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March 2017
Board of Stewards meeting, Tuesday, March 14, 6:00 p.m.
Delta Campus
VPA-Accountability & Service meeting, Thursday, March 16, 4:00 p.m.
Delta campus
CMAS Testing starts this month!
North Fork 3/13
Surface Creek 3/20
Delta Classes 3/27
Delta Parent Guided 4/3
      A Word From Willyn

pie.jpgTesting Benefits Learners!

Here are 3 ways...

Tests set learners up to show growth.  

No matter how high or low you start, testing is one way to show your learning or growth!  We want to celebrate each and every learner’s ongoing growth.

 

Tests encourage learners to show the three dimensions of achievement.

Mastery of Knowledge and Skills - celebrating what you already know and setting goals for areas that need additional learning opportunities builds this knowledge and mastery.

Character - trying your best on a test and showing growth feels good and builds character.

High-Quality Work - assessment results can be a part of showing growth and high quality work in conjunction with the additional parts of the overall educational plan.

 

Tests build practice, confidence, and preparation for higher learning experiences.  

Just as we would not expect a child to enter an athletic competition without having practiced, we need to provide opportunities for meaningful practice and useful results.  This will build the necessary foundation to truly increase participation and performance!  

 

Testing is just one piece of the whole pie of learning.
Always do your best in everything you do!

Love,

Willyn

 

 
The link to the VCA Testing Schedule and Details can be accessed HERE!  
 
The parent of a student enrolled at Vision Charter Academy (VCA) may request that his or her child be exempt from participating in one or more state assessments (PARCC/CMAS).  After reviewing the importance of testing, if the parent still chooses to opt-out, the following process must be followed. A written request to opt-out the Learner including name, grade level and campus with a parent signature must be submitted to the School Assessment Coordinator, Darci Hellman at dhellman@visioncharteracademy.orgThis is a boxed text block. You can use it to draw attention to important content.
Did You Know...?
 
You can help your teacher/HQC win GOLD by practicing for the upcoming tests!


Gold Medal

The top 10% will receive a certificate for a specialty coffee at a local coffee shop AND be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Silver Medal

The next 11-20% will receive a card for a Blizzard.

Bronze Medal

The next 21-30% will receive a card for an ice cream cone.

 

Let’s all Go for the Gold!

  

Thank you to all who attended the Surface Creek ribbon cutting to celebrate the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant/Food for Thought as well as VCA joining the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce!


Surface Creek learners joined by:
Lisa Martinez, Executive Director of the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce (CACC)
Cindy Star, CACC director
Willyn Webb, Executive Director VCA
Leann Jiron, VCA Board of Stewards
Pete Blair, Delta County School District Board 
Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders
Angie Gauthier, Chair of the VCA Board of Stewards

Charter Renewal Spotlight

On February 15th Contract negotiations with Delta County School District leadership and Vision Charter Academy leadership began.  It was a very productive process.  According to Caryn Braddy, who has done this before, "It was the .....ever!" VCA and DCSD attorney's are looking into some areas now and we hope to have a contract finalized by the March or April board meetings.  

***Testing Prep Winter Carnival***
Thank you to all of the VCA staff, Vanguard Parent Association, and volunteers who made the Winter Carnivals such a success! Nearly 100 learners came for a fun night between our three campuses to enjoy games, eat snacks, and participate in testing preparation. Through the course of the event, learners rotated stations sharpening skills for the upcoming CMAS, SAT, and Dibels tests this spring. Stations varied from practical online test navigation tips, to keyboarding practice for 3rd-9th graders; while kindergarten through second grade played spelling games and worked on reading comprehension. High school learners were educated about VCA’s ongoing SAT prep sessions and college readiness resources.  

Congratulations to all raffle winners!


 
CONGRATULATIONS to Brandon Miller!!!
Last month, we featured middle schooler Brandon Miller's accomplishment winning the local Math Counts competition.
He competed at regionals and ended in a four way tie for 8th place.
Great work, Brandon. We are proud of you!


Cedaredge Elementary School, with a short notice request from VCA Food for Thought, held a week long Souper Bowl of Caring food drive.  The classes competed for a banana split party with the winning teacher receiving dinner at Daveto's.  Mr. Thompson's 5th grade class won.  The 3rd grade collected the most food of any grade.  The school collected .....pounds of food.  Wow, thank you so much Mr. Renfrow and CES!

At the same time, totally on their own, Lincoln Elementary School student council chose to hold a Souper Bowl of Caring food drive.  They organized, advertised, collected, and counted the food all on their own.  2,400 food items, perfect for use in the Friday bags were collected by LES students.  Thank you so much Mrs. Magner, Mrs. Farmer, Mrs. STUCO rep, STUCO, and all of LES! 

We are honored to team up with you to tackle hunger!

 

PBIS Second Quarter Reward Day
On February 10th, 36 VCA learners who met their Voice, Choice, Achieve goals spent the afternoon enjoying the Bill Heddles Rec Center. Learners played in the pool, basketball courts, and racket ball courts. Congratulations to all who met their goals and participated! Remember, every month you have the opportunity to meet your goals and get invited to the event at the end of March and the end of May.
Every quarter has a different activity.
Make it a goal to earn the reward next time!

