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Your student will bring home a course enrollment form after their grade level meeting. Please sign it and return asap. You may find descriptions of our courses in the Course Description Book!

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Posted by: Kirsten Spall
Published: 5/7/18




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Hello Middles School and High School NCS Parents/Guardians,

 

Through supporting students this year, the Student Services/Counseling Center has found that anxiety is a topic that many of our students experience. This is a common experience for many in our community in 2018. To address this need and to raise awareness about the topic, we have set this as the topic for our January Parent University. We are extending to our students two opportunities to see the film the week after the Parent University viewing.

 

“Angst” discusses from a student, professional, and parent perspective the growing issue of stress, anxiety, and depression in teenagers across the country, what it looks like, and what is being done to address it.  A link to a preview for the film..

 

We are excited to announce that we will be holding an optional screening for our middle school and high school students the documentary “Angst”, two different days the week of January 29, 2018. Each screening will be followed by a 30 minute debrief and discussion session led by our counseling team.

  • Screening 1- Monday, January 29, 2018 at 2pm

    • PFAA students with no 7th period, VLA Students, PACT Students

  • Screening 2- Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 8am

    • Leading Edge, PFAA students with no 8th period

 

Student RSVP for a screening of “Angst” here

 

Our goal for of showing this film to Middle School and High School students is:

  1. Increase awareness of anxiety

  2. Give students resources for when they themselves feel anxiety

  3. Assist students in the development of healthy coping skills

 

While this is an optional viewing, we do encourage students to attend. Parents wishing to screen the film first can do so at the Parent University: Student Anxiety being held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM. To RSVP for the Parent University please click link below. Please take a moment to discuss this opportunity with your student and if it is something you would like them to take advantage of this year.

 

Parents RSVP for the Parent University of “Angst” here

 

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Posted by: Kirsten Spall
Published: 1/13/18




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VLA Update 1/3-5

 


Special Schedules

January 3-5 workshops at their normal time.

January 3: 1:10-2:10 US History Review Session (normal class time)

January 4:  9:30-10:30 Junior Class Meeting Media Center

January 4: 2:30-3:30  World Geography Review Workshop D2

January 4: 2:30-3:30 Freshman Grade Level meeting NOT on 1/8

January 5: 9:35-10:35  Government Normal Class Time

January 5: 12:55-1:55  World History  D2

January 5: 12:25-1:55 Senior Class meeting

January 8-11  SCHEDULED Finals are MANDATORY.

January 9: 11:00-12:00 Sophomore Class Meeting in LC. Moved from 1/8 due to  finals schedule.

 

January 12-16 VLA IS CLOSED. Students should not come to campus.

 

Second Semester Workshops begin on 1/17. Check the Spring Workshop schedule and arrange transportation.

 

VLA Job Readiness Workshop Sign Ups! Read the VLA Job Readiness Flier to find out about our workshops that will qualify your student for attending career speakers or a  job shadowing experience!

 

We need supplies for our students store! Please take a look at the Student Store Google Doc, sign up and deliver after break! Student Store Google Doc. We have raised over $500.00 so far this year!

 

Coming Soon!- Parent University- Student Anxiety

We invite you to attend this important event on Student Anxiety on Saturday, January 27th from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM in the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center Located on the Blackrock Campus. We will be viewing the documentary "Angst", holding a panel discussion on anxiety, and finishing the morning with a breakout session for parents to connect and obtain resources. Information regarding registration will be available and sent out on January 3rd. Be on the look out for registration. Seats will go fast! Questions please email Jason Molay at jmolay@natomascharter.org. Due to the material being discussed and goals of the event, this is a parent only event

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Posted by: Kirsten Spall
Published: 1/2/18




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Natomas Charter School and Virtual Learning Academy Spirit Wear: Order Now! Check out the Spirit Wear Google Doc for options and links for ordering!

