Dear Valley View Families,
It’s hard to believe we are in the last month of our academic year! As we complete the last round of CAASPP testing, have our final face-to-face meetings in May, and prepare for the high school graduation, Valley View staff are already busy planning for next year. Some of these endeavors include the following:
We have had great success with Valley View families completing the Enrollment Status form for next year. As a result, we will begin fall ordering for returning students starting in May (Please note: Parent Reimbursements for returning students will not be accepted until September.)
We are excited to return to monthly field trip offerings in the fall. You can help us by suggesting places that are free or require student payments only. Unfortunately, we cannot pay for adults, so those SPEE’s that require group payment for everyone (like a ferry to Alcatraz) are not feasible.
Online Master Agreements
Over the past several years, Pacific Charter Institute (our parent organization) has moved to online forms. That process continues with online Master Agreements. Recall Master Agreements are the legal document between you and Valley View stipulating educational service through an independent study model. Starting July 15 and going through August your IST, you and your child will sign and submit this agreement online. A parent and student must sign the PCI Master Agreement by August 12, 2022, to complete enrollment for the upcoming year.
We will begin collecting school computers the week of May 9. We will have drop-off locations throughout the Bay Area. More information will be shared with you through your IST in the coming week.
John Mittan, Director
High School News
The official countdown has begun. We are just two short months until the close of another successful year! Weekly advising appointments are available online in 20-minute increments. Parents, students, and teachers are encouraged to schedule time to discuss individualized programs and planning or just check-in if you need some support!
In-Person Office Hours are also available!
Please visit: https://tinyurl.com/valleyviewcounseling
Middle and High School Orientation
If you missed our High School Orientation, Please Find Link Here
Congratulations to our seniors for their 4-year acceptances!
Headed to Community College?
You still need to apply NOW as a matriculated (graduated) student, even if you have already attended in high school. Check the admissions link at your favorite college.
FAFSA- Free Application for Student Aid If you want to take advantage of community college free tuition programs, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA. Power Hour held several meetings in the fall and help is still available, if you need it. The deadline is June 30. All seniors are encouraged to complete the FAFSA even if they are unsure of their college plans OR think they won’t qualify for funding.
Graduation- May 25th
Information was sent directly to graduates. RSVP is required. If you did not receive the email, please reach out to your homeroom teacher.
Student Wellness Team
We realize the last couple of years have presented challenges for our community. School counselors are available to receive confidential discussions regarding your child and can elevate to our school psychologists as needed. The PCI Wellness Team is made up of psychologists, our school nurse, and school counselors. The PCI Wellness Referral Link is confidential, anonymous, and can be left by anyone in the PCI family with the ability to attach images and screenshots as needed.
Please remember that if you have a mental or medical emergency you should contact 911 immediately. Any referrals that are completed over the weekend or after school hours will be addressed as soon as possible on the next school day.
Virtual College Fairs & Tours:
In-person tours and fairs have returned! Check any of the 13 bay area colleges/universities to schedule a tour and see what options are available close to home.
For the latest on In-Person and Virtual Fairs:
http://www.collegefairsonline.com – registration required
For a full range of additional College Fairs see:
Thinking about testing? SAT and ACT dates are available!
Currently, UC and CSU are not using standardized tests for admission evaluations. Many other colleges have moved to a test-optional method. Please check directly with your intended programs for specifics about testing.
Students looking to schedule SAT or ACT testing can register directly through the sites.
Concurrent College Enrollment:
If you are taking community college coursework, please forward confirmation of enrollment. Reimbursements cannot be processed until the courses are marked as “In Progress”.
Counselor Power Hour: Thursdays @ 2pm
Our PCI counseling team continues to host Power Hour on Thursdays for our high school community! Every week we present a wide range of topics from college planning to specific career sectors. Emails and links have been sent directly to students and are readily accessible through student email accounts. If you need additional help logging in, please let us know. Recordings are available on request. Students who attend 3 live sessions will earn a gift to some of their favorite places. These sessions are a great way to explore programs and career options!
May Topics Include:
*As always when working with students, flexibility is essential. Workshops may be adjusted or rescheduled as appropriate to meet the needs of the community.
Jennifer McInerney, High School Dean
Valley View Charter Prep
VIRTUAL CLASSES, TECHNOLOGY and BOOKS
Pacific Charter Institute offers virtual opportunities for our students through two programs:
• V.O.L.T.s (Virtual Opportunities to Learn Together) geared toward our elementary homeschooling families.
• The Virtual Advantage classes for middle school and high school students.
In both programs, our credentialed teachers interact with students and families in real-time through secure online environments. A complete listing of class offerings can be found in the PCI Virtual Class Catalog. Contact your teacher for sign-up procedures.
The Virtual Advantage
Flexibility – attend live classes online from any location.
Support – Taught by highly-qualified credentialed teacher AND free in-person tutoring available in multiple locations
Collaboration – students have the opportunity to work together and to get to know their peers
Current and accredited – activities and problems meet current standards and pacing to ensure that students are adequately prepared for future courses and for standardized tests.
Transparent – Parents are included in all student communications and in some courses, given the opportunity to evaluate student daily work while weening students off dependence on parent instruction. Classes are recorded so that students and parents may refer to any lesson on their own time. Timelines, assignments, and worksheets are given in advance so that families can plan their homework schedules.
Need Math Help?
Math support is not just for those in virtual classes. Students requiring intervention are invited to sign up for FREE math tutoring. Bring whatever math you are working on and come play math with us!
For the fastest results, send your questions in an email!
Cheryl Gomes , Math Teacher and Intervention Specialist
Open to ALL VVCP students (not just those taking virtual classes) ~ this time is open to intervention & parent support of concepts
OR live online with a teacher! Virtual Office Hours T/Th at 4pm at:
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Getting ready for next year
Is your choice of curriculum meeting state standards? Reduce your student’s frustration on state tests by choosing a standards-aligned core curriculum; there are lots of options available. Talk to your teacher about new curricula that may meet your needs. We are also working on checklists & professional development to ensure that parent educators and teachers are more familiar with current standards in core areas. There have been lots of changes while we were all quarantined.
New Math Curriculum:
We are excited to report that we have adopted a new Math curriculum, “Reveal” by McGraw-Hill. This will be available for ALL levels K-12. K-8 has online interactive and video lessons with consumable workbooks that follow the lessons. We have ordered extra teacher editions/solutions manuals so that parent-educators have easier access. We are planning professional development for teachers and parent educators throughout next year. High school-level texts are hard-bound but still have online interactive and video lessons. All virtual classes will be using the new curriculum. We are working on easy-to-follow pacing for independent study remediation classes at the high school level. More to follow.
We are coming to the end of our school year in science. VOLTS teachers will be finished the week of May 9th. Please help us by completing the Summative Assessment by the dates given by your VOLT’s teacher.
On the matter of kit return, soon teachers will be completed with the items in the respective grade kits Please inventory the kits and return them to your homeroom teacher. If you do not have the inventory sheet included in your kit, please ask for one. Returning the kits promptly will allow kits to be re-stocked in a timely matter.
Return Dates: VVCP Staff Meeting is May 9th, so any time before this would be the best option. Another option is the final meeting with your teacher, and the teacher will turn it in at their final meetings. Still another option is at the tech return locations.
Just a reminder to sign up for the next year’s VOLTS class by letting your teacher know of your interest.
Laurie Bradshaw “AKA” Mrs. B
For more information on Valley View and our sister schools, go to the PCI website.