Friday, September 15, 2017

Middle School Math: Group/Regrouping

This year the middle school team is approaching math with a different spin.  For each group of related learning targets, for example ratios and proportions, every learner will take a pretest to determine their level of understanding of the concepts, of from 6-10 related learning targets.  Learners are grouped with one of three teachers and several students who are at a comparable level for a particular level for several of these targets.   After learners reach proficiency for these targets they are regrouped with other learners and another teacher.  This occurs until students reach proficiency in the 6-10 learning targets.  Learners are then given a pretest for the next group of related learning targets and the process continues.  In this way learners get the material that is just the right fit at just the right level for them.  Learners also get the chance to work with three different teachers and different classmates on a rotating basis.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Advisory Time at CHS
All CHS students are members of a daily advisory group, of about 10 learners, who meet every afternoon for a 1/2 hour.  Advisory groups focus on: building relationships between staff and learners; academic progress monitoring; school governance; post-secondary preparation and school administrative activities, such as surveys/scheduling.  The ninth grade advisory focuses on "Who am I as a learner and individual", tenth grade focuses on "How am I doing" and eleventh and twelfth grades focus on  "What are my plans for the future".  

In the above photo, seniors research their top college choice and create a banner of the school.

Friday, August 25, 2017

It's Alive!

The music program is back at CHS/VRMS after a three year hiatus!  First year music instructor, Mr. Taylor Martin, is building learner's interest every afternoon in the old band room.  Here, a troop of seventh graders have quickly taken to their new found instruments and are jamming after only one week!  We wish Mr. Martin success in restoring music to our learners over the next few years!  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Welcome Students and Staff. School year for 2017-2018 officially starts on Thursday August 17th.

Hope you all enjoyed your summer break and are ready to begin fresh. We are ready for the new school year, hope you are too. Let's have a great school year!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New library Circulation Desk!!!

It's here and installed - a new circulation desk in the FKCHS/VRMS library.  As you can see from the before and after photos it was high time for this update. (As a matter of fact the furniture in the library is original to when it was first built!)

This is what we have been using the last couple of years! (Not very pretty OR professional looking!)

Here are the pieces as they came out of the crate! 

And this is the new desk! It looks great and adds a professional touch to the library!

(Thank you Mr. Martin for getting it installed so quickly!)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Trimester 2 Summative Assessments

Trimester 2 Summative Assessments

It has been a while since the last blog post but we are attempting to get back to a normal routine in terms of blog posting! This return post is about Trimester Summative Assessments!

I have had several questions about Trimester 2 summative assessments and I've compiled them into Frequently Asked Questions!n (FAQ's)

1) What are the dates and the schedule?
     They begin Wednesday, March 8 and continue until Friday, March 10.  Each day there will be an
      assessment in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Here is the schedule:

2) Is the Middle School schedule changed too?
The answer is yes.  Since the High School and Middle School share some teachers, in order to make it viable for all teachers to give an assessment we have to mirror the 2 schedules.  Middle Schoolers do not have assessments but instead have extended periods that affords the teachers opportunities to go deeper into the curriculum with students.  The schedule adjustment for middle school is here:

3) Why are we having them again?
We use a system of trimesters - our classes are either 1 trimester, 2 trimesters, or 3 trimesters.  This means that some class need a summative to end the course, some need a summative as a "mid-term", and some classes are taking a 2nd summative as they finish 24 weeks of a course.

4) Will we have summative assessments to end the year?
Here again the answer is yes.  That schedule will be announced in May.  Seniors will have a shortened assessment period to finish all academic requirements before graduation on June 2.  The rest of the student body will have trimester assessments scheduled for the last week of school.

5) What if I'm absent?
The student should immediately see the teachers to arrange a make up time.  (We encourage students to avoid scheduling appointments that happen during school hours to avoid this situation.)

6) What does incomplete mean?
An incomplete is granted when there are extenuating circumstances that a student needs to be out of school.  An incomplete is a temporary extension.  The student will have up to 10 school days after the close of the trimester to make up all work otherwise it is graded according to our reporting standards. Example: March 10 is the close of the Trimester - incomplete work must be completed by Friday March 24.

7) May I come in late or leave early if I don't have a assessment?
The answer is no.  We expect all students to be at school for the full assessment days.

8) Can I make up a Summative Assessment?
The answer to this question is no.  This is an assessment to see what the learning is up to this point an time.  Therefore this is a one shot test, which simulates other national standardized tests.  This gives a picture of student's achievement toward the course standards.  

As more questions arise I will add them to this list! Good luck to our students as they get ready for these assessments! Go warriors!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Cell phones, Beverages and Attendance!

On Wednesday January 4, 2017 school will resume and we sincerely hope everyone has had a fun and relaxing Christmas break! As we begin the new year this is a great opportunity to remind everyone of the expectations coming into school:

First Cell Phones: Our rule/policy is that cell phones can be used before school, after school, and during the lunch break.  The remainder of the school day our rule is that cell phones must be off and away. This includes between classes. Students have seen the following sign posted in all our classrooms. Our district cell phone policy can be found here: JICJ Electronic Communication Devices.
Please note Valley Rivers Middle School students are not allowed to have cell phones during the school day!

Second beverages:  Our school rule is students are allowed to have WATER only in clear water bottles. We discourage students from bringing soda, energy drinks, coffee, and fast food type drinks (ie: Frappes, etc.) - this includes lunch time.  Our district has a policy:EFEB Nutritional Standards.  If a student is in possession of these types of drinks they will be confiscated and disposed of immediately per the policy.  Please do not allow your child to bring these items into school for any reason.

Third Attendance:  If your child is going to be absent from school you may call the school directly or send a note when your child returns to school.  Our attendance campaign slogan: "You must be present to win!" still applies! Research shows that attendance and academic success are closely related. Our district attendance policy can be found here: JEAA Student attendance. It defines excused vs unexcused absences, legitimate absences and truancy. 

We look forward to the continuation of a great school year with your support on these issues!