December 2017

As the nights grow longer and the temperature drops, we know the end of first semester is near. With the remaining days of fall semester winding down, staff, parents and students are finalizing learning plan orders, and beginning to identify/solidify spring learning plan objectives.

Looking ahead to January and the start of second semester, there are several events worth recording on the calendar. First and foremost, is NWEA MAP assessments.
Our testing window begins January 16 and ends January 30. In the coming weeks, we will organize a ‘sign-up’ genius list according to testing location. This will be shared with you by your IST.

We will host our Winter Parent Fair during January in conjunction with NWEA MAP assessments. In a room adjacent to testing, we will host informational booths for our parent educators. These booths will include representatives from Play-well Technologies, Sienna Ranch, Trackers, Community Arts (Civic Arts), 2017-18 field trips, information about VVCP virtual course offerings in Math and Science, Project Lead the Way, VVCP high school counseling, and our Local Accountability Plan.
Dates, times and locations will be finalized and shared in the coming weeks.

Finally, Our Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) will host its first meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 11. If you are interested in attending the online meeting please contact Jennifer McInerney, VVCP High School Dean, at for further assistance.

Happy Learning,
John Mittan, Director


High School Corner:

Concurrent Enrollment/Work Permits:

If you are requesting forms signed, please allow a 7 day turn around.

FAFSA- Seniors- if you have not already done so, remember to turn in your FAFSA in Janaury. Missing your deadline is like throwing away free money!

Graduation:  Save The Date: May 23rd. More information to follow!


PSAT results are in and will be distributed in December.

Pre-ACT will be administered this spring- TBD

SAT/ACT- Juniors- plan to take these tests in Feb/March to avoid the end of semester crunch in May and June.

Spring College Tours: TBD

Where would you like to go? Please send ideas for college tours and/or career tech  programs we might attend as a group.
ANY QUESTIONS about High School? Contact our Dean directly!

Jennifer McInerney =


Parent Advisory:

VVCP is in the processing of re-forming our Parent Advisory Committee. The PAC has scheduled a series of meetings this fall through February. We would like your input to help us develop workshops and events for next school year. Be on the lookout for a Survey and share your thoughts with us!


National Geography Bee

VVCP is sponsoring a local competition of the National Geographic Bee.  The location is TBD, but will be in the Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasant Hill area.

The date is TBD, but will be in mid-January.
At this point, we want to alert all students in grades 4 – 8 that the Bee is coming soon, and they should start to study.
Please contact your teacher if you have any questions.


Student/Parent Enrichment Excursions for 2018

These Field trips – both on Jan 9, 2018 – are full.

SPEE #9 (Intel) and #10 (NASA)

SPEE #11: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Great Family outing, full of educational adventure for the younger set!  There is a special rate for homeschoolers on certain days, but you won’t get the discount without special registration.  Click here for directions on how to get enrolled as a homeschool family. Then you may go to the museum for just $8.00 per person (instead of the regular $15.00 admission rate) – on designated days — mostly, first Thursdays of thet months. This web link shows the exact dates (beginning Nov 2, 2017). You can apply for reimbursement (if you have funds) for your child’s admission cost.  You must register ahead of time to get the discount.

As a way to meet up with other VVCP families, we are designating Thursday, February 1, 2018, as a time for you to go and enjoy your homeschooling discount.  Email Lorraine to get your school letter, if you need one for the registration, or if you want to be on a list to be contacted by other VVCP families who are going on this day.

SPEE #13: EBMUD’s Valle Vista Outdoor Education Class.  Tuesday, Feb 27.
Open to all students K-12: this class is a hands-on learning opportunity that provides children experiences that help them to better understand what it takes to protect the environment, how natural systems function and how our drinking water supply relates to those systems. EBMUD rangers work with school age children to enhance habitats, stabilize soils, and restore natural conditions for creeks and disturbed areas in the East Bay.  Prepare for some muddy fun!

This Field trip on March 19, 2018 is full.
SPEE #14: Sulphur Creek Nature Center Class.

SPEE #15: Tilden Botanical Gardens in Berkeley.  Stay tuned for details!

SPEE #16: Jelly Belly Factory.  We hope to combine this trip with an excursion to a ranch in Suisun City.

If you have any questions about field trips, check the SPEE menu tab above, or
email Lorraine at
Don’t forget to check for deadlines in signing up for these SPEE’s.


Mousetrap Car Competition

Attention all racers! The Mousetrap Race Competition will be kicking off shortly with the actual race happening in Stockton during the time of the WASC visit, March 9th-12th.

Students will complete their research and design on Whitebox Learning and “compete” virtually. Once done with their designs, students will put together a kit to build for the competition.

Since Whitebox Learning is usually for the older students, we will have a competition for the younger builders, as well. Prizes for the winners!

Look for more information the early part of January. Also, ask your teacher for more information.

If you have any questions, contact Laurie Bradshaw at



We have space available in virtual classes for middle school Science and Math.

Details on Math:
MSMc1 will cover the 6th grade standards of writing and solving simple algebraic equations, graphing on the coordinate plane, area and perimeter of polygons and circles, surface area and volume of basic solids, and intro to statistics, including an overview of what students can expect to see on the CAASPP and how to use the tools.

MSMc2 will learn about angle relationships, geometric constructions, working with formulas of volume and surface area of solids (including circular solids), and statistics and probability.  MSMc2 requires that students know how to solve a 2-step equation at this point and will check for preparedness for CP Integrated 1 (Algebra).

MSMc3 will continue to cover 8th grade standards including exponents, equations, scientific notation, geometric transformations, and statistics with a 6-week prep for the CAASPP open to 8th grade students taking CPiM or MSMc2.

Students who have passed 1st semester of Algebra are welcome to join the CP Integrated Math 1 class for the 2nd half of the year, but other CP virtual classes must have permission of the instructor to ensure that student has the required skills to be successful.

See flyer for times or call for more info.

Cheryl Gomes

Math Teacher and Intervention Specialist

.All students: if you want help with math, Cheryl is available every Monday for free, personalized tutoring in various Bay Area libraries. Ask your teacher for times and places.

Pacific Charter Institute

For much more information about our school, vendors, or Pacific Charter Institute, please see the PCI website at:

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