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Nov 28

Highly Capable Program – Public Notice

Education

If you know a student who shows extraordinary ability or promise, please recommend him or her for inclusion in the Valley School District Highly Capable Program. ...read more

Nov 09

Fall Book Fair Nov 9-10

Education

Fall Book Fair ...read more

Nov 03

The Velveteen Rabbit Nov 3rd-5th

Education

The Valley School Drama Club invites you to come and enjoy the engaging student performance of The Velveteen Rabbit, a heartwarming musical. ...read more

Oct 07

Tell Us How You Feel About Valley School!

Education

Valley School wants to know how parents, guardians and students feel about their experiences at school. Please take a moment to complete the “Valley School Climate 2016 Parent Survey.” To access the short survey, click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWV3QRV. Your response by September 30, 2016, is appreciated. ...read more

Aug 08

Book up Summer

Education

“Book Up Summer” is teamed with Page Ahead, a statewide program designed to cut the reading achievement gap in half by 2020.  By partnering with Page Ahead, Valley School will be receiving books for three years.  This year, Kindergarten students will each receive 12 books to keep. The district is only responsible for the shipping of the materials and the books are free!! ...read more

Jun 17

'Hands On' Learning

Education

The Valley School’s third grade music class learned first-hand what it takes to drum to their own beat when Superintendent Foster introduced them to the rhythms and techniques of an African drum called a “djembe.” ...read more

Jun 13

Parachute Play Provides Fun Skills Development

Education

A sunny day prompted a special activity on the Valley School playground. P.E. teacher Rhea Ross brought out a real treat for her kindergarten students: a brightly colored nylon parachute! ...read more

Jun 10

Fourth Graders Play it Cool at Math Competition

Education

A team of five 4th grade students tested their number know-how at the “Math Is Cool” competition in mid-April at Whitworth University in Spokane, and came home with positive experiences that have invigorated them to keep practicing and compete again next year. ...read more

Jun 09

VELC Now Accepting Enrollment Applications

Education

The Valley Early Learning Center (VELC) is now accepting enrollment applications for children ages 1-12. ...read more

Jun 06

Summer Camps at Valley School!

Education

Valley School To Host Summer Kids Camps in June, July & August. Come Join The Fun! ...read more

Jun 02

Looking Back to Earth Day

Education

Valley School Pep Club organized several activities to help fellow students celebrate the wonderful planet we live on in recognition of Earth Day in April. ...read more

May 25

Inspiring Science at Valley School

Education

The “Science on Wheels” van rolled into town recently, providing Valley School K-8 students with a variety of fun and educational hands-on experiences in science and physics. ...read more

Apr 15

Kindergarten Orientation Coming Up!

Education

Please see the attached flyer for information on the upcoming Valley School Kindergarten Orientation, April 27 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Early registration is appreciated! ...read more

Apr 12

Students Stock Valley Food Pantry

Education

Valley School students delivered a whopping 515 pounds of food to the Valley Food Pantry this spring. The food drive is an annual event, sponsored by Pep Club, and all classes participate. ...read more

Apr 05

Spring Newsletter Puts Students Front and Center

Education

The districtwide spring newsletter for the Valley School District is out and it is packed with great stories, resources and information. Click here to check it out today! ...read more

Apr 04

Students Have Something to Dance About

Education

Gina Greenwood, a local dance and fitness instructor, led 150 kindergarten through fifth grade students to a new level of fitness. ...read more

Mar 31

Student Success Recognized at Awards Ceremony

Education

Valley School students were recognized for their first semester of hard work and achivement at an awards ceremony recently.  ...read more

Mar 25

Spring Drama Production Packed with Talent

Education

The Valley School Drama Club's March 2016 production of The Secret Garden was a fantastic success. Click here to see the drama awards handed out to this year's outstanding cast and crew and see some pictures from the production below.   ...read more

Feb 24

Pep Club Lends Hearts and Hands

Education

Valley School Pep Club members visited the Valley Early Learning Center (VELC) with lots of colorful supplies in hand to help early learners cut and paste and transform paper into Valentines for their loved ones. ...read more

Jan 26

Joining the Circle of Type I Diabetes Awareness

Education

In honor of National Diabetes Month in November and a very special kindergarten student, Hazelle Twichell, the kindergarten and first grade classes joined together for some activities to increase everyone’s understanding of Type I diabetes. ...read more

Jan 25

When in Rome...

