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September 11, 2020Posted by Traci Mayfield on 9/12/2020 4:00:00 AM
Happy Friday Vipers,
It has been a wonderful week here in the Valley, the weather is cooling, and we now have much more clarity on DVUSD’s return to campus rollout which will begins September 24, 2020. Earlier today you should have received and email with the details of our return back to campus. If you missed the details, please visit the DVUSD Return to Learning page for the complete list of dates and the details for our return to learning district process. We will begin welcoming our Kindergarten students starting Thursday, September 24 and then will layer in the rest of the grades through October 14 when all our Vipers will be on campus.
Our teams are now in the planning stages of setting up all our classrooms and will begin capturing pictures of the classrooms and lists of procedures that will be in place during our reopening and through the reminder of the year. The Sierra Verde Operation plan is being updated next week and we will provide the details of the safety measures that will be put into place once we have vetted them with our district and campus staff. Some of the broad changes we can share so far are listed below:
- No visitors/volunteers/parents will be permitted on campus at any time (only DVUSD employees)
- No Assemblies or large group gatherings on campus
- Face Coverings will be mandatory on campus except for meals, PE, and recess when students are active and moving/playing outside
- Students will be socially distanced at a distance of three feet whenever possible within the confines and physical limits of our classrooms.
- Students will be grouped into pods during instruction/lunch/group activities lasting longer than 10 minutes in order for us to accurately contact trace and isolate students or staff who come into contact with anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 as a precautionary measure
- All classrooms will have sanitizer that will be used to sanitize touch points and surfaces during the school day, our custodial crew will have a special disinfectant that will be used each evening to disinfect surfaces after students are off campus nightly.
Next Wednesday, September 16 at 6:00 pm, Mr. Galietti will host a live Question and Answer Zoom about Sierra Verde’s plan to return to campus safely. The link and further details will be sent out early next week for this virtual Q & A Session.
Next week, our meal pick up will continue its typical Tuesday and Thursday pick up at any time between 10 am and 1:00 pm. Tuesday will have 2 meals and Thursday will have 3 meals. Our meal service is now free to all students and kids under the age of 18. From now until December, DVUSD will be offering free meals for all students as a result of recent legislation changes and this includes hot meals once students come back to campus.
We are excited to begin the process of welcoming back all our students to Sierra Verde. We know that this can cause some stress and anxiety for families to choose an option that meets their needs and situations, please know that we will work with all our families to answer any questions or concerns you may have during this time. The safety of our students and staff will continue to be the top priority throughout this year, and we thank you all of the trust and support you put in our team.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Sept. 4, 2020Posted by Traci Mayfield on 9/5/2020 3:05:00 AM
Happy Friday Vipers,
We have made it halfway through 1st quarter as of today! Just a reminder that we will not be sending progress reports home, but be sure to check PowerSchool to monitor your child’s progress through 1st quarter. If anyone is still struggling to access Canvas, Zoom, or any of our other online learning tools be sure to visit the DVUSD Parent Tech Hub or reach out to your child’s teacher. This is just a reminder that all of our teachers are responsible for providing instruction and feedback regarding each child’s mastery towards grade level standards this year. We are noticing a larger percentage of students with failing grades this quarter due to a lack of coursework submitted through Canvas. Please be sure to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding their progress to date.
Next Tuesday, be sure to follow the next Governing Board Meeting on September 8 for more information about Deer Valley’s plans for learning and reopening. We are cautiously optimistic that we can begin to bring students back to campus in the not too distant future, and have been working diligently to prepare our campus to welcome back all our Vipers in adherence to the health and safety guidelines from Maricopa County. As more decisions are made at the district level, we will continue to build these plans and share them out with all of you to demonstrate the measures Sierra Verde will take as we reopen to students.
Next Thursday, September 10, PTSO is hosting a general meeting open to all parents via Zoom. This meeting includes a discussion of reallocating some PTSO funds to purchase touchless water bottle filers on campus in light of the recommendation to reduce the use of drinking fountains to mitigate the spread of bacteria at SV. This meeting is open to all and the details to login are here:
Join Zoom Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm.
Meeting ID: 916 423 4573
Next week, our meal pick up will continue its typical Tuesday and Thursday pick up at any time between 10 am and noon. Tuesday will have 2 meals and Thursday will have 3 meals. Our meal service is now free to all students and kids under the age of 18. From now until December, DVUSD will be offering free meals for all students as a result of recent legislation changes and this includes hot meals once students come back to campus.
Finally, just a reminder that we have no school this Monday in observance of Labor Day. We look forward to seeing all our Vipers on Tuesday.
