VALLEY VIEW 365U

COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Challenge FAQ

  • Where can I find the presentations from the parent information nights?

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    A parent information night was held at both RC Hill and Jonas Salk.  You can find the presentations below.

    RC Hill Parent Info Presentation

    Jonas Salk Parent Info Presentation

     

     

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  • What percentage of parents choose to accept the invitation for Challenge?

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    While the percentage varies each year, a large majority of parents choose to accept the invitation to the Challenge program. The move to another school is definitely a significant decision, but nearly all students have historically been successful in the transition.

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  • Is there a special Challenge Curriculum?

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    Challenge classrooms utlize a gifted curriculum resource from the College of William and Mary as a supplement to their ELA curriculum. Math instruction is delivered through an accellerated version of Eureka curricular resources.  For more details on curriculum click here

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  • What grade level material will my child be learning in Challenge?

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    To see Challenge Curriculum page click here

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  • How much homework is expected?

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    Homework varies based on teacher and grade level. Nightly reading is expected. Homework might also include specific projects or work not completed during the day. If you have specific concerns, please speak with your child’s teacher. Second grade is a big transition year for students entering the Challenge program so parents tend to need to help and support their children more during this year.

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  • Will my child have difficulty making new friends?

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    Students new to the Challenge program typically transition easily. Teachers facilitate many opportunities for the Challenge students to attend lunch and recess alongside other general education classes, so they have a chance to develop friendships with students outside of the Challenge program.

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  • If my child is moving schools for Challenge, can siblings attend the new school as well?

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    Yes, siblings can come to the new school with your child. A form will have to be filled out to complete this request.

    Request form here.

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  • Is bus transportation available?

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    Transportation will be provided to Challenge Program students. Bus Stops will be determined by the Transportation Department. Communication will come directly from transportation indicating the location of the bus stop in late summer.

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  • Do Challenge schools have after school clubs like the home schools?

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    Challenge schools also offer after school care. Transportation will be provided if you wish to continue to keep your child in their current school sponsored before/after school care program.

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  • Is the Challenge school day the same?

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    Yes, all Valley View School District Elementary Schools are on the same attendance schedule and time schedule (9:05 – 3:15).

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  • Is the recess schedule the same?

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    Yes. Lunch is 35 minutes and recess is 15 minutes directly before or immediately after lunch depending on your child’s grade level. Additionally, students get 10 minutes of structured games/exercise led by their teacher daily, for 25 minutes of physical activity. Recess can be inside or outside depending on the students’ needs and weather conditions.

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  • Is hot lunch available?

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    VVSD provides a “standard cafeteria” amongst elementary school buildings.  Children have the opportunity to have breakfast, served 30 minutes before school start time, and lunch.  The food service menu is the same in all elementary buildings.

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  • What will happen to the hot lunch money left in my child's account?

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    The remaining account balance will be automatically transferred to the Challenge building. The funds are linked to your child’s name not their school.

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  • Can I volunteer in my child's classroom?

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    Parents are encouraged to be involved with their child, their class, and the school community. Opportunities include the following: Challenge Advisory Committee, Artworks, field trips, book fairs, PTA/PTO, and classroom helpers.

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  • How are 5th grade Challenge students placed in 6th grade classes?

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    Placement in 6th or 7th grade honors courses is determined by students' performance on various district assessments. This is the same for general education and Challenge program students as they enter the middle schools.

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  • How will my child receive enriching learning experiences if we decline the Challenge invitation?

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    While Valley View has a gifted/talented program focused on self-contained classrooms at two schools, a major focus is placed on enrichment for all students. In every school, all classrooms use curricular resources that allow for enrichment and learning in even further depth. All schools are implementing a "What I Need (WIN)" time into daily schedules for second through fifth grade to create an opportunity for additional support for all students' needs. Enrichment tasks are used during this time that go above and beyond the core curriculum for all students.

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  • What will happen if the Challenge class is too difficult for my child?

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    Our teachers believe in the positives of productive struggle, so generally the process is to continue supporting a child who is being significantly challenged by their school work. It is vital for parents and their child's teacher to maintain an open dialogue during this time. Of course, the main priority is for all students to be placed in the ideal learning environment, so in rare cases students do transition back to their prior school and a general education classroom.

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  • Can students enter the Challenge program in later years if they do not qualify as a first grader?

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    Yes, students can enter the program at a later date as long as they have met the requirements for the program. Each year, students enter the program for third, fourth, and fifth grade as well.

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