Education

What was it like in ancient Rome? Ask any 3rd grader! On Friday, January 15th, Mrs. Tilla’s students experienced a bit of history first-hand at a Roman “feast” of grape juice, cheese and bread. ...read more

Dec 08

VELC Students Cooking Up A Storm

Education

Valley Early Learning Center Preschool students have been hearing the classic story of Stone Soup over the past weeks. To bring the story home, students brought vegetables and other items they wanted to add to their pot of soup from home. ...read more

Dec 07

Students Shine at Awards Ceremony

Education

Student accolades were aplenty at Valley School's 1st Quarter Awards Assembly on November 16th. Recognition and certificates were handed out for attendance, effort and academic achievement by Principal Todd Smith, who stated, “I am impressed with the number of students that earned awards, and I am appreciative of all the hard work students put forth to be successful.” ...read more

Dec 04

Veterans and Students Come Together to Honor Service To Country

Education

Students, staff, teachers and members of the community gathered in the Valley School gymnasium to honor Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) on Tuesday, November 10th. ...read more

Nov 20

Highly Capable Program - Public Notice

Education

If you know a student who shows extraordinary ability or promise, please recommend him or her for inclusion in the Valley School District Highly Capable Program. This unique program helps students develop their special abilities. ...read more

Oct 23

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Well Attended

Education

The sexual abuse of children is a difficult subject, but Valley School District staff and community members aim to be “stewards of children” by being informed and prepared to respond and intervene. ...read more

Oct 21

Town Hall Meetings on WA Learning Standards

Education

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Ready Washington will host five tele-town halls in October and November, 2015 to build awareness and understanding of Washington’s K-12 learning standards and assessments. ...read more

Sep 04

Valley Eagles SOAR to New Heights

Education

Teachers, students and support staff gathered in the Valley School gymnasium on Thursday to kick-off the new S.O.A.R. program. S.O.A.R. – Safety, Ownership, Attitude and Respect exemplifies and supports positive behaviors, respect for others, good choices and a safe environment.  ...read more

Jun 12

Fourth Quarter & End-of-Year Awards

Education

Valley School celebrated the end of the year with awards assemblies over the course of two days, Wednesday and Thursday, recognizing students for their hard work, achievement and kindness. The Citizen of the Year and a Gold Star Award were also presented.  ...read more

May 20

Fight Summer Loss With These Free Learning Tools

Education

As summer break arrives, students will leave the classroom and many may begin to slip in their reading and mathematics abilities. This slip has become known as summer loss. We have developed several tools to help parents and educators combat summer loss. ...read more

Apr 22

Kindergarteners Paint Mother’s Day Bird Houses

Education

A grand combination of concentration, creativity and color was on display in the Valley School kindergarten class this morning as students went to work painting a variety of decorative bird houses for Mother’s Day. ...read more

Apr 16

Kindergarten Orientation Includes Free School Supplies

Education

The Valley School will be hosting a kindergarten orientation for students and their families on Wednesday, April 29th, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Valley School Music Room. This will be a great opportunity for parents and guardians to meet with the kindergarten teachers and to learn what to expect for the coming school year.  ...read more

Mar 31

Learning Through Family Fun at VELC

Education

Students at the Valley Early Learning Center (VELC) were joined by family members last week for a breakfast of sausage, pancakes and orange juice in preparation for their feats of creative engineering – namely, paper airplane building. ...read more

Mar 02

Guest Readers at Valley School

Education

Valley School students, K-5, celebrated Read Across America Day today with guest readers sharing a wide range of stories, from excerpts about the life of Steve Jobs to the list of nasty things eaten by the little sister - yeach!  ...read more

Feb 25

TED Talks for Kids

Education

Fun, informative and captivating talks to inspire young minds.  ...read more

Nov 19

First Quarter Awards Assembly

Education

First quarter awards for attendance, effort and academic achivement were handed out today. Details will be posted soon. In the meantime, pictures from the event can be viewed below.  ...read more

Aug 27

First Day of School!

