Wednesday with Willyn
Feb 6th 9:00 Doghouse Espresso and ONLINE, please join us.  Last time had 272 views!
Winter Carnvials!
Surface Creek
Feb. 7, 2:30-4:30

North Fork
Feb. 8, 12:30-2:30

Feb. 13, 2:30-4:30

Board of Stewards Tue, Feb 13th, 6:00 Surface Creek Campus
No Field Trip in February due to Winter Break and Winter Carnivals!
Club Meetings
(still time to join)

Board Games
No meeting in Feb.
Plan on March 16
Delta Cantina

Feb 6th  3:30
Cedaredge Food Bank

Tue, Feb 6th 3:30

Wed. Feb 14th 4:00
Delta Cantina

Tue, Feb 27th  3:00
Delta Cantina

Lego Robotics
Tue, Feb 27th 3:30
Delta Cantina

Open Gym sports
Mondays 3:00-4:00
Bill Heddles Rec Center
For up to date calendar always check our website under Events
Vanguard Parent Association
Feb 15 @ 3:30
Delta Cantina Please come and help plan the next activity!
Town Hall Meetings
moved to March. Plan on being heard in the Q & A Sessions with Willyn at the Winter Carnivals!
Winter Break
All Campuses Closed
Feb. 19-24
Don't forget to stay up to date on everything happening at VCA through our website and our Facebook .
     A Word From Willyn
Hi Families, Staff, and Learners!

I love my job!  During the month of January I have been connecting with many families and it has been wonderful.  Vision is such a unique and diverse school full of amazing people.  Everyday I come across some learner who is doing something exceptional.  Our diversity and individualized program is our greatest asset and, at times, a challenge.  In encouraging and recognizing learner achievement it seems difficult to meet every situation within our various paths.  Some programs have been implemented in the past with various degrees of success. 

The challenge becomes.... 
"How do we encourage and recognize learners' growth and achievement?"  

In order to gain input from as many parents, learners and staff as possible, I am inviting everyone to a Recognition Re-Vamp on February 26th at 3:00 at Bill Heddles Rec Center Community Room.  Please come share your ideas so we can develop a program(s) where greatness will thrive.

I look forward to connecting with many more of you at the Winter Carnivals (see flyer below), Wednesday with Willyn on Feb 6th via Facebook LIVE, or at the Re-Vamp.  Enjoy the educational experience, be a cheerleader for a learner, and have a great February.

Winter Carnival
VCA Rocks the Chamber of Commerce Nominations!
All Williams (educator of the year), Willyn Webb (educator of the year), and Food for Thought (nonprofit of the year) all nominated for Delta Chamber of Commerce Awards.  If you know of a local business who is a member, encourage them to vote team VCA! Awards announced at the annual banquet on Feb. 9th

 The clubs are rockin' and putting the proceeds from the Fall Read a Thon to great use with purchases of 2 Lego robotics kits, 17 sewing kits, rec center gym rentals, 3 tablets for Minecraft, 2 sewing machines, cooking supplies and more! Here are a few pictures from the Lego Robotics and Cooking club.

 Lego Robotics Club

Mix Up Masters Cooking Club

Cole Lahoe, VCA top money raiser in the Fall Read a Thon, riding the bike that his reading and raising earned him! Thanks to Cole and every VCA learner who READ and every supporter who DONATED!

Caewlin Porter, sophomore blended learner from Delta.  He participates in the classroom and gets all of his independent study work in on time and done well. Caewlin is an asset to VCA
Isaac Weber, a seventh grade home-based student from Paonia. Isaac is a very well-rounded, self-motivated young man. He is a straight-A student, excelling in both his core subjects as well as his electives. Whether it is writing a story for a contest, researching historical events or learning a new song on his guitar, Isaac gives 100%. Some of his passions are World War II, mountain biking, back country snowboarding, and mechanics. This fall, Isaac was very involved in his mechanics class, volunteering for a local pilot and airplane mechanic.  Isaac is also an avid mountain biker and has even taught classes in the sport. 

