The Viking Singers will be singing a special concert to be held on Sunday May 5, 2013 at historic Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Columbia, 1100 Sumter St. Evensong Worship Service at 4:00 o'clock pm followed by the Choral Concert at approximately 5:00 pm. Admission is free of charge. Click here for more details.
Mrs. Cynthia Lindsay and Mrs. Tiffany Broome's class have had a Chicken Project for the past 21 days, and over the weekend they had their first little chick hatch. They named the chick Shellie. They have more eggs in the incubator and hope to have at least one more egg hatch. Many thanks to Jeff Gregory for supplying them with the eggs!
AAA Carolinas and the SC Dept. of Public Safety have been working with SVHS to get the message out to students about the dangers of texting while driving. They chose SVHS to initiate their "Distracted Driving Awareness" campaign. So far they sent videos of victims of distracted driving that our health classes and other students have viewed. Our student body was given an opportunity to respond to a survey that asked them questions regarding distracted driving, the results of which have been mentioned in an article on public safety.
The opening movie for the 2013 Spring Valley Arts Assembly was created by the spring semester Advanced Media Arts Film class.
Congratulations to the following teachers for receiving the Innovative Teacher Award. Mr Doug Guthrie for his initiative in obtaining NATEF accreditation. Mr Dave Allison for his leadership in bringing positive recognition to Spring Valley High School. Mrs. Lorie McDuffie for her leadership in assisting students to serve the school and community. Hats off to our wonderful teachers!
Spring Valley ranked 1st Place in Division 3 for the 4th year consecutively! Six students from the Math Team, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC competed in the 10th Annual Clemson Calculus Challenge. The overall 1st Place winner among Division 3 schools was Spring Valley! The team members were: David Qu, Richard Chen, Nitya Kamdar, Jonathan Clymer, Clayton Brandenburg, and Gregory Rassolov.
Spring Valley Presbyterian Church has been helping us tremendously, providing food for the food pantry and food backpacks for our homeless/unaccompanied youth to take home so they will have food over the weekend. In addition they are also providing some of the Social Workers space this summer for a week to conduct a transitions group for those leaving elementary going to middle school and those from middle school going to high school. Thanks Spring Valley Presbyterian Church for all you have done for our Viking Family!
2013 Art Show opening last night was a great success. We had record attendance from students and parents. Congrats to all the students, parents, award winners, and all of the NAHS graduating seniors!
This past weekend fourteen of the Viking Singers had the opportunity to travel to Virginia in order to visit two of Thomas Jefferson's properties: Monticello and Poplar Forest. This visit tied into music that they have been learning based upon lyrics/texts by Jefferson. The students also performed at historic St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Lynchburg on Sunday morning. Thank you Dr. Patrick Hawkins for all your hard work!
We are celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday with “All the School’s a Stage”: a series of flash-monologues and flash-dialogues performed by Spring Valley students. Throughout the day, students hear 'flash mobs' reciting famous/infamous lines/monologues/scenes from Shakespeare's work, including "Taming of the Shrew", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet", "Midsummer Night's Dream", and "Macbeth".
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Congratulations to the following students on their awards at this year's art show.
1st: Christian Canty, 2nd: Tabitha Carter, 3rd: Aaliyah Cotton, HM: Cameron Lamson
Art II (2D)
1st: Madison Pickrel, 2nd: Chidi Udogwu, 3rd: Derek King, HM: Corey Stringfellow
Art II (3D)
1st: Hannah Gorman, 2nd: Robert Wohlfarth, 3rd: Jessica Kibler, HM: Ethan Walter, Edward Walter
1st: Charity Williams, 2nd: Olivia Newton and Madison Pickrel, 3rd: Darren Woodland, HM: Eren Sakarcan
Spring Valley High School AF-JROTC was selected Distinguished Unit 2013 by the Department of the Air Force Air University, Air Education and Training Command. One of 9 in the state. These awards recognize the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community. Eligible units met an award board at the headquarters and where all of the programs are doing great things in their respective communities, these units truly represent the best of our 867 Air Force Junior ROTC units worldwide. The cadets, instructors and schools are to be commended for earning this prestigious award. Way to go!
