Valley View Junior High

August 2018 Parent Newsletter

Principal's Message

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!

Sincerely,

Nichole Thomas

Principal


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.

Gradebook

Gradebook access will be granted to parents as soon as possible. If you forget your password, please use the forgot password feature on the log in page. If help is still needed, please call the office. This is a great way to check grades, missing work, and homework assignments. As always, feel free to contact your child's teacher for more information or with questions.


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!

Follow @VVJHSpartans on Twitter for updates on all the great things going on in the classrooms at VVJH! Use #vvjhpride to share pics and celebrate junior high.


Mrs. Carmack also has counseling accounts. Follow @VVJHCounseling on Twitter and vvcounselingnews on Instagram.

Spartan Class

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.

Attendance Procedures

If your child is absent:

-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.

School Fees

School fees are now due for the 18-19 school year. General Fees are $42.00 and can be sent in the mail or with your child. There is an additional $6.00 fee for students that have elected to take ceramics. Please make checks out to VVBOE.

Conference Nights

Our first round of conferences will be held on September 26 and October 4. Information will be sent home with all students and parents will receive individual phone calls if teachers request a conference.

8th Grade Washington D.C. Parent Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting for all parents discussing the 8th grade trip on August 28 at 7:00 in the junior high auditorium. Please contact Amanda Phillips with any questions.

Building a Drug Free Alliance Website

Visit this site to receive great tools and tips to start talking to your child about drug use and prevention.

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.


Middle School Article

This is a wonderful article to read with your middle school student. Middle school can be a hard time to navigate through. We need assure them that it is okay to fail and teach them how to laugh at human mistakes.