Hidden Valley Principal Rich Gorton held a welcome meeting for parents on the first day of school. During the meeting, he discussed the school’s focus, which is

“To create a positive and collaborative environment for students and staff to grow and flourish.” In order to do that, he outlined the beliefs of the educators:

  • —We believe each child is a unique and special person capable of high levels of academic achievement.
  • —We strive to maintain a safe, positive, and friendly school environment.
  • —We value the caring, collaborative relationships within our school community.
  • —We refer to this as the “The Hidden Valley Way.”

Parents can help the school reinforce these beliefs in several ways. Gorton urged parents to remain involved; talk with your child about school, and reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns. He also asked parents to help promote safety and independence by waiting with students in the patio area until 8:00 each morning, and waiting in the patio area after school.

—At drop-off and pick-up, drive safely (be cautious, pull all the way forward, no illegal u-turns, and help children exit the car quickly and safely). Parents and guardians can also encourage peaceful ways to resolve conflict; school officials work hard to eliminate bullying and physical aggression.

Attendance:  Studies show attendance and achievement are closely connected. Missing just two days a month can have a significant impact on student achievement. Have a backup plan if you are unable to get your child to school. —If you have a trip planned for 5 or more days, tell the teacher as far in advance as possible, and see Ms. Lorie Robertson in the office for an Independent Study Contract.

iReady: This is a diagnostic system used by teachers K-5 to determine all students’ level of proficiency in various subjects.  It is also an instructional tool teachers use in the computer lab throughout the school year, and is used for after school intervention. iReady is easy to use at home – see the lower right hand corner of the Hidden Valley Website to log in (your child will know his/her user name and password).

Soul Shoppe: This program promotes individual responsibility and positive social interactions. Look for the schedule in the upcoming PFC Monday Memos. The school will also host a —Soul Shoppe Parent night to explain the curriculum to families.

Communications: Parents can sign up for —School Messenger, which sends emails & robo calls of announcements. The —Remind app is another option, to receive school-related text messages. Social Media for the school includes —Twitter (@hvehawks), Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley on Facebook: the PFC’s Monday Memo (includes the Principal’s monthly newsletter). Hidden Valley Website and Parent Faculty Club website,

—Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: Students were shown this school-produced video, to demonstrate the Hidden Valley Way: —

To conclude, Gorton reminded parents of everyone’s shared goals for students:

—To feel safe.

—To enjoy coming to school.

—To do their very best every day.