Remote Learning Weekly Update

May 18-22, 2020

New Special Education Resource HUB

We have some pretty exciting news to share! In an effort to continue to provide supports to families, the VPS Special Services Department has developed a Google Site! This is a Special Education Resource Hub for families and our community to access as we all navigate these new waters together. https://sites.google.com/vansd.net/special-ed-resources/home

Incomplete “I” Grades

Please note that a grade mark of “I” represents an incomplete. Students need to earn a letter grade “A, B,C,or D” to earn credit toward graduation. Students should be working with teachers to bring incomplete grades to a passing letter grade. If your child is unable to engage in remote learning, please reach out to us so we can help remove barriers and support you and your child.

Staying Organized

Last week we sent out information on the three resources below to help our students and their families. The student planner has been updated for this week with new dates and social and emotional resources for students.


Student Planner (Week starting May 18)


The linked student planner is a document created for students to use to organize their weekly remote learning activities and prioritize tasks. In addition to being an organizational tool, we are also including social and emotional learning tips and/or resources. An updated planner will be sent to students weekly and will contain new social and emotional learning tips or resources. We encourage students to use this tool to stay organized.


Remote Learning Organizer


Because we have access to multiple digital tools and different teachers are using different platforms to best serve their students; we have created a remote learning organizer for students and families. This tool can be used to organize each student’s different course resources. We recommend students and families use this organizer to help keep track of their different class resources.



Skyview Student/Family HUB


The Student/Family HUB is designed to make finding teacher contact info and course resources easier to find. We will continue to update the HUB and add resources.

Tracking Student Engagement

You may have received a call or an email in response to one or more of your student's teachers noting that your student hadn't engaged for the previous week of distance learning. The intent behind the messages were to open lines of communication and check on the well-being of your student. We are not sending information out this week, but if you would like to know more about levels of engagement regarding your student please feel free to email Associate Principal Ian Mansfield at ian.mansfield@vansd.org for details.

Class of 2020

We are going to miss you video tribute!


The following is a list of coming events for the Class of 2020. We have also included a link to the Senior Assembly Mr. Tortora has put together.


  • Senior Exit Survey, here is the link - Information from this survey is used to build our Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony, please complete it as soon as you can.

  • Athletic Virtual Senior Nights - May 10th -17th

  • Royal-T Cap and Gown pick up - May 15th from 1-4 pm (see our Senior page for details)

  • Seniors last day for new remote learning - June 5th

  • Circle of Life Assembly - June 8th

  • Senior Awards and - June 9th

  • Last day to pay fines and get your diploma at the first diploma pick-up date - June 10th

  • Virtual Senior Recognition Celebration - Date is TBD

  • Auditions for a Senior Celebration Musical Performance

    • Record video and audio of your performance and upload it to this Google Drive.

    • Be sure to title the video with your first and last name.

    • Make sure that the music you choose to perform is appropriate for families.

    • Submit your audition video by May 22nd.

  • Returning Chromebooks - Week of June 8th

  • Dorian Cap and Gown Picture Opportunity at Skyview - June 12th, more details to come

  • Diploma Pick-up - June 12th, more details to come

  • Graduation Ceremony Aug 14th



Class of 2020 Graduation Assembly with Mr. Tortora, here is the link.


Skyview specific information for the class of 2020 can be found using this link. We will continue to update this page with information and it is linked to the Skyview web-site.


VPS class information can be viewed at:

https://vansd.org/updates-for-high-school-seniors/



For students that paid fees for Spring sports, dances or other activities that were canceled as a result of the COVID 19 closures the following steps will be taken:


For students/families that paid these fees with a credit card:

Since the district can safely and efficiently process credits back to the same credit card, those fees will be automatically credited back to the same card that paid the fee(s) between May 11-May 15.


For students/families that paid these fees with cash or a check:

The safest and most efficient way to return these fees is through a credit on the student's account that can be applied to any fees assessed to the student for future classes and/or activities. Unfortunately, our student meal accounts are housed on a different system, so we can NOT apply these credits towards meal accounts. For Seniors and other families that would prefer a refund over a credit toward future fees, we will accommodate those requests as community safety and district payment processes allow. To request a refund and make arrangements for a secure refund payment, please email Gemma Strong at gemma.strong@vansd.org or Kimberly Anthony at kimberly.anthony@vansd.org.

Building Our Legacy Together (BOLT) Assembly

Our leadership class has been busy preparing our annual BOLT (Building Our Legacy Together) assembly and have released their second performances this week. Follow their work on Social Media or watch the following video.

DECA Year End Celebration

DECA will be hosting their year end dinner party over Zoom on Tuesday, May 19th at 5:30. More info to come from Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. Miller.

Do the teachers and staff miss our students?

YES!!! Check out this great video our staff put together for our students.