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September 21st Viking Update


Ten students in Spring Valley High School who are showing exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies are competing for National Merit Scholarships. They are among 16,000 semifinalists in the 68th annual National MeritScholarship Program.

High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Spring Valley’s National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are Stephanie A. Babinec, Aleena A. Chattha, Madison K. Han, Justin I. Kong, Ryan D. Leadbitter, Christopher W. Ravan, Jacob A. Stoll, Adams Clarendon Stone, Sai Siddharth C. Thumsi, and Anna V. Todd.

About 95 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2023. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 950 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 180 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 160 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 3,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

Fall Open House TOMORROW !

Please join us for Open House, Thursday, September 22nd from 5:00 – 6:30 PM, in the Spring Valley Commons. Meet your student’s teachers, counselors, and administrators.

Spring Valley’s College and Career Center in partnership with our GEAR UP and Work Based-Learning Coordinators will host a Junior/Senior Parent Meeting during Open House from 5:30-6:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR).  We will reintroduce ourselves and highlight the variety of services that render support to our students from various areas.  Our GEAR UP Coordinator will speak on the topic “How to Pay for College”.  

We value your time and understand that engaging with the teachers is important.  The session will take no longer than 30 minutes.  We look forward to seeing you 

Technology Insurance

The last day to purchase technology insurance for the 2022-2023 school year is Friday, Sept. 30th. 

Repair and Replacement Cost Schedule

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 (Loss not covered by insurance)Power Adapter and CableProtective Carry Case$25
Replacement TagsRemoval or damage of asset or other informational tags or markings. Not covered by protection plan.$5

School Improvement Council (SIC) Self-Nomination Form 2022-2023

The SVHS School Improvement Council (SIC) is made up of an elected and appointed membership that includes students, parents, teachers, administrators and community representatives. This is mandated by state law and written in our bylaws which are available upon request. Each year, two parent/guardian representatives from each grade level serve on SIC.

For the 2022-2023 school year Parents/Guardians of Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students are invited to submit their name(s) for election. In effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are requesting that NOMINATIONS be submitted ONLINE or by completing the Self-Nomination Form IN PERSON and dropping it in the SIC BALLOT BOX in the atrium area. The safety of our families/students/faculty & staff is our top priority. Completed self-nomination forms are due by September 22, 2022.

ELECTIONS will take place on September 22, 2022. Parents will have the option to vote by submitting an ONLINE Election Form or by completing the Election Form IN PERSON and dropping it in the SIC BALLOT BOX in the atrium area on September 22, 2022, between the hours of 8:00am – 4:00pm. The parents receiving the highest number of votes will become our newly elected SIC representatives. Announcement of the final membership of the 2022-2023 will be published in the Viking Update and on the school website. All regular SIC meetings are held in the school media center and are open to all parents/guardians, students and community members.  Meeting dates and times are published at the start of the school year. For more information contact the front office at 803-699-3500.

SIC Self-Nomination Form

SMITHSONIAN STEM Certification Program

Event Details:  Please register to attend the SMITHSONIAN STEM Certification Program where you will learn more about careers in healthcare, experiment with virtual reality and simulated surgical procedures, and hear from a panel of area healthcare professionals including a local surgeon and design engineer Registration Link:  SMITHSONIAN.GoTMPC.org Attention:  High School Students – ages 16+ that are interested in exploring possible careers in HealthcareDate and Time: Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Location: The Meeting Place Church Banquet and Conference Center, 201 Columbia Mall Blvd Columbia, SC

For Additional Information:  Please contact Career Specialists Mrs. Wright, vawright@richland2.org or Mr. Scriven, erscriven@richland2.org

Alpha Academy Mentoring & Scholarship Program



Delta GEMS

The Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS is accepting Participant Applications for the 2022-2023 program year. This program addresses the needs of minority young women ages 14-18, in grades 9-12th grades.

The goals of Delta GEMS:

·  To instill the need to excel academically;

·  To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success;

·  To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures – high school and beyond; and

·  To create compassionate, caring, and community-minded young women by actively involving them in service-learning and community service opportunities.

Please email any questions to rca.deltagems@gmail.com. For additional information about the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, please visit https://www.richlandcountydeltas.org/.

2022-2023 Delta GEMS Application



ParentSquare for Parents

StudentSquare for Students

Senior Painted Parking Spots 2022-2023

WATER BASED EXTERIOR LATEX paint is the only type of paint that can be used. Students will also need to leave an approximately four inch unpainted border between the white parking space lines and the paint in their parking spot. Please use blue painters’ tape to ensure this border is accomplished.

The Spring Valley Education Foundation, in conjunction with the administration of Spring Valley High School, is offering a unique opportunity for the Senior students. Seniors are invited to paint their own parking spot to increase school pride and camaraderie. Students are encouraged to express themselves through positive artwork, to beautify the campus, to build school spirit, to begin a Senior tradition. As a byproduct, we believe this fundraiser will increase campus security. Having student’s park in reserved spots can also help identify unwelcome visitors to campus if they park in student spots.

Purchasing a Reserved Senior Parking Space allows the purchasing Senior student to personalize his/her assigned space by painting it. Funds raised will be collected by the Spring Valley Education Foundation to support the educational needs of
Spring Valley High School. Reserving and painting parking spaces is a privilege rather than a right. This fundraising opportunity will benefit many students, as well as provide convenience not previously afforded. “RESERVED” or parking spaces will continue to be available for Senior students who do not wish to purchase and decorate a parking spot.

• Must be current with all fees and charges
• Must have completed Alive at 25 Program
• Must purchase a SVHS parking pass for 2022-2023 school year

Click below for more information and the Application




Richland School District Two Transportation Website

Spring Valley HS Transportation Contact Information

Spring Valley Bus Routes

Attendance Matters Week

This Week In Viking Sports


Any student interested in getting certified in water analysis on September 29, please complete the interest form: Adopt-a-Stream Water Certification Interest Form

Girls Lacrosse Interest Meeting

Boys Soccer Interest Meeting

Greetings, This is Coach McKinney checking in. I hope everyone’s club seasons and/or fall sports have started off well. Get your grades right and reach out if you need anything. Be sure to swing by for the soccer interest meeting for high school soccer in the spring. It’s mandatory for returners and prospective players. #HEART If you haven’t already signed up, please sign up to our app at springvalleyboyssoccer.teamapp.com to keep current with soccer updates.

SVEF Golf Tournament

To join or support the Golf Tournament on September 30th:

Please follow the link below:


After School Tutoring

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We will offer both on-campus and virtual tutoring options this year.  Offering both platforms allows us to provide more options for students to get academic assistance after school.  Please visit the SVHS Tutoring website for a complete schedule of the tutoring opportunities. 

A special thank you goes out to the Spring Valley Education Foundation for funding this important initiative.

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