As the school year winds down

As the school year winds down
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April is a busy a month for the junior class/prom sponsor, District Assessment Coordinator, and high school math teacher at Mountain Valley School, a.k.a me. The last few weeks have felt like the storm before the calm. I’ve been thinking this weekend about the fast-paced year that is coming to an end and how this hectic month serves as a metaphor for the year. It has been a whirlwind of student interactions, growth (both mine and my students) multiple responsibilities and exciting adventures in education in our rural school district in Colorado.

This is my third year teaching and my second as the high school math teacher. The team of high school core content teachers is really gelling this year. We’ve pulled together some exciting high school activities with highlights including a scavenger hunt throughout our town of Saguache, Colorado; a high school wide cross-curricular scavenger hunt addressing ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies standards; and a Christmas school-wide Breakout EDU game culminating in the gifting of books to each of our students that were provided by Dear Wendy readers from across the country and Europe.

I just completed the EdTech Team Teacher Leader program and am looking forward to starting a Master’s program in Instructional Technology at Grand Canyon University later in the month.

Serving as the District Assessment Coordinator has been an opportunity for learning, growth, and the development of my patience. The week started with a color-coded schedule developed with the best interests of each teacher in mind. However, student absences and technology infrastructure snafus soon reduced my schedule to a scratch sheet with arrows and notes tracking changes and daily email update to test proctors indicating changes. We are adapting as necessary and I’m continually reminded of how awesome my colleagues are. They have adjusted their schedules with grace and positivity, serving as role-models for the children we all teach.

Our kids have done a great job setting up their mardi gras prom. The gym looks so pretty and our Booster Club has arranged a fun casino night after-prom party. Everything is coming together for a great night for these kids.

The rest of the school year includes some exciting events. First, we are hosting our first Family Math Night on April 20th. Then in May, the high school science teacher and I are taking ten students in our National Park Club to Carlsbad Caverns in southern New Mexico. We will be gone for four days and three nights. Last fall we took eight kids to Arches National Park in Moab Utah. It’s so exciting to show these kids new and beautiful parts of the country. We hope to inspire them to enjoy the outdoors now and in the future.

I’m proud of the growth that has taken place at Mountain Valley this year. We are working hard to improve the education our children receive. While things are busy and summer will provide a much-needed respite for teachers and students, it feels good to think about all we’ve accomplished during this whirlwind year!

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