The "Sonshine in a Bag" ministry provides a bag of food for the weekend to Valley View students in need. In the past, a bag of food would be delivered to the school offices for the student to take home. Due to Covid-19, we are arranging for the bags of food to be delivered to your home instead. They are eager to resume the program, but they must have a completed permission slip from you to enroll in the program. This will give them updated information on your student's name, grade, food allergies, and address for delivery. The delivery address must be in Valley View School District. If you have more than one student in your household, you can fill out a form for each student to get multiple bags of food. If you would like to participate, please complete the attached form at your earliest convenience, but no later than November 10, 2020. If you have any questions you can contact Amanda Phillips through Parent Square or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also contact Julie Smith from Germantown First Church of God at (937) 855-6610
It's playoff time for our Fall high school sports teams! Beginning with tomorrow, Saturday October 17th. Valley View will take on Milton Union at our own Barker Stadium. Kick off is at 7:00 pm. While tickets are not available to the public, Spartan fans can watch the game by going to this link, https://youtu.be/MFr3bL4Gn7g . This will be Region 16, Division IV. On Monday October 19, our Boys Soccer team will play Ross, at Ross in a Division II, Central game. Game time is 7:00 pm. On Saturday October 24, our Girls Soccer team will play in a Division II, Central game here at Barker Field. Game time for the Ladies is 7:00 pm as well. Opponent is yet to be determined. Again, unfortunately, tickets are not available to the public. And don't forget our Volleyball team. Our lady Spartans will take on Dunbar, at Lebanon, on Saturday October 24th. First match begins at 6:45.
As we announced in ParentSquare on Monday, we are planning for students currently on the hybrid schedule to return to school four days a week, starting October 14 (following Oct. 12-13 teacher work days). Our bell schedules will change to accommodate this update and will be as follows: Pre-School - will remain at the current time of 8:15am-12:45pm, 2 days a week Primary/Intermediate - 10am - 3:45pm Junior High - First Period begins at 8:16am-2:25pm High School - First Period begins at 8:20am-2:38pm Parents will receive updates on transportation times next Friday. JH and HS bus times will return to their traditional times, but first period will start later with study tables in the morning. Building principals will communicate these details in the coming days. We appreciate all the great support we have received from parents and the input many of you have provided that has helped shape our approach to this school year from the start. With the changes to our schedule, we want to offer parents the opportunity to change their students’ learning options. Please use this survey if you want to CHANGE from in-person to remote learning or remote to in-person. Complete a survey for each child you want to change by October 9th: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gHWaTTOEU0cdikS-vNSR578jYvPZYXpt9nGFq_znJWc/edit?ts=5f75dfcf&gxids=7628 We know that some students and their families have health reasons for remaining in remote learning and we will continue to accommodate that learning option. We do see an academic and social advantage to students who have been attending school in-person and hope that more families will be able to choose that option going forward. But we also know that public health conditions can continue to change as the school year progresses and I am incredibly proud of the learning infrastructure our teachers and staff have created that will allow Valley View to be a leader among schools in our ability to be nimble and adept at providing education to our students under all circumstances. In an attempt to stay prepared for all situations, we are currently looking for additional community members to serve as substitute teachers. Candidates will need to pass a background check. A college degree is not required for all positions.If you are interested, please contact Terri Lewis in the Central Office at Terri.Lewis@valleyview.k12.oh.us Proud to be your Superintendent, Ben Richards
Its that time Spartan fans! Playoff games are quickly approaching. For a limited time , Valley View Playoff apparel can be ordered. Just follow the below link to place your order. Don't wait. The online store closes for orders on SUNDAY OCTOBER 11TH AT MIDNIGHT. AGAIN ORDER DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 11TH AT MIDNIGHT. Extras will not be available. Several styles to choose from including long sleeve and short sleeve T's, crew and hoodie sweatshirts. Some in both youth and adult sizes. Orders Will be Available for Pick-Up on Thursday 10/15 From 5:30-8:00pm at the spirit shop at Barker Field. Please mark you calendars for this pick up time. VV Playoff Apparel Order Site [Thursday, Oct 8 at 11:49 AM] JUST A REMINDER THAT ORDER WINDOW FOR VALLEY VIEW PLAYOFF APPRELL CLOSES THIS SUNDAY (10/11) AT MIDNIGHT!
