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Southeast Valley Middle School

Southeast Valley Middle School

30850 Paragon Ave., Burnside, IA 50521
Office (515) 359-2235
Office Fax (515) 359-2236

Basic Information

Grades: 5th - 8th
Enrollment: 330
Hours: 8:25 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Principal: Greg Slininger

Secretary: Beth Kisch
Secretary: Dana Housken

Guidance Counselor: Jenny Eckert

Nurse: Joann Lennon





Southeast Valley Middle School News



Burnside Summer Wgt. Room Program

This is for any Southeast Valley student going into grades 7 or above.

Begins on Monday June 4
at Burnside
Weight Lifting in the Weight Room
Monday-Wednesday- Friday
7:30 am

When all are finished in the wgt room, we will offer an open gym.

Sprint/Agility Training on the track (gym if bad weather)
7:30 am

When all are finished with sprints/agility, we will offer open field.

Tentative ending date is Friday, August 3.




Project Citizen Aims to Educate


This year students in eighth grade participated in Project Citizen, a program designed to educate students about local government and the effect their participation can have on it. Eighth grade classes spent several weeks in both English and Social Studies classes learning some of the basics of government, including its purpose as spelled out in the Constitution. After learning some of these basics, students then worked to determine what people felt were problems in the community. Once students had their problems selected, their next step was to research and find several alternatives that could solve the problem. After spelling out the alternatives, the students had to create a proposed public policy that did not violate any rights. Their final step was to create an action plan to implement the policy. All of this information was displayed on exhibit boards as well as in a research binder. On 22 May, students presented their problems and solutions to panels of evaluators made up of local officials including Brian Johnson, school superintendent, Greg Slininger, 5-8 principal, and Kate Peterson, Callendar city official.

Fourteen  projects were presented on such topics as teen pregnancy, wildlife conservation, population control of stray animals and limiting ATVs on roadways. State legislators Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink and Rep. Rob Bacon  were also present to listen to several student presentations after they received invitations from students.

The end of the school year doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the project for students. Students are encouraged to continue pursuing their public policy ideas by contacting local, county and state officials who might be able to implement their policies.

Stray Animals: Natalie Pliner, Rylee Marcus, Madelyn Dutcher and Alexia Boge used their project to study the issue of the stray animal population. They worked with the Almost Home shelter in Fort Dodge to develop a policy.

Teen Pregnancy: Majesta Jordison, Jayden Gardipee, Aliaha Gernhart and Kylee Mapel discussed their project relating to teen pregnancy with SV guidance counselors Danielle Dee and Jenny Eckert. 

Conservation: Senator Tim Kraayenbrink and Representative Rob Bacon were invited by the group presenting their policy of wildlife conservation. Rylie Ferrari, Soren Winkler, Reed Andrews, Asa Haub and Zach Thompson spent time with the legislators discussing their proposed policy and making plans to speak to legislators in the future.



Empowering Families to Grow Together


Empowering Families to Grow Together online series that provides opportunities for the entire family learn to explore positive ways to relate to each other during the transition to the teen years for families with youth who are in 6th grade for the 2017/2018 year. 


This series includes four self-paced modules, with follow-up support from a trained coach who will be there to discuss what you are learning and answer your questions along the way.

Regardless of whether you are smoothly sailing or having a rough ride,  it seems like all parents can use some practical strategies for navigating successfully into the teen years & beyond.

The modules in this series are designed to build on one another, moving from communication, to   creating expectations & structure, to how parents’ behavior matters, to dealing with challenges, all while learning more about each other & growing together as a family. To begin go to: https://triple-s.ppsi.iastate.edu/


2018 National History Day State Competition

On  29 April, SVMS 8th grader Raven Thomas competed in Des Moines at the 2018 National History Day state competition. The theme for this year was “Conflict and Compromise in History.” Raven’s individual exhibit was about the little known, but important, Battle of Towton, a 1461 battle that was part of the English Wars of the Roses.  Raven did major research to learn about her topic and how it is significant in history. Towton was the biggest battle ever fought on English soil, but is not well known since there are very few surviving records. Raven used considerable skills to uncover the latest research and make conclusions about the significance of the battle.


At the state level of competition there are two rounds: preliminary and final. The preliminary round involves an interview with judges who then decide which projects should advance. Raven’s project was one of six in the state to advance to the finals level! At the finals level a totally new group of judges takes over and there is no interview. These judges select two projects to represent Iowa at the national competition. Raven’s project, unfortunately, was not one of the two projects selected. Her finish as one of the top six in the state though is to be commended as her project advanced through four levels of competition.




Raven Thomas, SVMS 8th grader, created this exhibit on the Battle of Towton for the State National History Day competition. 

At the State History Day contest, students have hours of time between their interview and the announcement of results. SVMS students Raven Thomas and Majesta Jordison took advantage of that time to tour the Iowa State Capitol. Rep. John Wills escorted them into the House chamber and let them sit in the Speaker's chair.



Emerging Excellence Art Event



Southeast Valley Middle School had 12 students represented at Emerging Excellence Art Event held in Cedar Falls on Saturday, April 21. This event is sponsored my the Art Educators of Iowa. Students were interviewed by a judge and took part in some art making activities. Students also visited the Waterloo Center of the Arts and toured around the Art Building at UNI. Chloe Hurtado, Meranda Hemmestad, Iris Stimpson, Malaki Gines, Hope Urelius, Caden Konecne, Laython Paterson, and Tatum Crouse receiving a number 2 rating and ribbon.  Kylee Gregory, Majesta Jordison, Jenna Hanson, Rylee Marcus

received a number 1 rating and medal.

Group Photo: 
Front L-R: ‚ÄčTatum Crouse, Lathon Paterson, Rylee Marcus, Chloe Hurtado, Caden Konecne, Malki Gines
Back L-R: Majesta Jordison, Jenna Hanson, Meranda Hemmestad, Kylee Gregory, Iris Stimpson, Hope Urelius‚Äč

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