Principal Releases SVES Report Card Letter

Principal Release SVES Report Card Letter
Posted on 02/16/2015
Christy Slate, Principal

Christy Slate, Principal at Silver Valley Elementary releases letter to parents and the community about Silver Valley's grade on the school report card.

Silver Valley Elementary is a “D”

This is the grade we received from one small look at our school.  Eighty percent of this score comes from our proficiency on our End of Grade tests, which are grades 3-5 only.  Only twenty percent comes from the growth value we receive to show how much progress we make with our students.  

This does not take into account what happened last year in Kindergarten, First, or Second grades.  Nor does it look at the character we help our children build or the extra mile we go to see that students have what they need.  It doesn’t grade us on the relationships we build with our students or how happy we are when a student jumps a couple of reading levels.  

No, it doesn’t show that because even though we are growing our students, some are still behind.  The grade is comprised mostly from a number that comes from one point in time, one test at the end of the year.  One test that may happen on a bad day, or cause so much anxiety that no matter how much they know they can’t remember.

BUT, Silver Valley GROWS together and we are a “D”.

And We will own it and wear it proudly
Our “D” means
Students are Discovering new things and they are Delightful.
Teachers are Dedicated, they work late and come in early for no other reason than to help their students.
All of our staff is Devoted and Dependable to our school community.
I am Demanding that we do our best everyday.
With Dignity, we own our “D”

And I Dare anyone to call us a failing school without walking our halls and seeing what we Do!

Silver Valley is a “D”….
We are Dynamic and Determined
We have Desire to Do and are Diligent in Doing
We Discover and Dazzle
We are Driven and Disciplined

So, yes, Silver Valley Elementary is a “D”, but Don’t count us out!


Christy B. Slate
Silver Valley Elementary

Click on the links below to see the original letter and accompanying news story:

Principal Letter
Link to News Story