Victory Middle School
Return to Learning Plan (Updated: 09/09/21)
A solid foundation
Our collective commitments:
- We believe that all students CAN learn!
- We will be responsible for the success and well-being of every student. Therefore, we will collaborate and support each other in implementing research-based instructional strategies, ensuring effective intervention and enrichment, and designing common formative assessments.
- We will provide a welcoming and safe environment for students, parents, staff, and community members.
- In all things, we collaborate.
- The fundamental task of all educators at Victory Middle School is to evaluate the effect of their practices/teaching on the students learning.
- We talk more about learning than about teaching.
- Teachers at VMS seek out feedback. Assessment is about our impact on student learning.
- Rule #6: Don’t take yourself so seriously!
- Through our own actions, we will model kindness, understanding, integrity, and respect for our students. We will strive to instill these qualities in our students.
- It is our role to develop positive relationships in the classrooms and staffrooms.
- The fundamental structure of the school will be a collaborative team. Educators will not work in isolation.
- The work of the team will include –
- Establishing and implementing a guaranteed and viable curriculum, unit by unit, to ensure all students have access to the same knowledge, skills, and concepts regardless of the teacher to whom they have been assigned.
- Monitoring student learning through a balanced assessment process that will include ongoing formative assessment in the classroom and frequent team-developed common formative assessments throughout the year.
- Using the evidence of student learning they gather to better meet the needs of individual students, to build upon the strengths and address the weaknesses of individual teachers, to identify areas of general concern regarding student achievement, and to develop strategies for improving upon the team’s collective capacity to improve student learning in those areas.
One to One Technology
Students and teachers need to be connected even if they are not able to meet in traditional classrooms. To accomplish this objective, West Ada School District has purchased technology ensuring every student has access to learning. Students at Victory Middle will be issued laptops. Concerns regarding internet access will be addressed as needed, including using “pucks” and coordination with internet providers for lower-cost connection.
These devices are becoming part of the everyday delivery of education. By integrating this technology into the learning process, students can receive instruction, turn in assignments, and receive feedback from their teacher even if the school is not able to be held in a traditional classroom.
Providing computers for all students requires a significant investment. West Ada School District was able to make this investment without further reducing its operating budget or cutting programs. New computers were purchased using $7 million in local revenue from plant levy funds.
Training on the use of this technology has been provided to staff and will also be provided to parents and students.
- Facial Coverings are required on the bus. Masks are required while students and staff are in the classroom.
- Sanitation, wipe high touch surfaces, wash hands, use hand sanitizer
- Symptoms - If you have them, stay home!
- Cover your coughs/sneezes
COVID Testing & Reporting
- Confidentiality with ADA and HIPAA WILL be maintained
- Staff member contacts the school nurse. School nurse will follow the Health Services process for handling of communicable diseases
- Athletics - Staff member will notify ATC/AD in addition to the school nurse
- Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur
Monitor for Symptoms
Please monitor for the following symptoms:
- Fever of 100.4 or higher
- Loss of smell or taste
- New or unusual headache
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Congestion/runny nose.
If your child has any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for further guidance, and inform school attendance. Guidelines may change based on Central District Health community transmission category designation. Current category designations can be located here.
Student Drop off & Pick up
- When dropping off students in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon, please follow the drop off/pick up procedures.
- Please stay in your car
Entering the school
- Due to the need for increased supervision in the morning, students should NOT arrive at school prior to 7:50 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 8:05 AM on Wednesdays.
- Students will enter through the main front entrance or the rear entrance from the buses
- Students will remain seated on the bus until asked to exit by the bus duty monitor
- Students will go to one of the gyms or cafeteria before the ten minute warning bell.
- Visitors are asked not to come into the building unless they have scheduled an appointment
- To schedule an appointment, please e-mail the person you would like to meet with OR call the VMS main line at (208)350-4443
- If picking up your student, remain in your car and call the VMS main phone line (208)350-4443 and your student will be sent to your car
- Students will have a morning break
- If students are eating, they will be required to eat in the cafeteria