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SVGS Students 3rd Place in GIS

Congratulations to SVGS seniors, Campbell Thompson and Kaylee Mills, who earned third prize in the JMU GIS Map Contest!

JMU received 79 entries for their Geospatial Semester Map Contest this year from across Virginia.

Click here to see their project.  These ladies analyzed the location of volleyball hits of their opponents in order to determine a more effective defense.

Click JMU Geospatial Semester 2016-17 Contest Winners to see more.

“The Geospatial Semester is a unique partnership between high schools in Virginia and the Integrated Science and Technology department at James Madison University (JMU).  High school seniors participating in the Geospatial Semester take classes on geospatial technology in their home school and can earn credit from JMU.  A key aspect of the program is a focus on local projects connecting students, technology, and their community.

The Geospatial Semester  is designed to offer options to high school seniors to keep them engaged in their final semester(s).  The students are given a chance to broaden their horizons by learning a cutting-edge technology and applying it to explore a local issue.  Students build spatial thinking and project management skills as they begin the transition from secondary education to higher education or the workplace.”

Source: JMU ISAT Geospatial Semester webpage – http://www.isat.jmu.edu/geospatialsemester/index.html

REMINDER: Sign-up for SUMMER MUSIC CAMPS Due May 15

The 1st Annual Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School Summer Music Camp will be held at the Governor’s School in Fishersville! There are two different sessions offered: “Join the Circle, Get in the Line: Traditional Appalachian Music and Dance” – June 5-8 and “Music Theory and Composition” – June 12-15. All sessions are from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. SEE BRIEF VIDEO HERE!

The Summer Music Camp is a day camp for rising 8th-12th graders in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.  No audition is required but basic music fluency is assumed.

Students will participate in musical enrichment opportunities and receive instruction to enhance musical performance skills. This summer music experience promises to be both highly rewarding and very enjoyable!

For more information, contact Lee Ann Whitesell, Director of SVGS at 540-245-5088 or whitesell@svgs.k12.va.us.

All registration forms and payment in full are due to SVGS no later than May 15, 2017. Tuition for the June 5-8 session is $75 and tuition for the June 12-15 session is $50. Fees for students with special financial considerations may be adjusted or waived.  Payments may be mailed to SVGS 49 Hornet Rd., Fishersville, VA 22980.

SIGN UP NOW!

Click here to register.

Registration deadline: May 15

Join the Circle, Get in the Line:  Traditional Appalachian Music and Dance

June 5-8, Monday – Thursday, 9-noon. (Public dance will be Thursday evening the 8th.)

This workshop is an invitation to those with an interest in playing the traditional music of our Appalachian region to partake in a unique opportunity to appreciate the vital role that the musicians play in supporting traditional dance.

The workshop will culminate in a social dance (contra and square) open and promoted to the public, for which the students have the thrill of playing alongside established traditional musicians and dance callers from the area!

Basic fluency on an instrument (i.e. fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, other strings, piano/keyboard) is assumed. Most wind instruments can be accommodated.

Led by Bill Wellington, well-known storyteller, folk musician, dance caller, teacher and recording artist. and Jim Harrington, involved in several area bands, including Wanda and The White Boys, Rhythm Road, WheelHouse, and Balancing Act.

Tuition: $75

 

Music Composition & Theory

June 12-15, Monday – Thursday, 9-noon

In this workshop you will gain new insights into the basics and rewards of composing your own original music and songs. As the week progresses you will have various short assignments to compose, and by the end of the week you will have composed a 16-measure piece for up to eight instruments!

One or more working composers will visit the workshop and show you their compositions and “tricks of the trade”. Musecore, a free composing software app, will be used.  Laptops will be available during the workshop if needed.

Led by Richard Adams, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, playwright, producer, and recording/audio engineer. Widely traveled to teach and perform, he has composed the music and created the soundtracks for musicals, and composed and arranged for both instrumental and choral ensembles.

Tuition: $50

For 2017-18 Accepted Students and their Parents

To help you with course selections and answer any remaining questions you might have prior to signing the “Memo of Understanding,”  I will be available on Monday, April 17, and Thursday, April 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at SVGS to assist all accepted students.  I will make a brief formal presentation beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m., followed by time for group and individual questions. Several teachers will also be available during those times to help you with specific course decisions.

Additionally, you and your parents may schedule an appointment to meet with me at your convenience as needed.  However, if at all possible, the formal presentation on April 17 or 20 would be best for you to attend to obtain different viewpoints on your questions from SVGS teachers as well as from me. I will also meet with students individually at their high schools to review and assist them in course selections during the week of April 17.

Attached to this letter are several very important forms.  The “Memo of Understanding” needs to be completed and returned to your high school counselor by Wednesday, April 26The “Course Pre-Registration” form needs to be completed and returned to your counselor no later than Wednesday, May 10.

