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.
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.
Julia Capocelli (Ingels)
Golden Valley Orchard School
I attended Golden Valley from 1999 to 2003. (3rd to 7th grade)
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.
GVCS Class Teacher (2002-2006)