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.

PRINCIPAL'S PIECE


Dear SVS Families,


I hope this finds you all well and enjoying our ever-increasing sunlight! We are entering March, and closing up our 3rd Quarter this next week. Time is flying, as it always does in the spring! There is a lot going on as we enter the 4th Quarter. Please see our timeline of events below.


We have several parent events coming up in April as well, as we get information out about next school year and new graduation requirements, new course offerings, a new bell schedule, remote learning options, and a welcome to our incoming 6th grade families.


We will be administering the State of AK PEAKS assessment in March and the MAP assessment in April, along with the PSAT, SAT, and ACT for high school students. We are helping students gear up to ensure they are ready to showcase what they know.


There is a feedback form link at the bottom of the newsletter. if there is information you are seeking that you are not finding in this newsletter or on our website, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via the feedback form, via phone, or via email.


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

lisa.shelby@matsuk12.us

907-733-9300

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

MARCH 2021:

  • Fri, Mar 5 - End of Quarter 3, progress reports sent home with students
  • Mon - Mon, Mar 8-15 - SPRING BREAK, no school for students
  • Mon, Mar 15 - NO SCHOOL for students, teacher work day
  • Tues, Mar 23 - PSAT at SVS for all interested 10th grade students
  • Weds, Mar 24 - SAT at SVS for all interested 11th and 12th grade students
  • Mon - Thurs, Mar 29-Apr 1 - PEAKS Assessment for grades 6-10


APRIL 2021:

  • Weds, Apr 7 - ASVAB Career Interest Inventory for all interested grades 10-12 students
  • Fri, Apr 16 - Mid-quarter 4
  • Sat, Apr 17 - ACT at SVS for all interested 11th and 12th grade students
  • Mon, Apr 19 - Tues, May 4 - MAP assessment for students in grades 6-10
  • Weds, Apr 28 - Schedule (Bell & Class Options) Roll Out & New Graduation Requirements Parent Meeting (Title Event, Virtual), 5:30 PM
  • Thurs, Apr 29 - Incoming 6th grade parent meeting (virtual, via Zoom)
  • Fri, Apr 30 - Incoming 6th grade move-up day


MAY 2021:

  • Fri, May 7 - NO SCHOOL for students; Professional Development Day
  • Thurs, May 13 - Last day of school for seniors
  • Weds, May 19 - SVS Graduation (not open to general public)
  • Thurs, May 20 - Last day of school for all students

AP CAPSTONE COMING TO SVS

Beginning in school 2021-2022, Su Valley will be an AP Capstone Diploma school. We will begin offering many AP and Dual College Credit courses for ALL students.


Here is a website to begin exploring the AP Capstone program for current sophomores and younger students: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-capstone/toolkit


See below for link to AP Capstone Student Brochure.

TITLE I REPORT CARD TO THE PUBLIC

Below you will find our annual Report Card to the Public. You may also access this information on our SVS website, here at this link.
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COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Sophomores

Students in 10th grade will be given the opportunity to take the School Day PSAT 10 on Tuesday, March 23rd. The test consists of three parts in the areas of reading, writing and language, and math. The test takes approximately 3 hours to complete. Students who would like to take the PSAT 10 must sign up at the office by February 1st.. The cost for the test is $17 and there are fee waivers available if needed. You may sign your 10th grader up for the PSAT 10 using the following link :https://forms.gle/UAyQ4V7XVUD7wqXh8 . You can pay for the PSAT 10 at https://matsu.schoolcashonline.com/ .


Juniors/Seniors

It is recommended that juniors interested in attending college take the ACT or SAT in the spring of their junior year. This will allow time for studying and retakes during your senior year. We will be hosting a spring SAT at Su Valley on March 24th. You can sign up your 11th/12th grader for the SAT on the following link: https://forms.gle/cDtKnu4hkNPodzE59 . In addition, there are alternative testing dates available at other sites. Testing locations include Colony High School and the University of Alaska Anchorage. More information on testing sites, dates, and registration can be found at www.sat.org and www.actstudent.org . In addition, we are hoping to offer the ACT test at Su Valley on Saturday, April 17th. More information about the ACT coming soon.



Tamra Harrison

School Counselor and Test Coordinator

Susitna Valley High School

School Code 0201126

tamra.harrison@matsuk12.us

(907)733-9305

SVS AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITES

We are keeping kids as busy as possible! We know, and research tells us, that students need to be around their peers involved in heathy activities beyond the school day. We know this is more important than ever now with increased isolation. We employ mitigation strategies to keep kids both busy, and safe.


Activities for students second semester:

MS/HS co-ed eSports

HS Boys and Girls Basketball

MS/HS co-ed Culture Club

MS/HS co-ed Art Club

MS/HS co-ed NYO (Native Youth Olympics)

MS co-ed Track and Field

HS co-ed Track and Field


All registration is completed through PlanetHS online. See this link.

FACTS ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES

Link to FACTS ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES


1. Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.


2. After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?

No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.​


3. If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first.


4. Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.


5. Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?

No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work. ​



Romy Byrd BSN, 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) 733-9450

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY STUDENT IS SICK?

