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January 2017 - Posts


Some praise for the Junior High Microsoft Certification program, which has been recognized as a “model school” for implementing a Microsoft Certification program at the Junior High level:  

Devina Khan, STEM Computer Essentials Teacher, shared that 10 more 7th graders became Microsoft Office Specialist certified this week and that 2 more stayed back to test after school. Said Devina, “I’m loving the enthusiasm and perseverance! Looking forward to more in the next term, and all year round!”

 

We are too, Devina! Great work! We’re so proud of this program and even prouder of our students' eagerness as they become equipped with these important skills that will allow them opportunities in the future. 


Posted by FieldGroup  On Jan 19, 2017 at 9:51 AM
  

1. What is bond issue proposing?

New Apple Valley and Summitview Elementary Schools on their current property and a completely modernized West Valley Junior High School.

 

2. How much will it cost?

An increase of $1.58 per 1,000 of assessed valuation would mean $158.00 annual increase for a 100,000 home.

If the bond passes, the state will match $21 million in state funds.

 

3. When would the schools be completed?

If the Bond Issue is approved on February 14, 2017, the estimated time for occupation would be as follows:

Apple Valley Elementary – August/September, 2019.

Summitview Elementary – August/ September, 2019.

West Valley Junior High School – August/September, 2020

4. Why do we need two new elementary schools and a remodeled Junior High?

 

5. Additional Reasons

  • The only funding available for capital improvements to our schools is through bond measures.
  • West Valley has not passed a bond since 2006. As time passes, the cost to replace these schools increases drastically because of inflation, as well as the increasing prevailing wage for state construction projects.
  • A number of students in boundary areas for overcrowded schools are attending other schools, causing those schools to reach their capacity as well.
  • Four new multi-family apartments are currently being considered for West Valley. That could mean as many as 1,400 new students in West Valley by 2020.

6. Where can I learn more?

wvsd208.org or the West Valley Citizen's for Better Schools Facebook page.

7. KNDU/KNDO television put together three videos that are also informative:

http://www.nbcrightnow.com/category/189473/video-center?
clipId=12943883&autostart=true

http://www.kndu.com/category/189473/video-center?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=12949286

http://www.kndu.com/category/189473/video-center?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=12949290

Posted by WVSD  On Jan 19, 2017 at 9:44 AM
  



As you know, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was Monday. If you haven’t yet discussed Mr. King and his legacy with your children, please take time to.

Dr. King’s message is as potent now as it was during his life.  Not only a champion of civil rights but also a preacher of social justice, his ideals of nonviolence and equality are timeless.

 

He spoke of love and peace, but also of justice and the power of our collective voice often stating, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

 

On February 4, 1968, just months before his death, in speaking about how he wished to be remembered, King stated:

 

I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.

I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.

 

What a wonderful opportunity this holiday presents to remember him and to discuss the powerful story of Dr. King’s life, of his hope and passion. To learn more about this holiday, click here


Posted by WVSD  On Jan 19, 2017 at 9:41 AM
  

West Valley School District is receiving national recognition for its innovative techniques, including our Five Steps to Student Success framework, Pre-K initiative, and partnerships with Boeing and Microsoft. We have the honor of presenting at the 25th Annual Model Schools Conference this summer in Nashville, Tennessee. The International Center for Leadership in Education of New York chose qualifying districts, and we are looking forward to the conference as it will be a great place to get ideas for further innovation.

 

Because one of our five goals is continual improvement, we operate on a continual improvement model—we're never satisfied, always looking for things we can do, ways we can continue to improve. So we're excited to have not only the opportunity to present, but to learn from other districts.

 

We hope this qualification for this conference offers further assurance to parents that your kids are in the right place. It is our responsibility as a district to make sure our students upon graduating are going to be able to compete well with kids from other districts. West Valley’s high expectations for its students work in concert with the dedication of our outstanding teachers to offer the besta education possible. We’re proud to share your success and to have the opportunity to learn from the nation’s best at this upcoming conference.

Posted by WVSD  On Jan 18, 2017 at 2:59 PM
  
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