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Middle Valley Elementary Families and Friends,

Well, we have just completed our first quarter in this Year of New Beginnings! Whew! We made it!

As many of you may or may not know, we all hit the ground running in August with one day to prepare for registration and one day to prep for the arrival of our students. With boxes stacked from floor to ceiling, furniture still being assembled and technology being wired, everyone jumped in, worked as a team and with enthusiasm ensured the successful opening of Middle Valley Elementary School.

We registered over 800 students and added two additional classrooms. We are still enrolling new students daily as our community recognizes the wonderful opportunities this new school offers for our children.

As the Principal of Middle Valley Elementary School, I am encouraged and excited about the opportunity to engage with your children in active learning, to empower your children to be confident speakers, critical thinkers, thoughtful readers, inspired writers and successful problem solvers. We have a great task before us which demands incredible responsibility that we are committed to achieving.

I want to thank parents for partnering with us on this New Journey in this Year of New Beginnings. Positive support goes a long way. We will continue to face challenges as we determine what our new school community will look like, but our number one goal is to do what’s best for children in relationship to educating them. Please be assured that we are making every effort to evaluate and adjust, as necessary, policies and procedures to best meet the needs all children in our care.

I would like to take a moment to reflect on all the GREAT Happenings that have taken place at Middle Valley Elementary in this first quarter:

·         Registration – Over 800 students registered…Pre K- 5th grade

·         Two additional classrooms added…Kindergarten and Fifth grade

·         First Day of School was a HUGE SUCCESS…Parents enjoyed walking their children to their classrooms and having the opportunity to meet teachers.

·         Open House – Parents enjoyed being in classrooms, talking with teachers and observing all the additional progress in our new building

·         School-Wide Jersey Day – Students showed their support for their favorite team.

·         Character Education Recognition/Assembly – Select students were recognized for demonstrating “Respect” during the month of September. Parents of these students were invited to attend to share in this special celebration.

·         Read 20 Kick-Off – PTO provided Kona Ice treats for all students

·         Daily Birthday Recognitions and treats provided by PTO to celebrate our students.

·         Coupon Book Sales – Record fundraiser for MVE…Thank you Parents!!

·         Writing Celebrations – Some grade levels have held writing celebrations…Thank you Parents for attending and celebrating with your students!

·         MIDDLE VALLEY MARVELS – The student body nominated and voted for our New School Mascot and Colors. WE ARE MIDDLE VALLEY MARVELS!!

·         Super Hero Day – Faculty and Staff celebrated our new mascot with Super Hero Attire!

·         Safety Squad – Students applied and were selected to take on the responsibility of leadership in our school community.

·         Book Fair – Ahoy Matey! Park and Peek was a great success as families arrived early for purchases and Wednesday night families made purchases after school. Thank you parents and grandparents for supporting our library.

·         Fifth Grade ROCKED – This was our first PTO meeting with a wonderful turnout…Thank you Parents for your support!

·         Parent/Teacher Conferences – Wonderful opportunity for teachers and parents to communicate about the success of their students.

·         Dedication – Hamilton County Department of Education invited our students, faculty and staff to participate in recognizing those who were instrumental in bringing the dream of MVE to fruition.

Thank you, HCDE for inviting our students to celebrate in this event.

·         Surprise visit from Miss Tennessee and Miss Chattanooga as they represented our City and State in an initiative to emphasize the importance of reading. We are so glad they chose to visit our students and engage with them in small groups.

·         Fire Safety Program – Thank you Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department…4 bikes were given away.

·         Character Education Recognition/Assembly – Select students were recognized for demonstrating “Responsibility” during the month of October. Parents of these students were invited to attend to share in this special celebration.

·         Safety Squad DONNED their capes as they were recognized in a morning assembly.

·         Hamilton Sings – Six students from MVE participated in this city-wide event. Thank you Mr. McKnight and Mr. Steinman!

·         Student “SHOUT OUTS” – Teachers refer one to two students per quarter to Mrs. DeYoung for recognition. (Positive behavior, improvement, caught doing good, positive role models, academic success)

·         COMING SOON – DEYOUNG DINERS…Students will be selected monthly to eat lunch with Mrs. DeYoung to celebrate individual accomplishments.


Exciting things are happening at Middle Valley Elementary! Thank you again parents for partnering with us as we educate your children and create a learning environment which engages and provides opportunities for success.