Vail Innovation Center
VIC News, February 12, 2021
Letter from the Coordinator
February 12, 2021
Hello amazing VIC Families!
We are in full swing for quarter three. Please check your student's each week to help them be successful with this quarter, and reach out to teachers for support and guidance. Parents of 6-12 students should also be receiving an emailed report from Edmentum each week. When looking at the report, you should see 100% complete and a grade for each subject.
VIC students have raised over our $2,900 for the American Heart Association. This will be our most successful fundraiser yet. Thank you for all of your support. Our school goal was $2500 and we have already hit it! Way to go! I WILL BE SLIMED! If you have contributed, you may come by the VIC and pick up your prizes.
Please take a moment to complete the parent survey. This is our report card for the VIC each year and we value your feedback.
2/25 No school - Rodeo Break
I have two surveys I need your assistance with:
21/22 School Plans: Please fill out the survey for the 21/22 school year. Thank you to those that completed this already. Please complete this quick survey regarding your family's plans for next school year if you are full time with the VIC. https://forms.gle/dwVtq3po2e23MSzN9
Computer Version Survey: I am trying to get an idea of the computers our full-time VIC students are using. This will help us to identify the computers that are being used and their age. Please take 2-4 minutes to complete this to ensure we have adequate devices for everyone. https://forms.gle/4SDbxDuUKY1Qii4N9
Thank you for completing the surveys! Our two winners are: Morgan Pfeifer and Abby Foster! Parents, come by the VIC to pick up their prizes!! :)
Have a great week CyberWolves!
Coordinator of Digital Learning
Vail Innovation Center K-12
Vail School District Student Survey 2021
Dear Students and Parents:
Every year we ask the students to fill out a survey for the Vail Cares Cadre. We take these surveys very seriously. Each year we compare results to the results of prior years and look for trends in improvement and areas that need attention.
We also use the results for both teacher and administrative evaluations. Please help us help you by providing the quality responses needed to make the results meaningful.
The survey is open through 5:00 pm on Friday, March 5, 2021.
(I apologize if you received multiple notices of this survey. To promote participation we are sending notice of the survey out through several distribution systems.)
Mrs. Tankersley, Coordinator of Digital Learning
Vail School District Special Education Records - Destruction Notice
The Vail School District Special Education Office is in the process of destroying SPECIAL EDUCATION records for students who withdrew, transferred or graduated from high school four or more years ago. We are required to notify parents or students, if they are 18 years or older, to give them an opportunity to review the records before they are destroyed. If you believe that you or your child might have Special Education records and would like to review them, please contact Cindy Cahill at 879-2051 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, records are due to be destroyed on June 1, 2021.
K-8 State Testing Information Letter
High School State Testing Information Letter
Special Edmentum Reminders
All students need to be working a minimum of 5 days a week to complete their courses on time. There are course maps for you to utilize as a tool for success with completing assignments on time.
6-12 grade students should ONLY use your school email account to communicate with your teachers **Do not use the Edmentum messaging system. Remember your teachers have 24 hours to respond to your school email messages.
You should be working a minimum of 1 hour per class per day to meet the timing requirements.
Tutoring sessions are available if your student is struggling. Please be sure to look at the tutoring schedule and use those links to attend virtually. Our teachers are looking forward to seeing and helping you!
Your course is made up of multiple units. Within each unit, there are subsections and topics which often include a tutorial, activities/practice, and/or a mastery test. Mastery tests can be retaken up to 3 times, but you must redo the tutorial first and then the program will unlock the mastery test again for another attempt. Edmentum will count your highest score.
When you get to the Post Test please reach out to your teacher through email to unlock it for you.
End Dates and Pacing Chart Icons - CyberWolves Working CyberStrong in 2021!
Remember to keep a close eye on your end dates.
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)
Remember your online agreement to work approximately one hour a day in each class for five days a week will keep you on pace with light green or dark green pacing icons. Let's work CyberSTRONG in 2021!
The Vail Innovation Center Team
Students in 6-12: Here is a Edmentum Tutorial with tips and tricks. Please watch for a refresher.
Vail Innovation Center Tutoring Opportunities
Please see the picture attachments below with additional information needed for each tutoring opportunity listed below; days/times and instructor information. Thank you.
Link for MS Science
Link for MS Math
Link for MS ELA & SS
Link for HS Science
Use the link below to join the "Chemistry Tutoring" Group in Schoology:
Link for HS Math Algebra 1 & Geometry
Link for HS ELA & SS
Free Math Tutoring for K-12 through the University of Arizona
The attached schedule is provided by the University of Arizona Math Department for the Spring Schedule for FREE Math Zoom Tutoring. This is for elementary grades, middle school and high school math.
Through the AmeriCorps STEMM program, skilled tutor mentors provide free online math tutoring and support to K-12 students. Any questions about the program may be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520.621.6866
K-5 Students of the Month for February
Grades K-5 Kudos Corner
Mrs. Allison; would like to recognize her first and second graders for working hard in their reading groups and doing an excellent job on their district reading assessments.
Mrs. Goolsby; would like to recognize Jacob Guzman Gonzalez for putting in such great effort every week. Marques Abalos for singing the phonics songs with me and working so hard on reading and math. Daniel Abalos for taking extra time to meet with me for help with multiplication. Michael Bustillos for the amazing topic sentence he wrote during reading groups this week.
