Spirit Week 2019: Goal SURPASSED!

Spirit Week 2019: Goal SURPASSED!


NewsChannel 8 provided coverage of the final assembly!

We wrapped up Spirit Week 2019 (February 25-March 1), and it was a rollicking success. Our goal was to bring in 16,000 pounds of food for John 3:16 Mission (in only one week!), so it was a delight to learn our students and families contributed 24,911 pounds of food—over TWELVE TONS! Our current enrollment stands at 305 students, meaning our students brought an average of nearly 82 pounds of food each over the course of the week.

Crazy Hat Day!

Crazy Hat Day!

As always, to make it extra fun, elementary students dressed up each day according to the theme (see more pictures at the end of this post), and they divided into teams to see who could bring the most food. (Secondary students competed against each other by grade.) Congratulations to elementary Team 1 and the secondary 9th grade for winning! Both groups get out of school for a fun field trip as a reward. Special thanks to Raising Cane’s for donating gifts cards for each member of the winning secondary team—we appreciate their generous support!

Spirit Week has been an annual MVC event since 1990, which means next year’s event is our 30th year! We’re already at work thinking of ways to make next year’s Spirit Week our best ever!

“Year after year, Mingo Valley has been the single largest donor of food to John 3:16 Mission Their gift means that thousands of hungry and homeless people – our neighbors right here in Tulsa – don’t have to miss a meal. Mingo Valley’s students, staff, and parents truly epitomize the spirit of Christian giving.”
— --Steve Whitaker, CEO of John 3:16 Mission
It was Roy G. Biv all over the place on Favorite Color Day!

It was Roy G. Biv all over the place on Favorite Color Day!

We had a special time of prayer for  John 3:16 Mission  on Wednesday of Spirit Week.

We had a special time of prayer for John 3:16 Mission on Wednesday of Spirit Week.

Sports Day!

Sports Day!

Every morning our hardworking 5th graders arrived at school early to help families bring in their donations.

Every morning our hardworking 5th graders arrived at school early to help families bring in their donations.

Our secondary students got in on the fun too!

Our secondary students got in on the fun too!

We look forward to Spirit Week at Mingo Valley every year. We know they are going to bring in a lot of food which means we are going to be able to help a large number of people in our community. This food opens doors for us to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and that is what this is really all about.
— --Brian Bost, Director of John 3:16 Family and Youth Center

Our Spirit Week songs are a much-loved Mingo Valley tradition.

Meet a Student: Daisy  Woodring

Meet a Student: Daisy Woodring

by Dani Averitt

Daisy Woodring, a senior at Mingo Valley Christian, will attend Texas Woman’s University next year on a gymnastics and academic scholarship. She has worked diligently to reach this achievement. Daisy is one of the top students in her class, as well as a devoted gymnast, committing herself to her lifelong dream of competing in gymnastics while at college. We interviewed Daisy to get to know her and her kind spirit, as well as all about her gymnastics journey in the midst of school.


How long have you done gymnastics, and what level are you in right now?

When I was young, I did regular gymnastics classes. I started competing in 2007 when I was 7, so I’ve been doing gymnastics for about 12 years. I’m in level 10 right now. After level 10, there’s Jr. Elite and Sr. Elite, which is Olympic level. 

When did you know you wanted to do gymnastics in college?

Probably about 1st grade; I wanted to go to OSU but sadly they didn’t have a gymnastics team. When I found out about college gymnastics, I knew I didn’t want to go to the Olympics, but I knew I could do college. In about 4th or 5th grade, it became apparent it was the obvious choice. “I love the sport so much, why wouldn’t I do this?” was basically my mindset and thought process.  

You make exceptional grades while simultaneously staying committed to gymnastics - how have you made this possible for yourself? What sort of discipline does it take?

I’ve been doing it for such a long time that it seems almost natural to me! I learned early on that you have to manage your time well. My parents taught me that if something’s worth doing, you have to put full effort into it, like 110%. Having this mindset of “whatever you do, work heartily for the Lord” has made me put my full effort into both school and gymnastics. I learned you have to make a lot of sacrifices and decide what things are going to be worth it and what things you can do without.


Where are you going for college? What are you planning on majoring in?

I’m going to Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. It’s a smaller school, so gymnastics is like the football of the school. Gymnasts get treated pretty nice there! TWU is a Division 2 college, so they can give a half-athletic scholarship and then I’m going to be in the Honors Program, which takes away almost the rest of tuition.

For now, I’ve been writing down that I’m majoring in “Chemistry with an emphasis on Nutrition” but I’ve never done anything with nutrition so we’ll see what happens!

How often do you practice? Do you know what your schedule in college will look like?

