For many years now, SVAE has been blessed with a special relationship with the Shenandoah County Soccer League (SCCL). Previously, SCCL held all of its games on Sabbath. However, a change was made specifically for our school so that now, all games SVAE teams play in are held on Sunday. SCCL has three levels of play: Under 8 (U-8) for players of little to no experience that are under the age of 8; U-10; and U-13. See the SVAE secretary for registration information.
SVAE fields a co-ed basketball team during the school year for boys and girls in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th. We play low-key games with a handful of other schools with focus on health, doing one’s best, and having fun with others. There’s even an annual game against student parents which is always good for a smile!
Does your child like to tinker with electronics? Do they like to play creatively with hands-on types of games, such as legos, loc blocks, etc.? Or would you like them to learn to do so? Our robotics program, headed by 7th & 8th grade home room teacher Gordon Miller, provides a unique opportunity for students to combine creativity and teamwork with solid technical and planning skills. The robotics team also travels during the school year, and, depending on their success, may even attend the national robotics finals elsewhere in the United States. (Our team thus far has placed as high as 3rd nationally and been featured in the local newspaper!)
SVAE has long been known for the beauty and precision of its English Hand Bell choir. Available to students in grades 6th through 8th, the bell program is one of the gems of our musical program and is one of the only elementary schools in the country to have received an invitation to Ring Fest (the annual national gathering of Adventist high school bell choirs!). The bell choir has traveled extensively up and down the East Coast of the U.S., and has performed frequently at local churches and other venues in the Shenandoah Valley.
SVAE is situated very conveniently for fans of snow sports. Quality skiing and snowboarding is available a mere 35 minutes away at Massanutten Ski Resort, while West Virginia snow sport venues are less than 90 minutes away. Ski Club is open to students of all grade and skill levels with trips occurring regularly (in season) on Sundays at discounted prices.
Good News 101
Too often, we adults find it challenging to share our relationship with Jesus with others. So what if we started teaching our children while they’re still young on ways to effectively share their faith? Good News 101, open to students in the 7th & 8th grade, is designed to do just that. Gail Romeo, SVAE Spiritual Activities Coordinator, meets with these students regularly to teach them the simple but essential skills of Bible study giving, sharing a verbal witness, and other ways to reach others for and with Jesus.
SVAE’s Student Council is comprised of elected students from across the age spectrum of SVAE students. The Council is responsible for planning various events for the entire student body throughout the year including both spiritual and social activities. The leadership skills honed by elected students are invaluable assets to them personally, while the entire student grows closer together and to God through the events carried out.
The New Market Seventh-day Adventist Church is the campus church for SVAE and Shenandoah Valley Academy. Each year, it sponsors a Pathfinder club, which is similar to Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, but with an overt spiritual focus. Spiritual,educational, and fun activities occur throughout the school year such as camping trips, camporee (the annual state gathering of more than 1,000 Pathfinders!), caving, lock-ins, and more. Students do not have to be members of the New Market Church to join. The club is very active, and was voted one of the top Pathfinder clubs in Virginia and portions of Maryland in 2012.