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,

Greetings! We hope this message finds you well. As we conclude the first month of the school year, we wanted to share some insights and updates on your students' progress and experiences.

Academic Exploration:

The transition to middle and high school has been an exciting journey for our students. They've been immersing themselves in a diverse range of subjects, from AP classes to thought-provoking literatures. I am impressed by their dedication to learning and their willingness to tackle new challenges.

Navigating Challenges:

As with any new endeavor, challenges are a natural part of the process. Our students have shown resilience and adaptability in facing these challenges. Whether it's managing their time effectively to get to class on time or adjusting to higher academic expectations, they're demonstrating the qualities that will serve them well in their academic and personal lives.

Engaged Discussions:

One of the highlights of this first month has been the quality of discussions in our classrooms. Students are actively participating, sharing their perspectives, and engaging in thoughtful dialogs. These interactions contribute significantly to their intellectual growth and critical thinking skills.

Extracurricular Excellence:

Our middle and high school soccer seasons are off to a great start. High school volleyball and middle school basketball are starting up soon. I truly feel that extracurricular activities are an integral part of students holistic development.

Supportive Community:

Our school community is built on collaboration and support. We encourage you to maintain an open line of communication with us. Feel free to reach out to teachers, counselors, or administration if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. Your involvement is invaluable to us.

Looking Ahead:

As we look ahead to the coming months, we're excited about the upcoming events and opportunities for our high school students. Parent-teacher conferences, college preparation workshops, and various student-led projects are just a few of the things on the horizon.


We want to express our gratitude for entrusting us with your child's education during these crucial years. Your partnership is a vital part of their academic journey, and we're committed to providing them with the best possible experience.

In conclusion, we're proud of the progress our student/s have made in this first month. We're confident that with your continued support and their dedication, this academic year will be one of growth, achievement, and memorable experiences.

Warm regards,

Partners in education,

Bryan Kirby, SVS Principal



September 2023:

  • Monday, September 5
  • -No School (Labor Day)
  • - MS/HS Soccer VS Birchwood Christian 3:30/5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 6
  • - HS Volleyball Starts
  • Thursday, September 7
  • - HS Soccer at Tri-Valley Tournament
  • - MAP TESTING (Math)
  • Tuesday, September 12
  • -MAP TESTING (Math)
  • Wednesday, September 13
  • - HS Soccer VS Nenana 3:30 PM
  • Friday, September 15
  • - HS Soccer at Delta
  • Saturday, September 16
  • - HS Soccer at Delta
  • Monday, September 18
  • - MS/HS Soccer VS Lumen Christi 3:30/5:00 PM
  • - MS Basketball Starts
  • Tuesday, September 19
  • - MS/HS Soccer at Holy Rosary
  • Thursday, September 21
  • - Progress reports available online unless requested paper then they will go home with student
  • Friday, September 22
  • - HS Soccer VS Tri-Valley 3:30 PM
  • Thursday - Saturday 28-30
  • - HS Soccer at Anchorage STATE

More to come....


The school year seems to be flying by already! Schedule changes are complete, athletics have begun, and students are busily working on projects and assignments. Please feel free to continue to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding your child’s education. I am here to help however I can.

Tutoring Help is a private company that provides free online tutoring help to all MSBSD students.

Students who are military dependents have access 24/7 through Military dependents need a valid email address to register and will need to select the appropriate military branch and follow the prompts on the screen.

All other students can access the site through Students will need to click on “LIVE HOMEWORK HELP”, “STUDENT CENTER”, and then select a content area. It is available between the hours of 1:00 PM and 12:00 AM.

Testing Information

Su Valley will be offering a school day PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT for 10th/11th, and the SAT for seniors the week of October 23rd. Seniors who are thinking about attending college should take the SAT or ACT this fall if they have not already done so. Su Valley will not be offering a fall ACT. Blackboards with more information will be going out to families next week

Tamra Harrison

School Counselor and Test Coordinator

Susitna Valley High School

School Code 0201126



High School Soccer:

HS soccer is 2-3-1, as of August 28. We've been working hard on improving our passing game and communicating on the field. While we haven't seen as many wins as we might like, we have played some good soccer. Here's hoping we continue to improve and grow as a team to make a strong showing at the upcoming Tri-Valley Tournament September 7 - 9. ~Coach South

Middle School Soccer:

MS Soccer is off to a great start this year. We have new and returning athletes, and all are showing up ready to learn new skills, play hard, and have fun. The team has a lot of depth, with over 25 student athletes eligible to play - it's great to see all the student interest in the sport! Practices have been running for about 2 weeks, and we just had our first game of the season. Everyone got out on the field to show their stuff and get used to game-play. This week we have our first home game. We're excited to play in front of the home crowd - Go Rams! ~ Coach K


High school volleyball will begin practice on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 4:00 PM.

Coaches are Chad Valentine and Kayce Sandifer

Middle school basketball will begin practice on Monday, Sept. 18 at 3:00 PM.

Coaches are Jimmy Sickler & Tanya Shear (girls) and Josh Sandifer & Trisha Esmailka (boys)

Volleyball or Basketball Registration:
In order to be in the gym and/or at practice, the following must be in place for each athlete:

  • A current school physical ("current" is a school physical within the last 18 months). A current physical must be in place before students can practice.
  • Athletic Registration completed. Please use this link for the process. Forms will be available at SVS.
  • Students need to be registered in PlanetHS Link

Transportation from practice:

Please make sure students are picked up from practice at 4:30 PM. There will be Sunshine Transit shuttles running IF RESERVED, first come first served. Students MUST tell the front office they plan to ride a transit before lunchtime each day in order to secure a spot.


We highly encourage families to fill out the Free and Reduced Meals application, even if you think you may not qualify. These dollars and this designation, is what gives our school it's Title I status, and helps provide additional dollars to put towards educating your child(ren).

This application does need to be filled out each school year, for all families who qualify, or would like to qualify.


Free & Reduced Meals Parents can submit applications to enroll their student(s) in the free and reduced meal program. Applications should be submitted annually and may be completed online through SchoolCafe (LINK here) or via a printable application (LINK here). Paper applications can also be picked up at SVS if you do not have the ability to print at home.

Paper applications cannot be submitted via email or fax, but must be submitted to the student's school or directly to Nutrition Services (690 E Cope Industrial Way, Palmer, AK 99645).

The application process will require the following information be provided:

  • Total household size
  • Income for all household members (Income guidelines are available here)
    Student name(s)
  • Additional information that is helpful, though not required, includes the student's birth date, enrolled school, and MSBSD ID number

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to (907) 861-5100.


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


*Subject to change based on enrollment numbers. We will strive for offering AP and dual credit courses to students, small class sizes, and variety in subject areas and electives as much as our small school schedule allows.


Monday students will start school at 9:30 AM

Late Start Monday

Every Monday we will be starting school at 9:30 am. The rest of the week we will be starting at the normal time of 8:30 am. Another change this year is that we will be in school everyday of the week until 3:00. See Bell Schedule link above.

What are PLC Mondays, click on the link to go to an informative webpage to learn more.


Our behavioral health counselor, Tanya Korta, is available all summer and throughout the school year. During the summer, she can be reached at Sunshine Clinic. During the school year she can be reached at school (907-733-9300), and she will be here Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 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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