Right now, I practice 5-6 days a week. I normally practice before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well. In college, meet season is from January to April so that will be the busy season. Because of NCAA rules, we can only practice 20 hours each week, so I’ll be practicing about the same as I do now.

College gymnastics is more of a team sport and there’s a really strong community within the team, so I’m really excited to be able to contribute to the team and be a part of that energy. Still being able to give 110% into college school work and gymnastics, as well as living a life and spending time with Christ, is probably what I’m most nervous for. I have to learn how to balance it all on my own with no one right beside me guiding the way.  

How has gymnastics helped grow you both as a student and a Christian?

I have definitely learned that things worth doing aren’t easy and those are going to be the hardest things to achieve, but they are going to be worth it. You have to realize that the way you do anything is the way you do everything, so if you work hard in your sport, you’re going to work hard at school too.

I learned that gymnastics is merely a tool God can use to encourage others and use my talents for His glory. Knowing my identity isn’t in gymnastics but in who I am because of Christ is such a blessing. I can use gymnastics as a platform to reach others who need Christ. It’s also taught me that everyone is going to fail and there will always be struggles, but what’s important is how you respond to the struggles and what your perspective is on life through the hard times.

 Who would you like to thank for helping you along in this crazy journey?

 Definitely my parents and sister. They always told me that as long as you do your best, that’s all that matters. It sounds cliché, but they encourage me, telling me they love me and support me not because of my performance but because I’m their child. They sacrifice so much for me to be able to do this sport, whether it’s money, time, energy, or going to meets and practices. I know a lot of parents wouldn’t sacrifice as much and be so selfless as they are. They’ve had to give up so much for me to pursue my dreams and make it possible for me to make it this far. Without their support and encouragement, I don’t know where I’d be. They don’t value me because of what I can do but because of who I am. I know they will support me no matter what.

Kevin Wesel Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Teaching

Kevin Wesel Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Teaching

By Dani Averitt, MVC senior and former student of Mr. Wesel

Mr. Kevin Wesel, currently the 5th grade teacher at Mingo Valley Christian, is celebrating his 30th year of teaching. We are so blessed to have him working at MVC as a servant of the Lord. His life has been such a testimony to every single student he has worked with. Thank you so much, Mr. Wesel, for your wonderful obedience to the Lord through teaching! Here are some insights into his experience in teaching and what it has done for his faith over the years.  

Where have you taught school in previous years?


I have taught for 30 years. I started teaching at Bethel Christian School in Choctaw, OK where I first met and taught with Dennis Queen. I also taught at Daystar Christian School in Oklahoma City. When I moved to Tulsa, I taught at Southpark Christian School, Evangelistic Temple School, and now Mingo Valley Christian.  

What do you teach and what have you taught in the past?

Presently, I am teaching fifth grade. I have primarily taught either fifth or sixth grade. I have also taught Bible, Math, Science, and History in Middle School and High School. 

When and why did you start teaching?

I started teaching in 1989. I always wanted to work with children. I thought for a while about being a youth pastor, but the Lord led me to teaching. 

How has teaching impacted both your faith and your life as a whole?

Teaching involves so much prayerful preparation. Each class has their strengths and differing abilities. I ask God to help me each year to make a difference in individual students’ lives. Christian education involves more than just academics; It is spiritual as well. 

Teaching isn’t the most glamorous job. What’s made you stay teaching for so long, rather than going out and getting a higher paying job?

The main reason that I continue teaching is that God wants me to teach. Obedience to God is so satisfying. God has also shown Himself as a great provider. When you are doing the will of the Lord, He will always provide.  


What are some things that stand out to you about teaching at Mingo Valley versus the other schools where you’ve taught?

I really enjoy the family atmosphere at Mingo. The parents are very involved in their children’s lives. The teachers are supportive and helpful to one another. 

How do you handle the responsibility of teaching these students about God through schooling?

I want each student to give his/her best in learning. I want them to know that God has a purpose for them and their purpose right now is to be the best student they can be. I also do not mind helping those who need extra help to get the concept. Ultimately, I will give an account to God for my life. That is very sobering to know that involves what I do here at school too. 

What has been the biggest blessing of being a school teacher, more specifically elementary?

I love being with the students all day and really getting to know them. I enjoy teaching all the subjects and doing projects that make the students work together as a team. Fifth graders also are the leaders in elementary. Each class has their own personality, strength and weaknesses. I love seeing the students do things that are hard for them and see the Lord help them. I want them to see that God is deeply involved in their lives. I want them to see that they are not doing things on their own, but that God is helping them to do it! 

If you could give any advice to students from a teacher’s perspective, what would it be?

