Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,

It’s hard to believe we are half way through winter and heading towards spring. February is a short month, but it will be filled with plenty of learning, and fun activities. Please look for information throughout the month from your child’s teacher, in the PFC Monday Memos, and on the Hidden Valley website at

You may have noticed some new faces on campus recently. Please join me in welcoming three new staff members. Carolyn Kreuscher, retired MDUSD principal, will be filling in for Ms. Fairholm while she is out on maternity leave. Our new Intermediate Typist Clerk, Gisele Hayes, has taken over the receptionist’s responsibilities in the front office, replacing Morgan Maras. Ms. Hayes worked most recently at Meadow Homes, and before that she was at Oak Grove Middle School. Maricelys Nieves is our new full-time Speech Therapist. She replaces Lori Bass. All three bring valuable experience and lots of positive energy to Hidden Valley. We are very fortunate to have them with us.

If you have been on campus recently you’ve probably noticed the new banners promoting “The Hidden Valley Way”. These are part of our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) initiative. The messages on the banners come from a behavior matrix that was created last year by our PBIS team, which is made up of teachers, administrators, classified staff, and our counselor. Please help support our efforts by reminding your child to follow the four basic expectations, to be safe, respectful, responsible, and kind, and to follow all the instructions listed on the banners.

As we begin the second half of the school year, I’d like to mention a few basic safety reminders for parents. When driving, please follow all posted rules and laws. Do not park or pick up students in the red zones, and please, NO U-Turns on Glacier Drive in front of the school. Be sure to leave Fido at home, or wait off school grounds if you bring a dog with you when you come to school. Finally, please make sure your child stays off the play structure before and after school. Unfortunately, we do not have supervision available during those times to ensure children’s safety.

Thank you so much for entrusting us with your child or children. Our number one priority is to create a safe environment so we can successfully meet all students’ academic and social needs. We appreciate all that you do to support your child’s success at Hidden Valley.



Rich Gorton