2016-17 SVMS Teacher of the Year and
Winner of the Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award
Mr. Jonathan Millers
Congratulations to Sierra Vista Middle School’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year, Mr. Jon Millers. Mr. Millers currently teaches GATE US History and our Speech/Debate elective course. Additionally, this summer, Mr. Millers received the prestigious Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award, worth $10,000, at this year’s Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Washington, D.C. This honor is bestowed upon one junior division (middle school) and one senior division (high school) teacher annually. The recipient of the national award is selected from the affiliate winners of the prize. National History Day has affiliates in all fifty states, Washington, D.C., China, Korea, Guam, South Asia, Central America, and American Samoa. Millers became eligible for the prize after winning California’s Junior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award.
Mr. Millers has participated in National History Day – California (NHD-CA) for nine years. NHD-CA, sponsored by the Sacramento County Office of Education, is one of the largest state history competitions in the nation. Each year more than 40,000 students from 28 counties explore historical topics and create projects that are entered in school, district, and county competitions. County champions advance to the annual state wide contest which includes more than 1,200 participants.
“Mr. Millers has a love for history and seeing students engaged in learning,” said NHD-CA State Coordinator Craig Irish. “His passion is evidenced by the students who pack his classroom each day during lunch and before and after school to work on their history projects. We are proud to have Mr. Millers represent California as the Junior Division Behring Teacher of the Year.”
As an 8th grade History teacher, Millers engages his students with hands on activities such as historical court case reenactments, or encouraging students to adopt the persona of a historical figure. Sierra Vista began participating in the National History Day Contest as an extracurricular activity. However, after seeing its effectiveness to improve student skills in research, use of technology, reading, and writing, it was decided to expand the program. It is now a key component in the school curriculum. The annual school presentation of these projects draws more than 300 attendees, including former students who offer advice to the next generation of National History Day Contest participants.
Congratulations Mr. Millers!!
Alternate Identity Self Portrait- Advanced Art 2016
Harvest Cup Champions!!
Congratulations to both of our Harvest Cup teams. The Girls team defeated Jeffrey Trail and South Lake over the weekend. The Boys team beat Jeffrey Trail, Lakeside, and South Lake in the final to retain the Harvest Cup trophy for Sierra Vista. Way to go Chargers!!
Check out the amazing Notan-inspired designs our Exploring Art students have created:
Sierra Vista Middle School Student Directory
PTSA is preparing the 2016-2017 student directory for Sierra Vista Middle School.During registration, many parents chose to share their contact information with the PTSA. Your information for the school directory will be obtained from Aeries (parent portal) unless otherwise indicated below. If you wish to OPT-OUT from having your information published in the directory, please email us at email@example.com before October 31, 2016.
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PTSA members get a free copy of the school directory. Join the PTSA today!!
Do you have a business you would like to advertise reaching over 2,000 students and their families? Advertising is now available in the 2016-17 Sierra Vista MS directory. If interested, please contact the Brenda Rossberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Traffic Safety Reminders
*Please discuss these important safety reminders with your student if they walk or ride their bike to/from school.* For their safety and the safety of others, students need to follow all traffic safety laws when traveling to and from school. This is especially important for students crossing major intersections (ex: Palo Lado/Irvine Blvd, Westwood/Bryan).
- Reminders for students WALKING to/from school:
- Wait at traffic signals (do NOT cross when time has run out)
- Use crosswalks and cross completely (do NOT cut through the intersection diagonally)
- Stay on the sidewalk
- Watch for vehicles and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
- Reminders for students RIDING BIKES/SKATEBOARDS to/from school:
- Wait at traffic signals
- WALK bikes across the crosswalk
- Ride on the right side of the road
- Use crosswalks and cross completely (do NOT cut through the intersection diagonally)
- Watch for other vehicles and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
- Students MUST wear a helmet
Interested in Volunteering with PTSA?
The SVMS PTSA is looking for volunteers for various events throughout the school year. If you would like to volunteer, check out the link below! One of the first events is the SVMS PTSA Direct Donation Fundraiser – please see the FLYER for details.
Volunteer Opportunities: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4da5a72aaaff2-svms
Traffic/Parking Lot Safety Reminders
- Please drive SLOWLY while entering, exiting, and driving through our lot and surrounding neighborhood
- Please be vigilant and respectful of other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians
- Please observe & comply with directional arrows in entrances and aisles
- Please do not stop your car in a through lane
- Please do not park your car in a drop off lane
- Please do not block the bus lane
- Drop off your children at the white curb or near the pedestrian crossing zone in the second aisle
- Consider having your child walk, ride a bike/scooter, or meet at a (slightly) off campus location to decrease congestion in our lot!
Bicycle licenses are required for ALL bicycles parked on IUSD campuses, registration is free to all Irvine residents, and Irvine Municipal Code requires ALL bicycles be licensed in the City of Irvine. If your student rides a bike to or from school, you must register it with the Irvine Police Department. This helps to prevent theft and to return stolen bicycles to the correct owner. Attached are flyers on how families can register bicycles and tips for bike theft prevention.
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Sierra Vista Shines at National History Day Competition
Sierra Vista Middle School students, Frances K. and Michelle K., received first-place honors in the Junior Group Documentary Category during the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, held from June 14 to 18 at the University of Maryland in College Park. Their documentary was titled “Henry Ford: Driving America Into the Future,” and their teachers were Barbara Hall and Jonathan Millers.
More than 500,000 elementary, middle and high school students from the U.S. and beyond take part in National History Day competitions at the local, state and national levels each year, conducting extensive research based on a yearly theme before submitting complex projects in the form of papers, exhibits, performances, websites and documentaries. School competitions are held in the winter, followed by county and state contests.
In May, California’s National History Day event was held at William Jessup University in Rocklin, drawing more than 1,161 students from 25 counties. Fifteen of those students ultimately got the chance to bring their projects to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest. This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy in History.”
Way to go Frances and Michelle!!
Sierra Vista Sent Only OC Student to Compete
in National Spelling Bee
Sierra Vista Middle School Student Sarika R. was the only Orange County student to qualify for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland. Sarika participated in a written vocabulary test and two rounds of preliminary oral examination. She was one of only 285 students nationwide to participate in this prestigious competition.
While Sarika did not advance to the semifinals, she has received a great deal of local attention for her incredible accomplishment. She has been featured in two Orange County Register articles and her class was able to watch her compete live on ESPN.
Congratulations to Sarika for job well done!
SVMS Lip Dub
"Peter and the Wolf"
This is a collaborative piece created by our Electives Department. Enjoy!
The making of... "Peter and the Wolf"
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