Dear Maumee Valley,

Thank you, MVCDS community, for the outpouring of love you have shown to our faculty and staff during this teacher appreciation week! The emails, mail, video messages, photographs, and flowers from the MVPA are all appreciated. I often brag that Maumee Valley has the best people around. I truly believe it, and I’ll shout it from the rooftops—WE LOVE OUR MV FACULTY AND STAFF!

As we think about next fall, we are scenario planning for multiple possibilities, knowing that much will be driven by federal, state, and local guidelines and authorities. We all have questions regarding what school will look like, and I honestly don’t have the answers yet. This is why building contingency plans for different situations is so important. While we all hope to be back on campus and back to school as we knew it prior to March 16th, the reality is that our future normal may be a much different reality. We are considering what reopening will look like with occupancy limitations, social distancing restrictions, and stringent health and cleaning protocols. We are considering hybrid learning models in which students are partially back at school and partially learning remotely. We are also considering what longer-term remote learning will look like at the various divisional levels if we are forced to start the school year with our buildings closed. Daily, the regulations and reopening guidelines are evolving. Be assured that we are planning. 

Planning for next year also means saying goodbye to members of our community. School communities are filled with multilayered connections, so change in personnel is never easy. It is often bittersweet as we wish our MV people good luck in their next chapters. Please see our list of departing employees and join me in thanking them for their unwavering dedication to our Maumee Valley community. We are grateful that Maumee Valley has been a stop on their journey. 

Wishing you health and wellness. 

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

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

      

Upper School

IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS 
Graduation - Change in Date & Location
In response to parent requests, we have changed the graduation ceremony venue to The Sundance drive-in, located at 4500 Navarre Avenue in Oregon, Ohio. The Sundance just reopened its “doors” this week and notified us that they would be willing to host our graduation ceremony. However, they will need to reserve Thursday through Sunday evenings in June for movie showings. Therefore, we will need to move the date of graduation from Thursday, June 4 to Tuesday, June 2

Please know that The Sundance employees will be taking special measures to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed while parking cars, during the show, with their concessions, and with bathroom use. Although graduation will not be what we are accustomed to, I am confident that it will look and feel very "Maumee Valley" and be a memorable event for our families!

A formal invitation with more specific information about the ceremony and the venue will be sent soon to all senior families. 

Graduation Pictures
If you have not already done so, please be sure to schedule a time to have your senior’s graduation picture taken on the Bluestone by following the instructions below. Once on the sign-up page, you will be able to sign up for a 15-minute appointment during one of the following time frames: 
  • Saturday, May 9, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 9, 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 10, 1:00-4:00 pm
Please follow these instructions to access the MVCDS Graduation Picture Schedule & Sign-Up:
  • Log into MyMV
  • On the main Resource Page, click on the Volunteer icon
  • This should take you to the ”My Info” tab
  • If it’s blank, fill in your information.  Be sure to select the “interval” for which you want a reminder for your slot. Click SAVE at the bottom
  • Click the Volunteer tab
  • Click Choices next to MVCDS Graduation Pictures
  • Time slots are every 15 minutes over 4 days  (only 1 slot per senior is needed)
  • Click the Sign-Up box next to the time you would like to reserve
Please be sure your graduate wears nice clothes and comes prepared with the following items for their photos:
  • Cap and gown
  • College T-shirt (if they have one)
Each student will have the following pictures taken:
  • Photo with diploma, cap, and gown
  • Photo in nice clothes
  • Photo with college gear (if they have this)
  • Photo of student jumping (if they are a “lifer”)
  • Short video tossing cap
  • Each student may also take a photo with their family on the Bluestone if they would like
Please note that each family will be provided with two prints of the graduate in their cap and gown. This picture will also be included in the Graduation Ceremony video. 

