Minnesota Comprehensive Testing (MCA’s)
ACT College Readiness
April 19th, 2016
-optional assessment/registration required
Accuplacer: PSEO & College in the Schools
Assessment Required for College Credit
Friday, April 8
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GIRLS TENNIS MAKES IT TO STATE!
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26TH @ 9:15 AM
Did You Know?………
Through a variety of college credit options, students and families in Virginia have saved over $288,000 in one year! This dollar amount is based on community college tuition rates. Think about the savings if they started at a four year college!
Students at VHS can earn credit RIGHT IN THE HIGH SCHOOL through concurrent enrollment courses and Applied Learning Institute courses. Credits are available in many subjects including vocational courses and World Languages. In addition to what we can offer students right here on campus, students also have the ability to go to PSEO.
# of College Credits Earned: 1,627 credits (excluding spring PSEO)
# of Dollars the Virginia Community has Saved (approximately): $288,000+ (excluding spring PSEO)
The Virginia High School, serving students in grades seven through twelve, will open the school year on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Students will report first to their homerooms at 8:08 a.m. for distribution of important information. Homeroom locations will be listed on the online schedule, posted at the school doors and on the bulletin board by the high school office. All students must enter through door #5 and if entering the building after 8:08 a.m. students will have to “buzz” in at door #5 for security purposes.
This year you will see a new face in the high school office. Mrs. Lisa Perkovich, 7-12 Principal, joined the staff of Virginia High School on July 1 after the retirement of Mrs. Hakly.
Students may view their schedules online beginning August 12th and paper copies will be distributed during homeroom on the first day of school. After homeroom, students will report to their first hour class and follow their class schedule for the balance of the day.
Students requesting schedule changes are encouraged to contact the high school office during the summer. If a change is needed, there is form available for you to fill out and drop off at the high school office. Once school begins, a student has one week to change classes. After that, classes may only be dropped.
Early Release Days – Remember that every other Wednesday this year will be an early release day. Your kids will be released at 2:05 PM. See a copy of the schedule here:
NEW STUDENTS: If you are new to the district and have not yet registered for school, you should do so as soon as possible. Parents/Guardians or students may call the high school office at 749-5437, extension 1906 for registration information or stop in the high school office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Happy Friday…….and truer words were never spoken…..right? If ever we needed coffee, it’s today. Lots going on for all of us. Your life just changed and so did your kids’. Prepare yourself for a little adjustment period. Your kids have one summer attitude, and you may have another. I hope you can work things out …….
Important: As you know, there are some students who did not finish their work for the year. It’s called an “F” in our gradebook. All is not lost. If your child is in grades 9-12 and she failed a class, I am strongly encouraging you to get her signed up for summer school. DO NOT DELAY……it starts Monday. And no–it’s not too late to sign up. You can just have your kids show up on Monday–at the James Madison School– and get enrolled. If you need clarification on what your child failed, call this number — 742-3910, and talk to Mrs. Bristol. She has a list that she can cross-reference. Kids can make up 1 credit, or two half credits. Summer school is for core classes only which are Science, Math, English, and Social Studies.
What happens if your child doesn’t make up the classes in summer school? Well, the classes they failed will be rescheduled into next year’s schedule. What’s wrong with that? Depending on how many classes your child has to repeat, your child will then become in danger of not graduating on time. Summer school is a serious consideration in order to avoid the possibility of not graduating on time. Summer school is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and it lasts for 6 weeks. Please consider it an option if your child failed any core class.
Summer Hours at the High School will be from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Thursday. If you need something, come in and talk to us in June. No one is here in July except for 4 short days. The high school office will open again on August 10th. School starts on September 8th.
When will my child get his or her schedule? The schedule will be built in the next couple of weeks. We will mail your schedules to you at the end of June as we can’t open the parent or student portal until August. I could give you a long and technical explanation, but just trust me that we can’t. Changes to any schedule can be made in August. That being said, keep in mind that if your child signed up for a class, we built the schedule around those requests. We hired teachers around those requests. If your child has all of his requested or needed classes, his schedule will not be changed unless it lowers the class size in a larger class. And no, not all of you can have a 7th hour study hall. And no, I can’t have all of your kids in a last hour PE class instead of a first hour PE class. The swimming unit is never longer than two weeks…..so the wet hair in the morning will be minimal. They’ll live. I promise. Only the Wicked Witch of the West melted when she got wet.
