News & Notes - September 28, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Sept 29 -- BOA Beautification Day

Oct 8 -- Staff Development * NO SCHOOL*

Oct 10 -- BOA Picture Day

Oct 17 -- BOA Makeup Picture Day

Oct 18-19 -- SVA Picture Days 

Oct Oct 26 -- Fall Festival SAVE THE DATE!


A Message from Superintendent Dutton

You're invited to contribute!

Every year, our staff tackles new improvement projects to help our program remain strong and effective.  With the dust settled on the launch of Blue Oak Academy, 2018-19 offers a chance to strengthen our organization in three key areas:

1- Outreach for Diversity
This long-standing committee has been in existence since 2012, when SVA first opened.  As schools of choice, we have always been aware that it is our team's job to reach out to the margins of our community to spread awareness of our excellent public school options.  The primary thrust of this committee's work thus far has been aimed at affecting our student applicant pool each Admissions Window (Dec-Feb), so our student enrollment over time would become a proportional reflection of the demographics of our community.  We are excited to build from our progress!  SVA's student demographics now match the racial/ethnic make up of its zip code (93277), and BOA's student demographics show we are serving  more students of racial and ethnic minority groups than its zip code (93292)!  This year, the committee's work will focus on maintaining and continuing those practices that have proven effective, and we will also identify ways we can make our schools more welcoming to all members of our diverse community after students are enrolled and attending.

2- Strategic Planning Committee
In January of 2016, our Board passed a robust  Strategic Plan for SVA that has set our course since then.  One key strategy in that plan was opening Blue Oak Academy in order to achieve our Strategic Plan goal of serving a more diverse student population!  As this example demonstrates, a Strategic Plan is a defining document that identifies the organization's most pressing goals for the next 3-5 years as well as its most efficient strategies to achieve these.  Goals and strategies can range from very substantial (like the example of BOA's launch) to more subtle supports and initiatives that aren't so visible to those outside our staff, but that strengthen us nonetheless.  In 2019, we hope to adopt an updated Strategic Plan to define our next horizon and increase our impact in the community!

3- Staff-Friendly Policies Committee
After our organization's policies go through a review with the help of risk management partner, BBSI, and our attorneys at Young, Minney, and Corr, we will convene a group of stakeholders to review these with us to identify areas where ancillary supports (such as process maps, templates, or administrative guidance) might be helpful to implementation. The primary purpose of this committee will be to ensure the organization's policies are understandable and easy to follow for staff.

If you believe you have something to contribute to these efforts, we are inviting you to  indicate this interest by completing our simple form linked here!  The form will also provide you more information regarding the activities of each committee, the duration of time it will meet and do its work, as well as the commitment level required of those who volunteer this service, so you can gauge how this might fit in your schedule.   Please complete this survey by Friday, October 12.  All who complete the survey will receive a follow up email with more information by  November 5.

One of the things I have always loved about The Academies is the true sense of community we enjoy here and the amazing involvement of our supportive families.  If you have expertise or passion to share with us, please take a moment to consider these chances to serve alongside TACMO staff to strengthen our schools for the long-term!  

With thanks,

Blue Oak Beautification Day 

Volunteers needed! 

Come on out to help spruce up our space on Saturday, September 29 @ 8:00AM. We will be completing a variety of small projects to make a BIG impact on our campus. Please Bring 
  • Paintbrush
  • Shovel
  • Landscape rake
  • Wheelbarrow 
  • Work gloves
  • Other tools you need for special projects (ie: drill/bits, ratchet/socket set, etc)

Projects Include:
  • Install exterior bulletin board 
  • Plant shrubs and flowers
  • Mulch planters
  • Paint interior of student restrooms
  • Repair basketball goals
  • Install sign holders

Contact Claudia Van Groningen for more information or to sign up for a specific project.

Big News! 

It has been a long time coming and we are so happy to announce that t he SVA Library is now open! Many hours of time, loads of staff energy, and a whole lot of love have gone into this library; not to mention the generous gift of the Reniers family which provided the books. Join us in celebrating the opening of this wonderful resource for our students. If you see our resident librarian, Amanda Harris, please give her a pat on the back! 

The Channel 20 news team brings you Season 4 Episode 2, complete with bad jokes! Zack & Jack interview Mrs. Rocha, Kaleb Henson has your weekend weather, and Julia Russell is your new Sports Reporter! Oh, and the journalism class is still looking for a tripod donation. 

KSVA TV Season 4, Episode 2

SVA Spelling Bee Info

Practice Starts: October 4th
School wide Spelling Bee: TBA
Tulare County Spelling Bee: February 20th, Visalia Convention Center

If you are interested in the  spelling   bee , see this attachment and find the 
spelling  errors in it. 

Operation Chromebook

The 5th & 6th Grade teaching team has been hard at work pounding the pavement to raise money for the purchase of Chromebooks for their students. So far, they are over halfway to their goal of $23,000! 

A HUGE thank you goes out to the donors who have already put a whole class set of Chromebooks into the hands of our kids: 

Ruiz 4 Kids (Ruiz Foods)
Erin Andersen
Toby Maitland-Lewis
Harold Rollin
Ruth Dutton
Jaime Baeza

Operation Chromebook will be up and running until the goal of acquiring two full class sets is met. If you would like to contribute to this cause, please contact Claudia Van Groningen or Erika Chan


Primary School Spirit SALE

For two weeks only, new and existing customers get 20% off plus we get 10% back for our schools! 

Sale ends October 1!

Kids clothes with n o logos, slogans, or sequins...hooray! Primary has leggings, sweaters, jammies and more, all on sale just in time for fall weather. 

Look for the catalog in your child's home folder on Monday! 

Use your school's unique link every time you shop for uniforms, pajamas, play clothes, and more:

Use codes SYCAMOREWEEK or BLUEOAKWEEK at checkout. 
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.

Parents & Pastries

Both SVA and BOA had incredible turnouts for Parents & Pastries. Thank you all for taking time out of your day to build community with us! A big thank you also for our PTO volunteers for bringing us all together! 

Fall Festival

The  Fall   Festival  is rapidly approaching! This is a wonderful family event put on by the both SVA PTO and BOA PTO. It will be held on  Friday, October 265:00-8:30PM

Contact Melodi Flynn (SVA) or  Leslie Archer (BOA) at if you would like to help out! 

Thank you in advance!
Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting

Monday, October 8 Tuesday, October 9
6:00PM 6:00PM
Round Table Pizza Round Table Pizza
Packwood Creek Center Mary's Vineyard Center
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. 
¡Estamos muy contentos de compartir que ofrecemos traducción en español en nuestras reuniones!  ¡Hay que trabajar juntos!

Family Support

Attention, SVA and BOA parents!  


You're invited to join us for a one-hour parenting class with Fresno Pacific University's Director of Restorative Strategies, Cynthia Kaitfors-Smith, M.S.  


Deepen your understanding of The Academies' approach to discipline and leave with practical parenting tools to help you support your scholar!

Community Events

Fun for the whole family.
Come support UPHS in their biggest fundraiser 
of the year!

Saturday, September 29th
12:00-4: 00PM  

COS Campus 
Yokut Quad off of Woodland Ave.
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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