Vail Innovation Center

VIC News, September 15, 2020

Letter from the Coordinator

September 15, 2020

Hello amazing VIC Students/Families,

I hope you are all doing well. I wanted to send out a quick message of thanks to all of our students, parents, and teachers for your hard work and dedication to completing the classes and communication. It has been so wonderful to have parents and students emailing and sharing their successes and concerns with teachers and the VIC staff.

Wishing you all an amazing week and continued success!

Be Well,

Rachel Tankersley

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Vail Innovation Center K-12


A Message to Vail Families from Edmentum

Hello Vail,

Welcome back to school! No matter what your classroom looks like this year we want to make sure you and your families have the tools you need to have a successful back to school experience and we’ve been hard at work identifying new channels through which you can get your questions answered from Edmentum.

To better support your needs we have rolled out a variety of new resources that are now available directly from Product FAQs, live webinars, and office hours can be found on your program’s getting started pages listed below.

We’ve also created a brand new Parent & Caregiver Support Page filled with on-demand resources to help families in your district get up and running!

Edmentum Courseware

Exact Path

Reading Eggs

EdOptions Academy & Calvert Learning

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The 2020-2021 School Calendar

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K-5 Families

Hello VIC K-5 students and families,

I just wanted to share a quick thank you to the teachers and parents for your continued hard work and support of your students. Also, students, thank you for all of your efforts and hard work while learning in a completely new way. I am so proud to be helping you through this.

Thank you and have a great week,

Mrs. Tankersley

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.

Dressed to Impress and Student On Task Recognition:

  • 5th Grade Best Dressed: Ruben Gorham
  • 5th Grade On Task: Hiba Ahmad and Ian (Sebastian) Cooksey

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; 8th grade standouts Matthew Allison has been doing great with superstar performance, Damion Welz-Rabe has a great attitude and is a great advocate for himself, and Liliana Santacruz is doing an excellent job. Keep up the good work!

Mrs. Davis; the following students are all currently ahead of pace in their courses!

Aurora Thompson (SS-6), Liam McNeely (SS-7), Anaya Wilson (SS-7), Robert Wolfe (SS-7), Isabella Awbry (SS-8), Savannah Vinson (SS-8), Charles Wolfe (SS-8). I would also like to acknowledge Logan Maher-Hobbs (SS-8) for his perseverance and diligent work! He has been a rockstar student!

Mrs. Heidingsfelder; I would love to shout out to Damion Welz-Rabe for always being punctual to his weekly meeting. Thank you Damion!

Mrs. Lotti; recognizes her students that are all ahead of pace: Ainslie Lowe, Nathan Daschke, Chloe Larson, Seth Rico, Rebhea Shiha, and Sarah Rhodes. You all rock! Keep up the amazing work and pace!

Mrs. Elchert; Emma Ilac is doing an amazing job in Social Studies! She is on track with a great grade, but most importantly she is learning and challenging herself. Nevaeh Bustillos is on Pace in World History and is doing a great job keeping on top of her class. She is a pleasure to teach. Brian Best is polite and respectful and is willing to listen to instruction. Because of that he is doing a great job in Social Studies.

Mrs. Wittwer; shout out to Aiden Gowan for getting in gear with lightning speed and then zooming to ahead of pace. Way to go, Aiden!

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; Gavin Dunn, Olivia Freeman, 7th grade; Joseph Block, Jaelyn Utsey, 8th grade; Isabella Awbrey, Eden Oliver, 9th grade; Michael Harrington 10th grade; Natalyn Rogers, Aiden Gowan, 11th grade; Kinler Lees, Zoey Mindziak, and 12th grade; Angelo Coronado, Chloe Larson. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

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

6-12 End of Semester Test Procedures

Hello VIC students, parents, and staff,

Testing procedures are being revised for the remainder of the school year. Please read the information provided below.

At this time we are going to continue to have students take their final exams from home. When scheduling and taking your exam from home you are agreeing to follow all of the testing policies and procedure requirements mentioned below. We will strictly adhere to these guidelines.

How to schedule your exam:

  1. Students will need to use the link on their Teacher Approval letter to schedule their final. The final times will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at either 9 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

** Please remember testing will be done from HOME, so you will not be testing at the VIC. You MUST fill out the GoogleForm completely to schedule your time.

  1. We highly encourage parent(s) or guardian(s) to proctor and support you during your exam. Things for you to keep in mind:

    1. During the exam you may only use a 4x6 notecard to write any notes you may need for the test.

    2. Students should plan to spend up to two hours to complete their exam.

  2. After you complete your final exam, you must take a screenshot of your browser history showing your testing time. This will be sent to your teacher for them to approve your credit for the course. *If you do not send your history, your final will be invalidated and you will receive an “F” on your transcript.

Once your final is scheduled with all of the appropriate information we will unlock the exam for you remotely. By scheduling and taking your exam from home you are agreeing to follow all of the testing policies and procedure requirements from above. Please be sure to read them carefully so you are in compliance with the policies to keep your final exam results valid.

Thank you,

The VIC Team

If you have any questions or concerns, please email one of the following:

Rachel Tankersley- Coordinator of Digital Learning

Julie Devaughn- Online Office Specialist

Amanda Schock- Paraprofessional

Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update

Hello VIC Seniors and Parents,

Please remember that we will have another parent/student orientation for the Senior Exit Project (SEP) this Wednesday, 9/16/20 at 4:30pm. It may be helpful to download the SEP Handout from our website prior to the meeting. Also when filling out the required paperwork please indicate which path your student will take i.e.) with or without a mentor. As always should you have any questions please do not hesitate to 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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