Trailblazer Times

February 22, 2021

Dear VBL Families,

Dear VBL Families,

We are returning to full time in person learning starting March 22nd! Since this is rodeo weekend, I think the appropriate expression would be YEE HAW!

All students will be expected to attend Monday - Thursday from 9:00-3:30. We will be continuing to practice reasonable social distancing in the learning lab, classroom and at lunch.

All students will need to bring their own pencil or pen, dry erase markers, a standard/metric ruler computer and charger each day. Students may bring snacks and lunch or can order lunch each morning. Breakfast is also available.

Tax Credit Time is here! Please consider designating your tax credit to vbl. You have until April 15th.

*If you are choosing not to return to full time learning, you must contact me before March 22nd.

The daily schedule will remain the same as it has been and VBL time will continue to be culture building activities here at school.

Have I mentioned that I am so excited?

Benchmarks start next week. Reading will be on March 3rd, Writing on March 4th and Math on March 9th. Get a good breakfast and be prepared.

In other news, VBL students contributed $930.72 for the American Heart Association Fundraiser. That is more than double of what they raised last year. Our WEB team sold Valentine Grams and donated the funds to AHA as well. Thank you for all of your support.

Because of this, the sliming of myself and Mrs. Tankersley will commence on March 31st.

In addition to that sliming, more VBL students participated in the Vail Pride Day Fun Run than any other school in the district and we will be sliming Mr. Carruth as well! I am so proud of our students and their accomplishments this year. It’s definitely worth a little slime.

AZMERIT testing is coming soon! Students will need to come to school to take their test. Please fill out this form to let me know that you are able to come to school during the scheduled days.

Please make sure that if anyone in your household is showing flu like symptoms that you notify the school and keep students away from campus. If anyone in your home has tested positive for COVID or has been exposed to anyone with COVID please notify our attendance clerk, Jeannie Mindziak at 879-1302, or for instructions. Following the CDC guidelines for school attendance will help keep us open, and get us through this semester.

Students are expected to follow their schedule Monday - Thursday from home exactly as they are now, including using the Learning Lab time for Edmentum.

Please remind students to be on time for each class with camera and microphone on and follow the same behavior and academic expectations that would be expected if they were here. Our goal is to make this as close to being at school as possible.

Students and parents are assigned and notified if they have re-teach classes from 3:00-3:30 each week through email. Please help your student adapt their schedule when they are assigned re-teach. This is the time students have the opportunity to change their formative grades and learn concepts the

Thank you for all of your support in this unusual circumstance. Please reach out for any reason.


At Home and In Person Learning Expectations

  • Student will participate in lessons according to their schedule each day.
  • Rigorous grade level content in Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts will be provided by teachers.
  • Lessons will be delivered through Schoology.
  • Student attendance will be counted DAILY.
  • Parents and students will be given training in Schoology, Edmentum and other needs.
  • Teachers will maintain connections with students through scheduled Schoology and Zoom Opportunities.
  • Grading and feedback will be provided to students in a timely manner.
  • Advanced math and re-teach will be available to students. Students in advanced math will be able to attend attend their recorded class at any time. Re-teach will be available daily directly following the instruction time.
  • Re-teach will be assigned based upon formative testing results each week. Students and parents will be notified if they are required to attend re-teach.
  • Special Education Support will be provided by Camille Haynie and our Special Education Support Team.
  • All public, group and private chats comments are appropriate and relevant to topic
  • Video and Microphone on at all times
  • Speaker Courtesy - Active Listening skills
  • Calendars in Google cal
  • Eat and restroom during your learning lab times
Schoology Account Information

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