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Music Happenings

The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, along with special guest Scioto Sound, would like to invite you to the winter music concert.  The concert will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6:00pm in the USV auditeria.  There will also be a bake sale supporting USV Ram Band Uniforms fund.  If you are able and willing to donate toward the bake sale, please bring all items to the Auditeria by 5:00pm on Wednessday, November 29th.  100% of the proceeds will go toward the new USV Rams Band uniform jackets.

Grades 5 - 12 Winter Music Concert featuring the bands and show choir will be, Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:00pm in the USV Auditeria. 
Veterans Day

On Friday, November 10, the Upper Scioto Valley students and staff got to serve those who define the word service. Local veterans were treated to a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon and fried apples prepared by the Henderson family, owners of the 235 Grill of Alger, and served by the honor society.

Following breakfast, there was a school-wide assembly which included musical selections by the USV band as well as the students in the sixth grade, poetry readings by fifth-graders Chelsea Jordan and Olivia Nolting and personal, patriotic essays delivered by eighth-grader Jake Bushong regarding respect for veterans today and every day and senior Miranda Holbrook citing the life lessons of service, sacrifice, selflessness, bravery, and courage from a veteran very near and dear to her heart, her grandfather.  FFA president Garrett Royer announced the Veterans’ Wall to be created in the USV cafeteria is currently underway and seniors Julieann Castle, Miranda Holbrook Trey Risner, and Miranda Webb shared a slide show highlighting each branch of our armed forces and the values of our military. 

The keynote address was given by Mrs. Velma Scott, a retired USV teacher, who spoke about her grandson, Navy SEAL Commander Seth Stone. Mrs. Scott explained that her grandson and all the veterans in attendance were being honored for a life of service as part of the armed forces. She said that Commander Stone often explained that his desire to serve was for the love of this country. Mrs. Scott also said that her grandson often told her that “the best life is one lived in service for others.” Mrs. Scott reiterated that Commander Stone had a strong character, faith and determination which she attributed, at least in part to the years he spent at USV schools and in this community.

Following Mrs. Scott’s address, each veteran in attendance was individually recognized for their service, as well as those actively serving, and a moment of silence was held before sophomore Evan Lyle played “Taps”. The assembly ended with the USV band playing “Hymn to the Fallen” from the motion picture Saving Private Ryan. Many institutions held gatherings for veterans on Friday, and at USV, the students and staff are honored to have served as one of them.

To view pictures from this even please click here. 
USV Board Seat Opening

The Upper Scioto Valley Board of Education seeks applicants to fill the expiring term of board member Mrs. Nancy Osborn, who will fulfill her responsibilities as a board member on December 31, 2017

The board will begin interviewing candidates soon and must name a replacement by January 30, 2018.  The newly appointed member will serve until December 31, 2019.  If the appointed member desires to continue serving, he or she must run in a November 2019 general election.

Mrs. Nancy Osborn has served with integrity on the Upper Scioto Valley Board of Education since August of 2012. She serves as representative for USV to the Ohio Hi-Point Board. She also serves on the USV Student Achievement, Food Service and Transportation committees. She has approached her duties as a board member with professionalism and sincerely strives to do what is best for the students. Her service to USV is greatly appreciated and she will be sorely missed.  She is planning to devote more time to her family for many years to come.

Those interested in serving on the Upper Scioto Valley Board of Education should download and print the application from the school website at Or, if you prefer you may visit the school for a paper copy. All completed applications must be returned to Treasurer Gratz, who serves as secretary to the board, PO Box 305 McGuffey, Ohio 45859, by December 1, 2017.

According to Ohio law, people serving on Ohio school boards must be at least 18 years old, district residents and registered voters.

The Board will review all applications, select candidates and conduct interviews beginning the week of December 4th. The Board plans to announce its decision on the replacement at its meeting in January.

Upper Scioto Valley School District serves 432 students in one building in McGuffey, Ohio.

Honor Roll
Congratulations to all who made USV's first nine weeks Prinipal list and honor roll!     High School and Junior High   
Donkey Basketball
The USV Athletic Boosters will be sponsoring the first annual Donkey Basketball on Friday November 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Allen East Community Center in Harrod. Presale tickets are 6.00 each and can be purchased in the high school office or by contacting Tera Howard. Tickets at the door will be $8.00 each. If you are interested in entering a team to play donkey basketball please contact Tera Howard at 567-204-4912 or you can contact any athletic booster member. Each team will consist of 8 members. Cost per team is $200.00 which is non-refundable.  
We will be celebrating Red Ribbon drug free week October 23rd-27th.

Monday:  Lei off drugs - wear Hawaiian or beach clothes.
Tuesday:  Drugs are old school - wear clothes from any past decade  50s,60s,70s,80s,90s.
Wednesday: Team up against drugs- Wear your favorite team jersey.
Thursday:   Drugs are to scary to mess with- Wear school appropriate Halloween outfits.
Friday:  Stand together as one against drugs - wear ram spirit clothes , red and black.  

A Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the USV library from October 25 to November 3, 2017.  Open from 8AM to 3:30 PM.  The book fair will also be open during the two evenings of parent-teacher conferences.   Support the USV students and encourage your own children/grandchildren to read!  Many popular titles available for all ages from pre-school through high school.  

Wild West Book Fair! 
Oct 16      Mustache Monday
Oct 17      Toe-tally Tuesday   (wear crazy socks)
Oct 18      Wild West Wednesday   (wild hair!  or cowboy hat)
Oct 19      Boots & Buckles   (wear cowboy boots, western or show belts)
Oct 20      No School
Oct 25      Book fair starts

Parent teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, November 2 from 3:30pm to 6:45pm.  Please fill out this form if you have a middle school or high school student or call the high schools office at 419-757-3231.

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