Valley View Junior High
February, 2018 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 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!
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
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Science and Math Fair
College Credit Plus
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: http://www.sinclair.edu/academics/k12/ccp/
Any parents with questions about the College Credit Plus program can contact Mrs. Carmack via email at email@example.com or by calling the school. Information is also available on-line at www.ohiohighered.org.
State Testing Dates
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 www.jostensyearbooks.com. The deadline for ordering is February 9th.
Scheduling for 2017-2018
After School Strength and Conditioning Program
If we are out of school for snow or a holiday we will have workouts the next day.
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 https://www.instagram.com/vvcounselingnews/
Twitter -- VVJHCounseling https://twitter.com/VVJHCounseling
Blog -- VVJH Counseling https://vvjhc.blogspot.com/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Progress Book Feature!!!
Dates to Remember
2/19-no school for Presidents' Day
2/21-Coffee with the Principal 8:00-8:45 AM in the media center
2/28-2 hour delay for students-staff professional development