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High School Course Selection Make-up Days

posted by James Garritson   [ updated ]

Course Selection make-up day will be held on the HIGH SCHOOL campus:
  • SPHS  - make-up day is Saturday, May 6th at SPHS from 8 o'clock until noon in the counseling office on a drop-in basis.
  • OGHS - make-up day is Saturday, April 29th (tomorrow), from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • EHS - Make up Friday, April 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It gives parents who work nights a chance to meet with counselors during the day. Since there are only a dozen or so students attending EHS, counselors will follow up with any student who missed it.

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum: Civil War Re-enactment on March 4th & 5th, 2017

posted Mar 1, 2017, 11:14 AM by James Garritson   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 11:16 AM ]

March 4th & 5th, 2017 
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

AGSEM where Ingenuity, Industry & Arts come ALIVE!

The Annual Civil War Reenactment will take place over two days on March 4th & 5th, 2017, at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista. Civil War reenactment groups from all over California will come together to recreate authentic battle scenes, bringing the sights and sounds of war to life.

Beside the battle reenactments, attendees can expect to see real live cannon fire, period costumes, historical figures, Presidential press conference, soldiers in their camps, infantry and cavalry demonstrations, artillery demonstration, assembly and weapons inspection, and more during the two-day festival.

Battles will be held twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Civil War living history tours will be held throughout the weekend and include demonstrations as well as displays. The museum will also have self-guided walking tours of their collections of antique equipment and offer visitors a selection of food and refreshment.
  • $12.00 - 12+/Adults
  • $10.00 - Seniors 65+
  • 6-12 & Active Duty Military - $7.00
  • Under 6 - Free
  • Family Four Pack ~ Two Adults/Two Children
  • $25.00
  • $5.00 per car
Exhibits & Activities Include:
  • Authentic Battles Daily at 12pm & 3pm 
  • Artillery Demonstration
  • Self-Guided Tours of the Camps 
  • Sutlers selling Civil War Souvenirs
  • Weaving & Spinning Demonstration 
  • Blacksmithing Demonstrations 
  • N' Scale Model Railroad 
  • Museum Gift Shop 
  • Food Booth

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

2017 Celebrating Unity Ball

posted Feb 23, 2017, 9:12 AM by James Garritson   [ updated Feb 23, 2017, 9:14 AM ]

Students will check in with their language arts teachers at the bottom of the MPR ramp. It is a good idea for a student to arrive by 5:30 pm to take pictures and check in with their teacher. Here are the dress requirements as stated in the CUB form:

Dear Bear Valley Eighth Graders,

Your attendance in costume is required at the most important social event of the season. To celebrate the unity of the United States of America, Bear Valley Middle School is hosting the annual Celebrating Unity Ball. This highly memorable and educational event is a student assessment that blends the physical education dance unit with social studies curriculum related to nineteenth century American culture. Students will attend the C.U.B. hosted by their social studies teacher on these two evenings:

Bruin Ball

Friday, March 10th

6 - 8 p.m.

Kodiak Ball

Friday, March 17th

6 - 8 p.m.

The C.UB. requires ladies and gentleman to dress according to the formal fashions of nineteenth century America. Gentlemen must wear their nicest shoes and trousers, button-up dress shirts with collars, and any type of necktie. Gentlemen must also tuck their shirts neatly into their trousers. Vests and coats are also appropriate and strongly encouraged. Ladies must wear long dresses or skirts with blouses. Costume rentals are not required, but rental information is posted below for parents interested in this option. Students can rent dresses for ten dollars or vests with jackets for five dollars from the physical education department. Students will earn history grades based on their attendance in costume and physical education grades based on their participation at the ball.

We are looking forward to seeing all eighth graders attend this event.

Hoping your weekend is richly blessed,

Please help promote and allow your students to vote for the following categories at www.TallySpace.com/vote/bvms

1. Most Spirited
2. Most Scholarly
3. Most Athletic
4. Most Entertaining
5. Most Artistic
6. Most Friendly

The window to vote is from NOW until Friday March 10th. Students can vote by grade level only one time and must log in with student ID. 

Vote NOW on this short list!

