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From left, JJ Doria, Shelly O’Neill, Career and Technical Education counselor, and Rep. Dan Newhouse.


Congratulations to senior J.J. Doria for receiving a silver Congressional Award from Congressman Newhouse this week! JJ had been working toward this goal for two years! The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals.


Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.


Said Newhouse, “JJ has demonstrated a strong commitment to meet challenging goals for the betterment of himself and our community.”


Congratulations JJ! We’re proud of you for being recognized for your achievements. To read more in Yakima Herald about JJ’s goal and award, click here.

Posted by WVSD  On Mar 02, 2017 at 10:34 AM

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
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