A Message from the Director
August 25, 2015
Dear School Community,
Valley Academy is off and running. With several new programs and awesome new teachers, Academics and the Arts are in good hands. Technology continues to grow with the addition of fifty new Chrome Books. Students in grades three through eight are using Chrome Books, and Kindergarten students through Second grade are using I Pads. Please visit our teacher websites for schedules, updates, and student assignments. Several student licenses that enhance our academics are also available to students and parents. Links to IXL, (math) Reading AtoZ, Spelling City, Brain Pop and Near Pod can be accessed from the classroom websites.
Morning meetings at Valley Academy are becoming a school-wide practice. These meetings are based on the idea that students’ social-emotional growth is just as important as their academic growth. Teachers at Valley Academy are using these meetings to create a classroom culture where students feel safe, supported, and ready to learn. The research shows that social and emotional learning (SEL) can have a positive impact on students’ academic performance. Social Emotional Learning is generally defined by five key competencies; Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Social Emotional learning programs reduce aggression and emotional distress among students. They increase helping behaviors in school, and improve positive attitudes toward self and others. The SEL programs create more time for teaching and learning. They strengthen students’ relationships with their peers, families, and teachers, who are mediators, collaborators, and encouragers of academic achievement. By strengthening students’ social support networks and their skills in self-management, SEL can help to unleash the potential within academic environments to support students’ wellbeing and success.
Please take the opportunity to visit Valley Academy. We welcome your ideas, expertise, and look forward to building positive relationships with our community.