Ending on a High Note

Tualatin Valley Academy is fun and exciting place to go to school and to teach!  I have immensely enjoyed the diversity of our student's and our school community.  Our student’s are privileged to attend a school where there is such a variety of cultures and backgrounds.  Did you know that approximately 53% of our students come from ethnic backgrounds other than white?  Nineteen different languages are spoken in the homes of our students.

Our spring music program in May highlighted this diversity with the celebration of music and traditional clothing from around the world.  It was a fun evening where we got to hear music in many languages and songs from different cultures.  All of our students from preschool through ninth grade were able to participate and celebrate the wonderful diversity of our world.

It really enhances our school culture when we can do things together in a positive and uplifting way.  Speaking of doing things together, our recent Walk-a-thon was a tremendous success with all of our students participating, walking or jogging laps.  Although we were nervous about the weather it turned out to be a great day to be outdoors and everything went well.  Our students with their sponsors raised over $16,000 dollars to be used to upgrade our Spynergy assembly room to improve and widen its scope of use.  A huge thank you to Angie Peterson for leading this effort and organizing the day.  We also appreciate and thank all the parents who came out and assisted in the day’s activities.

The school year is flying to a close with 9th grade already finished with Golf and Fencing classes and a visit to the Daimler research facility.  Grades seven and eight held a Modern Events Fair last week and we are now in the middle of swimming lessons for grades 1-6.  Another big thank you goes to all the teachers who plan and arrange all of these special activities while still providing outstanding classroom instruction.  It’s been a great year and we have been blessed to be here at TVA.

2017 Walk-A-Thon

Last Friday at Chapel,  our Home & School leader, Angie Peterson, announced the fundraising kick-off for this year’s Home & School Walk-A-Thon.  On April 28, all students will participate in a run/walk for laps around our track.  All students who raise $25 or more will be eligible for prizes!  Last year, we raised over $19,000 to help pay for our new parking lot.  I know all of you have appreciated the new surface and the clearly painted lines.  Some of our students actually raised over $1000 individually!

This year Home & School has chosen to raise money to remodel and improve our “Spynergy” assembly room.  The goal is to turn it into a professional presentation room where our students at all grade levels could use it to present their projects and research results. The goal for this year’s Walk-A-Thon is $30,000 for this  project.  That sounds like a lot but if every student raised at least $150, we would reach and exceed our goal.  Please assist your student in reaching out to friends, neighbors and family to get sponsors so that they can help us be successful.

All of us here at TVA, appreciate the continuing support of our community as we work together to improve our school.  If you would like to help on the day of the Walk-A-Thon, please call the school or contact Angie directly.