Next week we will be having our second safety closure drill for the school year. The district requires that schools conduct a safety closure drill each semester. Please click on the link above for more details.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has contracted for the last two years with Hanover Research to do a Student Climate and Mindset Survey of all 3rd through 12th grade students. In basic terms, the survey seeks to find out students attitudes about their community, their school and themselves. Students are given a series of statements and the choice to agree to them very much, a little bit, or not at all.
Highlights from the Survey
The following percentages are the total of 3rd -5th grade students who agreed a little bit or very much to these statements:
I care about my community…99%
I think it is important to participate in community service…97%
At this school, students are encouraged to do their very best…99%
The school is a welcoming place for students and families like mine…97%
Adults at my school treat students with respect… 97%
I have the ability to respect others opinions even if they are different than mine…97%
I have the ability to get along with students who are different then me…93%
I can learn how to solve tough problems…96%
I can do well on tests even if they are tough… 96%
When students see another student being picked on they try to stop it…90% ***
***While this percentage is statistically sound, this is an area where we will work to improve
We are empowered to see that the Hanover Survey results shows that our open enrollment, Neighborhood School Philosophy has created a climate where a diverse group of students feel positive about their community, their school, and their abilities.
As Kenai’s Neighborhood School, Mountain View Elementary is proud to be Kenai’s only, open enrollment, public elementary school. As such, we have approximately 500 hundred diverse students come through our doors each day. Did you ever wonder just how many staff members it takes to meet the safety (emotional and physical) and academic needs of those children?
Our general education class size, determined by KPBSD pupil-teacher ratio policy, average about 23 students each. It takes 20 teachers to staff those classrooms. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg; the total number of teaching and support staff at Mountain View is 64. Where do all those other staff fit in the puzzle?
Adding to the number of certified teachers in the school is a music teacher, PE teacher and librarian. To help non-special education students who are struggling we also have certified teachers in positions as an interventionist and a reading teacher. Also contributing to the certified staff is a principal and vice principal. A portion of our staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of our special education students. We have 3 “structured” special education classrooms where high-needs students spend the majority of their day. In addition, we have 4 special education classrooms that support special education students who spend the majority of their day in general education classrooms, including our gifted and talented program. We also provide speech and occupational therapy for those special education students who require it. Total special education staffing is 7.5 certified teachers, 17 aides, 1 psychologist and 1 occupational therapist.
Of course, students need to eat so there is a kitchen staff of three, and to keep our school looking as awesome as it does takes a custodial staff of 3. With 500 kids there are bound to be quite a few “owies”, sicknesses and health issues so a nurse is a necessity. As you can imagine there is a ton of paperwork and records so we have a secretary for that. And, since somebody has to run the whole show we have a head secretary.
In addition we have 5 student support personnel from the Kenaitze Youth Services and a certified tutor from the Kenaitze Yaghanen Youth Program. We are fortunate to have the staffing to be a full service, inclusive school. We are also fortunate to have students and families that contribute to making Mountain View a place where kindness counts and all students feel welcome and can achieve success
Hello Staff and Parents,
There will be a district site council meeting on October 30th, 2018 at the Kenai Central High School in the Library. It will start at 6PM. This will be a budget meeting, so lets try to have a strong showing in support of our schools
Mountain View Elementary has gradually adopted the motto of KINDNESS COUNTS as we sought to identify the unifying influence for the actions of our students and staff. I found out this summer that kindness also pays.
In late June, I received a call from a Carrs/Safeway representative asking me if I could participate in the grand reopening of the Kenai Carrs/Safeway and accept a monetary grant they wanted to award Mountain View Elementary. Our school had not applied for a grant, no amount was mentioned during the call and I agreed to go to the ribbon cutting ceremony and presentation a couple days later.
To make a long story short, when I went up for the presentation Mountain View was recognized specifically for its community service efforts, its work with its students on positively responding to conflict, and its kindness initiatives throughout the school. I was then presented with a check for Mountain View Elementary in the amount of ten thousand dollars!!!
What an honor it was to be the face of Mountain View and represent all of our staff and students for the positive culture they have created at our school. We are working with our Site Council and staff on how to best utilize this money in ways that build strong, positive and kind relationships amongst everyone who spends time in our school and to provide opportunities for our students to go out into the community and do the same.
Hello parents, we’re getting ready for the new year here at Mountain View.
Some important dates coming up.
Monday August 13th – Registration for new kids
Tuesday August 14th – Registration for new kids
Friday August 17th – Class lists posted on the front doors at 4PM
Monday August 20th – Meet the teacher night from 5-6PM
Tuesday August 21st – First Day of School!
Monday September 3rd – Labor day, NO SCHOOL
Parents and guardians, school safety is a top priority in the KPBSD. It’s important for you to know what to do before, during, and after a school emergency, weather related delay start, or school closure. Kindly read KPBSD Emergency Guidelines for Parents and Guardians. KPBSD regularly practices safety drills in schools, and includes law enforcement in our ALICE training’s for school emergencies. School delays and closures protocol.
Have you ever said “That’s not how it was when I was in school?”
Public education has certainly changed in many positive ways as the institution seeks to meet the needs of children to succeed in a changing society. From students sitting in rows listening to a “stand and deliver” teacher, to students working cooperatively in groups or pods, gradual changes have been made to ensure children acquire the knowledge and skills to prosper as adults. Exciting, gradual changes are once again afoot as Mountain View Elementary and KPBSD introduce Personalized Learning to ensure we not only meet our student’s individual academic needs but ensure they develop the 21st century skills necessary to positively shape their futures.
Personalized Learning (PL) is a multifaceted approach designed to tailor learning to individual student’s strengths, needs and interests. While more detailed information on PL can be found on the KPBSD homepage, the first steps we are taking here at Mountain View involve increasing student ownership of, and reflection on, their learning. Already in many of our classrooms students now have a choice of how they proceed through their daily, and in some cases weekly, independent work assignments. The students have to complete the various tasks but they have the choice of what sequence to do them in. In some instances, students are also able to choose from a variety of assignments. This ownership or choice, helps students become independent and self-directed workers. This not only enhances their education but develops a skill that most future employers will be looking for.
Another skill we hope to develop in our students is reflecting on the quality of their behavior and work. By teaching students to self–reflect using rubrics and specific examples we once again help them to be self-directed, this time focusing on quality, and develop the skills to help themselves excel both in and out of school.
It is our hope that the move towards Personalized Learning enables us to not only give our students the knowledge they need to succeed but the diverse skills as well.
We would like to advise you that we will be having a Safety Closure Drill to practice ALICE protocol this week. The exact date and time is weather dependent. Students have been notified that there is a drill coming and have been engaging in age appropriate discussions with their teachers. Students will be notified that it is a indeed only a drill when the drill starts. As part of this drill some students may be exiting the school with their teachers, or may locking down in place depending on the scenario. As always during winter having students dressed appropriately in the case the need arises to go outside for any reason is advisable. Please visit the KPBSD website link below http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/Workarea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=34276 for more information on KPBSD emergency procedure guidelines.