Valley View Junior High

February, 2018 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 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

Kindness Week

The junior high will be celebrating Kindness Week sponsored by the peer mediators the week of February 12 - 16. During the week, students will be participating in Kind Coins for Texas. During Kindness Week, students can bring in spare change to be donated to Texas to help with the hurricane relief efforts. The mediators will also have a kindness station set up during lunch. Students are encouraged to stop by and check it out! There will also be theme days listed below

Monday -- Crazy for Kindness -- crazy hair day

Tuesday -- Ride the Kindness Wave -- wear beach clothes

Wednesday -- Dress up for Kindness -- dress up, look your best!

Thursday -- Round Up Kindness -- wear western clothing

Friday -- Team Kindness -- wear your favorite sports shirt or jersey

Finally, students will be encouraged to complete 50 Acts of Kindness over the course of the week. This is a fun opportunity for our students to spread kindness and make a positive difference in other's lives,

"Coffee with Mrs. Thomas"

Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 8am

202 Jackson Street

Farmersville, OH

Join me for an open conversation about your questions, ideas, and concerns about Valley View JH in the media center.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Science and Math Fair

The Valley View Science and Math Fair will be held on February 24th 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.

College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus is a program that allows students to take college courses while they are in junior high or high school. There will be an informational meeting at the high school on February 7th at 6:00. Parents and students who are considering participating in the College Credit Plus program need to attend this informative meeting.

Mrs. Carmack will be meeting with all 7th and 8th grade students during Spartan Time on January 29th to explain the College Credit Plus program. Students will receive an informational handout at this meeting.

Any student who is considering taking college classes next year MUST return their Letter of Intent to Mrs. Carmack by April 1, 2018.

Many students who choose to participate in College Credit Plus will take classes at Sinclair. You can check out the following link to find more information:

Any parents with questions about the College Credit Plus program can contact Mrs. Carmack via email at or by calling the school. Information is also available on-line at

Student Fees

Fees for the 16/17 school year are $42.00 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 22nd. 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.

4/17, 4/18 Language Arts 7/8 grade

4/24, 4/25 Science 8th grade

5/2, 5/3 Math 7/8 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! 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 9th.

Scheduling for 2017-2018

Scheduling papers will be coming home with 7th grade students the week of February 19th. 7th graders need to choose their elective classes for 8th grade. Be on the look out for these scheduling papers!

After School Strength and Conditioning Program

8th graders participating in the after school strength and conditioning program will begin learning proper lifting techniques on Wednesday, February, 14, and Friday, February,16 from 2:50 to 4:30. After these two sessions they will start coming Monday's, Tuesday's and Thursday's 2:50 - 4:30. They will stay on the bus until the HS is dismissed then they will report to weight room.

If we are out of school for snow or a holiday we will have workouts the next day.

Freshman Orientation

Mark you calendars for freshman orientation! This year, it will be held on May 15th 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 3 - 9, 2018. 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

Blog -- VVJH Counseling

Eighth grade counseling groups for study skills and stress/anxiety will be starting in the next week or two. If you would like your child to participate in a group, or if there is any way that I can assist you or your child, please contact me at

New Progress Book Feature!!!

Parents and students can now access their official report cards in Progress Book. Click on the "Report Cards" button under "Student Information" on the left side of the screen.

Dates to Remember

2/16-no school for students for staff professional development

2/19-no school for Presidents' Day

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

2/22-conference night

2/28-2 hour delay for students-staff professional development