Registration for Free SAT Prep Workshop

This year Spring Valley will be offering two fall SAT Workshops. The SAT workshops will be held on Saturday, September 14 or Saturday, September 28. Students may only sign up for one workshop. We will take the first 150 students who sign up for each date. The workshop will be held in the Spring Valley Auditorium from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students or parents need to complete the SAT Workshop Form to sign up for the workshop.  

Student Earns Perfect Score on SAT Critical Reading

Himabindu Vinnakota, a senior at Spring Valley, scored the highest possible score of 800 on the SAT Critical Reading Section. Congratulations to Himabindu on her outstanding achievement.

Congratulations to Jonnie Corning

Richland School District Two honors and salutes Jonnie Corning of Spring Valley Education Foundation for being named a 2013 School Partner Of The Year in the civic partner category by Spring Valley High School. Way to go Jonnie!

Job Opportunities For Students

Life Touch Studio is looking for a student with early dismissal to be a Studio Receptionist.  The job would be from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm daily. Life touch Studio is at 10808 Two Notch Road.  Call Chad Harris at 788-1373 to schedule an interview.  See Mrs. Morgan in E330 for more details.

Office/Personal assistant needed . Early dismissal student preferred. Must be able to drive. Job description is to answer phones, schedule appointments, pay bills, make bank deposits, light internet and computer work, running errands, and help with cleaning.  See Mrs. Morgan is E330 for more details. Send resume to eddiemullen1@bellsouth.net.

Firehouse Subs is looking for energetic students to join their team.  Apply in person at the Sparkleberry Lane restaurant.  See Mrs. Morgan in E330 for more details.

PSAT/SAT Workshop

Spring Valley will be offering a PSAT/SAT Workshop on Friday, October 11th. The fee for this workshop is $30.00. It will be held in the Spring Valley Auditorium from 8:40-3:15.
Attendance will be taken as a school activity. Please see Mrs. Farell in the School Counseling Department and make checks payable to SVHS.

Spring Valley Students Receive Chromebooks


Save These Dates for SVHS Ed. Foundation Events to Support Academic Needs

Tuesday, Sept. 3 ~  5K Viking Run/Walk for Education Kick Off meeting in Principal's Conference Room - parents, students & staff welcome.

Monday, Sept. 9 ~ Open Board meeting 6 p.m. and Auction Kick Off meeting 7 p.m. in Media Center ~ all parents and staff invited.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 ~ 14th Annual Viking  Golf Tournament at The Members Club at Woodcreek, 11 a.m. shotgun start, 2 man Captain's Choice, $85/player.  Call 699-3500 ext. 69061.

Saturday, Nov. 9 ~ Multicultural Food & Arts Family Festival 1-5 p.m. at SVHS Will you donate a homemade ethnic dish for tasting? wear a native costume? perform an ethnic dance or music? rent a booth to display or sell something? 

Saturday, Dec. 7 ~ Viking 5K Run/Walk for Education 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22 ~ 28th Annual Auction our big community event and major fund raiser.  Help on a committee, donate an item/service, be a sponsor or buy a Catalog Ad!

After School Tutoring and Testing Program

The After School Tutoring and Testing Program will begin on Tuesday, September 3 in the Library Media Center. Faculty and National Honor Society students are available to tutor from 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Thursday. Math faculty will be available Monday through Thursday; a science teacher will be available on Monday and Wednesday, and an English teacher will be available on Wednesday. A Spanish teacher will tutor on Thursday. Makeup tests may be made at this time in the Tutoring and Testing Center which is in the same area. Students may arrive as soon as school is dismissed and are free to use the program as a place to complete assignments or use Library Media Center resources.  All students must have their school ID's on when they arrive and will be asked to sign in and sign out. No pre-registration is required. This program is free for SV students and receives funding from the Spring Valley Education Foundation. 

Congratulations Karen Lee

Karen Lee, one of our Chamber Orchestra students, has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles. The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States.  In October of 2013, the ensembles will perform in Nashville, Tennessee.  Way to go Karen!