When you cannot figure something out, your teacher wants to help you understand. Also, your talents and abilities are God-given, and you can use them at a very early age for the glory of God.


Honoring Three MVC Difference-Makers

Honoring Three MVC Difference-Makers

As our school year draws to a close, we are bidding farewell to three long-time employees who have left indelible marks on Mingo Valley Christian. As we send them off, we feel the loss keenly, though we are excited for them in their next chapters and wanted to take a moment to celebrate their lasting contributions to MVC.

Diane Aniol


Diane has been an MVC parent since 2002, and she’s the mom of three graduates. She joined our staff as a receptionist in 2007, moving to events coordinator in 2008, where she has served ever since. Diane repeatedly pulls off amazing events for our school, and though she has made it look easy, we know she puts in untold hours behind the scenes making everything perfect, bringing polish and excellence to everything she does. She’s made us look our very best, in highly visible ways, for many years!

“Diane is one of the hardest working staff members that Mingo Valley Christian has ever had. Many of her responsibilities took place away from school, as she shopped, baked, cooked, transported, unloaded, and served to make our events memorable and praiseworthy.  She worked behind the scenes to pull off countless Walkathons, Spirit Weeks, Homecomings, Grandparents’ Days, Clergy Days, Teacher Appreciation Days, Volunteer Lunches/Breakfasts, and many more events that we’ve all enjoyed. We will miss her AND her cinnamon rolls.” –Lynette Layden, school accountant

Nathan Kelley


Nathan came to Mingo Valley Christian as a 2nd grader in 1985, and he’s served in a wide variety of capacities ever since. He established our first computer network, internet connection, and website in the ‘90s, and he has taught multiple classes over the years (including keyboarding, tech and design, and computer applications). He’s sponsored our Tech Team for years, teaching dozens of students the art of sound/lighting/stagecraft. He has been a set designer and technical director for a staggering 32 MVC theatre productions, helping to set the bar very high for our production quality. When we moved to our new campus over the past summer, Nathan’s leadership and technical expertise were critical to the success of the huge project.

“Over the last 18 years, I have had the privilege of working with Nathan on over 30 theatre productions.  MVC’s theatre program is what it is today because of his commitment to excellence on so many levels.  His sets are always a work of beauty and magnificence, his lighting designs are on par with professional-level shows, and he works magic in balancing the sound in some difficult spaces.  He has trained many of our students to love the technical elements of theatre, while creating an exciting community in which they can thrive.  Nathan truly embodies the encouragement from Ecclesiastes 9:10, which says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” –Nate Madden, theatre director

Joe Madden


Joe’s roots with Mingo Valley are deep. He’s been involved as a parent and a teacher’s spouse since 1984! Both of his children attended MVC in the early years, and after his 30-year career with Tulsa Police Department, Joe joined our staff as Director of Maintenance 15 years ago. Joe has been keeping our facilities running ever since, and he has always found extra ways to serve and bless the families, students, faculty and staff. Between his official duties, it is not uncommon to find Joe having lunch with a student who needs a friend or scraping ice off the windshield of faculty members.

“Joe Madden has been the quiet presence at MVC that is not always seen, but whose work is apparent, even if it is sometimes taken for granted.  Many mornings, his has been the first vehicle in the school parking lot, before sunrise, so that he could prepare the building for the needs of the day. After many evening events, he has been one of the last people to leave the building, making sure everything is as it should be. Students know him as helpful, patient and diligent; faculty and staff have been blessed by his service and friendship; we have been entertained by his sneaky humor, and encouraged by his thoughtful deeds.”  --Cindy Selby, music teacher

We send these faithful colleagues off with all our affections and best wishes, and with deeply thankful hearts for the ways they’ve helped shaped Mingo Valley Christian into the place it is today.


From Dr. Chitwood: Summer News

May 1, 2018

Dear Mingo Valley Christian Families:

We're quickly approaching the end of this school year with Graduation on the 11th--please consider coming even if you don't have a graduate. It's a great time to share together as school family. The last half-day of school is on the 18th.

I wanted to update you on some of what will be happening over the summer. Summer after this coming school year, we are considering offering a full summer program. For this year, though, we have some more construction on the schedule.

In about one third of the Eagle Commons (our cafeteria), we are constructing a Music Room, providing a great instructional and inspirational environment for our students K4 through 12th grade. Back in the Upper Building where secondary grades meet, this will allow some grades to split sections and welcome a portion of the new students wanting to join us at Mingo Valley Christian.

The newly active Annual Fund has allowed us to take this move forward. We would like to add to our summer improvements several additions and upgrades to technology in student hands as effective tools for learning. We are limited by available money as to what we can do right away.

