11/22-11/26: Thanksgiving Break

12/1: MS Q and A with Leadership

12/2: Q2 Benchmarks Start


Mr. Gutter Paternity Leave

I’m excited to share that our son, James Francis Gutter, was born on Tuesday night. Mom and baby boy are doing well and we’re adjusting to being a family of four 🙂

I’ll be out on paternity leave and will return on December 13th. While I’m out, I recommend reaching out to other members of our leadership team. Here is that information:

For any culture or scholar support questions, Mr. Schu at pschu@valorcollegiate.org

For any academic questions, Mrs. Leach and Ms. Olickal at sleach@valorcollegiate.org and tolickal@valorcollegiate.org 

For any operations and logistics questions, Mr. Elko at melko@valorcollegiate.org

Thank you for all the support and looking forward to being back in a couple of weeks!

Quarter 2 Benchmarks

Quarter 2 Benchmarks are fast approaching.  Please review the Benchmark schedule below.  Support your scholar in doing their best by encouraging an early bedtime the night before each test, and ensuring they arrive on time each day that a benchmark is being given.

Thursday, 12/2 – ELA Part 3 (Writing)

Friday, 12/3 – ELA Part 2 Reading

Tuesday 12/7  – Math

Wednesday 12/8 – Science

Thursday 12/9 – History

Makeup testing will be provided for scholars who are absent on the original test date

Friday, December 10 Dismissal Clarification

We apologize for any confusion regarding our dismissal time on Friday, December 10.  We will dismiss at our regularly scheduled Friday dismissal time of 1:45 PM.  

8th-Grade Field Trip

We are happy to announce that we plan to continue the Valor tradition of taking the 8th-grade scholars to Washington, D.C, in the 2021-22 school year. We will leave for Washington, D.C, on Friday, May 20, 2022, and return Tuesday, May 24, 2022. For more information, please click here. The deadline to sign up for the D.C Trip is Monday, January 17th. 

Notice to 6th and 8th Grade Families-Hearing and Vision Screenings, Blood Pessure and BMI sceeenings- Opt out letters

We will be conducting Hearing and Vision Screenings for 6th and 8th graders on January 11, 2022 through a company called “Well Child”. This is a state mandated screening, and is no cost to you. If you would prefer your child not be screened, you must fill out the attached form and return it to your school’s front office no later than December 10, 2021.

The school nurse will also be conducting state mandated Blood Pressure and BMI screenings for 6th and 8th grade scholars starting January 17, 2021. Blood pressure sceenings involve a cuff placed around the scholar’s arm to measure blood pressure, and BMI involves measuring height and weight to calculate the BMI. These are quick, non-invasive screenings that measure important health metrics. If you would prefer your scholar to not be screened, you must ill out the attached opt out form and return it to your school’s front office no later than December 10, 2021. Below are the links to BOTH opt out forms:

Blood Pressure/BMI: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m6–IxeJGCR7wn56xAPYM5_JvNg0GXMjLaNGwAPxdFM/edit?usp=sharing

Hearing and Vision Screenings: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_bMhL8pOmQvCD14XRL4KN3dJ4Cc2wejcb980xTDQfgA/edit?usp=sharing


MS Q&A with Leadership — December 1, 2021!

Middle School Families: You are invited to our quarterly Q&A w/ Leadership on Wednesday, December 1, 2021! This forum exists for Flagship/Voyager families and Middle School leadership to connect, answer questions and give feedback! Ask questions ahead of time in the Q&A document found HERE


The 2021 After-school Fine Arts, Clubs, & Enrichment Gala: A Night of Stars

Valor’s Fine Arts, Clubs, and Enrichment (FACE) team is cordially inviting you to attend our FACE Gala on Tuesday, November 30th starting at 5:00pm. This event will be showcasing all the hard work of our after-school scholars across a wide variety of programming including theatre, orchestra, choir, Vex robotics, and others. You’ll be treated to an exciting lineup of singing, dancing, acting, running robots, and a special scholar art gallery arranged by Valor’s top notch art teachers–high school and both middle school artists will have their work on display.  This is a free event but donations to the fine arts, clubs, and enrichment programs are always welcome.

After-school Programming Pick-up Procedure

Click here review the after-school programming pick-up procedure below to ensure you are familiar with the policy. Failure to follow the policy can result in you receiving a late fee. 

After-school Program Registration

Is there an after-school club you want at VCP? Click here to learn how to sign up today to start an after-school Fine Arts, Club, Enrichment (FACE) program at Valor. 



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