Week at a Glance - 10/10-10/14
Hello Cerro Villa Families,
Cerro Villa is offering parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, 10/13, from 3:30-5:30. This is an optional conference, but any parents are invited to attend if you have concerns about your child's progress. The event will take place in our cafeteria with all teachers inside having a table and chairs in front of them for quick conversations about your student while the next family waits in line. These talks are meant to be brief snapshots of your child's progress. There are no time reservations able to be made and meetings are meant to be short- under 5 minutes per teacher. If you would like to schedule something individually with a teacher for a longer amount of time, it is best to coordinate your own meeting outside of the conference with them. Some Spanish translation will be available but limited.
The counselors will also be available to meet with you that afternoon as well.
Friday, 10/15, will be a minimum day with student dismissal at 12:25.
School Site Council 2022-2023- Parents Needed
We are looking for (3-4) parents for school site council. If you are interested in being a part of this influential team on campus, please nominate yourself by clicking this link https://forms.gle/ZM77CnmfBmhHVgjV7 and completing the form. School Site Council is an excellent opportunity to play an active role in CVMS. Overall, SSC serves as the school community representative body for determining the focus of the school’s academic instructional program and all related categorical resources. A small part of monitoring the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) includes addressing how school funds should best be spent to meet students’ academic needs. The primary responsibility of the SSC is to monitor the effectiveness of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and suggest changes to the plan as necessary.
We need to establish a functioning school site council consisting of teachers, parents, classified staff, and students. To properly select the members, we will have a voting process. SSC meetings will occur five times per year and typically last one hour. Meetings will be held in the library from 3:15-4:15. Please complete the form if you are interested in being a part of this committee. The first meeting will be November 3rd.
Parking Information from the City of Villa Park
New Drop Zone for Cerro Villa Students
The City of Villa Park has been working to improve traffic flow around city schools. Recently a No Parking zone has been established on the east side of Cerro Villa (see map). This area is designated as No Parking, but you are encouraged to use it for loading and unloading students.
New ‘No Parking’ Zones during School Hours
We suggest that you use this option for dropping or picking up your student at Cerro Villa. Enter Nichols from Taft, where your student can load/unload and safely cross at the crosswalk. Turn right on Serrano and you will completely avoid the congested area where you have been driving to access the Cerro Villa parking lot. You can also access the drop zone from Center onto Serrano and then turn left onto Nichols to exit the area. We are asking that you try this drop zone. We believe it will be a safer and faster way to drop off and pick up your student at Cerro Villa. Thank you.
Our annual Fall Into Giving fundraiser is in full-effect! It will run until October 17th. We have currently raised over $12,000! Our goal this year is $22,000 which will go towards a shade structure and event lighting in the amphitheater as well as water bottle filling stations. Students will be rewarded with a free dress day once a month if the school wide goal is met. Other prizes will also be awarded! There is also a homeroom competition of which class can earn the most money! Please donate to your student's Pledgestar’s account. Share with relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers! Every amount helps our school! Thank you for your support and go Vikings!
Please also check out this link with more ways to support Cerro Villa in the community
Scholar AthElite Program- Cerro Villa is offering a special, fee-based program, Scholar AthElite, before school, beginning October 17th and going until December 16th. This is a separate organization outside of Cerro Villa and OUSD that supports students academically but also provides some athletic training and practice as well as mentorship to students. Please see the attachments for more information on signing up.
OUSD is very excited to host our third annual virtual College & Career Fair on 10/11 and 10/12 from 4-7:30pm. Through the Vital Link Web App via a desktop browser, students and families will be able to access the virtual OUSD College & Career Fair to explore college information, attend informational workshops and panel sessions, learn about community partners, discover Career Technical Education, explore options for college athletics, and much more! See attached flyer for more information.
Sports- This week Cerro Villa plays El Rancho on Monday, 10/10. These are the final soccer games for the year! Both boys' teams will travel to Yorba. Cerro Villa girls' A team will play at home. There is no girls' B game. All games are at 3:00. Please email Ben Hempel, email@example.com, for information about our sports programs or visit the "athletics tab" on our school website. You can find forms, sports schedules, and calendars on the tab.
