Valor MS Newsletter

2022-2023 School Year -- Home of the Raptors

Hello Valor Parents and Families! January 5, 2023

Happy New Year and welcome to 2023! We hope this finds you well and that you’ve enjoyed your holidays. As we start up again here in January, we want to take this opportunity to share a little about the events and happenings here at Valor, while also giving you a preview of what’s coming up as we start 2023. As always, if you have questions or if we could help you with anything, please connect with us. Included below are pictures of our students engaged in their learning this week. So great to have everyone back in action!

Important Dates for January & February

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Valor Yearbook Orders - 2022-2023

Would you like a Yearbook that captures the excitement of our current school year? Here’s the information you’ll need to place your order.

Note: Valor's 2022-2023 Yearbook Orders are available ONLINE ONLY.

Please follow this link:

Valor's Code: 5971823

Enter your Student's full first and last name and select their grade

Choose what your want to add to your order

Check out with a credit card or debit card

The Order Deadline: April 21st, 2023

Pictured below is a QR Code for the Lifetouch Ordering System, as well as a couple of examples from past years.

Winter Wonderland Festivities, a Garage Sale, and Door Decorating

During our final school week of December we had a variety of fun activities and events at our school. One such opportunity was a Garage Sale where students cashed in their Raptor Tickets, which they received for good behavior choices. There were a lot of items students could choose from, including Apple watches, an iPad-mini, a pedal tractor, new Nike shoes, various toys, lots of clothes, gingerbread houses, and many more.

Also that final week, our classes competed in a Winter Door Decorating Contest, in which students worked together to create festive doors for the holidays. The doors were judged by their Creativity and Design, Quality of Construction, Embodiment of the Theme (which was “Raptors in a Winter Wonderland”), and Student Collaboration. We had an advisory class from each grade level that won: 6th grade - Ms. Braus’ class, 7th grade - Ms. Montero’s class, and 8th grade - Ms. Zellner’s class. Pictures of some of the doors are included below.

Field Trip to PSU - Visit the Russian Program

On February 10 we plan to take a group of students to Portland State University to see the campus and learn more about the Russian language program. Many of our students who are currently in our Russian dual language program plan to go on this field trip. If other students are interested in this opportunity, please contact the office and let us know.

Sports - Winter and Spring

Girls Basketball and Wrestling are nearing their final competitions. Later this month Boys Basketball will begin. And then in the Spring, our students can participate in our Track and Field program. Athletics are a great opportunity for our students to enjoy time together, compete, work on improving their abilities, and come out to support each other!

Wearing Identification Badges

In all Woodburn secondary schools, it’s an expectation that our students and staff wear their Identification Badges. This allows all of us to quickly identify who our students and staff are, and it ensures safety for all. Using the ID Badges is also how our nutrition staff tracks student meals, which is how our district is reimbursed for providing free breakfast and lunch to all students. Please help your student remember to wear his/her ID Badge everyday.

How to Reach Us

Phone: 503.981.2750

Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

What is the Parental Portal and How does it Work?

The Parent Portal is a resource available to all parents, which allows viewing of your child’s progress and grades in all subjects. Access will allow parents to monitor test/quiz grades, project and homework completion, as well as classwork and missed assignments. Give us a call; let us help you connect to the Parent Portal.

How can I make sure that I receive communications from Valor MS?

  • Make sure you have provided your cell phone number. We use Remind to send text messages.

  • Call the office at (503) 981-2750 to provide updated contact information. If you need to update your phone number, mailing address, or email address, please call us.
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Would You Prefer to Have a Paper-Copy of the Newsletter Mailed To You?

If you would prefer we mail you a paper copy of this Newsletter each month, please contact our office at 503.981.2750.

WSD Parent – Student Handbook Link

The Woodburn School District has a Parent - Student Handbook that provides information on rules, policies, and expectations at all schools in the District. We provided these to everyone at parent conferences and also mailed them home to those who were unable to attend conferences. Additionally, here you can access a digital version of the handbook.

Parent - Student Handbook in English

Manual para Estudiantes y Padres en Español

Parent -Student Handbook in Russian