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Latest News – May 31

Hills Alive With Music in Saguache Today

With the summer season officially underway, it’s time to talk music. Festivals and live performances will be returning and popping up all over the San Luis Valley. So let’s check in with some local groups playing their hearts out in Saguache Today.

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Wolf at The Door debuted in downtown Saguache earlier this month. Look for them at a stage near you this summer! Photo: Leadville Today/Mary Johnson.

On May 19, Wolf at The Door debuted in downtown Saguache, showing off their strong rockin’ blues repertoire. Former classmates from Mountain Valley Schools rocked the night away as they celebrated their class reunion and got to dance to some oldies but goodies. Playing songs from blues artists such as BB King, this 11 piece band will be rocking your summer at a street fair near you!

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It was a cool start to the live music scene as the Class Reunion attendees lined the streets to hear the band and swap old school stories. 

Wolf at the Door includes the following musicians: Bruce Becker – Saxophone, Dennis Neuhaus – Fluegelhorn; Ed Johnson – Guitar; Pearl Alexander – sax and backup vocals; Rick Gortenz on keyboard/piano; Scott Alexander on drums and back up vocals; Tina Serna Backup vocals; Torey Murphy on bass guitar; Trey Hull – Lead Vocals.

Kicker is another newly formed band in Saguache Today and leans towards the country and rock genres. Band members includes Dale Hazard on Steel Guitar; Dennie Meuhaus – Bass Guitar; Ed Johnson – Guitar and Vocals; Micahel Brill – Guitar and Vocals; Pearl Alexander – Keyboard/piano and vocals; Scott Alexander – drums and vocals

Both groups recently donated their time playing for a Mountain Valley Booster Club fundraiser and as part of the 50th Anniversary of Mountain Valley Schools. So be assured that the heart of rock-n-roll is still beating in Saguache Today. Now get out on the dance floor!

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Newly formed band Wolf At The Door gets the dance floor hopping with some classic blues during the recent Mountan Valley School Reunion. Photo: Saguache Today/Mary Johnson.

Latest News – May 10

Celebrate Student Art at The Range

Tomorrow, Thursday May 11 the students from Mountain Valley Schools will present their Spring Concert and Art Show. This is your chance to see all of the great, creative projects students have been working on this year.

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The arts are alive at Mountain Valley Schools in Saguache. Pictured here are students who participated earlier this year in the sculpture project for the Telluride Fire Festival. 

The community is welcome and encouraged to attend. The program will begin at 6 p.m. at The Range, Saguache’s Art Gallery located downtown at 307 4th Street.

The evening will begin with some wonderful music played by the pre K – 5th grade students. Then attendees are encouraged to tour the K – 12th grade art show which will be on display at The Range. Refreshments will be provided, so come and join the celebration of the arts in the Saguache schools!

In January, the 3rd Annual Telluride Fire Festival premiered the fire-spewing, three-headed Youth Pyros sculpture created with the help of several Saguache students. You can READ FULL STORY and see the final fire-breathing sculpture HERE. This sculpture was created in November by regional youth in a special workshop produced by Coldharbour Institute and Telluride Fire Festival through grants from Coldharbour Institute, Saguache County and scholarships from Telluride Fire Festival.

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The Range Art Gallery.

The Range Art Gallery which will be hosting the local student art show on May 11, is described as an artist space for exhibitions, events, and visiting artists. It was established in 2015 by  Alex DeCarli & Adrienne Garbini. The Range is located at 307 4th Street and visitors are encouraged to ring the bell or by set an appointment.

Latest News – April 17

Math Night on Thursday – Count on Family Fun

Mountain Valley School is hosting its first Family Math Night this  Thursday, Apr. 20. The event will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. in conjunction with the math night pizza party and is made possible with the support of a Saguache County Sales tax grant.

High school students will be sharing the joy of math with younger children and local families through a varety of games and presentations. Please come and support the local students . . . and brush up on YOUR math skills!

Here’s a video from Math Teacher Mrs. Garoutte about what else students and parents can expect a the first ever  Family Math Night! You can count on a fun family night with food, games and prizes!

