National Alumni Events 2017

We areverde valley school continuing our travels across the nation to connect and celebrate with VVS Alumni!  Head of School, Paul Amadio, and Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Jenae McCarroll, are co-hosting lively events across the country, with Class Agents and VVS Ambassadors. Check out the events coming to your area and save the date in your calendar, today. Make sure to contact us to let us know you are coming, or if you would like to help with outreach or host an event. Hope to see you all very soon! Continue Reading…

Annual Fund 2016

Verde Valley School 2016-2017 Circle of Life Annual Fund

There’s still time to give to our Annual Fund – please consider giving the most meaningful and significant gift you can to help us continue to be recognized as the best international IB boarding school in the US!


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VVS Gathering in Los Angeles

When: Thursday, October 6th. 6-9pm
Where: 168 N.Fuller Ave. LA, CA 90036

Please join Deryn Warren (founding family /class of ’62) and Head of School, Paul Amadio, for a jovial and informational VVS gathering. We will enjoy a light dinner and string quartet with a short presentation and the opportunity to share your VVS memories, on film, for our Story Telling Series! To register or inquire further, call or email Alumni Engagement Coordinator Jenae McCarroll, at 928-284-2272 ext.32 or

This event is open to alumni students and families, prospective students and families and the broader VVS community, upon registration.

Commencement Weekend 2016

It’s hard to believe that Commencement Weekend 2016 is right around the corner. The Class of 2016 will be awarded their diplomas the morning of Saturday, May 28 on the VVS quad at 9:30 am. The weekend is filled with celebrations to honor the class.

Festivities begin on Friday with an afternoon reception from 3:30 to 5:00 for seniors and their parents and hosted by Head of School Paul Amadio. An all-school bbq on the quad follows at 5:30 with dessert in Brady Hall after. We cap the night with our annual Baccalaureate Night, a celebration of our top scholars, athletes, artists and activists at 6:30 in Brady Hall. A visual arts show will be up for viewing in Avery Gallery.

Saturday morning we will offer breakfast in the dining hall from 7:00 am until 9:00 am. The Class of 2016 will begin their procession to the quad at 9:30 am. Lunch is served after the ceremony at 11:30 am.

The Class of 2016 is Verde Valley School’s sixty-sixth graduating class.

Click here to register for Commencement Weekend.


As we continue to celebrate our alumni and their accomplishments, today, International Women’s Day, seems fitting that we honor Betsy Brown Braun, Class of ’66. 

Betsy Brown Braun, best selling author of Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents (HarperCollins) and You’re Not The Boss Of Me: Bratproofing Your Four To Twelve Year Old(HarperCollins), is a child development and behavior specialist, parent educator, multiple birth parenting consultant, and founder of Parenting Pathways®, Inc.

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Nancy Green Print Workshop

Nancy Green, ’69, visited VVS last week to resurrect the old printing press and give students in visual arts classes a workshop on the press.  

Nancy, a notable artist and classmate of ceramics and photography teacher Jeff Perkins finalized the idea of getting the printing press going again and teaching a new generation of VVS students to use it this past summer when Jeff and his wife Crissy visited Nancy and her husband Jerome West, ’66 at their home.  Jerome joins the Anasazi field trip each November, walking our students up into canyons and showing them amazing rock art.

Nancy has contributed her artistry to VVS many times in the past, most recently by offering a printmaking project period.  In addition to donating her time to students, Nancy also donated the materials used in the workshop and to working on the press.

Nancy and Jerome live in Torrey, Utah where she paints abstract landscapes inspired by Capitol Reef country.