Your Essay Could be Worth $150!
As part of our distracted driving awareness campaign, AAA Carolinas is sponsoring an essay contest for the students of Spring Valley High School.
Your essay should answer the following question: How can we change the attitude and behavior concerning texting while driving, especially among teenagers?
All students who submit an essay will have their names entered into a drawing for a chance to drive a golf cart around AAA’s texting while driving cone track demonstration on April 25, 2013.
Christie Reilly signed with North Greenville on April 17th to play softball. Congratulations to Christie and her family!
The following students (levels 1-3) participated in the National French Exam at Spring Valley:
Bronze medal: Rakib Siddique (National Rank: 8, Regional Rank: 1)
Certificat d’honneur (top 80th percentile nationally): Aryn Cooper
Certificat de Réussite (top 50th percentile nationally): DeShan Wilson, Lyric Chaplin, Elizabeth Harper, Ashley Marler, Autumn Drake, Zane Presnal , Joseph Ravan
Congratulations are in order for Wendy E. Stephens from the World Language Department at Spring Valley High School.
Congratulations are in order for Wendy E. Stephens from the World Language Department at Spring Valley High School.
Sandra is the 2013 recipient of the Palmetto State Teacher Association Scholarship for Professional Development. She was presented the award at the PSTA annual convention Saturday, April 20, 2013. Way to go Sandra!
Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra held their first Young Artist Competition this past February. Three winners among competing local high school students were selected to win cash prizes. Spring Valley High School student Zachary Patton won 2nd place. Zach will be performing at the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra Concert on Sunday April 28th at 3:30 at the Harbison Theatre. Click here for more details. Way to go Zach!
Timothy Wooten is a senior at Spring Valley High School who is anxiously awaiting graduation day. He has come so very far in his maturity, accepting the consequences that have been in part due to his actions in the past, and has done quite well with his grades due to this effort. He has been focused and diligent in making certain that his assignments have been done, that he is tracking his own grades. He has been a great addition to all of his classes and comes prepared each day. Tim is a model student who has completely shifted his entire way of thinking and has become more conscientious about his demeanor and decision making. He doesn't want to let anyone down, including himself. He turns in his projects and papers in on time and is never a disruption in class. We can’t think of a more deserving person to honor and represent Spring Valley High School at the 2013 Turnaround Student Award Ceremony.
Students and families - The Columbia campus of ECPI University has issued an invitation to our students to join them for their Career Discovery Days scheduled for the following days:
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 10am to 4pm
Monday, April 22, 2013 - 12pm to 7pm
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 12pm to 7pm
Come explore degrees with a future such as Computer Network Security, Electronics Engineering Technology, Database Programming, Health Information Management, Medical Assisting and Healthcare Administration. Participate in hands-on demos and career information sessions. For more information go to their website at www.ecpi.edu/all-programs/ .
REMINDERS TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS
- Absolutely no cell phones, PDAs, cameras, etc. in the testing room or during the break.
- No drinks except water in CLEAR bottles. No food at tables.
- Do not wear cologne, perfume, etc. due to allergies of some students.
- Do not wear noisy jewelry.
- No clothing with subject matter printed on it
- Bring your school ID to keep on your table.
- Bring #2 sharpened pencils and a pen w/blue or black ink.
The Viking Singers will be singing a special concert with the Sandlapper Singers and the Claflin University Chorus on April 19th, 2013 @ 7:30pm at Dreher High School. This will be a ticketed event and our choir will receive a portion of all ticket sales. The “support” program affords the opportunity to receive $5 of each and every ticket sold by or through Spring Valley High. The SPECIAL priced tickets for this effort sell for $10 and $5 of that is what the Spring Valley Chorus program will receive. This is 1/2 the price of their regular ticket of $20 . The special ticket code that must be used on the web site to purchase these tickets is studentsp. Click image for more information on this event or to get tickets.
