VIDA

Weekly Newsletter 5/16/21

Covid-19 & Schools Update

As Covid-fatigue weighs heavily on everyone, and as discussions from the state continue about "opening up" in mid-June and new mask suggestions appear from the CDC, it is important to remember that Covid-19 does still exist. We know, because we are dealing with it on a daily basis. Our families are affected by "close contact" quarantines every week still. Covid has not gone away, and regardless of our everyone's different opinion about it -- kids are getting it.


This week alone we had 3 kids come to school while Covid+.


If your child is exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 DO NOT send them to school. The symptoms of Covid are listed on the "Decision Tree" that can be found = CLICK HERE


If your child has a Chronic Health issue that may present as Covid symptoms, you can get a Chronic Health Issue form from the Health Office that would be filled out by your child's doctor and returned to the Health Office @ VIDA.

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Promotion Drive-thru Promo 2021
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Summer Something! -- LAST CALL --

  • VUSD middle schools are all offering limited summer opportunities for students to connect with each other and Staffulty, IN PERSON, on campus during the summer.
  • Due to limited seats, if needed we will hold a Lottery system and Wait List for impacted programs.
  • All programs are taught by VIDA teachers.
  • To view the menu and to put your "name in the hat" for a program, use this link: CLICK HERE
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VIDA Course Selections 2021-22 -- LAST CALL --

  • Selections indicate the interests of the students.
  • We have listed more Design Lab offerings that we will do as a gauge of student interest. We will offer the most requested Design Labs.
  • Students should not select an option more than once, it does not help.
  • Selections are due May 16th, 2021
  • Students will receive their Class Schedule for 2021-22 at Summer Registration in August.
  • To select your courses, CLICK HERE.
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It is Getting Hot!

  • Classic families, please make sure you are sending your student to school with a water bottle!
  • There are filling stations on campus for them to refill during the day!
  • We have been buying plastic bottles of water by the case loads for students who forget, but we do run out.
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VUSD Calendar

  • This is the 2020-21 VUSD Calendar: CLICK HERE
  • This will help you know when schools are closed, when there are Minimum Days, and when the school year ends.
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Vida After VIDA/SIV:

Part of the Arc of Learning at VIDA are these two axis lines:

  • "I know and use my Strengths, Interests, and Values."
  • "Who I am: What have I done, what can I do, what do I aspire towards?"
To build our awareness around this, we engage in intentional activities and integrate these into our experiences as often as we can.


  • To see this week's activities, and to keep track of whether your student is taking responsibility for this highly independent work you may follow along each week--> CLICK HERE.
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Parent Workshops (Vida After VIDA - Life After VIDA).

"Vida After VIDA" (Life After VIDA) Parent Workshops!


Strengths, Interests & Values

  • TBD

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6th Grade News!

Virtual Student Invite to last Day of School

  • The last day of school, June 18th, is a MINIMUM day and we have a JAWESOME day planned!
  • You will have TWO CHOICES as a virtual student. You are welcome to COME TO CAMPUS that day and see your teachers and friends in person! We will have fun activities planned and a DJ will be here for a grade level good-bye! Your second choice is to remain virtual that day. We also will have virtual, fun Zoom activities for those who choose to remain virtual on this day!
  • Please let us know by Friday, May 21st what you have decided. CLICK HERE


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7th Grade News!

Virtual Student Invite to last Day of School

  • The last day of school, June 18th, is a MINIMUM day and we have a JAWESOME day planned!
  • You will have TWO CHOICES as a virtual student. You are welcome to COME TO CAMPUS that day and see your teachers and friends in person! We will have fun activities planned and a DJ will be here for a grade level good-bye! Your second choice is to remain virtual that day. We also will have virtual, fun Zoom activities for those who choose to remain virtual on this day!
  • Please let us know by Friday, May 21st what you have decided. CLICK HERE

8th Grade News!

Virtual Student Invite to last Day of School

  • The last day of school, June 18th, is a MINIMUM day and we have a JAWESOME day planned!
  • You will have TWO CHOICES as a virtual student. You are welcome to COME TO CAMPUS that day and see your teachers and friends in person! We will have fun activities planned and a DJ will be here for a grade level good-bye! Your second choice is to remain virtual that day. We also will have virtual, fun Zoom activities for those who choose to remain virtual on this day!
  • Please let us know by Friday, May 21st what you have decided. CLICK HERE


Going to RBV?

  • RBV annual summer boot-camp for students who will be taking Honors or AP classes is coming!
  • June 21 - July 2; 8:00am - 12:15pm.
  • CLICK HERE for more information and registration information.


8th Grade Resume Development:

  • April 12 - Skills Inventory Click Here
  • Week of April 19 - Resume Builder CLICK HERE
  • Week of May 3 - Start Resume Draft CLICK HERE
  • Week of May 17 - Start Final Resume CLICK HERE
  • June 1 - Final Resume is due. CLICK HERE
  • June 10 - Resumes and Promotion Certificates handed out at Drive-through portion of Promotion.


Promotion 2021:

  • Drive-thru Promotion Path/Promo Video: CLICK HERE
  • Updated Promotion Information 5/16/21: CLICK HERE
  • Sign-up for Drive Through promotion window: CLICK HERE
  • Promotion itself will be in 2 phases:
  • June 10th Drive Through Promotion (only 1 car allowed per student). Students will get out, walk across stage, get Promotion Certificate and their 8th Grade Resume and it will be filmed. Students are expected to dress nicely. Sign-up's for time blocks will happen in May. On June 17th we will launch a YouTube Premiere video of Promotion with Student Speeches, Student Awards, and edit together a Student Procession with names being read as they walk across stage for the whole family and relatives across the globe to enjoy.
  • Specific details will all be coming out in May for promotion, but mark your calendars now for the above!
  • VIRTUAL Students: 8th Grade Chromebook, textbook, and tackle box returns will be drive-through style like last school year on June 18th (last day of school).
  • CLASSIC Students: 8th Grade Chromebook, textbook, and tackle box returns will be handled during the school day the last week of school.
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What is Eric reading?

From the bestselling author of Linchpin, Tribes, and The Dip comes an elegant little book that will inspire artists, writers, and entrepreneurs to stretch and commit to putting their best work out into the world.


Creative work doesn't come with a guarantee. But there is a pattern to who succeeds and who doesn't. And engaging in the consistent practice of its pursuit is the best way forward.

Based on the breakthrough Akimbo workshop pioneered by legendary author Seth Godin, The Practicewill help you get unstuck and find the courage to make and share creative work. Godin insists that writer's block is a myth, that consistency is far more important than authenticity, and that experiencing the imposter syndrome is a sign that you're a well-adjusted human. Most of all, he shows you what it takes to turn your passion from a private distraction to a productive contribution, the one you've been seeking to share all along.

With this book as your guide, you'll learn to dance with your fear. To take the risks worth taking. And to embrace the empathy required to make work that contributes with authenticity and joy. -- From Amazon

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