Google Classroom & After-School Tutoring

posted Dec 2, 2016, 3:40 PM by James Garritson   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 3:41 PM ]

Dear Parents,

Students will use Google Classroom for two assignments next week. If a student does not have access to a tablet, computer, or Wi-Fi at home, it is my recommendation that he or she attends After-School Tutoring, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. next Monday to Wednesday. Laptops are available and I am also there to help students complete both assignments. Students will use Google Classroom for many more assignments throughout the school year. Tutoring is available Mondays to Wednesdays for most of the remaining school year.

Google Classroom Activation

Hoping you all have a blessed weekend!

2017 Parent Conferences

posted Oct 10, 2016, 12:05 PM by James Garritson   [ updated Oct 14, 2016, 9:02 PM ]

Greetings Parents,

Grades are now complete for the Trimester I Progress Reports. Please review grades with your child to ensure their accuracy. If any quiz or assignment is missing, please ask your child to speak with me on Monday. I look forward to meeting many of you next Wednesday to Friday. 

Wednesday, October 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Friday, October 21, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

The letter that was sent home by Principal Susan Freeman is included below.

Hoping you all have a blessed weekend!

Conference Letter Engligh 16-17.docx

Connect2Compete Computer Distribution

posted Oct 6, 2016, 1:13 PM by James Garritson   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 4:01 PM ]

Dear EUSD Teachers,

Please share this information with parents during your upcoming conferences.

We are excited to host another Connect2Compete computer distribution event with Cox & C2SDK (Computers to San Diego Kids). The event will take place on Tuesday, November 15th from 3:00 - 4:30 at Farr Avenue Elementary School. Low-income families from your site who do not have a computer at home or are not connected to the Internet with Cox, are eligible to pre-register to purchase a refurbished desktop computer for $80 or a refurbished netbook for $100! Families are actually able to register for one netbook per child at home! Our hope is you can identify interested families and share the attached flyer and application. In addition, encourage students to use the computer for learning activities, such as Compass Learning or Google Classroom. Once completed, the application forms should be submitted to the school office and the family liaison will enter the information in the online Google form, in the order they were received. Families can sign up for purchasing a computer, connecting with Cox internet at home, or both.

We need several volunteers to make this event happen!  If you are available on November 15th, please submit this brief Volunteer Form and we'll assign you an easy job.😁

Thank you for helping us get the word out as we continue to bridge the digital divide and connect families!

Gina Baldwin & Krystle Miller


Memorial Day 2016

posted May 27, 2016, 5:58 PM by James Garritson

Please remember those who have given their lives in defense of this nation in honor of Memorial Day. While this holiday was begun as a ceremony honoring or remembering the soldiers who lost their lives during the American Civil War, it now now honors the memories of all Americans who laid down their lives. Memorial Day also unofficially begins the start of summer, which symbolically ends on Labor Day. Students now have less than two weeks of school remaining, so please remind them to keep their focus on academia. 

Hoping you all have a blessed Memorial Day weekend!

The origin of Memorial Day

Steve Reichert - Ronald Reagan Memorial Day Video

Trimester II Progress Reports and the 2016 C.U.B.

posted Jan 21, 2016, 4:41 PM by James Garritson   [ updated Jan 21, 2016, 4:49 PM ]

Bear Valley Middle School

7th Annual 2016 Celebrating Unity Ball

Dear Parents,

Students have now completed over half of the school year and are nearing their high school destinations. Progress reports should arrive this weekend. As most are aware, a Celebrating Unity Ball is coming to Bear Valley next month. Students have not yet received a handout, but information about the event is located on the 2016 C.U.B. Letter page. We hope some parents or relatives might volunteer to decorate, serve, or clean up at the conclusion of the C.U.B. 

My Best!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years in 2016!

posted Dec 18, 2015, 5:49 PM by James Garritson

As Students leave school for their two week and one day break, I hope all of you will have a blessed time with family and friends. Students will begin an in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights upon returning from break on January 5th. I will see you all next year. 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Desperate Crossing Historical Narrative - Google Classroom

posted Dec 11, 2015, 5:28 PM by James Garritson   [ updated Dec 11, 2015, 5:29 PM ]

Students are working on Desperate Crossing Historical Narrative in their Google Classroom account. It is important that they have a draft completed by Monday, December 14th. They have one more week of school until the Winter Recess. All narratives must be turned in using Google Classroom. This new management tool helps both students and teachers better manage digital files. There are still some students who have not logged into their Gogle Apps for Students account to Join my Google Classroom. Here are the illustrated instructions:

Google Classroom Activation

Hoping you all have a blessed weekend,
James Garritson

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