APRIL 2018 Newsletter

Dear Valley View Parent,

On March 15, a visiting accreditation committee from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges completed the first full visitation and validation of Valley View Charter Prep. I am happy to report the committee was impressed with our school. Below are some highlights of the committee’s findings:

  • The VVCP staff and administration is firmly committed to the individual learner as a whole, regardless of their class level, incoming academic status or prior educational experiences.”
  • VVCP has clearly defined mission and vision statements that support and are consistent with Schoolwide Learner Outcomes.”
  • VVCP and Pacific Charter Institute are committed to the school’s mission, vision and SLOs and communicate regularly over data to lead and drive instruction in support of SLOs.”
  • VVCP in partnering with PCI offer a wide range of community and other external supports, experiences, and curriculums that are aimed at nurturing the whole student and that are supportive by resource allocations.”
  • The teachers and staff of VVCP are to be commended for continued service to students at a high level, that is compassionate, challenging and student centered. In the midst of a program restructure they have been the constant.”

     Although we will not know the full term of accreditation until the WASC commission votes on the visiting committee’s findings, our committee chair Dr. DeVore let it be known that he was looking forward to seeing the school again in 3 years for a mid-cycle. This would indicate a 6-year term of accreditation with a midterm visit. Such a term of accreditation is the ideal for a school in its first full review.

     A huge ‘congratulations’ to all the parents, students and staff who participated in the preparation and visit! What a shining moment for us.

Happy Learning,
John Mittan, Director

 

Virtual Book Clubs

Want to meet other teens in our school? Join us for Book Club!

Mondays from April 30th – May 21st.

Middle School Virtual Book Club ( grades 6 – 8 )
Mondays, from 1:00- 2:15 pm
We will be reading the play The Miracle Worker.
This is the Story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. Written by William Gibson

High School Virtual Book club
Mondays, from 2:30 – 3:45
We will be reading the play Our Town.
This is a three-act metaphysical play about a small town in the early 20th century.
Written by Thornton Wilder.

Students will need a copy of the play in their section.
Both plays can be found online in PDF versions, but can easily be picked up at the local libraries.

RSVP to bridget.aronsen@valleyviewcharter.org for zoom link. by April 20th.

THERE WILL BE NO HOMEWORK. All reading will be done together in class.
This is a DISCUSSION only club.
Parents and teacher’s can determine how they want to follow up with students.

Fee free to contact me (Bridget Aronsen) with questions. Thank you.

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TESTING

April is the month for the State Testing, known as CAASPP, or California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. These tests are vital to the school’s efforts to serve you, its students, and to gauge the effectiveness of our programs.

All students in grades 3 through 8, and grade 11, are to complete these computer and performance tests over two days. In addition Grades 5, 8 and 12 are given a science assessment, and the kids in grades 5, 7, and 9 all participate in a Physical Fitness Assessment.

Talk with your teacher to make sure you are properly scheduled for a time and place most conducive to success.



ONE LAST FIELD TRIP:

May:
16) Tuesday, 5/8/18: Jelly Belly Candy Factory, 1 Jelly Belly Ln, Fairfield
TIME: 10:00      COST: Free            GR: All
DEADLINE: Apr 18, 2018 https://www.jellybelly.com/california-factory-tours
Self-guided tour.
And we plan to re-convene at a local Fairfield park for an informal park day/picnic time:

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HIGH SCHOOL CORNER

–COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS: this is a reminder.

Make sure that you confirm enrollment in college courses by sending a screen shot to jmcinerney@valleyviewcharter.org

–PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

A special thank you to all the parents who attended our PAC meeting on 3/22! We had a great turnout and lots of volunteers to help get us started. We have several parents willing to lead clubs:

  • Book Club
  • Adventure Club
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Coding for Girls and Boys
  • Mu Alpha Theta: Peer Tutoring
    See link for meeting notes.

We still need someone to Co-Chair the PAC. If you are interested in helping with any of these, or have ideas for additional clubs that you can help to start, please let us know.

THE NEXT PAC MEETING [online] will be

APRIL 17 @ 10 AM.
We will enjoy an Outdoor Science Education Presentation.
The Zoom link for that meeting is available from your teacher. Come check us out!

SAT/ACT- College Prep Testing

5/2 – Pre- ACT – 10th grade only- RSVP Required. RSVP to jmcinerney@valleyviewcharter.org

SAT testing: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadline

5/5 – Last Day to Register is 4/6 ( Late Registration 4/25)

6/2 – Last Day to Register is 5/3 ( Late Registration 5/23)

ACT: http://www.act.org/

6/9- Last Day to Register 5/4

5/14-18- AP Exams

–Middle and High School Transitions

4/4: 11:30-12:30 Middle School Orientation (Zoom)- Ideal for 5th and 6th grade parents

4/11: 11:30-12:30 High School Orientation (Zoom)- Ideal for 8th and newer 9th graders

Contact Jennifer or your teacher for Zoom access.
And if you miss either of these, ask your teacher for the link of the recording.

–College Tours and Presentations

Thank you to our friends at Contra Costa College and the students and parents who joined for the tour and presentation! We had a great time.

Next UP:

4/20- UC Berkeley Tour- picnic lunch on the lawn and informal admissions discussion. Space is limited!! RSVP for details: jmcinerney@valleyviewcharter.org

Our sisters schools will be joining us!

–Seniors, attention:

–4/30/18: VVCP Outstanding Student Scholarship Application Due. Participation at graduation ceremony required. Check PCIcounseling.org for more information about Scholarships.

–5/23/18: Graduation!!                              Graduation-cap-clipart-graduation-cap-clip-art-funny
NEW TIME: Mandatory Rehearsal 12:30- Ceremony 2 PM
Shriners Event Center, Livermore.                                                 

Speakers and performers wanted!! Contact Jmcinerney@valleyviewcharter.org

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MOUSETRAP CARS

The Mousetrap Car Tournament was a big hit! Along with an excellent WASC visit, nearly a dozen students participated in the race. It looks like there is interest for another race next year, as well!

Here are the winners in pictures. Great job to all the participants!

A special “thank you” to Ruby Diaz and Christina Price for helping with the tournament. Their presence, support, and decorations were invaluable!

If you are interested in pursuing this or similar engineering and/or science projects (ahem, PLTW!) for this year or next, contact Laurie at lbradshaw@valleyviewcharter.org.

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VIRTUAL CLASSES
We are working on Math and Science classes for Grades 6+ for next year, and hope to have a schedule within a month. If you want to know more about the Virtual Class program, please ask your teacher, or contact Cheryl Gomes (cheryl.gomes@valleyviewcharter.org).

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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/

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