Vail Innovation Center

VIC News, October 27, 2020

Letter from the Coordinator

October 27, 2020

Hello amazing VIC Students/Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful break and were able to get out and enjoy the cooler weather. I enjoyed some time relaxing in the cooler weather and exploring the outdoors with my children over the break, but I am also glad to be back to our routines with all of you.

As we are kicking off our second quarter I would like to review our expectations for everyone:

  • Log in and activate your attendance in each of your classes
  • You should be working to stay on top of your work with your pacing calendar
  • Remember to work a minimum of 1 hour per class per day
  • If you are stuck, or need help, please email your teacher

This is a great time to start thinking of your completion goals. Do you want to work ahead of pace and finish ahead of time to alleviate your testing stress at the end of the semester? Do you want to work to be on track but bring up your grade in a specific class?


1.) We are very excited to announce that we are going to have tutoring times that are open to all 6-12 students. Please see the flyer below.

2.) It is the time for Vail Pride Day Nominations- please see the flyer below nominate your child's teacher(s) or staff of the year, and/or volunteer of the year.

3.) The Vail School District is having our annual Canned Food Drive, please consider using the link to donate or dropping off gift cards or non-perishable items to the VIC. The goal is to bring in an equivalent of 100 cans.

Thank you and have a great week back!

Rachel Tankersley

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Vail Innovation Center K-12


Please complete by Friday 10/30/20! :) Individual Pictures Survey

Hello families!

Here is a link for you to complete a brief survey to let us know if you are interested in having your student come in to the VIC for a student picture.

Thank you for your help in completing this survey so we can plan accordingly.

Upcoming End Dates and Pacing Chart Icons - CyberWolves Finishing CyberStrong!

Hello 6-12 Students,

Remember to keep a close eye on your upcoming end dates. We are more than half way through the courses for many of you. 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)

It's time to plan on getting to the finish line for many of your classes. Let's finish CyberSTRONG!

Thank you,

The Vail Innovation Center Team

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Vail Innovation Center Tutoring Opportunities

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The 2020-2021 School Calendar

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K-5 Families

Hello VIC K-5 students and families,

I hope you all had a wonderful break and were able to get out and enjoy the cooler weather. I enjoyed some time relaxing in the cooler weather and exploring the outdoors with my children over the break, but I am also glad to be back to our routines with all of you.

Thank you and have a great week back,

Mrs. Tankersley


  • Be sure to make your Zoom meetings with your teachers and to work with your family to stay on track.
  • Ms. Heidingsfelder is inviting you to a scheduled dance group Zoom meeting. The dance group is Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30-8:40.
    Topic: Move, Wiggle and Learn with Ms. H!
    Time: This is a recurring meeting
    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 875 0622 2992
    Passcode: 1Ur4hs

Nominations for Vail Pride Day Staff Member or Volunteer of the Year Awards

Vail Pride Day is February 20, 2021. Please take a few moments to recognize and appreciate a staff member or volunteer who has made a difference for you!

Nominate Someone Today for….

Rookie of the Year

Support Staff of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Links will close on October 30, 2020

K-5 Student Recognitions

K-5 Students of the Month for October

Information for Science or Engineering Projects for the VIC Science Fair

VIC students,

Are you interested in completing a science or engineering project for Science Fair this year? This year's fair is going to be completely virtual and details are available at

If you are looking for assistance or guidance on selecting a topic or need questions answered about how to plan, conduct and present your research, please contact Ms. Goldwasser at

Sharon Goldwasser, M.S.

VIC middle school science

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. Reynolds; I’d like to give Kudos to the following math students:

Samuel Larriva - Geometry: Good job emailing me and participating in Zoom meetings!

Brian Best - 6th grade math: Good job keeping up and doing great work!

Emily Sheley - 7th grade math: Good job emailing me and participating in Zoom meetings!

Bella Nording - Geometry: Thank you for your positive attitude and willingness to work hard!

Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from grade 6th-12th who are on pace or ahead of pace in their classes:

6th grade; Alexander Simonetti, Dylan Utsey

7th grade; Hailee Glass, Thor Schultz

8th grade; Adelina Bohnsack, Andrew Estrada

9th grade; Kayla Perez, Loren Schmeckpeper

10th grade; Wyatt Lowe, Madalyn Tanner

11th grade; Conall Burgess, Destiny Herrera

12th grade; Abraham Jimenez, Rebhea Shiha


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 10/27/20

Hello Seniors,

Welcome back to those of you that were able to enjoy your break, and congratulations to those that used the break to get back on track and were successful.

A few upcoming dates and events that you need to know are:

1. SEP Research paper is due November 12th by 5:00pm. You can either submit a hardcopy to the VIC or a digital version online to me or Ms. Wrona.

2. Additionally, as there were two different methods to complete your SEP (with or without a mentor) that paperwork will be due the first part of December. A firm date will be forthcoming.

One last thing, I would also highly recommend that you start working on both your portfolio and presentation as this will give you ample time to complete both projects.

Office Hours for November will be November 12th from 1:00 - 3:00pm at VIC.

We are attaching the link to the SEP Handbook which is posted on our VIC Website under the 6-12 Resources.

As always should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr Arlo Ogden

Vail Innovation Center

Senior Exit Project Coordinator

Senior Advisor


Important Flyers and Information

Tucson Festival of Books Young Artists Contest Entries Due by 12/17/20

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VIC/VBL PTA Membership Info

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Parent Volunteer Link to Sign Up

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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

Edmentum Tech Support

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