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ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!!
We are still making adjustments to schedules, teachers, periods, and room numbers in Focus. The guidance counselors are glad to answer any questions, but please know that any requests for class changes will be addressed after July 15 to allow time to finalize these details.
Tuesday, August 10 - Taking Flight (Student/Parent Orientation)
Wednesday, August 11 - First Day of School
Taking Flight – Save the Date
We are looking forward to welcoming our new High School students and parents (all 9th Graders and new 10th/11th/12th Graders) to campus for our Taking Flight orientation on Tuesday, August 10. Specific details are still to come but plan to be here from approximately 8:30 am – 1:00 pm with some additional/optional activities available in the afternoon. Both parents are welcome to attend, but only one is required. Stay tuned to the Mustang Flyer for more details.
2021-2022 Final Forms Registration
Final Forms registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open! All paperwork must be complete by the first day of tryouts in order to participate. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Mrs. Tellez.
Are you Ready for Takeoff?
To assist you in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, please visit our "one-stop shopping" web page, Ready for Takeoff. This page contains links and valuable information on everything from athletics to textbooks. Check back often for current information and updates.
Student Schedules Available August 2
Middle School students will be able to log in to Focus to view their classes and periods beginning Monday, August 2. Please know that schedules are subject to change and you should check back on Friday, August 6 to confirm final placements
Taking Flight – Save the Date
We look forward to seeing our new Middle School students and parents (all 6th Graders and new 7th/8th Graders) on campus for our Taking Flight orientation on Monday, August 9. Specific details are still to come but plan to be here from approximately 8:30 am – 1:00 pm with some additional/optional activities available in the afternoon. Both parents are welcome to attend with your child, but only one is required.
Save the Date! Middle School Family Picnic
All Middle School families are invited to join us on Saturday, August 21 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm for a Middle School Family Picnic on the quad. Bring a blanket and a picnic for your family to enjoy. MVC will provide beverages and sweet treats, as well as the pool and other fun lawn activities for the whole family.
School Supplies for Friends
MVC is collecting backpacks and general school supplies for our long-standing friends at Rancho de Sus Niños, a non-profit organization that is fighting to see an orphan-less world through orphan care, education, feeding programs, and much more in Mexico. Here is more information on how you can support our efforts and partner with us in this meaningful giving opportunity.
8th Grade Washington DC Trip Sign Up Info Here
Questions, please reach out to email@example.com
Though not required, students are encouraged to keep building their literacy skills over the summer by reading a book (or two) over the summer. Here is a list of some known favorites among Middle Schoolers. Happy reading!
Newly elected officers should plan to be available for new student orientation on August 9 & 10. Click here for a description of the roles and responsibilities.
If you plan to take Horsemanship next year, we need to know! Please email if you plan to either continue in Horsemanship or start up for the first time. Registration at Belmont Training can happen later in the summer, but the sooner we know the better as we build schedules.
Parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends are invited to sign up below to give of their time and expertise to support the work and mission of Monte Vista Christian School. Each effort helps our school empower students to reach their highest potential through Christ-centered educational excellence.
Questions about volunteering at MVC? Email Assistant Head of School Nikki Daniels or call her at 831-768-6111.
- MVC Parent/Student Handbook
- Common Sense Media Notice to Parents
- App Whitelist
- Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs)
- Middle School Supply Lists
- P.E. Clothes
- Health Forms
COMMON SENSE MEDIA:
At Monte Vista Christian Middle School your child will be taking part in classroom lessons from the Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum. The goal of this curriculum is to encourage young people to harness the power of the Internet and digital technology for learning, and to become safe, responsible and savvy digital citizens. In the curriculum, students will learn that they can take steps to monitor their online privacy, protect their physical and emotional well-being, and think critically about the information they share online. Through hands-on activities and classroom discussion, your child will understand what information is appropriate to share online, with whom, and in what contexts.
WHAT WE TEACH:
In these lessons, your child will:
- Learn how to identify, avoid, and deal with unwanted contact online
- Apply strategies to create strong passwords that protect and secure their information
- Evaluate privacy policies to determine how companies collect information about visitors to their websites
- Understand how to protect themselves against online identity theft.
WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO:
Common Sense Media takes a holistic school-community approach to digital literacy and citizenship and provides parent educational resources to help you support your child’s learning. As we complete these lessons in class, we will be sending home parent tip sheets, links to online videos, and an occasional homework activity for you to do with your child. We encourage you to read and view the parent materials, have fun with the homework activities, and use this as an opportunity to share and learn about online safety and security together. If you have access to the Internet at home or at work, you can visit the Common Sense Media website at www.commonsensemedia.org and take a look at the parent resources on kids and media. Here are some tips you can use to teach your children about safety and security:
- Establish rules for who is okay to talk to online. Online communication should be with people your children know, like family and friends.
- Remind your kids to never give strangers private information. Kids should never give out their name, address, school, phone number, email, pictures, or anything that could identify who they are.
- Help your kids master the fine art of password creation. It can actually be fun to develop really good pass words. (See more details on how to do this in the Security Parent Tip Sheet.) Strong passwords are a key defense against unauthorized access to your information, as well as helping prevent identify theft.
We are excited about this curriculum and look forward to sharing more with you about our activities in the classroom in the weeks ahead. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
We developed our Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs) with input from administrators, teachers, students, and parents, as a part of our WASC/ACSI/ACTS accreditation process.
A. ESLR Purposes
- ESLRs define the most essential things that our students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate from MVCS.
- ESLRs represent not only what students should know, but also how they will approach their learning, and how they will relate that knowledge to the world around them.
- ESLRs are embedded in each course that students take, and provide a focus and continuity for the students' learning experience.
- ESLRs express Monte Vista Christian School's core values as outcomes that all students will accomplish by the time they graduate.
- ESLRs provide the understanding, caring, and critical appreciation of ideas needed to succeed as a Christian in a global society.
B. ESLR Criteria
- ESLRs include all students.
- ESLRs equip all students with the knowledge, competencies, and orientations needed for success in a thinking, meaning-centered curriculum.
- ESLRs enable teachers to implement programs and conditions that maximize learning success for all students in a thinking, meaning-centered curriculum.
- ESLRs provide schools with a means to restructure pedagogy in ways that facilitate student success in a thinking, meaning-centered curriculum.
- ESLRs are aligned with the school purpose and philosophy.
1. Spiritual ESLR
Graduates of Monte Vista Christian School are able to articulate a comprehensive understanding of reality based on the teaching of the Bible. At the time of graduation, Monte Vista Christian students:
a. are able to study and responsibly apply Scripture.
b. have a core knowledge of the biblical narrative, the gospel, and God’s character.
c. can explain if/how they have personally responded to the gospel of Christ.
d. can develop solutions to real-world problems and filter any subject/event/philosophy through a biblical worldview.
e. have positively impacted the world through Christian love and service.
f. Exhibit knowledge and understanding of other religions and belief systems.
2. Intellectual ESLR
Graduates of Monte Vista Christian School exhibit mastery of a four-year college preparatory curriculum and have developed intellectual skills that go beyond academic excellence and requirements for college entrance by integrating Biblical principles and a Biblical worldview. At the time of graduation, Monte Vista students:
a. Demonstrate the ability to access and synthesize information from diverse sources, test hypotheses, solve problems, and form conclusions based on relevant, reliable data and information based on principles from the Word of God.
b. Identify and assess problems and find solutions using complex reasoning processes such as comparison, classification, induction, deduction, analysis, synthesis, investigation, inquiry, and invention in real life situations.
c. Demonstrate effective written, oral, technological, and collaborative communication skills and possess the foundational knowledge necessary for successfully pursuing an academic discipline in advanced education.
d. Express themselves creatively through art, drama, foreign language, music, or sports.
e. Demonstrate personal responsibility in the learning process.
f. Consistently test at or above grade level in all core academic subjects as measured through tests of nationally recognized merit.
3. Self-Management ESLR
Graduates of Monte Vista Christian School exhibit a healthy lifestyle and wise decision-making. At the time of graduation, Monte Vista students:
a. Set and apply appropriate goals for hygiene, nutrition, and physical, and mental health.
b. Accept and can explain consequences for life choices.
c. Identify and use personal strengths.
d. Demonstrate reliability, time management, organization, and self-discipline.
e. Develop personal goals for academics, career, family, and community life.
