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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.

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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. 

spacerBreakfast for Dinner and Bingo On Thursday at School

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

Latest News – November 15

It’s Mountain Valley School News for Saguache Today

Are you looking for a great stocking stuffer for your child, or maybe your favorite Mountain Valley School (MVS) alumnae? Well, look no further!

Be true to your school with Mountain Valley School water bottles and more!

Be true to your school with Mountain Valley School water bottles and more!

Mountain Valley Elementary Student Council is selling waterbottles and coffee mugs. There are custom Mountain Valley ones as well as others.

Please contact Amber Price Johnson or call the schools directly at (719) 655-2311, if you are interested. All sales must be in by tomorrow Wednesday, Nov 16. Thank you!!

In other school news, here’s the latest video newsletter from the MVS – Peak social media class. Enjoy!

spacerGrief Group to Meet on Wednesdays in Saguache

There is Grief Group meeting in Saguache on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.. at the Public Health Building. If you are interested in attending, please come join us. If you would like more information, please give Luana Lovato a call at 719-221-5702.


Latest News – October 25

Parent/Teacher Conferences in Saguache Today

The Mountain Valley School parent/teacher conferences are set for today and tomorrow, October 25 and 26. Parents’ visiting time with their child’s teacher(s) are available from 4 – 7 p.m. each night or schedule an appointment.

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

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

“The teachers are excited to share data assessments, grade reports, portfolios, and information about your child,” said MVS Principal Travis Garoutte.

In addition, all parents who attend conferences will have the opportunity to WIN an Amazon Fire Tablet, which can be used as an educational tool at school and home.

The more teachers you visit, the better the odds of winning. Each parent will receive a card to be signed by teachers. For every teacher signature a ticket will be entered in the drawing. Three tablets, (elementary, middle, and high school ) will be given away!

Also, the Science Club will be having a fundraising dinner tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 4 p.m. The Future Business Leaders of America will host the dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Please join the school district in an educational evening and secure your chances to win a free Amazon Fire Tablet!

Remember NO SCHOOL on Thursday, Oct. 27. For more information, call 719-655-2578. 


Win a Fire Tablet when you attend Parent/Teacher Conferences today and tomorrow, October 25 & 26 at Mountain Valley Schools in Saguache, Colorado.


Dias de Los Muertos Student Art Exhibit Friday

Recueda los antepasados: Remember the ancestors, the ones on their journey.On Friday, Oct. 28 there will be Mountain Valley School (MVS) student art work on display at The Range in downtown Saguache. Join the seasonal celebration of Los Dias de Los Muertos with an opening reception from 6 – 8 p.m.. Food and beverages will be served, with introductory comments and ceremony at 6 p.m.


Last year’s “Los Dias de Los Muertes” art display focused on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

Additionally, the MVS art students invite the community to contribute photographs of loved ones who have passed, special objects in remembrance of their interests, or a favoite food to share.

Items can be dropped off on Friday between noon – 4 p.m. . Personal items can be retrieved at the end of the exhibition.

The Range is located at 307 4th Street in downtown Saguache. The Los Dias de los Muertos will be on view through November 10. To see it for yourself, stop by, ring the bell, or call 646-734-1373 to schedule a visit.

The Latest Video Newsletter from Mountain Valley Schools

Latest News – September 21

Social Media Class Offered at Mountain Valley Schools

If you see some of the students at Mountain Valley Schools using their smart phones and other mobile devices during school hours, don’t think that they’re goofing off. In fact, even if you see them on Facebook or You Tube, don’t assume that they are  using these applications for fun INSTEAD of applying themselves in school. In fact, those actions may just well put them at the head of the class.

The Mountain Valley Schools Sopcial Media enrichment team. Photo: @MVSpeak

The Mountain Valley Schools Sopcial Media enrichment team. Photo: @MVSpeak

This school year parents and students will see an increase in social media use in Saguache’s school district. Two teachers are offering classes in the 21st century communication subject. Amy Garoutte and Kait Hazard are both educating students on everything from taking pictures and video to how these media applications apply in the business world. What was once thought of as a passing fad, social media is now become a billion dollar business, and a career path that touches almost every other industry in one form or another.

Saguache Today will be supporting the MVS efforts toward social media education through supporting the school’s team as well as sharing the good work the students are producing. To that end, here’s the Social Media Enrichemnt Team’s MVS video newsletter. Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to encourage the Saguache students and teachers on their creative efforts and studies!spacer


Latest News – August 21

Mountain Valley Back-To-School Barbecue on Aug. 22

Back-To-School. While those three little words can conjure up a series of groans from most kids relishing in the final days of summer, but the truth is that the countdown has begun!

It's Back to School for students at Mountain Valley Schools. First day is Tuesday, August 23

It’s Back to School for students at Mountain Valley Schools. First day of classes is Tuesday, August 23

So get out the calendar and mark down the Back-To-School Barbecue one week from today on Monday, August 22. New Mountain Valley School (MVS) Superintendent and High School Principal Travis Garoutte and new PreK-8 Principal Kathy Hill invite the entire community to join the school teachers, staff and students for some good food and a chance to see all of the exciting changes at MVS. The BBQ lunch will begin at 11 a.m.

That same day students and parentscan should plan to attend the Mountain Valley School Open House from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please stop by MVS with your child to update enrollment information, get class schedules and visit with teachers and staff.

Also new this year, Mountain Valley School is excited to announce that the Preschool Program (children aged 3-5) will be going to a full day program beginning August 29, 2016. Enrollment will begin August 22, 2016, at Mountain Valley School and will continue through Thursday, August 25, 2016.

MVS encourages parents/guardians who cannot make it to the open house on August 22, 2016, to call Lacy Reed or Peggy Williams at 719-655-2578 to set up a time that works best for your family’s schedule. During the MVS BBQ & Open House on August 22, children enrolling in the Preschool Program will be eligible for a free health check this year with Dr. Robbins from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. A health check is required for children enrolling in the Preschool Program.

During enrollment, Parents/Guardians will have to fill out the needed paper work; your child will also need about 30 minutes to complete an assessment as required by Colorado Preschool Programs (CPP). Please bring a copy of your child’s up-to-date immunization record or your child’s exemption due to Medical/Philosophical/Religious reason (they can make the copy for you); come prepared with your child’s health information, including an up-to-date physical.

Many changes are happening in the MVS Preschool; going to full day, as well as the implementation of the Creative Curriculum. The program will also be providing snacks for children, as well as tooth brushing to support personal health. They will also offer full inclusive learning environments to all children, while also providing loving and nurturing support for the whole child, helping them reach their optimal development; laying strong foundations is what MVS believe in!

It’s going to be a wonderful and amazing 2016-2017 school year full of new learning discoveries and experiences for your preschooler!

The first full day of school will be Tuesday, August 23. Don’t forget, school starts at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m! Please make plans to join the MVS barbecue and Open House  for some food, conversation, and a great start to the new school year!

Mountain Valley Schools