Happy New Year!
As we begin the second semester, our attention turns to winter NWEA assessments, the annual school survey, LCAP update and the winter parent fair.
NWEA Assessments are scheduled in various locations (Pleasant Hill, Berkeley, Livermore, and Stockton) from January 16 through January 31. If you have not received notification of the assessments, please contact your IST to select your preferred assessment date and time.
Below is a link to our annual stakeholder survey.
Please take a minute to complete the survey, if you have not done so already.
This survey is for parents, students (particularly those in middle and high school), and staff members of the school. The survey helps us identify program strengths and areas of growth.
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
A central question in the survey addresses our LCAP plan. Recall that California has adopted a new school funding law called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF.) The LCFF requires school districts to involve parents in planning and decision-making as well as in developing Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). Our LCAP plan is posted to our website at: https://1.cdn.edl.io/561S30qy7tUzcrzOSQKzAL64tuQIeyL0kdbw7wm6WIlplfzY.pdf
LCAP are required to address:
- Requires school districts to focus on the eight key areas that help all students succeed
- Provides extra funding for students with greater challenges
- Gives districts more flexibility for how to spend its money to improve local schools.
Winter Parent Fair
We will hold our Winter Parent Fair in Pleasant Hill and Berkeley concurrently during the first two days of NWEA testing in these locations. The Pleasant Hill dates are January 16 and 17 from 9 AM-3 PM, while the Berkeley dates are January 22 and 23 from 9 AM to 3 PM. In a room adjacent to testing, we will host informational booths for our parent-educators.
- Meet with representatives from local enrichment vendors on select days
- Discuss 2017-18 field trips
- Learn about VVCP virtual course offerings in Math and Science
- Project Lead the Way
- VVCP high school counselor
- Local Accountability Plan
- Curriculum Swap
- Student ID Cards
- School Resources/Online Subscriptions
John Mittan, Director
WASC: Bragging rights!!
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges will be sending a small team in March to take a look at renewing Valley View’s accreditation. As indicated in our newsletters over these past months, this visit is critical to our school. Staff and stakeholders have been diligently preparing an analysis of our school’s function and our growth, and now we need your help.
The WASC team will want to see our students at work, but of course, we can’t take them into all of your homes. Instead, we’re planning to “show and tell” your experiences by creating slideshows, videos, photo walls and student work bulletin boards. We’re going to wow the team with the wonders of your creative, challenging, engaging student-centered individualized homeschool learning!
We’re looking for…
- Photos or videos of field trips, experiments, projects, online learning, vendor classes, etc.
- Short (1 min) video of your student(s) explaining a lesson, showing off a “typical” homeschool day, detailing a project, etc
- Sound or video files of student performances (playing instrument, singing)
- 2D student work: art, essays, book reviews, etc. Or photos of 3D projects.
- Anything that shows off homeschool curriculum and learning! Be creative! you can make a video as a homeschool project!
- Digital files (photos, videos) can be emailed or passed to yout TEACHER on a thumb drive.
- Deadline: January 16 (but send items as you find/create them!)
Thank you for supporting us so that we can continue to support you in your homeschool learning!
Student/Parent Enrichment Excursions for 2018
One way that we connect with one another in our school community is through Student/Parent Enrichment Excursion (SPEE) – also known affectionately as field trips. Spring semester will see several SPEE’s, and, while the January outing is full (and set to go next Tuesday), most of these still have plenty of room!
SPEE #11: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Thursday, Feb 1.
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. You can apply for reimbursement (if you have funds) for your child’s admission cost ($15, or $8 if you get the Homeschool Discount). 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, though your discount will be available on other first Thursdays, as well. While official sign-ups are not strictly necessary, you might want to 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 February date.
SPEE #13: EBMUD’s Valle Vista Outdoor Education Class. Tuesday, Feb 27, 9:30-12:00.
Limit: 35 Student
Deadline: February 7, 2018
Get ready for a Down & Dirty Learning experience!! This class is a hands-on learning opportunity that provides children experiences that help them better to 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.
We pull invasive plants at the Valle Visa site (just outside of Moraga.) We are working on restoring the oak grassland and redwood forest. The invasive french broom is very tenacious. We use special tools to pull out the plants. As a school group, our help in these projects allows the native plants to come back, as well as native species.
Kids and adults alike should wear close-toed shoes that can get muddy, warm clothes, and rain gear. We work in the rain but cancel if there is a downpour.
SPEE #14: Sulphur Creek Nature Center Class. This Field trip on March 19, 2018 is full.
SPEE #15: Tilden Botanical Gardens in Berkeley. Stay tuned for details! Date in April TBA – hopefully soon; feel free to sign-up and Lorraine will connect with you.
SPEE #16: Jelly Belly Factory. We hope to combine this trip with an excursion to a ranch or nearby park.
If you have any questions about field trips, email Lorraine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See SPEE Tab above, for details, deadlines, and sign-up forms!
Mousetrap Car Competition
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 a mousetrap car for the competition.
Since Whitebox Learning is usually for the older students, I am happy to report that we will have a competition for the younger builders, as well. Prizes for the winners!
Look for Laurie Bradshaw at the Parent fairs for a mousetrap car kit! In the meantime, you can contact Laurie at email@example.com. for your code for Whitebox Learning, or for more information.
Thank you all for sending in your fall college grades. We are proud of each and everyone of your efforts and your demonstrated success each semester. If you have not already done so, please forward an unofficial copy or screenshot of your fall grades.
If you require a concurrent enrollment form for spring, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will scan or mail back, depending on college’s preference.
Congratulations to our 4 mid term graduates!! We wish you the best and look forward to celebrating with you at graduation in May.
Speaking of graduation… SAVE THE DATE May 23rd 2018. All graduates are encouraged to attend. Stay tuned for more info.
College applicants acceptance notices will be mailed soon! Check your accounts. Make sure all documents have been requested and sent. Keep us posted on your acceptances.
Community College Bound? Check the matriculation dates for your local community college. If you are unsure how to apply, please schedule time with me!
FAFSA– Free Application for Student Aid- If you have not already done so, complete the financial aid application for 4 year college bound AND community college students: https://www.fafsa-application.com/home
Dean Office Hours: Mondays 10-12
In person and online appointments available by request.
And don’t forget that I will be at the Winter Parent Fair to speak with you. Contact me for a slotted time, if you can.
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.
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.
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: http://www.pacificcharters.org/