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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

Remember to Vote!


The Bond Issue is on the February 14th ballot 


Parents, Teachers, Community Members,


We hope that you have received helpful information about the bond and its proposed projects. We are looking forward to the February 14th ballot results and want to encourage you to vote.


If you would like more information regarding the bond issue, please click here. You can also visit the West Valley Citizens for Better Schools Facebook page, here. For additional questions, email Superintendent Mike Brophy at mbrophy@wvsd208.org.


Thank you being a part of the West Valley School District. We look forward to continuing to serve the young people in the district and want to give them the very best opportunities.



Mike Brophy

Posted by WVSD  On Feb 01, 2017 at 10:58 AM




Black History Month was established in 1926 with the hope that contributions made by African American men and women throughout history would not be forgotten.


To encourage the coordinated teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation's public schools, it is celebrated the second week of February. Two US leaders who helped African Americans gain equality have their birthdays in February as well: President Abraham Lincoln and human rights activist Frederick Douglass. The United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom honor the legacy of the African American men and women who played an integral role in history.


This month, let’s remember the people whose inspiring stories have contributed to our country’s betterment, from Harriet Tubman to George Washington Carver and many more. For a helpful link with more information to share with your family and children about these heroes click here and here.

Posted by WVSD  On Feb 01, 2017 at 10:57 AM



Class Promise


We want to recognize Beth Poston’s 3rd Grade Class for something special. As a class, all students agree to this “class promise” and each signs as a symbol of their commitment. We love to see this dedication to learning and character building. Great job, Beth Poston, for inspiring greatness!


Read&Write Program


We also want to highlight the Read&Write program in action at Mountainview. This is another great example of the ENGAGE-Blended Learning Challenge. Seen above, the program is being used in Kasey Johansing’s class. This is a word prediction program that intuitively assists students in learning how to write. Great job, Kasey Johansing, for inspiring ways of new learning.

Posted by WVSD  On Feb 01, 2017 at 10:57 AM

Pride Video!



We are thrilled to share the new West Valley School District Pride Video!


This video captures the journey of our students from Kinder to graduation and the promise our young people hold! We are so proud of our students at all levels as they work and grow with us!


Please take a few minutes to watch this video, and we encourage you to share with friends, family, and the community.

Special thanks to WVHS senior JJ Doria, who captured so much footage of our vibrant district, and to West Valley students, schools, staff and administration.


Watch it here.

Posted by WVSD  On Feb 01, 2017 at 10:55 AM
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