Valley View Junior High
August 2018 Parent Newsletter
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! I hope everyone had a restful and exciting summer. The building is clean, classrooms are stocked, and students and teachers are ready to embark on another journey together. Teachers have been preparing to focus on student academic achievement and help students grow both socially and emotionally. As a staff, we will continue to focus on our vision of educating the whole child and will strive to ensure that all students have the best year possible. Efforts will continue to focus on authentic literacy, parent contact, and increasing rigor in the classroom. We also want to give students a VOICE and CHOICE in their middle school experience. We will often ask for their input. As the year progresses, please contact your child’s teacher as needed. I am also available to answer any questions or to assist in the progress of your child. Happy Middle School Years!
There is also a link to the VVJH daily announcements on the junior high page at www.valleyview.k12.oh.us. Please utilize this document to see student announcements for upcoming events.
All students will be expected to access their own Gradebook accounts on a regular basis to check on grades and assignments. They will also be encouraged to email their teachers for help and to ask questions.
Valley View Junior High and Counseling Information is now on Twitter!
Mrs. Carmack also has counseling accounts. Follow @VVJHCounseling on Twitter and vvcounselingnews on Instagram.
The staff at Valley View Junior High School believes that all students can learn and succeed when given appropriate time and the opportunity to do so. Spartan Class will give all students the availability of extended time and support to help meet curricular objectives and benchmarks. For students who already demonstrate proficiency or are making satisfactory progress, Spartan Class will allow them to have structured time during the school day to work on school assignments and/or to have time for Sustained Silent Reading (SSR). All students may have the opportunity to participate in club activities and peer tutoring during this time as well. Teachers may request specific students during this time to study for tests and help them with assignments. Students may request help as well. This is also a time during the day for announcements and some class/club meetings. Students will have a voice in what activities may be offered. Once a week students will meet with their Spartan Class Teacher to participate in Advisory Meetings. The goal of the Advisory Meeting is to foster a sense of community and belonging. It is meant to develop peer to peer relationships and teacher to student relationships. Topics of discussion may include: peer pressure, dealing with stress and anxiety, leadership skills, study skills, communication skills, drug and alcohol prevention and career interests.
-Please call in by 8:00 to let us know your child will be absent
-We must receive a note upon their return in order for the absence to be excused.
-Students should come to the office immediately upon return to school to quickly get students to class with their absence slip.
-Students with an unexcused absence (no note and/or over their five parent notes per semester) will be assigned an extended school and will not be allowed to make up work.
-Please refer to the student handbook for further explanation.
8th Grade Washington D.C. Parent Informational Meeting
Building a Drug Free Alliance Website
NEW-CRISIS TEXT LINE
We have recently been made aware of a great resource that is available statewide, and may be very useful for any student. Crisis Text Line provides support at your fingertips, 24/7. It is a free, confidential service available via text on mobile devices. It’s a way for anyone to be helped through a difficult moment through a texting conversation--no matter how big or small the crisis may seem. By texting the keyword “4hope” to the number 741741, anyone can text with a trained Crisis Counselor and get assistance. The well-being of each student is important to us, so we will be promoting Crisis Text Line throughout the school to make students aware of this resource. If your student is stressed, struggling with issues at home or at school, having trouble with friends, or just needs someone to listen, make sure you let them know that Crisis Text Line is available for them.
Need someone to listen? Text 4hope to 741741 for free, confidential support when you’re in crisis.