2015-2016 Ohio State Tests


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District News & Updates
What are short-cycle assessments?
Short-cycle assessments have been happening for a long time in Vinton County, but are much different from regular assessments given at the chapter or unit end. They are assessments designed to provide feedback for both teachers and students without a grade. This feedback focuses on what the students have or have not learned. Then, the teacher can re-teach the material for students who struggled and provide enrichment for the students who got the material correct. All students can learn, some just take more time. 
E-school giant ECOT, with 15,000 students, wants to count the same as tiny charter schools in state evaluations
The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), Ohio's largest charter school, wants to limit the damage from its F grades on state report cards, now that the Ohio Department of Education is no longer just throwing them out of key new charter school evaluations this year.  
2015 Homecoming Information
Monday, October 12- Costume day

Tuesday, October 13- Twin day

Wednesday, October 14- Day of Decades

Thursday, October 15- Yellow 4 Jeremiah day

(Parade) line up at new high school loop beginning at 5:30 p.m., with parade starting at 6 and ending at the old high school. (All VC schools, clubs/organizations, and sports are invited to participate.)

(Bonfire and crowning of Homecoming King) starts at the conclusion of the parade, at the old high school. Bring a few dollars for food/drinks spirit items to help support our VCHS clubs.

Friday, October 16- Viking Spirit day

(Powder Puff) football game during Homecoming Pep Rally, with callout beginning around 2 p.m. Game 1-Fresh/Soph, Game 2- Jr/Sr, Game 3-winners of each (20 min running clock for all games)

Pregame Tailgate beginning at 6 p.m.
(Football Game) Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. with crowning of the Queen and recognition of attendants and officers at half time.

Saturday, October 17- (Dance) Juniors/Seniors 7-11 p.m. and Freshman/Sophomores 8-11p.m. Tickets on sale all Homecoming week during all three lunches. $5 per person. ONLY Buckeye Hills students can purchase at the door!
DJ, food and drinks are FREE with ticket purchase. (All guest forms must be returned and approved by Oct. 9, to purchase tickets.)

Please share and come out to show your Viking Pride!
Ohio's State Tests 2015-2016 Quick Facts
Following are some quick facts about this year's state tests. 
  • Tests will be shorter than last year and given during one window.
  • Each of the tests will be about three hours.
  • Students in grades 3-8 will take the English Language Arts and Math test.
  • Students in grades 4-6 will take the Social Studies test.
  • Students in grades 5-8 will take the Science test.
  • Grade 3 English Language Arts test will be given Nov. 30-Dec. 11 and again in the spring (April or May).
  • High School Juniors and Seniors will take the OGT, American History and American Government.
  • Students will take tests on computers.
Click on the read more link for the Ohio Department of Education's Fact Sheet and Schedule.
October, November and December Lunch Menus are available online!
The October, November and December Lunch Menus are now available for download and can be found from the individual building pages or through the following link http://www.vinton.k12.oh.us/lunch.aspx
(all menus are subject to change)
College Credit Plus (CCP) is the new program that replaces PSEOP (Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program)
 College Credit Plus (CCP) is the new program that replaces PSEOP (Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program).  This program allows for students to take college courses while they are still in middle or high school.  The expenses for the college courses are typically covered by the school district.  There are benefits and risks associated with being in CCP, so it is important that parents and their students learn as much as possible about this before they decide on participation.

Every year we must hold a parent/student information meeting to provide details about how a student can get involved with CCP.

The CCP Parent/Student Information Night for the 2015/16 year is: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location:  VCHS

In the event of inclement weather and/or school closing that day, the meeting will be held the following week on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at the same time and location.
Information will be posted on our guidance website about the meeting.  Although attendance is not required, it is HIGHLY recommended.  Every college has different requirements for CCP admission and procedures, and if a parent/student is not present to get the info they need from the college reps, they are required to make contact with them on their own to insure that their student is meeting deadlines, etc.

VCLSD also has a hard deadline for the "Intent to Participate" form.  Students who are considering doing CCP during the following school year MUST turn in a completed Intent to Participate form to Guidance by April 1, 2016.  Failure to do so will disqualify them for CCP the following school year. Click below on the "Read More" link to access the form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the high school guidance department .  Above all, I want to stress to students the importance of their parents being present for that CCP Parent/Student Information Night on 2/17/16, and for turning in the Intent to Participate form to Guidance by 4/1/16. 

BTW - If a student turns in an Intent to Participate form and then they choose not to take classes through CCP, there is no obligation to do so.

Homecoming Dance is Saturday, October 17. Homecoming Guest Permission Form- Due by Oct. 9!
  If you plan to bring a guest, not enrolled in VCHS, or considered a Vinton County student at Buckeye Hills, you MUST have a permission slip signed by your parent/guardian and the guest's home school. (If they have not graduated.) All guests MUST be under 21 and/or in high school. Forms can be picked up on the Senior bulletin board or downloaded here, by clicking on "read more" below. All forms must be signed and returned by Friday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m., or you cannot purchase a ticket for the guest. Dance hours - Juniors and Seniors 7 - 11 p.m., Freshman and Sophomores - 8 - 11 p.m.
Policy Statement and Calculator Guidance for 6-8 and High School Mathematics Administered State Tests
Calculators are important instructional tools that are allowable for students to use while taking state tests. For students taking the computer-based tests, a calculator will be provided in the technology platform for the tests. Students may use handheld calculators for the computer-based formats. Schools may permit students to bring their own handheld devices for test purposes. 
2015/2016 Yearbooks are on Sale!
2015/2016 VINTONIAN YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE! Order your copy today during our EARLYBIRD SPECIAL SALE! Need an order form? Download the order form below and mail it back or send it to school with your child. The yearbook will be filled cover to cover with photographs of friends, special events, classes, sports, clubs, activities, and candid shots of all the exciting memories and moments that will happen during this 2015/2016 school year. This student-designed, hardcover yearbook will be a precious reminder of some of the happiest times in a student’s life while here at VCHS. All you need to do is complete the information on the order form and include cash or check made payable to the Vinton County Local School District and return completed form and payment to Mrs. Walton or send it in the mail to Vinton County High School, the school address is listed on the order form. Also, any alumni, parent, or student seeking Vintonian yearbooks from previous years can contact Mrs. Walton at 740-596-5258 to see if we have that edition available for purchase in our storage room. Thank you for supporting the VCHS yearbook. http://www.vinton.k12.oh.us/Downloads/Yearbook%20Order%20Form%20and%20Letter.pdf 
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Helps Make the Most of Your Child's First Year of School
It is important to the Vinton County Local School District that we get every kindergarten student off to a good start. That is because the learning that takes place in kindergarten sets the stage for a child’s coming school years.
This year, we are using Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to find out how to teach your child best. The teacher will do the assessment right in the classroom. Most children don’t even know that they or their classmates are being assessed.

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