Valley View Newsletter
Ranger News You Can Use! November 13, 2022
Message from Mr. Wahl, Principal
Good evening Ranger families!
This is the last week before our much-anticipated Thanksgiving break! Below are a few items as we approach our Thanksgiving break...
SVHS Offices will be closed starting Friday afternoon, November 18 thru November 27. Please pick up the Verification of Enrollment form (if your student will be going to the DMV next week), and anything else needed from the front office before Friday at 4:45pm. The request for a VOE is online and your student can come into the front office and use the QR Code to request their form, or you can go to the SVHS Website, Students/Families tab, VOE Request.
Lost & Found is located underneath the D Hallway Stairwell (in between the Front Office & Student Services). If your student is missing a backpack, jacket, lunch box, etc, please have them check the Lost & Found for their items. At the start of our Christmas Break, we plan to bag up and donate all items in the Lost & Found.
Lost and Found for smaller items is located in the Front Office (the receptionist area). If your student has lost any small items, please have them come by to see if their items have been turned in.
Releasing Students Early this week: If your student will be leaving early for any reason this week, please be sure to send them with a note to give to the receptionist in exchange for their green pass. Students should bring their notes to the receptionist before school starts.
SVHS Front Offices will reopen from the Thanksgiving Break on Monday, November 28th at 8:25am.
Let's have a great Ranger Week and a Wonderful Thanksgiving Break!
FINAL Opportunity for Senior Yearbook Photos - November 18
Photo Texas will be on Campus, Friday, November 18 from 9am - Noon for the Final time to take or retake Senior Yearbook photos.
As a Reminder, students must be photographed by Photo Texas Photography in order to appear in the yearbook. The yearbook photo will be taken in tux and drape. When you click on the Sign Up Genius, please read information about what your student should bring/wear for their senior yearbook portraits.
Please ask your student to click on the link below to sign up for their time spot. Your student will then be responsible for showing up to the Library at their scheduled time .
CAP & GOWN/GRADUATION ORDERS - DEADLINE NOV. 26
2022-23 Counselor Information
AAA - COP Anna-Marie Trotter; Annamarie.firstname.lastname@example.org; phone# 830-885-1050
COQ - HAF Sara Schroeder; email@example.com; phone# 830-885-1060
HAG - MAR Ayanna Bush; firstname.lastname@example.org; phone# 830-885-1090
MAS - RIB Jasmine Wills; email@example.com ;phone# 830-885-1072
RIC - UZZ Angel Mitchell; firstname.lastname@example.org; phone# 830-885-1021
VAA - ZZ Rebecca Thornton; email@example.com ; phone# 830-885-1056
Thank You Cindy Rabon, Academic and Career Counselor Substitute
Thank you to Ms. Rabon for substituting for Ms. Kiesling while she has been away from campus. If you need to reach Ms. Rabon, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Kiesling will be returning to campus after the Thanksgiving Break.
SVHS Student Support Specialists
SVHS PTSA Information
Pie Tasting Sign Up
It’s time for everyone’s favorite staff appreciation event! The annual pie tasting will be held on Wednesday, November 16th! Please click the link below to sign up to bring a delicious dessert you can eat with a fork!
Wreaths Across America
Our SVHS PTSA will be sponsoring a section for WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on Saturday, December 17th!
**To sponsor GENERAL WREATHS you MUST use the link provided below so our PTSA is credited with the sponsorship. https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/172382/Overview/?relatedId=14959
**To sponsor GRAVE SPECIFIC wreaths PLEASE text/call Cristina Hamilton at 210-381-5214 to provide the information needed for your loved one.
Our goal is to sponsor 1,000 wreaths and we hope you will help us reach our goal! Please consider sponsoring a few wreaths to help honor those that served for our country ❤️
LAST day to purchase is November 26th. Wreaths may be purchased for $15 each
THANK YOU for your support!!
Please note: $5 of every wreath purchased will go directly back to our SV PTSA to help support programs & events at our school 💙
Where do PTA funds go to in High School?
