Verbum Dei Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes.#ThisSchoolWorks

A Look Ahead

2/1-2/5: Catholic School's Week

2/3: All Faculty & Staff Meeting- WCEA Study kick off!!

2/15: President's Holiday. No School

2/17: Ash Wedensday. Start of Verbum Dei Lenten Challenge

Laughter is the Best Medicine.

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Congratulations Verbum Dei Students!!

Please join me in congratulating our Honor Roll students for Semester 1!!! A high semester GPA opens the door to more college options. Students who maintain a cumulative GPA above 2.5 are eligible for admissions to many California State University programs across California. Students maintaining a cumulative GPA above 3.0 are eligible for the University of California system (UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, etc), private universities (LMU, Santa Clara, Georgetown, etc.) and a host of summer programs, scholarships, and awards. Congratulations to these students, and all Verbum Dei students, for your hard work during these turbulent times!

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Verbum Dei and Children's Institute hosts Grief and Loss Group

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Verbum Dei y Children's Institute organizará un Grupo de Duelo y Pérdida

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Attention 8th Grade Students!!!

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Virtual Coffee with the Principal (PM version)!

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Class of 2024- College 101

The University of California, Los Angeles will be coming to Verbum Dei for the event: College 101! This event is just for freshmen, where you will learn about college from UCLA Admissions! This will help you understand how you can start thinking about college and what you can do now, as a freshman, to prepare.This event will be on Wednesday, February 3rd at 11:30 am. To register, go to tinyurl.com/VerbCollege101 Once you register, Ms. Qaqish will send you an email with the zoom link."

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Ignatian Solidarity Network

"We must respond to the realities of this time with a renewed commitment to building a society rooted in dignity and respect, actively opposing racism that continues to plague our nation, and fully engaging as active citizens who hold elected officials accountable for their actions and their character."- ISN Staff


Read full article below.

Attention 9th Grade Families

You will need the following books for your Reading for Leading course with Mr. Millerman.


  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
  • Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario (Adapted for Young Adults Version. Also available in Spanish)
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Adapted for Young Adults Version)


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The 57 Bus will be needed when we return in January. If you need help with the purchasing of these books please contact Ms. Andrade, mandrade@verbumdei.us.

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Attention 11th Grade Families

Welcome back & happy new year! Juniors will need to purchase a book from Verb for this semester's theology course. The book is $14. It is not available on PDF. We will be reading the book in its entirety and every student must have a copy. Please be on the lookout for an email from us on how to get your copy. We look forward to a good semester!


Sincerely,

Ms. Chambers & Mr. EJ

Important Policy Shifts

Attendance Policy

Attendance will no longer be take via the google doc in the morning. Attendance will be taken in each class. Parents will receive a phone call from Coach Stevenson and/or the main office when students have been absent during each class period. Parents are encouraged to continue to phone/email, 323-564-6651 ext. 1000 or kstevenson@verbumdei.us, to report the student’s absence.

Regla de asistencia

Asistencia ya no se hará por medio del google doc en la mañana. Asistencia se tomará cada clase. Padres recibirán una llamada de teléfono de Coach Stevenson y/o de la oficina central cuando estudiantes han estado ausentes durante cada período de clase. Padres están incentivados a continuar a llamar/mandar un correo electrónico, 323-564-6651 ext. 1000 o kstevenson@verbumdei.us, para reportar una ausencia de su hijo.

Homework Policy

In a continuing effort to support our students regarding homework completion and taking into consideration the online format of distance learning, we will be implementing the following policies. These policies are designed to give students a consistent and predictable schedule for completing and turning in their homework assignments. Homework expectations are as follows:

· All homework assignments must be inputted to Schoology by 8:00 a.m. on Mondays for the week’s classes.

· No assignment will have a due date/time that lands on a weekend. Exception: Extended time on a longer assignment or make-up work

· Homework assigned will be due no sooner than the beginning of the next scheduled class. Exception, homework assignments can be due on Wednesdays.

· With the exception of students preparing for AP Exams, homework will never be assigned during holiday breaks (eg. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter)

Regla de tarea

En un esfuerzo continuo para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes con relación a la compleción de tareas y tomando en consideración el formato de aprendizaje distante, estaremos implementando estas reglas seguidas. Estas reglas han sido diseñadas para dar a los estudiantes un horario consistente y predecible para completar y entregar sus tareas. Las expectaciones de tarea son como sigue:

  • Cada tarea debería ser entrada en Schoology para las 8:00 de la mañana los lunes para las clases de esa semana.
  • Ninguna tarea tendrá una fecha de entrega de los fines de semana. Excepción: tiempo extendido para tareas más largas o tareas faltadas.
  • Tareas asignadas se entregarán antes del comienzo de la clase próxima. Excepción, tareas pueden tener una fecha de entrega de miércoles.
  • Con la excepción de estudiantes preparando para los exámenes de AP, tarea nunca será asignada durante las vacaciones (Día de acción de gracias, Navidad, Pascua).

Regla de tareas faltadas

  • Estudiantes que han faltado una examen a causa de una ausencia, tienen que completas esa evaluación en cuanto a que lleguen a clase.
  • Estudiantes que no han tomado una examen del primer trimestre, debería recibir una fecha para tomar el examen en clase.
  • Exámenes deberían ser diseñadas para tomar menos del período de clase de 75 minutos para completar.

Course Credit Policy

Parents are strongly encouraged to utilize Ren Web to monitor student progress. Should a parent/student have a concern regarding the student’s academic standing in a course, the parent/student should contact the teacher directly and in a timely manner.

Proficiency: Students earning an A-grade, B-grade, or C-grade have demonstrated proficiency on the grade level standards for that content area. Students who are proficient in their courses are on track for graduation and eligible for admittance in the California State University and University of California systems.