Will you join us in giving to support these important moves forward? You'll see the difference in the hands and learning of your children.

A number of you have answered the call this year and given $1000 per family. Some have given more. Others have given less, and some have not yet participated.

Please consider helping us close this year with new financial successes. Then we can move forward faster in the education every one of our students is receiving. CLICK HERE for more information on making a tax-deductible gift to Mingo Valley--and thank you!

Serving Him with you,


Dr. Boyd Chitwood
Mingo Valley Christian

OSF: Helpful to Mingo Valley and to You!

OSF: Helpful to Mingo Valley and to You!

Mingo Valley Christian participates in the Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF), a state-run program that allows donors to contribute specifically to the MVC scholarship fund and receive a substantial portion of their donation back as a tax credit. Depending on your tax situation, it is entirely possible that your donation to the OSF will be credited back to you fully (or almost fully)—it’s like giving, for free! Several MVC families have already contributed to the OSF and seen great benefit. One donor says, “We’ve been so pleased donating to the OSF the past two years. We have received our donation back fully in the form of tax credits and deductions both years. We are essentially sending our tax dollars to Mingo Valley as a scholarship—and we are so glad to have that option!”


When you contribute to the OSF and designate MVC as the beneficiary, those funds are earmarked for use exclusively by MVC. The scholarship recipients are selected by MVC through a needs-based assessment and then those funds are released to MVC as tuition dollars. The state of Oklahoma authorizes a tax credit for individual and corporate contributions to OSF. That tax credit can be up to 75% the contributed amount. This is a true credit, not a deduction, although charitable deductions at both the federal and state level are additionally available. When combined, these credits and deductions can drastically reduce or eliminate the net cost of the contribution.



As our enrollment increases, our tuition income increases. These funds benefit ALL students in the form of program and campus improvements, and a more financially healthy school. In the 2017-18 school year, Mingo Valley Christian awarded $44,000 in scholarships to 17 students using OSF funds. That’s $44,000 in tuition income for the school that benefited not only the scholarship recipients, but the entire student body, as the budget flexibility allows us to strengthen programs across the board. Additionally, these 17 students and families would not have been able to attend MVC without the financial aid.


A contribution to the OSF is an excellent way to take your tax dollars and give them as an MVC scholarship! Please contact us if you’d like to learn more about the OSF and we will walk you through the process.

Thank you for considering this creative and effective way of helping Mingo Valley Christian improve and thrive!

Come for a tour and get free tickets to our fall show!

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If your family doesn't attend Mingo Valley Christian but has been curious about what goes on here, this is a great time to come find out! We're offering four free tickets to our Saturday, November 4 production of "Cheaper By the Dozen" to families who come for a tour of our school between Friday, October 27, and Friday, November 3, 2017. Contact us today--we can't wait to meet you!

This family-friendly show, performed by MVC secondary students grades 6 through 12, was originally published in 1948 and later adapted into multiple motion picture versions (the plot is quite different from the Steve Martin version you may have seen, but it's just as funny!). Dramatic Publishing offers this synopsis:

Suppose you're an attractive high-school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective!

We hope you'll give us a call and let us show you around our new campus, and then you can enjoy some great theatre on us!

{The fine print: This promotion is available to parents of elementary or secondary-aged students who do not currently attend Mingo Valley Christian. Tours are not available on a drop-in basis--please call ahead to schedule. Tickets will be emailed upon completion of the tour, and they are not transferable to anyone other than the tour-taker! While supplies last.}

From Dr. Chitwood: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Dear Mingo Valley Christian Parents:

We had parent-teacher conferences Thursday and Friday. You know that; you were here. I wanted to pass along just a couple of quick comments which I wanted you to hear.

Two of my teachers came in to talk to me after their conferences. You know when people speak up there are usually a large number more behind them. And what those teachers had to say blessed me.

My teachers wanted to tell me they were grateful for working here at Mingo Valley Christian because we have such great, supportive, engaged, loving parents! Your child’s teacher was encouraged because you came and appreciated them and described ways you’re working for your child’s growth.

You let your teachers see that the partnership we all so desire is in action here. For our students’ (your children’s) good and for God’s glory, school and home, parent and teacher are teaming together and blessing each other in the process.

Thank you for your hearts, your commitments, and the active investment you make in your child’s life and learning.

We appreciate you.

Dr. Boyd Chitwood
Mingo Valley Christian

First Day of School: PARKING!

We know you’re excited for the first day of school--so are we! We're expecting big crowds in the parking lot on the first day. On a normal school day, our parking lot is more than sufficient for our needs. On the busy first day of school, we’ll need your patience and cooperation to make this work! To help make the morning smooth, please follow these guidelines:

:: Please carefully examine the parking lot instructions on our website before you arrive.

