Art Students Honored
Two students from Upper Scioto Valley High School had their work honored at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Laura Bentley, a senior, earned a silver key for her colored pencil drawing “Siblings by Blood, Friends by Choice, “and Crystal Brown, a junior, received a gold key for her scratch Board “Whoo?”. 
Job Posting
The Upper Scioto Valley School District has an opening for a custodial position. Qualified and interested persons should apply in writing to the Office of the Superintendent 510 S. Courtright St., P.O. Box 305, McGuffey Ohio 45859 by the close of business on February 4, 2015. 
Board of Education
Due to the resignation of Upper Scioto Valley Board Member Spencer Williams, who is taking a position of employment in Columbus, a board of education vacancy exists. Any USV district resident interested in serving the remainder of Mr. Williams’s term should present a letter of interest to the USV school administrative offices on or before 4:00 pm, Friday January 30.  
Calamity Days
USV Community,
Monday, January 12, was our fifth and final “calamity day”.
If we have to cancel school again, for the sixth cancellation, that day will be an “E-day”. Students will be receiving school work to complete, either on line or in packets sent home with the children.
Should there be a seventh day of cancellation, that day will be “made up” on Monday, February 16.
We don’t like to miss days of instruction, but student safety comes first. Over the past three years, when we did not exceed our calamity days, overall student academic growth averaged over 1.5 years, based on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
Last year we lost 14.4 days of instruction out of 178, due to calamity days and delays. We had just over 88% of a scheduled school year where teachers and students were able to have instruction and interaction. While overall student academic growth was one year and one month, based on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, it fell short of the year and a half of growth we had the previous two years.
Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind to us the rest of the school year.
Respectfully,
Dennis Recker, Superintendent
 
Reverse Raffle
The Athletics Boosters will hold the annual reverse raffle fundraiser on April 18th.  Purchase a ticket at all HS home basketball game or contact Bridget Moots or Lori Lowery by calling the school.  Tickets are $100 and include 2 meals plus an entry to win the $5000 pot.  If winner is not present the will receive half of the prize money.  The money raised will benefit all USV athletic programs. 
Closings and Delays
The text messaging system we use for the closings and delays is working once again.  If you have not enrolled please follow this link to subscribe.  We will also still be posting our updates on DRUND, along with our website and other local media stations. 
In Memory Of Bud Risner
The USV Athletic Boosters are selling Bud # 1 Fan T-Shirts, If you would like to purchase one they are $5 and due Dec 17.  Please fill out this form and return to the office along with your payment.  Please wear them to the game on Dec. 20.  
21st Century Program
The 21st Century Program will continue after Christmas Break and start Session II on January 7.
The 21st Century Program will continued to be offered in the mornings and evenings.
*Program times in the mornings are during Zero Period (8:05-8:50)
Mondays and Tuesdays will offer a Career Prep class
Wednesdays and Thursdays will offer Credit Recovery, ASVAB Prep, and ACT Prep – through Plato
Fridays will offer a sports, health, and nutrition component in the Field House
*Program times for the After School are 3:10-4:40 – Snack 3:10-3:20
Mondays and Tuesdays will offer Credit Recovery, ASVAB Prep, and ACT Prep – through Plato
Wednesdays will offer Math tutoring and Homework Help
Thursdays will offer Reading/English tutoring and Homework Help
Session II – January 7 to April 17 (67 days)
Session II will also include Field Trips – During and After School
We are offering $100 incentives and a trip to Cedar Point for students who meet attendance and performance goals.
If you have questions, there will be an Orientation Monday January 12 at 3pm in the Cafeteria with Mr. Huber the Coordinator or you can call the school and speak with Mr. Huber.
 
510 South Courtright PO Box 305 St. McGuffey, Ohio 45859      P 419.757.3231     F 419.757.0135
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