November 2019

    Message from the Principal, Russell Burns:
    The Valley Central School District began a new initiative this year involving
    Social and Emotional Learning. According to the Collaborative for Academic,
    Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), social and emotional learning (SEL) is
    the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions,
    set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and
    maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Over twenty
    teachers and support staff from around the district recently attended a two day
    conference to learn to develop a SEL system within our schools. This initiative is
    directly tied to creating a safe and supportive learning environment for our students
    which will result in improved behavior, greater academic achievement, and
    ultimately, happier kids. The students are the focal point of every initiative that we
    have here in Valley Central. For more information on this district initiative you can
    talk to your child’s guidance counselor or visit the CASEL website, casel.org.
    Please reach out to the school with any questions or concerns and, as always, thank
    you for your help and support.

    Please take note of these important upcoming events:
    November 5th - Teacher/Staff Development Day, no school for students
    November 11th - Veterans Day - no school for students
    November 21st - 6th grade field trip to the Museum of Natural History
    November 25th - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences 
    November 26th - Parent/Teacher Conferences- all day
    November 27th-29th - Thanksgiving Recess

    Parent  Teacher Conferences:
    November 25th - 6pm to 8:30pm
    November 26th - 8:10am to 3pm
    Conference appointments can be made by calling our
    Guidance Department beginning Friday, November 1st,
    at 457 - 2400  ext. 16601 or 16602.

    Guidance Department
    The Guidance Department has been meeting with 6 grade students to make
    introductions and complete interest inventories.  We are enjoying getting to know
    On November 7th, the Guidance Department will be hosting a Career and College
    Fair from 8-10:20 for the 8th graders.  The event is a day in which the students
    begin to realize that the skills they are presently learning will help them to reach
    their goals and prepare them for their future role as working adults.
    The Community Service Club has just started meeting.  It’s a way for students to
    be able to help in their community and in their school.  Any students interested can
    contact Guidance.

    6th Grade
    The 6th Grade Teams are very excited about their upcoming trip on November
    21st to The American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Students will
    view many exhibits that connect to our Science and Social Studies Curricula. We
    will be leaving regular time and will return at approx. 4 PM. Students will need a
    ride waiting and will also need to bring a bagged lunch. We can't wait. 

    6 th Grade Jr Viking Names

     6 Blue
    Valerie Lopez
    De’Rashea Petty-McGriff
    Mason Smit
    Susan Kirk
    Nola Jones
    Michael Nicoli

     6 Gold
    Abigail Rossi
    Harmony Partington
    Ashley Miller
    Cooper Sherry

     6 Green
    Jalen Mojica
    Payton Franqui
    Madelynn Baxter

    Molly Hoover

    Mrs. VanVlack
    Yearbooks are now on sale at www.jostensyearbooks.com

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