News From Nighthawk Nation

Elevating Excellence in Academics, Character & Community

Week of November 30, 2020

Leadership Corner

Hello Nighthawk Nation,


This holiday we want to express our thanks to all of our students, families, community members and teachers. Without each and every one of you we could not do what we do. We hope that this holiday provides each of you with the opportunity to build lasting memories. Thank you all for your flexibility, encouragement, support, and feedback this year. Together we will continue to rise to great heights!


With extreme gratitude,


Tim Bishop, Executive Director

Mary Baker, K-3 Principal

Marian Hejl, 4-8 Principal

Todd Bissell, K-8 Assistant Principal

K-3 Campus

Note from the Principal

As I take a moment to pause and reflect on this school year, I am truly overwhelmed by the Nighthawk Family. We are more than a school, more than reading, writing, and math, New Vision Charter School is a family. As we step into the next three weeks with another change, my inbox has been flooded with kind words, encouragement, and thoughtful questions. I am so grateful for the love that has been shown to our entire staff.


Thank you to all of the families that have reached out to support other families during this time. We are grateful for your kindness.


As we embark on these next few weeks, it is our mission to continue to give our all to every student and give them the excellent education that New Vision is known for. We have the best of the best staff to make this happen.


Thank you for choosing New Vision Charter School and partnering with us for your child's education. Know that they are very loved.


It is my sincere hope that you and your family take the time to relax and enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday. Please stay safe.


With much love and extreme gratitude,

Mary Baker

K-3 Principal.

4-8 Campus

Note from the Principal

Happy Friday Nighthawks,


These past few weeks have been full of changes. Changes in season, changes in weather, changes in learning formats. Change is hard for many. I have gotten so many kind words of encouragement for both our administration and our staff from students and parents this week. These interactions have filled my heart. This year has been difficult for so many of us, yet I find that we, as a school community, are holding each other up.


Thank you to the parents who have reached out about support that is needed, to those who have reached out inquiring how you can provide support for those in need, for those of you who have provided feedback on how change is impacting your families, to those who have sent notes of thanks to your student's teachers. These are small acts, but they help us continue to support staff, students, and families throughout these trying times.


During this holiday season, if your family is in need of anything please do not hesitate to reach out. We will do our absolute best to provide you with the support you are needing. This year more than ever I have been reminded of the reason that I joined NVCS 7 years ago, because we are more than just academics. We are here to support our students and families beyond our physical walls. Please stay safe this holiday, and ejoy building memories with your loved ones.


Thank you all again and again,

Mrs. Hejl

K-5 Shift to Hybrid

NVCS will be shifting the delivery of your student’s educational model to hybrid instruction starting after Thanksgiving Break. After break, students will attend in person learning on designated days of the week. Parents and guardians received information regarding what cohort (purple or orange) their student is a part of this week on Tuesday (11/17). If you did not receive this message please call (970) 593-6827 or email your building administrator. During the days that students are not in person students will participate in live streamed lessons through Google Meets. This means students will participate in live lessons Monday-Thursday. Your student schedule will be communicated by your student’s homeroom teacher, as will the Google Meet codes for students to join the live lessons. When teachers switch to independent learning and small group instruction time, live feed for that core class will stop. Students will still be able to ask questions from the teacher using the chat feature during live stream lessons. Please remember that each grade level will look different as age level expectations and abilities are different from one grade level to the next.


What to Expect During Live Streamed Lessons:

Teachers will mute students and turn off their video during direct instruction. If a student signals they have a question, the teacher will allow audio and visual components to be accessed if the student requests. During direct instruction time we ask remote students (and parents) to understand that our teachers are providing focused attention to our in person learners and that it might take a moment for teachers to get to your questions or needs. If a question is not addressed for a remote learner, please email the teacher with your questions.


Fridays:

Fridays will be used for small group support and individual support sessions for students. If you student is a part of a small group, you will be sent an email with their Friday small group session schedule. Please make sure your students are attending our Friday small group sessions. Friday is also a time for students to complete unfinished work from the week.


What if my student misses a live session?

Live sessions will not be recorded, if a student misses a live session, it will be as if they missed a day of school. Their teacher will get them the work that needs to be completed and will answer questions the student might have regarding the assignment. Fridays are a great way to get individual, or small group support for a missed session.


Attendance:

If a teacher notes a student is not logging in on their remote days and if the student is missing a significant amount of work, they will reach out to administration with their concerns. We do expect all students to participate in live sessions throughout the day. If your student is going to be absent on a remote learning day, please communicate this with our front office and the student’s teacher.


What if I am not comfortable sending my student to school on their in person days?

We understand that every family has different needs during this time. If you would like to keep your student home and do 100% remote learning during this time, please reach out to your school administrator and we will work with you to get this option set up. Please note, that remote learning will only be an option for students while we are in the hybrid model. We will not offer this when we return to full time, in person learning.