Cross Country Meet on Wednesday, 10/26, after school at Villa Park High School. If you are interested in being part of the CV team, please email or speak to Mr. Hempel.
Flag football will be having their first tryout next Wednesday, the 12th, after school from 1:30 - 3:00.
Upcoming October Dates:
10/18- 9:00-10:00 PFSO Meeting in the library
10/20- 10:15-11:15 ELAC Meeting
10/24- Red Ribbon Week Begins
10/28- Halloween Dance 3:30-5:30- Permission Slip and Ticket Required
Re-occuring Information from previous newsletters:
Every Wednesday is an early release day with student dismissal at 1:31.
Homework Help (Tutoring) is available with CV teachers before school and after school.
Before School- M, Tu, Wed, Th- No Fridays, 7:40-8:10 in Room 119
After School- M, Tu, Th, Fr- No Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 in the library
Please remind your child to bring their charged devices to school. Students use their computer each day in their classes and it is a necessary item to have daily.
Crosswalk Safety-For safety, students should be using the crosswalks on Nichols Ave, or the one further down on Serrano, to cross the street. There is no longer a crosswalk directly in front of Cerro Villa. Please be mindful and courteous to our neighbors by not blocking driveways or having students wait in neighbors' yards for pick up.
Free bus passes- The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Youth Ride Free Program provides free bus passes for students, ages 6-18. With this bus pass, students will be able to ride all OC Bus fixed-route services for free this school year. The passes are in our front office and there is a form a parent or guardian must sign. Again, this is the county public bus system and NOT the OUSD school bus. Please contact Catherine Dierking at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or stop by the front office.
Orange Unified Public School Foundation (OUPSF) is a group of parents, educators, and community leaders whose mission is to mobilize the community to provide equitable opportunities for all of our students to learn creatively, think innovatively, and collaborate effectively. They are dedicated to bolstering Orange Unified School District as one of the top school districts in Orange County by augmenting the resources that enrich OUSD students’ school experience and equip them to succeed in their education, career, and life. Please see the video message from OUPSF President Frank Tucker who reviews the OUPSF’s goals. For more information, please visit https://www.oupsf.org/
You can also follow them on social media:
Computer Insurance- Please see the attached flyer for information on purchasing protection insurance for your student's device. This insurance covers accidental damage, theft, or loss. Visit www.schooldevicecoverage.com for more information or to sign up.
Breakfast and lunch are free for all students. Breakfast service begins at 7:50. For campus safety, please no outside food deliveries. Please have students come with their charged computers daily. We also appreciate your understanding of no cell phones allowed during school hours and no hats or hoods on campus. For uniforms, please visit www.cvuniforms.com or contact our front office if you need assistance with purchasing. The front office is open 7:30-4:00 daily.
Covid Testing- OUSD offers free COVID testing for all students Monday-Thursday, 2:00-5:00, at the district office only. There is no longer testing at the high schools. You must register using the link on the attached flyer. You can also see the OUSD Health Driven Plan on the district website. https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1660078833/orangeusdorg/qvaqeixkbziomleyl9uv/Health-DrivenPlan2022-2023.pdf. It is a thorough explanation of everything the district is doing to keep everyone well.
Paper Tutoring- All OUSD students have access to free, 24/7 tutoring support through Paper Education. Students can reach this support through their dashboards or by visiting www.paper.co Students can chat with a live tutor, ask questions, upload assignments, and share pictures of their work and get feedback in real time. All subjects and multiple languages available. Check it out!
Thank you to our AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Coordinator, Mrs. Buchness, for this week's AVID tip. These organizational and study tips are strategies your student can use to increase their academic success in any class and prepare them for success in high school and college. See the attachment above for this week's suggestion. We are proud to be an AVID campus!
Attendance- Anytime your child is absent, it is required you contact our front office or bring a signed note or phone call upon return. Also, if your child is showing any symptoms of illness, please have your child stay home and contact our office at (714) 997-6251. We are open 7:30-4:00, Monday-Friday.
Visit our website, www.cerrovilla.org, for most up to date information and follow us on Instagram at cvms_ousd
Have a fantastic week ahead!
Madeline Morrison, Principal