From Coach Dickson: Starting Tuesday, October 6 from 3:15-4:15 Valley View girls basketball will start open gyms and conditioning. The open gyms are for any girl in grades 7-12 not playing a fall sport . This will take place in the High school gym and the weight room. Athletes should be sure to bring their own water bottles. Questions can be sent to Coach Dickson at email@example.com.
I am pleased to share that Valley View is planning to join other schools in southwest Ohio in returning to classrooms on a more regular basis starting October 14.
Our goal has always been to get students back more regularly, but to do it safely in a way to protect students and staff, as well as our entire community.
Since we have been on our hybrid schedule, the rate of transmission has remained relatively consistent throughout our two zip codes. We were seeing a few cases per week within our district prior to the start of the school year, and that has held steady. Additionally, our county data has been on the decline, and the numbers point toward Montgomery County being lowered to a Level 2-Orange, in the very near future. Area schools that have been back in full session have reported low positivity rates.
Starting October 14, we will be moving to a model where all students attend school Tuesday-Friday with remote learning planning and asynchronous learning on Monday.
- JH/HS admin will work with staff to create a bell schedule that also provides the opportunity for staff to work with remote learners during the school day.
- We will do a 45 minute late start for K-6 Tuesday-Friday to meet the needs of our remote learners.
- School schedules will "flip" back to normal (HS/JH attend before elementary) since we should be done with excessive heat in our buildings.
- There will be students who remain on a fully remote schedule and we will be working with them to ensure they stay connected with their teachers and school assignments.
-Unless we have a dramatic increase in cases which would force us backwards, we are committed to this model through December.
We will be providing updated school start/end times in a future ParentSquare, but note the planned changes shared above to our schedule. Also, a reminder that October 12-13 are scheduled teacher-only days with no school.
We appreciate the tremendous support we have received from parents and recognize the great efforts by teachers and staff to get the school year started safely.
Proud to be your Superintendent,
Thank you to everyone for a successful second week of school! I am exceptionally proud of the efforts of students, teachers, and parents to work together as we "Reinvent Education". We are most certainly experiencing some growing pains, which is expected. A hybrid model (which we are currently in) is the most difficult model to implement, but I fervently believe that our trials and tribulations will make us stronger in the long run. Starting September 22nd, we will begin restricting people from switching back and forth between in person and remote. In order to have more consistency in the classroom, we need to know what kid to expect each day. While I wish I had a crystal ball to give you a prediction of what the future holds in term of our schedule, I can share two beliefs: 1) We will be following this current schedule for the next few weeks, and 2) Our hope and intent is to bring all of our students back. Exactly "when" is being looked at by following data and trends, but we want to ensure that we are doing everything safely and protecting our entire community as well. Hotspots for internet connectivity are IN! We are going to work on sending out a message to those that requested them tomorrow with the hope of delivery on Monday. More details will be coming soon! For parents of athletes who have been paying fees for tickets, we have good news...starting next week, there will be no more fees for tickets for fall sports. Hopefully this will take a small burden off of some of you. Ticket prices are still the same per our athletic league, but there will not be additional fees. Our wonderful staff has created a shirt in memory of two of our teachers who have recently passed away. If anyone is interested in purchasing a shirt, you can go to this website for more information: https://bitli.pro/RlSB_2a73d7b1 KINDNESS MATTERS! Thank you all for your patience and efforts. We are #SpartanStrong! Proud to be your Superintendent, Ben Richards
Reminder for Tonight’s Game: For all those attending tonight’s game. We want to remind everyone once again about the Governor’s and OHSAA’s guidelines set forth as part of a safe and successful season. As part of these guidelines Valley View was notified that at tonight’s game, State Observers will be present to make observations and educational recommendations Observers are present to simply make observations pertinent to the checklist given to them, not to enforce mandates or force our school to make adjustments during the contest. We expect that everyone will treat the observers with respect and not hostility. A report was published yesterday for the 87 schools that were observed last week – below are the school pass rates for items that involve spectators. No players, coaches, officials or spectators are congregated before, during or after the contest. o 59 passed (67.8 percent); 28 failed (32.2 percent) All game-day personnel, staff, participants, coaches, officials and spectators are properly wearing facial coverings. o 64 passed (73.6 percent); 23 failed (26.4 percent) Spectators maintained six-foot social distancing between individuals/family groups. 