Mountain View High School

September 29, 2020

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Safety and safe practices are #1 as we return to in-person learning. Wearing masks, washing hands and keeping a safe physical distance from others are some of the requirements for your child to return to in-person learning in Thompson School District.

You will need to sign an acknowledgement stating that you are aware and will agree to the requirements set forth by TSD and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. This can be found in Infinite Campus. Please see the video below (in English and Spanish) to help you locate this acknowledgement. If you would prefer to sign a paper copy, please contact your child's school.





1. Your child will want to talk to teachers or counselors for one-on-one help. If you have not done this, please give permission for this on this EASY FORM!

2. We are excited to welcome students back for the second quarter. We are just starting to invite small groups into the building and, to do so, we need your approval on the Infinite Campus acknowledgment. This will be used BOTH for small group work and for quarter two return to the building. The directions to do this are here.


Each week we will be spotlighting staff at Mountain View. This week we will introduce Counselors, Media Center Staff, Art and Music Department.

Counseling Department

Courtney Hillig - School Counselor

Hi Mountain Loins! I am Miss Hillig, a counselor here at MVHS located in Never Summer. I have been here for one year now and LOVE being a part of Mountain View. My favorite part is the wonderful, inviting staff and the fun, energetic students. I work mostly with 10th-12th graders and can support you in so many ways throughout your time at MV! I help my students in creating academic plans, scheduling classes, time-management, organization skills, connecting you with teachers and resources and, ultimately, helping you get to graduation! Additionally, I love to work with my students on career & college exploration and planning. If you feel overwhelmed or just need someone to talk to, I am also a great listener!!

My caseload consists of: 10th-grade students whose last name begins with A-G and 11th & 12th-grade students whose last names start with C-K.

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Jen Schwab - GT Counselor Grades 9-12

Mrs. Schwab is located in Indian Peaks. She can help with a variety of things from mental health concerns to study skills to college applications to career exploration, etc . . . She loves getting to know her students and their goals so that she can connect them with opportunities to help them be successful and excited about their futures.

This is Mrs. Schwab 6th year at MVHS, not including the semester she was an intern!!!

"MVHS is a great team of staff, support staff, administrators, and families. I enjoy working with everyone here and partnering to support our students. Despite the many things to be disappointed about this year but I am thankful to learn new tricks and technology to make me a better communicator and counselor."

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Serina Ramos - School Counselor

Ms. Ramos can help student achieve personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, explore career goals and realize their full academic potential. She is located in the Never Summer Office.

She has been a counselor at Mountain View High School for 12 years, before coming to MVHS, she was a counselor for 6 years at Turner Middle School and Berthoud High School.

"I actually enjoy going to my job everyday! The staff, students and families of MV are one of a kind and I am excited to see students in the building."

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Kelsey Rosten - School Counselor

Mrs. Rosten is a School Counselor located in Mummy Range Office.

She helps students in 3 major areas: Personal/Social, Academic, and Post Secondary. I can help with emotional/social concerns, grades and scheduling, and preparing for life beyond high school.

Mrs. Rosten graduated from MVHS, returned to coach tennis, then was officially hired as a school counselor in 2012 and she have the same office that her school counselor had!

"MVHS has the best staff and students. I love helping students find their path after high school and achieving their goal of graduation. I also love building relationships with my students and I look forward to actually meeting my new sophomores!"

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Ryan Smith - 9th Grade School Counselor

Mr. Smith is located in the Rabbit Ears Center. He can help students and staff with: Academic and Career Planning, Problem Solving Academic, Social or Emotional Concerns, Student Well-Being, School Culture and Climate, Developing and Communicating Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

This is Mr. Smiths 8th year at Mountain View High School.

He likes the culture we're creating with our freshmen each year by emphasizing connection & belonging, participation & involvement, and academic accountability & success. "What am I is getting to meet students face to face or mask to mask when we come back in person in the 2nd quarter. I can't wait to build relationships with the students and support them to have a successful 9th grade year!"

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Lauren Dennis - Social Worker

Miss Dennis can help students with questions and don’t know exactly who to ask? Ask her! She works with staff and students connecting them to any resources they may need. Foodpaks, housing, counseling/health resources, and much more! And if she can’t answer your question, she will help you find the person who can. She is located in Rabbit Ears Center Office F112.

Miss Dennis is also the Community Service Liaison for MVHS and help students with service ideas and tracking hours. She has been at Mountain View for 2.5 years

"I am excited for students returning and for us to learn and grow through these shared circumstances to become stronger together!"

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Media Center

Victoria L. Troup - Librarian/Media Specialist

Mrs. Troup is located in the Library/Media Center and has ben with Mountain View High School for 2 months.

She can help students and staff with Technology and Media problems and ideas. Mrs. Troup can help implement technology in the classroom and lesson plans and also can help with all aspects of the Library.

"I am excited to be in such a welcoming school. I look forward to working with High School students and help them develop their plans for their future."

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Robin Williams - Library Media Assistant Secondary

Mrs. Williams can help students and staff with finding/researching a book, checking out material, ordering books and inter-library loans. She helps checking out a chromebook, getting looged onto a chromebook, finding the correct login and password information and parts for computers staff may need as well as requesting tecnical support with ITS tickets.

This is Mr. Williams third year at Mountain View High School.

"The MVHS staff is encouraging to one another as well as to the students. I am excited for students to return to the school for their learning and building motivating relationships."

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Art Department

Kim Knowles - Visual Arts Teacher

Ms. Knowles is here to help students see "new" things behind the lens of a camera, create a talent of visual storytelling through video production and how to use software to create digital art.

This is her 8th year at Mountain View High School and the beginning of her 11th teaching. She also taught at Erwin MS for 3 years.

"While teaching remote is not the most ideal situation, I'm excited for the challenge of becoming a stronger educator and developing lessons and projects that are creative and engaging despite the separation from the actual classroom! I think teaching online has created unique learning opportunities that weren't there before!"

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Anne McManus - Visual Art Instructor

Mrs. McManus is a Visual Art Instructor instructing in Painting, AP Studio Art and Design, Freshman Seminar. She is located in Room D133.

She help students realize we are all makers & thinkers in our own way. I can teach them how to make something that is thoughtful & uniquely theirs. I can help students build a portfolio if they are interested in pursuing post high school studies in visual arts.

Ms. McManus has been at MVHS for 19 years.

"I love my students and families. I like that MVHS is kid-centered & MV staff is caring & helpful & fun to work with. I am looking forward to seeing my students in person the most. I want to thank all the students & families for hanging in there with us this crazy 2020."

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Dave Theissen - Visual Arts Teacher

This is Mr. Theissen's 8th year at Mountain View High School. He teaches drawing and sculpture classes and is located in rooms D140 and D133. He can help you with anything ART related and TRIVIA!

"I’ve taught in 4 states over a span of 30+ years and have to say MVHS has the most student centered and ‘can do’ staff I’ve ever worked with. It’s humbling."

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Ian Yurk - Art Teacher - Photo & Metals

Mr. Yurk can help you with most tech things - art questions/content - Digital and film photography - basic graphic design things - making & fixing Jewelry - Dad jokes are a specialty of his!

Mr. Yurk has been lucky to be a part of MVHS since 2011 - so nearly 10 years now! He is located at the Foothills of the Mummy Range, Room D133 and D140 (Art section of MV).

"I love how our MV Staff is so kind and inviting! We really pull together as a team and we support each other; as well as our students, to the best of our abilities!"

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Music Department

Andraya Perron - Director of Choirs and Musical Theatre

Ms. Perron is located in Room B228. This is her third year at Mountain View High School and she is willing to help with anything. Her door is always open.

"My students and the music they make inspire and motivate me everyday."

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Gabe Ruschival

Mr. Ruschival teaches band and guitar at Mountain View High School. He is located in rooms B103 and B144.
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Peter Toews - Director of Bands and Orchestras

Mr. Toews is the Director of Bands and Orchestras located in B103.

Mr. Toews is passionate about two things - music and helping students. Let him know what he can do to support!

Mr. Toews has been at MVHS since the school opened in August, 2000.

"I love working with my students and alongside my colleagues every day!"

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Like everything else, Parent Teacher Conferences will look a little different this year.

Parent Teacher Conference will be held by phone or google meets by signing up for bookable appointments on:

  • Monday, September 28th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 12th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 3rd from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Your student's teacher will be sharing the calendar link to book appointments. Watch for this in teachers weekly newsletters.


Mountain View High School will be closed on Friday, October 16, 2020.


If you would like to order student's school pictures, online order code ended two days after our last picture date. We received proof sheets that have a specific online order code on it that is specific to your child that was photographed. You can order with this online code through June 15, 2021 and your order will ship directly to their home.

Please contact Suzy Hass at (970) 613-7802 or to make arrangements to pick up your proof sheets.