Have a safe and restful long weekend
August 28, 2020Posted by Traci Mayfield on 8/28/2020
Happy Friday Vipers,
We are almost into September, and we want to thank you all again for another successful week of online learning at SV. Next week marks the ½ way point through 1st quarter. We will not be sending progress reports home, but be sure to check PowerSchool to monitor your child’s progress through 1st quarter. If anyone is still struggling to access Canvas, Zoom, or any of our other online learning tools be sure to visit the DVUSD Parent Tech Hub or reach out to your child’s teacher. This is just a reminder that all of our teachers are responsible for providing instruction and feedback regarding each child’s mastery towards grade level standards this year. We are seeing some students with missing work due to a lack of coursework submitted through Canvas, and grades will reflect the evidence of learning as submitted through Canvas.
We still do not have an exact date for a return to campus as we look towards bringing students back to Sierra Verde. Our Governing Board and district office staff continue to monitor the health metrics, along with the recommendations from Maricopa County as we all prepare to return to campus as soon we can do so safely. At Sierra Verde, we are continuing to build and refine our processes and procedures for a safe return to campus that fall in alignment with federal, state, county, and district guidelines for a safe reopening. We will be ready to share our plans and processes once we have our official parameters from DVUSD. Be sure to follow the next Governing Board Meeting on September 8 for more information about Deer Valley’s plans for learning as well as health updates and metrics from the state and county.
Next week, our meal pick up will continue its typical Tuesday and Thursday pick up at any time between 10 am and noon. Tuesday will have 2 meals and Thursday will have 3 meals.
We thank you all again for your continued support as we head into September.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Week of February 24thPosted by Traci Mayfield on 2/22/2020
It was great to see so many of you on campus for conferences over this past week. It’s hard to believe it, but we are already half-way through 3rd quarter, and Spring Break is right around the corner! We are grateful to have such a supportive group of families that help make SV such a strong community.
Please see the attached flyer for future DVUSD volunteer training dates. If you have not yet been volunteer trained, you must attend one of these sessions before you are cleared to volunteer on campus, or at a campus events such as field trips. Please be sure you submit the training paperwork to Mrs. Olofson and contact her at Karla.Olofson@dvusd.org if you have any questions, or to verify that you are on the approved volunteer list.
Attention all 5th – 8th grade gamers! Sierra Verde is starting up an eSports club. 5th and 6th grade will meet on Wednesdays and for 7th and 8th grade will meet on Thursdays starting next week. Please see the attached flyer for all the details and registration info. We still have a few spots remaining for each day.
PTSO wants to hear from you about our Boosterthon event this year. We want to get your feedback so we can continue to make this event better each year. Please take a minute to let us know how you felt the event went this year by submitting your responses on this survey.
Next week, our staff will be finalizing our state testing schedule for all 3rd through 8th grade students. The window for state testing for Sierra Verde will be March 30 – April 16 this year. If you are a parent of a 3rd-8th grade student, we kindly ask that you ensure your kids are in school for the duration of the day for this entire window unless they are ill. Please avoid scheduling any appointments or trips so they have the opportunity to do their very best during our testing sessions.
Next Friday will be a 2:00 pm early release for our teachers to work with their collaborative teams in our Professional Learning Community.
Week of February 18thPosted by Traci Mayfield on 2/18/2020 1:00:00 AM
Thank you all so very much for helping to make this the most successful Boosterthon drive ever! Due to your donations and support, Sierra Verde has raised over $35,000 to date to help update and revamp our media center! We have hit our goal and that means that I will be running a marathon on campus on a day to be determined in March where some of the kids can join me in the celebration of all their hard work. Special thanks to our PTSO and all of you who helped mark laps and hand out water yesterday.
Congratulations to our 7th and 8th graders who made our baseball and softball teams for the spring season. Next Wednesday, there will be an informational meeting in the MPR at 5:30 pm for all softball and baseball parents.
Spring pictures are here next Wednesday, 2/19. We will have class photos for grades K-6 and individual photos for all students K-8.
The Sierra Verde Honor band will be participating in the DVUSD Honor concert Tuesday 2/18 at Sandra Day O'Connor H. S. at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30.
Attention all 5th – 8th grade gamers! Sierra Verde is starting up an eSports club in two weeks. This club will have one day for 5th and 6th grade and one day for 7th and 8th grade. Please see the attached information for all the details and registrations. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There are still a few spots remaining for each group.
Next week is our official conference week. Teachers have sent out information regarding the scheduling of conferences at each grade level or homeroom. Be sure to sign up for an appointment. Thursday and Friday will be a true half-day of school and all students will be dismissed at 12:05 pm.
Week of Feb. 10thPosted by Traci Mayfield on 2/10/2020
We are officially underway in our Boosterthon “Run Wild” Fundraiser. By now, hopefully you have helped your kids register and start to collect pledges as we raise money to give our media center a refresh and restock with new books and titles to provide every student access to relevant and engaging stories here at SV. Our goal is to raise $35,000 over the next two weeks, and we need your help in getting the word out to help revamp our media center. Additionally, we'd love for you to join us as our students run the Obstacle Course but please keep in mind that no siblings are permitted during the run. If you are available to volunteer that day for even an hour, it would be greatly appreciated, please sign up here.
