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News & Notes March 3, 2017
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Mar 8 -- PTO Jog-a-Thon

Mar 9-10 -- Conferences *NO SCHOOL*

Mar 21 -- Track Meet @ CVC

Mar 30 -- TCOE Math Super Bowl

Mar 31 -- Track Meet @ Sequoia Union

Apr 28 -- Excellence or Bust

May 5 -- SVA Theater Presents Peter Pan 

Conference Care 

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SVA  After School Program is offering care for SVA students on conference days, March 9-10. 

Care is offered from 7:30-5:30.  Students may also attend for a half day (7:30-12:30 or 12:30-5:30).  The fee for a full day is   $12.    The fee for a half day is   $6.     

Students will participate in multi Media art, structured recreation,  Movie projects, and much more.  

Food is not provided.  Students need to bring their own   snacks and lunch .
Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Thursday March 9th:   S  Day   - Enjoy Sports, Science and  Skill building activities related to everyday life.
Friday March 10th: MOVIE Makers!   - Lights, Camera, ACTION: Students will participate in a small group movie project. Students will compete with each other to make a promo or music video. We will conclude the day with a screening of student videos.    (Other activities will also be available)

Families registered with after school programs can enroll through the event registration tab in their customer portal.  Access your portal    here.

Families who have not yet registered with after school programs must first do so by clicking on "Sign Up for Programs" at the ASP Program page of the SVA website, which can be accessed  here 

Pre-registration is required to participate.

If you have questions or need help with registration, please contact
ASP Coordinator Johnny DeLaCruz:


The Jog-a-thon is next Wednesday! 

Pledge forms and money collected are due the day of the event. 

The PTO is in need of your help with raffle prizes for students. They are seeking  small prizes and gift cards (a BIG hit with the kids!) in very small amounts ($5 gift cards...not $25 or $50 gift cards). Give your donated prizes to your teacher, room parent, or Cristina Johnson by Wednesday. 

Hope to see you all out at the event! 

Spring PBL

Third and fourth grades hosted their farm worker PBL event at Kaweah Oaks Preserve this week. Their guiding question for the project was "How can we bring awareness of changemakers in our community and become changemakers ourselves?"  Students have worked to create a character that migrated to the San Joaquin Valley as a farm laborer. They wrote fictional narratives of their character's journeys and lives harvesting our food.  Students also studied the impact of leaders like Cesar Chavez, who fought for farm laborers' rights.  The 3rd/4th PBL event will bring together the struggle for workers' rights and the realistic stories of the people affected by the fight in the fields. Students, dressed as their farm worker characters, presented original works of historical fiction to the public Tuesday morning. Original works of student art were also on display. 

Following the presentation, students and volunteers removed invasive plants from the preserve property, giving students a chance to experience what a day it the fields feels like. When asked if the afternoon was as fun as the morning presentations, fourth grader Zoe Silva replied "Not really! We picked weeds and they were really pokey!"

Track & Field Season 

Track & Field practice begins March 7 at 3:45PM. There are two meets scheduled later this month:CVC 3/21 and Sequoia Union 3/31. Grades 5-8 may attend meets, serious 4th graders are welcome at practices.  Interested students should bring their signed Athlete Contract to the first practice. See contract for more information, including the practice schedule.  

Lost and Found

With chilly mornings and warm afternoons, those jackets and sweaters are beginning to pile up! Please remind your students to be responsible for their belongings at school. Be sure to check the lost and found racks when you are on campus for your conferences next week! 

Items left behind will be donated to Visalia Rescue Mission at the end of the day on Friday, March 10.

Excellence or Bust

Each year, Sycamore Valley Academy hosts  Excellence   or   Bust , an event exclusively for local leaders in the education community. This event  gives the community a chance to see what Sycamore Valley Academy believes and does, and to share resources and tools to make these excellent principles and practices accessible to local educators.  

Superintendent Dutton will present on The Academies program and practices, then guests will select from a menu of lessons to observe in classrooms.  