Also, please be aware of the following procedures for ensuring a safe and efficient photography session:
  • Cars should pull up to the circle as in the car line. Families should wait in their cars until a faculty/staff member notifies them of their turn.
  • Please maintain the recommended 6 feet of “social distance” between other individuals and staff members who will be assisting with the photo sessions.
  • Please try to limit the number of family members in attendance in order to ensure the safety of all individuals present for the photo sessions.
Finally, know that your child will be receiving their diploma during their appointment time, and other items (e.g., sports uniforms and supplies removed from their locker) will also be available for your child to take home. Please be sure to collect all of these items before you leave the photo session. 

If you have any questions about the photo session, please contact Olivia Spencer (ospencer@mvcds.org).

Spring Intensives & Grading Procedures
Please note that there is no school for Upper School students on Monday, May 11, as this is a scheduled Work Day for US teachers. US faculty will be using this day to prepare for their Intensive courses, which will commence virtually on Tuesday, May 12. Your child should reach out to their Intensive teacher should they have any questions about preparing for their scheduled Intensive. 

I would like to make you aware of a change to our grading procedures for the Spring Intensives for this year only. (Note that we will not be making any changes to our grading procedures for the spring rotation courses.) 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, the faculty and administration have decided to use a “credit / no credit” grading system in lieu of the traditional letter-grade system for the Spring Intensives and Independent Studies. In order to maintain rigorous course expectations under this alternative grading system, each Intensive teacher will clearly define the competencies and outcomes that students must demonstrate in order to receive credit for the course. If a student achieves the desired learning outcomes, 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
 
Molly Macek
mmacek@mvcds.org
443-286-9773

Middle School

Thank you for your help and support with teacher appreciation week. This week was a huge success with building and expanding our community remotely.  Admin and student videos were communicated to teachers, as well as yard signs and flowers.  Thanks for your support.  

Moving Up 
Moving Up Ceremony will be emailed to 8th-grade families at 7:00 pm Wednesday, June 3rd.  Parents, please send current and baby pictures to your child’s advisor to use in the video.  We need these pictures ASAP.  Thank You for your assistance in this! 

Final Grades 
Grade reports will be sent on Wednesday, June 10th.  Teachers continue to update MYMV with individual assessments and work with students on assignments they are currently working on.  

Chromebook Drop Off
On Monday, June 1st families will come to campus to drop off their Chromebooks and materials and have the opportunity to pick up belongings.  A more detailed plan with social distancing guidelines will be communicated next week. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms in our community!  I hope you have a wonderful day on Sunday.  

Have a great weekend!
 
Erik Graham
egraham@mvcds.org
419-450-9474

Lower School

With the final weeks of the school year in sight, Lower School teachers are already working to document the progress students have made. As we have done in recent years, we will prepare a report card for each Lower School student in the second week of June. The purpose of this report is to share with families the growth students have made within our program from January to June.

As in past years, this report will include information about both what students have learned and ways in which they have demonstrated growth within our program. We consider the whole child when we share growth. This includes considerations of academic achievements, social development, and the work habits of each learner. The report will span January through June and will include as much relevant information as possible from both learning from our campus in the winter and learning from home in the spring.

We recognize that remote learning brings challenges for some students that learning on campus does not. Access to learning remotely varies widely and provides an unlevel playing field. In remote learning, teachers are limited to assessing each student based only on participation in live classes and the work shared back digitally with the teacher. This leaves gaps for some students that are not related to their abilities or their choices.

Whenever possible, assessment and reporting of progress will focus on growth and achievement rather than comparison to standards. To that end, teachers will be asked to use “N/A” (rather than Developing or Area of Concern) to indicate any skill or concept for which instruction and assessment occurred, but there was not enough information available to assess that particular child in that particular area. This allows teachers to share information about learners and about our program without penalizing students for conditions not within their control. When possible, teachers will celebrate learning and praise achievement. Absent of evidence of growth, N/A will allow teachers a penalty-free way to communicate what could not be accurately assessed.

