Vail Innovation Center
VIC News, May 18, 2021
Letter from the Coordinator
May 18, 2021
Hello amazing VIC Families,
Thank you for an amazing year of learning! Things we already knew, our kids are hard-working and brilliant, our parents are amazing and supportive, and our teachers are outstanding and dedicated. Without each of those components, this year would not have been such a success. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to be the Coordinator for the Vail Innovation Center and getting to know our students and families in a remote setting.
Students, we are so proud of your progress in academics, self-discipline, and dedication to your studies. Parents, we could not have done this without your support. Thank you for the tremendous amount of trust and support you have given us this year. We have missed having our parents, grandparents, and volunteers in our buildings due to the Covid safety protocols. We certainly hope the fall brings more opportunities to open our school doors to our community.
Enjoy the beauty of spring and the final days of school.
Way to go Cyberwolves!!
- Please see the flyers below for VIC graduation and promotion information as well as Summer Opportunities.
- Please do not use the Edmentum messaging feature. It does not notify the teachers. Use your VailStudents email address instead.
- 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.
- 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.
Coordinator of Digital Learning
Vail Innovation Center K-12
K-5 Students of the Month for May 🌸
Grades K-5 Kudos Corner
Mrs. Allison; would like to recognize first grader Charlotte Rabe for following the ACT statement and being a very responsible student. Charlotte has given her best effort on every assignment and continues to give her all at the end of the school year. Mrs. Allison would also like to recognize Link Medeiros for doing a fantastic job on his science and math projects. Link has always been diligent to complete each assignment and is showing determination as he completes his final project for the year. Way to go Charlotte and Link! We are proud of you!
Mrs. Goolsby; I can't believe how amazing Michael Bustillos, Marques Abalos, Maryn Schmeckpeper and Miles Maddox are doing with math word problems. You rock!
Mrs. Hunter; would like to recognize the following students who finished Reading Eggs this year: Aidyn Morales, Mackenzie Stevens, Mike Gibbs, Alayna Velasquez, Nathaniel Adelson, Hazel Cherie, Anthony Wilson, and Morgan Pfeifer. They have all done a wonderful job working so hard! There are many more students that are so close to finishing, so keep going. You can do it! (:)
Mrs. Schultz; is proud of her R.A.D. bunch of Randon, Arwynn, and Daelan that are working so hard to finish strong! You've got this!
Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner
Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next week.
Mrs. Garcia; Garrett Westbrook developed an innovative podcast for his last assignment. Way to go! Nathan Serna has been dedicated to mastering key concepts and always reaches out with questions. Keep it up, Nathan! Lillian Giron read The Book Thief with Mrs. Garcia and took extra time to engage in several book talks. Lillian saw how an expert in the field crafts sentences and creatively captures moments. Keep up those great observations, Lillian!
Mrs. Logsdon; GREAT work this semester, and year everyone! Wishing you the very best moving forward. :)
Mrs. Lotti; Congratulations to Zachary Grant and Seth Liles for successfully completing their finals! Mrs. Lotti would also like to recognize Isabella Weber for showing improvement and Ezra Jacobs for being ahead of pace.
Mrs. Taggart; Congratulations to Bethany Kern for staying on pace to finish Spanish 1A, and to Zach Grant, Grace Hallet and Clark Jones for staying on pace in Spanish 1B. A special kudos to Trisha Smith and Holden Franzen - I know you are working so hard to complete Spanish 1B. You got this!
Mrs. Whitt; Congrats to Jessenda Delgado for working so hard and wrapping up her final classes this week!
Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from 6th through 12th grades who have stepped up their pace and are working hard to the finish line. Congratulations!
6th grade; Allison Blanset, Alisah Cranwell, Faith Murphy
7th grade; Kaden Cashin, Troy Geier, Liam McNeely
8th grade; Lillian Giron, David Larriva, Isabel Miller, Liliana Jai Nostrand, Nathan Serna
9th grade; Kaly Johnson, Damian Macias, Desirae Ponce, Gabriel Sanchez
10th grade; Esther Clark, Alana Catlin, Holden Franzen, Camille Harrett, Clark Jones, Brooke Oliver, Trisha Smith
11th grade; Victor Castro Jr., Grace Hallett, Jessica Hanneman, Grace Kale, Luke Mueller-Lugo
12th grade; Garret Hansen, Ericka Herrera, Alayana Martin, Faustino Martinez Estrella, Janaiah Morsay, Emma Rhyner, Taylor Shipley, Aaliyah Stevens, Kelsey VonMayr, Jacob Wilson
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
Important Flyers and Information
VAIL DISCOVERY CAMP
VAIL COMMUNITY PROGRAMS SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMPS
DRAMA KIDS INTERNATIONAL OF TUCSON
Pima County Youth Arts Scholarship and Pima County Public Library's Summer Project
1) Pima County Youth Arts Scholarship is open for applications. The Arts Foundation is giving $1000 to students entering Pima Community College or Tohono O’odham Community College. Information and application here:https://artsfoundtucson.org/grant/creosote-pycas-eng/
2) Pima County Public Library’s summer project for tweens and teens is called ‘Imagine Our Story’. Youth are asked to engage with their friends and family and submit art and stories reflecting some of what they experienced this last year and some of what they hope and imagine for the future. We will showcase their art and writing on our website, YouTube and Flickr pages. More information is on the flyer and at this webpage:https://www.library.pima.gov/imagine/ We are excited about this project; please share with your fellow teachers.
Summer Sports Camps 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