:: 7TH-12TH GRADE PARENTS: We simply don’t have room in our hallways or parking lot for parents to park and walk your student(s) in. Please drop them off at the drop-off point and do not park in the lot or enter the secondary building. (Sixth grade parents, if you need to walk your student in, you may.) Thank you for your cooperation with this.

:: K4-6TH GRADE PARENTS: We know the first day of school is both an exciting and sentimental time, and we want you to enjoy the sweetness of the day. But please keep in mind that our parking space is limited. If you need to walk your student(s) in, please do so quickly and then hurry back to your car. There may be other parents waiting on your parking spot!

:: If overflow parking is necessary, please parallel park on 107th street SOUTH of our main blue entrance. We have not been able to secure permission to park in the parking lot in the Catholic church across the street, so please do not park in that lot.

:: PARENTS OF SECONDARY STUDENT DRIVERS: Please show your student the parking map before they arrive. We will have some dads on hand directing traffic Monday morning to help out.

It may take us a few days to learn the ropes in our new parking lot. Thank you in advance for your willingness to extend grace and patience to your MVC family. Let’s all remember that a busy parking lot is the sign of a growing and thriving school, and for that, we are immensely grateful!

First Day of School Rescheduled for Monday, 8/21

Dear Mingo Valley Christian Families:

You know we have been tight on construction schedule to get the building open for school. The Lord has allowed us to choose and direct some parts of the process. Other parts, we have practiced trusting Him as we wait for city building approvals.

We have had several successful inspections in preliminary phases. We have passed each one. Scheduling and approval were delayed at several points, though.

Many of you who have been in the buildings are very excited about classrooms and the look and feel of the campus God has provided us. There are still a few aesthetic finishes to complete (like sod around the building), but we are very grateful for the campus the Lord has prepared for us.

Multiple times over the past four months, we have been able to push back on to schedule after the delays. Now, we are at the stage of needing several final inspections and approvals. They were planned in time for the start of school. They are not being scheduled in time, though.

We have been delayed for final approval for occupancy to the point that this Thursday will not work for the start of school. We will start school this coming Monday, August 21.

To repeat, school does not start Thursday, the 17th. School starts Monday, August 21st.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hardship which this causes some of you. We will all be ready to start a great school year together on Monday, the 21st. 

Ready to get started together,

Dr. Boyd Chitwood
Mingo Valley Christian

Important Back-To-School Information

Important Back-To-School Information


Mingo Valley Christian families, we hope you have enjoyed a summer full of adventure! We are so eager to welcome you back to the adventure we all get to take together--our beautiful new campus, and a thrilling next chapter in the life of our school.

As you pack away your vacation gear and finish up that summer reading, we wanted you to have some information about the start of the year. (The information below is a compilation of the information already available on our new website calendar. In the top menu bar above, go to MVC PARENTS > CALENDAR. The password has been emailed to all MVC parents, but if you need a reminder, let us know. Remember to check under MVC PARENTS > RESOURCES AND LINKS for links to school supply lists, sports physicals, parking lot instructions, and much more!)


8:30 am - 1 pm :: SPIRIT STORE SALE :: We'll be open in the main lobby with lots of brand new merchandise available. Credit cards accepted.

9 am - 10:30 am :: NEW FAMILY ORIENTATION :: For elementary and secondary parents and students who are new to Mingo Valley Christian to become familiar with school procedures and meet teachers. Final 30 minutes is meeting teachers and finding classrooms and lockers. Depending on where we are in the permitting process, lockers may or may not be available to set up. Thank you for your flexibility!

9 am - 10 am :: K4, K5, AND 1ST GRADE MEET-YOUR-TEACHER (SESSION 1) :: Choose whichever session fits your schedule best! It is recommended that you bring your school supplies at this time. If you are unable to attend, it is fine to bring them on the first day. 

10:30 am - 11:30 am :: 6TH AND 7TH GRADE ORIENTATION :: This event is open to both students and parents. You'll have a chance to meet teachers and find your classes. Depending on where we are in the permitting process, lockers may or may not be available to set up. Thank you for your flexibility!

11 am - noon :: K4, K5, AND 1ST GRADE MEET-YOUR-TEACHER (SESSION 2) :: Choose whichever session fits your schedule best! It is recommended that you bring your school supplies at this time. If you are unable to attend, it is fine to bring them on the first day. 