Troops to Teachers Program

The Department of Defense has chosen to spotlight Chief Master Sergeant Perry Langston, (R) USAF, as an example that will inspire other military retirees to lead our nation's youth as educators through the Troops to Teachers Program (TTT). Chief Langston is one of only 58 individuals chosen from across the nation for this honor.   Along with the stories of other TTT participants, his story will be used in various marketing efforts to make more service members aware of the program and consider a rewarding second career in teaching after they leave the military. Congratulations Chief Langston!

Chromebook Distribution Starts August 29th

Chromebook Distribution starts August 29th. Parents, please sign the Responsible Use Policy online, if at all possible, prior to the 29th.  The RUP can be accessed via Parent Portal.  Click on Email Notifications on the left-hand side of the screen and scroll down to the bottom of the page.  There you will find a link to the RUP and box to check off to digitally acknowledge that you have read it and agree with the terms.  Students were given paper copies of the RUP in Homeroom on the first day of school.  Students can bring a signed paper copy as well.  The information about where to turn in the paper copy is at the bottom of the page that they got in class.

The Lenovo Thinkpad X131e will be the Chromebook issued by SVHS.  The Lenovo ThinkPad Chromebook is a rugged laptop built to withstand enthusiastic typing, bustling group work, and other everyday school adventures. Designed with specialized classroom features like reinforced hinges and a rubber casing, students and teachers can work hard and play hard.  Students using a school-issued device will also receive a carrying case.

Students do not have to use a school-issued device. Students are free to bring any device they may already own or wish to purchase, Chromebook or otherwise.  The device needs to be able to connect to wifi. Parents and students must sign the appropriate Responsible Use Policy (RUP) and/or Personal Electronic Communication Devices forms before they are allowed to use any devices at the school.  Appropriate forms and additional information will be made available to families via the internet and in class on the first day of school.

Viking Strong T-Shirt Sells Raise $3000 for Camp Kemo


In honor of Corey Stringfellow, the Spring Valley Soccer Teams raised $3000 from the Viking Strong t-shirt sales.  Stephen Lea, Spring Valley Head Coach Girls Varsity Soccer, presented a check for $3000 to Camp Kemo, a summer camp for children battling cancer.  They expect to follow with another payment of $1500+ as they sell the remaining t-shirts.  Way to go Spring Valley Soccer Teams!

Students Earn Perfect Score on SAT Subject Tests

Lance Murphy         Gregory Rassolov      Aakash Shingala
Three outstanding seniors scored the highest possible score on SAT Subject Tests.  Lance Murphy; Math Level 2, Gregory Rassolov; Physics and Math Level 2, Aakash Shingala; Biology-E. The SAT Subject Tests give students an additional opportunity to distinguish themselves and showcase their skills in a particular subject area.  Congratulations to these outstanding seniors!

Students Earn Perfect SAT Math Score

Sarah Song Lee             Matthew Hogue
Spring Valley junior Sarah Song Lee and senior Matthew Hogue scored the highest possible score of 800 on the SAT Math Section.  Congratulations to these students on their outstanding achievement.

Vikings Open Football Season with Victory Over LR

Spring Valley opened the 2013 football season with a 48-8 home win against Lower Richland.  Running back John Miller scored four touchdowns and QB Chris Adams led the team with 106 yards rushing and one touchdown.  Way to go Vikings.  Check out the full story in The State here.

Follow Spring Valley on Twitter to Get Football Updates

Follow Spring Valley on Twitter @SV_Vikings to get updates from the football game tonight against Lower Richland and to stay up to date on all events at Spring Valley.  Go Vikings!

Jake Zokan, Class of 2009, Drafted by Seattle Mariners

Congratulations to Jake Zokan, Spring Valley Class of 2009 graduate.  Jake was drafted by the Seattle Mariners this summer.  Click here to read article.

Welcome Back Vikings


Eager students stream into Spring Valley for their first day back to school. Summer vacation is over for students, and it's back to setting those alarms for early start.  Teachers and staff have been planning throughout the summer in preparation for the arrival of our students. We look forward to a wonderful 2013-2014 school year full of accomplishments.

No Late Start, No Early Bird Aug 21

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.

What Bus Do I Ride?

