3/14 - Staff Development Day - Venture Closed
3/18 & 3/19 - CAHSEE for Grades 10, 12 and AE
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March 5, 2014
Professional Development Training – No School on Friday March 14th
Venture and all other SRVUSD schools will be closed for a professional development training day on Friday March 14th. Our teachers are all rescheduling appointments for students who have their weekly meetings on Friday.
California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)
All 10th grade students will be taking the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) on Tuesday, March 18th (English Language Arts) and Wednesday March 19th (Mathematics). Testing will be held at Venture beginning at 8:30 a.m. sharp each day and lasting until about noon. Students must pass both sections of the CAHSEE as one condition of earning a diploma. 12th graders and adult education students who have not passed both sections of the test should also participate in this administration.
In addition to the CAHSEE listed above, we will be conducting many other assessments this spring. I am attaching two testing schedules to the email with the newsletter – one for grades 3-10 and one for grade 11. These schedules are also posted on our school website and here at Venture. Thank you for taking the time to review the testing schedules and to calendar the dates that apply for your child’s grade level.
As you may already know, most of the STAR tests have already been eliminated and they will all “sunset” after this year. They are being replaced by tests through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) / California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASSP). (Yes, I know that it’s quite a mouthful.) All SRVUSD schools in our district will be conducting SBAC/CAASSP field tests correlated with the new Common Core State Standards. You will find all of these dates on the testing schedules. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions.
Fitnessgram Assessment for 5th, 7th, and 9th Graders
We will conduct the state-mandated Fitnessgram testing for our 5th, 7th, and 9th grade students on Friday April 4th and Friday April 11th. It’s best if students split the assessments over the two day window. However, if necessary your student can take all of the tests on a single day, either 4/4 or 4/11. You may choose to come during any one of these testing periods:
We can be flexible about which testing period you choose, regardless of grade level, but it’s essential that you arrive promptly at the beginning of any of these hour-long blocks.
All students should check in at Venture School and we will direct them to the appropriate venues for the assessments. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Matt Hermann at 925-479-1201.
Our graduation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday June 19th in the Performing Arts Center at Dougherty Valley High School. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m and end at approximately 8:30 p.m. Graduating students should plan on arriving no later than 6:30 p.m. to prepare for the ceremony. Staff will give them instructions at that time.
Please note that due to the size of the Performing Arts Center we will be requiring tickets for entrance. Tickets are free, but they will be limited at this time to six per family. (Graduates do not need a ticket.) We may have additional tickets available for distribution as some families may not need all of their tickets and some seniors may not be attending the ceremony. You may indicate your desire for additional tickets on the cap and gown form and we will use that information to establish a waiting list based on the responses we receive.
Venture teachers will distribute graduation packets to their senior students during the last week of March. Seniors may order a cap and gown for the ceremony, but no one is required to wear a cap or gown to participate in our graduation. Cap and gown orders must be returned by May 2nd. In the graduation packet, seniors will also find a personal statement form. Graduates will provide a short statement about their education and their future plans. Venture teachers will read these statements at the graduation ceremony. Personal statements are due back to your teacher by May 23rd.
We normally have at least one student speaker and one student musician perform at our ceremony. We will hold auditions for speakers and performers in May. If you are interested in the possibility of speaking or performing at graduation, please see your teacher, Matt or Lucy for more information.
We look forward to celebrating with you in just a few months.
Student Recognition Project Open House – Monday March 17th 4:00-7:00 p.m.
All SRVUSD community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the annual Student Recognition Project Open House and Project Display. The event is an opportunity to view and acknowledge hundreds of projects created by high school students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. The Open House will be held on Monday March 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Bishop Ranch 15 – 12677 Alcosta Blvd, Suite 120.
Students who participate in the Student Recognition Project compete in any of 25 categories that showcase their skills both within and outside of the curriculum. Project judging is done by professional business people with expertise in the various categories. Student winners are announced at the Open House and honored at a gala breakfast on April 4th. We hope to see you on the 17th.
CCSS Task #3
We are currently offering the third lesson in our schoolwide Common Core English class with Kathy King. Each quarter, students are asked to attend a small-group lesson aligned with the new Common Core standards. Venture teacher Kathy King facilitates each hour-long class in our computer lab. Each class focuses on key Common Core skills - critical thinking, reading comprehension, and analytical writing. Students have an opportunity to work collaboratively with peers to examine and discuss short non-fiction documents. The lesson culminates with a short writing assignment similar to the kind of task students will encounter in the new Common Core assessments. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00-11:00; all high school students should register for one class this quarter. We have extended the deadline for this class. The last class is now scheduled for March 27th.