1 pm - 3 pm :: OPEN HOUSE FOR EVERYONE ELSE (OPTIONAL) :: Find your classes and say hello to your teachers. Secondary students may pick up their schedules at the front office. Please keep in mind that your teachers are very eager to meet you, but they will still have much work to do! Feel free to pop in for a quick hello, but please save your longer questions about curriculum, class structure, etc, for the two back-to-school nights so our teachers can finish preparing for your kids! Depending on where we are in the permitting process, lockers may or may not be available to set up. Thank you for your flexibility!


7:20 am - 3:30 pm :: JUNIOR AND SENIOR ORIENTATION :: Meet at school at 7:20 am to leave for JBU in Siloam Springs, AR. Lunch is provided. Return to school parking lot at 3:30 pm. Students should wear nice jeans, dress shorts, collared shirts/polos. No frayed jeans, no athletic wear. Drivers needed--click here to volunteer or if you have questions.


8 am - 3 pm :: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL :: (Note, secondary is dismissed at 3:05 pm.) Welcome back!


6 pm - 9 pm :: ELEMENTARY SKATE NIGHT :: Grades K4-5th grade. Chick-Fil-A and pizza concessions available. $5/skater. Rhema Ninowski Center, 1025 West Kenosha Street, Broken Arrow.


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm :: ELEMENTARY BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT Join us to hear from Dr. Chitwood and your K4-5th grade child(ren)'s teacher(s) about curriculum, policies, and the year ahead. It is preferred that parents only attend this event (no students), though if the only way you can attend is to bring your kids, that is fine.


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm :: SECONDARY BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT :: Join us to hear from Dr. Chitwood, Mr. Reisner, and your 6th-12th grade child(ren)'s teacher(s) about curriculum, policies, and the year ahead! It is preferred that parents only attend this event (no students), though if the only way you can attend is to bring your kids, that is fine.




New Middle School Structure for Mingo Valley Christian

New Middle School Structure for Mingo Valley Christian

As part of the vibrant growth and improvement at Mingo Valley Christian, we are happy to announce a new initiative that will begin to be implemented at the start of the fall of 2017: A middle school structure for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in our school family. First, 6th grade moves from elementary to secondary as part of middle school. Then, middle school strategies are applied to 7th and 8th grades.

"The opportunity middle school provides comes from addressing more specifically the developmental needs of this particular range of student ages," explains Superintendent Dr. Boyd Chitwood. "Within school structures, you have more flexibility for course offerings and timing, combining classes for unit projects, and adding practical application more frequently. You’re ‘off the transcript’ so you have more room to address your students’ particular needs and potential. Yet you are providing a strong academic preparation for all that is to come in high school and in college with a team of specialized teachers passionately pursuing subject excellence for students."

Beginning this fall, our elementary school will be made up of K4 through 5th grade, with their class space in the east building on our new campus. The 6th through 8th middle schoolers will be housed in the west building with the other 9th through 12th grade secondary students. Another positive addition is the inclusion of PE in our middle school curriculum, taught by our new varsity basketball and cross country coach, Will Bryson.


Dr. Chitwood explains the benefits further: "The key shift of a middle school structure is designing educational experiences around an arc of learning from grades 6 through 8 which is tuned to the best in student growth. It’s not all focused on preparing for high school, but instead is about encouraging learning and growth for kids of this age. It involves what happens in class, but also has a lot to say about what happens outside class. Teachers plan cooperatively with individual student needs in mind. They team more than is common in high school course offerings. Relationship is absolutely key in every grade, but middle school offers occasions to cultivate those relational opportunities which are most responsive to these growing young adolescents."

We welcome the opportunity to meet the needs of our students in new and better ways, and we look forward to seeing our students thrive in middle school!

Big Communication Changes for MVC Parents

Our campus isn’t the only thing changing--we listened to feedback from our parents at the end of the year, and we are making some changes to communicate more usefully and efficiently in two big ways:

1. REORGANIZED WEBSITE/IMPROVED CALENDAR. We are making a slight tweak in the way we organize info, to make it more convenient for our parents. Now, in the top menu bar of our website, there's an item called “MVC PARENTS”. Click on it, and the drop-down menu bar offers these things:

Resources/Links. This used to be in another spot on the site, but we’ve moved it. Parents should check this spot often for forms/info/links—we update it frequently.

Lunch Menu. We know parents need quick access to this info—now it will be super easy to find.

RenWeb. Just like it sounds, this sends parents to their RenWeb log in.

Calendar. This is our new and vastly improved calendar! The old RenWeb calendar will no longer be used. For added security, this page is password-protected--the password has been emailed to all MVC families. There are several summer community events already on there (more are being added), and some start-of-school information. We plan to keep this calendar meticulously updated with the most up-to-date calendar info for school-wide (or multiple-grade-wide) information. For individual, grade-level events, parents will still hear from their child’s teacher. Click on a calendar event, and it will take you to a separate event page where you’ll see times, maps, details, contact email, necessary forms (when applicable)You can even click+gCal (Google Calendar) or +iCal to add the event to your personal calendar, if you have accounts with either of those calendar applications. Please remember that at a busy school, times and dates are always subject to change. We will ALWAYS update the calendar as soon as we know of an update, but it’s always a good idea for you to check and recheck calendar events often, to see if there has been a change.