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY STUDENT IS SICK?
As per Alaska Smart Start 2020, any student who is ill must stay home from in-person school. We will be strictly following these guidelines in order to keep our school open during COVID-19 times.


If your student is sick and they stay home from school, we ask that you call and excuse them from school. Our school nurse will then call you to assess your child's individual situation. If your student has ONE or more of the possible COVID-19 symptoms, the nurse will instruct you to follow the Return to School protocol.

If your student develops ONE or more of these possible COVID-19 symptoms while at school during the day, they will be sent home. Students will be isolated until parents arrive. The nurse will instruct you to follow the Return to School protocol.


COVID-19 symptoms:
Fever over 100, or chills
Runny nose
Fatigue
Cough
Nausea
Muscle, joint or body aches
Difficulties breathing or shortness of breath
Vomiting
New low of taste or smell
Sore throat
Diarrhea
Congestion
Headache


Return to School protocol:
Any student who is ill with ONE or more COVID-19 symptoms will be instructed to stay home for 10 calendar days. In order to return to school, one of the following must happen:


  1. A negative COVID-19 test, AND 24 hours free of symptoms, or with improving symptoms.
  2. Students isolate at home for 10 days, AND are 24 hours free of symptoms, or with improving symptoms..
  3. A Doctor's release that your child's symptoms are not related to COVID-19, and are due to other medical conditions, AND 24 hours free of symptoms. Those students with chronic medical conditions will be required to have a medical note on file stating that the student has symptoms that are associated with a chronic medical problem and clarifies that the symptom is part of a non-COVID-19 chronic medical problem.


How does my student keep up with school while they are out?

  • It is the student's responsibility to keep up with their schoolwork remotely while they are out.
  • Students need to check google classroom in order to find their assignments they are to work on.
  • If your student is too sick to do schoolwork while they are home, then our absence policy will cover them. The policy allows for a day-for-day plus one day makeup time for each absence. For example, if a student misses three days, they will have four days to submit all missed assignments without penalty.



Romy Byrd BSN, 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) 733-9450

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RETURNING FROM OUT OF STATE TRAVEL PROTOCOL

As families decide to travel, we have been asked about the return to school protocol after a trip out of Alaska. With the removal of the AK Emergency Status, students may return to school from traveling with the following recommendations:


  • A negative COVID-19 test, or
  • Five days of quarantine after you return, or
  • Free of any symptoms of illness


Thank you for helping to keep others safe, and keep schools open.


Remember, students can access what schoolwork they are missing through their Google classrooms, and we do expect students to be completing work as best they can while away, or if that is not feasible, they need to complete the work according to our Absence Policy, listed in our Student-Parent Handbook, linked here.

SEE BELOW: SVS COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN

SVS AT-HOME LEARNING: GETTING SUPPORT

We have a new at-home learning website to support students and parents learning at home. Please use this link, or see link below.


See you online :)

-Noelle Valentine

noelle.mischenko@matsuk12.us

FOOD PROGRAMS AT SVS - NEW INFORMATION FOR REMOTE LEARNERS & FRIDAYS

School Meals on Fridays for in-person students:

  • The District is providing school meals, breakfast and lunch for in-person students for each Friday.
  • Students need to sign-up during their lunch in order to get these meals at the end of the day Thursday to take home.
  • UPDATE: all meals for all students are FREE through the entire school year


Other food programs at SVS for in-person students:

  • Sandwich Station
    • Students (anyone) can get a free almond butter and jelly sandwich each day (M-Th) after Breakfast Break or after Lunch to take with them to eat later. These are by the library, near the front office, on the counter.
  • Weekend Brown Bag Program
    • Students (anyone) can get a free bag of food to take home on Thursday afternoons to take home to their family for the weekend.
    • This will start in a few weeks, listen for an announcement.
  • Food Pantry
    • Once a week, Tuesdays, during MS and HS lunch, students can get food from our school pantry.
    • The Food Pantry can be opened daily, or at any time for a family in need.
    • This is also free, and open to anyone to take food home to their family.


School meals available DAILY for AT-HOME remote learning students:

  • The District is providing school meals, breakfast and lunch for at-home remote learning students, available each day.
  • This will be a curbside service available between 1:15 PM and 1:30 PM M-Th.
  • We will post a phone number to call when you arrive to pick up your meals.
  • UPDATE: all meals for all students are FREE through the end of this school year

ALL SCHOOL BREAKFAST & LUNCH MEALS ARE FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS, ALL SCHOOL YEAR

A WEEK, B WEEK AND REMOTE LEARNING EVERY FRIDAY FOR ALL SVS STUDENTS

Just a reminder about our new block schedule. We rotate between an "A Week" which has students attending periods 1, 2, and 3, Monday through Thursday. All students will remote learn from home every Friday. To a "B Week" which has students attending periods 4, 5 and 6, Monday through Thursday. All students will remote learn from home every Friday.


Please see link below for a calendar outlining which weeks are A Weeks, and which weeks are B weeks.

SEE BELOW: A WEEK AND B WEEK SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

SEE BELOW: SVS 2020-2021 MASTER SCHEDULE

SVS 2020-2021 BELL SCHEDULE

THIS SCHEDULE WILL NOT CHANGE FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR.

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