Finally, we are in the final stages of planning an end of year events and a day to pick up your child’s belongings and drop off library books/Chromebooks/school materials day. I’ll provide more detail next Friday. Stay tuned!
 
Jaime Lassman
jlassman@mvcds.org
859-806-9896

Early Learning Center

Thank you for your participation in National Children’s Book Week and Teacher Appreciation Week. What fun we all had! I’ll be posting pictures and videos of the book week events on the MVCDS Facebook page on Monday. As a reminder, students can still watch storytime with Ms. Thomas here on Flipgrid. The student ID is the same as your child’s homeroom teacher. 

This week’s shout out goes to our specialist team, Mrs. Glover, Mrs. Donaldson, Mrs. Herrmann, Señora Mick, Mrs. Nixon, and Mrs. Strimple. The dream team! I had the pleasure of joining ELC specials last week and wow what fun the students are having in specials. Not only are the specialists hosting live meetings, they are also providing supplemental lessons in the event a child would like to engage in their classes every day. Be sure to check out their lessons here.    

I wanted to provide an update about end of year reporting. As we have done in recent years, we will prepare a report card for each ELC student in the second week of June. The purpose of this report is to share with families the growth students have made within our program from January to June.

As in past years, this report will include information about both what students have learned and ways in which they have demonstrated growth within our program. We consider the whole child when we share growth. This includes considerations of academic achievements, social development, and the work habits of each learner. The report will span January through June and will include as much relevant information as possible from both learning from our campus in the winter and learning from home in the spring.

We recognize that remote learning brings challenges for some students that learning on campus does not. Access to learning remotely varies widely and provides an unlevel playing field. In remote learning, teachers are limited to assessing each student based only on participation in live classes and the work shared back digitally with the teacher. This leaves gaps for some students that are not related to their abilities or their choices.

Whenever possible, assessment and reporting of progress will focus on growth and achievement rather than comparison to standards. To that end, teachers will be asked to use “N/A” (rather than working towards) to indicate any skill or concept for which instruction and assessment occurred, but there was not enough information available to assess that particular child in that particular area. This allows teachers to share information about learners and about our program without penalizing students for conditions not within their control. When possible, teachers will celebrate learning and praise achievement. Absent of evidence of growth, N/A will allow teachers a penalty-free way to communicate what could not be accurately assessed.

Finally, we are in the final stages of planning an end of year celebration and a day to pick up your child’s belongings and drop off library books/Chromebooks/school materials day. I’ll provide more detail next Friday. Stay tuned!
 
Michelle Thomas
mthomas@mvcds.org
419-601-5611

School Resources

A Message from the Speaker Series Committee of the Global Leadership Program
We hope everyone is doing well right now! GLP knows that there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 crisis and many of us have some unanswered questions. Because of this, the students on the Speaker Series Committee have invited MV alum, Dr. Vin Gupta, a public health physician, professor, and health policy expert, to hold a virtual Zoom session with our community. He has conducted interviews on MSNBC, CNN, Meet the Press, and more. This Zoom will be for any questions you have about the COVID-19 crisis and a discussion of what life may look like in the near future. Dr. Gupta spoke at Maumee Valley in the Spring of 2019 and we are excited to welcome him back. If you would like to know more about Dr. Gupta, this is his website: https://vinguptamd.com/. This event will take place on Thursday, May 14th at 4:00 pm and we hope to see you there! 

Meeting ID: 941 9195 0223
Password: 1QRGcG

The Student Section
The Student Section is a platform currently run by the Upper School Global Leadership Program that allows students to interact with their MV community online during the COVID-19 pandemic. This website will be a hub for community service opportunities, things to do while bored, Mr. Hanson’s delicious recipes, zoom parties (a.k.a. zarties), movie, tv, and book recommendations, and tons of other fun activities! Please contribute by filling out the Google Forms under the various tabs, and GLP members will review and upload your content for you. Enjoy! The link is:https://thestudentsectionmvcds.squarespace.com.

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