2. TEXTING. Our parents asked for it, and we’re offering it! MVC parents: watch your email in the new few weeks for information on the new and easy-to-use (and free to you!) texting service we’ll be launching when school starts.

As always, we’ll keep our Facebook page active with school news as well—if you haven’t “liked” our page, please do so!

An Open Letter To the Mingo Valley Christian Family

An Open Letter To the Mingo Valley Christian Family

You are outstanding! We are so grateful to God for our school families – your service, commitment, excitement and spirit of community. You have given witness to the goodness of our God. It speaks so well and loudly of our Lord’s grace that so many of you joined us on Saturday to move us out of our school home for the last 14 years. Others of you have served painting or moving or doing other things leading up to the big ‘move out’ day. I hope you’ve gotten to see some of the pictures on our Facebook page of work before and work on this past Saturday.

Many of you joined us bright and early at 8:00 am Saturday morning, some staying all day long. Fresh teams joined us at 10 and noon and 2. Our rough count is that 164 of you joined us on Saturday! You brought pickup trucks and trailers and box trucks. You loaded the semi-trailers which Mr. Robinson graciously gave to us. You moved some things to our drama storage facility. You moved some things to nooks and crannies in our new building under renovation. You worked on the playground. You cleaned all the rooms at the former school building for returning it to the MVBF church in very good condition. We had dads and moms and granddads and grandmothers and high school students and younger students and alumni and faculty and staff and friends. You were all heroes!

Thank you, and may the Lord bless you for the generous gift of your time and effort.

The move-in day – bringing items from the semi-trailers and offsite storage into the newly renovated and constructed classrooms will be near to August 1. We’ll let you know as soon as our construction schedule is more sure. We may schedule some on Saturday, July 29, and some during the week of August 1 and maybe some final work on Saturday, August 5. We will let you know much more detail as we get closer to the time. With the incredible time together which the Lord gave us this past Saturday, I know you won’t want to miss one or more of these move-in service days.

Our faith is stretched and our hearts are encouraged. We saw the Lord work through the families He has called into community for His ministry of Mingo Valley Christian.

Serving Him with you,

Dr. Boyd Chitwood
Superintendent, Mingo Valley Christian

A New Logo For a New Season!

A New Logo For a New Season!

The 2016-17 school year has been a big one for Mingo Valley Christian, as we celebrated our 40th anniversary and moved plans forward toward a beautiful new school home. In light of the new season ahead for our school, we felt it was fitting to launch a redesign of our official school logo!

Between now and the end of the school year, you'll likely see both logos in use, as we phase out the old and bring in the new. Very soon we'll have some new merchandise in our Spirit Store with the new logo, including new car window clings and yard signs--we'll let you know on Facebook when they're ready.

Exciting changes abound throughout the life of Mingo Valley Christian--it's a GREAT time to be an Eagle!

A New Home For Mingo Valley Christian

A New Home For Mingo Valley Christian

The board and administration of Mingo Valley Christian are pleased to announce the purchase of a new facility to serve as a permanent home for the 40-year-old institution, beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The property is located at 8304 S 107th East Avenue in Tulsa, in the building that currently houses Hope Worship Center. The ten-acre property has frontage on Highway 169 (Mingo Valley Expressway). 

Front of building.

Front of building.

The existing building on the new property has 24,300 square feet and, after a renovation this summer, will house all elementary classrooms. Plans are underway to erect an adjacent 13,600 square-foot building to serve middle-school and upper-school students. This construction will be completed in time for school to open on August 17, 2017. Additionally, there are plans to construct a full-sized soccer field and bleachers before the 2017-18 soccer season.  



Dr. Boyd Chitwood, superintendent, explains the significance of this purchase to the community of Mingo Valley Christian: “With this new campus purchase, we have a home and a future--a place to connect, to learn in community, and a place to grow. We call a building a facility because it facilitates or makes possible something we seek to do.  We desire to educate children for their good and to God’s glory. We are committed to pursuing the fullness of God’s created intent for each of our students, a strong approach to personalized learning. This building will, in incredible new ways, allow us to do that.  We have new potential for real change in academics, in athletics and in the arts – today, two years from now and twenty years from now.” 

Elementary classroom (currently used as a preschool).

Elementary classroom (currently used as a preschool).