 

 VCA Student Council Corner

By Monik, Riah, and Joseph
of the VCA Journalism Class

Student Council, an inspiring group of students at Vision Charter Academy, contributes to their school in many ways. StuCo, as it is known by the student body, is dedicated to leadership and teamwork--a declaration to the school’s values.  VCA’s motto explains it all: Voice, Choice, and Achieve.

These exemplary students are responsible for events, charities, and student activities that occur at the school. They set a good example for the student body. StuCo has helped plan and host inexpensive events, which include:  Winter Formal, Malala Dinner, and Mystery Dinner. Each had an incredible turnout. Grade 7th through 12th enjoyed the festivities that the Winter Formal offered. Decorations, delicious treats, and fantastic music enticed the students.  

The most recent event StuCo has done is the Malala Dinner on February 10th, which included a silent auction.  They raised well over $700 for the Malala Fund--a charity that advocates for girls' education in third world countries. The Malala Dinner was a major hit.

The Mystery Dinner, although it had a fun atmosphere, was not as successful as planned. It was a Disney themed murder mystery for all ages. The turnout was incredible. The mystery murder event, for all VCA students and staff, had an incredibly elaborate setup. While the outside of the modes were decorated like a princess's castle, inside was Hades’ lair. Joe, a student of VCA, said,”It was excellent!  I liked the UV lighting because it made everything turn purple!”

Kaiden, a member of Student Council who helps set up and take down, explained to me the purpose for StuCo is to help develop leadership skills. When talking to the teacher of StuCo, Ms. Gauthier, she said that the goal of Student Council is to gain leadership skills, to create events, to help out with all three VCA campuses, and to help support the student body.   She explained that the students are in control of every decision, but if they need her she is there for them.

One of the new things that StuCo implemented is their social media presence. They created a website, Facebook page, and Instagram, which makes it easier for their audience to keep up with all their activities. These social medias include information and dates detailing events to come. In addition, StuCo give facts and a little bits of information on Student Council members. Soon we will know about the 2017 Prom that’s coming up on April 29th.

In the future, StuCo hopes to grow and connect with the other VCA campuses. They also would like to see Student Council become an elected body instead of a class. Ms. G cannot express enough that leadership is their main goal.  Overall the atmosphere is inspiring. One should pay attention to great changes this group is making.

 
Below: Student Council students get in to character for the Mystery Dinner.
 
   
 
Learners in the Limelight!

Jordyn Vodopich, a parent-guided 7th grader at the North Fork Campus, loves to write, draw and spend time with her one-year-old Border Collie, Jenna. Jordyn has been training Jenna in obedience, agility, and rally. To practice agility they work with weave poles, a teeter totter, some tunnels, a chute, and a jump. She enjoys dog training because it gives her a dog who doesn’t pull on her leash and quality bonding time with one of her best friends.

To develop her artistic skills, Jordyn has been taking an online cartoon animal drawing class. Her specialty is dogs, but she can draw chickens, cows, and is now working on human figures. Jordyn appreciates being a VCA student because she loves having the freedom to do the extracurricular activities that she enjoys. One of her mottos in life is that kindness is like a boomerang, “If you throw a kindness boomerang, it’s always going to come back,” says Jordyn.

Jordyn’s future goals include being an animator, getting a degree in animal science, or both! In the meantime, she enjoys spending time outdoors in the beautiful North Fork Valley with her mother, grandparents, and sister Jazmin.
 

PSAT and SAT tests are April 25th!       

The test is getting closer...
The next test prep session starts March 17th.
Fridays - 10:00am -12:00pm 3/17-3/31 alternating Surface Creek and Delta
Thursday - 10:00am - 12:00pm 3/2 and 3/16 at the North Fork campus
Friday 4/21 - 9:00am - 12:00am Practice Test in Delta - all learners welcome!
You must register to come.

Register Here
Field Trips
Our February field trip was to DMEA in Montrose. Learners and parents saw the solar power grid, view a presentation on how electricity works, and witness a dispatch call in real time. It was a very informational afternoon about where our electricity comes from. They have a much better appreciation for what happens when they switch on the lights in their bedrooms! Please consider joining us for future outings!
 
      
 
- UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS -

Vision Charter Academy is sponsoring two very exciting upcoming field trips! 
Registration is open on the website at www.visioncharteracademy.org
At the bottom of the homepage there is a box titled "Info, Activities & Fieldtrips".
​There you will see the link to "Fieldtrips".​ Registration forms are available on this page for every upcoming event with currently open availability. 

1) 5th - 7th graders: March 17th - Winter Ecology Day on Grand Mesa. This is a great opportunity to spend the day on Grand Mesa learning to cross country ski, studying snow crystals and snow pack, and learning orienteering and winter survival skills. Registration deadline is March 8th.  Registration is limited to 20 skiers. 


2) April 28th - Durango Silverton Rail Road. This opportunity to ride the old narrow gauge has become a standard favorite for Vision learners. It is limited to 30 riders (learners and adults), so sign up soon! Registration deadline is March 24th.

Speak to your HQC or teacher for more information. We can't wait for you to join us!

 
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