Mountain View High School

October 6, 2020 Newsletter

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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.




THIS WEEK (October 5-8)

Early Childhood Preschool Classes: In-Person Return

Elementary: In-Person Return for K-2 (K-3 at HPS); Continued Remote Learning for Grades 3-5

Middle School: In-Person Return for Grade 6 (A & B Groups); Cont. Remote Learning for 7-8

High School: Continued Remote Learning. In-Person Return for Small Groups*


* Small Groups' criteria (but not limited to this): At-risk populations of students (based on grades, attendance and behavior); students who have the following plans: on 504s, IEPs, ELD; other students selected by teachers; students who do not have access to the Internet; classes that have science labs; classes that need primarily hands-on learning tasks (for example, but not limited to, small group counseling, Career and Tech Ed and other experiences that can't be done authentically using a virtual platform).

Click here for the full schedule for returning to in-person learning.

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There is no school on Friday, October 9th, Thursday, October 15th and Friday October 16th.

Thompson School District Family Center

Thompson School District will be opening a Family Center to be located in the Early Childhood Center at Stansberry.

The Family Center will feature resources for district students and their families. These include a technology center with computer and internet access, a lending library, connections to community resources, parent education opportunities, and a food and basic needs pantry.

More info to come soon!


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 Exceptional Students Services Department.

Becki Capper - Paraprofessional

This is Mrs. Capper's first year at Mountain View High School. Her favorite par to MVHS is the students and she wants to help all stay positive.
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Stuart Conkwright - School Psychologist

Mr. Conkwright is located in Room C119.
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Janelle Gorges - Affective Needs Teacher

Ms. Gorges is located in room E223. She is willing the help and and all student be successful in high school so they can go out into the world and be their best. She is a team player and love to collaborate with other teachers. This is her 4th year at Mountain View High School adn she loves it.

"I love our staff. I am excited to have students back in the building."

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Ericka Griess - Learning Center Teacher and ESS ILT

Ms. Griess has been at Mountain View High School for 17 years working with students to be succesful and lead productive lives. She is located in Room C120.

"I love working with the staff and Mountain View and I really love the people in my department and how well we work together."

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Lindsey Gulsvig - Intensive Learning Center Teacher

Ms. Gulsvig is located in Room C118 supporting and including students with disabilities and she can answers questions about the peer buddy program. This will be her 8th year at Mountain View High School.

"I love the group of students I work with. They are so kind and have such big hearts. I also appreciate the staff at MVHS. I could not do my job without the support I get from many other people in the building."

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Jill Hawley - Paraprofessional

"My name is Jill Hawley and I am the Affective Needs Paraprofessional at MVHS. This is my 7th year at Mountain View and I generally help students in their classes and help them to stay organized and on task. I am really looking forward to having our students back in the building! I love working at Mountain View and I appreciate the dedication of our staff and our students."
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Karrie Herring - ILC Paraprofessional and Unified Basketball Coach

Mrs. Herring has been with Mountain View High School for 6 years. She enjoys staying positive and can't wait for students to be in the building.
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Robin Katzer - Speech Therapist

Ms. Katzer is located in Room C119
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Julie Macdonald - ILC Teacher

Mrs. Macdonald is located in Room D132. She teaches the Discovery Classes.

Shabeen Khan - Paraprofessional

This is Ms. Khan's first year at Mountain View High School.
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Kim McKee - Learning Center Teacher

Ms. McKee has been at Mountain View High School for 2 years and she supports students with their academic work so that they can be successful in high school and prepared for future career. She is located in Room C123.

"The students here are resilient, friendly, and supportive of each other. The staff work hard to make learning meaningful and they are flexible in how they provide support for all students. Right now I am looking forward to having students back in school and being able to get to know the new students."

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Norma Miranda - Learning Center/Transition Teacher

My name is Norma Miranda. I am one of the Learning Center/ Transition teachers this year at MV. This is my first year at MV, but have been teaching for over 29 years. I relocated from Illinois a few years ago, where I worked in the high school setting for the last 5 years. I feel so fortunate to finally be back in high school. I am looking forward to working with my students and guiding them as they continue to grow as learners as well as helping them with the transition from highschool to whatever comes next for them. I can already tell that Mountain View is full of very knowledgeable and caring teachers and staff and I am so happy to be part of the MV family.

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Katrina Neuhalfen - ILC Teacher

As on of our new teachers at Mountain View High School, Ms. Neuhalfen is in room C114, helping our ILC students learn. She is located in room C114.