SVHS PTSA is an extremely active group on the SVHS campus. We provide scholarships for seniors, strive to fill all teacher/classroom requests, supply snacks for student events, throw monthly staff appreciation events, stock the workroom, bring food and other appreciation items for the bus drivers and custodians, participate in school programs, host the winter dance, and this year, we are hoping to bring in several interactive programs for the students.
It’s never to late to join the PTA! 🍎 Joining is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Do I have to volunteer? Absolutely not! But if you’re interested in getting involved, we’d love to have you! Regardless, your $10 membership fee goes to support the students and staff at SVHS, and your membership gives Texas PTA a greater voice when they are advocating for Texas students and families this upcoming legislative session! Join PTA today! 🍎 #joinpta #texaspta
There are 2 ways to JOIN TODAY!!
Visit the Texas PTA website : https://txpta.secure.force.com/JoinPTA
1. Scan venmo image
2. Pay $10
"Name, email address- Membership”
Want to help our teachers? ✏️
Sign up to help in the workroom via the sign-up genius link below:
Blood Drive this week! November 15
Advanced Academics Night this Wednesday, Nov. 16
Advanced Academics Night - Wednesday November 16
SVHS is excited to host the annual Advanced Academics Night on November 16, 2022 beginning at 6:00 pm in the SVHS Varsity Gym. We will begin with a brief presentation on the different opportunities for students to engage in with regards to AP/Pre AP, UT OnRamps, and Dual Credit.
Following the presentation, please stay and visit with Student Ambassadors and Teachers of specific courses to help guide your student in his/her academic planning.
Toys for Tots Information
The NJROTC Cadets are collecting toys to assist with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Collection boxes will be located in front of SVHS Student Services until December 5th.
SVHS All Sports Gala - Ticket Information
SATURDAY, January 28th from 6-11pm at Western Sky
$1500 RESERVED table for 10 (limited availability)
The night includes appetizers, drinks, dinner & dessert. PLUS the opportunity to bid on a variety of AWESOME items. ALL proceeds go to the SVHS Booster Club to support ALL Sports Programs 💙
Calling all adventure seekers!
Ever wanted to see the world and experience another culture firsthand? Well now you can! I am thrilled to announce that I will be taking a group of students abroad to Greece Summer 2024 and I want you to come with me!
Talk about the educational experience of a lifetime. We’ll see famous landmarks, interact with new people and new cultures, and find a little more independence along the way.
Did you miss our information session on November 2nd? Reach out to Mrs. Dennis as soon as possible at email@example.com to find out how your student can be a part of this experience.
SVHS Clubs and Organizations Information
FCA - Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FCA Meetings are held the 1st & 3rd Friday of every month at 8:15am. Now Meeting in the Auditorium!!
SURE Club - Meets Every Wednesday after school - Room B120
Ping Pong Club - Meets Thursdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm Room B202
Valley Student Store is Open During All Lunches!
AG Students - District LDE Contest
The Smithson Valley FFA Leadership Development Teams traveled to San Marcos High School Wednesday to compete in our District LDE contest. SVFFA is advancing 6 TEAMS to the Area Contest next week in Blanco! Please congratulate them on a job well done and wish them luck at the Area contest next week!
Results are as follows:
Senior Chapter Conducting: 1st Place-Area Qualifier
Public Relations: 1st Place-Area Qualifier
Greenhand Skills: 1st Place-Area Qualifier
Job Interview: 1st Place- Area Qualifier
Senior Quiz: 1st Place-Area Qualifier
-Abigail Permenter (1st Place Individual)
-Maggy Zedaker (4th Place Individual)
-Kennedy Surratt (5th Place Individual)
Ag Issues Forum: 2nd Place-Area Qualifier
Greenhand Quiz: 3rd Place
-Nathan Wiens (7th Place Individual)
-Hannah Daniel (8th Place Individual)
Radio Broadcasting: 7th Place
Senior Skills: 4th Place
Greenhand Creed: 6th Place
Senior Creed: 4th Place
UIL Student Congress Results
Please congratulate the following students for their job well done at Student Congress Thursday in La Vernia. These young adults present in a mock legislation bills they drafted as well as research the docket of bills and resolutions that deal with real-world political and social policies. They take an oath of office and follow parliamentary procedure.
