Winter Recess - 12/23 - 1/3 - No School
Lifetouch Photography will be taking our school pictures and issuing ID cards this year.
February 5, 2014
In addition to standard school pictures, seniors will be able to take cap and gown portraits at the February 5th session.
Site Council Minutes/Agenda
SRVUSD'S Common Core Standards Website
COME JOIN THE INTERACT CLUB 1st & 3rd WED OF EVERY MONTH AT 3:45PM CLASSROOM 1. SNACKS PROVIDED!! CONTACT Principal Matt Hermann - email@example.com
Second Quarter Small Group Classes available now for sign-ups. Click here to see list of classes available.
Also, please note that the second Common Core Workshop is now available for sign-ups. Click Here
Thank you Chevron!
The Venture Biology class would like to thank the folks at Chevron for funding the "Biology Goes Independent" project on Donors Choose.
Venture Independent Study School
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WHAT IS VENTURE?
Venture, established in 1978, is a fully accredited comprehensive school for students in grades K-adult education, and delivers the curriculum through independent or home study. Students come to Venture a minimum of once a week and spend about an hour with their teacher. Students receive weekly assignments at that time, and are expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours a week on academic work.
Students attend Venture by choice. Venture helps students to pursue their educational opportunities outside the classroom, yet within the framework of the educational requirements of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. The nature of the independent study program gives students the opportunity to personalize their instruction and the freedom to utilize resources and activities to create an exciting and flexible educational experience. While attending Venture, many students take courses concurrently at the local community colleges. Students learn and practice the self discipline necessary for future success.
THE VENTURE VISION
Venture School is dedicated to providing a place where all students feel valued and unique. Students are offered creative opportunities to learn and to accomplish their academic goals. The program offered is tailored to meet students’ individual needs and incorporates individual learning styles, interests, aptitudes and passions. Venture is a dynamic institution constantly examining the program and seeking new strategies to better meet the ever-changing needs of students and the demands of the 21st century.
October 28, 2013
Staff Development and upcoming Holidays in November
Venture School, along with all other schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, will be closed for a professional development day this Friday, November 1st. All SRVUSD schools will also be closed for Veterans Day on Monday November 11th and for all of Thanksgiving week, Monday November 25th – Friday November 29th.
California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE):
All students in the State of California must pass both sections of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) in order to receive a high school diploma. The next session of CAHSEE testing is scheduled for next week on Tuesday November 5th (English Language Arts) and Wednesday November 6th (Mathematics). All 11th and 12th grade Venture students who have not passed both sections of the CAHSEE are expected to test in the subject area(s) they have not passed; this includes students who were absent for the test and students who have just moved to the state. We have already notified all participating students about which session(s) they are required to attend.
All 10th grade students will have their first opportunity to pass the CAHSEE on March 18th (English Language Arts) and March 19th (Mathematics) 2014.
Small Group Classes
Our second session of small group classes will start next week. We offer a range of enrichment and support classes in Art, Mathematics, and English Language Arts; you can find a complete list of classes on our website. Please be sure to sign up at Venture School for the classes you would like to take – lists are posted on the bulletin boards outside the computer lab and art room. See your teacher, Matt, or Lucy for more information.
Common Core English Class
Beginning on Tuesday November 12th, we will begin offering the second 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 face in the new Common Core assessments. You will be receiving an email message later this week with more information and a link to register for a class. Students only need to attend once each quarter; this lesson will be offered through Thursday January 17th.
Venture School Site Council Meeting
The next meeting of the Venture school site council is scheduled for Thursday, November 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. All interested members of the Venture School community are welcome to attend. We will be discussing the update to our school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement and our upcoming WASC review. Your input is encouraged.
Student/Staff Book Club
We have selected The Book Thief as our next book club novel. Marcus Zusak’s award-winning novel about Nazi Germany has a huge fan-base and will be released as a major motion picture next month. Copies of The Book Thief are available at Venture School – see your teacher or Matt if you would like one. The book club meeting will be on Wednesday December 11th at noon. Talk with your teacher if you are interested in earning credit for participating.
The Venture Interact Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 3:45-4:45. This is a great opportunity to meet some terrific Venture students and to help your community. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 6th. Come join us.
FOR ALL JUNIORS AND SENIORS
College Night is Tuesday, October 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Don’t miss the opportunity to glean information about more than 125 colleges and vocational schools whose reps will be on hand. Also scheduled are two special sessions for parents.
FOR FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE APPLICANTS
November is “crunch time” for all students applying to four-year colleges. If you haven’t yet met with Lucy, please make an appointment to do so ASAP. UC and CSU applications are due by the end of November, and many private and out-of-state colleges have deadlines coming up very soon as well. Students should make it a goal to submit applications prior to Thanksgiving and not to wait until the last minute when application websites and help desks may be overwhelmed.
Students who need letters of recommendation from either the counselor or teachers must have their requests in at least three weeks prior to the application deadline. (Note that UC and CSU do not require letters.) Lucy is also happy to meet with seniors to review rough drafts of application essays and any other questions regarding the application process. Those who have taken advantage of this opportunity know the importance of using a portion of the essay(s) – or the third short-essay option in the UC application – to address reasons for attending Venture and the “life and educational lessons” learned in our unique program.
Helpful instructions and information for the application process may be found under the “Counseling” tab on Venture’s Home Page (www.venture.srvusd.net). Click on “College Exploration, Planning and Application Resources” as well as the Announcement Archives for August and September 2013. Also useful for private college applications and UC essays is Venture’s “School Profile,” which can found in the “Quicklinks” column at the left-hand side of the Home Page.
FOR SENIORS PLANNING TO ATTEND COMMUNITY COLLEGES AFTER GRADUATION
Any senior who is graduating early and planning to attend community college full-time this coming spring should set up an appointment with Lucy as soon as possible. In order to get priority registration for classes, students will need to enroll online, complete the English and Math assessments, and (at DVC) take the one-day Counseling Orientation Class offered to brand new students. This process should be completed by December 13th.
Seniors who plan to attend community college after June graduation will have an opportunity to complete the orientation and assessment process in February and March of 2014. In the meantime, you should be focusing on ensuring that your math and English skills are “college ready.”
FOR STUDENTS WISHING TO TAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSES THIS SPRING
DVC and Las Positas College will post their Spring Semester Schedules in early November. Students who are brand new to the college must apply online first, and this can be done at any time. Applications must be completed before students can schedule any required Math or English placement tests.
Although high school students cannot register for specific classes before January, concurrent forms must be completed prior to our Winter Break. (Las Positas and Chabot have a December 16th deadline. DVC registration is the first week of January.) Venture students should select courses and complete concurrent enrollment forms prior to Thanksgiving if possible. (Forms can be downloaded from the college websites.) Please see Lucy for assistance with class selection and enrollment forms.
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