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Mr. Bill Clark, Superintendent

A Message from the Superintendent

Yours in education,

William J. Clark, Superintendent/Director of Special Services

The 2017-2018 school year has finally kicked-off and we are officially under way. The 17-18 school year will be an exciting one; we have brought in excellent new staff members to combine with the already fantastic people we have on board, there will be new opportunities available to students to help them grow academically, and new procedures and practices that will raise the level of educational expectations at Mission Valley. Centuries ago, Vikings sailed the high seas on voyages to discover new places and to spread their civilization. Vikings were not only proud, fierce warriors but were also excellent sailors, navigating the oceans with the power of the wind. However, the wind was not always blowing strong and often they found themselves reliant on “Viking Power” utilizing their oars to move their massive ships. No one person was powerful enough to row the ship, the Vikings relied on teamwork, tenacity, and the knowledge that oars only work when they are in the water. As we, Mission Valley Vikings travel through this new school year, we too will come across windless oceans and will need to work together to move our ship. Everyone must be rowing in the same direction, focused on the horizon, focused on keeping both oars in the water and pulling in the same direction as the others around us. If only one side rows then we will spin in a circle….if we row in the opposite directions then we will not move. By working together, each person focused on their job, we will keep the boat moving in one direction and achieve great things. Our voyage begins this year as we enter into Year 1 of the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation 5-year process. 

This process will be challenging but will provide Mission Valley direction and additional guidance of where and what resources need to be focused on to achieve our short and long term goals. The vision for education in the state of Kansas is that “Kansas leads the world in the success of each student”. The ultimate goal is that each high school graduate will be successful. What is a “Successful High School Graduate”? A successful high school graduate has the academic and cognitive preparation, technical and employability skills, and civic engagement to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification, or in the workforce, without the need for remediation. It is recognized that not every high school graduate needs to go to college. It is recognized that over 70% of the jobs in the near future will require certification at some level. Along with striving to produce successful high school graduates other results will be looked at. We want to make sure that our students are receiving the social-emotional support that they need, that we know what our Kindergarten students need when they first set foot in the school, that each student has an Individual Plan of Study that supports the vision for their future, and that after graduation our students are demonstrating success at the post-secondary level. We will be exploring relationships within the Mission Valley School Community, evaluating curriculum and instruction, technology, student engagement, district/school climate, etc…. 

It will be a long journey, but by keeping our oars in the water, pulling in the same direction, and by not looking back and focusing on the future………..Mission Valley Vikings will have a successful journey filled with many years of quality education. I hope each student, parent, patron and faculty member has a great 17-18 school year. 

Yours in Education,

Bill Clark, Superintendent