Monday Message for September 09, 2019

Message from the Director

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Dear Families,

Thank you to the families that were able to join us for Back to Your Village (School) Night. We hope the presentation by our Guides was helpful in understanding our workshops and competencies. If you still have questions, keep an eye out for our Competency Parent University. Have a wonderful week!

Malaka Donovan

 

Upcoming Events

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Friday 9/13 – Foodie Friday and ROTC representative visit at our site.  Come learn more!

Friday 9/13 – end of LP 1 Work samples & Unit Logs submitted

Friday 9/20 – Senior Sunrise see details below

September 3rd-13th – Onsite MAP Testing with Ms. Sheba

September 13th, 19th, 20th, & 27th – ILPs see details below

Coming Soon – Parent University | Competency Based Education

Senior Sunrise

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Seniors, meet at 5:30 a.m. at school on Friday, September 20th, to pause and celebrate the beginning of the final year of high school by celebrating the beginning of a new day at Lamont Odett Vista Point. Seniors will write letters to self that will be read again during Senior Sunset at the end of the year. Ms. Stephanie will have permission slips available.

Workshops

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We have started our first 4-week set of main workshops. Learners attend each workshop twice a week, diving into a variety of topics and moving toward mastering competencies. We strive to co-create workshops that are centered around learners’ interests and target various Learning Outcomes through our Competencies. We will be hosting a Parent University to dive deeper into these concepts and show you exactly how the process works and how your child is earning credits toward graduation.

 

MAP Testing

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NWEA MAP testing is one way to measure academic growth for our learners in Math and English Language Arts.  We use Fall test results to help set academic ILP goals and to guide some of our workshops. Testing happens in September and then again in May so please make sure your learner is here for their testing days with Ms. Sheba.

Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)

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We value the idea that we need a road map in order to have a successful journey! Individual Learning Plan (ILP) meetings are September 13th, 19th, 20th, 27th.

Empower Generations embraces the whole child, focusing on both social-emotional and academic skills. In lieu of the traditional parent/teacher conference, the learners, facilitators, and parents/guardians collaborate annually to create Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) to guide instruction. Everyone works together to reflect on, monitor, and make adjustments to the ILP as needed. The primary goal of the ILP is to ensure that each child reflects on their own achievements and identifies areas in which they need to improve. Therefore, each learner will be working toward attainable goals aligned to their individual development

 

New Event – Community Nights

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Community night with Kris Nilsen to talk about college! Please join us this Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5-7 p.m., in our Village space to hear about all the different types of colleges, what is needed to apply, SAT/ACT information, student loans, and more! Seniors and juniors families are strongly encouraged to attend, but everyone is welcome. It’s never too early to start thinking about post-graduation goals.

Thank You, Penny Lane!

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Thank you, Penny Lane, for spending some time with our learners on Friday. We loved hearing about all the wonderful different resources you are able to offer!

Penny Lane describes its vision as being “the influential leader in the child welfare, mental health and social service arenas by setting trends that showcase our creativity and commitment to communities.” For more information, click here.

Advisory: Why, Who, and How

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WHY

Advisory is the hub of who we are and provides an opportunity to support personal growth and build relationships. This year, we will build upon FOUR PILLARS: Learn to Learn, Learn to Love, Learn to Collaborate, and Learn to Live. Each month we will focus on one pillar with a variety of activities. Last week, Advisories spent time together learning about self, learning about one another and learning about their communities through games, team building activities and creating a “common space piece” that is now displayed in our Village.  

WHO

Here are our 7 advisory groups!  

  • Mr. Rob and Campfire Clout
  • Ms. Tanya and La Familia
  • Ms. Jeanette and The Soul Catchers
  • Ms. Steph/Ms.Tori/Ms. Elayne and the Strong Unique Moms
  • Ms. Sheba/Ms. Danielle and The Successful Learners
  • Ms. Jenna and The Little Rascals 
  • Ms. Rachael Hustle Headquarters

HOW

Every learner has their Advisor and Advisory that meets Monday-Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. You learner’s Advisor will be their academic accountability partner for all classes, be their advocate if they need anything, and help them reach their goals for the year. We hope to see them there as much as possible.

Master Agreements (MAs) 

Please make sure to check your email and sign your Master Agreement.  See Ms.Tori if you have any questions.

Empowered Families Needed Donations

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We are in need of donations to support our learner programs.

Current needs include:

  • Large and small Ziploc bags
  • Two cookie sheets 
  • Cupcake tray
  • Different color sheer fabric
  • Sandpaper 
  • Tape (duct, painters, masking, scotch) — open to colored or patterned, too
  • Sprinkles
  • Glycerin
  • Baby oil 
  • Two plastic bins w/ lids 
  • Rice 
  • Water beads
  • Craft pom-poms
  • Wisk 
  • Ribbon