SVS News

Susitna Valley Junior/Senior High School: "Home of the Rams"

SVS Vision:

We aim to provide students with the necessary tools to achieve their full potential.

SVS Mission:

In collaboration with family and community, we will build strong relationships and share challenging, innovative instruction to inspire student passions, potential, and the ability to think critically and creatively.


Dear SVS Families,

We are settling into our school year and enjoying getting to know so many new faces and families. We are also grateful to reconnect with many of our returning faces and families. Our building feels full of life, joy and learning!

This year is also proving to be difficult yet again, with students facing absences from illness and challenges as our world continues to deal with the pandemic. Please find information in this newsletter about keeping your family safe, and helping us keep school open safely.

We are actively working on ways to support students who are missing school due to illness, providing in-school clinics for vaccines, and partnering with entities in our community to provide more COVID testing opportunities. We know this is a stressful time, and we are all working together to keep school open safely, and keep kids learning in front of their teachers.

Please let us know if you are seeking information you are not able to find in this newsletter. You can email me directly and I will work to get answers for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here for you. Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Partners in education,

Lisa Shelby, SVS Principal




  • Weds, September 8 - High School Volleyball practice begins, click here to see the schedule
  • To see up to date middle school soccer schedules, click here.
  • To see up to date high school soccer schedules, click here.
  • Monday, September 20 - Middle School Basketball practice begins, click here to see the schedule. Registration information can be found at this link.
  • Tuesday, September 28 - Fund Your Future meeting for families of Juniors and Seniors, virtual via zoom at 5:30 PM. See link in newsletter below.


  • Friday, October 1 - No School for students, Professional Development day for staff
  • Thursday, October 7 - Title I Leadership meeting, open to any parent, virtual via zoom at 5:30 PM.
  • Friday, October 8 - Vaccine/Immunization Clinic at school, for students to get up to date on immunizations, get a COVID vaccine, or receive a flu shot (we will be running these once a month at SVS, starting in October); stay tuned for more information
  • Friday, October 15 - End of First Quarter
  • Saturday, October 16 - Saturday, October 23 - Close Up Trip to WA, DC
  • Thursday, October 28 - School day SAT, 8:00 AM at SVS
  • Thursday, October 28 - No School for students, Parent/Teacher Conference day
  • Friday, October 29 - No School for students, Professional Development day for staff


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Friday, Oct. 8th, 12pm


Please watch for additional information coming to you. We will provide COVID vaccines (Pfizer), immunizations students may be missing, and the flu shot.

Parents will need to fill out required paperwork prior to us seeing your student through the nurses office.

We are striving to provide these clinics once a month in partnership with Sunshine Community Health Clinic and Public Health, in conjunction with our school nurse.


Use this link to see the latest COVID 19 Mitigation information.


The state is sponsoring a series of weekly lotteries in an effort to bring the Covid #s down by getting more Alaskans vaccinated. Every week they will have a drawing for a newly vaccinated adult and young adult (ages 12-17).

One adult and one youth will win $49,000 apiece every week. For Alaskans age 18 and up, the prize is paid in cash. For the younger winners, the $49,000 will be paid into a scholarship fund, plus their parents will receive an extra $10,000 cash if they’re also vaccinated.

If you have already been vaccinated, YOU ARE STILL IN THE RUNNING! The last drawing is for those that were vaccinated before September 2nd in Alaska. (You will need to provide your date of first dose and location. No card needed.) For Alaskans who got vaccinated prior to Sept. 2, there is still a chance to win $49,000. Those residents can submit their proof of vaccination online any time between now and Oct. 30. Two winners from that group will be announced on Nov. 4.

Here is link to apply-

Use this link to find more information.


Romy Byrd RN - School Nurse

Matanuska Susitna Borough School District

Susitna Valley Junior/Senior High School (907) 733-9304

Talkeetna Elementary (907) 733-9415

Trapper Creek Elementary (907) 733-9460


Our absences are running high this year due to student illness. Please make sure your child is checking their google classrooms for work they need to complete while out of class.

Our absence policy allows for make-up time upon their return. The policy states they have the number of days they were out, plus one day to make-up work. For example, if they miss 4 days of school, they will have 5 days to make-up missed work without penalty.

We are also instituting an "M" for Missing instead of entering "0" points for work that is not yet turned in. This allows parents to easily see in ParentVue, and students to easily see in StudentVue, the assignments labeled as missing. Keep in mind please that teachers may not update this on their side until Fridays, as that is their only time when they are not in front of students. You will either see "Missing" or "Incomplete" listed for assignments not yet turned in.

When an assignment is marked as "M" for missing, it does calculate that as 0 points and factors into their overall grade. You will see their grade drop, potentially showing they are failing a class, due to missing assignments. We are doing this purposefully as the reporting we use during our 4C's class will then show up which students are not doing well due to missing assignments, and we can make sure they are focusing on getting that work completed.

As soon as the work is completed (or each Friday), teachers will enter a grade for completed work that will then change the overall grade. The gradebook is a moving target that can quickly change! Only at semester (December and May) are grades recorded and no longer will shift.

