Viking Update Post

April 27th Viking Update

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Spring Valley in the Top 25 High Schools 

This year the U.S. News & World Report ranks Spring Valley in the top 25 high schools out of the 243 high schools in the state of SC. Here is Spring Valley’s updated U.S. News profile page, with details about its rankings:  

“Families can use the Best High Schools rankings to see how schools compare at the national, state and local level on factors like graduation rates and college readiness,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The rankings also provide insight into academic performance among underserved groups.”

The methodology focuses on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. College readiness specifically measures participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. The data used in this edition is from the 2018-2019 academic school year, and therefore was not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alongside the national rankings, U.S. News published rankings at the state, metro area and school district levels. Only metro areas and school districts with three or more high schools were included in these subrankings.

The Best High Schools rankings are available exclusively on and include data on a variety of factors, such as enrollment, student diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs, graduation rates and the results of state assessments. U.S. News worked with RTI International, a global research firm, to implement the comprehensive ranking methodology. For more information, visit Facebook and Twitter using #BestHighSchools.

Congratulations Nemisa Samanthapudi!

We are excited to announce that Spring Valley senior, Nemisa Samanthapudi is a part of the SC STEM Signing Day class of 2021. STEM Signing Day celebrates high school seniors from across that country who choose to pursue STEM education at technical programs, two- and four-year colleges. Hundreds of high school seniors from across the state applied for this honor this year, and two students from each county are chosen as recipients. 

This year’s virtual STEM Signing Day event is on Thursday, April 29, at 3:30 pm EST. All honored students have received an email with information for the live event and their personal login information to participate in the ceremony. If you are interested in live streaming the event to watch, you can click here to access it on April 29th. The event starts at 3:30 PM EST.

Congratulations Nemisa Samanthapudi!

Semester 2 Exam Schedule & Senior Exam Schedule

Last Chance to Buy Senior Baby Ads for the Yearbook

The final deadline to buy a senior baby ad has been extended one week, but space is filling up. Go online at and place your ad today. Also, don’t forget to buy a copy of the yearbook as well

Viking Sports Update

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Parent You and Two Newsletter


2021 Congressional Art Competition

The competition is open to high school students. Members may choose whether to include 7th and 8th-grade students in the art competition if schools located in their districts house 7th through 12th grades on one campus. Teachers and/or students should verify their eligibility with the office of the Member of Congress. Artwork must be the creation of a single student. Students may not collaborate on an entry.

The artwork must be two-dimensional. Each framed artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, DC, framed. Even when framed, it must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
• Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that
charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
• Collages: must be two dimensional
• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
• Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
• Computer-generated art
• Photographs

Click here for the RULES & Student Release Form

UofSC Summer Seniors

Summer Seniors is a recruitment program designed for African Americans who are rising high school seniors in South Carolina. Students selected to attend will learn about all the opportunities on campus, and what it’s like to be a student at UofSC.

Summer Seniors will offer both virtual and in-person programming this year. The program is only available to rising high school seniors in South Carolina.

Event Dates
Summer Seniors (on campus): June 19
Summer Seniors (on campus): July 17
Summer Seniors (virtual): Aug. 3 – Aug. 5

To be considered for the program, complete the Summer Seniors application by Monday, May 10.

Questions? Call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700 or
800-868-5872, or send us an email.


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Dear Parents of Richland Two Seniors,

Richland Two has important changes to share about graduations for the Class of 2021. District leadership has made the decision to move the graduations to Harry Parone Stadium and students will receive tickets for four guests.

Click here to print graduation announcement change of venue cards to insert into your graduation announcements.

Due to the change in venue, the dates and times of graduations have changed to the following:

June 8:

8 a.m. Spring Valley High
7 p.m. Ridge View High

June 9

8 a.m. Richland Northeast High

7 p.m. Blythewood High

June 10

8 a.m. Westwood High

The district is taking steps to ensure that these celebrations of student achievement are memorable and most importantly, safe. Please review the information below carefully. 


Masks are required for admission. Guests are asked to bring their own masks to the ceremony.


Inside the stadium, guests and students will be required to maintain social-distancing. 


Ceremonies will be streamed live online at

Please be on the lookout for more information from your schools and the district’s Communications Office as we continue to finalize the plans for these special ceremonies for our students. Thank you for your support, understanding and patience.


Libby Roof
Chief Communications Officer


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STEP Science Technology Enrichment Program

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50th Reunion for SVHS Class of 71

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How to Verify Your Child’s Address for P-EBT

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Click here for FAQ

The Spring Valley attendance office and our school social worker Mrs. Johnson have been working to help with issues concerning P-EBT. They are reviewing attendance and making changes as they are brought to their attention. Currently, the next distribution days are:

April 20th-30th, 2021

May 20th-30th, 2021

July 20th-30th, 2021

Below are some additional links and an email address that I hope will help to answer some of your questions/concerns.

Free & Reduced Meal Status (PIP) – Parents can check F/R meal status & access the Certification Letter

DSS P-EBT Search Portal – Direct parents to the portal to check status & to validate their address

Parents will need the student’s PowerSchool ID number, date of birth, district & school name

P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions

Parents can ask questions or get more information by emailing the SCDE at

Thanks for your patience

Any Questions Please Contact Spring Valley Social Worker Venesia Johnson at