From the Desk of the Superintendent - 2/11/2016
USV Community, Upper Scioto Valley receives federal funds to support student learning and to improve academic opportunities and academic success for our children. This past fiscal year, we spent these federal funds, called Title Funds, on the following:             IDEA-B (516) – Special Education             IDEA (587) - Early Childhood Special Education These funds are spent on our behalf by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center as part of a consortium to serve Upper Scioto Valley and other local district students. As our administration and staff plan for next year’s use of these funds, if you have any ideas regarding their use, please contact elementary principal Mr. Schneider, 7-12 principal Mr. Hurley, or myself to give us your opinion.  We will also have public input at our Monday, February 22, 2016 Board of Education Meeting. Dennis Recker
 
Kindergarten Registation
The Upper Scioto Valley kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year will be held on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 at the Upper Scioto Valley Local School, McGuffey, Ohio. Times will be between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day. Please call 419-757-3231 extension 4, before March 7, 2016, to register your child for the kindergarten screening. 
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday, February 8th and Thursday, February 11th. We feel it is important to take this opportunity to meet with their child's teacher. Please send this form back or call the office for an appointment. The office phone number is 419-757-3231, and the teachers emails can be found in the staff directory on our website. 
Cheer Clinic
MINI RAM CHEERLEADING CLINIC
January 25-28, 2016 3:30-5:00
PERFORMANCE at HALFTIME of Varsity Game 
USV vs. KENTON basketball game
Saturday, January 30, 2016 Game Starts at 6 p.m. $20 per
participant Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
You may call USV Cheer Coach Lori Lowery if you 
have any questions. 419-757-3231 ext 1116​
Here is the Registration Form  
2nd Nine Weeks Honor Roll
High School and Middle School (Grades 7-12)
Elementary
 
Canned Food Drive
The high school science department sponsored a holiday canned food drive with the assistance of National Honor Society members. 2,514 cans and other non-perishable items were donated to a local food pantry. Thank you to the USV community for your support!​  
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.
 
510 South Courtright PO Box 305 St. McGuffey, Ohio 45859      P 419.757.3231     F 419.757.0135
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