Valley Middle School

November/December Newsletter

*PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK THIS NEWSLETTER AS IT MAY BE UPDATED DAILY*

Valley Families:


Please visit the link to our VMS clothing store: https://probitasstore.com/valleymiddleschool-temp/


The link is available 12/06 through 12/19. Due to the high demand for some items, orders will be available after the new year.


Thank you!

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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL:

Warm Greetings Valley Families:


This week has been a tough one at Valley. Students, staff, and administration have worked through a range of emotions relative to our threat to students, staff, and the building this past Tuesday. In no way have I minimized this situation but I have called on all to continue to take steps forward and offered our support in any way it is needed.


The safety of our students and staff is my paramount job responsibility. I can only deliver that responsibility with the help of others. I cannot say enough about the incredible work of my leadership team during this recent crisis. I want to single out Mr. Josh Cichy, Dean of Students, for the tremendous effort he put into solving this situation. Because of his care for kids, unbelievable memory, knowledge of student life, and ability to connect the dots, we were able to get resolution. I am also proud to say that all of this work was done with respect and dignity to all involved.


As we close out American Education Week and enter the Thanksgiving Holiday and our December holidays let me say thank you for allowing us to educate your child. We know we have rough days here and there, but in the end there is so much positive that happens within the walls of Valley Middle School each and every day. That is what I am thankful for this season. I will match our students and staff up against any. They are what allow me to get up each day and come to work, even this past Wednesday.


I wish each of you a blessed holiday season forthcoming. May you pause to reflect on all that is good in your life, especially those children you send to us each day.


Warm Regards,

Todd Selk

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION IN THIS NEWSLETTER:

  • In-District Transfers

  • Spelling Bee

  • KightRiders Boys Swimming & Diving

  • Important Dates

  • Student Transportation / myschoolbucks.com / Water Bottles & Water Fountain

  • Peanut Free Reminder

  • Building Access During Mask Mandate

  • School Cancellation & Postponement Procedures

  • Parents Lead

  • Communication Tips

  • Purposity

  • Kids Connection

  • Safety Information

  • Mental Health Hub

  • Yearbook Pre-Orders

  • Recommended New Reads For Middle School Students

  • PHY ED News

  • Counselors' Corner

  • School Social Worker Corner

  • Athletics
  • 6th Grade Intramurals
  • Eagles News

  • Mustang News

  • Wolves News

  • Bears News

  • Dragons News

  • Attachments

The deadline for the 9th grade in-district transfer request for the incoming 9th graders is January 7, 2022.

The deadline for the 9th grade in-district transfer request for the incoming 9th graders is January 7, 2022.

SPELLING BEE:

In October, each team's reading and writing teacher at Valley conducted a preliminary round for the school spelling bee. There are twelve students who have qualified to move onto the next round- the Valley Middle School Spelling Bee!


  • Wizards: Kamdon Henry & Bennett Johnson
  • Dragons: Chloe Holter & Isaac Bui
  • Wolves: Joe Kleven & Layla Hartje
  • Bears: Abigail Touchstone & Lila Hartje
  • Mustangs: Alejandro Serna & Abraham Nombre
  • Eagles: Izaiah Flaten and Anthony Reed


This will take place on Monday, November 29th at 4:15pm in the Media Center.


Each speller is allowed to have two guests to come and watch, and all participants will need to be masked while in the building.


The winner of this round will advance onto the Grand Forks County Spelling Bee, which will be held in Grand Forks in February 2022.


We wish luck to all contestants moving forward!

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IMPORTANT DATES:

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Nov/Dec/Jan

  • Nov. 25 & 26 – No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 29 – Spelling Bee 4:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 1 – Early Release Day 1:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 13 – PTO Meeting @ Mentor Center for Tour 6:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 15 – Early Release Day 1:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 22 – Jan. 2 No School (Winter Break)
  • Jan. 3 – Welcome Back!
  • Jan. 7 – 9th Grade In-District Transfer Due for '22-'23 School Year
  • Jan – 12 Early Release Day 1:00 p.m.
  • Jan – 17 No School (Professional Development Day)
  • Jan – 26 Early Release Day 1:00 p.m.

Peanut & Tree Nut Restricted

Please remember that Valley is a peanut and tree nut restricted school! It is important to check all ingredients in the snacks or cold lunches that are brought to school.

