Orientation August 7 & 8, 2017

IMG_6117All new students will attend a mandatory orientation week August 7– 8. 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 7 8:30 – 3:00 (Lunch will be provided.)
Tuesday, August 8 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.


SVGS is need of some volunteers in putting technology in classrooms back together and setting up student work areas and classrooms.  You would be plugging in computers, monitors and checking computers functionality, moving tables and chairs, assisting teachers in getting their classroom ready and helping to organize storage areas.   We will have a SVGS work day on Friday, July 21 from 8 am- 12 pm and hope those available then will volunteer and join us.

To help in planning, to make the most efficient use of everyone’s time, and get the most accomplished, please complete the form found at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEDAJr3g3OrcsGerfUiNngm7GJXu6U9WvdC5v7D2SgUhCfQg/viewform

This is a great opportunity for the SVGS community to work together, for returning students to reconnect with their SVGS classmates, for new students to get familiar with SVGS facility, technology and staff.  Volunteer hours typically count as school service hours if needed.  Thank you for your consideration.

STEM Workshops – August 1-3

Historically, many incoming governor’s school STEM students have struggled with trigonometry concepts in the first semester or have varying comfort levels with general technology and EXCEL. This year, we are offering two special workshops and inviting new students to participate to help them gain the confidence and skills needed to be successful. Get a head start!  These workshops are described below.

For students who want to attend one or both workshops, please click here to  sign-up no later than July 25.

TRIG BLITZ:   Trigonometry plays an important role in physics, math, and engineering from the first week of school and students need to be comfortable with these skills from the outset.

When:  Tuesday, August 1 – Thursday, August 3  from 9-11 a.m. at SVGS

EXPLORATION INTO EXCEL:  EXCEL is a technology used routinely in math, science, research and engineering classes to make multiple calculations and assist in data analysis.

When:  Tuesday, August 1 – Thursday, August 3  from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at SVGS

 MEET YOUR TEACHING ASSISTANTS FOR August 2017!!!! (Information Coming Soon)

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.



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