News & Notes March 23, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies? 

March 26 - April 2 -- Spring Break *NO SCHOOL*

April 3 -- Tomato Gardens Arrive

April 11 -- BOA Jog-a-thon

APRIL 16-20 -- BOA Scholastic Book Fair

April 20 -- BOA Grandparents and Goodies 

April 27 -- BOA PTO Night @ Rawhide Game

April 28 -- BOA Campus Beautification Day

May 12 -- SVA PTO Spring Fundraiser

May 16 --  Blue Oak Open House

May 23 --  Sycamore Valley Open House

The 2018-19 Academic Calendar is here!

Poetry & Prose

SVA was represented by eight students,  from Kindergarten through 8th grade, at TCOE's Poetry & Prose event on Thursday. The students who performed were Avigail Mosetick, Violet Sommer, Sebastian Montti. Samuel Casas, Mia Angulo, Hana Dussan, Harper Dutton, and Micah Stinson. From classic poems by Shel Silverstein to original works by two of our middle school students, this group certainly entertained and impressed the judges, as well as the audience. Congratulations to each of these students for their dedication and effort! 

Yearbooks On Sale Now

There is one online store for both school's 

Use this link, and be sure to select which 
yearbook you want to order.

Orders will only be accepted online. The deadline to order is April 29

A Message From Principal Phillips

Hello wonderful families of The Academies,

As The Academies grows, our family of educators grows as well.  We are excited about the changes coming next year, with current staff taking new assignments and new staff joining the TACMO family. 

At Blue Oak, Mrs. Johnson is moving from a 1st & 2nd Grade classroom to 3rd Grade. Ms. Yado is moving from her 1st & 2nd Grade classroom at Sycamore Valley to share her talents in  1st & 2nd Grade at Blue Oak. These changes bring two new teachers to our team of educators. I'm happy to introduce them to you today! 

Mr. Rafael Enriquez will join Blue Oak as a 3rd Grade teacher.  Born and raised in Tulare, CA Rafael graduated from Tulare Union High School before pursuing studies in film and journalism.  Mr. Enriquez has always had a passion working with youth of all ages and enjoys serving his community.  He fell in love with education while working with students in the Pro-Youth HEART program and knew fulfillment would come from a career in education. 

Mr. Enriquez began his career in education as a Program Leader for the HEART Program, working with 2nd graders. He eventually attained the position of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Specialist, and that is where his passion for education grew. As a member of the STEM team, Rafael taught inquiry-based STEM lessons in the fields of life science and physical science in the communities of Strathmore, Woodville, and Visalia, CA.

Mr. Enriquez attained grant funding for the Pro-Youth STEM program and was later able to leverage this grant into more funding from the local school district, resulting in the development of the Growbotics program. Through the Growbotics program, school gardens were established in every school in the Visalia Unified School District with the leadership of Mr. Enriquez and the help of students, teachers, staff, community members, and other innumerable contributors. The Growbotics STEM program helped bring STEM activities to over 10,000 students in Tulare County, and was a labor of love for Mr. Enriquez. 

Mr. Enriquez received his  Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from  Fresno Pacific University. He brings with him a love of literature, live music, comic books, and film. We are confident he will make a great addition to the TACMO family and the Blue Oak teaching team.

Recently married, Rafael and his wife Kayla are expecting their first child in July. 


Mrs. Kristen Price will join the Sycamore Valley 1st & 2nd Grade team.  Kristen was born and raised in Bakersfield until her family moved to Visalia during her freshman year of high school. Mrs. Price graduated from Mt. Whitney High School and pursued her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies from CSU Fresno. While attending college, she obtained her real estate license and worked as a broker's assistant. Even though she enjoyed the many challenges of real estate she always knew her heart belonged in the classroom. Thirteen years ago she was hired as a seventh grade Math and Science teacher at Sundale Elementary School. After a few years, she moved to second grade and eventually Kindergarten. In 2016, she completed her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Fresno Pacific University and married her long time sweetheart, Wade.

Kristen and Wade are proud University of Oregon Duck fans. They love to travel and watch any Duck's team play. She also loves playing auntie to a beautiful set of three year old twins and a nine year old niece. She is excited about the opportunity to become a part of the TACMO family and looks forward to working with all the staff, parents, and students of SVA's 1st and 2nd Grade. 

Mrs. Price was a second grade teacher for one of my own children, and a kindergarten teacher to another. She is an amazing teacher and we are so happy she is becoming a member of the TACMO family.

Mr. Phillips

Blue Oak Academy Crest Stickers are here!

