April 8, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA?

April 11 -- PTO Meeting

April 18 -- Staff Development, No School

April 22 -- PTO Jog-a-Thon

May 14 -- PTO Spring Auction Fundraiser
Young Author's Faire

TCOE's Young Authors' Faire was held this week. This event offers budding writers in grades K-8 an opportunity to have their books read by others. Visitors are invited to read and comment on students' books which were displayed during the week and a public reception was held April 6.

SVA was well represented at the event, with several of our students taking the opportunity to read their books aloud to a public audience. 

For grades 1/2, this event finalized their PBL Hero unit. Students shared the hero books they wrote as part of that project. 

School and District leaders from around the Valley visited Sycamore Valley Academy for Excellence or Bust, an event we host exclusively for local leaders in the education community, on Friday, April 1 and Friday, April 8. This event gives the community a chance to see what we believe (its principles) and do (its practices). Ms. Dutton shared resources and tools to make these excellent principles and practices accessible to local educators. 
The intent of the Charter Schools Act of 1992 is, among other things, to
"provide vigorous competition within the public school system to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools." In keeping with this intent, and in keeping with the "open-source" culture of the charter school community, we host professional development workshops at no cost to educators.  
SVA opened its doors to education leaders again this year for Excellence or Bust after last year's inaugural success. This year, we highlighted two ways in which SVA pursues excellence. We outlined the "Principles and Practices of Restorative Justice," encouraging school and district leaders to rethink student discipline in order to break the "prison pipeline" and turn the inevitable conflict that arises in relationships into teachable learning experiences. In "Principles and Practices of Gifted Education for All" Ms. Dutton examined the use of techniques developed for Gifted Education to achieve the 21st century learning goals outlined by the Common Core for all students. Visitors saw SVA's practices in action during the event, starting the day with our students followed by classroom visits.

The event was a huge success, with over 40 attendees. Our guests were impressed by our programs, our staff, and our students and have provided some great feedback. 


Please help us spread the word that SVA is seeking highly qualified individuals to fill several positions. Share the SVA Staff Recruitment Brochure with someone who might be right for SVA! 

With growth on the horizon, Ms. Dutton's dual role of Principal/Superintendent will be divided. Ms. Dutton will become a full time Superintendent, and SVA will gain a new full time Principal beginning July 1. If you know someone who might be the perfect candidate to fill this role at SVA, please send them our way.  View the job posting on EdJoin. 

Substitute Teachers and Instructional Aides 
We pay substitute teachers $116/day. 
Substitute Instructional Aides earn $10.30-14.42/hr (depending on education & experience). Must have Tulare County fingerprint clearance. For more information on qualifications and requirements, contact [email protected] 
Save the Date!

SVA PTO will host their annual Spring Auction Fundraiser on May 14 at Pita Kabob Gastropub in downtown Visalia. 

This event is sure to be a great time with great food and great people. 

Look for more info coming soon, including how to get your tickets. 
Provide your Input on our Community Survey

California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) requires schools to solicit stakeholder input in developing their Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP). Please take a few moments to complete the brief survey linked here
Admissions Info

We have a few seats remaining in our new middle school class next year. If you know someone who is looking for an alternative to the large middle school experience, please share our application for 2016-17 admission, linked here.
2016-17 Academic Calendar 

Check out the calendar for next year so that you and your family can make your summer plans accordingly. 

Awards Assembly April 29
DE Logo
Next DE Session - 
April 11-22

Destination: Planet Earth

Our planet offers us a place in space with everything we need to survive. Let's explore our home planet in all its wonder. There's no place like home! 
Lunch Menu

Monday -  4/11 Mini Turkey Corn Dogs
Tuesday - 4/12 Turkey and Gravey
Wednesday - 4/13 Chicken Burger
Thursday - 4/14 Cheesy Chicken Burrito
Friday - 4/15 Cheese Pizza

Student Placement Information/Request

As we engage in the process of putting classes together, we use numerous factors to ensure balanced classes.  These factors include academic needs, gender, and social relationships and behaviors.  In addition, we know that you, as parents/guardians, have information about your child that can be helpful to us as we prepare class rosters.
If you would like to provide information that we should consider during the formation of class rosters, please complete this form and return it to the SVA Front Office no later than Friday, May 6, 2016.  While you may note a teacher preference, placement in a specific teacher's classroom cannot be guaranteed.  Multiple factors are considered in student placement; parent requests are one factor among many. 
Parents will be informed of class placement in August.

Jog-a-Thon Coming Soon!

Attention Parents! Business sponsors are needed for the 2016 SVA PTO Jog-a-Thon. 

PTO has expanded sponsorship opportunities this year. Sponsors will be recognized on event signage (Silver level $50 and up) and event t-shirts (Gold-Diamond level, $250-$750). Please help us make this event the huge success it was last year. 

Use this letter to reach out to your contacts in the community. 

Student pledge forms will be sent home on April 11 for parent and family Jog-a-Thon sponsorships. 
Next PTO Meeting

April 11, 6:00PM

Round Table Pizza
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 

Community Events
SCICON 56th Annual BBQ & Wildflower Festival

On Sunday, April 17, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the Friends of SCICON will be hosting the 56th Annual SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower Festival. 

All students, families and the general public are invited to SCICON for this beautiful event. The wildflowers will be at their peak with hundreds of them in bloom. The SCICON staff will be on hand to lead wildflower hikes, bird watching hikes, and nature hikes. The museum, planetarium, observatory and Tree Nursery will be open all day. Natural resource agencies will staff many different displays. Musical groups from local schools will provide live entertainment. A delicious meal is provided by the Friends of SCICON with a traditional deep pit barbecue. 

There is no charge to attend for the day. Meal prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 & over) and $5 for children (12 years and under.) For more information, please call the SCICON office at (559) 539-2642. 

Featuring SVA's own Faye Lewis! 
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