State Ed. board recognizes MVHS progress

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State Ed. board recognizes MVHS progress

MVHS prinicipal Spencer Singer celebrates the school’s academic progress with a noise maker. (Vista file photo)

MVHS prinicipal Spencer Singer celebrates the school’s academic progress with a noise maker. (Vista file photo)

MVHS prinicipal Spencer Singer celebrates the school’s academic progress with a noise maker. (Vista file photo)

MVHS prinicipal Spencer Singer celebrates the school’s academic progress with a noise maker. (Vista file photo)


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It’s official. Monument Valley High School has moved from an F-rated school to a C school, according to an Oct. 30 letter from Patty Norman, Ph.D., deputy superintendent of student achievement for the Utah State Board of Education, to Ron Nielson, superintendent of the San Juan School District.

“We’re doing a better job today in this school than we have ever done before,” Nielson told a group of MVHS teachers gathered last Friday afternoon to celebrate. “That really goes back to your efforts and what you are doing here. And that’s pretty amazing.”

MVHS started the turnaround process two years ago with a score of 29 percent — and a letter grade of “F” — out of a possible score of 900 points. Scores improved to 39 percent last year and this year reached 43 percent. Such strong improvement prompted the letter from the state.

“Based on 2016-2017 results through the state’s accountability system, Monument Valley High School’s grade is a C,” states the letter. Another letter from the state to Nielson explained that MVHS “successfully exited School Improvement status,” as far as federal laws are concerned.

“This is the best instruction I have ever seen in this school and in this building,” said Lynette Johnson, the San Juan School District K-12 student support services director.

San Juan School District superintendent Ron Nielson discusses letters from the Utah State Board of Education with MVHS faculty. (Vista file photo)

“This school is awesome,” said Kit Mantz, supervisor of secondary schools for the district. “It’s just awesome to see where this school is and what we have done.”

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