BUILDING ACCESS DURING MASK MANDATE:

Just a friendly reminder that only students and GFPS employees are allowed in the school building. If you need to pick up your child for an appointment please call the office to inform them of the time. We will then have your student down at Door 7 waiting for you. If you are needing to drop something off for your student you must come to Door 7, buzz the office for a staff member to come and grab the item.


Please be patient when you buzz the office as we may be busy assisting students and staff.

School Cancellation & Postponement Procedures:

School postponement and cancellation alternatives will be as follows:

  • a. Hold school as normal
  • b. Open school but delay sending buses
  • c. Delay the start time in all schools by two (2) hours based on each school’s start time
    • Elementary School: Start time is 8:25, so school would start at 10:25. Doors will open at 10:15 a.m.
    • Middle School: Start time is 8:40, so school would start at 10:40. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.
    • High School: Start time is 8:00, so school would start at 10:00. Doors will open at 9:50 a.m.
    • Head Start: Start time is 8:00, so school would start at 10:00. Doors will open at 9:50 a.m.
    • When school starts late, there will be no morning Early Childhood Special Education classes. Afternoon Early Childhood Special Education classes will be held.
    • Breakfast will not be served at any sites.
  • d. No school in Grand Forks Public Schools all day
  • e. No school for the Grand Forks Air Force Base School District students all day
    • Decisions related to the weather-related delayed opening or closing of air base schools may not always be consistent with those made for in-town schools. On those days when severe weather makes travel conditions so hazardous as to threaten the safety of staff members, opening delays or the closing of base schools will be given special consideration.
  • f. Once school is in session, it will not be terminated until the regular closing time except in very severe situations. However, school buses may leave early. Radio and TV stations will be used to notify parents.


The decision to close or delay school will be made as early as possible. Announcements will be made on the District webpage (www.gfschools.org), and District social media (www.facebook.com/GrandForksPublicSchools; www.twitter.com/GFSchools). Announcements will also be made on local radio and TV stations.

Grand Forks Public Schools will be using our Automated Calling system to call staff and parents if school will be delayed or cancelled due to severe weather conditions. Typically, this automated call will occur to staff between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., and to parents between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.


Parents or guardians may always exercise their right to keep students home or pick them up early during stormy conditions.


If an emergency situation should develop during the time school is in session, children will be cared for in school until the storm has subsided.


If buses are sent home early, all buses will be sent.

  • a. Radio and TV stations will make the announcement of the departure time.
  • b. The lead-time needed for the procedure is approximately one (1) hour.
  • c. If conditions are dangerous, bus drivers must use common sense in discharging students that must walk a considerable distance. If possible, use the radio and contact the base station. Have parents meet the bus or be on the lookout for their children. If the driver is unable to contact parents and conditions are dangerous, do not let students off the bus but return to school and notify the principal. Schools that have bus students must have a written procedure for caring for students in the event they must be kept overnight at school.

ParentsLead:

Let your student in on all of the things you find wonderful about them. They need to hear many positive comments about their lives, who they are as individuals, and all of the great things they have to look forward to if they are safe and healthy.


Source: https://drugfree.org/

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SAFETY INFORMATION

LINK TO DISTRICT EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDE

Dean Updates:

Mr. Cichy

Mrs. Rokke


As Deans of Students, our role consists of many different acts of support. We are called on to assist teachers in the classrooms and hallways, we are responsible for reminding students of expectations and holding them accountable for their choices, and most importantly: we are tasked with building relationships with the over 500 students who are in our building each day (this is undoubtedly the best part of our job).


While a lot of what we do is correctional, we have the opportunity to recognize “Students of the Week”: those Valley Royals who exhibit top-notch behaviors in the hallways between classes. Which students go out of their way to greet others? Which students meet the expectations in the hallways to keep themselves and others safe, and encourage their peers to do the same? Our jobs are difficult and trying, but we see A LOT of good in our halls.


We love recognizing the good things our kids are doing with a certificate and a treat (generously donated by North End DQ, Deeks, Wendy’s, and Popolino’s). In October those students were:


  • Ugo Chukwuisiocha - 7th

  • Justin Myers - 8th

  • Cesar Cruz - 8th

  • Milo Gabrielson - 7th

  • Marcos Midgarden - 6th

  • Kai Newark - 6th


Thanks to these kids (and numerous others) who make our jobs more enjoyable, and make VMS a better place to learn and work!


