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Welcome Mustangs!


School Announcements
February 13, 2015

Dear Parents,

We will not be serving Valentine's treats to students during school on Friday, February 13th. Please do not send food or candy with your child to share with others. Students will have the opportunity to give their classmates Valentine's cards and/or non-food items (stickers, pencils, etc.). Please contact your child's teacher if you have questions about Valentine's activities for the day.

Thank you for your cooperation,
Dr. Becky Harris, Principal

 
Traffic & Safety Plan

Dear Venetucci Families,
On January 26, 2015, our school implemented a traffic and safety plan. Thank you for using the designated crosswalk and working with us to improve safety and efficiency of our back student drop-off/pick-up. In the back turnaround, Venetucci is implementing a “Kiss and Go” lane. Please pull all the way up and fully to the right, letting students out safely on the curb. “Kiss” and “Go” promptly so that others may use the drop-off as well. Do not leave your car unattended, temporarily parked, or get out of your vehicle in this area. To help the flow of traffic, please only make a right turn out of the driveway. At dismissal, please follow the same expectations: one lane of traffic, pulling all the way up and fully to the right, having students enter vehicles from the curb.  Again, do not leave your car unattended, temporarily parked, or get out of your vehicle in this area. To guarantee that our students and families are following safety expectations, we will have district security and staff in the turnaround area.  
On February 2, 2015, changes to increase the safety and efficiency of our front turnaround will be implemented.  On this date, only buses, daycare vans, and individuals with handicap needs will be permitted to drop-off and pick-up in this location. If you are dropping your child off/picking your child up, please plan to use the turnaround in the back of the building following the above procedures. This area will now be chained off during arrival and dismissal.
Please help us implement these new procedures so that we can provide a safer, better experience for all families before and after school.  Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 391-3355.
Respectfully,
Becky Harris        Ashleigh Katt
Principal        Assistant Principal

 
Venetucci Chain Reaction
 
Dear Parents/Guardians:
As part of our TEAM Challenge goals through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Rachel’s Challenge, we are working to promote and celebrate positive behavior that supports an atmosphere conducive to effective learning.  At the elementary level, Rachel’s Challenge supports PBIS by teaching children at an early age that kindness and compassion is a way of life.
 
To support teaching these principles, students have been involved in various TEAM Challenge activities on our Early Release days.  Accepting Rachel's challenge and starting a chain reaction of kindness at Venetucci has been our focus over the past few months. We would like to share with you the school-wide video we created as our Early Release activity on October 1st. The video shows the domino effect of simple acts of kindness making its way through Venetucci. We hope you enjoy it!
To view video click here
 
 
 
Welcome Back Information
For the Welcome Back letter please click here

 

 


                             

Venetucci T.E.A.M. Creed

 

We will do whatever it takes to:

Be trustworthy and do the right thing, even when no one is looking.

Show effort by trying our best.

Have a good attitude by choosing to be positive.

Use manners to speak and treat others in a kind and polite way.

We are the Venetucci T.E.A.M.!

Venetucci Sonic Night
Venetucci Sonic Night
Venetucci Sonic Night is the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.  Venetucci will earn 10% of the total sales for these nights. The proceeds will be used for Battle of the Books, Gifted and Talented materials, leveled reading books, and higher level reading materials for the building. Come join us for great food and help support Venetucci Elementary School.
Sonic
310 Main Street
Security, CO
5-8pm 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.




 
District Announcements
Out with the Old…In with the New!


As many of you know the former state assessment program – TCAP – has been replaced by the new CMAS – Colorado Measures of Academic Success. This spring students in grades 3-11 will take the new on-line assessments in the areas of English/language arts and mathematics. For the first round of testing the dates are March 3
rd -March 27th. Students will complete three units for English/language arts and two units for mathematics. These new assessments are intended to measure the level of command a student has on the Common Core State Standards. Please be sure to look for a testing schedule to come home in February. As in the past we ask that you try and not schedule appointments or vacations during the testing window, it is so important that students complete each test in each content area.

If you are interested in seeing what the new assessments look like and what types of questions your student will be given to show their knowledge and application of skills simply go to http://parcc.pearson.com/sample-items - there you will have a choice of selecting the level for grades 3-5, 6-8 or high school. For each level there are sample items for English/language arts and mathematics.

Winter Weather - Closings & Delays
With winter weather upon us, you'll want to check local radio and TV stations for closing and delay information. If you want to hear it directly from the district, sign up for Flash Alert or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Flash Alert
WSD3 Twitter Feed
WSD3 Facebook Page 
More information here...
WideField of Dreams - Kieran Doolittle

Move over Taylor Swift, and make way for Watson Junior High sixth grader Kieran Rae Doolittle!! Kieran has been singing since she could talk and has played the guitar for three years. Kieran plays what she calls “happy-peppy” songs and enjoys folk music. Her musical talents have landed her local gigs around town and she has recorded two albums. Of course, we wouldn't be bragging about Kieran if she weren't also a stellar student. She's been described as a very focused and mature young lady who pays attention in class and always turns in her homework. Kieran says her dream is be in a small band and play at local venues, unless of course she makes it big and that is okay with her too. You can hear Kieran's latest performance here.
PLTW - STEM Classes in Widefield
Check out this video to learn more about STEM classes in WSD3. PLTW classes are available to junior high and high school students starting in the 2015-16 school year. Talk to your teacher or counselor for more information.

Can't view the video? Click here and scroll down!

 
PLTW - STEM Classes in Widefield
Do you watch CSI? Ever wonder what its like to examine an autopsy report to figure out what caused a person's death? Students can get hands-on experience doing just that with the PLTW - Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science courses. Classes start 2015-2016, see your counselor for more info. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnYj6-PEolA&list=PLcCTPHuIP75L4OB5bdEiFmryWewqxbXRT





 
PLTW - STEM Program for Secondary Students

Exciting news!! Thanks to a 
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant, the district will now offer PLTW - Project Lead The Way, the nation's leading science, technology, engineering, and math program. These new courses are available to 6th grade students, and will be offered to secondary students next school year, 2015-2016. 

Parents please look for PLTW course information as you help your student select classes for next school year. 

Learn more about PLTW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXGjNRceHa0

PLTW Program Information
PLTW Website
Junior High School - Gateway
High School - Engineering
High School - Biomedical Science

 
2014-15 Registration & Important Information
Click HERE for information about:
  • registration
  • class schedules
  • fall sports and physicals
  • transporation
  • open house/meet the teacher days
  • orientation
  • K-5 before and after school childcare
  • breakfast and lunch prices










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