Dear Maumee Valley,

What a delight it was to celebrate our sixth graders last evening through the Sixth Grade Moving Up Ceremony! One of the features I love about this event is that each student reflects upon his or her Lower School experience and shares what makes Maumee Valley unique. In addition, they give advice to future sixth graders. Some gems from the class of 2026:
 
What I love about Maumee Valley: 
  • The community is great and the friendships you make will last a long time. 
  • Everyone is treated kindly and has a say in what is happening. 
  • MV is a great place because everyone and everything is different. You can express yourself in so many ways. Never hide what you are like!
  • MV classes are not your average classes. They are different so you don’t get bored.
  • Maumee Valley is a great place because it is super accepting. 
Advice to future sixth graders: 
  • Grades don’t define you. Just do your best.
  • Don’t be afraid to research. Always look into the things you like. 
  • You can take your education and learn what you want to learn.
  • Always be honest. No matter what you’ve done, tell the truth.
  • Stay in the moment. If you look too far ahead, you will miss what is around you.
Thank you, Class of 2026, for these reminders of the beauty of MV and the lessons learned beyond academics!

I want to share a huge THANK YOU to all who supported our auction. From sponsors to item donors, silent to live auction buyers, your generosity makes a difference for Maumee Valley!  Over the course of the week, you helped raise $145,000.00 for the school. Thank you! We are grateful to those who supported MV Cares, a fund dedicated to helping families impacted by COVID-19 meet tuition obligations for the fall. Nearly $20,000 was raised to help our community members in need. If you would like to volunteer to craft next year’s fundraiser, it’s never too early to put your name down with the advancement team. 

As we conclude our final days of school, I thank you for sticking with Maumee Valley. Your patience and support through remote learning have allowed our teachers and students to flourish. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Lynn D. Casto
Head of School
lcasto@mvcds.org
419-469-0240

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

      

Upper School

Awards Ceremony
The Awards Ceremony will be available to view in a virtual format this evening at 6:15 pm. The faculty and staff have thoughtfully prepared speeches and created separate videos for each award recipient. To view the awards videos, please visit the school’s private YouTube channel, “Spring 2020 Awards,” at THIS LINK. All award recipients should plan to pick up their awards on one of the school-wide supply pick-up/drop days (June 3rd and 4th). Please see the email sent to all MV families on May 28 for more information. 

Important Updates for Parents of Seniors

Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony
On Tuesday, May 12, all senior parents should have received an email invitation to attend the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, at The Sundance Kid Drive-In Theater in Oregon, Ohio. A follow-up email with more detailed information about the ceremony and venue was sent on May 26. Please be sure to carefully read the invitation and follow-up email as they include important information for all attendees. Please contact Melissa Kuhl (mkuhl@mvcds.org) with any questions.

Supply Pick-Up
All families with seniors should plan to stop by MV on one of the supply pick-up/drop-off days (June 3rd and 4th) as every senior has items to be picked up. Please refer to the email sent to all MV parents on May 28 for more information about the supply pick-up/drop-off days.

Important Update for Students Taking Online Courses through Constellation Learning (formerly HLC)
Please be aware of an important change to the fee structure for students taking online courses through our new online learning provider (Constellation Learning) beginning summer 2020. While Maumee Valley will cover the membership fee to allow students to take classes through Constellation Learning, parents will be responsible for covering the course cost ($500 for a semester course and $1,000 for a full-year course). Online course fees will be billed to student accounts. 

Olivia Spencer, US Registrar, will directly contact any parents of students who have selected a Constellation Learning course for the fall or spring semesters to confirm the family’s interest prior to enrolling students in the online courses. If you would like to change your child’s course selections for the fall or spring semesters, please contact Olivia at ospencer@mvcds.org.   
 
Virtual Intensive Fair
In lieu of an in-person Intensive Fair, we plan to showcase the students’ project work from their Intensives and Independent Studies via an online platform. The students’ final projects and presentations will be available for viewing on June 5. Future communication will provide additional information about how to access and view the projects via the online platform.

Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Families should plan to pick up their children’s belongings (e.g., those left in lockers) and to drop-off school supplies (e.g., Chromebooks, library books, textbooks, and sports uniforms) on June 3 or June 4. Families will be invited to campus on one of these days according to their last name. Please refer to the email sent to all MV families on May 28 for more detailed information and specific instructions that we ask families to follow in order to ensure a smooth and efficient pick-up/drop-off event.