Please note that this is a new process and we are asking for grace and patience as we roll it out. We will be gracious with students in the early weeks of this transition and provide ample support. If you have a need during this transition please do not hesitate to reach out to your homeroom teacher and let us know what your needs are.



Thank you for your continued partnership,

NVCS Administrative Team


K-5 Hybrid Schedule

Click here to access K-5 Hybrid Schedule

6-8 Hybrid Learning Structure Shift (AFTER WINTER BREAK)

We will be shifting the delivery of your student’s remote learning instruction starting after Winter Break. After Winter Break, students will no longer be assigned work to complete independently without live instruction. Teachers will be providing students with a Google Meets code for their classroom and students who are learning remotely on that day will need to log into every core content class (math, ELA, science, social studies) at the time that they normally have that class. This means students will participate in live lessons for the direct instruction component of in person sessions Monday-Thursday.


Live instruction will not include Extended Learning Opportunities, Encore classes, or Advisory.


What to Expect During Live Streamed Lessons:

Teachers will mute students and turn off student video during direct instruction. If a student signals they have a question, the teacher will allow audio and visual components to be accessed if the student requests. When teachers switch to independent learning and small group instruction time, live feed for that core class will stop. Students will still be able to ask questions from the teacher using the chat feature during live stream lessons. During direct instruction time we ask remote students (and parents) to understand that our teachers are providing focused attention to our in person learners and that it might take a moment for teachers to get to your questions or needs. If a question is not addressed for a remote learner, please email the teacher with your questions.


Fridays:

All students are remote, no in person learning. Fridays will be used for small group support and individual support sessions for students. If you student is a part of a small group, you will be sent an email with their Friday small group session schedule. Please make sure your students are attending our Friday small group sessions. Friday is also a time for students to complete unfinished work from the week.


What if my student misses a live session?

Live sessions will not be recorded, if a student misses a live session, it will be as if they missed a day of school. Their teacher will get them the work that needs to be completed and will answer questions the student might have regarding the assignment. Fridays are a great way to get individual, or small group support for a missed session.


Attendance:

If a teacher notes a student is not logging in on their remote days and if the student is missing a significant amount of work, they will reach out to administration with their concerns. We do expect all students to participate in live sessions throughout the day. If your student is going to be absent on a remote learning day, please communicate this with our front office and the student’s teacher.


What if I am not comfortable sending my student to school on their in person days?

We understand that every family has different needs during this time. If you would like to keep your student home and do 100% remote learning during this time, please reach out to your school administrator and we will work with you to get this option set up. Please note, that remote learning will only be an option for students while we are in the hybrid model. We will not offer this when we return to full time, in person learning.


This shift is being done because we have noticed a significant disengagement from students during remote learning days. We have also noted that we are not getting through as much content as we would like to this year. Please note that this is a new process and we are asking for grace and patience as we roll it out. We will be gracious with students in the early weeks of this transition and provide ample support. If you have a need during this transition please do not hesitate to reach out to your homeroom teacher and let us know what your needs are.


Thank you for your continued partnership,


Marian Hejl, 4-8 Principal


Todd Bissell, K-8 Assistant Principal

Updated 6-8 Hybrid Learning Schedule

Click here to access updated 6-8 Hybrid Schedule

Florida Virtual Update

Florida Virtual @ NVCS Updates 11/20


Happy Thanksgiving!


Florida Virtual Students are not impacted by the in-person/hybrid learning model changes. We will conduct business as usual.


REMINDER: Second Semester Survey: Please complete the Google Form Survey for the second semester, if you have not already done so. Options will include moving to K-5 in-person (or hybrid), 6-8 hybrid, or staying with Florida Virtual. This will be a semester long commitment. You will need to fill out one survey per student. Surveys are due Tuesday, December 1st. If we do not receive a survey, your student will stay enrolled in the Florida Virtual program for Second Semester.


If you are staying in Florida Virtual, you will receive a follow-up confirmation email along with a Specials Class sign up. Please select a Specials Course by December 4th.


Thanksgiving Break Week: 11/23 - 11/27 Advisors will not be available and students are not expected to work.


I-Ready Testing: Week of December 7th. Please mark your calendars


Quarter 2 Work: All Quarter 2 work is Thursday, December 17th. Try to have everything turned in on this date.


Website: Please continue to check the Florida Virtual @NVCS Website on a daily basis for announcements and other important information that relates to the Florida Virtual Program.


Thank you,

Florida Virtual @NVCS Team

K-8 Important Information

NVCS Parent Expectations for Reporting COVID Exposure

Guidelines for reporting COVID Exposure

1st Street and Boise Crosswalk


If your child uses the crosswalk at First Street & Boise Avenue, please be aware that there will not be a crossing guard at that crosswalk when we return from Thanksgiving break. The crosswalk will resume with a crossing guard on January 9th. The crosswalks at First Street & Denver Avenue will continue to have crossing guards.

