News From Nighthawk Nation
Elevating Excellence in Academics, Character & Community
Edition 23 - Week of 3/2/2020
Mary Baker - K-3 Campus
This week we got to welcome Mr. Bissell back to our campus. Mr. Bissell serves as our AP primarily in the morning and it was such a joy to have a positive male role model back at school. If you happen to see him in the halls or out on driveline, make sure to welcome him back.
It was exciting to have parents on our campus this week with our Parent Walkthroughs. Parents walked through a few Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. One of the comments that came back was the that the curriculum is all the same, but the teachers teach it to meet their needs of the kids in their own way and that is awesome. It could not be a truer statement. One of the million things I love at NVCS is that no matter what room you walk into, students are receiving the same material, but our teachers are so very different and their classes are different that the style of delivering the material truly is tailored to help every child be successful.
3rd Grade students enjoyed a presentation by Lorinda Medicine Bear. Students learned about Native American Traditions. I am always blown away by the respect that students show when we have guests in the building.
Our staff is always working so hard and giving 100%. If you see something awesome that you would like to share, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to celebrate our incredible staff.
- Please refrain from being on your cell phone while you are in driveline. It is dangerous for your child, other children and our staff.
- All cars need to enter from the west and turn right into driveline. Please do not enter from the east.
- Students need to be loaded/unloaded on passenger side only
- Please do not exit your car during driveline. If you need extra time to load/unload your child, please use the coned area.
Marian Hejl - 4-8 Principal
We recieved our total from our Slammin Famine Service Learning Project. Our middle school students raised $1877.50 that was donated to Slammin Famine. A special thank you to all the parents, teachers, students, and community members who helped with this amazing project.
4th graders attended the FACE Music Concert at Thompson Valley High School this week. It was a high energy, inspiring performance that got our students moving and excited about the performing arts! Thank you to teachers and chaperones who attended this field trip, we could not take these trips without you.
Parent Teacher Conferences:
Parent teacher conferences will be held March 11th and 12th from 4pm-8pm. Our sign up genius links for parents to sign up for conferences withhomeroom and core content teachers will be sent out Monday, March 2 at 9 am. Please keep an eye out for this email.
Middle School Pops Music Concert:
On March 6th our middle school (6-8) band and choirs will be performing their POPS concert, which is a concert full of songs from movies, TV, and popular artists! Not only will we have full group perfomrances, we will also showcase small groups and soloists. Please make sure to check your email for details on this event.
The concert will be at the 4-8 Campus and will begin at 7 pm. Students need to arrive by 6:30 pm to report to their rooms to warm up.
Officer Dee Jalali
Stopping for school buses- what does the law say?
Let me paint this scenario for you: You’re running late to work when you see a school bus stopped ahead of you when it’s red lights flashing. Can you get around it without having to stop? It depends but most of the time, yes, you’ll have to stop. Unfortunately, this law is broken everyday which leads to accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
Colorado law states the following:
You have to stop 20 ft. before reaching a school bus stopped with its red flashing lights and it’s stop sign extended whether it’s on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or within an intersection
Additionally, you must remain stopped until the flashing lights turn off and proceed after the children cross the roadway
The only exception when you aren’t required to stop is when the school bus is on a roadway opposite of you that’s separated by a physical barrier or median
If a school bus drivers watches a driver violate the above, he or she shall call their dispatch center and provide them with the vehicle description, plate, and color of the vehicle which will then be provided to law enforcement for further investigation (so just because the police aren’t around, doesn’t mean you’re off the hook)
The ticket for violating this law is 4 points
I ask that you please be cautious when you are behind a school bus that is stopped to allow kids off. According to a survey done over a one week time period, school bus drivers all over the state noted 575 drivers drove past the bus and stop sign (kekbfm.com) This shows are people either too distracted, don’t know the laws surrounding stopping for school buses, or are just impatient. A child shouldn’t die going or coming home from school and you can play a part in helping prevent that.
Officer Dee Jalali
Want to be involved in PTO, but can't make it to meetings. That's ok, we get it. Life is busy. Here is an easy and very valuable way you can support New Vision Charter School.
