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.
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!!!