Students should sign up for one session on SignUp Genius. Here’s the link:
Student/Staff Book Club – Eleanor and Park
Readers –we hope you will join us to discuss Eleanor and Park at our next book club meeting. Widely reviewed as the best YA novel of 2013, Eleanor and Park has a big fan base here at Venture. We love it! If you like John Green novels, try this one - it’s as good as The Fault in Our Stars! We have copies of Eleanor and Park available to check out – see your teacher or Matt if you would like one. The book club will meet on Wednesday March 26th at noon. Talk with your teacher if you are interested in earning credit for participating.
San Ramon Valley Community Fair
The 12th Annual San Ramon Valley Community Fair is taking place tomorrow - Wednesday March 26th - from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Gale Ranch Middle School – 6400 Main Branch Road in San Ramon, across the street from Venture on Bollinger Canyon. The community fair offers families a one-stop shopping opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives of community organizations providing hundreds of summer and fall programs and activities for youth ages 0-18. The fair is free of charge. Come see all there is to do in our community.
Venture Interact Club
The Venture Interact Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:45 to 4:45 in Classroom 1 at Venture School. We hope you will join us for a special meeting on Wednesday March 18th. Don Routh of the Wheelchair Project will be presenting information on how we can assist that organization this spring. The Wheelchair Foundation, started in 2000 by Blackhawk real estate developer Ken Behring, was created to provide a free, new wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one but cannot afford one. There are more than 100 million people with physical disabilities worldwide who are in need of a wheelchair. 30 million of these are children and 90% of them do not go to school. In the past 13 years, the Foundation has delivered more than 935,000 wheelchairs in 155 countries. Please come to the Interact meeting, make some new friends, and help out with this important project!
COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE NOTICES are going out this month to Venture students who have applied to four-year colleges. Some Venture students have already been accepted by and have committed to their colleges of choice, including University of Oregon, Arizona State, Colorado State, Evergreen, Chico, BYU, and Georgia Tech. More good news is arriving daily. Please let your teacher or the counselor know when you receive your acceptance notices: we would like to compile a list of all schools which have offered admission to members of Venture’s Class of 2014.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENROLLMENT is currently in progress for Fall 2014. Students planning to attend Diablo Valley, Las Positas, Chabot, and other community colleges should be applying as soon as possible. Priority registration is granted to those who take the online orientation, math and English assessments, and on-campus orientation class offered at each college. If you miss the March 6th DVC presentation at Venture, please see Lucy for information about the enrollment process.
SUMMER SCHOOL CLASSES AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES provide Venture students with extended learning opportunities, high school credits, and a head start on college. The first step for those who have never taken a college class is to enroll online as a concurrent (high school) student via the website of your campus of choice. This may be done at any time. Math or English placement tests are required for some classes; students can schedule this testing as soon as they have a college ID number. Summer term course schedules are typically posted on college websites in early April. Students who are currently eleventh graders or younger must have their concurrent enrollment form signed by the counselor or principal before actually registering for classes.
THE ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY IN SAN FRANCISCO will present a program at Venture on Thursday, March 13th at noon. The Academy of Art offers summer and weekend Pre-College Courses for students still in high school. They have a wide array of college majors in a variety of art and design fields. Students who have a passion for art and/or are considering a career in the arts are encouraged to attend this one-hour presentation in Classroom 1.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM FOR 2014-15 will be available at Venture right after Spring Break, the week of April 21st. Applications must be completed and returned to Venture by Friday, May 9th. All students interested in concurrent enrollment must apply, even if they are currently participating in the program. Space is limited; district policy allows Venture to place ten students at each comprehensive high school and three at each middle school. Students may take concurrent classes only at their home school. Concurrent enrollment is not permitted at the elementary level.
At the high school level, priority is given to students needing to take laboratory science, world language, or advanced math courses required for college admission but not offered at Venture. Within this priority group, older students are given preference. At the middle school level, priority is given to those students who will most benefit educationally from the program.
Students selected for concurrent enrollment will receive notification in early June. This notification will include information regarding course scheduling at the home school.
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The Venture Biology class would like to thank the folks at Chevron for funding the "Biology Goes Independent" project on Donors Choose.
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