Vanguard East News!
1st-8th Grade Spelling Bee
Staff anniversary recognition
Staff Members of the Month
Winter is Coming!
With the winter months come the possibility of school closures and schedule changes. The decision to change school schedules because of adverse conditions is based on one factor; the safety of all students and staff.
- Vanguard follows the district (Aurora Public Schools ie. Adams-Arapahoe 28J) with regard to school closures, late starts, etc. and we reserve the right to additional closures if deemed necessary.
- The Director makes every effort to decide and announce decisions to close school before 6:00 am.
- Please refer to your local AM radio (850 KOA) and television stations (KCNC Channel 4, KMGH Channel 7, KUSA Channel 9, KDVR Channel 31) for official notification.
- Vanguard will also announce closures on its website and via School Messenger.
Family Involvement Needed
Second Step and Lifeskills
During the month of November the East campus will continue to teach the social and emotional skills using the Second Step and LifeSkills curriculums. East campus will be using Second Step for 2nd to 5th grade while grades 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th will be participating in LifeSkills.
Second Step is an evidence-based social- emotional learning curriculum that helps students develop the necessary skills they need in order to be successful both in and outside of the classroom. Social-emotional learning is all about teaching students how to better understand, manage, and express their emotions. Second Step works on teaching children about empathy, how to build positive relationships, and how to make responsible decisions. It also teaches our students how to gain confidence, set and obtain positive goals, and how to navigate their world more effectively. Second Step is taught in the classroom setting by the student’s teacher and uses age-appropriate games and activities to keep the students engaged and interested.
To read more about Second Step please access the links below:
To read about Second Steps success in the classroom setting and the evidence that supports this program access the link below: https://www.secondstep.org/research
To read an overview of the program please access the link below: https://www.secondstep.org/what-is-second-step
To learn about the elementary (K-5) Second Step program please access the link below: https://www.secondstep.org/elementary-school-curriculum
To learn more about the Second Step 6th grade curriculum please access the link below:
LifeSkills is an evidence-based social-emotional curriculum that is focused on substance abuse and violence prevention. LifeSkills is a unique substance abuse and violence prevention program because it does not simply discuss the dangers and risks associated with this type of risky behavior but rather works to target the reasons that teenagers and youth engage in substance use and violence. LifeSkills works to build students confidence, teach them how to cope with difficult emotions such as anger, stress, and anxiety, and teach them how to resist peer pressure. LifeSkills also teaches students important skills such as how to make positive decisions, how to effectively communicate with others, and builds students' social skills. LifeSkills also helps build unique skills for our high school students, such as how to create a realistic budget, how to set goals, and time management skills.
LifeSkills targets three main competency areas for youth:
Personal Self-Management Skills. This includes teaching students the value of good health, responsible decision making, and how to manage difficult emotions.
General Social Skills: This includes teaching students about how to communicate with others, as well as how to develop health relationships.
Drug & Violence Resistance Skills. This teaches youth about the risks associated with violence and substance use as well as how the media and advertisements are targeting them and how to resist.
LifeSkills is taught twice a week in advisory at both the West and East Campus by their advisory teacher.
To read more about LifeSkills please visit the LifeSkills website or any of the links below.
To gain a better understanding of LifeSkills and get a more in depth overview please visit the link below: https://www.lifeskillstraining.com/program-structure/
To read more about the success of LifeSkills’s and read more about the evidence that supports this program please visit the link below: https://www.lifeskillstraining.com/fact-sheet/
To read more about the LifeSkills middle school program (6th-8th grade) please visit the link below: https://www.lifeskillstraining.com/botvin-lifeskills-training-middle-school-program/
To read more about the LifeSkills 9th grade program please visit the link below
To read more about the LifeSkills 11th grade program please visit the link below:
If you have any further questions about the Second Step or LifeSkills curriculum please reach out to Caroline DuBreuil at the East Campus.
Caroline DuBreuil: firstname.lastname@example.org
Core Virtue of the Month for November is . . . Gratitude
Calling all Veterans and Active Military Members!
Core Knowledge Events
Every year, each grade level selects two units of study to enhance through a Core Knowledge Event. Families contribute to the festivities, so be on the lookout for information from your child's teachers.
Upcoming CK Events:
- 11/22: Kindergarten celebrates Thanksgiving
- 12/17: 2nd grade celebrates Ancient Greece
- 12/19: 3rd grade celebrates Ancient Rome
Fall Middle School sports
Girls Volleyball showed a lot growth in skill development. The 8th grade girls showed great leadership throughout their season and helped the 6th and 7th graders on their team. The volleyball girls stayed committed to their team and fought hard in the tournament. They won a total of 3 games in their season.
This season the cross country team showed great growth. The girls were able to place third overall for all 4 meets, and 2 of our girls placed in the top ten 3/4 meets. The boys were able to place in the top ten 2/4 meets. Overall the cross country team showed great teamwork and Vanguard Spirit.
Fall High School sports
High School Homecoming Dance
During the month of October the East Campus participated in presentations for the Safe2Tell program for their middle and high school students. Safe2Tell is a statewide anonymous way for students, parents, and community members to report unsafe or concerning behaviors in order prevent a tragedy from occurring.
Safe2Tell was created by the Colorado legislature after the Columbine shooting in order to try and prevent other school massacres from occurring. Research has demonstrated that in 81% of all violent incidents occurring in United States schools, someone besides the attacker knew some sort of violence was going to occur but failed to report it. Many times this type of information goes unreported because the individual fears that they might be regarded as a “snitch” or “tattletale” or are afraid of retaliation from the other individual. In order to combat these fears and break the code of silence, Colorado developed Safe2Tell. Safe2Tell has developed into an anonymous reporting tool that operates 24-hours a day and investigates any report that deals with the safety or well being of others.
Any report made to Safe2Tell is always kept anonymous and is protected by Colorado state law. When a report is made the report is sent the Colorado State Patrol communication center to be evaluated. When action is needed that information is then sent to local law enforcement as well as school officials to be investigated and provide intervention. Safe2Tell has also developed a component of accountability to ensure that all reports are investigated by school and law enforcement officials, tracks what actions were taken, and that the outcome is documented.
Safe2Tell reports can be made three ways:
Through the website: https://safe2tell.org/?q=make-report
Through the Safe2Tell App which is free for all Android or Iphone users. The app can be located in the Google Play Store or the Apple Store on the phone.
Through a phone call or text message: 1-877-542-7233
Safe2Tell gets thousands of reports each year regarding unsafe or concerning behaviors such as bullying, substance use, child abuse, suicide threats, school attacks or planned violence, and many more. Safe2Tell has been a critical way to keep our schools and communities safe and we encourage both our students and parents to use this program if they are ever concerned about about a friend, peer, or concerned about violence occurring. It is all of our responsibility to say something when we notice an unsafe or concerning situation and Safe2Tell provides a safe and anonymous way to do so. No incident is ever too small or insignificant for Safe2Tell to investigate so we encourage our students, parents, and community members to always reach out.
Below are resources from the Safe2Tell website. Feel free to visit the Safe2Tell website with your children in order to help yourself and your child with getting familiar with the Safe2Tell program and its process.
Reporting Concerns and Process: https://safe2tell.org/?q=reporting-concerns
Parent Resources: https://safe2tell.org/?q=resources-parents
Student Resources to report: https://safe2tell.org/?q=reasons2tell
Student Lounge and Student Resources: https://safe2tell.org/?q=student-lounge
For any other questions or concerns regarding Safe2Tell please reach out to Caroline DuBreuil at the East Campus
Caroline DuBreuil: email@example.com