PLTW 2018

for Valley View Charter Prep

Dear Valley View Parent,

The month of September is always a busy one for our school. Learning plan purchases, work sample collection (see information at the end of the newsletter for more info), and NWEA MAP/DIBELS assessments are all in full swing early in the month. By the end of this month most of these endeavors have been finalized for the semester.  

As a staff, our attention then focuses on the results on these assessments and how we can support those students who are in need. For 3-11 grade students identified as struggling in math or reading, this means additional resources through our Exact Path intervention. For emergent readers at the K-2 grade level, this means a more focused conversation between school staff and parent educators about strategies and resources available to support identified gaps.

As always, our intention for these assessments and interventions are to better support the individual learning plan of each Valley View student. In doing so we hope to better support you to reach your goals.

Happy learning,

John Mittan, Director
Valley View Charter Prep


Valley View hosted the first field trip of the year on August 29, as 23 students and their families attended a docent-led tour of the BAY MODEL, US Army Corps of Engineers, in Sausalito. We learned much about caring for the water that is in and is entering the Bay. And we had the opportunity to meet with other families in the school, and make new friends.

If you want to be a part of future outings, go to the SPEE tab above, and read about the offerings that are scheduled for this semester and beyond. Once you know what you want to sign up for, contact your teacher about getting the SignUP Genius link, but note that you will also need to submit a Permissions Slip – see the link under the SPEE tab. Again: you will need to do both to sign up. If you have any questions about the SPEE’s, sign-ups, or about waiting lists, contact your teacher, or the SPEE co-ordinator @

Note that our excursions for September consist of several sessions for the same intro art class in Concord (Kim V. Art). These classes are almost full – see the SignUp Genius details from your teacher –

But the afternoon class on Monday, Sept 23rd has plenty of space.

Sept 1:
(FULL) #7 takes place on Fri, Nov 1: Forest Home Farms, in San Ramon
– Sept 9:
#3 on Fri, Sept 20: Kimberly V Art, 4214 Toyah Ct, Concord (1 morning spot open.)
#4 Mon, Sept 23:
Kimberly V Art – this is a repeat of #3. (2 spots are open for the 11:00 class, 10 for the afternoon class.)
Sept 16:
#5 on Thur, Oct 3: Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum, 734 Marin St, Vallejo
#9 on Fri, Dec 13:
San Francisco Book Center, 375 Rhode Island Street in SF
– Sept 30:
#6 on Tues, Oct 22: APEX Movement NorCal, 930 Detroit Ave, Suite A, Concord.

You will want to move quickly; not only are the deadlines coming in the next few weeks, but also the field trips are filling up quickly. You don’t want to miss out.


The high school and middle school Virtual Classes have begun, but it is not too late to join in. Contact your teacher after looking over the flyer under the ONLINE tab above.

Weekly lessons designed for Gr 2-5, with the intent that the parent will be sitting in on the lesson, to learn best teaching strategies.
For full lesson information on Math and Language Arts, go to

Math. Tuesdays, taught by Mrs Bird started Aug 27.
Language Arts. Wed’s (Mrs Bird)
Science: Taught by Mrs Diaz.
               Students DO NOT have to be using the new K-5 Science Curriculum.
3rd Grade Science Thursdays 12:30 – 1:15
              4th Grade Science Thursdays 1:30 – 2:15
              5th Grade Science Thursdays 2:30-3:15
                      All Students are to have in class:
Graph Paper Composition Book
Colored Pencils with Erasers
Students will practice Science Skills not specific to any Unit

SEWP: A series of workshops for parent/educators, to better serve your children.
The first workshop is scheduled for September 25, and will focus on:
– Place Value, Rounding, and Decimal Operations.
More dates are available in the Virtual Flyer, along with some suggestions on getting the most out of these meetings!

For ZOOM and time details, contact your teacher.


High School News

At the beginning of a new year, I am often overwhelmed by the goals I hope to accomplish. As we head full swing into the 2019 school year, I want to share a quote from Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”. When I first read this, it reminded me to pause, narrow my focus and work in smaller, achievable chucks. Progress is measured on a continuum by active steps taken each day.

Office Hours
Seniors: Mondays and Fridays- follow the College/Career Advisory schedule emailed out last week. If you are unable to attend at these times, I am available both in person and via Zoom by appointment.

General Office Hours: Mondays 10-12

Fall College Fairs:
September – registration required.
For a full range of additional College Fairs see:

Important TEST Dates:

PSAT– Wednesday, October 16th– 8 AM. For 11th graders- This year’s PSAT will be held at our sister school Heritage Peak in Vacaville! Please consider joining us! Space is limited so RSVP to ASAP!

ACT: Sept 14th, Oct 26th, December 14th (last test for current senior applicants)
Register directly @…act/registration.html

SAT: Oct 5th, Nov 2nd, Dec 7th ( last test date for current senior applicants)
Register directly @

Concurrent College Enrollment:
If you are enrolled in a college course, please send confirmation of courses to Courses must be recorded on the transcripts as In Progress in order to receive credit and process reimbursements.

College/Career Advisory:
Seniors applying to 2 and 4 year colleges are invited to participate in scheduled workshops and office hourse to progress through the application process. We can identify a list of schools, create personal statements, and receive help with financial aid and completing the applications.  Dedicated office hours for seniors will be held Mondays from 8-10 or by appointment.

Jennifer McInerney, High School Dean

And on a related note. . .

Parent Advisory Committee:
Our first PAC meeting of the year will be on September 19thfrom 10-11:30. The Zoom link will be sent through direct email. You can also ask your teacher for additional information.

Please join us to hear school updates, and about this years SPEE’s. Your voice in all these matters is crucial to the success of our school, and your participation is highly-valued. Contact Jennifer if you have any questions.


Science Curriculum

Got NGSS? Valley View has a recommended curriculum that meets these standards. Each grade level, from Kindergarten through Grade 5, has three units each: physical science, life science, and earth science.

Would you like your student learn to:

· Actively investigate real-world phenomena

· Write and read about science

· Work collaboratively to build 21st century skills for tomorrow

· Work like a scientist and engineer

· Engage everyone in your household with quick take-home science activities?

We have put kits together with all the materials needed to learn science hands-on. Get your kit from your teacher for just $200 for the whole year! No more running around town to find suggested supplies.

Check it out at


This is Alice from one of our sister schools. The green boxes are the material kits that several teachers spent many hours separating into smaller kits for students. The hands-on materials are awesome. Finally, Next Generation Science materials for K-5th graders!

For more information, email Laurie at


WORK SAMPLES  child writing clipart

Your teacher will be gathering work from you this coming month; the earlier you can get these to her, the better. You may ask her for prepared worksheets, or you can find suggestions at the bottom of :

Also in that section is a detailed description of what work samples are, what is acceptable, and more. Be sure to read all about it.


For additional information on Pacific Charter Institute and our sister schools, go to

the PCI website at: