News & Notes - May 3, 2019
What's Happening at The Academies? 

May 3 -- SVA Band & Movie Night @ SVA

May 10 -- SVA PTO Evening Fundraiser

May 15 --  BOA Open House

May 17 -- The Academies Rawhide Night

May 22 --  SVA Open House

May 31 - Jun 1 -- SVA Theater Shows

Jun 6 -- SVA 8th Grade Graduation

Jun 7 -- BOA PTO Color Run

Jun 7 -- Last Day of School * MINIMUM DAY*

Download the  2018-19 Academic Calendar
Did you know?
The Academies After School Programs

The Academies CMO/home office is the office of the nonprofit 501c3 organization which operates Sycamore Valley Academy and Blue Oak Academy. Our principal work at the CMO office is in providing administrative, fiscal, and organizational management support of our two excellent public charter schools, so school site administrators and staff can keep their focus on students and learning.
As part of the work of supporting the schools of The Academies and as a service to the community, the CMO runs an after-school program at both sites. The Academies After School Program is a privately funded, fee based program. We offer a sliding fee scale for families with demonstrated financial need. Our nonprofit team decided to provide this service to meet an important need for families who choose to attend our schools.

The Academies After School Program is an enrichment program designed to provide a safe, nurturing environment during after school hours. The program provides fun physical activities, engaging themed learning, and supervised homework time. Participation is entirely optional and not necessary for student achievement in the school day.

Our program has been revamped over the the last couple of years under the leadership of Program Coordinator Elyse Reveles and Operations Director Claudia Van Groningen. Beginning last summer, The Academies After School Program began offering summer enrichment day camps. These camps not only provide a familiar and affordable option for summer child care, but also provide rich, meaningful programming for participants. Teachers and aide staff are provided the opportunity to share their personal passions such as cooking, Legos, and Harry Potter while enjoying the benefit of of summer employment. It's a win-win for staff and families!

Staff of our schools enjoy a discounted rate for their children to attend both the daily programs and our summer day camps as a benefit of employment with The Academies. This is just one little way we show the love to our staff family.
SVA Leadership Team Presents Family Movie Night
WHO: All TACMO Families are welcome!

WHAT: FREE Family Movie Night- featuring "Shrek". Pizza and refreshments will be sold. BYO lawn chairs and picnic!

WHEN: TONIGHT Friday, May 3rd @ 7pm. SVA Band will perform at 7:00. Movie will begin at 7:30pm.  

WHERE: SVA Baseball Diamond.
Yearbooks have been on sale and the window to order is coming to a close! 

No extra books are ordered for late sales. You must pre-order to get a yearbook.

 O rders due May 6.

Order your copy of your school's yearbook NOW using the links below. 

Student Placement Requests for 2019-20

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 your school’s Front Office no later than Friday, May 24, 2019.
Current Job Postings

State Testing

Beginning this week 3rd-8th graders are taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

The state test takes a “snapshot” of a student’s ability in English Language Arts and Mathematics once a year, helps us “take the temperature” of the school. We are able to use this as a way to compare our student’s growth and achievement to that of other students all over the state. In fact, it is one of the only ways that we have to compare schools to one another. For this reason, this assessment is important to us as an organization. From the outside-looking-in perspective, this particular measure is widely used and highly valued. It also serves as one of the major points of consideration when our charter is up for renewal.

Here is how you can help:

Let your child know that it is important they do their personal best on the test. That is, of course what is expected, and what we are trying to see. We are always seeking a balance for our scholars between being undermotivated (“this test is lame and I don’t see the point”) and having anxiety about the test to the point that they aren’t able to perform their best. It’s a tough balance!! We want to see what they have mastered, as well as where we might need to provide more support.

Tell your child that we need to know how we are doing as a school, and what we need to improve upon as teachers. This message conveys a level of importance, but doesn’t put all of the weight on the student.

You might also mention that test scores are a common way that people outside of our school can see just how great our school is compared to other schools. Our schools' scores are an important factor in charter authorization, so when our students perform well, they help keep our charter secure and our schools open to serve kids into the future. They also help to catch the attention of families in the area, demonstrating that our model is effective. This contributes to positive public perceptions, which helps our school receive enough student applications each year to sustain our learning community.

Make sure that your scholar is well rested and well fed on the days when their class is scheduled to test. It’s a no-brainer that kids are more focused and ready to give their personal best when their basic needs have been met.

Download more information about state mandated testing at our schools here.

 TACMO Summer Enrichment Programs

As a service to our community, our home office non-profit organization (TACMO) will offer summer enrichment opportunities again this year in four one week sessions. Sessions will be open to students entering grades 1-5 in the fall. All summer programs take place at Blue Oak Academy. 

We are extending drop off and pickup times this year with our programs running from 7:30AM-4:00PM.  The fee for each session is just $150! 


Session Dates & Details

Session 1: June 17-21
Mrs. Gates-Wai - All about pets - Learn about pets with fun educational activities, including games, crafts, guest speakers, and more!

Session 2: June 24- 28
Mr. Enriquez - Stop Motion Lego Animations- Students will develop their narrative and storyboard, and then shoot their videos using iPads over the course of a week. The session culminates in a film festival at the end of the week.

Session 3: July 8-14
Mrs. Cazarez - Foodie Kids Cooking - Back By Popular Demand! Mrs. C cooks up new fun and delicious recipes with more hands on cooking activities for your kiddos in this yummy week. 

