A Montessori Inspired Middle School
School Information Overview
Community Connections "It takes a village..."
We are looking to build partnerships with local community members and businesses who share the mission to inspire the social, emotional, academic, physical and personal growth of our children so that we can prepare them to be future leaders in their communities. Please contact us here if you would like to partner with us, mentor a group of students or sponsor one of our programs.
Expectations for Parent Involvement "We can't do it without you"
The Valley School is a free, non-profit, public charter school providing a high quality public education.
We request that each family do a share of the work involved in the start up and operation of our school. All families will be called upon for volunteering a minimum of 20 hours inside or outside the classroom throughout the year.
All families are counted on to participate on one of our subcommittees or participate in school events. The following is a partial list of activities that would satisfy volunteer hours.
- Culinary Club
- supervising on a Field Study
- Brain Bowl supervision/driver
- State of Jefferson supervision/driver
- Fundraising Committee
- Safety Committee
- Site Council
- Lunchtime supervision
- Weekend Warriors (Saturday school clean-ups)
- Lego Robotics
- After school club organization (Lego Robotics, Running club, 3D printing)
- Washing aprons/napkins/towels
We look forward to building stronger, collaborative working relationships between our school and our families.
Meals and the value of nutrition
Currently, students have the option of bringing a lunch from home or ordering a sack lunch delivered fresh from Sodexo. Sodexo is the food service provider contracted with the Medford School District. The price of a lunch from Sodexo is $2.40. Students may qualify for free or reduced meal pricing. Applications for free/reduced prices can be completed at the school.
Payment for Sodexo sack lunches can be made to the school is cash, check or pre-paid on-line by creating a meal account. Here is the link to pre-pay online mymealtime.com
As we begin the school year, we will be placing our lunch orders with Sodexo the night ahead of time. Please let the school know a day ahead of time if they will needing a lunch delivered the following day. You can email email@example.com with any questions.
First Student offers transportation to and from The Valley School from both Hedrick or MacLaughlin Middle Schools. Please contact the front office to make arrangements and to be put on the bus list. The service is free of charge for students.
Expectations for student behavior while riding in school buses are posted in each school bus. By boarding a school bus, students agree to follow all posted regulations. Repeated violations may lead to loss of bus riding privileges and/or other disciplinary measures.
The school year follows the Medford School District calendar, with the exception of the first week of school. New Student Orientation occurs during the third week of August. All students report to school on the last week of August for our annual Fall in the Field, a two night off-campus field study.
The school will close for two weeks in December for Winter Break and one week in March for Spring Break. At Thanksgiving, students will have the week off, with conferences scheduled Monday and Tuesday. The other state holidays that the school will close are Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, President’s Day in February and Veteran’s Day in November.
School will be out for summer break in mid-June.
Student Activities and Clubs
The Valley School recognizes the value of clubs and activities in the educational process. Clubs give students chances to practice leadership, collaborate, plan projects, set goals, and learn execution and follow through. We strongly encourage all students to participate in our clubs. Clubs will have time to hold meetings throughout the week during lunch, breaks, before school or during project time. The following are examples of clubs currently happening, based on student interest.
- 3-D Printing
- Harry Potter
- Homework Helpers
We encourage any student interested to talk to a teacher or the principal.
Regular School Schedule
School begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Students may arrive and leave 15 minutes before and after school. If extended times are needed, please do not hesitate to make arrangements with the front office.
All students are expected to report to school on time and to remain until the end of the school day.