4. Character ESLR
Graduates of Monte Vista Christian School exhibit confidence and integrity in their interpersonal interactions and leadership. At the time of graduation, Monte Vista students:
a. Demonstrate an ability to influence others in a way that promotes justice and Biblical values.
b. Listen actively with empathy and understanding, and respond appropriately to the social and academic context.
c. Make decisions that are principled and ethical.
d. Demonstrate understanding, respect, and cultural sensitivity in a diverse environment.
e. Utilize technology in an ethical manner.
f. Demonstrate responsibility in environmental issues.
g. Contribute purposefully, constructively, and creatively to the group or team.
5. Technological ESLR
In line with the school’s Mission Statement, in particular, “dedicated to being a premier college preparatory Christian school”, in particular, providing “innovative educational programs that prepare our students for success in life”, graduates of Monte Vista are technologically fluent in current, mainstream computing technologies. A graduate of Monte Vista Christian School:
a. Is technologically fluent in current, mainstream computing technologies.
b. Demonstrate comfort using and adapting to new technologies and operating computing hardware and software.
c. Demonstrate responsible digital citizenship, in particular with respect to safety, ownership rights, collaboration, publication, privacy, security and digital footprints.
d. Demonstrate competence in transmitting digital data without the use of paper.
e. Demonstrate competence in producing digital products, such as but not limited to notes, essays, projects, and presentations.
f. Demonstrate on-line research competence to find answers and solve problems in real time scenarios.
P.E. clothing is required for Middle School Physical Education classes at MVC and orders are to be placed in the beginning of the school year. MVC will continue our partnership with BSN. Watch the Mustang Flyer for more information on when and how to order. This convenient site will provide your family with two brand options. Orders will be shipped to the school and issued by your student's P.E. teacher upon arrival.
For any questions regarding P.E. clothing, please contact Carissa Medina.
- MVC Parent/Student Handbook
- HS Profile
- Graduation Requirements
- Student Parking Registration
- Health Forms
English - 4 years
World Language - Languages other than English; 2 years of the same language (3 recommended)
Math - 3 years (4 recommended)
Science - 3 years
Social Studies - 3 years
Bible - 2 years (Biblical Narrative I & II)
Physical Education - 1 year PE, 1 year Health & Wellness, Contract PE (Equestrian Option)
Arts - 1 year
Class of 2022 Course Offerings
Classes of 2023 & Beyond Course Offerings
STEPS TO ACCESS YOUR ONLINE STORE
1. To purchase your textbook bundle:
Follow THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org [Use your student’s school email address]
Password: 000000000 [Use only the last six (6) digits of your student’s Focus Student ID (This can be found in Focus under Students, Student Info)]
NOTE: Do not change this password. This system is built to load your schedule based on this password only. Changing it will cause issues with accessing your books.
2. Download the ShelfIt Reader app by EdTech on the Apple App Store.
The bulk of your student’s textbooks will be organized within the ShelfIt Reader.
3. Sign in to the ShelfIt Reader app and download your textbooks.
4. If you have any challenges, EdTech offers parents and students Customer Support.
Monday through Friday 5:30 am to 9:00 pm
You will need your student’s email and six digit password when calling.
- HS Profile
- Naviance Student
- Course Offerings
- Dual Enrollment
- Community Service
- College Resources
- College Visits at MVC
- National Honor Society (NHS)
- California Scholarship Federation (CSF)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Naviance is a web-based college and career planning resource designed especially for MVC students and parents. Through Naviance, Student Services is able to track transcript requests and college application progress, submissions, and results. Naviance also allows us to analyze data regarding college and career plans, providing a useful tool for college planning and up-to-date information that is specific to MVC students.
To access the Naviance Student portal, go to https://student.naviance.com/mvcs and follow the instructions on the screen to log in to your account.
- Username: MVCS email
- Password: Your Focus password
Naviance Student will allow students to:
- Get involved in the planning and advising process: Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
- Research colleges: Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from MVC students who have applied and been admitted in the past.
- Organize and track college applications and transcript and letter of recommendation requests.
- College visits: Find out which colleges are visiting MVC and have the opportunity to visit with Admissions Counselors.
- Search for scholarships: Use the national search database to look for scholarships.
Naviance Student also makes it easy to share information about upcoming meetings and events and other web resources for college and career information. Students can also use the site to send their counselors and college admission representatives emails.
