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On behalf of the USD 330 Mission Valley Board of Education, our staff, and myself, I want to welcome everyone to the start of the 2020‐2021 school year. I also would like to extend a welcome to all new families, students, and staff who are joining the VIKING family. For almost half a decade, the USD 330 Mission Valley has been the educational home to students in our communities. As superintendent, it is my pleasure to be part of a District that has a Board of Education devoted to continued growth and success, communities with strong core beliefs about education, a staff of devoted professionals, and students who continue to represent Mission Valley with the highest standards. 

With every new school year comes new opportunities to move forward and grow as a district. COVID‐19 will challenge us to create and adopt new strategies on ways to educate students. We will be tasked to face and overcome obstacles that have never been dealt with before. In education not only do we teach academic skills but we also teach skills that help students build a strong social‐emotional foundation to help them successfully navigate the world around them One of these skills that is taught is being resilient. 

In life, all of us have and will experience failures. We will make errors in calculation and judgement which will make us feel like we had a rug pulled out from under us. We will get knocked down, but the key to overcoming adversity is having the ability to get back up. Whether it is the challenges that COVID‐19 has and will continue to throw at us, or any of the other challenges that we will face in life that may knock us down, we must be resilient. Having resilience means having the courage to bounce back and take risks despite adversity and initial setback. Our success this year will be impacted by our level of resilience. Resilience is the essential key to success. 

USD 330 Mission Valley: 

 cannot be “paralyzed” by the obstacles we will face this year, 

 must look at obstacles, setbacks and failures as learning opportunities to grow stronger 

 must focus our energy on things and situations that are within our control, and 

 must commit ourselves to goals that we have and pursue our vision of success for our students, staff and district. 

The successes that are achieved at Mission Valley are not just due to what happens inside the walls of the school but also the result of having strong relationships with all the various stakeholders of the district. There will be tough decisions that will need to be made this year, there will be changes made that will make total sense to some while no sense to others, people will be tasked to do things that they never thought they would be required to do in a school environment, and through all that, we must have faith and trust in each other that what we do as a district is what is best for the district and not necessarily for ourselves as individuals. The KSDE vision for education remains, Kansans Lead the World in the Success of each Student….”Kansans Can!” As part of the vision that is held for the state, here at Mission Valley we must believe that VIKINGS Can!!!! 

We strongly encourage parents to be actively involved in their child’s education whether you choose the In‐School Model or the Remote Learning Model for your child(ren). Positive parental involvement enhances the student’s school experiences and demonstrates a true feeling of support. Students with parents who have active involvement in the school often have higher self‐esteem and well developed social‐emotional skills. In addition, students whose parents are actively engaged in their education perform better in class which leads to an increase in future career success. We urge all parents to be actively involved in the education of their child from Kindergarten through graduation and beyond. 

On behalf of USD 330 Mission Valley, please accept my sincere appreciation for your continued support of our schools and our students. I look forward to continuing to work with you as your superintendent. 

Sincerely, 

William J. Clark, Superintendent/Director of Special Services