MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT, MR. BILL CLARK

The 2021‐2022 school year has finally blasted off and we are officially flying into the new school year.. This school year will be another exciting one; we have hired outstanding new staff members to combine with the already fantasƟc people we have on board, and we have a large number of new students and their families. 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.

On August 11th we kicked off the Back 2 School All‐Staff Inservice (face‐to‐face) with a catered breakfast, new staff introductions, and a message of support and encouragement by Senator Brenda Dietrich and Representative Chuck Schmidt. Over the course of the next several days building administrators and staff received professional development on topics including teaching reading, using data to drive decisions, and working in their professional learning communities.

This year we added to our Open House a Back 2 School Pep Rally which was attended by over 400 Viking Fans.........how great it was to see everyone having a great time and getting back to the “norm”.

This year USD 330 Mission Valley will move into Year 4 of the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation 5‐year process. 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....

Thank you for your continued support of USD 330 Mission Valley and I hope each student, parent, patron and faculty member has a great 21‐22 school year.

William J. Clark, Superintendent/Director of Special Services