Viking Update Post

May 17th Viking Update

Spring Valley National Merit® $2500 Scholarship Winner Sparsho De

Congratulations to Spring Valley senior, Sparsho De! The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects, studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®); contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist, and a recommendation written by a high school official. 

NMSC finances most of these single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through NMSC also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university. 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2018 when over 1.5 a million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools took the PSAT/NMSQT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state-representational basis. Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2020 program, about 7,600 Finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of over $30 million in college scholarships. NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of scholarships offered each year are underwritten by approximately 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that share NMSC’s goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and encouraging academic excellence at all levels of education.



Scholarship Offers and College Acceptance DEADLINE MAY 19TH for Graduation Program

Class of 2021, send in all your scholarship offers and college acceptances to Mrs. Bishton. The deadline for the graduation program will be May 19th, by 4pm. If we do not receive your scholarship information by 4pm on Wednesday, May 19th your information will not be included in the graduation program. 

Rising Freshman Virtual Information Night

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We would like to invite our Class of 2025 families to a Rising Freshman Virtual Information Night on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 5:30 pm.  Meeting details can be found on the SVHS Class of 2025- Virtual Information Night document.

We look forward to seeing everyone on May 19th!  

Summer Reading

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Collection Schedule 

Friday, May 219:30am – 11:30 am & 1:00pm – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, May 269:30am – 11:30 am & 1:00pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 279:30am – 11:30 am & 1:00pm – 3:00 pm

Graduating SENIOR Procedures for Turning in Chromebooks

*Underclassmen will keep Chromebooks through the summer and will bring them back when school starts.

Prior to turning your Chromebook in you must do the following:

  1. Sign out, remove users, shut down the Chromebook, and charge it COMPLETELY. 
  2. Remove from case and gently wipe down Chromebook. 

(DO NOT bring your case. We do not want it and won’t take it.)

  1. Find your charger and wrap it up appropriately. Wrap your charger like this.

NOTE: If you do not bring your charger, you will be charged $25.00. We will only take your charger WITH your Chromebook. You cannot turn in a Chromebook one day and a charger another day. We will not reverse fees later. Insurance does not cover lost chargers.

Wifi Hotspot

Are you a senior with a Wifi Hotspot? If so, you will need to turn it in with your Chromebook or a $50 charge will be added to your fees. Make sure that it has the cord and hotspot included. Missing parts will be added to fees accordingly.

Important Considerations

*If you still need your Chromebook to complete assignments like AP exams, credit recovery, etc., DO NOT turn your Chromebook in until they are finished. We can’t give a Chromebook back to you after you return it.

**If you do not turn in your Chromebook by the last designated day, you will  be charged $350.00. (If you need your Chromebook for summer school and want to turn it in later, we can work with you.)

Chromebook Repairs for Underclassmen

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Attention SVHS Underclassmen: If you have damages or problems with your Chromebook and want to have it repaired prior to summer break, please bring it to the Tech Office in the Multipurpose Room before May 20th.
Tech Office Hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm. We are located outside the MPR on the second floor.


  • If you have a Chromebook that requires a repair and you are an in-person student, you may bring it to the Tech Office before class or at lunch on a day when you are at SHVS.
  • You may also bring it during class with a pass from a teacher. 


  • We ask that virtual students not miss live classes to visit the tech office. 
  • If you are a virtual student, you may bring it between 8:30 am – 9 am Monday – Thursday or 12-3:30 on 1/2 day Fridays.
  • On asynchronous days you may bring it between 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.

*Please keep in mind that Chromebook insurance only covers your FIRST incident of damage. The fees on the chart below will apply to any school-issued Chromebook if you did not purchase or have already used the Chromebook insurance this school year

Richland 2 Repair and Replacement Cost Chart

To reduce the potential burden to students and parents, and to simplify the assessment of costs for schools, the cost schedule is generalized into major, minor, and cosmetic charges. Costs are based on our current models. It is possible that lower-cost options are available through third parties in some cases, but we can not accept substitutes or alternative repair proposals. Loss is not covered by insurance.

Full Replacement CostFor loss, theft or in cases where damage is so severe that repair is not cost effective.$350
Major RepairFor damage to the screen, system board and/or multiple damages reported in the same instance.$150
Minor RepairFor damage to all other components.$75
CosmeticFor minor cosmetic damage which in no way affects the operation of the device, and will not be repaired.$25
Swappable Items (Not covered by insurance)Power Adapter and CableProtective Carry Case$25
Replacement Tags (Not covered by insurance)Removal or damage of asset (IT tags/barcodes) or other informational tags or markings. Not covered by insurance.$5

Senior Athletic Recognition Night

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R2 HS Orchestra Virtual Information Meeting

Dear Parents and Students (Rising 9th Graders ONLY):

Come and meet your child’s High School Orchestra Teacher Monday, May 24th at 6:00 pm. We encourage everyone to pre-register for this event. There will be an opportunity to speak with your teacher and to ask them questions and to see who can tell the best bad jokes. We will try our best to answer all your questions about joining High School Orchestra. Please click here to pre-register for this event. If you have any questions, please contact the HS Lead Orchestra Teacher, Phillip Pagal at or 803-699-2999 ext. 84243. We look forward to seeing you. 

6pm, HS Information Meeting
Monday, May 24 · 6:00 – 7:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪445 643 830 0978‬#
More phone numbers:

Junior Essay Writing Workshop

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CLASS of 2022
College/Scholarship Essay Writing Session for Jrs.
Time: May 20, 2021, 06:00 PM

Essays provide you the opportunity to highlight more about yourself when applying to colleges and universities. In this session, UofSC Admissions staff will provide you with tangible tips and confidence as you tackle your college essays during the application process. You do not have to be planning to attend UofSC to participate. This is open to all Richland Two Juniors and parents.

Registration link:


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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


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STEP Science Technology Enrichment Program

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