GVP Family News

September 18, 2020

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A Note From The Principal

Greetings Parents and Scholars,


We have a wonderful team of teachers and staff READY to prepare your scholar for success. Arrival time is from 7:45 - 8:15 daily. We are on the sidewalk eager to check our scholars into the building, provide them with breakfast and guide them to class. I have listened to your concerns and have added additional staff members to the arrival and dismissal team. Please be on time so we can provide each scholar with the best possible learning experience.


We are here to SET them up for success. This week we started our NWEA assessment for our scholars. We should finish next week with makeup exams. Please work with our team to ensure your scholar is tested either onsite or at home. These scores will provide us with an insight into our scholars‘ academic abilities as well as gaps. We will be sharing this information with you and the scholar. Since these scores will be our baseline score it is imperative that they are accurate. Together we will devise a plan to move each student forward.


Let’s GO team! A few weeks ago I talked to you about one of our campus goals. Our goal is to increase the reading level of each scholar. The challenge was to have each scholar read 20 minutes a day. This will help your scholar in both reading and math. Math assessments always have word problems. It is assessing if the scholar can read a problem, comprehend what is being asked and accurately answer. We need to read more! Students that read less than 5 minutes a day have the lowest growth. Students that read over 15 minutes a day have the most accelerated reading gains. Together we can accomplish this goal. Check out what I’m reading below. I’m going to ask you what you are reading this week. Win some Kickboard dollars .... or some Phalen Swag. We are in this together... know that you are always at the forefront of any decision made.

Scholars First,

Dr. Sue Starr

What Is Your Principal Reading?

Dr. Starr is reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. In 2014 this book won the National Book Award. This book will be relatable to our scholars. She is also reading Leverage Leadership 2.0 by Paul Bambrick-Santioyo. It’s a guide to building exceptional schools.

NWEA Testing

Thank you for your support this week in completing our NWEA assessments. We still have some in person and remote learning make ups to complete before the window closes on September 25. If your scholar is a remote learner and is having difficulty completing the assessment at home, please contact our instructional coach Natasha Clark and she will schedule a time for your scholar to complete these assessments at school.

NWEA is a benchmark assessment administered three times a year. Scholars will take an adaptive math and reading assessment. These assessments are non-punitive and will not affect their class grades or grade level placement. These assessments are merely tools to help us better meet the needs of each scholar.

Please remember the tips below on how to help prepare your scholar for NWEA:

  • Get plenty of rest the night before your scholar's assessment.
  • Eat a well balanced breakfast the day of the assessment.
  • If testing in person, please make sure your scholar remembers to bring their charged device to school.
  • If testing remotely, please do not assist your scholar or have someone take the assessment for them. Doing this will result in inaccurate data that may result in a voided assessment and the need to retest your scholar.


Please remember to remain in your vehicle during arrival and dismissal. Scholars are to remain in their vehicle until their temperature is taken. Please do not drop your scholar off at the door. At dismissal, unless previously arranged, you must pick your scholar up through the car rider line. No scholar is permitted to walk to a vehicle parked down the street.

Arrival time is from 7:45am to 8:15am. Dismissal is from 3:00pm to 3:30pm. Please make sure you are on time to drop off and pick up your scholar.

In Person and Remote Learning Plans

For your reference, the in person and remote learning plans can be found below. Please remember, the remote learning curriculum may be limited and will not mirror the full experience of in person instruction.

Dress Code

Please be sure you are following our dress code.

Shirt: Long or short sleeved polo. No t-shirt style shirts. Must be tucked in at all times.

  • Grades K-3: Red shirts only.
  • Grades 4-5: Grey shirts only.
  • Grades 6-8: Black or White shirts only.

Undershirts: Long or short sleeves. Must be tucked in at all times.

All grades: Solid white or black only.

Bottoms: Pants/Shorts/Skirts. Solid black or khaki. No jeans or cutoffs. Fastened at the waist. Walking length shorts/skirts limited to no more than 2" above the knee.

Sweater/Sweatshirts: V-neck, crew neck, or cardigan. No hoodies. Approved polo must also be worn.

All grades: Solid color, per grade color requirement.

Shoes/Boots: Closed heel or strap heel. Closed toes. Any color acceptable.

Find Us On Social Media

Did you know GVP now has a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account? Follow us on social media! We'll share the most up to date information throughout the week, as well as, plenty of shoutouts and and highlights once the year starts.

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Mark Your Calendars

BOY NWEA Assessments - September 14 - 25

In Person Application Window Opens - September 28

Teacher PD Day - September 30

Falcon of the Month Celebration - October 1

End of the First Nine Weeks - October 9

Have Questions? Contact Us Today!

George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy is an A-rated, tuition free charter school serving grades K-8. Our scholars experience hands-on learning with high-quality teachers in small class sizes. We work to help our scholars master key academic skills, and demonstrate strong character, as exhibited by: honesty, service to others, a superior work ethic, and a strong vision for and belief in their futures.