News & Notes - June 4, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies? 

June 5 -- SVA Talent Show

June 6 -- SVA Staff vs. Students Basketball 

June 6 -- 8th Grade Graduation

June 8 -- Last Day of School *MINIMUM DAY*
Last Day Info
  • Breakfast WILL be served
  • Hot lunch will NOT be served
  • Dismissal is at 12:15PM
  • Bus transportation WILL be provided at SVA
  • After School Programs will run until 5:30PM 
SVA yearbooks will be distributed after lunch on  June 6! 
8th Grade Graduation

Wednesday, June 6
Wyndham Hotel (9000 W. Plaza Dr.)
Graduates arrive by 5:45

The dress code is in effect at this special event!
Exceptions: any color is ok. 
Boys must wear a collared shirt. 
Rules regarding heel height, skirt length, etc. will be enforced
The event is special, but not fancy.

Please limit the number of attendees for each graduate to six people. 
Please do not bring strollers or balloons into the ballroom. 
Please fill in rows to allow late arrivals access to seats. 

Middle School Year End Dance 
Immediately following graduation (approximately 7:30PM). 
The dance is for SVA 7th and 8th grade students only. 
Students must be picked up by 11PM. 
Please donate a dessert!
Contact Sylvia Guerrero if you want to help with the dance or make a donation ( ).

KSVA TV Ch. 20 

It's been real. It's been fun. It's been real fun. See you next year! 
More Info Coming Soon...

As we approach the end of our academic year and teachers are packing up their classrooms for summer vacation, our office staff is gearing up for jam-packed summer workdays. Sure, we'll be in our shorts and flip flops, but will be diligently preparing to serve your children next year! 

New this year, we will also be providing summer programming. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need us, we'll be here!

Keep your eye out for our News & Notes Summer Editions which will provide information about: 
  • Student transportation signups
  • After School Program registration
  • School lunch accounts
  • Classroom assignments
  • Grades 5-8 elective classes
  • Staffing announcements
  • Summer Enrichment Program

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SVA Principal
Sycamore Valley Academy is seeking a site Principal. Please spread the word if you know someone who is the perfect fit for our school.   Apply via Edjoin by June 2.

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

Substitute Teachers
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. 

If you are interested please email Shauna Dolin at

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 current menu

Summer Programming

TACMO Summer Enrichment Program

We are excited to announce that we will offer an in-house summer enrichment program!*

Who: SVA and BOA students entering grades 1-4 in 2018-19**

What: Weekly "camps" with different enrichment subjects

When: 6 weeks of summer June 18th - August 3rd (no class the week of the July 4th holiday)

Where: Blue Oak Academy 

Why:  To provide our community with a safe, accessible learning environment during the summer by offering an enriching summer camp experience with  extended opportunities for students to practice skills, increase  exposure to the arts, e xpand cultural awareness, and experience 21st century skill learning opportunities. 

Registration is first come first served.  
Seats are filling fast!! 

Click the links below to register. 

Session 1 --  Ms. Chan's Summer Theater registration link  (a few spots remaining)

Session 2 --  Foodie Kids Cooking registration link (waitlisted)

Session 3 --  Spanish Immersion registration link  (almost full)

*Minimum enrollment must be met to provide this opportunity. Under-enrolled sessions will be cancelled two weeks prior to the session. 

** NOTE: Summer Enrichment is provided by TACMO and is not part of the academic year. Participation is voluntary. Many services provided during the academic year will not be provided during the Summer Enrichment Program. There will be no school administrator or school nurse on duty. Students who are involved in behavioral incidents in the last month of school will not be allowed to attend the Summer Enrichment Program. Site Principals and specialist staff will use their discretion to protect the safety of all children when communicating behavioral concerns to the Program Director. 

Program Director: Claudia Van Groningen
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!

Summer Sports-Writing Camp

The San Joaquin Valley Writing, based at Fresno State, is excited to announce summer programs for students and educators focused on writing. Please visit their website ( for additional information. 

Play sports and play with words during this one-week camp at Fresno State designed for 5th -through 8th-grade students! Participants will engage in outdoor and indoor activities that support descriptive action writing. Students also will explore sports through poetry and narrative writing.

Students Entering Grades 5-8
July 9-13
Fresno State University

Porterville Summer Writing Academy

Porterville Community College has a FREE summer enrichment opportunity for middle and high school students. Porterville Summer Writing Academy (PSWA) is a  one-week intensive writing experience co-led by San Joaquin Valley Writing Project Teacher Leaders,  Porterville  College Writing Instructors, and teachers. The focus will be on argument writing with opportunities for creative projects as well.

WHO: Students entering grades 7 through first year of college
WHEN: July 30-August 2 8:30AM-12:00PM
WHERE: Porterville College
HOW: Visit to register

Family Support

Voter Support

On June 5th, voters will have the opportunity to choose from several candidates running for office who will make decisions that directly impact the state's education environment, including Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI). 
  • Deadline to vote-by-mail/mail your ballot is June 5.
  • The primary election takes place June 5, 2018.
  • Find your polling place here.       

Your vote matters to our charter public school and students, and to schools and families like ours across the state!

Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting
August August
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.  Spanish translation available at meetings

Community Events

Make Summer Reading

✔ When making summer plans, remember the public library is air conditioned and has comfortable seating! Why not make a trip and get everyone in your family a library card ?

✔ Check out the many services available at the Tulare County Public Library here .

✔ Don't have time to visit regularly? Once you have a card you can access the many ebook and eaudiobook programs the Tulare County Public Library provides!

Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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