"I love the Mountain View spirit! Even in these unique times everyone is still very excited to be a Mountain Lion"

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Valerie Smith - Paraprofessional

Mrs. Smith is located in the ILC rooms. She has been with Mountain View High School for 2 years and likes the school spirit and is excited about getting to know the freshman!
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Barbara Stevens ~ Paraprofessional

I'm Barbara Stevens and I am a paraprofessional for the ESS Department. When I'm not in the classroom supporting students, I can be found doing the clerical work for the department. When at school my office is in room C120. This is my 5th year at Mountain View and I enjoy working with high school students.

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Kaitlin Wedgewood - Paraprofessional

Kaitlin has been with Mountain View High School for 2 years.

"My favorite part of MVHS is the ILC team!"

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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:

  • 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.

College Application Day - October 7

Here are the many colleges that are joining us for College Application Day on October 7! All college representatives will be available during the designated time via the Google Meets link. Students are welcome to join the meeting at any time during the window indicated to ask questions about their application or the school.

For College Application Day we are offering both in-person and virtual options for assistance from MVHS counselors.

For in-person help sign up for a time using this form:

For virtual help, go to this Google Meets any time from 9-4:

Here is the form that lists every college rep and the code to meet with them:

A Special Opportunity for Thompson School District Families!

Thompson Education Foundation is proud to present "NoCo's Greatest Trick-or-Treat Experience," a Halloween event designed with COVID-19 safety procedures in place.

TSD families are eligible for Early Bird passes to attend this free event. The community at-large is already buzzing about it, so we are confident tickets will go FAST!

Please note that you MUST register online to attend.

Learn more about this safe, fun, family-friendly event and register using the links below.

TEF website:

Facebook event page:

Register on Eventbrite:

To get your Early Bird pass (one per family), please click on this link: Eventbrite Event.

After you click "Register," please enter the following private code: TSDEarlyBird20

Registration is open ONLY to TSD families today, September 29, through tomorrow, September 30, at 7pm.

Tickets will open to the general public starting at 9am on October 1.

We hope to see you there!

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.

Optional Accident & Loss Protection for Chromebooks - Enrollment Extended

Thompson School District has partnered with One2One Risk Solutions ( to provide optional accident and loss protection for our district Chromebooks. Unfortunately, due to some technical difficulties with the enrollment website, many who have tried to enroll have been unable to do so. One2One is aware of the issues, and is working to fix them. Because of this, the Sept. 30 deadline to enroll in the program has been extended, and we will be communicating with TSD families once the problems are resolved. Thank you for your understanding.

Registering with One2One and purchasing a damage waiver will protect you from the full cost of repair or replacement for your district-issued device and limits your responsibility to a per-occurrence deductible. The protection plan cost is $15 per device and covers the device through the end of the school year against accidental damage, cracked screens, fire, liquid damage, electrical surge and loss/theft.


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

Health Information for Students and Staff in Schools

As we prepare for the launch of a staggered return to in-person learning next week, here are a few health-related items to be mindful of:

  • Please send your child with sunscreen already applied each day due to longer periods outside.
  • Students will be using hand sanitizer at times during the school day. Parents may send their own student-specific hand sanitizer if desired.
  • When calling in a student absence for illness, please list your child's symptoms to the staff member or on the voicemail system.

In addition, the following guidelines have been put in place by the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment:

  • Students and teachers should not be in school with symptoms, even mild ones. Children in particular can show mild symptoms while still spreading the virus to others. Please see the "Sustained Community Transmission" section in the attached document for more details.

  • Students with symptoms must be isolated in a designated isolation area until they can be picked up.

  • Children and teachers with symptoms should be sent home and should see their provider to rule out COVID-19.

What is the difference between "Isolation" and "Quarantine?"

Isolation: Staying home from work, school and activities when a person is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19. Isolation lasts for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms and for 24 hours after being fever-free without the aid of fever-reducing medication and if the person shows an improvement of symptoms. For people who have not had symptoms, isolation lasts 10 days from the day they had their first positive test. In rare instances (for example, if a person was very sick or has certain medical problems), isolation may last 20 days.

Quarantine: Staying home from work, school and/or activities after a person was in close contact with someone with COVID-19. Quarantine periods last for 14 days unless the person develops symptoms, upon which they will be put in isolation. Negative tests should not be used to release a person from quarantine.

Thank you very much for your patience and cooperation. If you have any questions, please reach out to your school's main office for assistance.

Please review any past newsletters here:

August 19

August 25

August 31

September 15

September 22

September 29

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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