AVID Students Attend NBA AVID Day

On Friday, November 22, the Spring Valley AVID students attended the NBA AVID Day.  This event was hosted by the Charlotte Bobcats.  After arriving at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, the students met members of the Bobcats Executive Staff and listened as they gave information about career selection and education preparation.  Students were also able to visit with colleges from NC and SC in a college fair at the arena.  One student, Destiney Jones, was selected to shadow a Bobcats Executive as they made the pre-game preparations.  She attended mascot, cheerleader, and player warm-ups, was announced at mid-court (even appeared on the jumbo-tron) and was on the court to high-five the visiting Suns.  At 7:00p.m., students were invited to stay and watch the Charlotte Bobcats take on the Phoenix Suns. Although the Bobcats lost the game, the experience they gave the students was a win!

2013-2014 Impact Aid Program Survey Form

Richland School District Two schools are funded primarily by local taxes. However, due to the large federal presence in our area and the tax exemptions available to federally-connected personnel, businesses, and agencies; Richland School District Two is eligible to apply for Federal Impact Aid funds. Impact Aid is a federal program designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. Federally connected students are children of active duty uniformed services personnel, children who live on federal property, and children whose parents work on federal property. The Impact Aid Program funds become a part of Richland School District Two’s general operating budget and are critical to maintaining high standards for educational excellence. Last fiscal year, over $600,000 was added to our general operating budget. There are three categories of federally connected students:  

SV Band Students Perform at Winthrop Invitational

This past weekend, Spring Valley Band students participated in the 33rd annual Winthrop Invitational Band Clinic at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. 200 students from 50 high schools in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, were invited to perform Saturday evening with 3 bands that were formed for the event. Spring Valley qualified 6 of its students for the top band and were led by Seniors Mimi Harding and Troy Herrmann, first chair flute and first chair french horn respectively. Other Spring Valley students participating were Senior Zonnie Harper, Juniors David Coulter and Aaron Roach, and Sophomores Arianna Lee and Emily Whitlow.

2013 SCMEA Region III Honor Orchestra

Congratulations to the following orchestra students who have been selected by audition to participate in the 2013 SCMEA Region III Honor Orchestra. They will perform on Saturday, November 23rd, at Lexington High School. The event is free and open to the public. Seungmee Kim, violin; Wenxin Fan, violin; Cassidy Johnson, violin; Dominique Kwon, violin; Karen Lee, violin; Katherine Peffen, violin; Martin Li, violin; Sarah Lee, violin; Briana Bell, violin; Gangyun Kim, violin; Sanghun Ju, violin; Lydia Kwon, violin; Priscilla Rhym, viola; Nicholas Brown, viola; Crystal Lee, cello; Priscilla Li, cello; Veronica McLean, cello; Ebony Patton, bass; Sean English, bass; Lance Murphy, bass; Ebony Bennett, alternate.  Way to go orchestra students!

Coach Aldridge and the Vikings in The State Today

Spring Valley School Board Presentation

Spring Valley Bands Fall Concert

The Spring Valley Concert Band and the Honors Symphonic Band will perform their Fall Concert on Thursday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Spring Valley Auditorium. We would love to have a full house as they perform several selections from the world's finest wind band literature. Admission is free, so bring your family and friends out to support our awesome bands under the direction of Mr. David Allison.

2013 Sparkleberry Country Fair Teacher Grant Winner

Congratulations to Theresa Formyduval, Spring Valley Culinary Arts instructor, who received a 2013 Sparkleberry Country Fair Teacher Grant  for her Cake Decorating in Baking and Pastry Course. The grant money was raised from the 2013 Sparkleberry Country Fair. After an application review process, teachers were selected to receive grants for various programs and projects for their students. The Sparkleberry Country Fair is held annually the last Saturday in April. Proceeds from the Fair benefit Richland Two students through scholarships and teachers with grants. Click here for a complete list.  Hats off to Theresa!

