News From Nighthawk Nation
Elevating Excellence in Academics, Character & Community
Week of November 16, 2020
Hello Nighthawk Nation,
As many of you have gleaned from the news lately, the number of positive COVID cases are on the rise in both our county and the state. As a result, there have been impacts in many districts and schools across our state, and the nation as a whole. This fall the NVCS administration learned that we have a greater level of autonomy from the district when it comes to following school closures related to the pandemic. The reason this autonomy is available to us is that we have the ability to host smaller class sizes, have site-based control over our schedules, and have an effective sanitization plan/process that keeps our students and staff safe throughout the day. As the year goes on, and we talk with educators and leaders from around the state, we are becoming more aware of how lucky we are to have the level of control that we do.
Since opening our doors for in-person learning in late September, we have had 1 staff member test positive and one cohort quarantined. These numbers are impressive and speak to the high level of safety we provide within our building. These numbers are also credited to our parent/guardian population for keeping students home when they are not feeling well, or when there is a concern regarding any level of exposure. To all the parents and guardians who have been diligent in monitoring student health and keeping students home if there is any level of concern, thank you. This year has been a year full of learning and reflection for school leaders and educators. The things that we have learned this year are being put to use to refine our practices so that we can provide a high level of education to all our students, while also keeping staff and student safety at the front of every decision we make.
Many of you received the communication from TSD today with the news that schools will be shifting back to remote learning for the duration of the first semester. This decision was not mandated by the Larimer County Health Department, but rather influenced by the data in the rising number of cases. The NVCS administrative team constantly reviews our building data from in person learning, and in collaboration with the county health departments guidance, has made the decision to not move to 100% remote learning. Instead we will pivot K-5 instruction to hybrid learning starting November 30 and continue our hybrid instruction for 6-8 students. It is our goal to return to full in-person instruction as soon as we feel that it is appropriate to do so. We feel that during this time, with rising numbers of cases, it is wise to make this shift to provide the safest learning environment for our students and staff, while also ensuring students have access to in person instruction. We believe that the hybrid model will continue to support the social, emotional and educational needs of our students while also keeping the learning environment safe. There are no easy answers and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. Hybrid instruction will allow us to keep our cohort groups very small (8-13 students) and increase social distancing amongst all students/staff. We also understand that every family situation is different and if you feel that a fully remote option is necessary between Thanksgiving break and Winter break, please reach out to your building administration to discuss.
Schedules and expectations for students in grades 6-8 will continue as currently structured and students in grades K-5 will attend school in person 2 days a week and online via live stream on the alternating days. Small group instruction will be provided remotely each Friday morning. We will be checking out computers to ALL of our K- 5students at the end of next week. We ask that these Chromebooks be kept at home and not transported back and forth between home and school. Detailed plans, cohort assignments, and schedules will go out early next week.
Again, we thank you for your continued support as we navigate this time together. We are grateful for all of the wonderful students, parents, and staff in the Nighthawk Nation.
With extreme gratitude,
Tim Bishop, Executive Director
Mary Baker, K-3 Principal
Marian Hejl, 4-8 Principal
Todd Bissell, K-8 Assistant Principal
Florida Virtual Update
Hello Florida Virtual Nighthawks!
Second Semester Survey: On Nov 16th at 8am, your student's advisor will send an email containing a Google Form Survey for school options for the second semester. Options will include moving to K-5 in-person, 6-8 hybrid, or staying with Florida Virtual. You will need to fill out one survey per student. Surveys will be due Tuesday, December 1st. This will allow our team to begin planning for the next semester.
K-3 DIBELS : If your student is signed up for progress monitoring, please help your child connect with their advisor at the correct time.
Items Needed to be Picked Up: Please pick these up at the 4-8 Campus Monday -Friday from 9am-2pm before Thanksgiving Break.
-October Count Goody Bags
-Honor Roll Items (if your student has one)
-Talent Show Awards
Spirit Wear: FLVS students can sport New Vision Nighthawk gear! Please order online at: www.spiritgeardirect.com Orders Due November 20th.
Weekly Update Emails: Please check your email each week for the weekly update from your student's advisor. These emails contain important information in regards to assignments coming up for the week, helpful video links, and grade level specific information.
Website: Please continue to check the Florida Virtual @NVCS Website on a daily basis for announcements and other important information that relates to the Florida Virtual Program.
K-8 Important Information
Dear New Vision Families:
Many of you may be in need this holiday season due to job loss, issues with COVID, evacuation or loss from wildfires, or other unforeseen circumstances. Our community has a lot of resources available to you and we wanted to share that information out.
Please look at dates carefully.
Please consider only one per holiday to ensure all families in our community are able to be served.
If you need any help accessing these services, please contact your School Counselor.
All information will be kept confidential between you and your school counselor(s).
Family Resource Fair on December 3rd – 5th. This event is geared for families experiencing homelessness, are doubled/tripled up, OR are facing financial concerns. Please utilize the link provided on the flyer (http://bit.ly/FRFDec2020) to request an appointment - as appointments are REQUIRED. While children may attend if needed (masks will be required), we are encouraging parents/guardians to come alone to allow for better social distancing.
Ali Anderson, K-3 Building Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org, (970)593-6827 ext. 2115
Erin Jobman, 4-8 Building Counselor: email@example.com, (970)593-6827 ext. 1207
New Vision is Hiring!
K-8 Substitute Teachers
K-3 Day Porter
4-8 Literacy Specialist/GT Coordinator
K-3 Faculty Support Staff
4-8 Faculty Support Staff
Check out our website to learn more about each position and apply.
Spirit Wear Is Here!
Important Dates to Remember
November 16: PTO Meeting - 6:00 p.m. - Virtual Link
November 23-27: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS-Holiday Break
November 30: Hybrid Learning Begins
December 14: School Board Meeting
December 18: End of 2nd Quarter
December 21 - January 1: Winter Break