Rowen Hamilton (State Qualifier)
Bella Munoz (Alternate)
This is the 2nd year in a row we have qualified for State with Student Congress!
Congratulations to our Athletes who participated in National Signing Day - November 9
Lillie Johnson, Volleyball
Charleston Southern University
Sophia Perez, Cross Country
Texas State University
Jacquelyn Rolle, Track
University of Delaware
Thomas Barton - Region Choir
Friday Evening, Thomas Barton was called up by Region 12 Vocal Division to sing in the Region 12 Clinic and Concert. He began the journey months ago preparing for a place in the coveted Region Choir, grabbing an alternate position in the choir. He has continued the learning process in the event he was called. This weekend, he had the honor and privilege of singing under the highly acclaimed direction of Joe Weir, past president of TMEA and Artistic Director of the Lake Houston Chamber Singers. He joined 144 students from Region 12 to share in a beautiful choral experience for those privileged to hear. Please offer congratulations when you see him.
On Saturday, the Lady Rangers kicked off their season with a very successful opening tournament performance. All but two of these ladies are new to the varsity line-up and our young Lady Rangers earned a 5th place finish out of 23 teams.
Individual tournament placers were:
114 Alex Green (12) 2nd Place
126 Lucie Puytorac (11) 2nd Place
132 Emma Engelking (11) 4th Place
138 Serenity Escamilla (10) 4th Place
165 Jacelynn Trejo (10) 4th Place
114B Isabella Montalvo (9) 2nd Place
120B Summer Williams (9) 2nd Place
152B Taylor Keck(9) 1st Place
This Week's Competition Schedule & Ticket Links:
Wednesday 5:30 (Home) JV Quad Meet vs. Canyon, Madison, and Buda Johnson
Thursday 5:30 VB/VG @ MacArthur High School (ticketspicket.com)
Saturday 9:00 VB/VG @ Churchill Charger Classic (ticketspicket.com)
Kaylee Carmichael named to District 25 Region IV All District 1st Team Water Polo!
Varsity Football - Bi District Champions!!
Next Game Friday, Nov. 18
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
November 16: Advanced Academics Night; 6pm Varsity Gym
November 18: FINAL Opportunity for Senior Yearbook photos (sign up above)
November 21 - November 25: Thanksgiving Break (school & offices closed)
November 26: Last day to purchase Wreaths across America wreaths
December 5: Last Day for Toys for Tots Donations
December 14: Final Exams
December 15: Final Exams
December 16: Final Exams & School Ends at 2:30pm
December 19 - January 3 = Christmas Break
January 4 : Students Return to start Spring Semester
January 28: All Sports Gala Western Sky 6pm-11pm
February 4: PTSA Winter Dance - Come Glow with Us!
March 25: PROM @ JW Marriott 7:00pm
Fall Semester Final Exams Dec. 14, 15, and 16
December 16 is an Early Release Day and school ends at 2:30pm.
* Walking into class 10 min late, without a pass, is an unexcused absence
* Parent / Doctor notes must be turned in within 2 days of returning to school or it will remain an unexcused absence.
* Students who accumulate 10 more absences per semester, per class, will be denied credit.
Please click on attached links for Important Attendance detailed information that was sent out earlier this week. ATTENDANCE INFORMATION - ENGLISH ; ATTENDANCE INFORMATION - SPANISH
Please stop by Student Services if you have any questions. Your student's attendance contacts are listed below:
A - HAF Norma Martinez Email Norma Martinez phone# 830-885-1087
HAG - RIB Alicia Dixon Email Alicia Dixon phone# 830-885-1004
RIC - ZZ Petra Almanza Email Petra Almanza phone# 830-885-1026
NEW PROCESS - VERIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT FORMS (VOE) NOW ONLINE!
