1. Start time - SVMS has a new start time. We will begin school each day at 8:30 a.m. School will dismiss at 3:05 p.m. On Tuesdays, we will begin at 8:30 a.m., but will release at 2 p.m. To promote student safety, it is recommended that students are dropped off using our bus pathway off of Rogers Road.
2. First day - The first day of school for students is Thursday, August 14, 2014. Students will pick up their class schedules before school in the quad area.
3. Orientation - Orientation for incoming seventh graders and any students new to SVMS will be Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 2:30-3:30 meeting in our multi-purpose room in the front of the school. Incoming students and families will learn about the school and tour the campus.
4. T-Dap - Seventh grade students MUST have their T-Dap vaccine information turned in to our office in order to attend school on the first day.
Spring Valley Middle School students experienced an exciting viewing of the partial solar eclipse on a balmy October afternoon last week. Science teacher leader, Koreen Corbett, led SVMS students to use glasses to view the solar eclipse that occurred on October 23, 2014. The partial solar eclipse that took place occurred when the moon passed between the earth and the sun, partly obscuring the image of the sun for viewers on earth. Students in sixth period science class enjoyed the viewing and many stayed after school to continue to watch the process. Students from the after school ESS program also enjoyed viewing the eclipse with the science teachers and students.
Many students who engaged in the viewing commented, “Whoa!” and “This is a once in a lifetime thing!” Students and parents stayed after school to see the progression of the solar eclipse. Students from SVMS and a handful of other schools who were at marching band practice also joined in on the experience. The next day, several SVMS science teachers also showed photos that were taken of the progression by Ms. Corbett.
The experience is one that students will remember for a lifetime. Many thanks are in order to the science department for providing this real-world experience for students to engage in science.Solar Eclipse
The Spring Valley Middle School band hosted performances as fundraiser last weekend in support of the arts. Last Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., the SVMS band students volunteered their time to participate in a Play-a-Thon. Patrons requested songs and students played for donations. Additionally, a rummage sale was held with donated items from the school community to raise funds for the group. This year, 40 students participated along with another five alumni from Steele Canyon High, Helix High, Monte Vista High and Grossmont High. Two additional fifth grade students participated from the district Junior Cadet Program from Sweetwater Elementary and Highlands Elementary.
The SVMS band made over $2,000 during this fundraiser. These funds will go to support the many activities the band participates in to spread the love of music. Funds go toward uniforms, parade transportation, music, repairs and supplies. This year, the Color Guard uniforms are being updated and hats may also be updated for the band.
The next event is the band carwash this Saturday at the Shell station on Sweetwater Springs Road, just off of the 94 freeway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funds from the carwash will be earmarked for music department t-shirts and awards.
After October break, the SVMS band will begin our holiday gift drive that leads up to the annual and famous Holiday Concert Dinner and Tamale Festival on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
The SVMS band participates in the San Diego Veterans Day Parade, which will be held this year on November 11, 2014, where they will once again be the honor band for the World War II veterans and Pearl Harbor survivors and the Keep the Spirit of the ‘45 Alive organization. On December 7, 2014, the SVMS band will also participate in the La Jolla Christmas Parade. Previous performances at this parade so impressed the director from Southwest High School that last spring they donated two boxes of uniform pants to our group.
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