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    SchoolShelf Provides Resources for SVMS Students, Staff, and Families

    It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child but sometimes we’re not sure how to best help the students in our lives. SVMS wants to help fill that void with a new resource available to students, families, and staff. SchoolShelf is a collection of helpful resources on a variety of topics of concern to middle schoolers and those who care about them. Woodburn Press has been providing brochures to schools for years but now that information is available in an online format. At SVMS, this information is found under the Quick Links tab on the SVMS website. Organized by the categories of Academic Success, Student Success, College and Career, and Parent Involvement. Many of the resources are also written in Spanish. Topics include “Making Speeches”, “Memorization Strategies”, “Parents and Bullying”, and “College Timeline”.

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  • Sun Valley Middle School Incoming 6th Graders and Families

    Welcome to Sun Valley Middle School! This is Principal Merritt with some important updates and information. We are planning a great start to your middle school experience and I want you to be well-informed of what’s to come. You will receive two letters in August from me. The first one will be mailed on August 10th with welcome information and Open House dates. The 2nd mailing will go out on Wednesday, August 17th. The second mailing will have your class schedule in it and your bus schedule. You will also have a copy of the uniform dress code in that mailing. Mark your calendars, we will have a PTO Gently Used Uniform Sale and Spirit Wear Sale on Saturday, August 13th from 8:00-12:00 in our school cafeteria. Also in the 2nd mailing there will be the Health and Reproductive class permission form. Students should turn that in to their assigned PE teacher on their first day of PE. You will not need to dress out for PE the first week of school.

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  • "A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket." — Chinese Proverb

    Summer is a time of vacations, swimming pools, hammocks, and lazy days. However, children who are too lazy during the summer can suffer from “summer slide”. Summer slide is the phenomenon in which students who do not read and engage in intellectually stimulating activities during the summer actually return to school in August having forgot some of what they learned the previous year. Some students find themselves out of practice with reading. SVMS is committed to curbing the summer slide. SVMS promotes summer reading. All rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students must read one book off the summer reading list. They will take a quiz on the chosen book upon returning to school in August. The list provides information about the book’s genre, a short description, the number of pages, and the reading level. Students who will be enrolled in English I must read Animal Farm by George Orwell. That is the only book required of English I students.

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