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Posted by: Kirsten Spall
Published: 12/7/17




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Extra Review Workshops Before Finals! Mark your calendars. Ms. Eichner is offering a few extra opportunities for students to review for the History, Gov, and World Geo finals! World Geography Review Workshop on Jan 4th 2:30-3:30pm in D2, World History will be on Friday Jan 5th 12:55-1:55 in D2, US will be normal time on Wed Jan 3rd 1:10-2:10pm in D2 and Government will be normal time on Friday Jan 5th 9:35-10:35 in D2.
 

Natomas Charter School and Virtual Learning Academy Spirit Wear: Order Now! Check out the Spirit Wear Google Doc for options and links for ordering!

Parents! We need help staffing two workshops for our students during our VLA Job Readiness Program. We need someone to cover the interview process and work related dress/behavior! You know, all those tips and tricks that you don’t know until you have done it! Each workshop is one hour long. Email Kspall@natomascharter.org if you are interested in helping us.

 

FINAL Schedule: please check this schedule and plan transportation for your student’s final. Students should not be on campus if they are not in a workshop or studying. Students who are talking or not working, will be sent home.If a VLA final conflicts with a PFAA final, they will need to arrange another testing time with their PFAA teacher.

 

Spring Workshop Schedule and Grade level meetings times! Please note that there are a few time changes. We tried to keep the changes to a minimum. Students will be notified if they are in Health A or Health B. All workshops are mandatory.

 

TESTING INFORMATION: Please schedule your tests as soon as they are assigned. Signing up early is necessary to ensure that a proctor is available and there is room in the computer lab. If you do not sign up for a test, we cannot guarantee a time and space for you. If there are no available time slots open for you to take the test, you will not be allowed to take it. No testing at lunch.

 

Math Tutoring: If attending Math Lab is not enough, you can sign up with Mrs. Gurpreet for one on one tutoring! See the signup sheet on her desk in the CL or email her.

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Posted by: Kirsten Spall
Published: 12/7/17




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VLA Weekly Update 11/27-12/1

 


12/1 12:25-1:55pm Senior Grade Level Meeting

12/1 7:00pm A Christmas Carol NCS Night at the Ben!

12/4 9:30-10:30am Sophomore Grade Level Meeting

12/4 2:00 Parent Job Shadowing Meeting

12/4 2:30-3:30pm Freshman Grade Level Meeting

12/7 9:30-10:30am Junior Grade Level Meeting

 


VLA Links You Need

Submit Parent Hours Here!
Workshop Schedule and Grade Level Meeting Dates

Instructor Office Hours

Resource Teacher's Hours

College applications workshops for Seniors! See this link for information!

 


TESTING INFORMATION: Please schedule your tests as soon as they are assigned. Signing up early is necessary to ensure that a proctor is available and there is room in the computer lab. If you do not sign up for a test, we cannot guarantee a time and space for you. If there are no available time slots open for you to take the test, you will not be allowed to take it. No testing at lunch.

Math Tutoring: If attending Math Lab is not enough, you can sign up with Mrs. Gurpreet for one on one tutoring! See the signup sheet on her desk in the CL or email her.

 


SPECIAL NCS EVENT!

JOB SHADOW Committee Meeting! Do you want to help with our job shadow program? Meet up with us at 2:00 on 12/4. We will be discussing what students need to know, picking dates for workshops, and talking job shadow placement.

 

A Christmas Carol December 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM

The Natomas Arts and Education Foundation will be providing complimentary cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate to all NCS families who attend. Tickets are usually $12 for students/seniors and $15 for adults.  At NCS night, we are offering you a Buy One, Get One offer for all tickets purchased for that performance.  You can purchase tickets online at www.benarts.org using PROMO CODE: WeAreNCScc2017 .  In our version Ben Scrooge is 18 years old and he is the youngest and richest teen in the world. Ben and his late, best friend, Jake Marley invented a wildly popular and excessively violent video game app called “Stoopid People.” Ben, who has isolated himself from anyone who cares about him, keeps his wealth to himself and refuses to help those in need.
 

