SBMT Members & Meeting Minutes

  • The SVM School Improvement Team helps to create the conditions that overcome alienation and disconnection within the total school program. The group strives to promote a positive environment and climate that enables parents and staff to work together in supporting the development of children in school and sharing their wisdom to plan the academic, social, and staff development programs aimed for improving teaching and learning.

    The team is comprised of representatives of each of the following groups: parents, teachers, classifed employees, and administrators.

    Sun Valley Middle School’s Mission:

    • To provide a quality education, develop citizenship, and challenge students according to their needs, interests, and abilities within a safe and orderly environment. 21st Century SPARTAN Leaders are: Self-directed, Prepared, Accomplished, Responsible, Tech-Savvy, and Adaptable students who Never quit!

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  • 2017-2018 SIT Members

    • Debra Dixon - Chair and 8th Grade Representative
    • Vicki Rose Merritt - Principal
    • Ashley Smith - 6th Grade Assistant Principal Representative
    • Marshall Gore, Jr.- 7th Grade Assistant Principal Representative
    • Chris Horne - 8th Grade Assistant Principal Representative
    • Stephanie Huneycutt - 6th Grade Teacher Representative
    • Nancy Lunsford - 7th Grade Teacher Representative
    • Debra Dixon - 8th Grade Teacher Representative
    • Karen Mathieson - Teacher-at-Large Representative
    • Nancy Campbell - Encore Teacher Representative
    • Maureen Donohue - At-large Teacher Representative
    • Jennifer Keller - 6th Grade Parent Representative
    • Amy Shaffer - 6th Grade Parent Representative
    • Dawn Wesley - 7th Grade Parent Representative
    • Allison Rivera - 7th Grade Parent Representative
    • Holly Weaver - 8th Grade Parent Representative
    • Jenny Kanagy - 8th Grade Parent Representative
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  • March 14

     Site Based Team Meeting Minutes


    Members and guests present:

    Debra Dixon

    Maureen Donohue

    Nancy Campbell

    Dawn Wesley

    Jamie Shaffer

    Karen Mathieson

    Holly Weaver

    Vicki Merritt

    Ashley Smith

    Marshall Gore

    Jenny Kanagy

    Stephanie Huneycutt


    Agenda: (in no specific order)

    Meeting was called to order by Mrs. Dixon at 4:19



    Students participated

    There was a plan in place

    Students peacefully exited the building and made their way to the back track.

    After students had their moment, they re-entered the building and continued with their day.

    Students who opted out of doing the walk-out remained in the classrooms with the teachers and instruction continued.


    Leader in Me

    Ms. Merritt shared a video that shared testimonials on the Leader in Me program.

    Suggestions included putting this program in place as a continued support as students move up from elementary schools that are involved.

    Another suggestion is to incorporate the 7 Habits within the school day.

    It was also suggested that the 7 Habits are incorporated into the I.S.S. program here at Sun Valley.

    Ms. Merritt asked the staff to attend the Leader in Me Expo at Indian Trail Elementary. March 27 (2 teachers from each grade level)

    (Holly Weaver) Shared her experiences with the program at the elementary school level.

    (Ms. Smith) Shared the idea that the teaching part of this will be able to be completed during F.I.T.

    Concerns - How do we gage if this is something for our school culture? We need to investigate before we buy.


    "A" Honor Roll and Silver Certificates to be recognized at the assembly.  

    These students have worked very hard and should be respectfully acknowledged.  We have many more names on our "A/B" Honor Roll than we used to have in the past.  

    • Ms. Campbell brought a suggestion to the table that we change the honor card assembly. After looking at the data, there are a large number of kids receiving honor cards and it can be difficult to manage student behavior as well as time management.
    • The suggestion was made that we give out the certificates in homeroom. The names would be called at the assembly, they would rise (not come down for picture), and we would acknowledge them as a group.
    • At the next assembly:
      • Honor roll and honor cards will be distributed during homeroom
      • During the assembly, students will be recognized however will not come down for picture. Their names will be called, they will stand in the bleachers and will be recognized at that time.


    Backpack Policy

    The original premise behind the policy was safety.

    During 8th grade interviews, the 8th graders expressed that they think this policy should be dismissed.

    Benefits: Organization - everything is there, Easier to manage, carrying 1 bag vs. 3, multiple bags

    Concerns: space in the hallway and classrooms

    A motion, second and vote took place. Backpacks are being allowed.


    8th grade Plus and Delta

    Plus and Delta from 8th grade interviews

    Block Schedule 2018-2019

    Deferred until next month

    Ms. Dixon adjourned the meeting at 5:27 pm.


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