Parent/teacher conferences are quickly approaching and PTO would like to provide catered dinners for our hard working teachers on March 11th and 12th. We are asking for donations to make this happen! Please click on this link to donate and show your support https://tinyurl.com/u7fpdkx.
Milk Cap Collection
Caps4Cash is a Morning Fresh Dairy program where schools can earn cash by collecting caps from Morning Fresh Dairy glass bottles. Each cap will be redeemed for 5¢ and spent any way the school would like! Please bring your caps to the office at the K-3 building and help our school.
Welcome to the Jungle! It's Book fair time!
- Located at the K - 3 Building - Room 209
- To kick off our book fair for students/families there will be a Grand Event on Tuesday, March 10th 7:15 - 8 am
- Why support Scholastic Book Fairs? 70% of the success of this book fair will go back to our libraries!! Helping to purchase more books, the opportunity for author visits, and overall building a love for reading in our school community.
- Book Fair hours will be March 11th and March 12th 4 - 8 pm
Open Enrollment 2020 - 2021
As our clientele, you are our best advertisers! As we open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year we are hosting parent information nights for prospective students and their parents. We will have many openings in grades K-8 next year and would love for you to help spread the word.
If you know of anyone who is looking for a change, or who is moving into the area please send them our way. Information about this event can also be found on our Facebook Page.
NVCS Board Elections
To: New Vision Parents/Guardians
From: NVCS Board of Directors
Date: Feb 4, 2020
Subject: Open 2020-21 Board of Director Positions
New Vision Charter School is moving forward with great success and needs your help to keep up our progress. Students and staff are enjoying our new 4-8 building and our K-3 facility is already brimming with new students. NVCS is continuing to grow and we’ve received another recognition as a 2019 School of Distinction. We want to continue our success for years to come and we’re looking for parents to join our Board of Directors.
As a charter school, NVCS is governed by our parents and community. Each year the board opens 3 positions that are ending their terms. This is your opportunity to be part of the decision-making process for New Vision and its future. As a member of the Board of Directors, your life and business experience play an important role, and your opinion and contributions are highly valued. NVCS enjoys an increasingly diverse student population and we hope to have a board that reflects that same growing diversity. We invite you to consider running for a position on the Board.
There are two (2) 3-year term positions and one (1) 1-year term opening in May 2020. The process is relatively simple, apply for a position and participate in the election process in April. You may also want to attend the orientation session at the March 30th Board meeting at 5:30 pm to ask questions and learn more about what is involved in serving on the New Vision Board of Directors.
What does serving on the Board entail?
The Board has control and general management of the affairs, property and business of NVCS. As such, you would work hand-in-hand with school administration and six (6) other board members on tasks such as:
Establish and evaluate our academic and physical school growth strategies
Maintain a financially stable operation and ensure our expenses support our mission and vision
Work with TSD school board, the Boys & Girls Club and other agencies on matters that pertain to NVCS
Establish school policies that govern the manner in which we operate as an organization
Collaborate with our Executive Director in establishing standards and best-in-class strategies for continued improvement as a top-tier charter school.
What is expected of a board member?
Attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled, monthly Board meetings. (3-4 hours/month)
Prepare for the meetings beforehand by reviewing the agenda and Board packet. (1-2 hours/month)
Serve as liaison to one of our standing committees (School Accountability/SAC, Finance, Public Relations, Committee of 2 (2-3 hours/month)
Participate in additional meetings/discussions with external agencies as required (1-2 hours/month)
Attend 1 or 2 all-day strategy/goal setting meeting(s) annually (5-7 hours per meeting)
Commit to a three-year term
How to apply.
Complete and submit the following items by the application deadline date of April 10th
Review and agree to uphold the board norms (published here)
Complete the online New Vision Board Questionnaire (link here).
What happens next? Participate in Town Hall Meeting on April 16th in the evening at NVCS.
Additional important dates. Voting opens April 18th and closes April 23rd.
