Vail Innovation Center

VIC News, April 13, 2021

Letter from the Coordinator

April 13, 2021


Hello amazing VIC Families!


Congratulations to all of our testers this week! They have been doing an amazing job of completing their work. The teachers and I are very proud of their hard work! Next week we will continue our studies in Calvert and Edmentum. Over the next two weeks, you will have the opportunity to show what you know now that it is testing time.


Attached you will find the following:


1.) VIC AzM2 Letter - Information for the VIC testing schedule, expectations, and what to bring can be found here.


2.) Taking an AzM2 Practice Test - Information for taking the practice tests online for math and reading. Parents can help go over this with students as it is new for some of them.


3.) AzM2- testing features (Math) - Information for manipulating the testing site and information.


4.) AzM2- testing features (Reading) - Information for manipulating the testing site and information.


5.) AzSCI Practice Test Directions- Grades 5, 8, and 11 will be taking the AzSCI this year and we have put together a sheet to help you take a practice test. It does take a bit of time and more thinking than the previous science tests.


Thank you all for your hard work this year, it is time to prepare to show what we know!


If you have questions, please email them to Mrs. Tankersley along with the best number to contact you at: tankersleyr@vailschooldistrict.org.


Reminders:

  • 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.


Senior Reminders:

We are quickly approaching the end of your high school career! Wow! We are doing our best to plan for a fantastic graduation celebration. Please complete this short survey ASAP. Click here to complete the survey!


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!


Mrs. Tankersley


Rachel Tankersley

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Vail Innovation Center K-12

520-879-1313

tankersleyr@vailschooldistrict.org

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 Science and Physics, and HS Physics

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:

MZDF-M5ZV-6D8M9


Link for HS Math Algebra 1 & Geometry

Link for HS ELA & SS

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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 mhosten@math.arizona.edu or lmaroney@email.arizona.edu or call 520.621.6866

β˜”οΈ K-5 Students of the Month for April 🌸

Grades K-5 Kudos Corner

Congratulations to the following K-5 students who have earned a KUDOS shout out from their teacher. Keep your eye out to see who's next!


Mrs. Allison; would like to give a huge shoutout to her students that worked hard to raise money for the American Heart Association. Together our school raised nearly $4,000 and we could not have done that without the dedicated help from Micah D., Luke A. and Kayleigh M. Thank you so much for supporting the fundraiser and the fight against heart disease ❀️ Way to go!


Mrs. Hunter; would like to recognize kinder student, Mackenzie Stevens for completing Reading Eggs. She has worked very hard this year and always does outstanding work and projects. She is a joy in our Zoom classes and has been an excellent role model. Keep up the awesome work! (:) Mrs. Hunter would like to highlight first grade student, Anna Foster for being so kind and thoughtful. She created and mailed Mrs. Hunter a beautiful Spring/Easter card and is always doing kind things to brighten her day. She is always a ray of sunshine in Zoom class and has beautiful manners. Thank you Anna, for showing us what it means to follow the ACT statement. (:)


Mrs. Schultz; is proud of all her AzM2 testers for arriving on-time, ready to go, and doing their best! πŸ†

Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner

We would like to send a KUDOS out for the following students in grades 6-12.

Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next week.


Mrs. Burkholder; congratulations to these students who have finished (or nearly finished) their math course and are ready for their final exams; *Elizabeth Garcia, *Ethan Rogers and *Aurora Thompson.


Mrs. Elchert; Ainslie Lowe has been doing great this semester. His work is thorough and insightful. He is only one test away from his final and finishing early for the semester. Way to go!


Mrs. Franzen; I would like to recognize Aiden Karhoff for doing such a great job on his Academic Success class. Going above and beyond!! Congratulations to Juliana Marcias. She has completed her coursework for her Business Administration & Management 1A Class and only needs to complete the final to successfully complete the class. Way to go!


