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VCS West - 7th & 8th Grade Team

Important Announcements

1/13-1/31: ACCESS Testing

1/14-1/16: Hearing and Vision Screenings

1/17: Awards Assembly at 2pm

1/20: No School-Martin Luther King Day

1/23: Cici's Pizza Night-DC Fundraiser

1/31: Winter Festival

Core Virtue of the Month


Courage is doing what is right in the face of fear.

Language Arts Homework

Please visit our ClassTag site for daily homework updates.

In addition to any homework scheduled as part of a unit, all students are expected to read for at least fifteen (15) minutes per school day.  Every student has received a reading log/journal that should be signed daily.  These are checked regularly, and assignments will be given that assess or check their reading.  Although the book choices are up to the student, I strongly encourage parents to be involved in their selection.  I will also deny a book choice if it is too far below a student's reading level.

Although daily reading homework is an important part of developing a student's reading ability, I also want to encourage a genuine love of reading.  Reading homework is not to feel like a punishment, but as a reward.  Fifteen minutes is just the minimum!

Additionally, there are weekly vocabulary words, assigned every Monday, with a quiz on Friday.  The words should be in their planner, but are also in their class notebooks, as well as posted on ClassTag.

Math Homework

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Science Homework

7th Grade: Cell Vocab, Mitosis and Meiosis Quiz Retake on Friday, 1/17.

8th Grade: Waves Quiz on Friday, 1/17.


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History Homework

7th grade: none

8th grade: Middle East Country Project due Friday, January 31.

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7th/8th Language Arts

Mr. Wagner

Mr. Wagner comes to us from an eclectic background of military service, private security, and government employment. He chose to go to college later in life in order to give back to the community through teaching. He graduated from Metro State University (Go Roadrunners!) and teaches English, Yearbook, Writing, and Band. When he's not teaching, you can find him reading, writing, hiking, playing music, skateboarding, and cooking (generally not at the same time).

7th/8th Math

Mr. Crampton

I am the Upper School math teacher, Trevor Crampton, with a degree in High School Education, focusing on Mathematics and Spanish Language Acquisition. I have been a teacher at Vanguard Classical School for nearly 2 years and love getting to see students grow both emotionally and mentally as they strive to do better in classes. The staff around me has truly helped me to become a better teacher as they have guided me through the many trials of Middle School teaching. In my first year here, I assisted with coaching flag football and took on the role of a soccer coach in the spring. I plan to continue with soccer as that was a passion of mine as a young student as well. My other passion which I have brought to this school is my Dungeons and Dragons Club to help students build reasoning and communication skills.

7th/8th Science

Ms. Curran

I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, specifically Crystal Lake, IL. I moved out to Colorado to attend Colorado State University and graduated with my Bachelor's in Science as a Biology major. This is my fifth year teaching at Vanguard West as the 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher, and my third year as Upper School Department Chair. When I'm not working, I like to spend time with family and friends. I also spend a lot of time supporting various animal rescue efforts.

7th/8th History

Ms. Bishop

Mrs. Bishop is the History teacher for 7th and 8th grade at Vanguard West. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Science at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida, where she is from. This is Mrs. Bishop's third year of teaching, and all three years have been at charter schools. She taught for one year in Tampa, and then started at Vanguard East when she moved to Denver with her husband. She chose to teach because she loves working with kids and young adults, and wants to make history fun and exciting to learn about!