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This is the last newsletter for the 2016-2017 school year. A big thank you for all you have done to make it such a great year! Thank you staff for truly making a difference each and every day in your own special role that you play in the lives of our children in West Valley. Our community is so fortunate to have you and your dedication to children. Thank you, students, for your hard work and for striving toward excellence. We are proud of you! Finally, thank you parents for supporting our efforts as we continuously focus our energy on educating and improving students’ lives. Enjoy your summer vacation, and I am looking forward to all the good we’ll do together next year!

 

Dr. Mike Brophy

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 13, 2017 at 4:32 PM
  

The mission of the West Valley Schools Foundation is to enhance education opportunities and experiences for all students of the West Valley School District by raising money to fund programs, projects, materials, and activities that benefit students of our school district, but are beyond the scope or ability of the school district. That is what we do!

 

To date, our foundation has funded grants from teachers and administrators that enhance our children’s learning by providing field trips and science and technology curriculum that are not currently funded by the state. In addition, we provide grants to purchase materials for West Valley School teachers to use during everyday learning opportunities in classroom. Our organization has funded over $50,000 in grants to the West Valley School District. These funds are made available by donations, sponsorships and fundraisers. 

 

Our primary fundraiser is “Evening in the Orchard,” a dinner and auction at Johnson Orchard on Summitview Avenue. Mark your calendars! The next one will be held on Saturday, September 16th at 5PM. Tickets will be available August 1 and can be purchased from any WVSF Board Member.

 

Contact Monique Stine (509) 930-1911 with any questions regarding the event.  Information about our foundation can be found at our website, here. We look forward to seeing you at our event in the fall!

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 13, 2017 at 4:32 PM
  

West Valley Junior High School has the #1 pass rate ranking for middle schools in the State of Washington for students testing for Microsoft Certification. This means our junior high school students pass the Microsoft Certification test at a higher rate than students at any other middle school in Washington! We attribute this success not only to the students,but to the leadership of CTE Director Chris Nesmith as well as junior high school teachers Zach Dorr and Devina Khan. Congratulations on this outstanding honor! 

 

We have also provided a Computer Science Scope and Sequence that will take our students from our highly successful middle school and junior high school programs into high school. Students can register for the IT Academy in 9th Grade with other students who have not yet earned Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. In 2018-19, students will earn their Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) Certification in Network Administration in the IT Academy Program Pathway. West Valley will also launch MTA in Computer Science with Python Coding at WVHS that will connect to College in the High School Computer Science as well as Advanced Placement Computer Science. 

 

We are well on our way to an exciting Technology Pathway for WV Students!

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 13, 2017 at 4:31 PM
  

The Kiwanis Club of West Valley has announced the 2017 scholarship winners. Bob McLaughlin and Dick Dean presented the awards at the Dollars for Scholars program last week.

 

West Valley Kiwanis Key Club $1,000 Scholarship - Michelle Ridd

 

West Valley Kiwanis $1,000 Scholarship - Aman Tanwani

 

Walter Johnson Kiwanis $1,000 Scholarship* - Yasmine Denhoff 

 

*The Walter Johnson Kiwanis scholarship is new this year thanks to the generous donation from Walter and Helen Johnson. Walter has been a Kiwanis member for 60 years and has personally funded this scholarship for five years. Thank you, Walter and Helen!

 

Students left to right are Michelle Ridd, Yasmyne Denhoff and Aman Tanwani

 

Michelle Ridd has been a member of Key Club for three years, the last two serving as secretary and president, respectively. She has been a member of National Honor Society for two years, as well as Leadership+ where she led orientation for new freshmen and sophomores. Michelle has also participated in drama and tennis at West Valley High School. In the fall, she plans to attend Brigham Young University to study landscape management.

 

Yasmyne Dehnhoff has been an active member of Key Club for two years. She has served as Vice President for West Valley’s chapter of National Honor Society, and she was a Varsity member of the girl’s swim team for three years and a two-year member of the high school’s Leadership+ club. In the fall, Yasmyne will be attending Pierce College full-time to obtain an AA degree and hopes to transfer to her dream school, Pacific Lutheran University, to study Marriage and Family Therapy.

 

Aman Tanwani has been involved in Key club for four years and has served in the ASB Executive Council for two years along with one year of class office. Aman is off to Washington State University in pursuit of an undergraduate degree. He will be majoring in Pre-medical Sciences and hopes to be a doctor one day.

 

Congratulations students, and much success to you!

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 13, 2017 at 4:31 PM
  

Lindsey Evers

 

 

Extracurricular Activities

·      Club soccer

·      Drawing

·      Semi-professional soccer

·      National Honor Society

·      Volunteer at local blood drives

·      Skiing

·      Soccer referee

·      High school tutor

·      Community service

 

Future Plans

Attending Gonzaga University, School of Engineering, Army ROTC scholarship

 

Favorite Teachers

·      Mrs. Bishop (8th grade) – Thank you for all the fun and jokes but ultimately for being there for me, no matter what.

·      Mrs. Corleill  (5th grade) – Thank you for your support and confidence to push me, but also to show me no matter what, each day we get stronger.

Both were teachers while Dad was stationed in Kansas

 

Advice to Incoming Seniors

 “36 weeks, 180 days, 1,260 class periods….and some days it seems to be too much time, as though all you want is for the day to end…but looking back as the year comes to a close, we can only hope to ask if we have had enough time.”

 

Tim Ferrin

 

 

Extracurricular Activities

·      Boy Scouts

·      APL Programming

·      Karate

·      Knowledge Bowl

·      German Club

·      Band

 

Future Plans

University of Washington, study Mathematics

 

Favorite Teachers

·      Herr Beck

·      Mr. Nordstrom

·      Mrs. Teske

 

Advice to Incoming Seniors

“Senioritis is real – work hard at the beginning of semesters so that even if you bomb a final, you’re still good.”

 

Brienn Aman

 

 

Extracurricular Activities

·      Memorial YouthWorks Program

·      National Honor Society

·      Tutoring

·      Community Service Activities (100+ hours)

·      WA State Seal of Biliteracy

 

Future Plans

Attending the University of Washington and seeking a major in nursing and a specialty in neonatology to study to be a neonatal nurse practitioner

 

Favorite Teachers

·      Mr. Brennan

·      Sra. Nelson

·      Mr. Noll

·      Mr. Burns

 

Advice to Incoming Seniors

“It is important to work hard, but don’t forget to take the time to appreciate each moment and thank those that helped get you there.”

 

Kailea Aman

 

 

Extracurricular Activities

·      Memorial Youthworks Program

·      National Honor Society

·      Community Service Activities (100+ hours)

·      Seal of Biliteracy

 

Future Plans

University of Washington, obtaining a major in nursing, specializing in oncology to become an oncology nurse

 

Favorite Teachers

·      Mr. Burns

·      Mr. Noll

·      Mr. Brennan

·      Sra. Nelson

 

Advice to Incoming Seniors

“Always make time for your friends and family and be sure to pursue your passions, because it is only in doing what you love that you can reach your full potential.”

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 13, 2017 at 4:31 PM
  
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