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1. Golden Valley Charter Schools: Our First Year 

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On the cover of Golden Valley’s first yearbook is a watercolor painting of a path through a forest of trees. And inside, along with the class photos are photos of each family along with a favorite family recipe. As I flip through its pages I am struck by how truly it represents the beginning of Golden Valley Charter Schools, when a small group of parents, teachers and staff set out on a mission together to found a school, determined to forge a path through the forest of unknown challenges and pitfalls as well as delights. Amazingly, that small school, which was then known as Citrus Heights Charter School , has grown into the burgeoning network of three public Waldorf Schools that Golden Valley Schools is today. With much passion, determination and hard work we united to overcome outside adversity and internal turbulence to give birth to Golden Valley. Here is one of the stories behind the photos in that first yearbook. I know there are others as well.

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2. Once Upon a Time...
 
 
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Hello Golden Valley Charter School Community,

Once upon a time there was a kindergarten teacher named Miss Julia that joined a school that was in a golden valley. So she named it Golden Valley Charter School. One day before the beginning of the school year, the excited children with their devoted parents met all the teachers and administrators and helpers at the school’s first ever ice cream social.  What a wonderful time we had together meeting new friends and sharing creative ideas. Then something amazing happened- a beautiful rainbow appeared right over our playground! It surely was a sign of all the beautiful times we had together those four years Miss Julia was at the Golden Valley Charter School. Then when she married her Prince Charming she moved to live by the great Pacific Ocean. She will always remember with love her special time at the shining school in a golden valley.
 
Much love to all that are there,

Julia Capocelli (Ingels)
 
3. Happily Ever After at Golden Valley
 
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Once upon a time there was a boy named Austin and a girl named Hannah who both went to a lovely little school nestled by the river in a Golden Valley. They were in 4th and 5th grade when they first met, and they traveled together to school each day. They didn't really care for each other much; Austin and his brothers would say funny boy things and Hannah would laugh at them and say they were silly boys. As the years passed and they grew older they grew to be fond of each other. Then one day, they both went to a dance together. After the dance, Austin stopped sitting in the front seat of the carpool, and instead sat next to Hannah. When there was a disagreement, he took her side over his brothers. Young love was found. Austin's mom, one of the Golden Valley kindergarten teachers would joke with them that one day they should get married on the kindergarten yard. As they grew older, they went to different high schools, yet stayed true to their newfound love attending dances, studying and spending as much time together as possible. After all, they were soulmates. They went to college together and finally, Austin asked Hannah to marry him. Of course, she said yes. Where else to have the ceremony, but in the kindergarten yard. Wooden benches, chalk and kindergarten bread were all gathered as they said, "I do". And they lived Happily Ever After.
 
 
Becky Page

Principal

Golden Valley Orchard School

 

 

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4. One of the First Golden Valley Alumni
 
My name is Kyle Halldorson ,

I attended Golden Valley from 1999 to 2003. (3rd to 7th grade)
 
Golden Valley was extremely fun for being a kid. I Remember I started the first year they even operated  as a school.  Back then it was called Citrus Heights Charter School in 1999. The following year would be my fourth grade year, that was when it actually became “Golden Valley Charter School” in 2000. I guess that makes me a 1st year alumni.  My first memorable moment was when I was in the 4th grade. We had been learning about native Americans and their culture in class. During that learning period we went on a over night field trip to a campsite, I think it was called “Indian Grinding Rock.” Upon arrival andafter unloading the cars ,  we were greeted by a couple  who my teacher told us were real “life” Native American living people at our campsite. As an adult you would call these people “living off the grid” However they taught us some really useful skills. We learned how to build and start a camp fire with cat tails and sticks  made from Manzanita I believe. Then they taught us how to make arrowheads and how to sharpen them with pieces of small deer antlers and obsidian rocks. I kept my arrow head and gave it to my dad for fathers day, he still has it. We also got to camp out for the night and sleep in an actual Native American TP. It was neat because we didn’t just read about and talk about our topics in a classroom. We went out to the real world and had real life experience on the topic we were learning about.
 
 
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5. What Matters Most
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In the summer of 2002, I drove up to a small, quiet church site in Orangevale. It would be my final interview and the first time to meet the students of the sixth grade class. I was unimpressed with the simple campus, but soon students and families began to arrive. As the meeting drew to an end, I genuinely felt as if I was among long-time friends and family, and I did not want to leave! At this time, Golden Valley was a school that only went up to sixth grade. Because of the strong support of our school leadership (Debi Lenny and our board), this class paved the path of creating a successful middle school program and became the first graduating class of 2005. I also had the pleasure of accompanying the class of 2006 to graduation.

These early years were not without hardship. We moved four times in the four years I served as a class teacher at Golden Valley, and one year we even moved campuses mid-year! As I reflect back on those ‘golden’ years, I can say that I wholeheartedly loved each moment spent with the students, who I still consider to be some of the most incredible people I have had the pleasure of knowing. The underlying mood was one of inner growth as human beings, and I found in the students a level of depth and understanding of one another that I have not readily encountered elsewhere. Through all of the many campus changes, I experienced that it is not WHERE you are that matters most, but WHO you are with.

-Monique Verdin

GVCS Class Teacher (2002-2006)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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