Spring Valley High School has been named by The Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools in the nation. According to the Post, “America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.” Of approximately 27,000 U.S. high schools, fewer than 7 percent qualified for this recognition, and Spring Valley is one of only 14 South Carolina schools to make the list.
Our Spring Valley Interact officers attended the 2013 SC Interact Convention on Saturday, April 14. Our club won first place in Best-Fund-Raiser Project for our support of Hurricane Sandy and for our fundraiser to benefit Ms. Lee. Our club was represented by Paul Currey, Kyle Stiffler, Matt Evans, Alex Kohel, Madi Pickrel, and Carly Swan.
Congratulations to all of our Discovery students for their accomplishments at the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science Annual meeting on April 13th. Awards were given based on their written research papers and oral presentations (please see attached). Spring Valley students won many awards, but ALL students were winners! Three of our students, Bushra Islam, Karen Lee, and Philip Richardson were nominated to attend and present their research at the national American Junior Academy of Science conference in Chicago, Illinois, in February, 2014. Congratulations to their parents and research teachers, Theresa Bailey, Dale Soblo, and Michelle Spigner. Click here to view list of awards.
Richard Chen has excelled so well on the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) that he has qualified for the United States of America (Junior) Mathematics Olympiad (USJAMO). Only about 500 students among the thousands of AIME participants qualify. This is a prestigious honor. The USJAMO is a rigorous 9 hour exam divided into two 4.5 hour assessments of extremely rigorous mathematical proofs. Good luck to him!
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 third quarter report card. Well Done Freshmen Class!
Free Algebra II internet tutorials are now available to all Spring Valley students through Skills Tutor. For enrollment in this program which also has lessons in biology, geometry, English grammar and reading comprehension contact Genny Letts at email@example.com.
Spring Valley's Health Science II class is hosting our first ever Health Fair which will be held on April 29th from 6pm to 8pm in the main gym and auxiliary gym at Spring Valley High School. The fair is focusing on fitness, health, nutrition, diagnostic assessments, prevention of disease, and wellness. It is our goal to increase awareness in our community as well as educate people about their well-being. It is also beneficial for people to know where to go when the need arises. At the fair, we will have a section for fitness games and other hands on activities, as well as educational booths where health professionals will educate and increase awareness regarding wellness, disease, and prevention.
The City of Columbia is embarking on a new initiative this year, One Columbia CityServe. It is an effort that seeks to have citizens from all over, young and old, make a difference during one week of service, April 20-28, 2013. One Columbia CityServe will focus on improving the community's health, tackling hunger, helping with housing improvements, beautifying the community, and educating children.
Richland Two schools are participating in this week of service. More volunteers are needed to help with various projects. You can register to volunteer and sign up for a project on the City’s website: www.CityServeColumbia.com.
Senior slide show pictures are now being accepted. Submit baby pics, mlddle school pics, friend pics, etc. to Km Bouchey. Pictures can be submitted electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person to C 222 or MC 113. The cost is $3 for 1 picture or $5 for 3 pictures.
Seniors - Are you going to prom? Do you like your friends? If you can answer YES to both of these questions then please submit high school friend/couple pictures to email@example.com to have you and your friends showcased at prom!
For the 2013-2014 school year, Richland School District Two (RSD2) will continue with its proof-of-residence procedures that will require all students to provide updated proof-of-residence documentation prior to their enrollment in a RSD2 school, and yearly thereafter. Families are encouraged to begin bringing in proofs to the Guidance Office for the upcoming school year. Click here for more information.
April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the sacrifices made by military families and their children. In support of children whose parents are serving in the military, let's join together in the "Purple Up for Military Kids" campaign. Monday, April 15 is the designated day for wearing purple to recognize these families.