Final Grades & Report Cards

Grading Procedures
Because of the nature of the Intensive courses and the challenge of thoroughly, fairly, and accurately evaluating student progress on experiential learning in the remote environment, we have adopted a “credit / no credit” grading system in lieu of the traditional letter-grade system for the Spring Intensives and Independent Studies. If a student achieves the learning outcomes for the course, then they will receive credit for the course but no grade will be indicated on the report card. If you have any questions about grade reporting, please contact Olivia Spencer, US Registrar, at ospencer@mvcds.org

Report Cards
Final grades will be posted and ready to view on June 10. A separate communication from the Registrar will be sent to parents when grades have been published. 

Molly Macek
mmacek@mvcds.org
443-286-9773

Middle School

Reminders for the last week of school:
  • Monday, June 1: Final advisory meeting.  These will be scheduled individually by each advisor; times will vary. 
  • Monday, June 1 at 12:00 pm: Special 7th-grade student meeting.  Zoom link has been sent to students.  
  • Monday, June 1 - Wednesday, June 3: 8th-grade advisors will be delivering “goodie bags” with various items for students and copies of speeches and certificates to your homes.  Please do not open the envelopes in the bag until after you have watched the ceremony! 
  • Tuesday, June 2 at 12:00 pm: Final Middle School student meeting.  Zoom link has been sent to students. 
  • Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm: Moving Up Ceremony.  An email to all 8th-grade families with the link to the pre-recorded ceremony will be sent on Wednesday at 7:00 pm. 
  • Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4: Pick up and drop off.  Please follow the schedule and return your Chromebooks and items from the MS library or the MV library.
  • Wednesday, June 10: Final grades will be posted. 
Have a great weekend!
 
Erik Graham
egraham@mvcds.org
419-450-9474

School Resources

Materials Drop Off & Pick Up
Next week we have designated two all-school Materials Drop off and Pick Up Days. Please visit campus during the time outlined below to drop off borrowed school materials (like Chromebooks, sports uniforms, library books, and classroom materials) and pick up your children's belongings that were left behind in their classrooms, lockers, and cubbies. We ask that you read this email carefully as it outlines the different stations for these drop off and pick up days. First and foremost, please know that safety is our top priority and that we have been working with the Lucas County Department of Health and Safety to ensure our plan meets physical distancing guidelines. We ask that you stay in your car at all times. Our faculty and staff will be wearing masks and gloves for their protection. 
 
To expedite the process, you may choose to prepare the items you are returning to school in paper bags at home. We are asking that you put Chromebooks in one paper bag and everything else you are returning to the school in a separate paper bag. It would be helpful if you labeled both paper bags with your children's first and last name. 
 
Below we have outlined a plan to ensure a safe and smooth system of dropping off materials and pick up belongings. 
 
Please enter at the Glendale entrance only. 
 
Station One - This station will be located between Glendale and the South Lot. We will be handing out paper bags for you to use for your belongings—one bag for Chromebooks only and one bag for everything else.   
 
Station Two - This station is only for families dropping off Chromebooks, and will be located in the South Lot. Pull up to the station, and someone will come to your window with a tray for you to place your bag. 
 
Station Three - This station is located at the circle and is for dropping off all school materials except for Chromebooks. Pull up to the curb, and someone will come to your car to collect your paper bag of school materials.
 
Station Four - Station four is for picking up items, and will be located in the Smead parking lot. Pull along the curb in front of the Smead building and pop your trunk. We will place all of your children's belongings in your truck. 
 
Exit at Reynolds Road. 
 
Wednesday, June 3rd: Families of all divisions with last names from A-L.
10:00 am -12:00 pm (group 1 A-C)
12:00pm - 2:00 pm (group 2 D-H)
2:00pm - 4:00 pm (group 3 I-L)

Thursday, June 4th: Families of all divisions with last names from M-Z.
10:00 am -12:00 pm (group 1 M-P)
12:00pm - 2:00 pm (group 2 Q-S)
2:00pm - 4:00 pm (group 3 T-Z)
 
If the suggested time for your family to come to school does not work for you, then please reach out to your division head to arrange a separate time.

Student Support
The resiliency, adaptability, and support you have shown your children over these last eight weeks have not gone unnoticed. We are sure you and your children are ready for a very well deserved summer vacation! As we look forward to summer, the reality is that this downtime will look very different for many of our children, leaving parents with more time to find meaningful activities for your kiddos to engage in. Allow your children to explore, develop new interests, and engage in mindfulness, yoga, or other methods to support positive mental health. As we have discussed throughout these unfamiliar times, monitoring your child’s mental health and social-emotional well being will continue to be important over the summer. Keep your kids connected with family and friends over the summer and try to find moments of normalcy for both your children and family. As a reminder, please visit the student support resource page on the MVCDS Covid-19 webpage for further resources. If you need additional support throughout the summer months, please contact your child’s division head.

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