Two Discovery Freshman Teams Named State Winners in the 13th Annual eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition

Sarayu Parise (left)  Sreeja Varanasi (center) Alyssa Brunson (rt)  The Purifiers
The U.S. Army has announced two Discovery 9th grade teams, “The Purifiers” and “Banana Squad,” from Spring Valley High School as the 1st and 2nd place state winners, respectively,  in the 13th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – a STEM initiative offered by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). Each team member will be awarded $1000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, maturity value, for being a state finalist.  These teams worked together with their team advisor, Dr. Michelle Wyatt, to design projects focusing on water purification (The Purifiers- Alyssa Brunson, Sarayu Parise, and Sreeja Varanasi) and biofuels (Banana Squad-Jasmine Flora, Mika McAnally, and Spencer O’Connor). The Purifiers were also named regional finalists (one of the top three teams in the region). In the next round of the STEM competition, regional finalists in each grade level will be evaluated by a panel of virtual judges to determine the regional winners. The Purifiers will be notified by May 7th if they advance to the national level. All regional finalist team members will receive an additional $1000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, maturity value.  The final winning teams then compete at the national level and receive an all-expenses paid trip to the National Judging and Education Event (NJ&EE) taking place June 15-19, 2015 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Mika McAnally (left) Spencer O'Connor (center) Jasmine Flora (rt)  Banana Squad
eCYBERMISSION, sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based STEM competition that is free to students and designed to help build students’ interest and knowledge in STEM. Students in grades six through nine are challenged with developing a solution to a real-world problem in their local community. Students compete on state, regional, and national levels for monetary awards, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, maturity value.  Through the eCYBERMISSION website, The Purifiers and Banana Squad created a mission folder—the official write-up of their project— which requires students to work through all steps of scientific practices before submitting to be evaluated and scored by a panel of virtual judges. 

College of Charleston College Prep Summer Program

College of Charleston Junior Project is a weeklong, college preparatory program serving multicultural/first generation, rising high school juniors. Over the course of five days and four nights on campus, program participants will:
  • Interact with current College of Charleston students.
  • Attend a college class and interactive workshops.
  • Take a practice SAT/ACT combination exam.
  • Learn valuable time management and writing skills.
  • Experience all that the New Charleston has to offer.     
Click here for more information or see Mrs. Dickerson in CIC if you are interested.

Serious Young Writers Fiction-Writing Workshop


Viking Sports Wrap

Softball
SV 5, River Bluff 4: The softball team battled to victory against a competitive River Bluff team yesterday 5-4.  The Lady Gators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but we quickly followed suit with 4 runs of our own in the top of the second.  Jourdan Bostic came up big at the plate going 2-3 with 3 RBI’s and 1 run scored.  Other contributors were Breanna Martinez who went 1-2 and scored 2 runs, Whitney Jenkins and Sabrina Martinez who went 1-2 and 1-3 respectively, and each scored a run. The team hopes to use the momentum from this win as they take on Easley @ 6:00 at home on Thursday in the first round of the playoffs.  Come out and support the team!

2014-2015 Second Semester Exam Schedule


Christopher Juhn Performed with Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra

Spring Valley's Christopher Juhn performed with the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, April 26th. Read the piece on Christopher Juhn in The State newspaper. Congratulations Christopher!

Anthony Frederick Named 2015 Carson Scholar

Junior Anthony Frederick was among the 526 students from across the country named as a 2015 Carson Scholar by the Carson Scholars Fund. Each year, the Fund recognizes a select group of high achieving students in grades 4–11 who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and commitment to their communities. Students receive a $1,000 college scholarship award and the coveted honor of being named a Carson Scholar. Congratulations Anthony! For more information, visit the Carson Scholars Fund website.

Graduation Information for Seniors and Parents


Click here for important graduation information.

Today's Bell Schedule

Wednesday, April 29

No Early Bird

Testing: 8:40 - 12:15

Lunch: 12:15 - 12:50

4th: 12:55 - 1:31
5th: 1:36 - 2:12
6th: 2:17 - 2:53
7th: 2:58 - 3:33

Updated Graduation Information

Graduation is an exciting and important time in the lives of our students and their families. For the first time we will be holding graduation at the Colonial Life Arena. We hope the following tips will help you get the most out of this special time.

