Vail Innovation Center

VIC News, September 22, 2020

Letter from the Coordinator

September 22, 2020

Hello amazing VIC Students/Families,

As we are in our sixth week of school we are seeing many students that are responding well and making great strides in their courses and developing plans for success. Thank you students for all of your hard work. Keep it up! If you are a student that is struggling with the courses or online learning, please remember to reach out to us. We have a whole team of staff here to support you. We want to make sure all of our students are successful.

Some words of wisdom from our first VIC graduate of the 2020-2021 school year, Kaitlin Cox:

  • Never procrastinate doing your work, deadlines can creep up on you.
  • Stay on top of things and do a little bit each day.
  • Get to know your teachers, they can help you.
  • Always strive to do your best.

Have an amazing week,

Rachel Tankersley

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Vail Innovation Center K-12


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A Message to Vail Families from Edmentum

Hello Vail,

Welcome back to school! No matter what your classroom looks like this year we want to make sure you and your families have the tools you need to have a successful back to school experience and we’ve been hard at work identifying new channels through which you can get your questions answered from Edmentum.

To better support your needs we have rolled out a variety of new resources that are now available directly from Product FAQs, live webinars, and office hours can be found on your program’s getting started pages listed below.

We’ve also created a brand new Parent & Caregiver Support Page filled with on-demand resources to help families in your district get up and running!

Edmentum Courseware

Exact Path

Reading Eggs

EdOptions Academy & Calvert Learning

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The 2020-2021 School Calendar

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K-5 Families

Hello VIC K-5 students and families,

This week has been so wonderful and very smooth going. I had the great privilege of attending some of the kindergarten and first grade Zoom meetings this week and was able to see just how hard these kiddos are working. Thank you to Mrs. Hunter's class for the invite. I am looking forward to joining all classes soon and seeing all of your hard work.

Thank you and have a great week,

Mrs. Tankersley

Latest News:

  • The elementary teachers have been so very impressed with the kiddos and wanted to send out a few shout outs to our students of the month! Congratulations to the kids and their families!
  • This week the teachers will continue to be on the lookout for kids that are dressed to impress during the Zoom meetings as well as those on task. It has been so adorable to see their style. We would love to see the students show their personalities with their learning environment and clothing choices.

Dressed to Impress and Student On Task Recognition:

  • 5th Grade Best Dressed: Micah Williams and Alana Maher-Hobbs
  • 5th Grade On Task: Jacob Gonzalez Guzman

K-5 Students of the Month for September

Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner

We would like to send a KUDOS out for the following students. Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next.

Mrs. Franzen; congratulations to Kaydance Sherwood, Hailey Baker and Antonio Cochran who are all - On task and doing great!

Mrs. Dominice-Newton; I would like to recognize Samuel Larriva for working extra hard in Marketing class. I appreciate your proactive attitude! Samuel reaches out when he needs something clarified, or when he needs a test opened. What a great student!

Mrs. Garcia; Ben Wilson has been striving for excellence in his writing. He wrote an essay on technology, and he took time to make sure it was his best work. Way to go, Ben! Mia Gabriela-Costa asks questions and takes time to understand the lessons. She wants to master the material. Keep up the good work, Mia!

Mrs. Wittwer; congratulations to Kelsey Jackson for completing the semester of English so quickly AND with an outstanding effort to earn a top grade! Way to go, Kelsey!

Ms. Shroder; Kelsey Jackson is a rockstar and way ahead of her target with 85% of her assignments completed. But honorable mention to the following students who are on task :):

US History A; Aiden Gowan, Kinler Lees, Alexia McAllister, Luke Mueller-Lugo, Brooke Oliver, Cierrah Utsey, US History B; Weston Monasmith, Kameron Hartleben, World History; Michael Harrington, Madalyn Tanner.

Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from grade 6th-12th who are on pace or ahead of pace in ALL of their classes: 6th grade; Eli Johndrow, Gabriel Karhoff 7th grade; Brandon De Los Reyes, Lynette Kioko 8th grade; Aliyah Kim, Charles Wolfe 9th grade; Kaitlyn Annunziato, Paula Mora Acosta 10th grade; Abigail Garcia, Amira Shiha 11th grade; Natalie Marx, Elena Moreno and 12th grade; Sean Lasdin, Kemya Watson. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

Students in 6-12: Here is a Edmentum Tutorial with tips and tricks. Please watch.

6-12 End of Semester Test Procedures

Hello VIC students, parents, and staff,

Testing procedures are being revised for the remainder of the school year. Please read the information provided below.

At this time we are going to continue to have students take their final exams from home. When scheduling and taking your exam from home you are agreeing to follow all of the testing policies and procedure requirements mentioned below. We will strictly adhere to these guidelines.

How to schedule your exam:

  1. Students will need to use the link on their Teacher Approval letter to schedule their final. The final times will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at either 9 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

** Please remember testing will be done from HOME, so you will not be testing at the VIC. You MUST fill out the GoogleForm completely to schedule your time.

  1. We highly encourage parent(s) or guardian(s) to proctor and support you during your exam. Things for you to keep in mind:

    1. During the exam you may only use a 4x6 notecard to write any notes you may need for the test.

    2. Students should plan to spend up to two hours to complete their exam.

  2. After you complete your final exam, you must take a screenshot of your browser history showing your testing time. This will be sent to your teacher for them to approve your credit for the course. *If you do not send your history, your final will be invalidated and you will receive an “F” on your transcript.

Once your final is scheduled with all of the appropriate information we will unlock the exam for you remotely. By scheduling and taking your exam from home you are agreeing to follow all of the testing policies and procedure requirements from above. Please be sure to read them carefully so you are in compliance with the policies to keep your final exam results valid.

Thank you,

The VIC Team

If you have any questions or concerns, please email one of the following:

Rachel Tankersley- Coordinator of Digital Learning

Julie Devaughn- Online Office Specialist

Amanda Schock- Paraprofessional

Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update

Hello Seniors,

If you have not already done so, you need to send your Letter of Intent, Plagiarism Contract and Parent Consent Form in immediately so you can have your project approved and begin working on your research paper. Also Mr Ogden will have office hours on October 14, from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the VIC. If you prefer here is a link for a zoom meeting should you be unable to come to the VIC.

Topic: Office Hours
Time: Oct 14, 2020 01:00 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 817 5697 8164
Passcode: xZ6Ekd

We are attaching the link to the SEP Handbook which is posted on our VIC Website under the 6-12 Resources. Keep in mind due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently working on modifications to the SEP and we will keep you updated.

Mr Arlo Ogden

Vail Innovation Center

Senior Exit Project Coordinator

Senior Advisor


Seniors!! ACT Testing Make Up Opportunity

ACT Test Opportunity - October 6, 2020

All full-time VIC seniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT test on Tuesday, October 6th due to testing being canceled last spring. ACT is optional for all seniors this year.

Here is information from the University of AZ regarding ACT scores and admission: Submitting your official SAT/ACT scores is OPTIONAL for admissions consideration.

Here is the link for you to let us know your plans for the ACT make up Test.

Juniors... your test will be in the spring. :)

Important Flyers and Information

Cox Communication Service Offer for Families in Need (Must be in Cox Service Area)

Cox offers their basic service (25 Mbps “down”/3 Mbps “up") for $10 a month to families who qualify for Free and Reduced lunch.

There is no installation charge, no equipment charge, and WiFi is included.

First two months are free if ordered before Sept. 30th. The family has to live in a Cox service area.

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

Edmentum Tech Support

If you are having any technical troubles with your online class, please contact Edmentum:

Technical Support


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Sat & Sun 6:00 am – 3:30 pm

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