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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 .