Vail Innovation Center
VIC News, April 27, 2021
Letter from the Coordinator
April 27, 2021
Hello amazing VIC Families!
Thank you to all of the families that helped contribute to the See's Candy Fundraiser! We were able to raise $250 for the VIC/VBL PTA. This week has been a busy week getting back into our routines and preparing to finish out our second semester. I wanted to send out a few reminders for finishing strong. Be sure to pay attention to your pacing calendar. This will ensure you are finishing your classes on time and you will not need an extension to complete your work.
Remember to communicate with your teachers through your school email address and check it daily. When you are ready for post-tests or your end-of-semester test, email your teacher for help with scheduling a time. If you are looking to re-do assignments to improve your grade, you can complete the tutorial again to unlock your mastery test for a second attempt.
9-12 grade Extension Fees:
To pay your $30 extension fee acceptable forms of payment include cash, check, money orders payable to Vail Innovation Center, and credit/debit card. You may also pay online by using this link https://az-vail.intouchreceipting.com/signin.aspx to pay by card. Once you have made the payment online, please email Mrs. Devaughn email@example.com a copy of the receipt so we can change the end date and turn the class back on if it has been disabled.
You may call Mrs. Devaughn at 879-1303 to set up a time to pay your extension fee (cash, check or money order) in person at VIC if you are unable to take your Final Exam before your end date.
- Please do not use the Edmentum messaging feature. It does not notify the teachers. Use your VailStudents email address instead.
- Tutoring is available for all middle school and high school students. Please see the flyer below.
- Parents of K-12 students, please remember that we do have to abide by the 10-day drop policies of the state just like the brick and mortar schools. This means that attendance needs to be logged. If a student does not log work for a 10 day period without talking with the VIC, we could drop them from the program. This also applies if they are ahead of pace according to the laws we have to abide by. Thank you for your understanding.
Tax Credit Designation Time is Here
If you have not already made a tax credit designation, please consider making one to VIC through the VBL location. This designation costs you nothing! You merely designate the funds on your state tax return, send them in with the return, and receive them back with your refund. If you owe, the designation is subtracted from your balance. The money that we collect from tax credit designation is used to fund our school events, prizes, and activities. If you are filing jointly, you can designate up to $400 and if you are filing single, you can designate up to $200. Please click on the link to the district website for more information. https://vailtaxcredits.org Thank you in advance for your consideration of this.
Have a great week CyberWolves!
Coordinator of Digital Learning
Vail Innovation Center K-12
Vail Innovation Center Tutoring Opportunities
Please see the picture attachments below with additional information needed for each tutoring opportunity listed below; days/times and instructor information. Thank you.
Link for MS Math
Link for MS ELA & SS
Link for HS Science
Use the link below to join the "Chemistry Tutoring" Group in Schoology:
Link for HS Math Algebra 1 & Geometry
Link for HS ELA & SS
Free Math Tutoring for K-12 through the University of Arizona
The attached schedule is provided by the University of Arizona Math Department for the Spring Schedule for FREE Math Zoom Tutoring. This is for elementary grades, middle school and high school math.
Through the AmeriCorps STEMM program, skilled tutor mentors provide free online math tutoring and support to K-12 students. Any questions about the program may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 520.621.6866
☔️ K-5 Students of the Month for April 🌸
Grades K-5 Kudos Corner
Mrs. Allison; would like to recognize first grader Jax Pinkerton for being an outstanding student in our Zoom lessons. Jax always comes prepared, ready to learn and has a smile on his face.
Mrs. Allison would also like to recognize second grader Elysia Jenkins for working hard the entire year. She puts great effort into every assignment and has kept that momentum going all year.
Mrs. Hunter; would like to recognize kinder students Mya Russell, Caelan Ward, Quinn Vinson, Mackenzie Stevens, Alayna Velasquez, and Finn Maakestad. They are so attentive in Zoom class and are always ready to learn. Keep up the great job!
Mrs. Hunter would also like to highlight first grade student McKenna Diederich. She is so well mannered on Zooms and always follows directions nicely. Way to go following our ACT statement.
Mrs. Marko; I would like to recognize Quinn Coates, BaBari Ganago, Daisy Jones, Devin Pinkerton and Harper Vinson. They always come to our Zoom classes with the greatest attitude, smiling and ready to work! It makes my day!
Mrs. Robles; I'd like to shout out to Ethan Delbarba (3rd Grade)! He has integrated into our online school well, and continues to set a great example for all his teammates. Keep up your good work.
Mrs. Schultz; recognizes Samuel, Samantha, Penelope, Vyom, and Randon who did an excellent job collecting data with their wobble horse for the SARSEF Science Zoom!
Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner
Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next week.
Ms. Eguia; Emmanuel Castillo is working hard to stay on or ahead of pace in Game Development. He is thorough with his work and always offers great input in his discussions. I enjoy reading about his preferences and ideas about the gaming world. Keep it up, Emmanuel!
Mrs. Elchert; Natalyn Rogers is off to a great start in US History. She just started the course but is already in communication on how to do her best and be successful. What an awesome student!
