Message From IT Department to Parents
Many teachers at CVU post announcements (including homework and upcoming assessments) and class resources on the web for their students.
To find the pages for your child’s classes, go to www.cvuhs.org and use the Academics menu to search either Courses by Department or Courses by Teacher. You may want to bookmark the pages for easy access in the future.
Half-Day in-services for 2013-2014
There are half-day in-services throughout the school year with students dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Below are the remaining dates for in-services for the 2013-2014 school year:
Wed Sept 25, 2013 – Curriculum work
Wed Oct 16, 2013 – Curriculum work
Wed Oct 30, 2013 – Curriculum work
Wed Dec 4, 2013 – Curriculum work
Tue Feb 11, 2014 – Curriculum work
Wed March 12, 2014 – Curriculum work
Tue Mar 25, 2014 – MAPS 10 Advisor/Advisee/Parent meeting
Tue Apr 8, 2014 -Grad Challenge Reading Days
Wed Apr 9, 2014 -Grad Challenge Reading Days
Wed May 21, 2014 – Curriculum work
CVU Theatre Presents Spamalot
Just a reminder to order your 2014 yearbook early while the cost is still only $50. There will be no extra copies available at the end of the school year, so it is very important to place your order early.
Here is a rare opportunity to buy the last three years of the CVU yearbook at a bundled price of $50. That's right! Anyone can buy the 2011, 2012, and 2013 yearbooks at a reduced cost of only $50. One more time - that's three yearbooks for a never-before-seen price of $50. It's a great chance to complete a four-year collection of the CVU yearbook for the Class of 2014. Copies are available in the School Store. Hurry in... supplies will be limited!
The 2014 yearbook is being created as an after-school activity; it is no longer offered as a class. The yearbook club would appreciate any photos of sports, extracurricular events, drama productions, or any CVU-related function that anyone would like to submit. Photos can be sent to Colleen Wedge, Yearbook Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check This Out
Below are links to Jeff Evans Principal Report which is included each month in the school board agenda.
News From Key Club
We are looking forward to a great year this year under the leadership of our new officers: Brianna Hake, Sarah Winget, Josh Klein and Gabriella Ribeiro.
Please remember that when your student is out due to illness, appointments, or any reason, a call to his/her house office is required on the day of the absence. Please call if your student will be arriving late, leaving early, or even if s/he is leaving and then returning. (If your student is leaving during a free block, a call is still needed). Calls should be received in the house office by 9:30 a.m. whenever possible. If your student will be missing school due to extended family vacations, etc., please notify the house office in advance so the proper paperwork may be filled out and early notification given to the teachers.
Cyndi Labelle, Chittenden House - 482-7130
Deb Seaton, Fairbanks House - 482-7140
Vicki Roberts, Nichols House - 482-7160
Julie Bevins, Snelling House - 482-7150
CVU Calendar for 2013-2014
Please check out the CVU School Year Calendar on our homepage. This calendar has the Red and White day schedule, early dismissals, vacation days, sporting events, etc. Please check it on a regular basis. We will update it as needed. You can also access it by clicking the following link: http://www.cvuhs.org/school-calendar.html
504 Classroom & Office Has Moved, with new phone number
Much of the information posted in announcements by the Direction Center can be found on our website, including:
· class pages with tips for each grade level (9th/10th/11th/12th);
· dates, time, place of activities of interest: college rep visits, college fair, job fair, deadlines, SAT/ACT schedule of due dates, scholarship info, etc.;
· future planning services including college planning, discovering career interests, GAP year resources, links to information about opportunities with the military,information about multiple pathways including DUAL enrollment, CVU’s GOAL independent study, Virtual High School online courses,etc.;
· Naviance tutorials;
· Community Learning opportunities including internships, volunteering, and workshops.
In addition to our website, we’re starting our own Twitter feed. Look for us at @cvu direction center.
