Saturday, December 3, 2022

Community Invited to Celebrate Hopland’s Shanél Valley Academy Grand Reopening Ceremony

The following is a press release issued by the Shanél Valley Academy:

Shanél Valley Academy at the base of Duncan Peak [Picture provided by the school]

Shanél Valley Academy will be celebrating a historic milestone in the Hopland community at the Grand Reopening Ceremony on Saturday, June 4th, 2022, beginning at 10am.

After the Ukiah Unified School District Board approved the charter school petition to operate at the former Hopland Elementary School site in January 2021, the founding team faced challenges and an accelerated timeline to renovate and prepare the campus to welcome students. The community came together and accomplished what it had set out to do, and on September 7, 2021, the doors re-opened at Hopland School for the first time in over a decade. “This school is proof that no dream is too big, that anything is possible with hard work and determination, and if you build the right team, you can exceed expectations”, says Amy Frost, founder, and Shanél Valley Academy Board President. 

Shanél Valley Academy continues to set new goals for the upcoming year. Staff, students, and volunteers have planted vegetable gardens and fruit trees on the 10-acre parcel of land as they prepare to build a robust farm-to-school program beginning in the 22/23 school year and expand their outdoor educational opportunities for students. 

Shanél Valley Academy was recently notified they will be part of the first cohort of grant recipients for the Community Schools Partnership Program. “This is a transformational moment for California’s schools, and our nation-leading investment in community school strategies will ensure that our campuses will become resource hubs for our neighborhoods, and that our families and educators lead the efforts to transform outcomes for students,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. SVA is excited to begin building the foundation for a community school model and improve learning through a “whole-child” approach.

They would like to invite the entire community to celebrate their year full of accomplishments. The ceremonies will include opening remarks from the founding school leaders, a reveal of the school community mural, a student-led song celebrating our first year of success, acknowledgment of donors who helped make the school possible, student awards, and an open opportunity for community members to tour the facility.

The event is free for all who wish to attend. Lunch tickets will be sold to raise funds for their farm-to-school program. 

Lunch ticket includes: BBQ Chicken and Ribs, Beans, Coleslaw and a Fresh Roll!



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