This evening, the lights went out at Verde Valley School. I was just getting home and “a white light” flashed in the sky and then everything was eerily quiet. No electricity? I was immediately perturbed. How could I finish the work I just carried home? How could we make dinner? How could I catch this new Netflix show later on? Heavy was my burden! Poor, poor me! I decided to just sit and breathe. I would try and enjoy a little solitude. It was a fast passing storm and soon it began to clear to the northwest and I watched with fascination as the natural light began to take shape and the shadows of the setting sun danced across Cathedral Rock. This was a gift. A forced slow down. I embraced it. After all, we happen to live on one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes with a multi-million dollar view. And still, no electricity. So, I sat and thought about sitting and thinking.
Dr. Jules Troyer, Dean of Students and Residential Life
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The Verde Valley School experience is so much more than academics. The magic of VVS is created from the warmth of genuine connections with other members of the community. These connections are the glue that also keep our alumni coming back year after year to visit. This is the reason we offer many opportunities every semester for students to engage in class and dorm bonding events. These are events that occur outside the normal academic day and allow students to relax and have fun with their cohorts. These events are student selected and supervised by class advisors or dorm parents.
Recently, the sophomore class, led by their class advisor James Taylor, spent a delightful Saturday ice skating in Flagstaff. The freshman class and their advisor Caleb Kulfan, chose to chill out and have a really cool movie night in Brady Hall. The girls of the Sears dormitory also enjoyed a fabulous skating adventure with their dorm parents, Jeremy and Bridget Broomfield. The girls of Motel dorm were treated to a movie night by their dorm parent Des Pastin; spending the evening giggling and whispering in the library.
The boys of Christensen, along with their dorm parents Caleb Kulfan and Matt Mortellaro, decided to enjoy bowling and a delicious dinner out at a local Chinese restaurant. Kevin Robb coordinated another awesome bowling trip for the boys of Perkins dorm.
These types of events allow students some down time to help balance out intense days of academics and service; while also providing opportunities to make some of those magical memories that adhere each student to the legacy of VVS.
Verde Valley School presents the 2nd annual FARM TO TABLE DINNER
When: Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Cost:
$100 per person SOLD OUT
Four extraordinary chefs, LISA DAHL, BRIAN WIDMER, SAM WILLIAMS, MICHAEL BRIGGS – Wine Purveyors DA RANCH, CHATEAU TUMBLEWEED, BUCKLIN RANCH, and Micro Brew OAK CREEK BREWERY all join together to create a culinary adventure in celebration of locally sourced foods and spirits at the second annual Verde Valley School Farm to Table Dinner! This much anticipated event literally brings to the table the people who grow, raise, prepare and joyously consume sustainable, ethical, local food.
Located on the breathtaking, red-rock landscape of the VVS campus, the dinner features courses lovingly prepared by local chefs Michael Briggs (Verde Valley School), Lisa Dahl (Cucina Rustica, Mariposa, Pisa Lisa, Dahl & Di Luca), Brian Widmer (Garland’s Lodge) and Sam Williams (Indian Gardens Cafe). Each course will be elegantly and delectably crafted with fresh, just-picked ingredients from the VVS gardens and local farms.
If you attended last year’s inaugural event you’ll know why tickets go like homemade (locally sourced!) hotcakes! Here’s a snippet from last year’s event.
All proceeds go to the VVS Food Forest – a vision of permaculture that explores ways to build the stronger, more resilient food economy we envision. By choosing to grow our food at VVS we are making a powerful investment in the self-reliance and ecological growth of our community!
Please contact Kris Fritz (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
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The class has also been awarded approximately $250,000 in scholarship as a whole.
After a long, well-deserved Winter Break, VVS boarding students will return to campus on Tuesday, January 5. Boarders may return to campus after 12:00 noon. The first week of school schedule has been modified due to the Wednesday start. Our class schedule on Wednesday, January 6 will follow the regular Monday schedule (with 55 minute classes). Please click below for the first week’s daily schedule.
VVS IB Theater students have used the Decembermester extended periods to finish rehearsals for their fall performance of “The Creature Creeps” by Jack Sharkey.
Audiences got a sneak peek at the production during October’s Family Weekend. The full production will answer unanswered questions such as what connection is there between the mysterious disappearance of four villagers and the dark secrets of Castle von Blitzen? What sinister events transpire when Daisy, the daughter of Baron von Blitzen, returns unexpectedly to announce her engagement? Is her happiness to be doomed like that of the long suffering Zitzen sisters? Will the cellar of the castle give up its’ awful secrets?
Find out during the open dress rehearsal on Thursday, December 10th at 8:00 pm and the matinee performance on Sunday, December 13th at 2:00 pm. Both shows are open to the public and performed in Brady Hall on the VVS campus. Tickets are $5.
December 6th at 2PM, Verde Valley School will give a “Farm to Table Tour” of it’s innovative farm and environmental stewardship program as part of “15 Days to Climate Awareness: A Call to Action,” presented by Climate Awareness and Inspiration Sedona. We will offer tasting samples of some of our farm produce, and host the showing of two short videos, Small Scale Farmers Cool the Planet and Soil Solution to Climate Change. VVS’s gardener-in-residence, Mike Spielman, and Yavapai Valley Food Council’s, Harvey Grady, will be present along with other Q&A panel participants to answer questions.
The combination tour, tasting, videos, and Q&A event, is part of two weeks of local events, from November 28th through December 12th, that the local community group, Inspiration of Sedona, is presenting in conjunction with the global actions surrounding the December UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris. (www.climatecareawareness.org)
The Inspiration of Sedona is an open, egalitarian, community-building group, where people with enthusiasm for positive world change can collectively come together with their skills and talents to create a new level of community based on connection, partnership, and sustainability. VVS was invited to participate in the Climate Care Awareness program of events because of our stellar green example. The school’s garden is organic and ethically farmed, using compost harvested by students and incorporating 100% of their kitchen waste. An approved food source for their school dining hall, their garden program helps students understand the cycle of food waste, composting, growing and harvesting.
After the farm tour, guests will be invited to try samples of VVS’s farm produce. Then they will be treated to two short videos. The first video, “Small-Scale Farmers Cool the Planet,” is a 17-minute documentary highlighting the role of industrial agriculture in climate change while expounding on how small farmers are combating the climate crisis through regenerative organic agriculture.
The second video that will be shown is, “Climate Change: The Next Generation.” Ahead of the UN’s global summit on climate and as thousands gather in NY for the People’s Climate March, the film focuse on 18-year-old Oregonian Kelsey Juliana, who is walking across America to draw attention to global warming. Kelsey began her activist journey to help slow down climate change, at 15 years-old, as one of two plaintiffs in the public trust lawsuit that was filed against the state of Oregon, claiming that the state was not doing all it could to protect their future by reducing global warming.
After the videos, a Q&A session will address questions raised during the event. Harvey Grady, President of Cornucopia Community Advocates, will be present to share plans to grow organically grown food for the Yavapai Food Council, next to the VVS garden, and to answer questions. VVS’s gardener, Mike Spielman, who has spent the last two years turning a formerly empty piece of land on the school’s property into the bountiful garden that now provides a significant portion of the school’s produce, will also be available for the Q&A.
Please feel free to email email@example.com for questions or for more information if you want to attend the Farm to Table Tour, tasting, videos, and speakers. You can also contact the school at 928.284.2272 for more information.