical education during the association’s National Convention & Expo in Boston on March 16. The grant includes a
US Games gift certificate to enhance her PE program.

Says Braun, “We start jumping in kindergarten, and I have a skills progression that produces skilled jumpers by the time they leave Cottonwood in the 4th grade.” Amazingly, Susan has hosted JRFH/HFH activities for the past 30 years, raising nearly $90,000!

We love Susan’s enthusiasm as she teaches a healthier lifestyle, better nutrition, and the importance of community service. Sponsored by SHAPE America and the American Heart Association, the JRFH/HFH program promotes physical education while providing children with knowledge of heart disease and stroke. Funds raised go toward cardiovascular disease and stroke research and health education.

Thank you, Susan, for bettering our kids and your continued service! We’re so proud of you. 

Posted by WVSD  On Feb 15, 2017 at 11:27 AM
In the 1980s, the dropout rate of participants at Kaiser Permanente's obesity clinic in San Diego, California, was about 50%; but what was perplexing was that all of the dropouts had been successfully losing weight before they left the clinic. Vincent Felitti conducted interviews with individuals who had left the program, and discovered that a majority of 286 people he interviewed had experienced childhood sexual abuse. The interview findings suggested to Felitti that weight gain might be a coping mechanism for depression, anxiety, and fear. Felitti and Robert Anda from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) went on to survey childhood trauma experiences of over 17,000 Kaiser Permanente patient volunteers. The 17,337 participants were volunteers from approximately 26,000 consecutive Kaiser Permanente members. About half were female; 74.8% were white; the average age was 57; 75.2% had attended college; all had jobs and good health care, because they were members of the Kaiser health maintenance organization. Participants were asked about 10 types of childhood trauma that had been identified in earlier research literature. The study found the following: Adverse childhood experiences are common. For example, 28% of study participants reported physical abuse and 21% reported sexual abuse. Many also reported experiencing a divorce or parental separation, or having a parent with a mental and/or substance use disorder. Adverse childhood experiences often occur together. Almost 40% of the original sample reported two or more ACEs and 12.5% experienced four or more. Because ACEs occur in clusters, many subsequent studies have examined the cumulative effects of ACEs rather than the individual effects of each. Adverse childhood experiences have a dose–response relationship with many health problems. As researchers followed participants over time, they discovered that a person's cumulative ACEs score has a strong, graded relationship to numerous health, social, and behavioral problems throughout their lifespan, including substance use disorders. Furthermore, many problems related to ACEs tend to be comorbid, or co-occurring. About two-thirds of individuals reported at least one adverse childhood experience; 87% of individuals who reported one ACE reported at least one additional ACE. The number of ACEs was strongly associated with adulthood high-risk health behaviors such as smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, promiscuity, and severe obesity, and correlated with ill-health including depression, heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease[ and shortened lifespan. Compared to an ACE score of zero, having four adverse childhood experiences was associated with a seven-fold increase in alcoholism, a doubling of risk of being diagnosed with cancer, and a four-fold increase in emphysema; an ACE score above six was associated with a 30-fold increase in attempted suicide. The ACE study's results suggest that maltreatment and household dysfunction in childhood contribute to health problems decades later. These include chronic diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes—that are the most common causes of death and disability in the United States. The World Health Organization remarks that the study's findings, while relating to a specific population within the United States, might reasonably be assumed to reflect similar trends in other parts of the world.
Posted by minerva.pardo  On Feb 07, 2017 at 10:03 AM 2 Comments
Posted by WVSD  On Feb 02, 2017 at 5:11 PM
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