The August Spotlight on Success shines on the staff of the Uinta 4 and 6 BOCES (a.k.a. Valley Learning Center). The crew there are such strong supporters of students and families and their work benefits the entire Bridger Valley community. Not all of them could make it to be recognized at the August 8 meeting of the Uinta 4 board of trustees, but Amy and Wendy were able to represent Holly and Jamie and hear the appreciation from Superintendent Newton and the board for their contributions and hard work. Thank you to the staff and board for the Uinta 4 and 6 BOCES.
MVHS would like to recognize Student Body President, McKynleigh Barney, for her presentation to parents at the Fall Sports parent and student meeting. McKynleigh presented to a large audience about the efforts of the MVHS Sportsmanship Committee over the last two years to keep good sportsmanship as a conversation among our students. McKynleigh attended the State Sportsmanship Summit last fall and has been a strong part of the Sportsmanship Committee and her leadership was on strong display as she explained to parents the purpose and activities of the Sportsmanship Committee.
The Mountain View High School staff is so appreciative of the hard work of our maintenance, custodial, and grounds crew. The work this team puts in over the course of the summer in order to have the building ready for students is daunting. They do it with a smile and they do a fantastic job of getting floors and classrooms ready as well as having our gyms and grounds ready for athletes. Thank you to this whole team!
The UCSD #4 Special Services Department would like to recognize Mr. Clark this month. Mr. Clark's work this summer has been incredible! Mr. Clark was observed out and about with the summer work crew supervising and working with them. He also had an unexpected hand in organizing and planning the changes resulting from the DVR director. Mr. Clark spent some time teaching/ providing services for ESY and his students this summer too. As the new Special Ed Director transitioned into the new position we've had some difficult cases where we have had to start having IEP meetings already. Mr. Clark's quick response to emails and texts, sometimes after hours, has really helped us to be able to move at a pace to be prepared for students when they return to school. We know Mr. Clark is spending time away from family to write the IEPS, PWNs and required Sped paperwork in a timely manner for these cases. His commitment and time with these cases will translate into well planned, organized and quality educational experiences for students. In the end, families and students benefit from the work Mr. Clark is doing. We are excited about the growth Mr. Clark's students will make this year. We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the work you've done this summer!
As the new Special Education Director, I want to thank Mrs. Wentz for inviting me to come visit her classroom this summer and meet some of her students. As the new guy, that made me feel a little more comfortable. I also wanted to thank Mrs. Wentz for the extra time that she put in this summer helping me interview paras and make sure there were appropriate transportation schedules for some of our students transitioning to high school. I know this work required additional time away from her family and summer time. I believe Mrs. Wentz's prompt help and attention to the matter will translate into staff that are better trained and more prepared to meet the needs of students when school starts. I'm excited to work with Mrs. Wentz and see how her students progress this year.
In a recent special education staff meeting during a team building activity where I asked staff to tell us about one thing they were looking forward to for this school year, Amy Lansdowne responded by saying, "Easter, I just really like Easter and eggs and all of the games that go along with it!" or something to that effect. She made us laugh... or, well at least me. Thanks! When I visited Amy's room today as she was prepping it for next week her friendly, positive demeanor was awesome. She showed me the stage and other facilities she uses for her students. I can already tell that Amy's humor and positive, friendly qualities will help to put students at ease that might otherwise struggle with her content area (PE). I can see how students will love her class, just because they love you! I'm looking forward to working with you and seeing your students grow this year.
Linda Newton and Colette Bugas recently attended the professional development session on reading intervention with Dr. Kilpatrick. I attended part of it as well. Having spent a good chunk of my career at the secondary level... I was beginning to question what I had gotten into about halfway through Dr. Kilpatrick's presentation. I won't lie, it was a bit over my head. You can imagine my surprise when both Linda and Colette started asking for Dr. Kilpatrick's books and expressing enthusiasm and ideas about how they intended to use the training to improve the reading instruction and interventions at the high school level with students (who are struggling readers). I grew excited to help support their efforts with this and I'm confident students will benefit. Thank you for embracing Dr. Kilpatrick's training and working to put it to use to help our students! If you approach the rest of this year with this mindset—it's going to be one of your best years! It will have a positive impact on students.