2014-15 SVMS REGISTRATION
Registration Instructions (current 7th)
Registration link for current 7th graders
Registration Instructions (current 6th)
Registration link for current 6th graders
Course Handbook (includes descriptions for all elective choices and any special requirements)
IUSD GATE Placement Criteria
Sierra Vista Student/Parent Contract for GATE Humanities
Extended Day PE (7th period PE) Form
IUSD Mathematics Page
Roller Hockey News From Mr. Zuercher
The roller hockey Chargers of Sierra Vista Middle School came away from their playoffs tonight with the title of JVB League Champions. They defeated Don Juan 7-4 in the semi-final game, and then vanquished Isaac Sowers in the finals by a score of 10-4. The boys played great and were very excited to end the year winning the championship.
Haiku At Sierra Vista From Mrs. Vreeland
“Each year Japan Airlines (JAL) holds an international haiku contest. This year the theme was “dreams.” For the southern California region, 25 finalists were chosen to be a part of the JAL annual haiku book. Out of those 25 finalists, 16 Sierra Vista students made up this group of poets. Congratulations to all of our winners!”
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.
Lunchtime Volleyball and Ping Pong Champions
Tutorial Schedule for 6/17, 6/18, and 6/19.
The BMX show was awesome today. Shout out to Dan and the boys at MADD GEAR! Thank you to all students who sold at least 1 magazine. Yes that is Javier sitting in the chair. Enjoy the riders in action below!
Irvine Junior Games/Jazz Band Pep Rally
I hope you guys enjoyed the last pep rally of the year? Click on the link below to see all of our Irvine Junior Games participants and medal winners and to enjoy Mr. Miller's Jazz Band.
Irvine Junior Games
Irvine Junior Games
Congratulations to all athletes and medal winners
who participated in yesterday's Irvine Junior Games. Thank you for competing and giving back to our community. It was a fun day for all!
Kerenna S, Silver, 1500m
David C, Silver 1500m
Malcolm O, Bronze, 800m
Matthew S, Silver, Soccer Kick
Ryan D, Gold, Soccer Kick
Tara E, Gold, Soccer Kick
Michael C, Gold, 100m, Silver 400m
Push-Ups For Charity Update
The boys participated in the Push-Ups for Charity event this past Saturday, and competed against other schools in the School division. They went head to head against Woodbridge and Northwood high schools, as well as a team from Plaza Vista. They ended up winning the competition, completing the most push-ups combined of any school team. They won the school competition trophy, which will be displayed proudly in the trophy case. The school will keep the trophy for one year, and will have a chance to defend their title next year.
Along with the team, Andrea Balbas and three of her geometry students also came out and participated in the event. Complete domination ensued.
Big props go to Craig L, who did an amazing 80 push-ups in 90 seconds, which I believe is the most done by any studentI've had in the 3 years we've been participating.
So far the team has raised $1,438and we are hoping to reach our goal of $3,000 once we collect from everyone who pledged to donate per push-up.
2014 Softball Champions "Alabama Jackhammers"
Green Team News From Mr. Antonopoulos
The Green Team recently took a field trip to Huntington Beach to clean the beach. The students focused on removing trash and debris on the micro level, finding small pieces of plastic and styrofoam that marine life can mistake for food. Thanks to the Sierra Vista Green Team for making the Earth cleaner and safer!
New After School ACE Classes
Click here to learn more about our two new after school ACE classes Ping Pong and American Sign Language. Classes begin on Monday, April 28 from 2:40p.m. to 3:40p.m.
Musical Theatre/Guitar News
Awesome job today to all who performed in the pep rally. Mrs. Scott you are awesome! Enjoy the pictures and video below.
Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho, A Pirate's Life For Me/Counting Stars
Sweet Child O'Mine
Science Olympiad test dates:
May 29th from 3:00-4:00
June 10th from 3:00-4:00
Test administered at SVMS
*students can only take the test once
6th Grade Parent Orientation Presentation
A Message From Mr. Zuercher
Good morning! Please take a moment to click on the link below. The "4th Annual PUSHUPS For Charity" is a great cause that benefits military veterans who often times face a variety of struggles after returning home from overseas deployments. Thank you.
