"Interim" Approaches

December 19th marks the 6th week of the second quarter.  Please check Parent Portal to monitor your student's grades and attendance.  You may access Parent Portal here.

Education Foundation Multicultural Festival

Saturday, January 26, 2013
1:00-5:00 PM
2nd Annual Multicultural Food & Arts
Family Festival

Travel the globe in an afternoon as we showcase the diversity and talents of Spring Valley students!
Taste fantastic homemade ethnic dishes, enjoy the International Club Fashion Show, Flash Mobs, Tango dancers, Mariachi singers, student artwork and so much more.  You can help by donating a dish to serve 10 or more or having a booth to sell something (except food).  Do you have an ethnic costume?  Perform a ethnic dance or on an ethnic instrument?  Call 699-3500 x 69061 for info.


Winter Days, December 19, Spring Valley High School

Upcoming Parent Nights

Spring Valley High School will hold School and Magnet information nights for parents of rising 9th graders on January 9 and January 22. Department displays will be open in the auditorium lobby from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. The program will begin in the auditorium at 6:30, beginning with general information about SVHS followed by information related specifically to the Explorations and the Discovery magnet programs.  In addition, from 5:30-6:30 pm teachers from each Spring Valley department will be available to answer any questions about our school.  Tours will also be available from 5:30 until the start of the program.

Scholastic Art Awards

Glass Eyes by Brennan Booker
Spring Valley had an excellent representation in the annual Scholastic Art Awards show held at Lander University. The following students received  awards:

Brennan Booker Photography: Glass Eyes American Visions

Brennan Booker Photography: Light Gold Key
Colton Rabon Photography: Untitled Gold Key
Kathryn Connell Photography: Light Silver Key
Margaret Teuber Photography: Peruvian Dog Silver Key
Brian Hunter Printmaking: Sick Kicks Silver Key
Paul Kim Drawing: Paul-Ka-Dot Honorable Mention
Claudia Younan Printmaking: Kamilah the Purple Honorable Mention

The American Visions Award (received by Brennan Booker) is the highest award given in the show, only four are given in the entire state. American Visions and Gold Key works will go on to compete at National this summer.

MTC's "Senior Days" is Tomorrow

​The Career Information Center is sponsoring an activity bus for students to attend Midlands Technical College's  "Senior Days" tomorrow, Friday, December 14th.  Senior Days allows students to apply to Midlands Tech without paying an application​ fee.  Students will take the placement test on-site, see an admission advisor, and tour MTC's Airport Campus. Sign up in the CIC Office (inside of Guidance).

Tacky Sweater Day a Hit

Seemed a lot of faculty and students "borrowed" a lot of, umm, festive holiday sweaters for the day.

Exams Are Just Around the Corner

Exams start next week.

EOC Exam Schedule:

Algebra - Dec. 14
Biology - Dec. 17 & 18
US History - Jan 8 & 9

The exam schedule for other courses, as well as more information on the End-of-Course Testing Program, can be found below.

Click here for the exam schedule for non-EOC courses.

More on the End-of-Course Examination Program below.

Lunch and Learn

The Career Information Center will be hosting its "Lunch and Learn" series in January. Students can sign up for the presentations in the CIC (inside the Guidance Office). Lunch will be provided.

The scheduled speakers are:
Jan. 3rd - Law Industry
Jan. 11th - Health Care
Jan. 24th - Cosmetology
Jan. 31st - STEMS (science, technology, engineering, math)

Participation is on a first-come first-served basis, so sign up before winter break.

Richland Two Backpack Blitz

This Friday, why not enjoy some good music and help support Richland Two's Backpack Programs at the Backpack Blitz at the same time? The concert will feature S.E.T.H, G-FAM, Ransom and Second Chance Kings. Doors open at 7 p.m. at Vive Church 2630 Clemson Road, 29229. A $5 donation or a backpack of food is the price of admission.

During the week, schools provide students breakfast and lunch. Unfortunately, many students do not have the food or snacks to make it through the weekend. This event is a great way to come out and enjoy the music while supporting children right here in the District.

Financial Aid 101

Spring Valley High School Presents

Financial Aid 101


The Importance of Completing the FAFSA, Regardless of How Much Money You Make!!!!
The Changes in Financial Aid and the FAFSA for 2011-2012
How the Rules have Changed In Favor of Small Business Owners!
Critical Information You Haven’t Heard About Financial Aid and How the Process Really Works!
How Your Family’s EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is Calculated and if it can be Lowered
How to Properly Complete the New FAFSA and Avoid Common Mistakes that Cost You Money!!!
How to Effectively Appeal College Award Letters—You May Not Have to Accept the Initial Offer
How to Handle Unique Situations (Divorce, Guardianship, etc.)
The “Nuts and Bolts” of Need and Merit-Based Financial Aid
Powerful Cash Flow Secrets

The site for completing the FAFSA is http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

Winter Days Donations

Now is a great time to clean out your closets. Bring those outdated, gently worn or outgrown coats, sweaters, blankets, and denim clothing with you to school for Winter Days. Students will be in the carpool lines with boxes to collect donations on Friday, December 14. Please help us reach our goal of 1,500 items. Remember the coats, sweaters, and denim can be of any size and that donations are given to families throughout the Midlands.

Applications for Magnet/Choice Online in January

It’s almost time to apply for Richland School District Two’s Choice and Magnet programs.  Applications will only be accepted online. The application process begins Jan. 7, 2013 and runs through Jan. 31, 2013 at 5 p.m. In March, parents and students will be able to log back into their application account to see whether students have been accepted into the program of their choice.

Spring Valley Chorus

Dr. Patrick Hawkins and the Spring Valley Chorus had a busy Thursday.  After attending a clinic with Dr. Alicia Walker, Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at USC, they sang for the Spring Valley Rotary Club, representing Spring Valley very well.