CHOIR:

Congratulations to the follow Valley Middle School choir students who were selected, through recorded audition, for the ND-ACDA Middle School All-State Choir to be held in February 2022:


Colin Green - Treble Choir

Jaded Halvorson - Mixed Choir

Ada Dachtler - Treble Choir


The following students were also selected as alternates for the All-State Choirs:


Jack Berry

Madison Clark

Brody Melicher


Congratulations, singers!

RECOMMENDED NEW READS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

From Mrs. Novak, VMS Librarian



Great Battles for Boys series by Joe Giorello (Informational) A bestselling history series that sends young readers “into the fight.” Learn about the military leaders, weapons, and strategies that won—or lost—history's most important military battles.


The Queen’s Assassin (Bk1) and The Queen’s Secret (Sequel) by Melissa De La Cruz (Fantasy)

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect.


The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (Fantasy) The start of an exciting series filled with Caribbean folklore and daring adventure, this is one of the Global Read Alouds for this year. Corinne La Mer claims she isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

Sunny Makes a Splash by Jennifer L. Holm 7 Matthew Holm (Graphic Novel) The latest in the New York Times bestselling Sunny series brings Sunny into a sink-or-swim summer, where she needs to float her first job and dive into her first maybe-flirtation.


The Sleep Experiment by Jeremy Bates (Thriller) For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Creepypastas, comes the second STAND-ALONE book in the all-new WORLD'S SCARIEST LEGENDS series.


Books arriving weekly. Check out the Valley Media Center and see what’s new!

PHY ED NEWS:


Hi VMS Parents!!


We have had a wonderful fall participating in many different activities in PE class so far this year, mostly outside. We started the year off with Gatorball, which is a soccer-type game, but you can move the ball to your hands if you find a way to do so. Ask your child some of the ways we did this! They were great at it! We then moved on to Football. Some of the other activities we took part in were Frisbee Golf through University Park and a series of outdoor games. (Bocce Ball, Ladder Golf, Bean Bag Toss, Spike Ball, and Kan Jam) Our students really enjoyed getting a chance to participate in many of these “lifetime” activities. As the weather gets cooler, we have made our way inside, and we just recently started two new units, Volleyball and Nitroball.


Our strength and wellness classes have done a variety of “To the Limit” contests, as well as participating in a strength and conditioning program, where they max out on several different exercises and then work to improve those areas through a four-week program. We just maxed out for the second time, and there have been so many improvements!! We are also so excited that we were donated funds to purchase a new bike, sit-up bench, and a loaded dumbbell rack for our weight room!

COUNSELORS' CORNOR:

Mr. Kulas (A-K)

Mr. Glaser (L-Z)


The school counselors at Valley Middle School recently conducted their advisory council for the school counseling program. Members of the community who are stakeholders in the school were asked to be a part of the advisory council to give feedback on how the counseling program at Valley Middle School can better serve students.


The school counselors presented a variety of data points that illustrate some successes and growing points that the school faces, ranging from academic, attendance, and behavioral issues. Some staff members, along with students, were invited to participate in the council as well.


We plan to hold a second meeting in the Spring to go over the progress that has been made throughout the year, as well as planning that will occur for the following school year. If anyone has any interest in attending an advisory council meeting in the future, it is strongly encouraged that you contact the school.

ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES IN NEED:

Please check out the assistance opportunities on the Social Work page on the district website. Departments > Social Work Program > Upcoming Opportunities. Link: https://www.gfschools.org/domain/1397.
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ATHLETICS:

A MESSAGE FROM JODI DODSON, ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL/ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR:

The focus of our middle school program is to teach participants fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork in a developmentally appropriate and enjoyable way. Game schedules for each team should be available approximately one week after practice begins. Schedules will be posted on Valley’s website: www.gfschools.org; click on Our Schools – Middle Schools – Valley Middle School – Athletics


The school year is divided into four blocks. Each season is approximately seven weeks in length. Valley plays Schroeder, South, Twining, and other area schools.


