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During the National History Day OC Awards Night, Sierra Vista had 10 entries selected as Champions who will now move on to the state competition in Rocklin on May 6-7. Way to go Chargers!!


2017 Irvine Hoops Classic Champions!

Congratulations to our Sierra Vista Girls' Irvine Hoops Classic Team for their first place win! Team members include Zarina, Annabella, Kara, Erin, Alexis, Mariam, Ashley, Naomi, Alice, and Lauren. Great Job Girls!!!


CAASP Assessment Information

Dear Parent/Guardian:

California’s academic standards—the things we want students to know and be able to do—are designed so students graduate ready for college and a career. One way we measure their progress is through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments.  

Each spring, students in Irvine Unified School District participate in CAASPP assessments to provide information about their skills in English-language arts/literacy, mathematics, and science.  These tests measure the skills called for by the academic standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems.  Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing for more precise measurement of individual skills.  Like class assignments and report cards, these assessments provide one piece of information about student progress.  Assessment results should always be interpreted as one of multiple measures of a student’s skills. 

Based on your child’s grade, they may take one or more of the following tests this year:

Smarter Balanced Assessments (Grades 3-8 and 11)

The Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics tests reflect California’s rigorous academic standards and allow students to demonstrate analytical writing and critical thinking skills as well as their knowledge of facts.  In early fall, individual student score reports are sent home to parents with information about their child’s performance on these assessments.  These reports include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–language arts and mathematics, and other information.  

California Science Test—Pilot Test (Grades 5, 8, and High School)

California’s new state standards for science call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers—asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery. This year, students will participate in a pilot of the new California Science Test (CAST), which has replaced the old California Standards Test, or CST.  The CAST is a computer adaptive test that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning.  No scores will be reported for the CAST pilot this year, since this is a practice run of the test.  This year’s pilot is an important first step in developing an assessment that will fairly and accurately measure how students are achieving on the new science standards.

The California Alternate Assessments

Students in grades three through eight and high school who have an IEP that designates the use of an alternate assessment are eligible to take the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) in ELA, mathematics, and science. The goal of the CAAs is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities attain increasingly higher achievement levels and leave high school ready for academic or career options.  Students will receive scores on the CAA for ELA and mathematics, but no scores will be reported for the CAA for science this year since this is a practice run of the science test.

To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based tests, you and your child can view the practice tests on the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test web page at

If you would like more information about the assessments, please visit the IUSD Statewide Testing website at or the Students & Parents tab at the bottom of the CDE CAASPP web page at  If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Alyssa Alexander at (949) 936-6613 or at


Lynn Matassarin, Ed.D




IUSD Residency Verification

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The Irvine Unified School District will once again require residency verification for all IUSD students enrolling for the 2017-18 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 our 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 for each of your students, you will be making a formal declaration that your child lives within IUSD’s attendance boundaries.

2017-18 Residency Verification and Affidavit

Electronic versions of the documents are available on the SVMS website as part of the residency verification process. Also, hard copies are available in the SVMS front office upon request. For your added convenience, the forms are also attached, allowing you to fill them out and print them at home. Completed residency forms should be turned in to your child’s school by Friday, March 31st.  A list of acceptable documents included on the Residency Verification Form can also be found by clicking here.

If you plan to enroll a kindergartner or a new student, please visit the IUSD website at for necessary pre-enrollment forms.

If you are considered a co-resident (you and your family are living with the owner or renter of your residence), please also note the “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 family or individual.

For additional information, please contact the SVMS Front Office. 


Check out the amazing charcoal skills of our Exploring Art students!


2016-17 SVMS Teacher of the Year and

Winner of the Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award

Mr. Jonathan Millers

Congratulations to Sierra Vista Middle School’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year, Mr. Jon Millers.  Mr. Millers currently teaches GATE US History and our Speech/Debate elective course.  Additionally, this summer, Mr. Millers received the prestigious Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award, worth $10,000, at this year’s Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Washington, D.C. This honor is bestowed upon one junior division (middle school) and one senior division (high school) teacher annually. The recipient of the national award is selected from the affiliate winners of the prize. National History Day has affiliates in all fifty states, Washington, D.C., China, Korea, Guam, South Asia, Central America, and American Samoa. Millers became eligible for the prize after winning California’s Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award.

Mr. Millers has participated in National History Day – California (NHD-CA) for nine years. NHD-CA, sponsored by the Sacramento County Office of Education, is one of the largest state history competitions in the nation. Each year more than 40,000 students from 28 counties explore historical topics and create projects that are entered in school, district, and county competitions. County champions advance to the annual state wide contest which includes more than 1,200 participants.

“Mr. Millers has a love for history and seeing students engaged in learning,” said NHD-CA State Coordinator Craig Irish. “His passion is evidenced by the students who pack his classroom each day during lunch and before and after school to work on their history projects. We are proud to have Mr. Millers represent California as the Junior Division Behring Teacher of the Year.”

As an 8th grade History teacher, Millers engages his students with hands on activities such as historical court case reenactments, or encouraging students to adopt the persona of a historical figure. Sierra Vista began participating in the National History Day Contest as an extracurricular activity. However, after seeing its effectiveness to improve student skills in research, use of technology, reading, and writing, it was decided to expand the program. It is now a key component in the school curriculum. The annual school presentation of these projects draws more than 300 attendees, including former students who offer advice to the next generation of National History Day Contest participants.