General Guidelines:
  • There are no tickets required this year for guests to attend graduation.
  • Guests should plan to park one hour prior to graduation and arrive at the arena 30 minutes before the ceremony.

 The following will not be permitted inside the Colonial Life Arena:
  • Balloons
  • Noise-making devices. Security staff will enforce this provision.
  • Large bags. All individuals entering the building are subject to search.
  • Flower bouquets and other floral arrangements

Revised Schedule for Tuesday, April 28th

Testing:  8:40 – 1:32

Lunch:  1:32-2:08

1st:   2:13-2:36
2nd:  2:41-3:04
3rd:  3:09-3:33

McWaters Summer Career Enrichment Opportunity - Earn a High School Credit Over the Summer

What: Course for elective credit will provide opportunities to work within and learn from a real business in the areas of Logistics, IT, Sales, Marketing, Organizational Development, Engineering, Accounting, and Finance.

When: June 10-August 3, 2015 (with final project presentation dates TBD), class meets at McWaters from 9am-12pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.

Where: McWaters, 1104 Shop Rd. Columbia SC 

Please email Mrs. Ashworth ASAP if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity (bashworth@richland2.org).  The McWaters Company is looking for 5 students from Spring Valley.

THIS WILL LOOK AWESOME ON A RESUME!

Save the Date: Biology EOC Review Sessions


Congratulations Kenneth Legette

Spring Valley senior Kenneth "KJ" Legette has been selected as a winner of a Dean Foods National Scholarship Award. KJ and his parents traveled to Dallas, TX where he was interviewed by a panel of judges. KJ will receive $20,000 towards his education over the next four years, while maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 GPA at the accredited university he will attend. We are so excited for KJ and wish him success in, not only his college career, but in all the incredible things he will accomplish in the future.

Viking Sports Wrap

Girls Soccer defeated Westwood 10-1 

Girls Soccer
Spring Valley 10, Westwood 1

Goals: SV - Annie Frame 3, Kathryn Lenti, Bethany Thornhill, Tyra Trapp, Megan Huntley, Trinity Denizard, Carolina Downs  W - Rasheeda Ravenell, Jayla Cunningham (OG)

Goalies: SV - Kristina Woodford, Logan Randall     W Jennifer Angeles
Records SV - 9-9-2, 5-5  W - 0-14-0, 0-10 

Spring Valley Players Present "Hairspray"


Algebra 1 EOC Review Night

If you would like to participate in the review night, please click here to fill out the form.

National French Exam

We are proud of our Spring Valley students who opted to take the National French Exam this year and performed well.  Congratulations to our national winners for Le Grand Concours 2015.

Level 1
Gold                            Amanda Irizarri-Gonzalez
Silver                          Ishita Thumati
Bronze                        Amena Ogbonna
Honorable Mention    Hayley Knight

Level 2
Gold                          Eloise Lamie
Silver                        Amy Jane Craig
Bronze                      Ciera Davis

Level 3
Bronze                       Joseph Ravan
Bronze                       Carl Lobitz
Honorable Mention   Saipriya Sairam
Honorable Mention   Justin Stombler
Honorable Mention   Rishishanka Suresh

This Week in the College Information Center


Proof of Residence 2015-16

It is time to verify and update student information for the 2015–2016 school year. Parents must provide proof of residence each year. If you have not turned in this information please do so as soon as possible. Richland District Two requires that all students turn in this information annually. We are currently working on registration for school year 2015-2016 and want to make the transition run as smooth as possible. Parents/legal guardians should have received an email containing a “snapcode” and instructions for creating an account through the online system to update information. You may also visit the District’s Enrollment and Annual Registration page. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Bell Schedule for April 28th and April 29th

