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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Registration Information and Brochure

Spring Valley's Math Team Earns 1st Place

Spring Valley's Math Team earned 1st Place (among all Division 1 high school competitors) in the 2013 USC High School Math Contest.  The contest was composed of a 1.5 hour exam and a 1.5 hour ciphering round.  Spring Valley math team claimed 4 spots in the Top 16 written exam scores and received Garnet and Black medallions.  Those students were Richard Chen, Gregory Rassolov, Jenning Chen (8th grader from Dent Middle school), and David Qu (team captain).  Richard Chen ranked 3rd over all examinees earning a $100 check, plaque, and a $2,000 scholarship to study math, science, engineering, or some other College of Science field if he decides to attend USC.  This year's math team was composed of 12 students who went through a rigorous prep and training for 18 weeks on Wednesday for an hour and more for private studying.  These students were:  David Qu, Gregory Rassolov, Richard Chen, Miheer Bavare, Sarah Lee, Jenning Chen, Courtney Noh, Grace Smith, Surabhi Poola, Guillermo Pineda, Andrew White, and Mohommad Arammash.  

Spring Valley Welcomes Students From Cali, Colombia

On Wednesday, January 16th, Spring Valley received 12 students from Cañaverales International School in Cali, Colombia as part of a sister-school international exchange program through Partners of the Americas.   As part of the exchange program, Spring Valley also received exchange teacher Ms. Margara Castilla.  Ms. Castilla, an English Literature teacher from Cañaverales, will teach Spanish at Spring Valley.   The Colombian students and their teacher will attend Spring Valley for nine weeks and reside with families in the Northeast community.   Some of the families who received an exchange student from Cali have also sent a child to Colombia to study.
On Sunday, January 20th Spring Valley sent six students to Cañaverales International School, accompanied by Spring Valley Spanish teacher Gloria Ham.  Mrs. Ham will teach English Literature while in Cali. 

Math Tutoring Galore & Web-Based Program ALEKS

Is your child struggling with a new concept in Algebra 1?  Has math frequently been his/her Achilles heel, and he/she needs consistent tutoring  support?  A highly qualified math tutor is available in the Spring Valley Media Center to help your child at 8:00 AM and during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Tutoring for math and other subjects continues to be offered after school on Mondays through Thursdays from 4:00-5:00.  

In addition to tutoring ALEKS is available.

ALEKS is a web-based instructional program that provides individualized courses in a variety of math or math related classes.  It can be accessed 24/7 using the Internet.

Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

2013 Sparkleberry Country Fair Student Scholarship Application

The Sparkleberry Country Fair Committee will award individual 1,000 college scholarships to selected Richland District Two graduating high school seniors. Monies for these scholarships were raised during the 2012 Sparkleberry Country Fair, along with donations from the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of South Carolina, the Northeast Kiwanis Club, First Citizens Bank and other business/community sponsors. Members of the Sparkleberry Country Fair Scholarship Committee select the students who receive these scholarships.

Eligible students must be planning to attend a South Carolina college or university during the 2012-2013 school year. Click Here to download application from the district website.

Spring Valley Students Go Gangnam-Style

Gangnam style flash mob at the 2nd Annual Multicultural Festival on Saturday.

Multicultural Festival Was Fantastic!

Thanks to a great team effort we had an awesome and FUN event to showcase the diversity and talent of Spring Valley High School students and what great cooks their parents are!  The Gangnam style & African flash mobs and Fashion Show (International Club & friends), Mariachi singer Jose Hernandez, full face super hero & butterfly painting  by the Spring Valley Art Department and "salsa" dancing by the Latin Dance Club alone were definitely worth coming out on a Saturday afternoon.   And then there was the food - fabulous and what fun to get to "taste" dishes from all over the world - and the gorgeous henna designs!  

Congratulations to Jason Aldridge

Congratulations to Jason Aldridge of the Math Department, recipient of our first Innovative Teacher Award!

AVID Registration

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. 
Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.   Click Here to apply for AVID or for more information.

Congratulations Spring Valley Band Students

The Richland 2 District Orchestra held auditions for the woodwind, brass, and percussion students. The following Spring Valley students have been selected to perform in this district group.

Congratulations to the following Spring Valley students.  Out of the 28 chair positions, Spring Valley earned 14 of them.

Mimi Harding- 1st chair Flute
Brennan Booker- 1st chair Oboe
Nicolas Threatt- 1st chair Bassoon
Troy Herrmann- 1st chair Horn
William Edwards- 2nd chair Horn
Sidney Horne- 3rd chair Horn
Ryan McCormick- 3rd chair Trumpet
Aaron Roach- 4th chair Trumpet
Zachary Tomatz- 5th chair Trumpet
Jonathan Lee- 1st chair Trombone
Darren Woodland- 4th chair Trombone
Chandler Pobis- 1st chair Percussion
Daniel Feliciano-2nd chair Percussion
Jonas Hartmann- 4th chair Percussion

Cupcakes For Success

The Freshman Academy of Spring Valley presented its wildly successful  "Cupcakes for Success" program.  All freshmen had an opportunity to get a free cupcake if they made 77% or above in all their courses on their second quarter report card.  Well Done Freshmen Class!

i3: Richland School District Two's Digital Conversion Spotlights Wendy Stephens

i3: Richland School District Two's Digital Conversion: Technology Spotlight - Wendy Stephens, Spring Vall...: Ms. Stephens looks for authentic, engaging activities to build French skills, utilizing tech tools to make this happen.

