Posted: KVOA.com – Sept. 25, 2012
A group of 7th graders from Rincon Vista Middle School, in the Vail district, have their hands full of toys! Inspired by one of Kristi’s Kids, they’re gathering gifts for Lizzie’s Loot and “Paying it Forward.”
Are you looking for a way to bring up your first quarter grade? Check out Intersession!
ELIGIBLE STUDENTS: Any Vail School District student with a grade of C, D, or F
LOCATION: Cienega High School, 12775 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way
DATES: 1st Session Sept 24 -27 / 2nd Session Oct 1-4
TIME: 8:40 A.M. – 3:20 P.M., Monday through Thursday
COST: $75 per class per student (payable to Vail School District)
TRANSPORTATION: Pick up a bus schedule from your school’s front office or visit the district website.
LUNCH: Bring your own or buy it at the snack bar (the free/reduced lunch program will not be available)
WHAT TO BRING: Notebooks, pens, pencils, and a good attitude (No laptops)
NOTE: Classes capped at 25 students (15 students minimum)
• Any student who presents a discipline problem will be dropped from the class.
• Any student who misses more than a half day (3 hours) per session will be dropped from the class.
• A dropped student will not receive a refund and will not earn credit.
CURRICULUM AND GRADING:
All classes will use a similar curriculum to what was given in the regular classroom. The grade earned in Intersession will be averaged with the grade earned in the 3rd quarter. This newly averaged grade will then become the official 1st quarter grade. NOTE: Intersession can only raise grades; it cannot lower them.
Quarter 3 grade of 50%
Intersession grade of 80%
Average of the two is 65%
Now 65% is the new official Quarter 3 grade for that class.
To register, print this form, return the bottom portion of this form to your school counselor or call Mrs. Dujmic at 879-2033 by 9/17/12. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mesquite In Spotlight Again
Last year, Mesquite Elementary School was highlighted by the George Lucas Foundation under the “Schools That Work” category. Mesquite came back to the spotlight in Edutopia’s September 19, 2012 newsletter as the “Video Spotlight” under the title “Saving Money, Sustaining Excellence.” See how Vail sustains excellence while pinching pennies in the Edutopia video.
A major ballot initiative that will affect the future of education in the state is facing Arizona voters this election. In November, Arizonans will have the ability to vote on Proposition 204, which would make a temporary one-cent sales tax increase earmarked for education permanent.
To learn more about both sides of this issue, please go to http://www.qualityeducationandjobs.com/ and http://votenoon204.com
And, visit the azstarnet article for further information regarding the proposition.
October 1, 2012
Dear Parent, Guardian:
Your child’s school day just got healthier! School lunches now include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grain-rich foods; only fat-free or low-fat milk; “right-size” meals with portions designed for a child’s age; and less saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. The changes in school meals, the first in 15 years, are based on the latest nutritional guidelines.
Here are some important facts about the new school meals:
- The new school lunch provides 1/3 of the average daily calorie needs for kids by age.
- Some highly active students, like athletes, may need more calories. All schools may offer additional helpings of fruits and vegetables. A second carton of milk may be purchased as an option. Students and/or sports teams can also bring food from home.
- In practice, many students are being served the same amounts of protein as before under the new standards.
Your child can learn good habits for life by making healthy food choices and getting proper exercise now. This year is a transition year as schools implement these new standards and work together with parents, to ensure that every child, in every community across America, has access to healthy and nutritious meals. Encourage them to try new foods and eat the healthy food offered. Reinforce healthy eating by offering similar new foods at home.
Keep updated on the changes at www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday.
Arizona Department of Education
The October Election Edition of the Vail Vistas has been sent to all Vail residents. The Vistas is a publication by the Vail School District designed to inform residents of Vail happenings including student and staff successes, superintendent’s reports, important information for homeowners, and community events.
In this issue:
- Learn about a major education initiative on the ballot that will have significant impact on education in Arizona
- Read Vail School District Governing Board Candidate Bios
- See how Vail REALLY pulls together to serve others
- … and more
Get the inside scoop on all the above and more in the October Election Edition of the Vail Vistas.
The Vail School District Needs Your Federal Impact Aid Survey
It’s time for Federal Impact Aid surveys to be completed. The VSD must receive an annual signed survey by parents or guardians for each student. This survey will be sent home on October 17th and must be returned as soon as possible for the district to receive aid credit. Please make sure each of your children turns in a survey to his or her school.
Many local school districts across the United States include within their boundaries parcels of land that are owned by the federal government or lands otherwise removed from the local tax rolls. A complete list of eligible federal properties is attached for your convenience. Impact Aid was designed to assist local school districts that have lost property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt federal property. These districts must provide a quality education to students and meet the same requirements as expected by any other district. However, they sometimes operate with less local revenue than is available to other districts because the federal property is exempt from local property taxes. Federal Impact Aid helps make up for this need by supporting local school districts with concentrations of children who reside on Indian lands, military bases, and low-rent housing properties. It further aids districts with students who have parents in the armed services or who are employed on eligible federal and/or indian properties.
Please help the Vail School District receive all of the funding for which it is eligible by completing and returning the attached form for each child in your home as soon as possible.