November 5, 2021
Now that it is November, it is a good time to discuss winter weather and how it potentially affects parents and students. In the event that weather would force a school closing or delay, I will post that information as soon as possible. Closing/delay information will be shared the following ways:
* A telephone call through our Skylert automated message system.
* Remind app
* TV and radio stations, including WFLQ, WUME, WAVE 3, WHAS 11, WLKY 32, and WDRB 41
* School website
To receive the notifications from Skylert and the Remind app, make sure that your phone numbers are accurate in our Skyward student information system. This will ensure that you receive updates as we send them out. Take note that if you do change your phone number in Skyward it will take a day or so to update in our system. Please contact either the elementary or high school office if you need help updating your information.
I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Springs Valley students have had an outstanding fall season. Here are some highlights so far:
Volleyball - PLAC Champs, Sectional Champs, Finished the season 27-6
All-Conference Individuals : Kennedy Land, Brynne Buchanan, Alayna Denbo, Tynley Kluesner, Leigh Carnes
Girls Golf - Macy Hall and Mia Cruz advanced to the girls golf regional
Cross Country - All-conference Individuals : Grant Brown, Alan Marshall and Sophie Harris;
Grant Brown, Alan Marshall, Canyon Crew advanced to the boys XC Regional; Grant Brown advanced to the boys XC semi-state at Brown County
Football - Current Record 9-1 (3-0 in the conference); playing in the Sectional 48 championship tonight at home. (vs. North Central at 7:30)
Blackhawk Brigade - Advanced to the ISSMA state finals on Saturday, November 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium
In addition to the great performances, our students have represented Springs Valley well, demonstrating important character traits such as leadership, resilience, discipline, and integrity.
After a rocky beginning to the school year, our issues with COVID-19 have slowed dramatically. We did not have a positive case among our elementary students in almost six weeks. We have been at 2 or fewer cases in the junior-senior high school in that same period. Currently we have 1 positive case in each building. Thank you to parents, students, and staff for following school and local guidelines and self-quarantining when symptomatic. We will continue to be diligent with our safety and cleaning protocols.
I have been providing daily updates on our COVID numbers on our school website. Unless we begin to see an uptick in the number of positive cases, the frequency of those updates will be reduced. I will update numbers each Monday from this point on. The statistics can be viewed here.
* SVCS is in need of qualified substitute teachers. If you are interested and want to learn more, we will have a substitute hiring meeting on Tuesday, December 7, at 4 PM in the high school cafeteria. See the flyer below.
* Reminder that our monthly board meetings are streamed live on our Springs Valley Media YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP4LYRNW9L125xomVq1V_xw/featured
Springs Valley Elementary School recently earned a spot on the US News and World Report Best Elementary Schools list for Indiana. The rating is based on a number of factors, including assessment scores and student-teacher ratio. SVE was ranked #216 on the list out of 1,134 schools.
In other elementary school news, Mrs. Lori Chestnut has been working with 12 students in the Resident Expert Program. This program is a way for students to get to learn about something that they are personally interested in while at the same time learning skills that will benefit them throughout their school career. Students gain knowledge in research skills, public speaking and presentation skills. Students prepare a presentation, be it a slide deck, project board, diorama, etc., and when complete they present to classrooms. Students presented to classes on November 3. Mrs. Chestnut commented, "I have been proud of these students and the work they have done."
Mrs. Laux's grade 7 art students recently created movie posters in class. Students were learning to use proportionate grids to create an accurate drawing and practicing shading and color mixing with colored pencils. The project also included a written component. Students had to demonstrate the higher-order thinking skills of analysis, interpretation, and evaluation.
The Springs Valley Preschool recently attained a Level 3 Paths to Quality certification. Our next goal is to attain Level 4, the highest level. This will result in national accreditation for our preschool. Our preschool staff have worked hard to achieve this recognition. They provide a safe, challenging, and fun learning environment for students and families.
Resident Expert Students
Middle L-R: Dylan Wolford, Henry Goldman, Quinn Wininger
Back L-R: Karli Warner, Aubrey Corn, Addison Jones, Xavier Carnes, Lana Brown