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.

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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.  

Auditorium.

Auditorium.

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.” 

Foyer.

Foyer.

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.