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Principal's Letter for 2018/2019

Dear Valley Oaks Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.  With this, my fourth year at Valley Oaks, I look forward to continuing with the work we began last year and watching the students thrive in this amazing school.  I am incredibly proud of our outstanding faculty, the challenging and rigorous curriculum we provide and the unique opportunities available to our students. Valley Oaks has received top ratings from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and our students are accepted into colleges and postsecondary programs all over the country.

The staff continues to work on a variety of options for Valley Oaks students.  Increased familiarity with the use of technology as students pursue their education will be critical to their success in the future.  In support of technology growth, we are implementing Digital Portfolios to provide students with a platform in which to gather and share their amazing work!  Our Open House, May 9th, will be dedicated to sharing out each student’s digital portfolio with their families so please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  We also recognize the importance of collaboration as integral to student growth and continue to develop opportunities for students to work together in many of the subject areas.  However, the regular student-teacher meetings are at the heart of the learning we design for students of Valley Oaks. Our experience supports the growing amount of research that shows a blended approach is most effective, with online opportunities and collaboration supporting the learning that takes place during teacher-student interactions.

Currently, we have about 60 students enrolled at Valley Oaks, representing grades 7 - 12.  Our expectation is that each student coming to Valley Oaks is serious about graduating from high school and that many will continue their education after graduation. Valley Oaks offers an opportunity for our students to reach this objective in a uniquely personalized manner. As a staff, we work hard to assure that courses are appropriate to meet the goals of the student and that all requirements for graduation and post high school education are met.  To accomplish this, we expect each student to understand his/her academic responsibilities. These include consistent attendance, meeting a commitment to complete work on schedule, high standards for the work completed, and completion of the required community service hours each semester. Students are expected to be active and conscientious participants in their learning.  Our small size fosters close connections between teachers and students, and our goal is to help every student to be successful!

Parent involvement is a critical component for student success at Valley Oaks.  Providing an environment that is conducive to daily studying is essential. We would also invite all parents and guardians to become actively involved in the school community.  There are numerous opportunities for parents to contribute to our school including membership in our site council and attendance at district committee meetings. Please mark your calendar for our Back to School night scheduled for Thursday, September 20th and our Mandatory Digital Portfolio/Open House on Thursday, May 9th.  Both events will be at 6:00pm.

Feel free to contact staff when you have questions or concerns related to your child.  Working together, I believe that we can support real success for all of our students. I look forward to a wonderful school year and getting to know each of you.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Lofton

Principal, Valley Oaks School