Education

Valley School and the Valley Early Learning Center had their first day of school today. Here are a few scenes from the start of the day.  ...read more

Aug 20

Middle School Supply List Letter

Education

The Valley School staff for grades 6-8 shared a school supply list and letter with families. Click here to read the letter.  ...read more

Aug 01

Art Appreciation and Water Quality Awareness

Education

This August we are celebrating two fun and educational events: Art Appreciation Month and Water Quality Awareness Month. ...read more

May 01

Biking Awareness Month

Education

Did you know that the League of American Bicyclists celebrate bike month every May? This year we’re going to celebrate along with them by posting all things bicycle throughout the month of May on our Twitter and Facebook feeds. ...read more

Apr 01

Math Awareness Month

Education

Did you know that April is Mathematics Awareness Month? We’re going to follow along with this year’s Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery campaign all month long. ...read more

Mar 25

The Science of Catapults

Education

Submitted by Valley School Science Teacher Michelle Cregger We are wrapping up our unit on Work & Simple Machines (and physics) and students took their background knowledge on this and other previous physics concepts (such as Forces, Motion, Speed) and built a catapult or trebuchet to reinforce what they’ve learned as well as to continue to build upon their science inquiry skill set. ...read more

Mar 18

Learning Electricity With Avista Models

Education

Fourth graders at Valley School got some help from the electric company in their learning unit on static and current electricity and magnatism. Avista Utilities donated models  ...read more

Mar 14

Women's History Month Spotlight: Jane Goodall

Education

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. ...read more

Mar 01

Women’s History Month

Education

March is Women’s History Month. You can learn all about this celebration here. ...read more

Feb 20

Final Episodes of “The Presidents of the United States”

Education

Catch the final two episodes from the History Channel’s “The Presidents of the United States” series. ...read more

Feb 13

Presidents' Day is Four Days Away

Education

President’s day is only four days away! Did you catch the first few episodes of “The Presidents of the United States” series from the History channel we published here? Check out a few more episodes. ...read more

Feb 13

Valley Gets Curriculum Grant

Education

The Valley School was selected in January to receive the Building Character with Kelso Curriculum Kit, valued at $500. Of even greater value, according to para-educator Gail Churape, who submitted the grant application, is the impact that this curriculum will have on students.   ...read more

Feb 01

Celebrating President’s Day All Month!

Education

February 17th is President’s day but we’ll be celebrating all month. Check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds for lots of remarkable resources about those great folks who’ve sat at the head of the free world. ...read more

Jan 29

Jr. ASB Hosts Community Artist Event

Education

Community artists gathered at the Valley School to share their works, and how they practice their craft, with students at the school on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The event was hosted by the Valley School Jr. ASB as part of Art Month. ...read more

Jan 13

Weird Winter

Education

We thought you might find this interesting. It’s a video that explains how we keep getting record cold temps in the mid-west despite the global warming trend. ...read more

Dec 02

Winter is Coming!

Education

In many parts of Washington it is already quite cold. There may even be some of that strange white stuff covering the ground. But did you know winter doesn’t officially start in the northern hemisphere until December 21st? That’s the Winter Solstice, when we have the shortest amount of daylight all year long. ...read more

Oct 01

Teach Peace

Education

Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? We’ll be providing you with lots of resources this month to help educate you and your students on this sensitive topic. ...read more

Mar 01

Read Across America

Education

Valley School celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday with a Read Across America event today. Check out pics from this wondeful event. ...read more

Mar 01

Scientific Ocean Adventures!