CIC Scholarship Information

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Job Opportunity - Nursery Workers

Forest Lake Presbyterian Church on Trenholm Road is in need of Nursery Workers.  The times would be Sundays 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Contact Mrs. Paschal at 803-787-5672 or see Mrs. Morgan in E 330.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Business Week

Business Week is a summer enrichment program that takes an inside look at business in action. This program is designed to educate high school students on entrepreneurship and the American free enterprise system. Students attend the program on sponsorships provided by the business community ($50.00 is  required by the accepted applicant). Applicants must rank in top 1/3 of class; have completed sophomore, junior or senior year of high school by spring, 2013; possess demonstrated leadership skills through school and community activities; complete the applications (located in the CIC); Write a brief essay (250 -500 words). The deadline to apply is April 12, 2013 and the camp is scheduled for July 14 - 19, 2013.  For more information, please go to or call 800 799.4601.

Education Foundation Multiciltural 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.

Lifeguard Training Opportunities & Summer Jobs

Fort Jackson is offering lifeguard training opportunities and summer employment for interested teens and adults. Click Here to register for classes.

So You Want To Be A Zoo Keeper

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Riverbanks Zoo is offering an opportunity for middle and high school age students to come out to the zoo on a Saturday.  There they will be able to participate in a discussion with the zoo keepers about their careers and then observe them as they perform their duties. 

Spring Valley High School Takes the Spirit Cup Home

WACH Fox Spirit Squad Winner Announcement

News From the Fee Office

Students who rented a calculator first semester with a “month to be returned” of January, will be charged a late fee January 25, 2013.  The late fee will be added to the student’s fees.  If your student needs to extend the contract, he/she needs to come to the fees office to update the Calculator Rental Agreement and pay the $20 rental fee.  Students will still be charged the $20 late fee.  Students failing to return the calculator by the end of the year will be charged a replacement fee of $120.
If your child needs to rent a calculator for the second semester, please have him/her go to the main office and request a Calculator Rental Agreement form.  Calculators are issued after the agreement form is completed and a $20 payment is received.

Advanced Media Arts Film "Get Got"

Advanced Media Arts class has created several films throughout the semester.  The past three weeks these students have worked very hard in their 45 minutes a day to create this stop motion animation video.  It is well over 500 individual photographs animated into a four and a half minute video.

Miss Spring Valley 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Miss Spring Valley Pageant.    Jarden Wilson was crowned Miss Spring Valley 2013 and received a $1000 scholarship;  Courtney Phipps was crowned Miss Senior and received a $500 scholarship; Ansley Seay was crowned Miss Junior and tied for Miss Grand Talent;  Amanda Campbell was crowned Miss Sophomore and won Judges Interview and tied for Miss Grand Talent;  Joi Roberson was crowned Miss Freshman and Miss Congeniality;  Megan Fletcher was awarded Miss Viking Spirit.  

 Interview from this morning on Good Day Columbia.

Congratulations to Our CATE Students of the Quarter

Basketball Games on SC

Tomorrow night's basketball games against Ridge View will be streamed live on SC  If you cannot make it out to the games the make sure to listen to the broadcast.

Girls start at 6:00 PM and boys start at approximately 7:45 PM.  And remember to wear pink!

Career Fair

Richland District Two will hold its annual Career Fair on March 7, 2013 at Columbia Place Mall. This is a mandatory field study for all sophomores in our district. Parent permission forms will be sent home to students on January 22 and need to be returned to the Guidance Department no later than March 1, 2013. This event gives area businesses the opportunity to provide students with information on careers, salaries, work environments, education requirements and valuable in-person interaction. The Career Fair is coordinated by the following schools: Blythewood Academy, Blythewood High, Richland Northeast High, Ridge View High, Spring Valley High, Westwood High and the District Charter School.

2013-2014 Registration Guide Online

The 2013-2014 Registration Guide is now available online.  Click the image to download it.

Prom Tickets For Sale

Prom tickets will only be sold on Thursdays at lunch in the Atrium lobby. All school fees must be paid prior to buying a prom ticket.
Seniors are eligible for 1 free ticket. Seniors must sign up for their free ticket and if they are bringing a date that is an underclassman then they must purchase a ticket.
Juniors who are graduating early are not eligible for a free ticket.
All dates attending from other schools must complete a request form that has to be cleared by their administrator.

Dates and prices:
January 31 - February 14 single - $25/couple - $35
February 21 - March 7 single - $35/couple - $45
March 14 - March 28 single - $45/couple - $55
April 11 - April 18 single - $55/couple - $65
April 25 - May 2 single - $65/couple - $75

No tickets will be sold after May 2.
Tickets sold at the door will be $100.

The Prom is May 11, 2013 from 8:00 - 12:00 at The Hall at Senate Street.