Session 4: July 22-26
Mrs. Padilla - Let's Go Camping! - The Padillas will create a fun filled week of camp themed crafts and books, outdoor games, s'mores, and more!
8th Grade Graduation
WHO: Event open to ticketed guests only (the ticket order link will be sent directly to families of graduates).

WHAT: Recognizing our graduates as they promote to high school. Event details will be sent directly to families of graduates.

WHEN: Thursday, June 6
6:00 PM (doors open at 5:30PM).

WHERE: Odd Fellows Hall (116 S. Court St.).
SVA Track & Field

Our SVA team participated in the Tulare County Qualifier Meet on Friday the 26th. Our athletes did tremendous and 13 student athletes are advancing to the Valley Youth Championship Meet this Saturday, May 4th, at Buchanan High School in Clovis. We are so proud of how well these students and all 55 original students performed this season. They have worked hard and it shows. Thank you all for your support of athletics at SVA!

SVA valley championship qualifiers, events and times:
3000m Midget
1st Emelia Rasner 12:47.05

400M Midget
2nd Emelia Rasner 1:10.76

800m Midget
2nd Rita Rasner 3:18.09

1500m Midget
1st Rita Rasner 6:42.35

Javelin Midget
1st Rita Rasner 39-9

Shot Put Midget
1st Zoe Silva 24-0
3rd Marley Lopez 20-10

Discus Midget
1st Marley Lopez 48-7
2nd Zoe Silva 39-4

High Jump Midget
1st Ari Corley 3-6
80m Hurdles Midget
1st Thomas Rasner 17.55
2nd Thomas Plummer 17.74

100m Hurdles
Youth 3rd Levi Wagner 19.81
Interm 2nd Jack Rupp 20.27

100M Midget
2nd Gabriel Happli 15.96

400m Youth
2nd Levi Wagner 1:02.93

800m Midget
2nd Aiden Burr 2:58.28
3rd Isak Trigueros 3:02.59

200m Interm
1st Jack Rupp 28.55

1500m Midget
2nd Thomas Rasner 5:33.14

400m Relay Midget
1st Laird Broome, Thomas Plummer, Gabriel Happli, Thomas Rasner 1:01.08

Discus Midget
2nd Gabriel Happli 57-0
SVA Online Book Fair

The Usborne book fair at SVA was a huge success! The school library received 175 books from the $5 book fair event plus an additional $350 to spend online for more books.

If you are looking to order the next book in the series that your child purchased, or any other additional summer reading, use this online link that will be open throughout the summer. SVA will earn a 50% match on any purchases through the link.
BOA Spirit Days

Friday, May 31: Hawaiian Day
Friday, June 7: Free Dress Day
SVA Spirit Days

Friday, May 31: College Day
Friday, June 7: Free Dress Day
Our schools offer a convenient option for student breakfast and lunch. Meals are provided by through contract with  Visalia Unified School District's Nutritional Services Division  and are delivered daily to our cafeterias.

Breakfast - $ 1.25 per day  Lunch - $2.00 per day  Milk - $0.35 per carton

You can pay for lunches at school with cash or check, or pay online with the service. An app is available so you can easily use this service on your smartphone. If you have not already done so, you will need to register, create an account and provide an ID number for each student.  Contact the front office of your school to obtain your child's student ID number.
Next SVA PTO Meeting
Monday, May 13
Round Table Pizza
Packwood Creek Center
4035 S. Mooney Blvd.
Next BOA PTO Meeting
Monday, May 13
Round Table Pizza
Mary's Vineyard Center
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. 
¡Estamos muy contentos de compartir que ofrecemos traducción en español en nuestras reuniones! ¡Hay que trabajar juntos!
Family Support
Dress Code Reminder
A quick reminder going into the spring trimester, please refresh yourself on our dress code policy and expectations. You can view the easy to ready 1-page guide here for SVA and here for BOA .

Our biggest issues are with items that are out of color range, have brand name logos, there is a special wash on or holes in jeans, and students wearing tights/leggings. For the most part, these issues are minimal and rare. That said, the more you can help us out at home, the less we need to address your student about these items at school, allowing us to stay focused on education.

The purpose of the dress code is to level the playing field for all and to keep our focus at school on learning. Thank you for your help with this! We are also happy to help make sure that you have dress code compliant cloths for your students. If you need help with this, please do contact our school offices and ask for Mr. Benton or Mrs. Stinson.
Community Events
Scott Smith Invitational Golf Tournament

Hosted by Visalia Firefighters Association

Friday, May 31st, 2019 • Registration 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Shotgun Start 10:00 am
Format: Scramble & Callaway Scoring
Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club •
3018 Ridge Creek Drive, Dinuba, CA 93618 • (559) 591-2254

Entry Fee $120.00 per Player
(Deadline May 20th, 2019)

Includes Green Fee with Cart, Range Balls for warm-up,
Tee Prizes and Build Your Own Burger Bar lunch.

Summer Reading Program
This exceptional program is offered by California State University, Fresno, Division of Continuing and Global Education and taught by the Institute of Reading Development.

By the end of the program, Student will:
  • Double reading speed
  • Improve comprehension in fiction and nonfiction
  • Learn to read and study middle-school level textbooks
  • Learn effective note-taking skills
  • Read a great novel
  • Be ready for the first day of school!
Summer classes fill up quickly - enroll today to secure a spot. 
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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