4th Annual PUSHUPS For Charity
Lunchtime Ultimate Frisbee Champs the "Black Jacks"
Tutorial Schedule for 4/1, 4/2, and 4/3.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Terry Walker(IUSD Superintendant), Paul Bokota(IUSD Board Member/Lawyer), Nicole Bleile(Nurse), Liz Hoefer(Blair Specific Chiropractor), Stefanie Cropper-Davis(Doctor/OBGYN), Hiram Aviles(Realtor), Evan Sornborger(OC Firemen), Brad Schumacher(Olympic Gold Medalist Water Polo/Swimming), Justin Russell(Irvine Police Department), and Daniel "Racc" Julson(Retired Navy Seal) for taking time out this past Friday to speak to our students on Career Day. Your expertise and knowledge were priceless for our students. To learn more please click on each name below to watch a short video.
Daniel "Racc" Julson
Brad Schumacher(Olympic Gold Medalist Water Polo/Swimming)
The Sierra Vista Spring Party and Dance will be Friday, March 28th. This is the last ASB sponsored dance of the year and we have lots of exciting and things planned. Activities include a visit from the Kona Ice Truck, a professional photo booth, a water balloon toss, a dance contest and a raffle with great prizes. The dance is right after school, from 2:45 to 4:45. Students are asked to stay for the entire time, but if a student needs to leave early they must be signed out by their parent or guardian (any time after 3:45.) Students who purchased an ASB card at the beginning of the year get into the dance free, all other students must pay $5 at the door. There is pizza, snacks and drinks for purchase from the PTA.
From The Art Department
Nika Hajihodaverdikhan was recognized for her accomplishments at the IUSD School Board meeting on Tuesday March 18. Pat Wayne from Arts Orange County presented Nika with a check for $50, her award for her winning poster for the Imagination Celebration. Her teacher, Mrs. Cosgrove along with Brad Van Patten, Coordinator of Fine Arts for IUSD were in attendance to honor Nika.
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
ACE Spring Session 2014
Good morning. If you are looking for an awesome after school enrichment class for your son/daughter then the App and Game Design class is a great choice. Class starts on Monday, March 24 from 2:40p.m. to 3:40p.m. Read more below.
App and Game Design
Creative thinking and problem solving are essential skills that are needed for success in today’s world. Using app & video game development as a device to
create an engaging learning experience, this class is designed to develop each of these skills. Students can write code in a user-friendly editor where you
compose programs using an intuitive interface. The programming concepts learned transfer to traditional languages such as Java or C#. Students will make a variety of cool games and awesome apps during the course of the class!!
Click here to sign-up and learn more.
National History Day
National History Day - Orange County Contest was held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Orange County Department of Education. Students representing over 30 schools presented their projects where they were judged. Finalists were announced on Saturday with Sierra Vista having 14 entries selected, more than any other school in Orange County. Click here to see the finalists from Sierra Vista.
Middle School Program News
Special thanks to everyone from the Middle School Program who came out to teach our students today about character education. Some of the key topics were stereotypes compared to reality, handshake skills, developing good habits, and how to become a leader and use your voice. Click on the link below to watch the boys in action. Make sure to BRO UP! B-be intentional, R-respectful, and O-ownership.
Northwood High School Pep Squad Cheer Workshop and Tryout Information
Cheerleading Pre-Tryout Workshop
Northwood High School Pep Squad Tryouts
Northwood HS 8th Grade Family Night – April 23rd from 6-7 p.m.
8th Grade Family Night
Strength Training Thursday
Heavy ropes beast mode!
Middle School Program News
Hello parents. If you are interested in signing up your son or daughter in a wilderness survival course please click here to learn more.
Become proficient in 5 essential survival skills taught by California Survival School:
1. Starting a fire using only sticks
2. Building shelter using only natural elements (sticks, grass, leaves)
3. Finding water in the wilderness, and purifying it without tools
4. Learn hunting and gathering techniques to eat in the wilderness
5. Learn general wisdom from experts about how to survive
Math With Mr. Zuercher
Today in Pre-Algebra we did a gallery walk presenting the posters we made trying to use mathematical reasoning to persuade me to stop eating at Pedro's Tacos after I go surfing.
"Congratulations to our two Sierra Vista Spelling Bee Team finalists, Atharva Patil and Dhru Lamaye, who will be moving on to the Orange County Spelling Bee. At the Sierra Vista school spelling bee they battled it out for over an hour, spelling words like portmanteau and shamateurism. They will be competing on February 24th in the preliminary written round and then will compete at the Orange County Department of Education in the oral round on March 1st. These young men have been studying hard for several months and hope to win the Orange County level for a chance to take a trip to Washington D.C. for the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Please wish them luck!"
