Spring Newsletter Article
We are a few weeks away from Spring and it couldn't come any quicker. We have had four weather related cancelled days and a sick day. We attempted to make one of those days up on President's Day but the weather didn't cooperate. We will make up one day on April 2, which is the Monday after Easter. We won't use any of the days from March 9-March 13 to make up the dates as we know many families have plans made for that time. We will make up days at the end of the calendar. We will send out a note in the future regarding makeup days once we get past winter.
Learning beyond the Classroom
The winter activities are coming to a close with junior high wrestling the only group active right now. We are proud of our activities that have been practicing and competing since November. Our Group Speech had an impressive season with three groups earning All-State Honors. These groups included Reader's Theater, Choral Reading, and Ensemble Acting. We have a lot of students who are involved in speech at River Valley and their continued growth and excellent performances show how much they work at their craft with their coach, Mr. Ryan Brown.
The girls basketball team, which was comprised of three freshmen, three sophomores, and three juniors are commended on working to improve as a team. This is a team that truly had to lean on one another through the season. Their coaches were patient and continued to teach them the game. I would say they have learned more this year about what it means to be a teammate and work together than through other years. They showed great character as they kept on working. Sports reveals character and nothing show it more than when a team faces adversity. I never saw them pointing fingers and blaming one another. They kept playing for themselves and we thank them for their efforts. I know they and their coaches want to win. I also know that they will put more time into becoming better through the off-season.
The boys basketball team raised their level from last year. The time they have spent playing and working on the game in the 0ff-season and in their youth development was evident watching them play. They truly enjoy the game of basketball and they enjoy playing with one another. It is said that team performance automatically improves if you enjoy what you do and who you do it with. It looks like we will be in for some fun nights of basketball in the coming years as this team continues to get better through their hard work and trusting the process.
Meanwhile, in wrestling that we shared with Kingsley-Pierson this year, we would like to give a big shout out to our senior, Isaac Linn, for taking a risk and representing River Valley in their program. We will continue to look to share high school wrestling with a neighboring district and we have some young wrestlers that are being groomed by Mr. Seppala. The future looks bright for these young wrestlers and we look forward to seeing them representing River Valley for whatever school we share with in the future.
Rachel's Challenge Follow-Up
Our district is working to build on the message our students and community learned in the fall from the Rachel's Challenge presentation. We learned how she wanted to change the world. Our students and staff have heard the message and we have implemented some ways to help make a difference. Our elementary is using their Pillar Pod time on Fridays and has a group focused on teaching kindness and compassion to bring positive change. Our middle/high school started a group called, Friends of Rachel Club (F.O.R. Club) that will have meetings on Fridays. The group will sponsor a "Rachel's Closet", which will provide supplies, shoes, and clothes to students in need. They are in the early stages of planning now, so stay tuned for further announcements. The group will also look to sponsor activities that will focus improving the climate and reducing bullying type behaviors.
A Call for Parent Help
We will be forming a parent advisory group to help us develop some special parent nights. There are many challenges out there for parents in helping their children. This group will focus on providing opportunities to help parents through these challenges. Contact Mr. Slater (email@example.com) if you are interested in being a part of this group.
S.A.V.E. Yourself Training
It is saddening seeing the school shootings that have occurred in our country. The nonsensical losses of children's lives reminds us to always be on guard while at school to keep our students and staff safe. We will be partnering with the Woodbury County Sheriff's Department on having our staff retrained on Active Shooter scenarios. We have quite a few new staff members since the last time we had the training.
Join the River Valley Team
We are still in need for substitute bus drivers, substitute paraprofessionals, and substitute teachers. Our biggest need right now is in substitute drivers and paraprofessionals. Our substitute regular bus drivers are paid $35 a route ($70 a day). Our substitute special education route drivers are paid $25 a route ($50 a day).
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