Know what bus you're riding to and from school this year? You need to know, ideally before you get to school. Check here to find all RSD2 bus routes. Should you need to reach the transportation office, their phone number is 736.3774.

Congratulations Ishmael Brown

Our very own new member of the math department, Ishmael Brown, has been published as a front page article in the National Tutor Association monthly journal.  Congratulations Ishmael and continue to uphold the literature aspect of professionalism in mathematics education.   Click here to view article.

Fresh Start

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.

Add Teacher Academic Calendars to Your Own


Parents, make sure you add your student's teachers' calendars to your own Google Calendar.  If you do this one time you will have all of your student's major assignments in one place.  You can view these academic calendars from your computer or smartphone.  This two minute how-to video will walk you through it.  It's very easy to do.

Congratulations Mimi Harding

Senior, Mimi Harding attended Brevard Music Institute for six weeks this summer playing flute and piccolo. Chosen as one of six international students to perform in the Brevard Symphonic Winds Symphony and the Brevard Concert Orchestra.  Miss Harding was also chosen for the Interlochen Arts Academy this summer for their seven week program, held in Michigan. She is a flutist in the South Carolina Youth Philharmonic orchestra, and has performed throughout the year for the National Flute Association’s High School Flute Choir in Las Vegas, NV, SC Flute Society Artist Competition, SC All-State Band, Winthrop Band Clinic, USC Band Clinic, Richland 2 District Orchestra, various Carolina Flute Guild master classes as well as both Symphonic & Concert Bands at Spring Valley High School. Mimi is currently the senior drum major for the Viking March Band.

Students Participate in an ACS Project Seed Poster Presentation

Eboni Drake                                            Tina Monzavi
On August 2, 2013, three Spring Valley students participated in an ACS Project Seed poster presentation at the University of South Carolina. 2013 graduates, Lindsey Smith and Eboni Drake (Explorations), and Tina Monzavi, class of 2014, conducted summer research with professors at USC through the ACS Project Seed program. Kimberly McRae, also a 2013 graduate, conducted research during the summers of 2011 and 2012 through Project Seed.  She went on to earn a trip to compete in the 2012 International Science and Engineering Fair, where she won multiple awards.  Tina Monzavi won the award for best poster.  Congratulations to these young ladies!

The New NATEF South Carolina Curriculum


Spring Valley Automotive Technology teacher Doug Guthrie was invited by the SC Department of Education to participate on the steering committee for revision of the newly adopted SC Automotive Technology curriculum.  The committee met on August 8 to review and revise the curriculum for alignment with the new National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards.  In order to complete the program now, students must pass a National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) student certification test for Maintenance and Light Repair and Electrical/ Electronics. Mr. Guthrie said, “Completion of this program will bolster students’ performance abilities and help them to compete in the highly technical job market of the 21st century.”  He was also pleased that the new curriculum requires a number of "soft skills" crossing into the areas of math, science, communications, and safety.

RSD2 Back-to-School Resource Page

Richland School District Two's Back-to-School resources may be found here.

SVHS Education Foundation Annual Fund

Please join the SV Education Foundation 2013-2014 Annual Fund.   Help support FREE After School Tutoring & Testing Program and academic needs.

Chromebook Information

We've been getting a lot of questions about the Chromebooks.  Hope this helps.

The Lenovo Thinkpad X131e will be the Chromebook issued by SVHS.  The Lenovo ThinkPad Chromebook is a rugged laptop built to withstand enthusiastic typing, bustling group work, and other everyday school adventures. Designed with specialized classroom features like reinforced hinges and a rubber casing, students and teachers can work hard and play hard.  Students using a school-issued device will also receive a carrying case.

Students do not have to use a school-issued device. Students are free to bring any device they may already own or wish to purchase, Chromebook or otherwise.  The device needs to be able to connect to wifi. Parents and students must sign the appropriate Responsible Use Policy (RUP) and/or Personal Electronic Communication Devices forms before they are allowed to use any devices at the school.  Appropriate forms and additional information will be made available to families via the internet and in class on the first day of school.

Lastly, we are still using textbooks.  Students will be issued textbooks beginning August 22nd.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and follow everything Spring Valley here at Viking Update.

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.