Vail Innovation Center
VIC News, April 6, 2021
Letter from the Coordinator
April 6, 2021
Hello amazing VIC Families!
I hope you all had a lovely weekend and were able to enjoy the weather. This week I wanted to leave the testing information upfront for those with questions or needing reminders.
I am so proud of each and every one of you and the work you have put into your studies this year! It has been such a joy to watch students grow this year and become independent learners. Over the next two weeks, you will have the opportunity to show what you know now that it is testing time.
Attached you will find the following:
1.) VIC AzM2 Letter - Information for the VIC testing schedule, expectations, and what to bring can be found here.
2.) Taking an AzM2 Practice Test - Information for taking the practice tests online for math and reading. Parents can help go over this with students as it is new for some of them.
3.) AzM2- testing features (Math) - Information for manipulating the testing site and information.
4.) AzM2- testing features (Reading) - Information for manipulating the testing site and information.
5.) AzSCI Practice Test Directions- Grades 5, 8, and 11 will be taking the AzSCI this year and we have put together a sheet to help you take a practice test. It does take a bit of time and more thinking than the previous science tests.
Thank you all for your hard work this year, it is time to prepare to show what we know!
If you have questions, please email them to Mrs. Tankersley along with the best number to contact you at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tutoring is available for all middle school and high school students. Please see the flyer below.
- Parents of K-12 students, Please remember that we do have to abide by the 10-day drop policies of the state just like the brick and mortar schools. This means that attendance needs to be logged. If a student does not log work for a 10 day period without talking with the VIC, we could drop them from the program. This also applies if they are ahead of pace according to the laws we have to abide by. Thank you for your understanding.
Tax Credit Designation Time is Here
If you have not already made a tax credit designation, please consider making one to VIC through the VBL location. This designation costs you nothing! You merely designate the funds on your state tax return, send them in with the return, and receive them back with your refund. If you owe, the designation is subtracted from your balance. The money that we collect from tax credit designation is used to fund our school events, prizes, and activities. If you are filing jointly, you can designate up to $400 and if you are filing single, you can designate up to $200. Please click on the link to the district website for more information. https://vailtaxcredits.org Thank you in advance for your consideration of this.
Have a great week CyberWolves!
Coordinator of Digital Learning
Vail Innovation Center K-12
Vail Innovation Center Tutoring Opportunities
Please see the picture attachments below with additional information needed for each tutoring opportunity listed below; days/times and instructor information. Thank you.
Link for MS Math
Link for MS ELA & SS
Link for HS Science
Use the link below to join the "Chemistry Tutoring" Group in Schoology:
Link for HS Math Algebra 1 & Geometry
Link for HS ELA & SS
Free Math Tutoring for K-12 through the University of Arizona
The attached schedule is provided by the University of Arizona Math Department for the Spring Schedule for FREE Math Zoom Tutoring. This is for elementary grades, middle school and high school math.
Through the AmeriCorps STEMM program, skilled tutor mentors provide free online math tutoring and support to K-12 students. Any questions about the program may be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520.621.6866
☔️ K-5 Students of the Month for April 🌸
Grades K-5 Kudos Corner
Mrs. Allison; would like to recognize first grader Micah D. for always coming to Zoom ready to work with a cheerful attitude. Micah is computer savvy and is always teaching our class new tricks. Second Grader, Charlotte C. is also receiving a special recognition this week. Charlotte is patient and kind toward her classmates. She always comes prepared to our Zoom lessons. Way to go Micah D. and Charlotte C.
Mrs. Schultz; Congratulations to Brennan, Eily, Elizabeth, Hiba, Ian, Marcus, Penelope, Samantha, Tanner, and Vyom for completing all 3 of the available AZ Merit subject tests! Way to put in the effort!
Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner
Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next week.
Mrs. Goldwasser; recognizes Collin Maubach for his efforts to keep improving the quality of his work. He has been been working very hard with great results. I also want to recognize Gabriel Karhoff for his persistence in revising his work on several recent assignments. Compliments to Matthew Allison for taking a really positive attitude about revising and making an effort (in his own words) "to do a more professional job".
Mrs. Kuhn; would like to recognize Isabella Vigileos, a senior, who has completed all the coursework in her English 4B class and is ready for the final exam! She is definitely C2G!
Mrs. Lotti; Congratulations to Collin Maubach and Julian SantaCruz for successfully completing their courses!! Way to go! The following students are on or ahead of pace: Katerina Amaral, Nevaeh Bustillos, Zachary Grant, Aislinn Evans, Ezra Jacobs, Aiden Karhoff, John Tippins, Enrico Dimambro, Hannah Way, Christopher Collins, Austin Taylor, Devon Holmes, Eric Saffioti, Nathan Mandel, Ainslie Lowe, Matthew Allison, and Damion Weiz-Rabe. Keep it up! You got this!