Driveline during Hybrid

Just a reminder that Driveline times will be shorter during Hybrid learning. Please make adjustments to your schedule.

Counselor's Corner

Dear New Vision Families:

Many of you may be in need this holiday season due to job loss, issues with COVID, evacuation or loss from wildfires, or other unforeseen circumstances. Our community has a lot of resources available to you and we wanted to share that information out.

  • Please look at dates carefully.

  • Please consider only one per holiday to ensure all families in our community are able to be served.

  • If you need any help accessing these services, please contact your School Counselor.

  • All information will be kept confidential between you and your school counselor(s).


Family Resource Fair on December 3rd – 5th. This event is geared for families experiencing homelessness, are doubled/tripled up, OR are facing financial concerns. Please utilize the link provided on the flyer (http://bit.ly/FRFDec2020) to request an appointment - as appointments are REQUIRED. While children may attend if needed (masks will be required), we are encouraging parents/guardians to come alone to allow for better social distancing.


Ali Anderson, K-3 Building Counselor: aanderson@nvcs.school, (970)593-6827 ext. 2115

Erin Jobman, 4-8 Building Counselor: ejobman@nvcs.school, (970)593-6827 ext. 1207

TSD Clothing Closet is Now Open!

New and lightly used clothes now available to any TSD students in need. Once the order is completed a district employee/volunteer will be in touch with you to schedule a contactless pick up time.

TSD Food Services

We would like to share information on the Thompson School District Meal Distribution for next week as well as their plan starting November 30th.


NEXT WEEK

On Monday, November 23rd & Tuesday, November 24th there will be drive through Meal Distribution at the following sites and times:

  • Berthoud High School from 10:45 - 11:45
  • Bill Reed Middle School from 11:00 - 12:00
  • Lucile Erwin Middle School from 11:15 - 12:15

On Tuesday, November 24th they will be distributing meals to cover 3 additional days.



Beginning NOVEMBER 30th

Beginning November 30th, Kids 18 months to 18 years old receive 1 hot entree, 1 cold lunch and 2 cold breakfasts FREE on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS at the following drive through Meal Distribution sites and times:

  • Mountain View High School from 10:00 - 11:00
  • Cottonwood Plains from 10:00-11:00
  • Bill Reed Middle School from 10:00 - 11:00

  • Winona Elementary from 11:15 = 12:15
  • Lucile Erwin Middle School from 11:15 - 12:15
  • Bill Reed Middle School from 11:15 - 12:15

  • Berthoud High School from 12:30 - 1:30
  • Conrad Ball Middle School 12:30 - 1:30

KIDSPAK will be distributed at all 8 of the above distribution sites on FRIDAYS! We will no longer be distributing KidsPak from our New Vision campuses during this time, they will need to be picked up from any of the above listed locations during their distribution times on Fridays.


I have attached the flyer from Thompson School District as well, please let me know if you have any questions.

Cookbook Fundraiser

Recipes Wanted! The New Vision Amateur Chefs Club is putting together a Nighthawk cookbook and would love for all of our Nighthawk families to contribute a favorite recipe! The first official Nighthawk Cookbook will be sold in the weeks leading up to winter break to raise money for Loveland Rotary's KidsPak program. KidsPak provides vital hunger relief services to students at our school and 38 other schools around the district. To contribute a recipe, please fill out the Nighthawk Cookbook Recipe Collection Form. Pictures are not required, but highly encouraged! Recipes will be collected until Friday, December 4th. If you have questions, please email Ms. Welton at ewelton@newvisioncharterschool.org

New Vision is Hiring!

We are growing and are so fortunate to be able to offer even more resources for our staff and students. We are looking for exceptional people to join our dynamic team. We currently have the following positions available:


K-8 Substitute Teachers

K-3 Day Porter

4-8 Literacy Specialist/GT Coordinator

K-3 Faculty Support Staff

4-8 Faculty Support Staff


Check out our website to learn more about each position and apply.

Spirit Wear Is Here!

Click on the image below for details on how to get great NVCS gear and represent our amazing school in the community! These make great gifts!
Big picture
NVCS PTO Meeting Minutes

Minute Notes from the October 19, 2020 PTO Board Meeting

New Vision Charter School Board Meeting

Monday, Dec. 14th, 6pm

Virtual Meeting

Important Dates to Remember


November 23-27: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS-Holiday Break

November 30: K-5 Hybrid Learning Begins

December 14: School Board Meeting

December 18: End of 2nd Quarter

December 21 - January 1: Winter Break

January 5: Return to school. 6-8 Hybrid shift to live streaming model for remote students.

About Us

K-3 Campus: 2366 E 1st Street

4-8 Campus: 299 Peridot Avenue