Tuesday, April 28
Early Bird: 7:30 - 8:25
Testing:  8:40 - 12:45

Lunch:  12:45 - 1:25

1st:   1:30 - 2:08
2nd:  2:13 - 2:51
3rd:  2:56 - 3:33


Wednesday, April 29
No Early Bird
Testing:  8:40 - 12:15

Lunch:  12:15 - 12:50

4th:  12:55 - 1:31
5th:  1:36 - 2:12
6th 2:17 - 2:53
7th: 2:58 - 3:33

ACT and WorkKeys Testing Information

This school year marks the beginning of important changes in state testing for students in South Carolina. All third year high school students will take two assessments -- the ACT on Tuesday, April 28th, and the ACT WorkKeys on Wednesday, April 29th

For a free ACT Practice Test, please visit Free ACT Practice Testsand for a free ACT WorkKeys Practice Test please visit Career Ready 101. Student will need to use their usernames and passwords that were given to them in the fall.

The following students will be with their Advisory teachers for both testing days:

Freshman -- 1st Floor taking Algebra I & English EOC Pre-Test
Sophomores -- 2nd Floor taking ACT & ACT WorkKeys Pre-Test

Students need to bring their Chromebooks to school fully charged.

Seniors will meet in the Auditorium on the April 28th and the Commons on April 29th.

9th - 11th grade testing locations are here. Please review.

Test Day Tips 
1. Get a good night rest.
2. Eat a "light" breakfast.
3. Come to school on time.
4. Report to your testing location at 8:30.
5. Get ready to "Rock The Test!"

Attendance will be taken for all students.

2015 Fine Arts Assembly

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Nicholas Waller Receives Turnaround Achievement Award

Nicholas Waller is a senior at Spring Valley High School who is graciously anticipating graduation day.  He has not only made improvements in his decision making and overall behavior, but has worked extremely hard to reach 12th grade status while at the beginning of the year being classified as just a 10th grader. He has been focused and diligent in all of his classes.  His teachers and school counselor have expressed how very proud they are of “Nick” as he is affectionately known around campus.  Mrs. Bee his science teacher says that, “Nick is a very respectful young man, who puts in an honest effort every day. I love having him in class, due to his lightheartedness and ability to not take himself too seriously.” Coach Moton states that, “He is a pleasure to teach.  I see him as a leader!” and Mr. Lea his economics teacher states that, “He is a respectful young man with a solid work ethic.  He added some other stories in but I’ll let him and Mr. Lea cherish those moments. Nicholas has aspirations of joining the military after high school.  With three years of experience in our JROTC program, he is sure to excel and serve his country well. We can’t think of a more deserving person to honor and represent Spring Valley High School.  He is proof that hard work pays off.

Viking Sports Wrap


SV Boys Tennis defeated Westwood 6-0 
SV Softball defeated Irmo 10-0 (5 innings)

Boys Tennis
The boys tennis team defeated Westwood 6-0 last night to clench the region.  Winning at singles for Spring Valley were Blake McGuirt, Vikranth Reddy, Noah Guyton, John Anthony Hurley and Eddie Tremolada.  Winning at #2 doubles were Ben Wagner and Austin Bridgers.  The boys have two more out of region matches next week before season tournament play begins.

Softball
The softball team was victorious on senior night against Irmo by a score of 10-0 in 5 innings. Anna Davis started everything off with a solo homerun in the bottom of the first.  We brought 15 batters to the plate in that inning, scoring 10 runs.  It was a great team win, and we are very proud of our 5 seniors: Anna Davis, Savannah Dowell, Brittany Evans, Katlin Graham, and Whitney Jenkins.  The girls will round out their region play when they travel to Westwood on Friday, and close their regular season on Monday at River Bluff. Wish the girls good luck!

R2i2 Student Advisory Panel from Spring Valley

Seven Spring Valley students were selected to be part of the R2i2 Student Advisory Panel.  They are Alyssa Brunson, Abigail Harrison, Moji Awe, Chloe Walters, Andrew Shroyer, Graham Shroyer, and Gloria Kim.  The students were surprised when a limo arrived at Spring Valley to take them to their first meeting and luncheon on April 23rd.  They met with students from the other high schools to discuss what R2i2 means and what was in store for them as members of the Student Advisory Panel. These students are going to spread the word about how R2i2 can be beneficial to all students when it opens in August of 2016.