April 28
Sycamore Valley Academy
6832 Ave. 280

Basketball Update

In the final week of the 2017 basketball season, the SVA boys team once again demonstrated their growth as a team. The week began with a hard fought loss on the road at Valley Life Charter, 43-30. Down by one basket at the half, the Owls turned up the heat in the second half by locking down on Zephaniah Serna. Liam Gair got into foul trouble early on with four fouls in the first half. Nevertheless, the boys did not quit and they gave maximum effort throughout the contest. "The team is a little bit disappointed with the loss, but they are beginning to realize that it's the effort that matters and not the result. They certainly played hard today and left all of their energy on the court" said Coach Bennett after the game. The team split the season series with Valley Life, winning at home and losing on the road.

In the final game against Sequoia Union, the Explorers pulled off a 29-28 victory on the road. After losing to the Cougars by one point in overtime at home, the rematch game did not disappoint the fans. Coming into the game, Sequoia Union had only lost one game all season. The Explorers were 0-3 on the road, so on paper, it looked like an easy win for the Cougars. But the Explorers took the early lead and held on the entire contest. "Today, the team finished the season as winners; in attitude, in sportsmanship, and on the court. Garreth Jewel had his best game as a point guard in two years  to finish his SVA career, and he really controlled the tempo of the game" said coach Bennett. Zephaniah Serna led all scorers in the contest with 16 points. "I love this team, and I am sad to finish the season this year. We became a basketball family, and I hope that we stay connected in the years to come" said coach Bennett. The team finishes with a 4-5 record, 3-1 in their last four games.

Celebrating Cesar Chavez

Our 3rd & 4th graders participate in the Cesar Chavez annual legacy celebration. They will play    De Colores    on their ukuleles at COS to start the nonpartisan celebration of Cesar    Chavez   's birthday. Beginning at 9:00AM, revelers will gather at COS in the circle drive. At 10:00AM, a walk will begin to the Whittman Center (315 Pearl St, Visalia, CA 93291) where the celebration will continue. All are invited to attend this community event.   Download the event flyer for more information.  

Camp Invention Returns to SVA

Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing and it is coming back to SVA!   During the week of July 17-21 (9:00a-3:30p) local educators will lead hands-on activities created especially for elementary school children. Time will be spent helping a mysterious scientist find energy to power robotic creatures and much more. Discounts are available, so register today! 


Use promo code Discover25 to save $25 (expires 3/20) and Discover15 to save $15 (expires 5/01). 

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Padilla at or Mrs. Padilla at

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: 

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.

Adult Event: Saturday, March 11, 7-10PM   Live Bluegrass Fest 
Bring your lawn chairs and get ready to listen to some live toe-tapping traditional bluegrass music! Beer and hearty snacks will be provided. 

Kid's Event (5th grade and up): Saturday, March 25, 10AM-1:30PM
Spring Sewing with Mrs. Padilla.  Celebrate the first week of Spring by sewing and decorating your very own Tote Bag. Fabric, fabric decorations, sewing materials, and lunch provided!

Mixed Bag Online Fundraiser

The Mixed Bag spring fundraiser is online only this year! click the link to shop and support SVA PTO. 

Lunch Menu

Monday 3/6 - Pizza cheese crunchers
Tuesday 3/7 - Orange chicken rice bowl
Wednesday 3/8 - Cheeseburger sliders
Thursday 3/9 - *NO SCHOOL*
Friday 3/10 -  *NO SCHOOL*

For more information about school lunch, visit our website. 

New Postings Are Here!
Our 2017-18 job postings are now on  and linked through our websites. 

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

Next PTO Meeting

Monday, March 13
Round Table Pizza 
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 
Community Events

Visalia Firefighters Association Golf Tournament 

Visalia Firefighters Association is hosting it's annual Scott Smith Memorial Golf Tournament on  May 19. The late Captain Smith was grandfather to one of our students. This year, proceeds from the event will benefit Visalia Rescue Mission.  Entry fee is $100. 

For more information and to download the entry form,  click here.  

Visalia Swim Club 

VSC is a year round competitive swim program for children of all ages. The club swims at the centrally located College of the Sequoias pool five days a week, so it's easy to find a practice schedule that works for your family. 

Several of our students swim with this team! For more information about the team contact Marcella Hogg (559) 471-5159 or ask our own Mrs. Poggione about her experience with the team.  

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

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