February 3, 2017
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA? 

Feb 7 -- Basketball @ Oak Grove 

Feb 9 -- Basketball Home vs. Sequoia Union

Feb 9 -- Info Meeting @ Annie R. Mitchell

Feb 15 -- 2017-18 Admissions Lottery

Feb 13-17 -- Charter Rivalry Week


100 Days of School

Students and staff celebrated the 100th day of school yesterday. It's hard to believe there are just 75 school days left in the year! 

First and second grades celebrated being 100 days smarter by counting all sorts of things! Here are a few highlights from their fun day! 

BOA Campus & Admissions Preferences

We're excited about the Blue Oak Academy campus! In case you haven't heard the big news, we plan to locate our new school at the old Union School campus at  the corner of Avenue 280 and Road 148,  28050 Rd 148, Visalia, CA 93292. 

As stipulated in the Blue Oak Academy Charter, students residing in the  District school attendance boundary wherein BOA is located will be given a 4X weighted preference (four entries) in the lottery. So, anyone living in the Annie R. Mitchell district is eligible for this lottery preference. 

Be an Ambassador for Admissions!

Please spread the word about our excellent schools! Forward this email or print and share the  one-page application with anyone who may be interested in enrolling at SVA or BOA. You can also print and share our poster shown below! 

Thanks for your support! 

SVA Theater 

Miss Chan and her theater troupe will put on a spring production of Disney's Peter Pan Jr. The part of Peter will be played by 5th grader, Georgia Dowdy. Congratulations Georgia! 

Basketball Update

On January 31st, the SVA Varsity Boys basketball team defeated Ivanhoe 39-13. In the second half, the team pulled away following a 20-11 lead at the break. Zephaniah Serna led all scorers in the game with 18 points, and Garreth Jewell delivered 12 assists from the point guard position. SVA out rebounded Ivanhoe by 17 rebounds, and the team's 2-3 defense shut down Ivanhoe's inside game.  Coach Bennett awarded the Player of the Game to Jewell. The team has a tough away game at CVC forthcoming, but Coach Bennett said that the team is mentally prepared for the difficult challenge.

Earlier in the year, the team lost a nail biter at home to Three Rivers by a score of 38-29. Zephaniah Serna, Liam Gair, and Kylie Lara each led the team with 8 points. AJ Dosier led the team with 8 rebounds, and Garreth Jewell led the team with 8 assists. SVA was down by 12 points at the half, but the effort in the second half was applauded by Coach Bennett, as the team turned up their defensive effort and narrowed the gap. Coach Bennett awarded the Player of the Game to Serna, and was feeling positive about the level of teamwork demonstrated throughout the game.


In the season opener against Three Rivers, the SVA Varsity Girls team delivered a victory.  The game saw several lead changes, but SVA was able to triumph 16-14, and the Lady Explorers held on to the lead in the final minute by running out the clock. Cadence Spencer led the way with 8 points and Sierra Gleaton contributed 4 points in a highly competitive game. Claire Johnson hit an outside jump shot for her first two points of what looks like a very promising career. This was the second consecutive "down to the wire" victory for the Lady Explorers over Three Rivers, and next year they will be looking for the trifecta.

In their second game at home this season, the Lady Explorers showed an impressive level of skill by dominating Ivanhoe 40-4. Coaches Yado & Bennett had the girls ready to play, and they demonstrated an amazing work ethic right out of the gate. "Anytime you hold a team to two baskets, you are playing amazing defense. The entire team never quit, and their strong practices are leading to excellent results" stated Coach Bennett. "I love the fire and enthusiasm of the Varsity team, it really couldn't be any better on game day" said Coach Yado after the game. Cadence Spencer led the team with 20 points, and Sierra Gleaton and Sophia Rasner had several baskets and put in a very strong performance. Next up, a tough match on the road at CVC.


Coach Bennett and the players are gearing up for Rivalry Week. Every year, SVA and Valley Life Charter go head to head for the Charter Cup. Please stay tuned for further information about how we can support our basketball teams during Rivalry Week and bring home the Charter Cup.