Common area for cafeteria.

Common area for cafeteria.

The renovations and construction in the summer of 2017 are only the first phase of development for the property. Dr. Chitwood explains that “further out, perhaps three years, on the timetable which the Lord gives us, we have developed plans for a gymnasium. We have plans for continuing improvement of our production and performance spaces for dramatic and musical programs. We also intend to construct an additional classroom building which will allow us to have two class sections per grade, grades K4 through 12th. In this building, we would also expect to have additional assembly, dining and educational spaces. Each phase includes advances in technology throughout the facility and continuing improvements to the beauty and welcoming character of the entire campus.” 



Mingo Valley Christian remains committed to the quality of relationships and community as a school. According to Dr. Chitwood, the board and administration see an optimal size for the school eventually totaling 500 to 600 students, with two class sections per grade, K4 through 12th, intending about 8-10% enrollment growth per year. “This is a rate which gives us advantages and improvements each year, while offering the right pace of growth for hiring the best faculty and preserving the cohesion and quality of our relationships as a school community,” he says. “We won’t grow there in the quickest way, but in the best way.” 

Spacious hallways.

Spacious hallways.

“MVC has developed a unique profile and impact over the last 40 years in the Tulsa community by consistently focusing first on serving spiritual needs by building biblical faith, knowledge and character in the hearts and minds of students,” says Board Chairman Ed Thomas. “The school has single mindedly cultivated a culture that celebrates partnering with families, serving others, and pursuing excellence.  MVC has always been led and staffed by individuals who are passionate about teaching from a biblically infused and academically challenging curriculum and providing godly role models to students both in and outside the classroom.”  The school will close on the purchase transaction and take ownership of the property on April 27, with move-in occurring in phases over the summer. Plans are underway for an open house for donors and alumni in the fall of 2017.

Click here to see the fun video the school used to announce the location of the property to the current families and faculty!

Room to grow! View of open acreage where new secondary will be built, looking toward the area where the soccer fields will be.

Room to grow! View of open acreage where new secondary will be built, looking toward the area where the soccer fields will be.

Aerial view of the ten-acre property.

Aerial view of the ten-acre property.

TWO MVC Seniors Recognized as National Merit Finalists

TWO MVC Seniors Recognized as National Merit Finalists

Erica Morris and Rachel Averitt

MVC seniors Rachel Averitt and Erica Morris have been recognized as National Merit Finalists, a highly coveted academic honor ultimately awarded to fewer than one percent of the initial pool of applicants.

Academic Advisor Cheryl Wassall explains further: "The National Merit road is a journey not for the faint of heart. Students enter the National Merit competition when they take the PSAT in October of their junior year. It is not until 16 months later, in February of their senior year, that they receive notification of their advancement to finalist standing. Along that path they scale many hurdles and are required to provide proof on multiple levels that they are worthy recipients of the recognition. Receiving that Certificate of Merit is a great accomplishment but the lucrative scholarship awards from the National Merit Corporation, corporate sponsors or sponsor schools truly make it worth the trip."

These two outstanding young women have not only been academic high achievers, but they've also been student leaders in numerous areas of school life.

Amber Drew, MVC English teacher, explains that "Rachel is a leader and an innovator: she never settles for the minimum or average standard in any pursuit, but finds a way to make each project so original, enlightening, and simply excellent, that it exists in its own superior standard. She does not shy away from taking on a challenge, but rather makes it her own."

Mrs. Melissa Thompson, MVC mathematics teacher, says that "Erica is a delight and an easy student to teach.  She loves and leads her Citadel house well.  She grasps Calculus “easily” through her conscientious and determined study. And, almost every morning, her quick wit, accompanied by her winning smile, brighten my day."

Two National Merit Finalists in a single graduating class of 17 students is a reflection not only of these two young women's extraordinary effort and giftedness, but also of the strong support of their parents and the faculty at Mingo Valley Christian. Erica Morris says, "At MVC, the teachers focus on making sure you understand the material, not just know it for the test. Because the classes are so small, they are able to pay individualized attention to you and help you one-on-one if you need it. MVC also teaches you to think for yourself. Instead of giving up on a math problem you don't understand, the teachers challenge you to reason through what you know and try to come up with a solution. In our Bible classes, we learn how to use logic to defend our faith. Spanish classes emphasize patterns in language rather than having us learn every word by rote memory. This type of thinking is crucial especially in standardized tests and has helped me immensely. "

In addition to these two young women, Senior Carly Torres was National Merit Commended and was recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar.

The entire Mingo Valley Christian family commends Rachel, Erica, and Carly, their parents, and their teachers for these well-deserved honors.

Read more in the Tulsa World.