Vail Innovation Center

VIC News, August 25, 2020

Letter from the Coordinator

August 25, 2020

Hello amazing VIC Students/Families,

We are so excited to see so much growth in our students this week. Their ability to stay on track and get into the platforms and started has really been amazing. Thank you to our families for supporting our students in their learning during this time of challenges and changes.

Thank you for an amazing week.

Be Well,

Rachel Tankersley

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Vail Innovation Center K-12


The 2020-2021 School Calendar

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Mascot Update

Hello VIC families,

The votes are in and we are tabulating them to identify the winner! Stay tuned. :)

K-5 Families

Hello K-5 students and families,

Thank you all for your patience these last two days while we navigate though the tech issues with Calvert. We truly appreciate your understanding and are hoping it stays fixed.

Latest News:

  • Calvert parent links should be up and running. You should have received an email with this information. If you have not received this, please email Ms. Gover at


K-5 Reteach and Enrich Daily Time Blocks:

  • Kinder 9:00 - 10:00
  • 1st Grade 10:00-11:00
  • 2nd Grade 11:00-12:00
  • 3rd Grade 9:00-10:00
  • 4th Grade 10:00-11:00
  • 5th Grade 11:00-12:00

Grades 6-12 Edmentum Pacing Chart and Information on Finishing Classes Early

Your Edmentum home screen shows you colored icons for each of your classes. Continue to pay attention to the colored icons to keep track of how you are doing staying on course to finish your class on time before your end date.

Dark Green = Ahead of Pace (1 or more activities ahead)

Light Green = On Pace (within 1 activity of the expected target)

Orange = Slightly Off Pace (1 or 2 activities behind)

Pink = Way off Pace (3 or more activities behind)

Many students are ahead of pace and have asked if they can finish their class early. The answer is YES! In fact, it is in your benefit to finish a little early before most other final exams occur in December.

If you choose to finish early, here are some additional benefits:

1) You can start early in your next semesters' course.

2) You can take an elective.

3) You can have some spare time until the start of the next semester.

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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

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. Schimke: Nicholas Cromwell is doing AMAZING. He is ahead in both his English and History classes.

Mrs. Franzen: Joseph Peck is ahead of pace for both of his classes, Personal Finance and Business Administration & Management - is excelling in both classes! Jenna Sumpter is ahead of pace for her Academic Success class - she is on top of it.

Mrs. Goldwasser: Taylinn Herzig has completed 5 assignments & quizzes altogether and has done wonderfully. Lynnette Kioko has completed 7 activities and when I sent out an email that explained how to workaround the cell lab without a microscope, she immediately sent back a note of appreciation. Ainslee Lowe and Ben Wilson are currently at 6 finished assignments each on track for success.

Mrs. Garza: Joseph Peck is 3 activities ahead of pace in Statistics and doing very well.

Grades 6-12 Edmentum Sensei for Families and Additional Email Addresses to Add to Edmentum

Hello VIC Middle and High School Parents/Guardians,

Have you registered for your Sensei Account yet? This online portal gives you access to reports sent to you to help you with your child's progress in their Edmentum classes. Please see the attachment which gives directions on how to register, as well as information on what you can access about your child's progress. Please remember, you will need to set this up for each of your children using the invitation link.

If you need additional parent/guardian emails added to your child's Edmentum account, please submit the additional email addresses to Mrs. Nunes, Student Success Coach, at to be sure they are added.

Thank you,

Mrs. Nunes

Student Success Coach

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Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update

Hello VIC Seniors,

On September 1, 2020 there will be a meeting for all parents and students that will be completing their SEP at the VIC. The time and platform for this meeting will be sent out as soon as we have that information. Again, please let the administration know if you will be staying or returning to your former school.

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.

If you already have your idea or topic you are interested in, feel free to contact me about getting started.

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

School Meal Program Changes Starting August 17th

Vail School District 2020/2021 Meal Program Changes - Starting Monday, August 17th

Dear Parents,

On Monday, August 17th, our Curbside Meal Service will be changing. Meal distribution will be located at four sites throughout the district with service on Monday and Wednesday only. We have added both an AM and a PM pick-up time to accommodate our busy families on those two days. Each distribution day will include a multi-day meal pack. Monday's distribution will include meals for Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday's distribution will include meals for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please see the information below for additional details.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Vail Food Service by email at or phone (520) 879-3913 or (520) 879-2015.


Vail School District

Vail School District, P.O. Box 800, 13801 E. Benson Highway, Vail, AZ 85641

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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.

Edmentum Tech Support

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

Technical Support


Mon- Fri 4:30 am – 6:30 pm

Sat & Sun 6:00 am – 3:30 pm

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