January 2022 Newsletter

Star Valley Middle School

January 2022 Newsletter

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

1/3 – School Resumes

1/3 – Boys Basketball 1st Practice

1/7 – No School Students

1/15 – Boys Basketball @ Evanston 10am

1/21 – No School

1/22 – Boys Basketball @ SVMS 10am

1/22 – Robotics @ Rigby, Idaho

1/27 – Boys Basketball @ SVMS 4pm (A Only)

1/28 – No School

1/29 – Boys Basketball @ Evanston 11am (A Only)

Stay Connected with SVMS

Like us on Facebook  – Star Valley Middle School @svmswarriors

Follow us on Instagram – starvalleymiddleschool

Visit our website – svms.lcsd2.org

*Changes to schedules and events at SVMS are posted on these sites regularly

Yearbook – Yearbook – Yearbook!!

To guarantee a yearbook for the 2021-2022 school year, they need to be purchased by January 31st. Please go to the parent portal on Infinite Campus and select SCHOOL STORE, click on SVMS Yearbook and put it in the cart.  You can also send money with your student to be turned into the office.  If you have any questions, please call the office at 307-885-5208

Don’t forget to send your winter activity pictures to kalin.schwab@lcsd2.org

Warrior Clan Ski Trips for 2nd Quarter Qualifiers will be in February

SVMS will be rewarding the 2nd Quarter Warrior Clan qualifiers with ski trips in February. Eligibility for the ski trips concluded with the first semester on December 23rd. 7th grade qualifiers will go to Pine Creek Ski Area on February 16th, and 8th grade qualifiers will go to Beaver on February 7th.

What are Donut Socials at SVMS?

A celebration of success for academics

Donut Socials are one form of celebration for academic success at Star Valley Middle School. SVMS believes in promoting student academic success on a regular basis. Forms of celebration include: donut socials, dances and warrior clan activities, just to name a few. As a school, we feel it is important to have at least one of these celebrations monthly. Students are encouraged and required to keep their grades in the C range or higher to be able to participate in these celebrations. On January 3rd, a new semester begins. This means a clean start for everyone. 

Robotics is underway and SVMS is excited to announce we will be hosting our own robotics competition at SVMS on Saturday, February 5th. If you would like to volunteer at this event, please reach out to Shirley Johns at sjohns@lcsd2.org. The SVMS Robotics teams will be traveling to Rigby, Idaho, to compete on January 22nd.

Basketball Schedule

Jan 3 – First Practice

Jan 15 – Multiple Schools @ Evanston,  10am

Jan 22 – Jackson, Rock Springs, Montpelier @ SVMS, 10am

Jan 27 – Sugar Salem @ SVMS, 4pm (A Only)

Jan 29 – Jackson, EMS, DMS, SVMS @ Evanston, 11am 

Feb 3 – SVMS @ Rock Springs, 4pm (No parents in building until 4:00pm)

Feb 9 – Jackson 8th @ SVMS, 4pm

Feb 9  – SVMS 7th @ Jackson, 4pm

Feb 12 – SVMS @ Lyman, 10am

Feb 12 – SVMS @ Mt. View, 1pm

Feb 15 – Green River 7th @ SVMS, 3:30pm

Feb 15 – SVMS 8th @ Green River, 3:30pm

Feb 17 – Sugar Salem @ SVMS, 3:30pm (A Only)

Feb 26 – North Conference @ Kemmerer, 9am

Coaches: Garret Lym – Ballard Johnson – Casey Erickson


Nurses Corner

January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. 

Many popular winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice skating, and even sledding can be high risk for concussion or serious brain injury. Every year, thousands of people are treated for head injuries associated with these winter activities, which can be serious or even fatal. Whether you are a parent, sports coach, student, or teacher, it is important to  be able to recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around in the skull, damaging brain cells.

Prevent Concussions with Helmet Safety

A properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by nearly half.

Your child’s helmet should fit properly and be:

  • Well maintained
  • Age appropriate
  • Worn consistently and correctly
  • Appropriately certified for use

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Concussion Signs Observed

  • Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.
  • Appears dazed or stunned.
  • Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent.
  • Moves clumsily.
  • Answers questions slowly.
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly).
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.

Concussion Symptoms Reported

  • Headache or “pressure” in head.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
  • Bothered by light or noise.
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
  • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
  • Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”

Signs and symptoms generally show up soon after the injury. However, you may not know how serious the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. If your child or teen’s concussion signs or symptoms get worse, you should take him or her to the emergency department right away.



Dangerous Signs & Symptoms 

Call 9-1-1 right away, or take your child or teen to the emergency department if he or she has one or more of the following danger signs after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body:

  • One pupil larger than the other.
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up.
  • A headache that gets worse and does not go away.
  • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures (shaking or twitching).
  • Unusual behavior, increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
  • Loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out). Even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously.

For more information about recovering from a concussion, click here.

CLASSY – a continued focus at SVMS

Count Your Blessings – Look for the Good – Acts of Kindness – Self-Motivation – Service – You are Valued

 It is our hope that students will remember the pillars of CLASSY and find use for them in their lives. We hope all students understand their value. Never forget “You Are Valued”. Begin with “I am”… smart, helpful, kind, loyal, fun, honest, hard working, playful, beautiful, etc…

“When you start seeing your worth, you’ll find it harder to stay around people who don’t.” ~ Author, Unknown

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