Orientation August 8 & 9, 2016

IMG_6117All new students will attend a mandatory orientation week August 10 – 13. During that week, students will learn with what they can expect as a student at SVGS and how to be successful in a different learning environment.  Students will meet their peers from other schools, returning students and teachers.  They will learn to navigate SVGS and use our technology.

Dates and times for SVGS orientation are as follows:

Monday, August 8 8:30 – 3:00 (Lunch will be provided.)
Tuesday, August 9 7:40 – 10:50  (Regular SVGS schedule)

 

Orientation activities focus understanding the academic expectations in their program.  Students will participate in various project/labs, other class activities, have their first assignments and attend a regular day of classes. Activities are designed to help students transition successfully to both a new school and new challenges.

Basic information regarding the orientation schedule, classes and fees will be forthcoming at the beginning of August.

 

 MEET YOUR TEACHING ASSISTANTS FOR August 2016!!!!

These rising SVGS seniors  have volunteered to spend orientation week assisting you in making the move to SVGS!   They completed applications and have spent several days planning activities to help you understand the expectations for students and to help you become a part of an unique community in which to work and learn.   These individuals represent the many strong traditions of achievement and leadership demonstrated by SVGS students and are diverse in their interests, activities, personality and goals and they look forward to meeting new people.


TAYLOR BAUER, Wilson Memorial High School, SVGS STEM

  • Cave Hill Day Camp volunteer
  • Frontier Culture Museum volunteer
  • Participant and leader – Cornerstone Church of Augusta

SVGS philosophy: “I expect my peers to give a genuine effort towards everything they do . . . . I also believe they will not know everything and will need help every now and then.  When that time comes, they will have the maturity to ask for help and the compassion to assist others.”

 

JORDAN HUFFER, Robert E. Lee High School, SVGS Arts & Humanities

  • National Honor Society member
  • Youth Philanthropy Council
  • Lee and SVGS drama

SVGS philosophy:  “I expect my new peers to enter SVGS with respect, not only for their peers but also for the staff and environment . . . . the excitement in the TA’s voices when they were talking about their experiences added so much excitement to coming to this school.”

 

BRENNA KENT, Buffalo Gap High School, SVGS STEM

  • Academic Team member
  • Class President
  • Superintendent’s Award

SVGS philosophy:  “I expect my peers to maintain a positive attitude, to be dedicated, and to be willing to help one another . . . Everyone needs help sometimes and we all understand the workload we have undertaken, so if we cannot look to one another for help and understanding then we probably cannot find it anywhere.”

 

GINNA KILBOURNE, Robert E. Lee High School, SVGS Arts & Humanities

  • National Honor Society member
  • Science Olympiad participant
  • Staunton Academy of Ballet member/volunteer

SVGS philosophy: “Every student should feel privileged to be here . . . . Students must work together to create the environment and the community we are all working in. We must work together to create a place in which we can learn and prosper . . . .”

 

TAYLOR MCNEAL, Buffalo Gap High School, SVGS STEM

  • Academic Team member
  • Superintendent’s Award
  • Class Vice President

SVGS philosophy:  “Students need to be respectful of each other, especially in a learning environment so that every student has the ability to learn as much as they are given the opportunity to.  That includes being supportive of each other and not being judgmental . . . .”

 

 

MAHEK MEHTA, Robert E. Lee High School, SVGS STEM

  • Academic Team member
  • National Honor Society member
  • Future Business Leaders of America participant

SVGS philosophy:  “As an SVGS student, I expect my peers to be not only diligent in their work but also passionate about it.  I expect them to put in as much effort as they can, even when they struggle.”

 

ANNA MILLER, Wilson Memorial High School, SVGS Arts & Humanities

  • National Honor Society member
  • National Art Honor Society member
  • “Excellence in Ceramics” award

SVGS philosophy:  “As an SVGS student, I expect my peers to demonstrate key values that positively contribute to the learning environment.  These values include respect, diligence, and tolerance . . . the students at SVGS respect one another, commit themselves to hard work, and accept others’ ideas, talents, and beliefs.”

 

PARKER ROBSON , Wilson Memorial High School, SVGS STEM

  • National Honor Society member
  • SCA Secretary
  • Captain, Varsity Soccer

SVGS philosophy:  “I believe that everyone should be able to thrive off of each other.  It quickly became evident that I was among people who, like myself, would strive for excellence and had a desire to learn.  Not only do people push themselves to improve, but they push others to improve as well.”

 

 

SOPHIA SHEALY, Wilson Memorial High School, SVGS STEM

  • National Honor Society member
  • Silver medal in Microbiology, Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair
  • Office of International Programs volunteer, James Madison University

SVGS philosophy:  “I expect my peers to take school seriously, respect their teachers, and stimulate learning environments where everyone benefits. Students at SVGS do this on a daily basis.  We help each other, we ask questions, and we are genuinely curious about the world around us.  It makes for thoughtful discussions and fascinating conversations.”

 

CASSIE WHITESELL, Wilson Memorial High School, SVGS STEM

  • National Honor Society member
  • Marching Band, Emerald Regiment
  • Tri-M National Honors Society

 

SVGS philosophy:  “Dealing with stress is hard, but being able to look at things positively and produce a friendly atmosphere is very important. While trying to make the best grades possible, being respectful of others show are also trying is necessary as well . . . . A friendly and fair environment is created by students.”

 

REBECCA WILSON, Buffalo Gap High School, SVGS STEM

  • National Honor Society member
  • National Art Honors Society
  • Second place at Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair

SVGS philosophy: “I realized that all students at Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School could work as a whole to improve upon our community but also improve upon our image for our generation . . . . Being that SVGS students work diligently and with dedication, we have the obligation to lead our generation through example.”

 

 

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