Christmas Concert
The countdown has begun for the Upper Scioto Valley annual Holiday Program!! On Tuesday, December 1, at 6:00 PM, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes will be singing and playing instruments to prepare us for the winter season. All students will need to be dressed nicely ready to perform at USV in their classroom by 5:45pm that evening. Each grade level will be debuting different elements of their work on bucket drums, recorders, and boomwhackers all while singing some fun holiday songs! A letter should have come home to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students last week!

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please contact Miss Gamble ASAP so we can figure out a solution ahead of time. We look forward to sharing music with all of our friends, families, and supporters on this fun, filled evening of music!! See you on Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00 PM!
Veterans Day
On Wednesday, November 11, the Upper Scioto Valley students, faculty and staff joined together to honor their community veterans. Local veterans were treated to a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon and fried apples donated by the 235 Grill of Alger. Following breakfast, there was a school-wide assembly which included musical selections by the USV band as well as the students in the first and third grades, poetry readings by 5th graders Kennedy Hall and Joe Parker and patriotic essays delivered by 8th grader Gwen Purtee and senior Madison Shrider. Cecily Preston announced the inauguration of the Veterans’ Wall to be built in the USV cafeteria. The keynote address was given by Col. David Kretz, a 1982 Upper Scioto Valley graduate. Mr. Kretz explained to those in attendance that he was once just a kid from USV and now he has a 30 year career in the U.S. Air Force during which he has traveled to more than 30 countries. He went on to talk about someone else who was just a kid from McGuffey, Ohio though. He told of a soldier who voluntarily went into enemy territory, without any cover for himself and single-handedly saved many of his comrades. On the night of April 17th, 1945, he might well have been the most important person in the army. His courage and valor earned him a silver star, the second-highest combat award. This gentleman’s name is William R. Beaman, of McGuffey, Ohio. Among his written citation one would notice several distinguishing things, Col. Kretz remarked. The first is that he voluntarily crossed into enemy terrain. No one told him to do it. The second, his name is underlined each time it is written in the citation. Col. Kretz reminded the students that their name means something, just as Mr. Beaman’s name means a great deal to those who know of him and his accomplishments. Lastly, Mr. Kretz remarked, the citation reads “from McGuffey, Ohio.” Col. Kretz pointed out that where you are from also means something because that community builds your character and shapes you. To paraphrase from Abraham Lincoln, “A man should be proud of the place that he’s from, and that place should be proud of him.” Col. Kretz ended his address by reminding those in attendance to do something for the community – volunteer, remember that your name means something and don’t forget that everyone starts out as just a kid from somewhere. It’s what you do with your life that defines you. Each veteran in attendance was individually recognized for their service, as well as those actively serving, and a moment of silence was held before junior Alex Shirk played “Taps”. The assembly ended with the USV band playing “America the Beautiful” and all veterans were given hand-painted thank you cards from the National Honor Society students.
To view pictures from the veterans day assemble click here.
Picture Retake Day
Picture Retake day will be Wednesday, Nov. 18th.  If you have not ordered pictures you can still do so at 
From the Desk of the Superintendent - 10/28/2015
Technology Coordinator Drew Snow has informed me that we currently have 280 families enrolled in DRUND, which provides family members a view of what individual classes are engaged in during the school day. This is twice the number of last year’s membership. The purpose of DRUND is to create a closer working relationship between families and the classroom teacher in a positive manner. This will then lead to higher performance levels on the part of individual students, classrooms, and the entire district. USV has made significant improvements, thanks to students, teachers, and families supporting our efforts of developing great students. To any family members not enrolled in the DRUND community, please consider doing so. The more we can get everyone engaged in improving student performance in a positive way, the better the educational experience will be. DRUND Community Enrollment Form 
The NED Program
On November 9th, USV elementary will have an assembly for the NED Show.  NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. Teachers love that NED is simple, relatable and kid-focused.  For more information on the program, please follow the NED show ling on the right.   
National Honor Society

On Wednesday, October 21st, the Upper Scioto Valley Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted nine new members. The new inductees were Croft Bauer, Kayla Broseke, Winona Clark, Dakota Cornell, Keaton Cox, Peyton Dyer, Aaron Goubeaux, Tayler Lawrence, and Alexandra Shirk. Induction is based on four criteria- Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character, and all students inducted must demonstrate significant achievement in all four areas. The keynote speaker was Mr. Robert Underwood, an Upper Scioto Valley alum, who explained that the four pillars of the National Honor Society are to be applied in all situations as you go forth in life. Specifically, he narrated a near-death experience in his personal life and how the characteristics of scholarship, service, leadership and character were exhibited by all people of all walks of life because they took the call to action, just as the members of the National Honor Society are charged to do. The 2-year National Honor Society members were also recognized. These members are Corey Wolford, Torey Thacker, Tyler Skidmore, Shelby Purtee, Madison Shrider, Maddison Lowery, Makayla Gayheart, and Crystal Brown. Congratulations to all!

Veteran's Day Breakfast & Assembly

The Upper Scioto Valley Local School District would like to invite all area veterans to be honored and celebrated with breakfast and an assembly on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th. Breakfast will be served by members of the USV National Honor Society in the cafeteria of the high school at 8:30 am and will be followed by a group photo and a school-wide assembly in the field house at 9:45 am. Students of all ages will be participating in the program and our guest speaker will be 1982 alum Colonel David Kretz, Commander, 88th Mission Support Group at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

If you will be able to join us for breakfast, please RSVP to Mrs. Cheryl Hurley in the high school office by Wednesday, November 4th. Please call (419) 757-3231, ext. 2, to make your reservation.

We sincerely hope you are able to join us as we come together to honor all our veterans.
510 South Courtright PO Box 305 St. McGuffey, Ohio 45859      P 419.757.3231     F 419.757.0135
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