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In the this edition...
Stay on the Trail by Angie Gauthier, our Board of Stewards Chair
A Word from Willyn
Club Updates
National Honor Society Induction
Learners in the Limelight
STUCO Corner
Powderhorn Skiing Exploration
VCA High Schools Share Their Thoughts with the District
Box Tops Success
Willyn honored by the ARC
Dinoaur Adventure Fieldtrip
Colorado Mesa University High School Field Trip
Don't forget to stay up to date on everything happening at VCA through our website and our Facebook .
NOTE change of meeting date:
Board of Stewards Tue, Jan 16, 6:00 Delta Campus
North Fork Ed CHAT
Wed, Jan 17 1:30
Paonia Public Library
The community is invited to share thoughts on educational needs in the NF. Come and invite a friend too!
Town Hall Meetings
Coming to your community in February!
Club Meetings
(still time to join)

Board Games
Fri, Jan 5th 12:30
Delta Cantina

Tue, Jan 9th 3:30
Cedaredge High

Tue, Jan 9th & 23rd 3:30

Tue, Jan 9th & 30th 3:00
Delta Cantina

Wed. Jan 10th & 24th 4:00
Delta Cantina

Lego Robotics
Tue, Jan 16th &  3:30
Delta Cantina

Open Gym sports
Jan 22 & 29
Bill Heddles Rec Center

Vanguard Parent Association
Jan. 18th @ 3:30
Delta Cantina Please come and help plan the next activity!
Wednesday with Willyn
Jan 10th 9:00 a.m.
Annex Conference Room
Dinosaur Journey Museum Field Trip Jan 26th 10:00 Fruita
Colorado Mesa University
High School Field Trip
Jan 26th 1:00
Happy New Year to all! Here we are halfway through the academic year and entering 2018. I am hopeful that this academic year has been filled with growth, learning and peaceful transitions. Education is known for its changeability; always adapting to new societal influences, attempting to utilize new concepts, innovative research developments, and looking for ways to enhance learning - whether through technology or as an attempt to reach diverse learning styles.  As an educational consultant, with both of my grown children in education, I enjoy gleaning new educational concepts from an array of learning levels and educational venues. Still, having educated my own children, I understand the desire for consistency and a harmonious learning environment, while encouraging learners to seek out passionate pursuits. Finding the balance between change for the good and consistency can be a struggle! In my experience the best plan is to utilize the strengths of each, for the good of all. I think Vision Charter Academy, with the ILP model exemplifies both worlds: change and consistency.
                  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. ~Benjamin Franklin
I wanted to write a note as we begin the second half of the academic year, and the beginning of our cultural new year, to invite you to actively participate in VCA. We love to hear from and see our parents, guardians, and students alike. The voice of VCA throughout the community is imperative and growing stronger each year. It is my fervent hope that you can see how hard we strive to create a loving, learning, listening environment. I think I can speak for the entire Board when I say: we are excited to be serving on the Board of Stewards for Vision Charter Academy and we are working hard to keep your trust and make a difference in Delta County.
Have a Happy, Safe, Prosperous, New Year!
Angie Gauthier, Chair
Vision Charter School Board of Stewards
     A Word From Willyn
Hi Families, Staff, and Learners!
New year, new efforts. In order to reach more families, I'm going to do Wednesday with Willyn, Town Hall Meetings, a North Fork Ed Chat, and meet with co-ops and individuals who want to talk about Vision Charter Academy.  I really, really want to LISTEN!
  • Jan 4th, 11:45, Olathe Co-Op at Victory Baptist Church
  • Jan 10th, 9:00, Wed with Willyn, Doghouse Espresso or Facebook LIVE
  • Jan 17th, 1:30, North Fork Community Ed Chat at Paonia Public Library
  • Jan TBD Montrose Co-Op
  • Town Hall Meetings coming in Feb. Check out next month's newsletter!
Also, I want to share the Vision Charter Academy Guidebook for Success!  It is intended to be a go-to guide for getting the answers you need.  It is a virtual document with links from the Table of Contents to the topic you want to read about.  Many topics have links to additional resources, information, forms, policies, or documents.  I would love your feedback.  I'm sure there is something we missed.  When trying to compile a one-stop shop, so to speak, for an organization as diverse as VCA, missing something is inevitable. Let me know what you think!

Finally, I have concluded that the best chance we have at addressing state compliance requirements(meetings, documentation) is to become a Performance School, which means we get our state testing participation up to 95% and our test scores (academic achievement and growth on PARCC, PSAT and SAT) UP!  We can benefit learners by learning how to test, seeing their own growth, and help our daily compliance needs all at the same time!  Start your test prep HERE!  Remember practicing for state tests benefits learners by helping them show growth!  Watch upcoming newsletters for more on test prep, the return of the awesome Carnivals on each campus, t-shirt incentives, and more!