MVMA Needs Your Fundraising Help!

Do you have a student in the MVHS band, choir, orchestra, theatre, or arts programs? Mountain View Music & Arts needs your fundraising help! Please consider participating in our EASY ongoing fundraisers.

1. King Soopers Community Rewards: Link your King Soopers shopping card (the one you

use to get store discounts and sale prices) to designate Mountain View Music & Arts as your
charitable organization. King Soopers donates to charitable organizations based on the number of participants per organization and the amount they spend (it’s no longer a flat 5%) -- so the more parents (and students!) who link their King Soopers shopping cards to MVMA, the more we will earn! Get started here: (MVMA's organization # is: SB623)

2. AmazonSmile: Link your Amazon account to designate Mountain View Music & Arts as yourcharitable organization, and Amazon will donate a percentage of what you spend. Get started here: (MVMA’s organization # is 26-4794988) You can also use AmazonSmile on your phone -- just enable it in your Amazon app settings.

3. ShopWithScrip: Sign up for the ShopWithScrip program and install the RaiseRight app on

your phone. Before you shop, purchase e-gift cards to spend at the retailer of your choice (750+ retailers are available!). You can also purchase actual gift cards to give as gifts -- perfect for the upcoming holiday season! MVMA will earn a percentage of what you spend, which varies by retailer. Get started here: (MVMA’s enrollment code is B28155F75549L)

For more information about MVMA, including fundraising, volunteering, and upcoming events, go to

Student Announcements

If you would like to review Announcements sent to students, please visit our website Mountain View High School Website. We will post all Announcements and Newsletters under the Announcements Heading.


This FORM will give consent for MVHS educators to work with your child in a 1-1 format on Google Meet. For example, if your child needs individual tutoring or wants to meet with his/her counselor to discuss schedule, he/she may not do so 1-on-1 without this permission form submitted by a parent. To make your life easier by not signing an individual form for EVERY teacher or counselor whom your child may want to work with, this form covers all staff,

What to Expect when you Arrive For the First Day Back in Your School

Many adjustments have been completed at district buildings to help ensure safety for all as we begin our staggered return to in-person learning. Please CLICK HERE to watch a video that provides more information.

College Funding Coach

The College Funding Coach is doing a virtual meeting for MVHS families on Thursday October 1, 7:30-8:45pm!
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Resource Guide for Parents: Resuming School During COVID 19 Guide

This comprehensive resource guide provides insight on how to cope during these unusual times.

Resuming School During COVID-19

Families Qualifying for Free & Reduced Meals Must Reapply

As a reminder, the application for Free & Reduced Lunches renews October 1st, 2020. Students in all grades who qualify for free or reduced-price meals will receive breakfast and lunch at no charge.

Families who were on Free & Reduced last year MUST reapply every year to guarantee they are receiving these benefits. Please go to the website and click “Get Started,” then follow directions to find Thompson School District and apply directly. The application should take 15-20 minutes to complete and in most situations, the district should process your application within 10 working days of receiving it. Find out if you qualify for Free & Reduced at

Please contact your individual school if you have any additional questions or for further instructions. You may also pick up a paper application from your neighborhood school.


Pickup for FoodPaks during remote learning time will be every Friday from 11am-1:30pm at Mountain View High school or one of the other locations listed below. Stop by the location most convenient for you and ask for a KidsPak weekend foodpak (no sign up necessary). Students you can pick a paks up for yourself, or parents may pick up with their student in the vehicle.

Mountain View High School 3500 Mountain Lion Dr Loveland, CO

Bill Reed Middle School 370 W 4th St. Loveland, CO

Berthoud High School 850 Spartan Ave Berthoud, CO

Sarah Milner Elementary 743 Jocelyn Dr Loveland, CO

Conrad Ball Middle School 2660 N Monroe Ave Loveland, CO

Laurene Edmonson Elementary 307 W 49th St Loveland, CO

BF Kitchen 915 Deborah Dr Loveland, CO

Winona Elementary 201 S Boise Ave Loveland, CO

Lucile Erwin Middle School 4700 Lucerne Ave Loveland, CO

Cottonwood Plains Elementary 525 Turman Dr Fort Collins, CO

Lincoln Elementary 3312 N Douglas Ave Loveland, CO

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Please review any past newsletters here:

August 19

August 25

August 31

September 15

September 22

If we didn't answer your question here, please feel free to contact any of us here at MVHS to help!

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