The Prospector Post

September 29, 2020

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I'm Proud of You!

Dear Prospector Families,

Thank you for working hard to navigate distance learning and independent studies. There are many hard days, and the learning curve has been steep! I am proud of you and your efforts to support your child's education.

There are a few important announcements in this edition of the Prospector Post. An October edition will be coming as well.


Celeste Wahlberg, MA, MEd


Yucca Valley Elementary School

Prospector Friday Spirit Day

Sometimes, you have to remember to dance! <3

Get Involved! Site Council Members Wanted

Our School Site Council (SSC) helps guide the yearly school plan, gives input, and plans for the future. The site council also meets monthly. The SSC is made up of parents, faculty, and staff.

If you are interested, please fill out the questionnaire below. All stakeholders who have the ability to make the time commitment are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact SSC Chairperson, Carrie Cole, at

The deadline for this interest form is October 1st. Shortly after, a list of interested parties will be compiled and a ballot for voting will be distributed.

Attendance in Distance Learning and Independent Study

Thank you for working to engage in learning! We have 390 Prospectors with PERFECT ATTENDANCE!! Congratulations!


  • Please contact your child's teacher or call the office if you are having technical difficulties.
  • Please CALL the office if you have an absence, so that we can clear the absence, just as in the regular school year.
  • Have your child to attempt to complete work even if they aren't able to get on the Zoom call.
  • For independent study, make every effort to keep your appointments. Student work completion/turned in on time is critical for attendance credit.
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Yearbook Update

Countless hours turned into days, weeks, and now months trying to get our yearbook processed correctly.

Ms. Cole worked all summer and into September to get corrections made to our yearbook. The publisher was closed for months due to Covid; offices closed and staff sent home. Ms. Cole spent hours on the phone speaking to representatives, local managers, district managers, and message machines.

Our yearbook had several issues to be resolved. This included duplicate classes (one teacher had four classes with a range of 4 students to over 50 students), students/classes from other schools, teachers from other schools, missing students, duplicate names with different photos, and duplicate students. The publisher continually failed to make corrections needed.

Without resolution and continued runaround from the publisher, it is with regret that we have concluded to request refunds for our families.

Lifetouch should be issuing refunds directly if you ordered on site. Ms. Cole will be processing refund paperwork to our site accounting and those will be mailed out.

Thank you for your understanding in a situation that was not in our control. This is a bitter disappointment, and we have made every effort to get the yearbook resolved. We could not accept the yearbook as it was, and there was no hope in sight for corrections to be made. My sincerest apologies for the disappointment this has caused.

We are looking at other ways that we can share memories from last year while respecting student privacy issues.


Mrs. Wahlberg

Distance Learning Resources from MUSD

The MUSD website has resources for tech support and online materials. Click HERE to access. If you have a device and are experiencing connectivity issues, please see the message at the bottom of this newsletter.
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Nutrition and School Funding Form

Nutrition is an important component to learning. The district is providing a week's worth of meals every THURSDAY from 9:00-10:30 am. YVES has a late start day on Thursday so that families may pick up meals. Meals are also distributed in the evenings on Thursdays at Yucca Valley High School.

Free meals are made possible from a special funding grant. In order to continue receiving funding for this and other programs, the district is asking ALL parents to complete this one page survey. Click on the link to get started.


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