Vail Innovation Center

VIC News, September 9, 2020

Letter from the Coordinator

September 9, 2020

Hello amazing VIC Students/Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. This week there will be more information coming your way from the district with regards to hybrid learning at the brick and mortar schools as well as a COVID-19 Acknowledgement that will need to be signed before returning to campus. This will also need to be signed before coming to the VIC for any open lab times, tutoring, or meetings with your teachers when that is available again. For those of you that are new to the VIC, we offer Open Lab usually 3 days a week to allow time for students to gain one on one support from their teachers in grades 6-12. Please be on the lookout for emails from the district.

We all are looking forward to seeing our students soon! Also, we hope to plan some social events as the weather cools down as that will allow for outdoor activities and social distancing. If you are interested in helping plan some of these activities virtually or for the outdoors, please email me at

Be Well,

Rachel Tankersley

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Vail Innovation Center K-12


The 2020-2021 School Calendar

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K-5 Families

Hello K-5 students and families,

We have been so impressed with the students and families for all of their continued hard work and efforts in getting this year up and running. Thank you for working to make this transition a success.

Latest News:

  • The elementary teachers have been so very impressed with the kiddos and wanted to send out a few shout outs to our students of the month! Congratulations to the kids and their families!
  • This week the teachers will continue to be on the lookout for kids that are dressed to impress during the Zoom meetings as well as those on task. It has been so adorable to see their style. We would love to see the students show their personalities with their learning environment and clothing choices.

Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner

We would like to send a KUDOS out for the following students. Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next.

Mrs. Goldwasser; there are some shining stars participating in the 6th grade science course. Eli Johndrow is shining, and always goes above and beyond in his explanations on lab activities. Henry Giesber is another achiever and super scientist. Julius Chapman and Madalyne VanHyning are both working ahead of pace and also maintaining outstanding grades.

Mrs. Garcia; Maddie VanHyning works diligently in Language Arts to complete course work, asks clarifying questions, and advocates for herself. Way to go, Maddie! Jaime Hunter has a positive attitude, and she strives not just to complete the coursework, but truly understand the material. Keep up the hard work, Jaime! Sam Strause is engaged in the course material, takes time to ask questions, and provides solid responses in his tutorials. Way to go, Sam!

Mrs. Lotti; is recognizing her English 1A and English 4A classes that are all on or ahead of pace. You are amazing! Keep it up!!

Mr. Streeter; is recognizing many students who are working ahead in American Government, World History, or US History; Alyssa Altuna, Angelo Coronado, Abraham Jimenez, Chloe Larson, Jacob Mitchell, Joseph Peck (a whole month ahead of schedule!), Dallen Rogers (a month and a half ahead of schedule!), Isabella Vigileos, and Kemya Watson.

Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from grade 6th-12th who are on pace or ahead of pace in ALL of their classes: 6th grade; Madalyne Van Hyning 7th grade; Jaime Hunter 8th grade; Jenna Sumpter 9th grade; Autumn O'Brien 10th grade; Michael Maietto 11th grade; Luke Mueller-Lugo and 12th grade; Sarah Rhodes. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

Students in 6-12: Here is a Edmentum Tutorial with tips and tricks. Please watch.

Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update

Hello Seniors,

If you were unable to make it to the SEP orientation please contact Mr. Ogden or Ms. Wrona immediately so we can get you on the road to completing your SEP. Also when completing the required forms for your SEP, please scan the documents and email them to Mr Ogden. Photos of the documents taken on your phone are extremely hard to work with. Thanks for your help in that regard. Looking forward to seeing you tonight and helping you with this project and getting you to graduation. As always should you have any questions please contact me.

We are attaching the link to the SEP Handbook which is posted on our VIC Website under the 6-12 Resources. Keep in mind due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently working on modifications to the SEP and we will keep you updated.

Mr Arlo Ogden

Vail Innovation Center

Senior Exit Project Coordinator

Senior Advisor


Seniors!! ACT Testing Make Up Opportunity

ACT Test Opportunity - October 6, 2020

All full-time VIC seniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT test on Tuesday, October 6th due to testing being canceled last spring. ACT is optional for all seniors this year.

Here is information from the University of AZ regarding ACT scores and admission: Submitting your official SAT/ACT scores is OPTIONAL for admissions consideration.

Here is the link for you to let us know your plans for the ACT make up Test.

Juniors... your test will be in the spring. :)

Important Flyers and Information

Vail School District Diaper Drive

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School Meal Program Changes Starting August 17th

Vail School District 2020/2021 Meal Program Changes - Starting Monday, August 17th

Dear Parents,

On Monday, August 17th, our Curbside Meal Service will be changing. Meal distribution will be located at four sites throughout the district with service on Monday and Wednesday only. We have added both an AM and a PM pick-up time to accommodate our busy families on those two days. Each distribution day will include a multi-day meal pack. Monday's distribution will include meals for Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday's distribution will include meals for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please see the information below for additional details.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Vail Food Service by email at or phone (520) 879-3913 or (520) 879-2015.


Vail School District

Vail School District, P.O. Box 800, 13801 E. Benson Highway, Vail, AZ 85641

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Cox Communication Service Offer for Families in Need (Must be in Cox Service Area)

Cox offers their basic service (25 Mbps “down”/3 Mbps “up") for $10 a month to families who qualify for Free and Reduced lunch.

There is no installation charge, no equipment charge, and WiFi is included.

First two months are free if ordered before Sept. 30th. The family has to live in a Cox service area.

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Enrolling Now

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K-12 VIC Staff Contacts - Communication is Key


Please be sure you are reaching out to your teacher at any time to get support or ask questions. We are attaching our staff list showing teacher names and email addresses so you can easily contact your teacher. We are all here to help you succeed. Please plan enough time to hear back from your teacher within 24 hours.

Here is the link to our spreadsheet with all of the VIC teachers and their email.

"Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity."

— Nat Turner

Edmentum Tech Support

If you are having any technical troubles with your online class, please contact Edmentum:

Technical Support


Mon- Fri 4:30 am – 6:30 pm

Sat & Sun 6:00 am – 3:30 pm

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