And one last important housekeeping item: If your kids took a PSEO class or a Concurrent Enrollment Class, keep in mind that we, the high school, do not ever receive a copy of the college transcript. You must request the college transcript from whichever college your child received the college credit. This is important because you don’t want to pay for a class your child already took. Those kids will be digging in your wallet enough much less you paying for the same class twice.
Is your head spinning yet? I know it’s a lot but I’d rather have you know now rather than later. Call if you have questions. Counseling Office – 742-3910 and High School Office – 742-3915.
So where does that leave us? As I promised, I wanted to give you my top 10 things I learned as a principal….so here we go: (I feel like David Letterman without all the great pet tricks….)
1 – I can’t please everyone. It only gets me in trouble. Eventually, I have to be on one side or the other. It is a frustration that I don’t have a magic wand because I really could have used one over the last 30 years.
2 – I have found that people tell their own version of the truth. Did you know that there were actually that many versions to “the truth”? I learned that.
3 – It usually takes Two to Tangle (not Tango)….for the sake of my example. Rarely is a disagreement or conflict one kid arguing or fighting with himself.
4 – 98% of the fights that take place in school are girls fighting over boys or boys fighting over girls. Enough said about that. Oh there is one more thing: Girls will hold that grudge all the way to their 40th class reunion, but the boys will forget about it 5 minutes after it’s over. I can see you are all nodding your heads……interesting isn’t it.
5 – I have learned to believe about 60% of what kids tell me is happening at your house– and I want to tell you that you should believe about 60% about what your child is saying is going on here. I’m sure some dramatic scenes have been replayed in your home that may not even resemble the actual incident that we have on record here. Just food for thought. (See item 2.)
6 – I can’t fix bullying. I don’t believe anyone can fix it or stop it entirely. I can certainly deal with it and try to correct it but for the last few hundred years, people have been mean to each other. Bullying is not just a “kid thing.” Look around your workplace. Look around the world for that matter. Why in the world are we mean to each other?
7 – I can only control myself. I would love to control a lot more things but it doesn’t work that way. You are all in the same boat. You can only control yourselves as well. Frustrating isn’t it.
8 – Did you know that kids like “law and order” in the classroom? It’s true. They like structure. They like to know that the teacher is in control. They like fair and reasonable expectations. How do I know this? Because if they are in a class that is unruly, they march themselves down to my office and tell me about it. They know right from wrong and they know good teaching from poor teaching. They want good teaching –they demand it. And we owe it to them.
9 – I learned and would like everyone to take more responsibility for themselves and to teach the kids to be responsible for their own actions. We should all stop blaming others for the way things are in our lives. We should all look to ourselves first and make changes there first. It’s easy to stand back and blame the next guy–but it takes real character to own bad behavior and mistakes. An apology still goes a long way. Everyone makes mistakes.
10 – I can be bought for Circus Peanuts. I really don’t know what’s wrong with me but I have a penchant for them. If I even open a bag, I feel compelled to eat every last one of them. I eat them until my chest hurts to breathe and my teeth feel like they have little sweaters on them. They should come with a toothbrush stapled to the side of the bag. I’m guessing that many of you cringed when I even mentioned them……or got the heebie jeebies……sorry.
There are certainly many more things that I learned in my educational career, but there are not enough hours in the day to tell my story. I tell teachers to write down the funny and crazy things that they see in their teaching day. It’s quite the career choice and there is never a dull moment.
One final thought……If I had my life to do over again, I would still be an educator. I care very much about kids and I care about making sure they get a great education. When I die, I hope they put on my tombstone: “She cared about kids.”
I wish all of you the best this summer and next year. I have been honored in so many ways as your principal. You have a great school and great teachers. The community is always supportive and great to work with. I have never seen so many people willing to help when help was needed. Count your blessings. Remember to be kind every day– because your act of kindness may be the only kindness that another person will feel that day.
Thank you for allowing me to be your principal for the past 9 years. It truly has been an honor and a privilege. My best to all of you.