Vail Innovation Center

VIC News, December 1, 2020

Letter from the Coordinator

December 1, 2020

Hello amazing VIC Students/Families,

We hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving! It is hard to believe, but we now have 2 weeks until the end of the first semester. Thank you all for your continued work and support of your students during this challenging time.

Last week, I shared out a survey to determine student and family plans for next semester. Please check your email and complete the survey for each of your children that are attending the VIC. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Wrona at Thank you in advance for your help with this!

For our 6-12 grade students that are needing to schedule final exams, we are working to add more dates and times for everyone to have more of a variety. When you receive your email from your teacher to schedule you will see the changes starting next week.

Be well,

Rachel Tankersley

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Vail Innovation Center K-12


Upcoming End Dates and Pacing Chart Icons - CyberWolves Finishing CyberStrong!

Hello 6-12 Students,

Remember to keep a close eye on your upcoming end dates. We are more than half way through the courses for many of you. 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)

It's time to plan on getting to the finish line for many of your classes. Let's finish CyberSTRONG!

Thank you,

The Vail Innovation Center Team

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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

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

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The 2020-2021 School Calendar

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K-5 Student Recognitions

K-5 Students of the Month for December

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. Elchert; recognizes Emma Ilac for doing a fantastic job being Ahead of Pace and always looking to do her best in Social Studies! and Sarai Grisby for working hard to stay On Pace and listening to feedback and instruction.

Mrs. Franzen; The following students are working really hard trying to get done in their course!

Hailey Baker and Abraham Jimenez – Economics

Conall Burgess and Grace Kale – Personal Finance. Conall and Grace just have their final left :)

Mrs. Garcia; Delaney Franzen is dedicating time and attention to coursework, and has made a lot of growth! Way to go Delaney! Aiden Miller is making growth and working through the course material. Keep it up, Aiden! Hailee Glass takes initiative and asks questions. She is demonstrating mastery of the coursework. Keep it up, Hailee! Isabel Miller has been working steadily on her coursework. She recently wrote a piece and shared specific strategies for accomplishing her goals. Way to go!

Mrs. Kuhn; recognizes Robert Wolfe for completing his Language Arts course early and with a top grade! He worked hard to not only finish early, but improve his grade all semester.

Mrs. Logsdon; recognizes Josiah Gomez-7th LA who has really kicked it into high gear. Keep up the great work Josiah!

Mrs. Lotti; wants to congratulate Sarah Rhodes and Eric Saffioti for successfully completing their English courses and final exams. Way to go! She also wants to congratulate Henry Giesber, Ainslie Lowe, and Collin Maubach for successfully completing their Language Arts courses and knows they will rock their final exams. You’ve got this!! And finally, she wants to give a shout out to Charla Olsen who worked hard over the Thanksgiving break and continues to work to get back on pace. Keep it up!

Mr. Ogden; recognizes Jesse Wold for the most improved student, Luke Belhumeur for academic excellence and Sarah Rhodes for finishing ahead of schedule with a top grade.

Mrs. Wittwer; recognizes 6-12 students who are working really hard: Chloe Segura, Benjamin Allison, and Aiden Gowan. Great job, keep up the super work!

Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from grade 6th-12th who are on pace or ahead of pace in their classes:

6th grade; Faith Murphy, Silas Miller

7th grade; Sarai Grisby, Troy Geier

8th grade; Kelby Palmer, Aidan LaPointe

9th grade; Vincent Murati, Benjamin Allison

10th grade; Alexandra Zadro, Aiden Gowan

11th grade; Zoe Winstryg, Destiny Gonzalez

12th grade; Paul Cruz, Hailee Howell


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

6-12 End of Semester Test Procedures

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Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update

Hello Seniors,

First off I would like to congratulate all of you that turned in your SEP paper, they are currently in the process of being graded and you should have scores in the near future. Please remember this is the time that you should be completing your mentoring hours or completing the assignments required for the non-mentoring track. Your hours/assignments are due the 10th of February along with your eportfolio. I know February seems a long way off but my advice is to complete the aforementioned as soon as possible so you can prepare for your presentation in March. In regards to your course work, please make sure you are staying on top of your goal to complete this semester on time as you will be amazed how fast graduation will be here. Hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving and as always should you need any assistance or have any questions please contact Mr. Ogden or Ms Wrona.

We are attaching the link to the SEP Handbook which is posted on our VIC Website under the 6-12 Resources.

As always should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr. Arlo Ogden

Vail Innovation Center

Senior Exit Project Coordinator

Senior Advisor


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:

Carrie Wrona


Vail Innovation Center


Hustle into the Holidays Challenge starts 11/11/20 through 12/16/20

Empire SWAT is having wellness outreach events, as you know our event is a digital competition. It will be starting November 11th through December 16, 2020! It will be between

Empire high school students and staff and Vail Innovation Center students and staff to see who walks, runs, bikes etc. the greatest distance. Here is the student submission form and here is the teacher submission form for tracking. See the flyer below. Good luck!

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Tu Nidito is Offering Social and Emotional Learning Resources for Parents

Tu Nidito

Tu Nidito is offering a Virtual Grief Education Workshop on December 8th from 9:30 to 11:00am. This workshop covers the different ways in which children grieve and special factors to consider during the pandemic. It is designed to provide tips and resources to help adults who work closely with the youth in our community learn how to be present and supportive to grieving children and teens.

Link to Register is Here

Social and Emotional Learning December Theme: Giving (and Receiving)

Here are some simple activities to help us focus on Giving (and receiving) to think about others and build empathy. These are great reminders for us in the month of December.
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Important Flyers and Information

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**FREE GRAB & GO MEALS - UPDATE 12/1/20 **

Dear Vail Parents,

We are grateful to continue providing FREE breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under, regardless if a pre-order was placed or not. We are also continuing to offer free meals for weekends. Below you will find the schedule, beginning November 30th, for your students Grab & Go Weekend and Holiday Break meals.

Hybrid Students


2 day meal packs: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18


3 day meal packs: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17

Schedule A (Middle/High School)

5 day meal packs: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

Schedule B (Middle/High School)

5 day meal packs: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17

Brick to Click/VIC Curbside Pickup

7 day meal packs: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14

Pickup Times: 6:00-7:00am and 4:30-6:00pm

Cottonwood Elementary, Senita Valley Elementary,

Old Vail Middle School & Corona Foothills Middle School

Holiday Break December 21st-January 1st

Grab & Go for ALL Students

7 day meal packs: 12/21, 12/28

Pickup Times: 6:00-7:00am and 4:30-6:00pm

Cottonwood Elementary, Senita Valley Elementary,

Old Vail Middle School & Corona Foothills Middle School

Each meal pack consists of 1 breakfast and 1 lunch.

If you have any additional questions or would like further information, please contact Vail Food Service by email at or by phone (520) 879-3913 or (520) 879-2015.

Thank you,

Vail Food Service

Michelle Gibson (520) 879-2015

Mary Filip (520) 879-3913

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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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