Sky Valley Education Center

September 23rd, 2022 - Welcome back to School!

Mark Your Calendars

Sept. 26th - Picture Day, 9am-2pm

& -Classroom Safety Sessions

Sept. 27th - Offsite Work Samples Due

Oct. 1st - Check Your Student(s) Overall Progress

Oct. 5th - Parent Advisory Meeting

Oct. 15th - PSAT @ MHS

Oct. 17th - Staff Day / No School

Oct. 28th - Fall Costume Dance *SAVE THE DATE*

IN THIS EDITION...

  • Need Help? Have a Question? New to Sky Valley?
  • Monthly Student Progress
  • iReady
  • SBAC / Smarter Balance Assessments
  • Picture Day
  • September Safety Drill
  • Get Involved - Weekly Events, Volunteer Opportunities & MORE!
  • 2022-23 PTA Board
  • Housekeeping
  • Counseling Corner -High School Info & Brag Box

We are here to help!

We have lots of support for new families!

  • Stop by the Parent Mentor Table in the Library/Resource Center to ask a question
  • Ask Katie Kent in the Library/Resource Center for help.
  • Ask your WSLP Consultant for support.
  • Join us for a club, activity, or lab. See the event calendar for details about all the options available!
  • Pop into the office or give us a call if you have a question: 360.804.2700.
  • Check out our website for up-to-date information: www.monroe.wednet.edu/svec
  • Read the calendar handbook you received at orientation…it is chock full of useful information!

How Do I Know How My Student Is Doing?

You can check your student’s progress by going into Allie after the last school day of the month. There you will find individual class progress and overall progress. Overall progress is based on the percentage of satisfactory class progress a student has. Satisfactory in half or more of your classes? Then overall progress will be satisfactory (but you should still connect with teachers if you have any unsatisfactory class progress).


Don’t forget: teachers at SVEC enter progress for every single class for every single student every single month!


If your student has overall unsatisfactory progress for any month, we will contact you to set up an Intervention Plan Meeting. We are required to have this meeting within five days - so give us a call back right away when we reach out! The Intervention Plan Meeting is a chance for us to sit down and figure out how to help. We want to do whatever we can to help students and parents be successful!

iReady Testing

September & early October are great times for students to take the iReady math and reading assessments to establish a benchmark of skills. For more information or instructions for accessing the assessment, contact Amber Ortiz: ortiza@monroe.wednet.edu

SBAC / STATE TESTING Scores Coming Soon!

Our district has been eagerly waiting for our students Smarter Balance Assessment scores from last Spring. As soon as we have them, we will let you know. Thank you for your patience.


SBAC testing this school year will take place on May 8-11th, 2023 and we hope you will participate. More information will be available in upcoming newsletters.

Safety Drill for September

Our safety drill for September is a table top drill that will take place in classrooms on Monday, September 26th and will give students an overview of the types of safety drills we will be doing at SVEC during the school year. Teachers will either go over the drills through conversation based learning or they will show one of the videos made by Monroe School District for this purpose and follow the video with discussion.


If you would like to see these videos or view them with your students the links are here. One video was made for elementary students and one is for secondary students. Here is a link to the elementary video: https://monroewa.finalsite.com/uploaded/Safety_Security/Safety_with_officer_Lether_Final_Edit_2.mp4?1644003806554

Here is a link to the secondary video: https://monroewa.finalsite.com/uploaded/STAFF_HUB/Safety,_Risk_Security/Drill_Exercise_Program/The_Evacuation_FINAL_Edit_3.mp4?1569434503782

Picture Day

Picture day is Monday, September 26th from 9am to 2pm in the Big Gym. No need to sign up for a time slot, just come in and get in line!

Everyone who gets their photo taken will get a FREE photo ID card. You can visit Dorian's website to pre-order OR fill out a physical order form when you arrive for photos.

If you can’t make it, picture make-up day is Wednesday, November 16th.

GET INVOLVED

FAMILY COMMITTEES

If you are still looking for a committee to join, there are a few that are in need of more volunteers. Here is the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e44a8aa2da4f94-svec


Graduation Committee: This is traditionally put on by the staff and parents of Juniors so the Senior parents can just enjoy the Graduation.

Makers Space: Do you know how to use a Cricut machine? Are you a creative or crafty person? This might be the committee for you. Nona Goodwin is looking for people who can train on the machines and stay in Room 7 for a couple of hours each week to help families use the Makers Space.

Food Share: Are you a volunteer with Evergreen Food Rescue or another organization that does food gleaning and sharing? If you are interested in partnering with us and organizing food shares at SVEC, then this would be the committee for that.

Tweens/Kids Area Committee: Create and keep organized, and plan activities for an area in the Gathering Room that is welcoming for tweens and elementary students.

Planning to Volunteer this Year?

If you are planning to volunteer in a classroom, be a field trip chaperone or host a club, etc. please fill out a volunteer application . This is an annual form that is district wide and is done entirely online. Vaccination status forms are also required to be filled out (VSF - English, VSF - Espanol). Please turn the physical vaccination form into Jamie Boyes in the office. Thank you!


It's not necessary if you are here on campus as a "'parent" to your child(ren), but if you are taking on a role to supervise other students, it is required.

NEW - Thursday Afternoon Art Studio!

October’s Theme is INK! Explore a variety of ink pens, sumi ink, stamps with ink, try Zentangle, or do the Inktober drawing prompts!


Thursday Afternoon Art Studio is open for two hours, every Thursday from 1:30-3:30pm. Mrs. Jones will be there to provide supplies, space, and some assistance. You can bring a project you’re working on, or just explore a new art supply or technique you’re interested in.

