Feature Stories

  • PLTW Flight & Space Program

    Sun Valley Middle School has a Middle School Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Flight and Space class available to 8th grade students that is an introduction to Aviation and compliments the Sun Valley High School Aviation Academy. One of the units of study within this program is Destination: Mars. Mrs. Diana Ollis is using the game-based platform of Minecraft Education Edition to help simulate this journey. Students in her class will be using teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving skills to create a successful Mission to Mars.

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  • Visual Arts & Science Lesson

    This integrated Visual Art and Science project is an exploration of NC's 17 river basins. Students in Mr.Barron's 8th Grade Science class were asked to research and study multiple river basins in NC while practicing watercolor, graphic design, and critique techniques with Mrs.McKinney, SVMS's art teacher.

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  • Lighthouse Team

    On February 17th, 2021 our student lighthouse team invited UCPS superintendent, Dr. Houlihan, to SVMS to share all their accomplishments this year. They then had a question and answer session about leadership in schools and the importance of leadership. #LeaderinMe

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  • DLI classes work on UN goals

    Ms. Guida's amazing 8th graders in DLI classes are working with S.D.G's (Sustainable Development Goals) from the United Nations. Their role is leading campaigns to raise awareness on global issues that affect our world. Not only they have shown they are starting to be Global Citizens but what is more, they could communicate their message with incredible fluency and language skills.

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  • SVMS Implements Buddy Program

    The Student Lighthouse Team recently started a new program that seeks to pair students who may not know each into a supportive relationship. Sara Gray, a Lighthouse Team member outlines the program.

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  • Computer Science Education Week

    December 7th - 13th is Computer Science Education Week and to help students learn more about the benefits of computer science classes, employees of Code Ninja met with some interested students. Austin, who is a UNC-Charlotte student who is studying cybersecurity, talked about different programming languages and told students that after they have been exposed to some they could even develop their own language. After showing students what Java script looks like, they directed students to Scratch.

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  • Meet the SVMS Teacher of the Year

    Sun Valley Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Monique Fernandez. She is a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher who came to the middle school level after teaching elementary school for 14 years.

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  • What is PBIS?

    Sun Valley Middle School is proud to be a PBIS school! PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and is an amazing program geared toward achieving desired behaviors from our students through positive means. The program is not limited to the students physically at school. Virtual students can also display positive behaviors such as participating, being on time, and being respectful.

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  • Virtual Media Center

    In an effort to serve both in-person and Virtual Academy students this semester, students will have access to media center materials through Destiny, the online catalog system. Students can access Destiny through their Student Startup Page (or more commonly known as their green screen).

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  • Meet SVMS' New Nurse - Suzanne Trotter

    My name is Suzanne Trotter and I have been a nurse for 19 years. I graduated from Gardner Webb University. I have been a school nurse in Gaston County for the last 13 1/2 years. My husband and I moved to Indian Trail last fall. I really enjoy working with students and helping them manage their health so they are able to be successful academically.

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  • UCPS announces new meal option for 2020-2021

    Union County Public Schools will offer a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning this year and meals will still be offered to all students, whether they are enrolled in Plan B or Plan D.

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  • Summer Reading Program

    Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are asked to read one of the books on the Summer Reading list. Students who will be in English 1 (8th graders) will instead read Animal Farm by George Orwell. Students who are interested in getting a copy of one of the books may pick it up on Mondays from 10:00-12:00 from SVMS. Please fill out the form on the next pageusing your UCPS Google Drive account by Sunday evening and the book will be ready for you on Monday. Books will be in a plastic bag.

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  • UCPS announces reopening plans for 2020-2021 school year

    Superintendent Dr. Houlihan and district leaders discussed plans for reopening schools at the July 14 special called Board of Education meeting.

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  • Help Talking about Coronavirus

    These can be confusing and disturbing times for parents who want to provide guidance to their children. The National Association of School Nurses want to help parents and caretakers when talking to their children.

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  • Coronavirus Resources

    During these challenging times a community comes together. Tiffany Hutchins, SVMS School Social Worker, has provided information that may be helpful to our SVMS family. Please read more for the link to the resources. Her contact information is tiffany.hutchins@unioncountync.gov

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  • Leader in Me Family Activities

    s you know SVMS is becoming a Leader in Me school, featuring the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. One of the tenants is Family Learning. Below is a link to a Google Doc with activities you & your student can complete together.

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  • The Spartan Hope Foundation

    We are proud to announce The Spartan Hope Foundation. Our first project will be to collect needed items for families within our community.

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  • See Something, Say Something

    North Carolina State Superintendent Mark Johnson has launched a statewide program to expand school safety efforts. The state has joined Sandy Hook Promise to bring the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System to North Carolina schools. This system is designed to change and save lives by teaching students, educators and administrators how to recognize the signs and signals of those who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others, and to anonymously report this information through a telephone crisis hotline, website or mobile app.

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