February Students of the Month

SVHS student of the Month
Congratulations to our students of the month!

Four Spring Valley High School students have been recognized as students of the month. Students were nominated for various reasons, recognized by teachers for being outstanding in representing SVHS in many different ways. Nominated students were invited to join the Kenova Rotary Club for lunch and a recognition ceremony February 12, 2016.

* Nick Bowen, a freshman, was recognized by Mr. James Caudill and Ms. Lori Murray. It was noted that every day, Nick gives his work all of his attention. He strives to be the best at whatever he does, and Nick is truly a leader among his peers.

* Lakin Wellman, a sophpomore, was recognized by Ms. Jesse Dials. Lakin is a model student, always willing to help her peers. She is always polite and prepared.

* Jacob Cumm, a junior, was recognized by Ms. Amy Wolfe. Ms. Wolfe says that Jacob is always smiling. He has the best possible attitude, and he is a “top-notch” student.

* Amber Vaughn, a senior, was recognized by Ms. Marsha Blain. Ms. Blain notes that Amber is a leader during preps for pro-start activities. She was a very important part of a recent bake sale to bring awareness to breast cancer and support an SVHS staff member who was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Calendar Changes

There were several changes announced this week for the Wayne County School Calendar.

March 24th is now an OSE day and on March 25th there is no school.

In addition we have lost OSE days on April 8th, 15th, and 22nd to make up for snow days.

See the updated school calendar for additional details.SVHS calendar link

Technology Survey Link

Students and Teachers,

Here a link to the survey we are to complete in homeroom today.

Technology Survey link

We really appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.  The responses we get will better help the county to know how to better support instructional technology and infrastructure.

If students are absent today or miss taking the survey for any reason, please complete this at your earliest opportunity. Asus Transformer

SVHS students in Congressional Art Exhibition Competition

Congratulations to the following SVHS art students who will have their work displayed in the WV Cultural Center from Feb. 19th through April 12th:

Taylor Brumfield
Paige Holland
Baylie Kearns
Erin Ferry
Alli Peters
Kerrigan Phelps
Hannah Ray
Elizabeth Rickman
Dakota Sanders
Michael Smith
Emily Thompson
Natalie Daugherty
Elizabeth Mitchell
Micayla Runyon

These students are up against other art students from around the state in the Congressional Art Exhibition Competition. The winners will be announced Feb. 19th.

Track sign-ups and Conditioning Available


Any student who is interested in signing up for track can do so in the main office.

Pre-season conditioning for track is available for all boys and girls interested in participating.

The boys will be conditioning with the football team on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday after school in the weight room.  See Coach Dingess to be assigned a group.

The girls will be conditioning in the weight room on Monday at 5:30 and Wednesday right after school. See Coach Kenny Burner to be assigned a group.

Any student interested in participating in the conditioning must have a valid physical completed before beginning.

Official track practices will begin Monday Feb. 28th @ 5pm.

Senior Salute Application Available

Senior Salute represents the leaders and role models of our school; the best of the best. These are students that have participated and succeeded in academics, extra-curricular activities, and community service. In order to apply and compete for this award, the senior must first have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better.

If the student does have the grade point average to apply, he or she must complete and turn in the Senior Salute application by the deadline of February 19, 2016 no later than 3:00 pm. Students may turn applications in any time before then.  All applications must by typed and given to Assistant Principal Mr. Ferguson.

Download the Senior Salute Application for additional information.

Here is a direct download link if you are having difficulty downloading the application

JROTC drill team state champions!!!


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The Spring Valley High School JROTC Drill Team members are the first West Virginia State Drill Champions.  They won the state Drill competition at Lincoln County High School on Saturday, January 16th.  First place honors included Advanced Color Guard, first year cadet Color Guard, Armed Platoon Exhibition, Unarmed Platoon Exhibition, Armed Regulation Platoon, and Unarmed Regulation Platoon Drill.  The team also earned third place in Armed Regulation Squad Drill and Armed Platoon Inspection.  Individual honors go to Emily O’Neal, 1st place Armed Knockout; Brettina Jeffers, 6th place Unarmed Knockout, and Tyler Lyons, 9th place Armed Knockout.

Drill competitions consist of military regulation close order marching of squad and platoon formations, marching with the National Colors, inspection of formations, as well as non-regulation exhibition routines with and without rifles.  Armed exhibition routines are similar to Army and Marine Corps silent drill teams where units march and spin rifles in unison.

This year is the first time that the West Virginia Department of Education has sanctioned JROTC Drill, Raider, and Rifle competitions as state championships.  The state Raider competition will be at Spring Valley High School on March 19th.  The state Rifle competition will be February 20th at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg


Lori Murray – Dec. Teacher of the Month with Q&A

Congratulations to Ms. Lori Murray for being voted December Teacher of the Month by the SVHS Faculty Senate.

Lori Murray, SVHS Dec. 2015 Teacher of the Month
Lori Murray, SVHS Dec. 2015 Teacher of the Month

Question and Answer with Ms. Murray

1. What subject(s) do you teach?
World History Honors, AP US, Civics
2. What made you want to become a teacher? I love to learn and to have fun and being a teacher lets me do both everyday.
3. Why do you teach?
My hope is that through my students I will shape our nation in a positive way. There is nothing more wonderful than to witness the moment when a student finally understands a concept or for the first time realizes that learning and knowing is possible for them.
4. Describe a memorable teaching experience(s)
Everyday in my classroom with my students is a memorable teaching experience.
5. What is your philosophy of teaching?
I want my students to learn not just pass a test.

Lori Murray lives in Kenova, WV and is happily married with three very inquisitive children. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. Anything having to do with water or soccer is at the top of her fun list!

Ms. Murray loves her job and is extremely blessed by it everyday!