October 2018 Newsletter

Dear Valley View Parent,

Each year Valley View is asked to create a site plan to address how we can better support student learning. As we greet autumn, the commitments we have made in the site plan are implemented in the field. One of the most important fall site plan endeavors for Valley View this year is our support for early literacy at the K-2 grade level. Over the next few weeks, our staff will administer a short one-minute assessment for all K-2 grade students. The goal of this measure is to provide parents of early elementary age students with information to support learning plan decision-making, especially as it relates to emerging literacy.

What is DIBELS for K-2 grades?

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through second grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used regularly to monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.

DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

Why Use DIBELS for K-2 grades?
• DIBELS are short, one-on-one assessments (one minute in length.)
• DIBELS help provide information to help individualize your instruction for your child.
• DIBELS are growth-centered.
• DIBELS scores are easy to understand.
We look forward to supporting your decision-making so that each student enrolled in Valley View reaches his or her greatest potential.

Fall Intervention

Now that NWEA MAP results have been disseminated, we turn our attention to progress monitoring for those students who demonstrate need. Cheryl Gomes, Valley View’s Math and intervention teacher, has produced a wonderful power point demonstrating the use of Exact Path online curriculum to support Math and Reading instruction. The ‘How To’ power point can be accessed on the VVCP home page at:

What is Exact Path?

The Exact Path online curriculum provides standards-based instruction in Reading, Language Arts and Math. The Exact Path learning experience constructs individualized learning paths for students based on results of NWEA MAP assessments. The program tailors student learning based on their performance throughout the system.

The Exact Path interface is kid-friendly, of high quality, and customized for students in both lower and upper grades. There are a number of tools available for students to use within lessons including a highlighter, translator, and notepad tool.

Instructional design of the program is based on a linear computer-assisted instructional model where information is presented through different combinations of text, images, animations and videos, followed by a comprehension check. Most lessons consist of a direct instruction component, one or more practice activities, and a mastery assessment. Assessment items include multiple choice and matching exercises, as well as written responses, both short and long. In math lessons, students also use the built-in word processor to input equations and solve problems.

As we move into the heart of fall, Valley View staff look forward to strategically supporting your learning plans. We hope our support for early literacy and academically struggling students will allow your students to meet their full potential.

Happy Learning,

John Mittan, Director, Valley View Charter Prep

High School News


Office Hours
Mondays from 8-10 (seniors), or by appointment.

Fall College Fairs:

October 6-8- Lafayette- Discover MIT admission information session.
MIT Comes to YOU: http://mitadmissions.org/index.php/visit/travel

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. Please contact Mrs McInerney of your interest.


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 jmcinerney@valleyviewcharter.org 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 (if you haven’t already done so) to jmcinerney@valleyviewcharter.org. Courses must be recorded on the transcripts as In Progress in order to receive credit and to process reimbursements.


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.



Dear fellow VVCP students,

Are you interested in developing your creative writing skills and in connecting with other VVCP students? We invite you to join our new project! A group of 8 students have already been busy

creating a student newsletter for our charter school. Currently, we are already anticipating 10 articles, and we are hoping more columnists can join us. We would love to have you on our team! Not only will the newsletter be fun and educational, but it will also bring our community closer together.

Our goal is to publish our first issue before the Thanksgiving holiday and two additional issues later in the school year.

Currently, there are 4 sections in our student newsletter, and columnists can choose any of the first 3 sections to write their articles for:

1. Arts

2. Hobbies

3. Tips, Humor, & News

4. Writer’s Spotlight – This section is open to any student who would like to publish their compositions. It can be a story you wrote in your free time or a formal essay from an English class. More information on how to submit your compositions will be sent out in a separate email.

Newsletter columnists do not have to be in high school. (For example, a 5th grader can write a brief tip on how to memorize all the state capitals.) However, a high school student, serving as an editor, will be in charge of each of these 4 sections. The editor will supervise all the columnists under his or her section. As a columnist, you will turn in your draft to your section’s editor, and he or she will help you with the revision process–your article will be proofread and refined a few times before it is published on our newsletter website.

We hope many of you will discuss with you parents and consider joining this adventure! No experience is required. We will all learn together! If you are interested, or if you have any questions, please contact us at: studentwriters.pci@gmail.com

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Student Newsletter Editors

Student online programs
Don’t forget that PCI has paid for licenses for a few online learning opportunities. In
addition to Exact Path and Study Island, there is “Gizmos” for science, and for the younger crowd: “Reading Eggs”, “Reading Eggspress” and “Mathseeds”. Ask your IST about these!