Parent Surveys Due April 27th

Parents of Juniors:

Please don't forget to complete and return the parent survey that was sent home with your student on Monday. The South Carolina Department of Education is conducting their annual survey to ask parents their opinions about the schools their children attend. You may have your student return your completed survey, in the included envelope, to the front desk in the atrium through April 27th. You may also mail the survey directly to the SDoE yourself. Instructions are included with the survey. Your opinions are important. The results will appear on our school report card. Please take the time to complete, and return, the survey. Thank you.

Graduation Information

Graduation is an exciting and important time in the lives of our students and their families. For the first time we will be holding graduations at the Colonial Life Arena. We hope the following tips will help you get the most out of this special time.

General Guidelines:
  • There are no tickets required this year for guests to attend graduation.
  • Guests should plan to park one hour prior to graduation and arrive at the arena 30 minutes before the ceremony.

 The following will not be permitted inside the Colonial Life Arena:
  • Balloons
  • Noise-making devices. Security staff will enforce this provision.
  • Large bags. All individuals entering the building are subject to search.
  • Flower bouquets and other floral arrangements

Paul Mitchell the School Columbia Open House Event

Paul Mitchell the School Columbia would love to invite students to an exciting Open House at their Modern Location in Downtown Columbia, on May 7th from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.!  Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools across America will be hosting this National Open House Night, sharing information in their local communities about career opportunities in the beauty industry!  Visitors to the National Open House event will spend the evening at the school as VIP guests and enjoy special event activities. They'll also receive a tour of the school and the chance to meet some of the students and staff.

Viking Sports Wrap

Boys Track
Late last night, the boys track & field team defeated Blythewood, Westwood and Ridgewood to finish the regular season at 7-0. This is the team's 8th undefeated season in a row and it makes us the Region Champions for the 8th time in a row. Next Thursday we host the first round of qualifying for the State Meet.

Boys Tennis (Tuesday Night)
The boys tennis team defeated Dutch Fork in an extremely close match Tuesday 4-3.  Winning for Spring Valley were Blake McGuirt and Noah Guyton, The #2 doubles team of Justin Stombler and Josh Stombler and the number one doubles team of Noah Guyton and Blake McGuirt.  The boys remain undefeated and are poised to win the region title!

Girls Track 
The Lady Viking track & field team defeated Blythewood, Ridgview, and Westwood last night at Westwood. This concludes our regular season as 7-0 and we are currently the Region 4-4A champions.

The scores are estimated below based on the information we had last night:
  
SV117                    SV  126                        SV 75
BW  17                    WW  4                         RV 56

Sparkleberry Fair, This Weekend!


Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy

This summer opportunity is for rising juniors and seniors. Please visit Ms. Mujica in the CIC if you are interested.

Pasta for Pennies Fundraiser Winners

Congratulations to the winning classes in the Pasta for Pennies fundraiser! 2nd Place was awarded to Mr. Sims' 3rd period class for raising $137.36. 1st Place was awarded to Ms. Stephens' 3rd period class for raising $143.08. HOSA contributed a total of $1877.91 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the fight against blood cancers (http://www.lls.org/). Thank you for your donations and support!

Bell Schedule Thursday, April 23rd

1st:   8:40-11:15
2nd:  11:20-11:52
3rd:  11:57-12:29

Lunch:  12:29-1:04

4th:  1:09-1:41
5th:  1:46-2:18
6th   2:23-2:55
7th:  3:00-3:33

Kissing a Pig for a Good Cause

Using spare change as a vote, Spring Valley students voted for their favorite teacher or administrator they would like to see kiss the pig. Ms. Susan Adams, library media specialist, garnered the most money, winning the chance to pucker up and kiss a pig. Mrs. Bailey raised $595.00 with the "Kiss the Pig" fundraiser . The money will go towards the Atlantic Institute essay contest winners for their expenses to travel to four cities in Turkey this summer. Thanks to Mrs. Dowell and Daisy, the pig!