Congratulations to Mikel Trapp

Mr. Mikel Trapp, Spring Valley building construction teacher, has successfully fulfilled the industry certification requirements for the National Association of Home Builders in career technical education by completing the required academic program, and by providing evidence of expertise in the construction field.  Spring Valley High School is now recognized as a credentialed program teaching the Residential Construction Academy Series in the craft of Basic Principles for Construction. Way to go Mr. Trapp!

WACH Fox Spirit Squad - Spring Valley 2013

Want to Learn More About Common Core

To learn more about the Common Core please click on the link below to access the first in a series of parent videos about the Common Core State Standards. This  introductory video is also posted on the district's Common Core website  (look for  Common Core in the upper right hand corner of the district website) and is being shared on Channel 12 . 

Support Richland 2's Back Pack Program

Please join us at Chick-fil-A tonight and support the backpack programs throughout Richland 2.

News from the School Counseling Department

Please note several colleges/scholarships have a Dec 1st deadline for student credentials. This falls during the Thanksgiving break. Students who need transcripts sent out for a December 1st deadline must turn in the addressed envelope, $2.00, and 3 stamps to the School Counseling Department by Monday, November 25th.

Congratulations to our Wonderful Singers

Five members of our 2013-14 Viking Singers successfully made it into the South Carolina All-State Choir. They were accepted into these prestigious choirs based upon their two auditions, performance and sight-reading. Joong Won Pyo, Tenor 2, SC All-State Men's ChoirMyranda Bell, Soprano 1, SC All-State Women's ChoirBreland Green, Soprano 1, SC All-State Women's ChoirGreer Hendricks, Alto 1, SC All-State Women's ChoirSarah Newman, Soprano 2, SC All-State Women's ChoirA huge congratulations to all of these students for their hard work and amazing talent.

Viking Sports Wrap

Varsity Football
The Spring Valley Varsity football team defeated Spartanburg High School 38-21 in the first round of the AAAA Div. 1 playoffs. The win moves Spring Valley High School to 12-0 on the season and a big game against cross town rival Dutch Fork Friday night at Harry Parone Stadium. 
The Vikings were led on offense by RB John Miller who had 17 rushes for 145 yards and 3 TD's. QB Chris Adams had 20 rushes for 89 yards and was 4-7 passing for 138 yards and 2 TD's. Ryan Lee had probably the biggest play of the night catching a 99 yard touchdown reception in the 3rd quarter, which broke the school record for the longest TD catch in school history. Jordan Foster had a 25 yard reception and Christian Miller had a 7 yard TD reception. Cooper Gresham was 5 for 5 on extra points and kicked a 36 yard field goal. He also had 4 punts for a 45.2 yard average. 

Spring Valley Education Foundation Grant Awards

Congratulations to Fall 2013 Spring Valley Education Foundation mini grant, wishing well & student research grant recipients! Click here for list.

Juniors Win Annual Powder-Puff Football Game

Spring Valley High School ladies proved that football isn't just for boys, as the classes faced off at the annual powder-puff football game on Thursday, November 14th.  The senior girls played the freshmen team first.  The freshmen put up a fair fight, but were no match for the determined seniors, winning with a final score of 20 to 6.  Next to play were the juniors and the sophomores, with the juniors claiming victory 12-0.  The last game was a competition against the seniors and the juniors. The seniors were tough, but the juniors claimed victory, and a year of bragging rights, with a sudden death overtime win 6-0 . The games were not only fun but also a wonderful way to collect canned food items and raised money for charities.

Congratulations to Olisa Ashford

Congratulations to Olisa Ashford, recipient of the Innovative Teacher Award! Mrs. Ashford and her student council members deserve a lot of credit and thanks for building community and spirit throughout the school year; no matter what we ask them to do or how little time they have, they get it done. Within the past two weeks, they have organized and implemented all RNE Days activities, kicked off Winter Days (they've already collected over 5,500 cans!), helped with our Veteran's Day activities, participated in the drama department's "Homeless Monologues" show, planned and carried out today's WACH Fox Spirit Squad segment, and put together (and will carry out) an extra pep rally in support of the football players. All this didn't take place from 8:40- 3:33, Mrs. Ashford and the students have been here day and night, weekdays and weekends. Thank you Olisa for all your hard work!

