Valley View Junior High

February, 2019 Parent Newsletter

Note from the Principal

Good day, Valley View Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you staying warm and trying to beat the winter blahs. I have had enough of the snow and cold for the rest of the year. We are looking forward to another wonderful month of Spartan Pride. Thank you for everything you do at home to support what we do here at school. We are Valley View. We are Spartan Strong!


Mrs. Thomas

Science and Math Fair

The Valley View Science and Math Fair will be held on February 23rd at the junior high. This year we have over $4000 in awards to be handed out. We are always looking for judges. If you are interested in hearing about all of the innovative things students are doing, please contact Mrs. Thomas. No science experience is needed.

Student Fees

Fees for the 18/19 school year are $42.00 and an extra $6 for ceramics. If you haven't already done so, please send in payment as soon as possible. Checks can be made out to VVBOE.

Winter Conferences

Parent conferences will be held on February 21st. Information will be sent home with students and can be returned if a conference is requested. Parents can call in and make an appointment also.

State Testing Dates

We will administer the AIR State Assessments on the following dates. Students do better when they take the tests at the normally scheduled time instead of taking them on make up dates. Please mark your calendars and ensure that your child is at school and on time on these days.

4/16, 4/17 Language Arts 7/8 grade

4/23, 4/24 Math 8th grade/Algebra I

4/30, 5/2 Math 7 and Science 8 grade

Students will test in the morning and we will be on a modified schedule for the rest of the day.


Yearbooks are still for sale but time is running out! Be sure to buy one now. The cost is $28.00. Order forms are available in the main office and Mrs. Carmack's office. You can also purchase your yearbook on-line at The deadline for ordering is February 8th.

Freshman Orientation

Mark you calendars for freshman orientation! This year, it will be held on May 14th from 6:00-8:15 at Valley View High School. Parents and 8th grade students will learn valuable information to make a smooth transition to high school. Attending this orientation greatly relieves stress and prepares everyone for high school. Topics will include graduation requirements, available activities, handbook/code of conduct, tour of building, etc.

National School Counseling Week -- What is the Role of the School Counselor?

National School Counseling Week is celebrated February 4 - 8, 2019. In the past, school counselors were known as guidance counselors. You may be asking, "What’s the difference?" A guidance counselor is a person who had little training in the role of a counselor. Their job duties included “guiding students” in their college applications and high school course selections. A lot has changed in the field of counseling and the modern school counselor has a master’s degree specific to School Counseling. School counselors must be able to handle a wide variety of counseling issues from suicide and ideation, grief, cutting, absenteeism, social skills, relational aggression, technology, academic, careers, group dynamics and family relationships.

School Counselors also develop a comprehensive school counseling program that focuses on three domains set forth by the American School Counselor Association. Those skills sets include Personal/Academic Development, Career and Decision Making Skills, and Interpersonal Skills. Professional school counselors develop lesson plans aligned to the common core and present on a wide range of topics. At the high school level, college planning and course selection are a major focus of the job, but fall within these categories. At the middle and elementary levels, the focus shifts slightly. Issues regarding bullying, interpersonal skills, and academic success are the predominate areas of support, coupled with promoting a culture where all students are career and college ready.

To find out more about what is going on in school counseling here at Valley View Junior High, check out these following resources:

Instagram -- VVCounselingnews

Twitter -- VVJHCounseling

College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus (CCP) gives students in grades 7 - 12 the opportunity to take college courses for free and earn high school and college credit before graduating high school. An informational meeting was held in the fall at the high school for all students grades 7 - 12. Any student interested in participating in CCP must turn in a Letter of Intent to the school counselor by April 1st. If you and your child were unable to attend the informational meeting, a video will be posted soon to the VVHS website. If you have any questions about the program or video, please contact Stephanie Carmack at

VVJH Kroger Community Rewards Account

We now have a Kroger Community Rewards Account. The junior high will get a small percentage for all purchases using your rewards card.

To sign up, go to:

Sign in/create account

click on Savings and Rewards, then Kroger Community Rewards

Click I'm a customer

Search for Valley View Junior High and join

*If you don't have a Kroger rewards card, they are available at all Kroger Customer Service Desks.

Dates to Remember

2/11-Midterm grades sent home

2/15-no school for students for staff professional development

2/18-no school for Presidents' Day

2/21-Coffee with the Principal 8:00-8:45 AM in the media center

2/21-conference night, coffee with the principal 4:00-5:00, alternate science fair judging night

2/23-Science and Math Fair

2/27-2 hour delay for students-staff professional development

VV Students and Employee of the Quarter

Congrats to Stephanie Carmack, Valley View's Employee of the Quarter. Stephanie deserves to be recognized for all that she does for our students and us. Congrats to students, Peyton Shrout, Damascus Parker, Luke Watkins, and Delaynie Tate for being recognized as our VVJH Students of the Quarter.
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