Valley View Junior High
February, 2019 Parent Newsletter
Note from the Principal
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!
Science and Math Fair
State Testing Dates
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 www.jostensyearbooks.com. The deadline for ordering is February 8th.
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 https://www.instagram.com/vvcounselingnews/
Twitter -- VVJHCounseling https://twitter.com/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 email@example.com.
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: https://www.kroger.com/
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 home2/15-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
New Use for an Old TV
We now have a TV in the cafeteria for announcements and updates at the junior high. Thanks to Mr. Erisman, Mr. Stubbs, Mrs. Lucas, and Mr. Burns for their assistance in getting it up and running.
Mrs. Carmack Accepting Her Certificate for Employee of the Quarter
Mrs. Phillips received an award from our State Representative, J. Todd Smith for Best Practices in Teaching