All grades are welcome, K-5 students will need an adult to come with them, limit one adult per student.


Studio rules and more information in the sign-up link. Limit to 20 students per week. Students MUST sign up to attend. Questions? Ask Mrs. Jones: joness@monroe.wednet.edu See you there!

Fall Costume Dance

Our Fall Costume Dance is an annual event for 8th-12th graders. More details will be coming out soon, but mark your calendars now!


Save the Date: Friday Oct 28

Location: SVEC Large Gym

Time: 7-10pm

Library Events

Beginning in September…

Book Display: Month of the Kindergartener

Wednesdays at 1:30pm(1hr) - Storytime with Joylyn

Thursdays at 12:30pm (2hrs) - Games & Crafts with Julie


Beginning in October…

Book Display: Disability History Month

Tuesdays at 12:30pm (1hr) - Fiber Arts Club with Katie

Fridays at 12pm (1hr) - Family Jam with Shannon

Fridays at 1pm (1hr) - Ukulele Club with Katie


*Katie Kent will be available for questions and curriculum consultations. Please see Katie or a member of the Library Committee to check out materials.

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Fundraising at SVEC

Interested in helping out by offering a fundraiser for our school?

If you are thinking about doing a fundraiser, please check with Jamie in the main office or call 360.804.2700. We are keeping a master list of all ASB and PTA fundraising so we can keep track of all the amazing things we are doing to support our school, and make sure we don’t overlap with any of our activities. We already have a great list of activities and dances being planned for this year. For more information, check in with us in the office!

SVEC 2022-2023 PTA BOARD

We are excited to announce our PTA board for this year. Please feel free to reach out to any of the members with any questions or ideas.

PRESIDENT: Julie Childs skyvalleypta@gmail.com / mjbus713@gmail.com

VICE PRESIDENT: Scott Walters scott.walters14@gmail.com

SECRETARY: Daniel Murphy dmurphy1124@gmail.com

TREASURER: Brandy Sherman brandysherman82@gmail.com

High School Athletic Events

Monroe High School is looking forward to having you attend our athletic events this year and supporting our Bearcats!

Please remember the following policies:

● All middle school and elementary aged students must be accompanied by an

adult when attending Monroe High School athletic events. Students will not be

able to purchase a ticket or be allowed into the athletic event without an adult

present the entire game.

● Students will be required to be sitting in the stands for the duration of the athletic

event.

● Sports balls and/or backpacks are not allowed at our athletic events so please

leave those at home.

● Be respectful towards our game staff and our facilities.

Shop Local

The Monroe School District has a new partnership to help support purchases of books for our schools. If you shop at Grocery Outlet, you can stop at the PARENT MENTOR TABLE, located in the Library/Resource Room and pick up a shopper’s card.

Show your card at check-out and Grocery Outlet will donate 5% of that purchase to the Monroe School District.

Clean up Clean up, Everybody Everywhere!

As Barney the Dinosaur used to say, “Clean up clean up, everybody everywhere, clean up clean up, everybody do your share!”

Our custodians are here to do the major cleaning each day, but we need your help to keep Sky Valley beautiful! Please pick up after yourself, and if you are here at the end of the day, please help us stack chairs in our common spaces. This helps make it easier for our custodians to get all of the floors done in all of the spaces.

Parking Lot Reminder

Please do not idle in the parking lot. Turn engines off while waiting for students. We appreciate your help!

COUNSELING CORNER

HIGH SCHOOL

How can you see which high school credits you’ve earned so far?

  1. Login to monroe.wednet.edu/svec

  2. Click on Resources

  3. Click on ALLIE/Canvas/Skyward

  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Skyward Family Access

  5. Enter your Login ID and Password

  6. Click on Graduation Requirements

If you have questions about high school credits or your Skyward Login information, please call the main office at 360-804-2700.


Upcoming Events:

Seniors: Are you seeking an SVEC diploma? Are you on track to graduate? Click here: Graduation meeting to schedule an in-person meeting with JeNell as soon as possible.


If you’d prefer to receive a Zoom invite or to talk by phone, schedule a meeting time using the link above, then email JeNell Buchanan to request a Zoom meeting or a phone call. Please include your phone number in your email.

PSAT Info

The PSAT/NMSQT can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Program and other scholarships. Content on the PSAT/NMSQT is very similar to the SAT, with reading, math, and writing and language sections.


The PSAT is being held at MHS on Saturday, October 15th at 8am, we are not offering it at SVEC this Fall. It's optional and primarily meant for 11th graders.

The test cost is $25 per exam. Payment can be made in person at the cashier's office or online through the Monroe School District Online Payment System. Completed payment is how students register for the test. Spots are limited and registration will close on October 7th.


***Other local high schools are also offering the PSAT. Here is the information from Snohomish and Sultan;


Snohomish High School is offering the PSAT on Wednesday, October 12th, and check in begins at 7:15 a.m.

Sultan High School is offering the PSAT on Wednesday, Oct. 12th @ 7:45am.

SAT and ACT

Do you need to take the SAT or ACT for college applications? Here is a link to information on where and when these tests are available.

SAT Information

ACT Information

BRAG BOX

Evelyn Kent took Susanna Jones' Photography class last year, and entered her B&W photograph entitled "On His Own Accord(ion)" at the Evergreen State Fair. She was awarded First Place as well as three special ribbons for her work: Junior Achievement, Best of Class, and Best in Show!


Evelyn was also awarded 2nd place in the 2022 Schack Art Center’s Black & White Photography Contest for this piece in the 9-10th grade category. Way to go!