Congratulations to the math counts team who took on the staff in today's math counts pep rally. Click on the link below to watch all the action.
Math Counts Pep Rally
“For the past few weeks students have been flocking to Mrs. Cosgrove’s artroom during lunch to have fun with clay. Art 2 students use this time, combined with their tutorial to learn how to throw on the ceramic wheel. Art students and friends not enrolled in art are welcome to come work on projects or make a small project to have the experience of playing with clay. “It’s worth giving up a few lunch times to let students experience the joy of ceramics, “ says Mrs. Cosgrove.”
Congratulations to Jill Morgan for winning Middle School Teacher of Promise and Eric Zuercher for winning SVMS Teacher of the Year!! Well deserved!
Attention Sierra Vista Community,
Please bring any worn out tennis shoes you may have at home. You may drop them off any school day between February 17th and February 28th. The collection bins will be located in Mr. Antonopoulos’ room (C2) and Mrs. Kleen’s Room (D4). Only tennis/sports shoes will be accepted. NO dress shoes, cleats or boots.
The donated shoes will be then sent to the Nike shoe company and recycled into sports fields and basketball or tennis courts. Nike donates some of the courts/fields it makes to organizations and communities that may be in need.
From Mrs. Ralston
World Children’s Haiku Contest is an international contest sponsored by Japan Airlines. Each year a theme is chosen and students may submit a haiku and accompanying artwork to illustrate their poem. The theme this year, “Dreams,” gave students an opportunity to share their feelings about their dreams for the future.
Sierra Vista Has Historical Day
Click here to read the article from the OC Register.
Click here to see Sierra Vista's History Day winners who are moving on to the county competition which will be held on Saturday, March 8.
Good morning parents. Below is the “Math Placement Parent Presentation” used by Mark Sontag, IUSD Coordinator of Math and Science, at the parent meeting held at Sierra Vista on January 27, 2014. Please click on the link to learn more.
Math Placement Parent Presentation
Click here to see the cast for Mrs. Scott's "Peter Pan Jr." The musical runs from May 19-22.
Mrs. Vreeland's students delighting in the world of poetry by creating Found Poems.
Congratulations to Kerenna Samynathan on her first place finish at the Astounding Inventions contest! Astounding Inventions is an invention fair highlighting handmade inventions by students from the Irvine and Tustin School Districts in kindergarten through eighth grade. Kerenna was the sole representative from Sierra Vista this year and a Division Winner for grades 6-8. For her invention, Kerenna created a POD (PersOnalized Device) which combines other wearable devices into one device that does it all. The POD is able to download software from health, exercise, and tracker bracelets wirelessly from the internet. Great job Kerenna!!
The Irvine Unified School District will once again require residency verification for all IUSD students enrolling for the 2014-15 school year. This process is an annual legal requirement in California, and it helps our district ensure that all available resources are spent efficiently and effectively to the benefit of Irvine families. Moreover, these additional steps will help provide a full and precise accounting of our student population as we review staffing for the coming year.
By completing the following forms, you will be making a formal declaration that your child lives within IUSD’s attendance boundaries.
(To complete forms, you must click “enable editing.”)
Your child received a paper copy of the Residency Verification form today in their TA class. For your added convenience, the forms are also linked above, allowing you to fill them out and print them at home. Your child can return the form to their TA teacher or to the front office as soon as possible along with one proof of identification for one parent and two proofs of residency that verify residency. A list of acceptable documents included on the Residency Verification Form and can also be found by clicking here. Please also note Page 4 of the Residency Verification and Affidavit Forms, which includes a “Co-Residency Supplemental Form.” This documentation must be completed as part of the Residency Verification and AffidavitForms by parents or guardians who share a home with another individual or family member. Completed residency forms can be turned must be turned in to Sierra Vista MS by Monday, March 31st.
GATE Enrichment Date
Attention parents of GATE students. GATE Enrichment Day is February 17th, 2014. Registration ends Monday, February 10th. Classes fill quickly so register now to reserve your spot !! Click here to learn more.
Congratulations to the 2014 lunchtime team handball champions the "Jack Rabbits." Each player is wearing a "Volcom" skull cap as their prize.
Middle School Program News
Chris Cox, site coordinator for the Sierra Vista Middle School Program is offering two new classes. Click on the links below to learn more.