Mrs. Franzen; Benjamin Allison is doing great in Economics. He is almost done and is right on pace! Good job. Jacob Wilson is working really hard and has caught up on his Personal Finance course. Keep up the good work. You are almost done!
Mrs. Garcia; Sam Strause is showing proficiency on key concepts and growing as a reader and writer. Way to go! Kaden Cashin asks great questions and is always willing to grow as a student. Keep it up! Elizabeth Garcia has been working diligently on her language arts course! Excellent work!
Mrs. Goldwasser; Samuel Strause did an excellent job of revising one of his recent labs. His work has been stellar lately! Well done to Liam McNeely for submitting two complete labs this week. They take a lot of time and effort to complete.
Mrs. Logsdon; I want to shout out to Calissa Berry in 7B for being ahead of pace and ready to schedule her final!
Mrs. Lotti; would like to recognize the following students for being on or ahead of pace: Katerina Amaral, Nevaeh Bustillos, Zachary Grant, Adrian Macias, Aislinn Evans, Aiden Karhoff, Christopher Collins, Hannah Way, Matthew Allison, and Damion Welz-Rabe. The end of the semester is coming; keep working hard!
Mrs. Polivchak; I would like to recognize Ash Raymond. Ash does great work on their tutorials. The tutorials are thorough, fully completed, and thoughtfully answered. Keep up the good work, Ash!
Mrs. Taggart; all of these students are at pace in Spanish 1B. I appreciate the effort they are putting in to stay on track: Nevaeh Bustillos, Alana Catlin, Aidan French, Zachary Grant, Isabelle Lopez, Jodie Osmun, and Victoria Stabile. Keep going, you are almost there!
Mrs. Whitt; nice job to Andrew Stewart for jumping into some math tutoring and rocking his latest post test!
Mrs. Wittwer; congratulations to Autumn O’Brien and Destiny Herrera for getting to your final exam while still in the month of APRIL!! Woohoo!!!
Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from 6th through 12th grades who are on pace to finish by their end dates, or ahead of pace in all of their classes:
6th grade; Tingen Jones, Cara Trujillo
7th grade; Thor Schultz, Samuel Tarver
8th grade; Eden Oliver, Damion Welz-Rabe
9th grade; Emily Countryman, Caleb Lang
10th grade; Aiden Gowan, William Ives
11th grade; Malcolm Breaux, Jiselle Ramirez
12th grade; Angelo Coronado, Savanna Oliver, Rebhea Shiha, Kemya Watson
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
Senior Corner - Graduation Information
VIC Seniors - Graduation Information
You are on the home stretch. You are so close! Keep up the hard work until the end of the semester. In order to earn your high school diploma in May, you need to meet the following requirements:
Pass all required classes and earn at least the needed 22 credits. Coursework and final exams need to be completed by Friday, May 21st.
Pass the AZ Civics Exam.
Complete all components of the Senior Exit Project.
At this time we are planning an in-person commencement ceremony. We are still working out the final details, so you will be receiving additional information in the near future. Here is what we know now:
Class of 2021 - Vail Innovation Center Commencement Ceremony
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Location: Vail Theater of the Arts (attached to Empire HS)
Order your cap and gown and other graduation supplies from Jostens. Follow this link:
The VIC does not provide caps and gowns to the students. Place your order now.
Please reach out to your teachers or myself if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help!
Special Edmentum Reminders
All students need to be working a minimum of 5 days a week to complete their courses on time. There are course maps for you to utilize as a tool for success with completing assignments on time.
6-12 grade students should ONLY use your school email account to communicate with your teachers **Do not use the Edmentum messaging system. Remember your teachers have 24 hours to respond to your school email messages.
You should be working a minimum of 1 hour per class per day to meet the timing requirements.
Tutoring sessions are available if your student is struggling. Please be sure to look at the tutoring schedule and use those links to attend virtually. Our teachers are looking forward to seeing and helping you!
Your course is made up of multiple units. Within each unit, there are subsections and topics which often include a tutorial, activities/practice, and/or a mastery test. Mastery tests can be retaken up to 3 times, but you must redo the tutorial first and then the program will unlock the mastery test again for another attempt. Edmentum will count your highest score.
When you get to the Post Test please reach out to your teacher through email to unlock it for you.
End Dates and Pacing Chart Icons - CyberWolves Working CyberStrong in 2021!
Remember to keep a close eye on your end dates.
Are you on pace to finish by your end dates?
Dark green = ahead of pace (1 or more activities ahead)
Light green = on pace (within 1 activity of the expected pace)
Orange = slightly off pace (1 or 2 activities behind)
Pink = Way off pace (3 or more activities behind)
Remember your online agreement to work approximately one hour a day in each class for five days a week will keep you on pace with light green or dark green pacing icons. Let's work CyberSTRONG in 2021!
The Vail Innovation Center Team
Students in 6-12: Here is a Edmentum Tutorial with tips and tricks. Please watch for a refresher.
Important Flyers and Information
The 2020-2021 School Calendar
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