Please click on the link below for all of the information to request a Verification of Enrollment and follow all instructions. Please allow the Front Office 24 hours to process your VOE.
**HOW TO RELEASE YOUR STUDENT EARLY AND MORE INFO**
SEND A NOTE TO RELEASE YOUR STUDENT: Send in a written note with your student indicating what time your student needs to leave campus and include a good contact phone number for the parent on your note.
Your student will bring in your note to the receptionist as soon as they arrive to school. The receptionist will exchange your written note for a green pass and give the green pass to your student.
FORGOT TO SEND NOTE: If you forgot to send in a note with your student, please call us at 830-885-1000 as soon as you know your student has to leave. This will allow time for our front office staff to write a green pass and you can arrange to have your student stop by the front office to pick up their green pass during one of their passing periods during the school day.
LAST MINUTE CALL OUT: If you have a last minute or unplanned event for your student to leave school, it could take +- 30 minutes for our front office staff to process a pass (especially during 4th period lunches). We pride ourselves on our Customer Service at SVHS and we thank you in advance for your understanding that additional security measures in place also add additional time to our processes.
Please Do Not send an Email to release your student: Please do not send an email to release your student(s). The employee or employees you are emailing may be off campus, away from their desk, or unable to check their email to release your student.
4:05PM: Phone Call check outs will be cut off at 4:05pm
- Our building opens at 8:25am every morning and students may go to their 1st period class upon entry to the building.
- Front Office Phone hours are 8:15am - 4:45pm
- Please do not order any outside food for your students during the school day, as we will not accept any outside deliveries (i.e. Pizza Deliveries, Door Dash, Grub Hub, etc).
Safety and Security
Safety and security is the #1 priority at Smithson Valley High School. Below are a few guidelines we want students to know that will help keep SVHS a safe campus:
- Students and staff should wear their ID visibly at all times.
- Students and staff should never prop open an exterior door.
- Students must use designated campus entry points. Designated entry points are the front office and cafeteria in the mornings
- Students should not let anyone in a door that is locked.
- If students see something that is not right, please report it to an adult immediately. This can be face to face or through our Crime Stoppers app.
Happy Birthday Wishes and Shout Outs!!
For $20 you can send us your student's name, Birthday, special Shout Out, and even a picture. We will wish your student a Happy Birthday or give them a Shout Out - ALL WEEK on our TV monitors. If you're interested in celebrating your student, please email Stephanie Kirkpatrick
Requests and payment must be submitted by Friday at noon - the week Prior to the Birthday Wishes / Shout Outs. The $20 is payable in cash or a check made out to SVHS and can be paid to the bookkeeper in the front office. Any money collected will be spent on the student body during the school year.
School Meals Pricing & Lunch Money Now Information
While the federal government’s pandemic-era waivers which granted free school meals for all students expired on June 30, 2022, free and reduced lunches will still be available for students who qualify through an application process. Parents are encouraged to complete an application to see if they qualify for free and reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year. Learn more.
Comal ISD Meal Prices for the 2022-2023 School Year
- Elementary, Middle and High Schools - $1.95 (paid) $.30 (reduced)
- Faculty/Visitor - $2.80
- Elementary Schools - $3.20 (paid) $0.40 (reduced)
- Middle and High Schools - $3.40 (paid) $0.40 (reduced)
- Faculty/Visitor - $4.05
Find more information about menus, Lunch Money Now, snack permission/restrictions, allergies and more.
Whether you recently moved to the area or have been here for a while, the Comal Parent Center is a resource for you to quickly get the information that you need.
Please Click On this Link to see All Bell Schedules for the 2022 - 23 School Year
Please Click on this Link to see the Academic Calendar, including all Holidays, for the 2022-23 School Year