2019 ~ November 1st Newsletter

Valley Oaks School

A Few Options to Consider for Volunteer Opportunities

1) COTS, Committee on the Shelterless - only a couple of minutes away from VOS ~They always are in need of volunteers! Click here for their volunteer page. Most one-time volunteers will be asked to work at the Mary Isaac Center's kitchen prepping and serving meals, sorting food, washing dishes, and cleaning.

2) Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary - here in western Petaluma; "old dogs get a second chance"; They need people to socialize and play, walk, groom, and care for the >50lb old dogs. Click here to visit their volunteer page.

3) Petaluma Bounty - Healthy Food for Everyone - a small farm near Lucky's off Petaluma Blvd North; Work at the farm on a Wed. or Sat. 9-12 or a Thurs. 2-5. Click here for their volunteer page.

4) Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue - here in northern Petaluma; They "have foxes, raccoons, bobcats, goats, and wolves and each species has their own spacious cage in a natural setting". Click here for their volunteer page. You could consider fostering a baby possum!

Thank you to all students (and staff) who have allowed their pictures and stories to be posted in this and prior newsletters!

If you have a photo or story we could share in a future newsletter, please send it to us! People say that newsletters build community. Students who are posted and written about in our newsletter are acting as ambassadors of Valley Oaks ~ thank you for helping us build relationships in our unique school where students do not get too many opportunities to talk with each other and learn about each other. Building a sense of community also helps everyone feel safer and be in a better frame of mind for learning.

Make an Appointment with Ms. Leigh, Our School Counselor

You can email Ms. Leigh directly and request an appointment but you may also ask our school secretary, Susan Cook, to make your appointment with Ms. Leigh. Susan now has access to the counselor's calendar.


Important dates that Ms. Leigh would like you to know about are:


November 1 - 30 - UC application filing period

November 8 - Registration deadline for the December 14 ACT exam

November 8 - Registration deadline for the December 7 SAT exam

November 14 - Cash for College Night, 6pm in the Petaluma High School library

November 19 - Late registration for the December 7 SAT exam (late fee applies)

November 22 - Late registration for the December 14 SAT exam (late fee applies)

November 28 - Eat lots of turkey and pie!

November 30 at 11:59pm - Deadline for the UC and CSU applications

December 1 - PEF scholarship applications open (due 1/22/20)

How Your ILP Number is Calculated

Your ILP number is the total hours (of assignments) per week that you need to do.


7th and 8th grade students: Your ILP number is 30.


High School Students: if you are wondering what your ILP number is, simply divide the number of hours of work you have to do to graduate by the number of weeks you have until you graduate. There are 36 weeks in a year - 18 in a semester. To get the number of hours of work you have to do to graduate simply multiply your credits needed by 15 if you are general ed, by 17.5 if you are combo track, or by 20 if you are college prep.


Here's an example: A college prep freshman in August has 220 credits to do. (All high school students have to complete 220 credits to graduate.) 220 x 20 = 4,400 hours to do.

Four years of high school would be 144 weeks. (36 weeks x 4 years = 144 weeks).

This student's ILP is 30.5. (4,400 divided by 144 = 30.5555).


Notes:

1) For every co-enroll course you are in and/or for every online course you are in with Mrs. Parker, we subtract 5 hours from your ILP. This applies to 7th through 12th graders.

2) You cannot have an ILP number lower than 20.

Past Newsletters

Find and read past newsletters posted on our school website under Our School.

Newsletter Dates: September 1st, October 1st, November 1st, December 21st, February 1st, March 1st, April 1st, May 21st

Important Upcoming Dates Through December


November 7, Friday: Group #1 PE Group Work Out from 2:30 to 4pm (We meet even in excessive heat or rain because we have the gym.)


November 11, Monday: Holiday - The school will be closed.


November 22, Friday: Group #2 PE Group Work Out from 2:30 to 4pm (We meet even in excessive heat or rain because we have the gym.)


November 25 to 29, all week: Fall Break - The school will be closed.


December 6, Friday: Group #1 PE Group Work Out from 2:30 to 4pm (We meet even in excessive heat or rain because we have the gym.)


December 9th through 13th, all week: Last week of appointments. All students will be given 2 weeks worth of assignments.


December 11, Wednesday: VOS Informational Meeting hosted by our Assistant Principal, Mr. Smith. All those interested in learning about our school are welcome - please call Susan, our school secretary, to register.


December 16th through 20th, all week: School is in session, these are school days for students, but there will be no appointments during this week. This is a VOS teacher work week. The office will be open and teachers will be on site.


Our Valley Oaks School website has the important dates for the entire school year.