You can learn more about Nancy and her art at


Soccer Schedule Announced

zino websizeThe VVS soccer team will take on Northpoint Academy in our opening game at Morris Field Tuesday, February 16. Kick off is at 4:30.
Head Coach Andy Gill hopes to continue the coyotes four season winning streak, and has been impressed with the tenacity and perseverance of his team in pre-season drills.  VVS will field varsity (A)  and junior varsity (B) teams this year.  The schedule is below.  Click here for a PDF of the 2016 Soccer Schedule
  • Tuesday, February 16 VVSB  vs. Northpoint Academy at 4:30 at VVS
  • Thursday, February 18 VVSA vs. Spring Ridge Academy at 3:30 at Spring Ridge
  • Thursday February 25 VVSB vs. Southwestern Academy at 3:30 at VVS
  • Wednesday, March 2 VVSA vs. American Heritage Academy at 4:30 VVS
  • Tuesday, March 8 VVSA vs. Oak Creek Ranch School at 4:30 at VVS
  • Wednesday March 9 VVSB vs. American Heritage Academy at 4:30 at VVS
  • Tuesday, March 22 VVSB vs. Prescott Valley Charter High School at 4:00 at VVS
  • Thursday, March 24 VVSB vs. Sedona Sky at 4:30 at VVS
  • Thursday, March 31 VVSA vs. Southwestern Academy at 3:30 at VVS
  • Tuesday April 5 VVSB vs. Sedona Sky at 4:30 at VVS
  • Thursday April 7 VVSA vs. VVSB at 4:30 at VVS
  • Tuesday, April 12 VVSA vs. Northpoint Academy at 4:30 at VVS
  • Thursday, April 14 VVSB vs. Oak Creek Ranch School at 4:00 at VVS
  • Monday, April 18 VVSA vs. Southwestern Academy at 3:30 at VVS
  • Thursday, April 21 VVSA vs. Prescott Valley Charter School at 4:30 at PVCS
  • Tuesday April 26 VVSA vs. Oak Creek Ranch School at 4:00 at VVS
  • Wednesday, April 27 Play Off Game competitors TBA
  • Saturday April 30 NAAA Final at VVS time TBA 


BOT On Campus

The Verde Valley School Board of Trustees will meet for their bi-annual on-campus meeting (monthly meetings are telephonic) this Thursday and Friday.

In addition to their meetings, BOT members will spend time with students, faculty and staff while on campus. Board members will visit classes on Thursday and host a faculty reception on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, BOT members will have lunch in the dining gall with students.

Friday’s meetings are open session and the public is invited to attend. Open Session runs form 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and will be held at the Head of School’s house on campus. The agenda includes:

9:00 – 9:15 Election of Officers

9:15-11:30 Mission Update from the Head of School

1:15-3:00 Strategic Planning Presentation and Discussion

3:00 – 3:30 Committee Goal Setting from Strategic Planning

Ms. Schucker

Christie McIntyre Schucker, ’82, Alumni Update

In December 2015, Christie McIntyre Schucker, ’82, received her Master of Science degree in Biology from Eastern Washington University. For her thesis, Stream Microbial Communities along an Agricultural Gradient, she assessed the microbial ecology of an agriculturally impacted watershed that resides within one of the most endangered ecosystems in our country, the Palouse Prairie. She is currently seeking publication of her research in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Continue Reading…


Thanks for the photo, Richie Greenberg, ’71.” width=”239″ height=”300″ class=”size-medium wp-image-6039″ /> Jamie Horner as a student at VVS. Thanks for the photo, Richie Greenberg, ’71.[/caption]Today we learned the news that James Horner, the master film composer known for his scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, died Monday when the plane he was piloting crashed near Santa Barbara. He was 61 years old. James is a Verde Valley alum and will be missed by all of us and the millions more who have enjoyed his music and scores for over 100 films.

Jamie, as he was known at VVS, won two Oscars for his work on the 1997 film “Titanic,” best original dramatic score and best original song for Celine Dion’s classic, “My Heart Will Go On.” He was nominated for Academy Awards 10 times and also wrote scores for “Apollo 13,” and “The Amazing Spiderman.” He also collaborated with James Cameron again on “Avatar,” the top-grossing film of all time.

James brother Chris is also a Verde Valley alumni and a member of the Verde Valley Foundation Board. Our thoughts and prayers are with James’ family.