I am happy that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, and am so excited to welcome you for the 2022-2023 school year here at Sierra Vista here in beautiful Irvine, California. Our students come from neighborhood elementary schools Brywood, Canyon View, Eastwood, Northwood, Santiago Hills, and Stonegate, and they also matriculate from non-traditional feeder schools as well as from all stretches of the globe. No matter where you went for primary school, we are thrilled that you are joining us for a top-notch educational experience here for seventh and eighth grade.
While at Sierra Vista, there are some things to consider so you can make the most out of your experience:
1. Be the best version of yourself – every single day. Know your strengths and just as importantly, know your areas of growth. Work on developing yourself in regards to your academics, behavior, organization, and interpersonal skills.
2. Put yourself out there. Take some risks—join a club, ask questions in class, make new friends, try a new instrument. Remember that middle school is an opportunity for you to take on new challenges. This is a time for you to tap into the YOU that you hope to become.
3. Advocate for yourself. Use your voice to express your needs. Our counseling team is here to help! Remember to use our counselors and our Mental Health Specialist as great resources. Mrs. Toole has students with last names A-K; Ms. Kenney has students with last names L-O; Mrs. McKinnon has students with last names P-Z. Please reach out to staff if you want or need assistance. Others cannot read your mind; please make sure to practice respectfully sharing your wants and needs with classmates and staff.
4. Work hard and work smart! Effort goes a long way, and we want for you to always do your very best. Get organized from the start. Use your planners so you have a system that works for you, and then focus on what you are learning rather than on the grade. Don’t worry about making mistakes. That is how we learn.
5. Have fun! Get involved here at school by participating in activities we will provide during and after the school day. Enjoy being a middle schooler and all that we offer here at Sierra Vista.
These pointers should guide you through your time here, and know that staff will also be here every step of the way to ensure this is a wonderful experience. We look forward to partnering with parents as well so students understand that their home and school lives are intimately connected.
Finally, please remember that you we have a shared responsibility in Charging the Way to ensure all students have the best middle school experience possible.