Congratulations Geoffrey Maxberry

Spring Valley senior Geoffrey Maxberry is one of the ten 2015 FHL Leadership Group Scholarship recipients. He received the award during a ceremony at the Lexington-Richland School District Five CATE Center on April 18, 2015 where Dr. Stephen Hefner was the keynote speaker. He will use this scholarship award while attending Wingate University in the fall. Way to go!

Regency's GoCosmo Scholarship - Due 4/27


Viking Sports Wrap

Photo: GoFlashWin
SV Softball defeated Dutch Fork 10-0 (5 innings)

Softball
The softball team defeated region rival Dutch Fork by a score of 10-0 in 5 innings.  The girls took advantage of their opportunities at the plate, with quite a few girls getting multiple hits: Brittany Evans, Jourdan Bostic, Sabrina Martinez, and Anna Davis.  Anna ended the game in the fifth inning with a 2 out 2 run homerun.  The girls take on Irmo tonight for senior night.  Come out and support the team!

Congratulations to our 2015 Art Show Winners

Best in Show: Madeleine Parker

The Spring Valley Art Show was judged this past Friday by Dr. Karen Heid, an art education professor at USC. Please help us congratulate the following art show winners by joining us for a reception honoring these students and our AP students on Wednesday, April 22nd from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the MPR.

Art 1
1st: Kate Murrell (scratchboard)
2nd: Mandie Campbell (chalk)
3rd: Nerielle Legaspi (wallpaper pattern)
HM: Keith Beaudoin (scratchboard)
        Victor Correa (pattern portrait)
        Kiara Brown (tempera resist)

Tonight is Athletic Dollar Night for Spring Valley Students

Spring Valley students with ID will only pay $1 to the games tonight.

Tennis vs DF @ 5:00
JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs DF @ 5:30 & 7:00
JV & Varsity Softball vs DF @ 5:30 & 7:15
Varsity Baseball vs DF @ 6:30

See you at the games!

SIC Annual Report Now Online

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Congratulations to Coach Anne Long

Photo: GoFlashWin
Congratulations to Anne Long who was selected as the American Family Insurance 2014-15 ALL-USA South Carolina Girls Basketball Coach of the Year. Click here for more details.

SV Girls Lacrosse Senior Night


The Spring Valley girls lacrosse team celebrated their senior night at their last home game against Bishop England on April 9th.   The seniors are Kennedy Keith, Serena Patel, Kaara Brown, Courtney Grooms and Hillary Reeves. 

Revised Bell Schedule Monday, April 20th

Lunch: 12:42 - 1:17

4th:    1:22 - 1:51
5th:    1:56 - 2:25
6th:    2:30 - 2:59
7th:    3:04 - 3:33

Clemson Calculus Challenge

Spring Valley Calculus Math Team performed well at the Clemson Calculus Challenge held Friday, April 17th.  There were 36 high schools represented from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia with 260 students participating in the competition. Schools were divided into three divisions based on enrollment.  Spring Valley competed in Division 3.  Jenning Chen won 2nd place in the Individual Competition and was awarded a $500 scholarship to Clemson University.  Our A-Team won 3rd place in the Team Division, after completing a tie-breaker question in under 1 minute. Spring Valley placed 2nd in the School Competition.  Students competing were Richard Chen, Jenning Chen, William Edwards, Jason Erno, Gangyun Kim, Albert Huang, Zachary Wallick, and Arif Siddiqi.

Juniors & Seniors Interested in a Comprehensive Business Course


2015 South Carolina Junior Academy of Science Awards

Over eighty Discovery magnet students traveled to Furman University in Greenville, SC for the 2015 South Carolina Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS) meeting. Students competed with both written research papers and oral presentations by category. Our students earned over thirty awards. Jenning Chen, Krishna Gorrepati, Revanth Kanumuri, Ronit Kulkarni, Lisa Qu, and Priyanka Rao won first place in both the written paper and oral presentation division. Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work and dedication. And a big thank you to their parents and research teachers, Dr. Bedlek-Anslow, Mr. Dale Soblo, and Mrs. Michelle Spigner for all of their support and guidance!