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2022 Canyon View PTA Alumni Scholarship
For Graduating High School Seniors

Congratulations to our Northwood H.S. winner, Andrew Chung!

 


A Message from Sierra Vista Principal, Jeff Morano

22-23 Charger Families,


As we close out this academic year, we have been concurrently planning for August when your children will be joining us for seventh or eighth grade.  In order to best prepare you for things to come, I wanted to share the information below before you jetset for your summer vacation.  

Dates to Know

We created this flyer so you can begin to mark your calendars for things that will begin to happen over the course of the summer as they pertain to life at Sierra Vista next year.  This includes Data Confirmation, Purchased Item Distribution, Textbook/Chromebook Distribution, and more.

Bell Schedule

Since November, we have engaged in an elaborate process to determine our 2022-2023 Bell Schedule.  We had a Bell Schedule Committee--comprised of teachers, counselors, support staff, administrators, parents, and students--so we could develop a bell schedule that best fits the needs and interests of our entire community, post-pandemic.  Some of the top interests identified included students and staff having a school experience with a manageable workload that supports good mental health, having sufficient time for in-depth learning experiences, having as much contact with all teachers as many days each week as possible, and having time within the regular school day for students to access their teachers for remediation, make-up work, re-takes, or re-teaching,  

We provided surveys to all our stakeholders, and used this information to create bell schedule options that reflected the greater interests and nuances identified while also ensuring our students and staff have equitable experiences to other secondary sites within Irvine Unified School District.  It was an extensive process that culminated in our final product linked in this email.  

You will see that our final schedule reflects school starting most days at 8 AM and ending by 2:35 with Thursday starting at 8:35 and ending consistently at 2:35.  We will have Advisement on Mondays so kids can make connections with one another and have access to schoolwide information, and we will also have Tutorial so kids can partake in enrichment, intervention, and make-ups throughout the week.  We have a long 35 minute lunch so we can serve all of our students free meals, and we will have a Bonus period so students required to take an intervention class will have the opportunity to take an elective of their choice.  You will also notice that we have a "waterfall" schedule so students can see teachers at different times throughout the week because we recognize that people are at their best at different times throughout the day.

Rein It In: Taking Charge of Your Middle School Experience

Incoming seventh graders or those 8th graders completely new to Sierra Vista should consider participating in Rein It In: Taking Charge of Your Middle School Experience.  Students can sign up using this link.  This transition camp will preview life here at Sierra Vista so kids can feel more comfortable once school starts.  We think this will be a worthwhile experience but by no means should anyone feel like they have to attend.  We understand that people have travel plans, and we will provide similar experiences for our students once school officially begins.  

Enrichment Survey

We previously sent an enrichment/activities survey to students and would like more responses so we can plan ahead for activities we may hold next year.  Please have your child fill out the form so we can ensure rich experiences for students next year.  Thank you!

Charge the Way!

Jeff Morano
Principal 


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