3rd Quarter Plans
Based on recent COVID-19 trends, VCS will continue to utilize our remote teaching model for ALL grade levels at both VCS East and VCS West.
Please click the link here regarding the remainder of the 3rd quarter.
How Can I Help My Child Succeed in Remote Learning?
Parents might wonder how involved they should be in their child's remote learning. You're not expected to be the teacher. Your role is to keep your child on track. Here's how:
Encourage and support your child to give their best effort.
Don't do the work for them or correct their answers. Have your child reach out to the teacher for help if needed.
Give feedback to the teacher about what works and what doesn't.
If your child does synchronous classes, you might need help with the technology. Teach your child how to mute and unmute, raise a hand, and wait for their turn, and what to do if they want to speak.
Remind them to follow the teacher's rules, which might include always having the camera on, not using different backgrounds, and using their actual name onscreen. Ask the teacher to review rules of the chat feature if it will be open during the class.
Attendance in every class every day is essential for your child's academic growth. In the event that your child cannot be in class, make sure to call the front desk at 303-691-2384. You will receive an automated phone call in the evening if your child was absent from any classes throughout the day if you do not call in to notify us of the absence. You may email teachers to get make up work, but call the front desk, as well.
Specials, Enrichment, and ELD classes are required for all K-8 students.
We ask that you encourage your child to turn on his/her camera when the teacher requests. There are many moments throughout the lesson where the teacher is checking in with students non-verbally to ensure they understand. When our teachers can't see your student they can't be sure your child understands. We are also finding that when the camera is off the child seems to not be there as they often aren't responding at all. Please also try to remove or turn off other electronics, TVs and video games, from the work area. We appreciate your support on this matter.
February Core Virtue: Love of Country
Love of Country is defined as being devoted to our nation—loving its ideals, honoring its heroes, respecting its past, and working hard for a just and noble future.
Love of Country can also mean 'love your country of origin.' Our student population represents a rich array of cultures and nationalities. This is also a great time to celebrate that!
Even with her flaws, our country is a beautiful place, with amazing potential. Developing a love for our country is how that potential is realized and how the future can be better than the past.
Intent to Return:
We would like to ensure our current families have secured their places in our school for the upcoming school year. Your assistance is needed to help us determine the demand of our current families.
Although siblings do have priority in the lottery, an Enrollment Application must be submitted for each NEW student in order for them to be included in the lottery. This can be accomplished by completing our enrollment application at www.vanguardclassical.org.
Please complete the following information no later than Monday, March 1, 2021:
Kindergarten Roundup and K-8 Enrollment Event!
When: Saturday, Feb. 27th, 1-4 p.m.
Where: 801 Yosemite Street Denver, CO
Tell your friends about Vanguard West! We will be holding an information day outside at the school on February 27th. This is an opportunity for new families to learn about Vanguard!
-Meal Pickup is from 10:45 - 11:30 am. Please fill out the application if you have not done so already. Link below.
-Social Groups: The mental health team will be providing social groups for students. This is a great way for students to interact with their peers outside of their classroom and get to know other students and have some fun. If you need any support, or have any concerns for your child please feel free to reach out to the mental health worker.
Brenna Sterling, MSW
Google Voice: 720-551-9671
-Virtual clubs! Please click the link to learn more. Guitar Club on Thursdays and Geography Club on Tuesdays have recently been added!
-New Virtual Club: Girls on the Run (3rd - 5th Grade Girls)
Registration is open! Start Date is March 23, 2021. For more information contact our coaches: Ms. Ludike (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ms. Sheridan (email@example.com)
-If you have any issues with school technology, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
-Have you moved or changed your phone number? Please contact our front desk when there is a change in your personal information so that we may update it in our system.
Front Desk: 303-691-2384
As we continue virtual classes this school year, we have listed below several online resources to enhance your learning experience:
https://www.engageny.org/ (Core Knowledge curriculum)
Virtual Museum Tours: https://www.top10.com/virtual-museum-tours
30 Virtual Field Trips: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/preview?fbclid=IwAR3zVGTn8knRPi5RR4VJ9QJXFMDmKMBE7rTrJeFr17nf-GszfE9Pr-zqpWE&pru=AAABcQhRRos
National Park Website - https://www.nps.gov/index.htm
Colorin Colorado: https://www.colorincolorado.org/
British Council: https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/
E.L. Achieve: https://www.elachieve.org/
BrainPop ELL: https://ell.brainpop.com/
We are available by email or phone and are happy to help with any questions or concerns. Our contact information is listed below.
You can find all VCS West staff members here:
I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Mississippi, where I studied Spanish and Journalism. Traveling, language and teaching are my passions, and I have studied and worked abroad in both Spain and Costa Rica. As an educator, I have worked with a variety of age groups around the globe in some capacity. I moved to Colorado in 2014, after having worked with English language learners at a middle school in Mississippi. This will be my fourth year at Vanguard West, where I have taught kindergarten and ELD.Email
My name is Chris Huyer and I work at Vanguard Classical Academy West as an ELD teacher. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History in 1994 at Metropolitan State University of Denver (formerly known as Metropolitan State College of Denver). . In 2006, I received my teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver and in 2019 I obtained my CLD endorsement. In addition I obtained a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy through the Lesley University cohort program in 2008. I taught 3rd grade for several years at Pinnacle Charter School, 4th grade at Twin Peaks Charter Academy, and 5th grade in Aurora Public Schools. I have also worked as a substitute teacher in both Denver Public Schools as well as Adams 12. I chose education because I am passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of the students I am teaching. When I am not working I enjoy running, kickboxing, hiking, camping, backpacking, and listening to classic rock. I look forward to an awesome school year.Email
Hi, My name is Rehani Fundi from East Africa. I moved to Denver a few years ago, and it has been one of the best cities I have lived in. I’m looking forward to getting to know students and parents at Vanguard Classical School. I like playing sports such as soccer, basketball, also football. I’m always looking for an opportunity to be active. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I speak Swahili and English fluently, currently pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Doctrines and Methodology of Education.Email