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Important Traffic Safety Reminders

*Please discuss these important safety reminders with your student if they walk or ride their bike to/from school.* For their safety and the safety of others, students need to follow all traffic safety laws when traveling to and from school.  This is especially important for students crossing major intersections (ex: Palo Lado/Irvine Blvd, Westwood/Bryan).

  • Reminders for students WALKING to/from school:
    • Wait at traffic signals (do NOT cross when time has run out)
    • Use crosswalks and cross completely (do NOT cut through the intersection diagonally)
    • Stay on the sidewalk
    • Watch for vehicles and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
  • Reminders for students RIDING BIKES/SKATEBOARDS to/from school:
    • Wait at traffic signals
    • WALK bikes across the crosswalk
    • Ride on the right side of the road
    • Use crosswalks and cross completely (do NOT cut through the intersection diagonally)
    • Watch for other vehicles and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
    • Students MUST wear a helmet


Reflections Art Program

Announcing the Reflections 2016-17 Art Program! This year's theme is“What Is Your Story?”All students are invited to participate and submit original artwork in any or all of six areas: Dance Choreography,Film Production,Literature,Music Composition,Photography, and Visual Arts. You can find more information regarding the program at:

Entries are due by Tuesday, October 11th 4:00 pm at the Front Office. Official Entry Form is attached. Entries selected for the Irvine Unified Council will be notified by Monday, October 31st. If you have any questions,please contact SVMS Reflections Chair, Sandeep Joshi, at  Front of the Line lunch passes for all Participants! And Starbucks Gift Cards to those that make it to the next round!


Interested in Volunteering with PTSA?

The SVMS PTSA is looking for volunteers for various events throughout the school year.  If you would like to volunteer, check out the link below!  One of the first events is the SVMS PTSA Direct Donation Fundraiser – please see the FLYER for details.   

Volunteer Opportunities:


Traffic/Parking Lot Safety Reminders

  • Please drive SLOWLY while entering, exiting, and driving through our lot and surrounding neighborhood
  • Please be vigilant and respectful of other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians
  • Please observe & comply with directional arrows in entrances and aisles
  • Please do not stop your car in a through lane
  • Please do not park your car in a drop off lane
  • Please do not block the bus lane
  • Drop off your children at the white curb or near the pedestrian crossing zone in the second aisle
  • Consider having your child walk, ride a bike/scooter, or meet at a (slightly) off campus location to decrease congestion in our lot!


Bicycle Registration

Bicycle licenses are required for ALL bicycles parked on IUSD campuses, registration is free to all Irvine residents, and Irvine Municipal Code requires ALL bicycles be licensed in the City of Irvine.  If your student rides a bike to or from school, you must register it with the Irvine Police Department.  This helps to prevent theft and to return stolen bicycles to the correct owner.  Attached are flyers on how families can register bicycles and tips for bike theft prevention.


Great job to all students who participated in the Irvine Junior Games at Irvine High School.

Congratulations to our Irvine Junior Games Medal Winners:

Makena P: Bronze in the 100 meter sprint, Silver in the long jump

Myles C: Silver in the 400 meter run, Silver in the 800 meter run

Nadia A: Gold in the 400 meter run, Bronze in the soccer kick

Kamryn S: Silver in the 400 meter run

Kara C: Silver, in the basketball shoot

Jacob T: Gold in the soccer kick

Jennifer F: Silver, soccer kick

7th grade girls: Silver, in the 4x100 relay



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2015-16 IUSD Middle School Teacher of the Year

Henry Miller

SVMS Director of Instrumental Music


Middle School Teacher of the Year is Henry Miller, a Music teacher at Sierra Vista Middle School.  He has been with IUSD for 26 years.

Henry strives to get the best out of every student in his music classes, whether it is a beginner or a highly experienced musician.  His dedication and constructive teaching style have made him a well-liked and respected teacher by students, staff and parents alike.

“I have seen Henry teach for 12 years and have seen his program at Sierra Vista evolve into a program where students not only excel but love making music,” said fellow Sierra Vista Teacher Eric Zuercher.  “The students are learning, having fun and making music at a very accelerated level.”

In addition to Henry’s tremendous work in the classroom, he began volunteer charitable field trips to elementary schools to bring music to students with special needs, called “Giving Bach.”  Under his leadership, his students have formed an award-winning, extra-curricular jazz band.

Through Henry’s leadership, he is inspiring a lifelong love of music in his students and his passion for teaching has had a positive impact on all.

Congratulations Mr. Miller!!

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Winterbowl Congratulations to the 7th Grade IPSF/Matt Leinert Winterbowl 7th Grade Champions from Sierra Vista! Team members:Travis A, Logan L (8), Trey L, Nathan M, Ryan M, Will W, and Souheil M. Way to go Chargers!!



Sierra Vista's Irvine Hoops Girls Basketball Team


Zarina Y, Annabella H, Naomi L, Stephanie C, Erin H,

Alice P, Sarah B, Lauren K, Kara C


Harvest Cup Champions!!

Harvest Cup


Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Harvest Cup teams – both teams are Harvest Cup Champions!  The boys won their final game 3-1 yesterday and the girls scored in overtime to seal the title.  Way to go Chargers!!





Sierra Vista Shines at National History Day Competition

Sierra Vista Middle School students, Frances K. and Michelle K., received first-place honors in the Junior Group Documentary Category during the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, held from June 14 to 18 at the University of Maryland in College Park.  Their documentary was titled “Henry Ford: Driving America Into the Future,” and their teachers were Barbara Hall and Jonathan Millers.


More than 500,000 elementary, middle and high school students from the U.S. and beyond take part in National History Day competitions at the local, state and national levels each year, conducting extensive research based on a yearly theme before submitting complex projects in the form of papers, exhibits, performances, websites and documentaries. School competitions are held in the winter, followed by county and state contests.

In May, California’s National History Day event was held at William Jessup University in Rocklin, drawing more than 1,161 students from 25 counties. Fifteen of those students ultimately got the chance to bring their projects to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest. This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy in History.”

Way to go Frances and Michelle!!


Sierra Vista Sent Only OC Student to Compete

in National Spelling Bee

Sierra Vista Middle School Student Sarika R. was the only Orange County student to qualify for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland.  Sarika participated in a written vocabulary test and two rounds of preliminary oral examination.  She was one of only 285 students nationwide to participate in this prestigious competition.

 Spelling Bee

While Sarika did not advance to the semifinals, she has received a great deal of local attention for her incredible accomplishment.  She has been featured in two Orange County Register articles and her class was able to watch her compete live on ESPN.

Congratulations to Sarika for job well done!


SVMS Lip Dub

Lip Dub


"Peter and the Wolf"

This is a collaborative piece created by our Electives Department. Enjoy!

Peter and the Wolf

The making of... "Peter and the Wolf"

Making Of



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1st Trimester Progress Report

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Staff Day - NO School

October 14

SVMS Dance Party 2:45-4:15

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Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences Super Late Start Students start at 10:30

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