*A student’s personal profile and data are confidential and are only accessible to the student, parents, and counselors. College admission offices do not have access to the information in Naviance Student.
Community Service Info & Form
Community service, like other outside activities, plays a role in the college admissions process because it gives a window into the personality and interests of the applicant. Most colleges like to see long-term involvement in just a few activities with leadership roles in at least one of them. Monte Vista Christian desires for students to learn servant leadership integrating service into curriculum and providing many opportunities throughout the year.
If you're looking for other opportunities, feel free to contact one of these great organizations or speak with your Guidance Counselor.
If you know of an organization or a one-time event looking for volunteers, please contact your Academic Advisor so we can get the word out.
California Rodeo Salinas (minimum 16 years old)
Cheryl Anderson - (831) 335-3183 or email@example.com
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (13-17 years old with a parent; 18 years old without)
Erin Conway - (831) 454-7202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Brodman - (831) 462-4041 or email@example.com
(831) 462-5660 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UC Santa Cruz Aboretum (under 18 must bring parent)
Dominican Hospital (minimum 16 years old)
Forbes Ellis - (831) 430-3045 or email@example.com
Mariela - (831) 724-9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle - (831) 479-1055 or email@example.com
Watsonville Senior Center
Habitat for Humanity (minimum 16 years old)
(831) 469-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Silvia Marmolejo - (831) 722-110 ext. 205 or email@example.com
Youth and Community
(831) 338-2128 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See website for phone numbers of Salinas, South County, Watsonville, San Benito, and Monterey YMCA branches.
Ron D'Alessandro - (831) 621-0800 or email@example.com
Teen Peer Court
Amelia Bonilla - (831) 466-5709
The Teen Kitchen Project offers an excellent opportunity for growth & team building while developing valuable hands-on skills. This program is designed to enhance teens' knowledge of healthy cooking techniques and recipes, all while serving their community and developing valuable job skills. In addition to 24 volunteer hours, teens will receive a stipend at the end of the 6 weeks if they satisfy the requirements of the six-week job training program. Please see Teen Kitchen Project for more information.
Still can't find what you're looking for? Try these websites for additional opportunities:
Santa Cruz Public Libraries has an extensive list of local youth volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County has many ongoing projects.
Volunteer Match is a search engine for community service opportunities.
College Admission Tests
It is recommended that students take both the SAT and ACT. Keep in mind that many colleges and universities, including the UC schools, require the optional Writing section on the ACT. Students who plan to take only the ACT should sign up for the optional Writing section.
Important College Websites
Financial Aid Scholarship
Useful financial aid websites and deadlines:
FAFSA: Oct. 1 - March 2 (Free application online)
CAL Grant: Oct. 1 - March 2
CSS /Financial Aid Profile: Seniors applying to private universities need to complete the on-line CSS Profile no later than November 1 for Early Decision and Early Action applications and no later than December 1 for Regular Decision applications. Check specific colleges for extended deadlines. The profile allows students to report their financial and family circumstance information in one streamlined application and submit it to all the colleges that require it for scholarship and grant consideration. Apply online to College Board.
California Student Aid Commission
Federal Student Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FastWeb - find scholarships
Going Merry - find scholarships and financial aid
CSF is a unique statewide organization, stimulating interest and fostering pride in high standards of scholarship, encouraging further education for highly qualified young people. Through its purpose and organization, the Federation contributes to the nationwide effort to identify, motivate, and encourage students with intellectual ability. Its emphasis upon service seeks to develop unselfish and creative use of these abilities.
- Contacts and Forms
- Parental Support and Restrictions
- iPad Acceptable Use Policies
- Middle School App Whitelist
- Kindle eBooks
Students may check out any title from the ARC that is available in the Kindle digital store, provided the ARC attendant has vetted the title for appropriate content. However, please note that students must have the Kindle app on their iPad, and while reading a title from the ARC, students will not have access to any Kindle titles that they themselves have purchased and downloaded.
The ARC attendant will set a time for students to return to the ARC and have our account deleted from your iPad.
Follow this link to see what titles Monte Vista already owns. If the title is not on the list, students can still request it from the ARC attendant. They will call the student back to the ARC once the title is ready to be downloaded. Depending on how busy the ARC is, this may take up to a day.