Sports offered:


Block I


  • Cross-Country
  • 7th & 8th Grade
  • Boys & Girls Combined
  • Teams train with GFC XC


  • Football
  • August 23 - October 16
  • 7th Grade Teams
  • 8th Grade Teams


  • Boys Soccer
  • August 23 - October 9
  • 7th and 8th Grade Combined


  • Girls Fastpitch Softball
  • August 23 - October 16
  • 7th and 8th Grade Combined


Block II


  • Girls Volleyball
  • October 18 - December 14
  • 7th Grade Teams
  • 8th Grade Teams


  • Wrestling
  • November 8 - January 15
  • 7th and 8th Grade Combined


Block III


  • Girls and Boys Basketball
  • December 15 - February 26
  • 7th Grade Teams
  • 8th Grade Teams


Block IV


  • Boys and Girls Track & Field
  • March 28 - May 21
  • 7th Grade Boys and Girls Teams
  • 8th Grade Boys and Girls Teams


  • Girls Soccer
  • April 4 - May 21
  • 7th and 8th Grade Combined

Physical Form:

All athletes must have a physical form submitted to the Valley MS office before they will be allowed to participate in practices or contests. Every athlete must get a yearly physical. Since Block I practices start before school, parents and athletes must complete this task in the summer. Physical forms are available in the Valley MS office and online at www.gfschools.org; click on Departments - Athletics - Documents & Forms - Physical form. The physical form must be turned in before your child is allowed to participate.


Sport Physicals

* Watch clinic web sites for walk-in times.

Altru (Grand Forks)

  • Family Medicine – 795-2000
  • Family Medicine Residency - 780-6800

Aurora (Grand Forks) 701-732-2700

Riverview Clinic (EGF) 218-773-1390


Participation Fees:

Athletes must pay participation fees (or pay online at myschoolbucks.com) or have a waiver form for participation fees submitted to the Valley MS office before they will be allowed to participate in a contest. Fee waiver forms are available in the Valley MS office and are confidential. The participation fee for each block is $50.00


Concussion Form:

Every year all athletes and parents need to read and sign off on the concussion information form for the district. Concussion forms are available in the Valley MS office and online at www.gfschools.org; click on Departments - Athletics - Documents & Forms - Concussion Form.


All athletes in grade 7 and/or any new athletes to Grand Forks Public Schools will take the IMPACT concussion test. This test is required only once in their middle years. This information is very important in helping to assist local physicians and parents in making a decision on when an athlete may return to practices or games in a particular sport.

BLOCK II SPORTS IMPORTANT DATES & INFORMATION:

Block II Sports:


Girls Volleyball

October 18 - December 14

7th Grade Teams & 8th Grade Teams


Wrestling

November 8 - January 15

7th & 8th Grade Combined


Block II Coaching Information:


Wrestling:

7th & 8th Combined

Andrew St. Vincent

Jacob Gilmore


Volleyball:

8th Grade - Ashley Stavnes, Kat Puhl & Britney Christinson

7th Grade - Hannah Vonasek, Becca Lord & Christine Rokke


Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at 746-2360

6th GRADE INTRAMURALS:

Intramurals are offered in five blocks throughout the school year. Some activities are co-ed and others are not. The North Dakota High School Activities Assoc. does not allow 6th grade students to participate in interscholastic programs.


Valley offers flag football; soccer; floor hockey; strength training; training; volleyball; basketball; outdoor games; and other activities at the discretion of the activities director and intramural supervisor(s). Intramural activities meet 7-10 times per block. There is a $12.50 fee (reduced pricing or free are available based on family income). No students will be denied the opportunity to participate in intramurals.


Block II: November 1 - December 9

  • Co-ed Volleyball

Block III: January 10 - February 7

  • Strength Training
Block IV: March 7 - April 4
  • Basketball & Floor Hockey
Block V: April 11 - May 16
  • Outdoor Games


*Dates and activities may change based on weather and space available.


Volleyball Intramural Schedule 3:30-4:20

Coach: Admir Ekic & Tianna Wihelmi

  • Monday, November 15
  • Monday, November 22
  • Wednesday, November 24
  • Monday, November 29
  • Monday, December 6
  • Wednesday, December 8

EAGLES NEWS:


Eagles involved with Earth Science are currently working on our Astronomy unit and have begun by learning about a few famous astronomers such as Galieleo, Kepler, and Isaac Newton. We've covered gravity (dependent on mass and distance) and currently are doing a lab where students are able to see how their weight changes from one planet to another due to differences in gravity. Later on in this lab students will be able to demonstrate differences in how far they can jump due to changes in gravity from one planet to another. We will be continuing with the Laws of Motion and how they apply to not only things on Earth but also to objects in space. Lunar phases and weather/climate patterns will also be covered with this unit. Be on the lookout for students talking about interesting labs and demonstrations!


Tech & Engineering

We just finished our Land Yacht project where we were applying our new skills with sketching and dimensioning. We have started getting our feet with 3D Modeling using the Inventor software. That will lead us into 3D printing and design in November. Robotics will start soon after in class, only a quarter left of Tech and Engineering!



