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Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Below are my remarks from the commencement ceremony that took place on Wednesday, May 30. 

Overcoming Failures and Taking Risks

With the end of the year come several opportunities to honor our students for their hard work and dedication. This week, I want to highlight one of the addresses from GHMS’s Distinguished Honors Breakfast and Awards Ceremony. School Board Member Julia Reed spoke to students about teamwork, how to handle failure and the importance of taking risks, something we all can learn from. Her remarks are below.

Announcing “Pritchard Way”

Today, I had the honor of participating in a special dedication ceremony renaming the access road that currently connects the high school and middle school “Pritchard Way,” named after Perry Pritchard, the CV High School assistant principal who passed away suddenly in 2015. This ceremony was especially significant because the class of 2018 is the last high school class to have known Mr. Pritchard, so students will have the chance to see Pritchard Way, and the Pritchard memorial, before graduating later this month.

Let’s Celebrate Our Teachers!

This week we celebrate national Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to thank the teachers who touch the lives of millions of children every day! Teachers play a key role in shaping the next generation, and this is a good time to reflect on the importance that great teachers make on students.

Developing the Profile of a CV Graduate

We are constantly looking to hire innovative risk-takers who are focused on preparing our students for THEIR future.  But, what exactly does a CV Graduate look like?  What does he/she know; what can they do; how do they act/behave?

Celebrating a Safe Spring Season

We’re entering the home stretch of the school year, and with it comes a lot of fun activities, including our annual prom for high school upperclassmen. While this time of year is always packed full of events and activities, it also can be filled with temptations for students to make bad decisions. That is why we schedule several impactful programs for this time of year, which are coming up in the next few weeks.

Q&A on CV’s Construction Project

Earlier this year, the CV School Board authorized the district to move forward with the planning and financing of a new middle school encompassing grades 6 through 8, and complete needed renovations to the remaining buildings.  This would allow the current Smoketown Elementary population to move to the existing Gerald G. Huesken Middle School, as well as alleviate crowding in the remaining elementary schools. Overall, the tentative project would allow for the construction of a new middle school and renovations to the remaining five buildings. Below we have answered a few frequently asked questions about the project. If you have additional ones, please feel free to submit them on our website by clicking here.

Join Us for Most Likely to Succeed

Recently, CV educators had the opportunity to view the film Most Likely to Succeed, a thought-provoking documentary that takes a look at the shortcomings of conventional education methods in the current technology-driven landscape. To further the conversation, Conestoga Valley will be holding a community-wide screening of the film on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the CVHS auditorium, and I hope you can join us!

Celebrating Our VIA Volunteers

Last school year, Volunteers in Action donated an incredible 10,554 hours of their time to making copies, working health screenings, and volunteering in our schools. This incredible amount of time and energy deserves to be celebrated, which is what we did this morning at the annual VIA Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast!

Engaging In Extracurriculars

Spring always means there are plenty of activities happening at CV. I wanted to highlight a few of the upcoming events and talk about how extracurricular activities give our students a well-rounded education.