There are many important and exciting opportunities the NVCS Board will be tackling over the next few months and years. If you are willing to donate your time for the benefit of quality education, are an effective communicator and a good listener, consider donating your talents and help make New Vision Charter School the best school we can be!
NVCS Night at the Colorado Eagles
New Vision Charter School Advanced Choir will be singing the National Anthem at the Eagles game, Tuesday March 10th. Our NJHS will be participating in the “Chuck a Puck” fundraising activity that happens during the 2nd intermission to raise funds for the Larimer County Food Bank.
For tickets please visit denver.ticketsales.com/TheEagles or call 888-729-4718
5th Grade "Instrument Petting Zoo"
As we are preparing for your student to start 6th grade next year, we have begun discussions about the music classes that will be available to them next year! Your student has three options available to them: Music Appreciation, Choir, and Beginning Band! Starting next year, in order to get all the students support they need, we will be splitting band into two sections, one for woodwinds and one for brass! Because of this, we will be hosting our instrument try out night, or our instrument petting zoo, sooner than usual!
Please join us on Wednesday, March 11th, during parent teacher conferences, from 5:30pm - 7:00pm in the music room for our Instrument Petting Zoo! This is for any 5th grade student who is at all interested in doing band next year, even if it is not their first choice for a class. Students will go to different stations and try all the instruments, with the help of some musical professionals, to see what instrument they like the best and what fits best with their abilities. Each student will fill out a form and meet with me to make a decision about the instrument they would like to play next year, so that they can be placed into the appropriate class! This is an incredibly important night for your students, so please try to stop by during the allotted time if your student has any interest in playing an instrument next year!
Pets at School
This is a reminder that pets of any kind are not allowed on either campus. Thank you.
FREE SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR CURRENT 7TH GRADE STUDENTS
Have you been wanting to hone your leadership skills? Do you love being up in the mountains during the summer? If yes, this is for you! Rotary is sponsoring a free week-long Youth Leadership Conference in July at the Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center in Larkspur, CO. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. Many past RYLArians have said, "It was the best week of my life!"
Any current 7th grader can apply. If interested in either opportunity, please check out the link for more information: https://rmryla.org/
-Mrs. Jobman, Counselor, NVCS Peridot Campus.
Heroes Among Us
A Scholarship Opportunity Presented by Loveland Mountain View Rotary
HERO: noun, plural heroes;
1. a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character:
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model.
Who is the HERO in your life? Life’s journey is often full of twists and turns, joys and pain, highs and lows. In order to thrive and sometimes survive, the help of another individual becomes more than necessary. Even through simple acts of kindness, encouragement, inspiration or courage, a lasting impression can create a lifelong, impacting relationship. HEROES are AMONG US!
The program is designed to allow you to publicly thank an important person in your life. The rules are simple:
1) Any person in your life may be nominated as a hero. 2) This includes parents, step-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles,
teachers, service men and women, neighbors, friends— anyone! 3) You must be a middle school or high school student in a
Loveland/Berthoud school (Public, Private, or Faith-Based) or homeschooled within Thompson School District.
To be considered for a potential $500 scholarship, you must:
• Submit an application online: www.heroesamongus.co
• Deadline to receive your application is April 1st, 2020
• Based on your application, you may be invited to attend a ceremony on April 20, 2020 where (5) $500 scholarships will be presented! The best of the best will be selected for an evening of fun, food and recognition. (We may present your essay to the group), at Scheels All Sports, 4755 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Johnstown, 6-8 pm.
We are Hiring!
Wednesday, March 4
Girls Basketball @ NVCS Gym vs. St Joseph's @ 4:00
Advanced Choir @ 4-8 Campus @ 3:30
Bedtime Story Facebook Live @ 7:00 p.m. on NVCS Facebook Page
Thursday, March 5
Visiting Author @ 4-8 Campus Library @ 10:00
Girls Basketball at Home vs. St. Joseph @ 4:00
Friday, March, 6
Pops Concert for 7th and 8th Grade
K-3 Gold Feather Lunch
Saturday, March 7
K-3 Destination Imagination Competition