Miss Heather Jacobson and Mrs. Esther Mendoza have been voted our 2017-18 Employees of the Year by their Mtn. View staff colleagues. Miss Jacobson teaches first grade and Mrs. Mendoza is our parent liaison. They will be honored at a district reception immediately prior to the February 27th board meeting. Congratulations ladies. Thanks for all you do to support Mtn. View students, families, and staff.
While the weather outside was frightful, the smiles inside were delightful! Mountain View Elementary hosted a STEM night on January 23rd and families came to enjoy a night of fun and games. To showcase STEM, teachers had games and opportunities for exploration into science, technology, engineering and math. Trevor Sill, Jr. High drone club advisor, set up a popular drone demonstration in the new gym. Music math, cotton ball air pressure races, marshmallow and toothpick engineering creation stations, games,and computer coding made the night a pleasurable experience for all. It's wonderful to see parents, students and teachers having so much fun together in subject areas that will help change our future.
We are proud to share that nine Mountain View teachers attended a special training this summer on how to implement new Promethean boards in their classrooms. The Promethean boards are large display screens that are touch screen sensitive like a tablet, connected to multiple educational apps, have internet browser capability, and can be used to display student work as well. Kindergarten teacher Lila Schwint used hers to demonstrate the correct way to draw the letter A and then students took turns showing their success in drawing the letter for the class. Other teachers like Orin Melvin will use them to access interactive multiplication table practice sites or software programs that are connected to the reading curriculum. These boards are amazing interactive educational tools. Mtn. View students are already very engaged in using these new devices with their teachers.
Workers have been getting things ready for our Mountain View Mtn. Lions to start school on August 30th. Our new gym construction project is well underway and still expected to open on time in November. A new corridor out to the playground has been completed. New carpet was installed in our music room and library. We hope your family will join us for our open house on August 28th from 4:00-6:00pm to see your classroom and meet your teacher.
We have some staffing changes as well. Mrs. Jamie Nash has taken a teaching position in Ephrata and Mrs. Debbie Koehnen will be transferring into our schoolwide enrichment teacher position. Ms. Amanda Drew and Mrs. Jaclyn Silvas both moved away from our area this summer. Ms. Bailee Rogers will be teaching second grade and Mrs. Rochelle Courage will be teaching first grade. We also have some changes in our para educator staff. Not returning are Shana Shields, Jessika Rodriguez, Nate Slover, and Megan Holt. Joining us are Erin Smedley, Jay Spence, Araceli Serrano, Danielle Royer, and Nikki Shutzmann. Another addition to our staff is our new part time Assistant Principal, Mrs. Tiffany Viall.
We look forward to seeing students and families back with us very soon! Mrs. Frerks
New Mtn. View Play StructureMtn. View students love our new play structure! We appreciate so much the donations from many community sponsors and a grant from the Paul Lauzier foundation that made this amazing addition to our playground possible.
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