William J. Kearney
Last updated May 2017
With Memorial Day fast approaching, the 2016/17 school year will soon come to a close and our students will be on summer break. The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 will be held on Friday June 9th starting at 7:00 p.m. in the MHS Gymnasium. The valedictorian for this year’s graduating class is Chloe Naumann, and the salutatorian is Mason Derkacy. All community members are invited to attend this event to celebrate the achievements of our graduating seniors.
Congratulations and thank you to Paula Donner, Paul Goodman and Cynthia Knuth who will be retiring from River Valley Schools in June. Our retirees have a combined 75 years of experience at River Valley. Congratulations to our newest inductees in the National Honor Society—Joshua Clark, Teya Haughey, Dalayna Morrow, Jessie Rieth and Madison Vollman. There are now 23 members in the River Valley chapter of NHS.
The 2017/18 school calendar appears on page 7 of this newsletter. Some changes have been made to the format of parent/teacher conferences for next year. Instead of two days of evening conferences in October and February, each building will have a separate date for evening parent/teacher conferences in October and February. Additionally, there will be a day of afternoon conferences (11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) for all buildings during each of the conferences. A schedule of the 2017/18 parent/teacher conferences can be found on page 6 of this newsletter.
Next school year, we will also be changing the manner in which our preschool program operates. Beginning with the 2017/18 school year, River Valley will not participate in the state-funded Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). While GSRP is a fine program, enrollment was limited to students who met the eligibility requirements. By running our own preschool program all River Valley families can participate in the program, and we will be able to focus on kindergarten readiness.
Thank you to all of the community members who attended one of our Community Lunch Programs this year. We are planning to hold our Community Lunch Programs again next year during the months of September, October, November, March, April and May. Our community calendar will be published again next school year, and will be mailed out to all postal patrons in August. Thank you to all community members who have supported this project by advertising in the calendar.
Finally, thank you to all community members who served on a district or school committee this year. Your contribution to improve student learning is valuable and appreciated.
As always, if you have any ideas, thoughts, questions, or concerns please contact me at 269-756-7675.
William J. Kearney