We are actively pursuing other ways we can support students who are missing work and have quite a few absences. Some of this includes 4C's time at the end of each day. We will update you as we move forward with other ideas to help support students.

Please do not hesitate to email your child's teachers (use this link to find emails). We enjoy partnering with you, and know that all of our worlds are taxed and stressful right now due to the current COVID situation. We will stay committed to keeping school open, as we do know that is what is best for kids, and for their education.


  • Monday, September 20 - Middle School Basketball practice begins, click here to see the schedule. Registration information can be found at this link.
  • Students must be registered and have a current physical to practice and participate.
  • We look forward to a fun season!


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Thursday, Oct. 7th, 5:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Please join us for this voluntary Title I meeting. We will discuss and review and our Title I school-wide plan, our Title I budget, and potential family engagement events for the year. This meeting will be held via zoom.

Link to join meeting will be emailed to parents prior to the meeting.

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Parents of 11th Grade Students,

Students in the 11th grade will be given the opportunity to take the School Day PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 13th at no cost. It is recommended that 11th graders take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall. The test consists of three parts in the areas of reading, language, and math and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. Students who would like to take the PSAT/NMSQT must sign up with Tamra Harrison before September 7th. You may also sign your student up for the October 13th PSAT/NMSQT now by using the following link: PSAT/NMSQT Sign Up Form.

Fast Facts: Taking the PSAT/NMSQT offers the following benefits to help you prepare for your academic future:

  • Connect to $300 Million in Scholarships: Check "yes" to the Student Search Service® question on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet or opt in online to connect with 1,500 colleges and over $300 million in scholarships.
  • Be Eligible for the National Merit® Scholarship Program: When you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you may meet requirements to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program and compete for national recognition and college scholarships.
  • Learn Your Academic Strengths: After you take the PSAT/NMSQT your score report will show how well you performed and which college-level AP courses match your strengths.
  • Access Free, Personalized Prep: Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT with free resources from College Board and Khan Academy, and use your PSAT/NMSQT score to create a personalized SAT study plan through Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®.

More Information: Find out what kinds of questions you’ll see on the PSAT/NMSQT.

Learn more about Taking the Test or how to access and use your PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 scores.

In addition, we will be offering an optional PSAT to 8th-10th graders at no cost in the spring. More information will follow when the date has been determined. Please contact me with any questions.

Parents of 12th Grade Students,

Students in 12th grade will be given the opportunity to take the School Day SAT on Thursday, October 28th. Please note that there is no school for students that day due to parent-teacher-conferences. Seniors will need to be at the school at 8am for testing if they sign up. It is recommended that 12th graders who have not yet taken the SAT, or who would like to retake it, do so in the fall. The test consists of three parts in the areas of reading, language, and math. The test takes approximately 3 hours to complete. Students who would like to take the SAT must sign up at the office by September 7th. You may also sign your student up for the SAT now by using the following link . The SAT cost is $55. Fee waivers are available for those students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. You can pay for the SAT here .

Fast Facts

  • Most students take the SAT for the first time in spring of their junior year; some take it again in fall of senior year. Learn more about when to take the SAT.
  • Students can take the SAT as many times as they like; College Board recommends taking it at least twice..
  • Different colleges evaluate SAT scores differently. In general, test scores aren’t the most important part of a student’s application—their high school transcript is, and some colleges have adopted test optional policies.
  • The SAT connects your child to scholarship opportunities as well as to colleges that are looking for students like them.

SAT Practice

  • Your child can practice for the SAT for free by using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, where they can get a personalized study plan by taking short quizzes or providing their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10.
  • They'll also find interactive problems, video lessons, and full-length practice tests. Official SAT Practice shows your child which specific skills they need to work on most and customizes their practice plan to help them turn areas of weakness into areas of strength.
  • A recent study showed that 20 hours of practice on Khan Academy is linked to an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT.
  • Other free ways to practice include the Daily Practice for the SAT app, full-length practice tests, and online practice questions.

Tamra Harrison

School Counselor and Test Coordinator

Susitna Valley High School

School Code 0201126



Tuesday, Sep. 28th, 5:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Please join us and a guest speaker from Alaska Center for Public Education to talk through next steps for your child's education after high school. We will talk through financial aid, scholarship opportunities, the FAFSA, etc. This is a virtual meeting via zoom.

Link to join the meeting will be emailed to parents prior to the meeting.


Click to see our current COVID mitigation plan for all fall activities (soccer, volleyball, etc).


Click this link to pay for Soccer at this time. This is linked through your ParentVue account, so you can see any fees attached to your student(s).


Our bell schedule this year will rotate on an A DAY, B DAY (every other day) schedule. All students will dismiss from school at 10:45 AM on Fridays.


Our behavioral health counselor, Tanya Korta, is available throughout the school year. She can be reached at school (907-733-9300), and she will be here Mondays and Wednesdays. Please do not hesitate to reach out to her if you need to talk, or if you know someone who may need support. Her email is
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