School News

  • The Book Fair is Coming!

    Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.      The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Sun Valley Middle School from October 17th to October 21st. Students can shop throughout the week using cash, card, checks made payable to Sun Valley Middle School, or you can sign up for eWallet--your child's digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share your child's eWallet on social media so friends and family can add funds and give your child more books to enjoy. If you can't attend the Fair, shop at our school's Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school. Visit our Book Fair homepage below to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping. You can also find teachers' eWallet links in the link shared below, so you can contribute to their eWallets. Contributing to the eWallets will allow them to purchase items they want to buy for their classroom libraries. Click here for the link to our Scholastic Book Fair Homepage: (set up eWallets for your child, order online, or view specifics for our Fair) https://www.scholastic.com/bf/sunvalleymiddleschool1   Click here for the link to the list of teachers who have created eWallets for you to contribute funds to: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14Bg2A8IxXSUxJuuI7crp7hc1Q3uAO2hXnkVFrNUPNs0/edit?usp=sharing

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  • Start With "Hello" Week

    Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Based in Newtown, Connecticut, our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. By empowering youth to “know the signs” and uniting all people who value the protection of children, we can take meaningful actions in schools, homes, and communities to prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life. Monday: Meet and greet -during lead time, students will go sit and speak with a different student than normal. Tuesday: Teachers will recognize upstanders with certificates. Wednesday: Wear green to symbolize unity. Thursday: Students are encouraged to let teachers and staff know how much they are appreciated. Friday: Sign the "Start with Hello" pledge in the cafeteria.

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  • SVMS Teacher Becomes a NC Space Education Ambassador

    You may be following the news about the launching of Artemis 1, but did you know we have our own NASA connection here at Sun Valley Middle School? Sun Valley's very own Ms. Carolyn Manikas, had the incredible honor to be selected as a NC Space Education Ambassador, joining a cohort of 16 master teachers representing 11 school districts across the state. The goal of the NC Space Education Ambassador (NCSEA) program is to assist NASA Langley Research Center in the dissemination of NASA mission materials via a statewide network of master teachers.  Ms. Manikas was able to experience a zero gravity moon walk to install solar panels on an array on the surface of the moon. She participated in challenges such as rocket launching, moon walking with 1/6 gravity, water rescue from a mock flight crash, parachute training on a zip line over water, building a rover and lander, and discussing different space programs. She was even able to take a ride in a Multi-Axis Trainer! This trainer allowed her to experience a simulated "tumble spin" an astronaut might experience in space. Ms. Manikas was able to bring back many resources and knowledge from her experiences which she plans to share with Sun Valley Middle School students.

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  • September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

    Did you know that UCPS students have access to thousands of e-books and other electronic resources through the Union County Public Library without ever having to step foot in a physical library building? They do through the LEAP (Library + Educators as Partners) initiative between UCPS and UCPL.

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  • Leader in Me Family Activities

    SVMS has earned Lighthouse Status! We participate in the Leader in Me Program at Sun Valley Middle School where we teach, model, and reinforce the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  One of the components is Family Learning. Below is a link to a Google Doc with activities you & your student can complete together.  It is a self-paced journey. When your family completes the activities, submit the Lighthouse Family Certification page to the SVMS media center for a prize.  Click HERE for Lighthouse Family Activities.

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  • See Something, Say Something

    UCPS has adopted the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System to provide another layer of support for school safety. This system allows individuals to anonymously report this information through a telephone crisis hotline, website or mobile app. 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. Parents, students, staff and community members are encouraged to use the UCPS Tip Line to share feedback, give kudos or report a safety risk. To report an anonymous tip, do not include contact information in the submission. Click here for the See Something, Say Something form. For more information about the program, visit saysomething.net. Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Parent Guide Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Parent Guide (Spanish)

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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. The main and most basic principle of our PBIS program is that you can reinforce positive behaviors through recognition and appreciation.  One way students are rewarded for their positive behaviors are with tickets.  These tickets can be used for many things, such as: purchasing prizes, paying for entry to a basketball game, and winning prizes through school-wide drawings.  The primary goal of the PBIS team at Sun Valley Middle is to encourage and reinforce positive behaviors among the student body.  The behaviors this program seeks to promote range from social/interpersonal to academic. The second goal of the PBIS program is to enhance the learning environment by promoting a positive, orderly environment.  Our last goal is to meet and provide research-based interventions for teachers to use with students who are struggling with behavior. This goal is designed to build positive teacher/student relationships through change, resulting in the avoidance of further consequences from the administration. PBIS has proven to be a successful program here at SVMS.  We have seen great results and look forward to more success this year. 

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