Verizon Innovative App Challenge

Students, do you have an idea for a unique mobile app that could solve a problem for the school community?  Want to win a Samsung Galaxy Note tablet and work with app development experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab?  Click here for details.

Winter Days 2013

A Spring Valley tradition since 1984, Winter Days engages staff, students, parents, churches, area businesses, and more. The Denim, Blankets, and Coats Committee, chaired by Inez Nicholson, collects and donates these items to those less fortunate during the holiday season. This year the Committee's goal is to donate 2700 items and they will definitely need all of the help they can get.  If you have any denim, blankets, or coats (we are also accepting sweatshirts, fleeces, pullovers, sweaters, etc.) please donate them to this worthy cause. Donations can be brought to the school any day.   Students will be on hand to receive donations directly from cars in the drop off line on Wednesday, November 20th, Wednesday, December 4th, and Wednesday, December 11th. They will also be selling hot chocolate and baked goods! All of the donations and proceeds will go to Transitions, Salvation Army, God's Storehouse, and Oliver Gospel Mission. Thank you for your support and look for more information on Winter Days 2013 here at Viking Update.

SC State Department of Education Arts Story

Open Doors: Unlock Your Future Challenge

Inspire your students to take the next step towards career readiness with the Open Doors: Unlock Your Future Challenge and you could win $10,000!

Just launched for the 2013- 2014 school year, the Open Doors: Unlock Your Future Challenge , a partnership between the Western Union Foundation, Discovery Education and The Association of Educational Publishers, challenges students across the nation in grades 9-12 to identify their unique strengths and interests and consider how they might lead to future career opportunities perfect for them! 

Students, parents and teachers are encouraged to nominate a high school student by entering them in the Open Doors: Unlock Your Future Challenge once per day through Thursday, March 27, 2014.  The student with the most nominations will receive $5,000 for their future career plans and $5,000 for their high school!

Cierra Carter Signs With Furman University

Spring Valley basketball player, Cierra Carter, signed to play basketball for Furman University.  Congratulations to Cierra and her family.

Cooking Bulgogi Tacos in Culinary Arts Class

Chef Robert Penry, culinary demonstrator for Johnson and Wales University, demonstrated culinary techniques and prepared Korean style bulgogi tacos for Theresa Formyduval's Culinary Arts classes on Monday, November 11th. His assistants were culinary arts students Calvin Glover, LaMauria Smith, and Niya Kenny. Chef Penry also talked about opportunities for student scholarships and grants at Johnson and Wales University. A meeting will be held in Columbia on December 3rd at 7:00pm for any SVHS student interested in getting more information about Johnson and Wales. 

Juliana Sebastian Signs With UAB

Spring Valley golf player, Juliana Sebastian, signed to play golf for University of Alabama Birmingham.  Congratulations to Juliana and her family.

Red Cross Blood Drive at Spring Valley

The Science National Honor Society (SNHS) is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive here at Spring Valley on Friday, December 13th.  The blood drive will be from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in the auxiliary gym. Students, parents, community members and faculty / staff are all welcome to give blood!

Any student 16 years old and up can give blood.  16 year old students do need prior parental consent and students can pick up the forms in room E312.  17 and 18 year old students can sign up with no parental consent.

All persons interested in signing up to donate blood should contact Michelle Spigner at mspigner@richland2.org or 803-699-3500 ext. 69371.  Students can also drop by room E312 to sign up.

SV Business Classes Welcome USC Students

Students from the University Of South Carolina, Student Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, spoke with Mrs. Summers, Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Wells business classes about careers in business, interviewing skills, as well as student life and expectations at the college level. Thank you Marcus Backman, China Thomas and Tiara Moore for sharing your views and experiences with us.

