December 2019

    Message from the Principal, Russell Burns:

    We are well into the holidays and the new year is quickly approaching. Many of our students were
    successful in the first quarter, including those who made it on the Honor Roll. As the second quarter
    progresses, students will have the opportunity to participate in dozens of activities including sports and
    extracurricular activities. Please encourage your student to get involved in school in addition to the
    normal daily activities. The more students invest in their education, the more they will get out of their
    The second quarter goes very fast, so I ask that you keep in close contact with your student as he or she
    progresses.  While they may not seem to like conversing at times, those daily conversations are so
    important. Keeping a close connection with them will help to address their social and emotional needs. 
    Our teachers assist our students socially and emotionally in many ways. One intentional method utilized
    this year is through the use of an advisory period. Students and their advisors meet several times this
    year and focus their activities around health and wellness- including time spent on interpersonal
    If you are concerned about your child’s well-being at any point this year, whether academically or
    emotionally, please reach out to the school for assistance. Our school’s support staff includes guidance
    counselors, psychologists, a student assistance counselor and more. Please do not hesitate to reach out
    for any reason. Your student will benefit greatly as we establish a strong school-to-home connection.
    Please know that we will do our best to ensure that your child has a successful year.

    Please take note of these important upcoming events:
    December 4th - ½ Day Teacher Professional Development
    December 5th - Cyberbullying Workshop for Parents, VCMS 7pm
    December 6th - Dance/Social
    December 10th - Winter Concert
    December 11th - Winter Concert
    December 23rd - January 3 - Winter Recess

    Attention all VC Families!!

    The Valley Central School District announces its anticipated half-day & full-day
    Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Program for 2020-2021.
    Eligible children include those who reside in the district and who will be 4 years
    old on or before December 1, 2020.
    If you have an eligible child or know someone who has an eligible child, please
    share this information with them. A Parent Information Night and Vendor Fair
    will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Berea Elementary
    Cafeteria (snow date is Monday, February 3rd). The application period runs from
    January 23, 2020 through March 12, 2020. Please visit the UPK website for
    additional information at: www.vcsd.k12.ny.us, click on the Universal
    Prekindergarten link found on the left side menu.

    6th Grade

    The 6th Grade has had an incredible start to the year. In ELA we are finishing up
    reading The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan where students got to dig in to the
    realm of ancient Greek Mythology. We are ending this study by creating our own
    stories that follow the path of “A Hero's Journey." Our social studies classes have
    finished studying our 1st ancient civilization: Ancient Mesopotamia, and we are
    now looking at the wonders of ancient Egypt. As we study these civilizations, we
    look at and compare common elements that are present such as geography,
    religion, social class, government and lasting contributions. In math, students are
    finishing up the Ratios and Proportional Relationships unit where they learned all
    about ratios, unit rate and proportions.  Next up, students will learn a little more
    about the Number System when we visit topics regarding positive & negative
    numbers, absolute value and rational numbers. In science over the past few weeks,
    we have been working with measurement tools.  The students have been learning
    to work with the graduated cylinder, triple beam balance, and the metric ruler.  We
    have since moved on to learning about weather patterns. So many great things are
    happening in 6th Grade!


    The 6 th Grade Teachers are proud to continue having students be nominated as a Jr.
    Viking of the Month. Students are nominated by their teachers for many different
    reasons, such as academics, character, achievement, and helpfulness. Students
    receive a certificate and ribbon. They are asked to fill out a poster about
    themselves that will hang in the 6 th grade hallway for the month and then move to
    our Wall of Honor for the remainder of the year. We are so proud of all of our Jr
    Vikings. You truly show the meaning of #VCProud!!!

    December Recipients
    Henry Edwards
    Adam Mercado
    Madeline Cheney
    Aurora Ullmeyer
    Daniel Orphal
    Ella Petrarca
    Samuel Fontana
    Jenna Ramos
    Dominick Hingul
    Meghan Winter
    Adrianna Ferraro
    Hannah Stahl
    Andrew Moore
    Trinity Escalante



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