We are working on finalizing the SPEE’s for spring. While all the outings through January are set (see below), here are some new offerings for spring:

  • March 26, 11:00am: Come for a School Train Ride at the
    California Railroad Museum in Sacramento!
    As a part of the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike, we can take that 50-60 minute ride, with a docent pointing out the history of the railroad in this area.
    After the ride, we will reconvene at the Railroad Museum entrance at 1:00, where we will get school-group [i.e. free] access to the Museum itself. There, you can self-explore for the afternoon, till closing. Signup via SPEE tab.
  • May 16, 11:00am: The Crucible, Oakland.
    The Crucible is a nonprofit arts education center that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry, and community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design. Through the field trip program, we provide youth with demonstrations by artists and industry experts to create a meaningful and exciting educational experience. These field trips support learning in areas such as mathematics, science, art and world cultures. Participants learn about the processes, tools, materials and applications of industrial arts and are inspired to make connections between arts and science.
    It starts with a 10-minute welcome & safety talk, followed by a self-guided tour of the studio and its classrooms. This open-house format means that other schools will be there, too.
    Demonstrations will be in areas such as glass flame working, blacksmithing and bicycles, and more! Signup details are on the SPEE tab.
  • Two more: Point Bonita Lighthouse (Marine Headlands), and SFMOMA.
    Details are being ironed out on these. One will be in February, and one in April, potentially.
    These are both free. Stay tuned!


We are having a bit of a problem: not getting enough signups for some of these “SPEE”s. We may need to do some cancellations.
Please NOTE the DEADLINE dates on upcoming outings: you can download the Student Permission Slip under the “SPEE” tab, or contact your teacher about signing up.


#5 Friday, Oct 12: Presidio. 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco

TIME: 10:00am

Deadline has passed: Families who have signed up will be contacted via email.

The next Vendor Class may need to be cancelled. Contact Lorraine TODAY if you want to come to:

#6 Monday, Oct 15: Kids and Clay, 809A Allston Way, Berkeley
#7 Wednesday, Oct 17: Kids and Clay, 809A Allston Way, Berkeley
TIME: 10:00am till noon (We have scheduled 1 class for each day.)

LIMIT: 25 students maximum per class. (10 students minimum)
GR: Monday = grades 5-12
GR: Wed = grades K-6
COST: $30 per student for two-hr class

DEADLINE: Wednesday, Oct 3

SPEE DESCRIPTION: Lesson on Monday will be aimed at older students, with technical and educational explanations about the whole pottery process in addition to use of the studio.  Students will have guided instruction on projects of their choice. The Wed. lesson will allow younger students to explore their creativity through sculpture and use of the potter’s wheel.  Pieces will be fired and glazed and ready to retrieve in 2-3 weeks.

#8 Friday, Oct 26: Mission San Francisco Solano, 114 E Spain St, Sonoma and
#9 General Vallejo Home, 363 Third St W., Sonoma
TIME: 10:00am
Deadline has passed: Families who have signed up will be contacted via email.


#10 Friday, Nov 16: Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek
TIME: 10:00am
LIMIT: 30 students
GR: grades 2-8
COST: $200, divided among participants. May be some cost for extra adults.
DEADLINE: Wednesday, Oct 24
SPEE DESCRIPTION: 90 minute wildlife class aimed mostly at grades 3-6

#11 Friday, Nov 30: Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Rd, San Rafael
TIME: 10:00am (about 75 minutes: all walking/standing on this docent tour.)
Parking is limited to adjacent streets. Allow time to find parking and walking to the facility.
LIMIT: 25 students (or 43 people maximum, including chaperoning adults)
GR: grades 2-12
COST: Free (Donation at the facility, as you are led.)
DEADLINE: Wednesday, Nov 7
SPEE DESCRIPTION: This 75-minute campus tour will give you the opportunity to see the campuses, facilities, and to learn more about this life-changing mission!

#12 Wed, Dec 12, Walnut Creek ICE
TIME: 11:00am
GR: all
COST: $15/skater
DEADLINE: Wednesday, Oct 24
SPEE DESCRIPTION: Ice Skate Party in Walnut Creek



One of the things that the parents were enthusiastic about was getting together for nature tours.
There is a place that specializes in conducting these hikes for a fee:


So if the parents wanted to take this on, it can be done. Or you can get together at a local regional park, like Sunol or Tilden, and just share your personal knowledge of the area with the other families. If you are interested in leading or organizing something like this, please contact your IST.

We are also looking into ways for the parents to have a place for a forum with other parents. Again, please consider, and let your IST know of your interests and desires in getting involved – even if it’s only as a participant.

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