Vail Innovation Center
VIC News, January 26, 2021
Letter from the Coordinator
January 26, 2021
Hello amazing VIC Families!
I hope you all found some time today to enjoy this amazing weather. It’s not often our students get to see snow in Arizona! This week I wanted to send out some important information about this school year and next.
State testing for 3rd through 11th grade is quickly approaching. State testing consists of AzM2 (grades 3-8 & 10), AzSCI (grade 5, 8 & 11), ACT (grade 11) and PreACT (grade 9). The window for this testing is the month of April through the first week of May. As mandated by the state, any student enrolled at public schools including the Vail Innovation Center is required to participate in all state testing.
We are working on a schedule to best meet our families’ needs and to keep everyone safe. We are working with Mica Mountain High School to utilize the extra space that they have. These plans are being made with student safety at the forefront and we will communicate these plans once they are finalized.
We are also working on plans for this coming school year, and hoping to have you all complete this quick survey regarding your family's plans. https://forms.gle/dwVtq3po2e23MSzN9
Have a great week CyberWolves!
Coordinator of Digital Learning
Vail Innovation Center K-12
Vail Pride Day Information and Flyers
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.
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 Science
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
The 2020-2021 School Calendar
K-5 Students of the Month for January
Grades 6-12 Kudos Corner
Keep your eye out for next weeks KUDOS Corner to see who is recognized next week.
Mrs. Elchert; Ben Wilson has a great start to this semester! He is ahead of pace and listening to feedback on his assignments. Way to go!!
Mrs. Garcia; recognizes Isabella Awbrey who has been mastering key concepts and working diligently! Nicely done! Matthew Diaz has been working diligently on his language arts course! Excellent work, Matthew. Tingen Jones has been mastering key concepts and staying ahead of pace. Keep it up!
Mrs. Goldwasser; In Science 6B, Julius Chapman, Collin Maubach, Aleczander Jackson and Madalyne VanHyning are all working ahead of pace right now. In Science 7A, Taylor Jackson is excelling and way ahead of pace. In Science 7B, Emma Ilac, Ainslie Lowe, Caiden Mott, Julian SantaCruz, Samuel Tarver and Benjamin Wilson are all ahead of pace and performing at an exceptionally high academic level. In Science 8B, Liliana SantaCruz is working well ahead of schedule and doing outstanding work, and Parker Jones and Eden Oliver are all on pace with very strong academic progress.
Mrs. Goolsby; recognizes Liam McNeely for communicating with is teachers via ZOOM.
Hannah Way for working so hard on her classes even on the weekends and communicating her needs with her teachers. John Tippins for thinking about life after High School and working with his teachers to make a plan.
Mr. Langley; is recognizing Kelsey Jackson, Brad Kuhn, Enrico Dimambro, and Nathan Daschke for being ahead of pace and earning high grades in their respective classes. Keep up the great work!
Mrs. Logsdon; These students are ahead of the curve and striving for their best in Language Arts! 6B: Gavin Dunn, Gabriel Karhoff, and Ethan Rogers. 7B: Josiah Gomez. All of the 8th graders are on pace and going strong as well!
Mrs. Lotti; would like to recognize the following students for being ahead of pace: Sarah Rhodes, Carissa Cox, Adrian Macias, Ezra Jacobs, Enrico Dimambro, Devon Holmes, Abraham Jimenez, Rebhea Shiha, Henry Giesber, Nathan Mandel, Collin Maubach, Ainslie Lowe, Julian SantaCruz. Mrs. Lotti would also like to recognize Katerina Amaral, Rebhea Shiha, and Sarah Rhodes for exemplary work. Mrs. Lotti wants to wish Devin Huff the best of luck on his final! You got this!
Mrs. Polivchak; recognizes Benjamin Rodziewicz :) His work in English class is done well, but he is also an excellent communicator, which is so important in online learning.
Mrs. Shroder; recognizes Ben Rodziewicz - always polite and works diligently. He is a great student to have. Katerina Amaral - a great student. She has been on task throughout the entire course. Carissa Cox - Credit Recovery master! She has been on task and doing a great job.
Mrs. Wittwer; way to go Zoey Taylor! Zoey is consistently on top of her course work in English 4B and has set herself up well to wrap up Senior English early!
Mrs. Nunes; recognizes the following students from 6th through 12th grades who are on pace or ahead of pace in all of their classes:
6th grade; Nathan Mandel, Marissa Twaits
7th grade; Jacob Balsa, Julian SantaCruz
8th grade; Parker Jones, Liliana SantaCruz
9th grade; Katerina Amaral, Ezra Jacobs
10th grade; Alana Catlin, Samuel Larriva
11th grade; Jessica Hanneman, Kelsey Jackson
12th grade; Kenzie Johnson, Noelle Logsdon
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
Senior Exit Project (SEP) Information Update
A few of you have been having an issue with the portfolio so we have another resource. It is in Schoology so there should be no issues with the site being blocked. All you need to do is go to Schoology, go to the Resources tab, go to Search and type in "Portfolio" and that will take you to the portfolio builder. If you are still having issues please contact me or Ms. Wrona. Looking forward to seeing your work.
Mr. Ogden, SEP Coordinator
Ms. Wrona, Counselor
We are attaching the link to the SEP Handbook which is posted on our VIC Website under the 6-12 Resources.
Mr. Arlo Ogden
Vail Innovation Center
Senior Exit Project Coordinator
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
Important Flyers and Information
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