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The Valley Charter School

The Valley School of Southern Oregon is a tuition- free public school for middle school students. The unique, hand-on, engaging learning model focuses on the S.T.E.A.M subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Guided by a Montessori's philosophy, the school values and nurtures unique strengths, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, inquisitiveness, and individuality.

The Mission

The Valley School, along with our community partners, provides an enriching, inspiring, supportive, inclusive learning environment where middle schoolers gain confidence, independence, compassion and leadership skills. We fulfill this mission by providing an equitable, engaging learning experience for all students.

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 if you can sponsor one of our programs from Robotics and Engineering to Music and Drama.

Expectations for Family Volunteer Hours

We can't do this without you! The Valley School is a free, non-profit, public charter school funded at 80% of other non-chartered middle schools. We still provide the highest quality public education. We depend on close connections with our families.

The way we sustain our operations is that all families commit 2 hours a month or 20 hours a year to service to the school. Service to the school comes in many different ways from classroom volunteers to building and repair projects. Thank you to all our incredible volunteers!

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August Board Meeting Date Changed

By admin | July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The regularly scheduled board meeting for August has been changed to WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017 at 6pm at The Valley School.

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By admin | January 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Valley School is still following the original, adopted calendar. Monday, March 13th is NO SCHOOL. The teachers are offering all-day parent-teacher workshops. See the recent newsletter for topics and times. Please plan to join us any time between 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Enrollment Information for Fall, 2017

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The lottery for next year’s 6th grade class was held and a wait list was created. To add your student to the wait list for next year, please schedule a tour with the Principal and complete a wait list application. Applications can be printed off the website or completed at the school. To schedule a tour, e-mail info@thevalleyschool.k12.or.us.

What makes us different?

Core Curriculum

The Valley School's curriculum is thoughtfully designed to meet the developmental needs of students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade.

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STEAM Focused

At the Valley School, we know that strong skills in math and science could be critical to our children's future career options.

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Montessori-Based

Teaching with a Montessori-based philosophy means honoring student's choice and giving them ownership over their learning.

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Our Vision

Our Vision is that together, we hope to empower our next generation with fearless, compassionate leaders equipped with a strong academic foundation, effective communication skills, a passion for learning, and the confidence gained through a positive middle-school experience.

Meet the team

Ms. Amy Maukonen

Executive Director

Ms. Kate Alftine

Science Teacher

Ms. Karen Blaettler

Project Lead The Way Coach

Ms. Angela Crum

Principal

Ms. Lily Hammers

Humanities Teacher

Ms. Stefanie Fleck

Wellness Teacher

Ms. Andrea Partsafas

Technology Integration Coach

About

A Montessori Inspired Middle School

School Information Overview

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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.

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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.

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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 info@thevalleyschool.k12.or.us with any questions.

School Transportation

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.

Calendar

The school year follows the Medford School District calendar, with the exception of the first week of school.  New Student Orientation is the last Monday in August.  All students report to school on Tuesday, August 30th for 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.

  • Chess
  • Robotics
  • 3-D Printing
  • Harry Potter
  • Homework Helpers
  • Cubing
  • Running

We encourage any student interested to talk to a teacher or the principal.

Regular School Schedule

School begins at 8:45 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.

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A Montessori Inspired Middle School

Montessori education is appropriate for all children. Montessori schools offer children opportunities to express their unique personalities, and help each child develop a sense of creativity, confidence, inquisitiveness, and individuality.

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The Valley School of Southern Oregon

 E-mail: info@thevalleyschool.education

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1225 Medford, OR 97501

Physical Address: 1253 N. Riverside Ave. Medford, OR 97501

Phone: 541-613-3306