VCS East Hawk Talk
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.
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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
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 email@example.com.
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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
VCS East Events
Tuesday, March 1st, 6-7pm
Wednesday, March 9th, 11am-7pm
Professional Development - NO SCHOOL
Friday, March 11th, 7:15am-3:45pm
Daylight Savings Time - Spring Forward
Sunday, March 13th, 3am
Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
Monday, March 14th, 7:30am to Friday, March 18th, 9:30am
Washington D.C. Trip
Monday, March 14th, 4pm to Friday, March 18th, 10:15pm
CMAS Testing Window
Monday, March 21st, 7:45am to Friday, April 29th, 3:45pm
Thursday, March 31st, 11am-7pm
3rd Quarter Awards Assembly
Friday, April 8th, 8-10am
- 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