Get yours in the front office for just $1.00. 

TACMO Alumni Scholarship

Attention: Sycamore Valley Academy alumni!

The Academies Charter Management Organization is pleased to announce The Academies Alumni Scholarship . To commemorate the first high school graduating class of Sycamore Valley Academy alumni, one $500 award will be granted to a qualifying applicant. This scholarship is a merit-based award for college-bound high school graduates who attended one of The Academies charter schools for all or part of their K-8 education. (In 2018, students who attended Sycamore Valley Academy in 2012-13 or later are eligible to apply.)

Application Requirements

High school senior graduating in the class of 2018
Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
Attended a K-8 school of The Academies for at least one year.
Entering an undergraduate program of study at an accredited institution in the Fall or Spring immediately following high school graduation.
Applicants must complete the current official electronic
The Academies Alumni Scholarship   Application form for the year of their high school graduation.
Applications must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Supporting documentation must be submitted by email according to the instructions in the application form.
The deadline to apply is April 15, 2018.

Campus Beautification Day @ Blue Oak, April 28! 

Blue Oak's new home is really coming together, thanks to the dedication, love, and hard work of many! 

Join us on Saturday, April 28 to help spruce up our space! 

We need at least one lead person for each of the projects below. If you have the expertise, tools, or even just an interest in any of these projects, please contact Claudia Van Groningen by email or stop by to see her in Room 8. If you know someone who has expertise in any of these areas who might not see this email, please share this opportunity with them! 

Beautification Day Activities
  • Tree, shrub, and flower planting
  • Paint removal from classroom windows (tentative)
  • Paint stencils/designs on interior of student restrooms
  • Gutter cleaning in front of school
  • Replace plexiglass in marquee
  • Repair baseball backstop and other sporting equipment as needed
  • Refurbish baseball field (to specs provided)
  • Refreshments for volunteers
Many hands make light work. 
Shout Out!

A very special thank you goes out to the Faria family and Bryan Company for their HUGE contribution to the St. Patrick's Day Parade float. Bryan Co. provided the float trailer. The Farias coordinated delivery of the trailer both ways, provided hay bale seating, and drove the float in the parade. THANK YOU!!

Blue Oak's Jog-a-Thon is coming up on April 11!
More info coming after Spring Break! 

Save the date for our Open House events! 

Blue Oak Academy: Wednesday, May 16

Sycamore Valley Academy: Wednesday, May 23

School Logo Clothing from Land's End

School uniform items are available for The Academies from Land's End. LE offers high quality school uniforms that last and last, resisting pilling, shrinking, and fading. These are definitely items to hand down again and again. 

Adult sizes are available for staff and parents. In fact, you can order our logo on ANY item that can be embroidered from Land's End, not just school uniform items.   

Blue Oak's official Land's End school uniform site is up and running! Blue Oak's preferred school number is 900185364. Click here to link directly to the Blue Oak page. 

As always, Sycamore Valley logo clothing is also available from Land's End. SVA's preferred school number is 900149840. 

Check News & Notes often for special offers, sales, and $.01 logo deals from Land's End! 

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

Cesar Chavez Legacy Celebration

This community event is the SVA 3rd and 4th grade annual Service Learning Project.  The 3rd and 4th grade students and current 5th graders (who participated last year) will be singing de Colores at COS to start the march and celebration.

Mr. Phillips will be hosting the SVA outreach booth. Stop by to say hello! 

Proteus is sponsoring an essay contest for K-2, 3-6, and 7-12. Essay contest winners will be announced at the Wittman Center at the conclusion of the march.  All are welcome. 


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!

SVA PTO Party Train

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

  • 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

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 February menu

Family Support

Parent Partnering

It's no accident that our school community feels like an extended family. Rooted in our mission, we are truly "a collaborative community of educators and families working together to help our students grow." Parents, guardians, grandparents, and others are encouraged to come and share their talents or time with us. We encourage each family to make it a goal to give 30 volunteer hours each year. 
Volunteer in a Classroom
Our teachers need you! Parents and guardians, grandparents, and interested community members are encouraged to set up a regular time to volunteer in our classrooms! This extra help goes a long way! Volunteer time spent making copies, stuffing home folders, and sorting/filing leaves more time for teachers to prepare lessons and activities for our students.  This community support translates all of the amazing things that we do at our schools.   

Will you give an hour of your time to help support learning in your child's classroom? Contact your teacher to set up a time to lend a hand. Thanks in advance for your contribution! 

Award Assemblies March 22 (BOA) and February 23 (SVA)

Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting
April 9 April 9
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

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