Vail Innovation Center

VIC News, November 17, 2020

Letter from the Coordinator

November 17, 2020

Hello amazing VIC Students/Families,

We are so very thankful for another amazing week with our VIC students and families. Thank you to all of our teachers and staff for all of their good work in supporting our students and families. We appreciate all you do!

Today, I shared out a survey to determine student and family plans for next semester. Please check your email and complete the survey for each of your children that are attending the VIC. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Wrona at Thank you in advance for your help with this!

Over the next week, we would love to see students going into the system and getting caught up or ahead of pace. Starting on Wednesday, November 25 - Sunday, November 29th we will be celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday. During those dates, there are no added assignments. Students that are behind and not on pace should use this time to get caught up on their work, and email teachers if you need support. On Thanksgiving, teachers will not be checking their emails or Edmentum.

As we are nearing the end of the semester, students and families are starting to wonder a bit more about final exams. Please see below for updates to the testing expectations and information. K-5 students will have their Calvert work and will follow the teacher's newsletters for information on this. 6-12 students can use the document below to help answer questions. Continuing with our thank yous... thank you to those students that have already worked ahead of pace to finish out their classes! Way to go!

Our Canned Food Drive finished on Sunday. We did an amazing job and had 92 cans turned in for the VIC!! Thank you to all of the families for the donations.

My last thank you for this week is to all of the families. Thank you for helping to support our students, staff, and always being so helpful and flexible. We have truly appreciated your assistance in building and growing our program this year. Elementary parents and learning guides, thank you for your help with the minute reporting and always being right there to support your kiddo.

Thank you all for all you do!

Rachel Tankersley

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Vail Innovation Center K-12


Upcoming End Dates and Pacing Chart Icons - CyberWolves Finishing CyberStrong!

Hello 6-12 Students,

Remember to keep a close eye on your upcoming end dates. We are more than half way through the courses for many of you. Are you on pace to finish by your end dates?

Dark green = ahead of pace (1 or more activities ahead)

Light green = on pace (within 1 activity of the expected pace)

Orange = slightly off pace (1 or 2 activities behind)

Pink = Way off pace (3 or more activities behind)

It's time to plan on getting to the finish line for many of your classes. Let's finish CyberSTRONG!

Thank you,

The Vail Innovation Center Team

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The 2020-2021 School Calendar

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K-5 Student Recognitions

K-5 Students of the Month for November

Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner

We would like to send a KUDOS out for the following students. Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next.

Mrs. Goldwasser; recognizes Collin Maubach, 7th grade science, who has been really showing his grasp of the science concepts and turning in some dynamite lab activities. In addition, Aidan Lapointe did an awesome job with an engineering challenge this week designing solar ovens. In the face of some unexpected obstacles, Aidan figured out how to work around it, and did some great thinking about unexpected results. Way to go Aidan.

Mrs. Goolsby; great job Charla Olsen on spending the extra time in some of your classes to improve your grades. Way to go!

Mrs. Logsdon; recognizes Dylan Belhumeur and Ethan Rogers for great online communication with her.

Mrs. Lotti; would like to congratulate Nathan Daschke for successfully completing English 4!

Mrs. Lotti wants to give a shout out to her 6th grade ELA students who are all on or ahead of pace! Keep it up!!

Mrs. Schroder; gives a shout out to Sydney Wood, Cierrah Utsey, Isabel Carlyon, Kinler Lees and Gregory Castillo for being on task. Also, special shout out to Hannah Way for working her heart out!

Mrs. Whitt; Congrats to Zoey Taylor for completing her Algebra 3A course! :)

Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from grade 6th-12th who are on pace or ahead of pace in their classes:

6th grade; Ethan Belhumeur, Collin Maubach

7th grade; Kaden Cashin, Anaya Wilson

8th grade; Dylan Dwyer, Zoey Spiczka

9th grade; Mazalina Marshall, Michael Harrington

10th grade; Alana Catlin, Jack Gibbons

11th grade; Elonna Blunt, Carter Fruge

12th grade; Jacob Hart, Christy Williams


Students in 6-12: Here is a Edmentum Tutorial with tips and tricks. Please watch.

6-12 End of Semester Test Procedures

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Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update

Hello Seniors,

First off congratulations to all of you that have turned in your SEP research paper. Your papers are now in the process of being graded and you should hear something back in the near future. So what's next? Glad you asked, now it is time to start working on your eportfolio (remember to use WIX) and the due date for your eportfolio is February 10, 2021. If you have any questions please make sure to check the handbook and if you can't find the answer please contact me or Ms. Wrona immediately. Again, congratulations on getting another step closer to graduation and I look forward to your portfolios and presentations.

We are attaching the link to the SEP Handbook which is posted on our VIC Website under the 6-12 Resources.

As always should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr. Arlo Ogden

Vail Innovation Center

Senior Exit Project Coordinator

Senior Advisor


FASFA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Seniors! It is time to start thinking about paying for college! The FAFSA is the best place to start. Let’s start with a little bit about what the FAFSA actually is. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid; translation: it determines a student's eligibility for need-based federal financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. If eligible, it can really help you pay for school!

Use this link to complete the FAFSA Application:

Carrie Wrona


Vail Innovation Center


Hustle into the Holidays Challenge starts 11/11/20 through 12/16/20

Empire SWAT is having wellness outreach events, as you know our event is a digital competition. It will be starting November 11th through December 16, 2020! It will be between

Empire high school students and staff and Vail Innovation Center students and staff to see who walks, runs, bikes etc. the greatest distance. Here is the student submission form and here is the teacher submission form for tracking. See the flyer below. Good luck!

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Tu Nidito is Offering Social and Emotional Learning Resources for Parents

Tu Nidito

Tu Nidito is offering a Virtual Grief Education Workshop on December 8th from 9:30 to 11:00am. This workshop covers the different ways in which children grieve and special factors to consider during the pandemic. It is designed to provide tips and resources to help adults who work closely with the youth in our community learn how to be present and supportive to grieving children and teens.

Link to Register is Here

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Social and Emotional Learning November Theme: Gratitude is GRAND

Here are some simple activities to help your focus on gratitude, appreciation to cultivate more joy. These are great reminders for us in the month of November.
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Important Flyers and Information

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**FREE GRAB & GO MEALS - UPDATE 11/10/20 **

Dear Vail Parents,

We are grateful to continue providing FREE breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under. We are also continuing to offer free meals for weekends.

Upcoming Changes Starting the Week of November 9th Include:

  • Brick to Click and VIC Students - You can now pick up a seven day meal pack every Monday from 6:00-7:00 a.m. or 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Hybrid Students - Students can now pick up a four day meal pack on Wednesday for A schedule middle and high school students and Thursday for B schedule and elementary students as you leave campus that day.

Please see the attached calendar to see when meals can be picked up, and when they can be sent home with your students.

Please contact with any questions or concerns you may have.

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K-12 VIC Staff Contacts - Communication is Key


Please be sure you are reaching out to your teacher at any time to get support or ask questions. We are attaching our staff list showing teacher names and email addresses so you can easily contact your teacher. We are all here to help you succeed. Please plan enough time to hear back from your teacher within 24 hours.

Here is the link to our spreadsheet with all of the VIC teachers and their email.

"Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity."

— Nat Turner

Edmentum Tech Support

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