Mrs. Hunter; would like to recognize all of her students in both her kindergarten and first grade classes. Every student was on time and ready for their individual Zoom district assessment. This helped keep us all on track and allowed everyone enough time to complete them. Thank you students and families for being punctual and responsible, while following our ACT Statement. (:)
Ms. Schultz; A special shout-out to our most improved in STEEP (reading fluency): Aiden, Alana, Hiba, Marcus, Micah, and Vyom. They increased their "correct words per minute" by over 20 words!
Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner
Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next week.
Mrs. Burkholder; These kids are on pace and maintaining top grades! Conrad Miller, Ethan Rogers and Alexander Simonetti. Samuel Tarver is way ahead of pace maintaining a top excelling grade.
Mrs. Garcia; Aurora Thompson asks questions, spends time on tutorials, and is mastering material. Way to go, Aurora! Makena Serna has been spending significant time on the tutorials to show mastery on standards. Nicely done, Makena! Caiden Mott has been working diligently on his language arts course! Excellent work, Caiden!
Mrs. Goldwasser; is proud of many of her students. In 6th grade science: Julius Chapman, Madalyne VanHyning and Collin Maubach are all working well ahead of schedule and doing great work. Both Gabriel Karhoff and Silas Miller showed a positive attitude this week about responding to feedback to improve their work. In 7th grade science: Taylor Jackon is really applying himself and working ahead of pace, with great results academically. Emma Ilac is new to VIC but has demonstrated a great attitude and effort and is working ahead of pace and maintaining an outstanding grade. In 8th grade science: Iliana SantaCruz consistently turns in great work and is ahead of pace. Dominic Creason, new to VIC, has jumped into the program and is doing well and working on pace.
Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from 6th through 12th grades who are on pace or ahead of pace in all of their classes:
6th grade; Tingen Jones, Gabriel Karhoff
7th grade; Trustin Madril, Samuel Tarver
8th grade; David Larriva, Damion Welz-Rabe
9th grade; Emily Countryman, Rylee Runyon
10th grade; Natalyn Rogers, Amira Shiha
11th grade; Kinler Lees, Elena Moreno
12th grade; Paul Cruz, Jaden Fortner, Alexis Rasch, Rebhea Shiha
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
Juniors - ACT Testing Information
You will be taking the ACT Test on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Location: Vail District Office - 13801 E. Benson Hwy Vail, AZ 85641
The students will be taking the Online version of the ACT test - this is not a pencil and paper test!
Time: Arrive by 8:30a.m. testing will conclude around 12:45p.m.
IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU PRACTICE THE ONLINE ACT TEST PRIOR TO TESTING DATES SO THERE ARE NO SURPRISES. The attached document goes into detail about the practice test options, but here is a summary:
Download - http://download.testnav.com. Note: ACT online tests are only supported on Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS operating systems.
Open the TestNav application you downloaded and click on the Practice Tests link.
Read the test overview instructions you see on the screen, enter your name, and select Start.
Highlights of the ACT online test:
TIMER - The timer at the top of the page tells you how much time you have left to complete your test. Note: A timer will not appear if you are taking an untimed practice test.
Pacing yourself for a timed test is something that takes a little practice since most tests you take during school are not timed. I would recommend practicing with the timer. Make sure you answer all the questions. It is better to guess on a question than to leave a question blank.
BOOKMARK - Select Bookmark to mark an item so that you can find it easily and return to it later. When an item is marked, the same button can be used to remove the bookmark.
ANSWER ELIMINATOR - Select Answer Eliminator to eliminate answer choices.
REVIEW - Select Review to see an overview of your current status within the test, including information such as which items you have bookmarked, answered, or not answered.
CALCULATOR - A graphing calculator is available within the testing application (in the mathematics test only). To open the calculator, select the Calculator button. Select and drag the calculator if you want to move it to another area on the screen.
ZOOMING IN OR OUT - Adjust the size of the text on your screen by using CTRL and the + key to zoom in or CTRL and the - key to zoom out. Use CTRL and the 0 (zero) key to quickly return to standard size.
ANSWER MASKING - To cover answer choices until you are ready to read them, select Enable Answer Masking. This will cover the answer choices.
HIGHLIGHTER - Use the Highlighter tool to highlight text.
MAGNIFIER - To magnify a portion of the screen, select Enable Magnifier on the user drop down menu, near the top right of the screen.
LINE READER MASK - To read one line at a time, select Show Line Reader Mask.
**Ms. Wrona recently sent emails to 11th graders and parents with more detailed information about the ACT. Check your emails.**
Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update
Remember, February 10th is the last day to turn in your eportfolio and it needs to be turned in by 5:00PM. Please send the link to your portfolio to either myself or Ms. Wrona for grading and we will get your scores to you as soon as we can. The next (and last step!) is your presentation. Ms. Wrona has put together a schedule and a rubric to make sure your presentation is as good as it can be. We will be doing your presentations via ZOOM so please make sure you are able to login and test your video/audio prior to your presentation to make sure there are no issues.
Have a great week seniors and we are looking forward to seeing your eportfolios!
Mr. Ogden, SEP Coordinator
Ms. Wrona, Counselor
We are attaching the link to the SEP Handbook which is posted on our VIC Website under the 6-12 Resources.
Mr. Arlo Ogden
Vail Innovation Center
Senior Exit Project Coordinator
Important Flyers and Information
The 2020-2021 School Calendar
February Grab & Go Meal Packs
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: https://studentaid.gov/
Vail Innovation Center
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