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Mitchem to New Teachers: 'We Can Make a Difference'

Valley View School District 365U School District Superintendent James Mitchem challenged the 100 new teachers to "genuinely care for kids."

Editor's note: The following is a press release from Valley View School District 365U. 

Superintendent James Mitchem Jr. Wednesday challenged more than 100 new teachers to “genuinely care for kids” as they begin their careers with .

“I consider all of you to be first round draft choices,” Dr. Mitchem said. “But you must be ready to step outside of your comfort zone.”

The VVSD Superintendent detailed the district’s “New View: A Design for Change” for the new teachers as they prepared for two intensive days of training together and several more days of training with returning educators prior to the start of school on Wednesday.

“In Valley View we expect you to be difference makers because it’s morally imperative that you are,” Dr. Mitchem said. “We assume that empathy for children is at your core and that you believe that all kids can learn.

“The greatest impact on a child’s degree of learning is that they have teachers who care,” he added. “When teachers care, kids grow. And they learn.”

Dr. Mitchem talked about VVSD’s new belief system that is predicated on increased rigor, better instruction, continual assessments and accountability at all levels from the school board to administrators to teachers to parents and ultimately to students.

“We can’t tout ourselves as excellent in the face of mediocre results,” he said. “We all have to make a difference to ensure that all of our children will learn.”

BHS Mom August 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Great leaders lead by example, show that you care and validate your "genuine care for the kids" by giving VVSD back the 64k you were recently given, despite it not being part of your written contract.
Mary Ciner August 20, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Make a difference and find a new Superintendent.
I don't Work for free August 20, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Lead by example Mitchum. You only care about yourself. You only hire your friends and family. We know what's going on and we will change it...soon.
I don't Work for free August 20, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Also it not just mitchum. Some school board members are not being transparent. Next election they will be replaced. They know who they are.
Mickey August 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I agree.
Rebecca Brogni August 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Why are only SOME of the school board meetings being recorded and put on youtube? I really would like to see what happened with Thursday's meeting regarding transferring students to Pioneer. How come that one isn't up there? Bad reaction from the parents council???
Caring Citizen August 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Thursday wasn't a school board meeting.
stef August 21, 2012 at 03:03 AM
BHS Mom - you read my mind! I was going to write the same thing!
stef August 21, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Rebecca, these school board meetings are being recorded? I would love to watch these! What search term do I used to find these on Youtube?
SLAG August 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM
How can the new teachers "make a difference" when they know and see some of the current teachers taking lots of days off for non-emergency reasons instead of being in their classrooms doing what they're paid to do -- teach their students?!?! School doesn't start for the students until August 22, yet I heard of a substitute teacher having been contacted already to sub for a teacher on opening day. Something is definitely wrong with this picture.
nonewquarry August 21, 2012 at 03:54 PM
This is one of the VVSD board member. It is embarrassing that he is in charge of our kids education. He is embarrassment to our community, we will replace him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2jIVCnFKOU&feature=plcp
stef August 21, 2012 at 06:49 PM
OMG what a clown. Who is this guy in the video - Leo Venegas? He made NO sense. He made NO point.
nonewquarry August 22, 2012 at 04:54 AM
yes, this is Leo Venegas himself. This video will hunt him for the rest of his very short political life. I will make sure of it...

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