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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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Posted by WVSD  On Jan 18, 2017 at 2:50 PM
  



It’s National Mentoring Month! Mentoring makes a big difference in young peoples’ lives. According to
mentoring.org, young adults who were at-risk for falling off track but had a mentor are

 

55% more likely to enroll in college

78% more likely to volunteer regularly

90% are interested in becoming a mentor

130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

 

Mentoring helps youth know that someone cares and that they are not alone in their struggles. “Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations,” states mentoring.org.

 

We believe that when young people are mentored, it opens up social and economic opportunities as well as opportunities for personal growth and development. If you want to make a difference in a young person’s life, you can find programs by clicking here.


Posted by WVSD  On Jan 05, 2017 at 2:37 PM
  

Recently, the West Valley Schools Foundation delivered over 200 books to the six elementary school libraries that were purchased with grant funds.

 

For the past three years, a grant from the West Valley Schools Foundation to purchase books that have been recommended by students who participate in our Summer Reading program. 

We purchase the books and put stickers in the books to recognize the student’s legacy.