Challenge FAQ

  • Where can I learn more about the Challenge Program schools?

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    A parent information night is held annually.   This year, the information night will take place on Wednesday, March 27th from 5:30-6:30 in the Auditorium at John J. Lukancic Middle School  You can find the presentation below:

    Challenge Information Night 2019

     

     

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  • What percentage of parents choose to accept the invitation for Challenge?

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    While the percentage varies each year, a large majority of parents choose to accept the invitation to the Challenge program. The move to another school is definitely a significant decision, but nearly all students have historically been successful in the transition.

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  • How will my child receive enriching learning experiences if we decline the Challenge invitation?

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    While Valley View has a gifted/talented program focused on self-contained classrooms at two schools, a major focus is placed on enrichment for all students. In every school, all classrooms use curricular resources that allow for enrichment and learning in even further depth. All schools are implementing a "What I Need (WIN)" time into daily schedules for second through fifth grade to create an opportunity for additional support for all students' needs. Enrichment tasks are used during this time that go above and beyond the core curriculum for all students.

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  • What is the process for a student new to Valley View being screened for the Challenge Program?

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    Students new to Valley View are not automatically screened for entrance into the Challenge Program.

    Documentation that a student has previosuly been enrolled in a defined gifted program and/or has received significant enrichment while attending a prior school can be submitted to the home school Principal after the enrollment process is complete. Additional information that can be submitted for review are score reports for the PARCC assessment, score reports from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), or similar standardized testing results. The Principal will then collaborate with district staff to assess the student's levels of achievement in Literacy and Math.

    A student will proceed for Challenge Program screening (at the district office or the school, depending upon the time of year) using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) if documentation shows levels of achievement above the 80th percentile in both Literacy and Math (for students entering grade 2) and above the 90th percentile in both Literacy and Math (for students entering grades 3-5). Final determination regarding Challenge Program invitation will be based on the achievement and NNAT percentiles described in the Challenge Identification section of this site. Should a student not have documentation of advanced achievement levels or does not initially qualify based on NNAT performance, they remain eligible to be screened per the district process for current students once the school year begins.

     

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  • Will my student be placed in a classroom with his/her friends from their home school?

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    Students new to the Challenge program typically transition easily.  If they are entering Challenge with peers from their home school, there is no way to guarantee they will be in the same classroom.  However, teachers facilitate many many opportunities for the Challenge students to attend lunch and recess alongside other general education classes, so they have a chance to develop friendships with students outside of the Challenge program.

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  • Is there a special Challenge Curriculum?

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    Challenge classrooms utlize a gifted curriculum resource from the College of William and Mary as a supplement to their ELA curriculum. Math instruction is delivered through an accellerated version of Eureka curricular resources.  For more details on curriculum click here

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  • What are the behavior and academic expectations for Challenge students?

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    All students bring with them unique academic and social-emotional needs.  Generally in Math & Literacy, instruction is as at one grade level above their academic peers. VVSD classrooms are responsive to the academic and social emotional needs of all learners. 

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  • If my student has special needs such as speech, will they receive services?

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    VVSD provides special services to all students who qualify, including but not limited to, speech.

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  • What grade level material will my child be learning in Challenge?

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    To see Challenge Curriculum page click here

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  • Are there electives available?

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    Students in Challenge are engaged in enrichment, acceleration, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving and research.  These six educational strands are present in all core subjects. Additionally, students in Challenge attend specials in art, music and physical education alongside core studies.

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  • If my child is moving schools for Challenge, can siblings attend the new school as well?

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    Yes, siblings can come to the new school with your child. Upon invitation to the Challenge program, you will receive paperwork including a form to make this request.

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  • Do Challenge schools have after school clubs like the home schools?

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    Challenge schools also offer after school care. Transportation will be provided if you wish to continue to keep your child in their current school sponsored before/after school care program.

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  • Is bus transportation available?

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    Transportation will be provided to Challenge Program students. Bus Stops will be determined by the Transportation Department. Communication will come directly from transportation indicating the location of the bus stop in late summer. * Transportation is not provided to the invited student or siblings only when a family lives within 1.5 miles of the Challenge school.

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  • If we say no to challenge now, can my student get into honors classes in Middle School?

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    If a student is not in the Challenge program in elementary school, they can still enter into honors Math, ELA and/or Social Studies in middle school at the end of 5th grade based on the 6th grade placement criteria.

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  • Where will they go to Middle School?

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    A student enrolled in the Challenge program will attend Middle School based on their neighborhood and elementary home school.  For example, if a student's home school was Pioneer, the student would attend Brooks Middle School.

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  • Can I volunteer in my child's classroom?

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    Parents are encouraged to be involved with their child, their class, and the school community. Opportunities include the following: Challenge Advisory Committee, Artworks, field trips, book fairs, PTA/PTO, and classroom helpers.

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