Latest News – April 6

Bravo! Live Theater in Saguache This Weekend

The Butler Did It! Or did he? There’s trouble at Bournsley Manor, situated on the moors of England. Trevor Barstow has been murder and he’s bleeding all over lady Miranda’s new kitchen tile. Quite ghastly! The Covington family, along with their servants and house guest, famous writer Edwina Corry are at odds as to whom the murder might be.  Cut off from town by a washed out bridge, they set to the task of discovering the perpetrator.

During the intermission opening night, the audience will be invited to determine who they think committed this dastardly deed! Prizes will be awarded following the performance.

Please join the Saguache Community Players as they strive to solve the mystery of the murder Bournsley Manor. It will be produced at Mountain Valley School in Saguache on Friday, Apr. 7 and Saturday, Apr. 8 Both performances begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, children under seven are free.

This is the first of four productions the players will present this year. “The Butler Did It?” was written by Todd Wallinger and is produced with special arrangements from a Pioneer Drama Services, Englewood Colorado.Math Night – Count on Family Fun

In other school news, Mountain Valley School is hosting its first Family Math Night on Thursday, Apr. 20. The event will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. in conjunction with  the math night pizza party and is made possible with the support of a Saguache County Sales tax grant.

High school students will be sharing the joy of math with younger children and local families through a varety of games and presentations. Please come and support the local students . . . and brush up on YOUR math skills!

Here’s a video from Math Teacher Mrs. Garoutte about what else students and parents can expect a the first ever  Family Math Night! You can count on a fun family night with food, games and prizes!

Latest News – January 30

Saguache Students Create Winning Fire Art

Last weekend, the 3rd Annual Telluride Fire Festival premiered the fire-spewing, three-headed Youth Pyros sculpture in Mountain Village. This sculpture was created in November by regional youth in a special workshop produced by Coldharbour Institute and Telluride Fire Festival through grants from Coldharbour Institute, Saguache County and scholarships from Telluride Fire Festival.

This firey artwork was assisted in it's creation by students from Mountain Valley Schools in Saguache. Phtot: Telluride Fire Festival.

This fiery artwork was assisted in it’s creation by students from Mountain Valley Schools in Saguache. Photo: Telluride Fire Festival.

It was back in mid-November when students from Mountain Valley School met with other students from around the state in a cave in Telluride and made art, science and alliances.

The scholarship program was a resounding success and gave students the opportunity to discover how they could operate in any environment while learning new skills.

As part of last weekend’s festivities, the January 21 Fire Ball catered to a variety of tastes—with elevated VIP areas, lavish pillow rooms, musical entertainment by Roger Clyne, LoveTribe, DJ Ryan Smith, and Ryan Stringfellow as well as aerial silk performers, fire spinners, and live painting by Amanda Sage. Guests of the Fire Ball were also treated to Fire On The Mountain, the fire sculpture garden atop the ski area just outside the dance hall. Two of the three large fire sculptures were brought up to the ski area on snow cats. The wood sculpture was built with rescued wood pallets in just two days directly on the ski area. Participants interacted with the art either by hand cranking to induce the flames or by leaving a handwritten message on the soon-to-be-burned towering wood sculpture—the “Big, Bad Burn”—a la Burning Man style.

Max Zapak is at the controls of the Saguache student-created, three-headed sculpture which was on display at the Telluride Fire Festival.

Max Zapak is at the controls of the Saguache student-created, three-headed sculpture which was on display at the Telluride Fire Festival.

About The Telluride Fire Festival
The Fire Festival, a 501c3 event, scheduled for Jan. 20-22, 2017 will create a free interactive fire art experience on the pedestrian plazas of Mountain Village and Telluride’s Oak Street Gondola Plaza. Like Burning Man, the Festival will feature multi-storied, fire emitting “art cars” and burn barrels, while other larger-than-life, interactive, and fiery art installations will line these public spaces. Fire dancers will also be on stages offering breath-taking performances. 

