JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

Dear Valley View Parent,

Happy
New Year! As we move into the spring semester, we host our
winter assessments throughout the Bay Area to support parent
educator decision making. In addition to the winter NWEA
assessments (3-11 grade students), we will continue our
support of early literacy at the K-2 grade level. Over the
coming month our staff will administer the winter DIBELS
literacy indicator for all K-2 grade students during monthly
meetings.

A
short one-minute assessment, DIBELS provide parents of early
elementary age students with information to support learning
plan decision-making, especially as it relates to emerging
literacy. In February, Valley View will host in-person and
online parent workshops to further explore how these
measures can support parent educators of K-2 students.

Happy
Learning,

John
Mittan, Director

 

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.

WINTER
ASSESSMENTS

The Winter 2019 NWEA
testing will begin on January 22, 2019. If you did
not get a letter from us, please ask your teacher,
so that she can put you on the schedule. Deadline
to have all 3rd-11th grade students scheduled is Wednesday,
January 16, 2019.

Testing dates are as follows:

Pleasant Hill: Tuesday,
January 22nd-Friday, January 25th

Oakland: Monday, January 28th-Thursday, January 31st

Livermore: Monday, February 4th-Tuesday, February
5th

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Signup Deadlines for
Field Trips

SPEEs (field trips) this spring
include the following (among others):

January
30:

– Asian Art Museum (San Francisco) :

sign up by January 16.

March
26:

— School Train & Railroad Museum (Sacramento) :

sign up by January 23.

May
16:

– The Crucible (Oakland) :

sign up by January 30.

Please look closely at the
descriptions for all outings (go to the SPEE tab,
above), and be mindful of the dates not only of the
outing itself but also of the deadlines for signing
up
. Look under the SPEE tab for all the spring
field trips. They will fill up fast, so don’t delay.

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HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

by Jennifer
McInerney

Happy New Year everyone! I
hope you all had a restful break and are charged up for
the 2nd semester. We have a lot of exciting
opportunities this semester so please keep in touch!

Individual Counseling
Sessions:

I
thoroughly enjoyed meeting with so many of you during
the fall sessions! In total we had almost 1/2 of our
high school student body sign up individual sessions
either in person or via Zoom. Stay tuned for more
opportunities for individual advising sessions this
spring! Feel free to contact me anytime at
jmcinerney@valleyviewcharter.org.

 

Pre-College TESTING information

PSAT
Follow Up:
– PSAT
scores were released in December. If you missed our Zoom
meeting on accessing scores, please let me know.
I will host a Next

Steps in College Planning meeting for juniors January 22nd via Zoom.

An email with the Zoom link will be sent directly to 11th
graders.

Pre
ACT:
VVCP will
host a practice ACT in
April 2019. 10th and 11th grade students are
welcome to attend. This will be held in Pleasant Hill.

 

ACT:
Register directly
@
http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html

SAT: https://account.collegeboard.org/login/login?idp=ECL&DURL=https%3A//nsat.collegeboard.org/satweb/login.jsp&affiliateId=signup%7Caccepted-everywhere-ca&bannerId=hero%7Cregister-now

 

Concurrent
College Enrollment:


Please forward all fall transcripts to
jmcinerney@valleyviewcharter.org. Courses must be recorded on the
transcripts to receive credits towards graduation. . 

Concurrent
Enrollment Forms can be send directly to me at
jmcinerney@valleyviewcharter.org. I will complete them and
return them to you. 

 

College Tours:

Each semester we offer students
an opportunity to tour local colleges. This semester we will
take a trip to Sonoma State on February 22nd- RSVP required.
Minimum number of students required to maintain our
reservation. 

 

Graduation: May 22nd 11:30-2 PM

Each year Valley View holds a
traditional graduation ceremony to honor our graduates and
their families. This year we will be changing the venue to
the Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill area. A letter with
detailed information regarding the graduation ceremony will
be sent directly to seniors.

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Parent Advisory
Committee ( PAC )

Calling all parents! Our next PAC
meeting will be held Wednesday, March 20th @ 10 AM! We will
be discussing courses and curriculum choices for the 19/20
school year.

For more information about how you can become more active in
our school community, talk with your teacher or contact
Jennifer directly. jmcinerney@valleyviewcharter.org.

 

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Online Virtual Classes

We still offer
Virtual classes in Math and Science for middle schoolers and
high schoolers. For Math and Science classes, contact your
teacher or Cheryl (cheryl.gomes@valleyviewcharter.org).

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SCIENCE CORNER

Happy New Year, Fellow
Scientists!

This month’s topic focuses on
the 3 strands of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices, and
Disciplinary Core Ideas. Definitions are taken from https://www.nextgenscience.org.
I have also included links for parents to help their students.

Crosscutting
Concepts
help
students explore connections across the four domains of
science, including Physical Science, Life Science, Earth
and Space Science, and Engineering Design.

When

these concepts, such as “cause and effect”, are made
explicit for students, they can help students develop a
coherent and scientifically-based view of the world around
them.

Science and Engineering
Practices
describe
what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what
engineers do to design and build systems. The practices better
explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science and
the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it
requires. Students engage in practices to build, deepen, and
apply their knowledge of core ideas and crosscutting concepts.

Disciplinary Core Ideas
(DCIs)
are the key
ideas in science that have broad importance within or across
multiple science or engineering disciplines. These core ideas
build on each other as students progress through grade levels
and are grouped into the following four domains: Physical
Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and
Engineering.

Parent Guide for K-2

https://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/default/files/ParentGuide%20Grades%20Kto2%20-%20General.pdf

Parent Guide for 3-5

https://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/default/files/ParentGuides%20Grades%203to5%20-%20General.pdf

Parent Guide for 6-8

https://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/default/files/ParentGuide%20Grades%206to8%20-%20General.pdf

Parent Guide for 9-12

https://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/default/files/ParentGuide%20Grades%209to12%20-%20General.pdf

If you ever need to reach me,
one can find me at laurie.bradshaw@valleyviewcharter.org.
Do watch for another installment of the NGSS next month!

 

 

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

the PCI website at:   http://www.pacificcharters.org/

 

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