Learning Coach Update

Chicago Virtual Charter School

January 29, 2016

Cardinal Spotlight

Please join the Chicago Virtual Charter School Administration Team for a monthly meeting to highlight information regarding the school and upcoming opportunities for students and parents. The meetings will be held during the first week of each month during the first half hour of your student’s Learning Center time (9 o’clock and 12:30). Next week (week of February 1st) we will hear from Mr. Toman, CVCS K8 Academic Administrator.

Spirit Month

The month of February is Spirit Month at CVCS. During the week of February 1st, come to the Learning Center wearing your favorite sports or college outfit. Check your kmail for an attached flyer with info for the entire month.

High School Happenings

Tim Fitzgibbons and a colleague from Local 134 came to CVCS to speak to the High School seniors and any interested junior on Thursday, January 27th to speak with our seniors about careers in the trades. Local 134 is an organization that represents electrical workers in the Chicagoland area.

Invitiation to DNA Day-Saturday, March 19th at 9 AM

Dear Educators, Parents, Caregivers, Students, and Citizen Scientists,

You are cordially invited to attend a free special event at the University of Chicago. DNA Day will begin on Saturday morning, March 19th, at 9am in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science, Room W-301, 929 East 57th Street. The program is sponsored by the Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics. There will be food, drinks, and nearby parking. The goal of the outreach is to promote public awareness about DNA science, brain studies, and nervous system research. New knowledge will be discussed about genes and human language, personality in animals, and translating genetics into prevention and intervention.

Three scientists will give informal lectures. The speakers are: Jacob Michaelson (University of Iowa), Alison Bell (University of Illinois), and Danielle Dick (Virginia Commonwealth University). The program's target audience is composed of high school teachers, high school students, curriculum developers, administrators, parents, caregivers, undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and anyone else in the community interested in science, mental health, and learning. During the event there will be a drawing for an iPad mini. There will also be hands-on scientific demonstrations and STEM interactives. ISBE CPDU credit will be available for teachers who attend the full program. The science content aligns with the Next Generation Science Standard HS-LS1-2: Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. When DNA Day talks and informal discussions are done, we will split into groups and tour labs on campus. Free registration is at www.contechicago.org/news-events/events/dna-day-2016-registration