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Charger News

Guess what?!?  Sierra Vista IUSD (@sviusd) is on social media now!  Check out our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. 

Want to see pictures and videos from our Great California Shake Out Drill?  CHeck out our Instagram page.  The link is above!

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

The 2017 SVMS Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences are scheduled to occur on Oct. 25/26 (A.M.) and Oct. 30/31 (P.M.). These conferences are designed for the student as well as the parent and are intended to provide time to discuss the student’s academic progress, particularly if the student is struggling or has unsatisfactory grades.  It is very important your student attend the conference with you.

Depending upon your child’s progress report, you may not feel the need to meet with any teachers, or you may want to meet with one or more different teachers. Please understand that the teachers’ first priority will be to conference with the parents and students whose grades are below a “C” level.  If your child is achieving satisfactory grades, the teacher may ask you to conference with him/her at a later time.

The times set aside for Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences are:

Wednesday

Oct. 25

7:30am-10:15am

Thursday

Oct. 26

7:30am-10:15am

Monday

Oct. 30

After 12:45 pm

Tuesday

Oct. 31

After 12:45 pm

 

The school schedule for students will be:

 Wednesday

Oct. 25

Super Late-Start: School begins at 10:30 am for students     (Zero per PE starts at 9:55 am)

Thursday

Oct. 26

Super Late-Start: School begins at 10:30 am for students     (Zero per PE starts at 9:55 am)

Monday

Oct. 30

Minimum Day: Students are dismissed at 12:17 pm

Tuesday

Oct. 31

Minimum Day: Students are dismissed at 12:17 pm

Conferences are by appointment; please contact the teacher with whom you wish to conference by phone or e-mail. Staff phone numbers and e-mail addresses can be found at http://www.sierravistams.org/staff.html

 

Palo Lado/Irvine Blvd

Parents - PLEASE HELP!!

If you or your student travel home across Palo Lado, please have a discussion about traffic safety! The speed limit on Irvine Blvd is 55mph and students don't understand they can get hurt if they don't follow traffic safety laws. We have students trying to beat the light, walking outside of the crosswalk, and riding their bike through the middle of the street.  Please have a conversation about traffic safety - before it's too late! 

 

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Reflections Art Program

Announcing the Reflections 2017-18 Art Program! This year's theme is “Within Reach”. All students are invited to participate and submit original artwork in any or all of six areas:  Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Entries are due October 13th in the front office.  Reflections Documents: Official Rules, Consent Form, Entry Form  

 

National Junior Honor Society (for grade 8 ONLY)

Are you an 8th grader who loves serving your school community and making it a better place? If so, the National Junior Honor Society might be for you! Applications are HERE and there will be an info meeting in Room D-4 on Tuesday at lunch!

 

 

SVMS PTSA Popsicle Social and Guest Presentation

 

 

Traffic/Parking Lot Safety Reminders

*Please discuss these important safety reminders with your student if they walk or ride their bike to/from school.* For their safety and the safety of others, students need to follow all traffic safety laws when traveling to and from school.  This is especially important for students crossing major intersections (ex: Palo Lado/Irvine Blvd, Westwood/Bryan).

  • Reminders for students WALKING to/from school:
    • Wait at traffic signals (do NOT cross when time has run out)
    • Use crosswalks and cross completely (do NOT cut through the intersection diagonally)
    • Stay on the sidewalk
    • Watch for vehicles and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
  • Reminders for students RIDING BIKES/SKATEBOARDS to/from school:
    • Wait at traffic signals
    • WALK bikes across the crosswalk
    • Ride on the right side of the road
    • Use crosswalks and cross completely (do NOT cut through the intersection diagonally)
    • Watch for other vehicles and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
    • Students MUST wear a helmet
  • Parking Lot Safety
    • Please drive SLOWLY while entering, exiting, and driving through our lot and surrounding neighborhood
    • Please be vigilant and respectful of other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians
    • Please observe & comply with directional arrows in entrances and aisles
    • Please do not stop your car in a through lane
    • Please do not park your car in a drop off lane
    • Please do not block the bus lane
    • Drop off your children at the white curb or near the pedestrian crossing zone in the second aisle
    • Consider having your child walk, ride a bike/scooter, or meet at a (slightly) off campus location to decrease congestion in our lot!

 

 

6th Grade Parent Night Presentation

 

 

During the National History Day OC Awards Night, Sierra Vista had 10 entries selected as Champions who will now move on to the state competition in Rocklin on May 6-7. Way to go Chargers!!

 

 

Check out the amazing charcoal skills of our Exploring Art students!

 

2016-17 SVMS Teacher of the Year and

Winner of the Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award

Mr. Jonathan Millers

Congratulations to Sierra Vista Middle School’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year, Mr. Jon Millers.  Mr. Millers currently teaches GATE US History and our Speech/Debate elective course.  Additionally, this summer, Mr. Millers received the prestigious Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award, worth $10,000, at this year’s Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Washington, D.C. This honor is bestowed upon one junior division (middle school) and one senior division (high school) teacher annually. The recipient of the national award is selected from the affiliate winners of the prize. National History Day has affiliates in all fifty states, Washington, D.C., China, Korea, Guam, South Asia, Central America, and American Samoa. Millers became eligible for the prize after winning California’s Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award.

Mr. Millers has participated in National History Day – California (NHD-CA) for nine years. NHD-CA, sponsored by the Sacramento County Office of Education, is one of the largest state history competitions in the nation. Each year more than 40,000 students from 28 counties explore historical topics and create projects that are entered in school, district, and county competitions. County champions advance to the annual state wide contest which includes more than 1,200 participants.

“Mr. Millers has a love for history and seeing students engaged in learning,” said NHD-CA State Coordinator Craig Irish. “His passion is evidenced by the students who pack his classroom each day during lunch and before and after school to work on their history projects. We are proud to have Mr. Millers represent California as the Junior Division Behring Teacher of the Year.”

As an 8th grade History teacher, Millers engages his students with hands on activities such as historical court case reenactments, or encouraging students to adopt the persona of a historical figure. Sierra Vista began participating in the National History Day Contest as an extracurricular activity. However, after seeing its effectiveness to improve student skills in research, use of technology, reading, and writing, it was decided to expand the program. It is now a key component in the school curriculum. The annual school presentation of these projects draws more than 300 attendees, including former students who offer advice to the next generation of National History Day Contest participants.

Congratulations Mr. Millers!!

 

 

Alternate Identity Self Portrait- Advanced Art 2016

 

 

Bicycle Registration

Bicycle licenses are required for ALL bicycles parked on IUSD campuses, registration is free to all Irvine residents, and Irvine Municipal Code requires ALL bicycles be licensed in the City of Irvine.  If your student rides a bike to or from school, you must register it with the Irvine Police Department.  This helps to prevent theft and to return stolen bicycles to the correct owner.  Attached are flyers on how families can register bicycles and tips for bike theft prevention.

 

 

 

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SVMS Lip Dub

Lip Dub

 

"Peter and the Wolf"

This is a collaborative piece created by our Electives Department. Enjoy!

Peter and the Wolf

The making of... "Peter and the Wolf"

Making Of

 

Support SVMS through Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.  Make sure you select Sierra Vista Middle PTSA as your non-profit organization. You can find it by entering Sierra Vista Middle PTSA in the search field or go to AmazonSmile to sign up.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

October 13 SVMS Dance Party (2:45-4:15pm)

October 16-20 Red Ribbon Week

October 25-26 Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences – Super Late Start for students

October 30-31 Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences – Minimum Day for students