Welcome back to your last year of CVU! Congratulations! The Class of 2014 has come a long way, and we know you will be going much further. CVU’s Direction Center is here to help you on your path. This fall will be full of activity as seniors contemplate their plans for next year.
Whether your future plans include going to college, getting a job, or maybe even taking a year off, it is very important that you meet with your House Counselor. This fall, the House Counselors will work individually with each senior to discuss his/her individual plans. Please encourage your student to stop in and sign up for an appointment today. Parents/Guardians are welcome to join us. Please call 482-7137 for Helen Shepard to schedule an appointment for you.
College Representative Visits are scheduled. Be sure to check the Daily Announcements in Advisory and Naviance for information on which college representatives will be visiting with students in the Direction Center.
SAT and ACT deadlines approach quickly. College testing requirements vary widely, so students should double check which tests are required by each college to which they will apply. Please make note of the dates below. Students register for the test directly with the testing companies through their websites (collegeboard.com for SAT and act.org for ACT) or by completing the registration packets which may be found in the Direction Center. Register early to ensure a spot in the testing location you prefer. CVU’s CEEB (testing) code is 460-175. Please remember that colleges require official test scores. Be sure to request that your scores be sent directly to the college by the testing company. See www.collegeboard.com for SAT dates and www.act.org for ACT dates.
Join us on October 3 at 6:00 p.m. for the VSAC Paying for College presentation. A representative from VSAC will be with us during this information session.
Grad Challenge is your opportunity to create a personally meaningful learning experience. Your Advisor and MaryAnne Gatos, the Grad Challenge Coordinator, will be happy to help you decide on a topic, find resources, and get your project underway. All information about Grad Challenge is located on its home page www.cvuhs.org under Instructional Support/ Graduation Challenge. Hard copies of the Grad Challenge Student Handbook are available in the Direction Center.
Schedule of deadlines for Grad Challenge are:
Oct 4: Letter of Intent and signed contract due
Dec 6: Mid-Year Report signed by your Community Consultant
Feb 11-14: Sign up for presentation times
March 7: Draft of Grad Challenge paper due to your Advisor
April 4: Final copy of Grad Challenge paper due with signed Community Consultant Verification form. Learning hours are completed. Tangible Product completed. Signed Tangible Product Critique form
April 8 and 9: Faculty Reading Days
May 22: Tangible Product Fair
May 23: Grad Challenge Presentation Day
Mark your calendars now for May 23, Grad Challenge Presentation Day. We all look forward to seeing and hearing about what you learned.
Welcome to junior year. This year we’ll be asking juniors a bit more about post-high school plans. The first step is for students to keep their academic focus strong. The second is to begin to identify the specific individual criteria that are personally important to students and parents.
Join us on October 9 at 7:00 p.m. for a session about junior year. We will answer these questions for you.
- What should I be doing, as a parent, to help my student?
- Where do I find information?
- What should my student be doing as a junior?
- What does CVU do to support my student in this process?
On October 16, all juniors will take the PSAT at no cost to the students. It’s a great idea to take this nationally normed test even if juniors are undecided about their long-range educational goals. The advantages of taking the test are:
Scores – The scores are not released to any colleges.
Scholarship eligibility – This test is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Practice – This test provides great practice for the SATs, which juniors should plan to take in the spring.
Convenience – The test is administered right here at CVU in surroundings that most juniors find comfortable and relaxing.
The test will be given on a school day. Save Wednesday, October 16, from 8:15 a.m. – Noon for the PSAT. This is the only time the test will be offered this year.
Although it seems that 2014 is far away, we have already scheduled our popular Junior College Night. This program, open to both parents and students, offers valuable information from a panel of college admissions counselors. Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 8, at 6:00 p.m.
PLAN, a nationally normed test, is taken nationwide by nearly one million students in preparation for the ACT College Test. We give this test to all sophomores because it provides useful academic and career interest information. The four sections of the exam are English, Reading, Math, and Science Reasoning. Each sophomore will receive a report that identifies strengths and weaknesses, helps students explore career interests, and gives information about the preparation needed to achieve long-term career goals.