F-grade: Students who are unable to demonstrate proficiency on assessments and coursework will earn an F-grade. Students who earn an F-grade will be required to repeat the course during winter or summer breaks.

Incompletes (INC): Students must complete 90% of all course work and complete 100% of all assessments in order to earn credit for the course. Students who do not complete coursework and assessments will earn an Incomplete on their transcript and will need to make arrangements to repeat the course during winter or summer breaks.

Reportaje de notas

Padres son animados considerablemente a utilizar Ren Web para monitorizar el progreso estudiantil. Si un padre/estudiante tiene una preocupación sobre la situación académica del estudiante en un curso, el padre/estudiante debería contactar al maestro directamente y a tiempo.

Competencia: Estudiantes ganado una calificación de A, B, o C han demostrado competencia en los estándares del nivel de grado en esa área de contenido. Estudiantes que son competentes en sus cursos están en camino a graduarse y son aptos para admisión en los sistemas de California State y de la Universidad de California.

Calificación de F: Estudiantes que no pueden demostrar competencia en sus tareas y en sus exámenes recibirán una nota de F en la clase. Estudiantes que ganan una F serán obligados a repetir el curso durante las vacaciones del invierno o del verano.

Incompletos (INC): Estudiantes deberían de completar 90% del trabajo del curso y 100% de los exámenes para poder ganar crédito para esos cursos. Estudiantes que no completan el trabajo del curso y los exámenes recibirán un Incompleto en su expediente académico y necesitarán prepararse para repetir el curso durante las vacaciones del invierno o del verano.

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LA Job Loss Assistance and Resources

Have you been laid off, furloughed, or your hours been reduced recently due to the COVID-19 outbreak? The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) hosts virtual webinars to guide you through all available resources, including how to apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) through CA EDD and health insurance.

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Counseling Referal Form (Click Below)

New Campus Ministry Website

Have you checked out the Campus Ministry website yet?!

The website has daily prayer videos, info on service hours, and spirituality & justice resources. You can also contact us through the website to send us your prayer requests, offer suggestions for the Campus Ministry team, or ask us a question. Hope to hear from you!

Resources for Verb Families

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1-on-1 time with teachers can help a struggling student improve and can also help the proficient student excel. For Verbum Dei students, this time with teachers is called HERO time. HERO stands for homework, enrichment, reteaching/reviewing, and organization. This year HERO will occur for all students on Wednesday


During this time, students are encouraged to:

  1. Attend Teacher's Office Hours (links/schedule will be emailed home)
  2. Get a head start on homework, projects, papers.
  3. Meet with a tutor
  4. Read
  5. Get organized


We look foward to students using this support.

Dr. Odom's Remind 101 Code

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Parent Check Off List

We are officially up and running! By now you should be connected to your son's courses in a variety of ways.


Email

Have you received emails from Verbum Dei? If not, we may have an incorrect email address for you (or no email at all). If you have not received an email this from Dr. Odom, Coach Stevenson or Mrs. McDonald please email Ms. Aguilar, maguilar@verbumdei.us or 323-564-6651 to confirm your email today.


Remind 101

Each teacher has been asked to use Remind 101 to communicate with parents and students. Remind 101 codes have been emailed to you. If you need help setting up Remind 101 for your son's teachers please contact Ms. Aguilar, maguilar@verbumdei.us or 323-564-6651 today.


Schoology

Verbum Dei has paid for our parents to have access to their son's Schoology accounts. This allows parents to see due dates for assignments, student submissions, and some grades. If you would like access to your son's Schoology account you must request your individual parent access code.


For 9th and 12th grades please email Dr. Odom at bodom@verbumdei.us.

10th grade please email Mr. Rosa at orosa@verbumdei.us

11th grade please email Mr. Galloway at jgalloway@verbumdei.us


Once you receive your code:


  1. Visit www.schoology.com
  2. Click on Sign Up-Parent
  3. Input your Access Code


So far 60 parents have signed up. We are looking for 100% parent participation!


RenWeb

RenWeb allows you to check your son's attendance, Christian service hours, behavior, and current grade in the course.

To sign into your RenWeb account (New Parents):


Go to www.renweb.com

Click Log In (upper right hand corner)

Click ParentsWeb Login

Select Create New Family Portal Account

Input the District Code: VER-CA

Input the email we have on file at Verbum Dei.

An email will be sent to your email with further login instructions


For teenagers, constant communication with the school helps keep them focused and accountable. Thank you in advance for your commitment to monitoring your student and staying in constant contact with Verbum Dei!

2020-2021 Calendar is HERE!!!

Moving from College Prep to College Ready

GOAL #1: VDHS students will perform at or above proficiency by graduation.

GOAL #2 All students will show fall to spring growth on all measurements (STAR, CWSP evaluation, GPA)


College Prep: Providing the courses that will lead students to gaining admission to a 4-year college or university.

College Readiness: The level of preparation a student needs in order to enroll and succeed- without remediation- in credit-bearing education courses at a post secondary institution that offers a baccalaureate degree or transfers to a baccalaureate program. College readiness leads to college success.


Beginning in Fall 2019, Verbum Dei will use STAR assessments to measure student achievement (Goal 1) and growth (Goal 2) for all students. These assessments will help students and teachers to identify key skills for improvement. The video below has some information. We will send home more information throughout the summer!


GO VERB!

STAR Video Information below

What Are STAR Assessments_NewSD
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Grad at Grad

The Grad at Grad is a list of six characteristics that all Jesuit, Cristo Rey schools hope their graduates will embody. For Verbum Dei, this list represents the overall goals of our academic, athletic, and spiritual programs.

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