Speak Up Survey. We use this information for technology planning at Natomas Charter School. You received an email message from Mr. Wood on November 13th via School Messenger with details on how to complete the survey. If you have any questions please let him know at jwood@natomascharter.org

 

Semester 2 Electives! Students who still need to select an elective for semester 2 will receive an election selection form on Monday from Mrs. Del Monte. Please make sure that it is returned before Friday. The Course Descriptions may be found online!

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Posted by: Kirsten Spall
Published: 11/26/17




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We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a NCS Knight at the the Kings on Monday, February 5th. The Kings will be playing the Portland Trail Blazers at 7pm at the Golden 1 Center. Tickets are $25. Come see our students from different academies perform the pregame show, national anthem, and halftime show. Questions please contact Jason Molay.

 

To order tickets please complete the attached form and submit it to your main office by January 5th. 

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Posted by: Kirsten Spall
Published: 11/15/17




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Posted by: Kirsten Spall
Published: 11/15/17




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VLA Weekly Update


Dates and Events

10/30 6:00-7:15 Parent Activities Committee #1 (see below)

11/2 Junior Class meeting bring a signed grade report
11/3 11:00-12:30 Senior College App Workshops

11/3 Senior Class Meeting

11/4 Landscape Beautification Day

11/6 Freshman Class Meeting bring a signed grade report

11/6 Sophomore Class Meeting bring a signed grade report

11/6 11/6 2-5 College App Workshop

11/7 Last day to register for  Youth Strong Community  (see below)

11/9 Fall Social (details out next week!)

11/10 No School (Veterans Day) Great day to catch up on any late work!

11/20-24 Thanksgiving Break - Great week to catch up on any late work!


VLA Links You Need

Submit Parent Hours Here!
Workshop Schedule and Grade Level Meeting Dates

Instructor Office Hours

Resource Teacher's Hours

College applications workshops for Seniors! See this link for information!


Parent Help Needed!

 

Ever wonder why VLA does not have a parent group? So did parent Danye Chasse and I. We decided to partner and give it a shot! Come to the first ever Parent Action Committee (PAC). Hear from Dr Ting Sun about the NCS partnership with parents and help us plan our first big P.A.C event. These events will support our students in being ready for job interviews and (hopefully!) result in a summer job fair at VLA. All are welcome! I value your time, so we will start and end on time or early!)

 

Saturday is Landscape Beautification Day from 8:00 AM – Noon.  This is a perfect opportunity to earn some parent hours while the NCS Community. All you need to bring is a pair of work gloves. The money saved when we don’t have to pay a landscaper to help keep our campus beautiful, is money we can spend on our students!

 

We Need Snack Bar Items! Did you know for every case of Kirkland Vitamin water that you donate  we make $24? That almost doubles your donation amount! We are in need of Kirkland Vitamin Water Zero, Multi Grain Sun Chips, and Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars. What if you don’t shop at Costco? Vics Kettle Korn Popcorn or Whole Grain Pop Tarts from Amazon are great options. All of these items fit into the Federal Food guidelines.


News and Updates

PFAA Minimum Day 10/30: VLA DOES NOT take minimum days! If your student takes a PFAA class, they should compare schedules to see if the PFAA minimum day schedule conflicts with VLA courses. If they do, please make arrangements with PFAA teachers to make up the work. PFAA minimum day schedule here.

 

Strong Youth Strong Community : Natomas Charter School is participating in the Greater Sacramento Urban Leagues Strong Youth Strong Community event on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 from 4 PM - 10 PM. Join the Greater Sacramento Urban League at the Strong Youth Strong Communities for an interactive session with Pro Football Hall of Famers as they share their real-life experiences that led to success on and off the field. Then it's your turn! SYSC allows teens to share their view on how to build stronger communities by participating in breakout sessions with Aeneas and Darrell chatting about issues that are important to you today. Participating youth will also attend the Sacramento Kings Game after the summit. Students interested in registering should contact Mr. Molay in the Student Services Office or by emailing him at jmolay@natomascharter.org. Deadline to register is Tuesday, November 7th.