Mrs. Garcia; Tingen Jones has been working diligently on his course. He also wrote an essay that was well structured. Way to go, Tingen! Silas Miller did an excellent job explaining poems and explains their meaning. He also created a piece of art to compliment the poem. Nice job, Silas! Aurora Thompson expanded on her ideas in the poetry tutorial. She provided solid evidence and analysis for her ideas. Way to go, Aurora!


Mrs. Goldwasser; well done to Emily Sheley in Science 7B for her most recent lab on modeling the water cycle. All of the observations and analysis were thorough and detailed and clearly showed understanding of all of the concepts involved. Congratulations to Madalyne VanHyning for completing her Science 6B course successfully and almost a month ahead of schedule.


Mrs. Logsdon; would like to recognize 6B Allison Blansett for getting back on pace, with high marks! Over 80% of the 6th graders have top grades earning highest marks.


Mrs. Lotti; good luck to Ainslie Lowe on her final Language Arts exam! You got this! Mrs. Lotti would also like to recognize the following students for being on or ahead of pace. Keep it up!!

Katerina Amaral, Nevaeh Bustillos, Zachary Grant, Ezra Jacobs, Aiden Karhoff, Enrico Dimambro, Hannah Way, Austin Taylor, Devon Holmes, Nathan Mandel, Matthew Allison, and Damion Welz-Rabe.


Mrs. Whitt; great job to Cierrah Utsey for working hard on her math class this weekend, and rocking 4 mastery tests in a row!!


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; Nathan Mandel, Madalyne VanHyning

7th grade; Joseph Block, Ainslie Lowe

8th grade; Zachary Grant, Lillyan Ricks

9th grade; Ezra Jacobs, Elayna Mack

10th grade; Samuel Larriva, Ashlynn Zap

11th grade; Jace Boren, Natalee Urrea

12th grade; Russell Chon, Sarrene Malzac, Kyle Scharnberg, Emilie Tadoum


KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

Senior Corner - Graduation Information

VIC Seniors - Graduation Information

Seniors,


Last week Ms. Wrona sent out an email regarding your plans for graduation. THANK YOU to all that have completed the attached survey. Here is a reminder if you have not yet completed the survey:


We are quickly approaching the end of your high school career! Wow! We are doing our best to plan for a fantastic graduation celebration. Please complete this short survey ASAP. Click here to complete the survey!


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:


  1. Pass all required classes and earn at least the needed 22 credits. Coursework and final exams need to be completed by Friday, May 21st.

  2. Pass the AZ Civics Exam.

  3. 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)

Time: 10:00a.m.


Order your cap and gown and other graduation supplies from Jostens. Follow this link:

https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/2644374/The-Vail-Innovation-Center/

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!


Carrie Wrona

Counselor

wronac@vailschooldistrict.org

520-879-1305

Special Edmentum Reminders

Special 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!

Hello 6-12 Students,

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!


Thank you,

The Vail Innovation Center Team

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

Social and Emotional Learning April Theme: Connecting and Bonding

Here are some simple daily activities focusing on caring for yourself and others.
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Important Flyers and Information

Arby's Cares Teacher Appreciation Event and Fundraiser for Vail School District Foundation, Saturday 4/17/21

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8th Grade Open Gym on 4/13/21 at CHS for Incoming Freshman Interested in Boys Basketball

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The 2020-2021 School Calendar

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FASFA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Seniors! It is time to start thinking about paying for college! The FAFSA is the best place to start. Let’s start with a little bit about what the FAFSA actually is. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid; translation: it determines a student's eligibility for need-based federal financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. If eligible, it can really help you pay for school!

Use this link to complete the FAFSA Application: https://studentaid.gov/


Carrie Wrona

Counselor

Vail Innovation Center

520-879-1305

wronac@vailschooldistrict.org

K-12 VIC Staff Contacts - Communication is Key

Students,

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."

β€” Nat Turner

Edmentum Tech Support

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


Technical Support

1-800-447-5286

Mon- Fri 4:30 am – 6:30 pm

Sat & Sun 6:00 am – 3:30 pm

Email: ​info@edmentum.com

Online: ​https://support.edmentum.com/