Vice Principal's Message
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Valley Middle School Community,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you and your family to another exciting year at Valley Middle School. I consider myself very fortunate to work with many dedicated, innovative and caring staff members, parents and students. Each day is filled with new experiences, learning for all, and the ability to make someone’s day better.
Valley Middle School’s curriculum and practices are consistently reviewed to ensure that we are following the most updated best practices, meeting all regulations, and addressing the future needs of our students. Our staff consistently follows current trends and, in collaboration with administration, creates a plan of action to incorporate those trends into our classrooms. One of the largest areas of growth is the increased use of technology in our classrooms. Each student is assigned a Chromebook that they use throughout the school year. Students work with Google Docs, Google Classroom, Edu-creations, IXL, and many other programs. Some of our teachers also utilize the Flipped Classroom method as part of their class instruction.
The students at Valley Middle School are offered many opportunities to explore their interests and investigate new ideas. We offer many clubs, activities, sports and a large variety of musical ventures that our students can participate in. Many of our students are involved in a variety of extracurricular activities that allow them the opportunity to grow at their own pace in a safe, nurturing environment. Our list of clubs, activities and other extracurricular offerings are broadened each year in hopes of including something that interests each student.
Each year we celebrate a theme. This year’s theme is “Stronger Together.” Throughout the year our staff and students will be using this theme to motivate and guide our social interactions, support our efforts to improve the community, and to encourage us to take care of ourselves and each other. Being kind is a choice, an attitude, and becomes a habit.
I consider myself very fortunate to be a team member of Valley Middle School as well as in the Oakland School District. Each day I am amazed by the little things the people of our school community do for one another. It is these daily reminders that make our school district unique and special.
Please take a moment and visit our school’s website. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Enjoy your day,
Ms. Jacqueline Micari-Christiano