Tricounty News

May 31 Update


There are moments that I wish community members and parents could see what I see taking place in the EV-W school system. The past year has produced such memorable moments, that I consider it a blessing to have the opportunity to work with such caring and compassionate professionals.

Throughout the past weeks I’ve participated in multiple student ceremonies and banquets recognizing children overcoming obstacles, reaching their goals, and achieving major milestones. It warms my heart to see the people and the action taking place behind the scenes to make so many dreams come true. I recently saw a teacher draw her arm around a crying little girl and wipe away her tears. I observed another teacher enthused and excited to work with a group of students trying to master their final performance before taking the stage. I witnessed an administrator and counselor comforting a student dealing with issues that children shouldn’t have to deal with. I saw faculty and clerical staff providing constant communication and updates throughout the busy week. I saw a gracious librarian turn her library into a classroom for teachers for the majority of a week. I observed the office staff comforting and reassuring parents calling in and confirming end of the year details. I watched the cafeteria staff work at a rushed pace to make sure everyone got fed. I even had the opportunity to watch track and field, softball, and involved coaches win sub-section and section titles. Everywhere I turned I saw not only trained, professional staff attending to your children, I saw wonderful caring individuals taking care of your children. Eden Valley – Watkins parents and community, be proud of your school. The EV-W faculty, staff, and administration are committed to you and your children. Thank you for a great year!

Strategic Planning:

We’re very fortunate to have had a great strategic planning turn-out from our community stakeholders. The community planning sessions concluded Wednesday,
May 29, with a review of our prioritized themes and strengths and weaknesses. We wrapped up the evening with a large-group discussion and the development of a list describing potential opportunities and threats. Opportunities and threats are those external factors that are beyond the control of the school district, yet have an indirect impact on district operations.

The steering committee, administration, and school board will be using the data collected from students, staff, and community to develop and then implement strategies and timelines to improve our great school district. I’ll keep you posted on our progress and the final strategic planning product when completed. 

Senior of the Week:

The EV-W School District would like to recognize Kayla Kuechle, daughter of Joe and Cindy. Kayla demonstrates outstanding academic performance and is currently enrolled in 4 college/honor classes. She’s an active member in Big Brothers – Big Sisters, National Honor Society, and also contributes to the volleyball team. EV-W students and staff commend Kayla on her wisdom, friendly demeanor and kindness. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!