If you have been accepted to a college, trade school or university, we want to celebrate with you. We will put your name along with the name of your school(s) on our bulletin board outside of the Guidance Dept. so all can see your accomplishments. If you win a scholarship, we will add that to the board as well. Also, don't forget to turn in a copy of your scholarship letter so that this information can be included in the Graduation Program.  So, please visit Mrs. Ashworth when you get the good news, whether you intend to go to the school or not and don't forget to bring in the letters with the scholarship information. GO VIKINGS!

Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning is available to all students that are employed.  Earn elective credit for having a job.  See Mrs. Morgan in E 330 for more details.

Taco Bell Viking Cup 2013

Spring Valley will again host the Taco Bell Viking Cup in 2013.  This marks 21 years that Spring Valley has hosted South Carolina's premier high school girls soccer tournament, and it is also time for another huge THANK YOU to Fred Kotoske and Taco Bell.  For the 21st consecutive year, Taco Bell will serve as title sponsor of the Taco Bell Viking Cup.  The support from Taco Bell has allowed this prestigious event to grow in both size and scope every year, providing a tremendous experience for nearly 700 female athletes and all of their fans.  This year's Taco Bell Viking Cup will kick off on Thursday, February 28th and conclude on Sunday, March 3rd.  Please show your appreciation by supporting your local Taco Bell restaurants!

Miss Spring Valley Pageant

Miss Spring Valley invites you to join us on January 12, 2013 at the District Auditorium at 6:00 PM as we "OWN THE NIGHT".

Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from any contestant or at the school.  We are very excited about this years Miss Spring Valley Pageant.  There are 24 amazing, talented and beautiful young women that will be vying for 8 titles.

College/School Of The Week

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY - College of Engineering & Science: Since the first degrees were granted in 1896, Clemson engineers and scientists have made significant contributions to South Carolina, the nation and the world. CoES was formed in 1995, joining the engineering disciplines with the chemistry, computer science, geological science, mathematical science, and physics and astronomy departments.  The College of Engineering and Science (CoES) is made up of 15 schools and departments, but the unique structure of combining engineering and science programs within one college has led to an uncommon ability to provide a team-based, integrated approach to teaching and research.

Scholarships Of The Week

JOSEPHINE WHALEY SCHOLARSHIP - This scholarship is intended to assist 2 needy, graduating high school seniors in pursuit of their quest for higher education. Criteria: Must be a Richland County resident; possess at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; furnish proof of acceptance at college, university, vocational-technical or trade school; be presently the product of a single-parent or guardian household; furnish a current/up-to-date high school transcript; furnish 3 letters of recommendation from non-family members; write an essay, outlining future goals and aspirations and why you feel you are in need of assistance.

DISCOVER MANUFACTURING DESIGN CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP - (Deadline is Friday -  1/11/13)The purpose of this challenge is to encourage students to learn more about how manufacturing enhances our daily lives and discover wonderful career opportunities.

Cluster Of The Week - Manufacturing

There are thousands of challenging educational and training opportunities within the high-skilled world of Manufacturing. Learners need a solid background in math, science and technical skills. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges, two-year community colleges, four-year colleges/universities, apprenticeship programs and career technical schools/institutes. Students can gain knowledge and skills through coordinated workplace learning experiences such as site visits, job shadowing and internships. This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products. Careers also include related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering. Manufacturing employment is expected to increase as strong demand continues for high-tech electrical goods and pharmaceuticals.

Students March Their Way Into Championship Show

Two Spring Valley High School students have marched their way onto the biggest stage in college football. Senior trombonists Jonathan Lee and Darren Woodland have earned slots on the All Star Invitational Marching Band and will be performing during the 2013 BCS National Championship game half time show.

The band will be performing with the group, Miami Sound Machine, in front of nearly 80,000 fans. Each year, the All Star Invitational Marching Band brings together the most talented high school marching band performers to work with the some of the biggest names in the marching profession.

Lee and Woodland were identified and selected through an individual audition process. Both students are enrolled in Advanced Placement classes at Spring Valley and plan to continue their education in college next year.

The Orange Bowl, featuring Alabama and Notre Dame, is Monday, Jan. 7, in South Florida. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m.

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
Digital Desktop Publishing Class

Mrs. Shelia Jones' Digital Desktop Publishing Class spread the holiday spirit by making Christmas coloring books for the special needs classes at Spring Valley High School.
The bound books are made of four Christmas oriented coloring pages. The books target different ability levels and focus on hand coordination and number and color recognition. Some of the books even have activities to help students follow precise instructions and step-by-step directions.


Mary Sheffield, a junior at Spring Valley, received designation of Carolina Master Scholar from the University of South Carolina.

The University of South Carolina conferred the designation of Carolina Master Scholar to twenty seven middle and high school students on December 7, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at Campus Room, Capstone House, and 900 Barnwell Street.  They earned a special certificate from the University.

These students constitute the ninth graduating class earning the designation of Carolina Master Scholar for their successful completion of at least three Adventure Series courses.  Adventure Series is a summer academic program for academically talented rising 6th – 12th graders. Adventure Series was chosen by “best program” by the University Continuing Education Association.