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Principal's Message-November 2016

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A Month for Gratitude

   Even with all the troubles in our world and stresses here at home, we still believe we have much to be thankful for. As a school, we are grateful for the opportunity to teach and care for your children. Watching them learn and grow brings us great pleasure and reminds us of the joys of being a kid.  I would also like to say how thankful I am for our amazing faculty and staff.  They do an incredible job teaching our students and keeping up with all the intense demands of  this profession.  I hope you will join me and take a minute and thank them for all they do.

Veterans’ Day Program 2016  

  vets2016 We were very pleased with our 2nd annual Midvalley Veterans’ Day program this year.  We put together this assembly for the first time in a long time last year with a goal of helping our students understand who veterans are and how their ongoing sacrifices through the years have secured the liberties we enjoy each day.

   The program includes a short skit by our student council and patriotic musical selections by our 5th graders.  We invite veterans from our community, recognize them and thank them for their service.  This year we had the privilege of honoring eighteen of these American heroes.  Please check out our school FaceBook page for more information. www.facebook.com/midvalley.elementary

Congratulations to Mr. Sheely!

   Our very own Mr. Sheely is the Canyons School District custodian of the month for November.  We really appreciate all he does to keep our school safe and clean. Sheely

School Community Council

   Thanks to our 2016-17 school community council members Mike Divrician, Karen Henriquez, Kane Ventura-Smith, Zach Zabriskie Becca Staker, Vickie Houmand & Laurie Moray.  Check out our school web page for more information about what they do and how you can get involved.  HERE

School Safety - Back Parking Lot

Gate  Because safety is our number one concern, the school safety committee is taking steps to secure our back parking lot on the west side of the school.  As many of you have noticed, a sign at the gate proclaims, “Authorized Vehicles Only.” Authorized vehicles are limited to district employees and delivery drivers.  Parents and others are not authorized to drive or park beyond the red gates. 

   We are concerned that students and property are at risk. Employees have witnessed automobiles speeding through this bottlenecked area while other drop off children all along the west side of the school. Recently, a hit-and-run driver damaged a teacher’s car.  Delivery drivers have alerted us on several occasions that they are unable to drop off deliveries due to numerous cars parking along both sides of the driveway.

   For these reasons, we are taking measures to enforce this long-standing policy. Beginning shortly, you will see cones blocking off the area beyond the red gate.  We ask that all parents and patrons honor this policy and park in other designated areas.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Principal's Message-September 2016

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Back in the Flow

The school year is really underway now. Fall is in the air once again and everybody seems to be settling into a routine. Students and teachers are working hard, as well as the rest of our staff. We all want to say thanks for all you do and for trusting us with your most precious children. We understand that every child at Midvalley is somebody’s whole world.

Pick-up and Drop-off

Two of the most hectic times of day for many of us are morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. I have attached a picture of our parking lot that will give you a graphic representation of our rules and procedures.

I would also like to tell you about a welcome new addition to our safety team. You may have noticed two of our student safety patrol members wearing pink vests. Those two students are designated kindergarten helpers. We hope you will take advantage of them by dropping your kindergartners off along the fence in the morning and allowing our kindergarten helpers to personally walk your child over to the walled enclosure where they are to line up. In the afternoon, those same pink vested helpers will supervise the kindergarteners in that same vicinity along the fence-line until they see you in your car ready to pick them up. We expect this to provide extra safety and added convenience for our littlest students. Talk to your kindergarten teacher for more details.

Please remember, there is no pick- up/drop-off in the parking lot next to the Kindergarten doors. 

Extra Help in 5th Grade

If you think that your 5th grader has a large number of classmates this year, you are right! We have been fortunate over the last several years that the district has found extra funds to help us keep our class sizes low. While other schools in the district have dealt with class sizes over 30, we have not.

Class sizes and for that matter, faculty sizes, are decided by a per student formula. We have been allotted the appropriate number of teachers based on the number of students we have. In order to avoid split-grade classrooms and provide smaller classes in our lower grades, it is sometimes necessary to have larger classes in our upper grades. In order to better meet the needs of our 5th grade students, we have been given funding to hire one aide for each of our 5th grade classes. These aides can be of great assistance in delivering instruction and interventions as well as helping with classroom management.

Land-Trust Funds

Each year, we receive approximately $30,000 through the state school trust land funds to address our strongest academic needs. Under the guidance of our school community council and building leadership team, we use those those funds to pay for reading and math interventionists in grades 1 through 5. In addition, these funds pay for Phil
Y orgason, our AmeriCorp reading tutor coordinator. Under his guidance, 30 volunteers give 60 hours per week helping 3
rd – 6th graders at Midvalley .