Mrs. Reynolds; would like to thank Emily Sheley for emailing often! Thank you, Emily, for always being so positive and polite in your emails! :)
Mrs. Taggart; Kudos to Grace Hallet and Jodie Osmun for being ahead of pace in Spanish 1B. Great job ladies! Also a huge "FANTASTIC JOB" to Jodie Osmun, representing Mica Mountain High School made All State Band!
Mrs. Wittwer; Congratulations to Charizma Brown for getting to her final exam in early April. Way to bust down that graduation door early!
Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from 6th through 12th grades who are on pace to finish by their end dates, or ahead of pace in all of their classes:
6th grade; Silas Miller, Makena Serna
7th grade; Jacob Balsa, Jaime Hunter
8th grade; Sophia Bishop, Sydney Menez
9th grade; Nevaeh Bustillos, Rylee Runyon
10th grade; Christian Renaud, Kaydance Sherwood
11th grade; Destiny Herrera, Justin Schlenker
12th grade; Emma Doyle, Devon Holmes, Alyson Kaylor
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
Senior Corner - Graduation Information
VIC Seniors - Graduation Information
You are on the home stretch. You are so close! Keep up the hard work until the end of the semester. In order to earn your high school diploma in May, you need to meet the following requirements:
Pass all required classes and earn at least the needed 22 credits. Coursework and final exams need to be completed by Friday, May 21st.
Pass the AZ Civics Exam.
Complete all components of the Senior Exit Project.
At this time we are planning an in-person commencement ceremony. We are still working out the final details, so you will be receiving additional information in the near future. Here is what we know now:
Class of 2021 - Vail Innovation Center Commencement Ceremony
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Location: Vail Theater of the Arts (attached to Empire HS)
Order your cap and gown and other graduation supplies from Jostens. Follow this link:
The VIC does not provide caps and gowns to the students. Place your order now.
Please reach out to your teachers or myself if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help!
Special Edmentum Reminders
All students need to be working a minimum of 5 days a week to complete their courses on time. There are course maps for you to utilize as a tool for success with completing assignments on time.
6-12 grade students should ONLY use your school email account to communicate with your teachers **Do not use the Edmentum messaging system. Remember your teachers have 24 hours to respond to your school email messages.
You should be working a minimum of 1 hour per class per day to meet the timing requirements.
Tutoring sessions are available if your student is struggling. Please be sure to look at the tutoring schedule and use those links to attend virtually. Our teachers are looking forward to seeing and helping you!
Your course is made up of multiple units. Within each unit, there are subsections and topics which often include a tutorial, activities/practice, and/or a mastery test. Mastery tests can be retaken up to 3 times, but you must redo the tutorial first and then the program will unlock the mastery test again for another attempt. Edmentum will count your highest score.
When you get to the Post Test please reach out to your teacher through email to unlock it for you.
End Dates and Pacing Chart Icons - CyberWolves Working CyberStrong in 2021!
Remember to keep a close eye on your end dates.
Are you on pace to finish by your end dates?
Dark green = ahead of pace (1 or more activities ahead)
Light green = on pace (within 1 activity of the expected pace)
Orange = slightly off pace (1 or 2 activities behind)
Pink = Way off pace (3 or more activities behind)
Remember your online agreement to work approximately one hour a day in each class for five days a week will keep you on pace with light green or dark green pacing icons. Let's work CyberSTRONG in 2021!
The Vail Innovation Center Team
Students in 6-12: Here is a Edmentum Tutorial with tips and tricks. Please watch for a refresher.
Important Flyers and Information
8th Grade Open Gym on 4/13/21 at CHS for Incoming Freshman Interested in Boys Basketball
The 2020-2021 School Calendar
FASFA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Seniors! It is time to start thinking about paying for college! The FAFSA is the best place to start. Let’s start with a little bit about what the FAFSA actually is. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid; translation: it determines a student's eligibility for need-based federal financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. If eligible, it can really help you pay for school!
Use this link to complete the FAFSA Application: https://studentaid.gov/
Vail Innovation Center
K-12 VIC Staff Contacts - Communication is Key
Please be sure you are reaching out to your teacher at any time to get support or ask questions. We are attaching our staff list showing teacher names and email addresses so you can easily contact your teacher. We are all here to help you succeed. Please plan enough time to hear back from your teacher within 24 hours.
Here is the link to our spreadsheet with all of the VIC teachers and their email.
"Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity."
— Nat Turner