For US History, we've spent the last couple of weeks running colonies as though we are governors. The students have had a lot of fun making decisions managing their food levels, expanding their land holdings, and trying to defend their people from disease, war, and famine. Next, we'll be learning about the French and Indian War and how the argument over who is going to pay for that war leads to the American Revolution!



In English, students will be finishing work on symbolism and memoirs. From there, we will begin reading a non-fiction text about the Holocaust to create some background knowledge for Quarter 4. We will also be looking into various forms of nonfiction/informational writing and reading.


In Math, we are working on solving equations, distributive property, and combining like terms.

MUSTANG NEWS:

Mustang parents/guardians,


We’re approaching the holiday season and excited to continue our learning opportunities with your children!


Below, you will find a brief synopsis of what teachers are currently covering in their classrooms.


Computer Applications

We have begun our Project Lead the Way (PLTW) App Creators Unit. Students have been given a special log-in for their accounts (if your child has not received one, please let me know). Students are learning how to do basic block-style coding. Their final project is to create their own application from scratch. If PLTW stops working, or we need to pivot to something new, we will use CODE.org materials. After this we will pivot to: photoshop, personal finance, and career discussions. We are also reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.


English

Students are bridging their understanding of narrative and informative writing. We are working on crafting strong main idea statements and supporting those statements with key details. Thanks to the Wonderopolis website, we are able to do much of this work while also learning about topics that interest each of us; what a win-win! Please continue to ask your child about what they are reading. This reinforcement from home speaks volumes to the importance and value of reading. Thanks for your partnership!


US History

Our young historians have finished their study of the French and Indian War and are now moving into the varying colonial protests. These colonial protests lead us into the American Revolution. With each new unit of study, students are given new vocabulary which they can review on either Quizlet or Blooklet. Students can access these directly through their US History Google Classroom. Please encourage your children to review in their free time.


Math

We are getting closer to the holiday season and along with that we continue to move forward in our math classes. In 2nd hour, the kids have just completed the lesson with Rational and Irrational numbers. We are moving on to Scientific Notation. In 1st, 6th, and 7th hours, we are into Topic 3 which introduces the concept of Linear Functions. With our knowledge of Linear Functions they will be expected to understand Slope and Y-Intercept. In 4th hour, we continue to learn more about systems of equations. As these math classes move along we will be continuing to add concepts and procedures. It is as important as ever for the students to stay caught up and communicate with me about any difficulties they may be having.


Science

In science class we are wrapping up our unit on Planetary Motion. In this unit we have learned how Astronomers find the age of the Universe, as well as what they think will happen in the future. To learn this we completed everything from using balloons as a representation of the Universe, to finding out how long it would take us to walk an entire Light Year. Our next unit will shift our focus to Lunar Phases and Eclipses.


Team Reminders:

Please continually check-in with your child and encourage them to communicate with teachers, as needed. Assignments are never intended to cause hours and hours of work and/or frustration. We have several supports in place that students can take advantage of. Students can:

  • email teachers

  • leave private comments in Google Classroom

  • come in for help before school starts (8:00-8:30)

  • stay for help after school ends (3:30-4:00)

  • request help during lunch

  • and, perhaps most importantly, pay close attention to class instruction, and use given practice and work time intentionally


Students who have a 0 for a grade in PowerSchool have been informed that their grade can be updated upon completion of that work. Zeroes are not permanent unless no work is done. Additionally, students can talk with teachers about opportunities to re-do assignments, projects, tests, etc.


As always, we are excited to have your child as a Mustang! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with further questions/concerns.

WOLVES NEWS:


We have officially made it to Quarter 2! This is always such a great part of the year. Kids have settled in, we know them better, how to help them better, and can get into the nitty gritty of our subjects!


In English, they have been reading Barren Grounds, which they seem to be enjoying! This came along with the entire classroom being decorated and kids drawing on the walls, they loved it!


In Math, students are working through expressions and equations. They are also doing a “LIFE Project”, which brings math into their everyday world. They go through the game of LIFE and need to budget, have a job, buy/rent a home, grocery shop, go out to restaurants, and plan big life events like a trip, getting a car, or investing!


In Science, they are starting the cell, the building block of life! Students will also have the

opportunity to create their own cell models!


In Geography, we have finished the foundations of geography and are now diving into the

continents. First up is the U.S. and Canada!


