Week of February 4th-8th
The Week in Review at VDS
We had 12 staff members attend Tech Fest at Desert Ridge Academy in Indio on Saturday, February 2.  Those present attended various workshops and presentations throughout the day to enhance their technological instructional strategies and social media skills.  Ms. Eyre was also recognized as the Site Leader of the Year for Technology from the Coachella CUE.  Congratulations to Ms. Eyre and thank you for organizing this event for the VDS staff to attend.
Teachers in 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades attended the ELD professional development at John Kelley throughout the week.  They learned some excellent ELD strategies and collaborated with school and district colleagues.  Thank you to the EL department for conducting this training for our staff
On Wednesday afternoon, the teachers attended a staff meeting and a writing professional development facilitated by Ms. Eyre.  During the training, the teachers in Kindergarten through 6th grades shared NVF examples from their classrooms, collaborated and examined writing rubrics, and discussed next steps for writing in their grade levels.
We had our annual Science Night at VDS on Thursday for the students and members of the community.  We had a tremendous crowd who were treated to various hands on activities to get the students excited about science at VDS.  Thank you to Mr. Budai and his Science Heroes for putting on an awesome event for the community.
During the students’ lunch recess on Friday, we had a Buddy Social in the library.  Over 50 students and 25 staff members participated in the event and had a great time interacting and socializing with their buddy.