The test will be given on a school day. Save Wednesday, October 16, from 8:15 AM – Noon for the PLAN. This is the only time the test will be offered this year.
Welcome to ninth grade! There are so many new opportunities here at CVU for our newest students that sometimes the biggest challenge is in learning to balance everything at once! This fall, ninth graders will be settling into classes, developing consistent homework habits and study skills. Sometimes the academic transition into high school can be a challenge, so be sure to keep in touch with teachers and counselors to let us know what’s needed.
CVU Buddy Program
The CVU Buddy Program matches high school students with elementary school students for the purpose of creating positive, one-on-one relationships. CVU Buddies go during a free block, twice a week, to spend time with younger buddies at their elementary school. Transportation is provided. For more information or to apply to the Buddy Program, see MaryAnne Gatos in the Direction Center.
DUO encourages student learning through involvement in our community both at CVU and beyond. Students who volunteer regularly may earn credit. Examples include assisting in IT, Media Services, the Art Department, a particular teacher, working at ECHO Center, in theatre at an elementary school, at a local recording studio, and many, many more. To discuss interests, opportunities and schedule, see MaryAnne Gatos in the Direction Center.
Shadow Program. - on CVU half days: October 16th and October 30th
Shadowing gives a student a glimpse of a career. If you are able and interested in offering a shadow experience to a high school student, please contact MaryAnne Gatos at email@example.com. Applications are available on the Shadow Program webpage and in the Direction Center.
CVU links with the Virtual High School Consortium CVU juniors and seniors now have access to virtual seats in the VHS Consortium. This non-profit, global network includes over 500 high schools and enables students to consider 200 online courses. Now that CVU is a member school, students can pursue specific areas of interest with other students from around the globe.
We have 25 spaces available each semester to supplement our CVU course offerings. Sound interesting? Students can check out the catalog at www.govhs.org. Spring registration will begin in November; juniors and seniors are also encouraged to consider a January course. Call Jane Krasnow in the Direction Center for more information.
Sophomores and Juniors: There’s still time to join us in Raising Aspirations! This group meets once a week to focus on long-range goals for college and careers. Our class meets once a week during R4 Our goals are:
· To increase the number of students who pursue post-secondary education;
· To increase student knowledge of the opportunities available to them after high school;
· To increase students’ exposure to cultural opportunities;
· For students to develop a greater connection to the school and community;
· To provide parents with the information and assistance to support their child in planning for his/her future; and
· For students to develop an improved self-esteem and feel more confident in their ability to attain post-secondary pursuits.
What do students get from the program?
· 1/2 credit for successful participation in the program;
· Intensive future planning support beginning in the fall of 10th grade year and continuing throughout senior year;
· Several visits to local colleges;
· An overnight trip to New England colleges junior year;
· A FREE course at CCV called Introduction to College Studies (during semester 2);
· The opportunity to take future classes at CCV after successful completion of the Introduction to College Studies course;
· Academic monitoring;
· Community service opportunities;
· Job shadowing opportunities;
· Community resource visits—students will visit community resource centers such as VSAC and the Department of Employment and Training ; and
· A GREAT TIME!!!
Call or email Jane Krasnow in the Direction Center for more details.
There are many opportunities for students to be involved in the community: Grad Challenge, Academic Internship, Shadow Program, Buddy Program, and volunteering through teams, clubs, Advisories, and on one’s own. These experiences help broaden students’ community perspective, often giving them insight into careers, jobs, and areas of study. Volunteer opportunities and conference notices are posted in Announcements, often on posters on bulletin boards, and on the Community Learning Opportunities webpage. If you work at an organization that needs volunteers or a company that can offer a shadow experience, please contact MaryAnne Gatos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 482-7195.