Education

O.A.R. Northwest is hosting an incredible learning opportunity online. Read more about it here and follow along their exciting journey at home! ...read more

Sep 18

Back-to-School Open House & Dinner

Education

The Valley School held its annual open house, welcoming families back for another exciting year on Tuesday, September 11th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Parents, as the first and most important educators of their children, met with teachers and staff to discuss each student’s educational goals. “The Open House is a great way for parents and teachers to establish a positive relationship,” said Curriculum Coach Wendy Farquharson, “and focus on each child’s education.” ...read more

May 23

Valley Students ♥ Learning

Education

The sixth grade science class dissected cow hearts to learn in a hands-on way about the various structures in the heart.  ...read more

Apr 24

Celebrating Education: Join Us for the 5-8 Grade Curriculum Fair!

Education

The Grades 5-8 Curriculum Fair, where families can experience what their students have learned, will be celebrating its fourth year using the Core Knowledge Curriculum on Thursday, April 26th from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  ...read more

Apr 16

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences

Education

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held from Wednesday to Friday, April 18th – 20th. ...read more

Mar 01

Read Across America with Dr. Seuss

Education

Parents are invited to read to K-5 classes. ...read more

Feb 28

Some Thoughts about the Charter School Movement Based on Its History

Education

Valley Superintendent Mark Selle shares his thoughts regarding the charter school movement and the concept of subsidiarity.  ...read more

Feb 28

K-4 Curriculum Fair: Celebrating Education

Education

The Curriculum Fair was a huge success! Families and staff gathered on Thursday, February 23rd to celebrate Valley students’ accomplishments. “We’re celebrating our fourth year of implementing the Core Knowledge Curriculum,” said Curriculum Coach, Wendy Farquharson “The focus of this year’s fair is literacy in the content areas.” ...read more

Feb 08

Town Hall by Telephone

Education

Residents of the Seventh Legislative District looking for an opportunity to participate in state government can be part of a telephone town hall meeting with Reps. Shelly Short, R-Addy, and Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, on Thursday, February 9th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  ...read more

Feb 06

Families Read Workshop

Education

The Families Read workshop on January 18th was a huge success! It was hosted by Ann Teberg, a professor of literacy at Whitworth University. Mrs. Teberg read from a number of children’s books and presented on various methods for teaching reading. ...read more

Feb 06

Mark Your Calendars: K-4 Curriculum Fair

Education

On Thursday, February 23rd the K-4 Curriculum Fair will be held in the Valley School multi-purpose room from 5 – 7:30 p.m. All Valley School families are cordially invited to attend and see what their kids have been learning.  ...read more

Oct 11

Giant National Geographic Traveling Map of Africa at Valley School

Education

Students at the Valley School explored Africa in a big way for a few weeks with the world’s largest map of the continent. ...read more

Jun 28

Highly Capable Program

Education

Do you know a student who excels in science, history, writing, problem solving or creative thinking? ...read more

Jun 02

Students Experience Living History

Education

The Valley School hosted the Mountain Man Rendezvous, an educational presentation of interactive activities, including eight booths to teach students how people lived in a bygone era. ...read more

Feb 07

Preschool Pilot Program

Education

Valley School is launching a pilot preschool program on February 15th with plans to offer a full-fledged program in the fall. ...read more

Jan 10

Free Educational Resources for Life-Long Learning

Education

Anyone with Internet access can find a new world of free educational resources. ...read more

Oct 08

BOOK IT! Program

Education

To keep our Valley students turning pages all year long, 1st - 5th graders are participating in the BOOK IT! program this year. ...read more

Jul 29

New High School Program in Valley

Education

The Valley School District’s dream to rekindle its high school program has finally come to life! ...read more

Oct 12

Valley Recognized as One of the Highest Improving Schools in the State

Education

Valley School is being recognized as one of the “Great Schools 2009,” an award that celebrates improvement in student academic growth in the areas of reading and mathematics over the last five years. ...read more

May 18

First Annual 5th-8th Grade Curriculum Fair

Education

The entire community is invited to the 5th - 8th Grade Curriculum Fair featuring "museum" displays on Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. ...read more

Dec 31

Scientific Ocean Adventures!

Education

O.A.R. Northwest is hosting an incredible learning opportunity online. Read more about it here and follow along their exciting journey at home! ...read more