Vail Innovation Center
VIC News, January 12, 2021
Letter from the Coordinator
The Vail Governing Board approved to move all schools in our district to
Remote Learning as a mitigation strategy to the pandemic. This temporary transition to remote learning will be from January 4th through January 25th.
During this time, we will have scheduled office hours. Please click here to make an appointment if you need to come into the school for any reason.
Hello amazing VIC Families!
We are off to a great start to the second semester! This is normally the time we start sharing about Vail Pride Day, however, this will be a little different this year. VPD will be all virtual! We strongly encourage our budding artists to submit work for the VPD 2021: Art Contest and everyone to participate in the VPD VIrtual Fun Run! I also know some of you may be interested in conducting some scientific research. If interested, there is a flyer attached with information.
If you are doing an art project, please let Mrs. Dominice know: email@example.com
If you are doing a science project, please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the flyers and information below.
Have a great week!
Coordinator of Digital Learning
Vail Innovation Center K-12
Last Week's Letter 1/5/21
Hello amazing VIC Families!
We are very excited to be starting our Spring Semester with all of you. We had a pretty remarkable first semester with all of our new students, teachers, and staff joining us. Thank you all for making that such a special and productive time. All new classes are being loaded this week and teachers will be reaching out to introduce themselves and welcome you to their classes. In addition, please carefully read through this newsletter, as it reviews many of the expectations for attending the VIC.
A special thank you to all of the learning guides for the students. The VIC truly depends on parents and learning guides to help support students in their learning alongside the teachers. Remember, the students’ teachers are an email away.
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.
Here are some tips from current VIC Students and Teachers:
“To succeed with VIC is to do the guided notes religiously and to do about 1/2 of the tutorial for each class each day. Staying on track is key!! Having the guided notes to take the mastery and unit tests really help.” - Caiden Mott, a 7th-grade student at the VIC
“When things get difficult, email your teacher. It is always good to explain what you need help with, the teachers have always helped me quickly to understand the material.” - Anonymous HS student
“The best advice I have for you is to take notes while you are working through the tutorials. Once in a tutorial, on the left-hand column, choose “resources,” then “guided notes.” Print these guided notes, and fill them out as you work through the tutorial. Then, you can use these notes during the mastery and post-tests! Write down key vocabulary and example problems to refer back to. This will help you remember the material more easily.” - Mrs. Whitt, a VIC teacher
Thank you all and Happy New Year!
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
The 2020-2021 School Calendar
K-5 Students of the Month for January
Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner
Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next week.
Ms. Amaya; recognizes Sarah Rhodes who is doing a great job and is ahead of pace in her Spanish 3 class. 🎉
Mrs. Davis; would like to recognize two star students who are Liam McNeely (7th grade Social Studies) and Savanah Vinson (8th grade Social Studies). I am proud of both of them for their hard work and dedication to academic success! Way to go!
Mrs. Garcia; Gianna Miller has been working diligently through her language arts course. She takes time to understand the material and asks questions about the content. Way to go, Gigi! Madalyne VanHyning created a creative and well-thought out multimedia presentation. Excellent work, Madalyne! Delaney Franzen has been mastering key concepts and staying ahead of pace. Nicely done! Nathan Serna has been on track with language arts and showing proficiency on key concepts. Keep it up!
Mrs. Goldwasser; the following students are all working ahead of pace so far this semester. Congratulations for having a great start: Julius Chapman, and Collin Maubach (Science 6B), Taylor Jackson (7A), and Ainslie Lowe, Julian SantaCruz and Samuel Tarver are all working ahead of pace in Science 7B. And well done to all of these students in 8B who are on pace at this time and showing good organizational skills in sticking to a schedule Calissa Berry, Dominic Creason, Elizabeth Garcia, Parker Jones, Sydney Menez, Eden Oliver, Liliana SantaCruz, Isabella Santos, Nathan Serna, and Damion Welz-Rabe.
Mrs. Goolsby; Landon Rhodes, your grades look amazing. Great job finishing the semester strong. Liam McNeely, great job joining Mrs. Goolsby on ZOOM. John Tippins, you just finished your best High School Semester yet! Your hard work has paid off. Excellent work!
Ms. Lange; would like to recognize Gianna Miller (8th grade math) for completing her ENTIRE second semester math class over the winter break. She finished ALL of the assignments, and is scheduling her final as well. Gigi is truly amazing and clearly has continued to work so hard!!!!
Mrs. Logsdon; I'd like to give a shout out to the following students for an excellent start to Semester 2 in Language Arts: 6th grade: Brian Best, Gabriel Karhoff, Ethan Rogers, Gavin Dunn, and Cara Trujillo. 7th grade: Calissa Berry, Josiah Gomez, and Ella Karhoff. 8th grade: Dominic Creason, Parker Jones, Savanah Vinson, and Sydney Menez.
Mrs. Lotti; would like to recognize the students who are ahead of pace: Carissa Cox, Adrian Macias, Ezra Jacobs, Rebhea Shiha, Sarah Rhodes, Collin Maubach, Nathan Mandel, Julian SantaCruz, Matthew Allison, Damon Welz-Rabe. Keep it up!! You rock! Mrs. Lotti would also like to recognize the students who are on pace: Katarina Amaral, Nevaeh Bustillos, Damian Macias, Aidan Karhoff, Miguel Parra, John Tippins, Benjamin Garcia, Eric Saffioti, Henry Giesber. You are amazing!
Mrs. Whitt; NICE JOB to Loren Schmeckpeper, who has started out this semester by remaining right “on pace.” Keep up the GREAT WORK Loren!!!!
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; Julius Chapman, Collin Maubach
7th grade; Josiah Gomez, Jamie Hunter
8th grade; Gianna Miller, Liliana Jai Nostrand
9th grade; Nevaeh Bustillos, Autumn O'Brien
10th grade; Abigail Garcia, Kaydance Sherwood
11th grade; Emma Furshong, Desiree Morineau
12th grade; Jaydon Medley, Sarah Rhodes
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update 1/12/21
Hoping all of you had a great first week back and that you are working on your eportfolio and staying on top of your coursework. I have had a couple of questions about WIX so if you are having any issues try the following:
1. Select "Myself"
2. Select "First Time"
3. Select "Portfolio & CV"
4. Select "Create Your Website With The Editor" and then click "Choose a Template."
5. Select "Portfolios" at the top of the page, from here the selection is what will work best for you. There are three pages of templates so finding one should not be an issue. Please check the handbook to make sure you can include all the required documents i.e. Shadowing/Non-Shadowing pathways.
WIX is really user friendly and I think you will enjoy building your portfolio. Please remember that when you are done please email Ms. Wrona or myself the link so we can start grading them as soon as possible. Also keep in mind that the last day to submit is 2/10/21 (February the10th) at 5:00PM. As always, should you have any questions please contact Ms. Wrona or myself. Welcome to week two semester 2, graduation will be here before you know it!
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
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
Important Flyers and Information
Vail School District Curbside Meal Service (January)
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