SVT & STEM Academy Newsletter

November Edition

Katie's Message

Happy November! It is hard to believe that we are cruising through fall already. October was a lot of fun at SVT with two game nights, a lot of state testing, a few field trips, too much nine square to quantify, and the return of the mini-design challenge! The students did an amazing job working through the design process and creating their backpacks. It was so much fun to see them dive in and work together on this fun project! Thank you to all of our stakeholders who made this project possible. We are looking forward to our upcoming events in November, including Community Day and STEM Camp. Please read below in our newly digitized newsletter for how you can help with our Community Day through the gift of donations.

November is a reminder to take extra time to reflect on what we are appreciative of and thankful for. Without a doubt, being a member of the SVT community is near the top of my list. I want to thank each and every one of our staff members, students, and families for the work they put into this amazing place. Each person contributes to the beauty of this school in their own unique way. Communities are made by the schools they keep and I know that SVT is key to making our community a better place. We are Better Together!

With heartfelt appreciation,

Katie Louie

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 8 PTO Eat out Night @ River City Pizza 4-8pm
  • November 9 SVT PTO Meeting 6-7pm on Zoom
  • November 10 Community Day
  • November 11 Veterans Day (No School)
  • November 12 Character Strong Group meetings
  • November 16 Progress Report Grades posted in PowerSchool
  • November 18 Whitworth College Visit
  • November 20 SVT STEM Camp
  • November 24 Early Release
  • November 24 & 25 Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • December 1 Senior Yearbook photos Due
  • December 2 PTO Eat out Night @ Jimmy John's 3-7pm
  • December 10 Game Night 6-8pm
  • December 14 SVT PTO Meeting 6-7pm on Zoom
  • December 20 Winter Break Starts
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National Honor Society NEW Members!

Congratulations to Owen Andreasen, Tyler Agnew,

Brenen Breckenridge, Cameron Carson, Matthew Claypool, Cooper Driskell,

Peyton Fischer, Katherine Kautzman, Saxton Schultz, Peter Erickson

Austin Hania, Walker Jones, Caine Sonko, Mathew Wasson,

Bradyn White-Hall, Vincent Westerlund-Floyd and Ruven Zubenko

on their acceptance into SVT's chapter of NHS!

Students were granted membership based off of their Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character. SVT staff members reviewed student submissions of Scholarship, Service and Leadership along with student essays and teacher recommendations on Character. After reviewing each application, the SVT staff committee discussed each student’s submission and merits and recommended the individuals above for induction. Congratulations on your induction this morning! We are so proud of our students!

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Need some help in your classes?

Honor Society tutoring is starting! If your student needs help in one or more subjects, have them fill out this link and Honor Society will connect them with a peer tutor. They can also find the link on posters around the school.

Recording from our GOPRO, PACE, and National Honor Society Assembly


*Make sure you add the (.) period in the begin of the passcode.

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Student Attendance

As a project based and hands-on school, we truly value having students in school. We have many learning opportunities that cannot be replicated through email, Google Classroom, or worksheets. We know that illnesses happen and cannot be avoided, especially this year. For information about when to keep your student home, please visit our We would appreciate it if appointments and other student commitments could be scheduled outside the school day as much as possible. If your student will be gone, please have them work with their teachers to get make-up work to try and stay on pace with the content. We appreciate your help.
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Can you help?

  • On November 10th we have Community Day! We are looking for donations of wide ribbon (1’’-2’’), fleece in either 1.5 or 2 yard pieces, and scissors that can cut fabric. For the fleece donations, we need both solid color and print patterns. Donations can be dropped off at SVT.
  • We have a number of opportunities throughout the year to recognize and reward our students for GOPRO, PACE, and at fun events. If you are able to donate small gift cards in $5 - $20 amounts, it would help us with this venture. Popular items for students are fast food, coffee, and Amazon, but anything is appreciated! Donations can be brought to the office.
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Engineering Physics Students Conquer the Wedge Mechanical Advantage Challenge

SVT 10th grade engineering students are learning to apply/derive the mechanical advantage of simple machines using math, measurement, and determination. Having mastered levers and inclined planes, the class was given the practical challenge of designing a wedge with 80% minimum efficiency. Thinking it was difficult to impossible, their instructor offered them donuts if they met the challenge. To foster collaboration, a key skill in the engineering profession, if any team accomplished the task, they earned the prize for the entire class. Student teams built initial designs, learned how to apply the practical math, problem solved, shared ideas, iterated their designs and, after two days of work, met the challenge! Donuts for all!! Now on to pulleys, gears, and sprockets with an instructor not likely to underestimate the creativity and ability of his students again soon…

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Attention Senior Girls!!

Are you interested in becoming a candidate for the 2022 Spokane Lilac Festival Royal Court?

Please see Mrs. Bascetta in the office during lunch. All senior girls that are interested need to let me know by Nov. 12th. Click the button below for more information.

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Fall State Testing has concluded for most students! Thank you for your hard work, SVT!

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Does your student know a second language?

STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) on Saturday, January 22nd , 2022 at Central Valley High School. This test is for students who might be proficient in a language other than English.

As you may already know, CVSD is hosting our annual World Language Competency Assessment on Saturday, January 22nd, from 8AM to 4PM, in the CVHS library. Many of you may be wondering if this test is for you.

As you consider taking this language assessment, please take a moment to think about your current language skills in the language that you wish to be tested in (not English). If you can answer “Yes, I can do this fairly easily” to each statement, then you will probably be able to earn at least 1-2 credits when you take the language test. If you can answer “Yes, I can do this very easily” to all of the statements, then you may be able to earn 3-4 credits when you get tested.

  • I can understand ideas on familiar topics expressed through phrases, short sentences, and frequently used expressions. [Listening]
  • I can understand the main idea and some details in simple texts that contain familiar vocabulary. [Reading]
  • I can exchange information with another person about familiar tasks, topics and activities. [Person-to-Person Communication]
  • I can use a series of phrases and sentences to provide basic information about familiar topics. [Spoken Production]
  • I can write simple descriptions and short messages and request or provide information on familiar topics. [Writing]

Students who complete Spanish 1 & 2 in school are already receiving the language competency credit; this test is for skill beyond Spanish 2 and/or in another language.

If you are interested in registering or getting more information, please contact Mrs. Louie ( or Mrs. Dresback (

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This is just a reminder that SVT is hosting our first STEM Camp of the year on November 20th. We have two sessions available for students in grades 2-8 and currently have some spots available in both sessions but they are quickly filling up! Fill out the attached document below and turn into SVT as soon as possible.

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