Fresh Start 2013

All first-year, rising 9th graders are encouraged to attend Spring Valley's "Fresh Start" on August 20th from 8:30 until 1:00.  Students will have an opportunity to meet their teachers and administrators, and begin learning The Viking Way. Buses will run and lunch will be provided free of charge to all students.  The schedule for the day can be found here.  

Parents of rising 9th graders are encouraged to attend our Fresh Start Parent Meeting from 9:00 until 10:15 in the Auditorium.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Correction Concerning Student Fees

Please note, Viking Update erred in the post we made on July 22nd entitled "Orientation August 7-8, 2013."  Richland Two will charge a General Fee as noted below.  We apologize for any confusion this mistake may have caused.

August 7th      9:00 AM-1:00 PM
                       3:00 PM-6:30 PM

August 8th      9:00 AM-1:00 PM
                       3:00 PM-6:30 PM

Students should report to the Commons to pick up their schedules and fee sheets, pay for fees, and get lockers.  Yearbook and ID photos will be taken in the Auxiliary Gym.

Students will not be allowed to pick up their schedules during orientation unless an updated Proof of Residence document is on file.  Information regarding what constitutes a Proof of Residence is here.

Fees and Past Debts
Richland Two is charging a General Fee of $15.00 for all students. Students in grades 9-12 will receive a $17.00 School Board authorized credit to offset this general fee and course fees.  Students should be prepared to clear all debts from the previous year.  Students can return textbooks and have lost book fees removed.  Fees vary according to individual students schedules.  Fees can be paid by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash, or check.

Christian Miller Headed to Bama

Spring Valley's Christian Miller will play football for the University of Alabama.  Read the piece on Christian in The State newspaper today.  Congratulations Christian.

SIC Self-Nomination Form

The self-nomination ballot for School Improvement Council is now online.  Click the image at the left to open the ballot.

1988 AAAA State Championship Football Team Reunion

WHO -   1988 Spring Valley High School AAAA State Championship Football Team 
WHAT - 25 year reunion
WHENFriday, Aug. 23, 2013, prior to the season opener vs. Lower Richland; 6:00 pm
WHERE - Spring Valley High School Commons

The team, cheerleaders, coaches and spouses are invited.  The reunion will begin at 6 pm prior to the game and the team members and coaches will be recognized at halftime.  

Freshmen "Fresh Start" Orientation

Who:     First-Year (first-time) Freshmen
What:    Fresh Start for the Class of 2017
Where:  Spring Valley High School - Gym
When:   Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Time:     8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Fresh Start Parent Meeting:  If you are the parent of a first-time ninth grader or any other student new to Spring Valley, please join us for a parent orientation meeting on the same day, Tuesday, August 20th from 9:00 - 10:15 AM in the auditorium.  We will explain school policies and procedures, and discuss the ways your student can make the most of their time in high school.

Contact Person:  For more information feel free to contact Rob Herron, Assistant Principal, by phone at 699-3500, ext. 69130 or by email:

Orientation August 7-8, 2013

August 7th      9:00 AM-1:00 PM
                      3:00 PM-6:30 PM

August 8th      9:00 AM-1:00 PM
                      3:00 PM-6:30 PM
  • Report to the COMMONS to pick up your schedule and fee sheet.
  • Remain in the Commons to pay for fees and locker.
  • Report to the Auxiliary Gym to take student ID's and Yearbook pictures.
Students will not be allowed to pick up their schedules during orientation unless an updated proof of residency is on file.  A copy of a current utility bill must be submitted to the guidance office each year.  Students who do not have a proof of residency on file will be withdrawn on the 10th day of school per Richland School District Two policy.

Richard Chen Aces SAT & ACT!

Spring Valley Junior Richard Chen earned the highest possible composite score on the June ACT -- a 36 -- on his first attempt.  On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers earn the top score.  Richard earned a 36 on all four sections as well as the composite.  You can read ACT CEO Jon Whitmore's congratulatory letter here. The ACT score come on the heels of the 800 Richard earned in May on the SAT Math 2 section.  Nice job Richard!

Viking Strong Story in The State

"Viking Strong" tee shirts are still available for $15.  All profits will be donated to Camp Kemo in Corey Stringfellow's memory. The effort was mentioned in The State newspaper today. Thanks to Steve Lea and the soccer coaches for their efforts.

Doug Guthrie Recognized at the 2013 Education and Business Summit

Mr. Douglas Guthrie was recognized at the 2013 Education and Business Summit in Greenville, SC for obtaining national certification for his Automotive Technology program at Spring Valley High School.  Congratulations Doug!

Reading Viking Update on the Go?

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Kara Luke Nominated for Award

Kara Luke has been nominated by the SC Art Education Association for the Secondary Art Teacher of the Year Award.  Way to go Mrs. Luke!

Free or Reduced Cost Meals Info Now Available

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Families wishing to apply for free or reduced cost meals for the 2013-2014 school year may do so now.  Please click the image at the right to apply online (information in English and Spanish is available as well).

Class of 2014 Portraits

Class of 2014 Senior Portraits are underway at Spring Valley High School (July 8th through July 11th).  Portraits will be taken in the Auditorium.  Students should have received an appointment time and other information in the mail from Prestige, a division of Lifetouch. Students who may not have received any information in the mail or who could not make their appointed time can stop by SVHS Auditorium between 9:00 and 5:00 this Wednesday and Thursday.  If you cannot attend any portrait session at SVHS in July you will need to contact Lifetouch at 803.788.1620 to schedule a sitting.

No Late Start August 21, 2013

There will be no late start on the first day of the 2013-2014 school year, Wednesday, August 21, 2013.  First period will begin at 8:40 AM.  There will be no Early Bird classes on the first day of school.  Enjoy the remainder of your summer.  Be safe.  We will see you soon.

Christian Miller Participates in Nike's "The Opening" Football Camp

Rising senior Christian Miller has been selected to participate in Nike's "The Opening" football camp at the company headquarters in Beaverton, OR.  This is the most prestigious football camp in the country and will be televised over the next 4 days on ESPNU. Read more about Christian and The Opening here, and also look for Christian in the US Army All-American game in San Antonio, TX in January.  Way to go Christian.  You represent Spring Valley well.

Proof of Residence Reminder

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.