PBR Rodeo Event
A message from Mr. Miller.
I wanted to let everyone know that the results for the All-Southern California Honor groups are listed below. We had 27 who made it this year. In addition, we had two students selected to be in the All-State Honor groups.
All-State Honor Group
Alison H, flute
Lauren M, violin
All-Southern California Honor Group
Alison H, flute
Claire L, flute
Genie Y, flute
Jason N, bassoon
Benjamin Y, clarinet
Andy C, alto saxophone
Edwin L, trombone
Noam E, violin
Maggie H, violin
Amenda L, violin
Cindy M, violin
Lauren M, violin
Serena Y, violin
Rebecca Y, violin
Samantha C, viola
Catherine D, viola
Grace P, viola
Atharva P, viola
Emily U, viola
Grace K, cello
Suhn K, cello
David P, cello
Moses S, cello
Anna Y, cello
Yena C, bass
Vivian L, bass
Daniel W, bass
Night At The Museum
Please join us for our 3rd Annual viewing of National History Day Projects on January 30 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Click on the link below to learn more..
Night At The Museum
A message from Mr. Millers.
Welcome to National History Day! Each year more than half a million students participate in NHD. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. After they have analyzed and interpreted sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of their topic, they present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site.
Students who are selected to represent our school, will compete in the Orange County NHD contest in March where it will be judged by professional educators and historians. The top two projects in each category will move on to California NHD contest. The top two projects in the state will be eligible to attend the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in June.
Irvine Junior Games
For those of you who are interested it’s time to sign-up for the Irvine Junior Games! You can register online up until February 7. You can also print out a registration form and mail it in to the Irvine Children’s Fund. Click on the link below for more information. I encourage everyone to sign-up and give to a great cause and to have fun playing games with your friends. The events offered are the 100 meter sprint, 400, 800, 1500 meter run, 4×100 relay, soccer kick, running long jump, and the basketball shoot.
Irvine Junior Games
Past Sierra Vista Medal Winners
Parent Info - Nurse News Winter 2014
.Impressionists Take Over Mrs. Cosgrove’s Art Class!
The Art 2 classes at SVMS have been diligently tapping away with oil pastels to create Impressionist landscapes. After learning about the history of the Impressionist art era and viewing the works of artists like Claude Monet and George Seraut, the students selected a landscape photo to reproduce with short strokes of light and dark colors to reproduce the “impression” of the photo. Take a look at their incredible work.
This is a reminder that Friday, December 20th is a Minimum Day (NO Late Start). School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and all students will be dismissed at 12:18 p.m.
Thank you to Mr. Miller and his students for performing at our monthly pep rally. Click here to watch the full performance.
GIANT TOWER! Game room #1 and #2 are open everyday at lunch. Please encourage you son or daughter to come out and play board games, foosball, ping pong, basketball shoot, Nintendo Wii, and much more.
SVMS Climate Survey
Sierra Vista Middle School is committed to excellence in all areas. We would like your feedback so that we can continue to improve. Please take the time to access a survey on our website that addresses a variety of topics.(This is a different survey from the one you may have recently received from “Speak Up” regarding technology). The School Climate Survey on our website addresses specific programs and attributes to Sierra Vista.
We are surveying our students, parents and teachers to provide us with valuable insight. The survey will only take a few minutes and the feedback you provide us will be invaluable. Please use the following link to complete the survey: Sierra Vista School Climate Survey 2013-2014.
Thank you for your commitment to our school!
Give Your Child a World-Class Education – Give to IPSF
Help preserve the programs that make Irvine schools great by making a contribution to IPSF’s Annual Campaign. Did you know that the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) is among the fastest growing in the nation, but is also one of the lowest funded? Many of the programs that make IUSD distinctive and help our schools maintain their top rankings are supported by community donations to IPSF. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 in community contributions by December 31, which will be matched by the City of Irvine, and could result in $2 million for our schools.
Your donation to IPSF will make a difference where it is needed most—in the classroom. With your help, elementary students will have small group instruction in critical areas like reading. With your donation, middle and high school students will have reduced class sizes. And your gift will be matched by the City of Irvine, dollar for dollar. Please go to www.ipsf.net to make your tax deductible donation today.
What do the California Common Core Standards mean for Irvine students? Click here to learn more.
Common Core State Standards An Introduction for Parents.