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We are pleased to announce that Vanguard is expanding opportunities for students to join us for the Fall 2017 cohort. We will host tours later this month to give parents and students an opportunity to explore what we offer. In addition to our regular referral and placement process, we are holding a limited number of spots for additional students and encourage those who feel they could benefit from a different approach to education to complete
an interest form
to be considered for the cohort.
The Vanguard graduation ceremony will be in the Forest View theatre, June 1, 2017, beginning promptly at 7 p.m. Family and friends are encouraged to attend. No tickets are required. A reception in the Forest View cafeteria will follow the ceremony. Graduates are expected to arrive at school at 5 p.m. to receive their gown, attend a short practice, and be a part of the class of 2017 portrait. The Vanguard ceremony is very special and meaningful. A certificate of completion is awarded. Separately, Vanguard graduates will receive a High School District 214 diploma from their home school and have the option to walk in their home school graduation ceremony.
Lines of privilege and responsibility
are determined each week. All Vanguard students are on one of three "lines." Students earn their line through their achievement/performance in 5 categories: academic classes, attendance; involvement in groups, service, college and career exposures and clubs; PE participation; and leadership/behavior. Team leaders meet individually with each member of their Team every week. These meetings serve the role of conferences and counseling sessions. Team leaders chart the student's progress on their goals; talk about any issues a student may have, discuss college and career aspirations; make recommendations for groups, trips, service opportunities etc.; and work the student to establish goals for the week ahead. Team leaders and house counselors meet weekly to discuss and implement line changes. Students can also advocate for line changes themselves by completing a
Level Up Form
and having it signed by their class teachers.
Service is essential at Vanguard. All students are enrolled in a service learning elective course. Service offers students the opportunity to preview a career, learn about social issues and their root causes, gain valuable work experience, develop and enhance communication, collaboration and leadership skills and more. In addition, service experiences help build a student's resume and are an asset when completing a college application. Service offerings are very diverse allowing students to try something new or select opportunities that align with their interests. Students learn about and sign up for service opportunities in Team.
All students are enrolled in a "
Life and Career Planning
" elective class. Students are expected to attend school sponsored college visits, career treks, trade school visits, industry speaker events, job shadowing opportunities, internships and more. Students learn about and can sign up for these opportunities in team. Our personalized learning format makes it possible for students to attend these offerings without falling behind in their coursework.
There's a group for everyone. Vanguard offers a variety of counseling groups each with unique goals and focus. Each group is facilitated by a member of the school student services team. Students are encouraged to join a group for personal growth. Groups meet weekly.
Vanguard is very excited about 2016-17 SPARK pilot. Curriculum for all core classes is presented to students on this web-based platform. Vanguard teachers have the ability to customize the SPARK curriculum offerings to align with their objectives and State standards. SPARK has made our transition to personalized learning both feasible and successful. Students can access and work on their SPARK courses at any time from any location with an Internet connection. The on-line platform offers many benefits including the flexibility for students to get involved in service offerings, life and career planning opportunities and counseling groups without missing out on coursework. Students are assigned to a classroom and have a teacher for every SPARK class. Students who have earned the blue line status have the privilege of checking-in at the beginning of the class and choosing any appropriate workspace in the school to do their work on days that teachers are not offering direct instruction, labs or need to communicate to their class as a whole. Our personalized learning platform makes it possible for teachers to work with individual students when they struggle. SPARK also makes it possible for students to work at their own pace: upon successful completion of a course, a student can be immediately enrolled in the next course without the limitation of quarters or semesters. We are very excited about how SPARK experience has evolved during the course of the school year and our plans will continue to evolve in the year ahead.
Progress Days were established in the fall when the SPARK curriculum had taken root. Most Tuesdays and Thursdays are 'progress days.' On a progress day, students meet in their Team for the first hour of the school day. Team leaders meet with each student to establish a personalized schedule for the day. This allows students the ability to focus on a class in which they need more time, take advantage of additional PE opportunities, allow for groups, service trips, and life and career planning events without missing regular class days. Progress days allow teachers the flexibility to offer cross-curricular opportunities, meet with students for longer periods of time, and work with individually with students who are struggling in their classes.
After school activities and clubs are offered most Wednesdays after school. Late buses are available at 4 p.m. for students who need transportation. Activities and clubs include: art club, music club, homework hangout, fitness center workouts, cooking club, yearbook, gaming club, PE group activities such as soccer or basketball. Students learn which activities offered on a specific week in Team. To participate, students must sign up for an activity and a late bus by noon on Wednesday. All students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities.
Attendance is the foundation of success at Vanguard. Aside from greatly enhancing the likelihood of success, attendance is a criteria for most privileges and honors.
Welcome new students! Vanguard welcomes new students at the start of each academic quarter. Students are referred by their home school counselor. One of the Vanguard counselors calls all referred students to arrange for a tour and interview. Intakes for students who will start at Vanguard in August of 2017 have begun and will be held until the end of the school year and over the summer.
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