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Posted by: Kirsten Spall
Published: 10/30/17




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VLA Weekly Update


Dates and Events

10/2 9:30-10:30 Sophomore Class Meeting (Bring Signed Grade Report)

10/2 LBGTQ+ Lunch in Spall’s office

10/2 2:30-3:30 Freshman Class Meeting (Bring Signed Grade Report)

10/5 9:30-10:30 Junior Class Meeting (Bring Signed Grade Report)

10/6 12:25-1:55 Senior Class Meeting (Bring Signed Grade Report)


VLA Links You Need

Submit Parent Hours Here!
Workshop Schedule and Grade Level Meeting Dates

Instructor Office Hours

Resource Teacher's Hours


Student Success Outside of School

Has your student been recognized outside of school for their achievements or met an important artistic, athletic or personal goal? Let me know about it so that I may recognize them on our school Facebook page. I love to brag about our students.


New Clubs and Groups

LGBTQ+: This inclusive club  is a place for LGBTQ+ students to share their experiences and concerns in a safe environment. We also focus on proactive ways to connect with others and connect with community resources. Students who are curious or want to better understand  the LGBTQ+ community are welcome to attend our meetings.Our next meeting will be every other week starting on 10/02/2017 during lunch in Mrs. Spall's office. Bring your lunch.


Reminders!

Bring your friends to VLA: We will have a 1-2 spots at the 9-11th grade levels at the semester. If you have friends who are looking for a change, provide them with Mrs Spall’s email address so she can set up a tour!kspall@natomascharter.org.

 

Parent Hours: Does your student belong to a team or community group outside of school? Invite Mrs Spall to a parent meeting or opportunity to share information about VLA. We are starting our recruiting process for the Spring and 18-19 school year. 2 parent hours for each engagement.

 

College visits continue this week with UC Irvine, New York University and Washington State University. Pick up permission slip from student services.

 

Ds and Fs: Letters are being sent home to all students with a D or F. How can you support them? Each Monday help them create a daily work plan based on schoology. Provide parental accountability at home for turning in assignments. Look at the office hours document for Math Lab, Spanish Lab, and Open Science Lab. You may also attend your student’s next AC meeting or request a meeting with any teacher to discuss student progress. We have seen great success for students who follow through with these suggestions.

 

Individual AC Meetings and Grade Level Meetings are required by law for Independent Study. If you miss more than one of these, you risk being disenrolled by  VLA. Don’t forget your signed grade report!

 

Locked Assignments/Blank Documents: If students turn in a blank document, they will receive a zero and may result in a detention.

 

Tardies: Being tardy disrupts the learning environment. Teachers will provide students with a detention on their third tardy. Students will receive a detention on the third tardy to class and for every tardy thereafter through tardy #10. Tardy #11 will result in a either a an assignment of behavior intervention.


Grade Level Information

Seniors: Email Mrs Suzanne Shenk-Tiffany to set up an appointment to discuss post high school plans. Parents are invited!

 

Sophomores and Juniors: PSAT for all PFAA and VLA 10th and 11th graders on Wednesday October 25th, 2017. All 10th and 11th grade students are automatically registered for the PSAT. This test is free for all 10th and 11th grade PFAA and VLA students. Students will be notified about their testing room as we get closer to the testing date. The test will start at 8:30 AM. Please plan to arrive by 8:15 AM. You should bring pencils and a calculator. Calculators are not required but recommended.

 

Sophomores and Juniors PSAT Workshop FREE!The Student Support staff will be offering a PSAT Score Review Workshop for students and parents to support you in understanding the PSAT scores.This workshop will take place in January or February. Please keep an eye out for emails regarding the PSAT Score Review Workshop date and time.  If you have any questions please contact Jason Molay, Academic Counselor at 916-928-5353 Ext. 1034 or by email at jmolay@natomascharter.or

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Posted by: Kirsten Spall
Published: 10/3/17