September 2018 Newsletter

Dear Valley View Parent,

As August recedes into the distance, it’s amazing to think of all that has transpired thus far; first-of-the-year meetings, month 1 attendance, the parent fair, NWEA testing, learning plan ordering, etc. I commend everyone for getting the school year off and running so well, particularly our new families.  I’m so impressed by your dedication. 

As we head into the fall, we will continue to execute components of our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP.) Our LCAP plan focuses on (1) intervention for struggling students, (2) college and career readiness, and (3) parent engagement.

A central component of our plan is our intervention program for academically struggling students. In September, we will review Fall NWEA Map results. If your child is struggling as demonstrated through MAP results, our staff will provide your student with a laptop computer and access to Exact Path. Additionally, Valley View staff will review with you how we access students in Exact Path, review the NWEA/Exact Path linking path, and demonstrate how to access weekly assessment probes in EP. 

I look forward to all the twists and turns a new school year provides. Undoubtedly, the year will hold challenges and successes that will allow us to validate our commitment to a personalized learning program that supports the unique strengths and needs of each student.

Happy learning,



California’s new funding model for public schools dictates parent involvement through our Local Accountability Plan (LCAP). The establishment of the Parent Fairs last year gave a formal voice, along with our parent survey, for our families to participate in guiding LCAP decision-making. As a result last years’ LCAP planning focuses on mathematics, college and career readiness, and parent engagement. In the spring semester, we encourage all parents to become involved through parent fair meetings. Additionally, we will host several online committee meetings throughout the semester. Please consult future newsletters for dates and times.


Speaking of which:

Parent Advisory Committee

The Parent Advisory Committee is our version of a sort of PTA – a place where parents can exercise their gifts in a shared experience for the VVCP Community. Our first PAC meeting of the year will be on September 26th from 10:00am-11:30am. It will be online, in the ZOOM format. Your teacher will provide you with the ZOOM link information!

Please join us to hear school updates and about this year’s SPEE’s.

The next PAC Meeting (after that) will be held November 28th;  Topic: Supplemental Learning Programs

High School News  By Jennifer McInerney

President Eisenhower once said, “Accomplishment will prove to be a journey rather than a destination”. To that extent, I would like to welcome you all to the 2018 school year and say that I am looking forward to helping you along the journey! I want to encourage you to join some of the fall college tours and fairs available in person and online.

Office Hours
This month I will be joining Cheryl at the Oakland and Ygnacio Valley libraries during her tutoring hours. Feel free to schedule time or stop by for in person academic advising. If you are unable to attend at these times, I am available both in person and via Zoom by appointment.

Dedicated office hours for seniors will be held Mondays from 8-10 or by appointment.

Fall College Fairs:

September 10-15th: – registration required.

September 20th- San Francisco- Performing and Visual Arts College Fair ( Contact Jennifer.)

October 7th- Silicon Valley- STEM College and Career Fair 9
Santa Clara Convention Center

— October 6-8- Lafayette- Discover MIT admission information session.
MIT Comes to YOU:

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 2 PM
Oakland Technical High School
4351 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94611

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8 PM
Acalanes High School
1200 Pleasant Hill Rd
Lafayette, CA 94549

NACAC College FAIRS( National Association of College Admission Counselors)

VVCP College Tours:
Each semester we will be visiting one 4-year and one 2-year college. These will be held in October and November in conjunction with our sister schools in PCI. Stay tuned for more info!


Important TEST Dates:

PSAT– October 10th– 10 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: October 27th, December 8th 9 (last test for current senior applicants)

SAT: October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st ( last test date for current senior applicants)


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.


High School Newsletter
One of our juniors is looking to start a journalism club to publish a student newsletter every other month but she needs some helpers!

Be on the lookout for an email from Jennifer McInerney with more information and a link to her survey.


College Applications

Seniors applying to 4 year colleges, please schedule a meeting with Mrs McInerney directly for guidance throughout the process. We can identify a list of schools, create personal statements, and receive help with financial aid.  Dedicated office hours for seniors will be held Mondays from 8-10 or by appointment.


SPEE’s (Student/Parent Enrichment Excursion)

These are also listed under the SPEE/Field Trip Tab above, in more detail

#1 Friday, Sept 7: Kimberly V Art
#2 Monday, Sept 10: Kimberly V Art

These classes are full.
NOTE FROM THE INSTRUCTOR: This class introduces your students to what they can expect in my classes this year. There will be a bit of art history, and a lot of hands on “Arting”. We will be creating a watercolor map of the world. If interested in pursuing additional classes, please contact your IST.


#3 Friday, Sept 14: One Tribe Martial Arts
TIME: 10:30am
SPEE DESCRIPTION: This $10.00 lesson is a workout and demonstration of the sort of classes offered to VVCP students for the upcoming schoolyear.
Deadline has passed, but email if you are interested:


#4 Friday, Sept 21: Rosie the Riveter Museum National Historical Site
TIME: 10:00am
Deadline has passed for this SPEE.


#5 Friday, Oct 12: Presidio Archeological Dig
TIME: 10:00am (for up to four hours)
COST: Free
DEADLINE: Wed, Sept 26

#6 Monday, Oct 15: Kids’n’Clay, Berkeley
GR: Monday = grades 5-12
Wednesday, Oct 17: Kids’n’Clay, Berkeley
GR: Wed = grades K-6
TIME: 10:00am till noon (We have scheduled 1 class for each day.)
COST: $30 per student for two-hr class.
DEADLINE: Wed, Oct 3

#8 Friday, Oct 26: Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma
#9 Fri, 10/26:  General Vallejo Home

TIME: 10:00am
Deadline has passed. ;

Look on the SPEE tab for future field trips and their deadlines.


Online programs:

PCI offers a number of learning opportunities via online programs that are free for our students. Look under the tab above, and ask your IST about them!


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

the PCI website at:

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