VC Digital Newsletter July 2021

Summer Opportunities

This year has created obstacles and challenges for our students that will take time from which to recover.  The goals for our summer program are multi-pronged to address as many of the post-pandemic issues as possible.

Usually Valley Central offers a remedial high school and middle school summer school program, but this year summer school is being offered from pre-K through high school. 

This year, Valley Central  expanded Summer School to the needs we saw from the pandemic by including preschool students entering Kindergarten to ensure they have a solid foundation and for the first time, Valley Central has had summer school in all four elementary schools

Valley Central wrote a specific elementary ELA and Math curriculum for summer school to ensure that an emphasis was placed on power standards while creating fun and engaging activities were included in the curriculum to ensure students stay motivated.

This year remedial opportunities are being coupled with the opportunity: 

~To reconnect students to in-person learning
~To provide learning opportunities for students that are not screen-based
~To allow students the opportunity for conversation and critical thinking
~To provide opportunities for students to learn the material they did not learn during COVID 19
 ~To ensure that students will have a good foundation for the coming school year

The HS Summer School meets four days a week from July 6, 2021, through August 12, 2021, from 8:00 AM through 10:35 AM and is under the guidance of Summer School Principal, Janet Werner. 

The HS is offering remedial courses in English 9, English 10, English 11, and English 12; Global I, Global II, and US History; Algebra; Living Environment and Physical Education.  Grad Point, a supervised online program is also being offered to high school students to offer an opportunity for credit recovery. 

HS students are able to take Government and Health courses to advance their credit status and leave more room in their regular schedule. 

The MS Summer School also meets four days a week from July 6, 2021, through August 12, 2021, from 8:00 AM through 10:35 AM, and is under the guidance of Summer School Principal, Vincent Fino. 

The MS is offering remedial help for students in all four academic areas for grades 6,7 and 8. 

Elementary Summer School programs are running for Pre-K through 5th-grade students at each elementary school from July 6, 2021, through August 6, 2021, from 9:00 AM through 12 Noon and is under the guidance of lead teachers at each school.

VC Puts Federal/State Grants to Use

Find Presentation on Grant Money here

Three Year Summer Plan

·Elementary Summer School Teachers/Staff
·Summer Enrichment Program
·Summer School Transportation
·Food Service for Snack

·Summer Enrichment Program
·Summer Enrichment Supplies
·Secondary Summer School Teachers/Staff
·Social Emotional Learning Camp

Long Range Use of Grant Money

·Construction of Outdoor Facilities at Every Building for Outside Learning
·Ventilation/ Facilities Upgrades
·Flexible Seating
·Secondary After School Advisors For Social-Emotional Support 
·Secondary After School Programs 
·After School Program Supplies 
·Before School Program at Elementary Schools
·Fitness, Rec and SEL Intramurals 
·Supplies for Fitness Program
·Anticipated Staffing
  ·Elem. Counselor
  ·M/H Counselors
  ·PE-Health Teacher
  ·ENL Teacher
  · Tech Teacher
·Check/Connect Program
·Mindfulness Supplies
·Library Books to represent all cultures
·Panorama Survey
·Portable A/C units
·Tang Math Resources
·V/R Resources

Social-Emotional Learning Camp

Middle School Quest Program – Grades 6, 7 and 8

July 12-16 and August 16-19  8:00 AM  – 10:35 AM at the Middle School 

There are 2 separate sessions for each grade level that each last one week long.  Each grade’s camp is limited to twenty students per session. 

Activities will resemble a camp-like structure including exercises in team-building and social/emotional capacity improvement.  

Certified staff, including student support staff, will develop and implement activities to support these goals.

What are the Summer Enrichment Programs?

The Summer Enrichment Programs were designed by teachers to provide engaging enrichment opportunities for our students so they stay interested in learning. We hope to get students excited about in-person school and to increase their motivation to learn. 

Enrichment for Elementary Students

Coding
Agriculture STEM
Art Workshop: The Wonders of Science and Art
Elementary Music Camp
Choral Music Camp
Instrumental Music Camp
Exploring Spanish Language and Latin American Culture

Enrichment for Middle School Students

Coding
PIXEL Art
3-D Printing and Design
Art Workshop: Watercolor
Choral Music Camp
Instrumental Music Camp
Exploring Spanish Language and Latin American Culture

Enrichment for High School Students

Coding Drones
Art Workshop: Ceramics
Choral Music Camp
Instrumental Music Camp
Exploring Spanish Language and Latin American Culture

Resources to Help Keep Kids Connected to School this Summer

Elementary Summer Reading List 2021-2022 can be found here

Printable PDF of Elementary Summer Reading List 2021-2022

Elementary Summer Math Activities

Academic Help for Elementary Parents

Reading is Fundamental- K-2

Reading is Fundamental- 3-6

There are many resources useful to parents dealing with Special Education issues.

There are resources to help English as New Language learners.

Find health and wellness links to help you with mental, emotional and physical health/wellness issues

Academic Help for Middle School parents

High School Summer Reading Program

Academic Help for High School parents

College Admission and Social Media