2017 Basketball Schedule

1/24 - Three Rivers @ SVA
1/26 - @ George McCann
1/31 - Ivanhoe @ SVA
2/2 - @ CVC
2/7 - @ Oak Grove
2/9 -  Sequoia Union @ SVA
2/16 - Valley Life @ SVA
2/21 - Willow Glen @ SVA
2/28 - @ Valley Life
3/2 - @ Sequoia Union

JOG-A-THON Business Sponsors Needed! 

Save the date! March 8  is the 5th Annual Jog-A-Thon. 

SVA PTO is looking for business sponsors for this annual event.  If your business or one you know is interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please see/share the letter and sponsorship form

Sponsors names/logos will be included on this year's jog-a-thon t-shirts as well as on signs around campus.  It's a great way to advertise AND support our school.  

PTO is hoping to get more business sponsors this year and students who secure a $500 sponsorship will win one of the coveted spots to go Bowling with Mr. Benton (includes lunch and limo ride to/from bowling alley!) in March. 

Individual pledge forms for students to collect donations will come home with kids at the end of February.  
Party Train! 

It's not too late to grab your tickets to upcoming party train events. Tickets to each event are limited, so buy now! 

Click here to see a complete list of parties happening now through spring. 

Up Next: 

Family Event: Saturday, February 11, 11AM-2PM - 3rd & 4th Grade Fun & Games   Calling all 3rd and 4th grade students and families to participate in fun and games! Board games and snacks will be provided.

Kid's Event: DATE CHANGE! Saturday, March 4, 12:30PM-2:30PM -  Wanna be a Video Star?  Come out and join Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Cazarez for a groovy, dance-tastic event and pizza lunch! All K-8th graders are welcome.

Lunch Menu

Monday 2/6 - Beef & Cheese Rolled Taco
Tuesday, 2/7 - Chili con Carne
Wednesday, 2/8 - Breaded Beef Patty on a Bun
Thursday, 2/9 - Teriyaki Beef Rice Bowl
Friday 2/10 - Pizza Quesadilla

Click here to download the February lunch menu.
For more information about lunch at SVA, visit our website

New Postings Are Here!

Our 2017-18 job postings are now on edjoin.org  and linked through our websites. 

Site Principal for Blue Oak Academy

The Academies Charter Management Organization is hiring a Principal for our new school. If you are someone you know is interested in joining our team, check out the job posting on EdJoin

Substitute Teachers Needed

Sycamore Valley Academy has a 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

Sycamore Valley Academy Aide Subs minimum requirements are a high school diploma and fingerprint clearance. 

If you are interested please email Shauna Dolin at  sdolin@sycamorevalleyacademy.org

Next PTO Meeting

Monday, February 13 

Round Table Pizza
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 
Community Events

Children's Art Classes

Arts Visalia, a local nonprofit organization, is holding children's art classes this spring. 

Arts Visalia offers classes for both adults and children in their on-site classroom. Classes are designed for both beginners and more advanced students to explore their creativity, expand their technical skills and learn at their own pace. Small class sizes provide a hands-on experience that encourages artistic engagement with instructors and fellow students.

To enroll your child, please fill out the enrollment form and return it to Arts Visalia. Class sizes are limited with enrollment on a first-come first-served basis. To guarantee a place in a class, tuition must be paid at the time of enrollment. 

Arts Visalia
214 East Oak Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 739-0905

  Download more information and registration forms here. 

High School Summer Science Program

The College of Chemistry and the Berkeley Global Science Institute present SciTech, a program for rising high school students (grades 9-12) who are interested in enhancing their understanding of the problems facing the world, learning about the relevance of science and technology in addressing such problems, and being inspired to pursue careers in science and technology that will ensure their contribution to positively impact the world.

Please visit their website for more information or click here for their brochure. 

To Apply:

SciTech is now accepting applications! For more information about the application process, please click   here . They will be accepting applications until April 30, 2017.
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