News & Notes February 2, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Feb 3 -- Chess Tournament

Feb 8 -- Info Meeting @ Blue Oak

Feb 12 -- Poetry & Prose Auditions

Feb 12 -- PTO Meetings

Feb 13 -- Info Meeting @ Annie R. Mitchell

Feb 21 -- Admissions Lotteries

A Message from Superintendent Dutton

Dear Friends,

During the Admissions Window every year, we give tours and hold Informational Meetings to share our option with the public and prospective parents.  This annual process brings us back to our purpose and gives us a chance to share our vision for education in this community. Speaking with parents who sense the difference this model will make in their child's life inspires us to remain committed to our mission/vision.  

Many of these parents tell us they learned about our schools from friends who have children at The Academies.  Thank you for sharing your stories with the people you know!  When you take the time to tell your friends and family members that now is the time to apply, you are sharing with them the opportunity to experience high quality public education, increasing access to our schools.  You are doing nothing short of changing lives.  

Please continue to spread the word to those you know by forwarding your News & Notes emails, talking to friends and coworkers, sending an email with the application linked, or posting/ re-posting the opportunity to join us on social media.  Your voices matter, and they help our community access these excellent educational options for children.  

Thank you for the trust you place in our team to educate and nurture your children. And thank you for graciously extending the chance to be a part of our community to others by spreading the word to apply now!


Apply NOW for 2018-19! 

Spread the word! The admissions window for 2018-19 is now open! 

Now is the time for you to share our fabulous school with your friends and neighbors. Applying is easy! Just turn in our one-page application by noon on February 21. 

Would you like a sign for your yard? A poster for your business window or favorite local hangout? Contact Claudia Van Groningen by replying to this email. 

Spread the word. Share, share, share! 
Celebrating School Choice

Camp Invention Returns to SVA

This fun day camp will be back again this summer. Camp Invention will take place July 16-20 at SVA. Registration is open to all students of The Academies as well the public, so bring a friend!

Birthday Celebrations!

at The Academies, we love celebrating each other. What better way is there to celebrate than to make a lasting contribution to your school? 

It's been a long-standing tradition to donate a book to your child's classroom library in lieu of sweet treats which are not allowed.  Our students love to celebrate this way! 

Poetry & Prose

Is your child a performer?  Confident speaking in front of others? Would s/he like to be?  If so, Poetry and Prose might be just the thing to try! This county-wide oral interpretation event is open to all SVA students, grades K-8.
  • Students may perform alone, in partners or a group.
  • Material may be read or memorized (memorized is pre ferred).
  • Selection may be a piece of poetry or prose.
  • Typical entries are 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Meaningful gestures and facial expressions are encouraged.
  • No costumes, props or character makeup is allowed.
SVA is limited in the number of students we may send to the county competition, so  a uditions will be held after school on Monday, February 12th.  Selected students will perform in front of an audience and judges at the Tulare County Office of Education on Thursday, March 22.  Sign up forms are available in the front office with Mrs. George and are due by Wednesday, February 7.


Our T2 Journalism class is back at it this week!

KSVA TV Ch. 20, Season 2, Episode 5

SVA PTO Party Train

These " Party  Train" events are coming soon. Tickets will be up for sale on

  • PTO Ladies Night Against Humanity 
  • PTO Middle School Bros Night with Mr. Padilla
  • PTO Pew Pew and BBQ II 
  • PTO K-4 Lunch with the principal

Chess Club Tournament 

Chess Club will be participating in our first tournament on Saturday, February 3 in Fresno.  If your child is interested in participating, please email Mrs. Rasner at

Jog-a-Thon Sponsorship Opportunity 

Are you a local business owner who supports children?  Do you know one?   Please help by spreading the word and consider becoming an event sponsor.  Business sponsorships are due 2/16.  

Sycamore Valley's Jog-a-Thon will be held on March 7 .  

Blue Oak's Jog-a-Thon info is coming soon!

SVA Basketball

The Girls and Boys Basketball season has begun!
Next game: Tuesday, January 30 vs. Sequoia. 

View the team calendar for the complete schedule. 

School Breakfast and Lunch 

Did you know that breakfast is available each school morning beginning at  7:45? It is!

You can pay for meals with cash or check (get an envelope in the school office) or online with our payment service You will need to register, create an account and provide an ID number for every student you're including. An app is available so you can easily use this service on your smartphone. If you need to access your student's ID number, please call your school's front office. 

School breakfast will be available at both schools before the school day begins. The cost for breakfast is $1.25.  The cost for lunch is $2.00. Applications for free or reduced price lunch will be sent home with your child on the first day of school. 

Menus are always available on our website.  Click here for the January menu

**NEW** Health Aide @ Blue Oak
Blue Oak Academy is seeking a Health Aide. Find info about this position on EdJoin. Apply by February 1. 

Substitute Custodian Needed  
The Academies Charters is seeking a backup daytime custodian. F ingerprint clearance is required. 

Substitute Teachers Needed
The Academies Charters have an experienced and dedicated teaching staff, but we are always looking to expand our sub list. 

If you or someone you know has the desire to be a substitute teacher at our amazing school, has a bachelor's degree, has passed the CBEST, and is willing to get a substitute credential and fingerprint clearance we would love to grow our team. 

Substitute Instructional Aides Needed 
The Academies Aide Subs minimum requirements are a high school diploma and fingerprint clearance. 

If you are interested please email Shauna Dolin at

Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting
February 12 February 12
Round Table Pizza
Round Table Pizza
Packwood Creek Center
Mary's Vineyard
4035 S. Mooney Blvd.
1691 E. Noble Ave.

If you would like to share any ideas or add an agenda item for discussion at the  PTO  meeting please  email  it to at least one week prior to the meeting. 

NEW: Spanish translation available at meetings
Community Events

UPHS Enrollment Information Nights

Spring info meetings for University Prep High School will be held on the COS campus in room Yokut 9 on the following dates: 
  • Thursday, February 8, 6pm-7pm i
  • Thursday, February 22, 6pm-7pm
  • Thursday, March 8, 6pm-7pm
  • Thursday, March 22, 6pm-7pm


Friday February 9th,  6-9 pm
Gateway Church 
1100 S. Sowell Avenue Visalia

Please join UPHS for the PSO Family Game Night on Friday, February 9th! 

UPHS is raising money to provide additional monetary support for school activities, purchase items beyond the school budget, and provide college scholarships for graduating seniors. 

Entertainment will be provided by UPHS Choir, Hand Bells, Folkloric Dancers, and Drama. 

The night will include:
  • Various game tables (family board games, cards, carnival games, etc... for prizes)
  • Panda Packs (gift baskets)
  • Silent Auction
  • Dinner, Drinks, Desserts, and Snacks

Dinner is $10
Game tokens are $1.00/game or $20.00/25 games
Panda Pack Tickets are $1.00 each or $20.00/25

Questions, please contact Susy Ceja, UPHS PSO President, by phone (559) 303-9777 or by email
Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Don't miss the screening of this documentary film followed by discussion of the issues of families and the internet, sponsored by the Fresno Pacific University School of Education and including faculty members.
Free | Seating limited  | Click here to register
February 24

Fresno Pacific University - Visalia Campus

245 N. Plaza Drive
VisaliaCA  93291
Phone: 559-302-4100
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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