Tyler K is a first grader who is excelling in the 4th through 6th grade STEM class. He is demonstrating mastery in technology, as demonstrated by his video taping during experiment. He is also competent in adding and subtracting multi digits to perform activities with the group. He is a roaming learner and STEM is a benefit to his style of learning. 
  • We will have a Bake Sale to make money for Prom on Friday, February 9th from 12:00-3:00 and Saturday the 10th from 9:00-4:00.  We welcome your donated baked goods—or—please visit our booth at Wal-Mart in Delta to try our treats.
  • Student Council is planning to serve a meal at The Abraham Connection on February 16 to help those less fortunate.
Teresa, Marty, Christy, Tammy and Michella (not pictured) visited the Collbran Job Corp site.  This site is managed by the Forest Service and has been in operation since 1964.   It is considered one of the safest Job Corp site in the nation.
The four students in the back row were our guides for this tour.  From left to right:
This student has been with the program a little over a year and her future goal is to join the Marine Corp.  She is also interested in competitive weight lifting.  She is currently working to learn the vocational skill, floor coverings.  She was recently certified to work with epoxy flooring.
This is Mikey.  He was the primary spokesperson for our tour group.  He has been in the program for about 18 months and he is in charge of the recreational facilities.  He plans to join the Air Force. 
This student is working in the culinary arts program.  She’s been in the program for over a year.
The student on the right is currently working in cement.  When she completes that program, she plans to join the carpentry program.  She wants to join the military when she completes the program. 
Our tour included visiting each dorm room, the educational facilities, and the vocational areas.  Each vocational section had a spokesperson that told us all about the expected starting wage, what possible unions were available for the trade and opportunities for advanced training.  The students were able to describe the stages of their training. 
For a tour through the welding program click HERE
Thank you to Lincoln Elementary and Cedaredge Elementary for participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive Contest! We will be serving banana splits to the winning classrooms.  If anyone wants to TEAM UP TO TACKLE HUNGER by donating food to Food for Thought just drop off donations at any VCA campus.

RISE:  Resilience in Schools and Educators

In late January, school counselor, Kathy Taylor, attended a three day RISE workshop in Boulder.  Vision Charter Academy was one of seven Colorado schools chosen through a competitive application process to attend this pilot training.  RISE (Resilience in Schools and Educators) is a K-8, school-based adaptation of a program called Let’s Connect.  

Let’s Connect was originally developed for use with parents or other primary caregivers and is now being expanded to schools.  RISE promotes trauma-sensitivity and fosters resilience within a school community.  It also helps build students’ sense of connectedness and social emotional learning in partnership with school staff.

RISE is grounded in research from many areas:  social and emotional development; emotional socialization; neurobiology of emotion; parenting and attachment; and risk, resilience and trauma.  Kathy was trained as a coach who will work the rest of the semester with a small group of elementary teachers as a first step in implementing RISE, school-wide.

This group will learn and practice the RISE skills of Noticing and Appreciating, Listening to understand and learn more, Labeling children’s feelings, Emotion support skills, Emotion coaching skills, and Strategies for reducing behavioral challenges..  The RISE program will complement  and enhance the k-8 Social Emotional Curriculum, RULER, that has been adopted for the 2018-2019 school year.  

Dinosaur Journey Field Trip FUN!
42 kids enjoyed a guided tour and hands on learning
8th Grade Career Fair Invitation
Paonia Technical College
Delta County 8th Grade Career Fair
Location:  Energy Tech, 218 4th St, Paonia, CO 81428
Career Fair “Navigate Your Future”
 Save the Date: March 14, 2018
On behalf of Delta County Middle School staff and students, we would like to cordially invite you to participate in our Career Fair on Wednesday 14, 2018 from 8:00-12:00 pm at the Paonia Technical College.  This will be a fun way for VCA 8th grade learners to be part of a county wide event.

As a learner, let us know if you would like to attend and we will have staff there to chaperone a VCA group.  Email Willyn at
As a professional, you can directly respond to student questions regarding the joys and challenges of your profession and offer them individual advice on required training and networking for their career choices.  If interested contact Willyn at before Feb. 12th.

      Collection sheets and containers are available at each campus.

We are halfway to our goal of $300 with one month left.  We need your help!  

Donated Box Tops can be given to any VCA staff.  

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