The Valley School

Life at Valley

A Profile of Maintenance Mike, The Valley School’s Jack-of-All-Trades

“Some things you can see….Some things you can’t see. I am very proud of that.”

This is how Mike Miller (aka Maintenance Mike; aka Director of Facilities of the Valley School) describes the work he has done on the school’s behalf since October 2012 when he was hired, on a part-time basis, to help out with some light construction and maintenance.

Michael Shantz and the Steel Pan Drum Experience

On a recent weekday afternoon this spring, strains of jazz pianist Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” could be heard at the Martin Luther King Community Center, a short walk from the Valley School. This version wasn’t being played by a jazz ensemble, however, but by a group of fifteen Valley School fourth graders on steel pan drums, directed by their teacher and veteran steel pan bandleader, Michael Shantz.

Passion for Pups

This week Valley School second graders held a bake sale to benefit the Humane Society. We thought it best to let the students tell this story...

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We are a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, independent school located in Seattle's Madison Valley. We carefully attend to the individual development of each child and encourage their innate passion for learning through intellectual exploration, imaginative thinking and the practice of kindness.

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Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.