66 passed (75.9 percent); 21 failed (24.1 percent) Spectators wore facial coverings in a manner consistent with ODH orders. 67 passed (77 percent); 20 failed (23 percent) The Spartan community does not have a history where failure is acceptable without giving their ALL. We as a community, fan base, and athletic department now have the same opportunity, and the reward is a continued safe environment that allow our athletes to continue their seasons. Please join with me in giving everything we can for our athletes that are giving everything they can on the field as they represent Valley View and our community. More spectator information click the links below 9 things spectators at Barker Field Need to Know SWBL (League) Guidelines Streaming tonight’s game . Valley View Athletic Department will be streaming tonight’s football game vs Bellbrook at the following site. https://youtu.be/5pq1-bHN5l8 (A big thanks to Miami Valley Communications and VV’s own Chris Storer and Anthony Ditmer of DCTS for making this quality media event a possibility.) While it is unfortunate the limited amount of tickets VV can offer for these events, we want to encourage everyone to log into tonight’s contest and cheer on the team. Thank you, Go Spartans.
Thank you to everyone for your help and cooperation these past few days. We have been extremely pleased with the efforts of all involved to ensure that we have a safe and productive beginning of the school year. Starting next week , students in grades 7-12 will increase to two (2) days per week. All white days will report together (Tuesday/Thursday) and all blue days will report together (Wednesday/Friday). This is the next step toward increasing the time back at school for all students while also ensuring that we are protecting our entire community. Our efforts at blended learning have drawn the praise of local and national experts. I am proud of the work from our staff thus far, and we are committed to improvement as we continue forward. Hopefully parents have found the help line to be beneficial in getting technology questions answered in a timely manner. We know that there are still people struggling with internet access. The Germantown Library, the Creamery, and Center Street Cafe (thank you to all three of those groups!!) are all willing to open their doors to assist students with access to WIFI. On a positive note, many of our hotspots are in, but we are struggling with Verizon to have them activated for distribution. Our sincere hope is that we can begin distributing hotspots sometime next week, especially for those out in the country with no other alternative to high speed internet and those with no other access to internet. Our Athletic Boosters have created a virtual spirit shop. This is a great place to stock up on your Spartan Apparel. You can access it by going to the following link: https://vvspirit2020.alleycatstore.com/ Thank you all for your support and patience during this time! Proud to be your Superintendent, Ben Richards
My goodness did it feel great to have our hallways with the sounds of learning and students again! Buses driving routes, parents dropping off students, kids eating in the cafeteria...these are the sights and sounds that make education so powerful. I could not be more pleased with the efforts of our administration and staff. People were truly going "the extra mile" to scan temperatures as students entered, helping students to their classrooms, and making sure that students felt comfortable. That is what these first days are about...making sure students feel safe and comfortable again. The website going down for a few hours today impacted our online learners. We believe the problem has been corrected moving forward, but it might be helpful to have students bookmark the landing pages of each of their teachers moving forward. We know that a lot of parents/students have had a few other problems with online learning. As a result, starting tomorrow, Mrs. Kathy Lucas is going to man a technology help desk from 8-2 each day. You can either call her at 937-855-4116 (this is the high school number, but wait for the recorded options and then press "9"), or you can submit an online ticket at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc4DYtrriDO5lyi9O447Wrn9kbeSh1XvC2mUuW3ct4fKZwj7A/viewform Hopefully this helps streamline the process for technology problems. We are also working to staff the online ticketing system after school hours in the coming days as well. Our students were great. In walking around, I saw students making sure they were socially distant and wearing their masks. Our focus has been on ensuring we provide a quality online option in addition to a safe in-person option as well. We know we are still going to have to iron out problems with both of these options, but, other than the website going down for a few hours, I think today was a resounding success! I sign all of my emails the same way, but today, my closing line is even more true... Proud to be your Superintendent, Ben Richards