SVGS IMPORTANT DATES FOR NEW STUDENTS

DATE WHAT WHERE
Monday, 4/17

OR Thursday, 4/20

 

Information Session

for New Students and Parents

6:30 -7:30 p.m.

SVGS
Wednesday, April 26  

DUE

“Memo of Understanding”

High School Counselor
Beginning week of

Monday, April 17

 

Meet with students individually at their schools to complete course registration

(Counselors will schedule and notify students of time and date)

High School Counseling Office
Wednesday, May 10  

DUE

Course Pre-Registration Form

High School Counselor
Thursday, June 1  

BRCC Placement Testing*

*BRCC Placement test required ONLY for enrollment in Calculus, Humanities I, Humanities II, Intro to Theater and Art History for DE credit.

 

Students planning to enroll in these courses must complete the appropriate placement test no later than June 1.

 

Placement testing can be done at SVGS, at BRCC or some of your home schools.  If you wish to take the test at SVGS, please call to set up at a time.

SVGS

 

 

June 1  

SVGS Course Selections & Enrollment  Finalized

SVGS
July 1  

Information Available On-Line

Tuition Invoice Mailed

SVGS
August 7-8  

ORIENTATION

*8:30 – 3:00 on Monday, August 7

**7:38 -10:52 on Tuesday, August 8

*Mandatory attendance for all new SVGS students

**Orientation to regular class schedule

 

SVGS
August  9 1st Day of SVGS for Returning Students SVGS
 

August 17

 

 

Open House-

Arts & Humanities

6:30 pm  – 7:30 pm

SVGS
 

August 21

 

 

Open House-

STEM

6:30 pm  – 7:30 pm

SVGS

 

SVGS Summer Music Camps

 

The 1st Annual Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School Summer Music Camp will be held at the Governor’s School in Fishersville! There are two different sessions offered: “Join the Circle, Get in the Line: Traditional Appalachian Music and Dance” – June 5-8 and “Music Theory and Composition” – June 12-15. All sessions are from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. SEE BRIEF VIDEO HERE!

The Summer Music Camp is a day camp for rising 8th-12th graders in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.  No audition is required but basic music fluency is assumed.

Students will participate in musical enrichment opportunities and receive instruction to enhance musical performance skills. This summer music experience promises to be both highly rewarding and very enjoyable!

For more information, contact Lee Ann Whitesell, Director of SVGS at 540-245-5088 or whitesell@svgs.k12.va.us.

All registration forms and payment in full are due to SVGS no later than May 15, 2017. Tuition for the June 5-8 session is $75 and tuition for the June 12-15 session is $50. Fees for students with special financial considerations may be adjusted or waived.  Payments may be mailed to SVGS 49 Hornet Rd., Fishersville, VA 22980.

SIGN UP NOW!

Click here to register.

Registration deadline: May 15

 

Join the Circle, Get in the Line:  Traditional Appalachian Music and Dance

June 5-8, Monday – Thursday, 9-noon. (Public dance will be Thursday evening the 8th.)

This workshop is an invitation to those with an interest in playing the traditional music of our Appalachian region to partake in a unique opportunity to appreciate the vital role that the musicians play in supporting traditional dance.

The workshop will culminate in a social dance (contra and square) open and promoted to the public, for which the students have the thrill of playing alongside established traditional musicians and dance callers from the area!

Basic fluency on an instrument (i.e. fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, other strings, piano/keyboard) is assumed. Most wind instruments can be accommodated.

Led by Bill Wellington, well-known storyteller, folk musician, dance caller, teacher and recording artist. and Jim Harrington, involved in several area bands, including Wanda and The White Boys, Rhythm Road, WheelHouse, and Balancing Act.

Tuition: $75

 

 

Music Composition & Theory

June 12-15, Monday – Thursday, 9-noon

In this workshop you will gain new insights into the basics and rewards of composing your own original music and songs. As the week progresses you will have various short assignments to compose, and by the end of the week you will have composed a 16-measure piece for up to eight instruments!

One or more working composers will visit the workshop and show you their compositions and “tricks of the trade”. Musecore, a free composing software app, will be used.  Laptops will be available during the workshop if needed.

Led by Richard Adams, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, playwright, producer, and recording/audio engineer. Widely traveled to teach and perform, he has composed the music and created the soundtracks for musicals, and composed and arranged for both instrumental and choral ensembles.

Tuition: $50

 

 

 

SVGS Math Modeling Team Recognized

A special congratulations to the students who participated in the Mega Moody Math Challenge!  Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School received an Honorable Mention putting the team’s solution in the top 8% of all solutions submitted nationally.   A team prize of $1,000 associated with the recognition of their solution.

Team members were Joyner Miller, Olivia Hathaway, Affan Syed, Sadie Garber, Nathaniel Shields.  Thanks to Mr. Tyler for guiding the team.

Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest for high school juniors and seniors. Through participation, students experience what it’s like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in industry. The Challenge is sponsored by The Moody’s Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and awards $150,000 in scholarships each year.