Happy New Year, Happy New Semester, and thanks for being part of VCA!
National Honor Society
Inducts Three New Members!
 Congratulations to Sam Hartman, Camille Hartman, and Zion Connelly for showing excellence in Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. They were inducted into NHS on Dec. 11th.  NHS President Andrew Davis did a wonderful job as master of ceremonies.  A key note address by Willyn Webb stated that becoming a member of NHS, especially in a K-12 school such as Vision, is not only an honor, but an opportunity.  She encouraged them to take advantage of their status as NHS members and be purposeful in exhibiting the four traits to set an example for those who will follow in their footsteps. 
Thank you Darci Hellman who arranged the ceremony and the committee who reviewed the applications.  All learners should set their sights on being part of this national and long standing honor group.  It is never to early to start.  For more information contact club sponsor Darci Hellman at

Wow, the first club meetings were AWESOME!  We now have the Mix Up Masters, the Lego Legends, the VCA Snip & Stitch-Sew & Design Club, open gym sports, and more!  Check out the calendar above for dates, times, and locations!


VCA Senior Jordan Evans is an honor roll student who made All State Jazz Choir.  She is taking additional courses to become a midwife.  She has applied for the Daniels Fund Scholarship.  Thank you Marty Troutman for sharing her!  I have nominated her for the First Colorado National Bank Academic Spotlight Award.  Watch for her in the Delta County Independent!

Lucas Chapman 8th grade is taking two high school level courses as well as testing out of Algebra I.  He will start high school with 3 credits next year.  He gives 110% to everything he does.  Lucas is an accomplished pianist and skilled actor. Thanks to Laurel Jones for sharing him!  I have nominated him for the the First Colorado National Bank Academic Spotlight Award.  Watch for him in the Delta County Independent. 

Blake Branham, 1st grade, worked hard in reading and likes it now!  He gets to go to Grand Valley Climbing as a reward for his growth & self nomination.

Carson Branham, 3rd grade is doing great in math.  He nominated himself for a Vanguard Growth Award and had the tests to prove it.  He will also be enoying a trip to Grand Valley Climbing for his excellent growth and self nomination application!
Winter Day was very festive on all three campuses!  Thank you to Student Council and the Vanguard Parent Association!
Once again, Vision is offering skiing opportunities for learners. 

Powderhorn Ski School: will run in two 2-week sessions. You must sign up for a specific session.

**Please note that the program is intended for learners 8 and older and any never ever skiers/boarders must take a full day lesson on their first day (either the 25th or 8th).** SPACE IS LIMITED TO 40 LEARNERS

Session 1: January 25 & February 1
Session 2: February 8 & February 15

This is a special agreement between Powderhorn Mountain Resort and Vision. Space is limited to 40 learners. Before registering, it is imperative to understand all of the requirements (below) carefully!

* Please arrive by 8:30. Lift tickets are valid 10:00-4:00.
* The program is designed for ages 8 and up only
* The goal is exposure, not every learner skiing every week
* Sessions are run in two 2-week periods - limited to 40 learners
* Skiing is for learners who do NOT already have a season pass
* All others (not new to the sport) must take a 2 hour lesson
* Learners having never skied/boarded
MUST take a full day lesson the first day

This opportunity is open to Full Time learners first. If, after the registration deadline, there are still slots available, registration will be opened to Part Time learners. VCA will pay for PT learners outside of their budget.

Registration Deadline is January 18 - REGISTER HERE
Vision Charter Academy High Schoolers Share Their Thoughts with the District 
Am amazing group of high school students joined other alternative schools to share their thoughts with the Delta County School Board and district leadership.  Thank you Zion Connelly (shown accepting her Academic Spotlight Award from Alpine Bank at the start of the event), Camille Hartman, Allison Sullivan, Elaine Cannon, Kaleb Duke, Kaiden Duke, Michael Quinn and Drew Harris. Great job!

  Collection sheets and containers are available at each campus.

Our school collected $135 during November and December.

Our goal is to collect  $300 by the end of February, which means we are almost halfway to our goal!

Can you help us?  Give your Box tops to any Campus Coordinator, Teacher or HQC.

Willyn Webb named "Supportive School Professional of the Year"
by the ARC!
Come experience Dinosaur Journey on January 26th 10:00.  The trip is limited to 40 learners. Watch this video on museum visit behavior HERE.  Register using this FORM by the deadline of January 18th.
High schoolers, check out Colorado Mesa University on January 26th 1:00.  The trip is limited to 10 learners.  Register using this CMU FORM by the deadline of January 18th.

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