Congratulations Mr. Millers!!



Alternate Identity Self Portrait- Advanced Art 2016


Harvest Cup Champions!!

Congratulations to both of our Harvest Cup teams. The Girls team defeated Jeffrey Trail and South Lake over the weekend. The Boys team beat Jeffrey Trail, Lakeside, and South Lake in the final to retain the Harvest Cup trophy for Sierra Vista. Way to go Chargers!!


Important Traffic Safety Reminders

*Please discuss these important safety reminders with your student if they walk or ride their bike to/from school.* For their safety and the safety of others, students need to follow all traffic safety laws when traveling to and from school.  This is especially important for students crossing major intersections (ex: Palo Lado/Irvine Blvd, Westwood/Bryan).

  • Reminders for students WALKING to/from school:
    • Wait at traffic signals (do NOT cross when time has run out)
    • Use crosswalks and cross completely (do NOT cut through the intersection diagonally)
    • Stay on the sidewalk
    • Watch for vehicles and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
  • Reminders for students RIDING BIKES/SKATEBOARDS to/from school:
    • Wait at traffic signals
    • WALK bikes across the crosswalk
    • Ride on the right side of the road
    • Use crosswalks and cross completely (do NOT cut through the intersection diagonally)
    • Watch for other vehicles and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
    • Students MUST wear a helmet


Interested in Volunteering with PTSA?

The SVMS PTSA is looking for volunteers for various events throughout the school year.  If you would like to volunteer, check out the link below!  One of the first events is the SVMS PTSA Direct Donation Fundraiser – please see the FLYER for details.   

Volunteer Opportunities:


Traffic/Parking Lot Safety Reminders

  • Please drive SLOWLY while entering, exiting, and driving through our lot and surrounding neighborhood
  • Please be vigilant and respectful of other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians
  • Please observe & comply with directional arrows in entrances and aisles
  • Please do not stop your car in a through lane
  • Please do not park your car in a drop off lane
  • Please do not block the bus lane
  • Drop off your children at the white curb or near the pedestrian crossing zone in the second aisle
  • Consider having your child walk, ride a bike/scooter, or meet at a (slightly) off campus location to decrease congestion in our lot!


Bicycle Registration

Bicycle licenses are required for ALL bicycles parked on IUSD campuses, registration is free to all Irvine residents, and Irvine Municipal Code requires ALL bicycles be licensed in the City of Irvine.  If your student rides a bike to or from school, you must register it with the Irvine Police Department.  This helps to prevent theft and to return stolen bicycles to the correct owner.  Attached are flyers on how families can register bicycles and tips for bike theft prevention.




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Sierra Vista Shines at National History Day Competition

Sierra Vista Middle School students, Frances K. and Michelle K., received first-place honors in the Junior Group Documentary Category during the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, held from June 14 to 18 at the University of Maryland in College Park.  Their documentary was titled “Henry Ford: Driving America Into the Future,” and their teachers were Barbara Hall and Jonathan Millers.


More than 500,000 elementary, middle and high school students from the U.S. and beyond take part in National History Day competitions at the local, state and national levels each year, conducting extensive research based on a yearly theme before submitting complex projects in the form of papers, exhibits, performances, websites and documentaries. School competitions are held in the winter, followed by county and state contests.

In May, California’s National History Day event was held at William Jessup University in Rocklin, drawing more than 1,161 students from 25 counties. Fifteen of those students ultimately got the chance to bring their projects to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest. This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy in History.”

Way to go Frances and Michelle!!


Sierra Vista Sent Only OC Student to Compete

in National Spelling Bee

Sierra Vista Middle School Student Sarika R. was the only Orange County student to qualify for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland.  Sarika participated in a written vocabulary test and two rounds of preliminary oral examination.  She was one of only 285 students nationwide to participate in this prestigious competition.

 Spelling Bee

While Sarika did not advance to the semifinals, she has received a great deal of local attention for her incredible accomplishment.  She has been featured in two Orange County Register articles and her class was able to watch her compete live on ESPN.

Congratulations to Sarika for job well done!


SVMS Lip Dub

Lip Dub


"Peter and the Wolf"

This is a collaborative piece created by our Electives Department. Enjoy!

Peter and the Wolf

The making of... "Peter and the Wolf"

Making Of



Support SVMS through Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.  Make sure you select Sierra Vista Middle PTSA as your non-profit organization. You can find it by entering Sierra Vista Middle PTSA in the search field or go to AmazonSmile to sign up.



Upcoming Events

March 23 Open House! 6:00-7:00pm at SVMS Minimum Day for students Extended PE begins at 7:17

March 31 Minimum Day with NO Late Start (School begins at 8:00 for ALL students)

April 3-7 No School

April 10 School Resumes

April 12 (NEW DATE) ---6th Grade Parent Night 6:00pm (GATE/SPED at 5:15pm)

April 14 6th Grade Tour Super Late Start for students - School starts at 10:30am

April 28 3rd Tri Progress Report