Congratulation to our middle school boys basketball team who won the District Championship title last Saturday at Sandra Day O’Connor HS. It was great to watch you all compete so hard and walk away as champions, thanks to all who came out to support all our athletes in the winter season! Next week softball and baseball will hold tryouts Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30. All athletes must have their paperwork on file with Mrs. Cullen prior to tryouts, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Attention all 5th – 8th grade gamers! Sierra Verde is starting up an eSports club in two weeks. This club will have one day for 5th and 6th grade and one day for 7th and 8th grade. Next week a flyer will be sent out and registrations will be capped at 25 kids for each day. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost for this club will be $125, stay tuned for more details next week.
Student Council is selling Valentine's Day Grams for $1. You can buy a silk rose or Hershey kisses and a kind note for $1. We will be selling Valentine's Day Grams before and after school from February 10 to February 13. Valentine's Grams will be delivered to classes on Valentine's Day. Buy them for friends, family and teachers! Valentine's Day Grams will also be available in the office for parents to purchase. Don't miss out!
Next Friday, February 14 is an early release and students will dismiss at 2:00 pm for our teachers to participate in their professional learning communities (PLCs).
Week of Feb. 3rdPosted by Traci Mayfield on 2/2/2020
Happy Friday Vipers,
Another amazing week at SV, as our kids continue to work hard to accomplish huge goals. Congratulations to our Cheer team led by Coach Hamblen and Coach Christensen on their 1st place finish at the DVUSD Cheer Competition last Saturday! We also want to congratulate 8th Grader Nicole Radan who won 5th place, and 5th Grader Charlotte Kennedy who won second place at the District wide Spelling Bee this past Monday. Both girls will go on to compete at the Regional Spelling Bee next month.
Tomorrow, our boys will play in the District Championship Basketball Game beginning at 10:00 am at Sandra Day O’Connor HS. We wish them good luck along with all of our kids competing in the Rubik’s Cube Tournament at ASU West at the same time.
Sierra Verde Parents and Families! We’re only THREE DAYS AWAY from kicking off the Run Wild SV Obstacle Course fundraiser! This year, our goal is to raise $35,000 to put into our Media Center, including new and updated books and print materials, AV equipment, seating, and more! The fun officially begins on Tuesday where students will have their Kickoff Pep Assembly in the afternoon. Additionally, we'd love for you to join us as our students run the Obstacle Course. If you are available to volunteer that day for even an hour, it would be greatly appreciated, please sign up using this link.
The staff performance of Frozen Jr. is nearing. Tickets go on sales next week beginning Monday Morning, they are only $6.00 Come see many of your favorite teachers and staff members perform. This is a fund raiser for the drama program. Shows are February 6th and 7th at 6:30 pm. (Doors open at 6pm)
Our Spirit Wear drive is closing on February 7th, be sure to get your order in before the window closes. Go to https://www.spiritgeardirect.com/shop and select Sierra Verde to get the latest Viper gear.
Next Friday, February 7 is an early release and students will dismiss at 2:00 pm for our teachers to participate in their professional learning communities (PLCs).
Have a Wonderful Weekend,
Week of Jan. 27thPosted by Traci Mayfield on 1/26/2020 4:00:00 AM
Happy Friday Vipers,
It was a fast four days this week as we move towards the last week of January. Thanks for all of you who came out for the Art Show on Wednesday as well as our Girls basketball game last night.
Sierra Verde Parents and Families! We’re only TWO WEEKS AWAY from kicking off the Run Wild SV Obstacle Course fundraiser! This year, our goal is to raise $35,000 to put into our Media Center, including new and updated books and print materials, AV equipment, seating, and more! We can’t wait to have fun with our students as we help our school! Be on the lookout for more information soon!
We'd love for you to join us as our students run the Obstacle Course. If you can be available to volunteer that day for even an hour, it would mean so much. Sign up using this link
Tomorrow is the Deer Valley cheer competition at Barry Goldwater HS. The competition will begin at 9:30 am and tickets are $5. Viper Boys Basketball with host a playoff semi-final game at home next Tuesday, January 28th at 4:30.
2020-21 Kindergarten Kickoff/Preview night is Thursday January 30th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Students are welcome to attend with parents. This is an open house style format where you are welcome to drop in anytime during this window.
Sierra Verde is looking for someone to coach our baseball team. The season starts in the beginning of February and ends mid-April. Any interested candidates can apply on-line through the district website and be able to start practices at 3:30 pm. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact our Athletic Director Sara Cullen at email@example.com
Next Friday, January 31 is an early release and students will dismiss at 2:00 pm for our teachers to participate in their professional learning communities (PLCs).