For more information about the Telluride Fire Festival, to become a sponsor, volunteer, or to submit a fire installation for consideration, please visit www.telluridefirefestival.org, or email erin@telluridefirefestival.org.

In Other School News – The Weekly Video Newsletter

Latest News – January 9

School’s Back in Session in Saguache Today

It’s the first full week back to school for students in Saguache Today. So please use extra caution around the school area and buses making stops to pick up children, especially with all the slick conditions.

There’s quite a few educational, fun events planned for the students this month, including a science fair and a ski trip. And now here’s the full report from the Saguache Principal.

Students in Saguache Today are back to their first full week of school after the holiday break. Make it a Great New Year! Photo: Mountain Valley School Video Newsletter.

Students in Saguache Today are back to their first full week of school after the holiday break. Make it a Great New Year! Photo: Mountain Valley School Video Newsletter.

Principal’s Corner (Edition #11)

by Kathy Hill, Mountain Valley School

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2017!  It is a brand new calendar year, and we are almost halfway through our school year!  Seventeen weeks are now complete, and Mountain Valley School is gearing up to make the last half of this school year successful and extremely productive!  Our school has a vision to make sure all students are successful and that vision involves parents and community.  The research is clear, consistent, and convincing; Parent, family, and community involvement in education correlates with higher academic performance and school improvement. When schools, parents, families, and communities work together to support learning, students tend to earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, stay in school longer, and enroll in higher level programs. Researchers cite parent-family- community involvement as a key to addressing the school dropouts and note that strong school-family-community partnerships foster higher educational aspirations and more motivated students. The evidence holds true for all kids regardless of the parent’s education, family income, or background. We at Mountain Valley are dedicated to joining together all stakeholders to benefit our kids. spacer 
Holiday Video Newseltter – In Case You Missed it!

spacerTeachers and schools need to communicate and provide transparent, up-to-date, and pertinent information and parents and families need be proactive and informed.  I would like to encourage parents to contact teachers when questions about school work or activities come up.  Be postive and research information by going to the source.  Call teachers and set up an appointment to visit about concerns or to find out what things you as a parent can do to encourage your child to do their best.  All of us have an important role in a child’s  education.  Let’s work together to improve our school, strengthen families, build community support, and increase student achievement and success!  

Upcoming events at Mountain Valley:

  • Master Facilities Plan and FREE community dinner; Thursday, January 12th
  • End of the second quarter and 1st semester of school: Thursday, January 12th.
  • Elementary staff Professional Learning Community on Friday, January 13th.
  • Middle School girl’s basketball games: January 10 and January 12
  • High school basketball: Home game (at Moffat school) Saturday, January 14th.
  • NWEA testing begins Monday, January 16th.
  • Science Fair: Thursday, January 19th
  • Ski trip to Wolf Creek: Friday, January 20th.

 

 

Latest News – December 7

Saguache School News: What the Students Are Doing!

Here’s the latest school video newsletter from the Social Media Class at Mountain Valley School in Saguache. 

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Tomorrow, December 8, Mountain Valley School (MVS) in partnership with Saguache County Prevention Partners and Saguache Sharing Christmas will be hosting a Bingo Breakfast and Sharing Christmas food/toy drive. The event will begin in the evening at 5 p.m., serving breakfast for dinner.

Bingo playing is free to participants and has some great prizes to be given away, including a $25 gift card to Colorado Sports in Alamosa.

It's Parent Teacher Conference time for Mountain Valley Schools.

It’s Pancakes & Bingo on Thursday at Mountain Valley Schools.

In addition, to prevention bingo and breakfast for dinner the school district will be collecting unused toys for Saguache Sharing Christmas. They will also be collecting food items as follows: canned green beans, cranberries and corn, stuffing mix, other non-perishable food items such as nuts and dried fruit, as well as cash donations to purchase needed items. 

While you’re at the Thursday Dinner & Bingo event you can also hear the details  regarding the Community MVS School Facility Action Plan Work Session! MVS Superintendent Travis Garoutte invite sthe public to help build the school’s future. This meeting will be held in the gym on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Bring your great ideas and questions!spacersaguache-school-planning_best-grant