Vikan News

Vikan Knights, ARMOR Up!

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From Principal Velez

I wanted to share with our community some interesting information regarding climate and culture at Vikan. Contrary to what some may think, behavior at Vikan is not any different than behavior at any of our other middle schools. As a matter of fact, we sit right in the middle. The chart below shows the out-of-school and in-school suspensions at our middle schools in 27J. (I chose to omit the names because I have not asked permission to those schools to share).


When it comes to expulsions (as of today), this is what we have:


  • MS #1: 2
  • MS#2: 1
  • MS #3: 2
  • MS #4: 1
  • Vikan: 0



One advantage that we have at Vikan is that, on average, our classes are significantly smaller when compared to larger schools. We continue to work hard to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for every Knight every day. Vikan staff works diligently to address negative behaviors and teaching our Knights to ARMOR up every day.


Thank you for your continuous support and please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or need any support.

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Advisory Data Parent Information

This week in advisory your child participated in a data protocol that allowed them to look at 4 different pieces of data as well as their level of effort and engagement at school. Between now and next Friday, December 9, your child will be bringing home all of the data for you to keep and review with them. They will also be bringing their reflection sheet home with them. The backside of the reflection sheet provides you with some guiding questions so that you can have conversations with your child around their data and help them to create an action plan with specific steps that they can take to grow this year. Your child should bring the signed reflection sheet back to their advisory teacher.


Here are the 4 pieces of data that they looked at this week and what that data measures:


Class Grades - This data point should be a measure of how your child is progressing with the Colorado Academic Standards that are being taught in the classroom. Teachers use a 5 point grading scale. A grade of 4.5 means that the student has met the grade-level standard. The full grading scale can be found on our school website.


District Common Assessments - This data point is also a measure of how your child is progressing with the Colorado Academic Standards that are being taught in the classroom. These assessments are given quarterly in Math, ELA, Science and Social Studies. Core teachers have from Dec 6-Dec 23 to give these assessments for quarter 2.


CMAS - This data point measures your child’s mastery of grade level Colorado Academic Standards, as well as their growth from year to year. CMAS is a yearly state assessment for Math and ELA. CMAS Science is only given in 5th, 8th and 11th grade.


FastBridge - This data point measures your child’s readiness for grade level standards in both math and reading, as well as their growth over the year. This screener assessment is given 3 times a year (fall, winter and spring) and gives us information about what your child might need in order to be successful. We will be administering FastBridge next week during advisory so please make sure your child is on time to school.


For more information about assessments visit our website.


Parents, community members needed for mill levy oversight committee

We did it! On Nov. 8, 2022, 27J Schools voters made a historic investment in education through the passage of 5B, the district’s mill levy override request.


This money means additional funding for school safety, teacher and support staff compensation and STEM and Career and Technical Education learning opportunities.


27J Schools is committed to transparency and accountability every step of the way as we invest this money in our students and staff.

Parents and community members are needed to serve on a new community mill levy oversight committee that will begin its work in 2023. This group of individuals will serve as “the eyes and ears” of all 27J voters to ensure that this money is spent in alignment with voter-approved ballot language.

Visit bit.ly/millaccountability to apply to become a member of this committee.

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We Need Your Help

The 27J Family Resource Center is in need of boys/mens coat donation. You may drop new or gently used coats in Vikan's main office and we will deliver them to the Resource Center.


You may also drop off coats at the following locations:

Educational Services Center

18551 E 160th Ave., Brighton

7:30 - 4:30 pm


Stuart Middle School

15955 E 101st Way, Commerce City

8:30 - 4:30 pm


Family Resource Center

89 N. 6th Ave., Brighton


Prairie View Middle School

12915 E 120th Ave., Brighton

8:30 - 4:30 pm

Tardy Student Drop Off

Often times students are arriving late to school and parents are not aware, so we would like to ask that if your student will be arriving late please call our attendance line at 303-655-4056 and leave a message excusing their absence or tardy. If you are dropping off your student you will need to come in to our office to sign them in.

Thank you for your help.

Girls Basketball and Wrestling Information

Girls Basketball and Wrestling Announcement (To be read on announcements starting December 6th through December 20th)


Attention all 7th and 8th grade Girls interested in playing Basketball this year and 6th/7th/8th Grade Boys and Girls interested in Wrestling this year! There will be an informational parent meeting on Tuesday, December 20th at 5:00pm in the cafeteria. Please have at least one parent attend this meeting with you, if you are interested in playing basketball or wrestling this year.



Vikan Athletics Registration 2022-23


These are the requirements for participation in athletics this year at Vikan Middle School:


1. Current Athletic Physical (normally they are good for up to 1 year)

2. Athletic Fee of $150 ($25 for Free and Reduced). Fees need to be paid by the start of the first practice on Tuesday, October 18th in order to participate.

3. Register on 27J Vikan Athletics Google Form: Vikan Athletics 2022-23 Registration


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Staying Healthy During Holidays: Physically, Mentally and Emotionally

The holidays are full of stressors, from incredibly long to-do lists to complex family dynamics. Add to that an increase in indulgent foods and a decrease in regular exercise activities, and this time of year is bound to have you and your kids feeling less than your best. If you’re looking to refocus on what the holidays truly mean and prioritize wellbeing this year, read tips from our partners at Children’s Hospital Colorado for staying mentally, physically and emotionally healthy during the holiday season.

Jackets

Hey Knights, don't forget to bring your jackets/coats. As the weather continues to get colder, we are seeing an increase in students bringing blankets instead of jackets. Blankets are not permitted at school and we want to encourage all students to bring a jacket with them daily. If your student needs a jacket please call our office. As a reminder, students will have outside recess if the "feels like" temperature is above 20 degrees.

We Have Reached Critical Levels!

Vikan Families,


We continue to face labor challenges. You can help. Many parents and community members support us in the important work of substituting. We can use more teacher and para substitutes. Our teacher and para workforce has grown but our sub pool has not yet recovered to match this growth. As a 27J sub, you can choose your location and your work days (hopefully at Vikan). You can talk to me or contact directly our 27J sub coordinator Julie Trujillo - 303-655-2900.


The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has training and a recruitment stipend to get you started…CDE LINK. Check us out at Workat27J.com. Please share with your friends and on social media. I appreciate your continued support of Vikan.


Principal Velez

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Upcoming Events

Boy's Basketball Schedule


Girls Basketball and Wrestling Parent Information Meeting | Dec. 20