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ACE Afterschool Enrichment classes are here!

The ACE program is a high quality district-wide program that provides opportunities for students at Sierra Vista to participate in classes both fun and academic while staying in their school environment. These fee-based enrichment classes are coordinated by volunteers and are taught by pre-approved professionals. Classes offered this session include: Intro to 3D Modeling and Graphic Design, Minecraft University: Modding I & II, Exploratory Spanish with Mrs. Bogosh, Ping Pong with Mr. Caldwell, and Jazz Band with Mr. Miller!  Classes begin next week, so sign up NOW!!  (See ACE flier for details.)


CELDT Testing

At the beginning of each school year, state and federal laws require all California school districts to administer a language assessment to students who have a background in a language other than English and are currently identified as English learners. The purpose of the California English Language Development Test, or CELDT, is to assess and monitor the development of the students’ English proficiency in the skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

How the results are used:

The CELDT is only one measure that teachers and school administrators use to make decisions about the classification of English Learners. To be reclassified to Fluent English Proficient (FEP), students must meet the minimum requirements determined by the State of California and the criteria established by the district. Students who are eligible:

  1. Currently are in grades 3 – 12
  2. CELDT results indicate
    • an Overall score of Early Advanced (4) or Advanced (5)
    • a score of Early Advanced (4) or Advanced (5) in the four skill areas - Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
    • only one Intermediate (3) score in the skill areas
  3. Teachers have evaluated student performance and concur with the recommendation to reclassify
  4. Parents/Guardians concur with the recommendation to reclassify


The CELDT will be administered at Sierra Vista Middle School on September 24, September 30, and October 1, 2014. If you have any questions concerning the annual assessment, please contact Mrs. Barbara Hall, the EL Site Representative (



To ALL Sierra Vista Mathematicians: Do you have a talent and passion for math? Do you enjoy working on challenging math problems? Are you competitive? If you answered yes to these questions…WE WANT YOU!  Nothing beats hanging out with your classmates while discussing interesting math problems and strategies to WIN the annual MathCounts Competition! Come learn more… (see flier for details)

Informational Meeting:

Monday, September 22nd during Tutorial in E-1 (**You must attend the informational meeting in order to try-out. See Miss Balbas if there is a conflict.**)


When: Thursday, September 25th after 7th period PE. (3:45 – 4:45pm)

Where: E-1 (Miss Balbas’ Classroom)

Who: You and your calculator

The weekly meetings will start after the try-out every Thursday after school from 3:45 to 4:45pm. (after 7th period PE)


SVMS Spirit Wear

2014-15 SVMS Spirit Wear - Available for pre-order at Registration Day!

Information about the Yearly ASB Activities and Dance Pass - available for $20.00 on Registration Day. Purchase supports dances, ASB activities and service projects. pep-rallies, prizes and more!



Pertussis in Orange County
Orange County Public Health has received increasing reports of pertussis (also known as whooping cough) in our community over the last several weeks. Because pertussis frequently causes illness in schoolchildren, we are working with Orange County schools to provide parents with information about this illness. Click here to learn more.


From Dr. Matassarin

Thanks to those parents who were able to attend the March 11th PTSA meeting. Click here (link) to view Dr. Matassarin’s presentation regarding the new California school funding model as it relates to all of the schools in IUSD. Your feedback is welcome and appreciated. To provide feedback to Superintendent Walker, please watch for the link in the up-coming IUSD News Flash, which should reach your inbox on March 13, 2014.

LCFF/LCAP Study Session


Congratulations to Jill Morgan for winning Middle School Teacher of Promise and Eric Zuercher for winning SVMS Teacher of the Year!! Well deserved!




















Sept 22-Sept 26

NO Tutorial Tuesday

Upcoming Events

September 22
Picture Day

September 23
Magazine Sale Kick-off

October 6
Picture Make-up Day

October 13
No School

October 17
School Dance 2:45-4:45

October 17
Progress Reports

available via Parent Portal

October 20-24
Red Ribbon Week

October 22
Band Spectacular

7:00pm at IHS Stadium

October 29-30
Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

Super Late Start (10:30)