Vikan Knights, ARMOR Up!
From Principal Velez
As we approach the end of first semester and get closer to the holidays, we will see an increase in mental health needs as well as an increase in negative behaviors. Please make sure you talk to your Knights about the importance of reporting any concerning behaviors they may see (threats, self-harm, fights, etc.). A great way to report any concerns is through Safe-to-Tell. Students can report, anonymously, anything that concerns or threatens them, their friends or the community through Safe-to-Tell. Safe-to-Tell is active 24/7, which means students can make at report a any time.
We need your help and the help of our Knights to keep everyone safe. Please make sure your child knows about Safe-to-Tell, how to use it, and why it matters. The number for Safe-to-Tell is 1 877 542 7233.
Thank you and ARMOR Up!
Updated Advisory Data Parent Information
This week in advisory your child finished a data protocol that allowed them to look at 4 different pieces of data as well as their level of effort and engagement at school. Students also took time to reflect on having a growth mindset and chose some testing strategies to use before taking their winter FastBridge and District Common Assessments. Your child should be bringing home all of the data for you to keep and review with them. They will also be bringing their reflection sheet home with them. The backside of the reflection sheet provides you with some guiding questions so that you can have conversations with your child around their data and help them to create an action plan with specific steps that they can take to grow this year. Your child should bring the signed reflection sheet back to their advisory teacher. If your child doesn’t have their data please reach out to their advisory teacher.
Here are the 4 pieces of data that they looked at this week and what that data measures:
Class Grades - This data point should be a measure of how your child is progressing with the Colorado Academic Standards that are being taught in the classroom. Teachers use a 5 point grading scale. A grade of 4.5 means that the student has met the grade-level standard. The full grading scale can be found on our school website.
District Common Assessments - This data point is also a measure of how your child is progressing with the Colorado Academic Standards that are being taught in the classroom. These assessments are given quarterly in Math, ELA, Science and Social Studies. Core teachers have from Dec 6-Dec 23 to give these assessments for quarter 2.
CMAS - This data point measures your child’s mastery of grade level Colorado Academic Standards, as well as their growth from year to year. CMAS is a yearly state assessment for Math and ELA. CMAS Science is only given in 5th, 8th and 11th grade.
FastBridge - This data point measures your child’s readiness for grade level standards in both math and reading, as well as their growth over the year. This screener assessment is given 3 times a year (fall, winter and spring) and gives us information about what your child might need in order to be successful. We will be administering FastBridge next week during advisory so please make sure your child is on time to school.
For more information about assessments visit our website.
If you do not have an Infinite Campus log in please contact our office and request your GUID access code to create your account.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office at 303-655-4050
Parents, community members needed for mill levy oversight committee
We did it! On Nov. 8, 2022, 27J Schools voters made a historic investment in education through the passage of 5B, the district’s mill levy override request.
This money means additional funding for school safety, teacher and support staff compensation and STEM and Career and Technical Education learning opportunities.
27J Schools is committed to transparency and accountability every step of the way as we invest this money in our students and staff.
Parents and community members are needed to serve on a new community mill levy oversight committee that will begin its work in 2023. This group of individuals will serve as “the eyes and ears” of all 27J voters to ensure that this money is spent in alignment with voter-approved ballot language.
Visit bit.ly/millaccountability to apply to become a member of this committee.
We Need Your Help
You may also drop off coats at the following locations:
Educational Services Center
18551 E 160th Ave., Brighton
7:30 - 4:30 pm
Stuart Middle School
15955 E 101st Way, Commerce City
8:30 - 4:30 pm
Family Resource Center
89 N. 6th Ave., Brighton
Prairie View Middle School
12915 E 120th Ave., Brighton
8:30 - 4:30 pm
Tardy Student Drop Off
If you have any question please feel free to contact our office.
Thank you for your help.
Girls Basketball and Wrestling Information
Girls Basketball and Wrestling Announcement (To be read on announcements starting December 6th through December 20th)
Attention all 7th and 8th grade Girls interested in playing Basketball this year and 6th/7th/8th Grade Boys and Girls interested in Wrestling this year! There will be an informational parent meeting on Tuesday, December 20th at 5:00pm in the cafeteria. Please have at least one parent attend this meeting with you, if you are interested in playing basketball or wrestling this year.
Vikan Athletics Registration 2022-23
These are the requirements for participation in athletics this year at Vikan Middle School:
1. Current Athletic Physical (normally they are good for up to 1 year)
2. Athletic Fee of $150 ($25 for Free and Reduced). Fees need to be paid by the start of the first practice on Tuesday, October 18th in order to participate.
3. Register on 27J Vikan Athletics Google Form: Vikan Athletics 2022-23 Registration
BHS SAVE THE DATE
8th students and parent please plan on attending this informational meeting. During this time you will be able to:
- Get to know BHS - Values & Beliefs, Academics, Athletics, Clubs & Activities
- Learn about the Graduation Requirements
- Get your course selection materials and know what to do with them.
- Ask questions of teachers, counselors, administrators, coaches & BHS students
Vikan Middle School
Location: 879 Jessup Street, Brighton, CO, USA
Phone: (303) 655-4050