Career and Technology Education Department

On Wednesday, October 31, 2013 business and community members were invited to Spring Valley High School to participate in the 2013-2014 Career and Technology EducationFall Advisory Meeting. The CATE department would like to thank the following businesses, students and community members for attending.

Congratulations to Alexis Rudnik

Senior Alexis Rudnik has been selected as a Carolina Panthers Community Captain. The Community Captain program recognizes 10 outstanding high school student-athletes in North and South Carolina each fall who excel in their sport, in the classroom and in their community. The Panthers encourage their future development as role models while they continue their personal growth in college and their professional careers. Congratulations to Alexis on a well deserved and earned honor! Click here for more details.

Viking Sports Wrap

Varsity Football
The Spring Valley Varsity Football team finished the season undefeated beating arch rival Richland Northeast High School 48-7. The win secures the first ever 11-0 season in the history of Spring Valley High School. That along with the JV football team going undefeated, as well, at 10-0. 
The Vikings were led on offense by John Miller who rushed 10 times for 64 yards, 3 TD's and a 21 yard reception. Chris Adams rushed 12 times for 63 yards and a TD. He also was 3 for 5 for 100 yards passing. Alec Koon had 9 rushes for 53 yards. The following players also scored touchdowns for the Vikings. Ryan Lee had a 5 yd TD run, Josh Harlan had an 8 yard TD run, Kristion Glover had a 26 yard TD run. Jordan Foster led the Vikings receivers with 2 receptions for 79 yards. The offensive line did a great job as well Friday night.

Veterans Day Breakfast

Spring Valley would like to invite all of the veterans in the Viking Community to stop by the Media Center on Monday, November 11th from 8:00 to 9:00 AM for a complimentary breakfast and a heartfelt "Thank You" for your service.

Congratulations Recipients of the Innovative Teacher Award

Congratulations to the following teachers for receiving the Innovative Teacher Award. Mr. Franklin Davis for his spirit of teamwork and modeling life-long learning in order to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. Mrs. Alsena Edwards for her outstanding work to insure student success and helping us maintain our tradition of excellence.  Ms. Layne Bee for modeling life-long learning to gain new knowledge and strategies in order to broaden students' opportunities for success. Dr. Lars Seiler  for contributing to excellence in academics, school culture, and community climate through development and implementation of the school-wide Footprints project, service on the Common Core Implementation Team, and other activities that encourage community service.  Mr. Jeff Gregory for modeling community service and caring through development and implementation of Footprints and other community service projects. Hats off to our wonderful teachers!

Spring Valley Students Tour College Campuses

Before choosing the best college to attend, it is important for students to test the waters.  Making a college visit and touring the campus can be pivotal in a students decision to apply to a school. Rather than just reading about schools online, students get an unmatched opportunity to decide if they can envision themselves on that campus being part of that environment. During the Fall, Spring Valley's Career Information Center organizes college tours for juniors and seniors. Visit the Career Information Center for more information on college tours and the entire college application process.

Fine Arts Department Showcased on SCETV

There was a great deal of excitement and pride at Spring Valley yesterday when a film crew from South Carolina Educational Television showed up. SCETV, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education and Spring Valley High School, was shooting an advocacy piece  for quality, sequential art programs for all children.  Spring Valley's Fine Arts Department was featured because the school offers an exceptionally diverse, high quality arts program for a school that is not an arts magnet.  Check back here at Viking Update for links to the program once it airs.  Congratulations to our Fine Arts teachers and their talented students.

Students Welcome Guest Speaker from Junior Achievement

The Career Prep Program invited Mrs. Valerie Wright, from Junior Achievement, to speak to the students. Mrs Wright’s central focus for her presentation was on the importance of the 4 “Cs” in the workplace and how it relates to real world situations. The 4 “Cs” are creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that brings real world and job readiness situations through a hands-on curriculum. This program helps to ignite the spark in students that will foster that future entrepreneur and encourage work readiness skills. Mrs. Wright will continue to work with students, inspiring them to be life-long learners.  Thank you Mrs. Wright!

First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Congratulations to our Honor Roll students!

