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

 

ACE After School Classes

A new round of ACE classes are now available.  Registration begins now through March 5th.  The ACE Program (Afterschool Classroom Enrichment) is a program sponsored by IPSF (Irvine Public Schools Foundation) in cooperation with the Irvine Unified School District. These classes are offered right after school hours on the Sierra Vista campus for nominal fees. SVMS classes include Rudimental Drumming, Creative Writing, Film Appreciation, Homework Hour, and Cooking. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

 

Screenagers – a MUST see!

PTSA is providing another great opportunity for parents and students to learn about the impact technology and screen time have on adolescents with a screening of Screenagers on Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 at Northwood High School.  Screenagers is an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.  There will be a panel comprised of IPD Officers and school officials available for questions after the movie.  Students and parents are encouraged to attend and you must RSVP: https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-nhs-ptsa-svms-ptsa-sh-pta-5773

 

Sierra Vista Middle School PTSA Needs You!

Sierra Vista Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association is seeking volunteers for elected positions on its PTSA Executive Board for the 2018-19 school year.  This is a great way to get involved and help ensure continuation of the outstanding programs at SVMS.  We welcome returning and incoming parents, new and veteran, to join the team!

Open positions include President, Treasurer, Secretary, Executive VP, VP Membership, VP Ways and Means, VP Programs, Financial Secretary, Auditor, Historian, and Parliamentarian.

If you want to learn more or would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact one of the Nominating Committee Members:

Cathryn Mah,  cathrynmahpta@gmail.com

Deanna Ikehara, happy.family@cox.net

Emma Steinmetz, emma@emmasteinmetz.com

Sharad Gima, sharad-gima@gmail.com

PTA Officer elections will take place at the PTA General Association Meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7pm.

 

Residency Verification

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The Irvine Unified School District will once again require residency verification for all IUSD students enrolling for the 2018-19 school year. This process is an annual legal requirement in California and it helps our district ensure that all available resources are spent efficiently and effectively to the benefit of our Irvine families. Moreover, these additional steps will help provide a full and precise accounting of our student population as we review staffing for the coming year.

 

By completing the following forms for each of your students, you will be making a formal declaration that your child lives within IUSD’s attendance boundaries.

 

School websites have electronic versions of the documents available as part of the residency verification process. Also, hard copies are available at the school site upon request. For your added convenience, the forms are also linked above and attached to this email, allowing you to fill them out and print them at home. Completed residency forms should be turned in to your child’s Homeroom teacher by March 30th. A list of acceptable documents included on the Residency Verification Form can also be found by clicking here.

  • If you plan to enroll a kindergartner or a new student, please visit the IUSD website at http://iusd.org/education_services/KindergartenStudentExpectations.html for necessary pre-enrollment forms.
  • If you are considered a co-resident (you and your family are living with the owner or renter of your residence), please also note the “Co-Residency Supplemental Form.” This documentation must be completed as part of the Residency Verification and Affidavit Forms by parents or guardians who share a home with another family or individual.

 

For additional information, please contact the Sierra Vista Front Office. 

If you are interested in participating in the Irvine Junior Games, please see the attached flyer!

 

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! 

 

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!!

 

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!!

 

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

February 1 Night at the Museum 5:00-7:00pm at SVMS

February 12 NO School

February 19 NO School

February 20 Screenagers at NHS at 6:30pm (MUST RSVP)

February 23 SVMS Dance Party 2:45-4:15

March 2 End of Tri 2

March 5 Spring Picture Day

March 7 Choir Concert - SVMS MPR 7:00pm

March 12 Minimum Day

March 13 Family Life Night (more info to follow) 6:00pm

March 19 Orchestra Concert - NHS Theatre 7:00pm

March 20 Band Concert - NHS Theatre 7:00pm

March 22 Open House 6:00-7:00pm - Minimum Day

March 30 Minimum Day (NO Late Start)