KNIGHTS Communication

Wednesday, April 21 - Friday, April 30, 2021

Interim Principal Mr. Velez | Director Interino Sr. Velez

(Este mensaje se repite en español al final.)


Dear Vikan Middle School Family,


We need your help! We are reaching out to the 27J Schools community for your input as we consider a bond and mill levy override election for the fall of 2021. Please engage with our community survey and share your perspective today.

Thank you,


Fabricio Velez, Interim Principal



¡Buenas Tardes Familia Vikan!


¡Necesitamos su ayuda! Nos estamos comunicando con la comunidad de las Escuelas 27J para obtener su opinión, ya que consideramos una elección de bonos y de un impuesto sobre bienes raíces para el otoño de 2021. Por favor participe en nuestra encuesta comunitaria y comparta su perpecitiva hoy.


Gracias,


Fabricio Velez, Director Interino


¡Knights Armor Up!

SCHEDULED EVENTS and HAPPENINGS

School Clubs Calendar link


Thursday, April 22:

11:00 AM - Knighting Ceremony


Friday, April 23:

National Day of Silence


Tuesday, April 27:

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day


Saturday, May 1:

School Principal Day

8th Grade Continuation Parade

We are excited to announce that the Vikan Middle School Continuation Parade has been scheduled for Thursday, May 27th at 10:00 AM. We will be sending additional information later in the month. But for now, please reserve the date for the Vikan Knights 8th Grade Ceremony!


Vikan Knights, Armor Up!


Estamos contentos de anunciar que la Parada de Continuacion del 8vo Grado sera el 27 de Mayo a las 10:00 AM. Estaremos enviando mas detalles en los proximos dias, pero por ahora por favor reserven la fecha para la Ceremonia de Caballeros de Vikan de 8vo grado!

Vikan Knights - Summer Camp | (Campamento de Verano de Vikan)

Vikan Middle School will be hosting a hands-on experiential Summer Camp starting on June 1st through June 18th. This highly engaging Summer Camp will allow our Knights to learn skills and knowledge to prepare them for the next grade level. Criteria for the Summer Camp is as follows:


  • Knights with a GPA of 1.5 or below
  • English Language Learners
  • Students on an Individualized Learning Plan
  • Students who might benefit from non-traditional school setting
  • Students who struggle engaging since we transitioned to online/remote learning
  • Students who might not identify as "exceptional learners" officially, but lack the skills needed to be successful in the classroom/process difficult content

We will be sharing enrollment information very soon so please make sure you keep an eye out for an email from Vikan. We will also share the information in our newsletter.





La Escuela Intermedia Vikan estará auspiciando un campamento de verano en-persona con experiencias envolventes empezando el 1ro de junio hasta el 18 de junio de 8:00 AM a 12:00 PM aproximadamente y de martes a viernes. Se proveerá transportación. Este campamento es altamente creativo y envolvente permitirá a nuestros estudiantes aprender habilidades y conocimiento que los preparara para el siguiente grado. El criterio para el Campamento de Verano es:

  • Estudiantes con un promedio menor a 1.5

  • Estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés como segundo idioma

  • Estudiantes con un Plan Individualizado de Aprendizaje (IEP por sus siglas en inglés)

  • Estudiantes que se beneficien de un medio escolar no tradicional

  • Estudiantes que han tenido dificultades en el aprendizaje desde que empezamos clases remotas/virtuales

  • Estudiantes que no se identifican como “excepcionales” oficialmente pero que no tienen las habilidades para tener éxito en el salón de clases/procesando material difícil

Estaremos compartiendo información sobre la matricula muy pronto asi que por favor estén a la expectativa sobre un correo electrónico de la escuela con la información. También lo compartiremos en este semanario.

Month of May Bullying Information

In the month of May, we are reviewing the learning about the differences between rude, mean and bullying, reporting vs. snitching, and how to report. In addition, we want students to understand the statistics around bullying. Bullying is not just a Middle school issue, it affects students across all grade levels. Data reports that bullying is highest in middle schools, followed by high schools, and then elementary schools. Cyberbullying is also the highest among middle school students, followed by high schools and then elementary. It is really important to keep open communication with your students regarding reporting and how things are going at school and always monitoring their online habits. Unfortunately, middle school students are not that forthcoming about what is happening at school.

Some of the barriers students face are as follows:

  • Being afraid of making things worse ( help your student understand that reporting is helping the situation)

  • Not knowing what to do or say (The staff at Vikan are all here to support you and your student along the way)

  • Not knowing how to report it online (District 27j uses safe to tell 1-877-542-7233 to report anonymously and Yellow Sheets while at school. Yellow sheets are digital this year and are located in your students grade level classroom)

  • Being afraid of other kids will make fun of them (Anonymity is important to us to keep everyone safe. We do not share students' names with other students.)

  • Being afraid to get hurt (WE are all here to protect your child)

  • Not knowing who to tell online( Reporting to safe to tell goes to Vikan administration and District level personnel.)

WE have talked to students about being part of the change. Each and every student is part of something bigger than themselves but it starts with each individual doing their part to keep Vikan a healthy, safe, supportive learning environment. Thank you for supporting your student and the Vikan Community. WE ARE VIKAN!

National Day of Silence

April 23rd is the National Day of Silence and we are asked to wear red on that day. From the One Colorado press release: "Each year, we celebrate the National Day of Silence to protest bullying, harassment, and discrimination against LGBTQ and allied young people in our schools. In a year when our community has looked so different and so many youth interactions are literally muted in virtual classrooms, we want to spend the whole week of National Day of Silence this year amplifying, uplifting, and celebrating the voices of LGBTQ young people! The One Colorado GSA Leadership Council is even starting a new tradition by asking you to show your support on National Day of Silence by wearing red masks or red clothes to speak out for LGBTQ students, whether or not you’re keeping silent."


April is Autism Awareness Month

World Autism Awareness Month is an internationally recognized every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with autistic spectrum disorders including autism and Asperger syndrome throughout the world, if you are interested in learning more about and show your support for autism please click here.

CMAS Testing Update

We are finishing up CMAS testing this week! If your child has not taken their CMAS test you can expect a phone call to schedule a time to come in for testing. We are so close to 100% of active students completing testing! If you have any questions regarding testing or makeup testing, please reach out at clandry@sd27j.net.

Health Office Reminder

Parents and Guardians- Please continue to follow Tri County Health Department recommendations and be considerate of others. If your student isn’t feeling well, has been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, or if anyone in your home is showing major symptoms of Covid , such as a loss of taste or smell, new or worsening cough, fever, shortness of breath, is being tested for the virus due to these symptoms, please keep your student home from school until you know for sure. It is better for one student to be out, than a whole class.

Please remember to fill out the Daily Health Screen that is emailed to you if your child is not feeling well. If your child is sick and you fill out the form, there is no need to call our office, your student will be excused. Also please notify the front office and excuse your child if he/she is absent for any other reason. We are in the home stretch! Let’s finish strong! Thank you.