Congratulations to our CATE Students of the Quarter

Click here to view.

SVEF Multicultural Food & Arts Family Festival

Congratulations Coach Miles Aldridge

Coach Miles Aldridge has been selected by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association as a Palmetto Champions All-Star Coach of the Year. He will receive his award and will be honored at the 10th Annual Palmetto Champions All-Star Football Banquet on December 5th. Hats off to Coach Aldridge!

Job Oppotunities for Students

Food Lion, at 9810 Two Notch Road, is hiring Asian and Latino speaking students, that have early dismissal, to work in their culturally diverse business.  Apply online at foodlion.com.  See Mrs. Morgan, in room E330, for more job details.

Veterans Day Breakfast

Spring Valley would like to invite all of the veterans in the Viking Community to stop by the Media Center on Monday, November 11th from 8:00 to 9:00 AM for a complimentary breakfast and a heartfelt "Thank You" for your service.

SV/RNE Rivalry Week at Quaker Steak and Lube on Spears Creek Road

Spring Valley will be in competition with RNE for most money raised at Quaker Steak and Lube. There are 2 boxes at the front of the restaurant, one for SV and one for RNE. Place your reciept from eating into the SV box, the winner will be announced at the SV/RNE game on Friday night. The winning team will receive 60% of all proceeds. 

Tuesday Night at 7:30:
Mr. Paschal and Coach (Deputy) Fields will participate against an Administrator and a Coach from RNE in a wing eating competition.

Wednesday Night at 7:30:
Karaoke Night and Competition. Students from each school are encouraged to come out and participate against each other.

Thursday and Friday Nights:
B/JV football game at Spring Valley on Thursday, varsity game on Friday. Come out to eat before attending the game and turn in your receipts to the SV box. Alumni are encouraged to come back after Friday night's game for fun and fellowship!

Viking 5K Run/Walk for Education

Click here for registration information.

Viking Sports Wrap

JV Football
On Thursday, October 31st, the JV football team defeated Lugoff-Elgin 35-14 at Harry Parone Stadium. The team captains for last night's game were R.J. Bacon on offense and Justin Rose on defense.
The scoring began with a 6 yard touchdown run from T'Juan Fulton. On the next possession, Kevin Owens took it in the end zone on the quarterback keeper from 13 yards out. It was Fulton again on the third possession from 13 yards out. Then Fulton again scored on the following possession on a nice 56 yard pass from Kevin Owens. Finally, Kevin Owens scored from 8 yards out on a well read option play to close out the scoring for the Vikings.
On defense, T"Juan Fulton had an interception. Joell Feberee had some excellent open field tackles. Late in the third on a punt return, Devon Keith had a great block allowing the T'Juan another 15 yards. Jaron Ricks had a spectacular tackle on a punt from his Gunner position in which the returner netted zero yardage. Peyton Pendarvis also got a interception and had an excellent kick off return.  Again, RJ Bacon was 5/5 on pat's in special teams.

Christian Miller, Semifinalist for the High School 2013 Butkus Award

Spring Valley linebacker Christian Miller has been selected as a semifinalist for the High School 2013 Butkus Award.  The Butkus Award honors the nation's top high school linebackers in the country. Click here for more information. Congratulations Christian!

2013 North-South All Star Athletes

Alexis Rudnik   Julia Learmonth    Josh Harlan
Spring Valley senior Alexis Rudnik has been selected to participate in the North-South All Star Volleyball match.  The match will be played on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at Erskine College. Congratulations Alexis!

Spring Valley senior Julia Learmonth has been invited by the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association to play in the 2013 North-South All Star Girls Tennis Classic.  This event will be played November 22-23, 2013 at the Kroc Center, 205 Gibbs St., Greenville, SC. Congratulations Julia!

Spring Valley senior Josh Harlan has been selected to play in the 2013 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl North vs. South game.  The 66th annual event, formerly known as the North-South All Star Football game, matches 44 of the state’s best seniors from Lower State teams against their counterparts from Upper State programs. Way to go Josh!