Week of April 6:
Dear VMS Community,
In this unique time of crisis and isolation, with so many worries on the minds of us all, I am unexpectedly filled with gratitude for so many things. I am grateful for the incredible dedication of our teachers and staff, the Board for being so supportive and fiscally well-prepared, and for our amazing leadership team. My career has spanned many decades and has had its share of challenges, and although this situation is daunting, I am so grateful that I have my depth of experience and our leaders to help guide our school. I am committed and resolved to continue to bring our school through this crisis as a community.
My gratitude, however, is most intense for the incredible medical professionals we have in our VMS community. Our careful fiscal planning, the strength we have as a community, and my career experience, mean nothing without those that are in the front lines of this crisis. I want to say thank you to each of you for the sacrifices you are making from your families for the greater good of us all. You are the embodiment of all we want our students to strive for, and I am humbled by your work. Thank you.
We are, indeed, alone but stronger together. I wish you a productive, happy, and healthy week.
Head of School
What Are You Doing? #VMSVirtualHow are you handling this unique situation? We want to hear from you! Share pictures of your workspace, videos of fun activities, examples of online learning, or anything else using the hashtag #VMSVirtual or email Kathleen Hogan.
What's For Dinner? Sage Dining Has Ideas
Click HERE for recipe and dinner planning ideas frmo Sage Dining.
Admissions is OpenOur Admissions Office is working and ready to help you. Contact Jen Bill for lower school admissions and Jeremy Thelen for middle and upper school admissions. For additional COVID19-specific admissions questions, click HERE.
CHSAA has extended the spring sports suspension to April 30.
Lunch OptionsSack lunches for all students are available for pick-up at the Eagle Valley High School and Battle Mountain High School bus loops starting Monday, March 16 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM .Lunches will be available Monday through Friday. In order to reduce public circulation, please send just one person per vehicle. The driver should remain in their car, and staff will ask how many lunches are needed. Please do not send someone who is sick to pick up lunches. If you have a neighbor who can't drive or make the time, offer to pick up for them, too. You can safely leave lunches on their doorstep when someone is home.
HERE is the form for self-reporting suspected cases of COVID-19, since the current limited testing has been reserved for those with symptoms in high risk (over the age of 60, underlying conditions) groups and our healthcare providers and first responders.
FAQsMy child is not responding well to distance learning. What can I do?
The best resource is your child’s Homebase teacher and your Division Director. VMS has a variety of supplemental resources that can help.
What if my child's grades decline due to distance learning?
As students adjust to distance learning, we have to remember to give students time to transition and figure out the process. As parents, inquire and support, but don't jump in to immediately mediate. Students in middle and upper school should naturally be more independent in their learning. As always, VMS encourages student advocacy. Students should reach out to their teachers if they have concerns about a grade or an assessment. Teachers are available to video chat and communicate, as always.
Can I enter the campus while it's closed?
No, our building will remain locked during our closure for security and safety. If you have a specific need, please reach out to your Division Director.
What do I do if my school-issued device is not working? Where do I get tech help?
Please contact Dean Chambers if your school device is not working. For other tech issues, please reach out to your Homebase teacher and they will guide you on where you can find help.
Do you still plan to resume normal school operations on April 27?
It is currently our plan to re-open on Monday, April 27. However, we continually assess the situation and will continuously re-evaluate while utilizing local, state, and federal resources.
Will the school year be extended?
We have no plans to extend the school year at this time but, again, we are continually assessing and adapting to this rapidly evolving situation.
What about Commencement?
At this time, we expect Commencement to be held on Saturday, May 30.
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