In World Languages, we will finish off our Spanish vocabulary unit by learning how to describe people. We will be learning about the holidays and traditions that are being celebrated around the world this time of year. We will close out the semester with a closer look at Hispanic culture with topics such as food, dance, art, and sports/games.


The Wolves are also starting a homework club! A letter was mailed home to all Wolves students a few weeks ago to give families a heads-up about our new support for our students. The first official day of homework club is Thursday, November 4th, and will run from 3:30-4:30. It will be every Thursday for the remainder of the year as long as we have school that day!

BEARS NEWS:

Hello Bears Families,


We're speedily approaching the holiday season (some students showed up the day after Halloween with jingle bells and red and white socks) and as such our teachers are hard at work trying to fill quarter 2 with learning.


In Marshall's Science class, students are currently working to memorize various organelles found within cells. Their abilities to draw cells and their organelles have vastly improved in only a few days! This unit will be concluded with a cell analogy project. After cells, it is all aboard Asclepius's Anatomy Access as we explore humans' body systems! Students will learn how the systems work together and maybe, hopefully, how to better take care of their health. We will also discuss medicine and the validity of homeopathic solutions. P.S. Ask your student about the cell rap, it's their new favorite song.


In Shroyer's Math class, students wrapped up the end of the rational numbers unit with a game of LIFE. Students brought their math knowledge into the real world by finding a job, balancing a checkbook, buying/renting a house, going grocery shopping and many other real world activities. The students worked so hard on this unit and are excited to be moving into the next unit: expressions and equations.


In Mr. Taylor's Geography class students will be getting dirty with the creation of their home made playdough maps. Instructions on how to make the playdough will be going home soon! We are currently studying Central and South America and the Caribbean.


In Pederson's English class, students are finally looking to finish our read aloud, Barren Grounds. We are looking forward to crafting our own narratives, and then getting into our Informative writing unit after that.


In Christensen's World Languages, we will finish off our Spanish vocabulary unit by learning how to describe people. We will be learning about the holidays and traditions that are being celebrated around the world this time of year. We will close out the semester with a closer look at Hispanic culture with topics such as food, dance, art, and sports/games.


Finally, in Peake's Literature class, students are continuing to study the elements of fiction. They will be completing a foldable project on point of view before moving to methods of character development, where they will create a flip booklet on a character from a story they have read. Students are still enjoying our read-aloud, a novel about 9/11 called Ground Zero by Alan Gratz. Ask your child to tell you about this great book and also about the sketchnoting he/she is doing in conjunction with the story! And as always, encourage your child to read, read, read!

DRAGONS NEWS:

Sam Benjamin - 6th Grade Dragon


My life as a valley student has been awesome. The teachers and students have treated me like family. And my grades are good, I'm meeting new friends, and every teacher here is awesome. The whole staff here is awesome and most of the students here are awesome. At the beginning of the year I was pretty nervous to go to middle school. But it took me 2 days to love this school. And 1 day to meet new friends. And I am fully used to this school. And every subject is easier than I thought. So there's really nothing to be scared about. So that's why my day and life as a valley student is awesome. In science, we are learning about solids, liquids, and gases. In reading, we are learning about story elements. In writing, we are learning about plot mountain and today we are going to have a skittles taste test challenge. In math, we are learning about fractions. All my classes are great. Its great to be a dragon.

Wizards News:


The Wizards are really excited about the number of students who have demonstrated pride in their academics which has earned them a place on the A and B honor roll. We have appreciated your support and involvement in your child's education. Again, as a gentle reminder please continue to help make the school year as successful as possible for your child by making sure they are getting plenty of sleep technology-free.


As the cold weather approaches so will the need for appropriate clothing. Just a reminder, coats will be kept in lockers during the school day. Students may need to dress in layers to stay comfortable throughout their day.


Science classes are starting our chemical interactions unit. Kids are learning how to identify elements on the periodic table as well as identifying elements at home.


Math classes are starting fractions. Encourage your students to continue practicing their math facts.


Social Studies classes are studying ancient Egypt.


Language Arts classes are working on parts of speech. Finishing up narrative writing and moving into informational.


Reading classes are working on building their independent reading skills and strengthening their vocabulary skills.

ATTACHMENTS:

  • School Immunization Requirements
  • Medication At School Form
  • Medication Authorization Form
  • District Calendar
  • Dispute Resolution Policy 2021-2022