VCS East Hawk Talk

March 2022

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State Assessments

Beginning Tuesday, March 29th, our students will join other students throughout Colorado in taking a set of state tests called the CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success). CMAS will be given to students in grades 3-8 in Math and English Language Arts. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will be completing the CMAS Science test.

The VCS testing window closes on Friday, April 29th. The tests are aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards. These standards set our community’s expectations for what students must know to be ready for college level courses or a career after they graduate from high school. Families should know if their children are on the right path, and these assessments will provide an “academic checkup” to help us know if our students are ready for what comes next. These assessments also provide information to the district and state on how schools are performing.

We ask that you make a special effort to have your child (ren) to school on time every day as the assessments will begin soon after arrival. Listed below are important things students can do to help ensure they are ready each day to do their best.

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Come to school on time, every day.
  • Per state requirements, cell phones are not allowed in the testing environment. Secondary students must have their phones turned off and stored in their lockers. Elementary students must give their phones to their teachers to be placed in a secure location.
  • Do your very best.

Thank you for your assistance in our completion of CMAS testing.

Additionally, as required by state law, we are informing you that you have two options in the Aurora Public School District to opt your children out of state testing, if you wish to do so. Here are those options, with corresponding deadlines:

  • IC Parent Portal Opt-Out Tool - This tool is now live in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and instructions to access it are at this link. If you have trouble with Parent Portal, please contact your school representative. The deadline to use this tool is Friday, March 11th.
  • Paper Opt-Out Form - The district Opt-Out form is available below Please complete this form and submit it to your school representative. The deadline to use this paper Opt-out form is Friday, April 15th.

Culture Night

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Order Your Yearbook Today!


  • Click on “Buy student’s yearbook”
  • Enter the school name, city, and state
  • Place your order!
  • Or use the direct link button below

Lost and Found

All items in the lost and found will be donated over Spring Break. Please remind your child(ren) to check for lost items.

Teacher Work Hours

Please note that our staff works from 7:15 am - 3:45 pm and strives to answer all communications on business days within 48 hours. If you are sending notes or messages outside of these hours please be patient and know that our staff will get back to you during their working hours.

Core Virtue of the Month: Mercy

This month our focus turns outward again, focusing on one of the virtues that build community. We focus in March on the virtue of MERCY. Mercy is showing kindness to those who have not been kind to us.

Aristotle exalts the just and magnanimous man. Aquinas speaks of the person transformed by love. Moderns philosophers laud caring, empathy, and sympathy. All of these move in the difficult direction of otherness — getting beyond self and sensing the needs of others.

Mercy acts not only to end the distress of those in need, but extends to those who have wronged us and, in strict justice, “deserve” less. Community service is a natural extension of mercy.

Absences and Tardies


Please remember that students are to be in their seats and ready to learn by 7:50 am. The doors open at 7:30 am, so make sure to drop your children off on time, or sign up for FREE before/after care.


Make sure to notify the front desk of absences. If we don't hear from you, our attendance system will automatically call you to verify the absence.

FSCP (Family, School, and Community Partnership Committee)

We're really starting to pick up steam with our FSCP committee, and we are EXCITED!

If you'd like to join our FSCP committee or would like more information, contact Jennie Gillespie at

The Vaccine Bus Will Be Back!

The vaccine bus will be back at Vanguard East for two clinics on March 9th and March 31st. If you are interested in receiving any of the COVID-19 vaccines please use the buttons below to sign up.

FREE COVID Testing at VCS East!

As you may already know, we are participating in a COVID testing program. Testing began at our building on November 18th at 8 am for any student who opted in. Students will need to be pre-registered. You can register your child(ren) using the following link...registration only needs to be done one time, and students can take a COVID test each week if they like:

Testing-Management-Platform (TMP) (

Students who get tested will receive their money via a gift card. This gift card will be mailed to the address provided when you register.

Finally, this testing will count for athletes participating in school sports.

Please reach out to our school nurse, Annie Garner ( with any questions.

COVID Vaccines

Vaccines are available for individuals ages 12 and older. APS, in partnership with STRIDE Community Health Clinic and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) is hosting ongoing FREE vaccination clinics for families. To learn more about the clinics and to sign up, visit

COVIDCheck Colorado

Individuals who are symptomatic should get tested for COVID-19. Please remember that COVID-19 testing is free and available through COVIDCheck Colorado.

VCS East Events

Choir Concert

Tuesday, March 1st, 6-7pm

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Vaccine Bus

Wednesday, March 9th, 11am-7pm

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Professional Development - NO SCHOOL

Friday, March 11th, 7:15am-3:45pm

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Daylight Savings Time - Spring Forward

Sunday, March 13th, 3am

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Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Monday, March 14th, 7:30am to Friday, March 18th, 9:30am

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Washington D.C. Trip

Monday, March 14th, 4pm to Friday, March 18th, 10:15pm

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CMAS Testing Window

Monday, March 21st, 7:45am to Friday, April 29th, 3:45pm

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Vaccine Bus

Thursday, March 31st, 11am-7pm

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3rd Quarter Awards Assembly

Friday, April 8th, 8-10am

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  • 8:20-8:40 am: 5-6
  • 8:45-9:05 am: K-2
  • 9:10-9:30 am: 3-4
  • 9:35-9:55 am: 7-8

Quick Links

Breakfast/Lunch Menu

Click the button below to access the breakfast and lunch menus. If you do not see the most recent menu, click the button in the top left corner of the menu website and search for our school.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Log in to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to access student course schedules and to check grades and attendance.

Contact Ms. Torres, Ms. Petit, or Ms. Holtz for assistance at 303-338-4110.

Pay School Fees Online

You can now pay your school fees through our online platform of RevTrak. You can go to our website or click here to pay any school fees your child may have.

Fee Schedule

Innovation Learning, Inc.

Click the link below to register for FREE Before and After School care.


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