Second Session of Viking University This Week Will Have a Change in Topic

By: Valparaiso Community Schools Last Updated: February 7, 2011

valpo-community-schoolsFrom Superintendent Andrew Melin, Ph.D. for the Week of February 7, 2011:

Second session of Viking University this week will have a change in topic

The first Viking University session in January was well-attended and focused on the history of VCS, the role of our school board, and the responsibilities of our central office.

This month’s topic was originally scheduled to focus on school finances; however, due to staff availability we have switched our February and March topics. School finances will now be the topic of our March session, and academics, curriculum, and technology will be the topic of this month’s Viking University, which will take place in the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium this Wednesday, February 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Executive Director of Elementary Education Stacey Schmidt will present and Assistant Superintendent Rob Haworth will also be available to discuss several aspects of our academic operation. The curriculum process which entails writing curriculum, state standards, measurement categories, learner outcomes, and textbook adoption will be shared. Student assessment approaches and the process of creating assessments will be discussed. In addition, the role of technology in enhancing instructional practice and student achievement will be shared.

All parents are invited to attend each Viking University session, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is 60 minutes in length, and includes an informational presentation followed by a question and answer session.

Future Viking University sessions will be:

  • March 10 – TJMS Auditorium – School Finances
  • April 13 – BFMS Auditorium – Busing, Food Service, Maintenance, Wellness
  • May 11 – TJMS Auditorium – Experiential Education

We look forward to seeing you at this Wednesday’s session.

VCS News

The week of February 7 is National School Counseling Week. We appreciate the efforts and commitment of our school counselors who are dedicated to student success.

Important Dates:

  • February 9 Viking Univ. (BFMS)
  • February 15 School Board Meeting
  • February 18 Mid-Winter Break
  • February 21 President’s Day (No School)

VCS Standouts

I want to thank our maintenance and custodial staff for doing an exceptional job clearing snow enabling us to have school last Friday.

Congratulations to our VHS gymnasts for their victory over Chesterton Saturday in a match-up of two of the state’s best teams. Congratulations to our VHS girls’ swimming team for their 2nd place finish at Saturday’s Chesterton Sectional.

Congratulations to four VHS wrestlers whose performance in last Saturday’s IHSAA regional advanced them to next Saturday’s semi-state competition. Chad Miller was the 130 pound champion, Max Buckley finished second at 103, Chris Gallo placed third at 119, and Ryan Henke finished fourth at 171.